12 Kits Of Occasions {October 2014}

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today is the last we post our 12 Kits Of Occasions October kit projects.  Normally we post on the last day of the month, but since tomorrow is Halloween, we are posting a day early.
This month's comes from Jessica  packed full of autumnal colors, images, and sentiments! Thanks to Tracey for this month's kit photos and collage.
I couldn't resist framing this cute acorn {colored with Copics and clear Wink of Stella} and words Jessica cut with her Silhouette by embossing 3 pieces from the WP9 Holiday Apertures die set.
For this fun scene I created the background with distress inks and stencils made with the Landscape Borders dies from WP9.  I also colored all of the cute characters from Avery Elle and the 'thanks' with Copics and clear Wink of Stella.  Adding the fun Foliage Frame makes it feel as if they are walking through the woods...to Grandmother's house maybe:)

Finally, I coated this sentiment with glitter and layered it over vellum.  I added sequins above and below the vellum to add sparkle, but keep it subtle.
Be sure to stop by and visit the other members and see what they've made this month!

Meet Piper

Monday, October 27, 2014

If we're connecting on Instagram or Facebook you already know that Ryan and I adopted a sweet girl named Piper! She's a 5 year old German Shepherd who was used as a breeding dog and then dumped at a high-kill shelter somewhere in the south.  She was brought up north by Louies's Legacy and fostered for a few weeks while she recovered from her most recent litter. 
She's a sweet, gentle girl who loves to play.  She gets along well with other dogs which is great because we'd love to be able to bring her along when we visit friends and family with dogs and have them come visit us.   She's only been with us a few days, but she seems to be adjusting well.  We feel very lucky to have her!

Friday Inspiration

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Friday!  You know what that means....
Every Friday new projects from around the web are added to The File.  Some from my favorite blogs, some I may have happily just discovered.  This is week #190!  I had a fun challenge and giveaway for week #100, 100 Weeks Of Inspiration.  I'll have to do something fun for week #200. 
 It's only 10 weeks away!

Happy New Year

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Morning!
I just LOVED the card that Dawn made during this month's release showcasing the Twenty Fifteen stamp set.  I love how she clustered her stamped and die cut images together to create a really fun, graphic look.  I decided to create a similar design using different colors and dies.  Kraft, white, and red is another one of my favorite holiday color combinations. Using these colors I stamped my cluster of images from Twenty Fifteen as well as Little Bits and Dream Believer.

I added some rhinestones and a large layered snowflake using all 3 dies from the Snowflake Trio.  I used these layered snowflakes on my jars yesterday too.  Love how they look together!
Have a great day!

Cardstock: WP9 Kraft, White, PTI Pure Poppy
Stamps: WP9 Twenty Fifteen, Little Bits, and Dream Believer
Ink: WP9 White Pigment Ink, PTI Pure Poppy, Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Snowflake Trio
Other: Rhinestones, Corner Rounder Punch

A few More Jars

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I really loved Melissa's jar idea and after making one and loving how it turned out, I decided to make a few more.  They are really quick and easy to do.  Perfect for gift giving!  I've already given one to my friend, Jackie, with a few tea light candles inside for her to display during the winter holidays.
White, silver and vellum make a beautiful, elegant combination that's perfect winter and not just Christmas.
After my jars were painted and sanded, I die cut my tags and vellum from some of my favorite tag dies.  I stamped all the images using WPlus9's Winter Woodland and Iconic Christmas in Silver Lining dye ink and also embossed some with silver embossing powder.  I created some layered snowflakes using Snowflake Trio dies to accent each tag.

The photos have a pinkish hue because I was wearing a pink sweater when I took these pics ;)
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Cardstock: Recollections White 110 lb., PTI Vellum
Stamps: WP9 Winter Woodland, Iconic Christmas
Ink: WP9 Silver Lining, Versamark
Dies: WP9 Snowflake Trio, PTI Tags
Other: Sparkle Spray, Rhinestones, Satin Ribbon, White Acrylic Paint

Merry Little Christmas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi! Just popping in to share a little card I made using the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!  No work today so I'm spending the day doing laundry and making a few more jars for gifts this Christmas.  I plan to fill them with candles or cookies and hand them out to a few special co-workers.
 I did the same die embossing technique as yesterday, but only ran it through halfway. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, White
Stamps: WP9 Merry Little Christmas, Fair Isle
Ink: WP9 Silver Linings, Nautical Navy, Lake House, Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Holiday Apertures
Other: Rhinestones

Halloween Apertures

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holiday Apertures dies are not just for Christmas cards.  As I've said before, this is a die set that will take up permanent residence on your craft table.  I have separated my 4 pieces, but they very easily fit back together and can be held in place with a little bit of low-tack tape.  This is exactly what I've done here, but instead of running them through my machine with the intention of cutting, I've embossed.  I use a Cuttlebug and here is
my sandwich from the bottom up:
A Plate
B Plate
1 Tan Mat
Dies (Face Down)
B Plate
They create the most beautiful quilted look and feel and can be used to frame any images.  I've chosen to create a Halloween card to send to my nephews.  They're getting older and probably won't appreciate a Halloween card much longer.   Until then, I'll enjoy making these for them.

Have a great day!

Cardstock: PTI Black, Recollections 110lb. White
Paper: Scraps
Stamps: WP9 A Pocketful, A Pocketful Halloween
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Holiday Apertures, WP9 A Pocketful
Other: Sequins and Rhinestones
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