Where is Fall at ANYWAY

So last Sunday after posting my Simple Sunday project I got ready for church and headed out.  I was soooooooooooooo excited when I opened the door and Fall like temperatures and weather were waiting to greet me.  That excitement was short lived…it was 72 the next day and 80 the rest of the week.  Yesterday it was mid 70’s and today is supposed to get to the mid-eighties.   Am I complaining…no, not really.  There are a lot worse climates to live in than mine, but I do miss Fall.  It’s my second favorite season you know…the colors, the food, the feeling…Fall just feels good.  Not to mention it’s the one time a year when pretty much everyone starts taking a look at what they are thankful for…all of this was the motive behind the project I’m sharing with you today.  Allow me to present my first center step card:

There are so many “unusual” things about this card…unusual for me anyway.  I’m uncertain about if I like it or not but I’m posting it anyone (a few of you have said I should post more of what I make whether I like it or not…you know you are so this is just for you).  Ok…so let’s talk about what’s so unusual…first it’s the first time I’ve ever tried this technique of a fold before…I like that part at least.  Second it’s unusual because these are not colors I ever work with…not in this combination anyway.  I almost never use orange…in fact, except for some recent Halloween projects I’ve done I can’t remember ever using orange in a project.  Third, I don’t usually use patterned paper for anything more than a mat behind a solid sheet of paper.  Fourth (we are on 4th right), ummmm…I know there was a 4th unusual thing about this project, but I forget now.  Maybe it was that I don’t usually do any fall themed items, maybe it was that I don’t usually ever have this much contrast in a project, maybe it’s that I don’t usually make things just to make them (usually everything I make has an intended recipient), or maybe the 4th unusual thing about this card was I triple layered the leaf and stamped at an angle…maybe that’s a lot more than just 4 unusual things…

Supplies Needed:
1 5.5 by 11 sheet of cardstock for card base
Score board of some kind (I used my Martha Stewart one)
The instructions found here
A Maple Leaf Cut (I made my own using Photoshop and SCAL)
Lace Ribbon (Martha Stewart)
DIY Glimmer Mist to color the lace (green and gold used here)
Embossing Tool/Gun
Adhesive (Mono Tape Runner, Foam Dots, tape)
Ink (I used Chocolate Chip from Stampin’ Up)
Ribbon for a bow (from my stash)
Stamps (I used K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween)
Scrap paper to decorate your card base

Once you get the card base cut and scored, you are ready to decorate.  I created a layered maple leaf in SCAL and cut each layer a different color, lightly inked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin’ Up, and pieced it together.  Then I stamped my sentiment from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set (shown below) and set it aside.  Next I added the decorative layers.  The animal print paper is from the DCWV Lady Couture stack, the paper layers in the center are just from my stash.  I also used the Lady Couture paper under the lace but you can’t see it really well.  The printed paper was cut at 4.25 by 1.25 (cut two of these).  The center step base piece was cut at 4.25 by 2.25 and I added two or three more layers cutting them 1/8 of an inch smaller each time.  The strip under the lace is .75 by 5.25.  You may want different measurements, or you may find mine useful.  Either way, it’s up to you!

For the bow, I tied it using my hideously ugly peg bow board and taped it to the back of the center piece.  Man I love that bow board I’m telling you!  I may line the inside of the card to cover the tape from the bow and lace but I’m not sure yet.  The lace just didn’t look right white and so I broke out my DIY Green Glimmer Mist and got all inky.  I then added some DIY gold and dried the lace using my embossing tool/gun and I’m still not quite sure it looks right but….

I then added foam dots to the back of the maple leaf and adhered to the center piece and called it good.  I really like this card fold and will likely make more cards using it in the future.  Be sure to head over to K Andrew Designs and pick up YOUR Fall-O-Ween set then show me what you create with it!  This is the PERFECT set for Halloween, Fall, and NUMEROUS other things…here’s just a few mix and match ideas for ANY occasion “for you friend”, a little fun”, for a sweet little friend”, “blessings to you” (wedding maybe), etc.  If I had to describe Kristal’s stamps in ONE word, it’d totally be versatile!  Till next time friends!

Getting Cricky Fall Treats Simple Sunday Challenge

Typically by this time of year our temperatures have dropped, the leaves are changing from greens to amazing shades of red and orange and yellow, and it’s about 10 or 20 degrees cooler.  I guess Mother Nature decided to extend our summer since it was so late in arriving because yesterday our temperatures were still in the 80’s.  Hard to think about fall with summer temps, but Fall treats is the theme of today’s Simple Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky.  Personally, I don’t ever do any fall treats…though I love the colors of fall, other than Thanksgiving, my family and I don’t really do much.  Halloween is my least favorite holiday and usually it’s just the kids and I for thanksgiving so there’s no real reason to do much more than cook a feast.

So…today’s Simple Sunday challenge was well…a challenge.  I decided hmmmm maybe I can make a fun fall treat for the woman I Visit Teach every month.  These women are new to me, as is my companion, and I thought it might be fun to take each of them a little treat.  Here’s what I came up with:

These Ghosty’s with the Mosty are so simple my children made about 25 of them while I did the stamping, bead stringing, die cutting and embellishing on the label.  I used the K Andrew Designs sets shown below:

Wanna make your own?  They are really easy, but you will need some supplies of course.

Supplies Needed
Tootsie Pops
White Fabric
Googly Eyes 
K Andrew Designs Winter Wishes
K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween
Ink (I used Versafine black here)
Scrap Paper (mine is from Core’dinations)
Spellbinders (I used a labels die but I forget the number)
Flowers, buttons, and bling (from my stash)
Black and Orange beads
 Fishing Line
Floral Wire
Clean and dry soup or vegetable can
Adhesive (ATG, glue dots)

Got your supplies?  Great now here’s what ya do:  first take your toostie pop and cover with enough fabric to cover the bottom of the stick.  Twist floral wire around the base of the sucker to secure the fabric (a white twist tie would work or if you tied the beads super tight that would work too).  String your black and orange beads on the fishing line and tie around the “neck” of the ghost.  Using glue dots, secure gooly eyes to your ghost’s “face”.  Next taking your empty can, cut a piece of scrap paper the height of your can.  Tape this to your can to decorate it.  Next, using the stamp combination shown from Winter Wishes and Fall-O-Ween.  Using your favorite manual die cutting machine (or cut a rectangle-ish shape from your favorite electronic machine) cut out a shape to fit your sentiment.  I used my Grand Calibur and a Spellbinders label’s die, but I’m not sure what number.  Anyway…

After your sentiment is dry (heat set if using something like Versafine), embellish your label to your liking and adhere to your decorated can.  Stand ghosts up in your can and voila!  Now…be sure you head over to the Getting Cricky Blog to see what all of my DT Sisters have for you!  Link up YOUR favorite Fall Treat and you can win a surprise Cricut Cartridge.  Here’s the details:

Grab Kristal’s blinkie from my sidebar or her sidebar and become a follower of hers.  Then, make any fall treat related project and link up via the inlinkz tool by October 9’th; you must put a link back to http://www.gettingcricky.com/ in your blog post.  Share the word!!! Have fun!!!  Kristal also said “if you have a chance, leave comments for my DT members and the other challenge participants. I’ll choose ONE person who comments on the most entries for a fabulous SURPRISE gift!’  Isn’t Kristal generous…WOW!!!!  To link up your Fall Treat, please click here.

Reduce~Reuse~Recycle

If you are looking for the Getting Cricky Blog Hop, please click here.

Welcome to the Upcycle Blog Hop hosted by my fantastic friend Tanya, aka the Scrappy Scavenger.  If you have hopped along from the beginning, you would have arrived here from Janice’s Blog.  Didn’t you just love what she did?  GASP…you haven’t seen it yet?  Perhaps you should start at the beginning then with Tanya’s blog.  For this hop, we are all featuring projects we have “upcycled”…you know, reused and made prettier than it was before.  I was originally going to just do a toilet paper roll gift card holder (cuz it’s quick and easy and I was running out of time), but then my Home Teacher stopped by with some box lunches for us (yay free dinner with no dishes) and I said to myself “WOW…I could so totally repurpose this box” so I did!

Here’s the before:

Kinda bleh huh…it was a good-sized little tote box though…it just needed some TLC to make it pretty.  Here’s what I turned it into:

Much better don’t you think?  The pattered paper is from the DCVW Glam Girl stack and the solid paper is from my LSS.  For the embellishment on the top, I added a doily from the dollar store with a couple of  paper flowers and silver brad.  It was so easy, especially considering I was sleeping and this project wasn’t even started 3 hours ago.  The stamped sentiment along the top is from Scripture Sayings by K Andrew Designs.  Be sure to use code 20faith through Sunday night to save 20% on all your K Andrew Designs stamp purchases!

Here’s a view from the top:

I think I will use this box to collect the things I am thankful for throughout the week and then journal it all via my blog or real journal journal Sunday evening.  Maybe I will have my kids alter their boxes for a Family Home Evening project and do the same thing too.  For this hop, I will be giving away an embellishment similar to the one shown on this box…yours may vary slightly and will probably be better than what’s seen here.  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite things to upcycle are.  That’s it…you don’t even have to be a confirmed email subscriber; however, if you’d like to get email updates when new posts are made, be sure to subscribe at the top right side of my blog.  Wordpress will send you a confirmation email with a link.  You MUST click that link to confirm your subscription!

Your next step on this fun hop is Bridgette from Nuts about (Cri) Cuts.  She has a fantastically fun project that you won’t want to miss.  And, if you get lost along the way, here’s the line-up:

Tanya T~ http://www.ScrappyScavenger.wordpress.com/  (start here)

Brie – http://vintage53.blogspot.com/

Janice – http://www.cricutconfessions.com/

Faith   http://faithfulecreations.com (look it’s me!)

Bridgette – www.nutsaboutcuts.com (next stop)

Brenda – http://createbyburffrau.blogspot.com

Krista – http://www.KristasPaperCafe.com

Jennifer B- http://jlbzlittlecorner.blogspot.com/

Amy – http://www.lovetocrop.com

Heather- http://stampdetails.blogspot.com/

Haidee-http://created2bunique.blogspot.com/

Roberta- http://decorablesart.blogspot.com

Dawn~ http://strawberryrainsdelights.blogspot.com

Joe – http://www.createncraft.com/

Beth – http://Mytimetoplay.blogspot.com

Anita~ http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com

Shannon~ http://www.purplelionpaper.com/blog

Shannon L~ http://www.Shannonleffew.blogspot.com

September Getting Cricky Blog hop


Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

Can you believe it’s already been a month since the last Getting Cricky Blog Hop…me either!  My Faithful Leader Kristal Andrew and fellow DT Sisters are so excited to showcase the newest sets to hit K Andrew Designs.  There is so much flexibility with these stamps sets…just you wait and see.  This month our theme is Fall-O-Ween…you know Fall and Halloween projects…don’t be surprised if you see a winter or Christmas themed project or two or five either though!

Our special guest this month is Heather from Heather’s Crafty Blog Space, and we are  just THRILLED to have her join us!  If you’ve hopped along from Janis’ Blog, then you are right on track!  If you are just blog stalking me and reading this post because you got an alert, be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal’s blog (you’ll want to catch up on all the FUN!!).  As most of you know, each of Kristal’s stamp sets benefit charity with $1 per stamp set going the charity noted package.  Kristal matches that dollar for dollar as well.

Kristal currently donates to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help, plus K Andrew Designs stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in the US!  Support our economy, give Americans jobs and buy made in the USA!

Now…let’s talk about the stamps the DT is featuring tonight shall we…see for yourselves:

Fall-O-Ween benefits “Adopt a Classroom”
Winter Wishes benefits “Adopt a Classroom”
Scripture Sayings benefits “Good Samaritan Health Center”

For my projects, I’ve chosen to feature ALL of the above sets.  First up we have a toilet paper roll gift card holder using Winter Wishes:

This was really simple…I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the toilet paper core all fancy like after painting the core red and letting it dry.  I smooshed it flat in my Grand Calibur, embellished and inserted my visa just to show you what it looks!  Cute huh?!?!?

Ok…next from the Scrpiture Sayings set (my personal new favorite set), is this:

Again I used Spellbinders and just embellished your basic A2 Card base.  A little tip for ya….when you have paper that is flimsy and you want to use it to tie ribbon around (or in my case tape ribbon around) mount it to some ugly cardstock…that’s what I did here.  Great way to use up that old ugly paper and no one has to know…unless you tell them!

Finally, I promised you I’d take stamping somewhere you’ve never seen it go before right….check out how I used the Fall-O-Ween set:

Yes folks…this IS a cookie I stamped!!!!

Here’s what it looks like frosted:

And here’s a close-up of the stamping:

To stamp on a cookie or anything food related, you will need some food writers like these that I am giving away as blog candy for this hop:

To win, simply leave a comment on this post and…yes, that’s right, be a follower!

Now you will need to have TWO sets of all your favorite K Andrew Design stamps…one for food and one for paper.

Guess what…you’re in luck!  Save 20% on ALL your purchases this weekend using code 20faith.

I will have an additional reward for one lucky winner if I end up with the most discounted purchases.  Kristal gave each of us our own code so it can be tracked!  HOW FUN!!!!!

Now you can hop on over to your next stop…the Amazing Craftin’ Mama Ildi

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the entire lineup:

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Oh maybe not all of you, but at least those of you who have donated money and sent cards in for the Royal Purple Freedom hop I did months ago.  I have FINALLY gotten everything all organized and arranged so I could pick winners.  When put into the database, I had over 230 entries into the grand prize drawings.  You won’t believe me when I say this, but it wasn’t rigged I promise!  Here are your winners:

Verve-a-licious:

Congratulations go out to Katrena Shaw!

Life After DV is Peachy Keen:

Congratulations go out to Jazmyne Freeman!

Pampered Princess Basket:

Congratulations go out to Cathy Sobotka!

Drum roll please………..

The winner of the Big Deal Basket is:

Congratulations go out to Savannah Freeman!

Congratulations to all the winners.  

Our joint efforts raised over $300 for the Bradley Angle house and we received 133 cards!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this life-changing event.  Be sure to come back and see pictures of me taking our donation to the shelter!  We may do a card making campaign event for this again so stay tuned for that information as well.  I will be in touch with all the winners tomorrow to get mailing information!

Scary Simple Sunday

This week our Getting Cricky Design team is featuring  Halloween projects.  Be sure to check out which stamp sets are used because not everyone chose the Fall-O-Ween stamp set.  It’s great to be able to take something like Splashtastic Summer and make it work for a Halloween project.  That’s the beauty of stamps by K Andrew Designs, they are designed to mix and match, not just among sets, but between them too.  Now onto my project:

This was a bit of a challenge for me because I not only don’t enjoy Halloween, I don’t even have so much as a Halloween sheet of paper in my collection.  None I could find anyway that is!  So…what do you do when you have a deadline approaching and you have to get something made…you improvise!  I broke out my Photoshop program, searched for some free Halloween Brushes, and made a grim reaper SVG that I could cut on my eCraft.  I did the same for the tombstone and then used the shapes already inside my SCAL software for the moon and cloud.  I used K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set for the sentiment that says “You don’t Scare me'”

My card base is half a sheet of 6 by 12 paper for a 6 x 6 card.  The RIP on the tombstone is the font Graveyard Shift, available as a free download from http://dafont.com.  I used silver stickles on the blade and black diamond stickles on the handle/staff of the blade or whatever it is Grim Reaper is carrying.  Except for the tombstone, everything was adhered using foam dots for dimension.  I hope you enjoy and can’t wait to see what Halloween Projects YOU have up your sleeves!

Kristal has a special challenge, like always, going on at her blog.  Be sure you visit her blog to see what everyone has created for you!  I have the most talented DT Sisters in the world!  Here are Kristal’s rules for the challenge:

Challenge Requirements:

  1. Post any “Halloween” project of your choice & link up by 9/24/2011
  2. Post as many projects as you want that fit the criteria
  3. Make sure Kristal’s blinkie is up on your sidebar, and your blog post entry is linked back to her blog Getting Cricky
  4. Leave a comment on Kristal’s blog
  5. HAVE FUN & spread the word!
  6. The winner will receive an exclusive 4 x 6 set of FALL-O-WEEN stamps! You can’t buy these! The Fall-o-Ween stamps for sale are the larger size!

To take part in the challenge, link up YOUR Halloween themed projects by clicking the link below.

CONGRATS RUTHIE NIXON!!!!

In case you missed it on Raven Baca’s blog at Love 4 Stamps, my crafty buddy Miss Ruthie was the grand prize winner in our eCraft Hop!  Craftwell will be sending Miss Ruthie an eCraft of her VERY own!  Congrats girl!