Candy Corn…

For some strange reason, I love making Halloween themed cards. I suppose it’s not even really a very “carded” holiday. But there’s something about the whole oranges, blacks, greens, purples, etc. that fascinate me. The witches, ghosts and goblins call out to that five year-old boy that still lives somewhere inside my cluttered mind.

Today’s card uses a great background paper from Teresa Collin’s “Haunted Hallows” designer paper collection. (Notice the subversive skulls that are hidden among the classic damask pattern. I also used Papertrey Ink’s “Friendship Jar” and “Friendship Jar Fall Fillers” acrylic stamps (and the corresponding steel dies) to create the artwork on the card front. I used my Stampin’ Write markers to handcolor the artwork. The “Trick or Treatment” sentiment and the inside journaling block is paper from Echo Park’s “Apothecary Emporium” collection”. The skull stamp on the inside is from the Stampin’ Up! set “Spooky Bingo Bits”. I also used four caviar Kaiser Craft Sparklets stones to highlight the punched corners of the card mat.



Here’s a quick and colorful card for the upcoming Halloweenie! The base cardstock is Papertrey Ink Simply Chartreuse. The plaid mat is from the Cosmo Cricut “Matilda” Collection. The glittered pumpkin mat is from the “Midnight Spell” stack by Die Cut With A View (DCWV). The stamped image is from Stampin’ Up!’s “Dark & Dreary” clear-mount set (#121151, $ 14.95). It was stamped with StazOn in Jet Black on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock. I used Stampin’ Write markers in Daffodil Delight and Really Rust to highlight the image. The image was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The ribbon–in Ripe Avocado–is from Papertrey Ink as well. The final accent is a Sparkler Button in Peach from Webster’s Pages.

Abundant Harvest


Materials Used: Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White; American Crafts decorative cardstock from the “Craft Fair” collection; Papertrey Ink “Vintage Picnic” stamp set; Papertrey Ink Swiss Dot satin ribbon in Dark Chocolate; Webster’s Pages Sparkler Button in Chestnut Brown; Imaginisce I-Rock Glam Rocks in Pearl; Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black; Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write markers in Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana, and Early Espresso; Stampin’ Up! Modern Label punch; Stampin’ Up! Tag Corner punch; Stampin’ Up! Scallop Edge Punch; Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, 3M ATG 714 adhesive;

Let Them Eat Cupcake

Here’s a very cute card project that originates from an unlikely source. I used my Cuttlebug and the Stampin’ Up!/Sizzix Top Note die to cut the card panels out. I cut two pieces (card front and back) out of Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion cardstock. The decorative panel is from Imaginisce’s Cheri collection.

For the cardfront element, I used a Papertrey Ink stamp set called “Cupcake Collection”. The cupcake wrapper is stamped with two elements–a solid inside and an outside outline. The second element is the swirled cupcake topper.

Using the stitch lines that the Top Note die leaves on the die-cut, I trimmed the decorative paper around the perimeter. That way it creates a small border edge with the solid cardstock underneath. I cut out my cupcake pieces leaving a slight tab on the bottom of the upper swirl to make it easier to attach to the wrapper.

Next, using the Scor-Pal, I created a small flap at the top of the cardfront to place the adhesive and attach the the cardback. Make sure that your score mark is very deep to allow for repetitive opening of the finished card.

I used a sentiment stamp from the same Papertrey Ink set on the inside of the card.

Using my Stampin’ Write markers, I finished coloring the cupcake, added some KaiserCraft mini black pearls as accents, and adhered it to the cardfront with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A piece of 1/8″ Stampin’ Up! taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso creates the finishing touch.

Life is too short. Always eat a cupcake when the opportunity presents itself!

(P.S. Don’t forget to enter Giveaway #11, which closes on Saturday.)

Let Me Call You Tweetheart

Sometimes all the planning in the world can take an unexpected turn. What started as a planned card project featuring a birdcage morphed into a hybrid of die-cutting and stamping after the untimely end of my delicate birdcage cut out. The result took on a decidedly different look and feel–but one that I really like.

The materials list for this project include:

* PAPERS: Bazzill Bling in Bank Roll (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), Cosmo Cricket decorative paper from ‘Garden Variety’ collection (4″ x 4″), Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Old Olive (4″ x 5″), Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Whisper White (1 1/2″ x 4″);

* DIE-CUTS: ProvoCraft Cricut ‘Straight From The Nest’ cartridge: The “tweetheart sentiment was cut at 3 1/2″ for both the layer and shadow cuts; The heart scroll embellisment was also cut at 3 1/2”);

* TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Making Memories paper trimmer;

* STAMPS: Stampin’ Up! Hostess set ‘The More The Merrier’;

* INKS: Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, ColorBox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan, Stampin’ Write Markers (Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow);

*ADHESIVE: 3M ATG 714 Gold, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, Zig Two-Way glue pen;

Straight From The Nest (Almost Literally)

In yesterday’s mail, I received my copy of one of the newest ProvoCraft Cricut cartridge releases–‘Straight From The Nest’. This cartridge was designed by artists from the 3 Birds craft company and is currently an exclusive to the Home Shopping Network (HSN). It is not clear yet if this title will receive a wider release at some point–or if it will remain exclusive to HSN (who sells the 3 Birds line). The cartridge features many images of birds, flowers, plant life, flourishes and a few party themed cuts. While some may find some of the artwork repetitive (when comparing this cartridge to some other recent releases), I have to say that there is something rather whimsical and fantastical to how the images were realized. The artwork is less realistic and more animated in look and tone. The cartridge also features a couple of interesting creative features such as “corners” and “sliders”. I, personally, am glad to add it to my collection (though since I am a completist collector, that may not be as significant).

So after registering my cartridge and redeeming my Cricut Rewards certification, I immediately loaded the cartridge on to my Gypsy and started playing with several of the images. I really didn’t have the intention of making a card right then and there, but who needs beauty sleep? (Two words: under-eye concealer.) This is really a quick and fast card–and quite frankly not one of my best. But, I had to do something with the cartridge before I let myself consider the pillow.

Here’s a quick screen grab of my Gypsy virtual mat and the selections I chose to use in this card project. One of the neatest pluses to owning a Gypsy (in my humble opinion) is being able to see exactly where everything is going to lay out on your cutting mat and what size of paper(s) you will need to make the corresponding cuts. This makes it super easy to layout your entire project on one mat and cut everything in the same pass.

The image that caught my eye from the get-go was the nest and eggs pictured on the box cover. So I knew that had to be the focal point. I peeked around the images and found a simple piece of greenery and a cute sentiment that I thought would work and cut them out in a flash with my trusty green Cricut Expression. I also chose to use the shadow cut on the nest and sentiment.

The materials list for this project is as follows:

* PAPER: Stampin’ Up! cardstocks in Kiwi Kiss, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise; Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Lapis;

* TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridge ‘Straight From The Nest’, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug ‘Moroccan Screen’ embossing folder;

* ADHESIVES: Zig Two-Way glue pen, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals;

* EMBELLISHMENT: Maya Road “birdie” frosted acrylic sheer die-cut, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers, Sakura clear glitter pen;

I thought the piece of embossed mica cardstock helped the sentiment pop on the cardface. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals under the sentiment shadow cut. I “tried” to jazz up the nest a bit with some color markings…the jury is still out on this one. On the eggs, I used a Stampin’ Write marker in Bordering Blue to add a speckled effect and slight blue hue to the egg shells. Unfortunately, this effect does not photograph well. I also decided the Kiwi Kiss color was too light on the greenery and went over it with a marker (hence the color change from cut to finished product). The bird was an afterthought, but I thought he made a nice addition (and don’t ask me how I know he’s a boy, lol). Like I said, it’s not one of my best, but I hope it gives you an idea of some of the cute projects you can make with this cartridge. I’ll feature some more projects with this cartridge in the coming days.

I’ll never be accused of being a “quiet” person. However, this post seems almost too “talky”. But if you hung in there with me and read the whole thing, I thank you and leave you with a couple of random notes. Have a great Thursday…and if you haven’t entered Giveaway #4 (see sidebar), time is running out.


01. Today is “Hello, Thursday!” on We should see the unveiling of a new slate of cartridge releases in the upcoming weeks.

02. I posted about this on the Cricut Message Boards, but in case you didn’t see it–or don’t haunt them–I found the names of a few upcoming cartridges (some of which may in fact appear later today). They are: ‘Birthday Cakes’, ‘Create A Critter’, ‘Elegant Cakes’, ‘Holiday Cakes’, ‘Independence Day (Seasonal)’, ‘Summer Vacation (Seasonal)’, ‘Summer In Paris (Seasonal)’, ‘Robotz’, and ‘Nursery Rhymes’.

03. Last week, I purchased a boatload of Stampin’ Up! cardstock. This week, I ordered more paper from DCWV and California Paper Goods. It’s a sickness! There is no immunity!

04. For those of you that watch AI, am I the only one that actually misses Alex Lambert? Though I really do like Lee Dewyze.

05. Keep Crafting!