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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!






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!

Totally Challenged Tuesday

I ended up going with the CPS sketch challenge again this week just because I had a fun idea for it.  This card is a 6×6 piece of cardstock (Bazzill), however the 6×6 part is just a base – it doesn’t open.  The opening part of the card is the top section!  I simply cut a piece of the patterned paper (all patterned paper is from the My Mind’s Eye Tres Jolie line) to 4×8 and folded it in half.  I attached the back of the mini “card” to the 4.5×4.5 swatch and then added the final striped piece that ends up acting as a tab to open the card with.  The flowers are Prima and the rubon from Paper Adventures.  Velvet brad from Making Memories.   I just couldn’t resist adding a TON of Scribbles (glittering crystal) all over the place.  I covered each of the polka dots on the front of the mini card, edged EVERYTHING (inside and out) and added glittery polka dots to the flowers themselves, just because I could, lol – it’s my card, I’ll Scribble if I want to!  I’ve decided I need a lot more card sentiment stamps.  While I love rubons, MOST of the card sentiment rubons are only in black.  And most of the time I want brown or white, lol!  So I think I just need more stamps…(cough, I will NOT admit to how many stamps I already have, however, because it clearly shows that more stamps is the last thing I need!)

Butterfly Earrings from scraps

I hope everyone here in the US is having a wonderful holiday weekend and for my visitors not in the US, I hope you are enjoying your weekend as well!

Remember the Cosmo Cricket butterflies I punched too many of for this project? Well this is where they ended up!

Cosmo Cricket papers, Stickles, findings from Cousins, the EK Martha Stewart butterfly punch and Future Floor Finish.

It started out as yet another attempt at the Ali Edwards butterfly collage…

It really did. I’ve been meaning to make a version of Ali’s project ever since I bookmarked it back in February, lol! I had gotten the Martha Stewart punch AFTER the first time I tried this (with the circles here). After doing some playing, I found that I really loved this punch layered with a bit of folding to the top butterfly to give it dimension. So I made a pile of them without particularly counting or anything. I used several double-sided sheets of Cosmo Cricket from the Gretel line. Yes, sigh, I DID think about applying for the DT position and picked up a few more pieces of Cosmo Cricket last time I was in Champaign, but in the end decided I probably didn’t have enough of their newer stuff to stand a chance so decided against it after all. Anyways. After I had all these cute little butterflies, I thought it might be cute to do their centers in glitter. So out came the Scribbles. Then I was in love with the sparkle so added some more to the edges of the wings.

I was finally ready to make my collage. I had an 8×8″ shadow box frame from EK I wanted to use for this. I tried it on white. Eh. Tried it on various colors from the Gretel line. Eh. I give up. That collage just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me, lol! So instead I just started to play with the design of the paper I liked best for this and remembered a picture I had of my son and his dad (one of our last outings as a family, come to think of it) and thought it would be just perfect. I plan on giving it to my son’s grandma – it includes most of her favorite things – her grandson, her son, and loads of GLITTER, lol! Yes, more glitter on the background as well as some bits of Glossy Accents. A few more butterflies on the frame itself and voila – ready for Grandma’s enjoyment! I still have about a dozen more completed butterflies and am almost done with another project using two. I’ll share it later! LOVING how it is coming out though!

Here is the frame opened (it opens from the front like a book) to keep the glare off.

This is a closeup of the upper left corner.

This is an extreme closeup of one of the butterflies.

Closeup of the butterflies on the frame itself.

And a bad shot of the whole project. Sorry – had the excess help of a seven year old bouncing through the room while I was trying to do this!


Ok, so we got an ungodly amount of snow the past 24 hours! It took me over an hour this morning to dig my car out and a path out of the driveway, but I don’t intend to use it anytime soon! I just want to do the bear thing and curl up in my nice, warm house until spring! And hey, I have enough crafting supplies to last me that long…and if not, that’s what UPS/FedEx are for! Anyways, I actually did a non-Christmas project today! Not that I don’t still have Christmas projects hanging about unfinished, but I think I’m done subjecting you to them, lol! So here’s a little wall hanging with hooks I intend to use for my keys and purse. It’s from Walnut Hollow and I used paper from Daisy D’s. I really loved this piece of paper and hated to cover it with anything (plus, I would feel dorky putting “keys” or something on this…like I’d forget?). So, instead I decided to play with the design of the paper itself and completely work just with that. However (and the picture totally does not show this well – click on it to get the bigger version and it’s a little easier to see the details), everything that is not white on this paper got some kind of treatment. I pulled out Glossy Accents and Crackle Accents from Ranger and Scribbles from Duncan and just kept painting it all on! There are also clear gems (from Tulip/Duncan) over all the circles. I love that I was able to keep the gorgeous paper intact, yet add my own touch of texture to it! Now to hunt down a level so I can hang it up!

Also, don’t forget to scroll down and leave a comment on my post from the other day to get in the running for an RAK (which I just now remembered I still haven’t photographed, lol, now that it’s getting dark!).