Monday, October 31, 2011

So Cute Owl!

I like owls, but when I saw an owl made from the Pillow Box Big Shot die, I fell in love! I think they are soo cute! The dimension that the Pillow Box gives 'her' makes her so much cuter than a plain ol' flat owl!

So I decided that this will be our project for class this coming Friday (or Saturday morning). It's so easy to make - just the right combination of punches, and she's all ready to fill with some small treats!

I used the Spice Cake papers for her Scalloped body - I love the colors in those papers!! And that helped me decide what colors would work best for the rest of all her parts.

I hope you'll be coming to class this Friday (or Saturday), and you'll get to make one of these little cuties too!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

House of Haunts for a Challenge

With Halloween less than a week away, I decided to make a Halloween card today. I love the set, House of Haunts. It's a nice mix of a little bit eerie, not too cutsie, but just enough spooky - a perfect Halloween fit!

And I found a Sketch Challenge over at Stamping 411 that helped me with a great layout idea.

I love this owl on the spooky tree image! I stamped it with a nice clean Staz-on black - and then highlighted with a little bit of our new Dazzling Details. I also added a touch of Old Olive to the owl's eyes, and some Cajun Craze for his beak. The oval shape was made with the Big Shot Bigz die. And then I added some black taffeta, Sticky Stripped on the backside edge, for a quick border.

Finally I embossed the Happy Halloween in black, on black for a subtle look! - and I kinda like it!!

I hope you're getting ready for Halloween too!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Little Pumpkin Boo!

I saw this cute little idea on Stampin' Connection to make these quick and easy little pumpkin treats made by Twila Davis! - Soo cute! I changed up a few things, but made my own version.

All you need to do is punch out two Scallop Circles from Peach Parfait cardstock. Then cut off four scallops from each one (to make the flat bottom). Run the two pieces through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines embossing folder. Stick a piece of Lucky Limeade ribbon to the inside top edges, and 'Dimensional' a Hershey's Nugget inside! - Wah lah!!

Here you can see how the Hershey's Nugget is sandwiched in between. You can use other candies... On the original one I saw, she used miniature Reese's Peanut Butter cups.

Then I made a tiny tag from Tiny Tags set to hang from the front. Wouldn't that be a cute little 'somethin' to put on a co-workers desk? Or just a little somethin' for anyone special? Maybe even a cute little somethin' at a table setting? Cute, huh?

Oh, and the quarter is there just to show you how little it really is!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Everyday Elegance for Christmas!

A few days ago I posted a card I made with the Simply Sent Everyday Elegance kit. I'm lovin' this kit!! So here's the other card that comes in the kit - my fave, Baja Breeze. It's cool that you get four Cherry Cobbler cards and four Baja Breeze cards.

And instead of using the tag pieces that come in the kit, I decided to stamp the Christmas Lodge image to make a super easy Christmas card. I added a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock for a coordinated layer, and then some White Satin ribbon - quick Christmas cards!! And, very cool that you can make four in each of the two colors to change it up a bit!

Hopefully you can see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter I added here too. I think it adds that special Christmas touch!

For the rest of the month of October, if you buy any two Simply Sent kits (even two Everyday Elegance sets - my fave!), you'll get to choose a coordinating Simply Sent stamp set (there are three and they have great versatile sayings!). You can make your Christmas cards super simple, but Everyday Elegant!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

You Haven't Lived Until...'ve had one of these Hershey's kisses! No, I REALLY mean this! I do admit that I have real sweet tooth, but man these little gems are THE BEST that Hershey's has done! - OK, so I did make a project to 'house' these, which I want to tell you about, but just a little more about the Hershey's Kisses! -

I guess they're just out for the season, and they're Pumpkin Spice flavored. I can't even show you the package because I'm afraid they're going to be sold out when I go back for more!! But they have the most amazing Pumpkin Pie flavor and creamy, yummy texture! My mom actually told me that she got them last year (but did she ever give me any? - No!), and I never found them anywhere last year. But while wandering in the Holiday section in Target, I spotted them yesterday. I even waited until I got home to open the package and try them - and now I'm obsessed! Can you tell?!

I decided that I will probably share a few, and so I mad this cute little box to hold a stash of them! The project is a copycat from my September class, and an idea from Shalae (Shelli's daughter) at Convention. I've just changed up the colors each time I've re-made it.

So this time I used the Spice Cake papers, and made a Box #2 (with no lid) for the inside. The Spice Cake paper is 3" x 12", wrapped around with the ends Scallop punched. Then a I used the Wide Oval punch to make a 'handle.' I gave it a little Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon and a square punch tag - all wrapped and ready to go!

Speaking of go, I better go and get some more of these kisses!!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

So Cool Simply Sent!

This card is from the Simply Sent kit, and I LOVE it!! So easy, and great to have these on hand for that last minute card. And, I personally think it doesn't look like a 'last minute card.' I love the cut-out design along the bottom. I added the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, the only thing not included in the kit. But I love the little bit it adds to the card.

And here's the inside of the card. Maybe hard to see, but there's a little dotted line above the Cherry Cobbler solid part - nice details (that all come pre-printed that way).

So here's the actual parts of the Simply Sent kit. I love the card colors, Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler, and I especially love the cut-out detail to the edges of the cards. In each Simple Sent kit you get enough to make four of each card, and you get 16 cardstock-weight stick on labels, and eight envelopes.

And only for the rest of this month, if you buy any two Simply Sent kits, you'll get to choose a free coordinating stamp set (like the one, Everyday Wishes, in the picture above). - Cool deal!!

Even though I love to spend time making original, one-of-a-kind cards, it's nice to have some easy, but beautiful, on-hand cards that are ready to go for any occasion! Have you gotten yours yet? There are two other Simply Sent kits (pages 194 and 195 in the main catalog), and two other coordinating sets to choose for FREE when you buy any two Simply Sent kits! - A cool deal!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Cute Cupcake!

I love this little cupcake from the Easy Events set (a great set for every occasion). Instead of leaving it stamped with the saying, I separated the two. Then I was able to punch out the cupcake with the 1 3/4" circle punch! I like it layered in the other circles!

And my favorite part is the cherry on top (from the Cupcake punch).

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Super Cool Cellos!

I was inspired by Dawn Griffith to make this cute little Halloween treat. She had a great tutorial that was easy to follow so I decided to make it. - And I've been dying to use my new Peekaboo Frames Big Shot Die!

The new 1" x 8" cello bags are so cool - I put two packs of Sixlets in this one. But you can put lots of different things in them - Midgies Tootsie Rolls, M & M's, Skittles, Smarties, any small candies, or even a pencil or two!

Here's the little Peekaboo frame. I folded over a piece of cardstock before running it through the Big Shot, and that made it fold over the cello sleeve. Then I used square punches for the layers. I used the Spooky Bingo Bits set again too!

Here's the inside when you lift up the flap. Another little stamp from the Spooky Bingo Bits!

These are super fun to make. - I can see making them for lots of occasions, great party favors too!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Simply Jack!

I made this quick Halloween card tonight with the cute Jack of All Trades stamp set. The pumpkins are super cute for jack-o-lanterns, but I know that I'll probably use them just as much for Thanksgiving and Fall - they're pretty versatile since they're Two-Step Stamping.

I stamped the pumpkin in Cajun Craze, and then added his face in Basic Black. And for the hat, I stamped it on Old Olive and cut it out. I think it gave it a little pop! Also I added the star in Old Olive, but stamped it on Whisper White before cutting it out. Then I 'dimensionaled' those pieces for even more pop!

Finally I added the BOO! from the Spooky Bingo Bits set - Glad I got that set!! I love all the little pieces in it! And the papers that once again helped with it all - the Frightful Sight DSP!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Sweet Pressed and Crispy!

This was my first attempt at a batch of cookies with the Sweet Pressed Cookie stamps the other night. I didn't use the recipe for Sugar Cookies that comes with the stamp set. Instead, I used a Pumpkin Bread Mix and added an egg and a stick of butter to make the cookies. I love anything pumpkin flavor - such a yummy Fall flavor! And I couldn't resist a pumpkin flavored cookie in the shape of a jack-o-lantern!

They were looking so good when they were stamped and ready for baking...

But they sort of 'grew' together! I think I put them a little close together on the cookie sheet. But I also made them a little bit thick - maybe that's why I only got nine from the batch when it said it made 24!!

And here they are still smiling when they were all done - and a little too tan! The impression still came out well - I just let them cook a little too long! I like a softer, chewy cookie, not the crispy kind. They always taste good when they first come out - all warm and yummy... and then they cool off - and they're crispy :(

So I made a second batch for my stampin' class buddies (last night) - a softer chewier batch. But the stamping on cookies was so cool and easy with our new 'baking' stamps - Lovin' this new avenue of stamping!! Oh and the second batch I think I got 18 cookies from the same sized batch :) - better!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shakin' it Up for Friday!

Here is a super fun card we'll be making in class this Friday (or Saturday)! I just love these new Shaker Frames from the Holiday Mini catalog. They make creating a Shaker Card so much easier! No more piecing together parts from your Dimensionals pack.

It took me a couple times of going through my Spice Cake Designer papers to finally discover this awesome paisley/flowery print - I LOVE it!! So I used the color scheme from that to create the colors for the layers. It uses Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, River Rock and Vanilla - nice soothing fall colors!

And don'tcha just love this little shaker window?! After putting together the layers it just sticks on to the card front - I love that! And inside the window is our new Mica Flakes from the Holiday Mini. They're perfect in the shaker because they float around so easily - and they're super soft and sparkly. - Love them too! I guess I love a lot of things about this card!

I hope you do too! And I hope to see you at Friday's (or Saturday's) class, where you'll get to make one of these cards too!

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Let the Papers do the Work!

I love the pop of colors in the Frightful Sight Designer Series Papers! So I pulled them out to make a card today - and all I needed was the new set, Lighthearted. The Happy Halloween saying is perfect with the papers. It made the card really easy to come together! It only needed a pop of Silver Shimmer paper in between the layers - lovin' the Shimmer!!

Besides the Happy Halloween saying, the set has three other super cute and versatile sayings. A set that I know I'll use again and again - check it out in the Holiday Mini catalog!

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