Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween Purses!

Here are some Halloween purses I CASED from the Stampin' Success Magazine. They use the Petite Purse die cut for the Big Shot and were designed by Missi Roeber. So cute!

I had kind of overlooked these - saw them and thought they were cute, but then a Club member got really excited over them and wanted to make some. She had some questions as to how they were put together so I decided to make a set to figure it out. Sure glad I did - they are quick and easy to put together AND they are soooo fun!

The bat is my favorite. It uses the 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches for the eyes, and the extra large oval for the wings. I cut the 'scallops' of the wings out with the 1" punch. Also, the purse itself is embossed with the Spider Web Embossing Folder.

The pumpkin purse is Pumpkin Pie cardstock embossed with the Stripes Embossing folder. Pretty easy - cut triangles for nose and eyes and cut the large oval in half lengthwise for the mouth and snip out some 'teeth'. The stem is Old Olive embossed with the Square Lattice Folder and I added some curly Q's with a thin strip of cardstock shaped by wrapping around a toothpick.

Frankenstein is embossed with the Lattice Square Embossing Folder and the edges are sponged with basic black ink. Next time I make Frankie I will not emboss it because it's such a condensed pattern it makes the purse kind of floppy and difficult to work with. Frank's hair piece is just cut out of Basic black cardstock and adhered to the purse flap. You may want to cut part of the purse flap shorter so the hair doesn't hang too low and cover up his eyes. Leave the tab in place if you cut part of the purse flap so you can close it.
This bag is made from the Halloween Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit from Stampin' Up's Holiday Catalog. I embossed the cute little glassine bag with the Spider Web Embossing Folder and used the Apothecary Accents framelits to cut a background layer for the tag. Kind of looks like a headstone or tombstone, dont' you think?

Family Wedding Photos

Ben and Sam. (I know, Ben looks possessed - oh, well the rest of the picture is nice!)They were happy they didn't have to wear shirts and ties. : ) These aren't stamping-related photos but I couldn't resist.

The whole family.

My parents - all dressed up!

More Wedding Bells!

My nephew recently got married. The bride and groom had a fall theme with the typical fall colors so I made a wedding card similar to my earlier card I posted but with different colors. I used Cajun Craze with Basic Black cardstock.

The bride's dress is embossed with the Fancy Fan embossing folder and the background behind the greeting was made with the Apothecary Accents framelits. The envelope flap is also embossing with the Fancy Fan folder to match.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Greeting Card Kids go to School!

I thought these were timely now that we're all back in school!  I had a couple of gifts that I needed to dress up a little so I used an aqua painter and colored in these kids from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. 

The outside shapes are layered and cut using 2 Labels Collection Framelits, one in whisper white and one in Marina Mist cardstock.  Love these kids!

Purses and Bracelets!

Here are some cute little purses made with the Petite Purse die cut and matching bracelets.  I followed the tutorial written by Erika Clark at to create these.  She has the instructions on her blog if you are interested. 

The bracelets are made from rolled designer series paper.  I used Floral District and some other retired paper I had on hand.  The DSP is cut into long strips (1/2" by 12"), rolled to the narrow point and then coated with Crystal Effects.  After the beads dry, I threaded them on elastic cording, tied a knot, and added a ribbon. 

The bracelets fit in the purse for a fun little gift.

I gave away all of these sets, now I need to make one for myself!

Holy Waterbottles, Batman!

Here are the many water bottles that Stephanie and Jill decorated for our last Stamp Club get-together in July!  Each one is unique and different - they said they had a lot of fun making these!  Each holder on the bottles have a drink mix in the pocket.  They are super cute - lots of details too, if you look closely!  Thanks you two!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Volunteer of the Year!

This post isn't stamping related but I wanted to give some kudos to someone very special to me. 

My mom was recently awarded the distinction of being Polk County's Volunteer of the Year!  This is given to a person who has been nominated by others in their community for outstanding volunteer contributions.

My Mom has volunteered for many things such as Meals on Wheels, numerous occasions for church and has spearheaded and organized the thrift shop at the Embassy in Fosston.  This undertaking includes collecting donations of clothes and household items and selling them at a twice monthly rummage sale at the Embassy.  The proceeds go to hold events there such as bands to play for dances and Bingo.

Below is a photo of Mom, Dad, me, and Arlen (one of my older brothers) after she received her award at the Fertile Fair.  This picture was taken only a week before my Dad was hospitalized in Rochester.
My son Ben was also there.
Last week Mom even got to be in a parade in Crookston because of her award. 
This was really exciting for her and us!  : )