Friday, October 31, 2014

SSS Challenge - Treats

The My Favorite Things Paper Bag Treat box die, and some papers from Pebbles "tricks and treats" paper pad made a hysterically easy treat bag for this evenings little visitors, and a quick entry for this week Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October blog hop - Joy

A quick card for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink before I have to go spend the day in the yard raking up leaves. Ah, Autumn in New England, where the yard work never ends but at least it builds up the arm muscles ready for the impending snow shovelling.
As soon as I saw Nichole's samples during stamp-a-faire day I knew I had to have the medallion dies she designed for the renaissance themed set. They are so beautifully detailed and I couldn't be more delighted that they were available to order this month, and arrived yesterday.
I used Scarlet Jewel, Tropical teal and Simply Chartreuse cardstock, and Smoky Shadow ink for the string and bow (from the Birthday Style stamp set)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SSS Monday - Anything goes

I took the title for this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday literally, and used it as an opportunity to make something I've been thinking about for a while.
My friend recently gave me her mother-in-law's button box, knowing that I might find a use for them. This project is for her.
When my Dad was last visiting, he turned an old sheet of plywood into 3-1/4 width strips to build me an ink storage box. He made a few too many strips though (like 4 times as many as he needed) so the backing here uses a few of those spare pieces.
I spray painted all the buttons with semi gloss enamel, and once dry played with the arrangement until I was happy with it. Then I used the hot glue gun to attach them one at a time (and only burnt myself twice which is better than usual)
This is the finished project, with initials and wedding date in white acrylic paint that I sanded back once it was dry.

MIM #185

I made this card using the Faux stained glass technique for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I used the Doodlie doo stamp set (as I seem to always do when I need an outline image) and a few dots from Polka Dots background basics.
I eventually bought the Shakers and Sprinkles kit, which is where the frame is from, but I always seem to have problems with the craft foam stretching when I cut it so I have to retrim once the fame is attached. (I also dropped the red ink pad just as the card was finished so you'll have to forgive the red slodges on the edges!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

MIM #184 - Engagement

I hadn't planned to make a second card for this weeks Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink, but my sister just (and I mean in the last 2 hours) got engaged so I had to make a card anyway. But it's a secret until they get the chance to tell their respective kids so you can't breathe a word....

MIM #184

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papretrey Ink.
The challenge was to just use embossing on the edges of a a die-cut by dipping them in versamark and embossing powder.
A very long time ago, when I still lived at home and my Dad was preparing for an exchange visit to a school in the Black Forest region of Germany, he started learning German and would amaze us with his newly learnt phrases over dinner. The only one that stayed with me is "schnee bedeckt gipfel" or "snow bedecked summit". I guess that make the subject of this card "schnee bedeckt schnee"

FMS #157

A last minute entry for this weeks Freshly Made sketch challenge.
This was the sketch, and this was my take:

Sunday, October 12, 2014


I thought I'd do a quick card for this weeks sketch challenge at My Favourite Things.
This was the sketch, and here is my card
Most of the elements are from the Blueprints #13 set, my favourite of all the blueprints sets.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ABNH #53 - Stretch your stamps

I'm having fun this week catching up on all the challenges I didn't have time for over the summer. The current challenge on A blog named Hero is to use a stamp for something other than it was designed for which sounded fun!
My apple trees started life as a cloud from Lawn Fawn's "sunny skies" stamp set. Once I'd stamped the outline I cut out a mask and then used the Hero arts "leaf background block" to fill in the tree. Red beads made the apples. The trunks were cut from pieces stamped with the IO "wooden plank" background stamp.
Its all mounted on paper from Crate Paper's Farmhouse set.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MIM #183

This was a really quick card to put together, using the techniques in this weeks Make it Monday video at Papertrey Ink.
I stamped Fine linen card with assorted snowflakes from "snowflake medley" and "tree with trimmings" stamp sets and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I dry embossed with the new Sizzix snowflakes card front die.
I wimped out on the sentiment. I had planned to have a go at embossing it over the top of the snowflakes before I dry embossed but I don't have a great track record with 2 colour embossing (as a previous make it monday challenge proved).
Instead I added the vellum strip and then a couple of vellum snowflakes cut with the "Fancy flakes" die.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FMS #156

It has been an age since I played along with a Freshly made sketches challenge, but this week I had a little more time that usual.

I found this sketch really difficult to get a feel for. My first few attempts felt incredibly clunky with the 2 different strips at the bottom. I finally decided to ditch the idea of strips of card or even washi tape and to go instead with stamping.
I masked the areas I wanted to form the strips and made up a couple of blocks of pattern that way instead. I like this look much better.