Spooky Straws

I was so excited to find these orange and black straws at the dollar store. I knew they would be perfect to showcase the spooky eyes in the stamp set: Freaky Friends!

Imagine a whole Halloween party decked out in this theme! You could do so much more then just the straws. Imagine: napkin holders, treat packages, banners and streamers. Coordinate the table cloth and cups and plates... I could go on, so much fun!

Because these decoration are little bulky, I did a little more assembley then just sticking them to the straw. I actually created a little holder that the straw could slide through. I even punched a hole in the front of the holder for the ribbon and sequin strands to attach through to cut down how far the decorations stuck out from the straw. I used a standard hole punch for the holes.

To get the eyes to stand out I used Versamark on Basic Black Cardstock and used Crushed Curry embossing powder. Fun!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure to check out some more fun projects and a chance to win the Freaky Friends stamp set on the SCT Blog.

Happy Creating!

Halloween Cracker

So I have to admit that 4 of my 8 projects submitted to the SCT blog were treat packages. I couldn't help it...

who doesn't think of candy when Halloween is mentioned? Well, today's project is one of those packages: a Halloween Cracker made with the Envelope Punch Board. These are really easy to make, check out my video tutorial.

I love the candy corn paper from the Designer Series Paper Pack: Motley Monsters. I wish I could just get a pack of it! Lol. The stars on my label are made with the new Confetti Star Punch (Love it!)

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out the SCT Blog and leave a comment with them for a chance to win the Freaky Friends Stampset!
Happy Creating.

It's Project Life, Pumpkin!

Yeah! I'm ahead of the game and posting this the night before... well so far... the post isn't done yet ;) I'm trying diligently to stay OFF of those social media "distraction" sites! I've been getting bad lately! Lol.

So I decided to do a Project Life style page for one of my eight SCT projects. This one wasn't chosen for the blog and I'm not really surprised. I would say this page features the DSP: Motley Monsters, more then anything else. I do have one stamp image from the Freaky Friends stampset: the little spooky eyes up in the corner.

I stamped them in Versamark onto Basic Black Cardstock and used the Crush Curry Embossing Powder. How fun is that!?!

I love how you can create your own pocket cards with the  Project Life, pocket sleeves. I used the cute Motley Monsters DSP, filled in 2 pockets and had 2 thirds of my project done, just like that. I added a little touch of embellishments to the outside of my sleeve for texture and appeal and... also because I think it woud look funny all squished inside!

Thanks for stopping in! and Happy Creating!

Happy Haunting.

Well, I guess it would have been smart to actually finish this post yesterday... I started it and then got  pulled away and totally forgot to come back to it.
Oh well, here it is today!

Today I'm sharing another one (#2) of the 8 projects I created for the SCT Blog. A decorated package of Tic Tacs!

This project was really easy! I simply cut a strip of DSP, punched off the ends with the Tag Topper Punch, folded it around the tic tac container and glued the tag ends together. The bottom of the Tic Tac container is hallowed inward, so I used a few SU Dimensionals to keep the Tic Tac container in the wrapper.

I stamped my little Freaky Friends in STAZON ink, one on top of the other and coloured them in with various SU markers. Then I finished my image off with my Happy Haunting greeting from the stampset: Ghoulish Greetings.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to vist the SCT blog post for a chance to win the stampset: Freaky Firends.
Have a great day and happy creating!

PEEK-A-BOO! Giftcard Holder

Hello! Did you have a good Thanksgiving weekend? Are you stuffed and feeling unmotivated or are you now raring to go on your Halloween crafting? Well, if you're looking for Halloween inspirations, then you've come to the right place! I was asked a few weeks ago to design some Halloween projects for the Stampin' Up! Saturdays on The Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog (SCT). So I have plenty to share!

I was asked to create 8 projects using the stampsets: Freaky Friends, Ghoulish Greetings, and the Designer Series Paper: Motley Monsters. So, over the next week or so, I'll be sharing those projects with you. Make sure to check out the SCT blog post for the projects they chose, another demonstrator's wonderful creations and a chance to win the stampset: Freaky Friends.

Today I'm sharing my Halloween Giftcard Holder. This project is actually featured on SCT, however I wanted to share it here, sooner then later, as still-life photos don't show it's fun aspect! When you open this giftcard holder, the giftcard, the bird and the witch actually slide up, almost like they are playing...well.. Peek-a-BOO! Lol 

I actually made a little animated .GIF for you to see how fun it is!

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Creating!

Halloween giftcard holder on Make A Gif
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Creative Blog Hop

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend, enjoying time with family and eating lots of yummy food.

I am thankful for many things today... well everyday, really! I won't bore you with my long list of things I am thankful for, but I want you to know that you are on my list! You are! I am thankful for everyone who stops by, even when I've been slacking on posting. You keep me motivated to continue to share and inspire! Thank you!

So, today's post is a little different... Instead of being about a card or some other creative project, it's actually about... me. The TALENTED Teneale Williams nominated me for the Creative Blog Hop. If you have not been to Teneale's blog, you need to! Her blog is beautiful and her work is AMAZING! Thank you Teneale for the nomination! So, I have to answer 4 questions and then pass the honour on to 2 other talented people.

Question 1: What am I working on right now?
Honestly... nothing. EEK! This actually makes me sad. I HAD grand plans of crafting all week-end long, the kids were even at Grandma and Grandpa's this weekend... but come Saturday afternoon, hubby and I were chatting about how we should have really used our time without the kids to accomplish some much needed tasks... Next thing I know we've decided to fix up the bathroom... sanding, priming, painting, caulking: that's what I've been up to.

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in my Genre?
I'm not really sure it does... I guess some of my work may reflect my Fine Art and Graphic Design education. I know that I like to create outside the box, in different ways then what is dictated by the tool or stampset, so I guess that could set me apart from others...

Question 3: Why do I create what I do?
Because it makes me happy. I can be me when I'm crafting, I don't have to worry about what I look like for my stamps. I don't have to worry about what my inks think of me or if I've treated my paper socially correct. Stress is gone, I don't feel pressured and the things I create have nothing to do with anything else but me.

Question 4: How does my creative process work?
Well... first I touch my nose, then I turn around 3 times, then... Kidding! I've never really thought about how... I just do... I guess it depends on the type of project and what I want the end result to be. I love finding new and different ways in using my craft stuff, so a lot of my time is analyzing, experimenting and playing and then going from there.

Next I get to select 2 people that inspire me!

Anne Granger from Stamp With Anne!
Anne is not only a SU Demonstrator, but a wonderful person and friend. She inspires me everyday to pursue my creativity and to grow my Stampin' Up! business. She has adopted me, while me upline is away, and has motivated and inspired me to become what I am today. Thanks Anne!

Marcy Denning from Stampin' with Marcy!
Marcy inspires me because she's new! Not new to crafting but new to being a Stampin Up! Demonstrator. I see the excitement in her, that I remember when I first joined. She has beautiful work and I hope nothing but the best for he,r as I know she has a lot of talent to share!

Have a great evening and Happy Thanksgiving!

Another Fall Conference Creation!

 On the Saturday of the Stampin' Up! Fall Conference we had another round of product playground at the party session. While we rotated we made up all the components to create this cute little box and card set. We got to use the big shot with the new star embossing folder (Love!), Gift Box Punch Board, Blendabilites, punches and of course, Stamps!

This card is a little shaker card using the frosted sequins. The fun part is... the shaker part was so easy to make. It's made using a clear envelope! Insert embellishments, seal, and adhere to card. DONE!

I don't know who designed these projects, but kudo's to them, as they are beautiful! I love the colour scheme and the simple little details, such as  the tiny scallops under the greetings, and the little snowflake ornament.

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Creating!

Kitchener Stampin' Up! Fall Conference!

This past weekend was the Stampin' Up! Fall Conference in Kitchener Ontario. I had a wonderful time, not only participating, but also volunteering at the event. It was on Friday and Saturday and was a ton of fun. There was a product playground session, a business session and a good ol'party session!

On Saturday evening my friend: Marja and I hostessed a Demonstrator Class Event! We spent the night crafting with 13 other demonstrators and had a great time. I forgot to take pictures :(

So you can imagine how tired I was come Sunday night... Infact, I spent every waking hour that my husband was home on monday, sleeping! and... I might have napped this afternoon... I'm getting old!

This beautiful box set is the project that we made on Friday night at the product playground session! How beautiful is it!?! I don't know who created it but, I love it and think it's absolutely stunning. So much so... I'm going to offer it as a class!

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At one of the sessions we received this cute little treat bag that we got to fill with candy! Yum! I don't know who designed this but I do know that approxiamately 6-8 demonstrators constructed them as Marja and I were one of them and we had to make 50 each!  I love how cute and simply these little treat holders are, and who can't resist that cute little vampire!

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As I mentioned before, not only did I participate at the SU event but I also volunteered. My days were go-go-go, that I forgot to take many pictures... :( But here is one that I did snap of my friends and fellow demonstrators: Marja Deeth and Anne Granger! They were working the Gift Box Punch Board table and doing a FABULOUS job teaching others how to use it.

So I bet you're wondering if we received any goodies? Well we did! Just for attending the Product Playground Session and the Party Session we received the stamp sets: Ornamental Pine and Wintertime. I was pretty excited about this as I didn't have either of these! Woot Woot! There was tons of prizes being handed out (every 8 minutes to be exact), however, luck just wasn't on my side this time! Oh well!

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Creating as always!

Sparkle, Sparkle. White Christmas.

Wow! This week is just flying by! I am crazy busy right now with a TON of prepping. I'm prepping for the Simply Stars & Friends Class Event,  and for the Stampin' Up! Conference that is happening this week-end in Kitchener. I'm so excited!
For the Simply Stars & Friends Class event, I had to design a class using the stamp set: White Christmas. I ended up creating 7 cards but only needed 4, so today's card is one that didn't make the class.

This card was actually one of my favourite of the 7, but since it was not choosen by the 2 people I had helping me decide, it got cut. (Lucky for you, as now I can share it!)

The DSP is from the "All is Calm" pack and I like how it kind of resembles icicles. Then I added all the sequins, and it just screamed cool and wintery!

Thanks for stopping in today. I'll trying and post again this week but no promises ;) Until then, Happy Creating!