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Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Treats

Sorry I have been away this week. I have been busying making 52 of these Bags. I am only 7 way from completion!! PHEW!!

It all started when I bought this Halloween Recollections paper pad. I only need a few sheets to work on some cards and then I thought to myself, what am I going to do with the rest of the paper. So I looked around the Splitcoaststampers resources and found this cute Bag in a Box tutorial. I thought I could make some Halloween treat bag for my neighbors kids. So as I started working on the bag, I realized that my paper was too small. So, I had to make some modifications to make it work. I was so pleased to see that it turned out to be just the right size for treat bags.

When my lil' girl came home, I was so excited to show her what I had made. What I didn't expect was for her to ask me to make them for her classmates. That was Wednesday. She was having a Halloween Party in school on Friday~TODAY! Of course, without skipping a beat, my lil' guy then said, "Well, what about my friends"?

So, 52 bags later, I decided to make a quick tutorial. I hope you like it! Have fun and thanks for looking!! Ps. leave me a comment and tell me what you think.



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bountiful Blessings

It's Tuesday Throwdown with Sherrod Studio!!!

The Challenge? Color. Make a card using these colors: SU Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana and Ruby Red. Don't worry if you don't have these colors~ use substitutes.







For my card, I used the Harvest Blessing stamp set. I colored the cornucopia with my copics (gotta love my copics) and stamped the Bountiful Blessings with Ruby Red ink. For the sketch, I made it simple, clean and easy for anyone to reproduce. I used Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Barely Banana card stock. I distressed the BB card stock. I added some basic ribbon and brads for the finishing touches.

Now it's time to take a look at the other DT members artwork and join us for the challenge!

A quick announcement for all my readers. I just started my very first Meetup Group in the Hightstown / East Windsor area. I am looking for members and Sponsors. We will meet once a week to make handmade greeting cards and papercrafts. Take a look Here for more information. In addition to members, I would like to incorporate sponsors. If you own or are part of a DT from a stamp company and think this will help promote your/their business, we need you. I will promote your stamps by utilizing them in a card as well selling them after classes. Please email me at Jcapre003@gmail.com if you are interested.


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Monday, October 26, 2009

A Ballerina

Good Monday Morning to you!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and had time to make a card.

As for me, I didn't stamp at all :( I was busy with my DH driving to NY to see the Yankee vs. Angels game. Well, that's not exactly how it happened....We drove to NY, got to the toll booth of the George Washington bridge when the announcement came through the radio. Due to inclement weather the game was canceled. Can you believe that?! After sending the kids off to their grandparents house, drove one in a half hours to NYC to then have to turn around and go home. The entire day was spent surrounded by this trip!! Well, at least we were able to have a quite dinner, go home and lay in bed with popcorn and a movie. I think that ended up pretty good after all. Yesterday, I stood home with the kids while my DH did the trip back to NY. I watched the game from the comfort of my bed :o)

Today, I woke up pretty tired this morning. The game ended pretty late and by the time my DH got home it was 2am. I was very happy to see the kids get on the bus this morning. Me time!!! Woohoo!

I have been wanting to color this adorable digi stamp from Michelle Perkett ~ Enchanted Inspirations. I joined her group over at The Paper Craft Planet after seeing her beautiful artwork. Not only are they beautiful but they are so whimsical. Since I am low on energy, I wanted to keep this card simple. I colored the ballerina with my copics and added some crystal stickles on her wings. The sentiment I typed on the computer and punched out with my modern label punch. I used Basic Gray Eva for my DS paper and for the final touches, I glued some tiny pink rhinestones and a ribbon loop behind the sentiment.

Well, I'm off to get ready to go to my little man's school to volunteer in his class. I hope I will have the energy to be around 20 very active kids. I keep yawning and my bed keeps calling my name. I guess it's time for a third cup of coffee!!

Thanks for looking and don't forget tomorrow is Tuesday Throwdown with Sherrod Studio.





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Friday, October 23, 2009

Copic Buzz Challenge #19

Oh my goodness!! Between the laundry, cleaning, doctor's appointments, baking and painting I managed to make this card for the Copic Buzz Challenge #19 No Pattern Paper this week.

I don't know what came into me this week but, I got the paint bug. I couldn't stand looking at my dirty walls filled with tiny little finger prints. I started with the walls going up the stairs, then to the baseboards, then the ledge upstairs, then the walls in the hall stairs and back to the baseboards. Seriously, I don't know what got into me but, I'm glad I'm done. At least until the next bug (wink).

So, during all my craziness, I managed to get on line to find out what the spunky gals at Copic Buzz-Paper Craft Planet were up to. The challenge; to make a card with any image but no pattern paper. Now, that was a toughie for me since I love my DS paper. I thought if I use a large image, I wouldn't have to do much to the card. This adorable stamp is from Whipper Snapper Designs. It's called My Favorite Flower. I bought this stamp over a year ago and today was the first time I stamped her. What's up with that?!

Want to join in the challenge? Come a play and see what the other CB members have created.

Well, I'm off to take my little ones to their Back to School/Halloween Party. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.



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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Throwdown!

It's Tuesday Throwdown at Sherrod Studio again!!!

The Challenge? Emboss resist!! The design team was challenged to create a card using the emboss resist technique. Aside from using my compics, this has to be one of my favorite techniques. I love how the images and sentiments look when they are heat embossed.

For my image, I used the Birthday Ella stamp set and for the sentiment, I used the Tropical Holiday stamp set.

I stamped the gift box image 4 times with versa mark on 4 different DS papers (thank goodness for scraps). Then I used my red and green embossing powder and my heat gun to melt the powder. Thereafter, I cut the boxes and put foam tape to pop them up on the whisper white cs. Pretty cool huh?!

The one thing you can't see from the picture are the piercing on the corners of the red card stock. I used the my ornare template to pierce my corners. It really came out pretty.

Now it's time to take a look at the other DT members designs. Click on their names on the right of this post to see their creations. Take a look and then try this technique yourself.

Thanks for looking!
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Feliz Cumpleanos

Hey there,

I hope your Friday is going well. As for me, the day was pretty unexciting. Get the kids ready for school, tidy up the house and off to my craft corner (I
am STILL working on my fall cards...only 11 more to go). I did apply for a job, which will be exciting to get (cross my fingers). All I can say, it's a job where I can use my creativity and inspire others to do the same.

As I got my supplies ready for my fall cards, my father-in law calls so I can make a birthday card for his mother. Her birthday is on Sunday and he wanted to put the card in the mail today! He called around 11:30 and said he will swing by around 1:00pm. That's less than 2 hours to make a card! Yikes.

I needed to create something with little coloring, lots of layers, bling (my father-in law's mom loves bling) and dimension. I also needed a Happy Birthday stamp in Spanish. Thank goodness I had purchased the Stampin' Up! Felicidades Siempre stamp set. I don't have many Spanish set, but this one was a must to get. The flower was stamped and colored twice. Then I cut the center peddles and glued just the bottom tip. The ends are curled up a bit. Then, I stamped, cut and propped the bird so that it looks like he's getting the stigma.

Well, thank goodness I was able to pull this card together in time. I was able to finish by the time they ran the door bell. I even got compensated for it!

Well, that's it for today. That's for looking!

Materials Used for this card: SU Regal Rose, Rose Red and Whisper White card stock, Raspberry Tart and Urban Garden DS Paper, Dream A Little Stamp set, Square Ice brads, Berry Satin Ribbon, Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Sewing Machine, Modern Label and Designer label punch and MS border punch.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Copic Buzz Challenge #18

A few weeks ago, I decided like I have nothing better to do to join the Paper Craft Planet. I joined several groups like, Cuttlebug-ers, BigShots, Sketch Challenges, Copic Buzz and much more. I thought that since I am not working and the kids are in school, I can join a challenge here and there. Well, it wasn't until today that I finally had a chance to play along.

While browsing through the different challenges, I came across one I couldn't resist. The Copic Buzz challenge was too hard to pass. Thanks to Victoria Case, she gave away this free digi stamp and is giving away 5 digi stamps to one lucky winner.

The challenge is to use this so adorable image called Fabiana. It wasn't hard for me to decide how I was going to create the layout yet, alone color Fabiana. If you look closely, I popped her up on the leaf with dimensionals. I also cut out the flower on the left and added dimensionals as well. For some glamour,
I added glitter on her wings. I wanted the leaf and her dress to be the main colors so I only colored in the center of the flowers in Y21 and 00. Finally, I used my BG10 to highlight the entire image. For my DS paper, I looked through my collection and remembered I had a set that had flowers similar to the flowers on the image. I just love when that happens!

Well, I'm really glad I gave this challenge a try. I'm sure I'll be back next week for challenge #19. I wonder what it's going to be?


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Tuesday Throwdown!

Today is the first day of Sherrod Studio's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!

For this weeks challenge, Kim (owner) gave us this sketch
and since I'm still working on my Fall/Thanksgiving cards, I decided to add another sketch to my list. I've already made 5 of these.


For my sketch, I used the Harvest Blessings set. This set has 4 images and 8 sentiments. The nice thing about this set is that the sentiments can be used alone or paired together. I decided to use the turkey for this card since I have already used the pumpkins and pilgrims in previous cards. I colored the turkey with my copics and layered it on top of my scallop square nestibilities. The DS paper is from Basic Grey. It's one of the newest sets called Ambrosia. Isn't it beautiful! I think I'm addicted to Basic Grey!! The sewing machine was calling my name for this card, so I couldn't resist. Then, I added a simple strip of silver grosgrain ribbon. For the sentiment, I used SU Designer Label and Modern Label punch. I just love how these work together. Finally, I added two small pearls that I colored in orange.

Now, it's your turn! Join the DT and have some fun. You will even have a chance to be featured on Kim Sherrod's blog. All you have to do is create a card, upload it to Kim Sherrod's blog and leave a comment. So, how about it?! Will you join us? I can't wait to see what you have created!





Monday, October 12, 2009

Tuesday Throwdown

Today is the first day of Sherrod Studio's Tuesday Throwdown Sketch Challenge!

For this weeks challenge Kim (owner) gave us this sketch
and since I'm still working on my Fall/Thanksgiving cards, I decided to add another sketch to my list. I've already made 5 of these.


For my sketch, I used the Harvest Blessings set. This set has 4 images and 8 sentiments. The nice thing about this set is that the sentiments can be used alone or paired together. I decided to use the turkey for this card since I have already used the pumpkins and pilgrims in previous cards. I colored the turkey with my copics and layered it on top of my scallop square nestibilities. The DS paper is from Basic Grey. It's one of the newest sets called Ambrosia. Isn't it beautiful! I think I'm addicted to Basic Grey!! The sewing machine was calling my name for this card, so I couldn't resist. Then, I added a simple strip of silver grosgrain ribbon. For the sentiment, I used SU Designer Label and Modern Label punch. I just love how these work together. Finally, I added two small pearls that I colored in orange.

Now, it's your turn! Join the DT and have some fun. You will even have a chance to be featured on Kim Sherrod's blog. All you have to do is create a card, upload it to Kim Sherrod's blog and leave a comment. So, how about it?! Will you join us? I can't wait to see what you have created!





Friday, October 9, 2009

For Every Season...

Today I woke up eager to sit in my craft corner to finish my Autumn cards. I am embarrassed to say I'm so far behind. However, I am determined to finish my cards today! Before I begin playing with my toys, I like to read my devotional. It clears my mind, keeps me focused on what's most important and inspires me to create.

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card when I started, but I really like the way it turned out. I wanted to make a different layout instead of the normal sketch I'm used to. So, I stared with my Autumn DS paper from Making Memories, picked my card stock, cut, pierced and taped my corners. Then, I looked through my fall stamps. I found this really old leave stamp I haven't used in years. I used my SU markers (Really Rust, More Mustard and Chocolate Brown) to color the stamp. Then I looked through my ribbon collection and thought this Soft Suede Poka Dot ribbon from SU would be perfect. I cut out four pieces of ribbon, glued them together and added a pearl for the center to create this beautiful bow. Then I looked through my fall sentiments to see which one would fit in the center. I usually don't pick the sentiment before I create my card. I like to let the sketch and design pick the sentiment. Kinda letting the card speak for itself. I found another old stamp that I thought would work. I wanted something to match the leaves and this stamp was perfect. Both stamps used are from Inkainkado. These were one of my very first stamps I purchased about 4 years ago when I began to have an interest in rubber stamping. Anyhow, as I looked at my almost finished card, I thought about the finishing touches. JEWELS! That's it, I could add rhinestones to complete the card. I just love when things come to full circle!

Well, now that I have my last fall card sketch put together, I better get working. Thanks for looking and Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Give Thanks

Oh have I been in a slump!

Today, I had to force myself out of the bed and into my craft corner. This has been the hardest recovery ever. I have had 3 C-sections and this by far has been the worse surgery ever. I just can not shake this out and bounce back as I hoped. My DH keeps telling me, "Honey it's only been a week. Stop knocking yourself out". I do have to keep reminding myself that it truly has
only been a week. I just hate to feel so crappy.

I need my MOJO back! So, what better way to get started then to try a MOJO Monday challenge even though it's Tuesday.

So, I wanted to use my new DS paper I purchased at my local craft store a few days ago. The problem with this card is that I just love this sheet and I didn't want to use a different DS paper for the panels. So, I just layered some SU Chocolate Chip card stock and sewed the pieces together. You'll have to tell me how it came out because I'm my own critic.

For the sentiment, I used SU Holiday Best Level 1 stamp set and Wonderful You two step stamping set. I think the flower goes perfectly with the DS paper. For the finishing touches I colored clear rhinestones with my markers to match the Dusty Durango card stock and added green stain ribbon.

I hope you can play along and as always, thanks for looking!
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Trick or Treat & World Card Making Day

Kim Sherrod from Sherrod Studio challenged the Design team to make a Halloween Treat Holder.

I wanted to play off the ghoulish witches brew with some tasty green jellybeans. I picked-up a simple glass jar from Wal-Mart and thanks to my father-in-law who went on a scavenger hunt looking for green jellybeans, I was able to put this treat together.

Once the jar was complete, I doubled the treat by adding a simple clear bag for the Trick or Treat stamp. I filled it with the same green jellybeans, tied it with a orange ribbon and I had a Halloween gift for 1 or 2 people.

Want to see what the other design team members made? Then hop-on over to Sherrod Studio for some creative ideas.

Today is also
World Card Making Day and Paper Craft Planet is celebrating with group hops. The Sherrod Studio Design Team will be participating at 6:00pm. Kim is giving away a special treat so, make sure to stop by and join the fun! As always thanks for stopping by.

Materials used: All Hallow's Eve Stamp set from Sherrod Studio, Copic Markers, SU Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie card stock, Lime Green Jelly Beans, Heat Embossing Powder, Clear glass jar and clear plastic bag,

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!

Happy Birthday sis! Sorry this card is late but, I wanted to let you know that I love you and I'm so proud of you. I hope your day is going well and may you receive many blessings.

Love you!

I'm late on this card and laying in bed was driving me insane. So, after the kids went to school today, I went to my craft corner. It felt good to sit and play with my toys again.

Today's card was made with The October Flower of the Month from
Clear Dollar Stamp. This is my new favorite online stamp store. Not only do I love their stamps and products they carry but the shipping is fast.

For my card, I heat embossed the Marigold and colored it with my Copics. I used the Nestabilites Classic Small Circle die. With my sponge dauber, I sponged the area around the Marigold leaving the die in place. I saw this done a few times on other blogs. I like the effect it made, so I wanted to give it a try. The paper I used is from SU Always Artichoke and So Safron. The DS paper is from My Mind's Eye Just Stripes and from my classic box I purchased at Micheal's. I distressed, sponged and sewed the papers. The sentiments if from Papertrey Ink Damask Designs vol 3 no 6. Finally for embellishments, I added three small drew drops and a beautiful gold ribbon from Micheal's I found near the holiday fall decor.

Well, I better go lay down now. I've been sitting for quite some time and my belly is beginning to hurt. Thanks for looking! Sis, I'm putting this in the mail for you. :)

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