Friday, September 27, 2013

Junk Gypsy

I LOVE JUNK. I always thought my dad was crazy for dragging all sorts of things home. Mostly antique things. I never understood it till I got older. Now I look for furniture in old barns instead of furniture stores. Today I went to a sale in town. They collect items all throughout the year. Who knows where they find everything, but they're really good at finding TREASURE. I brought this home and stuck 'er up on the wall. I LOVE this! My husband just shook his head. I think it's perfect.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blood Curdling

Oh I had so much fun making this card. I know it's a bit gruesome... but I still love it. I haven't had a whole lot of time to create lately. I think I say that in every post. With two kids on different schedules, commuting over 100 miles (back and forth many times) to and from school everyday, and a hubby that is in the middle of seeding, this girl is running in too many directions. I keep telling myself that things will slow down soon, but I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel coming anytime soon.

Back on track... I just LOVE this stamp set. I'm addicted to skulls. Funny that I didn't use that stamp for this card though. I think this was my third attempt at the design. The first two didn't have any blood spatter, and I think that totally makes it. I think the icing on the cake is the Crystal Effects that was applied to each droplet. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but it added another dimension to the card. If you haven't noticed, I like LOTS and LOTS of layers and embellishments.

I can't wait to send these out for Halloween!


Cardstock ~ Real Red, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core'dinations
DSP ~ First Edition
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Toil & Trouble, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid
Other Supplies ~ Crystal Effects

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bags and a Bottle o' Rum

Yep. It's official...Fall is in the air. I sat in my cozy woman cave and played most of the day. WHOOP! I know it's a bit early, but I'm preparing for the kids' school Halloween parties. Here are Preston's treat bags for his little preschool class.

Cardstock ~ Perfectly Plum, Wild Wasabi
DSP ~ Sweater Weather
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Positively Chevron, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid, Ghouls, Make a Monster
Other Supplies ~ small brown paper bags, googly eyes
*Small paper bags and googly eyes not SU products.

As I worked, I sipped on this yummy, hot and fall appropriate drink. Don't worry. The kids were at Nana and Papa's and it was well after noon. he he he

Hot Spiced Rum Cider
64 oz. jug of Apple Cider
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Cloves
1 Tbsp Nutmeg
Spiced Rum

Stir all ingredients together in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for a few minutes while stirring. Pour with a ladle into a mug, add a shot of Spiced Rum and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pure Genius...

And a big fat DUH. I can't believe I haven't thought of this. I use a lot of cotton linen to make solid colored ribbon with the Brayer tool. I absolutely cannot wait to try this!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Open Season

Tis that time of year again. Hunters are gathering their gear and heading out to claim that prized rack! I think this is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp weather (though we still have sweltering temps), I love the colors, I love the pumpkin spiced lattes, I guess I just love it all.

I set out to create a card for my brother, who is headed out to go archery hunting this weekend.  So I'm a little late. SHOCKER! I was hoping to send this to him to wish him "Good Luck" but I may have to send it as a "Congratulations" instead. Hopefully I didn't just jinx him.

I really can't take any credit for the design of this card. I pretty much stole the entire idea from my sweet friend Bree at Craft-somnia Momma.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink ~ Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets ~ Remembering Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge, French Foliage
Embellishments ~ Burlap, hemp twine, feather

Time Well Spent

Wow, this is the 100th post for this Crazy Paper Freak! I spent a few hours creating this card for my hubby. It will be our 9 year wedding anniversary next Wednesday. Nine years? Where did that time go? Boy, a lot has happened in the past 9 years. I don't even think I could begin to list everything. Long story short, we are happily married with 2 beautiful children. What more could I ask for?

I got the inspiration for this card from the Paper Craft Crew Challenges. The sketch is for challenge #58. I've really been enjoying their sketches! I can't take credit for the camouflage background. I stole the idea from a fellow Stampin' buddy.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock ~ Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip
DSP ~ Sweater Weather
Ink ~ Chocolate Chip, Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ From my Heart, Gorgeous Grunge
Embellishments ~ Clock, gears and brads are all from the Tim Holtz collection (not SU)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

With Gratitude

Wow. This card took F O R E V E R  to complete. It doesn't look like much. I'm trying to think what took SO long. I think it was the leaves. I probably stamped a dozen before I got the colors I wanted. The turkey took a while too. It was done with markers. Oh, and the feather. That took a while as well. I guess it all adds up. I won't even admit to how long it took from start to finish. This card has been entered in the SUO Challenges blog for challenge #82 Harvest Time!

Here's the Sketch!

I got this wonderful color combination from Fab Friday's Blog. They also have wonderful challenges. This was from challenge #26.

Here's the color combo!
Here's my card!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock ~ Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla,
DSP ~ Sweater Weather
Ink ~ Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets ~ Ex Libris, French Foliage, Fine Feathers, Harvest of Thanks
Embellishments ~ Burlap, Hemp Twine (not SU)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy Dance

The kids are back to school! I'm totally doing my happy dance. I kinda feel bad every morning as I peel out of the school parking lot. Kinda. I love my children dearly, but this mama needs a break! I'm definitely looking forward to getting back onto our normal schedule. Especially looking forward to that quiet time. Yeah, I mostly spend it cleaning something. At least my house can stay somewhat clean for more than 20 minutes. Today, I got to spend a little time out in my woman cave. I'm extremely behind on my projects. I think it's been over a week since I last stepped foot in there. So I locked myself in and went to work.

Since the kids are back to school, I needed to create a card for Kylie's (2nd Grade) teacher. I don't have ANY school-related stamps. None. Zip. Zilch. I totally had to comb through my stamp sets to come up with SOMETHING that would do. The sketch is from the Paper Craft Crew for challenge #57. The color combo came from The Paper Players challenge #161. I really liked how it turned out. Another fabulous color combo that I would have never come up with on my own. 

The sketch:

My take on the sketch and color combo:

Cardstock ~ Smoky Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush, Certainly Celery, Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets ~ Positively Chevron, Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, From my Heart, Hearts a Flutter, That's the Ticket, and ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Embellishments ~ Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Hardware Clips Essentials
*white string (not SU)

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