Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By The Inking Of My Thumbs....

Something wicked cool this way comes!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! A couple of you might have seen this about a week ago on my FB page but I was saving to do a blog post for today, since this ended up being my favorite thing I've made this year for Halloween.

This is the cauldron from svgcuts "party on elm street" kit and I just love it. I knew when I started thinking about making this that I wanted to do something really fun and original for the side panels. I think I achieved that!
The panels are cut from metallic contact paper purchased on Amazon (Lowes also sells one that is actually cheaper and a thicker/better quality but this one works fine for paper crafting). I cut it easily with my Cameo with the vinyl settings. Once the panels were cut I used alcohol inks (black & purple) to ink them up and then I ran them through my big shot to emboss. I just love the embossed metal look!
Curious as to why my fingers were stained for DAYS? I needed some purple ribbon, I didn't have any purple ribbon... I decided to use some reinker to make some purple ribbon. It was a messy job. The glitter 1" button is my own, and something you'll be hearing about more soon. I found the awesome little glitter balls at Michaels on sale and then realized I had the perfect color of wool in my old needle felting supplies to embellish my cauldron. A touch of glitter hair (I'm not really sure what it's called, something I also had for needle felting) and it was perfect! 

Have a safe & wonderful Halloween. It looks like we're going to get rained out here in MI but the girls and I will just have our own little Halloween party at home, I'll be sure to post some photos this week!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick or Treat

I'm not sure who's more excited about Halloween, my 2 girls or myself... for some reason the same crappy candy I'd never normally want to eat is SOOO delicious stolen borrowed from their buckets.

Today I have a cute Halloween tag to share with you. I've never really made a tag before, Aliya (my 8yr old) and I did some fallish stamped ones a few weeks ago but this is my first official tag.
I used my new Dylusions sprays on this in orange, black, and purple and then added some shimmer with my metallic distress stains (I love those things). I cut a piece of acetate (report cover) and ran it through my xyron as you've seen me do before in order to glitter it up. I sandwiched that along with 2 pieces of Trendy Twine between the 2 layers of my tag.
The bats were cut with my Cameo & given some fire orange rhinestone eyes, and the stars & pumpkin are from Doodlebug Design Inc. I added a little triple bow of Trendy Twine to my pumpkin.
Lastly, I topped off my tag with a bit of ribbon and I made a epoxy button (similar to this post: make your own epoxy buttons) by using a 1" hole punch, a 1" epoxy sticker, and cutting the 2 button holes out with my big bite and one more touch of Trendy Twine.

Be sure to check back tomorrow, I've been saving a really fun post!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Card

I can not believe it's less then a week before Halloween, I have only about a hundred projects I really wanted done this year... I better start in Jan to have them done for next Halloween LOL

At least I managed to get some cards made! (and almost sent out, they are going out later today... really...ok probably, by tomorrow at the latest!)
First one that was pretty simple. This started as a square shaped card from the Silhouette store, I love that any design I buy is so easy to change into whatever I want. I simply stretched it out (because I'm too cheap to pay extra to send a square card LOL) and removed the text to use my own. I cut it from orange card stock and then I layered that over black glitter paper. I wanted my text very crisp so I cut it from vinyl (even if you are only a paper crafter it's a good idea to have one roll of black vinyl IMO so you can do things like this, vinyl cuts amazingly well at tiny little sizes if needed). 
Next up is a shadow box style card from Lori Whitlock. I only changed this one a tiny bit by changing his belly from a cut out to a layer and then added a layer for the moon & cut a little square sentiment from vinyl & layered that over card stock to add to the corner. I'd have loved to add some glitter but it's going to my in-laws who aren't the glittery types <wink>
I just love this style for the depth the cards create, yet how they fold flat for mailing.
Last, but certainly not least is my favorite style card that I made this year. This also started out as a card from the Sil. store but I added the spider.
That's cute you're saying, but what's so impressive about a pop dotted spider even if he's' cute? Ahhh my friends, he isn't pop dotted. 

That's right, he's on a homemade action wobble! He cracks me up! My daughter already requested one for herself.

Oh I do have one more little thing to share, my daughter and I made this cute little handled pumpkin so her American Girl doll could have something for Halloween. One thing to note, the file straight from the Sil. store has too many tabs, cut off one side on each section and you'll be good to go. I lined the face with vellum and then spread some stickles on top of it. Don't you love that shimmer card stock? 

Have a spooktacular day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hello Halloween!

It's time for my 2nd post of the month with Trendy Twine! This month is FLYING by... almost like the adorable little Hello Kitty on my card! 
We're featuring the awesome new (the color was redone this year to make it bolder then ever) orange licorice twine this month and you can get yours right here: Orange Licorice Trendy Twine, be sure to pick up some of the other new colors... if you like the licorice line (if... LOL of course you do, its awesome) I've heard from a little birdie that there are more colors coming!

Of course there is a challenge this month as well, and the winner will get a $10 gift card to anything in the store! Click here to read the details and submit your project: October Challenge

Back to my card. I found a cute coloring page image on google and traced it with Silhouette Studio DE, then I released the compound paths so that I could pull apart layers. I wanted to add some web details to her cape and knew it would be easier to do with vinyl so I used vinyl for all of the orange accents on the card. Do you love her broom? I used the Orange Licorice twine of course! I also used another of my favorites from the licorice line, Gray Licorice to line her hat. 
She's mounted on the base using another home made action wobble just like my hula girl card a couple months ago. This allows her to move and keeps her up above the card so it appears she's flying in front of the harvest moon. 
Speaking of the moon, I used some distress ink to add some shading to the edges and sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spray so it's sparkly (which of course you can't see in the photos, but work with me here... imagine the sparkle and give me some ohhhs and ahhhs)
Did I mention the other fun part of this card yet? It's an easel card! 
Here is a better view of the inside which holds it up. I used some stickles for sparkle and edged part of my design with Orange Licorice twine again. 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY Halloween Bottles

I've been having so much fun making my own Halloween decorations this year! Have you seen some of the super cute jars & bottles in the stores? Did you notice their price tags??? That just wouldn't do when I knew I could make my own. I've been saving up my wine bottles (and any other neat glass bottles I come across). I washed them out and soaked them to remove the labels.
A couple were already a neat green so I used those this time, I also took 2 large clear wine bottles and sprayed one with frosted glass spray and the other very lightly with black gloss spray paint, then I had one other neat small bottle and that one I used black, purple, and silver alcohol inks on (don't you just love that? I do!)
All of my labels are print and cut designs, most of them from the Silhouette store. I printed them on glossy sticker paper and just stuck them on... talk about easy decorating! Oh let's see another photo <wink>
Did you notice the creepy spider on the bottle of arachnid exlixir? I hate spiders, I've actually jumped out of a (slowly) moving car before when one was on the dash in front of me.... however I seem to love decorating for Halloween with them. This little guy shows how you can easily take a simple spider cut and give it some life... I shaped it using my McGill stylus and molding mat (you could also use a mouse pad or even the cup of your hand) and then coated it with glossy accents. When it's dry it has the awful shape and shine of a real spider, eeekkk but very cool. 

I hope I've inspired you to make up some of your own spooky bottles (or at least to drink some wine). 

As always, thanks for looking! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Decor w/the Cameo

Hi Everyone! Have you had your Halloween decor made & up for weeks now or are you a total slacker like me and still making things? I have so many ideas in my head (and files on my computer) for things I'd like to make, but far more ideas then time!

I wanted a couple more cute easy things for our walls and found two shapes in the Silhouette store that were perfect. The jointed black cat & poseable halloween skeleton (there are a few different jointed/moveable skeletons, I opted for this one since he was the least scary since I have a 2yr old also)

I ungrouped both and made them as large as possible on my mat, I did end up having to also release the compound paths so that I could make the holes for the brads smaller so keep that in mind if you end up resizing them up.

Then it was as simple as cutting them out and putting them together. For the skeleton I used some distress ink & applicator to add some shading & color to the bones to give them more dimension. I also used stickles on the cats eyes so they'd be sparkly. Oh and I had bone colored brads for the skeleton but no black ones for the cat, a quick coloring with my markers took care of that problem (of course they are still metallic so the flash affected them but in real life they are a nice metallic black).

You'll have to excuse the photos, since I didn't take them until they were hanging on my walls they do look a tad plain here but are super cute hanging in the house!

I'm hoping to get a few more things done today and this weekend. I've been saving up wine bottles and have them all washed out and labels removed so that I can turn them into Halloween decor with some of the fun labels available in the silhouette store. 

Have a spooktacular day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Too Cute to Spook!

October already!??! How did that happen? Do you have your costumes all picked out yet? My little ones are going as witches this year, or a witch and a cat (my 2 1/2yr old changes her mind daily).

It's a new month so it's time for a new Challenge and new featured color with Trendy Twine. This month we're featuring Orange Licorice... this color was redone for this year to make it bolder and better then ever! I love the whole licorice line don't you?

I absolutely HATE spiders, except when we're talking about cute little Halloween decor spiders. Maybe it's because I dislike the real ones so much but I actually seem drawn to the ones for Halloween. I opted to make a little treat box for this months group project.
I started with a simple box from the Silhouette store and modified it to add the web to the font. My silly googly eyed spider was inspired by the cute spider in the Fright Night Friends stamp set by My Thoughts Exactly and has an Orange Licorice Trendy Twine body and sits on a web of Midnight Trendy Twine. I also used a touch of Orange Licorice around my sentiment tag.
To make his legs stand out (they started as black cardstock) I first used a silver maker on them and then coated them with orange stickles similar to how I did the pumpkin faces on my last Halloween card. His eyes are just cardstock coated with glossy accents (I had a few bubbles this time I didn't notice until it was dry, if you're really careful not to get bubbles and do a few layers you can achieve eyes that look like real googly eyes, I've had people shake the card and wonder why the eyes didn't wiggle LOL)
I wanted something on the sides so I found a spider border in the Silhoutte store and cut it out of orange vinyl. My tag is a print & cut from my Cameo, a touch of bling and I was done.

I'm really happy with how my little treat box came out and also plan to use it as a decoration standing on it's side. 
Now it's time for you to go and link up to this months Trendy Twine Challenge, the prize this month is a $10 certificate to anything in the store! Be sure to check out the Trendy Twine Blog to see all the adorable projects my fellow design team members have made to help inspire you! 

Thanks for looking!