Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween Party Package

 I thought it would be so much fun to put together a little Halloween party kit for when the grandkids come over to do their trick-or-treating.  There's 6 of them, but I planned for 8, because sometimes we have a few cousins tagging along. 
I've got all sorts of stuff going on here, but the darling little characters are my favorite part. Most of them are from My Creative Time's Too Cute to Spook stamp set, which comes with coordinating dies.  The handsome little vampire is also MCT,  Fangtastic Day stamp (& die) set and he is the star attraction on the cover of the invitation!  Just look at him, all dapper and GQ-Ready!
I used SU Watercolor Paper, since I had to make a bunch of these I figured water coloring was the quickest way to get the job done.  I used a clear alpha stamp set that seemed to have a suitable design and the SU! Rich Razzleberry ink to throw some purple into the mix.   "Come if you dare!" was created on my Cricut Explore in CDS and it was hassle-free for a change.  Sometimes that software gets the best of me.  Added some sequins, a party-crashing spider from the same MCT set, a bat from my old, go-to Cuttlebug cut & emboss set.  Some SU Dimensionals because everything looks better in dimension, and I think this party will be rocking sooner then expected. 

The banner base was cut with my Stampin' Up! Banner Frameliets dies. I thought about doing something larger with my Cricut Explore, but felt the little characters would seem lost on a larger background.  I used 4 or 5 different embossing folders for the orange top panel and it  added some interesting dimension along with the gauze background stamp and the Stampin' Dimensionals.  For me, it's all about the little details.  The bats and spiders are from various punches (Martha Stewart) and metal dies (Cuttlebug)

The pinwheels were easily cut, punched and assembled using the We R Memories Pinwheel Punch Board.  I continued with the gauze pattern  stamp and also used a polka dot stamp, which works well with the Recollections pp.  I popped on a MCT ghost to the centers.  I had to "borrow" two of them for another project photo shoot, but they are back where they belong, spinning away on the pinwheels.

 The all-new Stitched Treat Sleeve Dieagain from My Creative Time, is the perfect size for holding home-baked goodies, and my daughter will be making a few batches of cute Halloween cookies to stuff these with, 'cause this grandma doesn't do baking very well.

The baker-daughter is also whipping up dozens of Halloweenie cupcakes, and it took no time at all for me to whip up these cupcake picks.  I always get the hard part of the job, don't I?
I quickly added some grey Copic detail to the little guy and used the label from the stitched belly band dies.
Is this not the cutest little mummy?   It makes me want to wrap up all of my grandkids in duct tape toilet paper!  HAHAHA!   That'll keep 'em quiet for a good 10 minutes.  I should probably mention that I LOVE my grandchildren.  To pieces.  LOL!
And since I had a few bags of 1-inch gumballs, I thought, "why not?"   The Teeny Tag dies are the perfect size for these little clear treat boxes.  The moms aren't going to be too happy about the gumballs, but don't they look cool?

These itty-bitty pillow boxes were left over from a previous project, and again, the Teeny Tags dies were put to use.  I have the spiders I put the spiders through as well.   So on the tags they went.  I wish they sold the mini M & M's in Halloween colors.  What's up with that?!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ghoul's Night Out

The current challenge over at Lawnscaping Challenge is Sentiments and since I've been itching to use the Quinn's ABC's dies, I decided to play along.  I just can't get enough of these adorable ghosts, who seem to love playing dress-up.  They are from the adorable Booyah set.  It's such a fun set that comes with lots of little accessories to go along with the cute little ghosts.  
Also thought I should start digging into my supply of Lawn Fawn  Polka In the Dark Collection Pack paper.  I love these Polka paper packs!
I created the tree with the branch from Winter Sparrows.  
The hills and clouds are from the Stitched Hillside Borders and Puffy Cloud Borders.
I used a glittery paper for the witch hats and added some Copic Spica Atyou glitter pen to the broom and metallic, opaque markers on the hats. 
 The team over at Lawnscaping has such amazing ideas and inspiration for this challenge!  

And a few more challenges that were the inspiration for my card:
Color Q #311 ~ I am lovin' this Colour Q inspiration image!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

One of Those Days

It's gonna be one of those days for this poor guy.  First he breaks a leg and then he misses the bus.   Hate when that happens!  But the good news is, he gets to play along with the Lawnscaping Texture challenge.  My initial focus was to use transparent micro fine glitter (for the first time) and then color over it.  I should have practiced a little bit first, but I guess it turned out okay.  First I stamped the image, then cut it out with the coordinating die, and since it's such a small little piece, rather than pour the glitter over it, I simply used a tweezer and dipped him directly into the small jar of glitter.  Gave it a good tapping and avoided the whole mess of getting the leftover glitter back into the tiny jar.   I burnished it with my finger and then colored with a Stampin' Up stampin' write marker (crumb cake)  There's a few spots where I had started to add a darker color but quickly changed my mind.  It's barely noticeable in the real world, but here in photos it's more obvious (and giving me such anxiety!).  I decided that wasn't enough texture so I dug through every drawer, bin, nook & cranny and came up with a brand new roll of adhesive-backed cork (which will be having a playdate with my Cricut Explore very soon).  I used a SU Word Bubbles framelits die and stamped the sentiment (from the Lawn Fawn set) using a Versamark ink pad and SU white embossing powder.  I was a little nervous about how the heat gun would affect the cork (it's super thin) so I worked quickly and it was just fine.  Still deciding there's not enough texture, I grabbed my new SU Brick Wall Textured Impressions embossing folder and embossed my background panel, then sponged on some SU Early Espresso ink.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut print & cut the bus and see the little exhaust poof?  It's from one of the party hats in the Hats Off to You die set.  I trimmed it a little bit to give it the shape I needed.  Okay, so now I'm on a full-blown texture obsession and decide to add SU Crystal Effects to the bus windows and a "dot" of Ranger Enamel Accents (black) to the center of the wheel.
The oh-so-sweet gingerbread man is from the little stamp set and coordinating die set called Oh, Snap!  I also used the park bench from the Winter in the Park stamp set along with the coordinating die set, which is available separately.  

I added a couple of SU pearls after the first two photos were taken, but then popped them off -- they looked silly, but this photo shows the micro fine glitter a little bit better

Lawnscaping ~ Texture
7 Kids College Fund ~ Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas ~ Fun With Puns
Little Red Wagon ~ Try Something New (microfine glitter & cork)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dana's Birthday Card

It was asked to make a quick birthday card and include the young lady's name on it.  Dana happens to be my youngest daughter's name (who just celebrated her 30th -- yikes, I'm old!), but as always, I neglected to take pictures of that one.  I used the Big Vases dies from Paper Smooches and some scraps of Stampin' Up! cardstock from some previous In Color years.  The stamped flowers and foliage are from the SU Bright Blossoms stamp set.  I think they teamed up nicely with the vase dies.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the vases, and since I wanted to play along with the Cards in Envy challenge, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  I used SU stamps with the same In Color inks as the cardstock to create the patterns on the vases.  A piece of SU wash tape served as my shelf.  The stamped sentiment is also SU and the name is from a QuicKutz die, which I've had forever and just getting around to using for the first time.  The alphabet is called Dragonfly, and then entire alphabet is contained on one die -- SWEET!  Added some sequins by Craft Medley and my quick birthday card was complete.  

Thought I'd play along with a couple of challenges:
Cards in Envy ~ It's a Birthday Party!
Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Challenge #117

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lady Bug Card and Bag

I've been waiting for my order to arrive from My Creative Time before entering the current Designer Challenge because I really wanted to make this adorable little set for my granddaughter.  She and her BFF are always exchanging little trinkets and I thought she'd enjoy having this for one of her little gifts.  I have a package of muslin bags from Stampin' Up! and finally, after a year, I worked up the nerve to try stamping on one.  Not the neatest job, but now I know what NOT to do next time.  My Staz-On ink pad is a bit on the dry side and the stamped lines were light, so I went over them with a Stampin' Up Stampin' Write marker.  
The card is a mini to accompany the little pouch.  
All of the stamped images and sentiment are from the My Creative Time stamp/die set called Hey There Little Lady, which is one of the sets from the most recent release.  So totally perfect, since my granddaughter, Bella, has been my Bella Bug since the day she was born.  The doily is from the Bunch of Stitched Doilies Dies, which I'm almost certain was part of the previous release.  LOVE that set!  (I have a really cute project that I need to post, using some of the doily dies from that set).  Added a few Doodlebug sequins, popped up the flowers, leaf and ladybug with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a touch of black Enamel Accents (by Ranger) to the bug's spots. 
 Oh boy...the sun was kicking today and I think I should have adjusted my camera settings :/  The colors are a tad bit darker in real life.
 On the white petals, I used a Sakura Pen-Touch white opaque ink pen, but "primed" it a bit too much and it bled.  Eventually got the hang of it, so hoping for better results next time.

I used the colors from the photo inspiration from the challenge:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Go Boldly

Time for another challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS!  It's an anything goes week.  I just love the Space Cadets stamp set with coordinating dies from Paper Smooches.  I have two of the Bo Bunny Blast Off! paper pads, stashed away for a few years now, and thought they paired up nicely with the stamps.  So I put a quick card together for my grandson, using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I used a Star Framelits die from Stampin' Up! and also from SU the 1 inch paper punch for the earth stamp.  I tried an assortment of dies and punches for the moon and just couldn't come up with the perfect size, so I fussy cut it. BLAH!  I added some colored Smooch Ink here and there, and of course, had to put some dimension into it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  That's it.  Easy Peasy for today.  Now I'm off to pick up one grandson and meet the rest of the gang at the water park!  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Yo Matey

I had a bunch of these parrots stamped, cut out, and just laying around on my craft table, so I thought I better color them up and get them on a card before they get swallowed up by the mounds of stuff surrounding them.  Of course it took me eons to color and I was pretty pleased with my coloring job.    Since I was making this for a couple of challenges, I wasn't completely satisfied with how the card turned out, so it was back to the drawing board.  Another decade passed while I colored the second parrot.  One of the challenges is a sketch, but I didn't stick with my original design and opted, instead, to make a shaker card.  And talk about luck...I was planning on entering the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge of Anything Goes but missed the deadline.  However, my card just happens to fit the current challenge, so WOO HOO!  
The parrot, sentiment and little jewels are all from the Ahoy Me Hearty stamp set and they were cut out using the coordinating dies from the Ahoy icons dies set

 I used Copics and a set of Stampin' Up! Stampabilities markers (discontinued) for the coloring and also added some Smooch ink and a touch of Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens for some shimmer and sparkle.  Doesn't show up too well in my photos.

The waves are an EK Success border punch, which I embossed with a Cuttlebug tiny bubbles  embossing folder and then added some white chalk.   I used a Paper Studio Anchors embossing folder for the background.  For the sentiment, I used a Stampin' Up! oval punch.
The window was cut with a Nestabilities reverse wonky rectangle die.  I added some sequins, seed beads and micro beads, along with the stamped gems.   The acetate window is Stampin' Up! as are all of the cardstock.  

Also entering the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and I'm probably squeezing in just under the deadline.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dinosaur Sidekicks

TGIF!  I needed a break from Father's Day projects and since I had out all of my Paper Smooches stuff, I thought I'd check out the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  When I realized that the challenge ends tomorrow, I jumped right in.  I work best under pressure because there's no time to dilly dally.  Otherwise, I could spend hours just trying to figure where to begin.  I literally grabbed the first stamp set in my Paper Smooches bin and just rolled with it.  Originally, I was going to have the dinos peeking through a window, but then thought the bodies were too cute to hide, so I went with the houses.  And how cute are those clouds, complete with a silver lining!  ADORBS!   And the best part of all, I used nothing but scraps.  I was going to use patterned paper on the little prehistoric pals, but then decided stamping a pattern is much more fun.  I have several large Stampin' Up! background stamps that I will never tire of, and the tiny textures are perfect for these smaller die cuts.  I had just enough Stampin' Up! scraps for the clouds and a strip for the background landscaping.  I used Stampin' Up! ink in Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, to coordinate with the SU Designer Series Paper scraps.  The houses are from a Sizzix stamp & die-cut set called Welcome Home.  

Here's the June Picture Perfect inspiration photo:

Here's all the Paper Smooches products used:
Cuteasaurus photopolymer stamp set
Dinos 1 Wise Dies
Curly Clouds Wise Dies
Super photopolymer stamp set (for the sentiment)
Luminous Spring photopolymer stamp set (for the butterflies)

Stampin' Up! products used:
Word Bubbles Framelits Dies
Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Pearls Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
2-Way Glue Pen

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pre K Graduate

I wanted to make a special card for my grandson, Angelo, who is graduating from Pre-K.  Angelo attends a special needs school and he has had many struggles in his two years at school.  But for every bump along the way, he's made much progress.  So proud of my little buddy!  
My adorable little graduate was done using my Cricut Explore and one of the characters from the Create a Friend cartridge.  I had some lingering Cricut Reward Points that were just sitting in my account, collecting virtual dust, so I figured I'd cash them in before it was too late.  The cartridge was free, along with a free one-year subscription to the Cricut Circle.  Haven't been a member of the Circle for at least 3 years, but it was free, so why not?  
I only used the bottom layer of the body, opting to not use the cut-out face, and instead used a Peachy Keen stamp.  The "Pre-K" is also a PK stamp from a large school set.  The small banner and stamp are a Stampin' Up! punch and stamp.  The splatter stamp is also Stampin' Up!  The green rectangle was cut using a My Creative Time stitched die and the background was embossed with a Paper Studio embossing folder (Hobby Lobby).  The yellow piece is a really cool, textured paper from Sizzix, which I've had for many years.  

I used the sketch from the current challenge at Die Cuttin Divas. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

'staches 'n glasses

Getting some Father's Day cards out of the way.  So easy, peasy with the dies from the What's Growing On?  stamp & die set from My Creative Time.  The rectangle mats are from the Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies & More set, also by MCT.  I find myself going to that set quite often.  Couldn't resist adding those wiggly eyes to one of the cards.  Sentiments are from the Guy Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!  

Just found the AAA Cards blog while searching for some CAS inspiration, and perfect timing too!  There current challenge (#40) is "For the Guys"

The Paper Girls Challenge #81 is a Father's Day/Masculine theme and they have some very cool ideas for Father's Day cards.  I'll be heading back over to take a closer look.

And over at Mema's Crafts , it's an "anything goes" challenge with optional Graduation or Masculine theme.  I only recently found this challenge blog and I was saddened to read that this will be the last challenge, HOWEVER, she is keeping the blog open... :)