Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. We made the best of it despite the cold and rain. The kids didn't seem to mind it as much as the adults did. We were freezing and we left our umbrellas back at the house when we thought the rain had stopped. It was really more of a mist and drizzle mix, but after being in it for an hour, our hair was dripping wet by the time we got home....brrrrr.
Both cards below were made using the Holiday Collection stamp set. The first one also uses the Delightful Decorations stamp set with the Ornament punch. Hope you like them....
I've been stuck in the house for a few days as my daughter had some virus that kept her running a low fever over the weekend. Fortunately none of the rest of us got it, so that was a relief. The kids are ready for Halloween this Saturday so hopefully the weather will hold out for them.
I've been working on a few cards lately. The two I'm posting today are Thanksgiving themed. The first card I actually made in a class a couple months ago. It uses the Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper (115668) and the Autumn Days stamp set (115452) along with Soft Suede and Ruby Red card stock. The sentiment is stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (115370).
The next card was made using Very Vanilla as the base with Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie accents. The sentiment is from the Level 1 Hostess stamp set, Holiday Best (115364).
And of course I have to include a picture of the birthday boy.
The other day I wrote about bus driver appreciation day. Well, my son was carrying the gift bag that I made with the pumpkin bread that he and I baked and as he climbed the stairs of the school bus to present the gift to Miss Valerie, he tripped on the last step and fell flat on his face. The bag handles ripped, the cookies fell out...I felt so bad for him. He gathered the bag together and got himself up and then handed it over to the driver. I just knew he would be upset. I wanted to jump on the bus, give him a hug and tell him it was okay. When he got home from school he told me what I had already suspected....he cried the whole way to school because he was so embarrassed....poor little guy.
Well, Sunday is his 7th birthday so we bought goodie bags from the dollar section at Target and embellished them. The pumpkin is made from three Stampin' Up! punches. The Small Oval punch, the Ornament punch and the Round Tab punch. The label is made with the Modern Label punch and the Word Window punch and the "sweet treats" stamp is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.
You can see a video tutorial below on how to make the pumpkin using the three punches.
Well tomorrow it's Bus Driver Appreciation Day around here so my son Joe and I baked mini pumpkin breads. After packaging them up, I went to my craft room and made this gift bag to put them in, along with some chocolate chip cookies...yum!
This bag is made from one full 12" x 12" sheet of designer paper. The handles are 3/4" x 12" strips of coordinating designer paper and they are held in place with sticky strip to be sure they hold the weight of the goodies. I used my new markers to color the "for you" stamp from the One of a Kind stamp set. I'm so excited that I can make multi-colored stamps now...
I walked into my kid's playroom the other night and saw a printout on the floor with a picture of Spongebob on it and I just had to make him. I think I'm going to use him to adorn the front of my son's 7th birthday card next week. I used basic black, yoyo yellow, real red, whisper white and close to cocoa card stock. I've created a punch guide for him that you can download.
I made this mini scrapbook album the other day and I think it turned out really cute. I CASEd this design concept from another stamper, Andrea Walford. She is so creative.
Once I add pictures and embellishments, I'll post the final result. The whole thing takes 4 sheets of 8.5" x 11" card stock to create. This entire album contains 20 surface areas, front and back, for pictures or journaling.
I really struggled getting the double sliders to fit just right. I think I wasted 10 sheets of card stock just trying to get the measurements to work out. I ended up creating a template for the sliders. I will try to post the measurements or a template in case you want to give it a try.
Front of the Album all closed up...
Open Album with the double sliders pulled exposing additional pictures....
I was playing around with an idea to make these decorative little flameless candles. They were so simple to make with a piece of vellum and coordinating card stock or designer paper. You can get the flameless candles 2 for $1 at the Dollar Store.
I've been goofing around with the Top Note die and creating different character boxes. I've already posted Rudolph and the witch, but thought I would post all the rest of the creations. I made the girl one afternoon and my son saw it and told me he wanted me to make a boy. I thought he turned out good...I think I like the boy the best.
Anyway, hope you enjoy them....
This is supposed to be Frosty the Snowman, however I do recognize that he looks more like a clown than a snowman...I don't think the Top Note shape does his face much justice. Oh well...back to the drawing board...
It has been a busy week around here and today is more of the same. We have a birthday party to go to this afternoon and a fall festival this evening. Hopefully the weather will hold out...it is looking a bit like rain.
Thought I would post this box in a bag that I made and gave to a friends daughter this week who was in the hospital for a few days and had some surgery but is doing well now. I just love making these because they are easy and cute and you can fill them with anything. I filled this one with candies, but I made some for my daughter's birthday and filled them with various goodies.
You can see a video tutorial on how to make these by clicking the title Box in a Bag above.
Hooray for Friday! I love Friday's and so do my kids. Fridays have officially been dubbed "party nights" at our house...we stay up late, watch movies and eat popcorn together. But before all the partying begins I thought I'd post this card I made today. It is for my grandma who unfortunately took a tumble and broke her wrist...ouch! This card was made with one of the Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' kits which are wonderful. Everything you need is in one kit. All the colors coordinate and there are tons of embellishments to choose from. They are designed for making scrapbook pages, but I love them for all my projects because sometimes coordinating the colors is the hardest part for me. Hope you like it....