Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween Stamp-a-Stack Event!

Don't give out the same old Halloween treats as everyone else! Come make some adorable wrapped treats and hear screams of delight from kids and grownups alike!

Class Fee = $5 plus the items you choose to make:

Candy Wrapper (fit fun sized candies) 50 cents ea
Long Candy Wrapper (fit full length candy bars: 3 Musketeers, Snickers, even Twix) 75 cents 

Witch's hat (mini Reese's cup provided)  65 cents ea 

Boo Box 65 cents ea
Boo Box open

Treat bag with topper (fits m&ms, Reese's pieces) 25 cents ea

Petal Cone Witch (fits several fun sized candies) 75 cents ea

RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, October 4th by 5pm

Please email me to be added to the evite for this event. You will need to provide the candy with the exception of the Reese's peanut butter cups for the witch's hats, which I will provide for you.

Prepayment is required. Checks made payable to "Cheryl Navarrete" can be mailed to the address on the evite. If you wish to pay by credit card please call or email me with your credit card number.

There will be two sessions of my Halloween Stamp-a-Stack event: Thursday, October 13th @ 9:30am and Friday, October 14th @ 7:30pm.

Invite a friend!
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner of the blog candy from my Fall Fun Blog Hop post is .......

Karen L who wrote:

"Love the way you went for eerie and elegant, rather than cute and whimisical! I could see using this layout for all kinds of photos..not just Halloween!"

Thank you for your sweet comment Karen! Please email me by Wednesday with your mailing address to receive your goodies. :)

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall Fun Blog Hop - a spooky, sophisticated Halloween

Hello and welcome to the Fall Fun Blog Hop! A group of online buddies decided the holiday weekend in the US would be a GREAT time to get inky together, and so we've put together a fall themed blog hop to inspire you as the autumn approaches. As you meet our stampy bloggers today, you may discover that some have goodies for you, so be sure and visit everyone on the list. We have hoppers from all over the globe today, and they are amazing artists.

Thanks for visiting us - grab yourself a nice fall beverage and enjoy!

Here is the full list of our blog hoppers today:

Now for my contribution to this hop!

When I saw Stampin' Up!s Specialty Designer Series Paper "Mocha Morning" and its felted goodness, I knew I had to use it on a creepy but elegant Halloween scrapbook layout. This is part of a two page spread that we will make at my September Stamp Class.

The little flourishes are felted, which means that they feel fuzzy to the touch. The torn black card stock layered over the felted paper looks as if some spooky antique wallpaper has been covered over and is now trying to make its way out to tell secret tales of Halloweens past.

Doesn't that branch send shivers down your spine? I printed the branch out using the My Digital Studio "Nature" download onto gray card stock, then highlighted the branch with my white Signo gel pen. Some vellum paper layered on top adds to the mystery and allowed me to stamp my sentiment from the "Daring Adventure" stamp set on top.

Ghostly footsteps lead to a faceless mirror. The shadowy footsteps from the "Daring Adventure" set were stamped in white Stazon ink and the mirror was created with the Lots of Tags sizzlet, some black embossing powder, and some aluminum foil.

Shimmery silver card stock adds the right amount of other-wordly sparkle and is balanced nicely by some Dazzling Details on the edges of the torn gray card stock. Is that glitter, spider webbing, or something left by an unknown creature?

The texturing on the black card stock is terrifically spooky. Start by breaking down the fibers in your card stock by running it through the paper crimper, over the square edge of a counter, or aggressively dragging your bone folder over the surface of the card stock. Once you beat the card stock up enough, it will start to separate into layers. Slowly and carefully pull the layers apart and you are left with the rough, uneven texture just prickly enough for a Halloween layout.

Heat embossing with metallic powder on the rough surface of the distressed card stock produces the most dramatic effect. Part shiny and dazzling, part withered and worn - this flourish from "Best Friends Forever" has never looked so creepy!

Dying to see the other half of the spread? Check back at the end of September or join us in creating this spooky spread on September 16th or 17th at my September Stamp Class.

Now how about some blog candy?!? Leave me a comment and you'll be entered for a chance to win this gorgeous Hostess Set called "Love and Care" from the recently retired Summer Mini Catalog along with a full pack of blingy Basic Pearls. The winner will be posted on Wednesday, September 7th and must email me no later than Wednesday, September 14th to receive her prize.

Your next stop on the hop is Neva McMullen .

Stampin' Supplies

Stamp Sets
Daring Adventure (C 122602,W 122600), Best Friends Forever (C 122807,W 122805)

My Digital Studio Downloads
Nature (123603)

White Stazon (106960), Black Stazon (101406), White Signo Gel Pen (105021), VersaMark (102283)

Mocha Morning Specialty Paper (122366), Basic Gray Card Stock (121044), Basic Black Card Stock (124267), Vellum Paper (101839), Brushed Silver Card Stock (100712)

Big Shot Dies
Lots of Tags Sizzlet (114508)

Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Black Sating Ribbon (117285), Antique Brads (117273), Dazzling Details (124117), Black Embossing Powder (109133)

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Juicy Stampers Card Swap

At our last team meeting we did a card swap and I wanted to share with you the gorgeous and adorable cards I received from my team.

by Angela Milliman of

Starring the adorable witch from the new stamp set "Out on a Limb" from the Holiday Mini catalog. Please let me know if you need a copy or check it out online!

I love this gate fold card - it's almost too spooky to open!

The Basic Jewels just make this card so dazzling.

Lastly, my card for the swap:

This little guy was created in a snap using the Owl Punch and snipping off his little feet, then turning him upside down. He's pretty spooky, eh?

Want to get in on the swappy action? Come to our next team meeting on Thursday, September 22nd @ 8pm. Let me know if you'd like to check it out!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

3D Thursday - Happy Belated Birthday Deanna!

Here's what I need to work on: actually sending the cards that I make. I am notoriously bad about hoarding my precious precious creations. Friends have often advised me to make more than one of each, but do I heed their advice? Rarely. 

This also causes me to be late every time I want to send a handmade card to a friend. I have to make it especially for them, so first I have to find the time to do that. Then I have to find and address the envelope. Ugh. We all know, that is the hardest part of sending anyone a card.

So, per my usual MO, I did not send my friend Deanna a birthday card on time last week. (Nor did I send one to Lydia or Julie yet, but that'll have to be another blog post.) Clearly, I needed to spend a few hours making a handmade gift. (crazy - I know, see Wednesday's post) Did I make more than one? Let's get serious here people.

Deanna tends to have an earthy style, so I tried to channel that when making this stationary set for her. I found the tutorial in the Resources section on Above you can see the box closed, with the lid on.

To make the leaf I used the Leaves #2 die with my Big Shot and some Very Vanilla card stock. I got out my Spider Web embossing folder and used my brayer to ink it up with some Versamark ink. I ran the leaf through the Big Shot with the embossing folder, then sprinkled gold embossing powder all over it. The powder stuck just to the Versamarked area, so when I heat set it, it created a metallic leaf with  embossed veins. Love it!
An RSVP pen altered with some sparkly gold paper fits just perfectly.

A set of four full sized cards, three notecards with matching envelopes, three tags, and four gold-embossed envelopes complete the set along with a built in address book and postage stamp pocket.

I am in love with this new Two Step stamp set. It's called Gently Falling and is in the new Holiday Mini catalog that is released today!

Some embossed gold flourishes and a beautiful die cut label in Pool Party look regal on this card while some Basic Pearls dress it up. The embossed flourish on the envelope flap took another 30 seconds but elicited an "oooh" from Deanna. :)
Stampin' Supplies

Stamp Sets
Bring on the Cake (C , W )
Best Friends Forever (C 122807, W 122805)
Thank You Kindly (111700)
Gently Falling (C 123804, W 123802)
Notes and Details (C 122060, W 122022)

Gold Emboss Powder (109129)
Basic Pearls (119247)
Embossing Buddy (103083)
Sticky Strip (104294)

Crumb Cake Taffeta (122966)
Vanilla Seam Binding (120999)

Pool Party Classic Pad (122938)
Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker (123002 - 5 In Color Markers)
VersaMark (102283)

Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Brushed Gold Card Stock (102935)
Retired Designer Series Paper
Vanilla Medium Envelopes (107300)

Ticket Corner (119867)
Extra- Large Oval (119859)
2.5" Circle Punch (120906)
Corner Rounder (119871)

Big Shot Dies
Lots of Tags set of 4 Sizzlits (114508)
Leaves #2 (113459)
Spider Web Embossing Folder (120889)
Elegant Lines Folder (119277)

Heat Tool (100005)
Simply Scored (122334)
Crop-o-dile (108362)
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