Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas (in October) Blog Hop! Today the SNSS Design Divas are featuring our favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday card making.  We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog (via the Link Tool below)!

I created a tag to share. This tag can be used as a package topper, or tied to a gift bag, or used to give a gift card. Have a set of pretty tags in your stash is always smart! I am featuring the Christmas Morn stamp set today. This set comes with wonderful sentiments that you can mix and match, plus lovely silhouette images!

The tag is a Regular Tag Staple from Graphic 45. I love these kraft tags! They are approximately 5 3/4 x 4 inches - the perfect size! A package of tags contains six tags and sells for around $4US. I stock up on these whenever I see them on sale! 

I stamped the tree from the Christmas Morn set with white ink. I heat embossed with sparkly white embossing powder. This type of embossing powder contains glitter! How awesome is that?! Once the tree was cool to the touch, I used spray mist to add some shimmer. Then, using the end of a paint brush, I splattered the tag with white acrylic paint. 

I rubbed the edges of the tag with white ink. I used twine, velvet flowers, and some floral sprays to create a Christmas flower cluster for the tag. I use a lot of left-over odds and ends to create these clusters. You don't need much, and the small bits and bobs make a great embellishment.

I stamped two sentiments from the Christmas Morn stamp set with brown ink onto a scrap of paper. I trimmed the greeting into a flag shape and added it to the tag. The finishing touch is the fun, plaid ribbon.

I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create a Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  

Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store! The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Christmas Morn Stamp Set

Other products:
Tag: Graphic 45 Kraft Regular Tag Album
Designer paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (scrap)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Christmas Plaid, Burlap String (Ivory, Red) 
Embossing powder: Hampton Art sparkle white
Flower: Petaloo
Floral spray: Michaels Crafts
Mists: Dylusions White Linen; Tattered Angels Chalkboard (chalk)
Paint: Folkart Acrylic Wicker White
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
Adhesive: Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Autumn Greetings

I am up on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog today. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, smells, and textures of autumn. I have a created a quick and easy card for you today, to celebrate the season!

Sometimes, all that you need to create a card is paper and a few sentiment stamps! Y'all know that I have a vast hoard of both!

I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch, top-fold card (my NEW favorite size). I layered on the printed paper from my fall/Halloween hoard! I used black ink to stamp a sentiment from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set onto the bottom right corner of the striped paper.

The ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I like to layer ribbons as well as paper! The flower was a funky, hot salmon pink, but I sprayed that guy with some glitter mist and it's all orange now! {wink} I cut a small tag from a scrap of cardstock with the Mini Tags Die Set.  I stamped a tiny sentiment from the Autumn Bounty stamp set onto the tag.

I lined the inside of the card with more patterned paper and stamped another sentiment from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set onto the center of the patterned paper. I cut a second tag from a scrap of cardstock with the Mini Tags Die Set.  I stamped another tiny sentiment from the Autumn Bounty stamp set onto the tag.

Thanks for looking!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set
Autumn Bounty stamp set
Mini Tags Die Set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Black and scraps
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Blackbird, Boo to You
Ink: Ranger Distress Spiced Marmalade; Memento Tuxedo Black
Mist: Tattered Angels Harvest Orange, Tuscan Sun
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Autumn Leaves Grosgrain, Tangerine Shimmer Satin
Flower: Prima
Adhesive: Beacon Fabri-tac; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crafty Secrets - Happy Birthday

I have been sharing a lot of fall and Christmas items lately, so I wanted to mix it up a bit and share something super girly!  printed some Crafty Secrets digital papers...all in pink!

I love the image from the Girlfriends Creative Scraps (part of the Girlfriends Sale Pack) and I printed some pink papers. to match. I printed papers from the Patterns CD #1 and Typography CD #3, plus from the Radiant Digital Paper Collection.

I added some flowers and sheer pink ribbon.

I poked around in my hoard and found a few pins to add, plus the fabbie fringe ribbon. I only had a small amount of the fringe, but it looks so amazing!

Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Girlfriends Sale Pack (Girlfriends Creative Scraps)
Patterns CD #1
Typography CD #3
Radiant Digital Paper Collection

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Natural
Ink: Ranger Distress Spun Sugar
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ribbon fringe: unknown
Pins: Maya Road, fabric store (pink)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Monday, October 20, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #18

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes November 2nd at midnight PT.

Challenge #18 Layer It!
One good way to use your hoard is to use lots of it all at once! So, let's see those layers! We need to see at least THREE layers on your project! (Ink, paint, embossing, and mixed media products do count as layers!) Drag out all of that hoarded paper or those embossing folders that are in the back of the drawer. Use those stamps, dies, and punches! Show us the layers!

It is pretty easy to figure out that when I wrote that challenge, I was being selfish! Y'all know how I love me some layers!

I finally cut into the Graphic 45 Come Away With Me paper pad that I have been hoarding. This is a pretty new collection, so it is not too wonderful that I de-hoarded it! I also used a lot of my hoarded coffee-colored cardstock!

I know that I have scrapped that photo before. I needed something fast in order to get my photos taken, so I just added the Tower photo with a bit of removable adhesive. I will eventually use a different photo from my Europe trip...if I find time to print more of the photos!

I tried to count the layers...there are at least 12 layers! More, depending on how you classify a layer! I matted each paper layer with cardstock to make the patterns pop. My "normal" scrapbook style is to have a very clean and graphic base to which I added the "junk." I love doing a layered base like this. It does used a whack of paper, however. One trick to save paper, is to cut the centers out! If you make paper frames for this type of layering, then you have the extra paper for another project. 

I used some flowers and a hoarded clock for this cluster. I love the shade of blue in this collection, especially paired with the cream and brown!

You can see a hoarded, metal compass rose peeking out of this cluster. I have a few of these that I have been hoarding. They are expensive, so I always resist using them!

I hope you had fun looking at my layered project. I sure had fun making it!

Read the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Rules are HERE. LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy's Stamp Ganga $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy's Stamp Gang store!

For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Cocoa, Natural
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Come Away With Me
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Die: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax
Clock: Sky Blue Pink
Compass rose: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Friday, October 17, 2014

Notepads for the Holidays - Crafty Secrets

October is half over! I read somewhere that there are only 10 weeks or so until Christmas! How is that possible?! Time gets away from me these days! Part of keeping myself on track is making lists. I love a list. That is why I am sharing a few decorated notepads with you today.

I printed some Crafty Secrets digital papers and had some odds and ends left from other projects and thought...hey, I can make some cute notepads for the holidays! You don't need a lot of fancy stuff to make these notepad holders and they are a GREAT way to use of scraps!

I created one long notepad in a Halloween theme and one "chunky" notepad in a Christmas theme. My family loves notepads, too so these will make fun decor and be super useful. These notepad covers are easy to make and are wonderful gifts for neighbors, teachers, and friends.

The long notepad is 8 x 2 1/2 inches. If you cannot find notepads in this size, your local office supply store can cut 8 x 5 inch notepads in half, usually for a small fee. (I think I paid $2 to have the dude at Office Depot cut 10 pads for me. He looked at me like I was a freak, but he did it. I just purchased a few packs of the 8x5 pads, took them to the desk where they do the photocopying, and asked to have them cut in half.)

To create the cover, trim black cardstock to 8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Score on the short side at 2 5/8 and 2 7/8 inches. Cut printed paper to 8 x 2 1/2 inches for the front, back, and inside covers. I used the chandelier paper from the Vintage Halloween CD4. (The Halloween papers are also available as part of the Halloween digital paper pack.)

Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. I used stickers to spell out "LIST" across the top of the notepad (Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers). Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Halloween image to the left side of the cover (Halloween Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink. 

Create a "belly band" for your notepad. Trim black cardstock to 1 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches. Trim printed paper (also from the Vintage Halloween CD4) to 1 x 7 inches and attach to the black cardstock strip. Wrap the strip around the notepad and secure at the back. Make sure it is not too tight or you won't be able to slip it on and off the pad. 

Trim a ticket from the Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps. Use pale gray markers to color the candy image. Add the ticket to the belly band with foam squares.

I also had enough goodies to make a Christmas notepad, but this one is 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches. You can buy this size notepad in packs at the office supply store. They come in lots of colors, too. (I just have boring white!)

To create the cover, cut the striped paper to 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Score on the long side at 3 5/8 and 3 7/8 inches. The striped paper is digital paper from the Retro Christmas CD5, printed onto cream cardstock. (This paper is also part of the Retro Christmas digital paper pack.) Trim out the Santa image from the Vintage Christmas CD6 and at it to the front cover.

Trim music paper from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to fit the inside covers. (The vintage papers are also part of the Vintage Christams digital paper pack.) Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Christmas image to the left side of the cover (Winter Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink.

I added a ticket from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to the back of the notepad cover.

Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers
Halloween Printable Sheet
Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps
Halloween digital paper pack
Retro Christmas CD #5
Retro Christmas digital paper pack
Vintage Christmas CD #6
Vintage Christams digital paper pack
Winter Printable Sheet

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Treasures Black; Neenah Natural White
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Notepads: Office supply
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Monday, October 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop Guest

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am the special guestie for the October Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, which starts at the RRR Blog! I want to thank Bonnie for inviting me to play along again this month! It is always fun to play with ribbon! 

In fact, you should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

Here is a peeky at the RRR October Ribbon Club Assortment

I am a huge fan of traditional Christmas colors! I especially love the red and green plaid!

I decided to make something a bit more interesting than a card to share with you. This is a 5 x 6 x 1/2 inch "folder." This project makes a great gift card holder, or a folder for a music CD, or a place to put photos and a Christmas letter.

I used Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas papers because they are all red and green and lovely! The red and green plaid ribbon was perfect! I created a pleated border with the ribbon, that looks like luscious ribbon candy!

To create the folder, cut red cardstock to 6 x 10 1/2 inches. Score at 5 and 5 1/2 inches. Trim two 12-inch lengths of red and green plaid ribbon and attach them to the cardstock covers, front and back. This becomes the closure for the folder.

Trim Happy Holly Day paper to 5 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Rub edges with ink and attach to the outside of the folder. Use Graphic 45 gold washi tape to cover the spine, adding strength to the paper. (This is the back of the folder.)

Trim approximately 18 inches of red and green plaid ribbon. Using double-sided tape, pleat the ribbon along the edge of the washi tape spine. 

Add a few flowers, leaves, and berries to create a seasonal cluster at the top left edge of the folder. Trim the sentiment from printed paper and attach to the right of the cluster.

Trim the image from the Long Winter's Nap printed paper and attach to the folder with foam squares.

For the inside of the folder, create two pockets to hold tags, journal blocks, photo mats, or other items. Trim the Bundle to Toys paper to 5 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Rub edges with ink and attach to the inside of the folder. Use a Kiwi Lane template (Clara Lane 1A) to trace "snow hill" shapes from the Bundle to Toys reverse. Ink the edges. 

Use the paper shapes to make pockets by applying adhesive to the three straight sides of the paper. The left pocket is approximately 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches. The right pocket is approximately 5 7/8 x 3  1/2 inches.

Trim border strip from Ho Ho Ho paper, ink edges and add the strip to the top of the folder. Trim tags and journaling blocks from Up on the Housetops and Long Winter's Nap paper. Add ribbon to the tag shapes. Add chipboard elements to the pockets. Tie ribbon to the chipboard tag. 

If desired, create a photo mat for the right pocket. Trim red cardstock to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Trim green word paper from the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 6x6 pad to 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches. ink edges and attach to red cardstock. Add to pocket. 

That's all from me! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

In case you just cannot get enough ribbon, you can start your Ribbon Club with BOTH the September and October assortments!

I made a fabbie card with the September assortment.

Click HERE for details.

And an altered item with the orange dot ribbon from the September Assortment.

Click HERE for details. There is so much ribbon in these assortments that you can create tons of projects from each!

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Berry Red
Designer paper and chipboard: Graphic 45 ' Twas the Night Before Christmas
Washi tape: Graphic 45
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club
Floral spray, snowflake buttons: Michael's Crafts
Flower: Petaloo
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares; Score-tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Fall Chalkboard Greeting

Good morning! It is my turn on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog. I have a quickie card to share today. This one is a twist on chalkboard art.

I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card, using Graphic 45 French Country paper for all my prints. To create the chalkboard greeting, I used the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set. I stamped two sentiments from the set with white ink onto black cardstock. I then embossed with white embossing powder. When the embossing was cool, I stamped over the top with watermark ink and the Falling Leaves stamp set. I embossed the leaves image with clear embossing powder.

I rubbed the sentiment panel with white ink, and then buffed the ink off the leaves image in some places. It is hard to see in the photo, but the shiny leaves look cool in person!

I used the Leaf Silhouettes die set to cut out two small leaves from cardstock scraps to add to my card. 

Thanks for looking!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set
Leaf Silhouettes die set
Falling Leaves stamp set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Black and scraps
Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country
Other dies: Spellbinders Labels One, Labels One Small
Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Clearsnap Top Boss Watermark
Embossing powder: Stampin' Up Clear; Close to my Heart White
Ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Floral spray: Michaels Crafts
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scotch 3M ATG tape