Friday, October 21, 2011

Trick or Treat

This year I've been in the Halloween mood. I've been having fun playing with the Stampin Up set "Wicked Cool" and my punches. I wish I could take credit for the idea of having the witches feet sticking out of the cauldron but I can't. I've seen several different cards like this online so I really don't know who the original creator is. These are the cards that I made this week. I added a "skirt" to the witches feet making it different from the previous cards I made. I think I like this one better. I made 3 of these cards as I plan on sending them off to my 2 niece's children. I think the kids will enjoy them & get a kick out of the witch sticking out of the cauldron. lol
Here's the first 3 cards that I made:

This next one uses a printed background made by Sherry ? I've had this background for years. I also added a rosette to it.

This next card is a punch card. I made the candy corn by lining up the colors and cutting out a 1” piece, rounding the corners & hand printing the sentiment.

Recently I mentioned to my Mom that I was making cards to send to my “Greats”. Normally she doesn't send out Halloween cards but after mentioning that I was sending cards to the kids, that she couldn’t get out to get cards for the grand kids this year as she recently had a fall. Of course I volunteered to make some for her. So now I’m not only making cards for the grandkids, I’m making several other cards too. lol These 3 cards that I made to let mom chose from use the CTMH Wicked stamp set. It's a fun set too! I hope she likes them.
Well that's it for today! I hope you have a Spooktacular day. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 7, 2011

More Cards for My Sister

I’m trying to complete the Thank You cards that I promised to make for my sister. I hope to make at least 12 cards to give to her. So far I’ve posted 2 of the cards that I’ve made for her. I finished a few more yesterday and thought that I’d post them as well.

The first card I made uses a Magnolia image. I added 4 of my Paper Roses that I made in blue. I also added some Stickles to them to make them sparkle. They are so pretty & I love the sparkle. I used my Fiskars “Threading Waters” Border Punch, the SU Decorative Label Punch, SU Small Oval Punch & the EK Success Swirl Punch. I also used the SU “Four Frames” stamp set as well as the SU “Lots of Thoughts” Sale-a-Bration stamp set (discontinued) for the verse. The ribbon is also from Stampin Up. The designer paper is from MME “Tickled Pink” paper pad.
The next card uses the tree stamp from Stampin Up “Season of Friendship”. I stamped it in Soft Suede ink & cut it out. I then punched out the various Maple Leaves using an EK Success Maple Leaf punch. I added stickles to the edges of the leaves & popped them up using dimensionals. The verse is also from the Season of Friendship stamp set. The “thanks so much” verse was from the SU “Tiny Tags” stamp set and punched out with the SU “Jewelry Tag” punch. I added the gemstones using my new Imaginesce I-Rock. I’ve had it for several months and this is actually the first time I’ve used it & I love it!
I made another card using the tree stamp from Stampin Up “Season of Friendship”. I stamped it in Soft Suede ink & cut it out. I then stamped the various butterflies from my new Fiskars Butterfly stamp set that I won in the Liftoff Challenge. It was the smallest butterfly in the set. I then cut it out & applied Stickles to each butterfly. The verse & leaves were from the Season of Friendship set. The leaves were stamped in Soft Suede ink & cut it out. (Talk about a lot of cutting on this card). The “thanks so much” verse was from the SU “Tiny Tags” stamp set and punched out with the SU “Jewelry Tag” punch. The ribbon is from Stampin Up. I also added the gemstones using my new Imaginesce I-Rock.
The final card I made yesterday uses a Stampin Up set that I’ve had for some time now. A Hostess Level 3 set called “Time Well Spent”. I stamped the flower, cut it out & popped it up using dimensionals. I also used my I-Rock to add the gemstones again. I also used my Fiskars “Leave it to Weaver” Border Punch & the “Scalloped Daisy” Embossing Border Punch. I think I’ll add a Thank You verse inside this card & then I can add it to the collection I’m giving my sister.
Well so far I have completed 6 cards for my sister so it looks like I’ve better get busy if I plan on finishing her cards.

Enjoy your day & thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

It sure looks like everything is coming up roses around here.
Recently I’ve gotten hooked on making these wee little paper roses. They are so easy to make. They look great & when you add stickles to them, they are definitely a wow factor. They are inexpensive to make and a great way to use up all your scraps. It’s also nice that roses come in so many different colors. The great thing is, I can watch tv & make roses at the same time.
I've put my finished roses in a glass jar so that I can display them & find them easily when I need them. Can you tell I'm hooked on making them? lol

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

I had wanted to post this on Sunday but unfortunately I didn't have my project finished in time to do post it. I'm posting it now after the event with a couple of pictures taken by my niece Natasha.

My sister Donna is a 3 times breast cancer survivor & more recently is recovering from Heart Valve Replacement Surgery. This year she decided to do the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday along with her family. Her husband Rick who has been so amazing in supporting her with all of her cancer surgeries as well as her recent valve replacement surgery also walked along side her. Both of her girls Natasha & Chantale, their spouses & children along with Natasha’s in-law’s did the walk too.
(This first photo shows my sister along with her 7 grandchildren - you can barely see Andrew. I blocked out the face of one child as he isn't one of her grandchildren.)
(The second photo is of my sister Donna along with her beautiful daughters Chantale & Natasha. Both photo's were taken by Natasha.)

It was a cold & miserable day for walking but they completed the 5 km run. I’m so proud of her & her family for all the support they’ve given her. Natasha’s nephew made up their team name “The Heroic Hooters”. Regardless of the weather, they had a fun day & raised money for a great cause.

I recently made this fun Pink Paper Shoe that I thought was perfect for this event.

Enjoy your day & thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 3, 2011

World Card Making Day

I’ve never participated in any of the World Card Making Day challenges before. This year when I saw Tami’s Progressive Challenge posted on the Fiskateer Message Board, I decided to play along.

I promised my sister that I would make her a dozen Thank You cards that she can send out to those who were so helpful during her recouperation from her heart surgery. This challenge is perfect for helping me get started on making these cards for her.

I also plan on making my Mother who’s turning 87 this year a card box for Christmas. In this box I’ll put some birthday cards for both adults & children (there are a lot of grandchildren & great grandchildren that she sends cards too), sympathy cards, thinking of you, Valentine, Easter, etc. I plan on giving her a good assortment as she is always sending out cards. So some of the cards will be for her card box.

Tags aren’t really my thing but this one was fun. It doesn’t count as one of my WCMD challenge cards though. Here's the tag I made using mostly SU products.
The 1st card I made yesterday for Tami's World Card Making Challenge. I used the Fiskars Butterfly stamp set that I won in the Liftoff Crop. I also used the med Round n' Round to make the flowers & added Stickles to them and the butterfly. The butterfly border was done with a SU wheel. I’ll add a Thank You tag to this card.
This is my 2nd card for Tami's WCMD Challenge. The elephant is a free digital stamp that I found online some time ago. I can't remember who's it is though. The flowers were handmade using the Fiskars med round n' round squeeze punch. I'm addicted to making these flowers. They are so easy to make. Plus they are a great way to use up scraps.
This is my 3rd card for Tami's WCMD Progressive Challenge. I used the Stampin Up Snowman stamps, added stickles to them, used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots & Snowflake Embossing Folders.
This next one is my 4th and final card that I made for Tami's WCMD Progressive Challenge. I used my circle punch to make the little roses. The Magnolia image is holding a rose which I originally colored with my Copic Markers. After making these roses I decided to add one of them over top of the colored rose. I also added some half pearls and a tiny tag that says Thanks (so much). This will be perfect for the cards I'm making for my sister. (2 done 10 to go lol)
It doesn't look to promising for us today. It's supposed to be cold & rainy. It did rain some during the night so hopefully that's our rainfall for today. At least they are saying the rest of the week will be nice. Well enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

2nd Annual Fiskateer’s Orange Blog Hop Finale Thanks

Thank you all so much for stopping by during the 2nd Annual Fiskateer’s Orange Blog Hop & leaving such wonderful comments. I really do appreciate your stopping by & taking the time to view my projects for the Hop & leaving comments.

I’d also like to thank Debbie (Fiskateer #2852) for all her hard work in putting this blog hop together & all the ladies who participated. There were so many wonderful projects & so much inspiration.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orange Blog Hop

Hello, I hope that you are enjoying the Fiskateers Orange Blog Hop. If you have just come from Lisa's Scrap Site you are in the right place. This is a stop on the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting.

If you get lost along the way or would like to start at the beginning of the hop or see the list of blogs participating in the hop, you can do so at the Fiskateers Blog.

After you are finished here, the next stop on the Orange Blog Hop is “the crafty neighbor”. I'm sure that you'll enjoy her creative ideas.

I am a huge fan of the Fiskateers and have been ever since discovering their blog/message board in April 2007. I really enjoy participating in their online crops, challenges as well as the day to day posts.

Last week I received the new Fiskars “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch that I won in the Liftateers Liftoff Online Crop. I thought that it would be perfect for a challenge that Cheryl (a Lead Fiskateer) recently posted on the blog. Her challenge was “to use one of your punches in a unique way . . . brand new to you.”

For Cheryl’s challenge, I used the “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch, Limited Edition “What a Nut” Squeeze Punch, Limited Edition “Strong as an Oak” and the Med Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch to make these two little “love nuts”. I saved the little pieces from the Fall Gatherings Border Punch & used them to decorate the “hats” and the border. The verse is part of a stamp (it also had a squirrel on it) that I got from Michael’s a few years ago. The faces were hand drawn. This is a new way of using my punches as normally I would toss the little pieces from the border punch away.
While I had my punches out, I also made another fall card using the “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch, Limited Edition “What a Nut” Squeeze Punch, Limited Edition “Strong as an Oak” and the Med Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch. I also used the same stamped verse.
Then I decided that I needed a card with a squirrel on it. I used the squirrel from my USX Shape Template “Woodland Trees” and cut it out of gray cardstock. I added a shimmer chalk to it to give it some additional color. The squirrel was mounted on the punched out mat from the Fiskars “Dancing Daisy” circle border punch. I also used the same punches used in the previous two cards.
I love how you can use the same punches and come up with so many different card ideas.

One of the challenges in the Liftoff Crop Sandy Fiskateer #1781 was “Lift a Lead”. Sandy chose a card that Tami made using an old map and page from an old math book. Instead of making a card, Sandy made a “Junque Journal”. I was inspired by Sandy’s idea of creating a junque journal for myself. Although I didn’t get it done for the challenge, I finally finished making one of my own. It’s definitely a neat idea & it is going to be a fun way to keep track of all my 2011 “junque”.
I used lots of bling on this junque journal. The letters are SU chipboard that I painted white & then went over top with a shimmery opal paint. I used Glossy Accents to glue them down. I also punched out the angel wings from the Fiskars Limited Edition "Love Takes Flight" Squeeze Punch and added them on either side of the letter "O". I also added some stickles to the edges of the wings as well as to the flowers. The flowers are a SU stamp that I watercolored & cut out. I also used the MS Butterfly punch & added some stickles to it.

I hope that you've enjoyed this stop on the Orange Blog Hop and have been inspired in some way. Don't forget, the next stop on the Orange Blog Hop is “the crafty neighbor”.

Enjoy your day & thanks for hopping with us. Thanks for stopping by.