Halloween Cards

Happy Halloween.  I really like Halloween and all of the really fun festivals it has to offer.  I also dream of having the COPIC marker set, but it is so expensive I have to wait until I hit the lottary in order to purchases them, LOL.  Since I don't have COPIC markers I had to impreivise when I created these adorable Halloween Cards.  I used the Stampin Up marks on the card below and as you can see the colors just didn't blend as will as they should.  BOOOOOOOO. 

All of the yuckie streak marks are visible on the  house I colored with the Stampin Up markers.  It definetly didn't have the effect I was looking for.  So on the next card I used water color paints and the color blended so much better.  I love the way these cards turned out. 

Pop Up Card

I was watch a tutorial today on Obsessed with Scrapbooking's blog and saw this adorable pop up card.  I have never seen a pop up card like this before so  I just had to create one myself and the timing couldn't be better.  I sent this to my niece for her 8th birthday.  She is going to love it.

I used the Hero art butterfly stamp set and the circle and the happy stamp came from the Fiskar birthday stamp set.  The also had to add a little bling, it add just the right amount of sparkle to any of my projects, which were purchased the bling from Oriental Trading.

 I used the Jasmine font and cut the B out with my Cricut Expression machine and also used a couple of pop dots to make the B and the Happy stand out. I think this card is one that I will definitely make again. 

Thanks Dawn for the wonderful tutorial.  If you would like to see Dawn's turtorial it here is the link

October Scrapbooking Project

This Halloween kit was so much fun to make.  I really like all of the different Halloween paper and the array of craft projects, there is something in this kit for everyone.  Each kit includes the following:

(1) 5x7 Pumpkin Card
(1) 5x7 spider cards
(1) 6x 3 candy bar holder
(1) tic tac holder, tic tac candy included
(1) sucker holder, sucker included,
(1) 3x2.5 Kit Kat
(1) googlie eye gift box

Altered Paint Can

Part of the fun of altering items is the impressive result you can achieve with very low cost items and products you already own or that are easy to find. Since the altered paint can has become so popular among crafters a few companies even sell paint cans designed just for crafting. Provocraft, and Oriental Trading to name a couple. While these tins are lovely; smaller pint size cans, pristine and white... in my opinion $5.00 US is too much to pay for an item you can buy in the gallon size at your local hardware store for under $2.00 US.
I am able to get the same effect by using empty gatorade cans.  It was really fun to create these cans.  When I was done we gave them to my daughter's teachers for the new school year.  They were so much fun to make and made great teacher gifts.  The teachers really enjoyed them.

Here is a quick step by step list of instruction so you can create your own.
  1. Purchase a clean empty paint can at your local hardware store or a clean used gatorade can.
  2. Measure around the diameter of the can with a flexible sewing tape measure.
  3. Cut the background paper you’ve chosen to the measured size. Several different coordinating papers can also be layered together for a unique look.
  4. When you cut the paper, remember to allow room for the handle. An easy way to do this is to use a circle punch and punch out a half circle where the handle will be. Do this for both sides of the can. (This step is not necessary if your can does not have a handle.)
  5. Adhere the background paper to the can using a liquid adhesive such as Mod Podge. Use a foam paint brush to be sure that all edges of the paper are covered with glue.
  6. Once the paper is attached to the can, flatten out any bubbles with your fingertips.
  7. Finally, apply a top layer of Mod Podge to protect the can from damage.  

Three Bugs in a Rug Chip Board Book

This was a chip board book I created for one of my friends as a baby shower gift using the Three Bugs in a Rug Chipboard book.  I really like the size of this book and the tabs each page has.  I used K and Company paper and embellishments to accent each page.  As wells the large K and Company letters on each page to signify each one of my friend’s children.  I also inked the edges of each page to add a little dimension.  It had a great effect on each page. 

                                               Three Bugs in a Rug Chip Board Book order here

Memory Box

This is a Exploding Box I created using the Memory Box kit from Three Bugs in a Rug.  I really had fun creating this box.  It is such fun and unique way to display your photos.  The kit includes the lid and outside shell the box.  I actually created another layer and adhered it to the bottom of the inside of the box to give it a little more dimension.

Chip Board House

The is a Shape Upz Chipboard House I completed from TLC.  I love the way it turned out.  The size is just perfect for holding all of your most presious memories.  The book includes everything you need to complete this project except the adhesive.  Included is white-covered chipboard album, 5 house shaped pages,  chipboard embellishments; rub-ons; and patterned papers. Coordinating ribbon and metal rings are included. (Approx. 5x5).  I currently sell these books two ways, either blank and you can design the page using your own creative style or already completed all you need to do is add your photos.

Halloween Sucker Holder

These are two adorable halloween sucker holders I created.  I love them and so do my kids.  They never stay around very long.  The used the new paper pack from Joanne Fabrics, The Design 9 12x12 seasonal paper pack.  It is great and has 3 different seasons or holidays within the pack.  As for the adorable spider, I made his body using my 1 1/2 inch scallop punch and his legs using my 2 inch round circle punch.  The ribbon is from TLC, Salt and Pepper collection and the white pen is from Uni-ball Signo Broad.  I really like this pen, it writes really smooth. I put 2 3D Foam Dots behind the spider to give it more dimension. Their is a link below to my website it you are interested in purchasing any of the product use on this project.

Tic-Tac Holders

I have just really started  to make crafts with my scrapbooking paper and I love the way these tic-tac holders turned out.  They are so cute.  For the Boo Holders I didn't actually have any halloween paper so I ran the paper through my printer and to get the BOO all over it.  It added the right touch.  The center piece I cut out of my 2 inche scallop punch and the other 2 smaller sizes I cut with my Basic George Cricut cartridge.  The ribbon was from TLC, their salt and pepper collection.