Friday, October 31


Hey bloggers,

I have a fun masculine birthday card for you today:

I used Zoo Babies stamp set and mossy meadow ink.  For the background designer paper I used a piece from the Color Me Autumn DSP.  The mossy meadow card stock on the left has been punched with the scallop edge punch.  I used the clothespin from October Paper Pumpkin Kit to hold a tag made com crumb cake card stock and used the scallop tag topper punch,  The sentiments are both from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Here is the sketch I based my card on from Sketch Frenzy Friday.

I am sorry for such a short post. My computer died and I am using a very old tablet to post from. Believe it or not it took me three days to creates this post. Argggghhh

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!!