Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Treats

Welcome to a hauntingly Halloween themed challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  For this challenge I have made a couple treats which I decked out with cats.  These are clean and simple in style and layers, but oh so cool.
I have a couple packs of the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper from last year's Holiday Catalog left in my stash of supplies which were begging to be used.  The paper is gorgeous and adds such a huge pop of awesomeness to Halloween creations so I went for it.

I love the extra long Black Bakers Twine shoestring bow.  It adds a touch of what I am going to call "ugly."  Yes, I said ugly.  It's long and lanky like like spider legs and to me spider legs are ug lee!
These test tube treat holders are quite similar to those you have seen online except one thing.  I've added the most funky finishing touch--jeweled spider rings!  I picked up a pack of the orange and purple blinged out rings from the Dollar Tree and they are the absolute perfect size to fit the test tubes--pretty fun don't you think?

Friday, October 13, 2017


I am simply loving' the latest #TGIF129 sketch challenge!
This card is super gorgeous in real life.  The colors, texture, and glisten are all so yummy.  Of course you can see the cable knit embossed texture, but look close at the center of the daisy and it also has a bit of lift.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Potent Potions for WWYS#137

Over at What Would You Stamp the set for this week's challenge is Spooky Cat.  I love that set so I had to join in the fun.The trio of potion chemistry bottles in the Spooky Cat stamp set are so stinking cool.  I love that Stampin' Up! created images to fill each beaker and flask, and the bubbles just take it from cool to mind blowing.  
A detail that I get a kick out of on this card is the Silver Glitter edge on the Lemon Lime Twist oval.  For this I used a Two-Way Glue Pen (retired, but a total favorite of mine) to draw a line right on the edge and then I dunked the whole piece is the glitter.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

hALLowEen hApPineSs

Welcome stampers and paper crafters to another Monday Montage Blog Hop.

Scroll down and check out my Halloween ornament.  Making anything Halloweeny makes me totally happy.  I love all things funky, scary, haunted, googlie, and fun.
This skeleton started out as a garland from the Dollar Tree.  I cut it apart to make something a bit different.  A piece of Basic Black card stock cut to perfectly fit an Acetate Card Box is the base for my ornament.  I used the Card Front Thinlits to add a spunky detail to the backdrop and then shreds of Spooky Night DSP give the box a bit of dimension.  I had some orange and black chocolate candies so I added them and an image punched with the Cat Punch.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Best Greeting Ever

In September's Paper Pumpkin kit, Layering Leaves, there are some fabulous stamp images.  My absolute favorite, and maybe even an all time favorite, it s the "keep calm and be thankful" greeting.  Truly when we are aware of all the things we are blessed with each day we are much more calm and that can keep is in a giving back kind of mood.

For this card I started by taping a piece of Watercolor  Paper down to a heavy piece of chipboard.  Taping the paper down is the best way to keep your paper from curling.  It also can give you a cool boarder if you paint to the edge.  You can see I did just that in some areas.
Tips for this card:
1.  Card base is Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock with a top fold.
2.  Tape watercolor paper down to your work surface.
3.  Stamp the large leaves with Cherry Cobbler then smear the ink with an Aqua Painter.
4.  Restamp in same area with Perfect Plum while paper is still wet.
5.  Stamp greeting with Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler on Watercolor Paper and cut out with Stitched Shapes Framelits.
6.  Add a cluster of leaves from the Layering Leaves PP kit, a piece of Copper Ribbon, and the greeting using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pocket Sketch

It's a cute sketch featuring a pocket for Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Click over and join us, let your creativity run wild.

I used the Lots of Labels dies to make my pocket.  I cut the largest framelit from the set and chopped off the top third and ta da there you have it -- a pocket.
What's super cool about my pocket piece is that it has been stamped with the Burlap background image.  I used Whisper White ink, stamped it on an angle, and then sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges.  Tucked inside the pocket is the sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set.

If you look real close to the center of the flower you might see the dry embossing.  What I did was I took a stylus and drew the around the outline of the center.  Then I flipped the flower over and scribbled all inside the circle with the stylus to further dry emboss and pop the center up even more.  Try this, it adds lots more life to your flowers, but remember to use a Piercing Pad for best results.
Thanks for stopping by now go give this sketch a try ;0)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Creation Station Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade AKA Stamp Hacks --
this is our theme for the Creation Station October Blog Hop.
Are you ready for it...


A couple simple stamp hacks perfect for all your Halloween and fall season stampin'.
Just grab your Beautiful Bouquet Framelits and a pair of Paper Snips and you can have handmade cornstalks to put in a pumpkin patch in no time at all.
Trim away the leaves then clip the stems to create a cornstalk shape.
For barbed wire simply tie off a piece of Bakers Twine, I used Basic Black, to your card front and then add little ties all the way across.  The trick is when making the barbs is to tie longer pieces of twine off and then trim them short and spiky.
Next stop on the hop is with the fabulous Denita Wright.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 29, 2017

#TGIF127 Tic Tac Toe

We are playing tic-tac-toe at TGIF this week.
Check out all the cool entries at #TGIF127 then play a game and link up with us.
This challenge had me stumped, in fact I thought I would be playing a "cats" game and not make three in a row.  Finally, I got my game on and was able to get my act together to get three in a row that included water color, twine/ribbon, and paper piecing.  
I stamped the pig image on a piece of Bundle of Love Specialty DSP using Basic Grey ink.  Then a quick fussy cut and I had my first corner (to win you always go of a corner first).  Next, I needed a backdrop for the piggy so I went for another corner and busted out some inks and Watercolor Paper.  When looking at using the "hogs and kisses" greeting I decided to try some of my own non-traditional paper piecing by cutting up some Lovely Words Thinlits cutouts to manipulate and transform hugs to "hogs."
Last, the winning square was twine/ribbon.  Slam dunk I can do twine anytime!  In fact I may have a bit of an addition to twine.  I love twine just as much as shiny stuff.  Go figure that's why I have Mini Gold Sequins and Gold Glimmer Paper on this card.  Oh wait, there's more shine--I added some 2016-2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes.  These are super cute, but I don't see them too often or maybe I'm just not paying attention.  I will wrap it up by saying I am happy to add twine and shine any time ;0)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Flying Pig for a Sketch Challenge

It seems that lately I have been stamping lots of Halloween and fall treats and cards.  I was in the mood for a bit of a change, so grabbed my This Little Piggy stamp set and thought I would ink it up and just create whatever.  To get the creation gears rolling I decided to use the sketch challenge that the Global Design Project is hosting this week.  I have never joined one of their challenges, but I have checked them out every week--they are an amazing team and offer fabulous challenges.
 Here is my interpretation of the sketch for #GCP106.

The background is two layers of Embossing Paste clouds.  The first layer was colored with Dapper Denim ink and the second was plain.  You have to let them totally dry before the second layer is applied, but the SU! paste dries so quick it doesn't take too long.

Cat Punch Bite

Use your Cat Punch to take a bite out of a Stitched Shapes "moon" to create a fun Halloween look.  To create an eerie moon sponge Crushed Curry ink around the edges of the cut circle.
To curve your Halloween greeting mold the image on a clean block to your desired shape.  This technique works best with photopolymer stamps.
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Cat Punch