Monday, September 21, 2009

Halloween Goodies in Recycled Bags

Someone on Inspire Swap Chat posted a message about this neat video showing how you can recycle the baggies that all those wonderful scrapbook supplies come in like the little gem bags and the bags that hold stamp sets. I fell in love with the idea and at my next visit to Target I picked up some candy and set out to create my own masterpieces.

This year, for Halloween, the Hershey's miniatures are in black, orange, purple and green wrappers with ghosts, pumpkins and bats on them. They are perfect for a project like this. For some reason, my bag had a disproportionate amount of purple and green candies so I have been looking for ways to use just the one color.

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I used Inkadinkado stamps, Stazon, and orange and black inks to finish these off. The really perfect thing about these treats is the package opens from the bottoms to the recipient doesn't have to rip open all my hard work.

Bob (the second) May You R.I.P.

We had a slightly sad morning. Our beloved goldfish, Bob the Second, was in bad shape and could no longer swim to the top on the tank (Bob the First suffered a similar fate). He is now flushed and swimming to the ocean (because all drains lead to the ocean) where he will find his new lifetime. We will be going to Pet Smart later today to choose a Bob the Third (or maybe we should try another Betty--she still the original).

In honor of Bob the Second, I have shared the only picture I have of him (he is the orange one behind the Hello Kitty) when I decked their tank out for Lizzy's birthday party.

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You were a good goldfish.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Still More Halloween.....

I am on a Halloween roll this week. I have 2 more Halloween cards to share with you. The first card is a tent topper card. I love these little cards! I started with a cool witch stamp from the Inkadinkado set. I wanted a little more color so I sponged some purple ink around the witch and filled her in with a gelly roll sparkle black pen. The card is finished with tulle. Tulle is one of my new favorite supplies. First off it qualifies under the ribbon category and I have a hording problem with ribbon. Secondly it adds a lot of dimension and texture to cards for only a little $$ (it is literally pennies a yard!). Lastly, you can find tulle in the wedding isle and most stores that sell fabric in just about any color you could want.


My second card is based on a tutorial I found here. I love how interactive this card is. It has been a big hit with the kiddos. It was also relatively very simple to put together! I have many many more occasions planned for this type of card.




Tent card
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Paper: Bazzil dotted Swiss, Imaginice
Ink: SU!
Ribbon: Tulle
Tools: Labels nestabilities by Spellbinders

Magic Curtain
Stamps: Inkadinkado, Imaginice
Paper: Bazzil Dotted Swiss, Imaginice
Tools: Scalloped and regular circles Spell binders, square punch

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Halloween Cards

I've been working on some more Halloween cards now that the batch of birthday invitations are done. My next two cards used two techniques I've been wanting to try. I found them both on Splitcoaststampers.

In the first card I created the neat Frankenstein card that was flying around last year at Halloween. I never quite got around to making one then so I made one this year.

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The second card I made uses the wiper technique. I have been in love with this technique for a while but some how never got around to trying it out.

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and the open view....

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Frankenstein card: Bazzil card stock, circle punches, white gel pen, black gel pen
Wiper card: Bazzil Dotted Swiss card stock, Imaginice patterned paper, Sizzix pumpkin #4 die

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Birthday Carnival Invitation

Originally uploaded by stamping_sara
Simon will be turning seven in a few weeks. He wanted to have a party where friends come and play video games but that didn't work out. Instead we are having a birthday carnival. I sat down last night and made 24 invitations. I wanted something relatively simple as I had so many to make. Half way through coloring them I felt I should have used less popcorn!

Stamps: Stampin Up!
Paper: Bazzil
Other: Markers, computer and printer.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Halloween Waterfall

I have started creating cards for a Halloween class. Last year I purchased a couple of Inkadinkado Halloween stamp sets. One set has the adorable little trick-or-treaters I used for this card.

I hadn't made a waterfall card in a while and these critters were perfect for a waterfall card. The waterfall was one of the first cards I learned how to make other than a standard fold. The directions are available in many places on the web. I always track mine down at Splitcoaststampers. The paper I used has some glazed pieces. I really wanted my stamped images to be vibrant like the paper and parts of it glazed. I pulled out my black glaze pen and my clear glaze pen to add accents to the stamped images.

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Patterned paper: Imaginisce
Card stock: Bazzil
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Other: Glaze pens, art markers, ribbon (creative impressions)

Friday, September 11, 2009

First Day of First Grade and a Card from Lizzy

I finally have my camera hooked back up so I can share some pictures. We have finished moving but are still living out of a lot of boxes. I've managed to completely set up the scrapbook area and the kitchen. Everything else is in various stages based on what I've needed. For instance this morning I had to dig in the garage for clothes I could wear to school as only my shorts have been unpacked. I wanted to share Simon's first day of school. He was so excited to be going into the first grade. For the first week of school we drove 45 minutes one way to take him so he didn't have to switch after a week and for the second week of school we camped out in the new house until our furniture arrived on Friday.

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My little Lizzy loves to craft. Since I have the room set up she feels the supplies need to be used. As I was setting everything up, I reorganized some embellishments and gave things that I'm not really going to use to Lizzy. She has been waiting all week to make something with all her new goodies. Last night I finally relented and she made a card. When I say she wanted to make something with all her goodies, I mean it literally. She had about a pound worth of metal stuff she wanted help attaching to this card. I talked her down to picking just a few favorites.



Paper: White cardstock
Stamps: Cardinal stamp from Hobby Lobby
Ink: pink washable ink
Embellishments: Everything but the kitchen sink!