Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Scary but not Halloween

Do you remember how much fun flashlights were as a kid? Here's a page I did for a challenge to use halloween papers on a non-halloween topic. I decided it would be perfect for the camping pictures I had of the girls, when they were scaring each other with flashlights and telling scary stories. Good times. :-)

I used Little Yellow Bicycle paper from last year's line on this. Still had some left over, so why not! The pull-out pictures show them in non-scary poses, and tells the story on the back.

Thanks for looking, and have a great Halloween!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Stepping Into Fall

While I might have been home for almost two weeks between sick kids and sick me, I was at least somewhat productive. I had crochet therapy - I saw a crocheted scarf at Claire's (the store) and thought i liked it but wanted it in different colors. I love how this came out! I wore it today even though it was warm out. It makes me feel comfy.

Here's one you can buy, it's made by Mudd. It's at Kohls. I think i like mine just as well. thanks for looking!

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Here's a page using the most current PageMap blog sketch. Just looking at these apples reminds me how good they were.

I used Cosmo Cricket paper for this with Fancy Pants kraft paper. The branches are from My Cute Stamps, the chip title is Basic Grey, and the trim was a swap. oh I'm wishing for some of those fresh apples.

thanks for looking!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jars, Bags, and Tags!

Just did another class tonight, and we made some really pretty jars and bags. We were talking about things to fill the jars with. Really they're kind of big for candy, but would be fun for trail mix or carmel corn. But certainly something you don't have to bake! I'm going to run and buy some smaller jars and try to duplicate the style of these.

This first bag uses the new Christmas line from Graphic45. I love the vintage look they come out with every year. They're one of my favorites. Thats some K&Co paper on the bag too. They have a lovely paper pack out for Christmas.

This next pair use the Fancy Pants line of paper. We used the printed tag paper as well, which made this one really quick and easy.

And our third bag uses the Making Memories Mistletoe paper. I love every single design in that line. But my favorite is the cardinal paper (it reverses to the polka dot, love it). And, don't you love how the Jenni Bowlin bingo tag goes with it so well? On the jar we used a tag cut from the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.

Next week we are making coasters. I've got a really a couple really cute designs planned. Can't wait to show them off!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Photo Fun

Yesterday was gorgeous, so after school i ran the girls over to the park and we did a photo shoot. Each fall we do this, because i love the colors of fall. And each year we get some good shots i just love. This year, i decided I wanted to do some Photoshopping on my favorite shots. I am into adding textures, and its amazing how much depth you can digitally add to a photo.
Here is the original,

Here is the edited version, I used the blending mode to add a colored texture, and then framed it with a black grunge frame.

And another shot... I love the golden color here -

but look what happens when you give it a little bump with a brown paper bag texture -

I learned all this from Jessica Sprague's free class this summer. If you've got Photoshop and haven't learned how to use blending modes, put it on your list of things to do. So much fun!!!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas

frost on the ground, snow up North... time to start thinking about Christmas.
I know, its not even Halloween. We still have Thanksgiving. But thats the point. I'm gonna get really busy soon. So why not get some things done now and not kill myself in December! I mean, we have two birthdays in December, before Jesus' big party.

I am offering classes on Sundays right now. Today was card making day, and here are some of the samples from the cards we made!

First is a tri-fold HO Ho HO card. When it is opened, the inner flap (which also says HO) stays closed and the tag part pulls out. It could hold a gift card or personal greeting.

Next is a snowflake embossed card. These are really pretty and easy to make, if you've got a Cuttlebug embossing folder, of course. We highlighted the snowflakes with a little Colorbox chalk ink.

I don't know which is my favorite, but i love this next card. I found some pretty scalloped and glittered card bases. We added pretty tree paper and a tag. This came out so pretty in real life. Wish the photo could pick up the softness of the ink and the sparkle of the glitter a little better. The tag is actually a bit more purple too.

And finally, here is a tall card, and we made it a pop-up! How fun to open this very pretty card (paper is Bo-Bunny) and have a 3-D Christmas tree greet you! Love it!

Hope you're enjoying this gorgeous fall, cold weather and all. Email me if you live in the area and would like to inquire about other classes.

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