Monday, September 29, 2014

handmade holiday cards with Carta Bella

Its getting to be that time of year, the time to start creating your handmade holiday cards! Head over to the Carta Bella blog and see 4 different cards to inspire you. I also have some great card-making tips all about the wonderful chipboard pieces in this new Christmas Time collection!

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P.S. The countdown to World Card Making Day is on! This Saturday, October 4, is the day! Stay tuned for more details about the fun happening on my blog (videos, cards, tips, and prizes)! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Go to Gal Designer Challenge: Winnie and Walter

What is a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge you may ask? Once a month the Paper Crafts &Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gals will challenge each other to create a project focusing on products from a particular manufacturer. We plan to feature one manufacturer the last Wednesday of each month. Just for fun! This month we are featuring the stamp company Winnie and Walter!

Just like everyone else, I am waaaay behind in my scrapbooking. And you know what? I am totally ok with that! Especially when I find products later that will work perfectly, like these stamps from Winnie & Walter! The new set, Moonlight, has the perfect combination of sweet and spooky! 

The stamps were inspiring and were fantastic for creating a pocket-page layout.

Each of the journaling cards was made using stamps from Moonlight

I stamped the background repeatedly with the typewriter word, Halloween. The banner is from the set, along with the round number 31, which was punched out with a circle punch.

The top is a strip of orange cardstock stamped with Scenery V for Chevron, another great set of stamps from Winnie & Walter!

Stars created the background on this journaling card. Another banner, and a cute word in a fabulous spooky font!

Spiders and spider webs. The word Halloween, and a cool border. I stamped the three diamond image across a strip of orange cardstock. Such a cool motif for this set!

The left side page. Oh, those eyes! :)

A chevron background. To keep it straight, I drew lines with a pencil. More words and a banner. I love the ability to repeat images and patterns in different colors! It adds such a nice cohesion to the pages.

More word stamping, borders, and words.

And perhaps my favorite background, these bats.

With a few more great sentiments, I added word strips to a couple of the photos.

Easy to create and it fills in some of the blank spaces of your photos.

See what the rest of the ladies are up to with these fantastic stamps! I know you will be inspired!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

fall gratitude with Carta Bella

I am elated to be able to share my first projects for Carta Bella on their blog today!

For my first projects, I used some of their fabulous new stamps and dies!

And a side note, I was concerned about their stamps at first, until I peeled one off the backing and felt that wonderful photo-polymer that we all love! I looked closed and yep, made in the USA! Such happy news for us stamping girls!

I also played with the new fall collection, A Perfect Autumn.

Stop on over to the Carta Bella blog and check out my projects and see how I mixed and matched all the wonderful new products!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

MFT Release Rewind; lots of sweet treats + a secret family recipe

Welcome back! Just a couple more projects to share with you from the September release from MFT Stamps! There were so many great products, I still had a few ideas that I wanted to share with you!

The sentiment, "hey smartie pants," from Packed With Positivity, caught my eye and I knew I needed to make a clear lunchbox with real Smarties inside!

I dug through my stash and found a small, clear box that allowed me to place the lunchbox on the front, and still show off the candy inside. Electric Red cardstock was cut with Die-namics Lunchbox, along with Black Licorice cardstock for the handle and feet.

Tag was cut from Primitive White cardstock with Die-namics Lunchbox. I stamped the sentiment and stars from Packed with Positivity in several colors of ink. (Be sure and check out the links below my signature for all the details and links directly to the products used.)

The same die worked perfectly to create a set of mini lunchbox notes. Who doesn't love to toss a little bit of love into their kiddo's lunch? I stamped these with Packed With Positivity and added a little glitter on the stars for fun.

And the final treat of the day. This also was on my mind from the moment I saw Die-namics Mason Jar. I thought it would be cute to create a little jar tag to hang from a gift in a jar. There are so many gifts in a jar ideas out there, this set of dies will be perfect for creating tags for all of them!

And a bit of love to my ice cream bowls in the background. I adore them. They are red, my favorite, and the most splendid shape. :)

The jar was cut from Primitive White cardstock and inked with Sno Cone blue. The lid is Steel Blue. I stamped the label shape in Sno Cone ink and the sentiment in the darker, Blu Raspberry ink. The heart is cut from Electric Red cardstock using Die-namics Mason Jar.

The top was created using basic muslin. It was cut with Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1. When die cutting fabric, run it through your machine twice, and on the second pass, turn in 45 degrees. That will help cut the cross fibers contained in the material. After that, I stamped the circle with Gingham Background using Hybrid Wild Cherry ink, made for a surface like this. Its tied to the jar with Hemp Cord.

And now, the secret family recipe, the hot fudge contained in this jar. Who knows, it may not even be a secret, it could be from Betty Crocker, but this recipe has always been a special treat for generations in my family. Its amazing on ice cream, over eclairs, and let's be honest, by the spoonful. Enjoy and share the jar, but I am guessing that person will have to be pretty special!

Swanson Hot Fudge:
1 C. chocolate chips
1/2 C. butter or margarine
2 C. powdered sugar
1 lrg. can evaporated milk
Bring to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla.
Store in the refrigerator, in a sealed container.

Head over to the MFT Blog and get linked up to the design team. We have been sharing projects for two days, and you just don't want to miss what they have been creating!

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Supplies for Lunchbox Fun:

Supplies for Sweet Treat Jar: