More Halloween Punch Art!

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Today I was sorting through my stash of old cards, and came across one that I had totally forgotten about!  It involves a spider, which is NOT my favorite animal, but this one is super cute!  Now, one of the punches used to create this cutie pie is retired (photo edge or photo corner punch–I can’t remember the name for sure), but I played around with the design, and it’s not too hard to create the legs out of squares of paper.  Are you ready to see it???

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Gah!!  Isn’t it cute??  You can do all kind of fun stuff with the legs–use DSP for the inside of them, or emboss the card stock for the inside of them.  You can also stick him on top of a little York Peppermint Patty (and stick a plain scallop circle on the bottom of the patty).  That was all the rage way back when!

Here are directions (with pictures) for making the legs.  I hope it makes sense!

Start with 2 sizes of squares of paper.  You will need two of each size.  The base is 1 3/8″ square, the inside is 1 1/8″ square.

Cut each square in half on the diagonal.

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Using a tiny bit of snail, adhere the triangles as shown.  Make a mark 1/4″ up from the long side of the triangle, and then measure 1/2″ in on each side of the long end of the triangle and make a mark.  If you have a 1″ square punch, you can use one edge of it to punch out the tiny triangle piece, otherwise sharp pointed scissors work fine.  (you will have to adhere your square to a post it note or a piece of paper to hold onto it to fit it into the punch).

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Then, just adhere them together and you are good to go!

I popped my spider up with dimentionals (use some small pieces for the legs for support).  I also don’t have a current Halloween sentiment stamp, so I had to use a retired one.  I just need to win the lottery so I can get EVERY STAMP on my wish list, hahaha!

Stamps: retired sentiment

Ink:  Tuxedo memento black

Paper:  Motley Monsters DSP, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Basic Black

Misc: Fancy Fan embossing folder, scallop circle punch, oval punches, dimentionals

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

Halloween punch art!

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 I love to play with my punches–and how exciting it is when a punch can be used in several different ways!  This was a card that we made at a stamp a stack last month, and it is a great one to show the versatility of the owl punch and the elegant butterfly punch!  It is a fairly simple card to make, but it is SO cute!  The base of this card is mossy meadow–not sure why it looks so washed out!

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Stamps:  Mingle All The Way

Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black

Paper:  Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

Punches:  oval, owl punch, butterfly punch (cut off the bottom of the wings to make the bats), uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

 

 

Halloween Banner

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I love this time of year!  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the beautiful colors, crisp weather (well, as much as we have that here in Georgia!) and all the delicious cold weather foods.  *happy sigh*

I have a lot of fun decorating, too!  It is so much fun to use my stamping supplies to do that!  This banner is not my original idea–and I actually made it last year.  I dug it out of my craft closet today, and decided to replace one of the panels (a mummy) with a super cute vampire.   These panels are so easy to make–the base is an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock cut into a “V” shape, and you just go to town with all your awesome SU punches!  I did emboss the bat’s wings with the spider web folder, but it would look fine if you just left it plain–you really can’t see the embossing that well from far away!

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Hope ya’ll like it!

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

Washi Tape

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I have to say that when I first heard about washi tape, I wasn’t that excited about it.  I kept looking at it, wondering how in the heck I would use it.  Well, then I actually did use it in a few projects, and realized that it is actually fun to work with!  This is not an original design, but I love how it looks, and I really love the color combination.

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Stamps: Flower Patch, Good Greetings

Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango

Ink: Coastal Cabana

Misc.:  Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Flower FAir Framelits, coastal cabana thick baker’s twine, button

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

 

 

World Card Making Day

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This last weekend I celebrated WCMD in Atlanta, at an event hosted by Brian King and Pam Morris.  It was SO much fun!  We started the weekend on friday night with a food fest at Maggianos.  Can I just say, Italian food to die for–and cheesecake!–and tiramisu!!  Yum, yum!  I love food!  There were plenty of laughs, too!

On Saturday, we signed in and picked up a cardstock covered notebook (orange, yellow or red–I chose red) and proceeded to be entertained royally by Brian and Pam!  They play off of each other SO well, and kept us laughing throughout the day.  They had the cutest table favors for us–the day was divided into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the water bottle and candy corn filled fry box greeted us first, then they handed out the other two favors as we started each section.

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There were make and takes throughout the day, too!

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And, of course, lots of prize patrols!!!  LOTS of prize patrols!  Not only that, but everyone received a gift!  Remember the cardstock covered notebooks?  Orange=Halloween, Yellow=Thanksgiving, Red=Christmas!  So, I won a  Christmas themed package!  A wood mount case filled with a package of notecards, the frosted sequins and All is Calm washi tape!

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Brian and Pam both presented fun ideas for projects, and of course there was lots of competition for which group could “oohh and ahhh” the loudest, lol!  I’m quite sure Brian thinks he won, but we were pretty loud for both of them!

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Dawn Griffith from the Stampin’Up! home office came for the weekend, and she gave a great presentation, as she always does!  Among other things, she showed us the stars from the upcoming Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Oh my WORD!!  They are AMAZING!!!!  I cannot WAIT to get mine (can you tell I’m a little bit excited, lol!)  The pictures in the supplement don’t do them justice. They are even more adorable in real life!

 

 

 

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Saturday evening we had a card making marathon, and eneded up with over 400 Halloween, Christmas and Thank You cards to donate to one of our local Children’s Hospital–where I proudly work–Scottish Rite.

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Sunday morning we were still going strong!  Lisa Mayer Pretto from InkBig Academy spoke to us about using social media to grow our business.  She is an awesome speaker, and I learned SO much–including how to take a selfie, hahaha!  So, I now have a business facebook page–come follow me at Stamp with sharon w–AND an instagram  account (which I am still trying to figure out totally, lol!)

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OH–and how can I forget the SWAPS????  W0w–everyone made amazing cards!

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This was my swap–of course I had to use the new tree punch–I am IN LOVE with it! AND the Trim the Tree DSP paper stack–I adore the traditional Christmas colors, and these are so rich and vibrant!

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It was just a fabulous weekend!  I ate too much, laughed SO much, made new friends and caught up with old friends, and learned A LOT!  I can’t thank Brian and Pam enough for all their hard work!

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

 

 

Tap, tap, tap, , , Is this thing on???

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Well, how in the world has it been a month since I posted!  Not good, not good at all!  It’s not like I haven’t been stamping–I have made quite a few cards–life just got in the way.  I did go to Illinois to visit my Mom, and we had fun crafting together, then I came back home and lost my phone–ACK!!!  Public Service Announcement–do NOT place anything on your car (i.e. a phone!!) and drive off.  Sob—

Anyhow, I do have some super cute cards and projects to share with you all!  The project today is the one I made with my Mom and my SIL.  I have seen collages all over Pinterest and on other peoples blogs, and I have been wanting to make one forever!  It is so easy to make with all of the different punches from Stampin’Up!  Now, I will tell you that the frame I used was one I had laying around the house and it is something like 6×8.  It is a great size, but when I went to the store to try to find more, all I saw were the 5×7.  Of course, I only checked WalMart, so I will have to look at Kohls, Michaels and Hobby Lobby later on.

I liked the grouping of 5 images and a sentiment.  *whispering* I didn’t have a current SU Halloween sentiment that would fit into my square, so I used an old $1 stamp from my stash.  Do you think anyone will notice, lol???

For the 6×8 frame, the images should be 2″ squares, mounted on 2 1/4″ bases.  If you use a 5×7 frame, the images can still be 2″ squares, but don’t use base piece.  I had a picture of the 5×7 one that I made, but I hadn’t downloaded it yet, and then I lost my phone!  I used a piece of plain Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut at 5×7 to layer those images on, and it really made them pop!

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Paper: random candy corn DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White, Soft Suede (pumpkin stem), Elegant Eggplant

Stamps:  Michaels $1 from many years ago

Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Old Olive (sponging on Frankie’s eyelids and nose)

Misc.: Owl punch, Circle framelits, Scallop border punch, Triangle punch, 7/8″ scallop circle punch (spider’s body), 1/2″ circle punch, small oval, bird punch (leaves for pumpkin and eyes for ghost and bat), 3/4″ circle, MS drippy goo punch, black Stampin’ write marker, uni-ball Signo gel pen, silver cord, spider web embossing folder

Whew, I think I got it all!  Hope you like it!

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

Happy Fall!

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I LOVE this time of year!  It hasn’t started to cool off much here in the south, but there are a few leaves turning colors, and I am planning to pull out my Fall/Halloween decorations this weekend, so naturally when I sat down to make a card this evening, I used some of my new goodies!  I was about halfway into making the card when I realized that the base was upside down!  Aargh!  I hate it when that happens!  Fortunately it was pretty easy to pull it apart and put it on a new base.

I stuck with just two colors for this one.  I had planned to do a monochromatic card, but I like this combo!  This is not a card that I would want to mass produce because of the fussy cutting of the leaves!  I really wanted to incorporate those cute acorns, but there was just no room.  I stamped off the background, and freehand cut the banner!

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Stamps:  For All Things

Paper:  Color Me Autumn DSP, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze

Misc.:  Circle framelits, Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, Regals Buttons

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

One Layer Card

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I know it has been a long time since I have posted, but I promise I have been busy!  We decided to update our master bedroom, and for the last couple of weeks we have been stripping wallpaper borders, moving furniture, painting and hanging new curtain hardware.  We found an awesome deal on a comforter set and chose our colors based on that.  It is a huge change–we had those forest green walls and rose border for at least 14 years as near as we can remember!

 

 

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So, now that we are done with our big home improvement project, I decided it was time to get back to crafting.  One of my coworkers asked for some basic “Thinking of you” cards last week, and I remembered seeing a nice one layer card done with the Wetlands stamp set.  I LOVE that set!  I am a beach person, so it’s really the little beach birdies that I like the best, and of course the sentiments are classic!  I don’t remember who made the card that I am CASEing, so if anyone knows, please tell me so I can give them credit!

I started out by making a mask with one of the smaller square framelits, and since I was using whisper white cardstock to do that, I reinforced the edges with some scotch tape.  I don’t know about you guys, but when I am sponging, sometimes I get a little heavy handed and end up with some strange looking smudges at first.  I just kept rubbing for a bit, and after it sat for a little while it seemed to even out!  Since I was using vanilla as my base (I know it looks white, but it really is vanilla!), I did not use black ink-the contrast was too sharp.  I really like how this came out, and I will probably make some others using different sentiments!

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Stamps: Wetlands

Paper:  Very Vanilla

Ink:  Chocolate chip, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar

Misc.:  Square Framelits, sponges

 

 

I really appreciate the sweet comments and thoughts from all of you!  Thank you so much for sticking with me, and I hope to be more regular in posting!  I have lots of new goodies to play with from the holiday catalog, and I can’t wait to share some fun projects with ya’ll!

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

Gifts of Kindness

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I have not been in my stamping room since the last time I blogged!  Today I decided it was time to get back in the saddle, so to speak, since I just got a box of new goodies.  I really needed to make some thank you cards for my sweet co-workers who have been so supportive these last several weeks.

For my first card, I wanted to use the Back to Black DSP.  I saw online where someone had colored on it with blendies, and I loved the way that looked, so that’s what I did!  I used the reverse side of the paper to layer it, since I didn’t have any ribbon that would work.  I used some glitter on the main image, and tucked a rhinestone in the middle of the big flower.  Do you recognize the layer behind the sentiment?  I cropped, cut and pasted the labels framelits to create it!

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Stamps:  Fabulous Four, Gifts of Kindness

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Blendies

Paper:  Back to Black, whisper white, black

Misc.:  Labels framelits, rhinestones, glitter

I really like the main image in the Gifts of Kindness set, so I also used it for my second card.

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Stamps:  Gifts of Kindness, Good Greetings

Ink:  Night of Navy

Paper:  Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon, Flowerpot DSP, Very Vanilla

Misc.:  Labels framelits, rhinestones, Modern Label punch, Scallop oval punch

I am slowly returning to a normal schedule.  For the longest time I felt like I was in a daze and could not concentrate well.  Yesterday was the first time I turned my radio on in the car–I just felt like I needed no distractions while I was like that.  I think I have caught up on my sleep, and I have started cooking again.  It felt really good to get back to creating, and I hope to be more regular in posting!  Thanks to any of you that are still with me!

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon

 

So sorry for the long absence.

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My Dad passed away unexpectedly last week, and I spent the week in Illinois for his funeral.  He was 82 years old and lived a full, happy life.  He was a loving, Godly husband, father, grandfather and friend, and has left quite a legacy.  We will miss him so much.

We are slowly getting back into a routine now that we are back home.  Our air conditioner was not working when we got back home Sunday evening, and it was HOT!  Between fans and spray bottles of water and an occasional breeze, we were able to survive until the air conditioner repairman got here Monday evening!  We all slept well last night, and today I finally ventured down into my stamp room.  I had an order to finish for work tomorrow which was good, because I was not feeling any MOJO at all!  The card my friend wanted was a “blingy” one, and I think I nailed it!

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Stamps: I Like You

Paper:  Sweet Taffy DSP, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Ink:  blendies, Memento tuxedo black

Misc.:  labels framelits, Beautiful Wings embosslit, pearls that I colored with blendies, rhinestones, stickles

Remember to love, hug and appreciate everyone you love, because you never know when you may lose them.  I will be forever grateful that I got to see my Dad two weeks before he died (we live in Georgia and my parents live in Illinois) and spoke with him two days before he died.  The last thing I said to him was “Love you”.

{{{hugs}}}

Sharon