Monday, September 26, 2011

Spellbinders Shapeabilities

I have a lot of fun with my Spellbinders Shapeabilities. I was lucky enough to win a boatload of Spellbinders sets a couple of years ago and I enjoy jazzing them up for holiday cards. Check out this kitty - Micah thought it was the best thing ever. I die cut black American Crafts cardstock - THE BEST for die cutting in my opinion - and embossed it. then I added light green gems after I adhered it to the card. meow!
As for most of the other shapes, I inked over them with white ink (Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow). The light gray tomb was inked with black. The orange is glitter cardstock from American Crafts and it really shows off the black accents. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's super sparkly.

I just think scenes like this are so fun to make! Thanks for taking a peek :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Favorite Pumpkins

I mentioned before that I love pumpkins.

Now, I love the traditional looking pumpkins, but I REALLY enjoy doing the not-so-traditional kind as well. I actually own a set of nested pumpkin dies and I do use them. However, this is how I make my favorite pumpkins - out of eggs!

Yep, these are actually "Nested Egg" dies from Spellbinders. I love cutting out all sorts of lovely Easter eggy goodness in the spring, but these babies pull a double duty by letting me make pumpkins in the fall.

I like to cut out a whole bunch of these, so I use various shades of orange/gold/yellow cardstock and different scraps of patterned papers of the same color scheme. I like to emboss the cardstock pieces for some texture as well. Then, I can take any three I want and create a pumpkin. I position the bottom two first, angling them out slightly and touching a bit. I take the top middle egg and adhere it over the others with foam dots. Then, I cut a but of a stem out of patterned, embossed or glittery green paper. Or - like one card below - I use stuff like gems, buttons, etc.
Sometimes I ink over the embossing and sometimes I leave it plain. The fun part of these is finding out just how many combinations you can come up with!

Thanks for taking a peek :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ready or not - here it is!

Well, whether or not I was ready, fall has arrived! We got down in the 30s this week for a low and today was Cccccccoooooold and rainy. I did make time to cook up a whole large squash (one that substitutes for pumpkin) and make a yummy pumpkin spice dessert yesterday. There's nothing quite like fresh cooked pumpkin/squash in a dessert! So much better than canned.

I've been so busy with classes and cards that I haven't had much time to post. I made up a big ol' batch of fall cards and took them into the store this week. I'm in the process of making some really fun Halloween cards for the Scrap n' Art October issue as well. I do have a couple fall cards to share with you today. I have been pulling out the Spellbinders dies and going to town because I won a huge supply of fall/winter dies last summer and I LOVE to use them :) The banners are a new addition and I love them as well!
That pretty bow is made with May Arts ribbon. Isn't it just an amazing color?

Well, hopefully I'll be back soon with more to share - thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September SNA and a chance to win!

Have you seen the newest issue of Scrap n' Art? I spy some Unity stamps, some Want2Scrap, Photojojo and more! There are some really fun tutorials with step by step photos along with reviews. Digi scrappers - don't miss the Pixel Gypsy download! Also, remember to check the SNA blog. We have great projects and features every week for FREE!

I also wanted to point out this chance to win.
Be sure to take the survey by the end of the month for a chance to win a Brand New Cricut Expression 2!