Monday, October 28, 2013

Trick or Treat!

Late last week I received an invitation to set up a vendor table at a Halloween event at our local YMCA.  The event was late Saturday afternoon.  They were expecting several hundred kids and their parents. Vendors were either asked to have a craft prepared for the kids to make, or provide a Halloween treat.  I literally had one day to prepare so I knew prepping a craft for over 200 kids was out of the question! 

I hadn't put together my Halloween Banner from the Holiday catalog yet so thought it would make a perfect table decoration. It came together easily and quickly!  So if you are looking for a fast decoration, this is definitely it!

Next I pulled a basket out of my stash for my treats.  It clearly needed some Halloween decorations so pulled out Owl Builder Punch for some bats and ghosts, die cut a bow and embellished it and the basket handle with some Halloween Washi tape and Voila!  

It was fun watching the kids parade by in their costumes!  And it was great introducing some paper crafters to Stampin' Up!  Yep, believe it or not, there were many crafters who stopped by my table that had never heard of Stampin' Up!  I do believe I have some new stamping friends!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Collage

The collage technique is one of my favorites - it lends itself to any occasion, any person.  And I'm still in love with Best of Autumn!  

Supplies: Naturals Ivory and Old Olive card stock; Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar and Old Olive ink; Burlap Ribbon, Chalk Talk Framelits

Note: The leaf that is popped up was stamped with Old Olive and sponged with Baked Brown Sugar and Tangerine Tango.  After "fussy-cutting", the edges were sponged with Baked Brown Sugar as well.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Design Challenge

I recently participated in a design challenge for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine.  I was asked to design a gift box from page 158 in the annual catalog.  Here is what I submitted - hope you like it!

The focal point is a layered piece -  the bottom layer is a doily (scrunched up a bit).  Using Festive Flurry stamps and Framelits, I stamped and die cut 2 different sized snowflakes and sandwiched a 1 3/4" Silver Glimmer Paper circle between them (all layers are stacked with Stampin' Dimensionals between them).  The card stock and ink are Soft Sky.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Harvest of Thanks

Here is a card we made at Hostess Club this month using the Harvest of Thanks stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.

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  Supplies:  Harvest of Thanks stamp set; Always Artichoke & Naturals Ivory card stock; Chocolate Chip Ink; Always Artichoke & Crushed Curry markers; Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, October 11, 2013

Best of Autumn

This card reminds me of leaves falling from the trees...

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Supplies: Baked Brown Sugar card stock and ink; Early Espresso card stock and ink; Naturals Ivory card stock; Versamark Ink; Antique Brads; Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon; Best of Autumn stamp set

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Five Little Monkeys....

My grandaughter, Elise, turns five years old tomorrow.  Here is the card I sent her.  I will confess I was in a hurry so would certainly change a few things.  My inspiration for this card came from Elise herself!  She loves to sing and dance and I can just hear her singing "10 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell down and broke his head!..."

Happy Birthday Elise!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Trick or Treat!

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 Cute, huh?  And super easy!  The Tag a Bag makes a great treat bag!  The witch's hat (embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder)is from Best of Halloween, the "trick or treat" is from Tags 4 You, Deco Label Collection Framelits outlined with the Black and Orange Stampin' Glitter, and the ghost is the Owl Builder Punch embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I am really loving the Magnificent Maple stamp from the Holiday Catalog!  There are several techniques that you can use which makes this stamp really versatile!  My mom's birthday is on Monday and Fall is her favorite time of year so it all just came together!

The leaves are embossed with Early Espresso and burnished with Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  The Vanilla cardstock is embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and lightly sponged with Early Espresso ink.  The greeting is from Express Yourself Hostess set.

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