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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birthday Cards

Good Morning! 

I am going to share some more birthday cards with you today. 

This card is one of my favorites and was made from scraps!  I used a Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder to emboss the background paper from Lawn Fawn.  The butterflies were created from a Martha Stewart paper punch.  I folded their wings and only adhered the center of them to the card.   I used a Paper Smooches clear stamp to stamp the sentiment. 

This card was created with Washi Tape.  The sentiment was inked from a Memory Box woodblock stamp.  I used a large retro flower EK Success paper punch to create the flames on the candles.  First I paper punched a piece of gold glitter paper.  Then I cut off the flower petals and used them as flames.  I used foam tape to adhere the flames to the card.

Washi Tape, again!  I covered a scrap of white tag with the tape.  I used a Heartfelt Creations woodblock stamp to create the sentiment.  The background paper is embossed. 

Have a fun day!


Friday, September 29, 2017

"Hoppy" Birthday

Happy Friday, Everyone!

I have been busy creating birthday cards all week.  Now I need to find time to photograph them and write some blog posts about them.  For today I am going to share 2 cards. 

Years ago I used Action Wobbles on my cards.  They were a little big for some of my images so I was thrilled to discover that last year Art Impressions created Mini Action Wobbles.  They are about the size of a nickel and work perfectly on many of my images. 

Mini Action Wobbles are springs that you adhere to the back of an image and to your card.  When you flick the image, it wobbles back and forth and adds an element of fun to your cards. 

Here's today's first card.  After I stamped the frog onto patterned paper, I fussy cut it and cut off the head.  I adhered the frog's body to the card. Then I attached the Mini Action Wobble to the back of the frog's head and the card.  His googly eyes jump around when I flick the head.  The sentiment was created with an Endless Creations woodblock stamp.  I used a Hero Arts woodblock stamp to create the frog, a D R S woodblock stamp to create the cattails, and a Lawn Fawn clear stamp to make the log. 

I have always loved this floppy eared bunny from Alley Way Stamps.  For this card I stamped the bunny 2 times and fussy cut both images.  Then I cut off one bunny's head, attached the Mini Action Wobble to it, and adhered it directly on top of the other bunny.  I used dies from The Stamps of Life to create the balloons and balloon strings.  The grass hills were created with Lawn Fawn's puffy clouds border dies.

That's it for today.  I promise I'll be back with more birthday cards soon.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Washi Tape Birthday Cards

Good Morning Everyone!

As you know I have been spending a lot of time creating gift bags and wreaths.  Now it's time to focus on building up my card stash. 

I have an 8 pack of Washi tape that I thought would be fun to use on some cards.  I used just tape and a Lockhart sentiment stamp on the first 2 cards.  It's a gray day here today so the cards are a little dark, which is a shame because I love the way they look in real life.  Hopefully they will still inspire you.

Since there are succulents on some of the rolls of tape I decided to use Lawn Fawn's "Stuck on You" clear stamp set on a few of the cards. 

 Birthday cards are the perfect way to make someone feel great without buying them a present.  People will always remember how you made them feel and that you were thinking of them.  Go ahead.  Make some cards.  You'll feel good too!

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Floral Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

The projects in this week's classes are Gift Bags.  I have been busy creating sample bags to inspire my students. 

I told my students that they may want to use a border punch to decorate their bags.  To help everyone visualize what the border looks like I created this frame a long time ago and updated it the other night.

I used some flower Spellbinder Nestability dies to create this first bag.  I added a tiny ladybug brad to each flower. 

I used the largest die from PaperTrey Ink's Bloom Builders set one to create the dimensional flower on this gift bag.

Then I used the smallest die from PaperTrey Ink's Bloom Builders set one to create the dimensional flowers on this gift bag.

Many years ago I purchased the template for today's last gift bag from Denami Design.  That template is still available at this link.  It's a handy template to have when you need a small gift bag. 

That's all for today, folks.  Have a nice night!

Monday, September 18, 2017

More Halloween Gift Bags

Good Morning Everyone!

I am back to share a couple of more Halloween gift bags today. 

I apologize for the glare at the top of the bag.  The background paper is from SEI, but you can use any spider web paper and get a similar result.  The SEI paper has shiny silver spider webs on it.  I added a Martha Stewart skeleton sticker that I had in my stash.  I cut the pumpkin from an Accucut Peek-a-boo pumpkin die.  I created the sentiment on my computer and added a shiny daddy long legs sticker to it.  There are also some Favorite Findings spider buttons on the bag.

I love the little scene on this bag.  The tree was created with a Sizzix spooky tree die.  I used an Accucut die to create the ghost, Nestability dies to make the pumpkin and the moon, and an EK Success paper punch to create the bat.  As shown on a bag yesterday, I only adhered the bat's body to the bag, so that the wings would add dimension to the scene. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Halloween Gift Bags

Good Morning!

I love the colors of fall leaves, sunflowers, pumpkins, and Halloween decorations.  I love the brisk air that comes in the Fall.  I love Fall. 

The inside of my home is decorated for Fall and Halloween. The decorations inspired me to create some Halloween gift bags.  I gathered my Halloween paper punches, dies, ribbons, and stash of papers and got to work.  I used Halloween papers for the background of each bag and then created a scene on each of the papers.  Be sure to click on each image so that you can enlarge it and see the details more easily.
I used a Sizzix die to create the cat and an EK Success paper punch to create the bat.  I only adhered the bat's body to the paper so that the wings would be dimensional.  The moon is a bright yellow circle that I cut with a Spellbinders die.  I can tell that it has a green tint in the photo, but trust me it's yellow.  Can you see the ghosts in the background?  That's a piece of SEI paper. 

This bag was an easy one to create.  I used a glittery piece of K & Company paper for the background.  I added some SEI sheer spider ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the paper before I adhered it to the bag.  The spiders are Favorite Findings buttons.  I used glue dots to attach them to the bag. 

The background is a piece of SEI paper.  There are shiny black bats all over it.  I used a Sizzix die to cut the spooky house and an Accucut die to create the large ghost.  The ghosts in the windows are Martha Stewart stickers.  The ghost in the doorway is a Little B sticker. 

I have more Halloween bags to share with you.  Stop by tomorrow to see them.

The sun is coming out!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

More Pinwheel Wreaths

Good Morning Everyone!

If you have been following my blog at all, you know that I am obsessed with pinwheel wreaths.  I use double sided tag weight patterned papers to create them.  I feel that the papers I use have a fabric look to them and I love that look. 

I made myself a new Halloween wreath.  The green side of the paper has shiny black bats on it.  I put a shiny black enamel sticker in the center of each pinwheel.

Halloween is my sister Pam's favorite holiday so I made her a Halloween wreath too.  I adhered jack o' lantern buttons to the center of each pinwheel.

My sister Paula loves vegetables and grows many of them in her garden.  I used double sided vegetable patterned paper to make her wreath.  I adhered adorable vegetable buttons to the center of each pinwheel. 

Remember if you click on a photo it will enlarge the image for you.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Decoration

Hi Everyone!

I used a small Martha Stewart Ornament template to create today's Halloween decoration.  The template is used to make spiral ornaments.  I cut, assembled, and connected 6 spiral ornaments to create my decoration.

The star shape that you see can be used as a wreath, hung in a window or used any way you like.  It is about 12" wide and is made from double sided Halloween patterned paper.  I used 1.5 sheets of 12" x 12" paper to create it.

I keep meaning to mention that if you click on any of my photos, it will enlarge the image for you.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Halloween Tea Light Scene

Hi Everyone!

Marie and Dan's engagement party was Sunday.  Everyone had a lot of fun.  It was a ton of work.  I made all of the food for 30 people-appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. I was so exhausted on Monday I could hardly function.  Now that their housewarming and engagement parties are over, I am taking a break from all things wedding.

So I have moved onto Halloween.  There are lots of decorations in the attic, but I decided that even before I looked to see what is up there, I would make a few new things.

I started with a Halloween tea light scene.  I used my Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card die to cut the sides for the scene. I cut the pieces from spider web themed tag, vellum and chipboard.  I adhered spider paper to the front of the chipboard pieces.  Then I adhered a piece of vellum to the backside of the chipboard and added spider paper to the edges of it.

I paper punched bats, rats, and spiders and ran them through my Xyron X maker to put adhesive on them.  Then I adhered them to the vellum.  I also added some confetti spiders and pumpkins.  I cut the word "boo" from some borders I had in my stash and added them to the vellum along with some daddy long leg stickers. 

I used some thin green SEI ribbon to bind the pieces together.  A battery operated tea light is in the middle of the scene. When I dim the lights all of the embellishments stand our clearly and create a fun Halloween scene. 

If you don't own the die that I used, I am sure you could create something similar with other dies that you may have. 

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 8, 2017

DIY Food Labels for Buffet

Hi Everyone!

I have been missing from blogging for the past week.  I have been creating for many hours each day and haven't stopped to write a blog post.  Today I am going to share one quick idea. 

As you know I have been busy planning and prepping for Marie and Dan's engagement party.  Since both of them love tacos I decided to create a taco bar as the main dish.  There will be hard and soft taco shells to fill with chicken, beef, refried beans, and a variety of toppings.  I want everyone to know what's inside each of the crockpots so I decided to create labels for those foods along with some labels for a couple of the other foods.

I used a Tim Holtz small easel die to cut some easels from heavy yellow tag.  I typed the words for the labels on my computer and printed them on the yellow polka dotted tag I have been using for the party.  I used a Spellbinders Labels Eight die to cut the yellow labels and another die from the same set to cut the blue polka dotted background for each label.  I used Scor-tape to adhere the labels to the easel.  They stand up perfectly and look adorable. 

  Have a great night!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Concord & 9th Pop Art Pineapple Stamp Set

Hi Everyone!

I was shopping with Marie last night when I spotted a package of clear stamps that I just had to buy.  They were the "Pop Art Pineapple Stamp Set" from Concord & 9th.  It's a layering set of stamps and they are so much fun to use.  You stamp and create a variety of pineapples. 

Most days I use clear embossing powder on my stamped images.  Sometimes I use white powder, but I rarely use any of the other colors that I have.  I decided that gold embossing powder would look terrific on the pineapples. 

Here are the cards I made today. 

I guess Marie isn't the only one who likes pineapples!

Have a great weekend!