Archive for July 31st, 2008

Halloween Treats!

Jul 31, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Papertrey Newsletter, Recipe's, Tutorials

This is post 1 of 3 for today! Please SCROLL down so you see all three!!! PLEASE READ THEM! LOL! I think I developed carpal tunnel typing them all up ūüėÄ

It’s the first of August! Can you believe that? WOW! Time is flying by. Before you know it, it WILL be Halloween. I am always looking for cool and fun things to do with my kids and/or for their classmates. Maybe this time I will be ahead of the dash (yeah right! LOL!)

Nichole has challenged the team to come up with some fun Halloween treats.

You can see what everyone else has done here:






I decided to share a cool recipe that is fun, and you can let this kids help with. Hope you like it, and give it a try!

Here goes…………….I would like to share with you my Little Pumpkin Pop-In ¬©


This is a little container cover I made to¬†¬†“pop-in” the super cute 2.5 oz. clear top round tins. Buy them now people! LOL!

pumpkin-pop-in.jpg Tin out of the Pop-In ©

I love how it dresses this little tin up. Rather than just having a wrap around the bottom, it really gives you an entirely new gift option.

Please don’t ask me for directions. This is a teaser of more to come!! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it, but that is all I’m saying for now (BHWAHAHAHAHAHA insert my evil little happy laugh). Let’s just say I have been busy, busy, busy.

OK moving on.

I used the Spooky Sweets set for my lid.

I wanted my lids to be super quick and easy to mass produce-think 3 kids……. X’s however many students¬†they have in their classes……………so about 40 kids minimum. SIMPLE.

By now you are saying OK so how is this sharing a fun & cute Halloween treat?
Well its what’s inside that is the FUN part!


Monster Mash Make-up!

2 TBS solid shortening (AKA Crisco)

1 TBS cornstarch

4-5 drops of food coloring

Make-Up sponges

1) Mix shortening and cornstarch together in a small bowl, until smooth.

2) Add in food coloring. Mix till well blended.


When you are done just rinse off with warm soap & water.

You can whip this up at home in minutes! The kids will love it.

OK I know you are saying EW! But the kids are saying YEAH!!!

Trust me me-Kid tested!! MOM Approved ūüėÄ

My Little Pumpkin Amber


OK I never claimed to be an artist! This is as good as it gets. Amber saw the tin and wanted her face to be painted like the  pumpkin stamp. I have to admit I was nervous that her face would be stained orange by the food coloring, but it came right off and NO perma-pumpkin face! LOL!

Next up is Alexa-my flower child. She was not wanting her face painted! She said she just want a little flower on her cheek. UGH! That meant I had to “draw/paint”. YIKES!


Now we have Noah-who wanted to be half ¬†“The Hulk”, and half boy.


Unfortunately he was “itchy” and scratched it off while I got the camera. It’s one of those things-when you know you can’t touch something you have too! That is his mean face. Still looks cute to me!

All in all it was a super fun & easy afternoon craft and would make great “make-up” for girls or obviously face painting. No expensive paint kits to buy.

I love the idea of making several colors and giving these to the kids classmates. It really whips up quick, just add to the recipe to suit the number of people. The batch above fits perfectly into the tins, if that is any indication. SO each color batch makes a 1/2 of the tin.

So that’s it for me. I hope you like my idea of a fun Halloween treat! Afterall they get PLENTY of candy right?

Thank you again for checking in with me.

Pink Cat Stamps Fabric Challenge

Jul 31, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

Please note this is post #2  of a total of 3 for today!! So be sure to check out THIS POST, and THIS POST as well.

Today in this post I am going to share my card for a Challenge that Dawn from Pink Cat Studio issued for all of us, and I want to challenge you all to try this as well.

Also note you can view more ideas for the challenge on Melissa’s blog ūüėÄ and enter to win a free set HERE

CHALLENGE : Use fabric on our card. No ribbon doesn’t count!!

fabric-challenge-pcs.jpg A little lingerie goes a long way

That is what I like to call this! LOL! I have to say I LOVE how this turned out. Its so pretty.

I used the bodice from Lingerie 1 set, and the flowers.

Think bridal shower, wedding night, Valentines day, or thanks for the support, you lift me up (like the sentiments in the set)……….lots a cute things like that.

I got my fabric swatch, and went from there. I stamped the image on my cardstock, then used a hobby blade to cut out the middle portion only. I then put some fabric in the back, and layered batting, making the image pop forward, and look 3D!!

I used the pattern in the fabric as my inspiration to use the floral images in the set to create like a matching paper. CUTE huh? To complete the look we needed stickles, and some ribbon, with a spritz of color.

You should have seen my first card. WOW! What a disaster!! In the trash it went.

As I was making that hot mess, I had this idea pop into my head. THANK GOODNESS because it was going to be quite embarassing to post with that other card.

I guess I am happy that Dawn issued a fabric challenge because I NEVER would have made this. Thanks Dawn!

OK I need to run. Thanks for reading, and if you get some time try this challenge out.

Paper Garden Spring Out Card

Jul 31, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Papertrey Newsletter, Tutorials


There is nothing better than getting a handmade card in the mail of from someone special, unless that card is interactive! The best surprise is when the unexpected happens! The receiver opens this creation to find a beautiful arrangement of butterflies and flowers, spring out, as it opens. You are sending a virtual paper garden! This style can open so many amazing possibilities.

Let me share how fun and easy this card really is! Then challenge YOU to give it a try!

The idea came to me after Jason and I took a trip to Maine. In one of the stores they had some really elaborate cards, and there was a card that had this swirly piece of paper with butterflies all over it. I told my husband when we get back I would try to re-create this. So I did.

Now I am not sure what the actual name of this style of card is, but I liked Spring Out, due to the way in which it was created.

First let me share my list of supplies. You should have most of these tools on hand.


Stamps:Texted Boxed, Sentiment on card from Just Hatched, Butterflies stamped/cut from Butterfly Kisses

Patterned Paper: Chocolate Remix

Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream, Vellum Cardstock

ink: dark chocolate, berry sorbet

Other: Copic Markers, scissors, circle punch, glue dots, flower punch

friends-are-like-flowers.jpg Paper Garden

This card measures 4 1/4 squared. This is the front of my Paper Garden card.

I used vintage cream cardstock as my base. Sentiment stamped in dark chocolate ink.

I then stamped the flower from the Texted Boxed set, in dark chocolate ink, onto sweet blush cardstock. I used my 1 1/4 square punch, and punched out portion I wanted. I colored the stem, and punched a flower (stamping a smaller flower from Butterfly Kisses ), to layer in the center. Then layered entire piece onto 1 3/8 square punched from sweet blush cardstock. Used my color spritzer for a splash of color. Perfectly simple, which is what you want for the COVER! This inside is detailed enough.

Now for directions on the Spring Out


Step 1) I

 decided to add some color to my chocolate patterned paper, so I chose my colors and away I went. I decided to only color the large flowers and leaves for some POP, and to keep it from getting too busy. I then layered it into my card base.

For my butterflies I stamped them in chocolate, on sweet blush, and then sponged the center’s with Berry Sorbet ink. Then cut them out.

Step 2)

NOTE: This next step I used chocolate cardstock for my demonstration so you can easily see the steps. In my actual creation I used vellum cardstock.

pop-out-circle.jpg A  trim-circle-spring.jpg  B cut-spring.jpg C

¬†Choose the size of the circle spiral you want, and cut out circle (photo a). Next trim out the circle, into the center (photo B)¬†to create a curly spring like circle (photo C) you can cut out some of the center so you don’t have too long of a curly spring. The larger the circle the more curls you have.


Step 3)

 Collect the layers, and lay cut circle flat. Pick location in card where you want the spiral to be. Attach a glue dot on the back of the LARGEST tail end. This allows it to stick to the top of the card.

Then place a glue dot on the front of the smallest tale. Now close the card.


Step 4)

¬†When you open the card, ¬†the spring will now be stuck to the bottom on the card, allowing you to have a spring that easily opens and closes FLAT when card needs to close. You don’t want the spring bending!!

See closed photo


Step 5)

¬†Now comes the FUN part. Adding your 3D elements. You will want to cover the glue dot’s with an item, and the rest is pure creative liberty!!

Imagine opening this up? Who wouldn’t have a HUGE smile? It is like the butterflies are fluttering over the paper garden!


TIP: When using small images put them on both the front and back of the paper spring (see my layered punched flowers?). You don’t want the glue dots sticking to the layers or objects within the card. It would be ruined.

Here is the view from the top!


So that is all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed today’s newsletter project, and that you try to find the time to create your own! If you do, send me a link here.

I know many are going to say how do you mail it?

Well it does close, and lay relatively flat. The pieces may need to be lifted if you do mail it. I always recommend mailing them in out Papertrey Ink Clear¬†Card boxes! It costs a little more to mail, but they are mail-able and it ensures your creation arrive more nicely-rather than SQUISHED! OR hand deliver ūüėÄ Then you can see the reaction!

It’s My Party

Jul 31, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items

and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to………… would cry too if it happened to you. Is that going to be stuck in your head all day now?

It’s been stuck in mine!

birthday-surprise-front.jpg¬†It’s my party

This has to be one the the CUTEST set! I swear! I think by looking at the card, you can just tell I had fun making it.

Doesn’t she look so giddy about her party? I love how her hand covers her mouth. ADORABLE.

¬†This set¬†is called “It’s my party” by Storage Units, Ink & More and it goes on sale tomorrow!¬† Lot’s of great elements in the set, and I think I used a good variety of images. I fell in love with theCore’dinations Pretty in Pink collection, and it inspired my colors. She is colored with my Copic markers (just in case you wondered)

What little girl would not LOVE this little card? I did my POP OUT technique, and I think it came out super cute. Plus it folds up FLAT! Gotta love that. Totally mailable.

You can see another version (and instructions) HERE, and HERE.

birthday-surprise.jpg side view

The balloons are behind her back, popped out, and the gifts are waiting to be unwrapped.

This is one of those “Looks better in real life” kind of cards.

If you haven’t tried this yet, I suggest you get to it. Its so much fun.

I HAD to create a little gift box to go with my card, so I did. I used one of my old templates, which I usually NEVER do! LOL! I always just make a new one. You can find that one HERE

su-ink-party-time-box-bag.jpg Party Box

Sorry for the SUPER HUGE photo. No idea how that happened. Used more elements from the set for this. I think it’s compliments that card perfectly!

It was just a fun set to play with.

Anywhoooooo, Much to do, so I got to run. Hope you like today’s sample. I’d love to hear what you think ūüėÄ

Be sure to check all the peeks out. Pretty awesome stuff I tell you.

I am also excited because my blog is going to be overhauled soon!! I got a MASTER designer giving me a brand spankin new, and fresh look! YEAH!!

OK I really gotta run.


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