Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gift Tags for Swap

I made these tags for a swap on SCS. I think I'm getting addicted to the swapping thing. The first is using the snowman from the Holiday Tag Time stamp set (retired). I cut out a 3" square of Kraft cardstock and used the Eyelet Border punch to make a medallion. I've seen the Scallop Edge punch used like this so I figured it would look great with the lacey looking edge too. You can make the square a touch smaller at 2 7/8" but you have to be very careful to center the paper exactly in the punch or you will cut all of the way through. I stamped the image with black, colored it in with Rich Razzleberry marker and the birds are a purple but I can't remember which one. The snowflakes are colored in with the White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen. The title is from the Snowy Play (retired) stamp set, stamped with White Craft ink and heat embossed with the White Embossing powder. There is a Pewter Jumbo Eyelet in the corner and then the Rich Razzleberry 1/2"Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. The other side is stamped in black ink from the Tags and More(retired) set.

The second tag is cut from Bermuda Bay with an inner layer of Kraft cardstock. The edges of the Kraft are sponged with White Craft ink. I stamped the snowman from the Tags and More (retired) set and colored the hat and scarf in with Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay markers. I used the masking technique to add in the trees from the Backwoods (dormant) stamp set. I used the White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to add in the snow. I love this pen, don't know what I'd do without it.

Supplies: Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay cardstock
Stamps: Retired Snowy Play, Tags and More, and Holiday Tag Time
Accessories: Eyelet Border punch, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay 1/2"Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, White Craft ink, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay markers, White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

Thursday, September 24, 2009

12x12 Halloween Scrap Kit Swap

Another swap! I'm addicted I tell you! Actually 3 of these swaps were all in one but of course I couldn't just sign up for one group could I? Nope, gotta go all of the way and do the 12x12, 6x6 and this 12x12 layout kit. For some reason I really struggled with this one and I thought it would be the easiest. After all, you only had to do a border, a journaling piece, and 2 embellishments. It took me forever to come up with all of these elements. I have several other pieces that I did and set aside because I didn't think that they fit. You'll probably see those in some posts later 'cause you know they looked fine, just didn't fit with this. Anyway, I'll quit rambling and give you the details.
The border is made with the Frightful Fence jumbo wheel with black ink, rolled onto Pumpkin Pie and mounted on black cardstock. The spider and cat are die cuts that I added. The other three pieces are stamped from Halloween Hoot stamp set. Isn't that witch just the cutest?! Her sign says 'Free Kisses'. She is stamped with black, again on Pumpkin Pie but this time mounted on Rich Razzleberry. LOVE that color! The sign was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink (I think) on Very Vanilla and the handle was colored in with Close to Cocoa. The black kettle was stamped with Black Craft ink and embossed, the bubbles were also stamped with a craft ink and embossed but I can't remember which color (sorry!) onto Rich Razzleberry and mounted on Pumpkin Pie. The tag was pretty simple, Pumpkin Pie layered on Black. I stamped the frog from the set and then drew in the lines with a Black Stampin' Write marker. The string is retired and I can't remember the name of that either. I'm going to have to start writing this down as I go.
Now I just have to put it on a page and I have another Halloween page ready to plop my pictures onto. Hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall 6x6 Swap

This is a layout I did for a Fall/Halloween swap on SCS. The background is Pumpkin Pie, the leaves are die cuts from Dusty Durango, Creamy Caramel, and More Mustard. I used the tip of my bone folder to 'carve' in the veins and then went over them with a marker and sponged the leaves with the Close to Cocoa ink and used the sponge to soak up some ink from the Dusty Durango marker to also dab on. The photo mat is textured More Mustard sponged with Close to Cocoa on the edges. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip (don't ya just love chocolate?). The title is also cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Supplies: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Dusty Durango cardstock
Accessories: Creamy Carmel, Close to Cocoa ink pad and marker, Dusty Durango marker; 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Title cut with Cricut

Sunday, September 20, 2009

12x12 Halloween Swap

I did this for a Fall/Halloween swap that I joined on Splitcoast Stampers. I haven't received my swaps back yet but I can't wait to see the wonderful things everyone has created. I had a lot of fun with this. I love Fall and Halloween. This is my favorite time of the year for weather and the colors, gorgeous!

For this project I used the Tasty Sweet stamp set. I stamped all of the candy with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I did a lot of cutting with my scissors! I made this page 5 times! The candy dish is made from Dusty Durango with a Wide Oval punch cutting a small portion off for the rim and then I added a Word Window punch for the base. It is layered on top of a square of Pumpkin Pie, Black, and Perfect Plum.
The journaling treat bag is Perfect Plum with a handle from 1/4" Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, the lines were drawn in with the Black Stampin' Write Journaler. The circle candies were cut out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. The picture doesn't show the title very well but it was stamped with the trick-or-treat saying in the set and heat embossed also. The title background is Black layered with some DSP from the Cast A Spell designer series paper. The photo mats are made from layering Perfect Plum and Kiwi Kiss. Using up a bit of my retired stash. That green is perfect for Halloween.

Supplies: Pumpkin Pie, Black, Perfect Plum, & Kiwi Kiss, Dusty Durango cardstock; Cast A Spell designer series paper
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle, Wide Oval, and Word Window punches, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder

August Club layout

This is the layout for my August Scrap Club meeting. This is a quick and easy layout. I got my inspiration from a sketch for the Demo Challenge on SCS.
I started this layout knowing that I only wanted to use the new Stampin' Up in colors. I just love the bright in your face kind of color they have. Nothing pastel about these colors! The background is Bermuda Bay, the accents and photo mats are from Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo. I have to admit I wasn't going to add the Crushed Curry in but my daughter, Karen, talked me into it. She said it needed yellow. She was right. Without it the layout didn't have the pop that it needed. The flowers are all made from my favorite (as if you haven't figured that out) Scallop circle punch. You punch out the circle, cut in a ways between each of the scallops and add a 1/2" circle punched piece to the middle. Here I added little dots with the white Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen and used a Dimensional to adhere it to give it a little depth. The faux stitching on the border was also added using the gel pen. And of course I had to add in some of that gorgeous Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon. I told myself that I would never be able to use up all of the ribbon if I bought one in every color but so far I have bought 3 of the new in colors. Just can't help myself! You'll be seeing them a lot in my projects this year. Hope you enjoy! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Supplies: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry & Melon Mambo cardstock
Accessories: Scallop Circle and 1/2" circle punch, white Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, 1/2" Rich Razzleberry Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Altered Can - Owl Graduate

This is as a graduation present. We usually give money but I wanted a different way to 'wrap it up'. I filled this up with Skittles and a check. What more could a graduate ask for? Someone had told me about altering these pop-top cans and I thought it was a great idea. You have to use one of those can-openers that kind of lays on top of the can and cuts it off without leaving the sharp edges. I think they are called safety openers. So you remove the top and the label and wash it out real well.
I wrapped it with card stock that I had stamped Congratulations on with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I put together this cute little owl with several different punches, about 10 I think. I've seen several different versions of the punch art owl on SCS and other blogs but of course I had to tweak it 'cause I hardly ever CASE something exactly. Gotta put my own spin on it!
So let's see if I can remember all of the punches, I did this back in June. The hat is just a square that I cut and the Keytag punch that retired in June. It has a square brad with embroidery floss for the tassel. The head is two Round Tab punches layered with a 3/4", 1/2", and a small circle punch for the eyes. I'm not sure what size the black is for the eyes. The body is made from a large circle and the Wide Oval punch. The wings are 3 layers of the Scallop Circle punch, feet are from the Heart to Heart punch and the beak is from one of my favorite punches, the 5 Petal. Was that ten? I think that is a record even for me! Hope you all like it!

Yeah! I can post again.

It's been a loooonnng time since I posted, I know. Bet you all thought I dropped off of the planet didn't you? Life got busy, the computer I use to edit my pics and put the watermark on them and all of that good stuff and it up and went kaput on me, and here we are 2 months later! But I finally made myself sit and figure out a way to do this on my own pc and here we are. Now I can post all of the projects I've been holding onto for the past couple of months. So stay tuned in the next of couple of days to see several new layouts and maybe a few other things too!