Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday the 31st..and a full moon!!

TGIF!! Today is not only Friday...which the kids are happy about, but it's the last Friday of August...which means I have permission from the hubby to start decorating for Halloween!!

Oh..and it's a Blue Moon tonight~ super SPOOKY!!

Normally I get crazy during the middle of summer~ I know 'crazy' right?? It's my absolute favorite holiday...I love to make crafts, cards and gifts too!! In the past I have made a few spooky trees, this year my tree was quite a workout!! I ventured out on a bike ride with my son Aiden and while on a path through the woods I found 'THE ONE'. You it just speaks to you? Just like picking the right Christmas tree. So the problem? It wasn't just a cute little was a tree!! I couldn't even break it into two pieces to bring it home!

I was SO determined (I mean..what if I had left it and came back for it with John's (hubby) truck and someone had the same thought that I did and took it...! So...I rested part of it on the handlebars and pedalled ALL the way home...probably looking somewhat like a freak!

Anyway...once home, John sawed it into two pieces and I spray painted them black (this time I used a satin black spraypaint).I bought an urn..some rocks and voila!

I loved Kimberly's ornaments she made one Halloween, so check out her tutorial here for the cones and here for the scallop square ornament. I used the new Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP (126906) from the Holiday Mini Catalog for mostly all of the ornaments. They will be filled with some black tulle and treats for holiday...just can't fill them yet because the kids will eat em' all up!
Close up's:

This last one is the owl...turned upside down and the feet cut off...cute huh?? Spooky??

With the left over scallop pieces from the Perfect Pennant die, I made these cute little ornaments...these rosettes were made using the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (118874).

Other supplies used: Bat punch (on the clearance rack!), Champagne glimmer paper (127885), spider web embossing folder (120889), First Edition DSP (121878), Simply Scored (122334), decorative label punch (120907), Timeless Type Alphabets (retired), Scallop Squares Duo (120903), extra-large oval punch (119859), clear embossing powder (109130), antique brads (117273), linen thread (104199), modern label punch (119849), owl punch (118074), scallop square punch (119884), jewelry tag punch (117190), 1/16" circle handheld punch (101227), vintage trinkets (118764), rhinestones (119246)...and lastly~EVERYTHING was sprayed with Champagne Shimmer mist!! guessed it~ the glue gun was this girls BFF over the last few days!! you will see I used a few retired Halloween sets...and I was very proud of myself for doing so!! I loved them so much I felt bad that they were sitting in a box being neglected~ I was wishing I had ordered Toxic Treats (127898 c) but I was a good girl and didn't~ well not until the other day...when I just HAD to have it (you know how it is)! So when that baby is all inked up..I will share some goodies with it! Stay tuned!

Here using the same paper...I created a one-sided banner. The letters were created with the Serif Essentials die for the Big Shot...can't believe that it is retired..I still use it ALL the time!
Lastly here is a wreath that I made: don't you love the spider?? The rhinestones were colored black with a permanent Sharpie marker (only takes a minute or so to dry!) Here is the tutorial that I followed on making the wreath. Total sheets of the DSP that I used for all items (banner, ornaments AND wreath were 6 sheets!!) In her video she used 6 sheets on her wreath, you could add more and your end result would be that it is a 'fuller' wreath.
Here is a close-up:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!!
Have a great spooky night!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

MDS 2 is here at last!!

Do you enjoy paper crafting as much as I do?? Phew...I'm not the only one then!!
Perhaps we both need help! Just kidding...what you need is the latest in Digital Paper crafting..MDS 2 has arrived.
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Hope you have a great day, leave me a comment or contact me if you have any questions!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

'Spooktacular' Project for FREE!!! Join today!

Isn't this too cute for words?? You can earn the supplies to create this beauty for FREE when you decide to join Stampin' Up! during the month of August. Join today!!

Buy the $99 Starter Kit in August (you get to choose $125 in product of your choice PLUS business supplies).
You will receive the kit to make this adorable project pictured above for FREE!

Kit Contents :
Your choice of either wood or clear mount Toxic Treat stamp set, a full package of rhinestones, a full package of Baker's twine, printer tray, buttons, DSP and ribbon!

You pay NO shipping, NO obligation to sell if you purchase the Starter Kit, and there are NO strings attached...this is NOT a 'trick' just a 'treat' for you to enjoy!!

You can sign-up now on my website by clicking here.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Either, leave me a comment, or send me an e-mail:

Stampin' hugs,

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Punch Art Hula girl and Hawaiian Stamp-n-Lunch Photos

So my Stamp-n-Lunch was this past Sunday and it was AMAZING!! Thanks Marie, for hostessing!!
Marie has quite the talent in kitchen and as a 'thank-you' I ordered her a personalized stamp:
Here is her thank-you gift..
It's a personalized stamp that we now sell...great for the holidays!! (pg. 147 IBC). This one says 'From Marie's Kitchen'...and let me tell you she is QUITE the cook!!Check this out....
As beautiful as this is...this is NOTHING!!
This is the card made to go along with her gift, since the cards we made were all 'beachy' and the theme was Hawaiian...I needed something that looked like Hawaii!! I am laughing though because to me she looks like an 'asian' hula girl...nothing wrong with that right?? I'm actually jealous of her tan!

Here is the card that I made to go along with her card:

Hard to tell from the photo...but I used the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (115964). This 'hula' punch art girl was inspired/CASED from Linda Aarhus click here for photo tutorial.
I wanted a matching box to hold the I used a piece of DSP Patterns Stack (2012-2014 In Color)...asked the hubby to come up with some measurements and Voila~
Here all wrapped up and ready to go:

When it comes to decorations...along with our 'Hawaiian' theme...she leaves NOTHING out!!
The drinks were kept cool with frozen water balloons...clever huh??
Here were the treat bags for the guests:

They were made using the new Floral Frames Framelits (127012).

For the door prize I made a set of coasters..these are just 4x4 tumbled marble tiles...sold at your local hardware store. The shell images are from By the Seashore stamp set (126532 C), embossed with gold embossing powder/heat tool...or you could heat them in your oven.
On the back I applied cork shelf liner...EASY!! Peel and stick baby!!

Packaged up:

It was quite the afternoon!! When the ladies were finished with their card, they could choose their hunk and pose...what fun!!

Let me know if you have any questions on anything you have seen here, just leave me a comment!!
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~Stampin' hugs,

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