Fall Leaves Card

Inspired by Nature. This card is the quintessential Autumn card as if has every fall color that I love.

Supplies: orange cardstock, purple cardstock, white cardstock, olive ribbon, scallop border punch, purple marker, Stampin Up ink colors, and Stampin Up Paisley Print stamp set.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus

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Spooktacular Halloween Banner

I’ve seen some amazing Halloween banners online lately and I was inspired to create my own. So I gathered my supplies and got into the spooky spirit! Here is how you can make your very own spooktacular bunting:

Supplies:
black crepe streamer paper
scrapbook paper (I used 6×6 pads of Apothecary Emporium & Mischievous)
white cardstock
orange cardstock
paper glaze or glitter glue
black glitter
black ribbon
2 3/8 Stampin Up scallop circle punch
3.5 inch scallop circle punch
1.5 inch circle punch
Black ink
hole punch
foam squares
Stapler
Adhesive tape

Cut 12 banner pieces out of scrapbook paper. Then ink the edges with black for a vintage look.

Next, create crepe paper rosettes using your hands and a stapler: Basically you just fold the crepe paper in your left hand (if you’re right-handed) into small, angled pleats. Holding the pleats down, keep going until you have formed a circle, try to keep it even. Stop and trim extra crepe paper when you have a circle then staple the middle of the rosette so it doesn’t unravel…you may need to staple a few times. I stapled each one three times just to make sure! 

Next punch twelve 3.5 inch scallop circles out of white cardstock, then twelve out of orange cardstock using the smaller scallop punch.  Rub black ink on all the edges.

I made a template for the letters using Photoshop, I printed them on white cardstock, and punched them out using a 1.5 circle punch and then used paper glaze om each letter so that the black glitter would stick. I let those dry for about 30 minutes.  (See below for a free printable of the letters I created!)

To assemble: Use an adhesive roller to attach the orange scallop circle to the black crepe rosette to the white scallop circle and onto the banner. Use foam squares to attach the glitter letters to the top. Finish by punching holes in the top of each banner piece and string them together using ribbon.

Now sit back and enjoy the wicked view!

Free Printable: Spooktacular banner letters PDF File. Use a 1.5 circle punch for letters.

Twins Baby card

The washcloth cupcakes was part of her gift (as seen in the previous post) but here is the card I made for my friend that’s expecting twin boys.

I started off with a green card from Paper Source. I punched out a 2.5 scallop circle of patterned cardstock and a smaller scallop of light blue cardstock. I needed a focal point so I took my Martha Stewart elephant punch and punched out two cute little elephants from teal and white polka dot paper. I then added a tiny heart to the two overlapping trunks with a foam dot. I punched the edge of the card and swiped some navy blue ink across it so it would pop. Then I cut some velvet scalloped ribbon as an embellishment for the card. I laid that down and then adhered the scalloped elephants on top. It was missing something so I took a pen and wrote out: GOOD THINGS come in multiples on the card. I added some glue and sprinkled some glitter on the Good Things to make it sparkle!

I added a punched out elephant to the envelope flap too! I think it turned out pretty good.

Ribbon Storage Ideas

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ribbons stored in a metal pail

Ribbon holder tutorial

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1. Soda Straw Dispensers
2. Small rod and clear jars
3. Postal Tags for ribbon by http://leesiebella.typepad.com/
4. Clothespin holder
5. Craft Sticks
6. Metal Pails
7. Use ribbon to hand ribbon!
8. Ribbon rings http://www.ribbonring.com/
9. Pant hangers
10. Crate box with door knobs
11. Trader Joe coffee tin caddy http://www.leethal.net/zine/?p=900
12. Wrapping paper and ribbon wall rack 33shadesofgreen.com

Handmade Mothers Day Cards

Here are a few of the cards I made for the special Moms in my life.

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I had a blast making these fun cards. For the purple and green MOM card I used Stampin Up’s Day of Gratitude medallion clear stamp. On the purple card, it was inked on orange scrap paper with pumpkin pie ink  and then I used a red pen to color in details and purple glitter to make it pop against the background. On the MOM card, I used the smae stamp but this time I used it on kraft paper with clear ink and then used a white embossing powder and my heating tool to make the image rise. For the Flowers card, I layerd flowers and stapled them to the card using  a tiny stapler (this is easier then using a glue dot) and then adhered blue gems in the center of the flowers. I made a flower pot from photo corners and drew stem lines from the flowers to the pot using a brown pen. The Dots card was simple…started out with a green flower, white glittered brad, a punched scallop shape from kraft paper, and a brown polka dotted paper with corners punched and then adhered all to the green card. I finished it with white dot details.

A few materials that I used:

Folded cards from PaperSource
Day of Gratitude stamp set by Stampin Up
Heat embossing tool
used for medallion design on MOM card
Martha Stewart Glitter (white and purple)
Double Loops Corner punch by Martha Stewart
EK Success edge scallop punch
White Uni-ball gel pen
Lavender ribbon from Michaels
Brown satin photo corners from Martha Stewart (used for the garden pot on flowers card)
Prima paper Flowers
Tim Holtz tiny attacher stapler
Blue gem stickers from Michaels
2 1/2 inch Scallop punch
Scrap paper
red pen
Le Pen brown pen

Hope you make your own Mothers Day cards this year!

Aruba and Dilly Dally

I love Daily Junque – Pink Paislee’s new line of papers….especially this one called Tickets. I used this paper as the base for my Aruba layout. I went to Aruba last year on a family trip without my husband while I was pregnant…needless to say it was pretty interesting and Aruba was gorgeous! I couldn’t resist the Dilly Dally brads from Making Memories to accent the photos such as the butterfly, yellow flower and tiny red glitter brad at the top of the page.

I decided to layer scrap papers and use punches on them for underneath the photos. And the yellow bobble ribbon is the perfect icing on the cake!

Tray-riffic!

I saw bought a 7 Gypsies photo tray and could’t decide what to do with it…the possibilities in my mind were endless. I finally decided to do create a tiny tribute for the baby since there was since an empty nursery wall haunting my thoughts day and night. I bought some papers, embellishments, hardware in brown and blue colors to match my nursery paints. Then I started the creating process….this was fun!

Items used: various sized buttons, an actual ultrasound pic, Making Memories metal white flowers, ATC metal hardware by 7 gypsies, Prima antique paper flowers, scrap ribbon, a alphabet block that I colored silver and brads.

Below is the how it looks on the wall.