Wednesday, October 31
So, here's a quick snapshot my little spooky tree and a few little treats. This is on a table by our entrance.
Anyway, I was trying to make the tree look like it had been papered with the Trick or Treat ribbon but I am not too happy with the look. Since it will come down tonight, I am not going to worry about it.
The tree: Got the tree at Michael's with a coupon. Tag ornaments were done with tag punches, used Whimsical Alphabet for letters to spell out Happy Halloween. Other ornaments done with various circle punches and scallop circle, used images from Bitty Boos.
Little Treat Box: Covered matchboxes, got the idea from Cambria Turnbow
The jars are baby food jars-- I painted the lids with black paint, added a band and topped off with the scalloped circle and an image from Batty for You.
What's Cookin' Card: Haunting Halloween kettle and the What's Cookin' from the BBQ set that retired a couple of summers ago.
Have a great day! Tomorrow is November, I can't believe it!
Friday, October 26
Details about card: 53 from Whimsical Numbers (retired), Medallion from Wanted stamp set, Happy Anniversary from Hugs & Wishes stamp set, the stars and smoke blowing out of the lawn mower is from Haunting Halloween, and last but not least the lawn mower and mower sentiment are from Hambo Stamps. Also used: Dimensionals, Scallop Circle, 1 1/2 Circle, 1 3/8 circle punches, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Real Red marker, sponge daubers, Creamy Caramel Classic ink pad, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, River Rock Card Stocks. Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke Craft ink and Clear Embossing Powder.
Monday, October 22
Sunday, October 21
Micaela is facinated with trains so we took the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) train from Plano all the way into Dallas. Taking the DART train was not faster just easier than driving in traffic, paying for parking, etc. Micaela enjoyed looking out the window and watching all of the people. (You know, you see all kinds of people on the train).
Micaela enjoyed looking at all of the animals. It was interesting that many of the animals were being fed Halloween type food. The gorillas and chimps were eating pumpkins and the bald eagles were being fed rats (eek!). Here's a picture of one of the gorillas munching on a pretty good size pumpkin.
Friday, October 19
I really studied each and every one of Jan's calendar pages and I learned some things along the way while I made my own.
- The average rings have a hinge that does not fit in the holes of our Jumbo Eyelets. These are 35mm. I contemplated using ribbon or rope instead of the rings but decided the coasters would stack better with the rings. I am looking for some thinner rings.
- The third hole on the Paper Piercing Template is really too close to the top, moving an additional 1/4 down would be better.
- Use the A-1 setting on the Crop-A-Dile to set the Jumbo Eyelets.
Here's the some more of the nitty gritty:
- Covered light weight coasters in each of the 12 paper designs.
- Used Sanding Block to sand edges and corners
- Used Creamy Caramel Classic Ink to ink edges and back side of coasters
- Used the Paper Piercing Template from the Mat Pack to mark the holes for the eyelets. I used the third large hole and marked the back, then flipped the template to mark the other side so the holes would be equal distance from the edge.
- Made holes using Crop-A-Dile
- Set Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets using Crop A Dile... 24 of them!
- Printed calendars using the website Jan recommended: I printed with brown ink on Confetti Cream card stock.
- Matted all calendars in either Real Rust, Chocolate Chip or Creamy Caramel.
- SU stamp sets in order of appearance: All Holidays, Elegant Inspirations, Doubleline Doodles, Garden Whimsey, Wanted, Baroque Motifs, Elementary Essentials, ABC Alphabet Lower, Booglie Eyes, Autumn Harvest and last but not least Fun & Fast Notes
- Used SU Ribbon: Chocolate Chip 5/8 Grosgrain, Caramel Gingham, River Rock Double Stitched colored with Really Rust marker.
- Used Markers to color: Really Rust for flowers on March page and Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel and Really Rust for Christmas Tree on December page.
- Everything is stamped with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder with the exception of November. I used Vanilla Embossing Powder on the Happy Thanksgiving and Versamark and Gold & Copper Embossing Powders on the leaves from Autumn Harvest.
- Used photo corners from the On Board Blossoms & Basics assortment on the July page. I pressed the photo corners into my Pumpkin Pie Craft pad and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
- Used Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware throughout with the exception of February & December: silver heart and star brads were dipped in Chocolate Chip Craft and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder to create a distressed look.
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This is a little Dove Chocolate Holder. When you open the flap, there's a Dove Chocolate piece adhered inside. (Earlier there was no picture of the inside)
Edited to add: I made a special trip to the store to get Dove Chocolate for the inside. As you can see, the Dove Chocolate piece fits perfectly inside the scallop circle.
Credit for this cute project goes to Vickie Maduzia. Mine is almost an exact CASE of hers. Vickie is a very talented stamper, she often writes tutorials for SCS and best of all, she is local and a very good friend of my Upline Denise Sullivan so we get to see her at trainings regularly. She just shared this project on one of the demonstrator groups I belong to. I just loved it! I am going to try to make up a bunch of these for my next MOMS meeting at church. Hat's off and thank you to Vickie!Here are the directions as written by Vickie:
(She used Baroque Motifs for the background and I chose the large swirl from the Priceless stamp set instead. )
1. Cut Pretty in Pink cardstock 3 ¼ X 9 5/8. You can get two of these out of one sheet of cardstock. Stamp all over with scroll image from Baroque Motifs, using Pretty in Pink ink.
2. Score with bone folder in 4 places, as follows: 3” 3 3/8” 6 3/8” 6 ¾”
3. Punch a Scallop Circle in one end. Fold up the flap, and secure with 2 dimensional dots. Affix Dove Chocolate with a mini-glue dot.
4. Punch a scallop circle out of Shimmery white paper. Sponge around the edges with Pretty in Pink ink. Draw a dot in the center of the scallop, then snip “petals” toward the dot, to make a flower. Stamp Circle of Friendship on a scrap of pink cardstock with Regal Rose ink, then punch it out with 1” circle punch, and affix to center of flower with a dimensional.
5. Stamp greeting in lower bottom corner with Regal Rose Ink. Attach pink ribbon if desired, with mini-brad. The greeting is from Refuge & Strength.
Colors from Left to Right.
Top Row: Green Apple, Tangerine, White, Metalic Chrome, and Majestic Yellow.
Bottom Row: Onyx Black, Gloss Cinnamon, Bay Leaf, Chrome ($500), Empire Red, and Caviar.
Tuesday, October 16
Our Little Pumpkins...
The humidity and wind did a real number on my hair.
My favorite shot of Micaela...
Monday, October 15
I've been making
the rounds with all our trade partners.
You know, this is dangerous work because every store I walk into, I want to buy something. This past week I visited several Williams Sonoma stores. All the stores had these fabulous displays showcasing their new line of 3-D cookie cutters. These are so darn cute!
The 8 pieces come in this adorable Haunted House shaped box. Included are a pumpkin, a black cat, a haunted house and a witch. And they are on sale for just $17.99! These are exclusive to Williams Sonoma, you can't find them any where else.
Click here to see their website.
Here we are... we've obviously both aged!
Here's me with two of my witch friends, Kristi -- friend from college and Judy-- friend from Bonham. Both these ladies have had perfect attendance at all my Witch Gatherings. Notice my spider web gloves...lol.
Thanks for letting me reminisce.
Friday, October 12
In the early 90's my friend Kristi and I had the opportunity to hear Nancy Brinker speak at Visions, The Women's Expo. I remember crying during the presentation. At the time we were in our early 20's and breast cancer was not something we gave any thought to, but since then the pink ribbon and what it stands for has always had a special place in my heart. Now that we are 30-something, we both know quite a few women who are either survivors, are being treated or have passed away due to breast cancer.
Although I've been busy with KA, I have been stamping late at night. In the next day or two I will share the projects my stamp club did this month and some Halloween items. Keep checking back!
Wednesday, October 3
Fall is in the air!
Here's a little card gift set I made using the new Apple Cider Paper. I just love this paper!
Here's what it looks like open. There are four cards and envelopes, two of each on each side. I used some of our new stitched grosgrain ribbon to hold the cards in place.
Here are the four cards and matching envelopes.
Here's a close up of the four cards.
I got the idea from basilefamily on SCS, she made one using our Cutie Pie Paper.
The folder is made with one sheet of Chocolate Chip 8.5x11 card stock. You score the long side at 2" and the short side at 5.5". I used our slit punch to make a hole for the ribbon to thread through. The motif on the front is from Baroque Basics, it was stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The little tag stamp is retired. The envelopes were stamped on both side with the Polka Dot background stamp. I used Really Rust, River Rock and more Apple Cider for the cards. The words are from "Think Happy Thoughts" stamp set, they are stamped in Chocolate Chip on River Rock, punched with the 1 1/4 punch and layered on another 1 3/8 circle in chocolate chip. The flower in the center was punched out of Really Rust with the Spring Flower Punch, then all of it was layered on a Circle Scallop Punch and finished off with an Aged Copper brad.