Sunday, October 31, 2010

Got Treats?

Happy Halloween Everyone! This is my one and only Halloween post for this year. I wouldn't even have had this one, if it weren't for my mom. How is that you may ask? Well, she came over for my workshop last month and was browsing the catalog, when she pointed out these cute little Milk Cartons. Sure, I had seen them before, but didn't really give them much thought.

Well, we went in together to get them and I'm sure glad I did. They are just too cute! The Milk Carton die cut runs through the Cuttlebug or the Big Shot. It not only cuts it out, but it scores the fold lines as well. There are plenty of videos on YouTube on how to put them together. They're really very easy.

Of course, Milk Cartons aren't Milk Cartons without a cute little holder. I found this tutorial at Kim Score's Blog. It lists all the dimensions and directions for creating them. Then, all that's left is decorating. I purchased the Got Treats? stamp set to go with this. It has Got Treats? stamps for: Halloween, Christmas, St Patty's Day, Valentine's Day and Birthdays. Just adorable! I can guarantee you'll see one of these for each upcoming holiday. What a great gift idea...just fill the cartons with some sweet treats. Can't wait to gift one ;)

Hope you all have a fun & safe Halloween!

Stamps: Got Treats?
Paper: Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black Cardstock; Cast-A-Spell DSP (Retired)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: Mini Milk Carton Bigz Die, Bone Folder, Sticky Strip, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch and Black Brads

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabulous Foliage

I saw this beautiful card by Dawn Olchefske and had to recreate it. I love the colors and the design...not to mention, it's using my new favorite stamp set, French Foliage.

What caught my eye was the square shadow that's part of the focal image. You use SU's Clear Blocks to create this effect. I used size 'D' here.

To create this look:
1. Ink up the block on your stamp pad and stamp off two times.
2. Stamp it on your cardstock. I used Crumb Cake for this step.
3. Run the edge of the block around a darker color and stamp over the original image. I used Early Espresso for this step.

I would have loved to have added some Early Espresso ribbon to this, but I didn't have any. So, I improvised with one of my must have items - Linen Thread. I tied it threw a button and ended up with a piece of art. I Love it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: French Foliage & Falling Leaves
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso & Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Accessories: Clear Block D, Linen Thread and a Very Vanilla Button

Saturday, October 9, 2010

French Foliage

When I say that this stamp set is a must-have, it truly is. Not only can you use it for Fall, but, it has a cute little circular Paris stamp and a French Script stamp. Both of these can be used with other themed stamp sets (think Artistic Etchings ;) In two words...It's Versatile.

This card is straight out of the Holiday Mini. I used the same design, but switched it up a little. I added ribbon and stamped the 'Grateful' sentiment directly on the mat. I just couldn't make the tag on the original card work for me.

I must disclose that the Grateful sentiment is from another stamp set - Falling Leaves. I bought it for the sentiment and for the cute leaves and acorn it has. The Grateful works well with this card, but you could use any other sentiment that you have.

I will be making more designs with this set, so you'll be getting lots of ideas for it. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: French Foliage & Falling Leaves
Paper: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard & Crumb Cake Classic Pads
Accessories: 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon & Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Paper Strip Pumpkins

I'm a sucker for pumpkins...any kind! So when I saw these in our Stampin' Success Demo Magazine, I had to make them. They were a definite hit at my last workshop.

For the paper, I used the new Autumn Spice DSP. It's a heavier weight paper which I think you'll need for these. Cardstock would work as well. Here are the instructions:

1. Cut (9) 3/4" x 6" strips of paper.
2. Stack them print side up and punch two holes
in each end. You will need a Crop-A-Dile
type tool to get through the layers.
3. Adhere a 5/8" Jumbo Brad to one end - this will be the bottom. Fan out all the strips in an even circle.
4. Pull the strips up alternating opposite sides and adhere at the top with a 5/16" Brad. This will be the top.

5. Now embellish your pumpkin as you like. I used a Leaf Die, a Button and a Curly Cue made by wrapping a thin strip of cardstock around a pencil.

They're too cute! You could make a couple different designs and put them in a cute little tin or basket. Instant Fall Decor. Would love to see yours if you make some, so be sure to leave me a link. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: None
Paper: Old Olive Cardstock; Autumn Spice DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: 5/8" & 5/16" Brads, Crop-A-Dile, Leaf Die, Green Buttons, Linen Thread and Pop Dots/Glue Dots

Autumn Spice

Autumn Spice...doesn't it just conjour thoughts of Fall? Well, that's the DSP that I used on this card. The Fall patterns are colored in Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard and Early Espresso. It's perfect for all those Thanksgiving cards you'll be making next month. There's not a bad print in the pack.

I still feel like this card is missing something, but I've exhausted all the, it is what it is. Hope you like it...thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes & Falling Leaves (inside of card)
Paper: Cajun Craze, Old Olive & More Mustard Cardstock; Autumn Spice DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: 1/4" More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Oval XL Punch, Modern Label Punch, Leaf Button, Linen Thread, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack