I "heart" my extraordinarily creative friends -- you will too when you visit them!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

So glad

This is my first experience with a digi stamp. On one of my visits to my blogging friend Sue, I was lead to Mo's new digi challenge blogspot using digi stamps by Mo Manning. There I was lead to a "freebie" -- well, I took the freebie but wasn't in time for the challenge but felt responsible to post something since I took the image. I printed this charming image on purple cardstock -- because purple was in the challenge. The image is on foam mounts with an extra broom added for dimension. Other images are Sizzix. (But let me tell you this -- if you want to see the most ultra amazing project using this delightful image and better than that -- view a tutorial on how it was made, you must visit Mel.)

Though I have several Halloween words/phrases, I chose "I'm So Glad You're my Friend" (maker unknown) to be the most fitting because the little witch (Bella) and her dog (Bronte) are visibly good friends. And to Donna P and all my blogging visitors, I say "I'm so glad you're my friend."
my hand

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

Using a technique I learned from a tutorial at Gina K's Stamp TV, I inked up the embossing folder to make the greeting. The background is red card stock stamped with a Hero arts "speckled" stamp, and the edges cut with a deckle blade. The spider is from a Martha Stewart punch with an added red gem - black crochet thread provides for the spider's launch on the card.

Happy Halloween!
my hand

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't Say Boo

In front of this dilapidated house stands three charming fellows waiting to greet their guests for Trick of Treat. The house, bats, and welcomers are made dimensional with foam mounts. The smoke is from a fabric softener sheet. The ground is textured with a Cuttlebug Embossing folder and is cut with Emaginations Peaks.

Inside to create a little action, the "Boo" sticker is affixed with a wire spring so that when my grandson opens this card it will bounce and surely scare him to pieces!

Stamps: G Studio (Hampton Art), Stampendous, other images, Sizzix and Martha Stewart.

Designed by another
my hand

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkins in the Pink

I have mentioned before about my darling grand daughter's passion for pink. So here's the card I've put in the mail to her. On the inside there is a spider dangling loose on a string so that when she opens it, it will sway back and forth and scare her to pieces LOL. This picture was still on my camera when my dh and I met her for lunch to celebrate her sixth birthday and she wanted to look -- but I told her she had to wait -- but I won't make you wait 'cause Halloween doth approach. Paper overlay on purple cardstock is DCWV, layered spider is embossed with amethyst embossing powder, accents and shading with Prismacolor markers and Memories red ink pad -- most elements are on pop dots for dimension, Sizzix, Sizzlets, and all the aforementioned made this easy-peasy and incredibly pink!
my hand

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Scarey Stuff

Michelle's accordian card tutorial has brought me a lot of fun making this assortment of Halloween cards. (This time I worked alone without any help from my black cat.) Also, a reminder to visit Michelle's blog here before Halloween and get your name in the "pumpkin" for her "Bargain of the Century Blog Candy."

Stamps are from Martha Stewart, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Art Gone Wild, and Peddler's Pack. The bat stamp used on the front doesn't show the title of the book - but it is one of my favs (for those of you who know how I love a play on words) "Fly By Night." Other images and shapes are Sizzix and Sizzlets and Martha Stewart punches. Watch for more scarey stuff as the day of the Great Pumpkin approaches.
my hand

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Don't Be A Scaredy Cat

This black cat who hangs around outside my back door is taking all the credit for the accordian card I made with her likeness on the front. However, she won't be able to tell you that these images are from Sizzix dies, and a Martha Stewart bat punch.

The card dimensions and design are from Michelle -- (by the way, Michelle has "The Bargain of the Century Blog Candy" so be sure to stop by to check it out before Halloween) you can find her blog here and you can see the card tutorial here. This card is easy even for scaredy cats!
my hand

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary

It's another wonderful October anniversary to celebrate. It is hard for me to believe that my daughter and her husband are marking their 27th year of marriage this month. They had a marvelous party on their 25th at a local resort and Randy had 25 bouquets of long-stemmed red roses delivered there for Sharla. Each bouquet included one yellow rose for friendship. I wonder what he can possibly do to top that! The best I could do was this piece of card stock with lots of bits of paper punched, pierced, stamped, glued and prodded into a greeting -- but it's filled with all my love. Happy Anniversary, my dear hearts!

Stuff I used:
Fiskars and Martha Stewart border punches, Distinctive Impressions greeting,
Sizzix dies, EK Success corner punch,
gems and ribbon
Thanks for stopping by...
my hand

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Get Spooky

As many of you know, my studio is in my laundry room -- I mention this again because this card was created with a used fabric softener sheet from the dryer (yes, I actually do laundry once in awhile) that was gently encouraged to stretch over a black glossy panel. The Martha Stewart cat is an awesome punch that my granddaughter had a wild time with mass producing black cats - the fence and tree are from sizzix -- three crystal gems for starlight and the moon was run through a CB folder (though it doesn't show the texture here). "Get Spooky" is a sticker mounted on CS and raised with pop dots. It's getting closer and closer to Halloween and I am still having fun making spooky things -- hope you are too!
my hand

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Once Upon a Time...

Mrs. Doubtfire is the movie of choice for this week's Cinema Saturday challenge and this movie brings up a memory for me of Robin Williams, dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire, sitting in a rocking chair, reading a children's storybook. Perhaps this is something I have just dreamed up -- but I think that it did happen. At least, "Once Upon a Time." This image of Mrs. Doubtfire has inspired my "Once Upon a Time" storybook which can be opened up (part of the challenge was for something that opens up and/or contains a surprise). My husband and I celebrate 49 years of marriage this month so I made it into an anniversary "card." Here are the pages when the "book" is opened up.

Ink pads: Memories, brown, sepia, black
gems, ribbon - stash
Stamps: Stampabilities, Distinctive Impressions, Stampendous
Nestabilities; Marvy corner punch; Cuttlebug embossing folder
Sizzix and craft punches
verses: computer generated and stamped

Thanks for stopping by!
my hand

Monday, October 5, 2009

Leafs on a String

I've been in the "laundry room" (aka, the studio") all afternoon. And, I actually got some laundry done while having some fun with the Penny Black Challenge No. 69: "Autumn Breezes."

Autumn breezes put leafs in the air -- and in this case, the Penny Black image "Birthday of Colors" has put leafs flying high on a string that used to contain balloons. Go take a look at what the Design Team has created for your enjoyment and join in the fun -- there is a great prize for someone lucky like you. (This was photographed as the sun was low in the afternoon -- didn't it give a nice "glow" to the kitty?)

I am indeed delighted that Heather at Rica's Haven told me of another great challenge blog -- crafty calendar challenge -- and that the current challenge is Autumn -- so, here is my very first ever -- two challenges in one (card)! This challenge blog is another great spot to see a fantastic design team at work.

Stamps: Penny Black, Embossing Arts, All Night Media
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Fiskars corrugator, Leaf punches, pop dots, hole punch
Ink pads: Memories brown, black
Prismacolor pencils
Papers: Stash and ProvoCraft
Accent button, etc: JoAnn Scrap Essentials, crochet thread

Thanks for dropping by --
my hand

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloweenie Quickies

I'm so excited today -- look what I learned! After having an intense "quickie cards" making session, I learned how to put them on a slide show screen ! Ahhh, but what I lost are my
new blog borders -- eeek -- something spooky going on.