CSAYL Friday with Fred She Said

Hello!  It's Friday and there is a new Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge up for you.  This week is being sponsored by...

Fred She Said has some adorable digi stamps and this weeks winner is going to win a $15 gift certificate to use in their store!  Awesome, right?

OK, so this weeks challenge is All Sewn Up.  So do something that involves some stitching on your project.  This can done on your sewing machine, stamped stitches, done with a pen, etc.  However you choose.

Now don't laugh, but you might notice that my stitches are not showing up in this picture.  Why is that, you ask?  Because I got ahead of myself and snapped this picture before adding them.  So I ripped my card apart (yes, literally), added some stitching and then it was too dark to get a good picture!  So.  When the sun comes up tomorrow - or today as you will be reading this on Friday - I will snap a new picture and update it.  It's just been that kind of week, lol!
Be sure to pop over to the CSAYL Blog to see all of the other projects this week!
Happy Friday,


Spooky Treats for School

Hello again!  Is everyone else enjoying the Fall weather that is starting to set in?  It's still getting pretty hot here during the day, but the nights are cooling down.  I love Fall!  Of course, that means I do a lot of crafting for the Fall holidays, too.  So today I am sharing a sweet little treat for Halloween! I like to make lots of little things for the kids to take to school for the holidays and this is one of my goodies going to Emma's class.

I used a small cellophane bag and filled it with some candy corn. Using some patterned papers, I have made a little bag topper for decoration. I wanted to personalize them, so I made a little nameplate using one of the journaling stamps from the Scallops and Lines stamp set. For this one, the letters are die cuts, but with long names I will probably just hand write them.

Here is a close-up of the topper, so you can see the little bats. Had to add some Stickles to the bats for a little extra fun!

Honestly, the hardest thing about these is not eating all of the candy corn!

Happy Stampin',



Laugh Until Your Face Hurts!

Hello everyone, today I have a card to share with you that is sure to spread some laughter and happiness! We can all use a little more of that, right?

For this card I started out by stamping my background with some of the happy faces from the Cutest Gingerbread Man set.

I lined up 4 of them on my acrylic block and inked them up on my Kaleidacolor pad. These faces are actually small enough that you can ink them with just one color from the pad, which is what I did here.

Those faces make for a whole lotta happy! The words are from the Pure Happiness set. I have cut my stamp that says "Pure Happiness Is" apart so I can stamp each word individually, and I just added the "..." after "is" with a marker.

On the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment with one of the not-so-happy faces. That little frowny face just cracks me up. That's about how you start to look when you DO laugh so hard your face hurts! Which is something I happen to do a lot, and hope you do too!

Happy stampin',



Halloween Pencil Toppers

Hi!  It's September now, so Halloween is totally fair game now.  Woohoo!  In fact, it is Halloween Week over on the SP & Company Team Blog, so check in over there each day this week for some fun, Halloween treats! 

Today is actually my day over on the blog, and I have a bonus project for you here as well.  I always like to make treats for the the kids to take in to their classes for the holidays.  A really fun one to do is a holiday themed pencil with a fun topper.

Now, my number one rule for making things for the kids is...KEEP IT SIMPLE!  As much as the kids will love whatever you make for them, the simple fact is that they will tear it to shreds in front of your crying eyes!  Trust me.  You don't want to put too much labor into these sorts of things.  Keep it simple and you can save yourself from flipping out when the shreds hit the floor, LOL!

I used the Nested Bats dies from Spellbinders to cut out the bat from some black paper.  The edge is inked with some white ink.  Had to add some googly eyes, because let's face it...they make everything better!  I wanted it to say something, but wanted to keep it pretty general, so I chose these stamps from Mix 'n Match Sentiments: Kids.  With this particular pencil it becomes "For the scary kiddo".  Hee hee!  Because kids are pretty darn scary, right?  
You can whip a bunch of these out in no time.  Emma's class only has 16 kids this year so I am very lucky!  But with some classes pushing 30 kids, something like this would still be simple to pull off. 
Pop over to the Team Blog and see the other project that I made for Halloween week.  Ever wish that candy grew on trees?  Here's a little sneak peek...
Happy Halloween Week!

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