Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's a Batty Kind of Tag

Different versions of this tag had been swirling around in my head for awhile and after playing with numerous papers and embellishments, this was the final result.  It was my first attempt at sewing on paper and I found that it's definitely addicting.  I love the added element stitching gives to the tag.  I used the wacky and yet so cool DP from My Mind's Eye along with the coordinating stamp set.  I packaged the notepads (from my previous entry) and a chocolate bar in a glassine bag, tied it with a ribbon and added the tag.  I added a small wooden clothes pin as a final touch just for interest.  What fun this was!!

Well my Halloween projects are done and now I can enjoy all the festivities with my son.  Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone!  Happy Halloween!!


  • DP: My Mind's Eye Blackbird
  • Stamp:  My Mind's Eye
  • Punch: SU Bitty Bat Large
  • Buttons, Ric Rac, Small Clothes Pins, Embroidery Thread

Monday, October 25, 2010

Autumn Notes

My friend Donna made a notepad like this for me and I love it.  I keep it in my handbag and never have to scramble for scratch paper anymore.  I decided to give it a try myself and created something with an autumn theme.  Once I got the design down, I did everything in assembly line fashion.  It was so fun using Imaginisce's coordinating fall papers and I can't wait to start designing some for the Christmas holidays.

I got my notepads from Office Max and had them cut 5" x 8" pads in half.  The downside is half the pads will have a red line running through them.  I also had to cover the top of the notepads because they say Office Max and don't look very pretty.  You can order  2-1/2" x 8" pads from PTI, however they have about half the amount of pages than the ones from Office Max.

Stamps: Verve Accent Notes, JustRite circle border, HA pumpkin, PTI Just the Ticket
DP: Imaginisce
Ticket Die: PTI
Doily Lace Tag: MS
Notepads: Office Max
Lace Ribbon: WalMart and SU
Punch: 1-3/4" Circle
Spellbinders: Scalloped Circle

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tag Swap - October

These are the tags I made for my October Tag Swap partner Linda.  I actually did this as a make n' take ornament for Island Scrapbooking's Anniversary Party last weekend, but thought it would look nice as tag as well.  For the background, I used Spellbinder's new lace circle die and silver mirror cardstock.  Then I punched out a 3" circle from seafoam green cardstock.  I stamped a Hero Arts snowflake on white cardstock using Ranger Distress Stormy Sky ink and punched it out with a 2" circle punch.  To make the fan fold, I used 2 pieces of DP cut to 12" x 1-1/4" and scored every 1/2".  Then I  folded the paper on the score lines like an accordion.  I attached the pieces together with double sided tape so I had a continuous circle.  The hardest part is keeping the center flat and together so I used a hot glue gun because the glue drives fast.  After putting the hot glue on the center of the accordion piece, I adhered the 2" snowflake circle on top.  I put some hot glue in the center of the 3" circle and placed the accordion piece on that.  Then I taped the ribbon to the back of the 3" circle and used double stick tape to adhere it to the silver piece.  I love the way these sort of took on a vintage look!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OCS - Halloween

This is the card I made for October's One Card Swap and my partner was Janis.  The theme this month was Halloween and although this card took me a while to make, I had SO much fun doing it.  I made it a simple pop-up card and created a little Halloween scene.  I used two of TGF's new digis and the little mummy from last's year Halloween set (also available in digi this year).  I made my own spooky fence by using the MS fence punch and cutting out parts of it to make it more rickety.  I wanted the background to resemble night, but also wanted the cool Hero Arts tree to stand out.  So I used my distress tool and foam sponge and lightly blended some Dusty Concord on the background.  I didn't have orange rhinestones so I colored some clear ones with my Salmon Red Copic pen.

This is just the beginning of my fall projects so stay tuned for more!

  • Stamps: TGF Hallo Shedevil digi, TGF Hallo Skelleton digi, TGF Spooktacular, HA Frightful, HA Happy Halloween, MME Blackbird Stamps
  • Punches:  MS Fence Edger, SU Scallop Trim Border, Marvy 1-1/2" Circle, MS Grass Edger
  • Spellbinders: Labels Four, Fancy Tag
  • Copics, Spider Confetti

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Island Scrapbooking Anniversary Sale

If you're in Hilo, be sure to come celebrate Island Scrapbooking's 7th Anniversary on Saturday, October 16 from 10am - 2pm.
It'll be an exciting day with all sorts of fun!  Here are some things you can look forward to:

  • In-store Specials (one day only)
  • 2 Free Make 'n Takes
  • Prize Giveaways
  • Goodie Bags
  • Games
  • Birthday Card Contest (bring a handmade birthday card and be entered to win a prize. Winner seleced by random drawing)
  • New Product Lines Introduced

Tag Swap - Sept. Partner

Kyoko was my Tag Swap partner for Sept. and these are the tags she sent me.  HK in all her Christmas glory.... isn't she cute, cute, cute.  Also love the holly embellishment and the ever so popular Baker's Twine. The tags came with some very generous RAKs and it definitely felt like Christmas....Thank you Kyoko!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas Tag Swap - September

These are the tags  I made for Kyoko's Christmas Tag Swap and my partner for September was actually the creative and talented Kyoko!  I used SU's new Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set and couldn't resist breaking the rules.  You're supposed to make 3 tags, all the same.  Well, I made 8 tags, all different.  I hope Kyoko didn't mind.

A great way to make your own tags with corner punches is to cut your cardstock to 2-1/4" x 3-1/2".  Then punch the top corners with your corner punch.  It's fun to experiment with different ones.  Use a corner rounder for the bottom corners and punch a small circle at the top for your ribbon.  Pretty simple and fun!


  • Stamps: SU Jolly Bingo Bits, Waltzing Mouse Fancy Phrases
  • Punches: MS Modern Garland Corner, Corner Rounder, 1/8" circle
  • Spellbinders: Scalloped Circle

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Zing and a Flourish

I made this sample for Island Scrapbooking using more Zing embossing powder and Hero Arts' Fabulous Flourish.  I saw this idea on someone's blog and I'm sorry I can't remember which blog it was.  I really love playing with Zing and finally got myself some non-neon colors like red and cricket.  I thought the bottom of the card needed some straight lines to juxtapose the curls of the flourish so I used part of the Hero Arts Ledger Cling and some white ink.


  1. Stamps: Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish, Hero Arts Ledger Cling, Hero Arts Sentiment
  2. Punch: SU Scalloped Oval, SU 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval
  3. Embossing Powder: Zing Neon Green
  4. Rhinestones, Ribbon