Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Halloween Witch's Hat Card

Well, I have been busy making loads of leaves for the hospital and Wellness Center with my Cricut.  So while they were cutting out, I finally got a Halloween card made.  I wanted to use up some of my old Halloween paper and stamps.  I love Halloween and usually buy new stamps and then forget about the old ones.  Sound familiar?  I thought these cards turned out cute.


I used More Mustard for my base card with a layer of  Calypso Coral.  My DSP was Spooky Night.  I love this paper with all the potion bottles.  I stamped my hat on Very Vanilla CS and used Pumpkin Pie to color the buckle of the hat.



I used the Spooky Cat and Howl-o-ween Treat stamp sets, Seasonal Tags Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies and Spellbinders Circle Dies.  You should have seen my desk - what a mess! 


I love this sentiment and decided to add the spider.  You have to love Halloween!  The rain is finally giving up from the left over hurricane and the sun is suppose to come out tomorrow.  Yeah!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Friday, September 7, 2018

Monster Boxes for Halloween

As you know, one of my favorite holidays is coming soon, so I have been on the look out for things to make for Halloween.  I came across this adorable Monster Box over on STAMP YOUR ART OUT.  She does a really nice video.  She uses her cutting blade for all the cuts, but since that is not one of my strong suits, I used my scissors.


I have been sorting through my paper lately, so I had some old 12x12 DSP that I used.


I agree with her, the hardest thing about these boxes were getting the teeth right.


The green one was my sample that I made with CS, but since it turned out OK I decided to decorate it with the eyes and bow as well.


I was going to make a template for the teeth but once you do one the others seem to get easier.


Here's how the top opens.  You can put in some grass along with your goodies!  One thing I did find useful was after I cut out one and put the sticky strip on, I used it as a pattern until all the boxes where done.  Then I put them together.


Here is the other side of the box.


Well, these were fun to make!  I love looking at them.  So cute!  Have a great weekend! 

I entered these boxes over at Cardztv Challenge #64 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy




Monday, September 3, 2018

Blended Seasons - I Miss You Card

When this set came out, I fell in love with it and finally had a chance to play around with it over the weekend.  I needed a card for someone special and this fit the bill.  I decided to use Rich Razzleberry CS for my card and my layer that I used my die cut on.  I love that color.  I stamped the larger image on Whisper White CS.


I used Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry to color the image in.


I adhered the image down on my base card and then popped up the die cut with some dimensionals.  I decided on a simple white bow to finish it off.  For my inside, I used the same stamp set for my sentiment.  I just love this sentiment.  I  decided on some leaves to dress it up a bit.


I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  It was really hot and humid here and tomorrow the kids are going back to school with even warmer weather.  We never seem to get spring or fall anymore.  Is anyone making Halloween cards yet?  I finally sorted out all my DSP and sorted out my Halloween and Xmas paper.  Needless to say, I was surprise to see how much I had left over, so I'm going to try and limit my buying and use up what I have.  Did you see the word "try"??  I'm such a sucker for pretty paper.  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Decorated School Notebooks

I have such a great project for you today!  I decided to decorate larger notebooks for the kids.  There are a lot of videos on youtube with different ideas on how to decorate these notebooks.  In the past, I used adhesive to cover them but decided to use Mod Podge instead.  It worked out so well.  I covered the back of the book with the Mod Podge first and then centered a piece of DSP over it and just smoothed it down.  Once it had dried, I used my exacto knife and just cut around the edges.   I then turned it over and did the same thing to the front of the book and put the decorations on.  I let it dry and gave it another coat to make sure they were covered well.  I used my butterfly dies on this book using matching CS.


For this notebook I used my heart dies.


Rachel asked if I could decorate hers with some stamps.  She liked the Lotus Blossom stamp set, so I stamped them on Whisper White and then cut them out with my stitched circle dies.



Another one I used was the  Best of Flowers stamp set.


Here is a picture of the back of the notebook.


For the front covers, I did three coats of Mod Podge.  I used to use washi tape to cover the spine but decided to just leave them alone.  This was such an easy method to cover these notebooks, and I think they will hold up much better with the Mod Podge.  Our schools started this week, and Jennifer starts Kindergarten next week!  Can't believe that!  All the buses are back on the road as well, so we will have to time out outings again!  Have a great week!

I entered this post at CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #62.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Spiral Notebook Cover

It's hard to believe but school is starting next week and it's time to get all the supplies ready.  I am in the midst of covering different sizes of notebooks.  Today's post is for the small spiral notebook.  I saw this quick and easy VIDEO over at Simplysimplestamping and decided to try it out.  It was so easy to make.  Here are three different ones that I made so far.


This is a great way to use up your scraps as well. 


I had some of these notebooks left in my stash from last year.  I love the idea of making a template for the spiral.  And it is true that the front is different that the back.  So make sure you use a different template for each side.


I used CS for the back and my green glue to adhere them together.





I used a nail file to round the corners.


I had some extra monkey DSP which I know Rachel will like.


I covered the back with Chocolate Chip CS.


I didn't decorate the front too much as I know they will be stuffed in backpacks, so I decided to tie some twine on the top.  Now on to the larger notebooks. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy




Monday, August 13, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Thank You Cards

Over the weekend, I finished up making some Thank You cards that I needed.  With so many birthday celebrations lately one can never have enough Thank You cards on hand.  I decided to use SU's Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  I made two of each color so I have a few left over for my stash.


For my colors. I used Blackberry Bliss, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral.  I used my swirl embossing folder that I have had forever on Whisper White for my first layer.  My colored strip measured 1" x 5 1/4" and my centerpiece measured 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" and 4" x 3 1/4".


 I also used the sentiment that is in the stamp set.


I added some rhinestones on the Thank You banner.


For my inside panel, I stamped part of the flower.  We are in the midst of a steady downpour here with flooding all around.  No sun in sight until Wed.  Most of Joe's garden has been rained out.  It is days like these that I'm glad I am retired and don't have to drive to work!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wreath Building Cards

The other week I saw this video from Jennifer McGuire all about her new Wreath Building Bundle.  I thought is was so great that I decided to buy it and try it out.  It comes with stamps and 2 templates to use on a stamp positioning tool.  You can actually make the templates from CS in different sizes so you don't have to purchase the templates if you don't want to.  If you want to make your own, check out how the Paper Pixie made hers.

I have to say it looked pretty easy on the video, but it did take a few tries to get it right.  My first attempt looked like this.


I didn't position the leaves right, so I didn't have enough room in the center for a sentiment.  I also found taping my template down helped a lot, and after I finished one rotation before I started the next stamp I positioned my square CS so it looked like a square again.  I think that helped in getting the next flower/leaves in a better position.  I made two cards with different sentiments from the Thankful Banners stamp set.


I used Sweet Sugarplum CS for my base card measuring 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4".  I used Whisper White CS 4" x 4" for my layer.  For my colors I used Sweet Sugarplum, Pretty N'Pink, Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Pear Pizazz.


I left the inside of the Thank You card blank so I could write on it but stamped a birthday greeting on the inside of the Celebrate card from the same stamp set bundle.


I then decided to make envelopes for them out of the Sweet Sugarplum CS with my envelope punch board.  I used one of  the stamps in the bundle to decorate the back of the envelopes.  Jennifer also used Fun Foam to mount her card.  I never tried that before, but since I had some left from the girls crafts I tried it and liked how it turned out.  You could simply adher it down or use dimensionals.  I am definitely going to try some more stamp sets using this technique.



We had a busy weekend celebrating Joe's birthday.  Way too much heat and rain here in PA.  A lot of flooding in the area.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I entered this card over at CardzTv Challenge #60 - Anthing Goes. and Always Happy Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy