Monday, September 12, 2011

Scrapbook Layout: Halloween 2010

Continuing with the Halloween goodies.... here's a 6x6 scrapbook layout for Halloween 2010:

I was inspired by a Page Maps mini map for this layout.  I started out just arranging my cut papers on the grey cardstock, but they weren't looking finished.  So I ended up distressing the edges a bit with the basic grey ink pad:

In the photo, the left side has no distressing and on the right you can see I distressed the edges a bit and I think it made the layout look more finished.

I did this layout for a swap with my upline, Zarogina.  I wanted to branch out and start making 6x6" sized layouts to push myself out of my 12x12" comfort zone.  I was really happy with how it turned out!  I will definitely be scrapping in this size again soon! 

Do you scrap 6x6"?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Basic Grey
Punches:   Decorative Label, Bat (retired)
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Favors: Tags til' Christmas Treat Holders

So I mentioned Wednesday that I did a swap with my upline Zarogina.  Here's the second item I made for Christmas:

It's the cutest, easiest candy holder!  I followed a tutorial from this video and changed up the colors, stamps and embossing folder. 

Then I added some of the gorgeous new Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon:

Isn't it gorgeous?! :)

To finish the project, just put a piece of sticky strip in the bottom and add candy.  I used the new It's a Wrap Holiday stamps to decorate the candy that I put on the inside:

This is one of my favorites I've made this month!  What do you think?!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Tags til' Christmas, It's a Wrap Holidays

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  Scallop Square, 1" Square, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Other: Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze Stampin' Markers, blank address labels

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Cards: Zarogina's Cards en Espanol!

I wanted to take a moment to show you some beautiful cards I have received from my Stampin' Up upline, Zarogina



Some of the items used to make these cards are retired now, but if you'd like to know what was used to create any of these cards, just ask! :)

Aren't Zarogina's cards beautiful?!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Card: Spice Cake Inspired Thank You

Back again today with a second take on my card from yesterday... same color palette, same wreath:

Totally different outcome!

I grabbed a clear ruler (I only ever use a clear one so I can see where I am at relative to everything else!) and used it to make stitches with my Soft Suede marker.  I also used a Pink Pirouette marker to hand draw a tiny heart next to my sentiment. 

I can't decide which version I like better - which do you like better? :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Days of Gratitude, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
Ink:  Soft Suede (sentiment & acorns), More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, River Rock (leaves)
Other: Chocolate Chip Baker's Twine, Glue Dots (to hold down bow), Stampin' Dimensions (acorns), Soft Suede and Blushing Bride Stampin' Markers, ruler

And the winner is....

Diana!!  Congratulations Diana, you are the lucky winner!!  Send me an e-mail at ajsevall at gmail dot com and I will get that happy mail off to you asap!! 

Thanks to everyone who left a comment and played along.  I really appreciate it!! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Card: Spice Cake Inspired Give Thanks

Last weekend I did a swap with my upline, Zarogina and today, I'm showing you the Thanksgiving themed card I made!

There was a card I remembered seeing using the leaf from the Days of Gratitude stamp set to make a wreath like this last fall, but I cannot find it now.  If it's yours, please let me know and I'll be happy to give you credit for inspiring me to do the same! :)

And yes, I hand cut all those leaves, aka fussy cut.  I actually find fussy cutting relaxing!  :)

My colors were pulled straight from the color palette from one of the new Designer Series Papers - Spice Cake.  If you look carefully in all the catalogs, Stampin' Up! actually tells you all the colors used so that you can perfectly color coordinate.  Well I love that color combo, so I decided to use it for my card!

I enjoyed making this card so much, I actually made a second version that I will be back tomorrow to share with you!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Days of Gratitude, Hand-Penned Holidays
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Soft Suede (sentiment & acorns), Crumb Cake (woodgrain), More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, River Rock (leaves)
Other: Chocolate Chip Baker's Twine, Glue Dots (to hold down bow), Stampin' Dimensions (acorns)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Card: Monkey Thank You

Make sure you enter the giveaway!!  Now on to today's card... :)

I had to have this stamp set before it was retired.  It's a sock monkey!

I used my ink pads and blender pens to color that guy.  And here's a close-up of the Framed Tulips embossing folder; it really makes a deep impression and is a great detail on this card!

And that's the Boho Blossom Punch.  Isn't it cute?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black), Cherry Cobbler Classic
Stamp Sets:  Sock Monkey (retired), Curly Cute
Punches:  Boho Blossom
Accessories: Blender Pen, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Big Shot

Friday, September 2, 2011

My Holiday Mini Catalog Favorites and a Giveaway!

Three times a year, Stampin' Up releases their seasonal mini catalog with all the newest and, in my opinion, best items they have to offer and most are limited edition!  I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the new Holiday Mini Catalog and show you my top 5 must have items:
1.  Simply Scored

I can't live without one of these.   And this one is by far the best I've used to date!  Prior to this I owned the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  This one one works better, is the same price and instead of a bone folder, it comes with a fantastic scoring tool and a set of three markers to mark your spot.  Ever made a pile of cards and keep having to remember your mark?  Not anymore!  This tool makes it easy and you can even get extra markers if you have multiple points you want to mark!

2.  Spice Cake Designer Series Paper products

I'm in love with the color combo and patterns on this one -- my favorite to date!!  Perfect for all subjects - wedding, thanksgiving, fall, boy, girl are the first few that come to mind.  This set is totally versatile and comes in patterned paper, fabric and digital!  There are also embellishments to go with it.  I think I'm going to have a problem hoarding this particular set of paper!!

3.  Quilted Satin Ribbon

I loved it in the catalog and I love it even more in person.  It's absolutely GORGEOUS.  It's shiny and textured.  It comes in two colors, Cherry Cobbler (my favorite red) and Chocolate Chip (my favorite brown).  I'm in heaven and, yes, I'll be buying several rolls before the year is up! :)

4.  Stocking Stamps and Punch

Anyone who's been to one of my classes or scrapped with me would tell you that aside from paper, my largest addiction is punches.  I have... well.... a LOT of them! :)  I love this punch - it's super cute and the stamps that go with it are absolutely adorable!  I haven't played with them yet, but you can definitely expect to see them making an appearance on here really soon!!!

5.  Big Shot Stocking Die and Snowflake Embossing Folder

I guess I have a thing for stockings this year!  I love my Big Shot and this die is super cute!  I can't wait to play with it and the snowflake embossing folder is adorable!  I can't wait to show you a cute little favor I made with it already in the next week or so!  In my mind, these are both a must have. :)
Okay, so a few of those have several items, but you get my drift! :)  If you'd like me to mail you a catalog, I'd be happy to do so, or you can see the full online version here.

So to kickoff this catalog, I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway! Here are the details:

PRIZE: Two yards of the new Cherry Cobbler Quilted ribbon and a surprise grab bag of a few embellishments & other goodies from the new catalog.  Prize will be valued at $15.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!” and tell me what your favorite item is in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  Followers of this blog and/or my Facebook page will get an extra entry automatically for following in each place, please just let me know where you follow me! 
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 8:00 PM PST
PRIZE SHIPS: The 50 United States and Canada only please!  If you are one of my local customers, this will be hand delivered.
• THE FINE PRINT: Up to three entries per e-mail address and/or person is permitted.  Following this blog and Facebook will get you extra entries this time, but those entries will be subject to verification.  The winners will be selected by random drawing and announced on Thursday as a post on this blog. Comments left on Facebook will not count - you must comment on this blog post in order for me to count you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Home Decor: Framed Out on a Limb... Happy Halloween!!

Continuing with the week of Halloween crafts....

Want holiday art that you can change with the season?  Check this out!

It's a changeable wall art frame using Stampin' Up decor elements!  I helped my good friend Anna make this for her home and parties.  This wall decor is one of the new items in the Holiday Mini that starts today.  Isn't it cute?!

We simply adhered it to the front of a piece of Plexiglas and then wrapped some fabric around a piece of cardboard.  To adhere the fabric to cardboard, we used a simple spray adhesive from the craft store.  Before framing the fabric covered cardboard, we used the 1-3/4" circle punch and some Whisper White cardstock to make the owl's eyes white.

Isn't he cute?!  Have you ever framed wall art instead of applying it to the wall?!

Supplies for these projects:
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Punches:  1-3/4" circle
Accessories: Out on a Limb decor elements
Other:  orange fabric, piece of recycled cardboard about a half inch bigger than the frame opening, picture frame with a 32x26" opening (Made by my cute hubby! Didn't he do an awesome job?!)


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