Sunday, October 30, 2011

Warmth & Joy

This week's Less Is More Challenge is 

I have not been able to play for the last 2 weeks, and I really wanted to be sure to make something for LIM this week.  I hate to miss it.  I don't know why, but I really struggled to come up with a star themed project.  I remembered a fabulous sheet of paper that I have - blue with silver metallic stars. I thought I could find some inspiration if I held it in my hand LOL, but alas, I never found it. Then I got the idea of using Verve's Starstruck collection and embossing in silver on Night of Navy card stock.  The card came together from there. I have to say that I love it - except for the sides on the white panel.  It looked too empty without some embellishment, but nothing I tried worked out to be fabulous.  I think piercing may have worked, but in the end, I added silver dots with a silver Sharpie.  I am not happy with that, they are uneven - I may just have to re-make it.  I do love the rest of the card though, so I went with it.
I pulled out an old SU wheel and inked it with Versa Mark to make a star background on the Kraft.  The embossing of the star came out beautifully, and I just love the sentiment from a new PTI set called Stylish Sentiments Holiday.
Thank you for stopping by.  I actually posted four things this weekend, which is a record for me. An October snowstorm worked wonders for my crafting.  Tonight I made a fabulous pot roast with shitake mushrooms and lots of root vegetables and wine.  Feels like mid January, but tomorrow is Halloween!  We have our costumes together.  There will definitely be frost on the pumpkin for the festivities.  Hope you have a fun day tomorrow whether you do or don't do Halloween.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boo Crew

I just love this Boo Crew digi-image from MFT. I got it 2 years ago, and never used it.  It appears to be retired now.  I think I was a little scared of the amount of coloring that it required, but in 2 years I have become much more confident in my coloring skills.  I CASE'd the coloring from Michelle Boyer's card from September 2009.

Why are the words backwards you ask?  Well, I made this 8 1/2 x 11 panel for my dear friend who teaches first grade at the school my boys attend and in which I work. This is an iron-on transfer for a halloween treat bag that my friend will load up with treats for her students as a Halloween gift, and then they can use it for a trick-or-treat bag.  For an iron-on transfer, words have to be backwards to come out right when ironed on.

I printed the digi image on 8 1/2 x 11 Nenah Solar White paper, and colored it with Copics.  I cut the letters with Sizzix Fun Serif alphabet dies and my trusty old Sizzix die cut machine, ran them (backwards) through my Xyron, and placed them above the colored image. The fence is cut with a Martha Stewart punch, and the green rick rak is but from a PTI die.

I am proud of the way this came out, and I am happy to know the "littles" who will receive their treat bags designed by - ME!

Thanks you again for coming by.  Still snowing here in NJ...

Happy Haunting

This creation is a combination of 3 challenges:

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #95 The Challenge for this week is a
Theme Challenge!


That's Krafty Thursday #55 - use Kraft on your project.

Thanks so much for coming by. Still snowing here in NJ... and I am still in my PJ's in my craft room. It's a good day!

Stamps ~ PTI Tiny Treats Halloween.
Ink ~ PTI True Black, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Paper ~ Kraft, Basic Black, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, White.
Accessories ~ PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, PTI Mat Stack 4 die, Nestabilities circle dies, Dimensionals, stitched grosgrain ribbon, buttons, black jute, glue dots, corner rounder.

Holiday Wishes

It is SNOWING hard here in New Jersey - very odd for October 29th.  We have not even had frost on the pumpkin yet!  I am staying in my PJ's and in my craft room today. Love it.

This is my project for this week's Make It Monday #38: Brayer and Impression Plate Techniques over at Nichole Heady's blog.  I really love the way this came out.  Betsy Veldman's video tutorial is wonderful, and I know I will be using this technique again and again. 

Stamps ~ PTI 2011 Holiday Tags, PTI Fillable Frames #10.
Paper ~ White, Kiwi Kiss, SU (retired) Ski Slope DSP, Kraft.
Ink ~ Chocolate Chip, PTI Pure Poppy, Memento Pear Tart.
Accessories ~ Brayer, PTI & Nestabilities dies, PTI embossing plate, self-adhesive rhinestones, Copics, Twinery Pink Sorbet twine, Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, October 10, 2011

For Julie's Smile

This week CAS-ual Fridays is participating in a very special benefit blog hop for Julie Ranae. You can read Julie's story in her own words on her blog Julie's Open Window. Because it's a special week, CAS-ual Fridays has a special challenge inspired by Julie Ranae.

CFC23: Inspiration challenge. Create a Clean And Simple project using the quote as your inspiration OR use the quote as your sentiment.

When I read Julie's story and saw the outpouring of love and support from the papercrafting community, I was so moved. I really wanted to make something very special and encouraging, uplifting and hopeful for Julie's challenge.  My creation emerged from the inspiration I drew from FTL161 from the Clean & Simple blog:

I hope with all of my heart that contributions to Julie's cause are abundant, and that she gets her smile back very, very soon.  Please check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog, and do what you can if you are so moved.

Thanks for stopping. Have a wonderful day. 

Card Stock - PTI White, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, So Saffron.
Stamps - PTI Turning a New Leaf and Little Bitty Bird.
Accessories - PTI Turning a New Leaf and Bloom Builders #3 dies, self adhesive rhinestones, Dimensionals, Score Pal, corner rounder.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Enjoy Thanksgiving

I am so happy that I had a little time to craft this morning, so I made this card for this week's Less Is More Challenge - week #36. It's a single layer card with
The can be singular, multiple, any colour, but, MUST be a one layer card, with no additional layers stuck on, apart from the odd embellishment or ribbon!

The weather here is crisp and clear - pumpkins and apples abound. The smell of fire in the air in the evenings... with a fall theme in mind, I went with Bramble Wreath from Memory Box as my main image, embellished with hearts from PTI's Love Lives Here : Holiday in fall colors.  I colored over the hearts with a clear glaze pen to pop them.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts (retired).

Have a happy day.  We have a 3 day weekend in celebration of Columbus Day.  Woo Hoo!I hope I can return to my craft room before the weekend is over.  Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


This is my take on CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week, which is :

CFC22: Create a Clean And Simple project using a ribbon tab or loop. Big loops, tiny loops...get creative but the loops on a bow don't count.

Funny thing is that my MFT Totally Witchin' WTG paper pieced panel was the beginnings of my take on CFC#19, which was to use paper piecing on your Fall themed Clean And Simple project.  Well, I never finished that challenge - just the paper piecing.  Fast forward 3 challenges, and now my paper pieced witchies are the completion of CFC#22.  I added 2 triple layer loops on the left, popped up my panel on a white base, and added the sentiment. Voila!  Crafting time is hard to come by for me these days. So glad I finally got to play again at CAS-ual Fridays!  Thanks for stopping in!