Happy Autumn!

Hello All! Happy Autumn!

It’s time for another die cut challenge with Stuck On U Sketches. This go ’round it’s all about autumn goodness. I have to say, I’m so ready for fall. The weather here in DC is still a little balmy though. Oh well by February we’ll be wishing for balmy, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Here’s my autumn project:

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I decided my door needed a new wreath so I dug through my stash of alterables (it’s a rather large stash, I have to say) and found this wreath form made from heavy chipboard. I wrapped it in jute ribbon by Close To My Heart, and went to work on making it autumn-esque.  The flower and all the leaves were cut using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge. The flower is sized at 2 inches and the leaves range from 1 3/4  to 3 inches. Once they were cut, I drew veins on the leaves with my embossing tool and then inked around the edges and lightly inked in the centers.  I used Ruby, Barn Red, Olive and Honey cardstock from Close To My Heart. All of the leaves are inked with Chocolate Exclusive ink, and the Honey and  Olive leaves are additionally inked in Goldrush and Olive respectively. The flower is also inked in Goldrush.  The sentiments are from the CTMH Happy Autumn stamp set. I stamped them onto kraft cardstock using Barn Red Exclusive ink and mounted them on patterned paper from the Huntington Collection. I decided, in the end, that it needed a little extra pizzaz, so I spritzed the whole thing with Antique Gold shimmer mist.

Here are a few close-ups:

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I wanted to hang it on my front door, but sadly, it covers up my “peep-hole.” So I had to come up with an alternate spot OR lengthen the jute hanger.

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Here’s the alternate spot, for now–my kitchen window:

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I hope this brings you a little autumn crafty inspiration! For more inspiration, hop on over to the Stuck On U Sketches site and see with my  talented co-designers have in store for you.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to take time to create something beautiful!

Cheers!

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Thanks to the Teachers

Earlier, I posted a magnet board that I was making for the kids’ teachers. Just thought I’d post an example of how they came out. This is one of 5 that I made. All it all, it took about 4 hours to complete the boards, magnets, bags and cards.

The paper, cardstock, and punches used are from Creative Memories.

Enjoy!

Rainy Mondays

Today was a dreary, rainy Monday, which is to say it was perfect stay-inside-and-craft-the-day-away weather. And craft I did!

I’m working on a project for my hubby’s 40th birthday, which is coming along quite nicely. (I’ll post some pictures next week after he opens it.)

I also finished up a project for my son today. It’s a little notebook that he can use to write his “To Do” lists in. He’s a bit of a Harry Potter fan, so I borrowed the “Rememberall” idea from The Sorcerer’s Stone.

The background paper is from the Everyday paper pack by Creative Memories. (I think it’s been retired.) The inside cover is from a scrap of green cardstock I had leftover from a 12×24 sheet by ProvoCraft. The letters are cut at a half-inch using the Cricut Blackletter font cartridge. The Rememberall is cut from white cardstock and inked using Fired Brick distress ink and then heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder. The letters and Remeberall are enhanced with gold, silver and star dust Stickles. I added a red rhinestone that I had on hand to give a finishing touch to the Rememberall, though purists will probably not be pleased with such a superfluous addition.

It was fun putting this together. I just hope that it helps my smart but scattered son come home with all his homework in the future.

Creative Agenda

Last year I decided to create my own calendar/agenda. There are a lot of pre-made agendas on the market, but I could never find one that quite met my needs. For example, the calendars for moms and families have extra space for other family members, but usually no time increments. Calendars for individuals have the increments but usually no space devoted to tracking the activities for others. Anyway, I gave up searching for the perfect calendar and decided to make my own. For 2010, I simply printed out my pages and attached them to a blank moleskin notebook. This year, however, I chose to take the creativity up a notch.

My family gave me a Bind-It-All wire binding machine for Christmas, and my first project was my agenda. (Yes, I do realize that we’re two weeks into the new year, but at least it’s done!) In keeping with my 2011 goals, I’m posting some pictures. I kept the agenda fairly simple since it’s going to be carted about in my bag. (I didn’t want three-dimensional pieces that would fall off or be damaged.) Hope you like it!

Cheers!

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