Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nurse Owl Card

I saw this little owl on the internet somewhere and I just had to rush home to make one! Being that I have been a nurse for 31+ years now and I remember wearing the cap when I first got a job and while in nursing school. Isn't she/he so cute? I am giving this one to my friend and fellow stamper who is also a nurse.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

World Card Making Day

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Come One, Come All to the annual World Card Making Day as hosted by crafters all over the world. We will be making 6 fun Halloween and Fall projects on Saturday, October 6th at 10 AM at my home. All this for only $15! It promises to be "wickedly" fun! I will have some sweets to share with all of you who "brave" the event. Please RSVP to hold your spot.

Little Candy Box - CCMC 220 & Holiday Challenge

I was blog hopping and came across a tutorial for this little candy box here. It went together so quickly and easily that I made it in a matter of minutes (10). I have moved to a new position at school and in a new classroom so I will share this with my new team! Yummy and cute! Also matches the CCMC challenge for the week.

This is the subscribers challenge for the week. I never can decide if I like the sketch or the color challenges best, they are both great! I knew exactly what to do for this one. I have been wanting to play with the Sentsational  Season stamp set but have not yet. So, I pulled it out and made a delicious cup of cocoa!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Swaps from Chattanooga Regionals

Fern McIntyre

Thelma Collins

Sherrie Miller

Nubia Beckett (a new demonstrator)
I know I shared that I went to the Chattanooga regional last weekend and that I got to be an event helper. It was so much fun! I recommend that anyone try to do it. It is a little work for a lot of fun. I also had time to swap and my roomie helped me when I was busy. I will be showing a few of the cards/projects that I swapped that day. Thank you all for some great swaps and I will be posting more in a couple of days.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nacho Average Challenge #13

This challenge just sort of fell into my lap. I had just finished a little project that I framed that fits this challenge very well. I took a picture of it and put it on my mantle right away. I love the verse and the colors fit my den very well.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another Holiday Favor

I am currently getting ready for my holiday parties and have been working on creating hostess favors whether for a party or for a friendly get-together. The Connie and Mary challenge for subscribers matches this challenge so I am posting another favor. This one is a 4x4 card that will also serve as a place to put a couple of photo's of the kids for the grandparents or friends. I got the tutorial from Mary Fish on her blog. It was fast and simple.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Beautiful Christmas Tag

I had made this a while back and took several to swap at the Chattanooga regional but I was not going to post it until November and then this challenge came up so I decided to post it sooner. I think I saw a tag  similar to this on the blog of Monika who does all the great metal crafting. I just happened to have a bag full of bottle tops and knew I could do this one quickly. I used the 2 tags die and Cherry Cobbler card stock plus the silver card stock and the new snowflake die. I mashed the bottle cap with my Big Shot and added the Crumb Cake tulle for a finished elegant look. A Wow for sure!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Card

Ok, I saw a great card very similar to this one on SeeingInkSpots and sat down to make one for myself. I turned the card and changed the DSP and added the Crumb Cake Tuille just for fun. I felt it needed a little more when I was almost finished. I am pleased.This card just happens to be a fit for the latest PaperPlayers challenge this week.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Big Shot Ornament Favor

Can you guess how I made this ornament? Yep, I used my Big Shot and the Petal Cone die. I used Cherry Cobbler for the base and cut more of the Letters to Santa DSP (retired) to cover the triangles of the ornament. The silver piece is also from the Big Shot die called, Perfect Pennants. The sentiment is from the set Bells and Boughs. This ornament is very sturdy and if packed right should last for years. What a great gift or favor for a hostess or for a holiday party gift.

Chattanooga Regionals

Woo Hoo! I am finally back and able to share the fact that I got chosen to be a helper for this regional! It was so much fun and it never even felt like "work." I recommend that any demonstrator apply for the privilege. So, I am now showing the project that we made at the Make 'N Take. This is the card project. I will share the scrapbook page when I get the right photo to place on it! We made 4 note cards with envies and a little vellum keeper for the cards. What a fabulous and inexpensive gift to give.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Sketch Challenge Card

I am playing along with the Connie and Mary challenge again this week. Hey, it moves the juices so why not? I love this layout and wanted to make something Fall for the 1st day of Fall. I am actually making this as I get ready to rush out to the Chattanooga regional. My friend, Sharon (wave) is here using my stuff to finish her swaps and it gave me a few minutes to post. So, here is my rendition. Yes, I braved the Summer Starfruit!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Eyes Have It

Bat Pocket

Googly Ghouls Stamp Set Paper
Basic Black Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit
Jet Black StazOn Pad
VersaMark Pad
Accessories & Tools
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/16" Circle Punch
Big Shot
Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die
  1. Using the Big Shot and Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die, cut a pocket from the Basic Black Card Stock.
  2. Repeatedly stamp the "Boooo" image in VersaMark ink on the front flap of the Basic Black pocket. Sprinkle Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder over the images. Heat set the embossing powder. Assemble the pocket.
  3. Punch a 1/16" circle on both ends of one tag from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit. Wrap the tag around the side of the pocket. String the Baker's Twine through the holes and tie it to attach the tag to the pocket.
  4. Stamp the bat images in Jet Black StazOn ink on the Whisper White Card Stock and cut them out. Adhere the Googlies to the bats. Adhere the bats to the tag using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Tuck candy in the pocket.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trick or Treat Triple Fold Card

I recently found a fun tutorial for this kind of card but I can't remember where now! So, this card has 3 layers on the front and is held closed with the belly band. Such a fun card! I can hardly wait for Halloween to be able to send it to a friend.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nacho Average Challenge #12

Ok, so these colors do not really speak to me but I decided to give it a go. I went to a card I showed a while back and remade it using these colors. You have to love the versatility of the Just Believe set! To see the designers cards and others click here. I need a couple of thank you notes so this "kills 2 birds" so to speak.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Day to You

I used Elements of Style and stamped the large floral image with Daffodil Delight and then thumped my Tangerine Tango pen over it to add the 2 colors to the stamp. It was quick and simple. Just my style.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Another Fall Card

I again used the same colors that I used for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge again this week. The other card (swiped one) was just so busy for me that I played again and made a more simple styled card. This was the first time I used the Wonderfall stamp set and the great die with the Big Shot. Note: it is easiest if you punch wit the Big Shot before you stamp! The sentiment is from the Cherish Friendship set. This is a 3x6 card. Love the wooden buttons!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Create with Connie and Mary Challenges

I am going to attempt to post both challenges on the same post. I am doing the regular week one as well as the members only of the Holiday Edition that showed up today. Both have very fall colors and I did each one separately and differently. First, the regular challenge (the one any one can play with and post to).
I chose to do this one using the swipe method where you make your own background by swiping the ink pads directly to the paper. This is a little 3x3 card with an old piece of hardware from the retired Pretties kit.

The next challenge was also a color challenge and I did not get so carried away for this one! I kept it a bit more simple as is more my style.
For this card I used Gently Falling and From my Heart. I love the sentiments in the From the Heart set! I guess everyone is on the Fall theme now and even here in hot Atlanta we are seeing signs of an early fall with cooler mornings and leaves already starting to change!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Creating Pretty Cards

This is a great challenge and I followed it to the T! I actually cased a card that matched it so well and I found it on a blog of a demo in the United Kingdom. I found it on Brian King's Pintrest and clicker to her here. There is talent in every corner of the world and some just have not been tapped yet. Enough creativity for thousands of more demo's! Here is her card as done by me. I did change the flowers to be done with Elements of Style and my card is A5 sized.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Merry Monday #32 {Joyeux Noel}

This card is for the Merry Monday challenge that I found the other day. It is a blog that challenges you to get ahead on those Christmas cards and ideas. This week was a sketch and I followed it kind of loosely but I think it is enough. I did not need too much more going on with this card.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nacho Average Challenge #11

Playing with the Nacho Average Challenge today! I made a card that is near and dear to my heart...a dream card. My hubby and I have been dreaming of retiring to a sailboat for about 6 years now. We have 6-7 more years before we will be able to fiscally do it but we are working towards that goal. I made a card that I will send to him so we "can stay on course." It never hurts to have a picture of your goals before you.

Dare to Dream!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gratitude Always

God is so good and so many people are so reminded by that when the seasons change especially as the colors change with the Fall Season. It has such beauty and it is hard not to believe in a Creator when we see the splendor all around. Here in Atlanta we are having an early taste of fall weather this week and when I saw the challenge at Pals Paper Arts I knew I had to make a fall card with these colors.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Playing with the Paper Players

Here are the colors. To see the design team samples or to play along click here. The colors are very subdued this week and so it was quite a challenge for me. But I looked over and saw a "messed-up" card that I never finished and was able to salvage parts to use for this one. I kept is simple and sweet.

For You Tag

For You card (3" x 3") This little beauty was made at the Stampin' Up! office. See all the how-to's below.

Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set Paper
Lucky Limeade Card Stock
More Mustard Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Whisper White Square Envelopes
Classic Stampin' Spots
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Marker
More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories & Tools
Linen Thread
Naturals Designer Buttons
Stampin' Dimensionals
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
Paper-Piercing Tool
Big Shot
Cannery Set Framelits Dies

Monday, September 10, 2012

Window Frames and Pool Party Ornament

I have been seeing a few of these types of ornaments going around but I have not seen it done with the Window Frame framelits from the Holiday mini yet. I wanted to do one that would be uniquely mine so I quickly cut 8 for the Whisper White frames and 8 of the smaller snowflake also from the new mini. It is different but it will still look great on a tree or as a package topper. I added a couple of jewels from the retired Pretties Kit at the bottom. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday Challenge for Members Only

I again signed up for the Create with Connie and Mary subscription to over 35 wonderful creations with full tutorials. I have done this since I found them a few years ago and have never been disappointed! Each Saturday they put a challenge out for members only and this one was fairly simple. Here is my creation.

Now for a few family photos. The grandchildren were over and playing with Lollies camera while I made this card. They are 3 & 6, how come they can just pick up gadgets and go to town?

Aunt Bre and Kara as shot by 3 year old.

Logan as shot by 6 year old.

Kara as shot by 3 year old.