Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Wall Hanging for CutCardstock!

Howdy! Happy weekend! It's a beautiful morning here in Southern California. Some light drizzle and cool weather - love it! I am a part of a 2-day crop this weekend at Pages From the Heart and so far it is so fun! But boy do you need stamina to crop for two whole days! I'm off for day two in a bit but wanted to share a project first. is an awesome source for envelopes and cards. Their paper quality is AMAZING. I entered a fall-themed challenge on their blog last month and was so surprised to have won 1st place! I was asked to be a guest designer for this month and here is what I created.

You can view some detailed pictures as well as see what supplies I used by heading over to the CutCardStock blog. Thanks to CutCardStock for allowing me to be a part of your blog today!


Friday, October 19, 2012

A Spellbound Halloween Layout

There is a new challenge up at Scrap it With a Song! This week's song is the classic "I Put a Spell on You" and this is my take on the song.

This picture has a very sweet story to it. I was participating in a Trunk or Treat event at the elementary school I was working at at the time. These two little girls really thought I was Snow White! They asked their mom, "How did Snow White get here from Disneyland? Doesn't she have to go back?" Seeing their excitement really warmed my heart. And I got to feel like a princess. Win-win!

You can see the challenge on the Scrap it With a Song blog. I also shared this with Pages With the Heart, who asked me to create with the "Black Widow" collection by We R.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

One More Halloween Card

Today I have my last Halloween card for the Pages From the Heart design team. I used the "Black Widow" collection by We R Memory Keepers. I put my Sew Ribbon to use to add some sparkly ribbon and punched some scalloped squares.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Spooky Halloween Card


Did I scare you?

Well this guy ain't scared! This is my third card for Pages From the Heart. I was given the "Black Widow" collection by We R Memory Keepers which has been a lot of fun to work with.

I used a stamp to make the witch hat and accented it with orange Stickles. I also punched the doily by using the new mini Lucky 8 punch, also by We R.

I still have one more card so stay tuned! Thanks for reading!

This card was made using a sketch from Sweet Stamp Shop.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" Halloween Card

Hello there!

I have been on a Halloween kick these last two weeks. I think this is the first time that I have ever really scrapped anything for Halloween! No wonder I can't stop!

My design team assignment with Pages From the Heart for this month was to use the "Black Widow" collection by We R Memory Keepers. Today I have another card and it features a quote from one of my favorite movies ever, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

I used my hexagon punch to use up some of my scraps. I pieced together the pumpkin by cutting three ovals and popping the center up with foam squares.

Thanks for reading!

I entered this card in the ScrapFit Step Class #9: Paper Piecing.



Saturday, October 13, 2012

My First Try at a Fall Mantel

Happy fall everyone! I know it has officially been autumn for a while now but for us here in Southern California, we are just now getting our cooler weather. And I am so thankful for that!

In an attempt to conjure thoughts of cooler weather (it didn't work), I started working on our mantel as soon as the calendar said it was fall. Earlier this year we moved into a house with a beautiful fireplace. This is my first time living in a house with a mantel! After drooling over beautiful mantel pictures online over the last few years, I was excited to give it a try myself. So on an obscenely hot fall day, my roomie (a.k.a. partner in crime) and I started to piece this together...

I found that fabulous printable at Craftily Ever After. I put it in a frame I got at Dollar Tree and it worked perfectly. The topiary is a project I made last year. I found some pumpkins at Trader Joe's and my BFF found the beautiful garland and little owl (isn't he precious!).

I saw the idea for this wreath on Pinterest (of course) and am so happy with how it came out. You can see the tutorial and original inspiration at Craftaholics Anonymous. It took me half of the Emmy's to finish this guy and a couple of runs to JoAnns. And yes, I judge how long something takes to make by what I am watching on tv. Don't judge.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Life is Good Down at the Fair

This year I decided to enter the scrapbooking competition at the LA County Fair. The fair runs during September but projects had to be turned in by June. So on a boiling hot day, husband and I trekked down to Pomona to drop off my beloved projects.

It was kind of creepy being on the empty fairground! I'm used to the hustle and bustle, as well as the delicious smell of deep-fried goodness.

The Twilight Zone

Waiting for the fair to open to see the results was AGONIZING! Husband was once again a good sport and faced the crowds with me on opening weekend. I entered 7 projects and.......

...they all placed! It was so exciting to see my work up there with all of the other amazing entries.

Have a happy weekend!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Dark Side Harry Potter Layout

It's the first week of the month meaning it's my turn over at Scrap it With a Song. This week the challenge is "Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson. I have to be honest here. When I saw the challenge, I had to YouTube the song because I didn't recognize it. Once I listened to it I realized what a powerful song it is.

This song is all about having a dark side. The video has very touching images. Once I had the song down, I struggled with what to make with it. The first thing that came to mind was my struggles with my career. I know many teachers struggle with this these days. However, I wasn't sure if I was ready to scrap such a difficult issue.

One night it hit me - I have never scrapped any of my Harry Potter movie premiere pictures! Since the books and movies are about dark times, I thought it would work. So that is what I went with.

My friend Angela was lucky and received tickets to a special pre-screening of the last installment of the Harry Potter films. Since she knows what a Potter-Head I am, she invited me! It was an amazing experience!

I've had this Harry Potter paper sitting in my stash for a year now. I was thrilled to finally pull it out. Along with the paper, I had also purchased some matching stickers. They didn't really stand out so I glued them to some chipboard (actually just some old cardboard from a cereal box!) and smeared Glossy Accents on them. I hand cut the wand and made a small sunburst. I outlined the letters in the title with a black pen to make them pop. I added some washi tape as a finishing touch.

If you're interested in this challenge, please visit Scrap it With a Song. I also found this awesome sketch over at The Sampler Kit Club!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Witchy Wishes Halloween Card

This year I could not WAIT for October to finally get here. We have had an insanely hot few months here in Southern California and I was so ready for apple cider, cozy scarves and cooler weather. Well, even though it's October, it was 100 degrees yesterday. So much for cooler weather!

Despite our extended summer, I still decided to break out the Halloween supplies. I made this card to help me get into the spirit.

This new collection is by We R Memory Keepers. I did some heat embossing when I stamped "Witchy" and the spider. Then I did some dry embossing using my Cuttlebug.

I also found the sketch on The Sampler Kit Club blog. I recently discovered this blog and they have the best sketches!

Thanks for reading! Hope you are enjoying REAL fall weather, wherever you are. As for me, looks like it's flip flops and tank tops for another week!

I am also entering this card in these embossing challenges: