Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek: Merry Mice

Is it too early?
Too early for Christmas Crafting, that is? 
In my books... 
I love christmas crafting, It's wonderful and cheery! Oh... and I can justify my purchases a lot easier when they're associated with Christmas! HAHA! 

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card, while playing along with the Global Design Project: Sketch Challenge. I had so much fun playing along with their colour challenge last week, that I couldn't resist playing this week too
(especially since it's a really fun sketch!) #GDP050

My card today features the NEW stamp set: Merry Mice, which will be available on September 1st in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue. This year's Holiday Catalogue is jammed pack with amazing new products and Merry Mice was just one of MANY "must haves" for me. This catalogue has gotten my creative juices flowing again and that is really exciting! When my mojo disappears, I feel lost. So It's nice to feel like myself again!
My colour combo is White, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red and Old Olive. To colour the adorable little mice, I used the following ink pads: Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush and Emerald Envy, with my.... Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!!! What!?! Yep! You can use your clear Wink of Stella brush just like a blender pen! Simply squeeze your ink pad before opening, and dip your brush into the ink that was transferred to the lid! Voila Sparkly colouring!!! It's as simply as that! For best results use Black Stazon ink and water colour paper

The greeting: Merry Christmouse, comes with the stamp set and is cut out with a framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits pack. My DSP is from the Little Foxy DSP stack.

Another sneak peek is the Gold Baker's Twine that is under my greeting. The Gold Twine comes in a Trio pack, along with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Baker's Twine.

Well, thanks for popping in! Make sure to check out the Global Design Project: Sketch Challenge post, to see other great inspirations and/or join in the fun!

Happy Creating!

Global Design Project: Colour Challenge

This past week my Mother-in-Law asked if she could take the boys for a few days... Twist my rubber arm!!! So... I had, almost, 3 days to myself! 3 DAYS! Now I probably should have done a major clean or organized something... but forget that! I went shopping, I napped, I visited friends and I crafted!

Since I had more time then usual to craft, I decided I wanted to play along with a challenge. I haven't done one in a while and I really do like them. So I hopped on over to the Global Design Project for their colour challenge this week #gdp049!
The colours for this week's challenge are: Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. To me, that combination is very tropical, so I immediately reached for my Pineapple stamp. I love this stamp.  It's the perfect size for the standard card.

Along with the pineapple stamp, I used Timeless Textures and Thoughtful Branches stamp sets. My accessories are the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, gold enamel dots, gold sequin trim and the clear Wink of Stella, Glimmer Brush.

Thanks for checking out my card today. Make sure to check out the Global Design Project to see all the other Colour Challenge samples. Happy creating!

Dracula's Home Sweet Home!

Thanks for stopping in. I'm really excited to share today's project with you. It's a little preview of some of the new product coming out September 1st in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue!

Today I'm sharing a little treat package, created with the Home Sweet Home Bundle and the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and coordinating punch. 

The Home Sweet Home bundle is a stamps and framlits bundle, that has everything you need to create little treat box houses. From Rover's dog house to the haunted mansion down the road... AND (with a few modifications), Dracula's coffin!

Now I  must admit, that I was so excited to put this together, that I forgot to add any type of stamping or textures to the outside of the box... If I were to do one again I'd probably use the hardwood stamp on the outside to give it a little more dimension, but oh well... next time! For now I added a greeting banner from the Sweet Home Stamp  Set and a crow and pumpkin from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.

To keep my treat package closed, I wrapped some Halloween Night Baker's twine around it. It works perfectly because the box gets smaller towards the bottom, so it easily slips on and off. but you're not going to want to keep it closed... because inside is...

Dracula! On a bed of candy! 
How fun is that!?! Dracula is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween set and was punched out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. So much Fun! (Psst! There's a christmas themed set too!)

Dracula is glued onto a window sheet, that I cut out using the Home Sweet Home Framelits. The framelit actually cuts out 2 sides of the box at a time, so  I cut one out and trimmed it down to the one side, plus tabs. I then attached 1 tab to the inside of the box to create a hinge. Now you can flip open the layer and get the yummy candy!

Well there you have it! Dracula's home sweet home! Happy Creating!

Stamp Review Crew: Jar of Love

Hello and Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop! This week's featured stamp set is: Jar of Love.

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I'm sure by now, you've seen a ton of cards using the Jar of Love stamp set... Well, that's because it's awesome! (Psst... It also has coordinating framelits...Yep! Bundle!!!) I absolutely love all the creative possibilities, this set has.

For my card today, I focused on the firefly that is included in the set. I couldn't resist... I can remember catching them as a kid or sitting by the camp fire, watching them blink in the darkness. They seem so magical at times, and that's exactly the feeling I wanted to create on my card. I decided a shaker card would be a great way to portray that, and not because the fireflies could be flying around (in fact, mine don't. They are stationary), but because I could make it look like I captured a bit or their mystical aura too. I put in clear and white sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment (the stars and circles), and a couple of pinches of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. It turned out exactly how I had hoped. The light randomly bounces off the sequin shapes and the glitter has that iridescent sparkle to it.

My Colour combo is Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Smokey Slate and Crushed Curry.

I cut the jar out with the coordinating framelits: Everyday Jars, and stamped the jar image onto a window sheet with Black StazOn ink. I coloured the fireflies with the coordinating markers, and the lid is stamped on Smokey Slate cardstock, with Smokey Slate ink.

I layered my image over Crushed Curry DSP from the Festive Birthday DSP.

The stamp set does have a coordinating greeting for the fire fly:"You light up my life"... But I really wanted to make this a card that could be given to a number of different recipients...  that saying just sounds too romantic to me, so I used the Sunshine Sayings Bundle to add my greeting.

Thanks for hopping in, I hope you enjoyed my "Jar of Love" sample. Next up is the talented Mickey Roberts' Blog. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Fancy Folds Blog Hop: Peek-A-Boo Card

Hello and Welcome to another Fancy Folds Blog Hop! We are a team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase different folding projects each month. Today our design team is excited to showcase the Peek-A-Boo Card!

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So... I have to admit this fold was a little challenging... many of my attempts hit the craft room floor, but after playing around A LOT, I finally created a card that I'm happy with!

This is the video I watched to learn how to do the Peek-A-Boo fold. A few things I discovered, was that this fold doesn't really work horizontally and that your window can't be too wide. I'm sure you could alter the dimensions to allow it, but I wasn't about to open that can of worms!

*** Update by popular demand :) *** 
I used the 2-1/2" x 1-9/16" oval from the Layering Oval Framelits. Or... too make it easier for those that own them: the 4th smallest one. I used the exact same measurements that Dawn used in her video. 5-1/2" x 6-1/8" scored at 4-1/4" and 5-1/2" x 11" scored at 3-1/2" and 7". As for tips and tricks... I don't really have any... Sorry... I really just followed Dawns instructions (but with a big shot).... OH! I did use washi tape to hold my framelit in place and I left the cover piece of cardstock on, when running it through the big shot to cutting the matching holes in the other piece of cardstock... I hope this helps. Happy Creating!

My card today features NEW stamp sets from the up coming, 2016 Holiday catalogue! Yes, you read that correctly and YES, you should be excited! It is FULL of amazing new product.

The Skeleton and Mummy images are from new the stamp set: Cookie Cutter Halloween and the ghoulish textures are from the new stamp set: Ghoulish Grunge (LOVE IT! A new texture MUST-HAVE!).

My colour combo is Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White and Sahara Sand. I stamped the spider web and cheese cloth textures in Versamark.

For my greeting, I used the stamp sets: Layered Letters Alphabet and the Labeler Alphabet. I stamped the large letters with Basic Black ink, onto Sahara Sand cardstock and then cut them out. I didn't even have to be that neat about it either!

To colour my skeleton and mummy, I used an Aqua painter and Sahara Sand ink pad.

I love how this card just "magically" changes images. My kids thought it was the greatest thing ever and I'm positive that this fold would bring a smile to any recipients face!

Thanks for stopping in today, I hoped you enjoyed my take on the Peek-A-Boo Fold.