Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Make It Monday

Hello friends! Its Make It Monday over at Papertrey ink. Today's challenge was making your own background paper, which just happens to be something I love to do, so I decided to play along.  My background paper is made with the little characters from Tiny Treat Halloween.  The little stars are from Star Prints and Love Lives Here Christmas.  I colored with my copics, just quickly, it really didn't take very long.  Next I stamped the big Mat Stack 4 in Virdian Leaf green.  I added the little Jack O Lantern and the sentiment.  To get the green mat I traced around my Mat Stack die and then hand cut with scissors, not as easy as die cutting but it gets the job done.  Thanks for stopping in today!  Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Early Halloween Blog Friends! I thought I would share some quick little favor baskets that I made for work.  Sorry for the less than stellar photography.  It was late, I was tired.  My messy table is in the background... my excuses are many, but the result is the same! LOL!P1060606 These are made with a combination of stamps.  I used the Mat Stack One and Two sets along with some Waltzingmouse- Wanda's Pantry.  I love those stamps.  Claire is a genius.    I used the PTI Favor It 1 box.  Its my favorite because it only takes one pass through the machine for the whole box. 
P1060605 Most of the patterned paper is from Authentique.  It was gifted to me from the lovely and talented Michelle Phillippi.  The Favor It box fits perfectly on a 6x6 sheet.  And I found at that I can cut two boxes with one pass by doubling up the paper.  YAY!  Less work.  I put these together with my ATG gun.  It didn't take too long, I did it while watching Dr. Phil (yes I admit it!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Christmas

P1060589 Hey there blog friends! Its been a few days. I had a really busy weekend. My sweetie turned 40. Its so weird to me, we have been together since we were 21 so its just bizarre. I mean I remember sitting in my college dorm room talking to him about how old 40 was! LOL, guess I will be eating some more words, eh? Anyway... todays card is more of PTI's Love Lives Here Christmas set. I love those little ornament stamps. So cute! I was hoping to get all inky this weekend, but nada. Maybe today after work- otherwise it will be a quiet week here on the blog, cause I got nothing! Have a great day!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Love Lives Here Christmas

Good morning friends! I have a few more Christmas cards for you today. Today I am using PTI's Love Lives Here Christmas set.   I bought it for that pine bough, but it turns out I love almost every stamp in the set.  I do not love the angel.  Don't know why.
P1060583 And here we have a less fancy version. I personally like the spiced up one but I thought I would show both. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waltzingmouse Christmas Cottage

Yes, I am still obsessed with this stamp! I love everything about it.  This house is stamped on Rustic White paper.  Rustic White is super soft, so if you color on it with copics, be very careful.  After coloring the house I pulled out my liquid pearls and went to town.  It dried a little more silvery than I expected but I still like it.  I mounted the card on Pinefeather cardstock.  I have to admit I am not fond of this color but way back when I bought a 24 pack and I need to use it up.  What I would give for a better hunter green. LOL
P1060585 Close up of the house and the liquid pearl craziness! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 17, 2011

More Little Bitty Bird in Winter

Hello blog friends!  Earlier this week I was a creating machine, so hopefully the blog will be all updated this week!  One thing I was working on was making "Winterberry" creations without actually buying the set.  I really like the set but I have so many similar things and honestly I only use Christmas stamps for about 3 months a year.  So I pulled out some similar sets and went to work.  The tree and birds are from Little Bitty Bird.  The berries and sentiment are from Rustic Branches.  The star is from Love Lives Here Holiday (yes I caved last month, but I held strong this month!).  The snowflakes are from Rustic Snowflake.  I drew in the drifts with an American Crafts paint pen and then added white ink with my fingers.  A little copic coloring on the birds and the tree and thats it.  Oh I also used some of the three million yards of bakers twine that I thought would be an awesome purchase last Christmas.  At this rate I will have some for Christmas 2050.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Little Bitty Bird in Winter

Want the new PTI Winterberry set look without the price?  Try using the Little Bitty Bird in combination with the older Rustic Branches.  Rustic Branches has the lovely little tiny open circle for berries.  LBB supplies the branch and birdie.   The snowflakes are from Rustic Snowflake and the sentiment is from Tiny Treats Christmas.  Snow drifts are made with a pencil and some white cardstock.  Add some stickles and you are all done.  All supplies PTI except for the copics and the stickles.  The idea for this card came from Heather's blog on this post:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Waltzingmouse Christmas House 2

P1060564 Good Morning blog friends! How are you all this week? I am worn out!! And guess what? I have my copic marker, intermediate class this Sunday! I am so excited, I hope this will improve my coloring! Today I have another copic heavy card for you. Its simple in design but the coloring takes quite a while. Not one for mass production, to be sure. P1060565 I created this little scene with stamps from Waltzingmouse's Christmas Cottage.  I stamped the snowman first because he is in the front.  I masked the snowman and then stamped the house.  I masked the side of the house and stamped the trees.  I got out my fine line copic multiliner and added the snow to the sides and the path way in the front.  Claire has a great pathway stamp for the regular house and I almost pulled it out but then I saw it had grass.... and since I was thinking snow.... I just drew in my own.   The whole thing is colored up with copic markers.  The background is colored too.  I own the air brush system but not a compressor so I rarely use it as I am always out of canned air.  I used some crystal stickles to give the snow some sparkle.  Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christmas Kitty

P1060561 Good Morning Blog Friends! Another Christmas card for you today. I picked up this stamp at a recent clearance at my LSS. I am so sorry I don't remember the maker. I looked at the stamp and it doesn't say. I threw away the packaging when I put it into a CD case. If I find out, I will edit the post to let you know. I found it! Its by Laurence Attrill. Here's a link. Basically what we have here is a lot of copic coloring and not much else. You know me, simple is the way I usually go. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Waltzingmouse Christmas Cottage

Hello Blog Friends! Happy Monday!  My Mondays are generally happy because I start my work week on Tuesday! Today I was lucky enough to get in some crafting.  I had planned to craft yesterday but instead put my sad sewing skills through a workout as I worked on my son's Halloween costume.  Today though I broke out my new WMS- Christmas Cottage and got to work!  I love these little cottage sets.  So so cute!  For this card, I stamped the cottage on kraft paper and then got to work with my copics.  Coloring on kraft is kind of tricky.  The paper is a lot softer and so there is more bleeding.  You have to really watch how much ink you lay down and also how close to the line you are.  All the bright white is from my Signo Gel pen.  I think it did a fine job with the snow.  I added a sentiment at the top and thats it!  Actually even though its a simple card, it did take a good 45 minutes to color.  Definitely not for mass production! Thanks for stopping by today.  I made more than one card today so I should be able to update at least a few times this week.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

For My Drinking Buddies...

Hello blog friends! How is everyone out in blog land today? I have got some serious crafting to do later today after I finally get my chores done. For some reason I am moving slow today. I've got new WMS stamps all over my desk and I want to play with them. First though I need to hit the grocery store, vacuum, and finish the laundry. Enough with the mindless chatter, on to today's cards. P1060551 I don't know about you but I love a good happy hour with my girls. I don't go every Friday or anything, but when we do go its always a really good time!   So I love this little sentiment on the first card!  These stamps are all from My Favorite Things.  I got them at a deep discount from my Local Stamp Store.
P1060552 The main difference between the two cards is the glitter on the glasses. I LOVE glitter. I might go back and put some on the non-glittered card. We are having a big happy hour this Friday so maybe I will actually use these cards. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome Sunday.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Happy Halloween- Waltzingmouse Style

Hello blog friends! I got my WMS order last night! LOVE, love, love these new little cottages designed by the fabulous Claire Brennan.  I combined two sets to make this little scene and then I added that tree from MSE to create a little "mash up".  The cottage is from the Cottage Home set and all the Halloween elements (not the tree) are from Hocus Pocus.  Aren't they fabulous???  Lots and lots of copic coloring, some distress inking, and thats it.  The card size is a 5.5 square.  My scene was too big for a regular A2.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

More Christmas and Some Sad News

Hey friends! I have another Christmas Card for you today. Another PTI set, Love Lives Here, Christmas. Its one of those cards that I found very difficult to photograph. I make no claims to being a photographer! Anyway I used the sending you die to cut the arch and then just stamped it up. Quick, easy and flat for sending!
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Now for my sad news, my grandpa- my last biological grandparent- passed away yesterday. He had lived a long life but its always so sad when the good ones go. I will miss him. The picture below is of him, my late grandmother, me (age 3) and my brother (newborn). That's how I remember my grandpa. He was an awesome person.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

More Lights!

Hi! Good Morning Blog Friends! I have another couple of cards using PTI Holiday Lights. Same basic idea as yesterday, with some variation on the theme.   On the first one I used a Spellbinder's rectangle to emboss a rectangle on the background.  I then masked and stamped on the light cord and the star lights.  After they were stamped I came back in with some stickles.
P1060553 On the second card I extended the cord a little bit with my black pen. Next I hand drew in a black frame. I again added stickles to the lights. Thats it! Easy Peasy! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Holiday Lights

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Hello bloggy friends! Thanks so much for your comments yesterday. Comments always make me way happier than they probably should, LOL. And thanks Joyce, for agreeing with me about the spelling of layers with a z. I just can't stand it. Its kind of like cheese its- the actual box has it written as Cheez Its. I just can't stand it! LOL Today I have a Christmas card for you.  I have actually made a few Christmas cards over the last few weeks.  I took pictures when I had the camera out for Make it Monday yesterday.  Today's card uses a new set from PTI.  It was designed by Dawn McVey.  I think its called Holiday Lights.  I love how the string is separate from the light bulb stamps.  If I could change anything, I would add a light bulb that could be colored.    Anyway this card is quick and easy- perfect for mass production- if I did that kind of thing (I don't).  Cord is stamped in silver, lights in pure poppy and virdian leaf.  A little bit of scoring and silver sentiment and we are all done.  As always, thanks for coming by.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Make It Monday- Make Your Own Washi Tape

P1060544 Well I am back! Sooner than I thought too, probably because of this Make It Monday, from Papertrey Ink. Nichole Heady had this genius idea to make your own Washi tape. Check out all the details here.  It was so simple and easy.  I was totally wishing I had some fatter scor tape.  I used the 1/2 inch tape on my card.  I stamped with with the diamonds from A Little Argyle.  The sentiment is from the Mat Stack 2 Collection.  The underlayer is the Mat Stack 2 Layerz (can I just say that I hate Layers spelled with a z.  Its completely tacky.  Thank you for hearing my rant.) stamped with the diamonds from A Little Argyle.  Ink colors are Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Raspberry Fizz, and Color Box Lime Pastel.  All products Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted.