Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween!  I wanted to share with you two of the treats we made for the kids this Halloween.  The first is a "smore" kit that has graham crackers, chocolate bars, and ghost Peeps.  The toppers were quick and easy using the Warmest of Wishes and Teenie Tiny Wishes stamp set and the owl and moder label punches.  The designer paper is Frightful Nights.  These are going to be handed out to some of our neighbor friends.

The next treat is what we made for Aidan's classmates.  The idea came from Monika Davis, see hers here.  It recycles the brown packing paper that comes in our Stampin' Up shipping boxes and the clear scallop square die and Big Shot to create an envelope.  After gluing the sides I ran each side through the crimper and then punched out the moon and bat.  The owl is from the Warmest of Wishes stamp set and is then punched out with the owl punch.  The final touch is the greeting from the Teenie Tiny Wishes stamp set.  There's plenty of room in the packet for an eraser, pencil, and a couple pieces of candy (sure to have something for everyone to enjoy!)

Hope you have a fun and safe day!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wicked Cool - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  We had another weekend packed with family fun which included a rare October snow on Saturday (thankfully it didn't stick around but boy was it cold!)  Tonight I had to finish up the last minute Halloween projects for tomorrow so I thought I would use this weeks Stamping 411 challenge for the last card I needed.  This sketch is nice and easy which makes it easy to make multiple cards quickly and can be adapted for any occassion. 

This card uses the Wicked Cool stamp set, Frightful Sight DSP, Basic Rhinestones, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black 3/8" Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon (using the reverse side), 1 3/8" circle punch, and the scallop circle punch.

Hope you enjoy and have a happy Halloween tomorrow!

Happy stamping,

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fun Little Spider Halloween Greetings

Good morning!  We're just a couple of days away from halloween, where has this month gone?  Today I want to show you another halloween card I made for our family.  When the new catalog was released in July I immediately knew I had to have the Kidoodles stamp set.  The images are so cute and perfect for little ones and this spider in particular makes me giggle everytime I see it. 
This card is pretty straight forward, here's a list of items I used:

Kidoodles Stamp Set
Big Shot
Spider Web Embossing Folder
Frightful Sights DSP
Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Basic Black 3/8" Polka Dot Scallop Grosgrain Ribbon

This card is sure to please.  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Stamping,

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fun Little Spooky Bingo Bits

Today's an exciting day, Aidan has his first 1st grade field trip and is heading to Belvedere Plantation to learn the life cycle of pumpkins.  The funny thing is that I think he's just as excited to the bus to the plantation than the field trip itself (he told me this morning the bus is really cool because it has a bathroom, I guess it's the little things!)  Anyway, today I wanted to share the card I make to give my little pumpkin on Halloween.  Aidan loves getting handmade cards and is so appreciative of the effort people go through to make him something (soo sweet!) and I knew he would love some of the cute images from the new Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.

This card came together really easy with the new 1" square punch and coordinating postage stamp punch.  In addition this card uses the Frightful Sight DSP, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, and the ruffle is made with Cajun Craze cardstock that was punched with the eyelet border punch and then I ran it through the crimper a couple of times to help break down the fibers.  Then I just folded the cardstock over to make the pleats.  The final touch was a greeting from the Wicked Cool stamp set.

I love how cute this card turned out and can't wait to see Aidan's reaction.

Hope you enjoy and happy stamping!


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome Christmas - Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday!  I had a great crafting weekend.  I spent the last three days at the RemARKable Hot Retreat hosted by Janet Wakeland and loved spending time with some fabulously creative women and getting lots done (and very little sleep).  One of the things I had to do was make my card for this weeks Stamping 411 challange and what better thing than having the option to use a stamp set that I don't own for this challenge, in this case Welcome Christmas.   

The main image is stamped in early espresso, then I stamped the "Joy" saying over top with Wild Wasabi ink (which was stamped off first) to create a subtle effect.  The DSP is Holly Berry Bouquet and I used some of the yummy Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon.  The greeting is from the Perfect Punches stamp set and is punched out with the scallop circle punch.  For the accent behind the greeting I punched out a snowflake using the snowflake punch and red glimmer paper.  I had to cut apart the snowflake and attached the individual pieces behind the scallop circle so it would show up.

I love this card, very classic and so pretty in person with all the texture.

Hope you have a great week.

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Merry & Type - Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  Where has the week gone?  We have been running non-stop and Chris has been in California this week so we're really excited for him to get home tomorrow night.  I've spent so much time making fall cards lately I was determined to make something different for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge.   I loved the new Merry and Type stamp set since the July and I just received it in my last order and have been anxious to break it in.
I got the color scheme for the card from the Letters to Santa DSP (love it!) which includes Marina Mist, Old Olive, and Early Espresso. I also used the Big Shot to emboss the DSP strips into the Old Olive cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

I also used Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon and the Basic Pearls to accent the greeting. The greeting uses the Petite Pairs stamp set and the decorative label punch to cut out the cute greeting tag. I saw this great technique on Patty Bennett's website check her video out HERE! What a fun way to use this punch!
This card is very pretty in person, love it!

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kid's Holiday Class - There's Still Time to Sign Up!

This is a reminder that there is still time to sign up for the upcoming Kid's Holiday class.  Check out the flyer below for all the details and contact me soon to reserve your spot!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Picture Frame - Simply Scored Style

 One of the great new items that Stampin' Up! released with the Holiday Mini catalog was the Simply Scored Board.  Now I will admit I have a score board from a competitor but never really used it since it didn't seem to work quite right.  After seeing Stampin' Ups board at convention this summer I new I had to give this one a try and I have to admit, I love it!  It seems like everywhere you look people are making wreaths with these pleated circles (called lollies) so I set out to make one of my own to get used to the board.  After making about a dozen of these, which were a breeze I decided to make something different, so I decorated a picture frame which will match the grapevine pumpkins I made, check them out HERE!

Here are some close ups of the lollies and decorations (lots of buttons and ribbons!)

Here's a closeup of the greeting (uses the Day of Gratitude and Gently Falling Stamp sets, along with the decorative label punch).

I love how this frame turned out, now it's time to find the perfect picture.



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gently Falling - Sketch Challenge

 Happy Sunday!  What a beautiful weekend, I hope you were able to enjoy it.  I must admit, I've definitely am in the mood for fall and can't stop using the Gently Falling stamp set so when I saw this weeks Stamping 411 sketch challenge I knew this would be perfect.

This card is pretty simple because of all the punches used but is beautiful in person.

So here's a list of what I used:
  * Stamp set(s):  Gently Falling, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  * Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Spice Cake DSP
  * Ink:  Early Espresso, More Mustard, Pear Pizzaz
  * Accessories:  1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Basics Brads and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

This card sketch is so versatile and can be used for any occasion.

Have a great week!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

House of Haunts - Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday friends!  Things are happy in the Eichfeld house tonight, Aidan is in bed and we just watched the Phillies win (one more to go, whoo hoo!)  I'm back again with a card for this weeks Stamping 411 sketch challenge and decided to focus on halloween this week. 

The cardbase is Old Olive and has a piece of Frightful Sight DSP on top which has been sponged around the edge with Cajin Craze classic ink.  The main stamped image is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut into an oval and is stamped with the haunted house from the House of Haunts stamp set and is stamped with Basic Black.  Then I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to create a mask to sponge the moon image and house windows with Peach Parfait ink.  Then I took the circle cut out and covered up the moon to sponge the rest of the cardstock with Peach Parfait, Old Olive, Cajin Craze, and Concord Crush inks.  The border was created by using the eyelet border punch on a strip of Cajin Craze cardstock and then I ran it through the paper crimper multiple times to help breakdown the fibers.  Next I ran a border of sticky strip around the back of the oval and started pleating the strip around the back of the oval.  

The ribbon is Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon that was wrapped around the DSP and then used for the bow as well.  The words are from the new Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set that was punched out with the 1" circle punch and then matted with a 1 1/4" circle.

Such a fun card and so spooky for the holiday, hope you enjoy.

Happy stamping,

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