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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

My good friend, Loretta, made this little Frank as her contribution at the TXGC SBS. Isn't he adorable! All cardstock and ink to shade. He is a cover for a package of microwave popcorn. I'm giving him to my daughter today.
Everyone have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Shoebox Card

Remember my shoebox cards? Here's one that Sherri designed. I modified mine a bit and this is how it came out. Dont'cha just love it!! Of course, it's already on its way to a friend.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

It's been a while since I last posted, although Karen has been doing a wonderful job with her cards. I love all of the cards in her shoebox swaps!!

For those that know me, like my girlfriend Teri, I get maybe 6 hours of sleep. I seem to do my best creating in the wee morning hours when everyone is asleep. The past several months I have been forcing myself to get more hours of sleep but these past few days I slipped back to my old habit.

These are the second batch of holders I made. The first batch, I cooked them up at 3 a.m. in the morning. I then debated whether I should make some for my co-workers.

Well, this morning (maybe last nite?) Anyway, I woke up as 12 midnight with an urge to make something for some of the girls at work. So I started these and worked on them until 2a.

Went back to sleep, woke up at 5a to get ready for work.

Long day short...I just finished 20 more.

I cannot take credit for these. They have been around for several years. A friend gave me my first one back in 2006. Inside was a movie certificate on a bag of popcorn.

I have no idea what it is called so if you know, please drop me a line!! You can use these holder for any holiday. It's quick, cute, and you use up lots of extra supplies that are collecting dust.

Here's my instructions:

My image is 4x2. Stamped and watercolored.

2 mats created at 4.25 x 2.25 and 4.5 x 2.5.

Lay image in the center of black cardstock measuring 6"x8". Apply adhesive on one side (see picture). Then overlap black cardstock at sticky ends to form a cylinder.

Punch a hole on the top directly across from each other approx 1/2" from the edge. Slide ribbon through the two holes. Package your candy and let it drop down into the cylinder.

Take the lose ribbons ends and tie your bow. To make things easier for the recipient, I added a tag that says, "Pull ribbon up". When you pull the ribbon, the candy peeks out. Cool, huh!

I ran out of chocolate candy so the last 4 had pumpkin spice candy corn packaged and stapled onto matching cardstock.

Hey, I gave one to Sherri who, in turn, created some for her son's soccer team. Check them out here! Great job! And, weren't they easy to do, Sherri?

Happy Halloween and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Staz-On Stamping

Another super cool technique. The stamped tree is stamped on the silver metallic paper with black Stazon ink. Stazon ink is a solvent ink and adheres and dries on stick non-porous surfaces. So where pigment ink would have smeared on this non-porous metallic paper, the Stazon does not (you do have to set it aside to let it dry!). The black and silver makes a dramatic effect, don't you think?
Card from the TXGC SBS.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Super cool

I love the simplicity of this card from the TXGC SBS card swap. It used only one small stamp - a bunch of reedy looking stalks. We punched a circle out of a piece of post-it paper -- making sure we had the sticky portion. Put the circle in the middle of the card and then stamp the little reedy stamp repeatedly around in a circle. Then pull up the post-it circle and waa-laa, a wreath! Add a bow and some bling.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

pretty colors

Another card from the TXGC SBS. I never would have thought of putting these colors together, but I love them. Also love the watercolor look of this stamp set.

Generational stamping

This is one of the cards from the SBS swap and uses my favorite technique - generational stamping. This card used about three snowflake stamps but only one ink pad. The darker snow flakes were stamped "first generation" -- direct from the pad. For the mid-range colored stamp images, I stamped on the ink pad, then stamped off on scratch paper and then on the card. Gave it a slightly lighter image. The lightest color was "third generation" or stamped off twice. Great way to get different colors from one ink pad!

Super simple card

A super simple card using CTMH products. The pink cardstock is embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then it was sanded to show the white core. Star is cut and embossed using a Nestibility die and stamped with CTMH stamp.

TXGC SBS Swap cards

This is another card that I made at the SBS hosted by Anita...

Very simple but very effective. The pine cone is stamped and embossed with clear prism glitter so it shines. I love the whiteness of this card!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Another TXGC swap card

Here's another card from the Texas Gulf Coast Shoebox Swap that I went to last weekend. I'm showing both the outside and the incide. The tree stamp is from Kitchen Sink stamps and the sentiment from CTMH.

TXGC Swap cards

I am posting some of the swap cards that I made at the Texas Gulf Coast Shoebox Swap last weekend. They were simply amazing -- I cannot take credit for the designs. I wish they had all been marked with the designers name. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Texas Gulf Coast Shoebox Swap

I went to a fantastic Shoebox Swap this weekend, hence the title, hosted by Anita -- Chosen Creations from SplitcoastStampers website. It was the first large scale shoebox swap I had ever attended and I had a blast! It was a whole day of stamping and meeting new people. I was totally surprised when I won one of the Creative Challenges for the Fall card. This is a horrible photo -- think something is wrong with my camera lately. I won some cool Kitchen Sink stamps.

So, again, thanks Anita and the whole Brazoria area SplitcoastStampers! I've already decided that I'm going to have to hold one after the beginning of the year here in Houston so stay tuned for details. And, I've promised a friend that I will get on taking photos of the rest of the cards from the swap and posting them.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tea Swap - NE1?

Window card for our next tea swap. There's a LOT of embossing going on here. I haven't done that for a while. Oops! With a window, how am I going to enclose the tea bags??? Oh, well, I'll think of something.

If you create cards and enjoy tea (don't they go together?), come join our tea swap. Requirements are that you mail 2 tea bags to your partner in a handmade card. Sign up deadline is Wednesday 10/21 so lmk if you want to join in the fun!
I created 2 cards this month. One for my partner and one for a gal who didn't receive one last month.

October Sketch Challenge - 10 photos!

We are up to 10 photos! Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

Let's see what you can do!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bosses' Day Card (He)

I can't believe I created this fun card!! Quick and simple yet, I think it looks store bought. Here's for my other boss. He is a nice, funny guy to work for.

Font: CK Fun, Googlie eyes, eyelets. The rest is free hand except for the nose (small hole punch); and an ant sticker from my stash.

Black - Grey - Red

I made this card using Basic Grey paper, a prima flower, Nestability dies and an old faux jewel that I found in my scrap stuff. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bosses' Day Card (She)

Sweet card for a really nice boss on bosses' day. I love to do punch art!

Flower punch, maple punch, handcut leaves and stem. font: Edwardian Script; Corner punch by ... I think EK Success.

This past weekend I went to the Scrapper's Jam at Koolau and met an online "Friend". Actually she recognized me from this blog.

Here's a wave out to ManLe from Pineapple Cove!! (Wish I was good at Emoticons, I'd do a smiley wave!!). It was really nice to meet with you . . . in person!! I'm hoping to visit Pineapple Cove soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

All About Me - New Clear Album class

This is my last class of the year! As in the past, I'll be taking off the months of November and December to make Christmas gifts and craft fair items, and then start up again in January. (My, how time flies!!)

Here's the new album I've been working on for a couple of weeks. It's a mini album little bigger than a 6" x 6" with 6 acrylic pages. We are going to use the beautiful Sultry line from Basic Grey, rubons, stamps, inking, chaulking, and adding bling and you will be creating this memorable album from scratch. Note: The individual letter stickers are not included in your class kit

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: A Place in Time, Kailua Cost: $25.00

Please bring the following supplies to class: Scissors, paper trimmer, Sobo Glue or Modge Podge, Dauber, Crop-a-Dile, Timber Brown Staz On Ink Pad, Stardust and Crystal Stickles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain (or any dark brown/red ink pad). For the sample album, I used 5 - 3x5 b&w photos.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Tropical Birthday

Wonderfully tropical! Another one of those felt flowers from Big Daddy! Used an old Making Memories metal rimmed tag, a button. Sentiment stamps is by CTMH. Embossing by Cuttlebug.

Have a great weekend! KC

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Get Whale Soon!

Couldn't resist this little cutie! Inside sentiment: Get Whale Soon!

Stamps: CTMH

Have fun! KC