Friday, October 31, 2008

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Drinking Jar

Here are the jars I made last night. One is for my friend Jody (although I can't deliver hers until tomorrow...late as usual for me), and the other two are for Eli's teachers. After I took these photos, I put some candy in each jar. I took them to his teachers this morning at our meeting and they loved them. I feel bad I can't get Jody's to her in time for Halloween!!! Why did I not plan ahead???
I honestly can't believe Halloween is HERE!!! I am super excited and happy that today is Halloween - it is SO MUCH FUN - BUT I am bummed I ran out of time to make all the Halloween goodies I wanted to - where does the time go?!
Eli was so cute this morning. He came down the stairs and sounded SO GROWN UP. When he saw my jars, he said "Oh mommy - this sure did turn out nice!" It was just so cute... a little glimpse of how he will be as an adult!
Drinking Jar: Hobby Lobby in glass goods isle, $2.47
Stamp Set: Stampin Up, Eat, Drink, and Be Scary (Holiday Mini 2008)
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Versamark
Other: Black Embossing Powder, Sticky Strip, stuffing (shreds) from Michael's (gift wrap isle), silver clip from Hobby Lobby, Marvy large punch, ribbon from Michael's

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wicked Card

Here is my card inspired by the Broadway musical, Wicked. This one is for you, Caitlin! My niece loves this musical, so I just had to make her this card. I'll be mailing it a little late - I am always so behind.
I wanted the red on the card to "pop" - but it didn't. :-( I accidentally used glitter instead of embossing powder - oops - so it toned it down too much! I wish I had more time to play around with this. Maybe I'll have time in the future to make another card inspired by Wicked. I have so many ideas in my head...just no time right now to do any of them.
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Basic Black, and Green Galore
Wicked Stamp: From the $1 bin at Michael's!
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Other: Checkered ribbon from Michael's, SU black embossing powder, Glitter, Marvy Punch, glue dot

Halloween Treat Wooden Bag

Here is my Halloween Treat Wooden Bag I made for my friend, Laynie. All supplies are from Michael's Craft Store, except the paper and the little piece of solid black ribbon (Stampin Up). It would have been better if I would have sponged the edges of the wood with orange, or painted the thing first. But, unfortunately - I'm a last-minute-type person.
I put a Wendy's coupon book inside (the proceeds go to adoption - so that is just AWESOME) - oh, and they are only $1 and I also put some candy inside. It doesn't hold a whole lot, but still cute.
Oh - a quick note on how I applied the stickers: I put them on plain Pumpkin Pie CS first, and then trimmed them out, so I could get that have them "coming out" of the bag.
Wooden Bag: Michaels - in wood department (I think it was just $1)
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Pumpkin Pie, and Vellum
Stickers: (Owl & Crow) Martha Stewart
Stamp: "Boo" Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Michael's (except the little piece of solid black SU Ribbon)
Other: Glue Dots, Mod Podge (to apply the paper to the wood), and sponge to apply the Mod Podge

Eat, Drink, and be Scary Halloween Card - 4 Panel

3 versions of the same card. The only thing that differs is the button size and/or ribbon.
All stampin up materials, except the buttons and brads.

Stamp Set: Eat, Drink, and be Scary (Holiday Mini Catty 08)
Paper: Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Going Gray, Ballet Blue (I think), Ghostly Greetings DSP
Other: Versamark Pad, Black Embossing Powder, Embroidery Floss, SEI Buttons, Making Memories Brads, Glue Dots, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon (SU)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ghost "Boo" Halloween Card

Here is the card I made last night. For once, I didn't case (copy) someone else's design, lol! But, I do have to say it takes me FOREVER to come up with an original layout / design and it is sooooo much easier to case. But, every now and then I try to think up my own design, even though it stresses me out (in a good way, I suppose). I hope you enjoy this Halloween Card!

All supplies Stampin Up, except the ink used on the stars and moons.

Stamp Sets: Pictograms (current catalog), Halloween Backgrounds (2004 retired), Hey Ghoul Friends (2005 retired), Carved and Candlelit (2004 retired).

Paper: Black, Basic Gray (neutrals pack), Vellum, Ghostly Greetings DSP.

Punches: Designer Label, 1 3/8 Circle, Corner Punch, Cropodile.

Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic Blue, Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss.

Black Grosgrain Ribbon.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Won a Free Stamp Set!

Okay ya'll - I'm so excited. I entered a contest on the Crazy Stamp Girl's blog and I won! I won the "Love Ya Bunches" stamp set (retired 2007)! Isn't that cool??? She had a contest to see who could help create a place setting for her holiday open house. She wanted the place setting to match the new Stampin Up Designer Paper Ski Slope (above), listed in the Stampin Up Mini Catalog. Here is the link to her blog. For her place setting, I picked out some plates from Anthropolgy that matched the colors in the paper. But, their website doesn't let me copy and paste pictures - so all I can do is give you this link to their web store.
So - I am really excited I won. Now I'm afraid I may become addicted to entering online contests. :-)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Matryoshka Doll Gift Card Holder

I haven't made this yet - so no photo. But I hope to make one someday. This link is from Papercrafts magazine.
I was so excited to see a Matryoshka Doll, since we love to collect Russian crafts!

Have fun creating! I'm sure someone out there can beat me to this project, since it is down on my list of things to do.

Hot Cocoa Gift Jar - Great Gift Idea!

I am so making this! The above is an online project from Papercrafts Magazine (I didn't make it and can't take the credit). But - when I finish mine - I promise to post a photo. I have this stamp stamp set - so yay! It is adorable! And what a great gift!

SUPPLIES: All supplies from Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: (Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White);
(White adhesive) Die Cuts With a View
Patterned paper: (snowflakes from Four Seasons collection)
Rubber stamps: (mug, whipped cream, peppermint stick from Like it A Latte set)
Dye ink: (Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa)
Color media: (colored pencils) no source
Accents: (blue rhinestone brad, iridescent glitter)
Fibers: (brown ribbon, light blue ribbon, blue dotted ribbon)
Adhesive: (foam tape)
Templates: (circle; snowflake embossing)
Provo Craft Dies: (snowflakes, stars)
Provo Craft Tools: (corner rounder punch, 1 1/6" circle punch); (die cut/embossing machine) Provo Craft; (paper crimper) Fiskars; (snowflake punch) no source
Other: (jar) Anchor Hocking
Finished size: 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 Stamp mug, whipped cream, and peppermint stick on cardstock; trim, round corners, and ink edges.
2 Stamp mug and whipped cream on cardstock scrap. Color and trim images. Apply glitter to whipped cream.
3 Punch snowflake from cardstock; adhere glitter and attach brad. Adhere to mug with foam tape.
5 Adhere embellished images over stamped image with foam tape. Mat with patterned paper; ink edges. Mat with cardstock.
1 Cut cardstock and patterned paper to fit around jar; crimp. Adhere.
2 Cut square from cardstock; emboss. Round corners and ink. Mat with cardstock; adhere. Tie ribbons around jar.
3 Adhere accent with foam tape. Tie on ribbons.
4 Cut circles from cardstock using template; emboss small circle and ink edges. Adhere to lid.
5 Die-cut snowflakes and stars from adhesive cardstock; affix.
Designer Tips
• Wrap papers and ribbons starting and ending at the front of the jar to hide the ends under the mug design.
• Hide the rhinestone brad tails behind sections of the snowflake.
Bonus Ideas
• Create a Valentine’s Day jar with a pink and brown color scheme and fill it with the recipient’s favorite chocolates or candies
• Fill the jar with flavored coffee for a co-worker’s birthday, job promotion, or retirement gift.
Alternate Product Sources
The Four Seasons patterned paper and Like it A Latte stamp set have been discontinued. Replace the paper with your favorite snowflake paper and try an alternate mug stamp from Stampin’ Up!’s Pun Fun set.
Holiday Gift Ideas
If you love this jar, you’ll find more impressive gifts ideas for your neighbors in the November/December 2008 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Purchase a copy at

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

We Better Get Busy!

• 30 crafting days to Halloween
• 57 crafting days to Thanksgiving
• 85 crafting days to Christmas

WOW! I have sooooo much to do!