Friday, October 31, 2008

Paper Crafts Gourmet!

Have you seen some of these cute projects and yummy recipes from the new Paper Crafts Gourmet floating around the internet?! Homebaked food items always make special gifts, and the decorative handmade packaging and trimming just puts it right over the top! With a lot of us "tightening the belt" right now, this is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. For more information about the new Paper Crafts Gourmet, click here.

Enjoy Halloween Tag

Designer: Alisa Bangerter

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2"

  1. Make tag from cardstock.
  2. Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk.
  3. Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere.
  4. Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape.
  5. Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits

Alisa Bangerter

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.


2 c. flour

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. butter or margarine

1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

1 1/4 c. milk

Chives (optional)


Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

Treats, a Mess, and a Halloween RAK from Lori!

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! Who likes pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting?! I hope people at the school Trunk or Treat event do! The cheerleaders are manning a bake sale booth, so I whipped these up tonight for them. I made them for the scrapping retreat a few weeks ago, and they were a big hit. I'll come back and post the recipe if anybody is interested.

I made the tags out of SU Confetti White cardstock and the large tag punch (here's how you know you're tired: you look at the tags in the picture and panic and say "What are those spots all over the tags?!! Doh! Confetti cardstock!) and Pumpkin Pie cardstock with the Martha Stewart jack-o-lantern punch. Before I could make the tags, however, I had to walk into my stamp room and deal with this mess leftover from the previous night of failed stamping attempts:

Ugh! I could not get any mojo working last night while trying to do Kristina's Color Inspiration #28 challenge! You know when you're tired and feel like cr*p, but you don't want to give up?! (I'm also blaming Ashley, because I happened to see that awesome card and knew I couldn't come up with anything as cute! grrrr!) This has been a killer week for sinuses and allergies here in Dallas. I'm about ready to lop off my head entirely! And I know it's not just me, because my friend Lori told me she's going through the same thing.

Speaking of Lori, look at this adorable Halloween card she sent me! Don't you love the vintage feel and that tassel trim?! She knows I love the vintage! And I love this card, thank you and big, big hugs, Lori!!

Ummm, did anyone notice the fantastic job I did with smooth transitions between the above subjects?! That's not always easy to do, you know, as you can tell from most of my other posts! hee! hee! Well, off to school. Wish me luck, the kids have been WOUND UP all week and I think today is going to be the grand finale!

We are doing a cool thing today...a bunch of us are going to be mystery readers...we are dressing up like a character in a book and the students try to figure out who it is, then we read the book to the class. Fun, huh? We'll be going around to different classes all day doing this! I haven't dressed up for Halloween since, like college maybe, and of course I left it until 4:30 today to go to Border's and decide on a book, try to find a costume at the Halloween store (big mistake), go to the grocery store to get supplies for the baked goods (see above), go to Michael's to get packaging for the baked goods, come home to see if a costume will magically appear, prepare and package the baked goods, etc. Can you tell I'm a procrastinator?!

Okay, I've rambled on way tooooo long! Tell me about your big Halloween plans!

*Edited to add the recipe for easy and delicious pumpkin bars!

Pumpkin Bars
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking powder

  • Beat eggs, oil, and sugars.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  • Grease & flour cookie sheet pan (sometimes I use 13 x 9 and it works great too).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.

  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 T. butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 t. milk

Beat well and frost. I usually double the recipe for extra, extra frosting on the pumpkin bars!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Upsy Daisy with Kazan's Sketch #12 and Splitcoast CC190

Happy Wednesday! I haven't played with any challenges from Splitcoast or 2 Sketches 4 You for awhile, so I decided to combine some last night to make a card. This Color Challenge #190 of Pixie Pink, Tangerine Tango, and Kiwi Kiss was tough! Did anyone else think so? I loved Kazan's Sketch #12, but I did leave off one layer. I started getting a bad headache and finally just gave up and left it like this! Then I had to go to bed without catching up on my Google Reader, ugh! I almost need to stay home from work today to catch up! lol!

I used Upsy's one set I don't think I've used enough. I have been obsessed with Mr. Twigster, as you know! For the scrolly part on the sketch, I used the Versamarker to draw a freehand scroll, then I covered it with Heat & Stick Powder and heat embossed it and finally covered it with Orange Glitter. The ribbon probably covers it up too much, but I just had to use the ribbon, no way around it!

Okay, guess I'll finish getting ready for school and will have to hit the Google Reader this evening, sigh. hee! hee! Hope you have a great day! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy.
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Pixie Pink.
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black marker.
Accessories: Versamarker, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Embossing Tool, Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Border Scallop Punch, misc. pink button, Tang glitter by Art Institute, white thread, mini glue dot.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Paper Rosette Tutorial

Happy Monday evening! I'm posting early for Tuesday because I've received several emails asking how to make these paper rosettes and I promised to post a tutorial last week but didn't get around to it, so sorry! So here they are again, this time as a holiday decoration or table centerpiece. I found some old bottles while going through a box of stuff recently and thought they would look really neat with holiday rosettes in them! So here we go...

First, decide how large you want your rosette to be and cut four squares to that size. For the ones in this vase, I started with 3" squares for one and 4" squares for the other. Then score the squares every 1/2".

Next, fold on the score lines to make a mounain fold. If you're using double-sided patterned paper, you want the side that you want to see the most of facing up. (Sorry for this crappy photo!)

Next, take your four mountain folded pieces and fold them in half.

Next, put sticky strip or strong adhesive in the center of each piece and close them up.

Next, put sticky strip or strong adhesive on one side of each part and adhere all four parts together.

Voila, the finished rosette!

Just an FYI, the rosette on the pillowbox below started as a 2" square.

The rosettes on the gift bags below started as 4" squares.

FYI, I'm pretty sure, like 90% sure, that I read how to do these in Matthew Mead's Halloween Book that's on newsstands now (with the magazines). He is sooo talented. He's often featured in Country Home magazine, and I have an awesome special Christmas issue that he did last year. Definitely go to his website, he has tons of resources and free Halloween templates and other downloads too!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me! I hope this helps! Thanks for your interest in these, I'm glad you liked them! If you make some, be sure and post the link here so we can check them out! Hugs and happy stamping!

Hanging Teacher Picture Frames

Happy Monday and Happy 18th Anniversary to DH and me! Hope everyone had a good weekend! It went by so fast, as always, and I didn't get near as much done as I'd hoped to, grrrr! lol!

Above are some projects that I did get finished...some hanging picture frames for the craft fair. I made these with a "teacher" theme since I know a lot of people buy little teacher gifts at Christmas time. And, if they don't sell, I can give them as gifts to fellow teachers. hee! hee! Below shows one with a picture attached:

These were very simple to make. I cut the chipboard to 5 1/2" x 7" and used a Stampin' Up! gluestick to glue the patterned paper on the front and back. (For the back I used a coordinating print, like plaid or polka dot.) The glue stick works really well for this project, because once it dries, it makes it feel very thick and sturdy.

I threaded the buttons and glued them onto 3/4" magnets (my package of 50 says Magnetic 3/4" Buttons by ProMag Dyna-Mite). One magnetic button is on top and the mate is on the back side. I punched two holes at the top with the Crop-a-Dile, then fashioned the metal hanger out of 14 guage galvanized wire (a package of 100 feet was like $3.50 from Wal-Mart). The wire bends very easily, and I used wire cutters to cut it.

Here are photos (not the best photos, sorry!) of some of the others. I just used paper and coordinating accessories from my stash.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I'm running a little late this morning, so better skedaddle! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Snowman Cards with Scallop Envelopes Set

Happy Saturday! Just realized I hadn't posted today, oops! I'm doing a craft fair in November, so I've been trying to work on projects for that. This set of four snowman cards with scallop envelopes is one project I made this week. I used the snowman from Punch Pals and the blender pen dipped in the white craft ink pad (again!) to color him in. For the envelope, I just rubbed the white craft ink pad along the bottom edge randomly, then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the 2-way glue pen.

Last night I started working on some other projects I'm very excited about, and I ran to Wal-Mart earlier to get some wire to finish them off. Hopefully I'll have those ready to show tomorrow! One little bit of advice: don't run to Wal-Mart on Saturday! What was I thinking?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Punch Pals
Cardstock: Kraft
Ink: Staz-on Brown, White Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red.
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Blender Pen, Black Pure Color Pencil.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Holiday Post-It Note Holder and RAKs!

Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I am! I pooped out and had a 2 hour nap last night, yikes! After watching Survivor and Grey's and getting caught up on my Google Reader, I finished working on this holiday post-it note holder I started the night before. The Mary Engelbreit post-its I bought in a 2-pack at the dollar spot at Target (or maybe Joann's?). I used some old repurposed chipboard and ribbon, some "stack" paper from Joann's, and a felt flurry. It came together pretty easily, not sure if I totally love it though.

But I have some better projects to show you, two fabulous RAKs I received recently! If stamping isn't a great enough hobby by itself, you get the added benefit of making great friends with your customers and fellow demos, and if that isn't great enough, you get the extra super added benefit of making great friends from fellow paper-crafters online! I know it sounds corny, but I don't think I'm alone on this, the hobby really has added such blessings and joy to my life.

This first card below is from Beate Johns. She's so awesome, I know EVERYONE knows who she is! She's one of the busiest, talented ladies out there and she still takes time to send out great RAKs like this! Thank you, Beate!

The next card is from Nancy Riley, and I know everyone KNOWS who she is too! She's one of the sweetest, kindest souls I've come across, and she's so creative and talented too! She's entered the educational field this year, working in a classroom, and I know how tough and demanding that can be, yet she still makes time to send me this awesome Halloween card! Thank you, Nancy!

What's super cool about both of these cards is that the inside is "decorated" too. I tried to photograph them so you could see a peek inside. I love that! I ignore the inside too much and need to copy them!

Hope your Friday is great and you have fun stuff planned for your weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mr. Twigster: SSUS Holiday Mini Swap

Happy Thursday! It's almost Friday, whoo! hoo! Plus, we get to wear sweatshirts to school today (for some very valid educational reason/promotion that I forget right now)!

No time to stamp last night with stamp club, but I had a great time with the girls. We had a small group, more of them are coming Sunday this time, which will be fun too. Anyway, I realized I had never shown this Mr. Twigster card that I did for a Holiday Mini catalog swap. It was an extra card that I ended up shoving inside the car in the driver's door pocket and came across the other day, so the corners are a little banged don't look too closely! lol! I used those fabulous felt flurries and stamped the Twigster on Kraft card stock and colored him in with white craft ink and a blender pen. Love that look...and so easy for a lazy *colorer* like me!

Oh, here's the cutest thing I've heard at school lately...when the sun was shining through the door and in a little boy's face, he said, "I can't see! The sun is turning me into blind!"

Hope you have a great Thursday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Mr. Twigster
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Kraft, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Craft White, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie Old Olive.
Accessories: Felt Flurries, Bashful Blue Brad, Mini Library Clip, Word Window Punch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #28

Happy Wednesday!

I didn't really have time to stamp last night because I had so much housework to do to make up for being gone last weekend and to get ready for Stamp Club tonight, but then I saw Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #28, so I had to give it a quick go at 11:00 p.m.! It may be a little simple, even for me! lol! I needed a card for an upcoming birthday, and now I just noticed I forgot to stamp the "October" up top. Doh! It may need to undergo some revisions tonight! *wink*

Hope you have a great Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Mark the Date
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Felt Flower, More Mustard Brad, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Weekend Retreat...a look back...

Happy Tuesday!

I was so pooped when I got home from the retreat Sunday night that I couldn't even do anything except eat dinner, watch the Amazing Race, and go to bed! So last night I took time to prepare some photos to share with you. We had such a good time, we're already making plans for our next one!

The picture above shows the goody bags that I made for my girlfriends (I have a few extra shown in the pic for some other special gals!). Since I've been on the a paper rosette, aka yo yo kick, lately, I decided to make some for a paper bag and attach them to a wooden clothes pin as the bag closure. I've done the clothes pin closure before here, I just love the look of it! I used the fall paper from the Holiday Mini catalog, some contraband chipboard, Sage Shadow Craft Ink heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, and retired copper brads. I've had a few requests to explain/show how to make these since I showed the smaller one here, so I'll try to get that posted later this week.

Okay, on to more good stuff! This picture shows the great goody bags I got in return!

They were filled with goodies ranging from stamps, ribbon, bling, chipboard, candy, Starbucks gift card, and this fabulous necklace pictured below that Valerie had her friend custom make for us! We dubbed ourselves the Scooter Scrappers since that's the bar where we had our happy hour retreat planning session.

Now for the down and took this much stuff... make these 6 pages...

And that picture of stuff doesn't show the two large bags of food and drinks! Yikes! And I seriously thought I was packing light! lol!

Okay, thanks for letting me reminisce with you! I'm off to a teaching workshop today and looking forward to it. I still need the rest to recover from last weekend! lol! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

P.S. I almost forgot to mention but several of you have already emailed me or commented on the old post, one of my Halloween projects that I submitted for Shelli Gardner's (co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!) So Creative Challenge was chosen by her as a winner! I was so thrilled and the best part, I get a free stamp set of my choice! Whoo! Hoo! Make sure you submit some entries to her next challenge which is Season of Thanks, you could be a lucky winner too!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Guest Author Halloween Projects for InkBig

Happy Monday! I'm super excited to share these projects with you that I created as a Guest Author for the InkBig blog, ran by the fabulous SU demos Lisa Pretto & Katt Adams! Lisa is a top demonstrator with SU and has been on the Advisory Board. I was so honored that they asked me, thank you again Lisa & Katt! Be sure and check out all their other awesome ideas and projects at InkBig. You can see complete instructions and supply lists for these projects there, and feel free to ask me if you have any questions!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Always: Happy Halloween

Happy Sunday! Can you believe this is the bird from the stamp set Always?! I was wishing I had a solid black bird to make a "raven" look with for a Halloween card. Then I realized I could stamp the Always bird in Versarmark, then take my Versamarker and fill/color in all the extra flowery parts of the stamp so that it became solid. Finally, I stamped it on white cardstock, covered it with black embossing powder and heat embossed it. It turned out so great and very striking on the white cardstock!

For this card, I did the same thing, but stamped it on the Kiwi Kiss patterned paper from the Ghostly Greatings DSP. It was a little harder to see it on the patterened paper than on the white cardstock to color in with the Versamarker, but it turned out okay I thought. I love this color combo with the Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, and Basic Black.

Hope your weekend is going great! We've had a great time at the retreat, I think we're leaving around 3:00. I've officially finished 6 pages so far...I started out aiming for a 1 drink to 1 page ratio, but I'm afraid the drinks surpassed the pages, yikes! But I did take your advice and walk around and talk to everyone and check out their projects, so I've made lots of new friends too. There were so many cool projects going scrapping with Photoshop, knitting, jewelery making, soldering...great stuff. More details later...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Always
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DSP.
Ink: Versarmark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Winter Post Scallop Envelope Box

Happy Saturday! I finally got my computer to work last night at the crop, after 2 hours, schwooo! I got one whole scrapbook page done before I got on the computer, oops! We're having a great time, and I'm going to have so much fun stuff to show you!

But for now, here's the second project we're going to do at Stamp Club this month. It features the ribbon yo yo we learned at the SU Convention and the fabulous box made with the Scallop Envelope die and the Big Shot. I'm not sure who first *invented* this, but I found an awesome tutorial for it here by Jane Matsumoto. I ran out of time before I had to leave to really "cuten" it up and finish it off with a cello bag and ribbon inside, but you get the idea!

Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Winter Post
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Staz-On Black.
Accessories: Red Riding Hood Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Label Punch, Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Crystal Effects, Black Chunky Glitter, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, Needle, Thread.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Winter Post Pillowbox

Happy Friday! Thought I'd share one of the projects we'll be doing for my October Stamp Club next Wednesday and next Sunday. I worked hard to get them done and all supplies ready before leaving on my weekend retreat this afternoon. I have a feeling I may be a little *tired* when I return on Sunday, so didn't think I should leave this until the last minute, like usual! hee! hee!

This month's theme ended up being "rosettes" you can see from the the paper rosette above and tomorrow I'll post the second project that features a yummy ribbon rosette, or yo yo. This project was super easy with the new Big Shot and Pillowbox Die. I stamped the snowflake from Winter Post in Craft White ink and I made the rosette from the Ski Slope DSP, such cute stuff! And don't you love the yummy chocolate chip felt ribbon?! That just made the project for me!

So what are your plans for this weekend? Lots of stamping? I'm taking my laptop with me, so I'll post some pictures of any fun stuff we have going on. I'm already dying to show you the picture of the goody bags I made for my friends and the make and take project. Yes, as part of our pre-retreat meeting plans, we decided to make goody bags and provide a make and take for each other, fun huh?! Can't wait to see what the other girls came up with too! Well, I finished baking homemade banana nut bread last night and now need to make the pumpkin cheesecake bars and finish packing! Fun and fattening!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Winter Post.
Cardstock: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Craft White.
Accessories: Big Shot, Pillowbox Die, Chocolate Chip Felt Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #26

Happy Thursday! I was so busy working Wednesday night on making page kits for my scrapping retreat this weekend (Can you believe it? See I took your great advice!) that I wasn't going to stamp, but I caved in at 10:00 and decided I'd do a card really *quickly* for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #26. It didn't turn out that quick, unfortunately! But this is what I came up with. I'm probably using that 1 3/4" circle punch too much, huh? I just love it, though!

I love the colors in this week's challenge, you know Bashful Blue is my favorite. I had a slight panic if I could find where I stored my Wild Wasabi ink and cardstock, but I found it! Schwooo! I already had the Top Note Bigz die piece of So Saffron polka dot paper (it's adhered to chipboard, that's why it looks kind of thick) from Parisian Summer, so I decided to make it work. The card size is 4 1/4" square. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from the Season of Joy stamp set.

Okay, gotta dash. Still so much to do before the retreat, this teaching job is really getting in the way! hee! hee! Of course, it paid for the retreat, so I guess I better go! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Season of Joy, Organic Outline.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Whisper White, Parisian Summer DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red.
Accessories: Aquapainter, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Linen Thread, Top Note Bigz Die, Big Shot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Silly Halloween Cards

Happy Wednesday!

I have to admit, last week when I was trying to make a card for Laura's Sketch #10 over at 2 Sketches 4 You, all I could see was a long bug! So I finally decided to go with it, and this is how it turned out! lol! The Kiwi Kiss card is 6 1/2" by 3 1/4" and I made that middle panel lift up with a surprise underneath:

While working on the bug card, I used a small piece of white cardstock to punch out the eyes with a 3/4" circle punch and the feet with the word window punch (I changed to black later, it looked better). Anyway, after punching, I had the leftover scrap of white and I kept seeing a silly face in it, so I used it to make this card:

I cut the hat freehand, but didn't love it, so I dragged the pointy end of the paper piercer over it to distress it some. Very quick and simple card, and silly, of course!

Hope your week is going well! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shhh...Baby Sleeping Door Hanger

Happy Tuesday! Just three more work days until my weekend crop, I'm getting so excited! I'm trying to get ready (but not enough!), so thought I would share this " sleeping" door hanger that I entered for a Stampin' Up! Wow! demonstrator contest for September. (Remember I showed this scrapbook page awhile back that I entered also?) It didn't win, you just never know what SU is looking for, but now that I think about it, this actually is kind of *busy* for SU! I think they want projects that are striking and stunning A ND easy to reproduce for demonstrators to use for their customers. Ummm, you wouldn't want to try this at a workshop with new stampers! lol!

I used the Big Shot and the Top Note Bigz die with thin chipboard with Bella Rose designer series paper adhered to it. The large scallop flower I made with the Coluzzle and Slit Punch the "old-fashioned" way! lol! I need to get those scallop circle dies! The baby carriage is from Fun and Fast Notes...that's one of those sets I tend to forget about and should get out more often. For the "baby sleeping" part, I used a bunch of different sentiments from different sets and cut the letters out that I needed. I want to get that new Calendar Alphabet and Numbers set, but this worked in the meantime. While *trying* to clean out some old magazines a few months ago, I saw several cards and scrapbook pages that used this technique with the letters, and I've also seen the fabulous Debbie Olsen do something like it, like here.

Here's another picture showing the whole thing:

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be happy to help!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes. Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Bella Rose DSP, Holiday Happenings DSP, thin chipboard. Ink: Staz-On Brown. Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die, Go Go Alphabet die, Jumbo Eyelets, Red Riding Hood 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Slit Punch, Coluzzle Circle Cutter, Red Riding Hood Button, Linen Thread, Crop-A-Dile, Crystal Effects, Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles Glitter, Dimensionals, Glue Dot.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stamp Club Challenge

Happy Monday! I realized last night I had never posted the cards from the last Stamp Club Challenge, I'm way late! I gave the girls this challenge in August, then they brought or mailed (thank you, Beverly!) the cards to me by the end of September.

The challenge this time was to use Beate's Weekend Sketch #54 and I gave each member a piece of the Bashful Blue 1 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon and a Chocolate Chip Felt Flower. They were free to use anything else they wanted.

On my card above, I made it a 4 1/4" square card, I'm loving these so much lately! It's actually a 4 1/4" square piece of Chocolate Chip as a base, and the Kraft is a 4" x 8" piece, scored at 4" and attached on top of the Chocolate Chip piece. Something went wrong and I had to end up doing that, but I can't remember what it was now, it's been too long ago! I used the stamp set Happy Everything and the Real Red patterns paper in the level 1 hostess set. Love that paper!

Now here are the awesome card from the stamp club members who took the challenge! They are so good, I think they may have to start supplying the stamp club projects every month! hee! hee!

Lori's card with the fabulous Top Note die in place of the circle image, so clever! Love all the layered oval punches with the sentiment too!

Beverly Mohler's card with incredible embossing! It's hard to see in the photo, but it's amazing in real life! Great way to use that big stamp as the circle for the sketch!

Michelva's card, great way to use the little envelopes and I love the ribbon wrapped around the outside of it with the hodgepodge hardware, too cool!

Valerie made this awesome hanging tag! Love how she used the scallop flower edge for the circle image and those little white/pink flowers are so cute, reminds me of when I was a little girl!

Didn't they do a great job?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!