Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

Today I've got a super quick post sharing some Halloween treats for my nephews!
 This matchbox treat holder is the one that the ladies over at Jaded Blossom sent to their customers with a prior stamp release. My treat holders are holding some M-n-M's. :)
I used PaperTrey Ink black and vintage cream card stock for the holders and my pattern paper is from the Authentique Enchanted 6x6 paper pad. The super cute little pumpkin and spider are clip art files from Revi Devi Halloween Friends file over at I used the print and cut feature in Silhouette Studio to create them.
The stamps are from the My Creative Time Mixed Holiday Sentiments.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MCT :: Show Me Your Technique!

Happy Tuesday! Are you all ready for another My Creative Time Show Me Your Technique Tuesday?
If you've just come over from Glora's blog, then you're headed in the right direction in our little mini hop!

I'm here this morning with another video! Today I decided to share some techniques I use while designing in Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition!

And I have another video for you, but again, go easy on me,  I'm still not a natural with video yet. :)

And here is the finished card!
PaperTrey ink black cardstock
AC white cardstock
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Love Bug Flourish digital papers
Pretty paper, Pretty Ribbons Love Bug Pattern Pack digital papers
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Sentiment Spots 1 cutting files
Cherry Clip Art Valentine Teddy Bears Clipart
Silhouette Studio files
My Creative Time Beary Special Thoughts

You're net stop today is the fabulous Kim!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MCT Designer's Challenge :: Tags!

Good morning! Are you all ready for another Designer's Challenge?! Today over at My Creative Time, Ruthie is hosting a TAG challenge. 
All you have to do is create a larger 4 inch x 6 inch tag! 
You can make it in any shape and use some of the larger sentiment stamps on it. Because ALL of Emma's stamps can be used on any project...and today, we're going to show you some fabulous tags!
I created this tag with a shape from the Silhouette Studio. I created an internal shadow to make my second layer and filled both layers with some digital papers from the Lettering Delights Chill Out paper pack. My banner is also another Silhouette Studio file, and I used a sentiment from the My Creative Time Card Sentiments stamp set. 
This super adorable little holiday image is also from the Lettering Delights Chill Out graphic file. Isn't he just so cute? And yes, I know it's a *little* early for some Christmas type projects, but I couldn't resist this little guy! I imported the image into Silhouette studio, traced the image, created a shadow and then used the fabulous print and cut feature. Oh my gosh...I LOVE it! It's like the best print and cut feature I've ever used. :)
I added some doodles with a white gel pen and micro black pen. My little guy is also popped up on some foam pop dots. For the top of my tag, I used some 1 inch jute ribbon from Liz's Paper Loft Boutique. I added a vintage button and finally some Mistletoe Crinkle Ribbon from 3 Girl Jam.
Don't forget to stop by My Creative Time to check out some new tags! Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

PPPR Design Team Day!

Good morning! Are you ready for another Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT post?! Well we've got a ton of cuteness in store for you!
Today, I'm using some of the SVG files in the Fall Festival set! Aren't these just the cutest?!
I used one of the shadow boxes I purchased from the Silhouette Studio for my card. These shadow boxes are so fun to make! I hid the face on the scarecrow so I could add one of the new Peachy Keen Faces from the Piles of 3/4" Smiles Face Assortment. These faces are adorable! And they work perfectly with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cutting files! I also used the new Sentiment Spots 1 to create the tag for my sentiment. 
Here's just another view of my card. :)
PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
Core'dinations cardstock
We R Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor 6x6 paper stack
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Fall Festival cut files
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Sentiment Spots 1 cut files
Silhouette Studio Shadow Box file
My Creative Time Mixed Holiday Sentiments
Peachy Keen  Piles of 3/4" Smiles
PaperTrey Ink Twine

And don't forget to stop by My Creative Time today for some more 3-D Inspiration from Emma and her design team!
Have a fabulous Wednesday!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons Halloween Blog Hop!

Good morning! And welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Halloween Blog Hop!
If you've just come from Melisa's blog, them you're hopping in the right direction! If you just stumbled across my blog this morning, then head on over the Lisa's blog to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss anything!

For this hop, we are all using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files! I chose to use the Halloween Crittters cutting files for this super adorable little ghost! And some of the newer Halloween digi papers that Lisa has in her store!
The card shape is a label shape from the Silhouette Library. I just sized the image to be around the standard A2 size card, duplicated the image, welded them together and got this base! The internal offset feature in Slhouette Studio helps get the smaller layer just perfect. :)
PaperTrey Ink White, Black and Soft Stone cardstock
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Halloween Pattern Pack 1 digital paper pack
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Halloween Flourish digital paper pack
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Halloween Critters cutting files
Silhouette Store (label shape)
My Creative Time Treats for my Sweets

How would YOU like to win this!?
One lucky hopper will win this fun collection of goodies, which includes a $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store, some 3D Martha Stewart candy stickers, a Bazzill Pastel mat stack, a Jack-o-Lantern acrylic stamp, and some Basic Grey fabric flowers. YAY!!!! Here's what you need to do for a chance to win:

1.  Be a follower of EVERY BLOG in our little hop. There are just 7 of us, so that shouldn't be too hard.  
2.  Leave a comment at EACH blog along the hop. Be sure to let us know you are a follower and leave us your e-mail address.
That's all you have to do. If you would like EXTRA entries, you can also do one or more of the following:
3.  Like the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Facebook Page.  Leave Lisa a separate comment on her blog telling her you did.  Don't forget to leave your e-mail address.
4.  Sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter and leave a comment on Lisa's blog telling her you did.  You'll get a weekly e-mail telling you about new files, coupon codes/sales, and freebies. Don't forget to leave her the e-mail address you signed up with. :)

Please only US and Canadian mailing addresses....sorry. Lisa will randomly choose a winner of the hop candy on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. 

You're next stop on the hop is the incredibly talented Nicole!

And if you happen to get lost somewhere along the way (distracted by all this cuteness!) here is the complete blog hop line up!

Jeanne - That's me!
Nicole - You're next stop!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Creative Time :: Halloween Blog Hop Day One!

Good morning! And welcome to DAY ONE of the My Creative Time Halloween Blog Hop!
If you've just come from Glora's blog, then you're hopping in the right direction! If you just decided to visit my blog this morning, head on over to Emma's blog to start at the beginning of the hop!

We are ALSO having a sale going on RIGHT NOW that will end on Sunday, Oct 21st @ midnight!  Use the code SPOOKY & start shopping here!

Now...on to my project! 
This is my first time using some clip art from Cherry Clip Art on Etsy. I have to say, her files are adorable! And they are so easy to print and cut with my cameo! For this image, I just opened it up in Silhouette Studio, traced the image and then added an offset to create the shadow. Super easy! And look how fabulous it printed out! (I printed it out on AC cardstock on my Epson Workforce printer.)
The shape behind my little Frankenstein was a shape I found in the Silhouette Library. Again, I just used the offset feature to create the shadow layer. I LOVE how this feature allows me to cut a perfect shadow. :) I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the Stampin' Up White embossing powder onto the Stitched Circle die. I also added some black hemp twine to the card!
PaperTrey Ink white and black cardstock
DCWV Bewitched matstack
DCWV Bewitched 12x12 paper stack
The Paper Studio Spooksville paper stack
Silhouette Library shape
Cherry Clip Art 
My Creative Time Mixed Holiday Sentiments
My Creative Time Scallop and Stitched Circle die
Liz's PaperLoft Boutique hemp twine

This wouldn't be a party without a FANTASTIC prize .... right? will pick ONE winner each day to win ALL OF THIS! All you have to do is leave your comments for a chance to win ALL of this! DON'T FORGET to leave us your contact information just in case YOU are one of the LUCKY winners! You have until Sunday at midnight to leave your comments! GOOD LUCK!:)

You're next stop on the hop is Katie!

And if you've gotten lost looking at all these fabulous Halloween projects, here is the complete line up for today!

Jeanne - That's me!
Katie - You're next stop!

Don't forget to tun into My Creative Time tomorrow for day two of this spooktacular Halloween Blog Hop!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A vintage Halloween greeting card!

Good morning! Sorry I've been MIA on my blog this week. It was a super busy week, and then I went out of town this weekend to visit my nephews. :) But...I'm back today with a "vintage" style Halloween card!
This is a standard A2 sized card cut from PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock. I also used some Black and Vintage Cream cardstock from PaperTrey Ink. The pattern paper is from the Authentique Enchanted Collection 6x6 paper stack.
The vintage image is from a digital collage sheet called Haunted Bingo Cards I found on Etsy through the Iralamija shop. I printed the images out on American Crafts white textured cardstock with my Epson Workforce printer. I distressed the edges with the Zutter Distrezz-it-all, and then matted it on some black cardstock which was also distressed. 
This SUPER cute little bow is made from the 3 Girl Jam Mistletoe Crinkle Ribbon. I just created a double bow and then glue down the ends of the bows to make the additional loops. :) A black button and some hemp twine finished it off! It's kind of a non-traditional Halloween color, but it matches the hat in the image, and I think it came out perfect!

That's it for me today! But don't forget to head on over to My Creative Time to check out some new 3-D projects!
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow and Friday for the My Creative Time 2-Day Halloween Blog Hop! There's sure to be some fabulous Halloween projects and a super "spooktacular" sale this weekend!
I'll also be in another Halloween Blog Hop with the rest of the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team on Saturday! There will be a fabulous giveaway from Lisa herself, and some more fabulous projects to inspire you to create your own Halloween projects!

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A review of the best cutter EVER!

Okay, those of you who know me, know that I have a TON of paper trimmers...okay maybe not a ton but at least a dozen or so. :)

I've tried everything from Provo Craft and Westcott to Fiskars and The Purple Cow. But I can never seem to find a trimmer that is up to my standards. 

Usually most of them leave a ragged edge even with a new blade. I use PaperTrey Ink paper for all my card bases, but all the trimmers I have still leave that edge on just basic lighter weight cardstock as well. Which drives me insane! I have to take some scissors and trim up my edges which basically defeats the purpose of the trimmer in the first place. :)

Another problem I have, is with the smaller cutters that have the extendable rulers. I usually make the A2 sized cards, and it never fails that most of these trimmers have the spot I need to measure missing because it's right where the ruler extends. (If that makes sense!) While I am quite close at measuring this spot, I'd just like to have it there for super easy reference.

The final problem I have with other trimmers is the way the blade or blade carrier kind of pull the paper out of alignment. I always line up everything perfectly, but on some trimmers (Westcott and Fiskars) the paper is never cut straight! So when I fold it for my card, I end up having to even it out.

So anytime I see a trimmer online, I just have to get it hoping that it might finally be "the one!"

And guess what! I FINALLY FOUND IT! 
This cutter does have a hefty price tag and it is quite large. I was lucky to find the cutter through a Facebook code so I was able to purchase it for half the price, and I also have room for it in my scrap area. Regardless of the price and the is hands down the best cutter I have ever used.

It is made out of sturdy aluminum material and seems to be very well built. And let's face it, sometimes you get what you pay for. :)

I absolutely LOVE the ruler guide. It has all the measurements that I need and because nothing folds/extends they are all listed neatly on the guide.
And all the cuts are perfectly even! (If the ruler does become loose, you can reach the bolts for the ruler guide through the battery compartment and tighten it, if need be.)

There is also a drawer underneath to store some tools in. I have some scissors and scraps in it. :) But you can also fit full 12x12 paper in it. 

Another feature about the cutter is that it has this LED light. Now, I thought that was kind of silly. Because I don't craft in the dark, LOL. But after I used the cutter for a week, finally got some batteries and tried it out...WOW! It is cool! It lights up the edge of the paper for perfect cuts every single time.
It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but it helps me to see exactly where my cut will be. Keep in mind that with really thick or opaque cardstock, it doesn't work as well, but that doesn't bother me.

And finally - the blade! It cuts through paper (6" cuts to 1/16" cuts) like butter. And the cuts on both the front and the back of the cardstock are fabulous!
I had to try a 1/16" cut just to see how it came out too.
Perfect! (I taped it down because that small of a piece will curl up on you, but I guess if you needed a cut this small and glued it down - it would work perfectly!)

And just look at the perfect cut on this super thick black PaperTrey Ink cardstock. :)
The blade is also somewhat self-sharpening because of the material that the blade cuts against. It claims to be the LAST cutter that we'll ever need. And right now - I truly believe that it might be!

And with that, it's time to finish up my review. I give this cutter 5 stars. :) I haven't used another trimmer since I have begun using this one. And I don't plan to. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning and don't forget to swing by later in the week for two super fun Halloween blog hops!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Melisa's Crafty Creations Blog Hop!!

Yay! Welcome to Melisa's Crafty Creations "1 year Blogoversary" Blog Hop!
If you've just come from Gloria's blog, then you're hopping in the right direction! If you stumbled across my blog by accident this morning, you might want to head on over to Melisa's blog to start at the beginning of the hop! There's sure to be some fabulous blog candy along the way!

Today I'm sharing this super cute fall pumpkin card! Fall is my favorite season, and these pumpkins are just sooo cute! They are from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Pumpkin Patch cutting files, and the pattern paper (on the pumpkins) is from the Halloween Circles & Spots digital paper pack.
To create the tag for my sentiment, I used a technique that one of my fellow My Creative Time DT sisters, Ruthie used on her last Technique Tuesday. I used the My Creative Time Just Tag dies and just cut them down using my Cuttlebug to create a tag with the original My Creative Time signature stitching. :) Ruthie even has a video posted on how to do this!
PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock
Stampin' Up early Espresso cardstock
Authentique Enchanted Collection 6x6 paper stack
PPPR Halloween Circles & Spots digital paper pack
PPPR Pumpkin Patch cutting files
My Creative Time All Around Halloween
My Creative Time Just Tags

Are you ready for some blog candy! There are several giveaways throughout this hop, and all you have to do to be entered is to visit and comment on ALL the blogs! Easy peasy! So let's keep hopping!

Your next stop on the hop is the awesomely talented Julie!

And if you have gotten lost somewhere along the way, here's the complete blog hop lineup!

Jeanne - That's me!
Julie - You're next stop!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons DT :: Jeepers Creepers!

Hello there again! It's time for another Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team post! Today, I'm sharing a card I made using the Halloween Critters cutting files and the Halloween Bats & Swirls digital paper pack. :)
Isn't this spider just way too cute?! Both the spider and her web are from the same file. I created a shadow for the web in my Make the Cut program. Everything was cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. The card is a standard A2 sized card.
PaperTrey Ink black cardstock
Misc Bazzill cardstock
PPPR Halloween Bats & Swirls digital paper pack
PPPR Halloween Critters cutting files
Pink By Design A Haunting We Will Go
iRock and gems

Don't forget to join is for our Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons Halloween Blog Hop on October 20th!

And today, you can head on over to My Creative Time to check out some new 3-D projects!

Jaded Blossom :: Autumn wishes!

Good morning! I have a super quick card to share with you this morning! No die-cutting machines, just a sweet little stamped image. :)
This pumpkin stamp is from the new Thanksgiving Wishes stamp set from Jaded Blossom. I stamped it onto some XPI Blending paper measured at 3" x 3" and colored it in with Copics. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I added some more layers using Core'dinations and PaperTrey Ink black cardstock. 
The pattern paper is from the Echo Pack So Happy Together and Hello Summer 6x6 paper stacks.

That's it for today, I hope the rest of your Tuesday is fabulous!
And don't forget to head on over to My Creative Time for some new techniques!

Monday, October 8, 2012

My Creative Time :: Scrapping the Little Things

Good morning! Are you ready for another segment of Scrapping the Little Things over at My Creative Time? Every other Monday, Emma challenges the design team to create layouts! Super fun (and super challenging since I am WAY behind on scrapbooks!) and it offers me so much inspiration to get working on some!
Well guess what? I finally got my hands on some Smash products! I didn't even realize that they are sold at my Wal-Mart, but now that I know it's out! :) I purchased a couple of books and a few of the accessories just to get me started. 

For my very first Smash page, I wanted to include something that will get me going at full steam. So what better than my cameras! I mean without my camera, I wouldn't be able to scrap anything! So I took some pics of my favorite equipment that I use to capture my family memories. 
I generally use my Nikon D700 or D7000 and a handful of different lenses.
A couple of my favorite lenses are my Nikkor 85mm f1.8D and Nikkor 50mm f1.4G. And of course my Nikkor Micro lens. :)
Another piece of equipment that we use quite often is our Sony HandyCam. 
Smash Eco Style Binder
Smash Date Stamp
Smash Sticky Notes
Smash Clips
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary 8x8 paper stack
My Creative Time Just Simply Live
My Creative Time Camera Shy
My Creative Time Just Tags
My Creative Time Flower Petal Dies
Zutter Distress-it-all
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon
Liz's PaperLoft Boutique hemp twine
Stampin' Up corner punch
Stampin' Up Notebook border punch
Misc buttons and brads
Glossy Accents

I hope you enjoyed my very first Smash layout! Stop my My Creative Time for some more layout inspiration!