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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Time to Carve the Pumpkin

Yes, it’s about time to get out the carving tools and start coming up with ideas for your pumpkin designs!!  To spur you on  here’s a layout of my son when he was 5 years old and wanting to help with all the fun.

To create a bit of spookiness around this cutie, I used Claudine Hellmuth’s new Happy Days border kit and items from her other kits.  Check out her web site and blog to find all her goodies.

Above  is a detail of the borders with the additon of a pumpkin sticker from Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe sticker kit that I layered on top with foam tape.  I love how everything in Claudine’s kits can work together.  The green dotted scallop border sticker is actually from her Holly Jolly Holiday kit.

Love these rub-ons layered on top of this BasicGrey paper I am crazy about.  It is from their Out of Print collection.  I bought a whole slew of it from Michaels the other day…it was on clearance and I just couldn’t resist!!

A spooky black moon surrounded by and orange dotted line.  I created the orange framing with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio line paints from Ranger.  Since I love the look of layers, I love these paints transparent quality.  I also added a bit of the Studio multi-medium and a few drops of water to extend the pigment further.  

   Wow…these number stickers fit right in the scallops!  Who would of guessed?  I used a black marker to add the dotted line across the border sticker and around the edge of the page and the decorative tape.

Happy Carving!!!

Supplies:  Pattern paper: BasicGrey; Borders, stickers, rub-ons: Claudine Hellmuth; Decorative tape: K&Company; Acrylic paints, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Markers: Zig, Sharpie.


Let Your Ideas Take Flight

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been scribbling  down ideas for posts everywhere.  I write them in my daily journal, my sketch pad, that little note pad in my purse, post-it notes, and basically on any scrap of paper I can find.  So, I decided to create a blog ideas journal to bring the chaos to order!

 I started with a composition book that I purchased at Target for under a dollar.  Then I began to adhere my background paper.  I decided to use gel medium instead of a tape runner, because I wanted this journal to be really durable.  But…I didn’t use just any gel medium,  I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium in matte from Ranger!!  Love this stuff!!!  This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m so impressed…it works like a dream.  I have been using another brand for years that I purchase at the art store, but it does not compare.  With the multi-medium your papers and elements lay down flat.  I had like two small bubbles, in which I pushed down for a few seconds with my brush and then put more multi-medium on top and presto…flat as a pancake!!  Also, it dries completely clear…yay!  I had problems with white streaks with the other brand.  Okay, I’m  through gushing, but it is so great to find a product that works and makes creating even more fun! 

 I used the same background paper on the back, called daily news by BasicGrey.  I was pleasantly surprised with the list of bird names in red, since I used the cute birdie stickers on the front from Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit from HSN.  I love when  unplanned things like that happen, which seem to bring a project togther.  It feels like a little bit of magic!

   It’s all in the details…  I cut the yellow and white dotted wavy line (that runs behind the typewriter) from leftover sticker background paper from Claudine Hellmuth’s Super Swell Scrapbook kit from HSN.  I added doodling across the blue polka dotted paper and added dotted lines on the red border strips and other areas on the journal with a marker.  I used the multi-medium to adhere all the elements, including the washi tape and the stickers.  Lastly, I put a final coat of multi-medium over the entire journal, including the spine, so I can take it on my everyday travels with no worries that anything is going come away or apart.

Even though I may still scribble down blog ideas on scraps of paper, at least I’ll have a place to tape them into.  Now, I won’t have to look through all my various note pads, etc. before I begin to create a new post.  Yay!!!

Supplies:  Composition book: Target; Pattern paper: BasicGrey, Claudine Hellmuth’s Holly Jolly Holiday and welcome to swellsville card making kits; Stickers: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers, Holly Jolly Holiday,  Super Swell Scrapbook kits; Washi Tape: K&Company Smash; Rub-ons: Claudine Hellmuth’s Rub-On O Rama kit; Marker: Sharpie; Gel Medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium.

Strawberry and chocolate tags…Oh my!

These cute cakes actually smell as good as they look!  They are Scratch and Sniff stickers from Claudine Hellmuth’s new Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit available from HSN.

I used the Ranger Inkssentials #8 manila tags for a sturdy base .  Also, having the blank manila backing,  gives me a nice area in which to include a hand written message.

I stuck the large cake stickers on cardstock, then cut around them.  I added foam tape on the back for dimension.

To create this framed picture, I first stuck the little star on green cardstock.  I then took the frame sticker and placed it on the cardstock to frame the star.  Lastly, I cut out the finshed little framed work of art from the green cardstock.

I made my own hole reinforcements from the Sweet Shoppe sticker sheets printed backgrounds.  So fun!

I worked on these tags simultaneously for a couple of little birthday girls.  I know that they will love their delicious smelling gift tags.  Yum!!

Supplies:  Tag base: Ranger Inkssentials; Pattern paper: (green,red plaids) Claudine Hellmuth’s welcome to swellsville card kit, (graph) Reminisce, (numbers) Recollections; Stickers: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit; Chipboard: Claudine Hellmuth’s  welcome to swellsville card kit; Rub-ons: Rub-On O Rama kit; Pen: Zig; Fibers: other.

Ain’t it the truth!

Look what I picked up at Michaels!!

I still love Mary Engelbreit…..don’t you wish Home Companion magazine still existed?  I kept all my old issues and periodically revisit them.  It was a wonderful magazine!