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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Day!

Hello Friend-o!

My Paper Pumpkin Kits arrived today and THE BEST THING HAPPENED! I put one of these cute pie boxes together at my craft table while my 11-year old non-crafty son watched YouTube videos about other people playing video games (sigh)... Just as I was finishing up by giving my pom pom a haircut, I decided to show it to him.  I said "look what I just made!" and he actually answered, "Whoa!"
 


So, of course, I asked MJ if he wanted to make one and he... wait for it... STOPPED THE VIDEO and made one immediately! Then he ran out of the room and threw it in his 13-year old brother's face... I try to focus on the small victories. MJ paid attention to me and STOPPED THE VIDEO to create with me if just for a few minutes. Here's his along with my box. I'll admit, he lost interest before the haircut part.
 

 
I'm planning on using these cute boxes as Thanksgiving table favors. I usually do name cards for the gathering, but this time, the boxes will be great. I'll add a tag for names.  Now, what to fill them with...
 

 
So, Paper Pumpkin was a little miracle today. Cannot wait to see some of the great things that people will make with the kit.

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Sweet as Pie photopolymer set (October 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit)
Paper: October 2013 Sweet as Pie Paper Pumpkin kit
Ink: Old Olive
Extras: October 2013 Sweet as Pie Paper Pumpkin kit
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Extravaganza Projects: Santa Stache Tags!

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I'm showing the projects from our Stampin' Extravaganza that was held Saturday.  This majority of this project was created by Loydean W.; Christine E. and Tammy J. did some work on it as well. Tammy J. and Melissa J. demonstrated the project at the event.
 


The two tags are a great way to finish off a gift. When they were working on them, they hung one on a wine bottle and it was perfect for that! The back panel says "To: From:" so it is easy to write on. For the event, they used Blender Pens and stamp pads for coloring, but if I were to do just a few, I'd opt for my Blendabilities that I've just ordered. smiley

I love the detail on this nutcracker. They did paper piecing on that one.
 

This is probably the best Santa stamp of the year as far as I'm concerned.


I hope you'll be able to make it to our next Extravaganza in the early spring. Keep your eyes out for the invite in late January or early February!

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what we used to create these tags:
Stamps: Santa Stache (wood $21.95; clear $16.95), Wondrous Wreath for the to: from: on the back (photopolymer $25.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP stack
Ink: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Jet Black StazOn
Extras: Rhinestones, Mini Brads, Whisper White Cotton Ribbon, Angled Tag Topper Punch, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Mustache Framelit
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Extravaganza Projects!

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We had our semiannual Busy Bee Stampin' Extravaganza Saturday and boy, did we have a good time.  We made seven projects and had a blast.  Out of the seven, I had a hand in designing three. The first, I've already shared on this blog back in August. Click here to see that post. This is the second one and honestly, my favorite of the ones I helped create.
 


I was pretty pleased with it. Carol S. was the one that suggested the stars on the cover and Christine E. really was the brain behind Ruduloph's nose. My sister, Sharon B. and Dianna R. got to be the ones to teach this project. I heard great comments from people. The customers seemed to like it.
 

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what we used to make this project:
Stamps: Holiday Home (photopolymer $15.95 *available in a bundle see below)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Under the Tree Specialty DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Extras: Homemade Holiday Framelits*, Pearls, Mini Brads, Lucky Stars TIEF, Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon, Linen Thread, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Tag a Bag Gift Boxes.


Holiday Home Photopolymer Bundle ($31.95)
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin Potpourri

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I had a challenge this week to make a Paper Pumpkin project that is not exactly as directed.  So I found a good sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, opened my box of leftover Paper Pumpkin supplies and created this card and envelope:
 





Enjoy!

Laura


These are the kits I pirated in order to come up with the project:

Stamps: August and September 2014 (Seriously Amazing & Boo-tiful Bags)
Paper: May and September 2013 (The Good Life & Wahoo)
Inks: July and September 2014 (Wish Big & Boo-tiful Bags)
Baker's Twine, Stickers: September 2014 (Boo-tiful Bags)
Moon: August 2014 (Seriously Amazing)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Santa Stache with Old-School Coloring

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I got my new demonstrator magazine and it had some cute cards in it and I've taken the sketch and changed up colors and stamp set.  Here's the guy:
 


I used good old-fashioned Stampin' Write Markers to color all of this guy except his face.  For that I scribbled Blushing Bride AND Crumb Cake onto a plastic sheet and used a Blender Pen to ... blend.
 

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Santa Stache (wood $21.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Pacific Point), Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Gold Metallic Encore Ink and Stampin Write Markers (Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight,  Hello Honey, Pacific Point), Blendabilites (Pumpkin Pie Medium)
Extras: Mustache Framelit, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Rhinestones, Candy Dots Brad Bases, Brights Candy Dots, Large Polka Dot TIEF, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For All Things Simply Elegant

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Our good friend Tammy was unable to attend our last shoebox swap, so she sent us this completed card instead.  While we sure did miss Tammy, this lovely card may have given us a little of her presence.
 


I have to say, sometimes, less is more and that is certainly the case here.  Simply Elegant Tammy!
Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what Tammy used:
Stamps: For All Things (wood $24.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cajun Craze
Extras: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits, Lovely Lace TIEF
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#hello

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I needed a thank you card for a high schooler today. I was in a bit of a hurry, I admit.  This card came together quickly with the help of a great set, great products and also a great sketch over at Clean & Simple Stamping.
 

 

When I saw the sketch, I immediately went to my Washi Tape Stash and picked something bold: Retro Fresh! To create the focal piece, I stamped and punched the image twice. I used both Coastal Cabana and Tangerine Twist.  I then cut the word strip from the Tangerine Tango stamped image and attached it over the existing Coastal Cabana words. Easy.
 

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: #hello (wood $24.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango
Extras: Circle Punches (2" & 2-1/2"), Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Santa Stache Nutcracker

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For the past couple of days, I've done projects using the Santa Stache set. But both of those times I used the Santa image. Today I'm branching out with the help of two online creativity contests.  Mojo Monday is providing my sketch today and the colors are from the people over at Colour Me...!

I love my nutcracker almost as much as Clara did in the ballet.  The only problem with him, is that his eyes look creepy in photographs. In real life they are quite nice.
 


        

Even though the Mojo Monday sketch has a scallop and a ribbon, I kept this clean on purpose. I thought it kept the design more masculine.  For the colors, I changed Hello Honey to Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight.
 

I colored the rhinestones with Coastal Cabana (for his eyes) and with Pumpkin Pie for the adornments on his collar and hat. I don't have the Skin Tone assortment of blendabilities so I used a Blender Pen with some Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake for the face.  To mix the color, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet and colored some of each color on it with a marker. Then I picked up color and mixed a little with my Blender Pen. It seems to have done the trick for now. I also just used a plain Chocolate Chip marker for his hair.  He's a bit mussed up on one side, but with a stache like that I can imagine sometimes hair cuts are not high on this nutcracker's list.

Enjoy!

Laura


Here's what I used:
Stamps: Santa Stache (wood $21.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Regals DSP Stack (Cherry Cobbler), Color Me Autumn DSP (oval)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black Memento; Blendabilities in: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana
Extras: Rhinestones, Mustache Framelit, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Ovals Framelits
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Santa Stache in Basic Gray

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I've got another Santa Stache project today.  My friend Carol B. did a great job coloring St. Nick's face, I did the hat.  Not bad on both our parts!  Gotta love those Blendabilities!
 


I used a couple of kits to finish off this project. The Basic Gray Tag comes from the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit. And see that snowflake there?  That is a stencil left over from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card kit.  (It wasn't designed to be a stencil, but who's gonna notice?)
 

In person, the glitter on the mustache and beard look pretty great.  I don't think I get a good image of that in this photo though...

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Good Greetings (Hostess set through 10/31), Santa Stache (wood $21.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Tag a Bag Accessory Kit
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Blendabilities
Extras: Dazzling Diamonds, Rhinestones, Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit (Snowflake Scrap) Mustache Framelit, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon

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