Friday, October 30, 2009

Candy Monster Jar-Stamping and Painting on Glass

Hello everyone!!

I would like to start off first to thank everyone once again who voted for me during the Torendi DT Competition. I made it through all three rounds, but did bow out of the competition on this last round. The winner was to be chosen by who got the highest vote, and I cannot compete with two gals who had huge followings with over 400 people voting for them! But thanks again-really!

This week was a little tough on my little men as DH has left for Iraq. But they are soon back to their usual routines and have accepted his deployme
nt with no issues! (Thank goodness!!) They really have been helpful knowing it's just the three of us for now....

NOW! I got into thinking for some fun things for Halloween and thought what it would take to stamp and paint on glass. And this is what I came up with:

I stamped the jar using Sweet Tooth Terrors from Our Craft Lounge with Black Staz-On. I then used paint made for glass to color in the image using a fine brush. This technique is not quick, but in the end you will have a fun jar that will last! Once you are done painting the image, you let it cure for about 48 hours. Once it is cured, you bake it for 30 min. at 325 degrees in your oven. This will make the image permanent and allow for handwashing. I then used my nestibilities for the top and stamped the sentiment from the set "Happy Halloween" and "Candy Monster" for the tag using my SU! small Tag punch. I finished it off with some ribbon and candy on the inside and its ready for giving! I hope you enjoyed this project and thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!!

Materials Used: OCL Sweet Tooth Terrors, SU! Tag Punch, MSC Ribbon, Glass jar, Glass paints, Staz on, Nesitibilities, Copics, candy

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Sunday!

I just wanted to pop in to let you know that there is one day left of voting for the Torendi DT competition that I am in. I would love your vote!! For those of you who have votes THANK YOU!! It is appreciated!! Visit to cast your vote!! Pass it on! :) Thank you thank you!!!

The final two days are here before saying goodbye to my dh for year...please keep him and all the service men and women in your prayers!

I will have some projects to share with you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes- Blog Hop

You made it! Thanks for stopping by!! : )

Carolyn King's new set is so much fun and versatile, you are sure to have many creations!! But better yet, Carolyn is donating 100% of her proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of her grandmother! AWESOME! Keep reading and you will see how you can WIN one of your own!

I have two projects to share with you.... the first is definitely to keep you warm!

I created a little box/holder that can hold up to 4 packets of hot chocolate or your own mixture in a bag or two packets with a small packet of marshmallows. I used Basic Grey's Mellow collection for the DP and the die cut girl. I couldn't resist using the mug from Carolyn's set and adding that to the girl. I used my decorative scissors for the snow on the bottom and MSC snowflake punch for a little wintery touch. I then used my largest scallop circle nestibilites for the topper, embossed, and stamped the sentiment repeatedly between Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip. I added a few more die cuts from the DP collection to the topper and finished it off with some brads and self adhesive crystals. Everything is popped up and the heart on the mug has a touch of Ranger Glossy Accents. A simple little gift that anyone is sure to love!

The second project is a pop up card. For the front, I started using the sewing machine to make uneven lines on the mat and added some Basic Grey Figgy Pudding DP to the bottom. I added some Chocolate Chip SU! Grosgrain ribbon and punched out two snowflakes with my MSC punch. I punched out the sentiment circles and faux stitched around that. I finished it off by adding some silver Stickles to the snowflakes and some self adhesive metal dots to the bottom.

For the inside, I followed the instructions on making pop up cards which you can find in the Resource section of SCS. I stamped the snowman from the set and colored him in using Copics. I added a smidgen of Stickles to the snow and then added Versamark to the entire image and heat embossed in clear. Once heated and cooled, I cut him out. I took the sentiment block in the set that says "Love" all over and stamped that throughout my scalloped circle nestibilites. I finished off the inside with a small strip of DP to match the front and sponged the edges with Cranberry Crisp. I have also included a side view.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

For even more inspiration visit Carolyn King - the Illustrator of Warm Winter Wishes and the Idea Center gallery HERE.

Then, check in with Carolyn's special guest designers:

And, finally stop by these GinaK Designer's blog participating in the hop tonight:
and our CenterStage Spotlight Team:
Joy Hadden
Kay Simmons
Linda Payne
Lori McAree

GinaK will be giving away a copy of Warm Winter Wishes on her blog tonight - so pop over there to leave your comment on her blog for your chance to win the set for free! (If you've already purchased the stamp set, we can swap it out for another GinaK stamp set valued at $19.95 or less.)

Voting for Week Two, a Halloween Treat, and Blog Hop Info!

Hi everyone!!

Yes! The voting for week two has begun!! Thank you again for all who have voted! I would love all your votes, so if you haven't already, head over to Torendi to cast your vote!! It is much appreciated!! Check out the previous post for my creation....

In the meantime, here is a quick Halloween treat tin I created for one of the boys teachers using Our Craft Lounge's set of Sweet Tooth Terrors. (I just {heart} their products!!!)

I used one of my many nugget tins (remember those??) and filled a bag with some M&M's to place inside the tin. I decorate the outside of the tin with some Halloween DP and added some ric rack around the tin top. I then created a sleeve for the center which can slide off to get to the goodies! The images were colored in using Copics and clear ep was put on top. The moon was punched out and the edges sponged, and the stamped tree with the crows are from Inkadinkado!

***DON'T FORGET! Tonight starting at 10PM central time will be the Blog Hop for Carolyn King's new set of Warm Winter Wishes! She is donating 100% of her proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of her grandmother! You don't want to miss out on all the awesome creations with the DT and guest spots!!! Gina K has a little giveaway too!! ; ) ****

Thanks for stopping by! It is appreciated!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Votes!! And Blog Hop!!

HI Everyone!!

Thank you so much for your votes for the Torendi DT competition!! It is really nice to see all my supporters! I have made it to the second week and this is my card! I would love your votes again, so be sure to head over to TOMMOROW to cast your vote!!

For this card, I whipped out my dusty sewing machine so that I could sew the linen ribbon to the center of my card. I am actually quite proud of myself to have been able to make this design since I am, by no means, a seamstress!! LOL!! The bird was colored in with Prismamarkers and is from a set by Pink Paisley. I used PTI's Mixed Messages for the sentiment and Cosmo Crickets Mini Stack of Boyfriend for the DP. I popped up the bird and scalloped circle and finished it off with two metal self adhesive dots. Simple and cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!!

** Be sure to join us in a blog hop tomorrow for Carolyn Kings new set of Warm Winter Wishes!! Stay tuned for your chance to win her new set!!**

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Voting Begins!! And a Yummy Halloween Treat Envelope

HI everyone!

Today begins the week long voting for the Torendi DT. I hope you will visit and vote for me!! : ) For more information and the card I made, visit this post... Thank you, Thank you!!

Now, a yummy Halloween treat envelope!! I saw something similar to this somewhere, but a bit more complex and I thought how simple and inexpensive it would be to make it yourself. It is also a cute idea for kids either in a classroom or party.

Here is the front of the envelope which I decorated using PTI's set of Spooky Sweets II. I really wanted to make this fairly simple so that it can reproduced quickly.

Here is the back of the envelope when it is closed. Again, using Spooky Sweets II, I used the web and spider to complete this look. I cut out the spider and popped it up on the web. I used SU! Scalloped Punch for the base and the 1 1/2" for the main circle.
The envelope is closed using a piece of velcro.

And here is the envelope open. How it is made is below:

I used a 6.5"x6.5" piece of DP, which in this case is an unknown one, and ran my tape along the outer edges and center. I laid a piece of wax paper (Parchment will do too!) on top and trimmed to size. I turned the paper diagonally and folded in the corners and running tape on bottom flap on the edges. I added my small piece of velcro and then proceeded to decorate the front and back. Add a yummy cookie and you are done!! This can be adjusted to fit any size cookie! I know I have seen some serious, yummy, large size cookies at my local store, so it can be a great little surprise for the kids!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!! I hope you have a great day!!

Materials used: Unknown DP, SU! Scallop and Circle Punch, Velcro, PTI's Spooky Sweets II, Wax Paper, Momento Ink, Scrap orange cs, Only Orange ink, Purple mini brads

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Crafty Thoughtful Thanks!

Have I mentioned how much I love Our Craft Lounge?? Have you seen their most recent release?? I can never decide which ones I like the most as I like it ALL!! One of the sets is called Thankful Flourishes and I just {HEART} it! Again... thank you Joy and Cambria!

I used Purely Pomegranate as the base and for the ribbon and worked the coloring around that. I randomly stamped different flourishes throughout my MFT Perfect Panels and stamped the smaller flower in-between. I accented the remainder using the circle/flower design in different spots. Copics were used to color and highlight the flowers and outline the flourishes. I used my long rectangular nestibilities for the sentiment accented with self adhesive crystals. I finished it off with the ribbon and my yellow Copic Spica pen which I dotted in the center of the colored circles. A very simple yet elegant card. Thanks so much for stopping by and looking!!

** Did you see yesterdays post below?? I hope you will glance at it and VOTE FOR ME!! : ) **

Materials Used: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, MFT Perfect panels, corner rounder, OCL Thankful Flourishes, Nesibilities, self adhesive crystals, Pomegranate ribbon, dimensionals, Copics, Momento Ink Black

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I Need Your VOTE!!

Hi everyone!! D-day is nearing of when my husband will be leaving for Iraq and I am finding new ways to keep me occupied for the next year besides taking care of my children!! : ) One way to trying to be part of a new Design Team-Torendi. You need to check it out! They carry some unique items from Japan and some really fun stamp designs from Bam Pop.

Here is where I need YOUR help!! Starting on October 14th, (Wednesday) until the following Wednesday the 21th, voting begins for some of the best designs out of 15. If I make it to the next round, you will find a new creation and a new voting week beginning October 21-28!! Final voting period will be October 28-November 4. Keep the Votes coming because if I make it to the end, there is something in it for you to win!! ; )

I WOULD LIKE YOUR VOTE !!! Please visit:
to cast your vote!!

Below you will find what I created! Thanks so much for stopping by and I appreciate all your help!!!

Materials Used: Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend Mini Stack, Bam Pop Robot, Paper Studio Swirl Clips, SU! Kraft cs, VV cs, Cosmo Cricket Ready Set Chipboard, Computer, paper Studio Screw brads, Spellbinders Nestibilities, SU! Classic Numbers, SU! Twill Ribbon, Copics, Clear EP. Diamensionals, Hole Punch , Ranger Stickles

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Amate's Western October

Happy Saturday!

I have October's project for Amate Studios to share with you all. This month's theme is Western and I thought I would create a belt-buckle and matching pendant.

I used some faux leather material for the base of the buckle and pendant. On the buckle, I stamped the dust trail from SU!'s set of Bronc Buster using Staz on Brown and Opaque White. For the horse, I stamped the image on hard chipboard, embossed it with Tim Holtz's Distress embossing powder and cut it out. I cut the backs of some mini brads for the outline of the buckle and burnt the edges for a bit more distress-like look.

The pendant was made cutting the faux leather to size, inserting a pre made, self adhesive Swarovski Crystal design to the top and adding a metal star by Nunn Design as the main image. It was then completely covered using Judikin's Diamond Glaze to the entire pendant, and while still wet, punch out a lot of little circles using my 1/16th hole punch and applying it all around the edges. For more deets and instructions, be sure to visit the link below!!

These were a lot of fun to create and hope you enjoy them too! Be sure to visit here to see the other design team member's creations for the month! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!!