Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kazan's Sketch 12

I created this card for Scrappy Jo's Design Team using Kazan's Sketch 12. I used the Eerie and Nevermore papers from Cosmo Cricket's line that she sent me. I loved how this line is rather subtle so it can be dressed up for cutesy kid pages but is also great for more adult pages. The adorable little witch is from Punch Studio. The papers she sent me gave me a great excuse to use some of the Halloween goodies I collected last year on sales after the season.

CPS #88

I created this card for Scrappy Jo's Design Team using CPS #88. She sent me Eerie and Nevermore from Cosmo Cricket's Haunted Line which are both used on this card. The paper is great because its not too cutesy and the patterns aren't too bold so you can use it for almost any Halloween event. The cute little vampire is from Punch Studio. The fabulous Unity Stamp company is sponsoring this week's CPS sketch. I've been subscribed to their blog for awhile and they have adorable stamps and a very talented DT.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

A few weeks ago we went to the pumpkin patch and I finally got the pictures uploaded. I had a lot of fun taking pictures with my cousins. We took some posed photos for my grams, but also some silly ones with the scarecrows spread throughout the field. Also we picked some fresh flowers and while the butterflies are pretty they creep me out as much as any other bug and I didn't want them landing on me. I got a jack-be-little for my room and some other fall plants to share with my preschoolers. Some of them had never seen gourds before and were wondering why the corn was funny colored so I think it made for some fun, interesting preschool lessons.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Card Swap

I just wanted to share some of the beautiful cards that I received from a recent card swap. I loved all the cards but couldn't fit them all in one pic. It was the first swap we held at Scrappy Jo's and the ladies had so much fun Karry started a birthday card swap. Since my birthday was Monday I am so excited to be receiving some handmade birthday cards and will share some I'm sure.

2 Sketches 4 You Laura's Sketch 11

I really loved the sketch this week at 2S4Y and by the fabric owls by Elizabeth from Creating Keepsakes which you can find under fabric projects at her blog. I'm still making my way through the Mellow pack because its easier than pulling out all my papers. I love paper piecing and this cute little owl helped me use up my Mellow scraps. Soon I'll be getting my supplies to make projects for Scrappy Jo's DT in November. I'm so excited and can't wait for the package to show up and get started.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Craft Club Card

I made this card also based on the CPS Sketch 86 while at the Rutgers Arts and Crafts Society meeting this week. I introduced my scrapbooking friend to stitching this week. I think I successfully converted her. She seemed to be a bit scared at first but then she was like "Wow this is so simple." I love the Queen and Co felt fusion but its so expensive I tend toward ribbon but when the club is supplying I'll take it. I've recently tried inking flowers (my friend gave it a try too) and I'm liking it.

CPS #86

Last weekend I worked on this card. While I remembered to take a picture I never got around to actually posting it. I had another busy week cumulating in taking my GREs this morning. I didn't do as well as I would have liked but I think my score will do. For this card I was still working with my brand new 6x6 pack of Basic Grey Mellow. I used the Heidi Swapp edge distresser to rough up the edges and then inked them. It looks great with the line. The Target dollar spot apple brad was also adorable with the tree paper. When the line first came out I didn't know how I was going to use it for pages but I love it for cards.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

2 Sketches 4 You Sponsored by Making Memories for You

Laura's Sketch 10 is now on the 2S4Y blog. The design team did some excellent work this week. I particularity liked Carla's Boo! card. I made this card for a birthday swap with Basic Grey Mellow Paper. Micheal's near me recently started carrying the 6x6 pads which are perfect for card making. The stamp are from Hero Arts, a set that I adore and have been trying to find more uses for. The brads are from the Target $ spot last year. Love those finds and it goes perfect with the Mellow line. Making Memories by You is offering a great Basic Grey themed prize at 2S4Y so check it out.

Autumn Leaves Stitched Journaling Panels Stamp Set Review

What is it?

A set of six stamps from Autumn Leaves designed by Maryann Wise. The stamps are generally 5 to 6 square inches a piece. They have a subtle stitched pattern that shows up well when stamped.

What projects can I use them for?

These stamps mostly work for layouts but can be adapted to cards with some creativity. Also they are great for smaller layouts created for mini books and such.

Below I used two stamps to get more journaling in:

The arrow works to journal but also as an embellishment drawing attention to the photo:

Also they combine well with other stamps including the Autumn Leaves swirl stamp used below:

So are there any drawbacks?

The amount of space to write the journaling on is limited so if you have a long story to tell consider another journaling method. As an alternate method you could use more than one of them stamps on the same layout. Also because of the size they may look a bit small on a 12x12 layout but would work very well for mini albums.

Anything else I need to know?

You can find this Autumn Leaves stamp set as well as many others in the Scrappy Jo store. The stamps don’t absorb ink as readily as some others and are easy to clean.