Sunday, October 31, 2010

Puns from the Past for Stamping 411 challenge...

In my former life (before kids), I was a journalist, so this card really appeals to me. The old-style typewriter is from Puns from the Past, which I earned for free awhile back. I love the artwork, but it never really seemed to go well with the designer papers until Newsprint came along. I used the Scallop Square punch for the little scallop detail behind the typewriter layer, adding pearls and a black jewel for a feminine touch. This card is perfect for a reporter friend of mine!


Stamp: Puns from the Past;
Ink: Basic Black;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Newsprint dsp;
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Black Flourish Designer Jewels, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punches, Scallop Square Punch, Top Note die, dimensionals.

Okay, these are my last Halloween cards...

I was playing in my little stamp corner today and decided to use Spooky Night rub-ons, Nite Owl dsp, and some Black Flourish Designer Jewels to make a card. The Oct. 31 was rubbed onto Tangerine Tango card stock and punched out with the 3/4" circle punch. It's adhered with dimensionals, as is the skull layer.
I love the furry feeling of this Razzleberry bat paper in the Wicked Fun dsp pack. I was sad about covering up some smaller bats, but felt I needed a stamped image - that's where the witch hat from the Wicked Cool set comes in. I added black jewels on the hat band, and black lace trim around the 1-3/8" circle before layering it on a spider web-stamped circle of Rich Razzleberry card stock. The lace bow is adhered with a dimensional after adding an antique brad. The words are awesome - they come from the Spooky Night rub-ons.

Happy Halloween from our family to yours...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last ditch effort at Halloween cards...

With Halloween tomorrow, time's running out to post these kinds of cards. Today's card features designer paper from the Nite Owl pack. It literally stands on its own. I made this card for the Technostamper challenge shown above. The candlabra graphic is on the Nite Owl dsp. I cut it out and colored it with Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight and Elegant Eggplant. Of course the Black Flourish Designer Jewels really pop. I love those! Now if you'd like to take part in another fun challenge, I recommend creating a card with pumpkins and submitting it on the Friday Mashup! blog.

Improved looking Harvest Home card...

Here's the same Harvest Home card as below, only with the Crystal Effects totally dried. The medallion did clear up, which was my concern. I think standing the card up in my makeshift lightbox also helps the appearance of the card.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Harvest Home with a little Autumn Spice thrown in...

I was playing around with the Mojo Monday sketch and the Friday Mashup! theme of pumpkins and came up with this card. If you check Friday Mashup!, you can see that I didn't use this. I just felt it was too dark, and had too much Crystal Effects on it (taking forever to dry, so I had to take the photo with it flat on my desk so it wouldn't drip). Also, though I opened up a brand new bottle of Crystal Effects, it looked a bit cloudy (see it on the right?). Okay, my daughter just checked and it did dry clear!


The square card is Autumn Spice specialty paper. I used the Harvest Home stamp set and Cutter Kit. I also used the Tasteful Trim die and Square Lattice embossing folder on the Old Olive squiggle. I used an aqua painter and ink pads to watercolor everything.


Stamps: Harvest Home;
Ink: Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Bashful Blue;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Autumn Spice specialty paper, Old Olive, Cajun Craze;
Accessories: 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Crystal Effects, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Tasteful Trim die, glimmer brads, dimensionals, aqua painter, and Cutter Kit.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's all about pumpkins for theme challenge

I made this Got Treats card for a theme challenge about pumpkins. The main colors are Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade (both In Colors), with some Sunny Garden dsp. Add a little texture and some googly eyes and you're there!


Stamps: Got Treats;
Ink: Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade;
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Sunny Garden dsp, and Peach Parfait;
Accessories: Peach Parfait ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Word Window Punch, 4mm googly eyes, Mini Glue Dots, glimmer brad, and dimensionals.

Faux Mother of Pearl technique with Jolliest Time of the Year...

This card looks pretty good despite being handled so much in my clubs this month. It features the Jolliest Time of the Year stamp set and Faux Mother of Pearl technique. The technique is simple: Pour a few drops of Shimmer Paint (we used Frost White) onto a paper plate, wad up a piece of Saran Wrap and dab it into the paint. Then dab the wrap onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, taking care to cover the entire piece without solidly covering it. Stamp your image in Basic Black (or Jet Black StazOn), and sponge around it, which highlights the flecks of Shimmer Paint.


Stamps: Jolliest Time of the Year;
Ink: Bashful Blue and Basic Black pads;
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue;
Accessories: Northern Flurries embossing folder, Basic Rhinestones, sponge, Circle Scallop, and 5/8" White Satin Ribbon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These Christmas cards are great for mass production...

Here are two of the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack cards from last night. Silver and Not Quite Navy are the colors for this Bells & Boughs card. I love the softness of the white satin knot, and the boughs stamped tone on tone on the card front. I CASE'd this idea from Natasha at Inkingoutofthebox.com.

This Real Red card features my favorite Santa head from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set. There's a 1" strip of Candy Cane Christmas dsp, 3/8" Real Red taffeta, and a 4" x 4-1/4" piece of Blushing Bride that's been run through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The big white snowflake is a die. Santa is colored with Real Red and Blush Blossom, with lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on his hat and beard. I CASE'd this idea from Becky at InkingIdaho.


This is the last card we made. I originally did it for a Stamping 411 challenge (see my October 12 post ). It uses the Christmas Postcard stamp, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.


Just a reminder - today is the last day to enter a card at http://FridayMashup.blogspot.com. It's a color challenge using Old Olive, Cajun Craze and More Mustard. Hope you'll come on by! Have a great day.

Getting ready for some Holiday Happiness...

I love the whimsical nature of the Holiday Happiness stamp set. You can tell I wasn't too picky about getting the ornaments perfectly hanging on the branches. We stamped these cards at my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack last night.


Stamps: Holiday Happiness;
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday dsp;
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals.
This Crumb Cake card features the Welcome Christmas stamp set - one of my new favorites from the big catalog. I love silhouettes!
Stamps: Welcome Christmas;
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip;
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls dsp;
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Cutter Kit, dimensionals.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A big mess for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW)...

After looking at my desk for a few minutes and taking these photos, I concede it is a big mess but on the other hand, I'm fortunate to have all this great stuff to play with! I had 17 women show up for my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack tonight. They were great. I returned home very tired, though it's a happy tired.


I enjoy prepping for a class, but it's harder/takes longer for me to put everything back in its place. I'll tackle the desk tomorrow since I have a stamp club meeting in the evening. Most of the stuff will go where it's supposed to, and I should be able to clear enough desk space to create more projects.


I wanted to show you the fancy light box I constructed with the cardboard backing from my paper packages. I have this small desktop Ott light (love the clear light it provides!), and built the "box" around it. I place one card in there at a time to take a photo of it for this blog. Cheesy, but it works AND I can fold it so it takes up very little room.


Well, that's it for now. I'll post the stamp-a-stack cards tomorrow. Thanks for visiting! Now go visit Julia and other fabulous workdesks at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com. Ciao!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eat Chocolate, Get a New Tote, and new Stamping Supplies...

I love this Greenhouse Gala tote! Not only does it fit a 12" paper trimmer, ruler and 12" x 12" card stock, but it also fits 7 ink pads in the back zippered pocket, and has many other pockets for adhesive, mist, sponges, ribbons, scissors and much more. So why am I telling you this? Because you could get it FREE (and with all the stuff shown here) when you buy the Stampin' Up! starter kit from me for only $175 plus sales tax.


I went to the Portland Regional Seminar yesterday, and this is something only seminar attendees can offer thru November 7. The tote itself is $39.95 (I had to buy it!). Plus, if you buy the kit we'll both get a stamp set called Eat Chocolate that is coming out in the Occasions Mini Catalog in January 2011. We'll be the first to get it! And it's cute!!!


Best of all, you can pick the colors of ink pads, markers and card stock you want in the kit, as well as stamp sets. Or you may opt to get My Digital Studio in the starter kit. Look in my right column to see everything that comes in the kit. It's awesome! You can just add these items to your hobby, or start making some money - just in time for Christmas, or to pay a bill or two. I can show you how because I do it.


Buying the kit is simple: Visit my website at http://therubberroom.stampinup.net and click on Start Your Own Business one time, then again, then click on Join Now. My recruiter authorization password is: Terry Blais. Once you fill out the online form, you'll receive two emails - one  with a demonstrator number, and the other with your password. The kit takes 7-10 business days to receive... and you'll be stinkin' happy seeing that UPS man walking up your driveway with that box. It's so much fun!!!!

Using My Digital Studio for Stamping 411 sketch...

It's a cold, rainy day here and my kids are playing Wii games. So to spend time in the same room with them (because they like to point out to me what's happening as they play), I grabbed my laptop computer and decided to do a sketch challenge from http://stamping411.blogspot.com with My Digital Studio.


The colors are Early Espresso and Peach Parfait, with Garden Green. The stamps I used are from Razzle Dazzle and Always. I haven't done much with MDS as far as building cards go, but I have done a few scrapbooks I think turned out awesome!


The one problem I had with this card is that I was trying to use a flourish stamp from Always as a background in Early Espresso on top of the Peach Parfait layer and it was showing through the top few layers. Anybody know how to do it? I kept trying to move the flourish behind, but it wouldn't go! I know the others layers were solid, and not opaque... so I'm not quite sure what I was doing wrong. I'm open to suggestions here!


It's a good day to stay indoors. I hope you get some stamping done! In addition to this sketch challenge, there's a color challenge at http://fridaymashup.blogspot.com - so go for a 2-in-1 card and enter both! And have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

In Wilderness for color challenge...


This card brings to mind our trip to West Yellowstone National Park in late August. We saw tons of bison, elk, a coyote, grizzly, and so much more. If you've never been to Yellowstone National Park in the fall, you should go! It's gorgeous.


Now for the card. I picked the colors for this challenge - Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard. You'll find all of these colors in the Autumn Spice dsp pack in the Holiday Mini. Once I picked the paper, the stamp set was easy. In Wilderness also has an eagle, wolf and sentiment in the set. But I love the bison!


Stamps: In Wilderness;
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Autumn Spice dsp;
Accessories: Antique Brads, 5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon, 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, and dimensionals.

French Foliage Thanksgiving card...

This Thanksgiving card is quick and easy to pull together. It's French Foliage stamps, three ink pads (Old Olive, Early Espresso and Peach Parfait), and two card stocks (Very Vanilla and Early Espresso). It doesn't get much easier than this!


I've got a teacher's conference this morning for my daughter. I'm torturing her by making her go to school a full hour before it starts! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Whimsical penguins ready to party; last day for Mashup!

There are so many uses for the 2-step owl punch. Here, I cut the ears off these owls to make them penguins. I freehand cut the beaks and used black jewels for the eyes and rhinestones for the buttons.

I'd love to say this was my idea, but I CASE'd it from Diana Gibbs. The balloon is from Beary Best Friends and the "happy birthday" is from Party This Way, a stamp set I earned for free. The party hat came from the Party Hearty set.

Today is the last day to enter a card for the Friday Mashup! sketch challenge. I hope you'll enter!

Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Party This Way, Party Hearty;
Ink: Basic Black pad;
Paper: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, In Color Paper Pad, Whisper White;
Accessories: Uni-bal white gel pen, Black Flourish Designer Jewels, Basic Rhinestones, Top Note die, 1/2" Poppy Parade ribbon, dimensionals.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My kid is at my work desk this Wednesday... (WOYWW #72)


Well, I caught my 10-year-old daughter working at my desk. She wanted to cover 10 scratch pads she found in a cabinet with some of my designer paper for a store her classmates are setting up in school on Friday. The design is all her idea (bottom photo). She said the white label is for each kid to write his or her name on the pad. The paper is from the Stampin' Up! Celebrations pack, and a Designer Regal button is the only embellishment. My kids have watched me stamp for years, so I trust them completely when it comes to using my craft items. And I love watching them create! I'm so proud she did this all on her own.

So what have I been doing? I met with three stamp clubs Monday (two at the same time) and still have all of the supplies for the projects in their totes. Aside from school projects my kids have, I'd like to get things like my punches and ink pads and such put back in place so I have an easier time prepping for a Christmas card class next week. But first, I get to enjoy a day at the Portland Regional Seminar this Saturday with many members of my American Ink downline. I'm excited! There will be demonstrations, make & takes, swapping and great displays. It's a wonderful way to spend a day!

Thanks for dropping by for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW). Now join Julia and the others at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Have a great week!

Falling Leaves birthday card...

Falling Leaves is a great stamp set for autumn cards, Thanksgiving, scrapbooking, you name it. This is the fifth and last card from my Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack event last week. The Perfect Plum scallop square behind the leaf layer is from the Scallop Squares Duo die for the Big Shot. And a knot of 1-1/4" Old Olive striped grosgrain never hurts!

Stamps: Falling Leaves, On Your Birthday;
Ink: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, More Mustard;
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Squares Due die, 1-1/4" Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearls, and dimensionals.

Your holiday season is covered with new downloads for My Digital Studio

What? You still don't have My Digital Studio? What are you waiting for? This post includes the latest digital downloads covering Halloween, autumn and Christmas. If you want a unique and affordable gift for Christmas for your friends and family, My Digital Studio is it! You may order it here from me. Email me for the new, reduced pricing list.

If you would like to view a complete list of My Digital Studio download offerings, go to the customer homepage, click on Store, then Digital Crafting.

Item         Description Image            Price

122174     Nite Owl Digital Kit                           $7.95

122175     Autumn Spice Digital Kit                    $9.95


122176     Deck the Halls Photocard Digital Kit     $3.95

122177     Candy Cane Lane Photocard Digital Kit $3.95

123728     Celebrations Digital Kit                      $9.95
122166     Brad Add-On Pack                              $0.95



Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Birthday Bakery card in Autumn Spice...

I started posting the five cards from my stamp-a-stack last week and got derailed somewhere along the way. Here's number four. I'll have to see if I took the fifth out to my studio.

This is an Old Olive card that was run through the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I used a piece of Autumn Spice dsp layered on More Mustard, with a 5/8" Old Olive satin ribbon knot around it. The stamp is from Birthday Bakery, a Level 1 hostess set (free with a $150 order). It's colored with Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Old Olive... plus a little glitter thrown on the heart.

I have a few clubs today (one down, two more to go), so I'll be sure to take photos of those projects to share here. Thanks for looking! Have a great night.

Frankie's Priceless pumpkin...

Can't you imagine a fall table decorated with these cute little pumpkins? Frankie brought this as a make & take to our last American Ink meeting. You start by sponging a coffee filter (new) with More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie inks, then stamp the swirl from Priceless in Eggplant Envy. We used a needle and some heavy-duty thread to baste the edges of the coffee filter, drawing the edges up, placing a wadded-up plastic bag inside, and cinching the top closed and knotting it. The stick was crammed into the middle to make a hole of sorts, then we put some glue in the hole and held the stick in place for a few seconds.

The leaves were made from Old Olive-sponged coffee filters that were run through the Leaves 2 die for the Big Shot. We cut off the stem end and simply used Mini Glue Dots to adhere them in place. I love the knot of Concord Crush ribbon on the stem. I chose not to add a punched out word as a tag, figuring I might make some of these with my guests's names on them for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thank you in Season of Friendship...

I love the cut-out leaves that hang over the other layers on this thank-you card I received from my friend Maria yesterday. They add another dimension. This card features the Season of Friendship stamp set in Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from Thank You Kindly, and is held on with brads. I know it seems silly to say thanks for a thank-you card, but Thanks Maria!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mini thank-you cards make me Batty for You...

My daughter and I made nine of these 3" x 3" cards to say "Thank You" for the birthday presents she received at her Halloween-themed birthday party. These notes are just the right size for a 10-year-old! And we added a punched bat on the envelope.

I used scraps of Wicked Fun dsp, a little black lace trim and some black jewels. We used the Batty for You stamp set because it's quick and easy - punch out a few layers and assemble and you're done!

Stamps: Batty for You;
Ink: Basic Black;
Paper: Whisper White, Wicked Fun dsp, Basic Black;
Accessories: Black lace trim, Black Flourish Designer Jewels (Holiday Mini), 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches, Scallop Circle Punch, and dimensionals.

Sketch challenge with D is for Dog...


I created this card for a friend's birthday - she loves her dogs - and with the Mojo Monday 160 Sketch shown above.

My card uses Celebrations dsp, along with the D is for Dog stamp set. I stamped the dog in Soft Suede, then watercolored around him with an aqua painter and Old Olive and Pacific Point ink pads. The main things to point out are the scallops made using the Tasteful Trim die in the Holiday Mini, and the glimmer brads (love those!). Thanks for looking!

Stamps: D is for Dog, Silhouette Sentiments;
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pacific Point;
Paper: Celebrations dsp, Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Old Olive;
Accessories: 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Brights glimmer brads, 5/8" Bashful Blue satin ribbon, aqua painter, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sketch Challenge with Contempo Christmas...



I enjoyed using a sketch to create this card. The idea for this card started with the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. I wanted to use the penguin, but after spotting some Baja Breeze paper with glittery red dots in the Candy Cane Christmas dsp pack, I chose the reindeer so I could add a shiny red nose to go along with all the other dots on this card. (A little FYI here - did you know you can color Stampin' Up!'s rhinestone jewels with Sharpies? I'd suggest not coloring it when the rhinestone is on your card.)

The tree is from Contempo Christmas, stamped with all three colors on this card - Baja Breeze, Real Red and Crumb Cake. The greeting is from Curly Cute. I used several punches - the 1" and 1-1/4" circles for the reindeer layers, and the Scallop Edge Border Punch in Crumb Cake.

Stamps: Contempo Christmas, Curly Cute, Jolly Bingo Bits;
Ink: Baja Breeze, Real Red, and Crumb Cake;
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Candy Cane Christmas dsp;
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Clear Circle die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, glimmer brad, rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Have a Seat to celebrate a birthday...



I'm excited to see all of the new followers on this blog. Thanks for being here!

Here are two more cards from my Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack last night. The top one is Garden Green card stock with Woodland Walk dsp, and uses the Have a Seat stamp set, the eyelet border punch and Deck the Hall designer buttons. 
This card features the Just Believe stamp set with a birthday greeting from the Level 1 hostess set Afterthoughts. The colors are a departure from my norm, but I kinda like them. The card is Not Quite Navy, with a Top Note die cut from Sahara Sand. The words were stamped in Early Espresso on Pumpkin Pie, with 5/8" Pumpkin Pie satin ribbon. It's a great birthday card for a guy - until you add the rhinestones.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A birthday in France? No, but how about a birthday card with French Foliage stamps?

I'd rather celebrate a birthday in France, wouldn't you? At any rate, this is the card I put together that I was working on last night (see my desk in the post below). The highlight of the card is that I used a clear block inked in Crumb Cake to make the square behind the Cajun Craze leaf - something I saw in the latest issue of Stampin' Success, a magazine Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive every month. I love the Square Lattice-embossed card front, as well as the oval elements.

This is one of the cards my friends will be stamping tonight for my Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack. Tune in tomorrow for more. And have a great night!

Stamps: French Foliage;
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze;
Accessories: Clear block, Square Lattice embossing folder, medium oval punch, oval scallop punch, dimensionals.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WOYWW 71: Here's my desk while prepping for a 10-card class...


I'm in the thick of things trying to prep for another 10-card event that is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, and figured I'd take a photo for Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW). This time it's fall/winter birthday cards. Everyone will stamp 2 each of 5 different card designs. It's up to me to come up with those designs! I just received some Autumn Spice dsp and that's what you see fanned out on my desk. I love the colors. They look so yummy! I also pulled a few stamp sets off the shelf that I'm thinking about working with - French Foliage, which will probably end up on this card, then Birthday Bakery, and Have a Seat. I'm not sure what the other two designs will feature... yet.

I usually start my projects with a stamp set, then pick the colors. I set one of the plastic totes I use to store my projects on the right side of my desk. I've already counted out the Crumb Cake envelopes and card bodies and they're in in the tote. As I cut each layer, it goes in a separate bag then into the tote. By the end, I've got all the ribbon, stamps, punches, card stock, and embellishments used to make my samples in the totes so it's easy and convenient for my customers to put together.

So that's a peek into my craziness today! I'm looking forward to seeing my friends again for a couple of hours of stamping fun. Hope you have fun stamping/crafting today.

Stamping 411 sketch challenge with Christmas Postcard...



I'm always up for a challenge, especially when it's with a simple sketch like this one from http://stamping411.blogspot.com/. First, I turned the sketch sideways and grabbed my Christmas Postcard stamp, Shimmery White and Rich Razzleberry card stocks. Of course I felt the card needed some texture, so I ran the Shimmery White card stock through the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, then used a sponge dauber to rub Crumb Cake ink over the top. I used an aqua painter and the Crumb Cake pad to color in the letters.
Stamps: Christmas Postcard (Holiday Mini);
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake pads;
Paper: Shimmery White, Rich Razzleberry;
Accessories: 5/8" Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon, aqua painter, sponge dauber, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Here are a few of the fabulous American Ink swaps...


Our monthly American Ink group get-together always features great swaps, fun make & takes, sharing information, and good munchies. Here are a few of the swaps from Saturday.

A photo can't do justice to Frankie's gorgeous Joy card. She used the Big Shot with the Northern Flurries embossing folder, as well as the Join in the Cheer die for the word "Joy." In addition to the scallop trim corners, there's glitter, pearls and a taffeta bow - so pretty!

I made the middle swap. I have lots of Nite Owl paper and wanted to use it, but not necessarily for a Halloween card. I figured I could use this as a birthday card for my nephew this week. I used the 2-step owl and bird punches, as well as the 2-1/2" circle punch and the Modern Label Punch. I love the black lace trim and googly eyes!

Barb brought the pumpkin swap, which uses Tiny Tags, as well as Batty for You. I love the use of 1/8" taffeta on this card.

You're welcome to come to an American Ink meeting to see what the fun is all about. Just email me at ericandterry@comcast.net beforehand. Thanks!