Friday, October 23, 2015

Hero Arts Pumpkins and May Arts Twine

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Woohoo!  I'm so happy the weekend is almost here.  I'm heading to an all day crop tomorrow with a friend and cannot wait.  I plan to get my Christmas cards started!

Today, I'm showing off a card I made just for fun!  Using this awesome Hero Arts Pumpkin stamp.  I've had it in my stash quite a few years and it's hands down, my favorite pumpkin stamp!

I also used #MFT stitched hills for the ground and some gorgeous #MayArts twine.  Sequins are Cartwright and Doodlebug.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges!

Share The Joy Challenge - Sketch or CAS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - May Arts Twine
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Halloween
Moving Along With the Times Challenge - Halloween
The Male Room Challenge Blog - Halloween
Inky Chicks challenge - Halloween
Always Playing With Paper - Challenge #47

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lila Grey Seed Packet Templates Digis

Hello everyone!  I'm super excited to share a couple of projects with you today.  I photographed them together, as they are both similar in nature.  I used the seed packet templates from Lila Grey to create these one of a kind gift cards.  Lila Grey Seed Packet Templates Yes, it's a card with a little gift of flower seeds attached to the front!

This would make a fun little gift for your favorite gardener.  You could do a gift tag and attach it too a plant, a flower pot stake, or a card as I've done here, and of course you'll come up with some interesting ideas of your own!  I know there are lots of seed savers out there, so you can make up a bunch of them ahead of time.  And because they are digital, you can print them out as large or small as you need.  In the fall when everything is going to seed, you've got the perfect storage solution to keep your seeds dark and dry until spring planting season!

The printed back is perfect for documenting information on the seeds inside your packet.

AND, if you prefer to decorate your own seed packets, Lila Grey also offers a blank template.  These are so easy to score and glue!  Blank Seed Packet Template

Lila Grey has a few more designs in her shop, just follow the link I've posted above.  These are a couple of my faves, Black Eyed Susans and Coneflowers!

I'm entering this project in the MojoMonday Sketch Challenge #420, click on image to play!

Plus, these other fine challenges!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ADFD Pumpkins and Butterflies

Well, hello and happy Sunday to everyone.  We woke up to a super chilly morning here in South Carolina.  I am not used to that at all, time to get out the wool socks!  In other news, we adopted a puppy yesterday from a rescue and she's just the sweetest thing!  Her spot seems to be under the coffee table.  Awwwwww, so here's your moment of sleepy puppy zen...

Even with all this excitement, I managed to get a card made for a special crafty friends birthday.  I just love how this turned out.  I colored up the ADFD image called Pumpkins and Butterflies ---Click here for info on image.  They have a challenge going on #132 Add Black Lace - Click here to play!!!

I didn't have any black lace in my stash, but I had this awesome lacey die Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 Die, and it sure looks like lace to me.  Other products used, MFT Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Die, SSS Sketchy Banner Greetings, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Mossy Green sequins and a few lime green pearls by Doodlebug.  Lastly tied a little gold cording by SU on the side.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sparkle Creations Cocktail Emily

Hi Everyone, busy day today, but I thought I'd pop in here with a card I made over the weekend.  This is a stamp I've had in my stash a long time..and I finally inked her up.  The stamp is "Cocktail Emily" by "Sparkle Creations".  My Sister In Law is turning 40 this week, she's a girly girl and enjoys a yummy cocktail now and then.  So...this is going out in the mail today so she knows I'm thinking of her on her BIG day!

Hope you are all having a great day!!!  Thanks for stopping :)

I've entered the following challenges with this project:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

OSAT Blog Hop - Halloween/Fall

Hello everyone, so glad you're hopping along with us here at OSAT Blog Hop!  This month, the theme is Fall/Halloween, so grab your pumpkin spice lattes and let's have some fun!  You should have arrived here via the very talented Wynne Grob's blog!  If not, use the links below to go back so you don't miss seeing her beautiful projects!

So now, onto my Halloween/Fall entries!  I have to say, this was a super fun month for me, because I absolutely LOVE fall.  I ended up choosing Through The Trees by Papertrey Ink to play around with.  I did some multi-generational stamping to obtain the 3 colors on the leaves.  I used StampinUp More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze.  Starting with MM, I inked all the leaves and pressed down, then I went back with my AA and inked up all the leaves, but sponged off the middle, then pressed down.  Lastly, I applied my CC and sponged off all ink, but for the outer edges.  This gave me the perfect tri-colored look for my fall tree.  Lastly I added the trunk and stamped a few times for a really dark impression.  I couldn't be any happier with how this fall tree turned out.  Now, I'll be honest, I do not have one of those fancy stamping tools that allows numerous impressions.  I just used a CD case, with 2 layers of thin craft foam in the bottom, washi taped my cardstock onto the foam and went to town!

The challenge was turning this into a shaker card.  Shakers are not my strong suit, I make a lot of mistakes before I get it right.  But it's fun to challenge myself and I'm really happy with these results.  (don't ask how many rounds I had to scrap though!)  The striped background paper is by Doodlebug,  the frame was cut using MFT Rectangle Frame die and Jellybean Green cardstock.  I distressed the frame with some Brushed Corduroy Ranger Distress Ink and then heat embossed using 2 layers of Antique Gold.  Lastly, my fillings were sequins, beads and a few of the small stitched leaves by Impression Obsession (I distressed these as well) oh, and some tinsel glitter, (which I will probably leave out in future shakers due to the static cling on the acetate film front!)

So next up is my project.  I can't claim the idea for this cute lil'punkin, but I'm happy to share the link, so you can make a few for yourself!  Click Here for Instructions 

I ended up adding one more layer to the bottom of my pumpkin to make it a bit rounder/taller.  The great thing about this is, you could make your pumpkin shape a lot different, just by changing up how many layers you use and the width of the strips!  I used a sheet of 12x12 paper that I didn't particularly love, but as a pumpkin, it's wonderful!!  After the pumpkin was assembled, I sponged the edges with SU Pumpkin Pie ink to both add a little contrast AND hide the white core of the paper.  It looks more finished this way.  I used a few leaves from an old stamp set,  colored and ink spattered them, then cut out and glued to top. Then I added a twig, some twine and gold cord, a sweet little chipboard tag by MME and a green pearl by Doodlebug.  (Sometimes these tiny embellishments really make the project!)  Another little tip, use Hot Glue to glue your layers together, it holds very well and you'll have a sturdy finished piece!  It just dawned on me, using red cardstock, this would make a really cute apple!

Close up of the innards in my shaker card!

I know that was a lot of reading, I hope you enjoyed my projects for this month and thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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