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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

It is already dusk here in Germany and I expect my doorbell to ring while I'm posting this.  Here were the Halloween treats I made for my husband to give out at work.
I used some retired DSP and cut it out with the chalk talk framelits.  The images are from the retired set (that I will never get rid of) Spooky Bingo Bits.  They are punched out with the 1" circle and then mounted to a 1 1/4" circle.  The ribbon is something I've had for FOREVER and moved it like 4 times in the last few years knowing some day I'd use it.  The tags are stapled to individually wrapped and Halloween colored Peeps.

I hope to post a picture tomorrow of my son in his costume.  It was a crafting adventure for sure.

Now here's another treat...the Glitter Queens are hopping again.  We will be featuring projects for Christmas.
I'm working on some cards and projects right now not only for the hop but trying to stay ahead of my to do list as we will be SUPER busy with company between now and Christmas.  It will be so wonderful to have visitors from home.  Alright we'll be out the door out for LEGO man.

Tick or Treat!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I just love the Minions and there have been a few made from punch art out there in the crafting world lately.  I actually worked on a card like this a few weeks ago but instead of going to its intended recipient I had to give it away early for to a new Kindergarten friend.
But making it the second time was easier and I added the mouth detail and the tongue :)

The base is Daffodil Delight cut with the oval framelit.  The overalls are Pacific Point given texture with the hexagon tamp from Six Sided Sampler in Versamark.  I used dimensionals to pop up the straps and added a real button to each strap.  The pocket is also up on dimesionals.  The Gru logo is made using 2 small oval punches one in Pacific Point and the other black.  I hand drew the G with the help of a ruler and then cut with an x-acto knife and my iris scissors.  It makes the drawing easier if you use temporary adhesive to glue the oval to your grid paper and mark your 4 compass points on the paper.
The eye is 1 3/4" circle punch in white and then a shaker part was made for the silver goggle.  The straps are black grosgrain ribbon.
Inside the shaker is a 1" white circle and 3/4" chocolate chip circle and it free floats in the shaker part.  The hair is also chocolate chip cut with the large oval.
I hope you like this card or it made you giggle.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The falling leaves

Saturday was World Card Making Day and I did get a chance to play a little.  I've seen this layout in a couple places and decided to give it a whirl.  I cut a Very Vanilla base 4 1/4 by 11 and scored at 5 1/2.  I lined it back up in the paper trimmer and cut 1 1/4" off the left side of the front panel.
I cut a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of DSP and created the side panel with Sweater Weather DSP.  I trimmed the excess and mounted it to the back/inside panel.
The front is decorated with the oval from Oh Hello and the leaf is from Magnificent Maple.  I embossed the leaf with Tangerine Tango EP and the oval was stamped in Soft Sky and clear EP.
I made a few others using this layout and stamped a birthday greeting but this one I left plain to send to a friend and customer who placed an order this week.
I hope you enjoy this card and check back later I also worked on some Halloween treats this weekend.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog Hop day 3

Well we've come to the end of another hop.  I hope you have been inspired to do some great crafting and stamping.  Today you may be arriving from Tamara's or from any other direction as I have been Pinning my posts to Pinterest.  Pinterest is also where I was inspired to create today's project.

I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for this bag from Silvey.  I decided to make it less like a purse but you certainly could put handles on it.  I used the Natural Composition Specialty DSP to make this bag and the two 3 x 3 cards earlier this week. I love getting the most out of one sheet of DSP.  I used a vintage brad for the closure and a loop of our stretchy ruffled baked brown sugar ribbon for a loop to close the bag.  The front is decorated again like the pumpkin card.  I gave this bag to my neighbor with some friendship tea and the two little cards.  If you would like the tea recipe please leave me a comment.
I hope you have enjoyed our hop.  We'll be back next month with a Winter version so stay tuned for updates.
If you lost your way at any point here is a list of everyone participating.
You start with  Dawn
then onto the hoppers
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog hop Day 2

Welcome back!  I hope you are arriving here after checking out what Tamara created today.  I love her cards from yesterday and have to try the peek-a-boo one.
Thank you so much for your comments on the pumpkin. I will give a brief list of instructions to make it at the end of this post.
Today I have a simple but stunning card for you.
This card has a crushed curry base with accents of tangerine tango and chocolate chip.  The main image is Magnificent Maple.  I colored it all over first with my crushed curry marker then accented it with the tangerine tango marker.
If the layout looks familiar it was an accident but when I was done I thought "it looks like a flip card".  Take your inspiration from anywhere.  Even though this isn't cut with the thinlet die it is still a great layout.
I added a piece of crushed curry chevron ribbon and made a matching envelope from the Sweater Weather DSP.  To add a bit of interest I punched out a circle from the DSP and will use it as the envelope seal.
I hope this project gets your seal of approval.  Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the last day of our hop.  I have another 3-D project for you.  Please make sure you see all of our hopping Glitter Queens.  You start with Dawn
then onto the hoppers

Now the pumpkin.
You'll need a styrofoam ball, rubber bands, a sharp knife, a dull knife, fabric scissors, fabric and batting.
Using the rubber bands around the ball divide the ball into six sections. 3 rubber bands with ends crossing over at both poles.
Cut rectangles of fabric long enough to go from pole to pole with a little extra and a little wider than the section at its widest point.  Cut the batting slightly smaller and more true to the shape of section.
With the sharp knife make thin but 1/4" deep channels into the styrofoam (a messy job so do it where you don't mind vacuuming later)
You can remove the rubber bands or let them be in the channel.
Lay the batting down first then the fabric.  With the dull knife push the fabric into the channels making sure not to put in too much that you don't have fabric on the other side to stuff in.  start in the middle and work towards the poles.  You'll need to trim fabric and batting as you go so you don' t have too much to shove into the channel.
The stem can be a random stick or twig from the yard or if you have a crafty person around (my dad made this stem) they can carve it from a small piece of wood.
I hope these directions are clear but if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me.
have fun!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog Hop Day 1

Hello and welcome to the first of three days of our hop.  You may have joined me from Tamara's or from another link but if you've missed anyone in between I'll have everyone's link at the bottom of this post.
I love to decorate for fall and the project I'm showing today I've had for a while and actually can't believe I hadn't posted it before now.  The best part is that the fabric used although retired is currently available on the clearance rack.   The Spice cake fabric is a deal at $3.99.  You can order by clicking on the shop 24/7 button on the right side of my blog.
The idea is not mine and it has been so long I forget who to give credit to.  Using a Styrofoam ball, rubber bands and some batting this cute pumpkin is fun to make.  I used tools from a class I took on doll making (kimekomi) when we lived in Japan but a butter knife would work just as well.  If you'd like more detailed instructions please leave a comment.
I have 2 cards to show you today also.  One of my favorite sizes is 3 x 3. I made my own punch art for the acorn and the pumpkin is pretty well known.

Can you tell what set I used to decorate the acorn...Hearts a Flutter.
The base of the card is from our DSP Natural Composition Specialty.  The die cut in the background is from the Window Frames collection and the acorn and the pumpkin were made using the small oval punch.  Are you loving the matching envelopes....then you have to get the new envelope punch board.  I am having WAY to much fun with it.
I hope you enjoyed our first day of hopping.  I'm the caboose on this trip but if you'd like to go back and visit any of the other Glitter Queens make sure you start with 
then onto the hoppers
Make sure you come visit us each day for the rest of the week to see what else we have for Fall/Thanksgiving.
Have a great day!

Getting ready to hop

Well the government may be shutdown but the Glitter Queens are working hard to get ready for our blog hop starting tomorrow.
Once again you should start off with
then onto the hoppers
then back to me.

Here's a card to get you in the fall feeling.  The temps here in Germany are starting to get fallish and leaves are turning.

This card was inspired by the triple time stamping technique.  I used the Hello Dahlia set on very vanilla.  The chalk talk framelits were trimmed and then temporarily adhered while stamping the image in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzelberry.  I heat embossed them and then matted on coordinating card stock.
So don't forget to come back by tomorrow to see what we have planned with fall and Thanksgiving in mind.