Friday, September 19, 2014

Control Freaks BOO to You! Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is, as you might guess, Halloween!  I'm a big fan of Halloween, so I had to play along.  You've probably arrived here from Debbie Henderson's blog.  Her projects are always so beautiful!

I was very attracted to the Note Tag punch in the Holiday catalog, so I had to think of a way to use it.  I just love little candy holders, so here's a new quick-and-easy nugget holder.

Start with 1-1/2" strips of cardstock, stick the paper into the back of the punch to only punch the upper edge.  Then score 2-1/4" and 3-1/4" from the punched edge to create the nugget holder.  You can fold the holder and make a little pencil line to mark where the next upper edge punch should go.

Grab some nuggets, decorate, and you're done!  There are tons of fun stamp sets in the Holiday catalog for decorating!

Stamps: Merry Everything, Fall Fest, Ghoulish Greetings, Tee-Hee-Hee; Paper: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon; Accessories: In Color Sequin Assortment, Old Olive & Tangerine Tango Two Tone trim, Note Tag punch, 1/8" punch, Fall Fest framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot.

I challenged myself to make a project with the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set, and the little pieces of the witch's outfit just said dress up to me.  My daughter loves interactive cards, so this is a greeting card for a child, who can then position the pieces on the card as he/she likes (think Colorform).

To make the pieces repositionable, I applied Tombo liquid glue to the back of the pieces and let dry overnight.  I put the "stickers" on a piece of Window Sheet.

Here's an example of the stickers in place with the swinging doors open...

... and closed.

I had the help of my e-cutter to cut out the frame pieces.

Stamps: Tee-Hee-Hee, Hardwood BG; Paper: Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Window Sheet; Ink: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Mini Silver brad, Linen thread, In Color Sequin Assortment, Sponge, Simply Scored, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

Now it's time to jump over to the Judy DiScipio's blog to check out what lovelies she has for us. 

FM178 Sweet Moments

Tara's challenge this week on the Friday Mashup is vellum and stitching.  Stitching?  I've got this!

I used the new Four Feathers bundle from the Holiday catalog.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a Project using "Vellum". 
  • Create a Project with "Stitching (Sewing or Faux)".
  • or Mash it up! and create a Project with "Vellum and Stitching".
I had help from a fun As You See It color challenge a few weeks back and this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.  Isn't this a yummy color combination?

Stamps: Four Feathers, Remember This; Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Kaleidoscope DSP; Ink: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Versamark; Accessories: Strawberry Slush baker's twine, White EP, Feathers framelits, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Elegantly Eclectic & More

After returning from vacation, I needed a quick club card.  Have you seen the Kinda Eclectic samples from Convention?  Just lovely and perfect for club!

This set has a mixture of images, all with a vintage feel, perfect for a collage.  All the projects I have seen with this set are quite stunning!

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic; Paper: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Crumb Cake, Black Stazon; Accessories: Linen thread, Elegant Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Hostess Promotion - Listen up future hostesses!  Host a party, workshop, or private class totaling $300 or more, and receive the fabulous free hostess set, Good Greetings.  This offer is available through October 31.  Book your event now!

Weekly Deals -
Gold 1/8 Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Gold 1/8" Ribbon
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Happy Hour Wood Stamp Set
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Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die
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Sweetheart Punch by Stampin' Up!
Sweetheart Punch
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Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine
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Wooden Elements Embellishments
Wooden Elements Embellishments
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Write Stuff II Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Write Stuff Ii Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Yippee-Skippee Wood Stamp Set
Price: $18.95 $14.21

Monday, September 15, 2014

MDSM82 Flower Child

Tara brings us a sketch and challenge right up my alley for this week's MDS Monday, lots of white-space (or vanilla-space) with a pop of color.

It is a good thing that MDS is on-the-go crafting, because I have had a heck of a time sitting down and getting my pages done.  We wrapped up the mountain biking season and vacation, and now we start right into the cyclocross season.  We have double weekends for the next four weekends.  I'm already tired.  Anyway, here's a page I whipped up on the way to Saturday's race.  I took Tara's sketch pretty literally and focused on the photo.

Papa always wants to get rid of the dandelions, but Missy and I happen to like them!

Here is Tara's sketch -

MDS Elements: Textured Very Vanilla card stock, Paper Daisies, Taffeta Trimmings, Designer Rosettes, Basic Pearls, Downtown Grunge frame; Font: Beachman Script.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Truly Grateful

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with the fall and harvest stamp set, Truly Grateful.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Dawn's blog.  I really enjoy Dawn's fun projects!

I was thinking about the Thanksgiving table with this stamp set.  This set would make lovely accents to a candle centerpiece and Thanksgiving decor.  Here, I played with a table setting.

We often go around the table and say what we are thankful for.  So as guests gather for dinner, they can jot down a few notes on this "Thankful for..." notecard.

For a little treat before or after dinner, I cut the upper flap off the Petite Purse die-cut to create a little candy holder.

These projects use this week's Colour Me...! color challenge.

Stamps: Truly Grateful; Paper: Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla; Ink: Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar; Accessories: Coastal Cabana baker's twine, Sponges, Petite Purse die, Big Shot, Raffia, Dimensionals.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fabulous projects the wonderful Deb Burgin has put together with Truly Grateful


Friday, September 12, 2014

FM177 Fall Hello

Today is my turn to host the Friday Mashup challenge, and this challenge is courtesy of my 7-year-old daughter.  I asked her to help me create a challenge, along with a sketch, and this is what she came up with.

Sketch by: Janneke 
Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project using the "Sketch". 
  • Create a project with "Leaves".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with "Leaves using the Sketch".
Feel free to interpret the shapes with what you have on hand, and also keep the background clean or add strips of patterned paper - crafter's choice!  Can't wait to see what you create!

For my card, I also played along with Mix-Ability challenge #60, The Printed Word, and Dare to Get Dirty DTGD14CassieT.

I masked off the background, colored with watercoloring, and stamped the background image.  The trick is to use lots of water and dry in between colors.  I love how the colors blend together!

Stamps: Four You, Dictionary BG; Paper: Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP, Watercolor paper; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Memento Jet Black; Accessories: Burlap ribbon, Watercolor brush, Painter's tape, Sponge, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quick & Easy: Fall Fest

What fun is this Fall Fest stamp set and coordinating framelits?!  This set is great for Halloween, fall, right into Thanksgiving.  Following the CAS(E) this Sketch #89 layout, I created a custom watercolor background with coordinating card colors.

Stamps: Fall Fest, Ghoulish Greetings; Paper: Whisper White, Lullaby DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Memento Jet Black; Accessories: Autumn Wooden Elements, Old Olive Two Tone Trim, Watercolor brush, Fall Fest framelits, Big Shot.

Hostess Promotion - Listen up future hostesses!  Host a party, workshop, or private class totaling $300 or more, and receive the fabulous free hostess set, Good Greetings.  This offer is available through October 31.  Book your event now!

New Polymer Set Released - A new photopolymer stamp set is released on the second Tuesday of the month and is available for 6 months.  This month's is You're Wonderful.

Weekly Deals -
2 Circle Punch by Stampin' Up!
2" Circle Punch
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Blushing Bride Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
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Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter by Stampin' Up!
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Hexagon Punch
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Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
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Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups
Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups
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What's Up Punch by Stampin' Up!
What's Up Punch
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World Traveler Photobook Template -- Digital Download
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