Monthly Archives: October 2015

Taylored Expression Sketch and Colour Challenge

I wanted to enter this weeks Challenge over at Taylored Expressions.  Of course, I felt the need to combine both the Sketch Challenge and the Colour Challenge into one card.  Normally, this is not too difficult but I also had decided to use the Holiday Grumplings stamp set, so using a Christmas themed stamp set with decidedly Halloween colours made for a bigger challenge.  At first no matter what I tried, the card screamed Halloween, and I almost changed the stamp set to the Costume Grumplings.  As what happens quite often, I vaguely remembered buying a single piece of Graphic 45 Christmas paper that was in a purple colour.  A search ensued and I found the paper in question.  With it came a dilemma as the “purple” side was clearly the “B” side of the paper.  On the other side was a colourful lovely full scene of the Nutcracker.  It seemed like murder or at least manslaughter to cut up the cute little dancing girl and the nutcracker.  It had to be sacrificed though and the deed was done.   I combined Wedding Dress Pico embellisher, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz and a whole host of sequins and confetti to create a snow tsunami for the less than delighted Grumpling.   I think it turned out quite well.



the Ugly Sweater morphs into lovely Fair Isle Sweater

I still love designing sweaters via stamp sets.  Last year they were of the Ugly Sweater variety and I still like making this type of card.  With the wonderful sweater die and the Fair Isle stamp set from Papertrey Ink though, this year I can also make a wonderfully pretty sweater.

Here is my first two attempts.  I want to make more, using also the wonderful plaid paper from Papertrey Ink.

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Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge Oct 27

The  Make it Monday Challenge this week is pearlized blending.  At first I was stumped.  I couldn’t think of how I could use my Papertrey stamps and this technique in any way other than a moon as shown in the challenge sample.  Then the doorbell rang and the mailman solved my problem.  It was my new order from Papertrey Ink and included in this “Happy Mail” box was the stamp and die set Warmest Wishes.  I realized that I could blend and pearlize the mountains and the trees in the background and thus, presto ( Well OK not quite PRESTO as I did some airbrushing, masking, spraying and pico embellishing which took some time) and this card was created.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Warm Wishes Stamp and Die sets,  Perfect Pearls, Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Copic markers, Copic Air Brush System,  Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz. Simon Says Stamp top folding card base, Scotch foam tape and Scor tape.

The Devil is in the Details- Miniature Madness

Recently, I purchased Papertrey Ink’s All Through the House Holiday Kit.  Usually, I am not much of a kit fan, but this one drew me in from my first look at it on the Papertrey website.  Now that I have the kit in my hands,  I realize that it is twice as amazing in real life.  The attention to detail in the stamps and the preciseness of the dies is truly remarkable.  Even more remarkable given that it is all in MINI size.  For example, there is a Santa in the sleigh with reindeer that is only 3/4 of an inch tall and 2 inches long and uses 4 stamps to make it and 1 die to cut it out.  For a klutz like me, success in lining up 4 stamps should be impossible!  But…………you know what………….I was able to stamp and cut it repeatedly with no issues.  The biggest challenge was figuring out exactly what all these little dies were supposed to cut out.  For a while I was trying to use a die of Santa’s boots to cut out a holly bouquet…………..which did not work out too well,  I always have fun when I am playing with paper but this kit is twice as much fun as usual.  First it is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, to figure out what all the teenie tiny stamps do, and then you have the fun of creating a complete scene with them. Double the fun!  Well triple the fun if you count the fact that you can either stamp your own scenes or use the pre-printed scenes that come on the paper include in the kit.  Quadruple the fun, when I take into consideration that I am pulling out of my stash tiny embellishments that seemed too small for anything before.

If you use the kit in an assembly line manner, you could make all your Christmas tags in one day.  I was too anxious to see how I could use all the elements so I made tags and gift card boxes one at a time, which takes much longer.

Here is some samples of what I have made so far:

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Stay tuned for more boxes, including some with teenie tiny LED lights that light up the windows in the house. They were on backorder but are on their way to me now.

Another Corny Post

I have mentioned before on this blog that I have a weird relationship with Candy Corn.  I love the look of these candies especially in large quantities in a bowl, BUT I dislike the taste of them.

Today, I decided to indulge my fondness for the look of Candy Corn by making a large shaker box shaped like Candy Corn.  It also helped facilitate a drop in the guilt o meter as I had bought this Candy Corn die a few years ago and NEVER had it out of the package before.  BONUS!

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The second picture illustrates that if you had more ambition than I have, you could use the Candy Corn Box as a napkin holder for a fall or Halloween dinner.  If you were extra ambitious you could also add your guest names to the space between the yellow and orange sections.  Go ahead and do it……………Martha will be proud!

Supplies:  Spellbinders Candy Corn die, Recollections card stock, Bo Bunny and Teresa Collins patterned paper, Dollar store Sequins and seed beads, 3M foam tape and Scor tape.



Sandra Races to the Finish Line

Sandra had started on a card for a Paper Smooches challenge a few days ago, but was having trouble finding the time to finish it.  The deadline for the challenge is tonight at midnight.  I am setting up this post in anticipation of her sending me the completed card.  Sandra knows me well enough to know that my ability to do just about anything after 8 PM is limited, so the card should be coming any minute now.

Paper Smooches

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Pattern Paper American Craft

Cardstock Stampin Up  and Xpress It

Memento Black Ink

Brown Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Copic Markers

Paper Smooches Zoo Crew Stamp Set.

Spellbinder Large Scallop Ovals


Another Penny Black Challenge Entry

Here is another card that Sandra created for the Autumn Colours challenge on the Penny Black blog.

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Supplies:  Mini Halloween, Scary Halloween and Be Very Scared stamp sets from Penny Black,  Graphic 45 patterned paper, Bazzil card stock,  Doodlebug sequins, Michael’s ribbon and Copic markers.



Penny Black Autumn Color challenge

Sandra has been busy making some cards to enter into challenges.  One such challenge that she found was with the Penny Black stamp company.

Here is her entry:

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Supplies:  Penny Black Be Very Scared stamp set,Graphic 45 patterned paper, Dew Drops, Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic markers and Neenah and Bazzill card stock.

I have gone Crazy

Most of you are probably thinking, tell us something we didn’t already know.

This time though I am talking about the Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz.  Now I am beginning to think that there isn’t a serious crafter left in the world who doesn’t have at least the main set of these birds.  Diehards have the Accessory Set, two sets of dies and the sentiment set as well.  Luckily these birds have  Mona Lisa like expressions on their faces which allows a crafter to have them thinking or doing a myriad of things and no two need be identical.

I have used the Crazy Birds before but I recently acquired the accessory set, so I wanted to take that for a test drive.  For some reason, as night follows day, it seems logical to have a “techniquey” background for the Crazy Birds.  I decided to create one dark background and one lighter background using the Color Burst watercolour powders.  As the results are unpredictable, it is easier to make the background and then decide what the background looks like  and go from there.  If you are TRYING to make the background look like something specific, it is almost always doomed to failure.

When I finished the backgrounds, one looked like a night sky and the other looked like fireworks, so I decided to make one card with a night sky and the other with fireworks…….Go figure.  As my brother Perry would say……………the “plan” was all coming together nicely.

I will post the Halloween one here and the Happy New Year card in a second post so that I can link them both to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.


I have gone Crazier

Here is  my second post today.  It is a Happy New Year card using Color Burst for the background and Tim Holtz Crazy Birds as the main image.



To show the limitless nature of my creativity, I made a sparkler out of the witch’s broom on the accessory set.  🙂