Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Reindeer

I'm running late on Christmas cards this year.  But surfing the web I found an easy cute card on Dawn's website.  I changed mine a bit.  I used the Stampin Up Owl Punch & eyes, snowflake stamp & brad, along with mitten ribbon.  I also bought red glitter buttons (they sparkle and look like candy) for his nose.  Happy Holidays to all! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Card Potions - Soot, Bleach, & Cricut cartridges OH MY!

Two new cards for Halloween.  I'm really feeling the erie, tingly feeling you get when you know that special time of year is right around the corner.  Who doesn't like a good ghost story or how the hair stands on the back of your neck when your out after dark during a full moon!  Scary :)  To add to the excitement I went with the feeling of Halloween from the past but with modern techniques.

Card Recipe - gold, blue metallic paper, sizzix machine for the dot look on the gold paper, bleach for the white star dots, Cricut cartridge Pumpkin Carving for the owl, and the moon is Martha Stewart Halloween sticker collection, and black beads for the owls eyes.
Whooo's there?
Card Recipe - Soot stamping, Martha Stewart stickers (bird & tombstone), bone is a Martha Stewart punch, grass and hand made with the Cricut cartridge Pumpkin Carving.
Don't stay out late after dark, especially near a cemetery!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Bookmarks

Part of a Swap-bot challenge. Ghosts in the graveyard and mad scientist eyeballs in a jar. Add one scary book and a full moon, you're all set! :)

Did you see that?  The ghostly picture changes oooo spooky!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun with Halloween stickers!

I have found the coolest, scariest stickers at Michael's - hologram portrait stickers! Ok well they aren't that scary but they sure make you do a double take. :)  

Spooky Colored Soot Stamping!

Ooo I'm really enjoy getting ready for Fall. I've been dying to try Soot Stamping and thought it would fun to try this Halloween. Card ingredients - Purple card stock, glossy paper brayered with orange ink then sooted, orange paper w/Sizzix swirl texture plate, Cricut cartridge Pumpkin Carving, velvet 3D cat sticker from Michael's. Wanna try sooting? Check out -

Sunday, September 26, 2010

October - Halloween Swap

I recently joined Swap-Bot.  They have every kind of swap you can imagine.  Well I found a few that had to do with Halloween and I couldn't wait to jump in!  Here is a recent creation that one of my fellow swapper's is going to receive.  The idea actually came from an outside border of a sticker and turned into a spooky room with old wall paper peeling due to a fire.  I stamped the tree on transparency paper, and red fiber handmade paper behind it for the spooky fire look with gold shimmer paper for a sunset feel.  Then I used Martha Stewart clear sticker chair with her paper to match.  And walla One spooky mansion - I dare you to ring the doorbell!

Thank You's Taking Flight

A recent fundraiser prompted me to make Thank You cards for the teacher volunteers that helped out.  I could have bought some but what's the fun in that? LOL  To make them extra sweet I added little chocolate nuggets.  I found little library pouch style envelopes at the dollar store and used my new butterfly punch, n' stamps from Stampin Up.  I had a hard time making the body and antenna's so I tied jewelry necklace string/twine which made it quick and easy. :)

If you look close you can see the white twine tied around once makes a cute 3D embelishment!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Halloween Invite Ideas - Coffin Style

I found some photos of Halloween Invites I made a few years ago.  I love doing 3-D and stepping out of the box of ordinary.  The first one was for my Halloween party.  It included black roses on the top tied with a ribbon.  Inside - skeleton, moss, and the invite stamped with red wax to seal it. To see more Halloween ideas click on search my site, enter Halloween. :)

The one below was from my sister-in-law's Halloween wedding.  She wanted a coffin theme with a touch of Day Of The Dead as well.  So we made a coffin envelope with a Martha Stewart skull and cross bones punch on top.  The invite had vellum over the top of a skeleton bride & groom. :)

Black & White Polka Dots - Birthday Invite

My daughter wanted her birthday party fashioned around black and white polka dots.  And adding to the challenge she said we just had to incorporate the new owl punch from Stampin Up.  So after a few hours we finally came up with a card that she deemed perfect, topped with a smile. :)

Supplies used - Black & White Paper, glitter embossing powder,Sizzix embossed dots plate, SU owl punch, and the Cricut cartridge Wild Card for the You're Invited.

The polka dot cake designed by the birthday girl herself. :) 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rubber Cement Resist Birthday Card

Today my 9 year old daughter asked if we could stamp, so we tried a new technique with rubber cement. We got the idea from Splitcoaststampers which I couldn't live without all the wonderful ideas they have there.  Check out the wonderful link for the instructions. The blue background paper is our try at it. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bon Voyage School Dance Invites

My oldest daughter promoted from 8th grade this year. And as hard as it is to see my "baby" move on to high school I found a way to help me cope with it. I got the honor to help theme and run her last school dance. We wanted something fun and relaxing so we decided on Bon Voyage cruise ship theme. I used my left over circles cut from my Cricut Wild Card cartridge for Staff Appreciation day. It worked out as I didn't want to waste them. We used a Stampin Up swirl stamp for a wind water look, Cricut to cut out anchors and to top it off life saver candy! And of course we needed 100 of them (seems like the magic number I always need to make lol) We had blue &white balloons floating across the floor and a fog machine for the calming seas effect. With my Cricut I cut out huge cruise ships and let 8th graders decorate them. We hung them all over the gym, and the little kindergartners our 8th grade mentor made cute portholes out of paper plates and goldfish crackers. As an added touch I cut out suitcases, the teachers added good luck & well wishes on them. It all turned out wonderful, the best part was the kids enjoyed seeing their cruise ship artwork on the walls.

Cinco De Mayo - Cards Cricut Style (5th of May)

This year our Staff Appreciation Day fell on Cinco De Mayo (5th of May) and of course we had to have a Fiesta!!! So I went straight to my Cricut and Wild Card cartridge to make some special cards. Our mascot is a Lobo which translated means Wolf. I looked to my all TIME FAVORITE bakery - Baker Wee to help with a delicious treat to show our appreciation for the long hours and hard work the staff puts in all year. They created 100 beautiful cookies airbrushed sparkly orange (our school colors) and added a paw print! They tasted as good as they looked!!! Here is our finished creation. Hope you enjoy it. :)

If you click on the card you can see we used paw prints to tie in our mascot and cookies. :)
Upon closer look you maybe able to see the airbrushed orange cookies sparkle.

Cricut Wild Card Fun

We had some wonder authors visit for the students at our school. The librarian wanted a special thank you card to go with her thank you gifts to them. With warmer weather approaching we wanted them to fit into the spring/summertime feel. I used the Cricut Wild Card cartridge, scrapbook paper, Stampin Up oval punch along with butterfly
dragonfly brads.

Fun with Paper & Metal Washers - Necklaces

I love stamping and making jewelry out of it too!  Most of the time I'm buying clear stickers punching little holes and making earrings to fit my outfit or mood.  Either way it always brings a smile from others and a how did you do that?  I found a wonderful website surfing one day that uses washers from Home Depot (one store my husband doesn't mind stopping at for me :) to make necklaces.  Supplies needed - any size metal washer, favorite scrapbook paper, circle punch, ribbon, crystal effect, and E6000 glue.  For the complete instructions visit the link attached to this post.

Here's my version, I need a little practice but not bad for my first one :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bleach Technique Flower Style

At a stamp class awhile back I learned what is now one of my favorite techniques - bleach!  Just pour a bit on a paper towel as your stamp pad and you'll get some amazing unique images. The dragonfly and saying are rub-ons and went on like magic.

This one was made with the same technique but I used soft pink marker to color in the cherry blossoms and 3-D butterfly sticker from Michael's.

Easter Bunny Treats

I made these cute little bunnies for the gals I work with for Easter.  I found the punch art instructions on a blog google search.  I wish I could remember the site it was wonderful.
I used Stampin Up circle & oval punch, wiggle eyes, paper candy bags from Target and my Cricut for the names.  If you use paper on your Cricut with a sticky back makes the process go by a lot faster.  And on the back for a special touch a pom-pom for a tail.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Caught A Bug!

Every year at school we celebrate spirit week.  Usually it's something silly like pj day ect... This particular day was wear crazy shoes.  Well knowing I was going to be working on my feet all day I wear tennis shoes.  I needed a way to hide them but make it fun for the kids.  So I did the Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle books.  I wrapped felt around my foot, glued wiggle eyes, and colorful pipe cleaners and instant bug shoes!

I found some photos left over from December.  I work at a school and were always looking for projects to turn into gifts for parents.  I remember when I was little this project and I had some left over tile and wala instant coffee holder/ hotplate!  All you need is - 1 kitchen tile, finger paint, glitter paint pen, and sticky foam for the back of the tile (sold at most Michael's stores)  This was quick and easy and the kids had fun making them.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oldies but goodies!

Two different versions of a using a Stamping Up bee rolling wheel stamp with old Close To My Heart bee keeper image.  I love to merge stamped images to come up with new cards.  Chalk was used on both of these cards to give a more softer feel to them.

Cupcake Birthday

Using the same design idea as I did for my Valentine cards.  I found these cute little fabric cupcake stickers at Michael's and beautiful pearl beads that already have the adhesive on the back.  I also used Stampin Up rub-on for the make a wish sentiment and my cuttlebug embossing machine for a textured background.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Work Valentine's

Here's a little Valentine I shared with the gals in the office.  Just a little something to bring a smile :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day Card Idea Continued

Using the Cricut we cut out patterned envelopes and tags to match along with candy attached.  Also on the front we cut out a dainty borders and stamped Happy Valentine's Day.