Monday, September 15, 2014

Trick Or Treat


Greetings Everyone and a big hello to my newest followers.

Honestly I think the new Impression Obsession dies are just darling,  I paired the Halloween Trick or Treaters with the Poppy Stamps Cute Cottage and then added the  Impression Obsession Icicle on the roof .  I tucked some small pumpkins, leaves and ghosts around the house.  I die cut a circle and added the fun Witch Flying to complete the design.

Impression Obsession  - Trick or Treaters, Witch Flying, Snowy Roof, Oak Leaves & Rake, Brick House (die cut piece under icicles)  & Pumpkin Patch
Poppy Stamps - Cute Cottage
Memory Box - Ghastly Ghost
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large (2⅜″) (Moon)
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics Basics B (4⅝ x 6⅝”) (Black frame)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pumpkin Gathering


Greetings Everyone,

A big hello to my new followers, I am always so excited when I see someone has joined my blog.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are enjoying the final days of summer.  Our weather certainly has changed, this morning it was 49 degrees with fog.  I really am not good using inks but I brushed the truck a little with brown ink to give it an aged appearance.  I created a mask using the Delicate Cloud Border for the background.

Materials:
Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Classic Editions
Papertrey Ink - In The Meadow Die Collection (set of 2)
Memory Box Grand Alder Tree, Small Alder Tree & Perfect Pumpkins
Poppy Stamps Delicate Cloud Border
Punch Bunch Oak leaf punch

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Season's Greetings



Hello and welcome to my blog, a big thanks to my two new followers, gosh I can't believe I now have over 200 followers,  thank you for joining me.

Today's design is on the early side for the holidays but it has been raining here and I am trapped indoors.  To create the Santa you will need to cut the arms and legs off and re-glue them as shown.  I used the coat from the Santa's Laundry which works great, and the sack is actually one of the beards.  I stuffed the sack with candy canes, gum drops and tiny stocking.  Under the tree I added two mice and the tiny train set. I borrowed the witch's shoes because I could not find a good masculine shoe die. You know trying to glue tiny die cut pieces is really hard, miniatures are fun but also a pain.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Memory Box - Train Set, Tiny Stockings, Tiny Candy Canes, Goodie Gum Drops,Gingerbread Precious Men, Little Mice, Frosted Christmas Tree, Holiday Hats, Beard Set & Gentleman Dancing
Cheery Lynn Designs - Witch's Laundry (shoes) Santa's Laundry (coat)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circle  3⅛″ (tree skirt)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Has Arrived

Greetings Everyone, a big hello to my latest follower, thank you for joining.  Today's card has a nice Fall theme.  I just die cut two houses and added some left over trim for one of the roofs.  I added a fun bare branched tree behind one house, used the porch from the Poppy Stamps Halloween Roof & Porch die and then tucked some leaves and pumpkins in front.

Materials:
Memory Box Village House & Perfect Pumpkins
Poppy Stamps Viva Tree & Halloween Roof & Porch
Impression Obsession Small Leaves
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Ovals

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brewing Up Some Candy Treats


Oh you know how I love the Lady Dancing die so I thought it would be fun to have her dressed in a pumpkin outfit concocting a delicious brew of Halloween goodies.   The table is created using the Taylored Expressions The Witch Is In legs and a Martha Stewart Dripping Goo for the table skirt and a few bats. Then I added the Grim Cauldron, Tiny Bubbles & Swirled Lollipops.

Materials:
Memory Box Lady Dancing, Grim Cauldron, Swirled Lollipops & Tiny Bubbles
Taylored Expression - The Witch Is In
Impression Obsession Pumpkin die
Martha Stewart Dripping Goo & Bat punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X & Matting Basics B (Black & Yellow Frame)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Have a Frightening Good Halloween & Halloween Surprise

Have a Frightening Good Halloween

Greetings everyone, thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  This design is really easy to create I just die cut the Happy Halloween from the border die with orange hologram paper. The wheels are from the Brand New Bicycle I attached them to the pumpkin then added the cupid in black.  I thought it really worked well for the card.  To finish I added a silver Border No. 3 Dee's Distinctively piece to create movement.

Materials:
Memory Box Happy Halloween Border die
Impression Obsession Pumpkin & Cupids
Dee's Distinctively Border No 3.

Halloween Surprise

Just a fun window scene using the Gothic Window.  I added the Dianna Border vine with a small Blooming Poinsettia and the Curious Cat. Inside the window is the Ghastly Ghost and Perfect Pumpkin a few Martha Stewart bats and spider web.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps- Small Blooming Poinsettia, Small Gothic Window, Dianna Border & Curious Cat
Memory Box-  Ghastly Ghosts & Perfect Pumpkins
Darice-  Stripe embossing folder
Martha Stewart - Bats & spider web punch

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Flying Witch & Midnight Ride

Flying Witch

Midnight Ride

Oh you know I really like the Memory Box Dancing Lady die (retired) there are just so many fun ways to create cards using her.  I used a Spellbinders Large Classic Circle for the moons and I found I had an old Martha Stewart bat wings, Jack O Lantern and bat punch.

We recently discovered some rodent had taken up resident in our attic, after putting rat/mouse traps and getting nothing I asked my better half to get up in the attic and take a look.  Well, over in the corner where the house eves are located was a nest with five baby Douglas Squirrels (picture below).  Now they are actually a native squirrel in Washington so I had him place the babies in a box and took them outside and placed them under a tree.  Sure enough almost immediately here comes the mom and she moved them all to a better location.  We found where the squirrel had gotten up on the roof and into the attic so now that is all sealed off.

Materials:
Memory Box Dancing Lady (retired) but you can still find them at on-line stores
Martha Stewart Jack O Lantern, Large Bat Wings and small bat punches (no longer make these punches)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Grim


Greetings everyone,

Today's card was very easy to create I was looking through some of my old forgotten Martha Stewart punches and found I had a vampire.  I die cut three Memory Box Birch trees and punched out the vampire, then added some bats and the words and I was done.

You  know Michael's Craft store every year used to carry a nice line of the new Martha Stewart punches for every season but either she does not produce them anymore or something.

Materials:
Memory Box Tall Birch Trees
Poppy Stamps Scary background
Martha Stewart Vampire punch  (looks like it is discontinued)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dangling Spider

Greetings everyone, today's card is a whimsical design, I don't know why but I just thought the eyes were too funny on the spider.

A big hello to my newest follower and thanks to everyone that stops by for a visit.

Super easy to make just die cut the Memory Box Creepy Spider in the center of your white card stock and use the negative part.  Then attach a piece of black card stock behind the spider and add two googly eyes, the Poppy Stamps Web Border and the words.

Materials:
Memory Box Creepy Spider
Poppy Stamps Web Border & Scary Background
Google Eyes (Michael's Craft Store)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Halloween Wreath


Greetings Fellow Crafters

A big Hello to my newest follower.  Thanks to everyone that stopped by for the recent blog hop and left comments.  I hope you are all well and having a wonderful summer.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Spider Web Border,  Small Blooming Poinsettias, Curious Cats, Halloween Roof & Porch
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles LG 2¾″ & 2⅜″
Stickles Orange Glitter Glue (flower centers)

My design today started with die cutting the Spider Web Border die with black card stock.  I then attached it to the top of the card.

To create the wreath I took a 2¾″ & 2⅜″ circle die and  I just placed the smaller one inside the larger and die cut them together using white card stock.  Now you have a nice ring to create the wreath.  Die cut 5 Small Blooming Poinsettias with orange card stock and 7 Curious Cats with black card stock.  I just glued the two larger flower pieces together and the two smaller pieces together.  Save two of the larger flowers to attach to the roof piece.   

Now start attaching them around the ring starting with a cat then a flower until you have the ring covered.  I also tucked a few leaves behind the smaller flowers. 

I am using the Roof die as a hanger for the completed wreath.  Die cut the Halloween Roof & Porch with black card stock and attach the two orange poinsettias at the bottom end of the eves.   Die cut the orange letters (SCARY) from the Scary Background die and glue as shown.  Now attach the wreath to the roof piece I just glued it where two cats sort of lined up with the orange flowers and then attach to your card.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Twinery/Poppy Stamps Blog Hop - Catching Sequins (closed )




Today's card is a simple shaker design, I stamped several clouds and dotted then with glitter, then added the cats, butterfly and vine.  For the flowers I rolled some striped Mandarin twine (The Twinery) to the centers and dotted them with glitter.  There are just so many ways you can use this fun twine.

Please hop along us! You have a chance to win a Poppy Stamps Frozen Flakes and Elsa Butterfly Branch die. The Twinery also has some goodies to win, Metallic Sampler Pack retail value $32.00.

Hoppers can visit the Twinery blog and the Poppystamps blog for more information.   Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for a chance to win.  (You do NOT have to comment on all blogs each day) The names are drawn randomly!! You have until 12 am US EST on July 30 to leave a comment on the posts.  The winner will be announced on July 31.  

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Dianna Border, Sitting Cat, Curious Cat, Delaney Butterfly, Cheviot Butterfly, Blooming Posie & Small Snow Cloud Cling stamp
The Twinery Striped Mandarin
Mounting Tape
Small Acetate box cut to desired size for window.
Colored sequins

You should of arrived here from Suzanna Lee - http://www.lifestrivialities. typepad.com/ blog
the next place you will visit will be Jennifer Cuthbertson - http://www.jencuthbertson. blogspot.com/.

Below is the list of people participating in the Blog Hop for July 24.  Please stop by their blogs and see what fun creations everyone has been up to.

July 24:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Halloween BOO


Wow it has been warm here, finally we are having a cool down.  Really I should not complain since most of the time it is cloudy and raining.

A big hello to my latest follower and of course everyone who stops by for a visit.

I am not sure but I am guessing this design would fall under the clean and simple area.  Very quick to produce just die cut everything and glue letters to each ghost, add the hat and pumpkin and layer the card with the orange, black and white framing.

Materials:
Memory Box Ghost Trio
Cheery Lynn Witch's Laundry (hat)
Impression Obsession Pumpkin
Poppy Stamps Scary Background (BOO letters)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Halloween Witches To You


Greetings everyone, hope you are all fine and in good health.  I know what is it with the Halloween cards.  I just keep finding fun things to design.  I die cut twice the skirt and then attached them together and added so stars.  I thought it would be fun to have a dangling spider and of course a witches means of transportation. Very easy and quick to design.

Thank you for all the comments and taking the time to stop for a visit,  hope I have gotten to all your blogs.

Materials:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large (for skirt)
Taylored Expressions The Witch Is In
Memory Box Dangling Spider
Poppy Stamps Sitting Cat
Cottage Cutz Broom Mini
Martha Stewart Dripping Goo Punch
Red Rhinestones

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Get Well Soon

Greetings Everyone:

I designed this card today for a lady who is having some health issues, even though I don't know her I hope receiving this card will brighten her day.  I am sure Edith will enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Materials:
Cuttlebug Tiffany Embossing folder
Poppy Stamps - Samirah , Murana , Delaney & Cheviot Butterfly
Memory Box - Petal Party & Adorable Posies
Pink Rhinestones & Half Pearls

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Haunted Fireplace


Greetings Everyone,

I am totally blaming the new dies from Poppy Stamps for my obsession with the Halloween theme.

To create this design I die cut the fireplace and then stamped a bronze ink color directly over the metal die which really raised the brick pattern.  I then added the rest of my Halloween characters to create the scene. On the yellow fire pieces I edged them with a red ink.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Classic Brick Fireplace, Warm & Cozy Fire, Spider Web Border
Memory Box Ghastly Ghost, Dangling Spider
Impression Obsession Pumpkin
Cheery Lynn Witches Laundry & Scare Me Cat
Spellbinder brick embossing folder for bottom of card.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spider Web Delight


Greetings fellow crafter's, a big thanks to my new followers.  Also, hello to everyone who stops by for a visit and those that have time to leave comments.

Today's card would of been a lot easier if I would have had a web die but I don't so I used the Memory Box Creepy Web ( which is a corner die) and die cut it 4 times then glued the pieces together.  The Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles was used for the center circle and I just trimmed the web once I attached it behind the circle.  I then added the Dangling Spider and the Happy Halloween words to complete the design.

Memory Box Creepy Web, Happy Halloween & Dangling Spider
Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles (I used the largest one)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ghastly Cottage

Greetings Everyone,

Today Memory Box and Poppy Stamps new dies came out I really like the Cute Cottage die.  I can already see lots of different ways to use it. (It has a Halloween Roof & Porch and Frosted Roof & Ledges that fit the cottage die)  If you want to try to win some of the new products stop on over at the Poppy Stamps or Memory Box websites to leave your comment on the dies you are interested in. (For every post on the blog between July 1-15 we'll be giving away a die to one random commenter.   Comment on any of the posts that you'd like to enter by Midnight US EST July 18.  Winners will be posted here on July 20.)

A big thanks to my new followers and everyone who takes the time to stop by for a visit.  Thank you for leaving comments, I try really hard to visit everyone's blog and see what fun and creative ideas you are working on.

Materials

Poppy Stamps - Cute Cottage, Halloween Roof & Porch, Fresh Cut Grass, Curious Cat
Memory Box - Small Alder Tree, Weathered Fence, Village Lamp Post, Ghastly Ghost, Tiny Bubbles
Martha Stewart - RIP, drippy goo punch
Spellbinders large circles (moon)
Spellbinder - Brick Embossing Folder (for cottage)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Purple & Silver Bouquet



Materials:
Martha Stewart Doily & small butterfly Punch
Marianne Design Embossing Folder DS0913
Poppy Stamps Massa Leaf Background
Memory Box Chloe Stem, Adorable Posies & Petal Party
Half Pearls

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Royal Chariot



Greetings Everyone,

Hello to my new followers and everyone that stops by.  Today's card design is for those that might have a little princess they know and need to create a card.

To create the carriage I started with die cutting some blue card stock and the Spellbinders Standard Circle Large (3¾″).  For the door opening I die the Classic Oval (3 x 2¼″).  To create the yellow oval frame I used the (3 x 2¼″) and placed the ( 2¼ x 1¾″) inside of it and you get a nice oval outline.  I just added a half trimmed oval white card stock (3 x 2¼″) for the door and trimmed part of the Impression Obsession Brick House roof trim for the yellow door trim. I added a lamp which I cut off from the Lamp Post die and part of a lamp to the top of carriage. I added some fun pink Plush Curtains inside the carriage. For the wheels I cut apart the Brand New Bicycle and added the wheels to the front, and layered two Vintage Bicycle wheels in the back.

On the corners I added the Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F dies in blue.  The horse I punched a pink Martha Stewart heart and folded it in half for the saddle. I die cut a second tail and used scissors to create a movement effect. Then I added a few pink rhinestones. The mane is a Tender leaf that I snipped with scissors.  The reigns are the Valencia Border cut in half.

Materials:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle Large & Classic Ovals Large
Memory Box Vintage Bicycle, Lamp Post, Valencia Border, Tender Leaves & Brand New Bicycle
Poppy Stamps Trotting Pony & Plush Curtains
Impression Obsession Brick House & Happy Birthday die
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F
Martha Stewart Heart Punch

Friday, June 13, 2014

Butterfly Trails

Greeting Fellow Crafters

My post today uses the wonderful Texture Tessatina stencil and some pan pastel caulk.  After coloring the stencil with some orange and yellow caulk I added two climbing Vines, some orange Small Blooming Poinsettias, the Delaney Butterfly and some fun yellow rhinestones to the flower centers and a red trailing rhinestone behind the butterfly.

PS I posted this over on the Poppy stamps typepad today for my feature project but the week I added it to typepad the software was having some issues and the picture looks sort of strange.

Materials:
Memory Box Tessatina stencil
Poppy Stamps Small Blooming Poinsettias, Climbing Vines, Delaney Butterfly & Cheviot Butterfly
Yellow & Red rhinsetones
Krylon Workable Fixative (to set the caulk so it does not smear)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monochrome Butterfly Design

Greeting Everyone,

Wow this is such a simple design only 5 dies and a couple black rhinestones.  I just want to say a big hello to my new followers and as always a big thanks to everyone who stops by and those who are kind enough to leave a comment.  I try really hard to visit everyone's blog and see all the fun designs and the talent is just amazing.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Samirah Butterfly, Murana Butterfly, Massa Leaf Outline, Trailing Vine & Climbing Vine
Black Rhinestones

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Do I smell Cake


Greetings Everyone, today's card could be used as a birthday design or just an all occasion card.  For those of us that have had dogs you know as soon as they smell food they hurry over to investigate.  I embossed the background and then added the window, shutters and doily curtains.  I created the cake and attached it to the cake stand then attached it and the dog behind the window.  To complete the design I added the flower box, grass and little daisies.

Materials:
Memory Box - Petite Cake & Scalloped Cake Stand
Poppy Stamps - Grand Madison Window, Grand Madison Window Shutter, Grand Flower Box & Dachshund
Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Grass &Doily Punch
EK Success Small Daisy punch
Colored Sequins


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Garden Butterflies


Greetings Everyone, Gosh I like the Big Splash Border but I believe it has been discontinued. It really adds a fun dimensional to cards, I die cut the Poppy three times to make it more sturdy, then added some Sakura 3D crystal lacquer and Art Glitter in yellow to the flower tops.  I wove the Holly Vine inside the flowers and finished with the two butterflies.

Materials:Memory Box - Big Splash Border, Holly Vine & Prim Poppy
Poppy Stamps - Murana Butterfly, Samirah Butterfly, Cheviot Butterfly & Delaney Butterfly
Pink Rhinestones
Art Glitter Yellow
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacque

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Butterfly Flight


Greetings Everyone, I don't use my Pan Pastel Chalks very much but they seem to work well with the new Memory Box Stencil.  After coloring the stencil I spray the finished design with  Krylon Workable Fixatif to protect the chalk, it sets the chalk so they don't smear.  Also, if you don't use the stencils to emboss I like to lightly spray the back of the stencil with Krylon Easy-Tack, it adds a slightly sticky residue that will stick to your paper projects.  If you need to remove the residue I use Goo-Gone.

Materials:
Memory Box Butterfly Vine Stencil
Pan Pastel Chalks
Poppy Stamps Petite Four Border
Krylon Workable Fixatif  (Michael's, Amazon)
Krylon Easy-Tack (Michael's, Amazon)
Half Pearls

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Simple Wedding Card & Elephant Ear Cookie Recipe





Hello everyone, just wanted to say thank you to all my new followers.  For those that might need a fast wedding card this design was quick and easy.  I die cut the center heart, attached the butterfly, popped on the corner pieces and added mounting tape to the back of the first layer.

Materials:
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Hearts & Matting Basics A
Poppy Stamps Delaney  & Cheviot Butterfly
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F
Mounting tape

For those that enjoying baking I have enclosed my version of the the Elephant Ear Cookie, one of my favorites, I have shortened the steps but you can also go to Martha Stewart's website and view the original. These are so good and go fast.

Martha Stewart Elephant Ear Cookies (really it is more like a delicious pastry)

Elephant Ear Cookies

Recipe
  • 1 cup walnut halves (original recipe called for pecans)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (from one 17.3-ounce package), thawed (I use Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets)
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet until fragrant and lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  1. Grind walnuts, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor until very finely chopped (mixture should resemble very coarse sand).
  2.  Place puff pastry sheets side by side on floured parchment; press together at seam to form a 9 1/2-by-18-inch rectangle. Roll out to an 11-by-20-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Brush generously with beaten egg, and evenly sprinkle with walnut mixture, patting it into dough. Starting with a short side, use one hand to roll up as tightly as possible, holding unrolled portion firmly with other palm. Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush as you are rolling, and press sides back into shape (they tend to splay). Roll tightly in parchment.  Chill in freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Cut crosswise into 1-inch slices. Generously sprinkle a work surface with granulated sugar, and coat both cut sides of dough slices in sugar. Press dough slices to flatten slightly. Roll out into 6- to 7-inch rounds on sugared surface, sprinkling more sugar on top as needed.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and bake in batches until golden brown, 17 to 18 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool on baking sheets.
If you get time to make this let me know what you think.

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