September 28, 2008

Halloween Tree

I had so much fun making this!! The "tree" is a couple of branches from my yard which are spray painted black. The base is an old coffee can covered with Ghostly Greetings DSP and filled with styrofoam and glass marbles. The ornaments on the tree are acutal Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby (who knew they sold them in orange and black???) and they are tied onto the tree with Tangerine (retired) and Basic Black narrow grosgrain ribbon.
To jazz up the ornaments I decorated them with the Chills and Thrills rub-ons. How cute is that?!?! Seriously, how can anyone not love Halloween with great stuff like this out there? Again, I copied this idea off someone's blog and when I go and find out who I will give them proper credit here. Have fun getting ready for Halloween, I know I am :-) ~Heidi

September 25, 2008

Inspired Again...

This card was inspired by someone who had used a brayer to create a sunset look behind the silhouette. Using strips of paper was way less work, cleaner and much quicker in my opinion (keeping it simple - or trying to at least). Obviously this is our beloved Inspired by Nature set used yet again. I CASE'd many of Sera's samples for a workshop last week, but this was one I came up with. Card base is Whisper White, layers are Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red and Basic Black. The thank you verse is from Flight of the Butterfly. The flower image is stamped with Basic Black and then cut out. I used the paper snips to cut this out, only becuase I don't have a hobby blade. Maybe I should get one, hmmmm.... Enjoy! ~Heidi

September 17, 2008

(also) Inspired By Nature

I have to say that I was incredibly inspired by all of the beautiful things Sera created with this stamp set, and as soon as I sat down to play ~ I understood. The first card is one we did in my August class and September club. Used kiwi kiss, not quite navy & bashful blue ink/CS; Tres Chic, Fresh Cuts were the other SS used. We used markers direct to rubber (blender pen w/kiwi kiss). Card #2 is on naturals ivory CS and the flowers cut out with the hobby blade (if it's sharp, it goes very fast). Also used Heartfelt Thanks SS, Photo corners punch, 5/8" choc grosgrain, apricot appeal & old olive ink. You can't see if very will, but I did use Versamark to stamp the grass in the background - it's very subtle. Card #3 is Baja Breeze tone-on-tone with whisper white and basic black accents (ink/cs); black gingham, 1/4" white grosgrain. Also used the All Holidays SS and the new FAB scalloped edge punch. If you haven't sat down and spent time with this set, what are you waiting for?? Have fun! Angie

September 14, 2008

Rainy Day Sistas

What do you do on a rainy day? Well a group of the sistas decided to meet at the Demos Galore event in Fridley on Saturday. An amazing group of demos from the Twin Cities area puts on this annual event and we thoroughly enjoyed everthing we saw and learned. But a funny little thing happened as we were entering the event - we realized we were locked out of the car, in the pouring rain no less!! Not that this little discovery was going to put a damper on our Stampin' day. We went about our business and when the event was over now we had to figure out what to do. We did a find a coat hanger - believe it or not, Sista Becky had one in her trunk (don't ask - who knows). The coat hanger didn't work though - all doors were shut way too tight. I guess that's the point in the rain right? So after a few phone calls (non-emergency police doesn't unlock Sweet Sista car doors - even in the rain) the cavalry arrived. With a handy little wedge, one super "coat hanger" tool and about 3 minutes later, we were in!! Here we are; Sera, Becky, Heidi and Carmen. Yes, we are a little on the wet side, but still smiling like any good Sista will. Even a bad day of stampin' is still better than any day working right? Hope you found something fun to do with your rainy day *smile* ~Heidi

September 12, 2008

Fresh Cuts

I used Kraft and Blush Blossom CS, Fresh Cuts stamp set, white embossing powder, wide chocolate chip grosgrain, 5-petal flower punch, linen thread, button and dimensionals. I also took the Whisper White Craft pad and sponged ink all the way around the card. The overall look of this card is very soft and muted - I like how it turned out. Thanks for looking ~ Angie

Keep posting sistas!

I'm stuck with a virus (computer) so I need you to keep posting to keep the blog alive. I'll try again with this 1980s laptop, but so far, not so good. I'll be back soon! Sera

September 5, 2008

Spooky Spider Treat Jar

This is the new Decor Elements Spooky Spider which is going to be released in Phase II in a few weeks. I LOVE Halloween so when they announeced at Convention that we could pre-order this adorable little spider I was all in. When this was demoed at Convention she used the 2 gallon glass jar from Target. I got the 1 gallon jar becuase it means less candy for me to be tempted by inside. The only thing I had to modify by using the smaller jar is to put the word SPOOKY on the other side of the jar. Actually I think I like it better this way. You will notice that I ran the little spider web "string" up onto the lid too. This was very easy to adhere to the jar even though you have to go over all the curves and bends. I was a little scared to try it at first, but am thrilled with how it turned out!!
I cut out the word SPOOKY from the spider itself to make the application easier. Super easy to do!!! Happy pre-Halloween everyone :) ~Heidi

September 4, 2008

Convention Make-n-Take REMAKE

I used the small scrapbook we did as a convention make & take with the love notes & envelopes and made one with the 5 1/2" square envelopes and some textured baja breeze cs. The one on the table is my first try. My end product, I used DSP for the spine (tip from the convention workshop wows dvd). I love how this turned out and am actually going to put b&w photos in it. Happy Thursday ~ Angie

September 3, 2008

BigShot #1

OK ladies - here is the first of many creations with my new Big Shot. I haven't had a chance to play as much as I like, but here are some little thank you pouches I put in with my customer's last order. I used the retired Flowers for You paper and the Pillow Box die to make the pouch. One Ghirardelli chocolate caramel (yum! my fav) fits perfectly inside and the 20th Anniversary sizzlet die is used on the outside. Remember when we used to cut out templates for this sort of thing? No more! 15 of these were done in no time. Love it!! ~Heidi