Saturday, September 29, 2007

Paper Pieced Halloween

There's no stamping on this one!
This was a little different for me... I found these images online, and instead of purchasing I copied the idea and hand drew the pieces. What do ya think?? I thought it turned out pretty good for my first try at drawing!

I found this cute little Halloween poem a few years back and stumbled upon it while I was cleaning. I just had to use it on a card, and this was perfect.

Here's the recipe:

  • SU Pumpkin, Yellow, White and Black CS
  • Bazzill Lime Green
  • Sizzix textured paper
  • Doodlebug bkgd paper
  • Black Sharpie and White Gel pen
  • Quickutz Candy Corn die
  • Making Memories Black Bats brads
  • SU dimensionals

Friday, September 28, 2007

Thinking of you...

I have taken a little break from my Halloween crafting spree... I'm kind of in a frenzy these days... I am starting up at the hospital here in town in just a few days! So I'm trying to do as much as I can because I know I won't have as much free time on my hands once I start working. Anyway, here is a simple card. I used Basic Grey paper--I think the paper says it all! Using decorative paper sure takes the bulk of the work out of making a card! On the scalloped oval I used a combo of Pomegranite ink and Gold metallic ink. I lightly sponged the edges and around the saying to give it a more antique look. Actually my first idea was to dip the edges into gold EP. But, its been so long since I have embossed I couldn't find my Gold EP!! Its buried somewhere around here. I probably won't ever find it in my heap of an organized mess.... *sigh*
Have a great weekend!

The recipe:
  • Bazill monochromatic CS
  • SU M Mustard, Vanilla CS
  • Basic Grey Perhaps paper
  • SU Sincere Salutations set
  • SU Pomegranite ink
  • Gold Brads
  • Ticket punch, and oval Mega punch
  • Encore Gold metallic ink
  • May Arts sheer metallic ribbon

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thanks a bunch!

I perused through my book of Lasting Impressions templates the other day and found cute fall themed templates that have never been used! With this card I used both a normal dry embossing technique and a reverse technique. The reverse technique is done by putting the paper you are embossing face up on the template. This reverses the line from being raised to indented. The pumpkins on this one were done with this technique. When I scuffed them (sand paper) I go over the indented areas just as you normally would and it creates a negative, if you will, appearance. The ground was done by tearing paper and sponging it with Close to Cocoa ink.

The recipe:
  • SU Buckaroo Blue, M Mustard, C Caramel CS
  • LI Cinnamon, pumpkin and fudge CS
  • LI Buttons
  • SU Linen thread
  • LI scuffers
  • SU Buckaroo Blue, and Close to Cocoa inks
  • SU retired Best of Cluck and Canvas bkgd stamps
  • Lasting Impressions brass templates
  • raffia
  • SU dimensionals

I have to say......

... that I absolutely loved reading all about your halloween costumes! The most entertaining ones that are stuck in my mind are the One Night Stand, and the Lost Puppy! If you haven't read these, take a peek at the comments for the blog candy. They are a hoot! Thank you to all of you who played in the Halloween Candy drawing!

And the winner is..........

I used a randomizer at to choose the winner! The winner for the Halloween candy is NUMBER 18! Here is the comment:

" melissa f said...
The funniest costume I have worm was a giant apple suit. I was an apple and my husband was the farmer. Thinking back I cannot believe I wore that. I have gotten so many great ideas from your blog for Halloween. Thanks"


Melissa F please contact me at so I can send your gift!

If the winner hasn't emailed me by Friday Sept 28, 2007 by midnight I will be posting another winner...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If The Shoe Fits!

I started digging through my craft stash and stumbled over my Lasting Impressions Halloween brass templates. I have collected so many of them over the years. Sometimes its hard to choose which ones I want to use! I love these witchy feet! They are super cute! I used a combo of SU papers and LI papers, some stickles and brads. I didn't dry emboss the shoes. The stockings were dry embossed and then I put the stickles over the top. The saying is dry embossed and sponged with Green Galore ink. I can't imagine sending this out to someone unless they had a really good sense of humor! LOL It's cute though.

The witchy recipe:
  • SU Eggplant, B Black, LI grape, Apple green, pumpkin CS
  • SU green galore ink
  • sponge
  • LI Brads
  • Stickles
  • Lasting impressions templates (2)
  • Lasting Impressions scuffers (sand paper)
  • light box and stylus
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders

Monday, September 24, 2007

Halloween Candy!

Here is a basket of goodies I have up for grabs. Some of these are items I have made, the stamps in the bottom row are the new Michael's $1 stamps.. Also included are candy corn shaped playing cards (not shown--down in basket :( ), alpha stamps, and the frankie notepad. The candies in the wrapped box are Milk Duds.... Leave me a comment on this post and tell me the funniest Halloween costume you have seen or worn. When you leave your comment, please use a last name initial, or another ID. In this drawing I will be using a number randomizer to draw a name. Leave your comment by September 25, 2007 before midnight. I will post the winner!! Good luck!

Halloween Candy Box

This little box was quick and easy to make. You can find the directions HERE. These would be great to make for party favors... or something for the kids at school... They look difficult to make but are fairly simple.

The recipe:
  • Acetate sheets
  • DCWV Halloween cardstock
  • SU Pumpkin and W White CS
  • Booglie Eyes set
  • Stickles
  • SU markers
  • SU Black ink
  • Tacky Tape (red tape), or Pioneer tape work good for adhering the acetate together
  • Ribbon
  • Peanut M & M's

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Halloween candy pots

I just thought I'd share these little guys. I made these a couple years ago. I'm not much of a painter, but these are really fun to make. I used 4 inch clay pots. They were glued together using E6000. Also included are spoon sticks, spools, tear drop shapes, wigglie eyes. Frankie is a little scraped up from being used so much! On the mummy, I used torn strips of muslin. Muslin is hard to wrap to shape the pot so you have to twist and glue, twist and glue--very challenging! The strips are sponged with SU Close to Cocoa ink. I suppose I could have done more with the face--oh well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ghoul's Night Out!

Oh boy, I had fun with this one! The best part of this project was breaking out the chocolate!! I filled this one with Hershey's Miniatures, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The ghost is a covered Tootsie Roll pop. It always seems like I have almost every candy to give out around Halloween. We get so many trick-or-treaters that I have to buy TONS of candy... This is a good thing! That means I have a reason to make more Halloween goodies! :) I absolutely love how this one turned out. It's not at all what I had imagined when I first started...
The black band around the middle is can't see it very well with the photo...

The Ghoulish recipe:

  • SU Pumpkin and B Black, W White CS
  • SU Pumpkin and B Black inks
  • coffee filter
  • Ghouls night out sticker from Walmart
  • SU Batty For You wheel, and Booglie Eyes, and retired Fun Faces stamp sets
  • SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Crimper
  • Martha Stewart ribbon, SU Gingham, and sparkly ribbon(from a share with Jody Morrow--can't remember the name of the maker)
  • Making Memories bat brads

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Witch Is In!

I worked on on this little refrigerator notepad today. I found these images in the Michael's $1 bin. They have cute halloween and fall stamps! I'm feelin' some blog candy coming on! This little fridge pad has magnets on the back.
The length of the pad is 8.5 inches.

The witchy recipe:
  • Michaels $1 stamps
  • sizzix tag cuts
  • SU Green Galore, B Black, W White CS
  • SU B Black ink
  • KI Memories ribbon and unknown ribbon
  • SU markers
  • Stickles--black, yellow, purple

Thursday, September 13, 2007

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Thanks card

I had to steer away from my Halloween frenzy for a bit to make a thank you card. I have had this Linen Designer paper sitting around for a while and finally decided to use it. I also pulled out my Technique Tuesday line designs. I REALLY love this set! The more I used the stitching stamp the more I fell in love with it. I am also an avid quilter, so actually using my sewing machine for paper stitching is unfathomable to me. It ruins the machine and dries the shaft up which, in turn, can cause it to make some really funky noises! But in any case I really LOVE this stitching stamp. I also love it because I don't have to find different colors of thread (another thing I would have to collect all colors of, of course) to use for stitching. In any case, I can definitely see me using this fun stamp alot in the future!

The recipe:
  • SU Choc Chip, Cameo Coral, Vanilla, Creamy Caramel CS and Linen Designer Paper
  • SU Choc Chip, Cameo Coral inks
  • SU Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set
  • Technique Tuesday's stitching set (don't know the name off hand)
  • Paper Trey's Paper Tray Stamp set
  • Martha Stewart ribbon
  • MM Antique copper brads

Friday, September 7, 2007

Halloween Popcorn Bags

Ok, first of all I have to confess.... I NEVER make things for Halloween!! I have purchased and purchased, but with me being in college for the past 4 years, my crafts have taken a back seat. And my mind is going crazy with all sorts of ideas for Halloween. So hang on because I have quite a few ideas I have to put to paper!! In the meantime, here are these cool little treats.....

These are fun to give out this time of year! This microwave popcorn pack is regular sized. Around Halloween there are the mini size popcorn packs for sale. This size shown takes 1/2 sheet of cardstock.

The recipe for Frankie and Dracula:
  • SU Elegant Eggplant, W White, B Black CS
  • SU Booglie Eyes and Halloween backgrounds stamp sets
  • Martha Stewart ribbon
  • SU Black, Eggplant, Wasabi, Celery inks and refills
  • aqua painter and blender pen refill
The Recipe for Orange witch:
  • SU Pumpkin, B Black, W White CS, Bazzill Lime green CS
  • SU B Black, O Orange, Eggplant, Green Galore, M Mustard inks and refills
  • aqua painter and blender refill
  • SU Booglie Eyes, Tags so much, Halloween Backgrounds sets
  • SU lg and sm tag punches ribbon from
  • Michaels ribbon and cord from Martha Stewart

The recipe for Poppin Ghost:

  • SU Pumpkin, Saffron, Eggplant, Gable Green, W White, B Black CS
  • SU Spooky Skyline wheel
  • SU retired Just Flying By
  • Sizzix Ghost die and cuts
  • Quickutz popcorn die and cuts
  • Xyron Machine and Dazzling Diamonds glitter

For the ghost, just take the die cut and run it through your Xyron, peel the paper back and cover with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I put a small piece of black CS on the back for the eyes.


Treat Pouches

Here are some really cute treat pouches. This is the same as the pencil pouch pattern only shorter. I used 1/4 sheet cardstock. If you score them at 1 7/8 and 1 7/8 you get a 1/2 inch left over. The half inch is used for the fold over closure. The bottom is also sealed with craft tape. The ends are crimped. The hole at the top was made using a circle punch, only cutting out 1/2 circle. I stuffed Extra gum into these ones. I'm sure you could put large tootsie rolls, pixie sticks, licorice, or anything of the like in them. They are quick and easy to make!

The recipe:
  • Lime and Pink Bazzill CS
  • SU W White and B Black CS
  • SU Halloween backgrounds, Booglie Eyes, and Batty For You sets
  • Memory Makers double circle punch
  • SU Small and Large Tag Punches
  • Crimper
  • Wiggle eyes
  • May Arts sheer dot and SU gingham ribbon
  • Martha Stewart green and white cord

Halloween note pad

This little note pad was super easy to make. The note pad came in a 2-pack from Target. I purchased a TON of these little guys a long time ago and I'm just now decorating them! I never had the time to do it. I thought it would be fun to decorate one for Halloween.

The recipe:
  • Black bound note pad from Target
  • Bo Bunny bkgd paper
  • SU W White, B Black CS
  • SU O Orange refill and aqua painter dipped in blender refill
  • Ribbon from Martha Stewart
  • Making Memories Bat Brads
  • SU Booglie Eyes Set

After folding and gluing the bkgd paper, I put a piece of B Black CS (fit to size) just on the inside cover over the seams. I love the fact that the word MUMMY pops out at you! That wasn't even planned!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Great Laugh For The Day!

I found this one over at Christie Ortman's blog. It's absolutely hilarious!! A must-read for anyone with kids!!! Check it out here! Sorry if this is a repeat for some of you, but I just couldn't resist.. TOO FUNNY!!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Have you ever had this?

I have been having some health issues that the doctors have not been able to figure out. But because I'm a nurse, I have done some research and have my theories. Back in Feb I started having a lump in my throat. The lump has not gone away. In fact, it is getting bigger. I really didn't think anything of it because the doctors thought it was due to stress, and school, yadda, yadda. In the past 6 weeks I have been noticing symptoms of increased heart rate sometimes up to 140 beats/minute. Been in th ED 2 times, and having episodes of these palpitations, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It hit me while sitting in the ED. Could his be my thyroid? Doctors said its not the thyroid because hormones are normal. So here I am stupified about this situation. I got curious a couple weeks ago and did a google search and found that I could have problems with my thyroid and still have normal levels--something that the doctors don't have a clue about (I guess thats not their specialty). While researching, I found that the symptoms (SOB, increased HR, dizziness, fullness in the neck, ears hurting, but nothing felt on the outside, normal hormone levels) could be indicative of a thyroid cyst, nodule, or cancer. I went in yesterday for a CT scan but I won't know the results until Monday. This is killing me!! Not knowing what to expect is so difficult. My question to you is: Do you know anyone who has had anything like this? If you do, please email me privately at . I would appreciate any input, or inspiration regarding this. Thanks for reading if you have gotten this far!
Happy stamping!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Covered Candy Boxes

Here are some fun Halloween covered candy boxes I made. These are boxes of Reeses Pieces, Milk Duds, and Runts candies. The one on the left side is one I made a month or so ago. The other two I finished up last night. The recipes are below!

Halloween Pumpkin Candy Box

On this box, I covered a box of Runts Candy. The box is covered with DCWV background paper. I used the retired set from SU.. Halloween Smiles.

Here's the recipe:
  • SU Black, Vanilla, Mustard CS, DCWV bkgd paper
  • SU black ink, and Saffron, Celery, Pumpkin, Black, Cocoa refills
  • Raffia
  • Sizzix dies
  • Martha Stewart cord
  • Stickles
  • SU Halloween Smiles, All Around Argyle stamp sets

Booglie Candy Box

This is one of the candy boxes. I found this really cool ribbon at Michaels in the Halloween section. As I was making this I was searching and searching for the right ribbon. Then my eyes caught this ribbon. It looks soooo good with it! The smaller ribbon was from Martha Stewart's collection. It was originally white. I painted it with Certainly Celery Ink refill. It really matched well!!

Here's the recipe:
  • SU Celery, Artichoke and White CS
  • SU Black and Artichoke ink, Celery refill
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and dies
  • Ribbon from Michaels and Martha Stewart
  • Googlie Eyes
  • Mega Scalloped Punch, Circle Punch
  • Stickles
  • SU Booglie Eyes set, Spooky Spiders

If you like COUNTRY MUSIC........

Ok, some of you know that I love country music. But most of all I am a die-hard Kenny Chesney fan. I absolutely loved his concert back in July. We had really bad seats and couldn't hear anything where we were in the Seahawks stadium. I went in and filed a complaint during one of the opening acts (there were 4). We ended up getting seats 40 rows back from the front!! It was so awesome! I would have loved to be in the front row, but we had great seats for the price we paid for the tickets. You can't beat that! That had to be the BEST concert I have ever been to!

BUT, in any case, if you are a Kenny Chesney fan you gotta listen to his new CD. If you haven't heard any of his music you will find that he is a down-to-earth, free-spirited, get-a-little-crazy, paradise-lover kind of guy. His songs are about life--I can always relate to the words! This new CD has a duet song with George Strait--such a good song!! I have to say that I'm an 80's baby--generation X. So alot of the songs have a little more rock tone than country. You can see an interview of him and the new cd here.

Here are some pics from the concert.. The first picture is Kenny coming up from the center of the arena. We had to turn around from the stage to see him...The second picture is Kenny again. Can you see the stadium and how high it goes? We were in one of the worst nosebleed seats up there! So it was quite a difference being on the floor!

The pictures were taken from my cell phone and are not as clear as I would have liked them to be. The last picture is Ronnie Dunn from Brooks & Dunn. They were the 4th show of the evening.

Ok, I'll get off my soap box now.. Back to stamping! LOL