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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Check the Calendar

Snow?  Really?  Our area is getting pelted by a Nor'easter storm this weekend. We are getting snow!  A few inches on the ground already and it's still snowing.  It's 2 days before Halloween.  This is not the norm for us.  I keep singing "The weather outside is frightful...." and then thinking that it's supposed to be the costumes that are frightful at this time of year!  LOL  I am so not ready for winter!

I've got another Halloween related project to share.  I used digital kits to design the October part of the calendar I'm making for my husband. I'm trying to get it done before the start of the year this year.  :-)

I create the top and bottom as 8.5"x11" pages that I can then print out, bind and give as a gift.  Here's a look at the top and bottom pages separately:

The top includes some photos from our pumpkin carving fun!

The bottom has plenty of space to write important reminders on each day.

The digital papers and elements that I used are all parts of the Mix-A-Kit for October available at ScrapMatters.

Now who'd have thought that I would have to snow shovel the walk for the trick-or-treaters?  Hope you are having pleasant weather wherever you are!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spooky Tree

Less than 2 weeks until Halloween.  Yikes!  If that's not enough to scare you, maybe this is?

I created this little scene using some cardstock and a bunch of left over papers from my scrap drawer.  Creating the tree was good therapy!

We don't go all out for Halloween at our house. But we do put up some decorations. There are quite a few young children in the neighborhood. They enjoy the decorations, as long as they aren't too scary!  We have some gravestones and ghosts along the front walk. They are lit by the glow of some orange lights. On Halloween, we put our carved jack-o-lanterns on the porch and leave the main front door open.  In the entry behind the storm door is a little table that we decorate with seasonal items, candles and such. This scene has found a spot on that table.

OK, so maybe it's more cute than it is scary.  :-)  Especially with those snuggly ghouls adorning it!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Colorful Challenge

I'm the host of the current challenge at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan.  For my challenge, I'm asking that you create a card or hybrid project using this color scheme as your inspiration.
Aren't those some yummy seasonal colors?  I created this card for this challenge (and a few others).

One of the designers at The DigiChick, Quirky Twerp, created a kit using the color palette for this challenge for me to use!  The kit is called Frolic & Friends.  Here's a preview of the kit:

Cute, isn't it?

I used the lavender frame in the kit, printed several times and fussy cut each one. I then layered them to create a thick frame for the sentiment.  And of course I blinged it up a bit!

So stop by The Hybrid Chick to check out the challenge and enter your card or project!

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Ginger Loft
Cupcake Inspirations
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Papertake Weekly

Friday, October 14, 2011


So the other day, I got to play with these cool digi stamps by Arty Pants, Potion Labels.  This was a really fun and easy craft.  I clipped some digital papers to the stamps to color them.  Sized them and printed them out.  After cutting them out, I inked up the edges and added a bit of distressing.

I ran them through my Xyron, and then put them on some orange cream soda bottles. Of course I removed the original labels from the bottles first.  Then came the really fun part......

I put them in the refrigerator and waited for the kids to find them.  The reactions were hilarious! They stood and stared at them.  Then they laughed.  And finally they asked if they could have them!!!

I've now gotten requests to make some more Zombie Blood Extract, Eye of Newt and Gizzard of Lizard!  LOL

Such an easy craft and so much fun. Give it a try!

Paper: copy paper
Digital Kits: All Hallows Eve, Frolic and Friends by Quirky Twerp; Glamour-ween by  Etc. by Danyale
Digital Stamps: Potion Labels by Arty Pants
Ink: Colorbox
Adhesive: Xyron

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More on: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A few posts ago I shared a card I made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can see that post HERE.

I've got even more to share for crafters that would like to make a difference. You can read about ways you can help, and pick up a freebie printable calendar for you or to give as a gift! I've posted all the info over at Ideas For Scrapbookers today!

This is the calendar printable created by Nikki that you can snag!

Stop by and see how you can help the fight!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How NOT to be Tricked on Halloween!

Ever have to be away from home while all the trick-or-treaters are visiting and wonder how you can make sure your house is not "tricked" ??  I designed this sign that I can leave out with a bowl of goodies.

It says "You can take more than 1 but only just a few we're watching you" and has lots of creepy funny eyes peering about!

I designed the sign in Photoshop CS4 using digital papers and elements. I then printed it out on heavy cardstock.  The frame was plain wooden unfinished. I painted it black and popped the sign inside it.

Now you may be thinking that the first costumed visitor to come along will swipe all the candy and there won't be any left for anyone else.  I've had to do this in the past, and I actually had candy left over!  Maybe it's all those eyes "watching" that keep the kids behaving!

Hope you have a crafty Halloween!

Digital Papers: GeniaBeana, Haynay Designs, WM Squared Designs
Digital Elements: Amy Stoffel, Dream Big Designs, WM Squared Designs

Friday, October 7, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month is not only about changing colors, falling leaves and crazy costumes.  It is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  I made this card including the cute little bra, using a new kit released today by WM Squared Designs called Be Aware.  Here's a preview of the kit:

Great kit, isn't it?  But the best part??? To help spread awareness and further the fight against breast cancer, Wendy of WM Squared Designs is donating 20% of the proceeds from the sale of this kit to Susan G. Komen for the Cure! So not only do you get this amazing kit, but you help fight breast cancer too!  What are you waiting for?  Click the kit preview to go to the ScrapMatters store to purchase your kit now!

Thanks for helping such a great cause!

Digital Kit: WM Squared
Cardstock: American Crafts, Red River
Punch: Paper Shapers, EK Success
Ribbon: Morex Corp.
Flower: Flora Doodles

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Paper Crafting Journey
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Creative Belli
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Fab n'Funky
I Brake for Challenges
Penny's Papercraft Challenge
Simon Says Stamp
Inky Impressions

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn Arrives

Some cool air moved in this weekend making it feel much more like Autumn.  Which makes it easier for me to share a couple of projects with you. First up, I decoupaged a pumpkin.

Yep, you read that right. I decoupaged a pumpkin!  OK, so no, it is not a "real" pumpkin. It is one of those craft pumpkins. Which is even better, cause this baby will last way past when all the Halloween candy has been eaten!

This was not my idea.  I saw this on the cover of Country Living magazine.  But I decided to take it hybrid and kick it up a few notches!

The papers that I used are from a digital kit by Etc. by Danyale called "Glamour-ween". Doesn't the name of the kit get you intrigued?  Let's just say that it is as beautiful as it's name!   Go ahead, click the link and check it out. I'll wait.

Now that you've drooled all over that kit, I'll tell you how I pumped up the creative on my pumpkin.  I decoupaged the papers on to the pumpkin and then as I added thin layers of the sealant, I sprinkled different glitters all over the surface.  I also sprinkled some gold embossing powder and heated it up. Oh it's so pretty up close. Wanna peak?

The glittery stuff never shows up as well in my photos.  I also took apart a Fall floral bunch and adhered them at the stem, placed a rhinestone flourish and added a few paper roses.  This is definitely not a scary pumpkin! I was surprised that my guys actually like it!  They usually go for the blood and guts Halloween decor.

My other project that I'm sharing today is my sample for the Card Caravan Challenge #3 at The Hybrid Chick.  

This challenge is to make an Autumn card.  You can check out the challenge for details and hopefully join in!

Hope you are enjoying the changing seasons!

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Paper Shelter
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Paper Play
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ABC DT Challenge - Pumpkins

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