Friday, October 17



I have a fun, spooky and EASY Halloween card for you today.  I LOVE when my designer paper does all the work for me!!
I used a piece of DSP from the black and white pack for my three panels.  I used old olive for my card base and a piece of black card stock for the layer behind the panels.  I scallop punched the layer before adhering the panels.  I added the spooky witch tree die cut in black card stock.  The I used two crow stickers from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit and added Crystal Effects to the two crows.

 Trying to get a photo to show the crystal effects on the two crows in the tree and the shine on BOOOO!  Can you see it?

 I stamped the cute BOOO! word in black ink on old olive card stock and layered it on black card stock.  I then flagged the end.

I used this sketch from SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY to decide on the layout of my card:

My finishing touch was the black thread knotted on the left of the card.  This is also left over from this month's PAPER PUMPKIN KIT.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Stop on over to SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY to see what my team mates have created for you with this sketch.  We would LOVE to see a card YOU make using this week's sketch!!

Thursday, October 9



Last year, I saw this idea on Becky R's blog, a fellow demonstrator and knew I would make some this coming year.  I could hardly wait to use the idea and make my very own FLIP IT FRANKIE-STEIN (THAT'S WHAT I AM CALLING THIS CARD).

 AND HEEEERRRREEE'S FRANKIE!!  (Like Ed McMahon used to say on Johnny Carson).  Isn't he the most adorably funny thing EVER::!!  I am in love with this guy.

 So you can see he is really easy to make.  Use the circle flip-it die to make the folding flip-it card.  I actually don't have the circle one so I made it with the label flip then used a circle thinlit to cut over it to make the large left eyeball.  I L.O.V.E. that his eyes are kitty-whampus.  That is the whole charm for me!!

When it opens up, the large eyeball is now the greeting and there is another eyeball there behind it.  His smile continues inside as does his crazy hair.  The mouth and scar is created with a black SU marker.
 The sentiment is from a retired halloween set from last year.  But I LOVE how the pumpkins are the "O's" in BOOO so I kept it and will always use it.

Here is one more photo of the card closed so you can see it.  Easy, peasy and so cute.  Give us a kiss, Frankie!!

This is for my SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY design team challenge today.  Won't you pop over to see the sketch and what my team mates have created?  We would LOVE to see your creation as well.  Please enter and let us enjoy your creativity.

Also entered at The Paper Players Challenge:  Halloween.

Thursday, October 2



I have seen a new technique on line lately and it seems to have been shown at some of the regional meetings around the US this summer.  I believe it is called black and white.  It is "kind of" like a chalkboard technique but different. Donna at Butternut Sage shared a card with this technique this week and it reminded me that I wanted to try it.  Thanks Donna!!

 The technique is where you take a marker and make lines close together for coloring, shading, etc.  Most people use a black marker on white paper.  But it can look like a chalkboard technique if you use a chalk marker on black paper.  I changed it up a bit by using some shimmer paint on light grey paper.

First, I used versamark ink on smoky slate card stock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next, I took my winter frost shimmer paint and my aqua marker and drew lines on the petals.

 Then I chose gray ink and my aqua marker and colored in the folded over petals and the stamens.  I used daffodil delight for the pollen on the center of the flower.  Can you see the shine of the frost shimmer paint?  I LOVE that.

I then put the image on a daffodil delight layer and then on top of a cardboard textured gray piece.  I added 3 yellow square nail art jewels and a small yellow bow.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  You should try this technique that is almost monochromatic with just a pop of color.  I really like the look - it has an elegant feel about it.

I have entered this at SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY.  Here is the sketch for this week from Kathy Clark that I followed:

Why don't you hop over to the challenge site to see what my other team mates created with this fun sketch?  We would LOVE to see what YOU create with it.

I have also entered the TRY STAMPIN' ON TUESDAY challenge. Their sketch was this:



At our card club last weekend we made a different kind of project.  I had some DOOR KNOB HANGER blanks from a while back and decided we would use these for a project.  They are made from glossy white paper so we had to be careful to let the ink dry in between step so it would not smear.  You will see a BIG SMEAR of blackberry bliss on the right side of my hanger to attest to the fact that you MUST let the ink dry!!  .

 We used FOR ALL THINGS and GORGEOUS GRUNGE stamp sets as well as FALL FEST stamp set for the leaves with the matching die.

If you look closely, there is washi tape along the bottom.  The green stripe washi is from the new Holiday Catalog and is actually a Christmas washi tape but I thought it worked perfectly with this project.  Also the black is from the Holiday catalog and is the Halloween washi.  Sorry I can't remember the names of them at the moment.

We used fall colors of our choice and used the background shading stamp from For All Things to put random colors all over it.  Same with the splatter from Gorgeous grunge.  The bow is from the Natural Trim, and the little two step stamped acorn is from a retired set from last year.

Thanks for stopping by.  You could easily make your own Door Knob Hanger blank with your paper cutter and the large circle punch.  I am sure the kids and grandkids will enjoy finding this on their bedroom door knob one day!!

Monday, September 29



The FRIDAY MASHUP has us trying a new technique on our cards - ink blowing.  Whaat??? Yep, just like when we were in grade school except with our re-inkers we drop a few spots of ink on the paper then take a straw and blow the ink around the paper.

Here is my take on the idea.  I mashed it up because you could also follow their colors of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Basic Black.  Yep, I did that.

 My card base if bermuda bay and the stamped layer is on whisper white. I just randomly blew the ink around the card stock, then moved my large swallowtail stamp around until I thought it fit the best.

 I stamped the Swallowtail butterfly stamp with versamark and used black embossing powder.

On a piece of basic black card stock I stamped with versamark and used crushed curry embossing powder for the HOORAY sentiment.

That's all there is to it!!  I believe I will do another and do smaller "splats" of the blown ink to see how that looks.

Thanks, Friday Mashup, for the challenge.  I had FUN FUN FUN.

Thursday, September 25



HAPPY FALL!!  The Fall Equinox was this week and immediately we got some lovely cooler weather here in Texas.  Fall is my absolutely favorite time of year here in Texas because the humidity gets less and the weather gets a bit cooler.  LOVE IT.

So today I have a card for y'all about fall.  Hope you enjoy it!!!

 Even the card base and layer are in wonderful fall colors - mossy meadow and old olive - very fallish greens I think.  I used the Fall Fest and the For All Things stamp sets and the dies that match.  Don't you LOVE having dies that match your stamp sets?  I certainly do!!  I used the idea of the card From fellow demo Connie Babbert and changed up the colors and other things.  Thanks Connie!

I used the COLOR ME AUTUMN designer paper for the background banner and for two of the oak leaves.  I used crushed curry, cajun craze, and old olive card stock for the leaves.  I used Gorgeous Grunge stamp set splatter stamp here and there on the tag and on the leaves.

 The linen thread was wound around three times and tied in the middle with a Wooden Fall Element on top.  As a little LAGNAPPE (something unexpected), I put a silver leaf charm hanging off the end of the linen thread.  VOILA - perfection!!

One more look at the complete card.  The tag was made with the Apothecary Label die and cut off the half circle part on the bottom to make it look like a tag.

This is for my SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY card this week.  Won't you pop over and see what my team mates created with the sketch this week?

Thanks for visiting me and my blog.  Stay tuned and I will tell you about the amazing place I visited this week in BURLESON, TX.  It was an awesome 2 day trip and I think you will enjoy the story.



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