Saturday, November 16, 2019

Too Cute to Spook

I was playing with what's on my table before Halloween.  Honestly how does a onesie, a scrap of green stars and a spider web become a card?  But I know someone for whom this was their first Halloween and their daddy is a Halloween baby himself so I could get away with it.  I just love that I was able to find a tiny skull stamp to fit on the onesie.

Stamps:  onesie from Stampin' Up, skull from MFT, sentiment from WaltzingMouse
Dies: spiderweb from MFT, rectangle from Spellbinders

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fab-Boo-Lous Night

I'm working on clearing off my desk.  I know it never works but often I prefer to use the bits I find on my desk rather than clean it off.  Why I had a random Halloween sticker out, I have no idea but I love making Halloween cards.  I now have quite a stash and I'm thinking I might send out Halloween cards this year instead of Christmas cards.  I have more time at the beginning of October than the end of November when I'm trying to finish off report cards.  What do you think, would people find it strange to get a "Halloween letter" instead of the traditional one?

Stamps:  My Favourite Things Spooky sentiments - retired
Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Graphic 45 DP
Technique:  Heat embossing of the sentiment

Friday, August 23, 2019

Forest Friends

I needed a super quick card for my cousin's son.  He's turning four and he wanted a "Forest Friends" theme for his party.  Why do I never plan my cards in advance?  I make them but so rarely remember to sign and give them if I am organized in advance.  I wasn't sure what I had in my stash that would work but after much frantic searching, I found this image I had never used from Mark's Finest Papers.  I struggled with the colouring because the image is in no way atomically correct and so I struggled with how to translate the shading from the images I looked up.  I used MFT's sketch 448.  It thankfully hides the smudges at the top of the card as well as gives it some visual interest.  Bonus was that it allowed me to continue to work on my scrap pile.  All the sentiments came from Stampin' Up!  And yes, I had to run back for it but he did get his card.

Thursday, August 22, 2019


I had bought Tropical Chic from Stampin' Up! to make baby shower cards for my sister since she chose a Maui theme for the nursery.  However my good intentions never materialized and I did something much simpler.  This was the first time I broke out the set despite my nephew now being seven months old. This card is based on MFT's Sketch 439. Once I had stamped all the leaves I had a gap in the middle though so I pulled out the banner die from Concord & 9th.  I just happened to have the Mahalo stamp from Waltzing Mouse, which means "thank you" in Hawaiian.  I love the green, blue and white combo.  All the white paper was from my scrap stash.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hooray for your Birthday!

I had a rude awakening in June.  A friend asked me to cut out 500 1-inch by 2-inch music notes to make a collage for a retiring music teacher.  I said I would happily do it using my scraps.  The idea was that each note was to be decorated by a student or staff member in the school to represent our school community.  I figured I would probably have to use all my light coloured scraps to make it work, but not a problem.  When I had finished, I was no where close to using up my white scraps.  I had only managed to use enough to be able to put all my white scraps back in the folder that I had intended  for them without any needing to spill out onto my desk.  It's time to get back into crafting and more importantly, it's time to use up some stash!

I was trying to follow MFT Sketch 443 but I can't follow a pattern to save my life.  This card was a bit of a fluke.  I had decided to cut the purple DP and not worry about it if was straight but for the first time ever, it worked on my first try.  I then actually had to make something from it.  The yellow base was from my scrap pile as I am still trying to winnow down my scrap pile.  The die cut made it scream for a shaker card and they are very popular in my family so I pulled out some old sequins.  It's funny how eventually all our stash becomes usable.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Roaring Valentine

Can you tell I'm behind in my blogging.  I'm now posting the Valentine I made in 2018 for my youngest.  There's always so much going on at that time of year and I took photos but never got it posted.  I made 3x3 inch matchbox packets.  The dinosaur and images are from a Stampin' Up's retired No Bones about it set.  

This is what it looked like when you start to open it up.  I used a glue dot to keep it closed.  The valentine medallion was an old Studio G stamp.  I  wanted the "Roar..." sentiment to fit the flap so I computer generated it.

If you look carefully, the chocolate is a T-rex medallion that I ordered from the local chocolate shop.  I love that place.  I find that you can find pretty much any theme I want.  I use them a lot when I want to decorate birthday cakes to minimize how much piping I need to do.  Everyone is impressed with my Martha Stewart skills and I don't have to do much.

On the back of the matchbox is the label with my son's name and his friend's name.  These were lots of fun to make.

Monday, August 19, 2019

To My Favourite Muggle

I'm still sharing my Valentine's.  I'm only six months behind.  This one was actually made by my oldest son.  He's a Potter Head and was excited when I found these stamps from So Suzy Stamps.  I used mostly scraps for a 3x3 inch base.  He did all the stamping.  The golden snitch was heat embossed.  The local chocolate shop always has the little chocolate frogs available so I was able to get enough for the daycare without even doing a special order.  I love the fact I was able to share my hobby with him.  He then signed his friends' names at the bottom of the side that had the golden snitch and signed his name under the chocolate frog.

Stamps:  So Suzy Stamps for the Harry Potter images; Studio G for the "Happy Valentine's Day"
Paper:  Mostly Gina K's Luxury White scraps