Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cute Friends

This is my post on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today!!

Hello Classy Friends
Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
Is the weather getting cooler in your neck of the woods?
It is here in Michigan (known as the winter wonderland).....
but before winter sets in, we have Fall...
my favorite time of the year, and what better way to celebrate
then to have a Fall Kitty Picnic!!!

Using our newest challenge inspiration photo below,
I came up with the following card!



When I purchase my products from Beverly, I try to look
at each item in many ways, getting lots of use out of them for each season.


 The Wild Rose Studio Kitty Picnic stamp was no exception.
By using fall colors, I was able to turn a summer stamp into fall!!
I paper pieced both the picnic basket and dress.


This cute stamp has both lady bugs and a butterfly on it.....
being fall I covered them up by first using
Twinkling H2O's Autumn Brilliance painted on card stock


I love the shimmer the H2O's give the leaves...just like real ones!!
I placed the small leaves over the butterfly and ladybugs and
viola' I have a fall card!!

For my background, I cut strips of paper from "Kaisercraft" Lady Rose paper pad.
For a bit of interest I used Stickles on the flowers and hat!!
Adding a satin bow, a button (and a few more of those shimmery leaves)
and my card is complete!!

Did you know we have a weekly challenge??
It is always a fun inspiration photo and you could be our weekly winner!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Entering the following challenges:
Color Throwdown .... #315
and
Red Rubber Inspirationals .... Anything Goes, Focus on Stamping
and
Cards and More ....Leaves
and
Just Inspirational Challenge .... Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn Days

Hello All, it is my turn to "host" the new challenge this week
at "The Sisterhood of Crafters" and our theme is "Fall Colors"

My first thought went right away to fall leaves, but I have been having this "urge"
lately to use some of my very neglected stamps.....
Nothing speaks fall like a "Ring Necked Pheasant"....
We used to see lots of them, I think I have seen one here in maybe 10 years...
we think the fox are the cause of that...so sad!!


I used a Stampin Up set "Autumn Days" for my wheat and pheasant
The pheasant was colored with SU markers Early Expresso, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze
The wheat was stamped in SU Crushed Curry and So Saffron

I have lots of scraps as I am sure you all do
and my first instinct was to grab a pad of paper instead of "digging" through my scraps....
but I grabbed my "brown" bag of scraps and this piece of paper is the first I pulled out...
perfect!!  But, I still have a scrap of the scrap left...lol!!

The little leaves were just "floating" around on my desk, so I added them
along with some sequins and the ribbon, which is also from SU!!

Well, I have to tell you, it felt "GOOD" to get some of those old stamps, pens and inks
out and put to use, so good I just might have to do it again!!

So my sweet friends, why not head on over to "The Sisterhood" and see what my
"Sistahs" have created to inspire you!!
We also have two visiting guest design "step-sisters" which have some awesome
projects as well!!!

Entering the following challenges:

Just Inspirational .... Fall
and
Craft-Dee BowZ .... Anything Goes With A Handmade Bow
and
Love To Create .... Anything Goes With Fall Colors
and
Simon Says Monday Challenge .... Anything Goes
and
The Crazy Challenge .... Autumn Gatherings

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spooky Treats for Crafty Secrets

I have been having a ball making my Halloween projects this year
and using the digitals provided by Crafty Secrets has made it even more fun!!
I love vintage Halloween the most and am loving this owl on his pumpkins
it is the cutest image and came from the 


Crafty Secrets "Halloween Images & Journal Notes"  booklets.
All of the background papers are from  Vintage Halloween CD #4.

I printed my Halloween papers for the bag on regular printer paper
so as the bag would be more flexible, the bag is a white lunch bag.
I cut a Top Note die from another piece of the printed paper, but this one on card stock.
I had a label I had on my desk I cut with a Spellbinders die, then added the
image to that, but first gluing some old black hairnet stuff I had in my stash...
bet you are wondering why on earth I had a black hairnet around, aren't you..lol!!


Well, my sister and I used to do craft shows and made lots of Halloween and I am sure
it is left from one of those spooky dolls we used to make (I rarely throw anything out)
"cuz, ya just never know" when you might need it!!

I added  a bit of black lace at the top of the bag, and a few other do-dads to finish it off.
Now all it needs is some treats to go in the bag and I think it is going to be "gifted"
to my Mom for Halloween!!


There is still time to get the Halloween/Fall sale packet at Crafty Secrets.
They are going all digital and cleaning the warehouse out of all of these goodies
there are 8 different kits to choose from...Around a $72 value for $19.95 plus $4.95 to ship!

Here is a link to the blog and here is a link to the store

Entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge .... Anything Goes
and
Clear It Out .... Theme Halloween Stash Black and Orange (my old black hairnet)
and
PDE linky party .... Halloween Decorations
and
Shopping Our Stash .... Halloween (my old black hairnet)
and 
Tuesday Throwdown ....Halloween Colors

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tricks and Treats and Spooky Wishes To You!

Good Monday Morning friends.....
Being the 3rd Monday of the month, it brings us to a new challenge
Our theme for this challenge is "Spooky Wishes"
using the inspiration photo and to add a "bow"!


Our sponsors this week are:

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This set comes with a Card, Favor Box and a Place card
I chose to make the adorable card.....
I printed my card stock and embossed it with a swirl EB folder for the base..
I printed the decorative paper, cut it out and added it to the front and back...



One fun and unique thing about this card, is it stands up on it's own....
the stem pops through a slit on the front, giving it a 3D effect.
The paper I chose is a spider web design, the web is embossed with a velvet pattern..
so soft and fun to "touch"..


I added Stickles here and there on  the ticket, as I think the glitter adds to the vintage look!!

Now, head on over to "The Shabby Tea Room" and see what my "shabby sisters"
have created just to inspire "you"....you won't be disappointed...
and while there, why not join in, our sponsors are offering awesome prizes!!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Glitter n Sparkle .... Use Some Orange
and
AAA Cards .... Halloween Inspired
and
Open Minded challenges ....Pumpkins/Jack o' Lanterns
and 
Pumpkin Spice .... Harvest or Halloween

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Dance

Hello Friends,
I am so caught up (for me) in my DT work
I decided to take a bit of time  for "me"!

I have a bunch of Halloween papers, stamps, do-dads,
that seem to get neglected year after year....
Plus the fact I just bought a new Stampendous stamp called
"WitchyDance" that I needed to use before Halloween is gone again!


 This is a fun, fun scene I created and when I saw this stamp it not only
made me laugh, the first thing I thought of was
"Dance as if no one were watching"...LOL!!


I had the background (polka dots) that I made last year with a stencil and
molding paste I added a bit or orange ink to..
so, I am thrilled to actually use it!!


The haunted house paper is from Websters Pages "Once upon a Halloween"
I added a corner spider web I had already cut and a moon tucked behind.
The tree is one  from Cheery Lynn Designs that 
I cut the other day for my other Halloween scene card
you might of seen HERE...I didn't like the look of it on that card,
but it fits in good here, I think!!
The bats were punched with a SU punch on corrugated paper
giving them a bit of dimension!


The sentiment I printed in "word" in the "chiller" format!
My cute little dancers were stamped in Versamark and embossed in black EB powder.

So there you have it....I am having so much fun, I might create another one for tomorrow!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Stampendous .... Halloween Haunt
and
Fussy and Fancy .... Orange and Black
and
Simply Create Too .... Halloween/Orange
and 
Scrappy Land .... Halloween (Cheery Lynn Designs Birch Tree with Critters)
and
Dream Factory Blog Hop .... Hocus Pocus

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's Cookin' ??

Hello my friends.

It has been raining the last several days here
and I have been hunkered down in my craft room just creating away!!
What better way to spend a cool, rainy day, then creating, right??

Sandy is giving everyone that enters the challenge her "new"
Retro Kitchen collection.
OMGoodness, it is full of wonderful papers and images
that had "my name" written all over it....
It was love at first "print"...LOL!
It will make it's debut in the store October 20th...
so this is a bit of a "sneak peek" you might say...


I made a 6 x 6 potholder card...
After printing out my gorgeous papers,
I put the blue gingham one back in my printer and printed
the digital apron stamp on it ...pretty cool...hmmm?

ALL of the papers you see are from the Retro Kitchen collection.
Look at the red with the scallop trim...love it...I hand cut it for the trim!!


I took a little time and machine stitched my "potholder" to look like the real thing!!
Stickles was added to the apron for the cherries, a bit of bling to the flower trim.
I even added a ribbon "tab" for the potholder to hang..

You still have a bit of time to enter our Crafty Secrets October linky party
and get ALL the Retro Kitchen collection for free...just for entering...
you also have a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to the store!!

Don't forget there are some awesome packet deals going on at Crafty Secrets
right now...you need to scoop them up before they are gone!!

Entering the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays .... Anything Goes with a Twist (yellow)
and
Sister Act .... Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted House at Dies R Us

BOO!!!
Did I scare you...lol!!

This week at the "Dies R Us" challenge blog
the theme is "HALLOWEEN"


I made a 6 x 6 card, just perfect for the detail that went into this card!

I started my base with a textured card stock.
I "tore" 2 different designer papers to fit, from my stash

Using a Spellbinders Circle die 
(I think this was my very first ever, Spellbinders I purchased)
I sponged a moon using TH Distress Inks...
I cut my "spooky" tree from a shiny black "recycled" piece of packaging.

I used another recycled packaging piece that came with the TH Distress Stencils
and cut my "haunted house" from that!!

The fence with the crow and black cats were cut on a glitter paper

I added a witch and a bat, both cut using punches!!

Now, head on over to the "Dies R Us" challenge blog 
and see what beautiful inspiration my teammates have for you!!
Join in with us and you "could" win a fabulous gift certificate to the DRU store!!!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Scrappyland .... Halloween
and
PDE Linky Party .... Halloween
and
Try It On Tuesday ....Spooky
and
Cheery Lynn Designs ....Black and Orange
and
Pile It On ....Use 2 or More Die Cuts
and
Corrosive Challenges ....Halloween
and
A Little Bit Crafty .... BOO