10/31/08

Happy Halloween!

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Ghosties and Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump in the Night.....

 

And a witch or two here and there...

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I finally got the hang of the Michelle Zindorf sponging technique, or at least a good grasp of it. Her work is totally awesome and I have a long way to go, but this is a start. I found that the Marvy inks work best for me. I don't like to stamp with them very much because they bleed too much and bead up on most stamps. But for this technique, they work very well because they blend right into the paper. The right sponges make the difference, too - check out Michelle's blog for the details on that.

Stamps - Inkadinkado, bat ribbon - Michael's, paper - I forget.

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Another one using the sponging technique. Is it too busy? Did I go one embellishment too far?

Stamps - Hero Arts, Cloudy Moon stamp - A Stamp in the Hand, Martha Stewart EK Success punches (bat and fence), Punch Bunch ghost punch, paper - I forget.

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This one was brayered with Kaleidacolor ink onto glossy paper. I forgot how much fun that is.

Stamp - Inkadinkado, Cloudy Moon stamp - A Stamp in the Hand, Martha Stewart EK Success Drippy Goo punch, spider web - cheap Halloween confetti from Michael's, Lasting Impressions paper (for the card itself).

 

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This one was fun, once I figured out what to do with this house stamp. I made several of these and may make a few more yet. The swirly bats and moon are very sparkly, and the windows are glittered up with Stickles. I love the shiny, glittery things. I colored the house with Prismacolor and Kooh-i-Noor pencils then blended them with Gamsol. The roof is paper pieced with the same paper that is on the first card. I also used the fence punch for the fence on the top of the roof. Is it a fence, or does it have another name? Why would you want a fence on your roof anyway?

Stamps - My Favorite Things (house and verse), Inkadinkado (swirly bats), Punch Bunch ghost punch, You-know-who's witch punch, Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder on the bats, and the sparkly moon was punched from a sheet of glitter paper, the bat is cut from the bat ribbon, Stickles Yellow Glitter Glue on the windows, spider web - cheap Halloween confetti again.

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I may have gone more than one embellishment too far on this one. Same house as above but I tried the Printworks Cloud Template and don't quite have the hang of it yet. Knowing when to stop might be a good place to start, you think? It's was a dark and stormy night, what can I say? I colored the "yard" with Copic markers, added a little dead grass and a path to the front door. I think the moon should have been bigger and leaving off the ghosts might have improved it a little, too. The house was colored the same way as the one above, pencils and Gamsol.

Well, that's it for Halloween this year. I hope everyone had a good one and didn't eat too much leftover candy!

10/30/08

Creepy Spiders Everywhere!

Ok, so maybe not so creepy, but they are spiders.

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15 of them, to be exact. DH is taking them to the girls/women that work in his section of the office tomorrow, for Halloween. These little guys are so much fun to make and the first time I saw them on SCS I knew this is what I'd be doing for Halloween at the office this year. As usual, I cut it a little close. I just finished them up about an hour ago, but I did finish them!

Now I can move on to Fall/Thanksgiving cards. I just love the Autumn colors of green, burnt orange, deep reds and yellows, with a little brown thrown in for good measure. Autumn has arrived in NC and I love it! It was quite nippy for a couple of days but now it's slowly warming up to the 70s during the day. Perfect weather, IMHO. Might even be perfect Renaissance Festival weather this weekend!

Have a good evening everyone and Happy Halloween....bwahahahahaha.

10/29/08

Negativity can be a good thing

Well, negative frames anyway. I saw a tutorial for these on ScrapnExtras blog and had to give it a shot. They were pretty easy to do and can be changed up to fit any occasion. I will probably be making more of these to have on hand for those times when I procrastinate about making a card for an upcoming event or occasion. I should probably make lots of them, I'm a champion procrastinator! At least I'm good at something, right?

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Fall colors, I love this time of year! The polka dotted background is a PaperTrey stamp from the Polka Dot Basics set, the sentiment is SU, the leaf background on the orange piece is an unmounted wheel stamp - maybe a Rollagraph from Clearsnap, but it's so old I really don't remember. I unmount all of my wheel stamps and either put them on EZ Mount or use the Tack 'n' Peel on an acrylic block. I think it's so much easier to use them that way. The scallop at the bottom is a new MS/EK punch, and I used the SU Ticket Corner punch for the concave edges on the focal piece. SU Flower Fusion (I think that's what they are called) flowers in the center and the striped paper at the top is American Crafts. Easy as pie! Why is that an expression, though? I have never found pie easy to make. Easy to eat, yes, but not so much to make. Hmmmm.

 

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Same card, different colors. I used the PaperTrey polka dots again, but the flowers on the yellow piece are from Great Impressions. The scallop at the bottom is the SU scallop border punch. SU Flower Fusion flower in the center and the striped paper at the top is from DCWV, and is all glittery and sparkly.

I made another one in similar colors without any sentiment at all so I can insert whatever I need at the time. Clever? I know! TYVM :-)

10/27/08

There's a new sheriff in town....

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Doesn't he look dangerous? Well, the other kitties in the house think he does, and you know what? They're right!! I have the scratches to prove it. He's just a baby, about 3 months old and will grow out of it (we hope!). DH was at work when they found him in the parking lot, up on one of the truck tires. One of the girls he works with (Hi, Kristin!) snatched him up and took him to PetSmart. She got rid of his fleas, bought a carrier, food, toys, and even a blankie, but couldn't take him home with her because she rescued another one the week before so he came to live with us. We sent the "accessories" back to her since we have all of that stuff, but she will certainly be prepared for the next rescue. That one won't come live with us - four is my limit! He's been to the vet, gotten his first round of shots, been de-wormed, tested for FLV and HIV (the feline kind) and is good to go. He's still too young to be neutered but will be as soon as he's old enough.

He eats like there's no tomorrow and loves to play with the other varmints, although Alex is the only one that will play with him. The other two just hiss at him and go hide from him. He's a sweet little kitty and we love him to pieces already. His name is Michael (David got to name this one), Mikey for short. This is his second favorite pastime, right behind climbing my legs:

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I did get some Halloween cards made and will post those soon. I can't believe it's almost November already! The weather here has turned quite chilly and the leaves are starting to fall. There is a fair amount of color this year but I don't think it's hit the peak here yet. I just hope the wind doesn't blow all of the leaves off too soon - I love the colors of Autumn leaves!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

10/24/08

An Excellent Bind It All Video

I found this guy's blog and he has an awesome video on the Bind It All. He makes it so simple to understand - the Bind It All folks should have made it more like this than the way they did it on the hysterical DVD that comes with the machine!

So, without further ado:

Dan's Bind It All Video

Enjoy!

10/4/08

It's a Miracle!

Long time, no post, I know. I've been lazy, enjoying this fabulous Fall weather we are having and not stamping much. I did have a class today at Stamper's Alley and since it is World Cardmaking Day (if you didn't know you must be living on a desert island!) I thought I'd post a card that I made for a friend's birthday recently.

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Not much stamping involved here, just the sentiment from MFT and a little doodling around the edge of the Spellbinders tag. Add some flowers, a brad, some ribbon, and a CB folder, and there you have it - a birthday card.

I finally broke down and bought new tables for my stamping space. I couldn't find them anywhere locally so I searched online and although I never did find them at the same (low) price we paid 2 years ago, I did find them - or ones very, very similar. They are folding tables by Cosco (not Costco) and don't have the 45 degree braces underneath, so it's easier to fit Iris carts under them. It's nice to have a continuous work surface at last and I even did a little bit of reorganizing.

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I'm getting used to having the keyboard on top of the desk since I had it in a pull out keyboard drawer for so long, but I think it'll be ok this way. I did have to get a new wireless keyboard and mouse (I really did have to!) so wires wouldn't be running all over the place on top of the table and I love them.

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After - much better

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All of my big background stamps are on the second shelf, turned at an angle so I can see them easily and to save space as well. I put all of my flowers into little Dollar Store containers on the shelf above, and sweet DH trimmed 4" off of the top 3 shelves for me because I just didn't need shelves that deep anymore.

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A closer view of my die cutting station - I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have the Big Shot on a stable surface instead of on a board resting on 2 Iris carts that moved every time I cut something. I have my Nestability dies in one of the brown baskets (in CS cases) and my CB folders in the other.

It's amazing how such a seemingly small change can make such a huge difference. One other thing I did was take down all of the brads, eyelets, etc. that I had hanging on the ends of the shelves and put them in a couple of baskets. It just felt too cluttered with them hanging all over the place. The other thing I like about these table is that now they go from corner to corner on the wall under my stamps so if bad little kitties (not bad, just curious) get in here again they can't knock my markers, or anything else, behind the tables!

That's it for me today and I wish you all a Happy World Cardmaking Day! I will have some blog candy to post next week so do check back soon.