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Haunted House

Another inexpensive find at Michael’s, this little wooden haunted house cutout is from Lara’s Crafts – think it was $2.  I covered it with paper from Bo Bunny – my son gave his opinion about not understanding using the word paper (which he thought was way cool though) on a house, but I just liked how the color transitions came out in “house form”.  You know, I keep buying these detailed wooden cutouts and then covering them in paper and THEN remembering why I told myself not to do it again.  It’s seriously a PITA.  If you really want to try this, just plan on spending some quality time with your Xacto knife.  And be careful – it’s easy to slice into the fingers while trying to get all the nooks and crannies of something like this, lol!

I had originally planned to try to get all the details separated out, but the cutout is a little odd in spaces – I wasn’t sure just what parts were actually intended to look like.  so instead I took the easy route and added a bunch of EK stickers.  Those are always fun to play with – several of them have been moved several times (those poor birds) so once I’m SURE I like them where they are (yes, they even got moved while I was photographing, lol), I’ll need to use a secondary adhesive on them for permanence.

I’ll be putting it up with a candle behind it.  If it’s safe.  Right now I’m thinking it might need glitter…or something…   See why I never get anything done?  I keep wanting to add to it later.  And add to it.  LOL!


Happy Halloween!

I have to admit, this one will be strange for me.  It will be my first without taking my son trick-or-treating.  I’ll be taking him over to his dad’s this afternoon and he’ll go out tonight over there in Champaign with his dad.  I’ll definitely be taking some pics beforehand though of my little skeleton!  I was thinking about stopping by a cemetery for some pics – luckily it’s supposed to be a gorgeous day so wish me luck!

I have a couple of Halloween projects left to show you (and a few more that I can’t share until next month so if you want to see them, you’ll need to check them out in the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review!

First, meet Jack!  This little wooden Jack-O-lantern was in the $1 bin at Michael’s last year and I got it for my son.  Well, Michael doodled a bit on one side with a marker then got bored and threw it away, lol.  Of course, I rescued it and dug it out this year to do something with it.  It was really quick – I covered it with paper from K & Co (this is where the scraps for yesterday’s earrings came from).  Edged everything with shiny black Scribbles (Duncan) and gave the spiders each a shot of Stickles (Ranger).  Found some old Twistel (think this one was DMD) to tie around the top and added a curled tag from Making Memories.  Then I hit the whole thing with some black gold Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels) – I did this from a prety good distance to get the coverage the way I wanted it.  Something I want to point out is I LOVE how Glimmer Mists look on the Twistel (which I still have a huge stash of, lol) – definitely will be doing this again!  Usually I paint the back as well but I left Michael’s original artwork intact on this one!  I can’t decide if I want to put this in front of a candle or hang it in a window.  Sorry for the bad pics – I wanted to re-take them outside but just never got around to it.

Off to go photograph my little haunted house now!

Halloween Earrings

This was a fun little project using up the scraps from a larger Halloween piece I’ll hopefully be able to photograph and share tomorrow.  The paper was from K & Co and i just covered small wood tiles front and back with the paper, trying to somewhat center the spiders on the fronts of the earrings.  I then covered front and back with Crackle Accents from Ranger.  After both sides had dried, I applied black Stickles (Ranger) to the edges and used a McGill paper drill to make the holes to attach the jumprings for the earrings.  I used the paper drill rather than a Crop-a-dile because I had forgotten to do this before applying the Crackle Accents and I was afraid of the CAD splitting the crackle.  The paper drill actually drills into your project in a circular motion and I have yet to have it splinter, crack, or in any way mess up anything I’ve used it on, from acrylic to CD’s to paper and chipboard.  It’s a great little tool and a wonderful option for those who might have trouble with the Crop-a-dile because of arthritis or carpal tunnel.  You simply spin the handle around and even the toughest material doesn’t require any strength to turn it.

Dream ATC

This ATC was all about me playing with textures.  I started by painting the base with crackle paint (Ranger).  I added a strip of copper tape at the top and then pulled out a bunch of We R Memory Keepers doodads and started pulling out pretty coppery things.  Well, they coppers didn’t match the tape, so I rubbed some black ink over the tape to dull it to match.  Added a Prima flower then went on a hunt for things to match the buttery yellow color.  A chipboard tile (Creekbank Creations) covered in dimensional paint (spread with my finger) and then stamped with some French script (See-D’s) went into the copper frame.  A touch of Magic Mesh to ground things at the bottom.  The Dream eyelet originally had some blue dots I dabbed on some of the paint to cover up.  Then some green twill ribbon tied through the ribbon slide.  I really enjoyed making this one.  All the different textures mixed with trying to keep those three colors consistent just made for a fun project.

My First ATC’s

ATC’s are something I’ve eyed for years, meant to try, yet somehow never actually done.  Until now!  Here are my first two.  Both are using pieces cut from a piece of paper from Flair that has vintage Christmas postcards.  I love the images on this paper and think I just might make ALL of them into ATC’s evetually, lol

For this first one, I first used a paint dauber (Ranger) and swirled it onto the base.  Then I attached the postcard image and heat embossed a swirl (HOTP – I smeared the heck out of it) and a couple of snowflakes (also HOTP).  A quick ribbon (American Crafts) to cover a little bit of my embossing faux pas and a brad from Making Memories and I decided it was done.

So the next one, I started by painting the base with crackle paint (Ranger).  I cut the circular image out of the postcard paper and added some Stickles (Ranger) over the holly berries.  I stamped the sentiment (HOTP) and then attached some holly leaves with a berry brad (Making Memories) and added a touch of Stickles over those berries as well to make them match the others.

Shout Out Saturday

I know, I now, it’s not even Halloween yet, but I am soooo in Christmas mode!  And I seem to not be alone – tons of fabulous Christmas inspiration is popping up all over my blog list!  Which I have to admit I am seriously behind on.  I have over 300 blogs in my feed now and if I don’t check for a couple of days it gets daunting!  BUT, I have come across some gorgeous stuff this morning that I wanted to share.

Camille McClelland has seriously done it again.  I LOVE that she’s doing kits for her projects now too – how cool is that!  Has anyone tried doing one yet?  Any chance it turns out half as beautiful as her original work?  She does such amazing work – I’d be afraid to totally screw it up, lol!  Anyways.  Here is the first installment in this year’s Christmas village – Santa’s Workshop – how CUTE!!!

Here is a very cute take on an advent calendar using mini takeout boxes. AND, Dan’s  template for making your own boxes!

Ellen’s darling Christmas card makes me DROOL over those vintage signage stamps!!!  I really, really REALLY want these!

Sharon Harnist shared a really cute gift idea for Frappuccino bottles (ummm, if you know me at ALL, you know that I go through these like water so finding uses for them really helps my poor garbage collectors!)

Mel shares an enormous collection of links to gift bags/boxes here.

Debbie’s adorable gift card holders here.

Ok, I need to cut this post short so I can leave, lol, but I’ll try to get back inhere later and share my fledgeling attempts at ATC making and IF I can find what I’m looking for, then I want to spend the rest of the day working on Christmas ornaments!  Yes – a whole different kind for today, lol!

Thank You Card

This was another of the cards I had in the September issue of Scrapbook News + Review.  it was for the sketch feature and the first time I had used Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.  Yes, of COURSE I’m addicted now…have you MET me?  all I have to do is look at a product and I’m addicted, lol!  Anyways.  The paper was HOTP from the SaraPapers line.  I added another strip to the inside of the card then used a border punch (Fiskars) on the front of the card.  I masked it off and Glimmered the heck out of the border (Dewberry is the color I used – the border was originally white).  I also Glimmered the flowers (ancient Making Memories) then added a strip of metallic paper (Paper Adventures) and embossed some swirliness before layering it all on and adding some rhinestone bling.