Monday, October 31, 2011

Cute Ghost Halloween Card

Happy Halloween Everyone!!  I hope you are having a great day.  I wanted to do one last Halloween card.  I am entering this card in the  Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge.  I used some of my Halloween scrap paper and cut the ghost at 2.75" from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  I used my gypsy to hide the eyes so I could use my Peachy Keen In-Stitches face stamps.  I also used some black ink around the edges.  The scary ghost sentiment is stickers from Paper Studio.  I am really happy how it turned out!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cute Ghost Halloween Layout

Hi Everyone!!  I usually don't post on the weekends, but I have to show you the cute layout I made last night.  I was shopping at Walmart and found a Halloween display in the craft isle with lots of Halloween stickers.  They were $1.50 a pack and I found some super cute border stickers.  They also had Thanksgiving sticker as well.  My other Walmart didn't have these stickers so when I saw them, I grabbed them.  I purchased 3 packs of the border stickers.  Here is a picture of 2 of the pack I bought.  I use the ghost pack for my layout.   These stickers are 3D and have glitter on them.  They really are the cutest!!! (Sorry for the glare.  I should have taken them out of the package before taking pictures)

OK!  Now on to my layout.  The ghost package had 2 border stickers.  I used the tombstone one at the bottom of the page.  I cut up the ghost border and put the ghost thought the page.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out!!!!

 This is the tombstone/grave yard sticker border.  Sorry for the glare.
 The Happy Halloween is a stamp from the Close to my Heart Fall stamp set.
 I inked up all the paper edges with black ink and LOVE how spooky they look.
 These ghost have glitter and some of them have googly eyes.  They are so cute.
I used number stickers for the year and outlined them with my Martha Stewart black pen to make them stand out.  I also used my MS black pen and my white gel pen to make dots on the numbers.
 Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween box with Rosette Update

Hi Everyone!!  I had a HUGE response to my tutorial that I posted yesterday for the rosettes using the border punch.  Click HERE if you missed the rosette tutorial.  Thanks for all your kind words and emails.  I really appreciate them.  Of course after I made the box and posted it, I decided to draw a spider web under the spider.  So I made another box and left out the twine and added a black satin bow.

The box on the right is the box I made yesterday.  I really like the hand drawn spider web under the spider.  It really adds a lot.  I LOVE both boxes.   I wanted to show you how nice it looked with just the rosette, sentiment, and a bow.  Very simple!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Box with Rosette

Hi Everyone!  I made this Halloween box with rosette for the design team call over at My Creative Time with Emma.  Emma has the absolute BEST stamps and dies and it would be such an HONOR to be apart of her design team.  I am super excited how my box turned out.  Click here if you missed my tutorial on how to make these rosettes using Martha Stewart border punches.  For this rosette, I cut my strip at 1 1/2 x 12 and I only used 1 strip to make this rosette.   I found this box template HERE.   This box is FABULOUS!!!!  It is made using a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock.  Make a few score marks and snip a few corners.  That is it!
 I added some white gel pen dots to the spiders legs and bent them so it would give him some dimension.  I also used black/white twine at the bottom.  I was going to add a small bow, but it looked like it was too much so I decided not to put it on.
I punched 2 holes with my crop-a-dile and used 3 pieces of twine to tie the flaps together.  My advice is to punch the holes BEFORE you assemble the box.  And if you plan to stamp on the flaps, stamp your sentiment BEFORE you assemble the box.  Of course, I did it after I assembled it and it was a little difficult.

I just love this box.  I plan to make some for my child's teacher and put candy inside.  Please check back as I plan to make lots of these boxes for Christmas gifts.


Martha Stewart spider web border punch
Martha Stewart score board
Close to my heart Fall stamp set
black/white twine
orange and black cardstock
white gel pen
Cricut Cartridges:
  Doodlecharm (spider)

I am also entering this box in the Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Rosette Tutorial using Border Punches or Gypsy

Hello Everyone!  When I saw the new Cricut cartridge Ribbons & Rosettes, I fell in LOVE!!  I wanted to see if I could make rosettes using the Martha Stewart border punches.  You could also use your gypsy to make them.  The Martha Stewart Cake cartridges have some really nice borders that would work or you could design your own using your gypsy.  I have put together a tutorial on how I did them with the MS border punches.

First cut your paper to your desired size.  My paper measures 2 1/2 x 12.  Depending on how big you want your rosette, will determine how many strips you will need to make.  I used 2 strips to make this rosette.  So you will want to cut 2 strips at 2 1/2 x 12 to make the rosette in this tutorial.
Then using your Martha Stewart border punch, punch one side (12" length).
 Next, I used my Martha Steward score board and scored every 1/4 inch.  I didn't score up to the top where the punch is because I didn't want it to rip.  Just start to score under the punched area to the bottom of the strip.
After you get all your score marks, carefully accordion fold (back and forth) the paper.
 This is what it will look like after it is all folded.

After you make 2 of the strips, you will want to glue the end together.   Now you will need to gather the rosette together so you have a small hole in the middle.  This takes a little patience.  Be careful not to tear the border that you punched.  I punched a small circle and glued to the back to hold it together.  I would recommend using hot glue to glue the circle.  I tried my atg glue gun and it didn't work well so I used hot glue and it seemed to work great.
 Now you can embellish your rosette any way you want.  I chose to use prima flowers and a brad in the center.  I also used hot glue to glue the flower on to the rosette.

 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  Can you imagine all the possibilities with all the different border punches available?  I plan on doing so much with these rosettes.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them!


Martha Stewart border punch
Martha Stewart score board
blue scrapbooking paper
prima flowers
black brad

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ribbon and Twine Storage Tip

Hi Everyone!  Linda over at Paper Boutique is having an organizing tip contest.  I wanted to share a favorite organizing tip with everyone.  This is how I organize and store my ribbon and twine.  I store them in my Jetmax cubes (with dividers) from Michaels.  I found this tip on the cricut messageboard and LOVE it.  It is a super super space saver.  I wrap my ribbon on 3x3 chipboard (I use the back of the paper stacks).  Make sure you wrap it loosely so you don't have creases in your ribbon when you unroll it.  I also use another drawer (with dividers) to store my scrap ribbon.  This has saved me a TON of space and time.  I am not sorting through all my ribbon to find what I need.  I just open a drawer and I can see all the ribbon and colors.  It is also a great way to show when you are running low on a color and need to buy more.   I buy the clear (500 ct) hair bands from the dollar tree to hold the ribbon securely.
 Close up of the ribbon.  You can also wrap more than one style of ribbon on a card.
 My scrap drawer.  It is easy to see all my scraps and easy to remove and replace.

 This is my twine.  It already came wrapped on this chipboard and it fits nicely in the dividers.
I hope you all have enjoyed my tip and hope it is helpful to you!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Card

Hi Everyone!!  I made this card for the Creative Cutter Room Challenge and the E.A.D Designs Color Challenge.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  I originally wanted to stamp "Thankful For...." or "Happy Thanksgiving" but the turkey was too tall and the hat over ran the sentiment.  Oh well, I will stamp it on the inside :)

Orange Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Thanksgiving Pattern Paper (DCWV Fall Stack 2)
White Gel Pen
Pop Dots
Cricut Cartridge:
  Create a Critter (turkey)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!!

Halloween Pumpkin Card

Hi Everyone!!  I made this halloween card for the My Creative Time Challenge.  You have to make a halloween card using an older card feature Cricut cartridge.  I use Wild Card cartridge for my card.  It is on page 68 and I also used the phrase button for the "Happy Halloween".  I have to admit this is the first time I have used this cartridge and I have had it for a long time.  I know shame on me.  There are alot of really cool images that you could use on regular cards and layouts too.

I really wanted to add some white gel pen to the pumpkins eyes and mouth, but I wanted to keep it simple and not overdue it!!  I am really happy with how the card turned out and will be visiting this cartridge more often.


Black, Orange, and green cardstock
Martha Stewart permanent marker ~Ebony~ .03mm
Cricut Cartridges:
  Wild Card

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Card

Hi Everyone!  I made this halloween card for the challenge over at My Craft Spot.  The challenge is a color challenge and to use black with orange, purple, or green.  My card has all 4 colors.  I picked up this halloween kit from Target a few years ago.  It contains halloween patterned paper and matching rub ons. 


Halloween Papered Paper
Halloween Rub Ons
Martha Stewart Spider Web punch
Marvy Scallop punch

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!