Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Okay, among the Christmas frenzy going on over at INKspirations 4U,
I'm finding plenty of time to finish up some Halloween treats & cards. 
The basket shown above was one of the amazing tutorials Martha Gomez contributed to the latest classes going on over at INKspirations 4U.  I love how she created this cute basket simply by folding & cutting a square piece of cardstock in JUST the right way.  What a fantastic and fast project to complete!

Then of course I HAD to try my hand at Cindy Elam's Slider Treat Cup card from her tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.  I really enjoyed making these cards.  Releasing the candy with the slider is pure genius & lots of fun to customize.  See the card fronts with the candy inserted below, then take a look at what the cards look like without the candy in the photos that follow.  A REAL trick and treat!

 Bwa ha ha ha 


(I didn't get a photo of the Dracula slider with candy included, but I think you can tell what a cool surprise it will be to see his cute, fanged face hiding behind the candy!)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's a Merry, Merry Concord Christmas...

It's a merry, merry Christmas already over at INKspirations 4U!
Here's a card from the first of several sketch challenges we can enjoy.  Lots of ideas, challenges, projects and fun prizes, so you KNOW I just have to play along!

On this card I used a shaker frame and mica flakes to decorate my little snowman stamped in Concord Crush.  The snowman image is from Stampin' Up! Tags til Christmas set.  I don't use Concord Crush much, but I'm pleased with the frosty theme results for this card.

It's a frost warning here tonight, so this little snowman is not going to melt very fast...

Friday, October 14, 2011

PINK for October...

Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge this week SQSC 8 seemed like a fairly simple design, so I was immediately interested in trying this sketch!  I updated my card right after first posting felt too plain & unfinished.  What a difference some texture can make!

 For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I've gone ALL pink, and pulled out my Strength and Hope stamp set from Stampin' Up! (some of the proceeds from sales of that set went to breast cancer research).
I added some texture using the new Stripes embossing folder and also used the Thank You embosslits die to layer behind the sentiment.

I'd love to see anyone else's PINK designs, so leave me a link in your comment to your blog if you've got a pink card to share, too!  I also have some awesome BLOG CANDY to give away, so I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!

(FYI, here was my original, more plain card...)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Give Thanks

Ah, fall.  I love this time of year. 
With trees all around our home, we see plenty of falling leaves, so it's easy to be inspired to make a leaf theme card.  I hope you all are enjoying this time of year, too!

The stamp sets I used for the card I made above are both from Stampin' Up!, French Foliage and Handpenned Holidays.  I used soft suede, more mustard and cajun craze inks for the leaves & ink spots, and chocolate chip ink for the sentiment.  The images & sentiment were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and layered on soft suede, with little strip of cajun craze dsp and some more mustard cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim border punch.  A little hemp twine was added for just a little embellishment. The card base is my favorite base to use, crumb cake.
Here are some views from my yard:

Have a great day!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Life is a Daring Adventure

Let's agree now that LIFE IS a Daring Adventure, right?
I just had to make myself a card this week.  My on-line fitness challenge group had this pact to write ourselves letters and of course I chose to make a card for mine!  Using MDS is getting to be a great evening hobby for me too...  Well, the other part of tonight's fitness challenge awaits me- exercising!  So I must go.  Have a great evening everyone!

Love my craft buddy!

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