Friday, August 20, 2010

Spooky & Sparkly

Okay, a Friday post this week as this weekend will be crazy.  I also felt a need to be crafty last night, it seems the best way to unwind from a stressful day... I used a lunchtime sketch from TechnoStamper blog for this Halloween theme card.  I took a little poetic license with the sketch by making it horizontal, but I think it is still the essence of the sketch...

I've ended up with a bit more retired brocade blue cardstock than I may have really needed, so have been trying to think of a way to make all kinds of blue cards.  Who would think blue for Halloween?  Well...had to try...

I LOVE my stamping wheels, by the way. The Haunting Hill jumbo wheel is shown here. I sponged the sky with some bashful blue & watercolored some old olive on the hills to coordinate with my blue/black/green color scheme.  Teeny Tiny Wishes halloween sentiment on bottom paired with an Imaginisce Snag'em stamp I got last year. And of course I'm inspired by sparkly images this year & it sure is fun to use (my upline Claudia has a talent with shimmer-mist! so hope she is proud of me for being inspired!).

Here's maybe a better look at the sparkle covering the front of the card...

Well, have a great weekend, everyone.  I've got lots of travel ahead & some presentation preparation for work, so may not post for awhile.  I'm also planning for World Cardmaking Day on October 2!  Hope everyone has a chance to craft the day away!  TGIF.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

INKspiration 4 U - Coffee holder!

Lots of cool projects yet to complete on the latest installments at the INKspiration 4 U class, but this project just spoke to me this early Sunday morning.  I am a coffee-holic, although I've tried to cut back, there often is just no subsitute for this needed morning ritual...

Working in an office gives this cocoa/coffee pocket project a lot of possibilities. It is a great gift idea!
I suffer from a grommet & eyelet setting phobia (ok, not really, but I do rarely set these on anything)... so since my supplies are "grommet-less," I created grommets using my 1/2" circle punch adhering the circles then using my Cropadile to punch holes in the centers after they were attached. I'm afraid I don't really know how to "lace" this yet, so that part is a work in progress.

It's a multi-step opening experience... shown below is the middle and inside pocket views with the surprise coffee packets you can hide inside.  I apologize my photos just cannot do the project justice...

Using some much loved, yet retired papers here (sage shadow base & ribbon) but combined with some Early Espresso (HAD to use that on this of course).  To better get the feel of this project, I took a short video of opening the inside pocket to reveal the coffee present packet hidden inside... check it out:

I've got to catch up on all the other projects I've been to slow to complete.
As always, you can check out INKspirations 4 U at Madeline Marcelo's

Have a great weekend!

My Angelic Joy - pre-ordered Holiday Mini items arrived!

Sneak Peek at stamp set available
 in Holiday mini catalog available September 1.

I love Christmas theme stamp sets that can be used any time of year.  An inspirational message is a must have for anyone's rubber stamp collection, and this is one I really like.  If you've seen this stamp set already, you may notice that my angel's image is reversed.  That is because I stamped her image on vellum and colored it then adhered it to a naturals ivory base with the 'flipped' version.  It wasn't entirely intentional, but I accidentally did add her gold highlights on her halo on this side, so that's where she ended up.  Of course, I couldn't resist making a blond angel... silly me. 

More details:  base is Mellow Moss, retired cardstock, but still coordinates well with the new DSP found in the Regals collection (Always Artichoke based word background DSP shown here).  I layered it with some Early Espresso cardstock and did just a slight amount of distressing.  Nestabilities oval dies used to create the layer diecuts and oval frame.  I sponged a bit of Crumb Cake classic ink on all to tone down the "new-ness" of the paper, but it may be difficult to see.

Have an angelic day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

INKspiration Pencil Holder

Project #1 - Pencil holder! 
This was a project intended for back to schoolers, but I'll meet a new co-worker this week who is attending a company training school so thought this could work as a little welcome present for that occasion too...  This is a fun project to make.  I do have a niece & nephew headed back to school next week, so I think I can make a couple more with them in mind next. 

I made a small addition to the project by adding a little strip of cardstock at the base to help this stand upright on its own.  I'm impressed it is a very sturdy little holder from such simple materials.
 I'm far behind in challenges & projects (I think the last project posted was #4) so I better get to work.
You can check out Madeline's Inkspiration 4 U at her web site, The Stamping Studio.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

INKspiration 4U Challenge(s) #1

I'm playing along at Madeline Marcelo's Early Fall 2010 Edition of Inkspirations 4U!

Find out more about the class and challenges at The Stamping Studio!
I combined Color Combo & Sketch Challenges #1 with the Birthday Block stamp and the swirly tree from Trendy Trees (little cupcake is from Short & Sweet). 
Not enough time to write more, & I'm breaking my Sunday only blog entry rule (oops!). 
I'm already behind on the challenges, so better get to work. Check back Sunday for more!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Balancing Act...

I've had this card in mind, thinking of some dear friends & relatives that are having to juggle so many things at once.  Sometimes, something breaks in the process... but keep your chin up, and I want to let you know I'm here for you!


I'm also trying to balance my own life better, so Sunday is now official blog posting day.  The rest of the days of the week must be devoted to some other important time with family, or mundane things that I've been putting off too long... with a little craftiness tucked in here & there, of course!

This was a "masking practice" card for me.  As my fellow stampers know, masking is when you cut out the image you are stamping then use it to "mask" areas where you will stamp over the item to create a layered, or in this case, stacked effect.  I alternated Early Espresso & Real Red inks stamping the new Tiny Teacup stamp for this.  I also stamped & cut out another red teacup and snipped a chip out of the cup (here's a tip, make sure your chip is big enough that you can find it after it's snipped if you want to adhere it to the card!)  :)

Another item I really wanted to add to this card was a custom vellum teabag.  Note, it's best to use the thinner vellum paper to keep the vellum adhered on the sides (the heavier cardstock seemed to want to pull away from the adhesive when I tried it first).  Remember to use vellum friendly adhesive... I glued  the tiny hearts onto the inside of the vellum teabag pocket to keep them secure as I wasn't sure they would stay put without some extra help.  FYI, the sentiment is from the stamp set Vintage Vogue.

What item didn't I want to include?  Well, see if you can find the tiny bit of doghair that ended up in the main photo (it has since been removed from the card)!  Can you find it?  Leave me a comment & tell me if you can!  My canine craft buddy needs some attention now - Enjoy! 
Have a beautiful Sunday.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!