I've created this blog to share my life & love of paper crafts with others. You will read bits and pieces of what goes on in my world and be able to see my paper craft creations! Please leave me a comment if you see something you like. I'd love to hear from you!
Before I added ghosts to the right side of the scene, I framed off a small area for the second half of the "Get In The Spirit" greeting using a Nestability die. I sponged charcoal ink around the edges and colored in the word "Spirit" with an orange Copic Marker. I then covered it with a mask and finished adding the ghosts around it. I then used a black Copic marker to fill in the spaces between all the ghosts.
I added a black and silver decorative border, and black and white ribbon to the top of my card front as shown. Sewing came into play by adding small orange zig-zag stitches to the top and bottom of the ribbon to complement the orange in the word "Spirit". My card front was then adhered to a black cardstock base.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!
I know I'm a week late, but here's my take on last weeks sketch challenge SC303 from Spiltcoast Stampers. I flipped the sketch upside down and changed the center oval to accomodate the sentiment better.
If you look close at the Candy Corn background, you see that I stamped it in orange ink. The center stripe is a solid part of the stamp, so when it's stamped on white paper, all you have to do is color the bottom portion yellow and you have a quick and easy background all ready to go! I added a touch of Stickles to the bees' wings giving this card just the right touch!
Well, I'll be buying a lot of candy today for all of the little trick or treaters who will soon be stopping by. I'll pick up some of my favorite vegetable to enjoy for myself as well *wink!*
Hubby and I went to a wedding this weekend. I recently went to Hallmark to find a card for the Bride and Groom and quickly decided that was not such a good idea! The cheapest/most decent card I could find was over $5! So, as a means of watching our pennies, I planned ahead and decided to make a card for them. Besides it's what I do on a practically everyday basis anyway, right? Still not sure what made me go to Hallmark in the first place!
I was a bit unsure as to how this was going to turn out as I don't have very many wedding themed stamps or paper. Since I had the time, I was up for the challenge and I tried really hard to use what I had. It would have defeated the purpose of planning ahead to make one otherwise. I'm glad to report that this was a lot easier than I thought it would be once I actually sat down to do it. I'm really, really happy with how this turned out! There's just something about it's simple elegance that is really pretty to me.
I apologize as this photo doesn't do this card any justice! I used shimmer cardstock and it was hard to photograph and capture something similar to how it looks in real life! If anyone has some tips and trick to photographing shimmer cardstock, please do share!
Best part about this card is that it was really quick and easy! I created the card front by first, using the EK Success decorative heart border punch on the bottom edge of the shimmer ivory cardstock. Next, I stamped DRS Designs Silhouette Love Heart (213D) twice, side-by-side and slightly over lapping with SU! Rose Red craft ink. I heat set the ink and then embossed the card front with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, leaving about 1 inch from the top edge. Then I added 2 horizontal embossed lines using my Score-Pal. In the space between these 2 lines I adhered beautiful white and silver ribbon with a bow in the center. I adhered the card front on to a Gray shimmer cardstock base.
I even decorated the inside to match! I stamped off the silhouette heart and added "Congratulations" from SU! I used the heart border punch on a small strip of shimmer gray cardstock, adhered it to the top and my card was complete.
After all the fun I had making this card awhile ago, I swore that I would do more sewing on my cards. Ever since then, the machine has been out and ready to go--the whole purpose of leaving it out was so that I would use it more often! For some reason, even though I see it every time I sit down at my craft table, my little Janome sewing maching seems to overwhelm me and I hardly ever use it. Definitely, not my original intention that justified the purchase when I bought it. But, when I do use it I'm reminded of how easy and fun it is! So, now...that's it,no more excuses! I MUST use it and WILL!
With that being said, I welcome you to my first installment of Sewing Saturday! Every Saturday I'm challenging myself to share something with you that has sewing on it! If you see a card during the other days of the week with sewing on it, then that's just a bonus! ;-)
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, here's my first Sewing Saturday card.
I stamped DRS Designs Cancer Is...Greeting (L113) as the focal point on my card. I stamped it in black ink and then masked off the edges with Post-It Notes and sponged pink ink over the wording. After I removed the Post It Notes I had a nice white frame around it. I used some Photo Corner punches to decorate around the saying a touch of pink ribbon and a single pink brad made it complete!
Thanks for stopping by! So now that I've told you all about my Sewing Saturdays, you must hold me to it! Feel free to scold me in your comments, when you don't see a Sewing Saturday card, ok?
My first step in making this card was to stamp, color, and cut out the s'more image. While it was still in my square Nestability die, I sponged charcoal ink around the upper portion of it to create the frame and shading around it. I matted it with brown cardstock and set it aside while I worked on the rest of my card.
I created the base from brown cardstock as well. The S'more Greeting (376K) was stamped in brown ink on gray cardstock. I used a border punch to create the decorative edge and added some fun brown ribbon, and adhered the image next to the greeting. Once the card front was adhered to the base, I added 5 clear rhinestones below the image. I colored them with a brown Copic Marker to make them match perfectly!
So, do I have you craving this yummy, ooey, gooey sticky treat yet?
Well, if your schedule right now is as crazy as mine then, I think you'd "Go Batty" too! Sorry for not posting over the last few days, but things have been very hectic. Glad to say that hopefully things have finally quieted down a bit and I can blog and stamp more often now.
I find it so ironic that this is the card I have for you today. It's so fitting! This "Go Batty!" Sentiment (090D) and the Goofy Bat (381D) image are both by DRS Designs. I used the bat to stamp my own pattern paper with Versafine Onxy black and SU! Elegant Eggplant ink. The sentiment was heat embossed with bright orange embossing powder and I used orange ribbon as an accent.
That bat makes for such a cute card, doesn't he? Just look at that goofy grin!
I certainly hope that things are running smoothly in your neck of the woods, but if not, remember tis the season to "Go Batty!"
Here's a little something different for you today! I'm getting bored making standard cards. So, I'm trying to spice things up a bit and make a unique card once a week. By unique, I mean something other than your standard A2 or 5" x 5" square cards.
The tag was created by simply matting the orange cardstock with black and inking the edges with Charcoal chalk ink to give it a smoky look. I stamped the "Fang"tastic Halloween Greeting (391F) with black ink and adhered cut-outs of the Goofy Bat (381D) around it. The "pully" was created by folding a scallop circle in half and added a spiral clip with ribbon attached to to it.
I colored the Precious Pumpkin (380F) with Copic Markers and cut it out as well to decorate the front edge of the base with it. Some fun, black and orange ribbon finished this Pop-Up Card nicely.
I'll be checking for more unique cards on Splitcoast Stampers, but if you see a unique card in a card gallery or a tutorial some where out there in blog land, please leave me a link. From all the links I receive, I'll draw a winner for a fun little prize from me!
We are having a beautiful Autumn day here in Michigan today. The sun is out shining brightly and the temperature is warm and so unlike the cool Fall that it normally is. I think this is this what they call an Indian Summer. The best part is that we're having this weather on weekend days so everyone is out to enjoy it!
Hi Friends! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! I've been stamping all week with some of DRS designs new Halloween stamps. Here's one of my favorite Halloween cards I've made so far.
Please let me introduce you to Spencer, the Not So Spooky Ghost (408D)! I stamped him twice on white cardstock, and masked one of them so that I could create the background behind him using the Empty Spider Web (329G). I used Copics on the second image to give him a bit of shadow and some pink lips and then adhered it on to the first image for added dimension.
I created my own patterned paper for the background panel using the new Eeeeek Background stamp (402H). On both background panels I distressed the edges using Charcoal chalk ink to create a smoky and spooky look. What could be paired more perfectly with Spencer than this Spirit of Halloween Greeting (389F)? This is also one of DRS Designs new stamps. I used several black petite brads and a black grosgrain bow to embellish this card perfectly.
So, if Spencer isn't a spooky ghost, I guess that makes him a friendly one, right? Just look at that face...of course he's friendly! He's just too adorable to be spooky! Thanks for stopping by!
PS: Don't forget about DRS Designs new contest? It's where you win FREE stamps first before you even get entered, but it's "By Invitation Only!" Check out all the details HERE and submit your nomination today!
Make sure to check out all of DRS Designs great Halloween stamps, and have you read about the 2 contests they currently have underway? Hurry, the Operation Write Home contest deadline is October 23rd, and there's also the "By Invitation Only" contest where you can nominate your favorite card makers for a chance to be featured on the DRS Designs Blog!
Thanks for stopping by!
The coolest part about using the Eeeeek Background and Spooky eyes Background together is that they inter lock and you can stamp one right over top of the other and they fit perfectly together. You can see this on the front of my criss cross card and just how well they match since I stamped them in 2 different colors.
The invitation inside was colored with Copic Markers and I used Martha Stewart's Spider Web punch to decorate the edges.
Oh my! Have you noticed all of the goodies being given away for this weeks Splitcoast Sketch Challenge? It's the 300th challenge and many companies have donated generous prizes that will be given out to challenge participants. DRS Designs is one of them! They are giving away 2-$10 gift certificates. Make sure to get your card posted in the SC300 gallery to be entered to win any of the prizes.
Here's the sketch you need to play with:
I played along and created this Pumpkin Cutie Halloween card! I used DRS Designs new Precious Pumpkin (380F) as my focal image. I colored him with Copic Markers and sponged light blue ink around him. Isn't he adorable?!?! I just love that jolly look on his face!