Sunday, October 28, 2007

Kids' Class Halloween Treats

For Ali's Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes, I got to be homeroom mom. This year, they decided to let someone else have a turn (yep...volunteered again!) but I like making the kids little treats anyway. I cut these little boxes out of Pumpkin Pie cardstock using my Cricut Expressions and the Tags, Boxes, & More cartridge. I stamped Frankenstein from Batty for You on Pumpkin Pie with Whisper White and dried it with my heat gun. Then, I used a Green Galore marker and colored him in. It was punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and layered on a scallop circle punched out of Green Galore cardstock. Then, the whole thing was layered on the box front with a dimensional. Tomorrow, after I buy some candy, I'll load up the little boxes and Ali and Caden can take them to their classes Tuesday. I made 36 of these little guys today and hopefully have enough. I'm not sure how many kids are in Caden's class so I may actually have to make some more. I sure hope not!!!!

Happy Halloween Card

I bought this set about a week ago and finally had a chance to play with it. This picture is darker than it is in real life for some reason. I started with a 1/2 sheet of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I layered a piece of Creepy Crawly Designer Series paper (this will be part of the SU! promotion next month). Next, I stamped my family on Whisper White. The images are colored with SU!'s watercolor pencils and Blush Blossom ink refill. The images come from All in the Family and Family Accessories and are stamped with Staz-On Jet Black. The corners are punched with the ticket corner punch and then the piece is layered on top of the patterned paper. At the bottom of the card, I stamped a pumpkin from the accessories set, "happy Halloween" from Everyday Flexible Phrases, and another pumpkin. Oh and after I colored with the watercolor pencils, I blended them with an Aqua Painter.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October Demo Planner Challenge

I WON!!!! WOOHOOO!!! Just wanted to share. To see my card just scroll down to the other post with the same name and you can see what I entered. Or click on the Demo Planner Challenge link under Labels and it'll bring it up too. I'm pretty excited!

On another note...I'm working on projects for an upcoming workshop and I'll post those soon. I'm also about to go crazy unless I get a layout done soon so hopefully this weekend I'll have one of those to post too. And I'm going to be posting a tutorial on box. Keep watch!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tag Time (not the SU! stamp set heeheee....)

I was just tagged...twice a couple of friends from Crop Addict. If you are a man reading this, YES, you can have friends you've never met before!!! Must be a girl thing but it does happen! Debbie and Morgan both got me!

Here's the rules:

1. Link to your tagger, and also post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of you post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here's 7 facts about me:

1. I worked in a daycare for 1 week (with a bunch of 18 mths-2 yr olds) by myself. They about killed me and I quit. I was pretty fresh out of high school and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I love kids just don't love taking care of anyone's but my own (or close friends). And, I still want another one!

2. I was valedictorian of my high school class.

3. I walk with my big toe pointing up...have no idea why but that is the first place I'll wear out a pair of shoes.

4. I love music...anything from Enya to Aerosmith to whatever as long as it's not gangster rap or just horrible to listen to.

5. Brannon and I met at work. He saw me up on his floor one day and ask the mail clerk who I was. He didn't know but then 2 weeks later my sister started working in the mail room also. Donnie and her started talking one day and somehow the whole thing with Brannon came up and she and Donnie decided to play matchmaker. We emailed a couple of times back and forth before we actually met. I also worked in Human Resources so I knew more about him than he did me!! Then, when I first saw him my first thought was "Oh no! It's that nerd from the parking lot!!" He always got to work just seconds before I did and always carried (and still does) a briefcase. I used to think to myself that it'd just be my luck that he was the one I was supposed to marry...I always figured it would be a nerd. And lo and we are 6 1/2 years later!!! I wouldn't trade him for anything!

6. I always have to do things by the book. I hate breaking rules. I always want step-by-step instructions so I don't mess up projects and then after I've made it once, I can usually adapt it for something else. I don't like open-ended directions at all!

7. I'm scared to death of flying (yep...been on a few planes and they were horrible) and scared of traveling by on water (which is going to be interesting if I ever win cruise from Stampin' Up!).

Now to tag someone else...not sure if any of you have been tagged...if so, I'm sorry for the repeat!








Yall have a good night and weekend!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Halloween Purse

Just wanted to let you know that the card tote/purse tutorial in the post before is the same for the Halloween Purse. Sorry for the confusion!! : )

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Card Tote (Purse) Tutorial

I got an email from Judy requesting a tutorial for the Halloween Purse I did a few posts down. Hi, Judy!! Thanks for your comments! I did try to email you back but it wouldn't go through. To answer your question on how to leave comments: just click on the little comment thing at the bottom of the article. It'll have "0 comments" (or whatever number it is at the time) and it will be underlined. Just click on it and it'll take you to the comments screen. I'm not sure if you have to have a Google account to leave your comments or not...I'm still pretty new to all of this...but you can try and see what it does for you! Let me know what happens so I can tell the next person who has this same question. I'll quit hijacking my own article and get to the tutorial!!

1. Cut cardstock to 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 and stamp if desired.

2. With the short ends at the top and bottom, score at 1 1/4" and 7 1/4".

3. Turn cardstock, making long sides at the top and bottom, and score at 4 1/2" and 6".

4. Cut all 4 short score marks (the 1 1/4" marks) up to the long score mark.

5. Fold and crease all score marks with a bone folder.

6. Fold long side tabs and use corner rounder to round out the top.

7. Adhere bag together.

8. Make handles out of coordinating patterned paper (can use cardstock instead if you want). You can make them any size but mine are 1" x 12".

9. Run handles over bone folder--this will curl them, making it easier to form handles.

10. Adhere handles to box--on the inside if you are ready to be done or on the outside if you still want to play! If you are putting them on the outside, don't adhere all the way until the next step.

11. Punch out 4 tabs with the round tab punch. Fold in 1/2...put adhesive on the inside so they will stay folded. Make sure your handle end will be covered by tab and adjust, if necessary. Adhere the handle and then the tab on top.

12. Decorate, fill, and give away! Hint: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards fit in this perfectly!!

To make scalloped edge with corner rounder:

1. Take paper guide off of punch...this removes easily and will not break it...I promise!!

2. Turn over and make first punch. I like to make my first punch off the edge of the paper a little bit so I don't have anything hanging off.

3. Line the corner of the punch with the corner of the last cutout and punch again. (Sorry my pictures are's hard to take them one-handed! )

4. Continue doing this all the way to the end. Practice on scrap paper before you try it on your project. It takes a little getting used to!

Finished project!!

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up!): stamps (Baroque Motifs, Perfect Presentation); cardstock (Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla); patterned paper (Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper); ink (Purely Pomegranate Classic ink, Garden Green Stampin' Write marker, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker); bone folder; corner rounder; round tab punch; dimensionals; Purely Pomegrantate stitched grosgrain ribbon

Thanksgiving Card

Yesterday, we had storms in the area. I LOVE making cards and scrapbook layouts when it's storming...probably because I can't get on the computer. This is a card I made yesterday. I wanted to play with my Prismacolors since I haven't in awhile. I thought that the Thoroughly Thankful set would be perfect with them. Hope you enjoy it!

Supplies (Most from Stampin' Up!): stamps (Thoroughly Thankful); cardstock (Whisper White, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Old Olive); patterned paper (So Saffron Prints Designer Series Paper); ink (Jet Black Staz-On); natural hemp; Prismacolors; Stampin' Dimensionals; Prismacolor colorless blender pencil

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Remember that monthly challenge from way back in July that I won?? Well, I got to play with my prize today! It was a bunch of paper from Three Bugs in a Rug and a sheet of tags from the same company. It's so cute and I couldn't wait to play with it. Just had too many other things that needed to get done first I guess. But, here it is! This is a picture of Ali with my two neices at the boys' birthday party last year. Aren't they too cute?

Supplies: patterned paper and tag (Three Bugs in a Rug); 1/4" punch, chipboard flower, ink, rhinestone brad (Stampin' Up!); paint (Making Memories, Lil' Davis); modelling paste (Winsor & Newton); ribbon (SU!, Close to My Heart, Hobby Lobby, American Crafts, Michaels, May Arts); ghost flower (Heidi Swapp); dimensionals (SU! and Miss Elizabeth's); glue dots (SU!, Therm-O-Web); chipboard letters (Ulitmate Chipboard Kit,; paper flower (Prima); journaling pen (American Crafts)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Bright Eyes

I've finally been able to sit down and do a layout from Crop Addict's September kit. My computer was messing up so in the midst of trying to work on it and waiting for downloads to finish and all the starts and restarts, I had a little extra time to work on it. I found a layout that I liked from Memory Maker's The Amazing Page. I made a sketch of it and tweeked it and came up with this. I think the layout is on the bottom of page 200 for any of you who have this book. My journaling is on a tag hidden behind the photo...see it peeking out with a ribbon tied on? Hope you enjoy it!

Supplies: [From Crop Addict: cardstock-background (Bazzill); patterned paper (Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter Collection); cardstock letters (Basic Grey-Scarlet's Letter); chipboard circles (Heidi Swapp); hardware (We R Memory Keepers); chipboard "Darling" (Scenic Route); ribbon (May Arts)] distress ink (Ranger); sponge (Stampin' Up!); rub-ons (Basic Grey); journaling pen (EK Success); black cardstock (Bazzill); vanilla cardstock (unknown); walnut spray (Tsukineko)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

October Demo Planner Challenge

I just finished this card for October's Demonstrator Planner Challenge on SCS. This is a stamp set that was in last year's Holiday Mini catalog. I didn't get it at the time but really did want it. So, I was really excited when it made the catalog this year!!

Supplies (all from SU!): stamps (Thoroughly Thankful); cardstock (Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Naturals Ivory); ink (Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Jet Black Staz-On); extras (Jersey Ribbon Originals, natural hemp, Stampin' Dimensionals)

More Halloween Projects

I'm not sure why I'm so in to all the Halloween projects this year! I need to redirect that energy and get my house decorated for the kids. Last year, I didn't do anything but carve a couple of pumpkins and Ali got so mad at me about it. Just have to get Brannon in the attic to drag it all down!

I actually started with the pouch on these and then liked the front so much I made it into a card, too. The pouch is the same as the Christmas one down a post or just Halloweeny! I love this stamp set! I put off getting it last year but this time I just had to have it!

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up!): Stamps (Home is Where the Haunt Is, All Holidays); cardstock (Really Rust, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White); patterned paper (Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper); ink (Basic Black Classic, Really Rust Classic, Summer Sun Classic, More Mustard Classic, Close to Cocoa Classic); ribbon (Basic Black narrow grosgrain); extras (Stampin' Dimensionals, black eyelets, sponge, tag corner punch, linen thread, natural hemp, 1/16 handheld punch)

I have a workshop Friday night and this is one of our make n takes...shhh...don't tell anyone so it'll be a surprise!! This is a 2-4-6-8 box. All you have to do is take a 1/2 sheet of cardstock (8 1/2 x 5 1/2), and turn it lengthwise (long sides at top and bottom). Score it at the 2, 4, 6, and 8 inch marks. Now, turn it the other way with the short ends at the top and bottom and score at the 2 inch mark. You will have one side that is only 1/2 inch. Cut out the 1/2 x 2 inch piece (save this and you can use it for a tag to finish your box later on). Cut the 2 inch score marks up to the long two inch line. These will be your box bottom flaps. I like to cut 3 of the flaps at an angle on each side so they will fold down better but it's up to you on what you prefer. Crease all the rest of your score marks. If you want the torn top, do it now before you assemble your box. Put sticky strip on the 1/2 tab and line up with other edge to form box. Fold in your bottom flaps and adhere as necessary...don't forget to leave the flap that you fold down first adhesive free so anything you stick in the box doesn't stick to the bottom (yep...learned that the hard way!). Decorate as desired. If you are going to stamp your box, it is better to do it before you assemble it. Now, if you didn't tear the top edge, you can leave the box open and attach a handle or ribbon. Or, you can line the top edge together and press the sides in (think milk carton) and punch holes through to tie ribbon. You can also use a rectangle punch and punch the sides where you have it pinched and tie the ribbon around using the notches to hold it. If you want pictures with the directions, let me know and I'll make a tutorial out of it. I know it can get confusing trying to read directions...I usually need pictures too. So just leave me a comment if you want a tutorial out of it!

Supplies (all from SU!): Stamps (Bitty Boos Too, Batty for You); cardstock (kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Naturals Ivory); ink (Pumpkin Pie Classic, Chocolate Chip Classic-to ink edges); extras (Pumpkin Pie narrow grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/8 circle punch, scallop punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip)

This is a 2-5-7-10 box. I love doing boxes if you haven't figured it out by now!!

Supplies (all SU!): stamps (Bitty Boos Too, Batty for You); cardstock (Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White); ink (Old Olive Classic, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker); extras (sticky strip, 1/8 handheld punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, scallop punch, 3/16 corner rounder, black gingham ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals)

These little purses are also fun to make.

Supplies (all from SU!): stamps (Autumn Apparitions); cardstock (Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White); patterned paper (Creepy Crawly); ink (Pumpkin Pie Classic, Garden Green Classic, Stampin' Write Markers--Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green); extras (round tab punch, corner rounder, silver brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Stamp-a-ma-jig)

If you want directions on how to make any of these projects, leave me a comment and I'll work out a tutorial for you. Hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed making them!