Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun with Candy Cups

This is really a lot of fun, very little expenditure of time and monies.  They are releasing the seasonal cupcake and candy cups.  I was looking at them thinking these are really cute, but who is really going to turn their candy cup over and see this skull and bones?  That is when I had the idea, so took them home.  first you want to iron the cup out, I spritzed it just a tiny bit first, then mounted it to a 2" circle, the cup is about 3 to 3 1/2" in diameter so trim around the circle when you have adhered the cup to the circle (FYI it is best to apply adhesive to the circle only) and punched it out. Once you have the 2" circle you then take a 1 1/4" punch and center it or off center it a bit on the skull and punch, you now have 2 pieces to your embellishment.  I have posted the finished card below.  The only the other thing I used was my new favorite paper tape, this stuff gets better and better, I squealed with delight when I realized that I could punch out photo corners, so I went a little crazy.  The background block was fun also, I cut the filigree block from Cricut Cart "Straight from the Nest" then used it as a stencil and airbrushed a block, then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

For those of you who liked my new banner photo, that was taken at lunch with my friend Linda on Monday, we had a grand time at a shopping center called "The Fountains",  we had some wonderful Margaritas there.  Happy Wednesday. Hugs

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Good Morning, wow a week of crazy weather behind and in front, sure hoping for some cool down and consistency here in N CA. It is definitely an indoor day if you can do it. 
This is a bookmark 2 1/2" X 5", play with some new product and thought I would share.  The boarder is Martha Stewart and corner "Bats".  The spider web pp from Grahpic45.  The polka dot (black and white) is the new patterned paper tape, I am really liking this stuff, Tim Holtz also has some fun patterns out in this tape. The skull and bones are from a paper candy cup, punched out at 1 1/4" and then mounted to a 2" circle that was airbrushed with copic marker and polka dotted booooooo was hand done with a .01 illustration pen. A lot going on for 2 1/2" X 5".  Hope you have a safe and happy week. Hugs

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bring It On

Good Morning, other than the fact that it will be in the 90s it is so much fun to have fall in the air, the colors are becoming fall and hopefully the 90s won't last long.  I fell in love with this paper by "Three Yellow Bicycles",  it is whimsy and elegance and very Halloween.  The journal block was created using an EKSuccess boarder punch, the photo corners are EKS as well.  The bat is a Martha Stewart Punch

  This shows the dimension. Soooo how much easier can it get? Happy Friday - have a safe weekend. Hugs

Thursday, September 23, 2010

bag tree

Happy Thursday, I ran into my friend Traci's bookstore yesterday and she had a couple new items in, 1, these precious handbags that are hand knit and then felted, they are each one a treasure.  Traci asked me to do a special sale sign for them.  I was excited cause I knew there were some cute bags on "Paisley" that I had not done justice to yet. I was soooo excited when I realized they are almost identical.  I used K&Co. patterned paper and a button.   

And here is a shot of the bags, aren't they just darling?  Hope everyone is having a good week. Hugs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Happy Tuesday Morning, still dark here on the west coast but a definite Fall in the air. A fanciful bookmark for everyone this morning, hopefully a smile and always Java with a kick.
The book mark is 2 1/2"X5", I used the Martha Stewart "Crease Punch - boarder and corner", the cup was cut from "Wall Decore" and the cup legs are from the flamingo on "LIAB". Sentiment block computer generated. All colors Copic markers. Hugs

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


A fun bookmark done with the Martha Stewart butterfly boarder punch. Stamped with a "StampinUp" image. The butterflies were individually colored with Copic markers, the rest of the bookmark was airbrushed. Colors used were:
E35,E57,YR24,YG23 and R20.

Bookmark size 2 1/2" X 5 ". Pickup 10 or so pages and slip the bookmark over the corner, then just flip the page from under the bookmark as you read. When gifting or loaning a book, I always include a bookmark. Happy Tuesday. Hugs

Monday, September 20, 2010

BBTB2-Challenge/"October 31st"

Welcome to my blog, our weekly challenge and I am hosting this week, which means I got to pick the image for our inspiration. I purchased the "October 31st" cartridge for several of the cuts, the candle definitely being one of them. So choose your favorite candle and play along with us this week at BBTB2.
In additon to using the "Oct31st" cartridge I also used "French Manor" for the table. After cutting and coloring the candle, I layered it with some dimentional glaze. The background paper is from the Halloween stack by Eksuccess for Martha Stewart as well as the bat punches in the corners, each corner piece is 2 punches with the top layer adhered only at the body so it is very dimensional. The chippie button at the top was gifted to me by Carole Beath, I thought it a perfect embellishment, thanks Carole. Happy Halloween is hand written and the racing stripe down the right side is a quilling strip. All coloring was done with copic markers and airbrush system. Have a great Monday and inspired week. Hugs
PS just a quick postscript - my crummy - blurry pictures lately has been due to the terrible light in our house, if I don't get my pictures either outside or at the peak hour they turn out awful, so one of my projects has been to create a light box - it is done and oh my goodness what a difference the light makes.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Monday welcomes you to BBTB2 Challenge and we are hosted by Regina Easter today, she challenged us to the crayola box on "Bags,Tags,Boxes and More". Please check out our blog site to see all the wonderful ideas for this box. I remember when this cart first came out, I thought I had died and gone to heaven, it is still one of the most used carts in my stash. There is always something creative lurking in the background on this one. So I ended up doing a take on an Advent Calendar as it counts down from Dec 1 to Christmas day. And - this is how it was done.
I cut the crayola box as big as it would go using the 12"X24" mat and a 17"X11" 110lb piece of card stock. The final box measurements are 6"X8". Then cut another piece of 17"X11" card stock to 5 3/4" X 15" and folded it in half yielding a card 5 3/4" X 7 1/2". The box acts as
storage when not in use. When in use the box acts as the back of the easel, the back flap of the card is slipped into the closed box. The pocket on the back of the box is used to store the "Days before Christmas" 1-24. The soldier was cut from "Joys of the Season", his right arm was articulated using a brad. The numbers were cut using "Mickey Font". The trees were cut using "Bloom".

The pocket was cut with an Ellison die from Graphic45 cardstock. The front of the box, background continues with Graphic 45, and dies are from Sizzix. All coloring was done with Copic markers and Copic Airbrush. Happy Monday one and all, Hugs

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Miss October

So, I know this is a little on the simple side, but non the less it made me laugh and my ha ha's have been few and far between lately. So either I am coming out of the no smoking haze or I am spiraling downward. I am feeling better, in conjunction with the no smoking I am walking for about 45mins each morning and yesterday checked out the fitness place down the street which might come in handy when it is too wet or bitter hot or cold.
The card stock is orange, background paper from Graphic45, skeleton was cut from "Oct31st", small heart is from a hand punch and corners are from EKSuccess. Happy Wenesday.

Monday, September 6, 2010


Good Morning and Happy Labor Day to everyone, have fun and be safe - all day. Our BBTB2 Challenge = to use "MiniMonograms" numbers. I was stumped for most of the week, just nothing came to mind, so Saturday I went out in search of some paper, my brain was going in school direction, something elementary, with primary colors and then whamoooo this paper caught my eye and it all came together fast. The bottle is one of the reasons I purchased "Oct31st", it looks so much like an Alice Bottle to me. The paper is by TPC Studios "The Reasons I Love You". I used both the negative and positive for the numbers. The rectangle tag says "Please drink responsibly", I apologize for the blurry picture I will try to get a good one up. Hugs

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Pencil Box

I love teachers and I have a few I do special projects for. This year one of them is doing an incentive for all of her students, it is based on a point system and not only includes grades but community service, hobbies and fitness also factor in, each month she will honor a student as her monthly super star. She asked me to come up with some ideas and this is one of them. Kelly posted some Halloween pencil boxes on her blog and I fell in love with them. The template is by Regina Easter, I also used the Cuttlebug embossing folder and Martha Stewart star boarder punch. Copic markers and Airbrush for the colors.
Oh yippee!! that leads to me to another share, I won "ICopic" number 2 challenge, 7 Ciaos markers and a swatch book, wow, wow, wow. They are my fav, fav, supplier of Copics and check out their great card stock for Copics, "Express It Blending Card". Give them a look and also check out their blog for great challenges and prizes (click here)
That about does it for today, have a great Friday and safe Labor Day Weekend. Hugs

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Girl Time

An "O Alice" challenge card. The challenge was to do a girl card and what can be more important than "girl time"? The background paper is from a Costco Stack, the clock face is a Magenta stamp, the hands are from an EKSuccess punch. The banner is QK. The great Alice is from a "TiddlyInks" image. Misc. bow, crystals and brad. All colors were done with Copic Markers and Airbrush System. Happy Thursday. Hugs