Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #80 Entry #2 and Mr. Bones Halloween Spook!

**Edited 9-1-12 to Join the Mr. Bones Halloween Spook!**

Good morning fellow crafters! So if you read my last post, you may have seen that I was supposed to be spending this morning cleaning up my craft room. Well, I started to clean, and then I got bored, and decided to submit another entry for this weeks Make it Monday challenge over at Nichole's Blog instead! I wanted to make another card set using the Mr. Bones Stamp set and matching spider die, along with the Spider Web Trio die set.

I layered scalloped strips in 3 colors together with some patterned paper from Recollections All Season paper pack. I used the medium spider web die cut on all 4 cards and die cut the spider 24 times: 12 to stamp on and 12 to layer onto the twine the same way Ashley does in this week's video tutorial. I added the sentiments to a scallop square punch and then adhered everything together. The spiders are glued onto some black twine and then popped up onto the card with dimensionals.

I am having a blast with the new Halloween sets from Papertrey Ink. I haven't had a chance to use the Tremendous Treats Halloween set yet, but I have the day off tomorrow and plan on making come candy wrapper boxes with them, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #80

Good evening fellow crafters! It is nearly midnight here and I am just about falling asleep here in my craft room, but I wanted to go ahead and share my card for this weeks' Make it Monday challenge over at Nichole's blog.

This week the challenge is hosted by Ashley Cannon-Newell and the challenge is to incorporate die cuts into a banner. I say a banner card last month on YouTube by Kristina Werner and I just loved her card, so I decided to re-create it for this challenge.

It is a standard A2 size card made from my favorite, Kraft cardstock!

I used Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart stamp sets #3, #5, and #6, as well as the coordinating heart die for set #3. I used Stampin' Up inkpads in Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Yoyo yellow, and Green Galore to stamp the hearts. I used Only Orange for the sun and Tempting Turquoise for the clouds. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede. I used some brown/white Martha Stewart twine, and added some dash lines around the card with a white gel pen. I glued the hearts to the twine the way Ashley does in the video tutorial, then propped them up onto my card base with dimensionals. I love all these colors together, they make the card bright and cheery!

The girls are back to school this week, and we are slowly getting back into our daily routines. No more sleeping in here, which is probably why I am so tired. I love back to school time because that means I can go back to regular morning work schedules, and be home more in the evening. I do still work late on Wednesdays, which means I have a good 5-6 hours to myself tomorrow morning! I have to admit, I cannot wait for some quiet, "me" time, even if I will be spending that time cleaning up this mess:

Have a great rest of the week everyone, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

PTI August Blog Hop

Good morning fellow crafters, Happy Saturday! I hope you all are having a great weekend so far. The hubby is in the kitchen making breakfast, to which I would normally intervene and take over, and he happily takes a seat on the couch. However, I decided to post my card for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

I made a folded card for this project, using Kraft cardstock and patterned paper from a Thanksgiving pack I found at the Dollar Spot last year, and to be honest I don't remember where the digi stamp is from, but it is adorable! I used Papertrey Ink's Limitless layers circle die set and the sentiment inside is from Inkadinkado's Harvest Expressions Stamp set.

That's all for now, I have to escape the craft room before the hubby finds out what I'm up to! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Halloween Card Sets

**Edited 9-1-12 to Join the Mr. Bones Halloween Spook!**

Good afternoon fellow crafters, hope you are having a very wonderful Thursday! I very anxiously have walked to my mailbox the last few days in hopes that my Papertrey Ink order for this month had arrived. Well after several day of disappointment, my order finally arrived today and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait!

I was so excited for this month's release over at Papertrey Ink because I knew it was about time for some new Halloween and Fall stamp sets! I was thrilled when Nichole announced the release of the Tremendous Treats: Halloween stamp set. I ordered the stamp set along with the Happy Haunting and Mr. Bones stamp and matching die sets. These products are too freakin' adorable!

I knew I wanted to Mr. Bones stamp set as soon as I saw Betsy Veldman's card here with the "peeking windows". So with her card in my mind, I immediately set out to create my own.

Using Stampin' Up cardstock in Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, and Pumpkin pie, I created 6 card bases, 3 in each color. I used Kraft cardstock and Stampin' Ups scallop square punch to create the windows for my little skeletons. I die cut and stamped 18 skeletons, then started set up all my cards. I used Halloween Patterned paper from Recollections All Seasons paper packs in back of the skeletons. I also ordered the Spider Web trio die set, and using the smallest spider web, I die cut 6 of those and put them inside the cards, along with the cute spider from the Mr. Bones stamp set. I made 2 sets of 3 cards, both with different phrases from the Mr. Bones set.

I am in love with all of these sets and I cannot wait to make more cards, tags, and favors with them for my upcoming Halloween Craft show at a local mall. Hope you are all having fun with your new goodies as well! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 20, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #79

Good afternoon fellow crafters, hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! I go into work late today so I decided to go ahead and get started on this week's Make it Monday Challenge here on Nicholes' Blog.

This week the challenge is fabric die cuts. I don't have a lot of fabric here in my craft room, but I was able to find some fabric pieces from a K&Company Fabric Art pack. The inspiration from this card comes from Kristina Werner.

I had a loose 12x12 sheet of cardstock paper that I found, not sure what company it is from, and I made that as the card base into a 5½" square card. I used Kraft cardstock and added some white dash lines. The 1" circles on the bottom of the Kraft cardstock were cut from the Recollections Garden Florals paper pad. The inside of the card reads "You're all these things and more". Both sentiments are from the Papertrey Ink stamp Set for the Movers and Shakers series. I added some white Grosgrain ribbon on the bottom of the card to finish it off.

That's all for today, have a great week!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Christmas Tags

Good morning fellow crafters, Happy Friday! I am so excited it is Friday. I usually work on Saturdays but I decided to take this weekend off to do some Tax free shopping for back to school with the family instead. I can't wait to get in some family time!

I wanted to share a quick post of these cute Christmas tags I put together yesterday using Papertrey Ink's Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set. I also used their Limitless layers 2½" circle die collection. I stamped each penguin and snowman in black pigment ink, then clear embossed them and used my Prismacolor markers to color them in. I added some glitter to the snowman and some rhinestones to each banner die cut, then put them all together. I cut out the images and used dimensionals to prop them up.

I have some more tags in red and green using the whole set, will post those later on today. Have a great day everyone, I'm headed off to work!

P.S. It is a beautiful day! It is nice and cloudy, I hope it stays like this all day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #78

Good afternoon fellow crafters, how are you all doing? I am doing great, I literally have to be at work in 30 minutes, but I wanted to post up my entry for this weeks Make it Monday challenge here over at Papertrey Ink.

This week the video is by Heather Nichols, and the challenge is stamping and stitching. I always see Kristina Werner stitching on her projects, and I got the idea for my card from her blog. She always has great videos and tutorials!

I've been working on Halloween and Christmas cards the last few weeks, so I decided to go ahead and make a Christmas card for this challenge using the Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set along with the Limitless Layers Circle die set. I stamped the image and sentiment with Pigment Black ink and clear embossed both. I added some glitter to the little snowman and then cut him out. I adhered him to the card with dimensionals. The patterned paper is from the All Seasons Cardstock paper stack from Recollections. I wanted something a little thicker than thread to do my stitching, so I used white Crochet thread from Red Heart.

I cannot wait to make a set of this same card using all the images from the Tremendous Treats Christmas stamp set. Now that they are bigger images, they are so much easier to color them and cut them out for projects! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Halloween Card Set

Good afternoon fellow crafters! I don't know about you, but I love to craft the most for the Holidays, especially Christmas and Halloween! My favorite stamp sets for the Holidays so far are the Tiny and Tremendous Treats stamp sets from Papertrey Ink. Well, yesterday on Nichole's blog she announced that one of the stamp set releases this month is going to be the Tremendous Treats: Halloween stamp set! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SET FOREVER! HeeHee I am soooo excited, I cannot wait to get this stamp set! There is also 2 new Halloween stamps sets that she featured yesterday and you can find them here during Sneak Peek Day 4.

It's also no surprise that I love to make card sets. My first Halloween project this year was inspired by these Halloween Cards here by Heather Nichols. I made 8 cards for this set, using black card stock for the bases. I used the Limitless Layers circles die cut sets from Papertrey ink and the Batty for You Stamp set from Stampin Up! I wanted this stamp set for the longest time and never purchased it. I didn't realize that it was one of the retiring stamps sets from SU this year, so I ended up having to purchase it through Ebay this past month. I was however lucky enough to find a brand new, unmounted set (I did not want a used one!). I used Kraft and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, as well as Pumpkin Pie ink.

I added a few more layers to my card and added some black glitter. I found the tutorial for the box here and it fits a 3x3 card set perfectly! I also found a tutorial here on how to make the little envelopes for the 3x3" cards. Even with the images on my cards popped up with some dimensionals, they still fit perfectly inside each little envelope!

I've listed this cute little card set onto my Etsy Shop here. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #77 Card#2

Good evening fellow crafters, can you believe tomorrow is already Wednesday?! I am losing track of time at how fast the days seem to be going by. It seems like just yesterday that my girls were on their last day of school, and now they only have 3 weeks left before another school year starts :( I feel like we haven't really done too much, this year in general just flew by!

Anywho, before I head off to bed, I wanted to share my second attempt at this weeks Make it Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink.

I've seen this technique floating around the last few weeks. I followed Dawn's video tutorial here. She makes it super easy to follow the directions and assemble the card.

So I layered up my cardstock and stamped again using the Year of Flowers Collection stamp set from PTI, and used my Stampin' Up inkpads in Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, and Old Olive as my "watercolors".

I love the overall look of the card. I was disappointed once the card dried because I noticed the ink I used (Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip) started to blend in with the wet inks. So the "flower" started disappearing in areas. I should have done what I did on my first card entry this week, and used black pigment ink and then clear embossed it all so the ink would not smudge. Well you live and you learn! I was going to do 2 cards for another set, so I stamped two different flowers, but after the first one dried I didn't finish the 2nd.

I need to play around with this card a bit more to see what else I can come up with! Thanks for stopping by, good night!

Monday, August 6, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #77

Good morning and Happy Monday! I had a very nice, relaxing 4 day weekend with the family, and it actually did not go by as fast as it usually does! But today I must return to reality and the real world and get back to work! But first, I wanted to participate in yet another challenge over at Papertrey Ink, and this week Dawn McVey shows us how to use our ink pads as watercolor paints.

I used Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers Collection stamp set for the images and the Pretty Peonies stamp set for the sentiments. I used Stampin' Up classic ink pads in Blush Blossom, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery for my "watercolors". I used the Limitless Layers Oval die collection and stamped the images in Pigment black ink so that I could clear emboss them before I began to color in the images. I also used the double-ended banner die. The patterned paper is from Recollections Garden Florals paper pad.

I tried to "mix" the colors together like Dawn did in her video. You can see the gradient coloring better in the orange card. I like the way both cards came out. I love making cards together as sets! I think I will make a few more cards in other colors to add to this set for Etsy.

Well, I'm off to the post office before I start getting ready for work. I hope everyone has a great week and I can't wait to see everyone else's take on the challenge this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #76 - Second try!

Hello fellow crafters, I sure hope you are all having a great weekend so far and are getting lots and lots of time to yourselves for crafting! I worked 10 days in a row so I could have myself a 4 day weekend for the youngest daughter's 6th birthday! It's amazing how fast time goes by! She is often here next to me when I'm in my craft room, she will not let me throw away ANY scraps, she hoards them all because she just KNOWS she will have a use for them one day! Her older sister and I made her a Tangled birthday banner and she worked on her birthday card early in the morning.

Here is the birthday girl with her sister and the birthday cake yesterday:

So after the mini birthday celebration I decided to give this weeks Make It Monday challenge another go. I wanted to try the bleach stamping this time with some rubber stamps instead of the clear stamps to see if the image would come up a little better. I like this card a whole lot more than the first attempt. I was browsing through Lisa Johnson's website and she did the bleaching technique back in January. I loved her "I love You" card here and wanted to do something similar with the teal and the red.

I used 2 rubber stamps that I found earlier this February in the Michaels $1 bin. I used the Heart-2-Heart #3 stamp set from Papertrey Ink and some Martha Stewart twine. I stamped the heart image onto some teal cardstock with the bleach, then went back and added a few red heart accents. I really love the teal, red, and kraft together.

I'm going to take a little break from crafting right now, my craft space is a total disaster right now. Usually now matter how messy it is, I can still find everything I need. But the past few days the girls and I have been doing some crafting and now everything is just everywhere! Time for a cleanup! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for stopping by!