Monday, September 28, 2009

Monthly Mix newsletter/my project

Have you signed up for the Lizzie Anne Designs Monthly Mix newsletter? You can do so here.

Here is a little bit about what you can see in the newsletter:

A few things you will find in this month's newsletter:
• An introduction to
our October Mix set, "A Harvest of Memories." Another
totally awesome set!!! You've been seeing sneaks via the DT, now you can see ALL
the image in this set!

• A project featuring the September "Something
to Crow About" Mix set YAY! That's Me...see below for my
• A sneak peek at the October Singles of the Month oh my, these are just too cute! I will be showing you sneak peeks
Thursday, but sign up for the newsletter and you can see what they are

• A coupon code for FREE Halloween digital paper
• A coupon
code for 20% off your entire order, all October

NEW! Three storage
cases! aren't you curious what this is about?? Ü
Now on to my project. I turned this:
into this:

Supplies used: Something To Crow About stamp set, Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, mini composition book, ribbon, Nestabilities Label One die, yellow and black ink, markers, colored pencils, Gamsol


1. Cut patterned paper to fit mini composition book and adhere to notebook.
2. Cut coordinating paper for the "binding" and adhere to spine.
3. Wrap ribbon around notebook cover and tie in a knot to the front.
4. Stamp pumpkin, color, and cut out.
5. Cut yellow cardstock with label die and sponge edges.
6. Adhere to front of notebook and stamp "notes" to front of notebook.
**This is my 3rd post for today, so be sure to scroll down to see the others. Off to the x-country meet. This is the one that Benjamin does poorly at every time (sick, cold and raining, and stepped in a hole right off and still ran on a hurt foot!). I told him this is HIS year to medal. Ü

Pumpkins and Apples

Today, I am sharing with you two projects from Lizzie Anne Designs September 2009 Monthly Mix "Something to Crow About", using two of my favorite images from the set.

I love mixing and matching papers from different companies. Here I used My Mind's Eye, Karen Foster, Basic Grey, SU! and Bazzill. I colored the pumpkins with a Copic marker and then colored over it with colored pencils and Gamsol. I love how rich the pumpkins look. This fun carton uses paper from LAD's Grungy Dots (brown with black dots), Basic Grey (stripes) and Making Hand-made Cards (green dots). The carton is from Becky Roberts' tutorial Milk Carton. Be sure to stop by her blog. She has the best tutorials!
I stamped the apples and then with a circle punch, cut one. Inside are sour apple Jolly Ranchers. I think this would make a great little gift for a teacher.

36th week

WOW! Hard to believe this is the last week of Sept and October starts! We are on week 36 for CSAYL challenges and Vicki is our hostess. She challenged us to make a "scene" card using two stamp sets.

My card is inspired by my stamping hero Debbie Olson. She has made a few cards using layers like I used for hills of snow. The two sets I used are both Lizzie Anne Designs. The sentiment and snowman are from Christmas in the City and in this view you can see the swirls from In the Background (love how it looks in real life) on my snow. The snowflake background is also from this set.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dreamer & Crunch 'n Munch

I have two Dreamer Lizzie Anne Design cards to show you and a fun gift idea using Cute as a Bug.
I like this "Dreamer" sentiment. For the first card I used digi paper from LAD's Stars & Stripes paper pack.
This second card is for Benjamin. When the kids go to districts the moms make goodie bags for each of the runners and we write a note of encouragement to our child. This is a great tradition the coach started and we have continued it thru the years. For those of you wondering what the numbers in the patterned paper have to do with is emulating the numbers that are pinned to their shirts before they run.
As soon as I saw the words "crunch munch" on one of the Cute as a Bug digi paper, I knew I had to make something with the Crunch 'n Munch popcorn we can buy here. I just made a topper with the digi paper as it is detailed and didn't want to take anything away from it. To finish it off, I added a belly band and cut out a stamped/colored image of the caterpillar with Nestibilites die.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Right now the NE game is on and it's 34 to 0 in favor of Nebraska. I'm not a big football fan, but isn't this Football Player image cute? It is part of Lizzie Anne Designs' Little People. I used my polka dot Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.

These Little Debbie football brownies were the inspiration for this project.

AND they fit perfectly inside a toilet paper tube, so had to make one of those to hold this treat. I embossed another piece of brown cardstock with the embossing folder and then adhered it to the toilet paper tube. Punch holes to the top edge and weave ribbon through the holes and insert the brownie. Tie a knot at the top and just pull up on the ribbon and the treat comes to the top. This is my second post today, so be sure to scroll down and see the fun mummy card I made.

In a Bind?

I feel like I am sometimes. This mummy is just too cute! It is one of Lizzie Anne Designs Little People singles and is just so much fun to play with.

I stamped it in black on PaperTreyInk kraft cardstock and colored with a white gel pen. Sponged the edges with PaperTreyInk white ink (awesome ink pad!) and then layered on black cardstock, using SU's punch for the little tab and then added a white brad.
I stamped the polka dots with one of the images from LAD's In the Background set for the top 1/3 and then wrapped strips of cheesecloth to the bottom and added ribbon.
Tip: because the cheesecloth added dimension, I added pop dots to the top of the mummy image and just adhesive to the bottom. This makes the image even, thickness-wise.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pear Harvest

Fall is definitely here in Nebraska! We have been having 60* weather the past few days (with today in the 50's) and our pears will soon be ready to pick.

I've always liked pears (to eat and decor) and love this pear from Lizzie Anne's October Monthly Mix Harvest of Memories. I used this week's sketch challenge from SCS for my inspiration.
The papers from My Mind's Eye had the colors and patterns that work together well for this card. this image is a fun one to paper piece with. I think it would be cute with patterned paper as well as solid.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Week 35

Sankari has challenged us to make a non-tradition color card. So no red, green or blue.

This is VERY simple, but I love how it turned out. I cut 4 snowflakes with my Cricut and adhered them together and then added lots of glitter.
Check out the CSAYL blog to see what colors the other divas used for their cards this week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lone Tree

We are at week 34 for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenges. This week Maria is our hostess and she challenged us with this sketch.

Once in awhile I find a sketch that I just love and want to use over and over and this is one of those sketches. Ü

The tree is from Lizzie Anne Designs "Christmas in the City". The green polka dot is also LAD and is from their Perfect Polkas digi set. The brown is My Mind's Eye and the stripe is Basic Grey.
Be sure to stop by the CSAYL blog and see the other diva's cards for this week.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Inky Boxes and Bags

Today I'm going to share with you two more projects that I made for Inky Antic to take to CHA. I love how they turned out and need to make more for gifts.

From reading other blogs, I see others have decided, as I have, to make this holiday season sweet and simple. I know we can all do without added stress (or ANY stress) in our lives. These are super easy to put together as they all start with a stamp. Then fill with goodies for that special someone and you have a lovely gift.

This box uses Inky's Shadow Box Template and Snowman Soup set. I love the images in this soup. Just fill the box with homemade or packaged cocoa, a few marshmallow and a peppermint stick to stir.
This fun box uses Inky's stamp set Santa's Cookies and Gift Bag Template. I added glitter and a white gel pen to make it all fun and sparkly. Tombow adhesive was used on all the projects.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cute as a Bug

Here are couple of cards that I made and "preposted", but they never posted, so not sure what happened.

Both cards use stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs "Cute as a Bug" set. I also used Cute as a Bug digi papers for the snail card.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Paper Pieced Ornament

Paper Piecing is this week's challenge for Christmas Stampin All Year Long.
I am your hostess. I can remember making paper dolls and outfits for them as a child with my grandma. We would get wall paper sample books to make the outfits with. Paper piecing seems to be "in" again and I would love to challenge you to make a card using this technique.
I used Making Handmade Cards' Bella and Christmas Doodles. ("scrummy" must be an UK word as it's not one we use and this company is from there Ü)I popped the ornament up with dimensionals and added a ribbon "hook". I love the images in the Christmas Doodle kit. So much fun and perfect for paper piecing.
I look forward to seeing what you design. If you need some inspiration for a sketch layout, Maria has drawn one up for you here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mummy Yummies

It's been awhile since I've made an altered toilet paper tube project and thought this single Mummy stamp from Lizzie Anne Designs would be perfect!

This idea came to me while they were wrapping my hand after my IV treatments. I looked all over town for googlie eyes and couldn't find any, so decided to just make them from cardstock.
I used a medium flat cello bag and filled with orange slices. "Mummy Yummy" is stamped with retired Karen Foster snap stamps (I wish she would bring them back! I need another set!).

It's hard to see in the photo, but I drew over the lines on the image with a black Spica pen. My tag is all glittery and shiny and looks cool IRL (in real life).

I could have just hand cut the end for the tag, but wanted to share this tip with you. Trim your image to fit inside of SU!'s tag punch and you can do this to make a long tag:

These were so fun and easy to make that I think I will make some for the teachers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's in the Bag

Here are some bags I made for Inky Antics for the summer CHA that was in Florida.
Can you believe these bags are a stamp?! Cool huh? I used the Tall Bag Template stamp and just cut the tab off.
I love how each one turned out. Now I need to make more to give as gifts. Ü
Snowman Spread stamp set:
Merry Mochaccino stamp set:
Reindeer Crunch stamp set:

I used Tombow's adhesive for all of these boxes.