Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holiday Extravaganza Sneak Peak

This little cutie is one of the cards that we will be making at my next Stamp Camp~ It's a Holiday Extravaganza! We will be making a total of 12 cards w/envelopes. There will be a total of 3 different designs and make 4 of each of them. The first one uses one of my favorite stamp sets called Holiday Lineup (111648). I love the expressions on the reindeer~ doesn't it look like Rudolph accidentally passed gas or something?? Love it!! The eyes were filled in using the white gel pen (105021) which made it quick and easy...you could stamp these silly guys and color them in, but this is so simple to make especially if you need a bunch in a short amount of time. Added some glitter to his nose, ribbon and used the jumbo wheel Santa's Lineup (113120) for a quick background.
This next one doesn't use 'traditional' Christmas colors~ but I loved the vintage feel of it. This stamp set is called Good Cheer (115326). I stamped the image on vellum CS using Rich Razzleberry and layered it onto a piece of Early Espresso. The Very Vanilla piece was embossed using the Finial Press embossing folder (115963) and then I just grunged it up a wee bit by dragging the ink pad over it. Here is the inside of the card:
If you are in the area and would like to join, please contact me ASAP~ space is limited. Be sure to check my website for other upcoming events. Cost for this Stamp Camp is $20 (Club members pay 1/2!!) Remember to bring your catalog for a FREE stamp!!
It's hard to believe that the holidays will be here before you know it~ so get a start on those hliday cards!! Holiday Extravaganza attendees will be able to order all the stamps and accessories used, they will be offered at 10% off and I will pay to expedite the order!! Orders must be placed same day (Oct. 29th).
Please contact me if you have any questions!
Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Handmade Holidays Promotion!!

Are you as excited as I am for the holidays?? They are quickly approaching and Stampin' Up! has assembled some great packages for you. Click the flyer on the right for complete details!! Remember that the promotion runs: Oct. 19 - Dec. 16. Enjoy 20% off these select holiday products. Your friends, family members and neighbors would SO appreciate receiving a hand crafted gift and decorated package! Another great holiday idea is to give these packages as gifts themselves!! I also offer gift certificates in any amount. Please contact me if you have any questions, you can shop online 24/7 or contact me with your order and payment info.
Contact me to schedule a workshop or class, and I'll show you project ideas with some of the products!
Be sure to check my Stampin' Up! website and click 'calendar' to see upcoming events I have scheduled at my home and contact me today so I can share with you so many great ways to bring warmth to your family and friends at a workshop. Which project we make is entirely up to you~gifts, cards, candles, scrapbooks and so much more!!
Happy Stampin'~Erin

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rag Quilt Bag & Wine Tote

Well...hellooooooo!!! I can seriously not believe that I made this....BY MYSELF!!! Last year my husband bought me a sewing machine (I had wanted one for years) and he completely surprised me. I think my daughter had alot to do with my surprise since she has probably made more crafts than I have with a sewing machine!! Thank goodness to You Tube!
Over the next few weeks I will share with you some more fabric hand-made gifts that I have created and they are SO simple with the help of the Big Shot. I can't wait to use our new fabric.. from the Holiday Mini Catalog, my favorite is Deck the Halls (121716). I plan on making a fabric heart basket...perhaps I'll have to break out the video camera too!! I just hope that I remember how to edit and post...I have only made one video tutorial and that was over a year ago!!
Anyway... here are close-up pictures:
I watched Chic-n-Scratch's (thanks Angie!) video on how to make a rag quilt bag. You have to check it out...she is practically holding your hand every step of the way...and since I am just a beginner..that is JUST what I need!! For these I just revised how many squares (Scallop Square Die 115950)to use to make these two sizes. I made both in about 3-4 hours, including the matching pin. The pin was made using my favorite die called Flower Folds (115970). There are so many different tutorials out there for these flowers but the one I like best is Dawn Griffith's . Here you can see the back, where I added a pin..but these are great because they can be added to hair-clips, clothes...and so much more.
Tomorrow I will show you another wine tote that I made using some other fabric. I think I need to order some more of our fabric and make some wine totes to give as gifts this holiday season with a set of matching cards...since our exclusive fabric has matching designer series paper!!!
Now here are some more projects using the Decor Elements that I mentioned in my previous post. The first is another wine bottle with purple lights...actually they look just like the color Rich Razzleberry when lit: This one uses the crow image from the set Spooky Things (120909 black).
Hard to see from the photo so here is another close-up:
The top of the bottle has a strip of Wicked Fun Specialty DSP (117400) then a tied bow of 1/2" lace trim (120988) called 'Raven' so I thought it was appropriate! The tag uses the new Extra-Large Decorative Label punch (120907), Medium Oval punch (120908), Brights buttons (119747), linen thread (104199), Basics Glimmer Brads (121003) and if you look closely you can see that I sprayed the black card stock with Platinum Shimmer Paint (116807) mixed with rubbing alcohol.
This shadow box frame measures 12x12 and I placed a sheet of the same DSP...I love these flocked bats!! I battery powered tea light fits perfectly and all I did to spook things up a but was add shredded Basic Black CS. Added the decor elements to the front and that's it!! I will add a picture in the top right hand corner of the kids all dressed up in costume before they head out to go 'trick-or-treating'. I took another picture without the flash...so you can see the way the flame looks...so cool in person!!
Until next time...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More 'Spooky' Goodies to share...

Hello again....here are some more Halloween goodies I had displayed at my last Stamp Camp. Halloween is my favorite holiday, I love to decorate and over the years I have quite the collection of goblins and ghouls...my favorite pieces are these witch legs that stick out under a table...as if the witch has been smushed and this past year I bought an adorable little grungy witch head...that nobody else in the family likes..I'll have to post a picture of that too. But an inexpensive way to decorate your home is with Stampin' Up!
Anyway, on to the luminaries. These were so easy to make: Using the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor die (115965) with Pumpkin Pie CS, before I assembled the box I used our new 2 1/2" circle punch (120906) and stamped the image from the House of Haunts stamp set with black Staz-On ink onto vellum. Place a flameless candle and that's it!! Here is a close up picture:
I think the hardest part about decorating is deciding when to do it!! This year I waited until Sept. 15 (which I know is early) but look at the retail stores...you have Halloween on one side of the aisle and the other is Christmas...in AUGUST!!
Now for the next project I used our Decor Elements...OMG..don't you just love them?? Let me know if you have any questions at all about them, so easy to apply on almost any smooth surface. Here I used them on glass:
I found this jar at Target and knew immediatly what I was going to use it for...hard to tell from the photo but there are spiders all around it from the Decor Elements Spooky Things (120909 black). I tied some black raffia around the top and added
a tag:

The tag has our new glass glitter (aslo in the Holiday Mini) pg. 21...and I just read that it will tarnish...can't wait to see what it looks like all aged!!

Here is another project using the Decor Elements Spooky Expressions (117568) these little faces I could stick all over the house...how funny would one look on the toilet seat lid?? I used a large clear wine bottle (which I enjoyed emptying...LOL) cleaned out and fillled with a strand of 20 count orange lights. Added some olive raffia and a tag. Tried to get a better picture to see the face..it is SO cute in person!!

If you need to see any of the catalogs and check out all the goodies offered inside so you can create your own Halloween Decorations...click the links on the right!! Let me know if you have any questions!! Take care and tomorrow I'll post some more ideas!!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

September Halloween Projects!!

Wow~ you would have thought that I just dropped off the face of the earth right?? Where have I been you ask?? Stampin' you silly!! I have SO many projects to post and hope I can get them all on here...I didn't host a Stamp Camp or hold any other workshops during the entire month of Augustm, and let me just say...that was weird!! We spent some vacation time at the Lake and then with the school year beginning...back-to-school shopping, hair cuts and just getting prepared for the school year took up all my spare time. I now have three children in 3 different schools...YIKES!! I can say that having a calendar has helped BIG TIME keeping everything straight!
Well enough about that... you want to see some cards and crafts!!
Here is what we made recently at my last Stamp Camp for September:
This shadow box card was inspired by the ever so silly Corinne (aka Roxy). I love how you can use the new 2 1/2" Circle punch (120906) for super quick assembly. I also used the Extra-Large Decorative Label punch(120907) along with the Extra Large Oval punch (119859) and added some bling (basic rhinestones 119246). I love these boots...thinking that they would even be cute as a tattoo!! The stamp set is called Wicked Cool (118738 W) (120600 C). Embossed the front of the card with the Spider Web Embossing Folder (120889) and ta-da!! (Thanks Roxy for the inspiration!!)
Here is the other card we made...a COMLETE CASE from
Diana Gibb's 'Bird's Eye View Card...can you spot the changes?? I didn't have the safety pins from the Vintage Trinkets collection (118764) but I do now!!! I searched all over town trying to find something cute and tiny and finally found some black ones at a local fabric store...but ours are better...in three different finishes and the come with cute little buttons?? Not sure how they missed all my previous orders...shame on me!! The stamp set I used here is called Dark & Dreary and was a MUST!! My husband even approved of this one since his business is called 'Black Crow Builders' we are a wee bit of 'crow collectors'! I should show you his new logo..HE came up with...yup I said 'he' . Perhaps I will share that with you next week, along with some ideas using our stencils...stay tuned!
Now the last project we made was inspired from Diana Ball-Seitz, have you tried these yummy little treats?? DELICIOUS!! It was so easy and can be altered for any occasion. She has posted a great photo tutorial so be sure to check it out!!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow to see more Halloween decorations...until then.. Happy Stampin'
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