Thursday, October 29, 2009

Directions for Fall Fun

I have posted the directions for the fall fun projects that we made at my Fall Fun for Everyone last weekend. I posted them below the post that was created with the sample pictures. Scroll down to see below!! :) Enjoy!!

P.S. If you see anything that I need to correct please let me know!! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Fun for Everyone Part 2

Fall Fun is coming up pretty quick. I will also be teaching grade school kids some fall fun projects.

The first two projects has to do with circles!!! Lots of them!! I got this idea from two different was the CTMH's consultant artboard and the other is a website I go to when looking for ideas (


Turkey for Thanksgiving

The next is a cute little project that has been posted over and over again as everyone is scraplifting it. I am not sure where the orginial idea came from but thanks for the great idea!! Here are my little pumpkin matchbooks I have put together.

Sorry about the blurry pictures. I need to get a new camera!!

***UPDATE Directions are posted in a new post below this post!! Thanks for looking!!

Supplies Used-
Spooky Smiles stamp set
Playful Petals stamp set
Autumn Terracotta, Orange, New England Ivy, Cocoa, Desert Sand cardstock
CMTH old style background and texture paper
Sunflower, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta and Black Ink
Pivot Stapler and Staples
Eyelet from Cropadile case
Hollyhock photo clip

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall Fun For Everyone Directions for Kid's Club

Here are the directions for the three Kid's Club projects we made for Fall Fun for everyone.

Jack O'Latern Matchbook-

1. Cut 2 1/2 x 6 piece of cardstock
2. Score at 2 1/4 and 5 1/4 (if you are making alot do all the scoring first then cut!)
3. Stamp image on front cover. I used spooky smiles image.
4. Staple the lifesavers to the 1 in piece inside the matchbook.
5. Use a hole puncher to punch out eyes and glue eyes in middle of lifesaver.

What a simple project!!

Circle Pumpkin-

1. Punch out 10 circles of any size(this can also be an oval or scallop circle) I used three inch circle for my bigger circle and 1 1/2 in circle for the smaller one.

2. Sponge all of the circles with some cocoa to give it the brown texture you see on pumpkins.

3. Fold the circles in half. The side that you sponged should be in the inside of the circle.

4. Using the glue stick glue one half of the circle to the another half of the circle and keep going until all the circles are glued together. In order for the pumpkin to stand I cut off from the bottom a section of the circle.

5. Use a tiny strip of cocoa to make the stem and squeeze inside the hole.

6. Take some green paper and curl for the ivy and you can stamp a leaf using one of the leaves stamp set of if you still have the paper leaves from CTMH you can use that (it has been retired for some time now)

7. Decorate your house with these cute pumpkins or give as a gift! :) What an easy homemade gift!!

Circle Turkey-

1. Punch out 8 circles from your biggest circle puncher and 1 circle from the smallest. (this can also be a scallop circle) I used three inch circle for my bigger circle and 1 1/2 in circle for the smaller one for the face.

2. Fold the circles in half.

3. Using the glue stick glue one half of the circle to the another half of the circle and keep going until you have two groups of 4 circles that are glued together. One group will be for the front and the other group will be for the back. In order for the turkey to stand I cut off from the bottom a section of the circle

4. Stamp eight images from the playful petals stamp set onto colonial white or white daisy. I used three different yellow color for fall colors. One of my students did pink and purple another did blue and green. Use your imagination for the colors :) Cut out the eight images.

5. Find a background and texture paper you want. Glue the images from above onto this paper creating a fan look. (I had a template for my kiddos to trace...if I had a scanner I would scan it for you.) Once you glue all that down cut around to make it look like feathers (one big piece)See picture below for my template I created.

6. Glue the background and texture to a cardstock and cut again around the feathers to create one larger feathery body. See picture below for my template I created.

7. Glue the groups of circles onto the body. One group will go on the front and the other group on the back.

8. With the smaller circle use the cropdile or eyelet tool to create the eyes on the top of the circle. Then use the brad to hold the photo clip for the bottom half of the circle. I ended up changing it for the kids and made the brads orange so it look more like a beak color and the pink photo clip became the wattle! Glue the head on the front side of the turkey just above the bigger circles.

7. Decorate your house with these cute turkeys or give as a gift! :) What an easy homemade gift!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Fun For Everyone including the little ones

I am having a Mommy and Me Workshop this week. I sometime struggle with coming up with projects simple enough for the little ones (3-5) to do so I hope what I have come up with will work!! :) Since it is fall time I decided to do something with pumpkin and candy! What a great combination!!

First is the many faces of a pumpkin. Here I made the pumpkin with two different oranges...

Here is orange-

Side view

Top view

Autumn Terracotta Orange-

Supplies Used-
Spooky Smiles stamp set
Autumn Splendor stamp set
Autumn Terracotta, Orange, New England Ivy cardstock
Black Ink
CTMH stapler and staples

Then the kiddos will have fun random stamping with the faces from Spooky Smiles or the leaves from Autumn Splendor to make decorated paper for the sour cream candy treat holder to hold their candy corn candy. This will make a perfect little gift to give to someone like mom, dad or grandparents. Plus you can put in their favorite candy to give as a special Halloween treat!

Supplies Used-
White Daisy Cardstock
Spooky Smiles stamp set
Orange and Black ink pad
special strong double sided tape (the red tape works best...sorry I forgot the name of it!!)
Candy corn

**UPDATE Directions are posted in a new post below!!!****

I hoped you enjoy these fun and simple fall projects! Want to find out more about my Mommy and Me classes please email me!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Fun For Everyone Directions for Mommy and Me

I promised directions for the fall fun projects I posted. Here they are!!!

Sour cream candy treat holder:

1. Cut out the color cardstock you would like--size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 or 4 1/2 (If you are planning on making more than one random stamp the whole paper first then cut!)

2. Random stamp the theme you are making the sour cream container for-- in my case halloween!

Remember when random stamping start with the biggest stamp first and work your way down to the smallest. This way you can fit the smallest stamp in the smallest areas.

3. Put the red tape down as show here...

4. Then peel off the "cover" for the tape that takes up the whole space...which would be on the left side in the above picture. Once done put the paper into a tube shape as shown below (sorry about the really blurry picture)

5.Then peel off the "cover" for the tape for one of the sides. Squeeze it together. Then stuff the treat inside.

6. Finally peel off the "cover" for the tape on the other side. Squeeze it the opposite direction that you did the top side of the container. You are done!! :)

Paper Strip Pumpkin:

1. Cut 7-8 1 in. strips. It can be any number whatever you prefer...I did 1 1/2 in. strips for my mommy and me class but I really think the 1 in. works better..but I think it depends on your preference!

2. Sponge some cocoa on all the strips to give it the pumpkiny look.

3. Lay all the strips out to make it into a star shape. Staples the strips together. I staples a couple times to make sure they were all stapled together. Optional: To give it the jack o'lantern look stamp the different images from spooky smiles.

4. Bring the strips up to form an oval shape and staples all strips together. I found that piecing opposite end stips and stapling them one at a time works.

5. Take some cocoa paper and put together with glue or double sided tape to make a
tube shape. Cut into the tube to get some strips to be able to glue the stem onto the pumpkin. See picture below.

6. Cut less than 1/2 inch strip of green paper and curl it using a pencil to get the vine feel. To make a leaf I used the Autumn Splendor stamp set to stamp an image of the leaf of green paper. Optional: You can crumpled the leaf up to make it look more real.

7. Glue the stem, vine and leaf onto the pumpkin. I ended up using the hot glue gun as what I was using wasn't working! Trim anything that didn't fit.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Stamp of the Month Blog

Is it the holiday season already??? No not yet....let's get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first!! :-) But Close to My Heart is preparing you for the holiday season with this new SOTM called Holiday Warmth, a set of 11 stamps, for the month of October! I hope you enjoy this blog hop of what may be many verisons of holiday cards...and hopefully a few other cards to show you another way to use a holiday stamp set that is not for the holidays!! If you came here from Kathleen Androlewicz's blog you are in the right spot! This blog is simple...just click on the link at the end of the post and move on to the next one. Enjoy!!

I love browsing through my idea books to get ideas. But the funny thing cards or layouts never look exactly like the ideas in the book. I end up with my own verison of a card. I found Geometric on page 124 in Wishes...but my card and deminsions are nothing like the card. But you can see the idea behind it! :) I scored a white daisy cardstock and rubbed with a sponge Creme Brulee ink all over the paper to give it the "shine" color. I also used sparkles and the new glitter brads to help the Christmas tree shine and sparkle. Plus with the help of liquid glass I was albe to make the star shine on top of the tree. I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card!

Products Used:

Paper: Jingle paper pack, White Daisy CS
Colors: White Daisy, Creme Brulee, Tulip, Olive, Juniper, New England Ivy
Accesories: Clear Sparkles, Spring Blossom Brad Assortments, Twinkle Brads Jolly Assortment, Liquid Glass, Wishes

Now "Hop" on over to Tammy Lea Pinchard's Blog to see her work!

If you get lost on the hop or find links that aren't working, click {here} for a complete list of participating blogs. In her blog you will also find two other blog groups that are sharing their Ocotober SOTM cards.

Remember, the October SOTM: Holiday Warmth is only available until October 31th! Contact your Close to My Heart consultant today or check my website to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!