Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Festivities

Shannon's been hitting the first-grade fall festivities circuit pretty hard this month. This kid's social calendar could rival Miss Hilton's. :)

Here's a Halloween card I made for a classmate's mum, who hosted a party at her house for Shannon's class:
Stamped sentiment - SU! Noteworthy
Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Halloween Images & Journal Notes Booklet
Smaller Image - Crafty Secrets - Calendar Creative Scraps
DP - Karen Foster
Cardstock - Bazzill
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
Accessories - ribbon - Offray; glitter glue - Stickles; pearlescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.; natural sponge - Darice
Shannon, dressed as a jaguar with Meow-Meow, at her all-troop Girl Scout costume party.

Shannon, at her classmate's party, decorating her pumpkin like a jaguar to match her costume.

Excited about going on a hayride with her Brownie troop!

The perfect pumpkin found!

Getting a kick out of hiding from me in the hay maze, then popping up through a hole like a prairie dog. Yep, we love fall!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shannon's Seven!

We celebrated Shannon's seventh birthday on Friday with a yummy family dinner, lots of gifts, and a two-layer Hello Kitty cake. :)

Here is the card I made for her:

It's very pink, very girly, and very sparkly - oh so very Shannon!

Main image - Hello Kitty Die Cut - Sizzix
Cardstock - Bazzill & DCWV
Accessories - border punch & mica flake glitter - Martha Stewart

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Who Can Resist the Cheese?

This week on the Crafty Secrets forum challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, Darlene challenged us to use resisting techniques on our projects. I guess you could say I've been resisting resisting because I've never done this before.

Happily it was easier than I thought. I stamped the cheese image with Ranger resist ink (Versamark would have worked too) on yellow paper. Then I heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder. Finally I sponged on Tea Dye Ranger Distress Ink. The embossed cheese images resist the ink, and the yellow shows through. Such a fun technique and great for making background paper. Just in time for my dear mother-in-law's birthday too!

Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Mouse Party
Patterned Paper - K&Company - Wild Saffron
Cardstock - Neenah (natural); Bazzill (yellow & brown)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye & Vintage Photo; Ranger Resist Ink
Accessories - markers - Copic Sketch; clear embossing powder; seam tape ribbon - Rebecca Sower Designs; eyelets - Making Memories

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Happy Hi!

You may have noticed that I am not all that into flowery images for my creations. I tend to prefer images with animals or people. I like images that seem to tell a story, that are more like picture book illustrations. Like the image on this card I made for our neighbors' little girl who turned six last week. You can see the "movement" in the image; it has energy - very much like our daughter who spends a lot of time riding up and down our sidewalk on her own pink and purple scooter. :)Details:
Stamps: Stampin' Up! - A Happy Hi
Cardstock: Neenah (white); Papertrey Ink (lavender moon); DCWV - light purple
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Soot Black
Markers: Copic Sketch
Accessories: rhinestone gems - Miss Elizabeth's; swiss dots embossing folder - Cuttlebug; ribbon - Pebbles Inc.; scalloped circle punch - Martha Stewart; clear glitter pen - Atyou Spica Glitter Pen

Wishing you all a happy day too!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Signs of the Season

These are the signs of the season cropping up around our house. Halloween decorations in our foyer complete with vintage trick or treat candy boxes from my (rather large - thanks Dad!) candy box collection and a pumpkin decorated by Shannon at FallFest yesterday.
On the Crafty Secrets forum at Splitcoast Stampers this week, Lori challenged us to make our projects shine. I made my owl shine by heat embossing the black ink with clear embossing powder and added a little more shine to the moon with Pebbles Inc. pearlescent chalk.
More Details:
Stamps: Crafty Secrets - Clear Art Stamps - Book Lovers; SU! - What a Hoot; See D's - Halloween Flourish
Main Image: Crafty Secrets - Heartwarming Vintage - Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet
Patterned Paper: Provocraft
Cardstock: Neenah Paper (natural); Core'dinations (Yellow)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye & Black Soot; Stazon - Mustard
Accessories: Ribbon - Offray; glitter glue - Stickles; pearlescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.; clear embossing powder
We also have creatures like this guy, whose name is Sermon btw, showing up at the house. Shannon made him out of GloBonz.
And then there's this...Shannon's Monster World, which she has spent hours creating over the past week. It all fits into this tiny toy suitcase, and there's a monster family, a monster bee, a monster dog, and even a monster worm. They're are the teeniest, tiniest things - so detailed, all individually colored and cut out. I put a dime next to the worm, so you can get an idea of the scale. The picture really doesn't do it justice.

Hope you all are having a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Because when you're a papercrafter...

and your six-year-old (soon to be seven-year-old) daughter says she wants a Hello Kitty/Jaguar themed birthday party, you find a way to make it work!Details:
Sizzix dies: Hello Kitty with Flower; Jungle Leaves
Patterned paper: K&Company - Berry Sweet
Cardstock: K&Company - Green & Pink Recycled Mat Stacks; Brown - unknown; light pink, yellow, black - Bazzill; white - Neenah & Georgia Pacific
Accessories: marker - Sharpie fine point; glitter glue - Stickles; iridescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.
Sentiment: computer generated

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's Apple Time!

I am convinced that we have the loveliest apple orchard around. I can't say enough about how wonderful the apples are (Honeycrisps are our family favorite!) and the home-baked goodies are seriously out of this world! Emmett's also has a charming gift shop full of fabulous fall delights.

The owner, Rachelle, gave Shannon's first grade class such a fun tour the other day. The kids got to be out in the crisp, fresh air in the beautiful orchard, learn all kinds of neat facts, pick some apples, see the cold storage, find out how cider is made, and, of course, drink some cider and eat the most delectable apple raisin cookies - yum.

In anticipation of the field trip I made this apple card. Shannon gave it to her teacher, who had all of the kids sign it, then gave it to Rachelle as a thank you for the tour.

Stamps - Stampin' Up! Give Thanks Set
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Patterned Paper - DCWV - Green Stack
Cardstock - Neenah (natural & red); DCWV (green)
Markers - Copic Sketch
Embellies - rick rack - Paper Wishes; embroidery floss - DMC; button - unknown