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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tiny Treasure

Smiley from millan.net This would have been a great post for Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it wasn't quite ready.  Last week I was contemplating on what to do for my niece who's birthday is coming up in October. She loves Halloween and insists on a Halloween theme for her birthday party. Yes, it's true. This girl has a flair for the dramatic. Smiley from millan.net Oy! My sis has her hands full with that one, I'll tell ya.
Anyway, I happened upon this cutest treasure chest design. Smiley from millan.net   It's adorable.  And it was super-duper easy to create a DS file so my lil'bug could cut it for me. It could so easily be dressed up as something Oooky-Spooky or simply as a Something Special gift, don't you think?

I don't have anything for my niece quite yet to put in it, but it's the perfect size to stash something else that I've been working on...  Smiley from millan.net You see, my friend and fellow cricut crafter Kathy brought me a challenge last week.  She wanted...er...needed a Cricut DS/Gypsy flower inspired by the Sizzix 3D flower. Sure! Ok! I can do that...  Have you seen it? It's very cute!  It's kinda like those itty bitty, teeny tiny Primas but bigger.
Some, I simply spritzed with Shimmerz spray and while they were still slightly damp I made them up. Others I stamped with a background stamp before spritzing and making them.
To give you a better idea of their size, I took a shot of them here with a quarter.  They're not huge but they do have dimension to them. Here's another picture from the side so you can see that.
You can definitely play with the layers to make them flatter or taller but I don't think they'll ever be Flat Stanley flat, if you get my drift.  These are dimensional.

Well, that's it for today. Lots to do. I've been shirking my responsibilities... After dropping my son off at school this morning I took a run by Michael's. I had a 40% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket.  Sadly, they were all out of the pink ATG gun that I was interested in getting. Oh well. Maybe they'll get another shipment in before they take their pink display down.

Hope you all have a great day! Smiley from millan.net

  • Tutorial by Lori is found HERE
  • Paper: Halloween (K&Co)
  • Stamps: Midnight Feast (WaltzingMouse)
  • Cut Files:** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase. 
  • Gooey Border (all George), Trunk (all PlantinSchoolbook) 
  • Cardstock: Black Diamond (Bazzill),  Olive (scrap)
  • Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger), Black (Versamark)
  • Stamps: Text Style (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink: Aqua Mist, Melon Berry (PaperTreyInk)
  • Cardstock: white
  • Spritz:  Purple (Shimmerz), Silver (created myself)
  • Cut File:** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Flowers (all Plantin Schoolbook)
  • Yes, that big piece of paper will turn into a small flower. Here is a link to a Video tutorial showing how to put the flowers together.
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. Available in .cut or .gypsy format.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

WMS Sketch Challenge #15 ~ From My Kitchen

In between loads of laundry and a few other chores I happen to squeeze in a quick card today. WaltzingMouse posts their sketch challenge on Saturdays. I kept watching Claire's blog for the challenge and it wasn't there... and it wasn't there... and it wasn't there...  Smiley from millan.net
Then I remembered that they post the sketch on the Sketch Blog.  (Ooops!  My mistake.)  Of course it was there. Just waiting for me to find it. Here's what I cooked up to go with it:Smiley from millan.net

Smiley from millan.net I decided to use the stamps to make up some recipe books that might be found in Wanda's kitchen. I like how it turned out.

Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday. Thanks for stopping by.  Smiley from millan.net


Friday, September 17, 2010

WMS Blog Waltz! Halloween fun!

Good morning! Today is the Halloween themed WaltzingMouse Blog Waltz!!! {happy dance!!Smiley from millan.net}

This time of year is so much fun!  Halloween costumes and decorations are in the stores. (Yes, it's true that Christmas stuff is in the stores too but I'm trying to ignore that for at least another month.)  Massive quantities of "snack size" candy bags are available everywhere. Smiley from millan.net And the leaves are changing colors and the weather is cooling off.    Well, that's what is supposed to be happening.  We don't usually experience the changing of the leaves until November here in Phoenix. It's just not cool enough.  The good news though, is while we're still experiencing triple-digit daytime temps, the nights are starting to cool off a bit. For example, it's only supposed to be 78 degrees overnight tonight. {Heaven!!}

Y'all didn't stop by to hear me chat about the weather ...  Here's my project....  a fun hanging ball decoration:

I forget where I saw the idea but the one that I saw was made with cupcake wrappers.  In my minds eye I thought, wouldn't it be cute to have the cute "Wendy witch" on her broom flying past the moon in the night sky?  I didn't have yellow cupcake wrappers so instead I cut out some yellow circles, stamped them with the starry background and then ran them through my oaper crimper several times. Then I attached them to a Styrofoam ball.

 Wendy was stamped, glittered and layered over an accordion folded Lacy Circle layer and then attached to a wire which i pushed into the side of the ball.  You can see the ruffles of crimped paper in the above picture really well  And the Styrofoam too... oops! The funny thing is, you don't notice the Styrofoam in a normally lit room. It's not until it get hit with a bright light... like maybe a flash from a camera... that the Styrofoam is visible.Smiley from millan.net

Then to finish off the bottom, I cut out three Bats and stamped the flourish on their wings from the Vintage Labels 2 set. I heat embossed with white and then used my markers to color the flourishes orange, green and yellow. (Did you know you could color white embossed powder? I didn't until this project.)   Then folded them in half and glued them together to make them more dimensional. I ran a bit of embroidery floss through the middle and hung a stamped "Boo!" sign at the bottom.  I thought I'd like the little knot at the bottom but now that I see it in the pic I don't. I think I'll cut it off.  I stamped Boo! on both sides so if it spins you still see the word.

That's it!  Easy peasy!
I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by.Smiley from millan.net


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nurturing and Caring

Just finished up some fun little flowerpot pocket cards for the ladies that I visit each month. The theme for this month is nurturing and caring for our children. When I asked my sister what she thinks of when I say "nurturing" she immediately said gardening. (Thanks sis!! Love you!)

So, that's how this card came about. Everything is attached except the quote from the message which is a pull-out card.   And the cute little layered flowers?  They were a gift from my friend Tricia.  (Thanks girlfriend!)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you're all having a great day.

  • Software: DesignStudio, SureCutsALot, Publisher
  • Hardware: Computer, Cricut, scissors, 
  • Cardstocks: several no-name random pages from my stash
  • Other:  Ribbon (Michael's), Markers (Bic), Ink (Colorbox), Glue (ZipDry)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Trick or Treat! - It's a two-fer!

It's been a while since I've posted, huh?? Smiley from millan.net  Sorry about that. Life just keeps taking priority over my desire to be crafty.

I really do love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool down. And Halloween items pop out on store shelves! Before you know it, we'll be having holiday parties, bobbing for apples, and kids dressed in costume will be knocking on our door asking for candy. Smiley from millan.net

I had a few minutes this morning and wanted to play along with the WMS Sketch Challenge. And wouldn't you know, I works well with the CPS Sketch Challenge too!

Ok, so maybe if you squint your eyes you'll see it's a good match?
Here's a quick peek at the inside....Smiley from millan.net

You can see from this angle that I stamped a second Wendy out and popped her up on some dimensional adhesive and did the same with the banner that she is pulling behind her broom.
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. My pictures aren't nearly as crisp and clear as they usually are. Hubby took the camera when he left this morning so I was left with only the camera on my cell phone. The pics aren't ideal, but hopefully they are better than nothing.

Time to fly.... Smiley from millan.net Hope you all have a terrific Saturday! 

  • Stamps: Midnight Feast, Halloween Party (WaltzingMouse)
  • Patterned Paper (K & Co)
  • Other: Cardstock, shimmer mist (Tsukineko), glitter glue (Stickles), black ink (SU!), sewing machine