Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Conner Family!  This picture was taken before a costume party that we went to on Saturday, can you see the theme?  Mackie is Alice, my husband Chris, is the Mad Hatter, and I am the Cheshire Cat.  We have another member of our party, Catherine, who is the Queen of Hearts, she is in the bottom picture.  Tate is a zebra, which is not following the theme, but when you have a two year old, you have him wear what HE wants, and alas it is the zebra costume and not the white rabbit that I wanted him to wear.

There is one promo that ends today, the Simply Sent buy two, get a stamp set free, but the BIG SHOT PROMO, has been extended until November 11, so there is still time to join my team.  Please email me with any and all questions, I would love to have you as a member of my team.

Another big huge Congrats to my husband's team, Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart won again on Sunday, and is 2nd in the Nascar Sprint Cup point standings.  My husband's goal for the last 10 years is to be a part of a Championship team, and they are very close this year, we just need a little more good luck to go with all of the hard work they already do.

Hope you and yours have a fun, spooky, but safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

PPA 117 ~ Gobble Gobble

This week's PPA 117 Challenge is CAS Elements of Style -Ribbon.  I have seen this turkey around the net, but with feathers made out of the five petal flower punch.  I thought it would be cute to substitute the paper feathers with ribbon, this weeks PPA challenge gave me the inspiration that I needed.  I used the layout from the Ka-Pow Challenge 004, which seemed to fit with what I had in mind.

This cutie little turkey is the owl body from the owl builder punch, his ears were sniped off, three different types of ribbon were looped on the back.  I used the smaller eyes, and the heart from the owl punch.  His nose is the tip of the petite pennants builder punch.  He is sitting on a scallop circle to make him stand out.

The color inspiration came from Berry Blossoms DSP, I thought that the bright colors still could be fall like.  I love this polka dot early espresso paper.  The little apples with the calypso coral and lucky limeade fit right in.  A little Friends tag was made using the Tiny Tags stamp set, and the jewelry tag punch.

Clean and Simple is usually hard for me to do, but using both the PPA challenge and the Ka-Pow layout, it was easy breezy.  Grab your provisions and play along, remember you can always shop 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  Hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Tiny Tags
Paper:  Berry Blossom DSP, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink:  Early Espresso
Tools:  Owl builder punch, petite pennant builder punch, scallop circle punch, circle punch, ribbon, jewelry tag punch

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Amour for The Paper Players

Today's card is based on the terrific sketch over at The Paper Player's challenge blog, so grab your provisions and play along.  Here is a look at Nance's wonderful sketch:

Layer upon layer is what this card is all about, and attention to each layer is important.  The Paisley Petals DSP is just perfect for this card.  The beautiful flower DSP is all that is needed for a bottom layer.  Of course to give it a little texture, the vintage wallpaper EF was used.

This paper pack has some very distinctive prints, but they all work together.  Simple circle flowers were made and layered upon some crumb cake and pear pizzaz seam binding ribbon for just a bit of leaf effect.  The knotted centers also add a little dimension.  The top horizontal piece of DSP got a little jazzing up from the pinking hearts border punch.

Since there is so much going on in this card, I thought a simple sentiment would work.  The Amour stamp from Artistic Etchings stamp set was just perfect stamped in very vanilla craft ink on a bravo burgundy modern label punch, and pearls finish the sentiment perfectly.

All of these supplies can be purchased through my ONLINE STORE anytime you wish.  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings
Paper:  Paisley Petals, bravo burgundy
Ink:  very vanilla craft ink
tools:  modern label punch, postage stamp punch, pearls, circle punches, seam binding ribbon, pinking hearts border punch, big shot, vintage wallpaper EF

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Boo Banner

October has been a busy month for us, so sorry that I have not posted as much.  I was able to get in the craft room on Saturday before we went to the Balloon Festival and was able to make this cutie little BOO banner for my SIL Amber.

The DSP is a digital download of Frightful Sight DSP that was graciously shared by Sandra Farrell.  I made it my own by using a flag cut background that had been rolled with the Haunting wheel in versamark, then embossed in clear embossing powderCajun Craze and Old olive are the background colors

The letters were printed out and punched using my 1 3/4 circle punch and the edges were glittered up using my silver glass stampin glitter.  A rosette was made from black cardstock scored at every 1/4 inch.  Here is a great tip for you.  Don't hesitate to get your glue gun out to assemble all of the layers.  It is a breeze to use and will not come undone.  This really was an easy project, and with the glue gun, it went together in minutes.

I just tied it all together with ribbon and it was done, ready to pack up and deliver.  We met my family at the Balloon festival and dropped it off.  I thought you might enjoy a beautiful night picture of the balloons all doing a burn.

The last flight of the day, there were at least 50 hot air balloons, it was a perfect fall day.  All these balloons make me think of the Up, Up and Away stamp set, great inspiration!  I hope you were inspired today, thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Stamps:  Haunting wheel
Paper:  Frightful Sight digital download, old olive, cajun craze, basic black
Ink:  versamark
Tools:  heating tool, clear embossing powder, simply scored, ribbon, silver glass glitter, circle punch

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Frankie for the PALS

Today's PPA challenge 116 card is a great layout by none other than Margaret Moody.  I loved this layout, and think that I might plan on more cards, it is a wonderfully classic look.  Take a look, then grab your supplies and play along!

Here is my inspiration for this card, this is Tate's trick or treat bag that he got last year.  I have it as a decoration on a hall table until he needs it for the big night.  It never fails to bring a smile to my face.  I just think it is so cute for some reason, so when I saw that layout, I knew that it was time to recreate him.

The tasteful trim die would of been perfect for his hair, but alas it is one of the dies I do not have, so I had to make due with a large scallop punch and offset the scallops.  The basic black cardstock was liberally covered in glue and covered in black glitter.  Sure wish SU would come up with black glitter paper!  Frankie was embossed with the stripe EF, and the eyes are punched with the small circle punch.  The scar was made out of whisper white CS that had been spritzed with pearl smooch.  The ears are the retired small oval punch, and the ribbon was frayed on the edges for a spooky look.

This card is rather large at 5 1/4 x 5 1/4, I needed all the space I could get to make each layer pop.  A very simple card to make, but hopefully will bring a smile to your face.  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Paper:  Frightful Sight DSP, old olive, basic black
Tools:  scallop border punch, black glitter, stripe EF, ribbon, oval punch, circle punch, big shot

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

No Reply blogger Replies, PPA Peek, & MDS Releases

Hello there, I know you are thinking that you are going to see a card today, and I do have a peek at my PPA Challenge card, but first I would like to give you, my Pretty Provisions readers some tech info.  I know, not what you are used from me but it is info that is very helpful for me to answer your questions.

I love to read your comments, and I try to answer all of your questions and sweet comments, but sometimes, when I try to reply, your return address might come up as "no reply@ blogger or something like that.  So, if you have commented on one of my posts and not had a reply from me, most likely you will need to change your settings, so that I can email you back.
I was given this link a while back, and it is very helpful and straight forward on how to change your settings so that your comment can be replied to.  Here is the link .   There are a few steps to follow, then hopefully you will have it changed and I can reply to your questions!  Of course I do understand that some might value their privacy, and that is fine, I totally respect that, I am just posting this for those who would like a reply.  Thanks!
Now on to my PPA peek, here it is:

Check back with me on Thursday for the full reveal.  There are a ton of new MDS releases, lots of holiday items, and even a Hockey themed brush set.  Take a look and tell me which is your favorite.  As always, if you have the MDS software, these downloads are instant!  Yay, what a great feature.

And A Happy New Year Photocard Template - Item #127580

Ornamental Holidays Photocard Template - Item #127578

Bright Idea Journal Template - Item #127439

A Little of This Tag Templates - Item #127585

Four the Holidays Stamp Brush Set - Item #127768

25 & Counting Stamp Brush Set - Item #127769
Stitched Stockings Stamp Brush Set - Item #127771
Stockings Punch - Item #127772
Holly Berry Bouquet Kit - Item #127773
Something For Christmas Stamp Brush Set - Item #127774
Hockey is Life Stamp Brush Set - Item #127776

You can find all of these downloads here when you Shop With Me.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Whole Lot of Sharing Going On!

Today's post is catching up on a whole lot of sharing.  The crafting community is a wonderful source of inspiration, and everyone loves to share.  I will post below each picture a brief explanation of the details of picture.  Email me if you have any questions!

Little 3x3 cards made for all of the teachers at Mackie's school.  They have little buckets of treats coming to them soon.

My Sister-in-law made these beautiful baby announcements and thank you cards during the summer for when my sweet little niece Josie was born.

My friend Becki made these cutie party invites for her little girl Kendall's first birthday party.

I made this plate for my husband Chris.  It has both Mackie's and Tate's foot prints on it.

Back before Tate was born, Mackie had an annual Halloween Party.  These are all invites and treats that were made for each party.

This was the spider themed party.  The big spider is a box that held treats, the invite part was on the inside back panel.  The spider M&M's bag was a treat I let the kids make for themselves.

This little can was the original idea for the invites that year.  I made this at MY SU demo Jackie's class.  The ones I made for the party were painted black and the invite and a bunch of candy and toys were inside.

My Halloween themed mantel this year with some great subway art that Sandra Farrell made and shared.  Love it!  My antique cheese graters that look fabulous at night with a tea light casting a spooky glow.

Some of the projects that I have already shown you, I have them mixed throughout the house.

My friend Myndie used the fabulous Spice cake fabric to line her baskets.  She graciously sent me these pictures.  I think she has lined about three more to date.  They look so pretty.

And last, but definitely not least is this beautiful card Patti Willey made using my "Challenge" Halloween card that I made a bit ago.  I really think I like hers much better!  I hope you enjoyed this bit of sharing, if you have any questions about any of the items, just email me, enjoy!
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