Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hallowe'en!

Wow! I can't believe it's Hallowe'en already! I haven't been crafting these last couple of days because I threw out my back after my music department's concert. I was tearing down the concert area with my students, and SNAP! I nearly fell over in pain, instant FIRE on my lower back, and I was like, OMG! SO... I've been making Ian massage my bum on a daily basis (HAHA) and icing it.. But Papercrafts (a magazine I get published in fairly regularly) wanted to spread the word about their newest venture, so here's a look at what's to come with them. You've probably seen it before, but here's a peek if you haven't:

Enjoy Halloween Tag
Designer: Alisa Bangerter
SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2"
1 Make tag from cardstock. 2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits
Alisa Bangerter
This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.
2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)
Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

Here's the online store where you can purchase it, or it will be on stands soon.

Happy Hallowe'en!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Elzybells 5 year Anniversary!

To celebrate Elzybells 5th year, Elizabeth is offering FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the world when you order her products, and today is the last day to take advantage of that! CLICK HERE to go directly to the online store.

The design team was asked to create a homemade gift item in honour of this event, and I chose to make a treat bag. (No treats inside yet...)

Once I decide who I'm giving this to, I will fill a clear bag with their favourite treats and hang it from the top with sticky tape. I used a design from the Scor-Pal website. 
Paper: Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink, Bazzill; Stamps: Elzybells (snowman image) and Hero Arts (Sentiment); Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black), Versamagic (Jumbo Java); Copic Markers, SU! scallop punch, Scor-pal.  

Friday, October 24, 2008

CPS Challenge

A quick post to share a card I made using the recent CPS challenge.

I used two recent acquisitions on this card: the little clip, and Stem Silhouettes stamp set, both from Stampin' Up! I also used some of my stash (like the glitter frame from MM, and Basic Grey paper). 
Thanx for visiting!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What I've been up to....

Not too much chatter, just sharing some recent projects I've completed...

Here's a card I did today using BRAND NEW stamps from Kim Hughes herself. ( I won blog candy, and she's SO generous):

Here's what I gave my mother on Thanksgiving for hosting dinner. The box is full of chocolates:

And here's a layout I designed for a class I was SUPPOSED to teach at my LSS... It looks like it won't run though. People at the store don't seem to like Hallowe'en classes/projects/cards etc... This is the last time I'm going to try that. Anyway.. I like it! hehehe...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Elzybells Challenge #4: Inchies!

I have felt like I'm rushing to get everything done since I moved, mostly because everything is NOT where it should be right now, especially in my craft area.. I'm really craving for it to be all done, but it's so hard to get everything done while I'm working 50 hours a week!! Argh..

So this was done amongst mess and disorganization (I like to create in a quasi-neat space) but I'm fairly happy with the outcome. I used this week's sketch challenge (from SCS) for the layout, and all the stamps are Elzybells. The challenge was to use inchies on a card. Inchies are 1"x1" pieces. In my design team welcome pack Elizabeth gave me 3-4 small stamps (luckily) and I'm so glad I found a way to showcase them. I usually struggle with small stamps/small pieces of paper..

To cut the oval I used a vase from Ikea and traced it around my image.. I'm so glad it fit perfectly. I've decided I need oval Nestabilities though, hahaha... 

Here's what the other DT members did. And here's the info for the next challenge. Challenge 5.

Supplies: Paper: Bazzil, Crate Paper, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Ranger (Nick Bantock Lamp Black), Palette (Burnt Umber and Haystack); Stamps: Elzybells Art Stamps: Copic Markers, Ribbon, Scallop Punch (SU!).   

Monday, October 13, 2008


Well the new house is coming together, and room by room it's getting better. I 've taken "before" pics so I'll take some "after" pics before our housewarming this weekend.

I've got bits and pieces of my scrap area coming together and I am so inspired to create in my new space! I've made a couple of cards and gift-type things especially since I just had two thanksgiving celebrations...

I've been continuing my quest to make non-Christmas stamps into Christmas stamps... Easier said than done! But I may have cheated a little with this Amuse stamp called Embellish Tree, beacuse technically it's designed to be embellished however you want, so I made it into a Christmas tree! I cut the image panel with a nestie and then airbrushed the background with Copic markers and airbrush system.
Supplies: Paper: Papertreyink (white), American Crafts, DCWV; Stamps: Amuse(embellish tree, sentiment, and tiny ornament); Ink: Ranger (Nick Bantock Lamp Black); Copic Markers and Airbrush system.

This second card took a little longer to execute on account of the white glue clogging up the little metal tip used to draw fine lines and accents. This glue is interesting because it goes on white but also stays white, which is great for snow!! You might remember when I used this branch on previous cards, but it was never used for Christmas cards, so it was exciting to make this new discovery! I hope you like this card, and I hope I have inspired you to look at your stamps with a fresh eye!!

Supplies: Paper: Prism (white), Papersalon (red); Stamps: Hero Arts(branch, bird), Amuse(sentiment, snowflake); Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black), Versamark; Glitter (Warm Highlight, Glitter Ritz), White Glue, Copic Markers.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Blog Candy winner, and a personal thank you.

I want to thank each and every one of you for giving me advice about moving.. I used a lot of your tips, and I love the tip that the chose:

Blogger Linda said...

First thing, make up your bed, that way if you are really exhausted, you can leave the unpacking till the next day and just go to bed. Good luck with your move. I moved my craft room by myself so my husband would not bother himself with knowing all of the stuff I have.
Linda Peterson

I did both of these things, and you were right Linda, it was nice to go to bed in a nicely made bed. It was not nice waking up to a mountain of boxes around you though! haha... I then moved all of my stuff in my new craft area, and started to unpack. yay!!

Email me your addy Linda, and I'll get that off to you asap! Hopefully I'll have some crafting time by the end of the week! (For the sake of my sanity at least..)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Elzybells Challenge #3

The Elzybells Design Team had another sketch challenge, and I got it done in the nick of time. I now am packing up all of my "can't-do-without" supplies for the big move on saturday. I'm so tired already, I want to be moved in and unpacked NOW! Thank you all for packing advice, and I will close comments today, and pick one of you very helpful and organized ladies to receive the stamp set I have for you!
On to the card:
I got two packages in the mail: my SU! order, and a Papertrey order! I have wanted the dot BG from Papertrey for a while now, and ofcourse their paper/inks are too hard to pass up, so I went all-out. The scalloped border was created using the new SU! scallop punch. I couldn't believe how small it was! It looks so big in the pictures, but i like how it works, no fiddling with corner-punches anymore! YAY!

Supplies: Paper: Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink (White, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush); Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black), Perfect Match by Palette (Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Burnt Umber); Stamps: Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink), Elzybells (Holding Hands); Copic Markers, Ribbon (May Arts).

So I don't know when I'll have internet at the new place, but I hope to be up and crafting soon. I'll post the winner of the blog candy in a few days... Gotta go teach, then pack, then move!!! Take Care.