Monday, August 20, 2018

Thrifty Goodwill finds

I love a good thrifty find especially if it is a vintage or vintage looking find.  Today I stopped by my Goodwill store and it was full of lots of fall and Halloween decor.  I didn't plan to spend much and walked away with two fun and inexpensive thrifty finds
I picked up this plastic pumpkin for $.49 and the tin bag for $2.99. Two great finds for under $4 total. The metal pumpkin also pictured was a Goodwill find from last year.  I think I paid $5.99 for the wire pumpkin.  
As cute as the orange plastic pumpkin was I wanted more of a vintage look so spray paint and Rub 'n Buff to the rescue. 

Much more of the vintage look I wanted. 

I didn't notice the subtle pattern on the back side of the until I started painting it.  

How cute is this smiling face?  Best looking 49 cents pumpkin I've ever seen. 

Have you started decorating for fall or Halloween? 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Branch and Cone Die Set

I've been busy cutting and playing with the various looks I've been able to get from the new FSJ Branch and Cone die set.
Oh so much possibility with these dies.

Lots of layer possibilities. 

Oh the different looks with just three colors of cardstock. 

I'm even loving it when the dies don't cut out all the details. I even TRY to get this to happen sometime.  

Details and finished projects coming soon! 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

FSJ Lakeside card

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Spooksville sky card

It's live, the FSJ Holiday mini is live and it is full of lots of great holiday products and inspiration.  I couldn't resist making another card with the Spooksville die set.
I diecut the house and backed it with a GelPress print to create the lights inside. I love the random colors that look like shadows. 
The sky came together quickly with PanPastels. A couple swipes of color easily creates a twilight night sky. I finished off with lots of silk splatters to create a twinkling sky.
I just love how quick PanPastels are to use and create wonderful backgrounds.  I think I'll be making many more PanPastel sky backgrounds for cards, especially with this fabulous Spooksville die. 
Check out the FSJ holiday mini here for lots of other holiday inspiration. 


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spooky treat box

Yesterday was a happy day.  I received a few items that will be available in the FSJ Holiday mini catalog going live next week on August 1st.  I'm a big Halloween fan so this wonky house from the Spooksville die set was the first thing I cut out. 
I couldn't have a plain house and I love the my FSJ black sparkle washi so why not a sparkly, not so spooky, sparkly house.  I put washi tape side by side on Electric Lime cardstock then die cut out the house.  I added another piece of Electric Lime behind the diecut to look like lights on inside the house. 
I then diecut two of the largest tags from the new Special Day Tags die set. I added some Black Licorice PanPastel to accent the edges and layered the two tags on top of each other.  I attached them to a Treat Box die. I cut a moon from Orange Creamsicle cardstock and attached to the Special Day Tags and then attached the sparkly, not so spooky Spooksville Die. 

Halloween is big (and over two months long) at my day job and I like to make small little treat boxes. This Treat box would hold lots of candy to keep sugar levels and spirits up. 

Do you make Halloween treats? 


Friday, July 20, 2018

FSJ Deer Head card

Oh deer, how cute and giant is this deer head?  I've been wanting the Deer Head die from FSJ for a while and finally ordered it.  It arrived today and I couldn't wait to create with it.

This card came together quickly with brushed gold cardstock and Cozy Prints patterned paper.  I finished it off with a bit of Candy Apple Twine tied around his neck.

I love how quickly this card came together and how elegant it is.

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Deer card Make and Take

I've been "planning" scheduling card classes for a long time.  Monday I made myself call my local Hobby Lobby and see if there classroom was available for Tuesday. I thought why not cooki and do a Christmas card Make and Take first before a full class.  I couldn't get the room on that short of notice but I could get it on my next day off which happens to be Monday.  And so I designed two Christmas cards that I'll have for my Make and Take items. 

This one uses some FSJ paper, Panpastels, Bread Tag die and stamp, the cardstock used was from my stash. 

This second card is mainly from my stash with the Oh Deer sentiment from a retired FSJ set.

I can't wait to share my love of card making. Hopefully a few shoppers will stop in the classroom and make these cards.  They both should be relatively easy to duplicate.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hello Love card


After several years I'm determined to share my creative projects once again on my blog. 
I loved making this one layer card for a challenge and thought it was the perfect reintroduction to blogging.
I pulled out a GelPress monoprint and cut to a tall almost #10 card size. I added a couple modeling paste accents as embellishments were allowed.

All products are from Fun Stampers Journey.
Updating my blog will be a work in progress for a little while and I hope you enjoy my creative projects.