Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

I'm really looking forward to enjoying today with my family. We have a fun weekend in store, including tonight's trick or treating. Hmmm...how many Peanut Butter Cups do you think we'll....I mean, they'll ....get? I can't wait!

Today, I wanted to share a couple of projects I posted over at The Pursuit of CRAFTYness Blog. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques and I wanted to show how easy it is to make your own embellishments using simple shapes like circles and ovals.

This first project is a card with an owl that is made using several circle punches. Almost every feature on his cute little self is from a circle punch including his body, wings, eyes and feet.

Title: Halloween HOOT Card

Supply List:
Eerie - Freak & Beware by Basic Grey
Trick or Treat – Monstrer Mash and RIP by Fancy Pants
Haunted – Ominous by Cosmo Cricket
Anna Sophia – Worn Stripes by Bo Bunny
Tools: Halloween Fun Clear Stamps by Cloud 9 Design/Fiskars Americas
Fiskars Americas - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Woodland Tree; Super Size Circle Template; Circle Pop Up Punch; Mint Condition and Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punches; Scallop Paper Edgers; 1/8” and 1/16” Circle Hand Punches; Stamp Blocks
Other: PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Machine stitching; black twill ribbon
Computer fonts: Lucida Handwriting


Other suggestions: Instead of a card, create this as wall art or home d├ęcor. Simply change or omit the sentiment; enlarge the scale of the project if needed; add a few more leaves, then matte or frame for display.

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For this next project, a mini tri-fold screen, I used ovals to create the pumpkins and a variety of basic geometric shape punches and shape templates to make the jack-o-lanterns' features.

Title of Project: Jack-o-Lantern Trio Home Decor

Supply List:
Trick or Treat – RIP and Candy Corn by Fancy Pants Designs; Rough & Tough – All Stars by Fancy Pants Designs; Black Cardstock;PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Chalk Ink- Olive Pastel, Burnt Sienna, Charcoal and Chestnut Roan by Clearsnap
Tools: Fiskars Americas – Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Oval Shape Template; ¼” Circle and Rectangle Hand Punches; Circle Pop Up Punch; Brick, Nice Tri and Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punches.
Spooky FrightfulClear Stamps by Li’l Davis/Fiskars Americas
Other: PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Machine stitching


Tips and other suggestions:
--Ink edges by applying 2 or more colors. On the pumpkin ovals, I inked Burnt Sienna, then brown, and then black. I like the depth effect it gives to the pumpkins. They almost seem to glow! On the kraft cardstock squares I used black and brown to give the pieces and aged look that goes well with the stamping and splatter effect.
--Display the project as a screen or fold it into a triangle and place a small floral arrangement in the middle to create a unique centerpiece. Enlarge the scale of the project to make it really stand out on your table if needed.
--Have your project be two in one. Create another trio of embellished squares for the backside of this project – maybe scary jack-o-lantern faces, other Halloween images (ghosts, bats, etc) or simply pumpkins and gourds to celebrate fall.
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Here's another card I made the other day. I didn't have the cute embellishments for this patterned paper collection so I created my own accent imitating the jack-o-lantern design on the paper.

Title: Happy Halloween CARD

Supplies: Imaginisce - Spooky Town: Fraidy Cat and Bestitched patterned paper.
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round, Twinkle, Twinkle and Chip Off the Ol Block Squeeze Punches; Wide Pinking Paper Edgers

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I hope I’ve offered you a little inspiration in making your own fun embellishments with paper piecing. If your interested in the instructions for the Owl and Jack-o-Lantern Trio projects, stop by The Pursuit of CRAFTYness Blog.

Happy Halloween! Be safe & enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Simple gifts....

It's that time of year again when I'm putting together hand-made gifts for the holidays. At times, it can be a real challenge for me to find just the right project that is functional and purposeful, economical yet has a personal touch. You know what I mean!?! For the Flutter Butter feature on the Bo Bunny blog I was inspired to create this notepad holder. And it's the kind of simple gift I can see myself creating again and again not just for the holidays, but for any occasion.


Supply List:

Bo Bunny – Flutter Butter: Breeze, Burst, Honey, Willow, Stripe and Flutter Butter patterned papers; Flutter Butter Cut Outs; Flutter Butter Combo Stickers; Harmony Clearly Stamps; Double Dot Bodacious Brads – Buttercup; Double Dot Ribbon – 3/8” Clover and 5/8” Almond

Other: 1 sheet 12x12 heavy cardstock; 5" X 8" notepad; plain wooden pencil; sandpaper; Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
Tools:Fiskars Americas - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Journal & Brackets Shape Template; Scallop Sentiment Border Punch; Oopsie Daisy Squeeze Punch; Circle Pop Up Punch; Round the Bend Squeeze Punch; Stamp Blocks

Instructions to create the cardstock holder:

1. Cut the cardstock to 10 1/2" wide by 12" high, then round the bottom 2 corners.

2. Fold the cardstock up 4" from the bottom to create a "pocket".

3. Then unfold the bottom and score across the the width of the cardstock sheet (at 5 1/8" and

at 5 3/8") so that the cardstock will wrap around the notepad with a 1/4" spine.

4. Refold the pocket up and firmly crease the folds.

5. It's now ready to embellish!


TIPS:

* Create and embellish a front cover panel separate from the cardstock notepad holder. This way you can sew, punch and embellish as you like without effecting the holder. I also hid part of my ribbon tie between layers on the front cover panel to secure it in place. Once the panel is complete, simply adhere on the front of the cardstock notepad holder.

* Another tip if your stamping on a pencil like the one I used, lightly sand the surface first to remove any slick coating. Then roll the pencil and the stamp slowly in opposite directions to get even coverage of your image.


I think a gift card tucked into the left inside pocket will be just the finishing touch before wrapping this up. Hmmmm.....does this mean I'm actually ahead of schedule for Christmas? Wow...someone pinch me! :)

Thanks for stopping by & Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the designers for Bo Bunny created cards and projects in PiNK to support the cause and join in raising awareness as well as encouraging women to be screened.


Today I wanted to share my card with you............


HoPE for a CURE

Supplies:

Bo Bunny – Delilah: Stripe and Promise patterned paper; Double Dot Blush cardstock; Chunky Chips Blush Alpha Chipboard Stickers; and My Oh My iCandy Jewels

Other: Hampton Arts - Studio G Iridescent Glitter Glue

Tools:

Fiskars Americas - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Butterflies 2 Shape Template; That's Amore Squeeze Punches


Here are a few links for more information on Breast Cancer:

National Breast Cancer Foundation: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

BreastCancer.Org http://www.breastcancer.org/

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: http://ww5.komen.org/

National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/


Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flutter Butter giveaway....

Thursday is finally here and we have a winner for the Flutter Butter mini album kit below.........



Congratulations #23 - Manhattan Mandie!!! Mandie, e-mail me your details and I'll get this out to you this weekend. And be sure to share whatever you create...I'd love to see what you've made!

Thanks to everyone who played along with the Bo Bunny scavenger hunt/blog hop! It was great fun knowing how many participated and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading the comments you left for me. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bo Bunny's NEW releases & more....

The new releases and other products will be arriving at stores soon! And I can't wait to get my hands on these beautiful collections and the super cute stamps coming out too. My favorite line by far is Persuasion. Such pretty papers and embellishments that are just right for so many occasions I can think of - girly, Valentine's, spring, Mother's Day or everyday. I LOVE that! Lots of flexibility in one colleciton. Here's a peek of Persuasion if you haven't already seen the catalog....


You can see this and the other new collections and products if you stop by the Bo Bunny blog today. They're also inviting their blog readers to join in on a little fun with a scavenger hunt. So be sure to visit there for all the details on the scavenger hunt and a chance to win!

While you're here visiting me, please post a comment below by Wednesday, October 21st 9 pm EST - if you'd like to be included for a chance to win this Flutter Butter 6" x 6" mini album kit that I put together. I'll post a winner of the mini kit Thursday morning.


mini album kit includes the following:
  • 6" square chipboard mini album - 2 chipboard pieces with punched holes & 3 binder rings
  • 2 - 6" Cut Outs (just right for the mini album's covers)
  • 10 - 6" sheets of patterned paper: Breeze, Burst, Honey, Willow & Flutter Butter
  • 1 - Thankful Cardstock Sticker Sheet (full sheet)
  • 11 Cut Out pieces for journaling and accents
  • 4 - 8" pieces of Double Dot Ribbon ( Chiffon Dot & Coffee Dot)
  • 3 - Flutter Butter Flowers
  • Other various embellishments: buttons; bling; chipboard circle; cardstock brackets; and punched butterflies (6)
Today, I also wanted to share a little card I made using the Bo Bunny Boo Crew collection along with the Wacky Wednesday Sketch #3 by Tricia Gorden over at Paper Popsicles .......... Isn't Mr. Bones cute? I stamped the green patterned paper with the Mr. Bones Clearly Stamps and colored in the characters eyes with white opaque pen to make them POP!

Supplies: Bo Bunny - Boo Crew: Here's Looking at You, Dot, Stripe and Masquerade patterned papers; Boo Crew Combo Stickers; and Mr. Bones Clearly Stamps
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round Squeeze Punch; Round the Corner Squeeze Punch; and the Upper Crest Border Punch


That's it for today! Thanks for visiting and don't forget to leave a comment below for my Flutter Butter giveaway shown above and be sure to visit the Bo Bunny blog today for even more fun and prizes!

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's SPOOK-tacular!

Halloween is creeping up on us....just two weeks away, right? And I can't tell you how much I look forward to the fun... decorations, costumes, watching scary (and some not so scary) movies, baking treats, being crafty....oh, and don't forget the candy...it's all good!

And I have a couple of recent halloween projects to share with you.......



This Jack-o-Lantern Treat Box I made for Fiskars is a super simple package using a pillowbox template. I've made several to fill with small treats and gifts for the kids.

Supplies: Bo Bunny - Boo Crew patterned paper: Goblins, Dot & Here's Looking at You
Tools: Fiskars Americas - 3-in-1 Romantique Corner Punch & Funky Love Squeeze Punch



And my favorite project so far is this Haunted House also made with the Boo Crew collection that you can also find on the Bo Bunny Blog with more detailed photos. I used Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch for the roof and the Block Party Squeeze Punch to create the openings in the windows and door. The characters peeking out are from the Cut Out sheet for this collection.

Supplies: Bo Bunny - Boo Crew: Goblins, Dot, Here's Looking at You, Ghoul Friends, Masquerade, Stripe; and My Eye on You iCandy Jewels.
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Scallop Sentiment and Upper Crest Border Punch; Block Party Squeeze Punch; Ultra ShapeXpress Tool and Circle Shape Template


That's it for now but I'll have more to come. And be sure to stop by Monday when we'll be having some fun with Bo Bunny!

I'm hoping that this wet and rainy weather we have here isn't going to put a damper on the weekend. I still need to get our pumpkins!!! Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Punch set Winner!!!

It's Tuesday and I've got a winner for the Fiskars punch set below.............
........Random.Org has chosen #12 - Jan....Congrats!!! Send me your details and I'll get those out to you this week. I really hope you'll enjoy them!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to congratulate me for Card of the Week over at 2 Sketches 4 You! It was totally unexpected but I was thrilled!

And here are a couple simple cards based on sketches you can find over at the Bo Bunny blog that I've been meaning to share.......

Birthday Wishes:


Sketch by designer - Christine Ousley
Supplies: Bo Bunny's Kitchen spice collection (isn't that flower sticker great!?!)
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Butterfly Shape Templates; Round 'n Round Squeeze Punches


Autumn Card Set:

Note- I used the 2 page layout sketch to create 2 separate cards
Sketch by designer - Rita Shimniok
Supplies:
Bo Bunny's Delilah collection
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Romantique 3-in-1 Corner Punch; SuperSize Circle Shape Templates & Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch

Just Because:

Sketch by designer - Dee Gallimore-Perry
Supplies: Bo Bunny's Gypsy collection

Have a great day!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day!!!

Hey there! So have you been celebrating World Card Making Day like I have? This year is actually the first time I've been able to have the day to myself and join in on the fun. And I can't tell you how much I've loved creating these cards today!

Lately, I love accordion folding paper strips to look like ribbon and sewing them to my projects. The other thing I seem obsessed with is stitching circles to my pages and cards. So I figured why not put them both together on one card....

Supplies: Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice - Spice, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rosemary & Sesame patterned paper; Touch of Spice & Butterfly Dreams iCandy Jewels

Tools: Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round
and All-a-Flutter Squeeze Punches & Around the Corner Squeeze Punch

My other card was inspired by Kazan's fantastic sketch #36 at 2 Sketches 4 You. I fringed a handful of circle punches and layered them to create the flower. I also layered border punched strips just below the sentiment.

Supplies: Bo Bunny Delilah - Stripe, Promise, Pretty, You&Me, Here's 2 U and Delilah patterned paper; Touch of Spice & Butterfly Dreams iCandy Jewels

Tools: Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round and Mint Condition Squeeze Punches; Around the Corner Squeeze Punch; Sea Pearls 3-in-1 Corner Punch; Lace & Lattice Border Corner Punch; and Apron Lace & Scalloped Sentiment Border Punches.

Now, the best part of today's post is that I have a give away of 2 brand new punches by Fiskars.

The first is the Lace & Lattice Border Corner Punch (on my card above I trimmed away the straight edge leaving only the tiny scallop that looks similar to the Apron Lace Border Punch) and the second is the Romantique 3-in-1 Corner Punch. So, if you'd like to win this set of awesome punches, please leave a comment to this post and I will randomly choose a winner Tuesday, October 6th by 12pm EST.

Hope you had as much fun as I did on World Card Making Day! Go be crafty...and enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Friday, October 2, 2009

More floral projects......

Today, Fiskars Facebook Page is featuring 7 new and exclusive projects by me and other Fiskars designers. These were so much fun to create! Not long ago, I would admire the decorative arrangements in craft stores but had never tried my hand at this particular craft. I didn't really know where to start. But this challenge to create these projects using the new line of Fiskars Floral tools was just what I needed to get started. And the best part, I now have some great arrangements for my home to celebrate the coming seasons. Here's a peek with links to my 3 projects on Facebook:

Autumn Bounty Cornucopia



Happy Holidays Basket



Winter Wonderland



Happy Friday! :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back on track....

What a crazy, busy AND crafty month September was! So much so that I've been sadly neglecting this here blog. BUT, I'm determined to start anew in October and get back to sharing, as I create, simply because I have so many fun things to show you. :)

First, if you haven't heard of or seen the new line of Fiskars Floral tools, be sure to check them out. Whether you're a novice (like me) or a pro, these tools have so much to offer...easy to use, durable and innovative. At the moment, I have 2 favorite tools: 1) the Floral Spray Foam - which means "bye, bye" to working with those messy foam blocks! Yay! and 2) the Professional Grade Stem Cutter - which is a powerhouse with cutting stems up to 1/2" thick. These 2 tools alone made my projects so much easier to create. Here are a couple of floral projects I've recently done:

"Best Witches" is a slightly whimsical arrangement that I had in mind for the table in my foyer. Bold colors, creepy tendrils and a little broom to finish it off. I can't wait to set out the cauldron of Halloween candy next to it for our Trick-or-Treaters!



Here's another floral decor piece that you can download at the Fiskars website. It's more elegantly spooky and currently haunting my dining room. Again, some orange,black and a touch of purple for Halloween.



There will be quite a few more floral projects I'll be sharing here in the coming coming months, so please check back again. As always, I'd love to read your comments so don't hesitate to chime in. I'm pretty new to floral arranging and look forward to any insight you might have. :)

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!