The weekend is here!!! We just got back from spending the day at the Minnesota State Fair. My feet are sore, but my belly is full. Walleye cakes are my favorite food there, but it is closely followed by Cinnie Smith's mini cinnamon rolls, Pronto Pups (a really yummy corn dog) and Sweet Martha's cookies.
Anyway, the weekend also means it's time for another Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge. We, the operators, post our creations on Saturday mornings. We are there to inspire you to create your own project with the challenge. We also encourage you to post it using Mr. Linky on our blog. It's easy and fun!! Each week, the operators pick our top 5 favorite projects from our readers.
Here's my project for the week:
I know it's early for Halloween, but I couldn't resist. It's one of my favorite holidays. We get a little crazy around here with the strobe lights, fog machines, spooky music, dress in costumes. The trick-or-treaters love our house!!!!
I also am showcasing some new products from the Holiday Mini which will be available on September 1st.
Let's get started......
The Basic Black base card measures 4 1/4 x 8 1/2" (folded in half). I kinda cheated here because the sketch calls for a regular A2 size card, but I love square cards SO much!!
The next layer is a combination of patterned papers from the Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper pack. The orange paper's bottom edge is torn.
Now, there is a trick to tearing paper. I hold the paper that I want to keep in my left hand. I slowly start tearing with my right hand....making sure to move my fingers down the paper as I tear. This prevents me from tearing on an angle. I call this a slow and controlled tear.
Now, it's time for the fun part.....the candy!!! Here's where the new products come in. Stampin' Up! is offering these Sweet Treat cups. These little cups have adhesive on the back to attach them to your project. All you need to do is cut a 1 3/4" circle to use the cups. Good thing Stampin' Up! has a 1 3/4" circle punch. Easy Peasy!!!
If the cups weren't sweet enough, there's a stamp set that coordinates with them!! Woo hoo!! It's called Sweet Centers. I stamped the Halloween image with Basic Black Craft ink, sprinkled with Irridescent Ice embossing powder and heated until just melted. Don't overheat the Irr. Ice embossing powder or it will lose some of it's sparkle. Trust me...it's sparkly.....and so hard to capture with a camera.
I punched out the center portion of the image with the 1 3/4" circle punch and added the treat cup filled with candy corn.
I added a length of Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and secured it on the back of the card with some tape.
See the little spider? It is part of the image from when I punched it with the 1 3/4" circle punch. I punched out the spider with the 1/2" circle punch and attached to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.
Can you image the look on someone's face when you hand them this card? A gorgeous handmade card AND candy!!! Sweetness!!!
Well, I am off to put up my feet and watch a movie with the family. I hope we've inspired you to make a card using this week's sketch. Remember to post it on the Stamping 411 blog.
Happy Stamping everyone!!!!
stamps: Sweet Centers (coming 9/1)
paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper
ink: Basic Black Craft ink, Going Gray (sponging on spider)
accessories: Sweet Treat Cups (coming 9/1), 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain