Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mr. Twigster

I think his name should be "funky little snowman"! He is a different one, isn't he? Or maybe "naked little snowman"! I want to put some pants on him! Oh well, he does have character, so I thought I would try a few cards with him. The polka dot paper is embossed with a cuddlebug embossing folder to give it a little more depth. The snowman is stamped on natural paper and then colored in with white craft ink. The thank you card sports the new Stampin' up ribbon that is available Oct. 1. Oh by the way, Mr. Twigster is also available Oct. 1! TFL!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Snowman

This is probably my favorite Christmas card (so far!) This set is called Big on Christmas (Stampin' Up). The background was made using an embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Ribbon is new from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Post-it Notes

I love the weekend! Especially when I don't have a craft show lined up and no other engagements, I can spend the whole day creating in my craft room (while watching movies of course!) Yesterday was so relaxing - I didn't do any chores, no grocery shopping, just creating. (Unfortunately, now today I will have to do those things!) Here are some magnetic post-it notes I made. I can't remember where these post-it notes came from, I am always on the look out at Target, the Dollar Store.... wherever I can find fun ones. The fun ruler ribbon came from a store on ebay. (I have been spending way too much time shopping and not creating!). I have also been working on some Christmas cards this weekend. I will post those later. Enjoy what's left of the weekend! TFL!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Vintage Halloween

I just love the vintage look, but I rarely do this with my cards, so this is sort of a new look for me. Anyone that knows me, knows I love Halloween. We have had black cats for years (and our first one was named Halloween!) I found these ATC cards at a booth/store called Stamp On It at the Novi convention in August. They had a demonstration at their booth and we were able to try out some stuff and create. The paper behind the ATC cards is called Black Magic. It is textured cardstock, black on the outside, but colored on the inside. So if you sand it or tear it, the color shows through. I think I just used black and ivory for these cards. The other technique at this booth was using the stickles glitter glue to highlight different aspects of the card. I know it is kind of simple, but I guess I just didn't realize what things to add glitter to, so here are a few samples.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Halloween Treats

Halloween stuff is everywhere already and I love Halloween! I got my Cricut out and I have been playing around with some of the boxes and bags from the Boxes, Bags, Tags and More cartridge. You know how some of these blogs make every thing look so cute and easy, well that is not the case for me. I can't tell you how long it took me to make these bags. (No one every shows all the mistakes it took to get the finished project - or am I the only one that goofs up???) For the "bat" treat bag I first cut the bag upside down, then I made five different versions of the candy cover!! The candy inthis bag is York peppermint pattys. I still am not real happy with the color of the candy and how the bag turned out. The orange treat box I changed six or seven different times. I changed the candy, the handle, the outside decoration..... uuugggghhhh! (Just thought I would share some of my process!) The candy I ended up using in this box is Lindt Lindor Truffles. I have some favorite blogs I visit often and they have new stuff all the time. How do they do that??

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Happy First Day of School!

Well, today was my first day of school and this is the second year I am teaching first grade and I love it!! I have taught Kindergarten, Young Fives (or Developmental Kindergarten) and Preschool for the past 22 years and I was really ready for this change. I know they are only a little older, but it makes such a huge difference in what they are able to do (and what we can do together in a full day). So in honor of my wonderful new first graders, here is my favorite school set (the monkeys!). I found these on our little travel to the Stamp convention in Novi, Michigan at a scrapbook store called Archivers. I wish we had one here, it may be worth the drive to go back - it was fabulous! (Have you ever seen a picture of it in some of the Paper Trends or Cards magazines ads? It looks just like that, I now look at those ads longingly, wanting to go back!) Oh well, I spent enough money there already! Time for me to go back to work and make money, not spend! Happy September! TFL!