Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Yarn Wreath

If you happen to use Pinterest at all, you have probably seen the yarn wreaths aplenty. I decided to do my own, and this is what I came up with:
I chose a variegated yarn in order to achieve a multicolored wreath without multiple skeins of yarn. The leaves were in a pack at Michaels for $1.99 and the garland and plain styrofoam wreath were also from Michaels. The flowers are from Hobby Lobby.

The wrapping of the wreath was somewhat time consuming, but easily done while catching up on some favorite shows.The ends were tucked in at both the beginning and the end. Everything else was hot glued on.

All in all a fun and mostly inexpensive home decor item, even great for gifts.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oh, My Stars! It's Saturday!!

Hello all! I know, it's been awhile. But I am back with a new card for today's 365 Cards challenge.
The prompt this time around is:
Imagine This: Starry Skies
What does this make you think of? Let that show on your card.


The paper I used is from October Afternoon. On the blue striped layer, I coated it with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Glam in Grand Tetons, and then I spritzed it with October Afternoon's Sprinklers in Night Sky. The rocket is stamped using Market Street Stamps' Blast Off stamp set.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Owls and Argyle? Whoooo Knew?

So I finally have my card for the Market Street Stamps' Special Edition Block Party!!
I know I am cutting it close to the end, but sometimes {as we all know} life gets in the  way.
Anyways, here it is! I had lots of fun making it, especially since I have been working constantly on things for my sweet sister's baby shower coming this weekend.
The two awesome stamps that I used today are the new Night Owls set and the Argyle background. 
If you haven't gotten the chance to enter a project, you have until the end of tomorrow {Wednesday} night.

I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of your week!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Miss You!

Hello! Here is the challenge for 365 Cards:
So if you saw a card that made you think of the word "sophisticated" what would it look like?  That should be your card.

So, when I think of the word sophisticated I think clean and simple yet stylish.
How about you?


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Swimming for Katie!!

From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer.  If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight.  A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  Her first post about it is here.  The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file.  100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family.  Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support.  In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale.  Direct donations are also being accepted.  Information central is HERE.  This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button. 


 
The Keep Swimming Octopus is available in the following ways:
*A clear photopolymer stamp with free shipping for $5.50
*As a digi stamp with instant download for $3.00
*As a digi stamp with an SVG cut file for $3.50
The Keep Swimming Mermaid is available as a digi stamp with instant download for $3.50
The Keep Swimming Ribbon Fish is available as a digi stamp and digi papers with instant download for $5

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation.  The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today.  I hope you will be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate.  If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:


Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913


Or, just to donate, feel free to use the button below.


Here is a card that I used showcasing the clear stamp:


And here is the list of all of the participants for today:
Amy Heller 
Jackie Pedro
Julie Masse
Kecia Waters
Sandie Dunne
Susan Liles
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Arana
Lisa Henke
Lisa Silver
Lydia Fiedler
Lyn Bernatovich
Lynette
Maria Gurnsey
Meg Craig
Melissa Bickford
Michelle Woerner
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Robyn Weatherspoon
Sarah Jay
Sarah Martina Parker
Savannah O'Gwynn
Stephanie Washburn
Susanna Boyd
Tobi Crawford
Julie Lacey
Kim Kesti
Shemaine Smith
Danielle Lounds
Debbie Carriere
DoBea A.
Fran Gumprecht
Geny Cassady
Gina K.
Holly McMillen
Jak Heath
Javablustamper/Jacquie
Kimberly Crawford
Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander


Thank you!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Deepest Condolences

Today's 365 Cards challenge is:
Stamp a tone-on-tone background, so that the pattern you stamp is roughly the same color as the paper/cardstock it's stamped on.
In order to achieve this, I used VersaMark ink to stamp the Gingham background. I have not used this technique for a while, but have now re-realized how cool it can look. I will be doing this more often in the future!

Make sure to check out all of the other great challenges from earlier this week!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It'll be Owlright!!

Thanks for joining me today! There is a brand new Color Challenge over at the Market Street Stamps blog today!!
And here is my card:
I used the new releases of Argyle and Night Owls for the card. Both of these sets are super fun to play with!! They seem to constantly be on my table lying about.

There is a bunch more inspiration waiting for you over at the Market Street Stamps blog, so make sure you go check it out!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Trick or Treat!!

I am here with a tutorial today. If you haven't checked out Market Street Stamps beyond their stamp selection, you are really missing out on some great products that can be used for great projects.
What I made is a Halloween Banner that says Trick or Treat. I am really happy with the result that I got with this!!

Here is a list of products that I used:
Canvas Mini Triangles
Vintage Wallpaper background stamp
Sweet Spooks stamp set
Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
Momento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Lace binding tape
Coordinating ribbon scraps
Cut out letters for what you want your banner to say { I used my Cricut and the Storybook Cartridge}

First, I took my mini triangle shapes and stamped them with the Vintage Wallpaper background stamp using the Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad. The Distress Ink took quite a while to dry, so if you want to decorate immediately, I would use a faster drying ink, or use your heat tool to speed up the drying process.


I then used the Sweet Spooks stamp set to decorate the triangles a bit more. From this set I used the spider web, mini spider and Spooky word. I sporadically stamped the images and left some of the triangles with just the background stamp on them.
I then placed the ribbon scraps spaced out how I wanted them and sewed them on.
My next step was to use the lace binding tape to connect all of the triangles together. {Sorry you can't see the binding as well in this picture.} I left about 6 inches at the front and the back to be able to hang.}
Finally, I sewed the letters onto the triangles spelling out Trick or Treat.
And here is the final project.

I hope you all enjoyed what I made and don't forget that there are many products in the Market Street stamps store besides all of the super fun stamps!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wishing You a Wonderful Day!!

Here is today's card for the 365 Cards Challenge. The prompt for today is: 

to use 5 layers on your card, anyway you want to.

I used one of the 6x6 paper pads from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2: Rosy for all of the patterned paper. The scalloped circles are punched using an EK Success 2" punch and the circles are punched using Paper Shapers 1 1/4" punch. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up stamp set called "Bring on the Cake" and the buttons are from my button stash. The twine is American Crafts.

Hope you all enjoy World Card Making Day today!
 
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