Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Box in a Bag

 Our Challenge this week at Crafting When We Can Challenge is Halloween or Anything But a Card  or Both - if you are feeling daring - like I am :)

Our Sponsor is Poodle Doodle

The directions for making this cute box can be found at Splitcoaststampers.
I used paper from a Me & My Big Ideas specialty stack. The tag punch is Stampin Up and the ribbon is from my collection

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tis The Season

This Holiday Note Pad was made using the Imagine and the Imagine Snow Angel cartridge.

I started by printing a full sheet of the snow flake paper on page 39.
This is then cut down to 10 3/8” x 12 “
Score and cut  according to the following diagram:
Fold the bottom flap up to the inside and attach the sides with a good adhesive. Attach the memo pad to the right inside with strong adhesive. Fold the top along bith score lines and attach with adhesive.

Using the shapes that come loaded on the Imagine, choose the square and fill with the bonus content found on page 28. Size at 8.5 inches and print on white card stock. Cut to 8" x5 1/16" and cover the front. I put Crystal Stickles on the snowflakes.

The house on page 26 is cut at 3.5" with all the layers. Liquid Pearl and glitter gel pens were used to add accents to the house. It was attached with dimensionals.

The snowflakes on pages 18 and 19 were cut at 1.6" with all the layers. Red Stickles were added and they are attached with dimensionals.

The closure is cut at 3.5" x 1.25 " from the same paper. The corners were rounded with a corner chomper. The clasp is a magnet from Basic Grey. I added some cotton for smoke from the chimney, red twiner and red seam binding along the edge. I sponged all edges with Stampin Up Bashful Blue.

On the inside, I used white gel pen to add stitching lines.

Supplies needed:
Imagine Snow Angel cartridge
White 12 x 12 paper
5 x 8 note pad
Strong adhesive - I used red line tape
Basic Grey magnet
Seam binding
Liquid Pearl
Gel pens
Cotton ball

I had so much fun making this project. I hope you like it.

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall is in the Air

...... or on my wall !
The theme this week at SweetSassyDiva  is Fall is in the Air (but in my neck of the woods we could see some snow tonight - oh yea !). I chose to make a simple banner using some of my favorite (but almost gone) Stampin Up designer paper.

The banner is cut from Country Life at 7.75". I attached the layers to the ribbon using some copper brads.

The letters are from Birthday Bash cut at 2.5". I inked the edges of the shadow layer with Marina Mist and used dimensionals to attach the top layer. I tied some brown bakers twine to buttons that came from one of my husbands old shirts and randomly placed on each letter.

 The rosette is made from 2 strips of 1.5" x 11" paper that is scored every 1/2" and accordion folded. I wish I could show how you to actually finish making these, but there are lots of tutorials out there to help you better than I can :) I can tell you that I have found the only way to hold them together is to dig out the hot glue gun !
I added a brown corduroy button to the center while the glue was still hot... it won't be going anyhwere :)

I apologize for the pictures taken on my well used crafting paper... as you can see, I don't use a new one for each project. Some day I will be better at adding the photo taking into my project plans ... yea , right.... that would mean I actually plan my projects instead of winging it ... hehehe

Recipe is as follows:
Cricut Country Life -  Banner cut at 7.75"
Cricut Birthday Bash -  Letters cut at 2.5"
Papers from Stampin Up
Ribbon from Stampin Up
Button From Stampin Up

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Paper Clips

To start this cute, fun project I cute black cardstock - 3 3/8" x 8 1/4 " - then scored at 3/4", 4 5/8" & 4 7/8".
The inside orange piece is 3" x 3 1/4". I'm sorry I don't have the info for cutting the slits, I just kind of did it by laying the paper clips on the paper and marking where I wanted the cuts to be.

After I attached the orange piece on the inside, I folded the 3/4" scoreline up and stapled close to the fold line. The staple is covered by the ribbon that I have had for ever.

The ghost is from the Stampin Up Owl punch. I cut the feet off and turned it upside down to make the ghost shape. The eyes are from the same punch. For the mouth I used my Gypsy and the elephant from Create a Critter, I hide all the cuts EXCEPT the eyes and cut out at 5.82 " I was making 10 sets of these so I had to cut out 20 sets, both  sides of the ghosts have eyes and mouths. After I had the ghosts with the faces, I used my glue gun to attach both sides together with the paperclip in the middle. This form of gluing the ghosts together makes them very sturdy.

The owl on the cover is from Stampin Up, stamped with Elegant Eggplant. The treat bag and beak are colored with Pumpkin Pie Marker, then punched out with the same owl punch I used for the ghosts.
The owl is layered on designer paper punched with the extra large scallop Circle punch from Stampin Up.
The background paper is from my stash layered onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock
The boo is from Stampin up and punched with the Tiny Tag Punch.
The flowers are from my collection, put together with a rhinestone brad.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick or Treat

This week at Sweetsassydiva, we are making something for giving or receiving for Halloween. This is definately a challenge for me as Halloween is not my favorite holiday. But that being said, I had fun making these treat holders and matching cards for my grandkids.
I tried to take pictures all along the process starting with laying out the cuts on the Gypsy  I cut out 2 images at 2" and one at 3". for the really small layers I try to cut extras... seems like some of the pieces go missing when I have just one....

and putting the paper on the mat.

Next are the steps to put the layers together...

Now for the treat holder,  here are the sizes and where to score for the fold.

I used the 2" image for the treat holders and and the inside of the card and the 3" image for the card front.

My Supply list:
Cricut Cartridge Happy Hauntings

Card stock is all Stampin Up - Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Gray

The purple is from my scrap box as is the patterned paper.

The stamps and punches are Stampin Up

All of the other supplies are from my supply stash that has long since lost the exact names.

I hope you will check out Sweetsassydiva everyday to see what my fellow design team has to inspire you.

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Christmas Comes Early

This weeks theme at Crafting When We Can Challenges is Christmas Comes Early and is being sponsored by Tickled Pink Stamps where you can find some really unique digis and stamps.

I chose the beautiful Vintage Christmas Lylah  and colored her with Copics..

I made a gate fold card with papers from my way to large collection of papers I have had and never used......The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and punched with Stampin Up punches.

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wrap it up Wreath

 I have to tell you, this is a VERY exciting day for me. This is my first project as a Design Team Member for Sweetsassydiva !  This weeks challenge is to make a wreath. Since fall is my favorite time of year, of coarse I would be using warm, fall colors.

I started by using my Gypsy to make the wreath form. I put 2 circles from George and Basic shapes on my mat and sized them at 9.5" and 6.25"

and cut out using a 12x12 sheet of brown card stock.

Next came the leaves... lots of leaves...that are from Everyday Paper Dolls, cut at 2" in 3 colors. I used metalic gel pens to bring out the cut lines and sponged the edges in Close to Cocoa from Stampin Up. Then I embossed them using the Forest Branches Cuttlebug folder.

The acorn image is from Holiday Cakes. I cut the shadow, base and shift layer all at 2". For the base and shadow I used the auto fill feature on the Expression 2 . I set the paper size to 11" x8.5", chose the image, sized to 2", then hit the auto fill.

I did the same thing with the shadow and shift layer. After I had the 3 layers cut out I decided that I wanted more than the 2 basic colors, so I got the Gypsy out again and pulled up the shift layer. I did the hide contour thing so I could cut the berries in one color then the leaves in another color.

I inked all the edges and put them together. I have some spare parts to use in future projects :)

Some feather yarn for the hanger, a few rhinestones and some of the extra small leaves were added and I called it done.

One thing I want to mention is I used my hot glue gun to assemble this project. I have found that things that have been embossed are hard to attach with double stick tape or regular paper crafting glue.

My supply list:
Cricut Cartridges : Holiday Cakes, Everyday Paper Dolls, George and Basic Shapes
Cards stock - Stampin Up -More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Really Rust, Early Espresso, Mellow Moss, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake
Ink - Stampin Up Close to Cocoa
Patterned paper - old Stampin Up Designer paper
Sakura Gel Pens - Lime Star and Gold
Feather Yarn

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Craft room meets Imagine

I finally was able to try using Cricut Craft Room with my Imagine. I am happy to say that it worked, well for the most part :) There was the little issue that the base layer of the banner printed in the wrong color and when I tried to make another mat layer to print just the banner in the right color, it added it to the first mat layer. So I opened a new project for just the banner... it printed the right color but didn't cut. Now I was trying to do this early in the morning before I went to work and didn't have time to try it again... I will give another go when I get the I quickly hand cut that layer and proceeded to put my card together.

The images are from Birthday Bash ( just got this cart and love it already!) and I filled them with colors from Imagine Best Friends.  I ended up cutting the card base from Crumb Cake cardstock. I wasn't loving the color that printed from the Imagine.
The yellow patterned paper is from DCWV ~ Mod-Retro stack

I finished it off with Stickles, Crystal Effects, White Gel Pen and a flower from my stash.

I hope to have more things to show you using the Craftroom and my Imagine, so stay tuned :)

As always, thanks for stopping by !

Monday, October 3, 2011

First Anniversary

Hello everyone... I just want to take a moment to recognize the 1st Anniversary of my blog ! I can't believe how fast it has speed by. I started this blog to be able to be a part of an Operation Write Home blog hop and here I am a year later with more than 80 posts and 135 followers..... Holy Hannah!

I am on a Design Team (very exciting) and have made lots of new friends who have left LOTS of encouraging comments. What more can you ask for?? Now if only work didn't get in the way of all this fun, who knows what I could do! hehehe :)

I will be aiming to have more post this year and maybe adding more followers. I can't wait to share more projects with you in my second year.

Thank you to all my followers for stopping by. I hope you continue to like what you see :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Crafting When We Can Challenge #3

Our 3rd challenge at Crafting When We Can is being sponsored by Sew Many Cards  For this challenge we get to use a Bingo Card! I will tell you that when I first saw this idea, I had absolutely NO idea what to do with it. But now that I know how it works, I really enjoyed it and will be saving it for future use ( when I need a push in the creativity department )

All you do is pick a row and use the 3 ideas on your project. I chose the diagonal line ~ Pink & Lime Green, Distressing and Kraft Cardstock.

I colored my image ~ Donkey with Turkey from Sew Many Cards with Copics, punched it out using a 2 3/8" punch and attached it to a scalloped background I made by cutting scallop circles into pieces and putting them back together in sort of a triangle shape. I embossed the pink with the Cuttlebug folder Swirls, Inked the edges in Melon Mambo and added the brown ribbon
The sentiment is from Stampin Up and is mounted onto the large label punch from SU. I added som Stickles and Glossy Accents for some bling.