Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reindeer treat tube

Hello!  It's kind of weird to be posting a Christmas project on Halloween, but I got tired of Halloween projects early this year.  :) 

For this project, I made a candy holder tube.  It's supposed to have red and green kisses, but surprisingly the stores have waited to put the Christmas candy out until after Halloween this year I guess, so I threw in some red and green Jolly Ranchers from my craft room candy dish just to give you the general feel for it until I can get my hands on some kisses.  The bottom of the tube was really easy to decorate, I just used a piece of paper from my scraps and some red ribbon and wrapped it around.

The super cute reindeer face is from KaDoodlebug Designs.  I used some more scraps from my scraps bin for the antlers and holly, and I think that worked out quite well.  The holly berries have some glitter glue on them for a little sparkle.  I used googly eyes instead of the eyes that came with the cut file, and there was no mouth with the cut file so I stamped one on.  What stamp did I use?  Well, I happen to have Pink by Design's "Orange you Awesome: and I used an eyebrow from one of the faces, upside down.  :)  I just colored it in with my versapen and stamped it right down.

Finally, I added a tag from my really old stash of tags that had been packed away for the whole year that we were trying to sell our house plus the six months we were at the apartment.  When I found them once we moved in here, I was like "I need to use these up!"  The back was white, so I thought it would work well.  I inked the edges with red ink and then stamped a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's "Christmas wishes" stamp set.

This project is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas- Anything Goes
Craftin' Desert Divas- Anything Goes
Paper Playtime- Googly Eyes
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween dress up card

I just couldn't resist getting one last Halloween card in before the big day approaches.  This is my first Halloween living in a neighborhood since I was a teenager, so I'm pretty excited.  I've already bought three bags of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters and I pulled Sophie's bumblebee costume out of storage so she'll be ready to greet the kids at the door.  :)

This card started with my idea that I wanted to color some of the kids from Pink by Design's Guess Who? stamp set.  I stamped them all and then colored them one day with colored pencils.  After that, I got out my 1 inch circle punch and punched some of them out.  I realized that I had a really colorful crew, so I decided then to make a little mosaic with 9 circles.  The two sentiment circles are also from the Guess Who? stamp set.  I had to mask the "got candy?" to stamp it in two lines instead of one to get it to fit. 

I layered it onto some spiderweb paper because I wanted the card background to be all black so it didn't interfere with any of the kids' costumes.  Then I put that onto a black square card base.

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Halloween. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall treat bag

Today I've got a fun and delicious treat bag to share!  I made this treat bag using a file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons called "Oval Window Treat Bag."  I cut the bag out of some paper from a KI Memories stack, and then decided to cut the oval with blue as a contrast to the tree.  I totally cheated on the clear part of the oval, since the kisses were wrapped anyway, and used a piece of the packaging from a collection stack I had gotten in the mail that morning and hadn't thrown away.  It worked!

I also cut the super cute tree from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons- this file was called "Autumn Tree." It was super easy to piece together, but it looks really complicated once it's all together.  After I was all finished and was cleaning up, I found out I'd missed one of the layers that had slid under another piece of paper, but you totally wouldn't be able to tell if I hadn't just confessed, right?  I love that.

I spent a really long time trying to get a picture that showed it was a gift bag, and also where I wasn't blocking all of the light.  It's been really dreary here lately (Except today, of course, after I'd already eaten *all* of the pumpkin spice kisses. That will teach me to enjoy my crafting props before loading the pictures to the computer.  I just couldn't help myself, they're really good!) so I've been without natural sunlight mostly.

I'm entering this treat bag into the Autumn Harvest challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Silhouette Challenges CH#6 "Critter"

It's time for another Challenge here at

A blog dedicated to the Silhouette Cutting Machines.
You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

Ch# 6 Critters
Begins: Tuesday, October 1
Ends: Thursday, October 31

Sponsors this month are:

My Scrap Chick
Prize: $10.00 GC

My Crafting Channel
Prize: $15.00 Amazon GC

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs
$15.00 GC

For my card, I couldn't resist this cute ninja critter from the Jonathan's Bears set from SVG Cuts.  Their files are quickly becoming some of my most used.  After cutting and assembling the bear and his outfit, I added a few finishing touches.  I used glossy accents on his blade to make it extra shiny.  I also used an ink pad on his belt to give it a better texture.  Both the background paper and the blue strip are from Amy Tangerine 6x6 pads, and the sentiment is from a stamp set from Paper Studio.  The bears in this set only come with noses, so I made his eyes with a handheld whole punch and his mouth is a lower case "l" from an alphabet stamp set.

Isn't he a cutie?  I liked the "surprise" sentiment because I thought a ninja would surprise you!  If you love critters as much as I do, make sure you play along and enter our challenge before the end of the month!
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Christmas bunny

Hello!  If you remember from a few days ago, I talked about how I had made a couple of cards using the same basic pattern and two different die cuts in between my wallpaper removal (why does the crafting always have to work around the real world stuff?)  Here is my second card from that day:

This Christmas card uses a die cut from Lettering Delights.  I love this set, which is by the same artist who made the Create a Critter series for the cricut.  It's such a cute little snow bunny!  I used some stickles on his scarf, and I think the glitter glue on his hat was off-brand glitter glue I got at Hobby Lobby.

Once again, the background paper is from Recollections. The ribbon is from American Crafts I think, and the button is from a Halloween button pack that also had a few that were just polka dots or stars.  I used some embroidery floss to tie into the button.

My stamp is from Pink by Design's Old Time Christmas stamp set.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Paper Playtime- Ribbon and Buttons
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, Christmas/Happy Holidays
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Turtle

This week I have been taking wallpaper down in our main floor bathroom, which means that after taking the top layer off, I spray a small section of the adhesive layer, wait 5-10 minutes for it to soak in, and then scrape it off and start over on a different section.  Because of this, I decided that the cards I made this week would be kind of "batch" card making, in that I cut the die cuts before starting the bathroom, and then went up to my craft room during my 5-10 minute breaks to do the glitter, background paper, embellishing, stamping, etc.  It was really kind of fun to see the two different cards that came out of the batch.  I'll post the second card later this week.

Today I'm sharing a Halloweeny card using the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  I made the witchy turtle and also her broomstick.  I used some Stickles on her hat and stomach to make her a fancy Halloween turtle.

The background paper is from Recollections.  I used a Halloween button from my stash and also some ribbon from my stash.  The stamp is from a Pink by Design stamp set called Artisan Tags 2.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas- Halloween
All That Stickles- Halloween
Paper Playtime- Ribbon and Buttons

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thankful for you

Hi friends!  I don't know about you, but I am super ready for the weekend!  I've been designated as the "drywall destroyer" in our basement this week, but I managed to sneak a little time in to craft too. 

I made this card with fall in mind, obviously.  The leaves are starting to turn here, I love it!  I started out with a brown card base and a piece of orange patterned paper from Recollections.  Then I layered some brown paper from DCWV over that (after wrapping some ribbon around it).

The leaf I chose was from Stretch your Imagination.  I went through a ton of cartridges looking at fall leaves.  It was kind of like Goldilocks- "this one's too plain, that one's too fancy" and then I found the one that was juuuuust right. It's the regular leaf, not the stretched one.

The sentiment is from Jaded Blossom's Thanksgiving Wishes stamp set.  I went through a ton of the brown paper scraps deciding between using my new gold embossing powder or my new gold ink.  I decided that for this card I liked the more dainty look of the ink rather than the embossing.  I'm still getting the hang of the heat embossing, and sometimes words are coming out looking kind of...chunky.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Bitten by the Bug 2- Fall leaves are falling (I don't have Art Philosophy)
Die Cuttin Divas- Use Brown
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, use a rubber or clear stamp
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Spooky tag

Is it really time already for Halloween crafting?  I guess it is.  I kind of missed September completely this year, what with fixing up the house and two straight weeks of constant vet visits with Sophie when she caught some sort of nasty stomach bug.

To kick off the Halloween season, I started with a tag.  I found a super cute Halloween 6x6 paper pad by DCWV at Joanns a few weeks ago and used it for this tag.  If you can't see, each diamond has a little skull and crossbones in it.  I cut the tag from a file from the Silhouette store- I think it was one that came with my Cameo, if I'm not mistaken.  Then I tied three pieces of Trendy Twin on the top and wrapped another piece around the tag three times.

I cut this poison bottle on my Cameo from Miss Kate Cuttables.  There were three bottles in the cutting set, plus a few words, but on tags I like to go super simple and to the point so I just picked the one that also had a skull and crossbones on it.  Can you see how crazy intricate my Cameo cut it out?  There's a little tiny nose on the skull!  I popped the bottle up on some foam squares over the twine, and really liked it like that. 

I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:
Trendy Twine- Spooky tags and twine
 2 Creative Chicks- Spooktacular Linky Party    
2 Creative Chicks- Halloween
Cameo Creations- A Haunting we will go
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A peek into my craft room

Now that I've got my craft room up and functional, I thought I'd give you all a peek into my creative space.  There are still a few things that need to get done, which I'll explain as I go along, but it's working for me for the time being, and that's all that matters.  I really like organizing (I'm a bit compulsive like that) so I think I'll probably go into more detail on some things in later posts.

The first picture was taken from the hallway.  Two main things are left to be done in this picture- I still haven't touched the windows/window treatments (yeah, that rolling blind left behind by the old owner definitely fell on my head on Thursday night) and the table that is currently functioning as my cutting station along the back wall will be replaced by white cabinets.  That's why there's just stuff piled up under the table- those are the things that I had planned to put in the cabinet. 

The second picture was taken from the door of the laundry room, which is right off of the craft room.  The closet doors are closed because I only have shelves in one half.  We're still looking for white shelves that are the right size for the other half, so it's just full of stacked up boxes.  

And, the last picture is from the current closet area, where you can see the door to the laundry room. Sophie's bed is over there under a window.  She's pretty much claimed the craft room as her own.  Any time I can't find her, I just go look there and she's snoozing away.

So there it is!  Even though there are many things I want to work on in there, it's still a space that I'm really happy in.  Also, it smells better than any room in the house because I always keep an air freshener with some sort of fall type of scent plugged in. 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cupcake stand

Hello friends!  I'm back at you, live with the first project I created in my new craft room!  I have one more corkboard to get hung on the wall, and then I'll take a few pictures and show you where I'm creating.  I'm still experimenting with where the best light for taking pictures will be here.  We get a lot of sunlight throughout the day, which is  nice.

Anyhoo, here's my card.  I used a white card base with some pink polka dot paper from Simple Stories.  I layered a strip of bright blue over that for some contrast, and then put the cupcake stand, which is from the Silhouette Store, on.  I stamped the sentiment with Jaded Blossom's "Hey Cupcake" set.  The cupcakes are glittery from some Stickles.  As you can tell from the shadows, I used some foam adhesive to put the cupcakes on the stand.  I thought about adding something else so it wasn't so plain, but nothing else that I tried looked right, so I decided to call it a day.  It's time to start beefing my birthday stash back up a little, because soon it will be Christmas card season and directly after that is a rush of family birthdays for about 4 months straight. 

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas- Anything with a Sentiment

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Yet more Sophie scrapbook pages

Here are two more pages I made about Sophie!  Hopefully soon I'll have everything organized and can get back to actually creating!

 The first page is actually on cream cardstock, even though in the picture came out white. I put a piece of orange chevron paper from Reminisce's "It's a Dog's Life" line along the side of the page.  I cut the picture down and put it behind a polaroid frame by Recollections.  The journaling block is cut from paper by Imaginisce's "Good Dog" line and the green tag is from Deja Views Dog Days stack.

The line to the right of the chevron paper is the branding strip from the same piece of paper, and the blue border sticker to the right of that is from Echo Park's "Woof."  The orange Dog sticker and the sticker that I put on the polaroid frame are from It's a Dog's Life sticker sheets.  

The title was cut from my Cricut.  The words "Bad" and "Bone" were cut from George and the words "to" and "the" were cut from Plantin Schoolbook.   

My dark green page was really fun and came together kind of quickly.  The white grid paper is from It's a Dog's Life.  The ribbon on the bottom right is something I picked up for $1 at Joann's.  The big star, which is on foam squares on two sides, is cut from the Snap 6x6 pad.  (Funny story about why it's a star: We were using a star die and the Big Shot in a class I took at Archivers that used the Snap pad, and I accidentally cut the brown instead of the grey that I needed.  Once I realized it, I was left with an extra brown star.  I told my friend Kim I'd find a place for it on one of Sophie's pages, and I did!)

The blue polka dotted paper and all three word strips are from "Woof" by Echo Park, as is the paw that's inside a circle.  The other paw, which is on foam squares, is from an embellishment set I had in my stash.

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