Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

I want to wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween!!  I have two really simple cards to celebrate with today - no challenges for me.. these are just for fun. 
The Waltzingmouse sentiment has the perfect Halloween font.  It's got that Tim BUrton feel with the little swirls on the ends of the letters - like on the "e's".  This one was really easy to decorate with some swirly gems.   I like to buy the big sheets when they're on sale and cut them down into little pieces - separating the swirls - to use on projects.   The bats are from Spellbinders Nested Bats set.  It's retired but I just can't stop using it - the bats are so neat!
 I love this skeleton from Neat and Tangled's Graveyard Shift!
This skeleton was so easy, and just a few colorful sequins make him look like he's ready to party!  Have a great weekend and Happy Haunting!! 

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Hocus Pocus
Dies:  Spellbinder Nested Bats
Card Stock:  PTI White
Gems:  Recollections
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps:  Neat & Tangled Graveyard Shift
Card Stock:  PTI White, True Black
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Thursday, October 30, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions

It's time for the latest edition of  The 12 Kits of Occasions!  Just to refresh your memory, the 12 Kits is a group of 12 designers.  Every month one of us provides a kit of goodies to the rest of the group and an occasional guestie.  .  We all post on the last day of the month - it's fun to see what we make with the same kit.  Our hostess this month is Jessica Davis from The Paper Parade!  You might also know Jessica from her time as a DT member on the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge!  She gave us a wonderful kit packed with pretty papers from Stampin' Up! stamped images from Paper Smooches, Avery Elle and Papertrey Ink.   Seriously just about everything you need to make lots of beautiful cards!

Sometimes there is an element that I'm not sure what to do with.  I think I might have just been hoarding this time - saving for that special card - but just a heads up - the thing I didn't use was the wood veneer ribbon strip (its in the upper left corner photo).   I can't wait to see how the other ladies put it to work. I have 5 cards so I'll keep this short.  I know there's more you want to see!! 
Wasn't that fun?  Here's a list of the other members of the 12 kits.  I hope you have fun seeing what we all did with the same bunch of supplies!  And keep an eye out for that wood ribbon strip!! 

You can also get sneak peeks of one project from each of the ladies as well as a complete list of ingredients on the 12 Kits of Occasions blog.  One more day til Halloween - yes!  I can't help it!  Counting down here!!

Things I added:
Border Punch:  EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace, Zig Zag Stitch
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Oak Leaf Scroll Die, Oak Leaf Outline and Acorn , Paper Smooches Flag Tags, Loopy Leaf, Tag Zig Zag, Cheery Lynn Canadian Kaleidoscope Mini Doily, French Pastry, Marianne Double Die Frame Set, 
Leaf Pin:  Ribbon Reel
Button Twine May Arts
Gold Shimmer, Marigold, Honeydew, Lilac Twine - TheTwinery
Buttons, Heart Gems, Sequins
Embossing Folder Paper Studio Herringbone (Hobby Lobby)
Burlap Chevron Ribbon Stampin Up!

Top Dog Dies - Alternative Acorns

Lucky me!  I'm guesting for Top Dog Dies.  Want a peek at what I made today?  

If you want to see more you will have to click here and hop to the Top Dog Dies blog!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CASology - Witch Way to the Candy?

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I'm getting into the spirit of things here.. our house is decorated with purple and orange lights  and there are huge spiders and webs on the bushes.  I stocked up on lots of candy for the kiddos!!  It's not unusual for us to get lots of kids if the weather is fine.    One year we had over 300!  Folks just sit in on their porch or in the driveways close to a fire pit and chat with neighbors when they bring their kids by. 

When I saw the cue word this week at CASology, I couldn't resist playing!.  Sometimes everything comes together quick and easy like this one did.   I just had to add some silver stars and sequins.  Something about Halloween and Christmas just demands to sparkle!     This witch was really easy to color too since her whole body was left untouched.  I just colored the hat, broom and wand. 

Ever wonder if ghosties go trick or treating?  Well yes,  of course they do - mine is dressed as a witch.  I just love that sentiment - because that's what I'm looking for... direct me to the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups PLEASE!!! 

Isn't that stitched border so pretty?  It's from the latest Pretty Pink Posh release!  I think I'll be using that one A LOT!

Thanks for stopping by - if you didn't get your costume and goodies you better hurry!  It's almost here!!! 

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps;  Waltzingmouse Peek A Boo Sentiments, Boo & Friends
DIes:  Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2
Card Stock:  SU! WIsteria Wonder, PTI White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, LuLu Lavender, Copic Markers
Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh & Darice (stars)

Tag You're It Challenge #9 Fall Thanks Tag

I found some time to play!  I haven't been walking as much as I would like.  Poor Moriko has a sprain and she just got spayed last Thursday so I'm supposed to restrict her activity.  I should go walking alone for my own health, but she just gives me that look like I'm some sort of a bad mom or something so I will wait for someone else to get home and keep her company.    

I am so hooked on Tag You're It!  Challenge that it's not even funny!   I'm starting to assemble a little stock pile of tags - so I will have no excuses for handing out any plain bags of treats and baked goods.  I know my kids would be shocked if I did anyway.  I think we all eat with our eyes so it's not just about the cookies, the presentation make them taste even better!  Look at this great design by Leigh Penner this time.   It would have been so easy for me to just copy these because let's face it... I know they're just perfect 'as is'.  I wanted to use the design as a starting point and let them inspire me.  I thought these were so clever the way she used the die to cut the pattern paper and even slipped in a bit in the die cut spaces.  I was inspired by her design to create this fall tag.   I used pattern paper for both halves of the tag and tried a technique I've been seeing around, but hadn't tried.  

I cut the Thanks die 6 times and then glued them all together.  Not as easy as I thought it would be.  I kept a piercing tool  handy to help me keep them all stacked straight.  The top die is cut in terracotta tile. All the cuts under the top one are in Orange Zest.   The leaf is  a wood veneer cut that I covered in Glossy accents and sprinkled with gold glitter.  

 Have I told you I'm addicted to tulle?  This gold one has all sorts of sparkles and confetti built in and just gotta say it makes a nice light weight poofy bow!

If you want to play along you still have plenty of time.  You can get all the details here at Tag You're It! Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find some time to play!

Dies:  MFT Tag You're It!, Wplus9 Thanks 
Pattern Paper Echo Park Autumn Collection 6x6"
Wood Veneer Leaf Stampin Up!
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh
3" Gold Tulle and 1/8" Gold Chevron Ribbon Hobby Lobby