Sunday, October 31, 2010

~HAPPY HALLOWEEN from THE CUTTING CAFE~


Happy Halloween!!!! 
I love Halloween, one of my most favorite holidays with Christmas being number one! I wanted to get this posted earlier, but phew, it was a lot of work. Only because "I" made it a lot of work, which is usually the problem with anything I do...lol But I do have to admit, that I had so much fun making this banner! It's rather large, so I had problems on finding a spot to hang it to get pictures. That was a whole new job in itself lol My husband was still in bed and I'm rather short, so I tried hanging it in a corner of my craft room so that I could snag some pictures, but I wasn't really happy with it, as you can see what I mean. You can't really see it.
So luckily, the old man woke up just in the nick of time to take it into our family room and hang it up on our high wall for me. I used two of the Halloween Printable Sets from  
The Cutting Cafe for this project. 
The thing I love the most about the Banner set is that there's blank banner templates that you could make your own sayings, not just Halloween. I used Seed Bead Wire to hang altered "Charms" from the banner lettering. They were originally poker chips lol
Also..in appreciation for all the awesome customers that visit The Cutting Cafe, Regina is generously offering a free Stamp Set!!! It's called December Daily 2 and it's FREE until November 6, 2010 -- 11:59PM(PACIFIC TIME) .. Go HERE to get all the details and to download this awesome set!!
Here's a few more close ups of my banner...I hope you enjoy!!!
 ~SUPPLIES USED~
 DCWV The Fall Stack & DCWV The Halloween Stack -- Patterned Papers
Stampin' Up -- Whisper White Cardstock -- Template printed on as well as the mini images
EK Success -- 1/2" Circle punch
Stampin' Up -- 1 1/2" Circle Punch
Wrights -- Seed Bead Wire -- Copper & Violet 
Stitching with machine using Black and White all purpose Thread -- Walmart
Harvest Craft Ribbon 1 1/2" -- Walmart
Offray Garbo Black Ribbon -- Walmart
Glitter Orange Sweet Treat Ribbon -- Michaels
I am entering this project into the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad -- Stitching, Real or Faux(each piece is sewn)
Creative Inspirations -- Inspired by The Pumpkin Patch(The banners hanging around the tents)
The Paper Players -- Anything Goes
Oh Alice..--Halloween
Tellen's Place -- Dark and Creepy/Anything Halloween 
Little Red Wagon -- Halloween
Totally Gorjuss -- ooo Spooky, Halloween
Crafty Catz -- Halloween
Mami Doodles -- Anything but a Card
AiFactory -- Halloween
Create with Connie & Mary -- Theme Challenge - Halloween
Digi Doodle -- Anything Goes
Dutch Dare -- Halloween or Purple/Black/Orange/Green
Paper Play -- Halloween
Pixie Dust Studio -- Happy Halloween
Stamp Insanity -- Halloween
One Stop Craft Challenge -- Anything Goes
A Crafty Little Place -- Make it Spooky
Paper Playtime -- Halloween
Wee Memories -- Anything Goes

Monday, October 18, 2010

~2 IN 1 GAME SET...TRICK OR TREAT...GO FISH & MEMORY~

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful crafting weekend!! It was a great weekend here. The Vikings beat the Cowboys yesterday so my weekend ended on a high note!! Better than that, my week is beginning on that same high note with a new project using an awesome printable set!! Todays project uses the Halloween Mini Colored Set Printable Stamps from The Cutting Cafe! I loved working with this set as I do all of Regina's awesome creations. For some reason I have been on a gaming kick, maybe its all the Halloween Parties I hear being planned, so I decided to stay with that theme. 
This week I made a 2 in 1 Game set. It started out as Go Fish, but ended up Go Fish and Memory!! I used an old deck of cards and covered the front with the printable stamp from the Halloween Mini Colored Set and then I colored the back with printed Halloween paper from DCWV. I couldn't find a box that fit the card shape since the cards were alot thicker after adding both papers to the front and back, and then I remembered these little baskets my sister had given me a few years ago. I stripped them down, repainted them and gave them more of a Halloween look. I added this cute lil witch from Stitchy Stamps called "Can I Go Too?". The cards fit in the little basket perfectly! I hope ya like it and thanks for looking!!
I hope you'll head over to The Cutting Cafe and check out all the great new things Regina is releasing in the store!! Don't forget that Thanksgiving is right around the corner and she's got some wonderful new releases that would help decorate your invites and tables this season!!
 ~SUPPLIES USED~
Stitchy Stamps -- Can I Go Too? 
Stampin' Up -- Whisper White Cardstock
Papertrey Ink -- White Cardstock
DCWV -- The Fall Stack
Copic Markers
Offray Ribbon -- Garbo Black
Stickles -- Lavender, Golden Rod
Liquid Pearls -- Lemon Yellow 
Acrylic Gesso -- White
Folk Art Acrylic Paint -- Metallic Sequin Black
Mod Podge
Bat Ribbon from Stash
Various Ribbons on Handle from Stash
Old Deck of Playing Cards
Wood basket from my sister
I'm also entering this into the following projects:
Craftilicious -- Anything Goes 
One Stitch At A Time -- Embellish It (Love ribbon)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge -- NO CARDS ALLOWED!!
Tellens Place -- Trick or Treat
2 Sisters Challenge Blog -- Halloween
Bee Crafty -- Halloween
One Stop Craft -- Halloween
Sweet Stampin' -- Ribbons
Stampin' For the Weekend -- Fall or Halloween
Stamp Something -- Halloween Somethings
Craft Your Passion -- Colors-- Purple, Black & Orange
The Crazy Challenge -- Halloween
Ooh-La-La -- Something Scary
Pile It On -- Kid Themed Halloween
Double Dutch -- Boo To You! Halloween
Crafts and Me -- Halloween
Fussy and Fancy -- Halloween
Crafty Ann's -- One digi and favorite Coloring Medium (Copics)
Lil Red Wagon -- Something Old (Basket & Ribbon), Something New (Stamp Set)
Creative Craft Challenges -- Trick or Treat
Wee Memories -- Anything Celebrated (Halloween)
Creative Friday -- Altered Projects
Inky Impressions -- Anything Goes
Easy Craft Projects -- Halloween
PapercutZ -- Anything Goes

Friday, October 15, 2010

~B-I-N-G-O!!!!!! Halloween Bingo with The Cutting Cafe that is!!!!~

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 Phew what a week!! Without having some craft projects to do this week, I would've surely went over the deep end lol Thank gosh the weekend is here and hopefully that will bring a better upcoming week.

But enough of that...on to my project that I have for you today. B-I-N-G-O!! As soon as I seen this set over at The Cutting Cafe, I knew I wanted to get it and play with it. Regina has once again made a terrific and fun stamp set for the Halloween season. The awesome thing about Regina's sets are that they contain the pdf file and cutter files, which with this project I used both. Along with the Halloween Bingo Printable Stamp Set, I used the 8 x 5.5 Inch Box with Dividers to hold my Bingo set. My cards, tokens and box bottom were done with the PDF printing file, and my top was done using my Cricut expression and Make the Cut program. Since I used a heavy chipboard for the bottom, to give it more sturdiness, I had to do some altering with the box top, to get it to fit over the bottom. So I opened it up in Make the Cut, resized and Voila! All done!! I also made two handmade Halloween bags to hold the markers and Bingo tokens with some fabric I had from previous seasons purchased from Walmart. 

Once again thank you for stopping by my blog and checking out my project. I hope it inspires you to head over to The Cutting Cafe and make your own for someone special this Halloween Season!!
~SUPPLIES USED~
DCWV -- The Halloween Stack with Glitter
GinaK Pure Luxury Pure White Cardstock - 120lb
Sweet Treat Ribbon --Ruban
Offray Ribbon -- Garbo Black
Stampin Up -- 1" Circle Punch
Grafix Chipboard -- 8.5 x 11 medium weight
Halloween Fabric -- Walmart
Tulip Fabric Paint Metallics -- Violet
I'm also entering this into the following challenges -- 
One Stitch At A Time -- Use your Digi Stamps/Papers
Karber Weekly Challenge -- Halloween
Papercraft Star -- Halloween Photo Inspiration 
The Creative Cottage -- Halloween 
Stampin' Royalty -- Halloween 
Everybody Art Challenge -- Halloween 
Aly's Sunday Challenge -- Halloween 
Craftalicious -- Anything Goes 
Bee Crafty -- Halloween 
Create4Fun Challenge -- Use a Digital Stamp 
I Did It Creations -- Spooky/Halloween 
Lexi's Creations -- Spooky/Halloween

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

~THE CUTTING CAFE...Who says Spiders have to be Ugly!~

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Wow, it's already Hump Day! Where do the hours go anymore. It'll be Halloween before we know it! I hope everyone is hard at work on their Halloween decorations, cards and projects. I'm working on a Halloween swap and thought my friends' daughter would get a kick out of this one. I'm hoping anyways lol 

For this project I was inspired by Lorri's  "Drac In the box" project. I got her tutorial and template and tried to tweak it to make it my own. I took the box template and converted it over so that I could cut it with my Cricut using Make The Cut
The handle on the side, I used a brad where it will really spin around like the real Jack In The Box, if only I could've figured out how to make it pop open..lol Instead of using the Dracula that came with the tutorial, I switched it up and used the HUGE SPIDER PRINTABLE STAMP SET from The Cutting Cafe
I cut my spiders once again using Make The Cut and my Expression. That's the awesome thing about Regina's stamp sets, is that I can choose to cut by hand or use my cutting machine. I have to say since being with The Cutting Cafe DT, I have been using my Expression and Make the Cut more than I ever have, and am actually having fun with it. I hope you like my project and it inspires you to dust some tools off that you haven't used in awhile and bring them back to life! Thanks for looking!!
 ~SUPPLIES USED~
Huge Spider Printable Stamp Set - The Cutting Cafe 
"Drac In the Box Tutorial/Template" - Confessions of a Stamping Addict
The Halloween Stack (Dotted Paper) - DCWV
Latte Cardstock Stack (Purple Cardstock) - DCWV
Jewels - From Stash
Silver Sequins - From Stash
Stickles - Lavender
Brads - Flower Brad Asst Black - the Paper Studio
Twine - From Stash
Cricut Expression
Crinkly Paper on inside of box from my dear friends Deborah and Caitlynn--received it in a gift a few years back and new it would come in handy one day so I held on to it. I'm a hoarder, you'll see me on A&E one day lol  
I'm also entering my project in the following challenges -
 One Stitch At A Time -- "Spooky Halloween" Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar -- Sparkle and Shine 
Incy Wincy Designs -- Sparkly Glitter 
Karber -- Use a digital image (spiders)
Lexi's Creations -- Spooky 
Ooh La La Challenges -- Nothing Floral 
Paper Playtime -- Ribbons, Buttons OR Rhinestones or any other embellie
Cowgirl Up Designs Challenges -- Anything Goes 
The Crafty Pad -- Spooky 
I Did It Creations -- Spooky 
Gingerloft Challenges -- All the Glitters or blings 
Paper Sundaes -- Something from your Stash (Jewels, Sequins, Crimped paper)
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle -- Anything Goes 

Saturday, October 02, 2010

~WHEELS ON THE BUS GO TO THE CUTTING CAFE~

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Happy World Card Making Day!! 
I hope everyone has a great day of crafting planned, if not, you can find some great stamps sets and files to play with over at The Cutting Cafe! Regina has such wonderful cut files and images for all occassions and events, always a pleasure to create with. So head on over there and see what you can find! And what's even better is today in honor of World Card Making Day, Regina is offering a fabulous sale!!!!!!! She's offering a 2 for 1 special until 11:59pm, October 2, 2010! That's any set and you can get another for free at equal or lessor value. Click HERE for more details!


The project I'm posting today is made with the Bus Shaped Card - Cutting File. What's great about Regina's files is that you can use them with your cutting machine or print the pdf file and cut with your scissors, which is how I made my card today. Sometimes I just feel like creating the old fashioned way, and The Cutting Cafe allows me to do that! I have a great friend that drives a bus and she's been a little stressed lately, so I hope this card puts a little smile on her face. I tried to make it after the colors of the schools she picks up for, and put the name her kiddos call her on the side of the bus where the school name should go and then personalized it with her bus number. Of course I had to use the cute little monkeys that I found on some paper from the Animal Crackers stack from DCWV. We need to remember to thank our bus drivers, so Michele, this ones for you!!
Thanks for looking and hope ya like!
~Supplies Used~
The Cutting Cafe -- Bus Shaped Card - Cutting File
DCWV -- Animal Crackers Paper Stack
Stampin' Up -- Whisper White Cardstock
Buttons from Stash
Stickles -- Candy Cane, Frosted Lace
EK Success Chalk -- Black
Stampendous -- Class A Peels - Alphabet Dots - White
Faux Stitching -- 0.3 Copic Mulitliner
Sharpie Paint -- White
KaiserCraft Pearls -- Snow
InkEssentials -- Glossy Accents 

I'm also entering this in the following challenges--
The Wild Flower Patch -- Glass Effect (Bus Windows)
Paper Pretties -- Animal or Animal Print(Monkeys)
Digital Tuesday Challenge -- Thank You or Give Thanks(Bus Drivers)
Everybody Art Challenge -- Friends (the recipient & the little monkeys represent friendship)
Incy Wincy Designs -- Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time -- Anything Goes
Stamp Something -- Something to Celebrate(Our School bus drivers & friendship)

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