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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Cards

Happy Halloween and what better way to make someone's day than to receive a handmade card like this one from my wonderful and talented pen pal, LA:

She said this die cut is from Cherry Lynn Designs called Witch's Laundry HERE. I LOVE the paper she used to cut out the socks!..and here are some other terrific cards that made me do my happy dance from my talented paper crafting buddies:

Love the use of SU's Lovely as a Tree stamp!

 Perfect sentiment for a fall card to a friend!
This is a die cut on a fantastic background paper. Janet said she found the paper at JoAnn's and it had elephants on the bottom of it before she re-purposed it for this card!

Other Halloween ideas that made me smile BIG TIME on Pinterest this week are below:

Spooky by tankgrl
Original Pin HERE

Pumpkin poop! Genius.
Original Pin HERE

vampire and frankenstein candy wraps!!
Original Pin HERE

Fall Decor
Original Pin HERE

Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies take a dip in white chocolate to become Ghostly. I've done this with Nutter Butters too!
Original Pin HERE

Friday, October 24, 2014

Basket Full of Sunshine

I saw a terrific BASKET FULL OF SUNSHINE idea on Pinterest for gifts to give friends and relatives going through an illness, cancer or other hardships. This idea would also make a one-of-a-kind birthday gift as well. I found several examples of yellow items to include in the basket and even a site that offers FREE printable tags to attach to the basket or box - YES!

Free printable - Send a Box of Sunshine to brighten someones day! The printables say you are my sunshine, and other fun sayings.
Original Pin and Printable Tags HERE

Here are a few other examples:

Box full of sunshine gift for someone
Original Pin HERE

Box of sunshine to cheer someone's day up. College care packages ☀☺@Anila Cardyn Cardyn Punjwani
Original Pin HERE 

"Bucket Full of Sunshine" Gift Basket.
Original Pin HERE

Box of sunshine! How cute!
Original Pin HERE

I found the perfect basket at Michael's and went to Target where I found loads of yellow items to put into my basket for a dear friend and added one of the printable tags:

My yellow items included a Subway gift card, a water bottle, hand lotion, cookies, pancake mix, wine, coffee cup, honey, mustard, kitchen towels, tea bags and some handmade cards incorporating the yellow color theme (shown below). My friend called when she got the basket and said it made her sooooo very happy....and I'm so happy to find this wonderful idea on Pinterest!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick Cards

I saw this card on Pinterest and pinned it to my CARDS: Must Make board:

Agapanthus Blocks by Loll Thompson - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
Click HERE for Original Pin

Using the GORGEOUS papers from my DCWV Far East stack of papers, I quickly made these two cards:

After finishing my cards and comparing them to the original pin, I do think the sponging/shading of all four corners on each quarter panel makes for a nice touch...so...I must add that on my next batch of cards!...and here's my version of Mary Fish's card that was shown on my MORE ASIAN CARDS post HERE:

Last week, I brought that card for the Card Divas to make, and here are the rest of the Card Diva's designs that we each made:

A little ghost made with the owl punch!

Katie says the embossing folder is from Hero Arts...and finally, Mel had us make a beautiful glass block with lights:

I could spend a large chunk of time just looking at glass block crafts on Pinterest! Check them out HERE.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Cards, Happy Dancing and Smiling BIG TIME!

This is the amazing card my pen pal sent me awhile back:

That was soooo nice of her to send me the directions inside the card! I did my happy dance right there when I saw that card =) I wanted to make her a card for Canadian Thanksgiving (October 13th) using her idea and here is the result:

My first version of the inside...but it needed something...
so here's the final version:

I finally got to meet Leslie-Ann and her wonderful husband last year. She surprised me with several gifts including her homemade chocolate chip cookies! One of those gifts was the stamp set I used on this card called Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves by Just Rite Stamps:

I LOVE this versatile set and have used it for many cards since receiving it. Thank you so much, LA!...and another thank you goes to Leslie-Ann for this wonderful card she sent me that made me smile BIG TIME:

The PERFECT masculine card for sure thanks to her clever creativity! I also received this card recently from one of my favorite talented card makers, Mel. This one really made me smile BIG TIME when I read the inside saying:

...oh!...if I could only stick to the first sentence in that sentiment!..and here are a few Fall-themed cards that caught my eye on Pinterest recently:

handcrafted card for Color Throwdown: Color Throwdown #13: So Saffron, Baja Blue and More Mustard ... blue card base ... panele with embossing folder leafy branches ,,. small circle the two tone maple leaf ,,, beautiful card !!
Original Pin HERE

Mask a portion in the middle then stamp above and below. Stamp sentiment in the white space. Could add embossed lines for additional effect. lime doodle: autumn
Original Pin HERE

...and another version on the same theme:

Card features a set called Fabulous Florals by  Avery Elle.
Original Pin HERE

Stampin' Up ideas and supplies from Vicky at Crafting Clare's Paper Moments: Pocket Silhouettes thank you
Original Pin HERE

...and the grand finale...drum roll please...

Happy Halloween by sunnysankari - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
Original Pin HERE

Friday, October 3, 2014

More Asian Cards

After I made some kimono cards HERE last week, I discovered even more pins for various Asian-type cards this week's post:

paper crimper for the lanterns

handmade card ... Asian theme ... love character ... great lines ... looks  like a screne ... clean look with simple panels ...
Click HERE for Original Pin

Handmade Sympathy Card, Stampin Up, Blank Inside

Asian Artistry for bird on bamboo

The card above uses SU's hostess set called SIMPLY SKETCHED:

and it's also very similar to one of their retired set called ASIAN ARTISTRY:

Check out this card made with this stamp set by the talented Mary Fish:

Stampin up splitcoast sketch asian artistry

Perhaps you have another stamp set that would work well with this clever diagonal split frame idea! CLICK HERE to see Mary's card and sketch ideas then spend a little time visiting her awesome blog called Stampin' Pretty