Saturday, October 31, 2009

The cupcakes with their Tops!

Ok, it's been a week since I made these, but here are the finished goodies! The teacher and class just loved these. Nothing like something fun to eat and something to play with afterwards! The hubby helped me make the cupcakes (actually, he did the most of it - I was writing up a listing file (We do real estate for a real job - just listed a condo that night!) He had bought this cool cookie frosting in a tube (I told him to buy green or black frosting) and you squeeze it out and it sets smooth!
Action shot! Jeanie putting the pumpkins in! Sorry blurry!

Here's the before shot! She's tickled to be helping! (She's leaning on the table - that's not a huge belly!)
Group Shot!
I don't know how I'll top myself for the next treat day! I've got 3 more this school year! By the time I'm done, I'll be hiring a clown!
Happy Halloween - Hope your's is safe and fun!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gift Tags

My friend asked me to do a Gift Tag Class, but I couldn't think of what to make until I started playing with my Cricut and a blog I followed posted something similar
(you had to buy a tool that makes tags - not!)
I cut these out of CS with the Cricut and decorated them. I cut Snowflakes and circles to decorate the front and added a little bling for good measure. It took a little time to figure out the best way to layout the background on the software because the ornament has a angle to it and it had to be a mirror image. The green paper is from Creative Basics Kit from last year (still available) and when I cut it out it only goes on one way because of the angle of the ornament.
They are folded over and a string will go thru the top to hang on gifts.I'm not totally loving the last two pictures, but not bad for a first time run.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Toppers

Tell me they look like pumpkins!!!
I have to supply the snack for Jeanie's Preschool next week so I made these pumpkins out of cardstock to push thru the top of cupcakes. There is over 2 dozen in the picture above. Below is how I did them. You take 5 or 6 pumpkins (I used a flower on my Cricut machine and deleted the center circle from being cut out.) A smaller scalloped circle would work too. Stamp a face on all the pieces or I only did 2 sides. Take all the pieces, line them up together and fold them in half all at once - this way they will line up when you glue them together. I used Liquid Glass - loved using it - drys fast and you only need a little. Put glue on half of one pumpkin and glue another half to it. Keep folding the pieces back as you go along. In between the first two you glue, I added a piece of green cardstock for the vine or top of the pumpkin. repeat this at the last one too. I wound the green on an angle around one of the sticks.When you get to the last one, put lots of Liquid Glass in the middle. Put the pumpkin pieces together and then force a stick up from the bottom. I used Lollipop sticks I bought at Hobby Lobby. Hold together for a little while and you're done. I hope they like them. I thought it would be festive since it's so close to Halloween.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Around the Yard

It's sure is fall and it seems earlier this year. Here are some of the pictures I took out in the yard this last week. I've been sick all week and stayed home 3 days from work. I'm trying to catch up on computer stuff and cleaning my craft room. Hope to be posting more soon.
Jeanie by the neighbor's yard - he's got great landscaping that turns colors every season - I can't keep up with that - so we steal pictures by his stuff!
This tree turned neon yellow - the picture doesn't do it justice - when the sun hit it and you pulled into the subdivision your eyes were instantly drawn to it!
And my little Jade plant (I think that's the name) is starting to bloom! She comes in after being out all summer, doubles in size some years and then she flowers little tiny white flowers! My Mom never saw such a thing. The first year she bloomed was the fall before Jeanie was born.
Hope you like the photos!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Had to Copy a little Spooky!

This is a wall hanging I saw on the CEO's blog that I had to copy!
She posted all of the ingredients and wouldn't you know it I had all that I needed to make one for myself - now that's really scary! I was actually short black waxy flax, but I sponged brown hemp to make it work.
Here is a metal tag with the center cut out and two Dementional Elements Stars sponged Sunflower Yellow!
I stamped 2 owls and layered him with foam squares. I colored in the Sunflower Yellow eyebrows and beek with a marker.
Created the flaux wood grain background and wrote on the tombstones with a marker too. I think it's close to the real thing. I was suppose to sew around the edge, but I used Simple Stitiches stamp set to make it look like I did. Other stamps: Creepy Cobwebs and Whoo Loves You. Click on the logo on the right to go to her website and you let me know if I did a good job of scraplifting!






Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Invites

Over the weekend my friend Patti needed a little help with some invites - a Couples Costume Bridal Shower to be exact! So we came up with these pumpkins. We cut them out using the Cricut. Then printed the words on with an Inkjet printer. I took Orange ink and sponged curves on them to give them some depth. This is a tester for the green ink for the stem - but it shows you what it looked like without the orange lines sponged on below:
We realized that we forgot where they are registered so we made a crystal ball out of green paper and the ball we cut out of velum paper. On a laser printer we printed off the information for the registry.
Marker in machine - we outlined them with green ink first - gives them an edge.

A whole sheet of them!

While Patti's machine was cutting pumpkins and crystal balls, mine was cutting 4 colors of paper confetti - white skeletons, orange pumpkins, black spiders, and purple moons and stars - all about an inch big - took all day! (I had the settings too slow!)

Here are just a few of them:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mini Flip Flap Album

A Sister Consultant showed us this Flip Flap album in September and we planned on making them at the next Unit Meeting, but I couldn't wait and figured out how to do it - it's a good thing I did because everyone I showed wants one or wants to do one. It is very easy. I don't know if you can tell there is a flap that opens on the right where it says "there's no place like home".

The Flip Flaps are individual pockets for pictures that have an adhesive end that you can use to add a picture to anything. I used the paper from our Sweet Home Paper Kit and created the cover and back. I scored it where the Flip Flap pocket ends so it would fold open without pulling on the glue. There is no stamping, just used the Stickease from the Sweet Home Level 2 Pack and a few pearls for bling.





Friday, October 9, 2009

Playing with D.E. & Embellishments

At the Unit Meeting in September we took the Dimensional Elements On Target and cut up one of the circles to create this card. Dimensional Elements are white chipboard that are great for just about anything! Here we took a sponge and colored a piece of the scalloped circle Chocolate, hole punched it and put little brads into it. We used Nature's Vein to create the background paper. Using a sponge and Chocolate Ink, we colored the Twill Ribbon to match or D.E. With a Glue pen we added Prisma Glitter to the veins on the leaf. On the next card we played with the Metal Frames (sorry discontinued) - Got'm never took them out of the plastic - love to collect cute things like this!!! Here we did another fall theme. The bottom scalloped piece is a D.E. from the Borders set (check out the scrolls on this set!!), cut and sponged with Colonial White.

The photo below shows the depth better. The frame is held on with two brads.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

September's Card Swap

For September's Unit Meeting we were suppose to do a card with an Autumn theme. Here is a few from the meeting: Amy's Card above uses the Stamp Of the Month for September (Which I have an extra set and I love this one!). Bev's Card below has Nature's Veins stamp set, brads and Colonial White ribbon featuring the crochet ribbon in the collection.

Then there is my card. I used Neighborhood stamp set and Nature's Veins too. The leaves are Sunkissed Yellow and rocked onto Holiday Red and Citrus Leaf. I crumpled them up and put a foam square under them for depth. I stamped the houses twice and cut out part of the house and roof. Using foam squares I gave it raised 3D look. I stamped the trees in Citrus Leaf, then the trunks were tapped onto the Chocolate ink pad. I then rocked the edges of the leaves in Orange Ink, and I tipped a few areas in Holiday Red Ink - giving it a fall look. No 2 trees were alike!

The tires on the car are silver Bity Brads. The car was Grey Wool Ink. Brown Bag Ink and cardstock was for the house and background. I used a Nestibilites die to cut out the Colonial White CS and I shaded the inside with Bamboo Ink while the die stayed on the paper so that the embossed edge stayed clean and free of ink - great 2 tone effect.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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