Saturday, October 30, 2010

Revisiting Halloween Past


Yesterday I said there would be a surprise post today - surprising to both of us as I had no idea what I would be making.  Well, sadly what I made was a horrid headache!  The headache stole both my creative mojo and my concentration so the surprise Halloween project I am sharing is from last Halloween.


I really liked this treat box and card set.  The box is the classic matchbox style with a wrap around sleeve and a slide out box. I chose Basic Grey Halloween print paper to make the box spooky fun. I welded the spider web from Paper Doll Dress Up into an oval to make the top of the box for a spooky touch.  I also crafted an oval tag with it's cute little monster and attached the tag to the box. 



I also made a matching card to go with the box.  One of my favorite little goblins received this box (with six fun size candy bars inside) and this card.

My headache is fading so I am hopeful that as the pain goes away my creative mojo will return!  Let's hope so because I have not completed my BBTB2 project of the week yet!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Spooky Boo Alice Card with Nesties


Only two days left until All Hallows Eve so my week of Halloween themed projects is close to winding up.  Today's card features some of the same elements that I have shared in earlier posts this week, Graphic 45 paper, Prima flowers, fun fall papers, and Halloween ribbons.  Of course the elements are put together differently making a completely new card.  I love that about paper crafting.


The main image of the card is from Graphic 45's Hallowe'en  in Wonderland line.  The image was cut out with a nestabilities, as was the cardstock mat behind the image.  The matting was embossed with a Spellbinder's metal embossing sheet before being affixed behind the top image.  


The base card is black (as is the matching envelope) with wonderful orange and cream print paper added to the front.  Atop the front paper I added an angled rectangle of lighter colored matting to create a bit of contrast between the orange background and the copper image matting.


I trimmed the Hallowe'en in Wonderland card and tucked it under the edge of the image and added a yellow Prima flower that matches the gold color in the image.  I added a row of lace and topped the lace with a fun Halloween "Spooky Boo" ribbon and bow.  A bit of black doodling around the edges of the card added a bit of interest to the edges..  Inside I added a square of smooth white cardstock to hold the Halloween message.


This card is one of my favorites of the season.  I like the simplicity and elegance.   I will be back tomorrow with a new project to share.  This project will be a surprise - for all of us as I have NO idea what I am going to make!!  I will see you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thank you to Carole - My Sweet DT Sister


I have to send out a big thank you to my BBTB2 Design Team Sister - Carole Lowe Beath!!  I left a comment on Carole's blog Paper Arts telling her that I liked her banner and that should it need a good home I had just the spot! Carole is such a sweetie, she mailed her BOO Banner to me!!  What a fun surprise when I opened my mail today!!!

Thank you SOOO MUCH Carole.  I love my new banner!!!!

Blog Candy Winner from Monday's Blog Hop


The blog hop winner for this month is:

Tammy (who) said...



Beautiful banner Susan! I love fall decorating too. Looking forward to more banners on the blog hop!

Tammy I will need to give your email address to Custom Crops and they will be sending you a voucher worth $25 in their on-line store.  You can pick whatever you would like.  Cool huh?  I love free shopping!!!

Thanks for all of the comments everyone.

Spooky Halloween Layout with Happy Hauntings


Today's spooky Halloween offering isn't really spooky at all!  This is one of four Halloween layouts I will have to make this year.  Normally I complete a two page layout for each of my children, but this year there will be one more.  It seems that no matter how old we get our family still loves Halloween (what was it I said yesterday about fun for kids of all ages - yes, I meant all of us).


This two page layout was creating using layers of Halloween themed paper.  The two base papers are Halloween pinstripes of oranges and greens with two three inch strips added to the bottom half of each page - a pretty orange floral print and a bolder stripe.  My favorite paper in this layout is the rectangle added to upper half of each page, a green cardstock with pumpkins and leaves.  Love this paper...!  I added a strip of ribbon to each page - fun witches feet going across the seams.

The main focal point (do I even need to say?) on this layout is the fun over-sized Trick or Treat bag.   I would love to tell you that I cut this bag with the cricut but that would be a big fat lie!  This great embellishment was a $1.00 coupon purchase at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte - in 2008.  Yes, I have had this embellishment stored for two years and had not used it.  Embarrassing but true.  The good news is, I am FINALLY using it.


Normally I use solid cardstock for my photo mats.  But this simple black and light, light gray Halloween paper is perfect for photo mats.  I tried to cut the paper so that some of the fun phrases will show at the edges of the photographs.  After adding the matting to the pages, I felt like more definition was needed.  I used my two layer Stampin' Up corner punch to create corners for the photo mats and random page corners.  This punch is one of my favorite Stampin' Up products!


I used Happy Hauntings to cut the double layer title, Spooky 2010. I used a black cardstock base layer and a scrap of paper printed onto archival paper using the Cricut Imagine (leftovers from a previous project).  The Imagine is going to be a treasure trove of great paper!!!


Finally, I added leftover (from a previous year) Halloween journal squares.  I used another Stampin' Up punch, the label punch, to shape the label in lower left corner of the layout.


With two Halloween layouts done I would normally only have one more to go.  But this year I too will need a Halloween layout - I dressed up for the Halloween Chili Cook Off at work.  This was my Charlie Chaplin get up!  I liked how the costume came out and I love that other than the hat and moustache the costume was put together with things we mostly had at home!


Do I even need to tell you that I will have another Halloween project again tomorrow???  :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Beware Card with Prima and Happy Hauntings


Continuing my week of Halloween, I have another card to share today.  In case you have not guess, I love the Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I think Halloween should be a fun for children of all ages.  Happy Hauntings has some very fun cuts.  I have previously shared the 3-D house, some of the treat boxes, the frames, and a character or two. Today I am going to focus on the BEWARE gate.


I used a black base card and added a triangle of fun Halloween paper to serve as a background on the front of the card.  The second layer on the card front is a wonderful glittery Halloween paper with shimmering jack-o-lanterns.  I cut the gate at 4 inches tall in a heavy weight black cardstock and affixed it to the front of the card.  I added the gate plate with black brads as well as the spooky BEWARE gate sign.  Beware would frighten me away!!!


I embellished the card with strips of natural twill.  On the left of the card the twill is attached with black brads.  On the upper right corner I knotted a small strip of twill and attached it to the card with a medium sized glue dot.  I added this fabulous black flower to the lower right for a bit of dark beauty.

I will be back tomorrow with results from a chili cook off in which I am involved.  I made vegetarian chili tonight and I have the "bring it on" attitude. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween in Wonderland - Off with his head!


"Off with his head!"  The Queen of Hearts is not very happy with the Mad Hatter.  Her royal proclamation is going to make his hat fit a bit loosely!  These adorable characters are not just from Alice in Wonderland but also from Graphic45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland line of paper.  You have probably seen this paper all over the Internet as it is very popular.  I have actually had the paper since it first released but I have been treating it like gold and had not cut it.


This Halloween card is gong to a family member who hopefully will appreciate the lack of tradition.  There may not be ghosts or jack-o-lanterns on this card, but it has spirit!!!  The background is a multi-print Halloween paper with an additional print attached on the right side.  A second layer of background was applied using another Halloween cardstock and the Stampin' Up ticket punch was used to shape the corners.


In the photo above you can see the sheer ribbon I affixed over the paper seam. I added 1/4 inch black circles to the right side of the card, just to the right of the ribbon.  Using the same ticket punch, I punched the corners of the Queen and the Mad Hatter cards.  And finally I used my favorite white pen to trim out the card with a few lines and doodles.  This card is going into the mail tomorrow so that my family members receive it before Sunday!


If you have not already done so, you may want to read Monday's post (below) and sign up for my monthly blog candy.  I will be back tomorrow with another Halloween project to share (this may be a theme this week)!

Monday, October 25, 2010

BBTB2 Banner & Blog Hop


Hello everyone, welcome to the monthly Bitten By the Bug 2 blog hop. You may have arrived here from our sweet Carole's blog, or you may have just dropped in to check out my monthly project. If you did not start at the beginning after you finish here you may want to go to BBTB2 and check out the fabulous banners made by my fantastic design team sisters!

This week's challenge cut was selected by our design team sister, the lovely Beth (Runs with Scraps). Beth asked the design team to use any of the banners on the banner feature from the Country Life cartridge. I do not have this particular cartridge but there are other several other banners on several other cartridges. I used two different banners from two different cartridges to create my HAPPY FALL banner.


The scalloped base banner was cut using Tie the Knot. The floral print banner with the rectangular topper is from Straight from the Nest. I added an additional triangle from George and Basic Shapes to create more interest. The maple leaf flourish decoration across the top of each section is from the seasonal Thanksgiving cartridge, as are the images on the first, last, and middle banners. I used the cornucopia, the turkey, and the corn for the image banners. I finished each section of the banner with the I-Rock and assorted gems.


Orange sheer ribbon was laced through the holes on each section of the banner. I then tied the ends of the ribbon to the iron sconces on my mantel. The orange was a perfect color in that it blends well with the cardstock colors and the leave garland on the mantel. I love decorating for fall and this fun banner added to the overall effect.


So did I mention a blog hop??? Did I tell you that with the blog hop comes BLOG CANDY? What? I forgot to mention that??? I have great blog candy for one lucky reader!!! I am giving away a $25 gift voucher from CUSTOM CROPS so one lucky person will get to do a bit of FREE shopping!!! All you have to do is leave a comment under this post. A random winner will be selected on Thursday of this week.

After you post your comment you will be continuing along on the blog hop. Your next stop is at our amazing Donna's fabulous blog. I cannot wait to see her awesome project; she inspires me every single week!!!

Thanks for coming by today. I will be back tomorrow with another new project.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oops! Blogger went crazy.


For some unknown reason blogger went crazy in the middle of the night Saturday night - Sunday morning and posted live my Monday BBTB2 challenge post. Imagine my surprise when I went to make a few edits and found that the blog had published! Eeeek!

I want to assure those people who left comments that I saved your comments and contact information and that you will still be in the drawing when the post goes live again on Monday morning.

I also want to apologize to my Design Team sisters for the error with blogger. Blogger was acting crazy last night before I went to bed; I just had no idea HOW crazy. It would not let me post photos but I did not have a clue that anything else was wrong.

All of that being said..... Come back tomorrow at 11:00 am as I have a great project, blog hop, and blog candy to share..... :-)

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Cartridges revealed yesterday


Oh how I love Hello Thursday!  It is that special day of the month were Provo Craft taunts and teases us with their latest selection of new Cricut cartridges.  This Hello Thursday was especially near and dear to my heart as I have been requesting a music cartridge for sometime!  And Hello Thursday allowed me to say hello to Quarter Note, the new music cartridge!!


All three of my children were in middle school and high school band as well as Jazz Ensemble.  This cartridge thrills me all the way down to my "in time" tapping toes!  Of course most of our musical adventures have been scrapped already but I may yet need this new cartridge and THAT is why it is on my list of must have cartridges!  That and it's three fonts, word art and music art!


And just because I love this cartridge SOOO much, I created a couple of previews in Design Studio.


My next favorite of today's releases is Ornamental Iron.


Initially I had a ho-hum reaction to the name.  But then I visited Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking and viewed her Ornamental Iron card!  I quickly went from ho-hum to OH WOW!  I love what Joy has done with this cartridge and THAT is what caused this cartridge to make my of "I want" cartridges!


Next on the list of today's new releases is Paper Lace.  Okay, so you know all of those lacy paper you purchase for $1.50 (or so) each?  No more, I say!!


Not only will you no longer need to purchase those expensive single sheets of lacy paper, you can make your own layers!  You can custom size your lacy paper to custom fit your project!  No more cutting the big sheet trying to make it fit your card, then wasting the rest of the lacy paper.  And guess what?  You know that Glimmer Mist relief stencils?  The Tim Holtz stencils?  Oh yes, with a bit of vinyl you can now make your own custom stencils!!


Next is Wrap It Up, a phase II cartridge.  It is similar to Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, only on steroids!


For those who love their TBBM cartridge, you are going to be THRILLED with Wrap It Up.  Imagine having word art, tags, cards, and bags - which all match!!  For those of us who are slightly OCD, this is a designer's dream come true.  It will all match!!!


Next is a fun little cartridge for those of us who "embellish" our vehicles.  And I just have to ask, why would we NOT embellish our vehicles?  They are an extension of who we are.  My own Honda mommy-mobile (Odyssey) has two embellies, a lime green cricut head in one back window corner and a sweet Hello Kitty face in the other corner!


This cartridge contains so much more than just the fun little people pictured below.  It also contains word art, like Support Our Troops, and additional layers. 



Finally the last of the new releases is Sesame Street Seasons.  I am going to say that with my "children" in the 20s, this probably should not be high on my list.  But I have a confession - I love Grover!!  My older son sounded like Grover as a toddler, forever endearing Grover to us.  Also, did you catch the last word in the title? Seasons.


In addition to the many fun Sesame Street images (did you see Grover with the umbrella) there are also seasonal images and seasonal Sesame Street characters.  OMGosh!  Check out Big Bird on that sledding saucer!  Seriously, if you have small children, you NEED this cartridge!  Move it straight to your must have list!!!   By the way, would you like to see a fabulous and unexpected card created with this cartridge?  You have to see what Melanie did with this cartridge at Courtney Lane Designs.  I love her snowman card. That's right, from this cartridge.


I have updated my "Must Have" and "Want" lists with this release. Now it is your turn to drool and choose!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You're Bewitching Digi Stamp Card


I would like to introduce you to Cassandra!  Cassandra is another of the Simply Betty Stamps (this version was another digital stamp) that my design team sister Donna enabled into my life.  You do know it is all Donna's fault that I purchased these digi stamps, right?  That is my story and I am sticking to it!!!



Cassandra is a bewitching little cutie wielding a magic wand and a black cat.  She is flirty in her curvaceous witchy garb and her flowing green locks.  Her eye shadow highlights her big blue lash rimmed eyes.  Cassandra is not one of those women with self esteem issues, she knows that she is simply BEWITCHING!


And with that sentiment in mind, I created a little tag to emphasize Cassandra's status, You're Bewitching!  I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create the circle sentiment with its witchy center.  The tag was cut out with a 1.5 inch circle punch.  The bottom layer of the tag was cut out with a 2 inch scalloped circle punch.

I used the Cricut Imagine to create the card layers.  I placed the colored stamp on the Imagine mat and with careful placement I cut out the digi image using one of the Imagine's basic shapes.  I then printed and cut the purple and green print layers using the Imagine More cartridge.  The bottom border layers were recolored and printed and cut also using the IM cartridge.


I completed the front of the card by adding a stamped flower, black rick-rick and a button to the bottom edge.  I mounted the purple layer onto a dotted Halloween paper before adhering the card front to the white card. 


The card was finished with a simple Happy Halloween stamp and a little happy spider.

Thank you for coming by today!!