Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

It's so hard to believe that it is Halloween again.  Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.  I used to decorate our yard to be a haunted hillside graveyard and we would get kids trick-or-treating from all over town.  They would come by just to see what we had done that year.  My family and I would play tricks and scare the little kiddies and hand out candy and toys.  We and the community all had so much fun!

My daughter and I also used to have an annual tradition of watching the original Halloween movies, the Elm Street series and even some very old horror films that I grew up watching with my mom.  This is the first Halloween that she hasn't been around for our tradition and I really miss it.

Now we live in a city apartment and my daughter has moved away but I still like to do some decorating.  I even use some of my cards to decorate around the house with.  Why not?

Here is some paper and vinyl crafting that I did using my Cricut.  I love how they turned out.

Luminary Front

Luminary Back

Haunted House & Scary Tree



...and here are a few cute cards that I have made and wanted to share.
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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday again…


It’s Monday again so that means that I am back at my regular job and won’t get any crafty time in for a few days but I did get some time in over the weekend.  Here are a few cards that I made:
All are fairly simple and uses one of my favorite techniques, dry embossing.  I really like the nice clean but textured look that layering a dry embossed panel gives to a card.  It allows the focal point to stand out but adds so much subtle detail to the overall look. 
  
Also this weekend I played around with my newest toy from Crafter’s Companion – The Diamond Press Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.  It’s a tiny, extremely portable machine that makes perfect little tags and accents for card makers.  I had to test out all of the various dies and embossing folders that came in the kit and ended up with a bunch of tiny pieces of cuteness on my desktop so I assembled this card from many of them.  This little machine will probably be my go to for embellishments, tags and sentiments since it’s so easy, fast and portable.




I hope you had a crafty weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

One Die - Two Cards

Hi!  Today I’d like to share a couple of cards that I made this week using some dies that were created by Gina Marie Designs.  This was my first purchase of her dies.  I received the dies in about a week’s time and had to test them out right away, of course!  I have to say that I am really enjoying the trees background but my other favorite is the Calligraphy Sympathy die.  It’s so elegant, delicate and beautiful.

For the first card I created a sky background by using Broken China Distress ink.  I pounced my ink pad onto my craft mat then sprayed it with water that I had added perfect pearls to.  It made such a pretty shimmery blue “paint”.   I painted the ink onto a piece of 3 ½” x 5 1/2“ glossy cardstock and let it dry.  It really turned out pretty, I wish the camera could catch the shimmer better.

To a card base, I glued the sky background and some plain green cardstock to cover the front.  Then using a torn scrap of green glimmer vellum I layered that over the seam between the sky and the green ground creating the look of a grassy hill.  To that I added the die cut trees and the sympathy die cut sentiment.   Here is the completed card; I added a photo effect to enhance its feel but the colors are true:  


For the 2nd card I covered the front of a card base with some grassy looking pattern paper and layered the trees to create my scene.  To add interest to the scene I stamped and colored the wheel barrow from Gina K Designs “Autumn Wishes” stamp set and cut it out.  I also stamped the ladybug from the same set but in order to make it the right size I scanned it into my computer, reduced it, printed it out, colored it and then cut it out.  Isn’t she cute?  Finally I cut out some leaves that were part of a piece of pattern paper also from Gina K Designs and placed them in the wheel barrow.  I love how cute this card came out!



Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my cards. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bloomin’ Hearts Valentine

Each year as I do more and more paper crafting I wish that I had my daughter’s childhood days back so that I could have fun making cool Valentine treats and cards for her friends but she is grown and living on her own so  I never bother making Valentine cards but when I started seeing other people posting cards they made using the new Stampin Up! Bloomin’ Hearts die I just had to get the Bloomin’ Hearts bundle.  The cards people were making were so simple yet so strikingly beautiful.  

I love sparkle (have I mentioned that my nickname is Sparklegirl?) so my first instinct once I received the set was to see how the die would cut glitter paper.  I found a deep ruby red piece of glitter paper from DCWV and gave it a try.  It cut quite well.  I did use a metal shim and I passed it through a few times to be sure it cut completely but it came out so nice that I had to use it on this card. 


To complete my card I layered the die cut on top of a 4” x 5.25” white piece of cardstock that was dry embossed using the Anna Griffin “Love” embossing folder; then I foam taped that onto a whisper white card base.  For the sentiment I used the “ribbon banner” and the “love you” stamp from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set in the Bloomin' hearts bundle.  I stamped them onto Vellum using Versamark and then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Gold powder. 


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Stampin Up! Demonstrator

I'm a little excited about my new part-time job as a Stampin' Up demonstrator!  The Sale-A-Bration offer to join was just too good to pass up.  I was able to choose $155 worth of Stampin Up stamps, cardstock, ink and embellishments and I paid just $99 for all of it.  What I liked the most about Stampin Up's new demonstrator kit is that I got to choose exactly what I wanted in my kit instead of having to just accept what they decided for me.  It's a win win in my book!

Do you have a Stampin Up wish list?  You can shop for all of it here.  Do you have family and friends who also have a wish list?  Gather their orders together along with yours and potentially earn free product!  Who doesn't love free?  Contact me for more information

Be sure to check out the Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions catalogs.  They have some great new items and some of them you can earn for free just by purchasing any $50 in product; so stock up on your cardstock, get a few of the latest ink pads and have fun!

Flying Birthday Card - click here for directions and materials