Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween and a Fun Surprise!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope you have a good one.  Here are a couple of cards I haven't posted yet.  On this first card, I got to practice with my Copic markers. 
That sweet little witch image was awfully fun to color.   I'm still such a novice though and I don't practice nearly enough! 
And, of course, I love the vintage image on this one. 
She's trying to blow out the candle with only one puff.  'Cause that's the best fortune, of course! 

And now before I forget, Regina has a great giveaway going on at The Cutting Cafe.  There are three sets available for free right now through Wednesday, November 2nd at midnight.  The three sets are a December Word Daily Book, a Christmas tree book and December Daily numbers.  They are fabulous sets and they are free!  Be sure to check it out.

 I just got a fun surprise!  Over at I Gotta Create, Christina is highlighting the Bewitching Crafts winners.   I'm honored to be one of them!   Thank you to all of you who voted for my Halloween Countdown!  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Greetings!

I need to find out if our neighborhood is trick or treating on Sunday or Monday night.  Need to get candy, too!  I have to say it's not quite as much fun as it used to be when Lauren was little and we had a Halloween party every year.   I guess I get my fun now by creating cuties like this year's Halloween hanging decor!
 Isn't she the sweetest little witch?   I ended up making several of these for friends who wanted to give them as gifts, but needed two because they wanted one for themselves, too!
I love these glittery yellow sticky thingys (well, obviously I don't know what they really are) that I picked up at Michaels awhile back.  They added just the right touch. 
Can't believe how fast this year is flying by - I made the first November time cards today  - which really alerted me to the fact that Christmas is just around the corner...  But for now, it's Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe for The Hybrid Chick

It's time for my monthly tutorial over at The Hybrid Chick blog.  I love to play games and I remember playing Tic-Tac-Toe a lot when I was a kid.    Using a couple of darling kits from The Digi Chick ,I created a magnetic Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe game. 
You can find all the details on how to make one at The Hybrid Chick blog.  It would be fun for family game nights during the month of October. 
Since it's magnetic, the pieces just store right on the gameboard and it could also be played in the car.  Fun! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness at The Cutting Cafe

Regina, at The Cutting Cafe,  has several really cute and hopeful sets to use in your creations for Breast Cancer Awareness.   I have been extremely lucky in that it has not touched my family directly.  I have known two wonderful women who have gone through the trial of breast cancer - they are both brave and were candid in sharing their experience.  I think of them quite often. 
  I found these pink ribbon lollipops at Michaels and created around them.  The box I used is the Long Window Box (I didn't cut out the window).  The Hope tag and hope background are from You Gotta Have Hope
The owl is part of the Think Pink set.   Regina will post all the DT inspiration on Wednesday evening.  Be sure to check The Cutting Cafe blog to see all the wonderful creations and also to see the giveaway or special.  She's always very generous!  Here's wishing you not only a wonderful week, but also health and happiness for always!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Box Time at The Cutting Cafe

Regina has asked us to use one of her boxes this week for the inspiration at The Cutting Cafe blog.  Trust me, she has a lot to choose from!  I've had my mom and dad's 50th Anniversary party on my mind and when I saw the Tic Tac box, I thought it would make a perfect party favor. 
The tic tac box comes in two forms - one a type of wrap around and one a box with a lid.  I want to keep this fairly simple, since quite a few will need to be made. 
 Be sure to check out the box selection at The Cutting Cafe and the inspiration at The Cutting Cafe blog.  Regina will have pics up Wednesday evening. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fairies for Marsha

Every year my cousin, Marsha, participates in a Women's Dinner.  She designs a table for five that represents the current year's theme.  The theme this year is miniature.  When Marsha asked me if I would do cards again this year (she gives them as gifts to the women at her table), she mentioned fairies.  So Marsha is getting five fairy cards.  The postcard image is from Iralamija's shop. 
The papers I used are from Glitz Design and My Mind's Eye.   I used a Papertrey Ink polka dot stamp to stamp my diecut heart. 
I bought those leaves at Hobby Lobby several years ago.  I'm hording them now...can't seem to find anymore.  Well, I need to get the fairies packaged up for Marsha. (I'll show you the other four later...)  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Halloween (on the LARGE side) and RECIPES

Are you having fall weather where you are?  We've had some gorgeous days lately.  I see that next week the highs are in the 60s and I'm really looking forward to that!  

This Halloween card is a little on the large side - about 10 inches tall!  I picked up a package of Halloween goodies at Michaels and this coffin was part of it.  I decided to turn it into a card.  I think I LOVE black glitter!  It is just sooo pretty... Love this glittery black bat! 

I sewed  a pocket on the inside so that two Halloween suckers could be popped in for a sweet treat. 

Now, let's talk desserts!   I mentioned in my previous post that banana pudding might be my favorite dessert.  Now, I 'm not talking anything that comes out of a box!  We made cute individual banana puddings in mason jars for my party a couple of weekends ago.  Love how they looked!   We also had perfect chocolate cake cupcakes filled with icing that looked like a candy corn.  And, of course, we had our famous sugar cookies.  When certain people RSVP the first thing they say is "Are you having your sugar cookies??"  I think I would be in big trouble if I answered No!    Mika and her husband were at my party taking pictures.  She has a wonderful cooking blog and all of our delicious party recipes are posted today on her blog, Mika's Pantry.  Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween

I love Ellen Clapsaddle images.  Especially her Halloween sweeties!  I buy them whenever I see them.  I was lucky enough to just purchase an Easter Ellen Clapsasddle postcard off of Ebay that I can't wait to use in some creation.  I love this little girl so much I've even purchased her in other forms (Made by Janet has her available in a very cute postcard image.  I haven't got around to using it yet.) 
 I also really love this May Arts ribbon.  It feels so nice and ties so easlily.  Here's a closeup of the book page flower and the cute swirly button thingy that I picked up at Michaels.
  Are you ready for Halloween?  I've put out some things at work, but haven't quite got it together at home yet.

Thank you, Linda, for the blog award!   I'm so honored.  There are some questions to answer, so here goes:

1.  Favorite color?  Seriously, I don't know!
2.  Favorite song?  You're My Best Friend by Queen
3.  Favorite Dessert?  Tough...Banana Pudding?
4.  What ticks you off at the moment?  Politics
5.  Favorite pet?  Kitty-Boy (Although Lauren and Dennis think he's a little evil.)
6.  Black or White?  Black  (reference Kitty-Boy above)
7.  Biggest Fear?  Losing someone dear to me
8.  Best feature?  Really tough...Seeing things more than one way
9.  Everyday Attitude?  Be as nice as I can be
10. What is perfection?  Rainy afternoon snuggled up reading a wonderful book with Dennis
 reading close by
11. Guilty Pleasure?  Hamburgers
12.  When you're upset you?   Oh, the worst, even when I'm mad, I cry!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween Goodies at The Cutting Cafe

Halloween is in abundance at The Cutting Cafe - so many darling sets to choose among!  You'll have a hard time choosing just one!  I needed a quick little Halloween gift and I love the spider from Halloween All Around
I also love chocolate and it's often my gift of choice.  I "mummified" a chocolate bar by wrapping it with gauze and finishing it off with a bow.  (I think white crepe paper would work - although a bow might not be so easy to tie!)  
Had to use those googly eyes again, too!  The circle tag is backed with green and black polka from Halloween Mini Colored Set and the circle sentiment is from Halloween Toppers
 Regina will be posting Halloween inspiration on The Cutting Cafe blog on Wednesday.  I'm sure there will be all kinds of cute projects to see!

Tutorial for Halloween Nut Cup

This is a tutorial for the Halloween Nut Cup I posted awhile back for the Paper Issues Blog Hop.  I had several emails asking and this tutorial will also be posted by Lowri at Tip Junkie later this week.  Okay, here goes:

Start with three nutcups.  I like three, because it makes the bottom quite a bit sturdier than only one.  Just a drop of hot glue between cups to stick them together and then a drop to hold the styrofoam ball. 
To make the handle, twist together two chenille stems. 
And then hot glue the chenille stem handle to both sides of the nutcups. 
For this nutcup, I kept the bottom decoration pretty simple.  Start by pleating the crepe paper and when a few pleats are done start gluing it to the nutcups.  (I use a liquid glue.)  Black velvet ric rac ribbon is glued around it. 
Be sure to back your image for sturdiness and also a little of it may show in the back so select something pleasing.  I almost always use old manilla folder.  
A serrated knife is perfect to create a slit in the styrofoam for your image to slip into. 

Remember that you will be covering the styrofoam with flowers, so place your image high enough to be seen.  The fun part is the decoration.  Crinkle ribbon tied on along with other ribbon, button, and tag are held in place with embroidery floss.  I always add the flowers last.  Some of the flowers are stuck in the styrofoam, while others are put into place with hot glue.  Be sure to cover the white rim of the nutcup base with flowers.  
Creating a nutcup decoration is actually pretty easy.  These are great for gifts or to decorate your own house.  Have fun!  

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Time at Paper Issues

It's a whole month of Halloween at the Paper Issues blog!  Plenty of time to join in and link up your favorite Halloween creations. 
This little number is a Halloween Countdown.  I called it 13 Days to Halloween based on one of my favorite Halloween children's books of that title by Carol Greene.  It includes 13 darling Halloween themed glass magnets, a framed countdown board,
 and a box to keep the magnets safe.  I created the magnets with Diamond Glaze and glass domes I got from Karen's Craft Supplies.  The pictures are from Land of Enchantment and The Timeless Garden.
 I bought a metal sheet from Lowes and cut it to fit the frame.  That way the magnets stick!  Here's what it looks like without all the magnets.
  And this is who kept me company while I was taking pictures outside. 
That's KittyBoy - doesn't he look like a Halloween decoration?  Okay, I'm heading to the craft room to make more of these for friends and family that decided they want one, too!  Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

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