Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Greetings 2014

Happy Halloween!  It's just about dark outside now and time for the trick or treaters to make a visit.  I have one last Halloween project to share.  Riddersholm Design put out a challenge Monday on their Facebook page to make a Halloween tag using mostly their products.  I was fortunate enough to win a prize package from them earlier this year, so I was able to participate in this challenge.  It's not my best work as I put it together rather quickly yesterday.  Here it is:

The papers are from their Fall Flea Market line.  The polka dot paper has very light orange pumpkins on it that is difficult to see here.  I used a Crafty Secrets pumpkin stamp to add a few more.  The sentiment on the tag is also from Crafty Secrets.  Flowers are from Recollections, leaves and black pearl swirl from Prima, and the skeleton charm from Tim Holtz.  The ribbon and lace were part of the prize package.

I pulled out my Copics today while baking cupcakes for Halloween and worked on projects with some adorable stamps that a sweet friend sent to me.  I am enjoying using them and trying to perfect my coloring skills.  Have a wonderful Halloween and enjoy the weekend.  Looking forward to that extra hour of sleep tomorrow night (daylight savings time)!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Birthday Card Using "An Eerie Tale"

Just a quick post today.  It's been a busy couple of days doing fun things.  We are celebrating several family birthdays today as well as our 29th wedding anniversary.

This card was made for my mother-in-law's birthday using Graphic 45's "An Eerie Tale" collection.  As you can see, the papers aren't limited to Halloween.

Love the pretty floral background paper.  The banner was cut from another piece of paper and layered with chipboard and Prima flowers.  A Wilton doily was tucked underneath.  Vintage buttons, twine and Recollections beads add the finishing touch.  The sentiment was placed inside on a shape I cut out from a piece of paper but forgot to photograph it.

Well, that's it for today.  I've been actually working on some Christmas projects.  I can't believe it's less than two months away!  Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Shadowbox

Today, I am sharing my first ever shadowbox.  The theme, as you can see, is Halloween.  I was inspired by a project on display in my local Michaels, although their's was twice this size.  It took me quite awhile, so I am glad I opted for a smaller size!

I started by adhering a piece of Graphic 45 "An Eerie Tale" paper as the background.  I gathered a variety of product using Jolee and Recollections stickers, Tim Holtz vials and charm, cheesecloth, an assortment of leaves and some fall floral picks which I cut apart to use for decorations.

   A view from the top

In the next two photos, you can see a bit of how I decorated the inside parts of the frame.

Microbeads were placed in two of the vials.  On the larger vial inside the box, I gave the outside of it a coating of Golden Acrylic Pearl Mica Flake to make it look like the contents overflowed.

As you can see, there is a lot going on here.  I am pleased with the results considering it is my first attempt at this.  The only thing I think I may have done differently is to use a black shadowbox instead of the white.

We have a beautiful, crisp fall day today after a couple of days of summerlike weather.  I am enjoying the fresh, clean air.  I hope the week ahead is a good one for you and thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ATC and Card Using Graphic45

Hi everyone!  Back today to share the final ATC I made for a Halloween swap.  I used Graphic 45 papers and chipboard from "An Eerie Tale."

I layered a pre-made ATC card with a piece of the paper.  I cut out a tag from another sheet, popped it up with foam dots and layered a chipboard tag onto it.  The eyes of the owl are highlighted with Gold Stickles.  A bit of cheesecloth was given a coat of purple Glimmer Mist and tucked under the tag.  A flower and pumpkin were cut from another sheet of paper and added to opposite corners of the tag.  I finished it off with a rhinestone and baker's twine from Recollections.

Next, I created a card from the same papers to send to my ATC swap partner along with the ATCs I made for her.  Again, the papers and chipboard tag are from Graphic45.  The lace is from Joann's bargain bins.  The flowers are a mix of Prima and Recollections.  The white glittered pumpkin and the little embellishment in the upper right corner are also from Recollections.

I made a border strip to tuck under the lace with a Martha Stewart punch.  I didn't add a sentiment since the background paper had a lot of words and phrases on it.

I've spent the past two days working on a Halloween shadowbox which I hope to share soon.  I never realized how much work goes into them!  I don't think I've ever made so many Halloween items in one year, but I really love the Graphic 45 paper.  Here are the three ATCs together.

That's all for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  I look forward to reading them.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween ATCs

Recently, I participated in an ATC (artist trading card) swap for Halloween on Facebook.  We were to make three ATCs for our swap partner.  Today, I am sharing two of the cards I made.

First up is my card featuring the "Punkin Girl" stamp by Stampendous.  I used a combination of Copics and Distress Markers to color it.  The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.  The cat embellishment in the lower left corner as well as the baker's twine are from Recollections.  I inked the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink.  A bit of Stickles was added for some sparkle.

Next up is a card using a burlap ATC from 7 Gypsies.  I inked the edges again on this one with Black Soot.  The leaves were a bright orange/yellow that I toned down with several shades of Glimmer Mist.  I also used Glimmer Mist on the cheesecloth tucked under the leaves.  Using Graphic 45 clear stamps, I stamped and cut out the sign, bottle and bat.  I gave the sign and bottle a coat of Distress Crackle and a bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink for an aged look.  The edges of the sign are highlighted with lavender Stickles.  The skull and crossbone charm is from Tim Holtz.

This was the first every card swap I did, and it was a lot of fun.  If you click on each image, you can view them in larger detail.

We have a very chilly fall day here today and I love it!  My husband and I participated in a Buddy Walk for Down's Syndrome today sponsored by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful day to be out and support this worthy cause.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and also for your kind comments.  Next week, I'll share the remaining ATC.  Have a wonderful week!