Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & Creative Girls Get-away

I've just returned from my one of my favorite times of the year. What has long been named Scrapper's Dream Vacation (SDV) has now become the Creative Girls Get-away. I'll share just a bit with you about that and then get on to the Blog Hop. If you'd rather skip by this, feel free and just scroll down to my Stamp of the Month creation.

Me and some of my favorite gal pals attend a big annual crop every fall and it's officially become a tradition now that it's our third year. We spend the entire weekend from early Friday morning until Sunday afternoon scrapbooking, shopping, eating, drinking, and laughing our butts off. I'll have to save a future post for more details, but for now I just wanted to share a few quick photos in honor of our friendship, and to thank each of you four girls for being who you are and sharing this weekend with me.

It's also our tradition to take a photo of us on the bed.
(Why they make me get on top of the pile, I have no idea.) 
From left to right: Sherry, Cindy, Tiffany and Charmin. 
Right after this photo they started bucking me off and I fell between the bed and the wall.
With friends like these...

These are the only photos in which we were all being fairly civilized and behaved. Dinner was served to us each evening in the dining room by the delightful wait staff. The food was outstanding and although our waiter denied it I still swear they put mashed potatoes in the lasagna.

The nightly tradition is lemon drops. Okay, I'm not sure about the order, and they didn't seem to be either, but it's something like "lick your hand, suck some sugar... no wait, rub lemon on your hand, suck your hand... no... rub lemon on your hand, sprinkle some sugar on it, suck your hand, take a shot of vodka, then suck the rest of the lemon wedge. As you can see, this confused me so I stuck with a simple glass of whiskey. Straight up. No licking. No sucking.

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More on the Creative Girls Getaway in another post. Okay, now back to business!
The Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you're already hopping, you came here from Gina Brandstetter's blog. Keep scrolling through my post to see where to hop to next.

This month's stamp set is called "Very Merry Christmas" and it's the perfect set to start creating holiday cards. You can view all the images in this set in the right-hand column of my blog, and you can get the Stamp of the Month for only $5 with any $50 purchase from your CTMH consultant. Or simply purchase it at full retail for $17.95.

Here's a 5 x 7 card I created with this pretty stamp set with the help of my Cricut Artiste cartridge.

The papers are from the Pear & Partridge paper packet which I absolutely adore this season. One of my favorite things about this stamp of the month is that 5 of the large images all have coordinating Cricut cuts on the Artiste cartridge. Tags, ornaments, mittens and more. So easy!

Now to keep on hopping to get even more inspiration, go to Amy McVey's blog next.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Getting quite Flirty

Recently I received a very nice phone call from fellow Close To My Heart consultant, Joanne Walton, (whom I've never met) inviting me to participate in a swap group. I was hesitant mainly because I'm so busy right now, but also because I've participated in swaps before and haven't always been pleased. (some of you may know what I mean). But when I was told who else was going to be in this particular swap group, I answered with an enthusiastic, "Absolutely!"

Names like Lisa Stenz, Kelly Triggs, Bren Yule, Christine Adams, Denise Anderson-Turley, Aaron Brown and Joanne herself. (I couldn't seem to find a blog for her, sorry.)

Each swap member must create a two-page layout, three cards, and a third item of their choice. We were each assigned one of the eight new paper packets in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Mine was Flirty and I'd love to share my swaps with you today.

I have to admit that the version the group got was slightly different than my original here. I rolled four flowers for this layout, added glitter gel to each, and then got to thinking how I had to do that 28 more times and decided against it, for the sake of time. Their layouts had fall leaves instead of rolled flowers. I think Flirty is perfect for Fall-themed projects!

Cute little bow from the Artiste Cricut cartridge with a sparkle gem.

And a closer look at those rolled flowers with Almond Glitz Glitter Gel.

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

For my additional project, I made pumpkin pie slices on plates. These were also cut on the Artiste cartridge. Each one is filled with fall scented potpourri and cinnamon sticks.

And topped with some sugared whipped cream.

What fun it was to create these, but even more fun was the day I received my box full of beautiful swaps from the group! I can't wait to share some of those with you, so stay tuned. And be sure to visit their blogs at the links above. They are some really talented ladies.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fun, Frugal Halloween Treats

Just a quick post on this Saturday to share a fun and frugal idea for Halloween treats. I love the Dollar Spot at Target and also love the Dollar Tree for quick inexpensive gift ideas. Recently at my local Target, I found plain black felt bags with handles. They stand only about 4-inches high. They had other colors, but I grabbed a bunch of the black ones.

I went through my bin of felt scraps & ribbons and pulled out my Tim Holtz Alterations dies and started cutting out these great shapes. I adhered them with Aleene's Tacky Glue. Sure, I could have gone crazy and added a bunch of extra embellishment, but I wanted to keep it simple and quick. I made eight of these in less than an hour.

Dollar Tree is a great place to buy some of these retro treats like Cracker Jacks (three boxes for one dollar!), black licorice, and DOTS. The plastic skeletons came four to a pack as a garland, but I cut off the skeletons from the twine. These became my "thank you for coming" gift to my Cards & More Club girls. As they arrived, I let them pick the design they liked best. They seemed to really enjoy them and snacked on the goodies while we worked on our class projects. 

More Halloween goodness to come over the next couple days, so stay tuned. 
When my Followers reaches the 500 mark, I'll be doing a big give-away, so if you're not already following, please do so!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cards & More September Projects

This month's projects for my Cards & More Club are Halloween and Fall inspired, using Close To My Heart's new Moonlight and Flirty paper packs.

The "Happy Fall" card you may recognize if you follow my blog regularly. It was my Stamp of the Month card posted earlier this month. Details on that card can be found here.

The Halloween card features this great stamp set called "Magic Potions" and it's one of my favorites this season. The Bat Wing and Pickled Toad labels are from that set. Oct. 31st is from the "Perfect Fit - Halloween" set and coordinates perfectly with the labels.

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of all and that's why I just love these little brads and adhesive charms from the Haunted Assortment. I popped them onto some cuts from the Artiste Cricut cartridge such as the striped spiky rosette and the smaller two flower cuts.

Check out this little guy. There are six of these cute brads in the Haunted Assortment. Three are black, three are pewter like this guy.

Last is this fun test tube treat holder. I got the template and directions from SplitcoastStampers and put my twist on it. You can find the directions here.

I started with Smokey Plum card stock as my box base and followed the directions for scoring, folding, and punching the circle.

I cut these papers and card stock to add to the panels on the treat box.

I inked the edges softly with Black, including the punched hole where the test tube will go. Then started adhering the panels.

You have to flip the whole thing over to put this longer panel on. This is the background to the test tube when the box is assembled.

You only have to put Scor-Tape on these flaps to keep the whole thing secure.

These corked test tubes are great. (Martha Stewart Crafts at Michael's). I added another of the Haunted Assortment charms to the top. Although it has a peel-and-stick adhesive on it, I added some tacky glue to secure it better since it will be handled a lot.

I stamped this circle with the Perfect Fit - Halloween set using Olive and Smokey Plum. I cut some wide Black Tulle ribbon in half lengthwise then wrapped the two pieces around the box and tied them together in a knot. Then I took my scissors and made some snips and started tearing and tattering the tails. Gives it a creepier look than trimming them off clean.

I've got more Halloween stuff up my dark creepy sleeve, so be sure to stay tuned.

I'm watching my Follower count and it's getting very close to 500. I'm super excited about this, so I think I'll have a celebratory blog give-away when I get there. So if you don't "follow" and you just visit, now's the time to click that Follow Me button. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tombstones in Detail

So many wonderful comments on my Tombstone Trio last post - THANK YOU - and a few questions I wanted to address. Some of you wanted to see more to understand how it came together, so I'll share that with you today.

It all starts with two Sizzix Alterations dies: Vintage Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card.

This is what they look like. The mini is obviously the smaller one, and it's a Mover & Shaper die which means it's magnetic and can be used in the Base Tray or in the space of other open dies, such as the Vintage Cabinet Card die.

Just nestle it in there and wiggle it into position. For my tombstone frames, I made sure the mini was centered in the bigger die like this.

This is the result you get. Of course, I used the Vintage Cabinet Card die on its own to cut the backs of the tombstones and the paper that covers them. I used Grungeboard for these frames because the speckled gray color and texture was perfect for a tombstone look. That small piece on the left is left over, so I'll make some cute little tombstones or something else out of them eventually.

The frame is separated from the base using a 3/4 inch strip of chipboard that is scored softly and bent into this shape.

Each side of the chipboard strip is covered with paper then using Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue it's glued to the frame.

Sometimes elements are glued to the inner lip of the frame. This web is from the October 31st Cricut cartridge.

Sometimes into the base. 

Here I glued some moss from the craft store and this little coffin which was off of the Artiste Cricut cartridge, sold exclusively through Close to my Heart.

I glued hinges to the center tombstone's base on the back side.

After all the goodies are glued into the frames and bases of each tombstone, then I used the same thick glue to adhere the frames to the bases, then used a piece of black chipboard to extend from the hinge to allow room for movement.

Someone asked me what dies was used to make the fence. It was the Sizzix on the edge die called "On The Fence."

Here's another look at the project again. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tombstone Trio - Tim Holtz inspired

This month for my All Things Tim club, we will be getting into the Halloween spirit and making this tombstone trio display.

(be sure to click on the image to see it larger)

I had such fun creating this piece while listening to The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride on my Mac. Tim Burton fans will appreciate that. (We are big TB fans here.)

Each tombstone is created using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Alterations Dies: Cabinet Card and Mini Cabinet Card. I created a framed display piece from each tombstone to fill with Idea-ology items like fragments, Halloween muse tokens, and more... as you'll see. I also used the fabulous Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings papers, along with Tim's Kraft Kore card stock, and several more Sizzix Alterations dies.

I simply ADORE the Stamper's Anonymous Apothecary CMS138 stamp set which contains the large skull and the Happy Halloween images you see here. The seated skeleton is from Mini Halloween2 CMS113, and all those flourishes on the border are from the Sizzix strip die called Festive Greenery.
Tucked inside is one of Tim's Idea-ology bulbs wrapped in twine and the big 31 is cut from the Gothic Boo Sizzix Alterations die. The skull charm is a Jolee's embellishment.

Did you notice the Halloween Adornments at the top of each tombstone? I just love those things. Can't get enough of them. I fashioned a home-made broom from a twig in my yard and some Kraft card stock snipped with my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. Corked vials filled with mysterious potions surround the green-eyed witch keeping watch on her bubbling cauldron. 

Tucked in between vials is the Spells book which I created by hand using digi-images I purchased from 2Peas. I typeset the word Spells, imported the three witches and the border, then built a tiny book and pasted the cover to it.

To give the Spells book a little more realism and dimension, I put a few pieces of black foam squares between the pages.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking things out. I had a great time creating this piece and hope you enjoyed it too. I can't wait until my class this Friday!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 7, 2012

5 for 55 Scrapbook Workshop

My monthly workshop for September is called "5 for 55" which means guests will make five 2-page layouts for $55. All page layout materials are pre-cut and embellishment packs are included for each layout. The workshop date is Sunday, September 23rd from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  What a great way to get a LOT of scrapbooking done in an afternoon!

Kits are now available to order for those who cannot attend. Simply e-mail me by September 9th ( That's only a few days away, so hurry. (Shipping charges will apply.) Kits will ship on September 24th. I accept Pay Pal, ProPay, and credit cards.

Here's a look at the layouts and the details of workshop below...

Layout 1 - Clementine papers, Cottage Assortment
Layout 2 - Dakota papers, Durables round studs, black twine
Layout 3 - Moonlight papers, Sparkles Black Flourishes
Layout 4 - Pear & Partridge papers, Red Velvet Rub-ons, Clear Sparkles 
Layout 5 - La Belle Vie papers, Slate Mini-Medley Accents, Black Waxy Flax

As you can see, these layouts are great for all your photos for the upcoming season, as well as a masculine theme and very feminine theme. It's a little bit of everything!

All five layouts also include various cuts from the new Artiste Cricut cartridge and feature designs from the new Make It From Your Heart instructional publication, our newest how-to program featuring 16 layout patterns for 2-page spreads, two single-page layout patterns, and 12 different card patterns. Each layout or card pattern includes a detailed blueprint, cutting diagrams, full-color artwork, and helpful hints for creating projects you're sure to love. The softbound cover makes it lightweight and easy to carry to crops, clubs and craft nights.

Contact me today for your kit or sign up for the workshop. Either way, you're sure to enjoy getting lots of scrapbooking done in an afternoon.