Monday, September 19, 2011

The rush of Fall and Pumpkin Donuts

The official start of Autumn is almost here, my all time favorite season! Of course, I love all the typical things about it-the cooler weather, the beautiful colors, and all the wonderful foods coming from the garden; along with the anticipation of the festivals, craft fairs and approaching Holidays.

However, one of my most favorite things about Fall is the pumpkin donuts from our local orchard. These are not the typical donuts with the orange colored faux flavored icing you find in the grocery store or local donut shops. No, no, my friends, these are made with the real goods-pumpkins right out of their fields. They are a light airy cake style donut with a wonderfully sweet glaze. And man are they addictive!! Yum...I may need to run out to the orchard after work!

Sorry I can't share with you, but here is something sweet to feast your eyes upon:

This little beauty is made using envelopes. The majority of the supplies are from the new Spice Cake suite in the Holiday Mini. This was a lot of fun to make and pretty easy too. I have several packs of fabric from SU, but this is the first time I have actually used any of it. I will definitely be breaking into those other packs now. :)

I am planning on making several types of these for some upcoming craft fairs. I think they will make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

The "tabs" for the inserts are made from strips of the fabric.

I thought the tags would be a great place for family members and friends to write down what they are thankful for, or a special memory.

The fabulous tutorial for this mini scrapbook can be found here. Sarah's tutorial is very easy to follow. Check out some of the other free project tutorials she offers too. I will definitely be CASEing more from her. :)

Stamps: Gently Falling, Tiny Tags, Holiday Best(retired)
Paper: Spice Cake DSP, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive
Misc.: Spice Cake Designer Buttons, Spice Cake Designer Fabric, Very Vanilla Envelopes, Linen Thread, Hemp Twine, Scallop circle, 2.5" circle, 1.25" circle, and Jewelry Tag punches, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Mini Vintage Tags, Manilla tags, Retired Designer Buttons, Crop-A-Dile, Distress Tool (Cutter Kit), Sponges

Make it a great day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Warm Paisley Welcome

Here is a welcome card I did for my VC Rocks roommate a while back. At first glance, this may not seem like a Quick and Easy card, but it actually my standards anyway. :) There is very little stamping on the card, and using the DSP as a design element, makes it go together pretty quickly.

I embossed a piece of Soft Suede card stock (to match the base of the card) with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then sponged the edges with Soft Suede. My lightening seems to have been a bit off for these pics, as that bottom mat is actually Night of Navy.

What I really like about the Paisley Petals DSP is that there are so many colors in the patterns that the color combos are almost limitless.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Charming Ink: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Soft Suede Paper: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Paisley Petals DSP Misc.: Mini Vintage Tags, Vintage Trinkets, Marina Mist Seam Binding (retired), Chantilly Crochet Trim, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponges

Make it a great day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

For The Holidays Hop

Welcome to the inaugural blog hop for the SU Stamping Blog Hop group. A group of bloggers that are Hopping just for the fun of it. :) The theme for our first hop is All Holidays. The hop officially begins at 9:00 AM CST, if you are here early all the posts may not be active yet, so please make sure to come back and check us out at that time. If you started with my blog or find a broken link along the way, you can find the entire list of hoppers here.

If you are following along from the beginning, you should have just hopped over from Linda's blog~Pretty Inky Paper Crafts. She has some really cute projects, hope you left her some nice comments.

I picked Halloween for my first project; which is my daughter's favorite holiday. These little treat bags make great favors for your Monster Bash or the kid's classroom party. I used a Sizzix die, an embossing folder and My Digital Studio (MDS) to make this a quick and easy project.

The Fancy Favor Box die and black card stock create the base for these cute treats. I then used the Spider Web embossing folder to give it a little detail. Before taping together, I used a sponge and Whisper White craft ink to highlight the web design.

The label was created in MDS using the Pick Your Poison and Piece of Poison digital downloads. After punching the label out with the Decorative Label punch, I sponged the edges lightly in black then added the Pumpkin Pie pieces, which were also sponged, to give it some punch. The label is mounted with dimensionals.

To finish it off, I placed various candies into a baggie and tied it up with Old Olive ribbon.

Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White craft ink
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla (label)
Misc.: Fancy Favor Box Sizzix Die, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Decorative Label Punch, MDS, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Sponges

My second project is a card for my favorite holiday, Christmas. Also a quick and easy project, this card can be made in under 5 minutes but still creates a "wow" impression.

The Crumb Cake base is 6" x 6". The embossed snowflake and rhinestone give the card an elegant feel, while the Real Red and Pear Pizzazz colors give it the extra punch. The Real Red card stock is given some detail with the Scallop Trim border punch. The sentiment is from the Four the Holidays stamp set.

Stamps: Four The Holidays, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red
Misc.: Scallop Trim border punch, Rhinestone Jewels, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to look around my blog. I hope you enjoyed the Holiday projects shown, however, it is time to continue your journey.

The next stop on the hop is Barb's blog~The Love of Stamping! Barb is the gracious leader of our group, so please show her some appreciation with your kind comments. I'm sure she will enjoy them. :)

Make it a great day!!