Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This month’s Monday Mojo had it going on……

We had Daydreams, wonderful Windows and Ghouls complete with treats.
For the Friend card, we worked with a new (new to the group) simple technique of inking the Impressions Embossing Folder to achieve an antique effect to the paper. This technique is simple because all you do is ink up with your ink pad (used Baja Breeze) by patting it over one side of the embossing folder; place your paper in the folder, then running it through the Big Shot. You can change the look by having the ink on the convex or concave side of the paper by choosing which side of the folder you add your ink to. Note: this technique does not require a lot of inking; a little pat will do ya.

Next, we stamped various stamps in the “Daydream Medallion” set with Soft Suede and more Baja Breeze on the coordinating Very Vanilla, and yep, Baja Breeze card stock. Then we stamped the sentiment from the “Blessing from Heaven” stamp set. Okay, so you’re thinking simple card if it wasn’t for the cutting of the medallions and sentiment….Nope, we went back to the Big Shot and used the new Apothecary Accents and Floral Frames Framelits to cut out everything so nicely. What a time saver. Do you have these framelits? If not, you need them! Additionally, we added a little bit of the Victoria Crochet Trim ribbon and a cute little (retired) button to top it off. If you don’t have a button that matches, a Jumbo Pearl would go nicely instead.

Staying with new ‘simple’ techniques, the Cottage Window card uses the new “Cottage Window” Stamp set, Core’dinations Card Stock and Stampin’ Sanding System. Okay, here is what the Holiday mini catty says: “Core’dinations Card Stock, 80 lb. sandable card stock to create an antiqued, distressed, colorpopping look. Outside layers are exclusive Stampin’ Up!® colors—one side textured, one side smooth. Inside layer is a monochromatic color. Reveal inside layer by sanding, tearing, or distressing.” I used the wood grain embossing folder on the Early Espresso Core’dinations Card Stock, and then sanded the paper re-reveal the lighter (maybe Crumb Cake?) color beneath.

I stamped the window image with Versa Mark onto Watercolor Paper and embossed it with Early Espresso Stampin’ Powder (new mini catty). I wanted a thicker stock to coordinate with the Core’dinations card stock (wow that’s a lot of ‘core’ going on.) For the ‘outside the window’ image, this set comes with Pumpkins, three coordinating Branches and Birds, and other seasonal images. I chose the barer branch, pumpkin and spider. I then cut out the inside of the window image, raised it with Dimensional, and placed it over my ‘outside the window’ image for a 3-D effect. The extras on this card are: a little bit of Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, retired More Mustard ribbon, sentiment, and brad. Oh, and all of these are layered on Crumb Cake card stock.

Lastly, and the most Ghoulish and Googlie-eyed, we completed a couple of simple (not techniques) treats using the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle. It includes the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and “Googly Ghouls” stamp set, again, in the new Holiday mini catty. Just look at what you get with this bundle: 20 2-sided printed tags, 50 googlie-eyes (so fun!), 10 treat bags, baker’s twine, plus the coordinating “Googly Ghouls” stamp set.

I also embossed the treat bags with the Spider Web embossing folder (big catty), stamped a spider image on the tag, tied it with the baker’s twine, adhered it to the bag, and filled it with candy. Spooky simple!

Since the kit comes with 10 additional preprinted tags, I made this cute little “matchbook” treat cover with the extras and some (again coordinating) Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP. Ghoulishly sweet and simple!


Thank you friend, for stopping bye, looking through my window, with your own googlie eyes.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The end of Summer...

…well, at least for Scrapbooking Pages.
My Saturday Scrappers’ had asked for a couple sets of themed pages; one Bar-B-Que set and the other set for more pictures of her grandchildren.

For the Bar-B-Que pages, I used an old 1998 Stampin’ Up! set “BBQ Fun” I had around. I thought it was odd I hadn’t sold it at the last Craft Garage Sale – but things happen for a reason. Does everyone remember when Stampin’ Up! put the year the stamp was released on the labels? I kind of miss that.  I layered this set with the current “Comfort Café” DSP, a red checkered paper (to emulate a table cloth) and still a favorite of mine, the retired brown striped ribbon. All layers are on “Crumb Cake” card stock. I love how the Comfort Café stock can be a bit outdoor country for these pages.
The second set of pages was my last bit of color of summer. I used the retired “Berry Blossom” DSP and the current “Fruits and Flowers” stamp set. Again, just talking (blogging) out loud, I wish SU! would keep the DSP stock around for 2 years. There are some that I could use over and over…..oh well. I bet you are wondering on the second page why there are some blank spots where there should be DSP??? Well I had left them open for pictures to go into those spot.  

Next month will be Halloween and Fall pages. I have some great ideas “brewing”…
Thanks for stopping by, look for my Mojo Monday post next.