Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Dude!  It's my daughter's birthday today. She finally received her party box and gift. I still have one more gift to send her but I'm trying to figure out how to mail it. I have lots to show you.

First I will show you the money card and party favors I sent her. Yes, she's a senior in college but she loves handing out little gifts on her birthday so I do it every year. 

Party Favors - These are filled with peanut M&Ms.

This next picture I tried to turn the cans so you can see other sides.

I also made sure the tops of the cans were decorated!

The background for the money card and the cans were made using 6"x6" template called Cosmic Swirls that I purchased from I love these templates. They make great backgrounds for all sorts of things.

Supplies:  Distress Inks in concord grape and orange marmalade; Black Archival Ink; various Halloween Clear Acrylic Stamps. I keep all my arcylic stamps in CD cases so I don't the stamp company.  Card: Tree Stamp from Stampin Up and blood spots by Tim Holtz.

This next card is her birthday card.  She loves Alice in Wonderland and I fell in love with Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland paper. 

I made this sign to hang from a door knob. You can hang it anywhere. She loved it. She has so many Halloween decorations now that I don't think she'll have to buy any!

Supplies:  Background is a piece of Halloween paper scrap; Tim Holtz grungeboard for the letters, numbers, bats, pumpkin and haunted house.

I started making cards out of tags. #8 manilla tags 3 1/8" x 6 1/4".  I stapled the ends and scored a line on the top so it will open easily.  These are Halloween Cards. The first one has a haunted house and when you push the button the lights go on and off in the windows of the house.  The second one has a raven in flight. I stamped it once on the striped paper and then again on card stock so that I can cut the raven out and pop it with pop dots.

Almost done!  I made two tags from Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland.  The first one is called "Off With Her Head" and the next is called "Who Are You?".

Thats it for Halloween for now. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this long post. Have a great Halloween!

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Witches Halloween Tea

Our tea time on Halloween day
Is oh so special in every way
The brew is hot from the cauldron dark
Over a roaring fire with lots of sparks
We rest our bones for our evening flight
On brooms we will soar to the greatest height
We sit and ponder on Halloweens of the past
And the hexes, potions and spells we have cast
So on Halloween night look up at the sky
You may see us on our brooms flying so high
But don’t turn your back on us this time of year
Black hats and cute smiles can be something to fear!
By Karenliz

This photo inspired me to write this poem.  I've always loved this picture. I've had it for a long time and I don't know where it came from. For all I know they could be nuns!  If anyone knows anything about this picture I would like to hear from you. 

Thats it for now!  Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Salutations! Saturday I attended St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Scraptoberfest for breast cancer. What is so nice about this event, besides scrapping all day, is that all the money raised does not support research. It provides cancer education, screening and prevention programs. It also helps individual cancer patients with specific needs, such as wigs, prostheses, medication assistance and free transportation to treatments and appointments.

It was a wonderful day scrapping with so many who love to scrap. I don't know how many actually finished any pages. I love to walk around and see what everyone else is doing.  Those special pictures, the perfect paper and embellishments and how they are being used.  The best part for me is looking at all the scrapbooking bags and how each one is so different from the other.  It's amazing the different ways all their scrapbooking supplies are organized and how they set up their tables. It was a fun day.

I actually didn't scrap. My daughter's birthday is on Halloween and I'm a little behind in making her "party in a box". This is her last year in college and every year I make simple favors for her friends and throw in some money for pizza or whatever.  This time I wanted to do a little more than usual.  I can't show you what I made since she has not received it yet but when she does I will post pictures.

I did make this card for my daughter. She is studying to be a sign language interpreter and it has been a lot of hard work. This year all her hard work has paid off and she's enjoying her senior year working out in the field.

I love these papers from Graphic 45, Steampunk Debutante. The colors and the graphics are beautiful. I can't wait to use them again.

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante
Black Card Stock; 5.5 x 5.5
Distress Ink: Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

Thats it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm Cricut Challenged!

Right now you can't see the top of my table because it's covered with paper, paint, embellishments, projects started and not finished.  This weekend I decided to play with the Cricut cartridge called October 31st. For all those who don't know what a Cricut is, it's an electronic die cutting machine where you can cut thousands of images from different cartridges. I don't know about the rest of you who use the Cricut, I'm either completely challenged or my Cricut has a mind of it's own. I think it hates me. It would not cooperate with me this weekend. It wouldn't cut anything I wanted unless it tore the paper.  After trying most of the weekend (new blades, different pressures and speeds), I was able to cut four Halloween trees, pumpkins and crows.  The Cricut and I are not talking right now. I will try again some other day to see what else it will allow me to cut!  After playing all weekend, I have this tag to show you.

Crow: Cricut Cartridge October 31st
Stamps: Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge
Cardstock:  Black (scraps); Manilla Tag #8
Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart-Vampire Mat Pad (Beware)
Ink: Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Fired Brick
Accessories:  Scrap of Halloween Ribbon; Stickles Yellow for crow's eye

I really like the way it came out. It's always the quick last minute projects at the end of the night that I end up finishing.


Here is another project I will share with you. It was a challenge on the Paper Wishes Message Board. It was called "Who Will Make Me" Swap.  A member requests a card for someone to make but the catch is you have to make it with their requirements.

Here was my challange: to make a birthday card for someone who liked black, silver, gray, bling, and on the modern side.  Here is my card:

Here is the close up of the String Art flower:

Stamps: StampUp
Cardstock: HOTP Card Makers Classic Creative Pack
Bling: Say It with Pearls
Accessories:  Dazzles, Silver thread, silver embossing powder, pop dots
Size: 5.5" x 5.5"

How did I do? It was a quick card and one of those projects where once you chose the cardstock it didn't take long to complete.

Thats it until next week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

With my tea cup in hand, I walked into my craft room today to make a few cards for World Card Making Day. I just received an order from Paper Wishes and decided to take their Vintage Rose Paper Pack and make Christmas Cards.  The papers don't scream Christmas but you know when you see a paper pack and for some reason you know exactly what you're going to do with it? Well, thats what happened with these papers. 

The next picture is the inside of both cards.

I cut black cardstock for both cards to 4.25" x 5.5". All the pattern paper is from HOTP from Paper Wishes called Vintage Roses Paper Pack. I cut the blue herringbone paper to fit on the front of the cards. The snowflakes are Dazzles and I put them on another piece of blue medallion paper and cut them out.  The silver word stickers Joy, Peace and Merry Christmas are all Dazzles, too. These I also bought from Paper Wishes.  The inside of both cards I just tore the medallion paper into strips and had one large snowflake left so I cut it in half and placed within the torn strips. What do you think? They were really simple and fun to do.

That's it for now. I will have more to show you next week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!