Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sunshine, Love and Hugs

Hello!  Hope all is well for you!  There's been a whole lot of stamping going on around here . . . Friday was Paper Pumpkin Power Hour, Sunday the Halloween Tricks and Treats Class, yesterday we had a SUper Friends meeting, and today a hostess party!!!  So much fun!!!  I might be in withdrawal tomorrow . . . at least Thursday will be the pre-World Cardmaking Day Stampin' Time, so that'll help! ;)

Anyway, wanted to pop in and share some paper sunshine with you!

The card is an adaptation of a couple cards on page 97 of the Annual Catalog that are samples for the Sunshine Sayings bundle.  I designed it as a make and take for my first time volunteering to do some stamping at our local Ronald McDonald House!  That was so much fun, too . . . and I'm so thankful to my friend Margery for showing me the ropes, laughing along with me, and helping me clean up when I managed to cover my hands and arms in Bermuda Bay ink (from the ink we were sponging on to the die cut words -- oops!!)!  That was highly entertaining for everyone there, myself included!  Very thankful to have been able to have that experience and for all the beautiful laughter and smiles that day!

World Cardmaking Day is coming up this weekend, and I'm hoping to get some cards out to spread some more sunshine that day.  How about you?  Do you have any plans for celebrating? Please leave me a comment and let me know, and I'll randomly choose someone from those who comment to receive one of these love and hugs cards!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fabulous Friends Friday: Connie's Watercolor Leaves Card

Happy Friday!  It's been a fun day here -- had Paper Pumpkin Power Hour this morning -- always great to have crafty time with friends!  And, have a card from one of those friends to share with you today!  About a week and a half ago, Connie and I got together to try out some watercolor techniques, and here is a card Connie sent me using some of the pieces she created during that time:

So gorgeous!!!!  Love the fall colors and leaves (stamped with the Vintage Leaves set)!!!  And, love that Connie used some watercolor art to finish the inside of the card as well!  Neat idea!  Thanks so much, Connie, for the fun crafty time together, for the stunning card, and for letting me share it here!  Has me inspired to get my watercolor experiment pieces finished into cards, too!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Halloween Tricks and Treats Class: Dracula's Coffin Treat Box

Hi!  Hope you are having a terrific Thursday!  I'm back today with the final project for Sunday's Halloween Tricks and Treats Class -- a coffin-shaped treat box, created with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies and decorated with a combination of the Sweet Home, Spooky Fun, Ghoulish Grunge, Jar of Haunts, Cookie Cutter Halloween and Hardwood stamp sets (whew!  That's a lot of sets!).  

This project was inspired by Martha Inchley's Dracula's Home Sweet Home.  I did my best to reverse-engineer her design, and in the process tried some different colors and shapes, until I settled on the version for class.  

Here's one of my attempts with Basic Black card stock: 

Ultimately, I decided I like Basic Gray a bit better, since the woodgrain shows up nicely on it! And, here are a couple of boxes I created with that:

And, actually, here's a picture of several of my creations, lined up and open:

Here's a closer inside view of a couple of these -- you can see I took Martha's idea of using a window sheet inside for Dracula to rest on:

As you might have noticed, I decided to line the inside of the box with some red card stock (thanks to my talented friend Jana for the idea -- she used felt in her awesome creation, which you can see by clicking here):

The window sheet can help contain some added treats as well:

Pretty fun, right?!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween Tricks and Treats Class: Spooky Starry Sky Spinner Card

Just a quick post today -- has been a crazy-busy week so far, and it's starting to catch up with me!  Did want to pop in and share this spinner card, though, that will be one of the cards we are creating in my class this Sunday:

The night sky is created with the star swirl image from the Star of Light stamp set (not just for Christmas!), heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  The other images are from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set, die cut with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits, except for the greeting, which is stamped on a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock and cut with the Duet Banner Punch.  The spinner part of the card is created using the Sliding Star Framelits

I'll be prepping kits for Sunday's class very shortly, so if you'd like me to prep a kit for you, please let me know as soon as possible!  Hope you can join the fun!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Halloween Tricks and Treats Class - Jar of Haunts Surprise Message Card!

Hi everyone!  Today I have another of the cards for my upcoming Halloween Tricks and Treats Class to share with you.  This started as a CASE of this card from Julie at www.thewaywestamp.com, and you'll see I stayed pretty true to Julie's card with just a few tweaks . . .  

I love how Julie combined the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Jar of Love Bundle and Labeler Alphabet set. Although I changed up the card base and first layer colors, I copied the rest of the basic elements from her card:

My background is done a bit differently than Julie's because I decided to do a faux watercoloring technique using the Watercolor Wash Background stamp.  I also added a surprise element to the jar -- not sure if you'd call it a trick, a treat, or a bit of both -- but, it opens to reveal this sweet hidden message:

For the inside of the card, I decided to go with a clean and simple greeting (from the Jar of Haunts set):

After I was finished, I decided to try out some Enamel Dots in some of the flower centers:

What do you think?  Should I have left well enough alone or are the dots a good addition?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, September 19, 2016

Halloween Tricks and Treats Class: Spooky Fun Watercolor and Grunge Card

Happy Monday!  I'm very excited for my Halloween Tricks and Treats Class coming up this Sunday and wanted to share a closer look today at one of the cards we'll be creating in that class:

My favorite feature of this card is the spooky watercolor sunset behind the die cut tree silhouette!  I have a fun and surprisingly easy trick to teach those who come to class about how to get this look!

I used the Spooky Fun stamp set and coordinating Halloween Scene Edgelits to create this card (save 10% when you purchase those together as a bundle!), along with the Ghoulish Grunge set and Project Life Paper Clips Thinlits Dies.  I added a bit of Gold Metallic Thread behind the pumpkins:

Then, I created another version of the card, and decided to use Black Metallic Thread:

Here's a closer view of that:

Which do you like better?

And, I finished the inside as well:

Also, have you seen this week's deals?  There are some great bargains on Project Life Kits and Accessory Packs as well as the Layering Oval Thinlits Dies!  You can check them out in my online store here (but deals end soon -- on 9/21/16!!!)

Thanks for visiting!

- Michelle

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sweet Pumpkin Jar Treat Holders and Clearance Rack Deals!

Thanks to everyone who came to the Holiday Catalog Open House this weekend!  It was great fun to have some stamping time with you!  If you weren't able to make it, I hope you'll be able to join me again soon (you can check out my class schedule here).

I prepared a little surprise for those who attended the Open House.  These cute little treat holders, made with the Jar of Love Photopolymer Bundle, Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, and Hardwood Stamp. The idea for these came from BJ Peters, who has an excellent, easy-to-follow tutorial for these on her blog here.

Here's how mine turned out:

Also, Stampin' Up! has restocked the Clearance Rack with lots of fabulous products at equally fabulous prices!  Things are selling out quickly, though, so you'll want to head right on over to my online store and get your favorites before it's too late!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

- Michelle