Monday, October 27, 2008

I Want My Mummy!

Here is another CASE from Dannie's Designs. Don't you just love this sweet little mummy? I didn't have the lilac she used, so I just mounted them on regular white cards...I had to trim a little off the base to make it work. Colors are SU's Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Basic Black. Directions can be found here. Cut strips following Dannie's directions, then sponge in Creamy Caramel. Punch eyes from Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Basic Black. Assemble as in picture. Cut excess strips and sponge edges where strips were cut. Mount on Pumpkin and Black. So which is better, Frankie or Mummy? Thanks for looking! April

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Matt's Bday decos and cheap recycle

So I am cleaning up before the in-laws arrive and still stewing about Matt's birthday decorations...husband is on a penny-pinching streak. I don't need to buy the fancy printed stuff, but give me a little. I found cute Halloween themed plates with spiders, so I thought I would cut Mickey spiders for the cups. Of course, I don't have the DS yet, so I punched the Mickey icon from the Cricut vinyl and used a sharpie to make legs. I planned on purchasing the clear plastic cups so the punch would show through, but during my cleaning process, I found these yellow cups that were left over from my college grad party (almost 5 years ago!). We are not having a huge amount of people, so why not? I guess yellow could go for fall and Halloween, right? I am thinking about adding some inking, but I am not going to get carried away over a cup. Anyway, thanks for looking and I will try to post my other Halloween card I am working on during nap later today. T minus 6 hours before the in-laws arrive! April

More stationery boxes

Here is my last couple of boxes. I made these for my mom in law and Tony's grandmother for Christmas. I like the lighter colors. These papers are by Sixth Avenue and are available at Michael's. The base is Bazzill. Sentiments are from Michael's dollar bin or JoAnn's. Flower stamp from Stampin Up's Cause for a Celebration set. Leaf stamp from Mike's dollar bin. Colors are SU's Purely Pomagrante, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. Thanks for looking! April

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Two sets, Two looks

I finished the other stationery box and thought I would show you them side-by-side. I am a blue kinda person, so I like the second set better. The blue set is also My Mind's Eye Bohemia collection. It is just so yummy!

What do you think of the cards? I used the same elements on both cards, but in different ways. I like both and wanted to show you how the same embellishments can be used in a variety of ways. I also used an extra flower on the green card...I just stopped at step two. Don't the flowers match the Bohemia set beautifully? Thanks for looking! April

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stationery Box

Here is my take on Dannie's Stationery Box Tutorial. I was able to make this after printing her templates and watching her wonderful step-by-step video. Dannie uses all SU, but I don't have much of the paper or money to keep it up. I was able to match some SU stuff into it. Colors are: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White. I used SU inks and the paper for the top and some of the cards. The base of this box is Bassill because it has the same type of thickness as SU. Other papers are from Michael's and are called Bohemia by My Mind's Eye. They have a blue set that I plan on using for the next box, but all of it matches so beautifully. The first picture is of the standard cards and samples of the 3x3 card and tags.
The second is the complete kit. Inside the box is a place for standard A2 cards, 3x3 cards, tags, stamps, pen, etc. Dannie included a note pad, but I put a 2009 calendar in place of that.
Here it is all packed up for giving. I am really excited by the results and plan on making more for gifts this Christmas...can we say teacher gifts? Sorry the colors are a bit washed out. I will do better next time. Thanks for looking! April

Good Buy and Pretty Flower

Happy Saturday all! Okay, I admit, I stole this idea from Dannie at Dannie's Designs. Stampin Up offers a great five petal flower punch that she uses for this flower. While I don't have it, I found that Michael's carries a little bucket of Brides brand confetti flowers. They come in Ivory pearl or White pearl and cost $4.99 but I used a coupon and got it for less than $3. Each little flower has a little pearly sheen on them. I am working on coloring them and will let you know how that works out.

Each big flower is made from six little ones. The picture shows you what one flower looks like (top right), the bottom of the pic shows what the back looks like when it is assembled, and the the last is with the brad added and finished (top left). What you do is take two flowers and glue them together so the flower behind the top one shows the petals in between the top ones. Next, stack four more flowers and cut each petal to the center of the flower. Then glue each one behind the flower to fill in the gaps. The first two layers have five petals, the bottom two layers have ten petals each. I let them dry, then punched a hole for the gem brad. I will post pics when I finish what they are going to be used on. (I stole that idea from Dannie at Dannie's Designs!) Thanks for looking! April

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Birthday

Here are Matt's goody bags...I found these so cute bags at Walmart for a quarter each. I saw the little ghost and knew he was perfect. All he needed was a pair of mouse ears! I used my Mickey sillouette punch to make the ears then used a little white gel pen to highlight. The name tags are made from a Michael's $1 bin stamp and I think they are just great. Colors are SU!'s Basic Black and Basic Gray. Some orange ribbon adds a finishing touch. So easy and festive!
I also used the tombstone for tags on pencils my daughter is giving her class. I just stamped, cut and tied on. Very cute!
Thanks for looking! April

Monday, October 6, 2008

Birthday - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse style

My youngest is monster-sized obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We did a Mickey theme last year, but his birthday falls right before Halloween, so we decided on a Clubhouse Halloween Birthday party. We are inviting everyone to wear their costumes and we are going to play Halloween games and such. Anyway, here is his invites. I inked the grassy background. I made the clubhouse from Mickey's punch and a 2 inch circle punch. I cut a small rectangle for the neck and used a marker to make the windows. Yes, I am missing the shoe garage, glove balloon, etc. The Mickey is made from an acrylic set from Inkadinkado. I stamped him on his many colors and cut out to make a paper piecing. His party hat and sentiment are Studio G. I added some Crystal Stickles to the hat. Colors are SU's Green Galore, Only Orange, Real Red, Summer Sun, Whisper White and Basic Black. Thanks for looking! April

Saturday, October 4, 2008

If it isn't one thing...

It's another. I have been asking DH for better than three weeks what he would like to do for his mom's birthday. She lives in another state, so we need enough time to send it. Of course, he says "I don't know" and "I'll think about it". So I continue to nag. Last night (nearly midnight) I try again...his mom's birthday is Tuesday after all. He finally says "Can't you make her something or buy her a Starbuck's card." One, she doesn't do Starbucks...too high end for her and she is a gas station coffee type of gal. Two, like I haven't been asking you for the last how many days??? So I spend my Friday night racing around trying to come up with something. I wanted to cut some fabric on the Cricut, but that didn't work too well. I also tried using a luck there eiter. So, bust out the buttons and away we go. Not my best work, but what do you want when it is 11pm and it needs to be in tomorrow's mail? No wonder why I don't get much scrap time in!!! Tomorrow, I WILL get to spend some time scrapping...I don't care what else happens. Anyway, here is the end result of my mother-in-law birthday gift adventure. And the moral to this story? Never leave it up to your husband to figure out a birthday gift! It will only cause you more stress in the long run. Thanks for looking! April

Friday, October 3, 2008

Midnight Snack

Here is a LO from 52 Sketches...52 Weeks. It is Week 39, in case anyone wants to see the sketch. This is my youngest eating pudding VERY late one night. He decided to get up and since he and dad were up...well, you get the idea. No wonder he likes to get up with dad! Of course, I had to have pictures! You have seen this paper on a couple of other LOs. I used the leftover scraps to make this. Paper is from Hobby Lobby. The brown cardstock is SU's Chocolate Chip. Fonts used are: "midnight" is Base Camp, "snack" is Mickey, and the bracket is from George and Basic Shapes. The scallop behind the clock is from Mini Monograms. I punched a circle and made a clock face that is chalked with Cat's eye chalk in Chestnut Roan. I was going to sew along it, but I honestly forgot.
Oh well, such is life...besides, I am trying to get caught up on the kids, so I can get to a Disney album that has been waiting since 2005! My husband will be thankful when that pile finally disappears from the table...LOL. Thanks for looking! April