Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Can you believe we are at the end of October already!?  Crazy.
We are trick-or-treating tonight...well, the kids are!  I stay back and pass out candy so I can see all the costumes :)

Here is my final Halloween Card for this season.  I have a Design Studio file for this card that you can grab through this link:

Once you have the medallions cut out (one at 4" and one at 4.5"), take your scissors and cut at each branch area toward the center (leaving about a 1/2" before hitting the center).  Then fold every other one up to fluff it out.  Adhere the two medallions together using a foam square.  Punch a small circle in the card base color and glue it to the center of the small medallion.  Adhere the bat on with a foam square and decorate the card as desired!

Cardstock:  Textured (Momenta)
Pattern Paper: Endless Summer (Momenta)
Stickers: Halloween Puffy (Momenta)
Die Cutting:  Cricut Happy Hauntings (Provo Craft)
Ribbon:  DCWV and Misc Twine
Button:  Making Memories
Pen:  White Gel Pen (Tombow)

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Remember my epoxy-like embellishments from Tuesday's P K Glitz Tip?  Well, here they are on my project!  I love how they have the perfect amount of sparkle, yet they are so smooth to the touch. 
Glitter:  Glitz in Celery and Crystals in Clear (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: Wonderfilm (P K Glitz) and 3D Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Paper/Letters:  Martha Stewart
Pen: White Gel (Sakura)
Punch: EK Success
Misc: Baker's Twine

Friday, October 29, 2010

Are you doing the December Daily?

Some of the girls on one of my design teams are doing the December Daily.  This is the first year I have heard of it, but it didn't take me long to figure out that I wanted to do one too!  :)  Since this is my first stab at documenting a whole month day by day, I wanted to simplify the album and keep each page similar so I create Day Blocks as well as a Journaling Block to use on each page.  If you want my downloads, you can click on the links below to get them:
(The Word doc has all 31 days - the jpg file will have to be modified for each day)
For my 9"x6" book I am using SEI's Kris Kringle Collection and I have each day as a page with the exception of 12/10 (Hannah's bday) and 12/25 (Christmas) which each get a two page spread:
Hannah, my 10 year old, has also decided to take a try at the December Daily project so she has been working very hard to get her book ready!  She will have it up on her blog once she completes! I am very excited to do this with her and to see her perspective on our days!

If you have a book that you are doing (or have done), link me up...I'd love to see it!  My 'intent' is to post each page in my book as I put them together in December...we will see how that works! :)

I am linking up with SEI's Link Party:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Holidays

Just a simple white card with layered stamping!
Pattern Paper: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock:  White (The Paper Studio)
Stamps:  Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Chipboard: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Jewel:  Pearl (The Paper Studio)
Marker: C1 Sketch (Copic)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Coaches Albums (x9)!

As a thank you to our tackle football coaches for all the hard work this season, I created albums with photos from each of the games along with a coach page, player page, and included a DVD of all the photos that I took throughout the season.  There were NINE books in total.  I was very happy with the finished books and the coaches really enjoyed them, which is even better :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday's Tip with P K Glitz

Tuesday's are among my favorite, one...they are not Monday and two...P K Glitz has a fun creating tip up each week!  This week it is my turn and today I am going to show you how I make my own epoxy-like glitter embellishments!

What you will need:
Wonderfilm or glue
3D Crystal Lacquer
  1. Select your embellishment.  I am using a monster that I punched from a piece of paper.
  2. Punch/cut a piece of Wonderfilm to match the size of the embellishment.  Peel off one side of the Wonderfilm and adhere to the embellishment. 
  3. Peel off the upper portion of the Wonderfilm and cover the embellishment with glitter!  Shake off excess glitter and return it to its container.
  4.  Cover the entire piece with 3D Crystal Lacquer and let dry completely. 
  5. The thicker you place the 3D Crystal Lacquer, the more depth you will get but you will have more drying time as well.
  6. Once dry, add the embellishment to your project!
Be sure to check back Saturday to see the entire project using these little epoxy-like glittered monsters!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Merry Christmas {already}

Another quick Christmas card!
Pattern Paper: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: Kraft (The Paper Studio)
Chipboard: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)

Creative Charms - Last Chance Deals!

This is the last week for the Creative Charms October Kit of the Month and the Deal of the Month. 
Be sure to check them out and for inspiration with these deals head over to the blog!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inspiration from Jingle!

If you haven't been over to Just Jingle you need to head over and check out her blog!  She is the maker of my most favorite doll in blogland, Scytale!  This doll is it for me, I just don't know if it could ever get any better!  I tell you all of this because as I was working with my October Kit from Tally Scrapper this little dress form with wings just jumped out at me!   
 Now, normally I would have cut right around this and used those wheels - but because of Jingle's daily inspiration I decided to go for it! 
So here she is:
What I like most about her is that she has a safety pin which allows her to stick to magnets so I am able to move her from place to place or just use her as a bookmark!  So thanks Jen for the inspiration to take a different step!  I had a lot of fun dressing her!  :)

•Graphic 45: Steampunk Collection Paper
•Graphic 45: Victoriana steampunk rubbings

•Black Safety Pins
•Webster's Pages: Bloomers, Petal

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Summer Memories

Have you tried Stephanie Barnard's The {Stamps} of Life clear stamps?  She has the cutest designs and the stamps are crisp!  They are one of the preferred partners with P K Glitz and they work beautifully together!  For this layout I used the banners4all set #9 stamps for the larger flags and sprinkled them with P K Glitz Crystal Glitter in Clear!  I also added a strip of P K Glitz Sticky Tape as a border and tied in the orange color using the P K Glitz Peach Glitter.
Glitter:  Glitz in Peach, Crystals in Clear (P K Glitz)
Copper Ritzy Ditzy Glitz (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: Sticky Tape (P K Glitz)
Stamps: banners4all set #9 (Stephanie Barnard, The stamps of life)
Cardstock: Earthtones-PA-0659 (Momenta)
Patter Paper: Scrapbook Pad -PK-2148 (Momenta)
Chipboard and Jewel:  Family Ties-ST-3264 (Momenta)

Friday, October 22, 2010


This is a layout that I made from the October Kit from Tally Scrappers!  Isn't this paper and all of the embellishments just delightful?  I love the vintagey feel that the paper brought to the layout!
•Graphic 45: Steampunk Collection Paper
•Graphic 45: Conservatory chipboard alpha
•Graphic 45: Victoriana steampunk rubbings
•Prima: Flowers, Belle Arte Nuveau
•Prima: Pebbles, Cailloux
•Making Memories: Glitter Deco Brads
•Pebbles: Candy dots, black
•Black Safety Pins
•Webster's Pages: Bloomers, Petal

This kit came loaded with lots of goodies and I will be back to share more soon!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You have to see this!

Have you seen the PhotoBook Creator by Unibind?  The PhotoBook Creator is a binding system for creating books at home.  It is so easy to use and you get professional looking books in just minutes, really!!  Once you design your pages (which can be photos printed on their TWO SIDED PHOTO PAPER (how cool is that) or paper of any type, like scrapbook pages you have designed), you line the pages up and place them in the spine of one of the Unibind books put it in the PhotoBook Creator and let it do its magic!  It takes about 1.5-2 minutes for it to bind...and that's it!  Then you can decorate the front of the book or even leave it as it comes!  I am so excited about this product and my family was very impressed with my book!  They even looked at it again the next morning!
  Take a look:

 Isn't it fun!  You will definetly be seeing more books...I am loving this!

Scrapbook Paper:  Endless Summer (Momenta)
Photo Book:  8x8 White Linen (Unibind)
Photo Paper:  Double-Sided High Gloss (Unibind)
Binding:  PhotoBook Creator (Unibind)
Punches:  EK Sucess and Tonic
Jewels:  Clear (The Paper Studio)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Decorated Blocks

I am still playing with the Holly Jolly Collection from My Mind's Eye and this time Gannon makes my blog entry with his ever-so-ornery spelling skills.  Since I like to keep my blog "family" friendly, I was not able to post all the photos due to some letter concoctions (and yes, he got in trouble once I excused myself for a giggle - that kid!).  I found these 1 1/4" unfinished wooden blocks on sale at Hobby Lobby in a package of 8 for around $2!  I picked up two packages, came home and cut 1 1/4" squares from scraps and built blocks!  I used Mod Podge to seal the paper so they would be more durable.

And here are some of Gannon's phrases
(which of course are much more funny in his readings):

and of course, the saying that the blocks were intended for:

Paper:  Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Chipboard Letters:  Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Blocks: 1 1/4" Item# 165662 (Crafts, Etc!)
Misc: Mod Podge, used to seal the paper

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Grumpy Gretchen Halloween Card!

Have you seen the new digi stamps from Digi's with Attitude?  They have the cutest witch!  This is Grumpy Gretchen, Sexy Witch!  I am entering this card as part of the Digi's with Attitude Challenge Blog, CHALLENGE #2 to use Orange, Purple & Green.  You only have to use those colors to participate and they are offering up some great prizes, so be sure to stop by and enter in your project!

Digital Stamp:  Grumpy Gretchen, Sexy Witch
Paper:  (SEI)
Markers:  Sketch (Copic)
Jewels:  Black (zva creative)
Ribbon:  Misc.
Pen:  White Gel (Sakura) and Black Multiliner SP (Copic)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Surprise

These Open Sided Boxes are perfect for Halloween surprises for those special trick-or-treaters or classroom parties!  I placed a piece of P K Glitz Sticky Paper behind the ghosts eyes and mouth and covered it with Black Glitter Glitz to give it all that sparkle!  The little banner was created using The Stamps of Life Banners4All set by Stephanie Barnard, isn't it the cutest!?  I just love it!
I have all the cut files below.
Glitter: Glitz in Black (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: Sticky Paper (P K Glitz)
Stamps: banners4all set #9 (Stephanie Barnard, The stamps of life)
Paper: Spooks Collection(SEI)
Ink: Black (Stayz On)
Ribbon: Misc.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trick or Treat!

I have been playing with the Thanks2Fall Set #2 stamps from the {stamps} of life and glitter!  You can customize the pumpkins with this set with different faces, just so cute!  Be sure to head over and check them out!  Using the Quickie Glue pen from Sakura makes adding glitter to smaller images, such as the bats, so easy!  I covered the bat in the moon and the word treat with the glue pen and then sprinkled black glitter glitz to cover!
Glitter: Glitz in Black and Meadow (P K Glitz)
Ritzy Ditzy Glitz in Copper (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
Stamps: Thanks2Fall Set #2 (Stephanie Barnard - The {stamps} of life)
Paper:  Bo Bunny
Ink: Olive Pastel (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Pen: Multiline SP (Copic), Bold Slick Write (American Crafts)
Misc: Fiber and Staple

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Remember When

One of our challenges last month for Scrap Within Reach was to use the phrase "Remember When" for one of our Design Team creations.  I used mine for an anniversary card:
Cardstock: Carnival Ride (Scrap Within Reach)
Rub Ons:  Afternoon Tea (Scrap Within Reach)
Ribbon: Afternoon Tea (Scrap Within Reach)
Punch: EK Success and Zutter Corner Rounder
Die Cut: Heart from Plantin Schoolbook (Provo Craft)
Pen: White Gel (Sakura)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spooky Tree and Frank Box with Happy Hauntings!

This month at, I am working with the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge!  There are so many great cuts with this cartridge.  If you like Halloween, this one is a must for you! 

I created a tree with some spooky spiders as a home decor item!
The tree (fourth key from the left on the bottom row of the overlay) was cut at 11" in both the normal cut as well as the Layer 1 cut.  The two cuts are made to be put together.  Note:  If you are hanging anything from the tree, you will want to cut it out in a heavy cardstock or chipboard.  I am using chipboard.  Once I had the two pieces cut, I sprayed the trees with a shimmer spray.
Next, you will want to cut spiders to hang from the tree!  What is a spooky tree without spiders?! :)  The spiders (with Layer1 and Shift on, 2nd key from the right on the second row) are cut at 5 1/2".  You will want to cut two for each spider you want.  Adhere a piece of fiber in between the two spiders as shown in the photos below:
Here is my completed project:

Cardstock:  Textured (Momenta)
Pattern Paper: SEI
Die Cutting:  Cricut Happy Hauntings (Provo Craft)
Adhesive:  Tombow Mono Dot Adhesive
Misc Twine

I have also created a little Frank Box as a DS file which you can grab through this link:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SO excited to announce....

***This is my second post of the day***

that I made the Creative Charms design team!
Here are the others that are on the team:
Diane Payne

Santa Tag

I love this Santa and I think he is perfect for Christmas tags!

Pattern Paper: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)

Chipboard: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Ribbon: Holly Jolly Collection (My Mind's Eye)
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