Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dryer Sheet card

Happy Halloween everyone!  I've had my fill of Halloween crafts now, so posting a birthday card using the "dryer sheet technique."  Basically, you just take a bit of used dryer sheet and adhere it over the image then press some glitter on top. EASY!

I was really interested in trying this as I love the smell of a dryer sheet!  Silly, I know.  I'm anxious to find out if the recipient I'll send it to will still be able to smell the pleasantly clean odor!?

This is my first dryer sheet card.  I think I'll choose a bolder stamp next time, but with the start of frosty mornings and almost all the leaves off the trees, this image from Lovely as a Tree set just seemed to fit my mood. 

Now, will finish some chores & prepare for a quiet Halloween night.  We'll watch a zombie show tonight to celebrate the occasion here... Hope you have a lovely Sunday & quiet Halloween evening, too.  Enjoy.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Before I met paper crafts....

I used to make a lot of handmade crafts for gifts.  It was inexpensive, it was fun, it felt very personal.  I had a chance to remake one little craft gift for my Aunt Mary Ann this year (the original was lost).  So here's just a look at the little scarecrow doll I created for her. 

She has a fall birthday, and is so hard to buy anything for, handmade gifts seem more appreciated.  I cannot sew, so handstitching the doll & stuffing it is as sewing-oriented as I can get.  This time, I added a little paper heart to his denim overalls - had to have a little paper craft on this, right?  Just thought I'd share... the Craftatorium is a mess, so better get to cleaning.  Hope you enjoy a handmade holiday or any occasion this year, too!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Inspiration, PPA64

Easy to play at Pals Paper Arts this week with Fall Inspiration as the theme.  Leaves are falling all over the place, so fall inspiration is not lacking here.  I took my Forest Friends tree stamp & colored it with markers in some fall colors.  I colored in just the leaves on the stamp & turned the stamp around to create some fallen leaves under the tree and then drew in a ground line free hand.  

I adhered my layered image on a piece of scallop square chipboard covered with some DSP (used my Big Shot for the scallop dies - LOVE that tool!).  This will be a cute little fall decoration for my room. 
Now, better go get the leaf blower as I have a LOT of work to do!  Enjoy!

Here's a photo of my decoration hanging on my craft room door! 

New Toys PLUS a photo of my Papercrafting Dog!

It's 3 am, do you know where your crafty-blogger friends are? one else is reading this at the time I'm writing, but it's another craft-a-holic-insomniac night for me in the Craft-a-torium. 
                      Above is a photo of a Christmas card I made just a little bit ago (2am or so!?).

I don't think it's too bad for a 2am card...  I enjoyed combining the felt snowflakes with the Northern Flurries embossing folder from the new Mini and the coordinating colors are all current - baja breeze & riding hood red. 

Likely I cannot sleep as I've had too much fun this weekend already.  Friday was fun as I got my SU Clearance order and another with lots of fun stuff for my crafty friends.  The Clearance Rack Blitz is awesome, so I've been playing with all the extras I ordered which I'll share with my friends.  Clearance blitz ends Monday, so better act while you can.

Then Saturday was fun too as my hubby got a new TOY (I've added a pic below).  It'll be his "project" bike - he's planning a really cool transformation of this older Honda into a vintage style cafe racer. 

We had a great time going on a short road trip to get the bike where we found a GREAT bakery. It's one of those awesome small town local finds - the pastries & donuts were superb! My husband splurged on them as he's been gluten free, but donuts are his weakness ....then it was back at home for chores & the weekend usual... except for me, I guess... as I'm not sleeping... ugh.

And of course the dog's been having fun too... Who says dogs can't be paper crafters?  I'm sure he had something in mind with this bit of Halloween paper scrap, but then he must have seen a cat on it... :)

Some local October Raffle time news:
I'm lucky to work at a company that supports charitable causes on a regular basis and I love to participate in events when I can. I'll have a bunch of things to add to this month's department raffle - including a
Holiday Card kit like this:

If you work in my office - don't forget to check out these items and all kinds of other good stuff in the raffle room from October 25-29.
Time to rest now... zzzz.zzzz..zzzz Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

PPA63 Celebrity Color Challenge

This week's color challenge at Pals Paper Arts is for Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait & Melon Mambo.  I love the festive look of this color combo!  With some fall cards in mind this weekend, my thoughts turned to a fall favorite around my house - pumpkin pie!  I hadn't used my Changito baker stamp set, so this seemed a great time to finally use it with my $1 bin Thanksgiving stamp find that has a stamp of a tiny piece of pie!   Yum.  Time to bake... enjoy!

Love this Fall Weather!

Beautiful fall weather here inpsires me to make some autumn themed cards.
 The Lovely as a Tree stamp set is still a big favorite for me, great for all seasons.  The oak leaves shown here were colored with watercolor pencils.  I sponged a bit on top for an aged appearance, and also sponged edges of the More Mustard layer that was embossed with Lattice embossing folder.  Texture wheel was used on the base of Really Rust (retired) cardstock. Quickutz oak leaves cut with coordinating card stock were also embossed & added with a little twine on the ribbon.
The mustard grosgrain ribbon was just one of the great finds in the latest SU Clearance Rack!

For my Inky Paw pal, Marsha, who lives in a tropical setting, here are a couple images of our trees getting ready to change around here.  I think we'll lose more leaves than will change to pretty colors this year, so this may be best photo op I can get.  Of course, my pooch has to be in the photos, right?  He loves crunching on the fallen acorns around the yard.  So much so, I wonder how the squirrels will get by this winter...? 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fright Night approaching...

This Halloween card with asymmetrical gate fold I made for my last card swap. I enjoyed using some new stuff, and continued my "spooky and sparkly" Halloween theme that I seemed to have started for myself this year...
Here are some details:

11” x 4.25” card stock scored at 2” on one end, then scored at 3.5” on other end makes an easy asymmetrical gate fold card. I used a punched circle for a moon mask on the main image. My brayering skills are less than wonderful, so instead used my sponge daubers to color the whisper white card stock with a blend of pumpkin pie and so saffron ink for the background with the moon mask placed on the cardstock with removable adhesive (post it note circle works well, too- easy to remove and reuse).

I spritzed stamped image and the Spider Web embossed black cardstock with Frost White shimmer spray (I used the Hand Sanitizer Spray instructions from my upline, Claudia Perry, to create my mist! – thanks again for the idea!). I sponged edges in black with a stamping sponge to dirty the bright edges. Wrapped the narrow black ribbon around the tiny clip and attached to main image. Voila! One more “spooky and sparkly” card for my growing Halloween card collection!

SU! only items used here:
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, So Saffron
Stamp: Midnight Raven (from Holiday Mini Catalog, #116529)
Tools and Accessories: Spider Web embossing folder (from Holiday Mini Catalog, #120889), Frost White Shimmer paint spray, mini library clip, basic black 1/8” taffeta ribbon, stamping sponges, sponge daubers, 1” circle punch

Here's another great Top Note die bag idea...
I found this idea on other sites (so no credit to me). How easy to use a small paper gift bag to create a quick decorative candy bag!  Look for the plain bags in the party section of your local craft store.  You just trim the top to fit the size of bag you want, then adhere on either side of the bag the die shapes of your choice!  I tied the top by punching a ribbon slot punch hole on either side then added some skinny ribbon.
Below is a photo from the side so you can see the bag attached.

Enjoy & have fun on World Card Making Day this Saturday!

Love my craft buddy!

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