Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Here are my two baby girls,  all ready for the festivities to begin.  Riley and Miranda ( they are YorkiePoos and weigh a whopping 4-5 pounds each)  seem to enjoy being dressed up, I really think it is all the attention that they command when decked out.  Like they are not the center of attention all the time as it is.  This year they are lady bugs.  They look so cute.  They are quite the social butterflies, oops I mean ladybugs!!!!  LOL!!!! Happy Halloween to all, have fun and be safe!!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I am a winner!!!!

I got my winning package today from 
This was a prize of Above Rubies Studio monthly kit!!!!   Lucky me!  OMG this "kit" is so beautiful.  It has a little bit of everything  and a whole lot of everything else.  There are these beautiful Graphic 45 papers and My Mind's Eye as well. These are some of the prettiest card stock I have ever seen.  The embossed and flocked pages are beautiful!  Really outstanding 3-D lettering and some adorable embellishments, gorgeous double sided quality purple satin ribbon as well as a bottle of a new glitter liner by Viva.  This is a new product for me and looks very promising. Looks like it will be easier to highlight and lightly define an object or letter.  Kinda like stickles, but so much better!!!!  Thank you so much Megan Gravener!  There is definitely enough in this fabulous kit to make a Halloween mini and more!   These are just a few of the highlights of what this kit has to offer.  Check it out in the link above.  I have been a long time follower and think these kits are amazing and quite the value! 

Great stocking stuffers

These are the miniature version of the post it note holders.  These cuties fil perfectly down inside that Christmas stocking!!!!Exactly the same idea as the large version , but on a 4x6 acrylic frame for the easel.  They really are cute and can sell inexpensively,  I have never been able to keep them on my table throughout the day.  They are usually gone by lunch!!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ultimate desktop message center

This is another one of my craft fair goodies.  These are customized with the school shield and school colors.  The materials are an 8x10 acrylic frame with a 5x8 memo pad and a traditional disposable ink pen.  By turning the frame with stand end at the top, this creates an easel.  Just add your decor, in this case black and red card stocks, a few embellishments and you are done.  These sell extremely well. Card stock and school emblem are under the acrylic.  Ribbon and accent embellishment are on top.  I insert a piece of the coordinating card stock inside the pen.  As you can see one of the sets is more masculine than the others, I did this for a male teacher or administrator.  It has over sized paper clips, that are usable.  Of course the pad is replaceable when this pad is done.

Monday, October 25, 2010

School emblem tiles

This is an oldie but goody. Last year I made these as coasters with school mascots and such on them.  They sold OUT!!!  This year I decided to up the tile size and use the school shield.  This particular school is the new Charter School in my community.  They are the host of the season's biggest craft fair in my town.    Last year anything I did with their school in mind sold fabulously.  Got to love school spirit.   I think that I will also do some pictures of the most well known local landmarks.   I already have multiple orders for these. I am doing very well this season at the craft fairs.  But more importantly, I am so having a great time!  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Autumn votives with my cricut and Timmy!

I saw something very similar to this on another blog.  forgive me, I can't find the post again.  But, she really gets the credit for such a cool idea.  All you need is glass tumblers, a few leaves cut out, etching cream and Tim Holtz alcohol inks.  Here are a few pics, the first just to show you the smoke glass old fashioned, I purchased from The Dollar Tree. I used the Speaking of Fall cartridge cut 2 different leaves at 4 inches.  I then used the etching cream to make the leaf shape.  After that was done, I used the leaf itself to place over my etched leaf and then used the inks to create the fall color feel on the glass.  The colors I used are cranberry, eggplant and gold.  I primarily used the gold and then cranberry as my den is mostly dark red. Add your tea light candle and you are done.  They really do have a warm special glow in person.   I really like how these came out.  I think that I will add a few to my craft fair items.  I am thinking Christmas ones with holly, santa hat, etc.   One tip, if you want to try this.  I would keep my design simple and probably only use flat sided glass in the future.  It is difficult to get your image to lay completely flat on a tapered and beveled surface.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I made this project as a donation for my local Relay For Life Chapter.  I don't know if they will auction, raffle or use as a prize.  I wanted to do something a little different.  I was inspired by dear friends and fellow paper crafters Paper Phenomenon's and BugJunkie's similar projects.  Paper Phenomenon has a recent Ustream tutorial on the shadow box.  This home decor shadow box is a REMINDER to REMEMBER our fallen sisters, those that are in for the fight of their life and for each and everyone of you to REMEMBER to get your mammogram or insist that your loved ones do.  Early detection is the key to survival. I made a feminine hand with the pink bow and pearl bracelet as the main focus. Her fingernails are "polished" with glossy accents. This image is raised, wording and pink ribbon are recessed on back wall.  Lace and pearls finish off the scalloped edge of frame.   I used cartridges Jasmine, Lacy Labels and Designer Calendar. Card stock is all DCWV.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 11, 2010

You say WITCH like it's a bad thing!

LOL, here is Broomhilda all decked out for that most important night!   Even a WITCH likes to get dolled up!  It was a very special afternoon, I  had a girlfriend come over to play and Broomhilda is the result! We had so much fun and giggled like we were twelve.  The laughter when we gave Broomhilda's hat lace and a pearl necklace was the best!  As you can see Broomhilda  still hasn't returned those ruby slippers, she thinks they are so pretty!  After all, they are perfect with her pearls.  A well dressed witch is decked from head to toe!!!!  I used Happy Hauntings, Pumpkin Carvings and George to make  Broomhilda and the full moon.  She is multi layered and I also cut her out of chipboard to give her some stability.  She ended up being pretty substantial.  The area where she will "hang out" is well covered and protected, but it is still outside, so making her so that she could withstand cold and moisture was a must. Her skin is lime green diamond dust as is her cape in black diamond dust. A little bling is a good thing. A few purple rhine stones here and there on her hat as well as edging her cape, topped off with one purple pom pom.  Her shoes are ruby red glitter paper, La Chat (her cat) is cut from black velvet paper and has ruby red eyes.  Look closely a crow has stopped by for a visit. I inked up all the edges with black to make her seem spooky.  Black roses and orange leaves along with spiders finish off the wreath.  I didn't want to add bows or sweet flowers as I wanted this to be spooky and kinda give you the EEEWWWW feeling!  Happy Halloween to all!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Amityville House of Horrors

This haunted house was inspired by BugJunkie and Paper Phenomenon.  It was so much fun to make.  I kept thinking of more and more to add to it. Supplies are: Cricut cartridge  Mini Monsters, Cuttlebug folders Mini Mosaics and Distressed Stripes. Martha Stewart punches, Glossy Accents and various other miniature embellishments. It is an explosion box! My very first. When you open boo to you! Four cute monsters there to scare you.  A ghost peeks out of the ajar front door,  house medallion is a Glossy accent eyeball.   Around the roof line is MS Drippy Goo punch 2009, it is also glossied to make it appear wet and oozing.  I used CB folder Mini Moasics for a brick like effect and then inked at random for a old and tattered look.  All pieces are inked in purple to give a spooky creepy feeling. Windows appear to be glowing from the inside.  Grass around house is actually the MS icicle punch 2009. Rats on side are also a MS punch from 2009.  Gate surrounding house is also MS punch Iron Fence new this season.  Inside is candy for your trick or treater, that is if they aren't to scared to knock!