10/31/12

Happy Halloween!

These are the last of the bunch. My daughter received her card so I can post it here now.

Innocent enough on the outside, right? I do love the little googly eyes on the tag, though. I wish I had used them on the others, too.

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But when you open it up……

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Spiders!! She hates spiders, she really, really hates spiders. So, why would I send a card like this to someone that hates spiders? I’m just contrary that way, I guess. She didn’t have a heart attack and was mildly surprised, so it’s all good. I found a tutorial for this technique, probably on Pinterest, but it was a birthday card. Phooey. Spiders are better. At least this time of year. Click here for the tutorial.

Burgundy Stickles are perfect for adding little red spots on the spiders, which were cut from suede paper using my Silhouette machine. You can’t really see the acetate strips, but that’s what is making them pop up. That’s a LOT of spiders, too. 2 of them on each strip, back to back. The Boo! was cut with Papertrey Ink alphabet dies.

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Here is a closer view of the inside verse. It’s from a Darcie’s stamp set that I found at the Winston-Salem convention earlier this year. I added the spiders and cats using Memento London Fog ink.

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This is the same card as one from the previous post, with a different color background.

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I would have made more of these but that was the last piece of the green paper. I used suede paper for the scene, the bats and the witch. The spider brad is one I bought several years ago at a convention and have been hoarding. I still have quite a few, and will continue to use them sparingly, I think.

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And last but not least, my favorite card of all this year. Yes, I am a copycat and copied Dixie’s card. I used different colors for the sky, left off the moon, added the tree, and mounted it on foam tape for dimension, but it’s pretty similar to her card. I also made some without the spooky tree, but apparently I have deleted the photos of those and they have all been mailed. I used the same Distress Inks for the sky – Broken China, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, and Rusty Hinge. The tree was stamped using Colorbox Blackbird Chalk Ink and it turned out much better than the one using the Versafine Black ink.

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That’s it for my Halloween cards this year. I made envelopes for all of them using some 12 x 12 Halloween paper that I’ve had for way too long, and I will post those later. I used the new Scor-Envi thing with the new Scor-Pal and I have a few tips for using that, too. It is similar to the one that comes with the Martha Stewart scoring board, but the sizes with the Scor-Envi are accurate, unlike the other one.

I hope everyone came through the storm safe and sound, and I wish you all a very spooky and Happy Halloween.

10/29/12

A little more Halloween

These three are very similar, but not exactly the same. I started out with this one, using the MB window die, my precious patterned paper, and the Hero Arts chevron embossing folder. The striped paper is from Doodlebug Designs, I love their papers.

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I felt a little guilty for not stamping a whole lot on the card (just the greeting, which is from a JustRite set), so I switched it up to this, using a Great Impressions tree and doing a little sponging for the background. The tree looks a little funky because I used Versafine black ink and it didn’t completely cover the trunk, so I used a Memento marker to fill it in. Hey, it’s a spooky tree, it isn’t supposed to be perfect. Nevertheless, I switched to Colorbox Blackbird chalk ink after this and it worked perfectly.

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I gave it one more try and used that awesome Impression Obsession die along with the sponged background. This is my favorite one of the window cards. I used Distress Inks – Broken China, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, and Rusty Hinge for the background. I popped up both the die and the window on foam tape to add some dimension. (Pay no attention to the specks of dust and whatnot – I never notice those things until I see the photos of the cards.)

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I have just a few more to post this week and then it’s time to move on to Christmas cards. Or maybe Fall cards, since I don’t do Thanksgiving cards. I do love the Fall colors, and ours are being blown off the trees at this very moment by the winds from the hurricane. Phooey.

10/27/12

It’s almost Halloween!!

You know I love Halloween, and I’ve been busy making cards this week. They all went in the mail today (cutting it close, I know), so I thought it was time to post a couple of them here.

Remember when I said I had that same die that Dixie used on the Halloween card she sent to me? Well, here is the first of several cards I made with it. I should have just bought this die and nothing else, I love it!

I have no idea from whence the background paper came, I’ve had it for several years and use it sparingly because it is extinct now. I used black suede paper for the scene on this one, a Hero Arts sentiment, and a Spellbinders tag die. Add a couple of brads and some baker’s twine and there you go! Happy Haunting!

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Since I didn’t quit after I got the Impression Obsession die and also got these Memory Box dies, I thought I’d better put them to some use this year, too. I die cut the spiders out of some fuzzy black paper that is also a couple of years old, so I have no source for it, either.

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Here’s a close-up of the fuzzy little spider. Looks almost real enough to smash with a shoe, doesn’t he?

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Again, Memory Box ghosts die and Grand Madison Window die had to be used to assuage my guilt, so here they are in all their glory. The spider webs in the corners are from an older Martha Stewart set – this was the first time they were inked up and I know I’ve had that set for a few years now. The sentiment is from a Penny Black Halloween clear set I bought at Archiver’s last year (or maybe the year before).

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So, I didn’t spend a whole lot on new stuff this year and I still have more cards to show you, including a very special one I made for my daughter but I don’t want to post that one until I am sure she has received it. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

I will be back soon, but until then I hope everyone is staying safe from the Frankenstorm of 2012. Now, if you will excuse me, I am enjoying an evening at home alone and I have a movie to watch and some letters that need answering.

10/20/12

OWH Sketch Challenge

Operation Write Home is hosting a sketch challenge today, based on this card by Missy from Tonic Studios.

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Since Halloween is almost here, I decided use it as my theme and came up with this:

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Similar, but different. I added the bat and the moon, and the sentiment is angled differently, but the main design is mostly the same. I used the Tonic Studios 766 Doily Strip Punch for the strips. The ghosts are cut from a strip of May Arts ribbon, the small bats were punched from suede paper using a Martha Stewart punch, and the large bat is also made from suede paper, but I used an older Cuttlebug die. I punched a circle of shimmery white paper for the moon, and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set.

It’s so difficult for me not to put some sort of glittery-ness on holiday cards (you know how I love shiny things) but it’s strictly forbidden on OWH cards, so I restrained myself and settled for a nod to shiny things with the shimmery white paper. The ghosts are pretty shimmery, too. The deadline has passed for sending Halloween cards to OWH, but I still wanted to abide by the rules (that doesn’t happen often!). Now that I am in the mood, I am going to get crankin’ on some more Halloween cards!

10/17/12

Halloween!

Yesterday I received my first Halloween card of the season in the mail, from none other than Ms. Dixie. It is quite awesome and I wanted to share it with you here on my sadly neglected little blog. So, without further ado…

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She has some wicked sponging skills, I love how the sky blends from orange to dark blue – it’s hard to capture perfectly in a photo. She used the new die from Impression Obsession, Halloween Hill, and since I have that very same die you will be seeing lots of it here very soon. You’ve been warned.

Thank you, Dixie, and thank all of you for stopping by. Hop on over to Dixie’s blog and check it out, she has lots of inspiration there.

10/3/12

A Sunflower Thank You Card

Recently I won a drawing on a penpal site and the package arrived yesterday. It was full of goodies about the Pony Express and the Old West, including a really cool book, lots of postcards and even a pony express poster so I wanted to send a nice thank you card. I flipped through my stash and didn’t find anything suitable, so I set out to create a new one. Now, the sender of said package is a dude, so too much floweriness wouldn’t do. He also lives in California and I wanted to try to reflect that in my card. I thought I had the Stampendous stamp similar to this one but with grapes at the bottom, but I don’t. That’s the way my life goes. These stamps are probably modeled after Italian landscapes, but California is a big wine producer, so that would have worked. Anyway, I’m sure sunflowers grow in California and they aren’t too girly, so I went with it.

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As you well know, I am not a fan of fussy cutting, but I didn’t see a way out of it with this image. I got a little crazy and even cut out the sunflowers to pop up over the design! This is a one time deal, I won’t be making 20 of this card, that’s for sure.

I think it turned out pretty well, colored with Copics and layered up on some foam adhesive. No glitter, no ribbon, so I think it is a decent manly card – what do you think? It will be going out in the mail today and I hope he likes it.

10/1/12

What’s black and white and sparkly?

Cards, of course. A friend is getting married this month and I made some Thank You cards for her as a wedding gift. She couldn’t decide on a color theme, she likes them all, so she decided to go with white and sparkly. I’m all about the sparkly!

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The photo doesn’t show it very well but the ribbon is shimmery white and I added dots of Stardust Stickles to the centers of the embossed design. Glittery-ness is so hard to photograph! I only made 24 – that should get her started. My Silhouette was called into service to cut the fancy Spellbinder knock off labels and the center was punched with a Fiskars oval punch. One thing I love about the Silhouette is that I can resize a design to fit my project. I just need to remember to take advantage of that more often and not let it gather dust.

Anyway, then I had to make a box for these cards, which quickly turned into 2 boxes because I needed 5” sides to accommodate all of the cards and envelopes, and I can’t get that out of a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper.

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I made the top from a very glittery piece of 12 x 12 paper and the bottom is plain black Bazzill paper. Boxes are so easy to make once you figure out the system. Figure out what size you need the bottom to be to accommodate the cards and envelopes and how deep it needs to be, add the depth x2 (for each side) to the bottom measurement and there you go.

For instance, say your envelopes (which are larger than your cards, right?) are 4-1/2 x 5-3/4, so you need the bottom of the box to be 4-5/8 x 5-7/8 and the box needs to be 2” deep. 4-5/8 + 4 (2” for each side) = 8-5/8, and 5-7/8 + 4 = 9-7/8, right? Cut the paper to that size and score at 2” on each side. Make your cuts at the ends and assemble. I always cut one out of scrap paper to be sure before I cut into the “good” paper, especially if I have just enough of it to make the box. That lesson was learned the hard way a while ago! The top is only 1/16” larger than the bottom so it fits snugly. I tried 1/8” and it was too loose.

I used the same theme on the congratulations card, using the same paper as the top of the box. Like I said, I’m all about the sparkly!

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The stamps are from Gina K Designs, one of the Lovely Labels sets, and I embellished it with a few pearls. I also colored in the black strips with a Spica black glitter pen, because no matter which ink I used they didn’t turn out dark enough for me. The strip behind it was punched using a Martha Stewart border punch.

I love this verse on the inside. It’s the Apache Wedding Prayer and the stamp is from Hampton Art Stamps.

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I had a lot of fun with this project and I hope she likes them. I still need some sparkly tissue paper to wrap up the cards in the boxes and a sparkly gift bag. You’d think that would be easy to find, but I haven’t had any luck so far. I will try Hobby Lobby later, they have a decent gift wrapping section. Maybe I will run into a stamp that’s calling my name, too – you just never know.