Friday, October 30, 2009

Itsy Bitsy Spider

I hate spiders...and I mean HATE!!! This one is different though! I had a blast creating this one! I used the spider web stamp and my Stamp-a-ma-jig (the tool that lets you see exactly where your stamp will be) to do a complete circle of the web. I went over the lines coming out from the center with a black Sakura glaze pen. The sparkly parts of the web have Stickles in icicle on them (a very thin line). The spider is actually fuzzy and cut from a piece of designer paper! I used a fuzzy fiber to hang it from. His eyes are just red sticky gems. All the stamps are from The Rubber Cafe'. Hope you enjoy it...I sure did!

The Rubber Cafe' Stamps:
Spider web "You Need to Dust"
Frightful Halloween Sentiment

Supply list:
Stamp pad-black
Sakura Glaze pen, black med point (fine does not work)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (to stamp the web four times to make a complete web)
Red sticky gems-Me and My Big Ideas, Icons
Black fuzzy fiber for spider to hang from-Adornments
Dimensional adhesive
Tombo adhesive
Sharp scissors to cut out spider with

Card stock-black gray, white for card base
Designer papers-
K and Co. Halloween book-fuzzy spiders page, solid green splatter page


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Can you tell that I can't get enough of Stella and Angus?  These little turtles are the cutest, and I can't wait to show you what they have planned for Christmas!

I made this card for my mom, when she was in the hospital a few weeks back.  She's fine, but sometimes sitting around for days on end doing nothing but watching TV can be a bummer.  Every time she's in for a few days, she comments how much she forgets that little things like getting the mail are important to her. 

I used the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love papers and cut my sentiment from one of the border papers.  I coloured this Stella and Angus image called Life is Better With You with my copics.  When I'm colouring two animals, I try to make a real effort to distinguish them.  This is why you'll see that Angus is usually a darker colour than Stella.  I try to use the lightest colour from Angus, for my darkest colour on Stella.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Life Is Better With You
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Earth Love
Ink:  Copic Markers, Memento Black

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Charming Bat Motel Halloween Ornament

This Bat Motel is a fun one to color. I colored this one with copics and spica glitter pens; black so it looked spookier with the yellow glow from the windows! I cut it out and mounted it on some dark blue glitter cardstock. The tags are actually tombsones cut from American Craft's Halloween Collection; Undead. I decided they looked like tags, so used them to frame my other images. Charming and the kitty come from the Charming Kitty set. The jack-o-lantern comes from the Trick-or-Treat set. The skeleton is called You Shake My Bones. This is actually a christmas ornament I picked up at Michael's and sprayed black. I glittered the edges in black and tied the tags on with embroidery floss. I left look more spider webby!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Pumpkins

I like sending cards for Thanksgiving...I know I'm odd hehe. I think this card is so cool though! I used the Pumpkin Face set from The Rubber Cafe' { link }. The set comes with a variety of 6 cute expressions for jack-o-lantern's but I wanted them just plain for this project. I stamped them in brown, which is unusual for me. They are colored with Copic's and then topped with this cool new stuff I found...Crackle Glaze by Inkssentials. It works like the regular crystal effects or paper glazes, but ends up all neat and crackly when it drys! I love how this worked on the pumpkins. I hope you can see the effect in my detail picture. I will list all my supplies for you! Hope you enjoy my fall card!

Copic Markers-YR04, YR18, YR15, E07, W1,W3,W5, G99, YG67
Stamp Pads-Adirondak Espresso, Tim Holtz Distress Brushed Corduroy
Card Stock-off white, rust, dark brown
Designer Paper- Amber Leaves by Karen Foster
Misc. supplies-
Cuttlebug embossing folder, Pumpkin Harvest
Sponge wedge
1/2" circle punch
Antique brass snaps
Crackle Accent Glaze for paper-Inkssentials
Valspar paint chip, copper gleam (for circles under snaps)
Dimensional Adhesive


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trick or Treat

I stamped the Trick Or Treat image in Black on Watercolor paper, then colored using the Marker Watercoloring Technique.

Stamps - The Rubber Cafe Trick or Treat
Card Stock - Pumpkin, Black, Watercolor, Basic Grey Eerie
Ink - Black, Markers, Bashful Blue
Other - Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Scallop Punch, Sponge Dauber

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bon Appetit and a Spooky Layout!

My first project today is using the wine image from Bon Appetit which I colored with Copic markers.

This project is a layout of my son's school project. They had to create a scene for a spooky story, and he's seen me working with these images and decided to use them for his project. He did the coloring and planning and I helped him cut out and assemble. His shoebox has been a hit in his second grade class! I completed the layout by using the glitter and acetate technique on the Bat Motel and using a few more of the images for embellishments.

Bat Hotel, Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Face Mix-n-Match, Charming Kitty, Creepy Fence and Tree, You Need To Dust and Just Batty were all used on this project.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stand Up Halloween Greeting

This was a fun different type of card for a change! I can think of so many neat uses for these for holidays. I certainly didn't think it's a link to the tutorial. I used stamps from The Rubber Cafe' (see links below). This card does lay completely flat for mailing purposes...just fyi. Hope you have a great day!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps-Pumpkin Face , The Rubber Cafe'
Copic Markers-YG63, G99
Stamp Pads-Black Adirondak
Card Stock-white, purple, orange
Designer paper-Bo Bunny Orange Citrus Dot, K and Co. TIm Coffee Halloween I Want Candy (on the back of the tab)
Misc Supplies-tutorial on free standing card, mini safety pin (orange), gingham ribbon Doodlebug Halloween, black Sakura gelly glaze pen, tab punch, sticky tape permanent adhesive


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Music To My Ears

When I first saw this Stella and Angus image called Music To My Ears, I immediately thought "Love".  It reminds me of when I was in high school and I had a huge crush on a guy in the school band.  I used to dream about how he would write music for that you know my inspiration, how about I tell you about my card?

I just loved that my Cosmo Cricket paper came with sayings and journalling cards.  I used both on this pop-up card.  I cut out some  of the clouds from the paper and pop dotted one and mounted the other to pop out behind Stella's head.

I coloured Stella and Angus with my copics and then sponged the image lightly with a cream coloured ink so that the white behind the fence wasn't overwhelming.   Finally, I cut out a journalling card and wrote a personal note - You make my heart sing! 

Red Poppy

Here I've combined Basic Grey June Bug paper with this beautiful Poppy from The Rubber Cafe. I used the Marker Watercoloring Technique to color the image, then used the Out of the Box Technique to pop parts of the Poppy outside my panel. The edges are sponged with Soft Suede. The Scallop edge under the June Bug paper is created with the Scallop Edge Punch.

Stamps - The Rubber Cafe - Inked Poppy
Card Stock - Watercolor, Black, Red, Basic Grey JuneBug
Ink - Markers, Soft Suede
Other - Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber, Aquapainter

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bon Appetit

Love this image from the Bon Appetit set! The shading drawn into the image makes it easy to color Copic Markers. I then coated the grapes, glass and bottle with Glossy Accents.

The designer paper is actually sheet music that I distressed with Tim Holtz's Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord. After assembling my card and mats I ran the entire panel through Cuttlebug's Allegro Embossing Folder.

Prima flowers, Making Memories Decorative Pin, beads, Paper Wishes Brad Buddy and misc ribbon complete the card. I colored my ribbon with Copics for a perfect match. Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Tri-shutter Halloween Card

This looks far more complicated than it is! Here's a link to a great tutorial that takes you through it step by step. This card has so many ways you can run with it...I love that sort of flexibility in a project! I used the Trick or Treat set from The Rubber Cafe' for all the images shown here. I colored them with Copic marker. This project also lays completely flat for mailing. Have a great day!

Here's my supplies:
Stamps-Trick or Treat, The Rubber Cafe'

Copic Markers-E000, E00, E35, 325, E59, V09, V17, YR04, YR15, YG06, Y21, Y13, Y26, B97
Stamp pads-black Adirondak
Card stock-dark purple, orange, white
Designer paper-Halloween Whimsy and Halloween Green Swirl Glitter, both K and Co.
Misc Supplies-
Tutorial for tri shutter card
Black Sakura Glaze Pen
1 1/4" circle punch


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy Haunting!!

I have so many awesome Halloween stamps from The Rubber Cafe. I was thrilled with the adorable things that they had for the season. Including this sweet set called Pumpkin Face Mix and Match which you can find here. Can you see the endless pumpkin possibilities!! How fun!!

I decided to make a patch of pumpkins for todays card and I did so by using the masking technique and stamped 3 different pumpkins and then used a face stamp for the middle pumpkin. I colored all with my copics (which can be found at The Rubber Cafe. My cardstock is green and brown my dp is from DCWV Fall Stack and I used a chocolate brown ribbon and some tiny twinkles for embellishment. My sentiment is from another super cute set from The Rubber Cafe called Trick or Treat.

Well quick post for me today. I am off to get the kids to school. Have a fantastic day and I will be back again next Thursday with another great Halloween Pop Up Card.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween Pumpkin Pop Up

Don't you just love Halloween?  I'm a Secret Halloween Lover.   I never dress up, but I always want to.  The kids and I always talk about what kind of costumes we could get that would work for the whole family.  Last year we almost got me the Cruella Deville Costume and Dalmatian suits for the kids...hubby would have had to be a Henchman!  Then, we expanded on our little game and laughed about how funny it would be to get little Dalmatian coats for all the kids we go Trick-or-Treating with - there are about 10. 

Wouldn't we be the funniest site, me with my white and black hair and long coat like Cruella, Hubby dressed like one of my Henchmen and 10 little Dalmatians running door to door looking for candy!  Too Funny.  But alas, I was just Mom for Halloween, Dad was just Dad and the kids were both Princesses. 

But, on to my card for today.  I have to admit, this was my first Pop Up card ever...and I was so scared!  But really, there was no reason, it was so simple to make!  First I followed some great instructions from a tutorial over on Splitcoast Stampers to make the card and tag.  Then, I stamped out some pumpkins from my Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match stamp set on Orange Paper.

I stamped my sentiment from the same set and started cutting my DP to fit.   I cut out the pumpkins and coloured the stems with my Copic Markers.  Then I stamped the cut little faces on them.  Finally, I layered the pumpkins using PopDots so that they look like they're sitting in front of eachother.

I've also included a picture of the card once it has been opened.  You can see how the pumpkins are popped out on this shot, and where the sentiment is hiding.  This was a really fun card to make, and so much easier than I thought...sometimes we all need to think a little outside the box to get the best results and today I am a perfect example.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match
Paper:  Misc. Halloween
Ink:  Black
Accessories: None

Trick or Treat

Can't you just see using up all your scraps to Paper Piece the kids costumes in this new Trick or Treat set.

I used the patterned paper to Paper Piece the kids outfits. The only parts of the images I colored where the skin and hair. The card did take a bit of time due to all the cutting, but the end result was so worth it.

Stamps - The Rubber Cafe Trick or Treat
Ink - Black, Blush Blossom, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Watercolor, Black, Olive, Cast -a-Spell DSP
Other - Dimensionals

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Halloween Pop Up Card

There are almost endless possibilities when comes to making pop up card. I found a special one on the net the other day that I HAD to try! I found it HERE. At once I saw it, I knew I'd love to use the Halloween gang from the Trick or Treat set as main image.

I colored them up with water colors and cut them out. I used cooredinations card stock as base and embossed it with my swiss dot emboss folder. It's kind of cool how a rather simple card turns into this:

The inside is decorated with elements from the same set except the cute little bat which is from the Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match clear stamp set.

I actually cut the Happy Haunting stamp in two pieces... hehe... feels like I'm a criminal almost... but it makes the stamp more versatile and there is actually no harm done. I can still use it as one long sentiment stamp. If I want to.

Have a great new week!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Charming Bat Motel!

And here is another card using my favorite Bat Motel evah! This time I wanted a fun and funky look instead of a spooky one! I decided it would be perfect for the faux postage technique. I masked my postage (it's old, I know....collectible!!) and colored the image with Copic Markers. I stamped Halloween Candy and colored them with Copic Markers, Spica Glitter pens and then coated them with Glossy Accents. Charming is from the Charming Kitty set. ~michelle~

Friday, October 2, 2009

A-round Halloween Greeting

WOW I know you're thinking 5 is a lot of pictures! I agree, but I wanted to show you every side of this project! This is called a circle flip up book. I found the tutorial here. I will not kid you, this was a time consuming project. I did enjoy it though, and think it turned out neat! This is another one of those projects that allows for so many different variations on it.
Here's what I used:

All from The Rubber Cafe'-
Trick or Treat set
You Shake my Bones
Pumpkin Face set

Circle Flip Up tutorial (Link above)
Copic markers-E35, YR15, YG63
Stamp Pads-black Adirondak, Gray
Card stock-white, dark purple, black, gray green
Designer paper- K and Co. Specialty pad
Misc supplies-
1 1/4" circle punch
black satin ribbon

I hope you think it turned out as cute as I do!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pop Up to Halloween

Happy Thursday Everyone!!! I am here today to show you a really cute fun Halloween Card. I made a pop up card today following the instructions HERE on SCS.

The stamps that I used can all be found at The Rubber Cafe. They are Pumpkin Face and Classic Happy Halloween. The instructions for the popup card are easy to follow. My card today was stamped onto white card stock and colored with my copics which can also be found at The Rubber Cafe. Melissa has an awesome selection of Ciao Markers. I then cut my image out with my circle nesties and did some paper piercing. I used purple, orange, and black cardstock and my dp is from  American Crafts. The ribbon I just had in stash.

When you have a moment go and check out the awesome selection of  Halloween stamps that Melissa carries at The Rubber Cafe. It is so much fun to mix and match all of the wonderful sets!!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today. Have a great one!!