Monday, September 27, 2010

Spooky Banner

To celebrate Halloween, because I really dont have any halloween decos (except for this one bowl that says happy halloween that we leave out all year round anyway) I decided to make another banner. I fully dig banners b/c its one of the only times I break out my cricut.

I used my Spooktacular set from TGF. I cut out the letters w/ my Storybook cartridge and dumped MS black glitter over it all. So it's all very nice and glittery. Then I spaced each one w/ a bow topped w/ a big PTI button. You see I have a ton of these huge PTI buttons and I have no idea what to use them for. They're a bit too big for cards, so if you have any suggestions I'm all ears.

I took all the madness that was on our fridge (like the birth announcement of a boy who's now 4)and pinned it up w/ clips. Okay that's not entirely true, most of the madness simply got relocated to beneath the banner. The picture's bit unpolished because it took forever to get a decent shot. But it makes my kitchen look nice and halloweenish.

Since I couldnt get a very good picture of it hanging up, I have a close-up of the letters:

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Spooktacular
Paper: SU!, Basic Grey eerie
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: Cricut storybook, polka dots embossing folder, MS onyx glitter, PTI orange zest buttons, black ribbon

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hallos Treats

With all the new tv premieres this week, I've barely found time (or motivation) to stamp. But Alice had this super cute (and simple) treat holder tutorial at Club Anya that I just had to try.

I inked up my Bride of Nico Anya from Spooktacular and colored her up in copics. I used a slightly smaller piece of cardstock to make a square shaped treat holder (rather than a rectangle). Then die cut circle nesties to create a window.

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Spooktacular
Paper: black cardstock, DCWV glitter matstack, Basic Grey eerie
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: Spellbinders circles, sizzix flourish die, PTI orange zest, divine twine, ribbon

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Glee Day

I've been waiting about three very long months for this, but it's finally here. Tonight is the night. That's right, the season premiere of Glee is on. Yay! I wanted to make a special Gleek card but my muse has left the building. I think she might have been stolen. If you've seen my muse, could you please let me know?

So the gals at CMC have done it again. Amy's put up another superly awesome straight hair tutorial. Doesnt it make you just so envious at the ease at which some of these smashing women can color hair w/ a few flicks of the pen? I tried my hand at her style but I was having much difficulty w/ the longer line flicks of the pen to simulate the strands of the hair. I sadly destroyed two other Dressy Ebony's before I caved and tried a different hair color (those E40's just seem to hate me).

I added some glossy accents to her pendant and hair flower. Then I put some illuminate all over her jacket and edging of her dress. Only I was having major issues with getting a good detail shot. Bummer.

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF Dressy Ebony, PTI daily design sentiments
Paper: MB mocha notecard, Cosmo Cricket pixie-licious, Stardream lapis lazuli
Ink: Brilliance pearlescent chocolate, Copics,
Accessories: MFT scalloped border, PTI melon berry buttons & ribbon, spellbinders labels eight & ovals, smooch illuminate, glossy accents, kaiser pearls

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Farm Friday

So I finally decided to get some semblance of organization with my crafts. I got this super cool card holder and now its got all my preprinted digis (and a few stamped images) sorted by company. And wouldnt you know, there were quite a few digis I totally forgot I had. TGF's Audrey here is one of them.

On last week's episode of Club Anya Tootin' Wednesday, Traci (who rocked a super cute haircut that made me miss my short hair) was all about making Pleats and Ruffles. It seems kinda contridictory now that I think about it, but I decided to use the least girly TGF image I own with a girly technie such a pleats. But I am nothing if not vastly contridictory.

I colored her up in copics. Then I pulled out my new cosmo cricket pack, before it too got lost in my Craft Shelf of No Return. I really wanted to use one of my new Kids Quotes (particularly the "How man fingers are you now?" line) but I just couldnt find a way to make it fit on the card. I really gotta learn to not die cut my images until I figure out the layout. Maybe I'll stamp the quote on the inside.

The Dets:
Stamps: TGF WS Audrey, PTI daily designs sentiments
Paper: MB notecard, Cosmo Cricket togetherness
Ink: Copics, Versafine black
Accessories: ribbon, oval nesties, kaiser pearls

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Framed Faves

So this past weekend I discovered that my LSS, or rather LCS, has fairly nice quality black felt. I've been dying for some ever since my friend got some PTI black felt in our last order. And once I had some of that delish black felt in my hot little hands I couldnt resist die cutting a slew of black flowers and borders. But you see, I didnt really have a purpose for them I just wanted them.

Finally, after I had rather pretty mountain of black embellies on my tiny craft table, the boy pointed out that I should probably use a few. I suppose he didnt quite see the point of having a oh-so-pretty pile of black felt flowers if I wasnt actually going to use them. So I brought out a few of my favorites. My current favorite dp, Basic Grey Olivia, my fave senti set Signature Greetings and my brand new MFT Framed Greetings.

As you can probably tell, if you've seen any other cards on my blog, I'm rather obsessed with MFT's open scallop die borders (in black felt of course). But I'm fairly sure this is the last of them. That is until I cut another mountain of them.

Thus ends a very long winded explanation of a rather little card.

The Dets:
Stamps: MFT Framed Greetings, PTI Signature Greetings
Paper: PTI true black, Basic Grey olivia
Ink: Versafine black
Accessories: Spellbinders circles, MFT open scallop border, PTI flowers, PTI Aqua Mist button, ribbon, felt

Monday, September 13, 2010

Super Late Sketchie Saturday

So I finished this card last week, posted it to the Greeting Farm gallery and totally forgot to post it here. Oops. I might have been distracted by all the super awesome sneak peaks going on (TCP, PTI,'s a girl to choose???).

Anyway, last week's Club Anya Saturday Sketch was the dreaded round card. I think I've only done a few before. On one hand, I like them because they're tiny so I have to worry about filling in alot of extras. On the other hand, they're tiny. And obviously I had no problem adding extra embellies to this one. What can I say, Pretty Hat Anya just sorta demands it.

I added a bunch of glossy accents to her necklace, but it didnt come out to well in the picture. I've been seen these fabulous blinged out flourishes on people's cards lately but the prices for one or two of them have been pretty steep. I had some normal pearls on hand so I placed them in a haphazard, flourshy type fashion.

The Dets:
TGF Pretty Hat Anya
Paper: PTI sweet blush, vellum, Basic Grey olivia
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: PTI flower dies, spellbinder circles, MFT open scallop border, glossy accents, divine twine, BG black button, kaiser pearls

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A long time coming...Mojo Monday

Have you ever had one of those cards in which you know the basic outline, how you want the card to look...but then it takes forever just to execute? Either the details just aren't quite right, or the mix of paper you chose isn't exactly what you first envisioned?

This card was most definitely one of them. I loved this week's Mojo Monday Sketch, MOJO155. So much so I actually started on Monday, seems like forever ago now. But I got stuck. Then of course I got distracted with The Clockwork Angel. And now it's almost a week later (the book's over) and the card pieces were still on my desk.

It came out to be fairly close to what was in my head, but I'm still not quite sure. I am excited b/c its been forever since I've inked up any of my Verve stamps. But this set, Thankful Accents, is definitely one of my favorites.

The Dets:
Stamps: Verve Thankful Accents
Paper: PTI true black & summer sunrise, SEI moonrise
Ink: Versafine black
Accessories: Spellbinder circles, MFT open scallop border, ribbon, felt, kaiser jewels

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Something Blue...

This week's MFT Wednesday challenge was Back to School Blues. Now I havent had the back to school blues in longer than I care to admit. But I feel for my pal the 8th Grade Math Teacher, Mr. O, who had to go back to school this week. Yeah right, I totally feel for the him because he had the whole summer off, whilst I worked the whole summer... Me bitter? Of course not.

Anyway, I didnt have any school related MFT stamps, but I did have this Birthday Flopsey I have been dying to ink up. And of course I had to use my new favorite "boy" paper, Oliver from Basic Grey. I just love the blue & green combo. Especially when I discovered that PTI's enchanted evening matches perfectly. Then later sadly discovered that I had to use the last of it on this card. Bummer.

The Dets:
Stamps: MFT Birthday Flopsey
Paper: PTI true black, simply chartreuse & enchanted evening, Basic Grey oliver
Ink: Memento black, PTI snow white, Copics
Accessories: Spellbinders circles & rectangles, MFT scallop dies, cuttlebug small polka dots, PTI enchanted evening ribbon, Impress glitter

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Curly Hair Experiment

If you've been trolling the blogs then you must have come across the Color Me Copic blog. Its run by five rockin' color-ers (in my opinion). The only bad thing about the blog is that it's inspired me to add all kinds of copics colors to my "wish" list (as if that wasnt long enough already...). But it's full of all kinds of useful reference information and, as of late, super cool techniques. The lastest one is Amy's Curly Hair tutorial. It was so neat looking that I just had to try.

I dont have too many curly haired stamps (probably a reason for that - they're hard to color). But I did have this Sweet November Darby stamp, which I've only inked up once. I went w/ red hair, but I think I need try this curly hair "squiggle" thing a few more times. I used this week's SFYTT, though it was alot of rearranging of layers before I decided to go w/ the landscape orientation.

The Dets:
CC Designs Sweet November Darby, MFT Flopsey Birthday sentiment
Paper: PTI dark chocolate & ripe avocado, Cosmo Cricket nutmeg
Ink: Brilliance pearlescent chocolate, Memento black, Copics
Accessories: polka dot embossing folder, felt, kaiser jewels, MFT open scallop border, spellbinders circles, PTI butterfly die

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clean & Simple TESC

If there's one thing I envy (and if we're being honest here there's alot of things I envy) its Nichole Heady's talent for making this super awesome cards using just a black pen and ruler. Never underestimate the difficulty of drawing a straight and even line w/ a pen. I had to do it three times before I came up with something that was okay. But then I've got this hate/hate relationship w/ rulers in general...

But I digress.

When I saw this week's Taylored Sketch, TESC126, I immediately thought of my PTI Take Three Summer set. As of late, my poor PTI sets havent seen the wet side of an inkpad in forever. I punched three squares in my current fave PTI colors (b/c I'm so fickle my "current faves" change constantly) then stamped each of the flowers in black ink. I topped them w/ coordinating buttons before mounting them.

Its fairly clean and simple for me. Definitely a change-up from what I had been doing. And I'm still not quite sure what the sentiment is supposed to be for either. Maybe its a condolence? Going away? I just thought looked pretty...

The Dets:
Stamps: PTI Take Three Summer
Ink: Brilliance graphite black
Paper: MB licorice notecard, PTI hawaiian shores, simply chartreuse and pure poppy
Accessories: PTI hs/sc/pp buttons, copic mutliliner