Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Fun!

I wanted to make a treat for the ladies in my BUNCO group.  I made 12 milk cartons, Artiste, page 46.  I'm a tightwad so I cut four on a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock, they were cut at 2.5".  I made six of each color using Smokey Plum and Sunset, they're quite tiny but I think they're cute.  I used the Magic Potions stamp set for the labels, cut from Artiste using the suggested sizes on the package.  I'm sure if I'd had more time I could have done more embellishing, but I'll give myself more time next year.

Then later...
I always say I work better under pressure.  I wasn't really under pressure but since Halloween is today I wanted to use up some things I made by mistake.  They say there are never mistakes in crafting and I don't remember the rest of it, so it must be that it gives you a new chance to show your creativity.
So I had an extra treat tube, a coffin box and popcorn box cut from Artiste, as well as extra labels.  It could have been done with a variety of colors but still the old man won't care what his candy is in as long as he gets to have candy.  

Have a great day.  Go do something for yourself, maybe a breast exam?  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Baby Shower

Last weekend there was a baby shower for my son and his wife.  They are expecting my fourth grandbaby in December.  Yay!!
The girls who threw the shower asked me to help with decorations, another "Yay!"  I created a diaper cake, a banner, centerpieces and party favors.  I had so much fun!  The colors they chose were green, blue and orange, using an Irish theme, because the couple loves Ireland!
The photo above shows how the cake and banner were displayed. It wasn't long before the table filled with gifts!
Above is a close up of the banner.  I used Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Banner3 on page 39.  Cut at 8" using Ruby Cardstock, 6" using Colonial White cardstock and 5.5", again, using Ruby cardstock, for the layering. I'm not sure of the yellow paper and stamp set used.  The lettering was cut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, using Topiary and Sunset cardstock.  I used this particular design because I tried to mimic their family coat of arms.

 Above is a close up of the diaper cake.  96 diapers rolled and banded around a bottle of Champagne, Mommy can celebrate after baby is born!  The cardstock used was Topiary and Sunset, they were just a wonderful match to what I wanted to create.  The shamrocks were created using Heart1 on page 27 of Art Philosophy cartridge, cut in various sizes.  The roses were cut using the Artiste cartridge, Accent 2 page 54, cut many different sizes.  The "celtic knot" was cut from Art Philosophy, the Decorative layer on page 51. 

This is the center piece
and this is a top view.  I used the same shapes and colors that were used on the diaper cake.
 This silly thing was the "favor."  The popcorn box is in Artiste page 67, cut at 2", from Black cardstock.  I found the "cloud" shape on page 66 cut at 1" from Sky cardstock.  I used the "A Rainbow" stamp set to emboss the cloud with Silver Pearl embossing powder and the Rainbow onto Colonial White cardstock, colored with markers and cut out. Glued together then filled with gold wrapped candies.
I got lots of compliments and I am so proud of what I made.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Trick or Treat!

I've challenged myself many times since I began with Close to My Heart.  Today I finished this Trick or Treat for my grandkids.  The base is the coffin from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, cut at the suggested size of 7.5" from black cardstock.  I used the Martha Stewart circle cutter to create the holes in the lid.  The treat tubes are filled with different candies and labeled using the Magic Potions stamp set.  Of course the labels were cut from Smokey Plum cardstock, using the Artiste cartridge.  They were cut the sizes suggested on the stamp set package and stamped using black ink.  I hope the kids love it as much as I loved making it for them.