Halloween 3×3 punch art cards

Yesterday I showed you the cute little fancy favor box that I made for my Halloween class.  Well another thing that fits nicely inside that box is 3×3 cards!  So I created some of those for the class too.

I have been seeing a lot of people use our new Owl Punch to create punch art for Halloween.  All different little owl costumes and characters so I decided to use some of those ideas to decorate the front of my 3×3 cards.

I used the color scheme from the Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! – Basic Black, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, and Cajun Craze.  For each card I cut a Basic Black piece and then a piece of the Designer Series Paper for the front.  Then I used my Owl Punch to create my characters for the front of the cards – the Ghost, the Owl, and the Bat.  The wings from the bat are actually the Bat Punch tucked behind the owl Punch.  Here are some close ups….

They were fun little critters to make for Halloween.

Now it’s our daily dose of Bingo…

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 3 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 6.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1 and 2 winners.

Here is piece #8  –the soccer ball from the Family Accessories stamp set (stamped in Concord Crush).

Is anyone close to Bingo – 4 in row or do we have a Bingo winner today?

Ronald McDonald House Stamping

Tuesday night a small group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators went to the Ronald McDonald House to stamp cards with the house guests.  We go once a month and each of us take turns designing and preparing a card for everyone to make.  This month Joyce designed the card.

This month the card featured the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the new 1/8″ ribbon.  I asked if I could take pictures of everyone making their cards.  The kids are always so proud of their creations.  We get kids of all ages and sometimes parents too.  Both the boys and the girls come stamp with us.  Here are some pictures of us from Tuesday night.

This month Joyce, Jenn (the Stampin’ Up! team leader for this house), myself and a new volunteer, Linda, met at the house.

Cari Olson the House Manager at the Peachtree Dunwoody House took some time when we were done to show us a new video story about the Ronald McDonald House and one of the families that stays there. It is the story of Elsie – I hope you will watch it.

Ronald McDonald House Video Story

Elsie stays at the house we volunteer at and while I haven’t personally seen her we told Cari to call us and we would plan a special stamping day for her because she loves to do crafts.  We only visit once a month but maybe with more Stampin’ Up! volunteers we can do this twice a month.  If you’d like to volunteer with us let me know and I’ll pass your information onto Jenn – the Stampin’ Up! team leader for this house.

Here is a link to the website for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House charities – CLICK HERE.  Stampin’ Up! is a National Sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House charities.  Stampin’ Up! donates $100,000 annually, each year they design an exclusive stamp set and a portion of the sales are donated, they donate items to houses in the cities where events are held, and they facilitate the program that allows demonstrators to volunteer at the houses by bringing stamping to the families.

It’s BINGO TIME!  Today we are starting Round 1 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  The players have been finalized and all Bingo Cards were emailed out yesterday so we are ready to play.  If you missed getting into Round 1 before it filled you can sign up for a future round – Round 2 is full and I’m taking names for Round 3 right now.  See this POST for more details.

Here is piece #1 – the cat image from the All in the Family stamp set (in Peach Parfait).

Have a great day!

Simply Sunday Sketch

So it is way past Sunday but I just finished up my card for this challenge last night.  You can find it HERE on Heather’s blog.  She actually had a sketch and a color challenge and I just used the sketch – actually I pretty much made my card exactly like hers but used a different stamp set and changed the colors a bit.  I needed a baby card for Ryan’s Spanish teacher.  They are having a diaper shower for him at school tomorrow – the kids in each class are bringing a different size of diapers – they should be set for a long time – I hope they have room to store them all!

So this is my happy new baby card – a boy version in blue.  The same thing in pink would be cute too. The small circles say “happy”, “new”, “baby” – I stamped it in Bashful Blue so it isn’t showing well in this picture – I should have used a darker color either the Chocolate or the Navy.  The cute little border is made with the Curly Label punch and Heather has a video on her blog – just punch out and cut in half and glue them underneath the edge of the card stock.

My Stampin’ Up! Supplies are:

  • Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and a Blush Blossom marker
  • Stamps: All in the Family, Family Phrases, Extreme Elements and Well Scripted (the Congratulations on the inside)
  • Punches: Curly Label, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle and Itty Bitty Circle from the new Punch Pack (coming out May 1)
  • Accessories: Soft Subtles brads, Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for checking in today.  I hope Ryan’s teacher likes the card and the diapers!

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Desktop Calendar – November

More pages from my Desktop Calendar…..

For the month of November I used the turkey stamp from the Holiday mini catalog.  I made a slight change to mine after the class because of suggestion from one of the girls at the class.  I originally didn’t have the circle behind the turkeys but added them later.

My dog Magnolia has a birthday in November so the little dog image from the All in the Family stamp set worked perfectly for that.  I tried to color it with markers to make it kind of look like Magnolia.

November Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Sahara Sand card stock
  • Old Olive card stock
  • So Saffron card stock
  • Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper stack
  • Scallop Trim Border punch
  • 1-3/4″ Circle punch
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Billboard Alphabet Sizzlits Strip die
  • All in the Family stamp set
  • Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip ink and marker
  • Stampin’ Sponge

Happy Stampin’!

Happy Together – 20 years later

Yes – we are still happy together after 20 years.  Today is our 20th wedding anniversary – can you believe it?  I just really don’t feel like I have been married for 20 years – that sounds like such a long time but like they say time flies when you are having fun – and I must be having fun!

happy-together-cardThis is the card I made Greg for our anniversary.

I used the All in the Family set and the Family Phrases set – stamped on Whisper White with Black ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The ’20’ is chipboard from the On Board Lots of Letters set.  I colored them with a sponge dauber and Old Olive craft ink.

“Anniversary” comes from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set and is punched with the Modern Label punch.

The Designer Series Paper is retired it was the Maine Blueberry paper from last year that I really liked.  That gave me the colors that I used – Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and Old Olive.

Something that I didn’t think about was that 20 years ago we didn’t have digital cameras.  I can’t think of when that started really but my digital pictures start in 2002 and we were wish-pageprobably a few years behind the trend anyway.    I wanted to share a picture of what I looked like on my wedding day 20 years ago.  I found a scrapbook page that I made using some of my pictures that were taken at the wedding reception (the non-professional ones).  This was an old Simply Scrappin’ Kit that Stampin’ Up! had several years ago.

My dress was what I call a Southern Belle dress with lots of ruffles on it – probably not what anyone would want to wear today.  I made my hat – got the plain white hat and added trim and pearls and stuff to it.  I even made the hoop that I needed for my dress (I didn’t bustle it but carried it instead).  Our reception was in one of the historic homes in Roswell, GA.

So it’s 20 years later and we are still happily married.  We went away over the weekend on an anniversary trip – no kids.  I found a secluded mountain cabin in North Carolina – it was a really nice place to stay.  They had everything you could want or need in that cabin.  The only thing I didn’t like was the drive up the mountain to get there – gravel road, very steep and curvy!  It was like being on a roller coaster – and I don’t like roller coasters.  You had to go fast to get up but if you hadn’t already been up you didn’t know where the turns were.  So when we first arrived it took us three tries to get up in our SUV.  Now I wish we had the 4-wheel drive.  Once we were up I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave until we went home.  But Greg said it would be fine and we would get back up so we did end up going out during the day on Friday and Saturday.  Aside from the ride up and down the mountain to actually get to the cabin everything else was perfect – an awesome view of the mountains and the sunset.

Saturday we found a little road that took us to the Appalachian Trail  (if you aren’t from somewhere east that is the trail that you can hike from Georgia to Maine).  We have been on short day hikes here and there.  This time we took a 1-1/2 mile hike in (and up) to the top of the mountain where there was an observation tour .  We climbed the tower (up 2 flights of stairs to get to the top) and had a 360 degree view of the mountains!  It was quite amazing!  Our picture is below with the mountains in the background.  The view was like that all the way around the tower.

Have a great day!