Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the September Stamp of the Month blog hop! I don't know who came up with this idea but it's a great one! I hope you enjoy hopping through all the wonderful artwork. If you arrived here from Kimberly Smith's Blog you are in the right place.

I just LOVE the September Stamp of the Month, Thriller. I know it's a Halloween stamp but it's very Pirates of the Caribbean or Nightmare Before Christmas to me. Being a big fan of Halloween "art", I couldn't wait to use this set. Here is the wrapped, randomly stamped Hershey's nugget that I made. If you want directions, keep reading! Then head off to see what my friend, Melissa Laverty, has in store for you on her blog. If you get lost, go to Helen Onulak's blog HERE.

If you're a frequent reader of my blog you know that I love random stamping. I used pear, bubblegum and black inks to create a randomly stamped background on mailing labels and white daisy paper. Use the small swirl on the stamp set first and stamp on some white mailing labels that measure 1" by 4". If you use shorter labels they will not go around your Hershey nuggets as easily.
Stamp the heart in bubblegum ink in between the swirls. Yes, I am using unusual colors for a Halloween treat.

Take the trick or treat stamp and randomly stamp in black in the white spaces that are left on the labels. Don't be afraid to let all three stamps overlap each other. It actually looks better on the nuggets if you really fill up the page.

Starting at the SIDE of the nugget, not the top, wrap the label around the candy. It will end up with the seam on the bottom.

Now do your random stamping on some white daisy cardstock. Use as much as you need for the amount of nuggets that you'll use, you'll be cutting it just smaller than 2" by 1" so it won't take much paper for each one.

Once you've finished the stamping, cut the paper 1 7/8" by 7/8" and distress edges with one of the three colors.

They should look like this when you are finished. Imagine how cute these would be to give out at Halloween.

Cut a piece of black cardstock 5" by 1". Score 2" in from each end so that the middle fold is 1 inch by 1 inch, just fits the nugget perfectly. Glue your decorative white daisy randomly stamped paper on the front of one of the two inch sides. If you want to get fancy, put one on both of the 2 inch sides.

Stamp just the top of the skeleton on a 1 1/4" white daisy circle. Distress edges.

Cut two scalloped circles (if you have the punch) in black and bubblegum paper for each nugget.

Distress the edges of the pink circle and layer the three pieces as shown here.

Put adhesive (I prefer Tombow) on the bottom of your little folded up holder to secure the candy bar. Bring the top together, poke a hole and add a brad (or poke two holes and tie a ribbon instead). Using a glue dot, attach the circle decoration. Now who wouldn't want one of these?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Halloween Treats!

I spent a little time this week making up some possible Halloween treats for upcoming parties and events. What do you think?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A few quick holiday cards!

Hello everyone. Here are just a few cards I made last week for my upcoming Christmas card workshops. If you cannot attend the classes in Battle Creek and St. Joseph then I can bring the card workshop to you. You just need a few friends, a little snack and a date on the calendar and we're good to go! Contact me at the phone number above in my blog title and we'll make sure your Christmas cards this year are done on time and impressive!! If you need the dates of the upcoming classes, check out my website's calendar or sign up for my newsletter.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We have a winner - Blog Candy

I promised to draw a name from all the people on my newsletter list and used a random number generator to choose who will win a Level Two Splendor paper packet!

And the winner is.... Deb Biggs-Thomas!! Congratulations Deb, I will be emailing you!

My email list is now up to 387 and I'd like to hit 400 subscribers SO if you have not signed up to receive newsletters from me, now is the time. When I hit 400, I will draw for a Miracle kit (enough paper, embellishments and instructions to make 2 two-page layouts)! Here's where you subscribe: MY NEWSLETTER I do not sell or give away your email address to anyone!! Good luck!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Stamps for sale, $5.00

Just Be You
Sensational Season
Thriller (missing one small stamp)
A Sip
July Word Puzzle
St. Nick
Stocking Style
It's Your Day
Precious Alphabet
Tickled Pink
Wings Workshop
You and Me kit stamp set
February Word Puzzle
Hope (brand new but still $5.00)
Harvest Home
State of Mind
A Game
Enjoy Life