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



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Joe's Birthday Card

I had a special birthday card to make this week! Joe's birthday is Sunday and he will be 80!!  He is looking at me and saying what!!  I tell him it is only a number!  So he tells me he will remember that when it is my turn!  LOL!!  We are all going out to eat at a special restaurant in NJ that he likes, so before things get too hectic I got busy and made him a card.  For my base card, I used one of my favorite colors - Pacific Point.  I only had one layer on this card of Whisper White.  I used one of my favorite stamp set - # of Years and decorated the front using Grapefruit Grove and Pear Pizazz inks.



Then I used my Happy Birthday Thinlets set and # of Years with the Pacific Point CS.  I ended up cutting the Happy Birthday apart and inserting the numbers in between.   I really liked how it turned out.


I used the same stamp set to decorate the inside and the sentiment.  I really couldn't make up my mind what card I wanted to make him but I'm happy with my decision.  Our weather here is still being crazy with heat and rain but Sunday it is suppose to be nice, so I will keep my fingers crossed.  Have a great weekend.

I entered this post at CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #59 and Crafty Creations Challenge #371 - Anthing Goes.


Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy


Monday, July 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Eclipse Card

Today I have another birthday card I made.  I am in love with eclipse cards and saw this on Pinterest and decided to try it.  It is a larger size card than I usually make, but I wanted more room for my letters.  My base card I used Thick Whisper White CS cut at 9" x 6 1/4" and scored at 4 1/2".  I won't tell you how long it took me to figure this size out but I made it!!  Years ago I had purchase this DSP with pansies all over it, and I still have some sheets left so I decided to use it for this card. 


I used my Large Letters dies from SU to cut out the word Happy and also some thick cardboard to mount them on so they would stand out more.  I used the foam adhesive strips to mount them on the CS.  I love these, they do such a great job!  I then cut some strips of my pansy DSP and mounted then on strips of Daffodil Delight CS leaving a 1/8" border.  My Birthday sentiment was from the # of Years Stamp set by SU.  I actually had some yellow enamel dots that adhered on the front as well.  It's amazing how sometimes things can actually come together.


My inside was done in Daffodil Delight CS using the Better Together stamp set by SU for the sentiment.  I fussy cut one of the pansies and added it to my inside to dress it up a bit.  Today my daughter and her finance are picking up their RV that they just purchased, so everyone is all excited.  Everyone has lots of ideas where they want to go, so this should be interesting!  Hope everyone has a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Christmas in July

Well, I can't believe it but I created a Christmas Card - no two - today!!  This is a major accomplishment for me.  I rarely make Christmas cards, and if I do it is usually last minute for family and close friends!  I really don't know why, but I'm not usually into Christmas cards.  I make a lot of gifts for the Wellness Center, Jennifer and her friends but not cards.  I saw this card on Pinterest and I really liked it.  I said to myself - self, I think you have that stamp set and I did. Then I looked at the date and it was July 25th,  so it is definitely Christmas in July!!


I used Black CS for my base and Real Red CS for my first layer.  My second layer is Merry Music Specialty DP.  I stamped my trees from SU's Season Like Xmas stamp set using Old Olive for my first tree stamp, Pear Pizazz my second stamp and Real Red for the third stamp.


I made a banner for my sentiment from the Snow Place stamp set from SU which I popped up with dimensionals.  Then I attached a Mini Jingle Bell to each ribbon before I adhered them to the card.


For my inside sentiment. I used the Season Like Xmas stamp set and added a few little stars from the same set.  So I now have "2" Christmas cards in my stash!  YaY!!  We have had so much rain this week that even Hershey Park has been underwater and closed!  I hate to see how tall the grass will be when Joe gets to mow!  Hope you enjoyed this cute Christmas card.  It came together pretty quick!

I entered this post at CardzTV Anthing Goes Challenge #58. and Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #303 -  Holiday.



Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy




Sunday, July 22, 2018

Feathered Friends Thank You Card

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!  With all the rain we have had this weekend, I got to spend some time in my craft room.  I decided to use SU's stamp set Feathered Friends and make some Thank You cards with it.  I used Smokey Slate CS for my base card and embossed it.  My first layer was done in Blackberry Bliss and I stamped on Whisper White,


I used my markers to color them in.  I made these Thank You cards, but you could use these for any occasion.  I didn't have any matching ribbon, so I colored some white satin ribbon with my ink and dauber and it matched the CS perfectly.  I love this technique!


I left the inside blank so I can write a personal note.  It did take some time to color, but I really like how they turned out.  You could make these in so many different colors.


I'm working on another birthday card that I'll post in a few days.  Have a great week!

I entered this post at Addicted to Stamps & More hallenge #302 - Make Your Mark.


Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pretty Kitty Thinking of Your Card

I was looking through my stash and decided that I needed some "Thinking of You" cards.  I saw this cute take of the Pretty Kitty SU stamp set and decided to make it.  This is such a cute set!  I decided to use one of my favorite colors - Sweet Sugarplum for my base CS.  My layer was done in Whisper White.  I used my Stitched Framelits for my circles and my Spellbinders die for the Scalloped circles.


I used dimensionals to pop up my circles so that they would stand out a bit.  I actually found some ribbon in my stash that matched the Sweet Sugarplum CS pretty good along with some colored rhinestones.


I think they turned out so cute with all the different kitties!  I used the Count My Blessing Stamp set from SU for my inside sentiment along with some scraps of DSP.


Hard to believe that the weekend is here already.  We finally got some tomatoes and peppers from the garden.  The deer have been helping themselves to all Joe's hard work!  Have a great weekend and see you back here next week!

I have entered this post for the following challenges:

CardzTV - Anthing Goes Challenge #57
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes Challenge #301


Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Monday, July 16, 2018

One Wild Ride Birthday Card

Well, I'm still making birthday cards to have in my stash.  Today's card is made with SU's One Wild Ride.  I couldn't believe how quick this card came together.  For my base card, I used Basic Black CS and for my first layer More Mustard.  My second layer was made with some DSP in my stash that I cut vertically so the first layer could show through.


I used my stitched circle die to cut Whisper White which I stamped the motorcycle on.  I offset it and trimmed it down.  I ended up fussy cutting the other sentiments for the front of the card and then popped them up with some dimensionals.  For some one that doesn't like to fussy cut I have been doing it a lot lately!! 


I used the sentiment in this stamp set for the inside and adhered some extra DSP paper on the bottom of the card.  Well, I have quite a few birthday cards in my stash now, but one can never have enough I have found.  It is almost 100 degrees here today!!  Needless to say, we are not going far!!  Have a good week!.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy