Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spooky Treats for Crafty Secrets

I have been having a ball making my Halloween projects this year
and using the digitals provided by Crafty Secrets has made it even more fun!!
I love vintage Halloween the most and am loving this owl on his pumpkins
it is the cutest image and came from the 

Crafty Secrets "Halloween Images & Journal Notes"  booklets.
All of the background papers are from  Vintage Halloween CD #4.

I printed my Halloween papers for the bag on regular printer paper
so as the bag would be more flexible, the bag is a white lunch bag.
I cut a Top Note die from another piece of the printed paper, but this one on card stock.
I had a label I had on my desk I cut with a Spellbinders die, then added the
image to that, but first gluing some old black hairnet stuff I had in my stash...
bet you are wondering why on earth I had a black hairnet around, aren't you..lol!!

Well, my sister and I used to do craft shows and made lots of Halloween and I am sure
it is left from one of those spooky dolls we used to make (I rarely throw anything out)
"cuz, ya just never know" when you might need it!!

I added  a bit of black lace at the top of the bag, and a few other do-dads to finish it off.
Now all it needs is some treats to go in the bag and I think it is going to be "gifted"
to my Mom for Halloween!!

There is still time to get the Halloween/Fall sale packet at Crafty Secrets.
They are going all digital and cleaning the warehouse out of all of these goodies
there are 8 different kits to choose from...Around a $72 value for $19.95 plus $4.95 to ship!

Here is a link to the blog and here is a link to the store

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tricks and Treats and Spooky Wishes To You!

Good Monday Morning friends.....
Being the 3rd Monday of the month, it brings us to a new challenge
Our theme for this challenge is "Spooky Wishes"
using the inspiration photo and to add a "bow"!

Our sponsors this week are:


This set comes with a Card, Favor Box and a Place card
I chose to make the adorable card.....
I printed my card stock and embossed it with a swirl EB folder for the base..
I printed the decorative paper, cut it out and added it to the front and back...

One fun and unique thing about this card, is it stands up on it's own....
the stem pops through a slit on the front, giving it a 3D effect.
The paper I chose is a spider web design, the web is embossed with a velvet pattern..
so soft and fun to "touch"..

I added Stickles here and there on  the ticket, as I think the glitter adds to the vintage look!!

Now, head on over to "The Shabby Tea Room" and see what my "shabby sisters"
have created just to inspire "you"....you won't be disappointed...
and while there, why not join in, our sponsors are offering awesome prizes!!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Glitter n Sparkle .... Use Some Orange
AAA Cards .... Halloween Inspired
Open Minded challenges ....Pumpkins/Jack o' Lanterns
Pumpkin Spice .... Harvest or Halloween

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Dance

Hello Friends,
I am so caught up (for me) in my DT work
I decided to take a bit of time  for "me"!

I have a bunch of Halloween papers, stamps, do-dads,
that seem to get neglected year after year....
Plus the fact I just bought a new Stampendous stamp called
"WitchyDance" that I needed to use before Halloween is gone again!

 This is a fun, fun scene I created and when I saw this stamp it not only
made me laugh, the first thing I thought of was
"Dance as if no one were watching"...LOL!!

I had the background (polka dots) that I made last year with a stencil and
molding paste I added a bit or orange ink to..
so, I am thrilled to actually use it!!

The haunted house paper is from Websters Pages "Once upon a Halloween"
I added a corner spider web I had already cut and a moon tucked behind.
The tree is one  from Cheery Lynn Designs that 
I cut the other day for my other Halloween scene card
you might of seen HERE...I didn't like the look of it on that card,
but it fits in good here, I think!!
The bats were punched with a SU punch on corrugated paper
giving them a bit of dimension!

The sentiment I printed in "word" in the "chiller" format!
My cute little dancers were stamped in Versamark and embossed in black EB powder.

So there you have it....I am having so much fun, I might create another one for tomorrow!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Stampendous .... Halloween Haunt
Fussy and Fancy .... Orange and Black
Simply Create Too .... Halloween/Orange
Scrappy Land .... Halloween (Cheery Lynn Designs Birch Tree with Critters)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's Cookin' ??

Hello my friends.

It has been raining the last several days here
and I have been hunkered down in my craft room just creating away!!
What better way to spend a cool, rainy day, then creating, right??

Sandy is giving everyone that enters the challenge her "new"
Retro Kitchen collection.
OMGoodness, it is full of wonderful papers and images
that had "my name" written all over it....
It was love at first "print"...LOL!
It will make it's debut in the store October 20th...
so this is a bit of a "sneak peek" you might say...

I made a 6 x 6 potholder card...
After printing out my gorgeous papers,
I put the blue gingham one back in my printer and printed
the digital apron stamp on it ...pretty cool...hmmm?

ALL of the papers you see are from the Retro Kitchen collection.
Look at the red with the scallop trim...love it...I hand cut it for the trim!!

I took a little time and machine stitched my "potholder" to look like the real thing!!
Stickles was added to the apron for the cherries, a bit of bling to the flower trim.
I even added a ribbon "tab" for the potholder to hang..

You still have a bit of time to enter our Crafty Secrets October linky party
and get ALL the Retro Kitchen collection for free...just for entering...
you also have a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to the store!!

Don't forget there are some awesome packet deals going on at Crafty Secrets
right now...you need to scoop them up before they are gone!!

Entering the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays .... Anything Goes with a Twist (yellow)
Sister Act .... Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted House at Dies R Us

Did I scare you...lol!!

This week at the "Dies R Us" challenge blog
the theme is "HALLOWEEN"

I made a 6 x 6 card, just perfect for the detail that went into this card!

I started my base with a textured card stock.
I "tore" 2 different designer papers to fit, from my stash

Using a Spellbinders Circle die 
(I think this was my very first ever, Spellbinders I purchased)
I sponged a moon using TH Distress Inks...
I cut my "spooky" tree from a shiny black "recycled" piece of packaging.

I used another recycled packaging piece that came with the TH Distress Stencils
and cut my "haunted house" from that!!

The fence with the crow and black cats were cut on a glitter paper

I added a witch and a bat, both cut using punches!!

Now, head on over to the "Dies R Us" challenge blog 
and see what beautiful inspiration my teammates have for you!!
Join in with us and you "could" win a fabulous gift certificate to the DRU store!!!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Scrappyland .... Halloween
PDE Linky Party .... Halloween
Try It On Tuesday ....Spooky
Cheery Lynn Designs ....Black and Orange
Pile It On ....Use 2 or More Die Cuts
Corrosive Challenges ....Halloween
A Little Bit Crafty .... BOO

Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas Fun

Happy Birthday to "Me"
Happy Birthday to "Me".....LOL
Yes, today is  my birthday...
and I am doing whatever I want....
which is "nothing"...hah!!

Here is my post on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today....
thanks for the nice comments!!

Hello Classy Friends,
It is time again for our fun weekly challenge....
This week our challenge theme is "Polka Dot Christmas"
Make a Christmas card with the colors shown in our inspiration photo and dots!!

I went with a rather clean and simple choice for my card....
I really wanted to show off my "stenciled" polka dot tree!!!

Beverly has lots and lots of stencils to choose from in the store
I inked up my craft mat with Tim Holtz Barn Red Distress ink
then added a small scoop of Dreamweaver embossing paste and mixed 
it together with my Palette Knife.
You don't want to use too much, as once you have "inked" it, 
it cannot go back in the jar!!
I used a Paste Spreader to apply my paste on Banana Split Pop Tone paper...

I set it aside to dry, (which it dries pretty fast)
I added my background paper from BoBunny Candy Cane Lane 6 x 6 paper pad.

I cut my window from PoppyStamps Small Madison Window.....
There is a tiny "snippet" of lace added for a valance.

Once my stencil was dry I cut Impression Obsession Fir Trees from my paper.
It resembles designer paper, however, what is unique about stenciling it,
is gives a raised dot background, giving it dimension!!

If you were looking through this window into my home,
you would see a few pets, 
so I added a small kitty from Impression Obsession Baby Kittens

I added two smaller trees to the inside of the card it finish it off!

We are inviting YOU to join in our weekly challenges, 
and would love to see YOUR creations....
Won't you join us?

Entering the following challenges:
Pile It On .... 2 or more Die Cuts
A Gem of A Challenge ....Create A Scene
Send a Smile 4 Kids ....Early Holiday Wishes  4 Kids
We Do Doobadoo .... Christmas

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Colors of Fall

Happy Sunday Fall Morning!!!

I have been up since the crack of dawn and decided not to waste any time
so came up with this fall card for the challenge at "City Crafter"
which is to use the inspiration photo and the theme is "Leaves"

I went with a more simple design, and I think a bit of elegance!

Last fall my friend "Dar" gave me a bunch of packets of  5x7 AC cardstocks.
I used a piece of the brown textured from the "neutrals" pack....

My little strip of patterned paper is Bo Bunny Trail Mix

I purchased some new Prima leaf dies, and I am the kind of person
that when I get my new dies, I have to cut "samples" right away
and that is where these two leaves came from!! 

A bow from a scrap and a couple of stick pins were added...
I finished off with a few sequins that I found at Tuesday Mornings!!

I had the best day yesterday!!
Six of us went to an Amish home where the owner (Lydia) cooked us
an Amish tea...OMGoodness, what a wonderful time we all had!!
I wanted to share with you the picture of the menu she made (and served)
I think I put 20#'s on!!!!

She let us tour her home and even take all the photos we wanted....
She is true Amish and explained the ways of the Amish life to us...
it was the best learning experience.....

and after several questions were asked she reminded us 

"remember, we are just people, too"

that kind of stuck with me!!!

I was a fun, fun day spent not ony in her company, but with good friends...
One of the cutest things she had outside was an old corn crib
turned into a gazebo...she said her brother thought she was nuts
when she had him move it there, but I have to say "I WANT ONE"!!!
It was so unique and she had a grill and patio table and chairs inside and it was screened!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed my day yesterday!!!

Entering the following challenges:
AAA Cards .... Autumn Colors 

Great Impressions .... Autumnal Elegance
All Sorts .... Cream and Brown