Saturday, October 30, 2010

Welcome Fall Card with Heartfelt Creations

It's a gorgeous fall day here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, so I thought today would be perfect to share this with you.

I really started out to make a very simple card, and I just kept adding little bits here and there. After the front turned out so pretty, I realized I needed to make the inside lovely too! The details for making this card will be on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday(along with directions from all of our great Design Team's creations for the week!)

Cuttlebug Spot: Welcome Fall
Flourishes: Anything but a button and bow
ABC - "G" glitter

Christmas Birdhouse with Heartfelt Creations

I wanted to share my card that I made for Heartfelt Creations this week. I love how it turned out. It is so fun to combine different stamp sets and dies from HC, because they coordinate so well.

Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3353 Cardinal Family PreCut Set
HCD 706 Cardinal Family Die
HCPC 3340 Holly Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 705 Holly/Ornament Die
HCPC 3316 Poinsettia Petals PreCut Set
HCD 704 Perfect Petals Die
HCPC 3339 Elegant Holly Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3349 Cardinal Holiday Mailbox PreCut Set
Gala Glitz Orange

I cut the birdhouse card pattern from a template I found at Dutch Dare Card Challenges. I used the SVG file, so I could cut it with my Cricut, but you can also cut it by hand. I cut extra layers from designer paper to “paint” my house. On the roof, I used Diamond Dust glass glitter. To make my snowy layer, I used the Martha Stewart icicle punch and glued on white MS tinsel glitter. My birdhouse needed a homeowner – so I used the large cardinal from Cardinal family and colored him with Glimmer Glam (which made him very vibrant and sparkly). After he was dry, I cut him using the Cardinal Family Diecuts. I nestled him down in a Poinsettia flower I made using the Poinsettia Petals (embossed in red). Each of the petals were attached to a pop dot to build up the layers. For the center of the flower I used Gala Glitz orange. I also added holly leaves . The ribbon is some glittered velvet ribbon. (It’s a very sparkly card!)

For the inside of the card, I stamped a swirl from Elegant Holly Swirls using white ink. I colored and cut three small holly leaves to add on top of the stamped image and used a Dew Drop for the holly berry. The sentiment is from Cardinal Holiday Mailbox.

Simon Says: Punch 'em
Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and Bright
Creative Card Crew: punches
ABC - "g" Glitter
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Diecuts/punches
Mark's Finest Papers: holiday card

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Decor

Here is another cute little batty plaque I made this year. It's really quite sparkly in person. I got to use some of the cute Spellbinders Halloween dies, I love those little bats.

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Something Spooky
Crazy 4 Challenges: Halloween
Sweet Stampin: Anything but a card
Corrosive: Halloween
Kaboodle Doodles: Let's Go Batty
Papertake Weekly: sparkly and bright
Crafty Creations: Halloween
Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts
Crafty Catz: Halloween
Paperplay: A Haunting we will go
A Spoon full of Sugar: diecuts/punches

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge

This month the Cricut Circle Club had an awesome challenge with the theme of Create. The prize is a ScrapBox!!!! Membership sure does have it's rewards! You had to use the shadow feature and embellish one of your cuts. I used the Reminisce and Winter Woodland cartridges. I also used a Kreaxions punch # 904 around the edge, and then water distressed it. I made the flower from satin ribbon to highlight the Pink Paislee papers.

Creative Card Crew: punches
Flourishes: Anything but buttons and bows
Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and bright
Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 8

Click here to go to the Belle's n Whistles Snow Babies Blog Hop
Click here to go the the Inking Pink Awareness Hop

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops 8! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! And don’t forget that JustRite has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets -- you can find them HERE. This week, the designers joining the JustRite design team are the Flower Soft and The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog design teams! So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

I am soooo excited to be a part of this hop! I love JustRite stamps and they look so great with Flower Soft! I colored the Snowman from the Vintage Christmas Set. I used Polar White Flower Soft for the snow on the hat, but instead of using my Flower Soft glue, I used Diamond Stickles. This made my FS really sparkly (Just a warning takes the Stickles much longer to dry than the FS glue!) I also added some Black ultrafine for the coal buttons. Instead of coloring the scarf, I used some cute Christmas ribbon, to add more texture.

Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

JustRite Inspiration Blog

JustRite Design Team:

Sharon Harnist
Angela Barkhouse
Sankari Wegman
Stephanie Kraft
Kazan Clark
Michele Kovack
Kellie Fortin
Barb Schram
Debbie Olson
Becca Feeken
Heidi Blankenship

Flower Soft Design Team:

Jeanne Streiff
Debbie Seyer
Gini Cagle
Linda Beeson
Deb Felts
Cibele Glazer
Vicki Garrett
Dina Kowal

The Shabby Tea Room Design Team:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Nicole Segnere
Clare Buswell
Pattie Goldman
Lisa Golzbein
Cathy Clark-Sanite


Wild Orchid: pastels

Creative Card Crew: punches

Flourishes: Anything but buttons and bows

Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and Bright

ABC - "g" Glitter

Delightful Challenges: circles

Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts
A Spoon Full of Sugar: diecuts/punches

Belles 'n Whistles Snowbaby Hop

Edited to add my winner: Shirley!! congratulations!

Welcome to the Snow Babies Blog Hop with Belles n Whistles! We would love to invite you to sit down and relax and warm up with us on this hop. Sweet Little Belle may be out playing in the snow, but each of the DT is going to be sharing a recipe to warm you up! I know you are really going to enjoy this release - all of the stamps are adorable! You can start pre-ordering them today, and they will start shipping on Monday, November 1st.

You should have arrived from Kathy's blog - if not, you will really want to go back and start at the beginning. Each DT will be choosing a winner from comments left on their blog to win a BnW stamp of their choice! And one lucky winner chosen from all the blogs will win the entire release! Woo hoo!

This blog hop is also very special to us - we chose to honor two of our DT members who have been affected by breast cancer, our dear sweet Jacque and Elise. We would really like to urge everyone to check themselves monthly and to have regular mamograms. We are so proud to call these strong ladies our friends.

Now, on with my project. Instead of making a card, I made a gift holder for my Russian Tea mix. I was so happy to work with Catch a Flake (I think she is my favorite from this release!) I colored her with copics and cut her out and put her on my tea holder. Then I added a piece of clear cardstock over the top and glued snowflakes, so it would look like she was standing out in the snow.

Russian Tea Mix
  • 2 cups Tang
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup lemon-flavored instant tea
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. To serve, put 1-2 Tbs in a mug and stir in boiling water.

From here, you should hop on to Jodi's blog and see what she has cooked up for you! In case you get lost along the way, here is a complete list.











Additional Blog to visit (Guest DT)

Alice-Lihsuan Wertz (GDT)

Wee Memories: Cute Holidays
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Sweet Treats with a Twist
Wild Orchid: pastels
Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and Bright
Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts
A Spoon full of sugar: diecuts/punches

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inking Pink Blog Hop

Our paper crafting community spans the globe and brings all of us together under a common roof. Join me, and 25 other talented women for our first:

Blog Hop for Awareness

that has been creatively titled

"Inking Pink"

Many of us have family or friends that have been affected by breast cancer and all of us want to encourage all of you to check yourself! For those of us at The Beary Scrap DT, we have recently found out that our dearest friend and alumni team mate has Breast Cancer. In her honor, we are "hopping" in hopes of helping to spread awareness throughout the world.

I had the perfect stamp in my collection for this hop - Think Pink, Fight Like a Girl from Flourishes. If you look at the tutu on the skirt, you'll notice it has the awareness ribbons worked into the design. Same thing with the heart border. I think it is just an amazing stamp set. I colored my image and background with Tattered Angels and added my faux pearls using a Viva Decor pen (really fun).

From here you will be guided on a journey around the world to visit all the talented artists participating in this amazing event. Some of your fellow crafters along the hop are even offering blog candy! Please be sure to give a little comment of love to each and every crafter along the way. Your next stop is my fellow Beary Scrap gal, Jaimie. I know she will have something wonderful to share with you!

I'm giving a little candy here from my blog (courtesy of Lori Leng,Pink Cloud Scrappers- CTMH consultant) To be eligible to win this candy, please leave a comment and make sure you follow my blog)

The hop will run through October 31 to give all of you enough time to "hop" around and visit each blog.

We all hope you will join us in our hop, and most of all we all want YOU to give yourself the greatest gift and do a self-check. The more you do it, the more breast aware you will be!

Thank you for joining me and all the other ladies and I hope to make this a huge success!!

The following is a list of the beautiful ladies on the hop.

Stampin Sisters in Christ: Pink Ribbon
Wild Orchid- pastels

More misting with the Beary Scrap

Are your fingers inky? If they are not, what are you waiting for? At the Beary Scrap we still have our Misting Challenge going on until October 31st - We just want to see your projects that you have misted on. This week, not only are the Beary Scrappy Gals misting on our projects, we are also being inspired by this gorgeous fall photo. Don't you just love those colors?

I used papers from Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees line. My stamps are from Heartfelt Creations. I colored the background image with copics, and masked off the image and spritzed my sky with Glimmer Mist. Then I added Flower Soft ultrafine in Sage and the new Pine Green for my grasses. I really like the ultrafine for giving sharp detail. My pumpkins are sitting on a bed of Artglitter's Earth Elements (Morroco).

To color my pumpkins, I spritzed some white cardstock with Glimmer Mist in Jack-O-Lantern and Rustic Red. I love combining colors and seeing the results.

After I colored the paper and allowed it to dry, I stamped my pumpkins and cut them using the Spellbinders Nestabilities pumpkins. I added layers of foam dots to pop them up from the background. Finally, I added my ribbon bow, which I drug through some GM that I had sprayed on my workmat. (And yes, I do have a whole section of my studio devoted to my spritzing area). I have to admit, I was cheap for along time and would not by the large Tattered Angels misting mat (it's a whopping 2 x 3 feet!), but once I bit the bullet and bought one, I love it! Often times, I will spray directly on the mat and then lay screens or papers or ribbons on that - It opens so many doors for new techniques!

So this is a picture of my spritzing area (please ignore the mess to the sides - Isn't a messy work area supposed to be the sign of a genius?!!!) In my studio, I have a hot tub that I rarely use - but it is the perfect area to set up work stations. I have my misting area, my area for cutting and embossing with my cuttlebug, and my paper cutting area. I leave these things out all of the time, because I use them so much. Oh, and don't fret, that's not anywhere near all of my Glimmer Mist... it's just what I played with today!

I hope we have inspired you to try some new things with your Glimmer Mist, and if you don't have any yet, I know you are going to want to try it out!

Cute Card Thursday: sketch

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trick or Treat Me!

Hi! It's Gini and I am thrilled to be hosting today's challenge at the Belles n Whistles Challenge Blog! I know you are probably getting sick of Halloween challenges, so I came up with something a little different. I would love for you to either "Trick Me" with your card (with hidden flaps, pockets, sliding get the idea) or "Treat Me" with an over the top gorgeous card! It's really simple and it doesn't have to have anything to do with Halloween. Just have fun!

Now You See Him...

Now You Don't

For my card, I used Wheeling By and the Puppy from the Changeabelles Collection. I glued the puppy on clear cardstock, that slides up and down to hide the puppy and trick you! I hope that you will play along with us (you have two weeks to get your entry in). The winner will get to pick a Belles n Whistles stamp of their choice.

Pixie Cottage: sketch

All Sewn up with Karen's Doodles

It's time for another challenge at Karen's Doodles, and this week is another one of my favorite techniques - Stitching! I love the details that sewing a little bit adds to a project. For my card, I used Trick or Tweet. I hope you will play along with our challenge!