Saturday, September 29, 2007

GNO Project #4

This candy coffin is so simple. I think this is what I'll be sending with the boys to school for their Halloween parties (with my demo info on the back *wink wink*). I put a mini hershey candy bar inside. Carter helped me with this one. That is why there is random glitter and smudged skulls on the coffin. Oh well- like Dustin always says "it adds character". Tonight is the big GNO!! I am really excited to spend a few hours with my friends and family. Hopefully Monday I'll have some good news regaurding the robbery as we have made progress this week! If any of you out there in blog land is interested in making these projects, I am putting together "to go packages". Feel free to email me and for a small fee I will be happy to send you one!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

GNO Project #3

This one is probably my favorite of all of the projects we will be doing. It is a treat door hanger. I can't remember when I got the template for it, but with a few cuts and scores- this is what you end up with! Do you like it? I'm hoping to be back later today with some of this week's SCS challenges, but I'm not making any promises.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ghouls' Night Out (GNO) Project #2

Here is the 2nd project we will be making this weekend at GNO. This is a matchbook type treat holder with a magnetic closure. The inside hold a small bag of M&M's. This one is really easy. Starting with a 3 1/2 x 10 1/2" piece of your favorite d.p. or cardstock, score at 4", 4 1/4", and 9". Fold together and close with Basic Grey magnetic snaps. They are the coolest things! I got mine from Eclectic Paperie. Using a hobby blade or punches, create a window for your candy to show through. Shouldn't be too tough, right!?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Witch's Cauldron Card

This weekend I am hosting a party called "Ghouls' Night Out". We will be doing several Halloween themed projects, with emphasis on treats boxes and such things that can be easily reproduced for childrens' classrooms or trick-or-treaters. This is the first of the projects. This was so fun! I love liquid applique so I thought it would be fun to add it to the cauldron like it was bubbling out over the pot. Then I sponged it green. I cut out bones and added glittery bats. I typed out the words- Double Bubble Toil And Trouble on the computer and printed them out. I hope the girls like this one.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monster Memory Game

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. We went camping, and what beautiful weather we had. We had a lot of fun with the boys, but last night ended badly. We discovered that while we were gone, we were robbed. Not the kind of robbery where they ransack everything in the house. They wanted one Not that we had a lot of it, but they stole our credit cards to get cash from ATM's in the area. They were successful! We had the police here late last night doing a report. This afternoon we have to go to the police station to watch video from one of the places they used the cards at to see if we can ID the guys. We are pretty certain we know who did it, so the ID part will be easy. Not a good ending to a good weekend though, and Cameron isn't handling it well. He is so young and he has his own version of what he thinks happened. I hope he has a good day at school. Anyway... here is a fun little Halloween gift that I put together for my nephew's. The box is a mini card box, so after printing the template on cardstock and putting it together- I decorated it and filled the box with mini memory cards. I used Batty For You for the cards. I stamped each stamp twice. Then I cut the cards out and "laminated them" with clear contac paper for durability. There are a total of 16 cards in the box. They fit perfectly. I hope the boys like them!

Friday, September 21, 2007


Here is one of the new bellas that I got as a gift from Ashley. I made this card for today's SCS Limited Supplies Challenge. We were to limit our layers to 3 or 4. I used 4, but I really wanted to put more! The sentiment on the inside reads- I'm only a mouse-click away. I'm sending this card to a friend of mine that works in an office. That's all I'm going to say because I know she'll be reading this! Have a great weekend! We are going camping!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fluffle Sends You Birthday Hugs & Wishes

I decided to use one of the Fluffle images (by Stampendous) that Amanda had sent me a while back for today's SCS Way To Use It Challenge. This was a great challenge for me because we were to used Basic Grey any way we wanted in our creations. Since I just got back from regionals, and Going Grey was using in all of our make & takes, I didn't have to think very hard about this one. It pairs well with almost any color combo. I chose Groovy Guava and Soft Sky. I Cuttlebugged the Soft Sky, added some scallops, ribbon, brads, and Voila!


You can click on the layout to see it in larget format!
It's been a while since I posted a layout for you, and since today's SCS challenge isn't posted yet, I thought I'd share this one with you. This layout uses the Level 1 hostess Simply Scrappin' Kit called Creative License. I love the color combo in this kit- Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, and Blue Bayou. This fun kit fits perfectly with Cameron's unique personality.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Let It Snow Pixel!!

Yet another image from Ashley! These little guys are Pixel and Pookie by Stampendous. I went for the wintergreen look for my color combo. The sketch is from today's SCS sketch challenge. I used Always Artichoke for the card base. I then layered Soft Sky on top of that after I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the snowflakes embossing folder. For the strip across the middle I used Mellow Moss and Sage Shadow. I used the slit punch for the scallops and the paper piercer and mat pack to poke holes across the top of the M. Moss. I tied a piece of Soft Sky stitched ribbon across the strip and attached a hodgepodge frame that says "Let It Snow". (From Tiny Talk- Retired) Then I matted my Pixel on S. Sky and A. Artichoke. I colored him with SU! markers and Prismascolor markers. There is glitter on his hat and scarf and liquid applique on the ball of his hat and shoes. He is up on dimensionals. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy this beautiful day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today's SCS Color Challenge and a Mojo Monday Sketch

Yes, I know it's Tuesday, but for today's color challenge I wanted to pair it up with Julee's Mojo Monday sketch (from yesterday since I didn't get to it). The image I used is another that I got from Ashley. Today's colors were Really Rust, Sahara Sand, and Chocolate Chip. It looks like fall is quickly approaching, although this week and weekend is supposed to be beautiful. Enjoy!

Monday, September 17, 2007

2-5-7-10 Box With A Flap

Finally, I get to work on a SCS challenge. I haven't done one for over a week. I ended up not having daycare kids this morning, so I've had time to play. Today's technique challenge was to make a 2-5-7-10 box with a flap. Here's the link to the tutorial if you'd like to try it for yourself. I used a sheet of Cutie Pie d.p. cut down to 8 1/2 x 11"for the box, and the butterfly image came from Ashley. I colored it with Prismacolor markers and added some glitter. Hope everyone has a great weekend and has a great work week!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today's Workshop Projects

Here are the projects we made today at my workshop. The hostess is having a baby girl in November, so I demoed this 6x6 scrapbook page and then gave it to her. I used Kraft as my base, the Chocolate Chip and Groovy Guava for my coordinating colors. The set I used is Bundle Of Joy.This is a 2, 4, 6, 8 box that I made for the hostess and filled with incentive stamps.
How funny is this guy!? There is no stamping on this one, but I wanted to showcase our circle punches.
This technique is soot stamping. It is a very easy one, but a little time consuming, so I was glad to do it with a smaller group. You simply brayer a piece of glossy cardstock using a spectrum pad. Then you hold it over an open flame to cover it all with soot. Then you stamp whatever images you want into the soot. Here, Autumn Harvest was used. Then I had them spray it with clear acrylic so that the soot wouldn't rub off. I learned that even grown-ups love to play with fire!
Last, but not least.... we used the Sanded Background stamp on the different color sqaures and embossed the faces from Carved and Candlelit.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Halloween Lollipop Bucket

I found these fun colored buckets at Target for $1. I got Turqouise, Red, Yellow, and Green. If you've noticed I'm on a kick with Turqouise, Orange, and Black for my Halloween goodies so this is the bucket I chose to deck out for my son's teacher. I'll give it to her a few weeks before Halloween and she can give the suckers to the kids for rewards if she wants. I used none other than Batty for you and mounted them on scallop circles, than attached them to the suckers with sticky strip. I put a foam ball in the bottom of the bucket so the suckers would stay in place. Then I cut out Happy Halloween using the Big Deal Alpha and placed it on the bucket. Oh- I put googly eyes on the bats and spiders! I think it's pretty cute. Maybe I won't give it away...HMMMM!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Love My New Haircut

Well, I'm back and I am happy with the way it turned out! Much different from what I'm used to and a little more work than a ponytail, but I needed a change. What do you think?

Also, as you know my grandparents watched the boys while we were in KY. I didn't really do anything for grandparents day, but I wanted to thank them for keeping the boys with a gift. I found these adorable kits by Making Memories at Target. All you do is add pictures to the chipboard frames and decorate as you want. These would be easy to duplicate with any wreath and Stampin' Up Chipboard frames. I may be making more for Christmas gifts.

Waterfall Card

Another first for me! I've never attempted the waterfall card before, but I think I've got it mastered. I used the Batty For You set, along with my favorite punch- the scallop! I put scallop circles on everything now! Hope you don't get sick of seeing them anytime soon. I typed the sentement on the computer. It says "When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, 'tis Halloween!" I have to tell you, I'm a little nervous today. This afternoon I'm going to get my haircut...short. I haven't done anything different with my hair in a long time, so I'm due for a change. If I like it- I'll post a picture tonight. If I don't post, that means I hate we'll see what happens. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Surprise Pop- Up Slider Card And A Few More Regional Pics

Yesterday I finally had time to work on the slider card that everyone was posting last week. It was intimidating at first, and then it all fell together. Maybe later I'll post the link on how to make it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

More Regional Pictures

Ashley spoiled me with all these goodies! I can't wait to alter some of those tins!These were the make & takes from Regionals
This is the group of ladies that we sat with.
Me & Ash
Me & Ash

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Home From SU! Regionals

We had such a great weekend in Louisville this weekend, but it's good to be back home with the boys. I finally got to meet Ashley in person! Her and her husband ,Stephen, chauffeured us around all weekend. She is so sweet and has the cutest little accent! You would think she was originally from down south, but she's not. Here are the pictures from Friday night. We made a quick stop at Archiver's before headed to the Cheesecake factory for a LATE supper.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

"Witch"ing You A Haunting Halloween

My Bellas and Watercolor pencils have seriously been neglected lately, so I decided to use both for this card. The color scheme came from the dp still on my desk that I used on my last post. Speaking of last posts...this will be my last until I return from regionals on Sunday. I hope to have lots of inspiring ideas to share with all of you. I used only orange for my card base. Then I randomly stamped images from Polka Dots & Petals on white, using black, T. Turquoise, and, O. Orange. The cat image mounted on the scallop circle is from Batty For You. And as promised...the tutorial for the criss cross card. I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will be back Sunday night!!

Halloween Criss Cross Card

This week's SCS tutorial is to make a criss cross card. I have never made one before, although I think they are neat looking. They are so easy to make. I will be back later with the tutorial on how to make these fun cards!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Sketch

Here is today's sketch challenge card. I'm not overly excited about this sketch. I'm not sure what I would change to make me like it, but as it is- not lovin' it! I used dp from Walmart and the sets I used are Autumn Harvest and Holidays & Wishes. Maybe I'll be back later with something more exciting. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

You're Absolutely Fabulous!

Today's SCS color challenge was to use Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke. I love these 2 colors together, but had a hard time working with only 2 colors. I used In The Spotlight Hostess set and Absolutely Fabulous for the sentiment. I also used my cuttlebug and bloom dots embossing folder and slider dies. Thanks for stopping by!

Wiper Card

While visiting Amanda's blog the other day, she had a link with a tutorial detailing the "wiper card". It looked easy enough so I gave it a try. I made this card for my Papa. Next weekend is Grandparent's Day. I have to make one yet for my grandma. But I wnt them to know how much I appriciate them. They mean sooo much to me and my family! The set I used on this card is from MFT, called Let's Hear It For The Boys. There are so many stamps in this set. I'll be using it a lot for my "man" cards. Hope you had a great long weekend!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

My First Attempt At Etched Glass

I am so excited to share this technique with you. It is super easy! I am not a big fan of etched glass. I don't own any and I wouldn't buy any.....but.....this was so much fun to do. So- sorry friends and family- beware there are gifts of etched glass coming to you for Christmas. I found these 4x4 glass squares by Darice at Pat Catan's in packs of 4 for less that $2.00. I went this route for my first try incase I screwed up. I did buy a couple of square glass jars with lids to try later. And I'm going to assume it's easier to work with something square vs. something round like a votive holder. But I'm a beginner so what do I know.

Here's what you'll need:


*Embossing Buddy

*Heat Gun

*Clear Contact paper (if desired)

*Armor Etch Glass Wtching Cream ( I got mine at Pat Catan's, but's pricey!)

*Paint Brush

*Glass Item


*Windex & Paper Towel

You ready? Here we go!

1. Start by cleaning your glass item with Windex. Fingerprints are not your friend.

2. Rub your item with the embossing buddy.

3. Cut a shape out of your Contact paper. I chose to cut a circle with my Coluzze to create a mask, but this step is not required. Apply it to your item so that the stamped images will be in the center of your cut out shape.

4. Stamp your object with Versamark. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat to melt. *GLASS WILL BE HOT**

5. Pour a generous layer of Armour Etch over your project, and spread with a paint brush. Let set for 5 minutes.

6. Rinse cream of with warm running water. You may need to lightly rub it off with your finger.

It only took me 15 minutes to do this from start to finish, so it's not that time consuming. Give it a try! Photographing this little guy was the hardest part!

Back To School

This week both of my older boys headed back to school. I had ordered 2 new sets from My Favorite Things, and they came just in time for me to make a card for the boys. The set I used is called Back To School. Cameron loves to watch me stamp. Anytime I stamp an image of a person he always asks, "Is that you Mommy, or is that me?" This time was no exception. He said, " Mommy, did you get new red shoes and you forgot to put your head on!" I had to laugh, because he does not realize that the people images from MFT do NOT have heads! Very observant little guy, isn't he?! The school week went great for both of them, and I'm glad to finally be settling back into a routine.