Friday, September 30, 2011

Ping Halloween Tote

My First Halloween post for 2011. Last year, I went a little wild with a whole bunch of Halloween postings. I wanted to try to use what I had (to justify those purchases). This year, I was cautious not to make new Halloween buys................grin...............use what I have wisely and creatively.............right? So I took a Sizzix Die I had: Gingerbread House Bag to make this Halloween tote.

The bat with red adhesive rhinestones attached to the swirl.

A better view of the punched spider web handle attached with a black brad.

Another front view: The spider web has a black adhesive rhinestone. "Boo" and Ping with Halloween basket are popped with dimensionals. "Boo" is stamped using Black ink and sponged with Lovely Lilac ink.

A closer view of Ping: he is disguised as Frankin-ping!!!! Copic Pens YG67 and G85 used and a black pen for those cute scars. The pumpkin is made using circle punches and pumpkin face is made using a black marker. Sponge the pumpkin with Black ink works for me............

Here what the back of the tote. You can see the embossed folder "Bricked" and subtle SU "Sanded" Stamp used. Sponge the edges with black ink.

Here's the comparison between what was made last year for Christmas and the change into this year's Halloween..............see the difference.

Sizzix Gingerbread die cut pieces as shown. Note: the handles were not used from the die.

The alteration made after die cutting the Gingerbread House: Cut across the tote back as shown (or you can leave the "roof" as is, too).

Stamp, using Versamark ink, the SU "Sanded" background stamp, then emboss using the Sizzix "Bricked" embossing folder. Use the 2 way glue pen to adhere the outline of the house.

Attach sticky tape:

To make the jack-o-lantern: use a 1/2" punch, then use a 5/8" punch over the 1/2" to make the handle. Punch a 5/8" circle on the paper, position the 5/8" punch over the same circle to create the jack-o-lantern. Adhere the "o" to make the handle. Use a black pen to make the eyes and scary mouth.

Use Grey CS Sizzix Swirls die and Cuttlebug Creepy Sinistre Cut & Emboss folder/die.

Punch strip with EK Success Spider Edger:

Sponge punched handle with Black ink...............attach to box using black brads.


  • Stamps: Boo (unknown source), SU Sanded background

  • CS: SU Lovely Lilac, Black, Neenah White, Lt. Grey, Orange

  • Ink: Black, Momento Black, Lovely Lilac

  • Accys: Sizzix Gingerbread House Die, Sizzix Bricked embossing folder, Copic Pens YG67 & G85, Sponge Dauber, EK Success Spider Web Punch, 5/8" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Sizzix Swirl Die, Cuttlebug Creepy Sinistre Cut/Emboss Die/Folder, Black Adhesive Rhinestone, Red adhesive rhinestone, Black Brad, Sticky Tape, Mini Glue Dots, 2 way Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.............................

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ping Gift Card Holder

This Friend to Friend Stamp set from Dandelion Designs is featuring Ping.......I love PING!!!! Ping didn't need much coloring at all. Use RV02 to color inside the ears and nose. A dab of the RV02 is good for cheeks, too. The Bamboo leaves are a SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot Program) cut file (see info below) and are popped up with dimensionals. The Bamboo trunks are "flat". The center Scallop is also popped with dimensionals. After adhering the Washi paper to the Pink CS, pop with dimensionals.

Look at how cute Ping is.....................

Slowly open the card:

to reveal:

Yup, I found the perfect gift card from Panda Express!!!! The colors worked out so great (surprise!).see this side view ......

And instead of discarding the center from the front card "punch out", I used it on the inside to stamp the message (included in the stamp set).

Here's a better view of the gift card in the holder:

So to make this card:

(1) 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Red CS, score along the 8-1/2" side @4-1/4"

(1) 4" x 5-1/4" Pink CS
(1) 3-3/4" x 5" Washi Paper
(1) 2-3/4" 7 Scallop Circle, cut using SCAL available file in the library
(1) 2-1/2" 7 Scallop Circle, cut using SCAL available file in the library with 3/16" frame
Bamboo SCAL cut file from for outside and inside
Top Inside Card:
(1) 2-3/4" x 4" Pin CS

(1) 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" Washi Paper
use cut 7 Scallop Circle from front
Bottom Inside Card:

(1) 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" Pink CS
(1) 2-1/4" x 1" Washi Paper
Template for Gift Card Holder (provided by Dandelion when Flower stamp set is purchased)
Washi Paper : use template provided, cut smaller 1/8" all around

On the top inside card: adhere the top cut pieces and position the bamboo pieces along the left edge. After scoring the gift card holder, attach sticky tape to the extension (instructions are included on the template, too). Remove tape, fold over the top of card and the gift card holder can be "popped" up.

Here's the inside bottom view of the gift card holder:


  • Stamps: Dandelion Designs Friend to Friend

  • CS: Pink, Red, Washi Paper, Neenah White, Green

  • Ink: Momento Black

  • Accys: SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot Program) Bamboo cut file from, SCAL Library for scallop circles, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Copic Pen #RV02 Sugared Almond Pink

Thank you for stopping by to see this card today.........................

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Posh Wedding Album

I'm really sorry about this posting....maybe because there are too many details and they don't want to line up and there are soooo many spaces inbetween.............sorry about that - I keep trying to fix it but no success................
Get ready.............sit down with a cup of beverage........because there are 35 photos of this album.......with lots to see, too. So, let's get to it: the "Happily Ever After Mini Album" instructions can be purchased from Laura Denison (of following the Paper Trail) - check out her Ustream tutorials and her AMAZING projects. Last year, another wedding album using Laura's instructions for my friend was posted here. A couple changes to the cover (see photos below) was made to this one. The album is pictured here with the wedding card that was posted yesterday. they look really good together............ finished album size is 7" x 7-1/2" x 2".

The album front: Love the sheer roses: also made by Teresa Collins. They match perfectly to the paper. And the Mr. & Mrs. Tag is oh so subtle
Left Photo: Album top view
Right Photo: Use the computer to print Mr. & Mrs. Then, a Spellbinders Fancy Tag cut out multiple times, layered to look like chipboard, sponged in the areas as shown

Left Photo: Open the cover to reveal a pocket and a tag.The first page on the right is for a photo of the wedding couple.
Right Photo: Inside cover - a pocket with a removable tag

Left Photo: Inside cover - tag removed from pocket
Right Photo: Page 1 Photo mat for the wedding couple

Left Photo: Page 1b Bridal Veil with white netting. Underneath has a acetate to protect the photo.
Right Photo: Page 1b Bridal Veil is removable as well as the Black Lace Photo Mat

Left Photo: Page 2 Wedding Gown train. The photo mats are made from a Limited Edition Quickutz Adornments die. Flat back adhesive pearl is added at the top of each train.
Right Photo: Page 2 Wedding Gown train can be "extended" to reveal all three photo, eh?

Left Photo: Page 2 Wedding Gown train photo mat removed

Right Photo: Page 2b Wedding Rings pocket with a photo mat

Left Photo: Page 2b Tri-fold tag insert removed
Right Photo: Page 3 The Groom

Left Photo: Groom's jacket opened revealing tag insert in cummerbund

Right Photo: And, yes, pull out the tag and shirt for journaling or photos

Left Photo: Tags in each pocket removed

Right Photo: Page 3b for the Maid of Honor's photo and Page 4 for the Best Man's photo

Left Photo: Page 4b A place for photos of the Bride's Maids

Right Photo: Under the bow, are two metal heart charms

Left Photo: Tags removed

Right Photo: Page 5 Groomsmen Garter with inserted tag

Left Photo: Page 5 Groomsmen tri-fold tag insert

Right Photo: Page 5b The Cake is embossed with Cuttlebug embossing Swirl Folder

Left Photo: Page 5b cake tags removed
Right Photo: Page 6 The Toast - a gate fold page with silver champagne glasses

Left Photo: Page 6 The toast close-up. Stardust Stickles is added to the glasses for t hat sparkle. Silver ties and metal heart charms on each glass. (so sorry - photo missing because I keep trying to fix the layout of this post)
Right Photo: gate fold opened reveals a area for a photo of the couple and their toasting
Left Photo: Page 6b and Page 7 shown are for photos of the reception.
Right Photo: closer detail of the Butterfly embellishment in each corner

Left Photo: Tags removed from the pockets: Each has a tri-fold tag for additional photos

Right Photo: Last Page 7b is for the Happy Couple

Left Photo: Back page with pocket to hold the album in place.

Right Photo: Mini Album pages removed, showing a chipboard covered back page.

Left Photo: Back of album out of the pocket Album cover is made entirely from Chipboard covered with Teresa Collins Posh Designer Paper. Instead of using metal rings, the album pages are punched and secured with 1-1/4" white coils using the Bind it All machine to close the coils.

Right Photo: Album cover back are at the end of this will not be list (too many). Let me know if you have any questions.