Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Spooky Halloween Card

In my mind Summer is over and I've moved on to fall. The kids here have been in school for 3 weeks already. So, I have decided to get a head start on Halloween projects. Since it is my weekend to make a design team project for Stamping Scrapping, I decided this was the perfect time.
I just got this adorable vampire Edwin stamp and I had to use him on something. I took my Cuttlebug embossing folder of the haunted house and inked up the raised side of the folder with black ink and a brayer, then I put my white cardstock on top of that with 2 shims and both the B plates. I did not fold the folder over, I left it open if that makes any sense at all. Then I colored in the uninked spots with my copic markers. Edwin is colored with copics as well. To decorate the side of the card, I used the Martha Stewart drippy goo punch. This punch is awesome for Halloween projects and so much more. If you want one, go here ASAP. Cindy has already sold out of this punch once, she now only has 8 left from this order so jump on it! I also used one of the new Cuttlebug border folders for the diamond embossed strip. This was done with the black magic core'dinations paper with a green core to add to the spooky feel of the card. I finished it off with the trick or treat sentiment from the Scent my Cards Best Witches set available on and trimmed the mat with the drippy goo punch also. All that's left is to make it smell as much like Halloween as it looks, so I added some black licorice scent my cards and it is ready to go!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Some Awesome Blog Candy

Does anyone want to win some Martha Stewart Candy??

My friend and fellow design team member Froggy is hosting a blog candy for Stamping Scrapping to celebrate the release of her new 8 stamp sets!

You can win either the the Maple Leaf punch with the Maple Leaf corner punch as shown in the picture below


the spiderweb border punch with the spider web corner punch shown in the picture below

Here is a you tube video showing how to use the punches

How to Enter

Its easy!

- become a follower of Froggy's blog

- Add a link onto your sidebar or in a post linking back to my blog

- and leave a comment on this post telling me you did the above

That's it! Easy Peasy!

Candy is open to all and will ship worldwide!

She will draw a winner on Sept 11th and post it on her blog.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Paper Piecing

Paper piecing is the new challenge at Scrappy Frog's Challenge. This is a really fun and easy technique to give your cards a little something special. Here are a few cards I have made using paper piecing. What you do is stamp you image on white paper, pick a design that you want to use in your image (smaller patterns work best), and stamp your image on the patterned paper

as well. Then you cut the part of the image out of the paper (on these two I cut out the dresses) and glue it to the corresponding part of the image you have stamped on the white paper. It is easiest to move the paper than to move your scissors, sharp small scissors work best, and I always cut toward the inside of the outline when I do it. So, get out some stamps, some paper, and your sharp scissors and give it a try. You can post your creation on Scrappy Frogs to try and win a 6 x 6 Basic Grey paper pad. Both of the cards I made were made with Basic Grey paper. It is my favorite.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Glitter Lace Tutorial

I learned this glitter lace technique at the Heirloom Stamp Show in Grapevine. It is really quick and simple and makes a big impact on your project. To start this technique, you will need some sticky labels, any size will work
k. I prefer to use the full sheet labels so that I can cut them to any size I want them to be. I die cut this label with a nestabilitie so that it would be in a fun shape for my card. Next, you will need 2 contrasting colors of glitter. I chose black and orange. Now for the fun part, pick your lace. I have this lace with a spider web pattern that is perfect for a Halloween project. While at the convention, we also got some lace with tiger stripes, swirls, flowers, and skulls and crossbones (of course).
If you lace has any shiny parts to it like the webs in this lace, stick your label to the other side. Lay you label with the sticky side on the lace and rub it in really good. Pay special attention to the edges.
Then, flip the lace over and cover with your first color of glitter. I used the black first.
Shake off the excess glitter and remove the label. This is what you will have. the majority of the label will be colored with the black glitter but the solid parts, in this case the webs, will be exposed and still sticky.
Dump the second color of glitter on and shake the excess off.
This will be your final result. Very sparkly, very cool, and very simple. Then you can take your label, apply adhesive and use it on your project.

I chose to use this piece on a Halloween card with an adorable Halloween Tilda stamp. I added some spiders that I cut on my cricut, some core'dinations cardstock embossed with the new Cuttlebug harlequin folder.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Party Time!

This is the invitation I made for my daughter's birthday party. She is having a swimming party and she loves pigs. I made the swimming pig using my cricut and the design stufio software. I took the pig head from Animal Kingdom and welded it on top of the dog body with the duck tube

from Paper Pups. I cut the dug out separately on paatterned paper to make it stand out more and colored the beak orange. I love wiggly eyes, so I added them to the pig and the duck. The wave border on the bottom is from Life's A Beach and the sentiment- you're so invited is from Cuttin Up. After I got it all put together, I figured I needed one more finishing touch, so I scented it with Pina Colada scent from scent my cards to make it smell like the pig was wearing his sunscreen.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fall and Halloween Cards

Even though it is still very much Summer time, I've decided to move on and get started on some Fall and Halloween cards. I call this first one Piece Out. The pumpkin pie is on the loose. The paper I used is from American Crafts and the brown nestabilitie shape is just the back side of the pattern. The pie is from the new set Happy Fall from Stamping Scrapping. I added a little bit

of liquid applique to make the whipped cream a little more puffy, some decorative buttons, and my favorite accessory- googly eyes. This next card is a little more traditional. I used the scarecrow from the Happy Fall set this time as well as the bushel of pumpkins. I made the leaf brad with my easy brad maker from Chatterbox by cutting out the little leaf from the stamp set with the punch from the brad maker kit. I also colored the brad with a dark brown copic to make it blend in a little more.
This is my Halloween card- Best Witches. This time I used the Best Witches set from This set is adorable for Halloween. I added the witch legs and hat to the pumpkin and popped them up off the card with foam dots. I also used my new drippy goo Martha Stewart punch for a little added border. I think it's perfect for a witch card.