Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moving Christmas!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day! I have spent a big part of mine working on a mini-album for a friend for Christmas. I have been procrastinating on this thing for quite a while but I finally started it last night and made some good progress today. I will do a video at some point but probably won't post it until after the hoidays. ('Cuz it's a surprise!) I am using Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium for the album and so far it's looking pretty good. Especially considering it is only the second mini-album I have made.

Here is a little peak at one corner of the cover...there is lots of embellishing still to do...
My friend is very traditional in her taste so I think this paper will be perfect for her.

I also have some Christmas cards to share...yep, I started already. I decided that I wanted to give everyone their own original card so that means I need to get busy! I recently participated in Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase and wanted to try out some of those techniques.

Here's some pictures of the cards I created:

And one more...

If you would like to see how I created the snowflake parts of all these cards please check out my video (Distress Ink Technique) on my Youtube channel AKCaraboo. The supplies I used are listed in the video.

Please forgive me for the various camera angles and lighting...I am trying to decide how I like to take my pictures. Let me know what you think if you have time!

Hope you have a great day and as always, thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Cards - Day 4

Hello again! I wanted to show you how I took some Christmas stamps and used them to make some simple but cute Halloween cards. I am absolutely in love with the Christmas stamp I used...Holiday Lights by Dawn McVey at Papertrey Ink. I had just received it when I decided to work on my Halloween cards and I couldn't resist. (Yes, you will see Christmas cards using this stamp as well.)

Card #1:
Here's a close up:
 And here's another card using the same stamps...

Here is a list of the products I used for these two cards:
  • Cardstock: True Black and Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
  • Pattern Paper: Glowing (Authentique)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine) and Orange, Clover Meadow and Hydrangea (Close To My Heart)
  • Stamp: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes) and lights from Holiday Lights (Papertrey Ink)
I think this will be it for the Halloween cards. I know it hasn't quite been two weeks but I am starting to work on Christmas cards (yes already) and a few other projects. So I think it is time for something else. I hope you enjoyed the Halloween cards and had fun making some of your own. Mine will be in the mail tomorrow! Yeah...first time in quite a while that they have gone out on time!

Just a quick reminder...I have been posting videos on Youtube on my channel AKCaraboo. Please check them out...there are nine now!

As alway, thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Cards - Day 3

Hi everybody!

I am back today with a couple more Halloween cards to share. Here is the first...

And here is a close up:

Here is a list of supplies:

  • Cardstock: True Black and Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
  • Pattern Paper: Oct 31 (Fancy Pants)
  • Dies: Doily Details Collection and Limitless Layers Collection (Papertrey Ink) 
  • Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
  • Stamp/sentiment and bats: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes)
And how about another card:

And here is a close up:

And here is a list of supplies:

  • Cardstock: Plum Pudding, True Black and Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
  • Pattern Paper: Oct 31 (Fancy Pants)
  • Dies: Jar labels 2 and Christmas label (Papertrey Ink) 
  • Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
  • Stamp/sentiment: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes)
  • Bling: Prima
  • Flower: unknown
I think these cards are pretty simple so I haven't really included any instructions. If you would like some please leave a comment and let me know. As I get more brave and show you things I made that are a little more complicated, I will explain what I did.

Hope you enjoyed these cards and are getting yours ready! It's almost Halloween!

Thanks for stoppying by!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Cards - Day 2

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying fall in your neck of the woods. My woods are already getting cold...winter is fast approaching. I always hope the snow will wait until after Halloween so the kiddos can do actual trick or treating. Many years it has been too cold or the roads are too slick. There are all sorts of indoor activities available here but nothing beats knocking on the door and saying "trick or treat!" I grew up in Arizona so weather was never an issue for fact some years, we went home, dumped out our treats and went out for some more! So much fun!

When we had children of our own it was so fun to help dress them up and walk around with them. Some years, even are furry babies had costumes! Now our babies are too old for Halloween so we enjoy all the little ones that come knocking on our door. And of course, there are Halloween cards to be made for friends and family.

Here is the first I am going to share today:

Here's a close up:

And here is a list of supplies:
  • Cardstock: Orange Zest and Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
  • Pattern Paper: Oct 31 (Fancy Pants)
  • Dies: Jar labels 2 and Journal Tabs Die Collection (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
  • Stamp/sentiment: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes)
  • Flowers and bling: Prima
  • Button: unknown

And how about one more for today!

Here's a close up:

Here are the supplies for this one:
  • Cardstock: Plum Pudding and Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
  • Patterned Paper: Oct 31 (Fancy Pants)
  • Dies: Doily Details Collection (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Black Onyx (VersaFine) and Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Stamp/sentiment: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes)
  • Bling: Recollections
Well...that's it for today! I have several orders coming so I will probably do a haul video (or two) in the next couple of days. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Youtube Videos and Halloween Cards

Hello everyone! I am so sorry that I haven't been posting for a few weeks. I have been busy finishing swaps, learning how to work a new Sony Bloggie (love my hubby for getting it for me) and working on halloween cards.

My Youtube channel is AKCaraboo and I have posted 5 videos! (It took forever to figure out how to upload them.)  I have shown some of my swap goodies, done a couple haul videos and a couple project videos. (Please be kind - remember I am a Youtube newbie.) I hope you like them and decide to subscribe to my channel. When I have 100 subscribers I will be doing a little giveaway!

I have also been busy making lots of Halloween cards. I kept them relatively simple since I needed to make so many. I will be showing them to you over the next two weeks.

Here's the first one:

Here's a close up:

And as promised, here is a list of the supplies I used:
  • Cardstock: Kraft and Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
  • Patterned Paper: Oct 31 6 x 6 pad (Fancy Pants)
  • Die: Photo Finish Strips Die Collection (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) and Tea Dye Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Sentiment: Witching You a Happy Halloween (Flourishes)
  • Buttons: unknown (sorry)
Please let me know if you any questions about any of these products.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the cards and the videos!

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