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Haunted Mini Birdhouse

Another birdhouse I actually finished last year but after the holiday and I just saved it for this year and then it went into the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review so I’m just now sharing it.

The paper is from Zsiage and I decorated everything with a mix of Jolee’s stickers from EK and some transparent elements from Making Memories.  The transparent spiderwebs are kind of fun because they’re actually set onto the outer roof lines so it looks like they’re hanging in the eaves.  I don’t remember what kind of adhesive I used on the ghost, but obviously it wasn’t the best choice (ahem, and I’m assuming I chose something that SAID for vellum/transparency…).

But my absolute favorite thing about this birdhouse is the roof. Or roofs.  Those little dimensional polka dots?  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Scribbles!  So much fun!  My son got the biggest kick out of how it lights up, lol!






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.