Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spookier Halloween in Owlville

Happy Hallows Eve Eve!

I had hoped to post my latest version of Halloween in Owlville much sooner in the month, but it just didn't pan out.  But better late than without further ado, let me introduce Skeleton, Grim Reaper, Candy Corn, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein.  I can't believe the possibilities in that Owl Punch - endless I tell ya, ENDLESS!

If you aren't familiar with last years characters created with the Owl Punch, here's a quick look:

After I posted this card I think it would be safe to say it took on a life of its own.  It is still by far one of my most popular cards; and I'm happy for that simply because its one of my favorites too!  However, after finishing the latest version I think I may have a new card inching into the Number 1 standing.  I purposely strayed away from cute costumes this time around and went for a spookier theme in my characters; care to know the reasoning?  Well, in my far off imaginary world I think the original version is what Owlville must look like from 3:30pm - 7pm when the young Owls are Trick or Treating and the newest version is what Owlville must look like after midnight when the adult Owls come out to celebrate Hollows Eve.  Makes perfect sense, right?

I hope that little insight into my crazy imagination didn't scare you off (but let's be honest - to think up most of the things I post one DOES need an overactive imagination, right?  And almost everything is better with a story line!) LOL


Stamp sets: Best of Halloween
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Blushing Bride
Punches: Owl, Cupcake, Pennant, Bitty Butterfly, Small Oval, Large Oval, 1 3/4" Circle
Big Shot: Finishing Touches Edgelits
Accessories: Rhinestones, Brayer, White Gel Pen, Black marker, Cherry Cobbler marker, Sponges, Tombow liquid adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

So, who wins the prize for best costume this year in Owlville?  Leave a comment and someone will receive a little Halloween Blog Candy (to be announced)!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Batman Minion Punch Art


I have a late post for you on this dreary Fall Monday.  I finished this little guy literally moments ago and couldn't wait for tomorrow to share him with you.  I think I've become slightly obsessed with Minions and the different opportunities for creativity they bring.  Following a basic pattern for the Minion itself can lead to a whole world of dress up possibilities - in this instance he's ready for Halloween dressed up as Batman!

If you are interested in the basic Minion Punch Art pattern, you can purchase it within my tutorial store by clicking HERE or click on the Tutorial Store tab at the top of my blog.  I don't have a tutorial for this Batman costume but if it is of interest, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll add it to my To Do List.


Stamp Sets: Best of Halloween
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Ink: White Craft, Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits, Floral Fusion Embosslits, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Owl punch, Small Oval punch, Basic Black marker, Smoky Slate marker, Paper snips, White gel pen, Sponges, Tombow liquid adhesive, Stampin' dimenisonals

Hope you enjoyed this post!  I'm gearing up for U Stamp with Dawn & Friends Knock Out Punches which goes live on Friday!  I've made 4 projects for this round, all focusing on using your punches to create Christmas projects!  If you'd like to have your name entered for a FREE PASS to this round visit and follow the instructions under the Pin it to Win it section.  Passes will be given out daily until opening day this Friday November 1st!  Good Luck!

Have a wonderful day!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SU! Special Offers!

Good Day Everyone!

I'm going to attempt to bring you up to date on a few specials that SU! has released over the last couple weeks.  The first special was just released this morning - in honor of Stampin' Up!'s 25th birthday the are offering a spectacular deal; 25% off 25 stamp sets!  Click on the picture in the left hand sidebar to be re-directed to the list of all stamp sets included in this special.

Also brand new this month is 'Deal of the Week'.  Select items are posted to the online store website each Tuesday at ROCKIN' discounts!  The photo above includes items from this weeks deals - for more info along with the prices visit my online store at and click on Weekly Deals in the left hand sidebar.  Don't forget to check back each Tuesday for new deals!

There are also a couple of new stamp sets that have just been released - I've already placed my order for both!  First up is Monstermaniacs - a winning artwork entry from the Monsters, Zombies, and Creatures contest.  Aren't they the cutest little guys EVER???  You can purchase the set (item #134972) for only $17.95 in my online store.

The second stamp set I'm super excited about is the new Photopolymer set, Endless Wishes for $16.95, item #133455.  It's the perfect Christmas set, and since I've yet to jump into the world of Photopolymer, I can't wait to give this one a try.

Have a wonderful day everyone!  I'm off to work on tomorrow's card share and to finish up my projects for the next round of U Stamp with Dawn & Friends, Knockout Punches!  If you follow my blog, you know how much I love punch art so when I heard this round was using punches I nearly jumped for joy!  I'll be sharing projects in the next couple weeks so look for the blinkie coming soon to sign up for early bird pricing!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Thinking Pink

Welcome to the start of a brand new week!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of so many lives affected by the disease I thought I would share a card that 'Thinks Pink'.  This card could most definitely be given to someone suffering through the disease or for someone who has lost a loved one.  For the background flowers I used the Marker Layering technique.  The Blushing Bride flowers were given a little shading at the base of each petal with a Blushing Bride marker.


Stamp sets: Secret Garden, Wetlands
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Watercolor paper
Ink: Black Staz-On, Gumball Green
Markers: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Taffeta ribbon, Blender Pen, White gel pen, Pretty Print embossing folder, Large Oval punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Tombow liquid adhesive

I've been getting quite behind in letting everyone know about the new specials Stampin' Up! has to offer, so I'm hoping tomorrow to dedicate a complete post to catching up on all the new goodies.  And stay tuned for some Halloween shares - remember my Halloween in Owlville post from last year?  Well, I have a whole new set of owls in their "costumes" to share with you!  Boy oh boy do I LOVE my Owl Punch!!

Until my next post...
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Floral Layers & Technique Video

Good Day!

Today I'm FINALLY able to share my Marker Layering Technique video!  I've been having issues with my computer software and although I haven't solved all the glitches as of yet I was able to get this one ready to share.  The card above is a great example of what I demonstrate within the video (the blue flowers were colored using the same colors I used in the video).  I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! All materials I use in the video are listed beneath the video in the description box.


Stamp sets: Secret Garden, Wetlands
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Staz-On, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay
Markers: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Accessories: Blender Pen, Floral Frame Framelits, Large Oval Punch, Pretty Print Textured Impressions embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

The soft background was created by first stamping the images onto watercolor paper then using markers and a blender pen to shade darker colors on top of the stamped images.  I will try to do a video tutorial for this if anyone is interested in seeing how I did it.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Football Punch Art Birthday


It's been rough going in my household the last week, hence the lack of postings.  Last week when my boys began complaining of sore throats and runny noses I repeatedly chanted to myself, "I will not get sick" - right up to the moment I got sick.  Ugh...

But we pushed through because we had a birthday to celebrate!  Our little boy Sawyer turned the BIG 2 last Thursday; leaving baby hood behind and becoming an official toddler.  We celebrated his birthday on Saturday with a football theme based around the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Here is what the invitation looked like (all the party details were on the back of the invite):

Supplies for the Football Cupcake:

Stamp sets: Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits Collection, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Sponges, White Gel Pen, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Stylus Tool, Paper Snips

Supplies for Football Invitation:

Stamps sets: N/A
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Garden Green, Smoky Slate
Ink: N/A
Punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle, Crop-a-Dile (retired)
Accessories: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Tombow liquid adhesive, paper snips, paper trimmer

Here are a few of the pictures of the party:
Rider Jersey Cake!

 Rider fan's have a weird obsession with wearing Watermelon's as helmets so this was a perfect table centerpiece!
 Lime Koolaid turned out to be the perfect shade of Rider green!  I printed quick labels on computer paper and taped them to each water bottle.

 Recognize these?  I painted plastic Easter eggs that hinge open to look like little footballs.  Small caramel treats were hidden inside.
 Mmmmm.....sugar cookie footballs were a hit!
 The party crowd ready for some cake :)
The Birthday Boy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I have 2 videos to share with you over the next week or so, along with some cards that I haven't shared yet so stay tuned!  If you'd like to be kept up to date on my postings make sure you enter your email address under the "Follow by Email" button.  This way all new entries will be automatically sent to your inbox as I post them!
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Minion Punch Art Birthday


I had such a great response when I posted my Minion Love card a few weeks ago - Thank You!  Many of you asked for punch art directions so I sat down and created a tutorial showcasing the above card; you can purchase the full picture step-by-step tutorial in my Online Tutorial Store.  I feature the Minion Love card within the tutorial as well, but I wanted you to be able to see the versatility of the punched piece.  Sometimes we look at something and think we don`t have a use for it but change the placement of the arms, add some balloons and a cupcake and viola we`ve gone from an anniversary card to a birthday card!

I hope you enjoy `building' him as much as I did; and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!


Stamp sets: Make a Wish
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Midnight Muse, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Craft Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse
Big Shot: Oval Framelits, Floral Fusion Embosslit
Punches: 1/2” Circle, ¾” Circle, Owl Builder, Build a Cupcake, Small Oval
Accessories: Early Espresso and Basic Black markers, Pool Party Baker’s TwineWhite Gel Pen, Sponges, Paper Snips, Stylus Tool, Foam Mat, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

And because its the beginning of a new month there is a BRAND NEW Best of 25 years set released today!

I was so glad to see that little Reindeer back - he was one of my all time favorites!!

Some other exciting news out today - Qualifying Hostesses this month receive an additional $25 dollars to spend when they host a party with $325 in sales!

Or if you've been thinking of joining the Stampin' Up! family, now might be the perfect time!  Starting October 7th, for 2 WEEKS ONLY you can join for just $25!!!

You'll receive $26.95 in Stampin' Up! product, a box of catalogues, a package of Seasonal catalogues, Getting Started DVD, Starter Kit Business Brick, and Customer Postcards.  Not to mention all the other wonderful perks you get becoming a demonstrator!  If your interested in this opportunity, please don't hesitate to contact me - remember this offer is only available for 2 weeks, from October 7-21st!!!

Have a great day!  Until next time...
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