Saturday, October 29, 2011

Haunting Witch's Hat

 Well I promised another Halloween project and here it is. 

I was going through the aisles of my local box crafting store when I stumbled upon this paper witches hat.  I knew I wanted to alter it, but it took me a few weeks to figure out what to do. 

I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the Mocha Morning Specialty DSP.  I knew I wanted to cover this hat with it, but...

I only had one piece of the black, flocked DSP left.              ARGHHHHHH!

WHAT to do???!??!??!!?!?!?  The ONLY thing that bothers me about Stampin' Up! is that because it's a mail-order company, you have to wait a week for your supplies to arrive.  And with the start of my new teaching blog, and everything else going on in my life, I have been toooo busy to think about getting more paper.  And now here we are, only a few days before the big day.     SO, what to do.....????       Well I cleverly decided to get out my Basic Black ink pad and a sponge, and sponge over the Crumb Cake flocked pattern of this DSP.  Let me tell you that it took a loooooonnnngggg time.  BUT, I am really pleased with the final result.   Check out all my photos, and you can see the different flocking patterns around the hat.  The whispy floral image was sponged in, and the "fleur de lis" flourish, was always black. 


Well, then I knew I needed ribbon to hide the joints between the paper, and I really wanted to make something interesting for the hat band, and the floral rosette.

The rosette was made by cutting the DSP to 1 1/2 inches and then scored at 1/4 inch all the way along (with the Simply Scored) and then folded like an accordian.  After I creased all the folds, I added the strip of Basic Black Satin ribbon, along the back with Sticky Strip.  Then I creased it all again so that the black ribbon added a nice edge to the rosette.   Finally I used the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and the Fancy Flower punch to punch out a few shapes.  I then scrunched, and scrunched the paper, and then spritzed it with water.  Finally I separated the paper into 2 strips.  This gives it the faux suede look.  Eventually I scrunched these 'faux suede' pieces into a shape I like, and let them dry.    I popped an antique brad in the middle, and voila! a cute little rosette.

The hat band was a bit more difficult.  I think I'm going to save that tutorial for another day.  I have a project coming up with Craft Project Central in November, and I think I'll included a tutorial about the hat band in that project.  Currently this hat is sitting amongst all my Halloween goodies in my little Halloween Vignette.   I truly hope you all have a fabulous Halloween - especially those of you who have the magic of children to excite your day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Simple Halloween -- FREEBIE!!

Well, I've posted up another FREEBIE on Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips Hop on over to check out my post, or scroll down to download your own copy from here - because it's FREE!

You can download this little lesson here. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge Number 95

This week we have a HALLOWEEN theme challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  Click here to check out the samples from the fabulous design team. 

 I decided to make another banner with my digital templates from My Digital Studio.  Click here to grab free copies of the images and create your own banner.  I've got them posted up on my teaching blog.  Savvy Teaching Tips
I printed out the images, trimmed them, and then mounted them on Basic Black cardstock.   I used my fabulous Simply Scored to create the rosettes out of First Edition DSP.    The letters were stamped from the Lovely Letters set.  I punched them out and then mounted it on Basic Black and punched it out with a larger punch.  I added the glitter with a two way glue pen and dazzling diamonds.  The little forked paper ribbons were punched out with the Big Shot and the Petal Cone die.  I added some basic Jewels Rhinestones for some final bling!

Here's a final photo of my little Halloween Vingette.  I've got something to add to it, so I'll be posting that up later this week once I actually finish it.  So check back later to check out my final Halloween project!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Colour Q Challenge #108

 We have a fabulous candy corn'y colour challenge over at Colour Q this week.  When I saw this combo, I just knew that I needed to use the new Spook Central  Digital Kit from Stampin' Up!  I pulled out some photos from last Halloween and went to work.  The pennant is a stamp brush and I added the scallops from the Petite Penant punch.  Hop on over to Colour Q and check out the fabulous samples from the design team.

Spooky Swap

I received this swap at a recent upline meeting.  I have to say, I think that we have the most talented group.  We have the fabulously artistic, and artisan award finalist Carrie Gaskin, the amazingly talented and artisan award finalist Marlene Peters, as well as my fellow artisan award winner Jenn Picard.  So the bar is always set high at our swaps.  I cannot remember who made this swap, but it's such a fun card.  I believe it was chosen as the best swap of the evening.  I love all the texture from the embossing folder, the sponging, and the layers.  I believe the stamps are from Spooky Bingo Bits.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Who -hoo  I finally got my first tutorial up on  Teachers-pay-Teachers.  This little baby is for K - 2 and the best part is that it's FREE.           Free????           YES it's free!!!  Click here to hop on over to check out my teaching blog and download your own copy if you'd like one.   

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stampin' Up! Facebook Project (and a freebie!)

 I was pleasantly surprised last week to receive a phone call from Stampin' Up!    Because I am an Artisan Award Winner, they asked me to create a Halloween project for their Facebook page.  Click here to go there.
 I decided to make a project that was easily reproduced.  I really wanted to make a banner, but I don't have any Halloween paper.  So again, My Digital Studio to the rescue!!!  I decided to make a banner and print it out.  You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for freebie jpegs.  Simply left click on the photos and save them.   

Then cut them out and assemble the banner.  I used the fabulous Simply Scored to make the pinwheels.  The letters are a FONT, not a stamp brush for MDS.  Scroll down for the supply list and the freebie jpegs!!

The Fun Stuff:
Traditional products:
119684: Cajun Craze Card Stock
100730: Whisper White Card Stock
101179: Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
121045: Basic Black Card Stock
102023: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
100425: 2-Way Glue Pen
119261: Basic Black 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
117285: Basic Black 5/8” Satin Ribbon
115615: Basic Black 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
124105: Cherry Cobbler 3/8” Quilted Satin Ribbon
108362: Crop-A-Dile
101610: Stampin Sponges
122334: Simply Scored

Digital products:
118108: My Digital Studio
123144: Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
127352: Petite Pennants Punch

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #92

Today at Stampin' Royalty we have a fabulous Sketch Chalenge for you.

Hop on over to Stampin' Royalty and check out the other samples from the fabulous design team. 
My card is a hybrid card - oh yeah, yet another hybrid.  I'm completely addicted to MDS.  I think I need a support group or something.  Anyway, I was inspired by the fabulous Dawn Olchefske.  I cannot find the card on her blog, so I must have seen it on Stampin' Connection or something.  Anyway, the background of this card is the Woodgrain stamp on Crumb Cake paper.  All of the other images are from MyDigital Studio:  French Foilage, Hand Penned Holidays, Noteworthy (oval frame) and the Perfect Label Punch for MDS.  I added a bit of depth by popping parts up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick Or Treat Subway Art and a Freebie

Today I wanted to share a cool project with you.  This project was simple and quick to create.  I found this fabulous Eye Chart project on Tatertots and Jello.  So I decided to create my own with My Digital Studio.  I must apologize for the washed out photo above.  But if you want a better image, check out the digital image below.  Feel free to download the photo and print out your own copy.  It's sized as a 8 1/2 by 11 inch photo.

To make this page I used the Pick Your Pson DSP and the Timeless Type digital punch set.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Freebies from MDS

Below are some worksheets that I made for my students at work.  I used My Digital Studio to create them.  Feel free to grab copies of these for your own use if you'd like.  For more information on how I made them, hop on over to Savvy Teaching Tips for more information.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gratitude Spice Take 3

Just a quick post today.  This is the final card I made using my Spice Cake Suite.  Click here and here for my two other posts and for the materials list.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A New Venture

Well I've decided to add yet another aspect to my already busy hectic life.  I LOVE papercrafting and I LOVE teaching Grade 2.  Lately I have begun blog stalking a number of teacher blogs out there.  And I've been fighting the urge, but really I am addicted, so I finally gave in and started another blog.  YES, another one.  It's a teaching blog.  I've been teaching since 1992, and I have learned a few tips along the way, so TA-DAH!  Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips has been born!
Hop on over to the new site. 

My first post features a fabulous art project that my kids did last week called FALL INCHIES.  I used a lot of my old scrapbooking supplies and Stampin' Up! tools to do this.  I think that in the future I will try to connect these two blogs as much as possible.  I'm sure I can combine my passion for teaching
 with my passion for paper!  I hope you enjoy my new adventure - I'm pretty excited.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #93

Today at Stampin' Royalty we have a Photo Inspiration Challenge for you.  This past weekend it was Canadian Thanksgiving, and I was still feeling the spirit of thankfulness when I decided to make this card.

When I decided to make this card, I remembered a card I saw on Sankari Wegman's site last week.  Click here for her original card.  I knew I wanted to make that background fan of leaves.  Unfortunately I do not own any leaf stamps that are current.  So - TA DA!!! My Digital Studio to the rescue.  Yes, it's yet another hybrid card.  They seem to be becoming my speciality.  (I just reread that sentence - does it make sense??)  I think you get what I mean. 

 I have French Foilage in a digital brush set, so I printed it out in fall colours - Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, and Soft Suede.  Then I cut them out (fussy cutting style) and layered them to make a fan shape. 

 If you've checked out Sankari's original card, she used a much smaller button, but, who can resist these fabulously large buttons from the Spice Cake suite?  I used a narrow strip of the matching fabric to tie a little bow in the mddle.

 After I had finished the card, I decided that the top of the card was missing 'something'.  So I added some triangles to the corners and a few of the cute little button brads from the Vintage Trinkets.  That seemed to add the perfect finish to the card.

 The Fun Stuff:
1.    Paper - Spice Cake DSP, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
2.    Ink - Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso
3.    Digital Stamp Brushes - French Foilage, Hand Penned Holidays
4.    Accessories - Spice Cake Designer Fabric, Spice Cake Designer Buttons,Vintage Trinkets, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder for the Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Colour Q Challenge #106

Don't these colours simply scream Halloween???   Here's a cute page that I whipped together using My Digital Studio.  I used paper and embellishments from the Pick Your Poison Suite.  I took these adorable photos of my daughter last year when we were goofing around in the Halloween Costume displays at a local drugstore.  She's got a cowboy hat on and is waving a devil's trident.  So I thought the title was appropriate. 

Hop on over to Colour Q to check out the other fabulous samples from the Design Team.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Cool Hybrid Card for Create

This week at Create with Connie and Mary we have a Theme Challenge for you.  The Challenge is:

 that one of a kind for someone special.

I'm not sure if this is really a Cool Card, but I added Marina Mist, and then Cherry Cobbler which is on the cooler side of the red spectrum.  But other C words come to mind really, like "cluttered", "crazy", or "crowded".  Once I put this baby together, I pulled back and realized just how much I put on it.  This is a hybrid card as the images from Established Elegance, and Seasons Greetings were printed out of My Digital Studio. 

 I really wanted to make a card for my Mom.  She loves traditional Christmas themes and I thought that vintage would be a great way to go.   Below you will find several closeups to give you another peek at some of the little details!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mojo Monday Challenge #209

For this week's Mojo Monday challenge, I decided to CASE a card made by Elizabeth Price.  Click here for her original card.  I really like all the various elements on her card.  So I copied many of them and added a few to create my card. 
This card is a hybrid card.  I used My Digital Studio.  Below is a copy of the image I created and printed out to make the card.  I printed it twice, once on Crumb Cake, and once on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I punched, and cut, and trimmed, and distressed, and poped up, and came up with this card. I also added some First Edition, and Beau Chateau DSP.

The Fun Stuff:
1.   Paper - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and Winstera Wonder card stock,  First Edition and Beau Chateau DSP
2.  Ink - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party,
3.  Stamps - Established Elegance, Hello Doily, Tiny Tags
4.  Punches - 2 3/8" scallop circle, Blossom Bouquet triple layer, 1 1/4" circle, Postage Stamp
5.  Accessories - Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges, Antique Brads, Mini Vintage Tags, vintage trinkets