Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ScoreBoards Blog Hop

{ETA: I fixed some broken links down below; I apologize if you're receiving this a second time this morning!}

Good morning! You're in for a real treat today - it's another Blog Hop for Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards. Today's showcase is the Ruffle Cupcake Holder, which will be available in just a couple of short weeks!

You may remember that I showed you one of these previously. Today's picture shows you just how VERSATILE this die is! While my last one was understated and elegant, this one is full of whimsy and bling - perfect for a girl's birthday party, don't you think? In fact, the only thing that my two samples have in common is that I punched holes in each scallop!

This is really easy to recreate, and to create in bulk. It's a matter of just a few simple steps, starting by using some spray adhesive to stick together the matboard and felt (yes, it's felt! So darn cute!). I used my Big Shot with the ScoreBoard die to cut it with ease! Assembling this die is just a matter of putting in the bottom piece and adding some brads (I chose some really blingy ones here!). I punched the holes along the top with my Cropadile and added some coordinating Stickles for the finishing touch. You know what the hardest part was here? Just waiting for it to dry! (Is my crafting impatience growing to legendary proportions yet, or what?!)

I was over at Eileen's house a couple of weeks ago for a demonstration day and we made a ton of these! They look great all grouped together! I think I've mentioned this before, but when I get together with Eileen, my brain goes into overdrive. The ideas are flying around fast enough to make you dizzy if you aren't careful - and she came up with the MOST brilliant idea for this die. See, we were talking about frosting (take a moment to savor that) and how I was thinking about a way to make these a bit more reusable...Eileen's brilliant moment? To die cut these from plastic placemats! Of course she had found some really pretty ones from IKEA, so I quickly cut it and it was PERFECT! I am definitely going to be on the lookout for some beautiful placemats when I'm out and about!

Just wait until you see the talent that Eileen assembled for today's hop! Here are all the stops along the hop - make sure you stop and say Hi!

Laura Bray

Fabrizio Martellucci

Bonnie Bruns

Barbara Mattheisson

Denise Clason

Lorine Mason

Gabriela Delworth

Eileen Hull

Ann Butler

Candice Windham

Thanks for stopping by today! Be well,

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Last week's release from Papertrey Ink was just incredible! This set, Vintage Ornaments is just fantastic and has so many possibilities thanks to all the interchangable pieces. (And I personally think it pretty much demands at least SOME glitter!)

I started out creating a gate-fold A2 card from Hibiscus Burst cardstock and stamping the front with Background Basics: Retro. The patterned paper panels (from Holiday Cheer) were machine stitched, then adhered to the card front. A few dots of Stickles were added for a little more texture and visual interest.

For the ornament, I stamped it in Hibiscus Burst and Scarlet Jewel ink, cut it out, then applied Glossy Accents only to the decorative stripe so that I could toss a little glitter on that center part only. Once the glitter was on, I went back and added Glossy Accents to the rest of the ornament. (I don't know about you, but allowing it to dry is a true test of patience!)

To finish it off, I added a jump ring and a little sparkly elastic that I had lying around. I think it gave it a perfect touch! I used some foam adhesive on the left side only to adhere it to the card, allowing the card to open correctly. I've been trying to challenge myself to create some holiday cards that were non-traditional colors, and I'm pleased with how this one turned out!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Sizzix ScoreBoard Blog Hop - I've seen some peeks of everyone's work (there are more people joining us this week!) and you will not believe some of the incredibly creative things these people have done! See you then!

Be well,

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sliding in a little late...

Are you starting to think about Christmas? I am - and I love the countless ways that you can spruce up a plain brown bag, especially when you add something as beautiful as Lockhart stamps. The Angels that Karen draws are so lovely and surprisingly versatile. Here I used my Prismacolor pencils to create an angel that coordinated with the patterned paper that I chose. The best part? It was so easy! It would be nice and easy for anyone to make several of these in preparation for the holidays.

Don't forget, the Lockhart Store Locator is always available in case you're looking for a local source or online retailer!

Be well,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Morning, crafty friends! It's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, when we take a closer look at all things Inchie! You might recall me saying on the last Wee & Whimsical Wednesday that Inchie Arts had just introduced new Colored Inchie products. Well, remember how I said that I had a happy mail weekend? Look what else I got! The brand new Colored Inchie Squares and Colored Inchie Notecards!! :) There are five colors in all (ivory, dark creme, wheat, light gray and dark gray). Just look at that richly colored wheat! Ah, Inchie love.

So I pulled out my Lockhart Harvest Window for a little fall fun again (told you how much I enjoy coloring it!). The Inchie Notecards are a perfect fit for these window images, so I simply stamped this in Versafine Sepia, then inked only the portion that I wanted on the Inchie Square with Versafine Black Onyx (I wanted a slight contrast in the ink colors to help it really pop).

I love using Inchie Squares for the spotlight technique (where you color only a select portion of your stamp; you leave the rest simply stamped without color). It's such a quick, effective way to do this.

I hope you enjoy this and that it inspires you to create a beautiful Inchie creation! Be well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Were you as inspired as I was by the PTI Design Team Holiday Card Post on Nichole's blog last week? I love this project, and can't wait to see what the team creates each year! It's a great exercise in how to mass produce beautiful cards. I couldn't help but get right into the fun! I created these to have minimal bulk, because I wanted to be able to package them in some tins that I had (they're tins from Paper Salon stamps).

They're made from a card base of Stamper's Select cardstock; the sentiment is from Signature Christmas and is stamped in Pure Poppy. The embossing is from an embossing folder and my ScoreIt tool, then highlighted with some Stickles. Rounded corners gave it a finished appearance. It was a quick and easy look that I was really pleased with!

Packaged up, I think they will be a fantastic set to give! I'm so glad to get this head start on the holidays - but of course, Papertrey Ink always makes it easy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Lockhart Stamps have arrived!

Lots of happy mail this weekend, including my new Lockhart Stamps! I have been drooling over this new Autumn window since I first saw it on the website, so it probably comes as no surprise that I had to color it right up! I decided to stamp it four times on one sheet of off-white cardstock and color all of them with the same colors.

I spent Friday at Eileen Hull's house having fun at her demo for her new Sizzix Scoreboard dies. I guess I must have had these still on the brain when I got home, because I made a fun little discovery with the Notebook Pocket - it fits a few 4 Bar-sized cards!

Isn't that the cutest? Three beautiful notecards and envelopes in a sturdy, pretty case. I just love the way this image is showcased with this set - and I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at it. I know that I will be using this quite often (hmmm, teachers' gifts, anyone?). I can't wait to make a bunch of these!

Be well,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's A ScoreBoard Hop - Box with Flap

Hi there! Welcome to the first ScoreBoard Blog Hop! If you're coming here first, you may want to head back to Eileen Hull's Blogas she is the starting point today. I was so thrilled when Eileen asked me to join along on this hop, not only because she is such a great friend, but also because I LOVE these new ScoreBoards that she has developed with the fine folks at Sizzix. You've probably seen me use them before, but these are the MOST amazing dies - they are designed to use with matboard and chipboard. This fact allows you to make the most sturdy creations!

I am very fortunate to live quite close to Eileen, so whenever she and I get together, the ideas are flying around non-stop. So after we had lunch this last time, I asked if she had tried using felt with her dies. She hadn't, but thought it was a great idea - and look at how great it turned out! This was done by adhering the felt to the matboard with spray adhesive. I was so excited when I saw it!

When I was decorating it, I couldn't help to think how cute it would have been if it were stitched. I decided to try and peel off the felt from the sections that I wanted to stitch. It came off perfectly! I stitched it (with the wrong tension - darn it!) and ran it through my Xyron to re-adhere it. Isn't it the coolest? Just imagine the possibilities if you wanted to embroider it!

After re-adhering the felt, I added some festive ribbon and stamped book plate (Stamps - Boo To You from PTI; bookplate - Ovals from an old Sizzix die)to create a fun Halloween box! I decided this would be fun to send off to far-off family members for Halloween, so I filled it with a few candies that wouldn't melt in the mail. Self-adhesive Velcro was a perfect closure on this.

There is so much that you can do with this box! Beav already figured out that he can fit baseball cards in them, so he's requested a special one just for him, which means that Wally can't be far behind. As you can see, I'm going to be making LOTS of this one!

Thanks for stopping by today. Join us again in two weeks when we take a look at another die in this series (we are going to do this blog hop every other Wednesday until all the dies in this series have been highlighted - whoo hoo!). ScoreBoards will be available next month, so be sure to look for them in your favorite store soon! Here's where I get to send you on your way - your next stop is Ann Butler's Blog. Other participants include:

Karen Burniston
Korie B.
Eileen Hull

Be well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Good morning, crafty friends! It's almost time for another great Papertrey Ink release! Have you seen today's amazing Sneak Peek from all the designers? You can view it on Nichole's blog this morning! I'm so excited about this set, it's just fantastic. I know I'm going to get a TON of use out of it - and you will, too!

OK, so today's card from me features the sunflower image from Autumn Abundance. I used Prismacolor pencils to color in this image, and drew my color inspiration from the Chatterbox patterned paper that it is matted on. Adding a splash of Scarlet Jewel added the perfect richness and the kraft base lent a great rustic, fall feel.

I just wanted to give you a little heads up on tomorrow's's the start of something new! It's going to be a great thing and I'm really excited about it. See you then!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a nice weekend! We were busy here in my house, having lots of fun with lots of houseguests! More about that in a second - we have card details to address!

I think this Cupcakes image was my very first image from Lockhart Stamp Company. I remember seeing in my stamp store in Pittsburgh and just loving everything about it. I still use it often and smile whenever I pull it out. On this card, I kept is very simple, pulling my color choice from this fun Melissa Frances patterned paper. All the coloring is done with Copic markers and Shimmerz paints, and when you see it in person, it has a great shimmery shine to it. I am so happy that I pulled this image out to use again! You should see if you remember your first Lockhart stamp and create something fun with it today!

OK, so back to this weekend...

This is my crew at the National Mall this weekend. The Solar Decathalon is happening right now and it is such a FASCINATING event! It's sponsored by the US Department of Energy and it is a competition between universities from all over the world; the students create energy-efficient homes and are judged on a wide-variety of criteria. There were tons of rules that they had to follow and the competition was fierce!

This is the Penn State house. DH is a PSU Alum, and the boys' former babysitter is on the Penn State team; she's an architecture major and a leading force on the team. Her mom and dad are friends of ours and came into town to cheer her on. We got to spend a lot of time with them, too, as they stayed with us.

It was a GREAT experience - and perfect for my kids to see, especially since someone they knew was there. My SIL and her family came in on Saturday, so we went back down to explore a bit further. Our nephew is thinking about architecture, so it was very cool for him to see exactly all that it could entail.

For those of you who are off today, I hope you're having a nice holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends, and Happy Columbus Day (I guess we don't really say that, do we?!) to my American friends. Be well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

There is BIG news from Inchie Arts this week - did you happen to see it announced on World Card Making Day? Well, in case you didn't hear, Inchie Arts is coming out with New Neutral Inchie Squares! The hues are ivory, dark creme, wheat, light gray and dark gray and I just know they're going to open up a ton of possibilities for Inchie creating! Lisa has a great look at these new beauties on her All In An Inch blog.

So onto my card! I went to AC Moore last week; I hadn't been in quite a while. Since I've been working with my friend Eileen's new dies, I've been refamiliarizing myself with Sizzix dies. It was at the craft store that I saw this cool Movers & Shakers die - of course, it immediately reminded me of Inchies!

I used the Lockhart Rocking Chair for my focal image. I airbrushed the sky and grass with the Copic ABS and then used Copics to color the image. By turning the Inchie Squares onto the diagonal, you get a whole different look.

Here's a look at the card when it is open:

And because I'm so pleased with the way the image turned out, here's a closer look at the Inchies: (I just love the fall feel that this ended up having.)

I hope this gives you a new idea for incorporating Inchie Squares with your cards. Be well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Do you ever find inspiration in curious places? I love looking at packaging - and this cereal box quickly became 'right-click worthy' for it's unusual placement and beautiful lines. Does it speak to you like it did to me? :)

I knew that I had all the Papertrey Ink tools to make this inspiration translate into a great card, so I pulled out Kraft, Plum Pudding and Stamper's Select and got to work. For the flourishes, I used With Sympathy and for the focal image, I used Everyday Button Bits. Here's what that great inspiration led to:

I would love to see what you come up with! Send me a link if you use this inspiration piece (and we could even make this a regular challenge, if anyone is interested. Let me know!).

I hope this inspires you! Be well.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Treat Bag

I love the way that this treat bag turned out! The Lockhart potions image colors up quickly for an easy image for your Halloween goodies. I used Copics to color this up in a vibrant, spirited way and also airbrushed the background to add a little extra something. You can't see it here, but there are areas colored with Spica pens, too - really adding to the Halloween charm.

I've heard from a few of you that you're curious as to where you can find Lockhart images. Karen has a great list of retailers on her site; you can find them here. There are retailers located by state, internationally and online - it's a great reference. And if your local stamp store doesn't carry Lockhart Stamps, now is a great time to start! The new release is just fantastic!

So did you have a good weekend? I did, if a bit quiet. All my guys took off for the weekend to Watkins Glen (NY) for a weekend car race. I can't manage to breathe when my husband is racing, so I don't go. Of course Wally and the Beav think it is fantastic to be part of Dad's 'pit crew', and I think it is pretty special for them to build those memories. I spent World Cardmaking Day at Angela's Happy Stamper with Laura. We chatted with lots of fun people who were spending the day making cards, and we collected lots of encouragement cards for former foster children now in college and trade schools. It was a great way to spend the day!

Be well.