Monday, October 31, 2011

A couple last minute Halloween Cards with Paper Dolls and Pumpkin Carvings

I was in serious need of some card therapy this morning so I thought I'd make a couple kid cards for todays lunch boxes.  The first one is done using paper dolls with the ghost at 5 inch real dial size.  I bought the cutest little stamp this summer that says "May Halloween find you in good spirits" (hahaha) and I was determined to get it inked before the holiday was over.   The second one was done with pumpkin carvings.  So here's a little trick I learned this year (maybe everyone else already figured this out and I'm slow, it took me a year).  Last year I cut the pumpkins on the cart, then cut the faces which are in squares and just glued on the eyes/mouth cutouts.  This year I found that the square cuts last, so I could cut my pumpkin then move the blade to the center, use center cut and then hit the face key I wanted.  It cuts the eyes and mouth, and then I hit cancel before it cuts the square.  You can then just cut a second of the pumpkin in yellow to layer under for light.  I like that method better than putting the eyes/mouth on top because its more "carved out" looking.  It does require you to stand there and watch. 
Last I made a quick stack of thinking of you note cards, no cricut, just wanted to use a piece of pretty designer paper I really liked.  The leaf is colors with glitter paint, so its sparkly in real life :)
Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Football candy wrappers

My boys are playing flag football this year and Saturday is their last game.   I wanted to make up some goody bags for all the players and I thought some little candy wrappers were in order.  To make the wrappers I just used some digital elements from the Are you ready for some football digital scrap kit (Just So Scrappy).   I layered the football field paper over a purple rectangle (they are the purple team), added a football, and wrote touchdown.   Then I printed them out so that they were 4 x 3 to wrap around a small candy bar.  I cut the rectangles then added a strip of glue on either end, wrap around candy bar, and then crimp the end to finish it off -remember that crimper that you bought years ago and never use? Finally a reason to pull it out!  I love making personalized candy wrappers with digital elements, quick and cute, but not so cute that your recipient is afraid to eat it because they don't want to wreck it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New blog header and Halloween Ghost banner svg

Today's freebie is two ghosts holding a banner, as seen on my blog header, the flags are on the file but detached so that you can cut them out of colored paper, maybe put them on pop dots for added dimension.  Thank you for taking time to comment if you choose to download.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Matchbook calender file for 2012

This weeks freebie is a pdf so you can get started on some matchbook calenders.  Last years examples are HERE.  This year I made them so that you just cut the printed sheet into 12 equal parts.  It makes it a bit easier and a little bigger.  There are faint lines on the pdf to help you cut.  So here's what you do:

Print PDF on 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper
           Cut your cover to 3 by 6 1/4 inch
           Score cover at 1/2 and 3 1/2 inch
            Put in your stack of calenders
            Staple.  One staple makes it easier to pull out the calender, but         two looks better, you decide!
Now embellish and your done!

PS:  If you want to mark special dates, the eraser on a standard pencil inked on your stamp pad, will make a nice circle over the date.   Sorry, no time to make some cute samples, the house is almost done and its crunch time.  Today we put in laminate flooring in one of the boys room.  Tomorrow we will do the other one, then move on to the dining and living rooms.  BUSY!  Thanks for looking!

PSI_Matchbook calender 2012