Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Blog Hop Winner!

First, I wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments and for new followers! I promise to sit down and spend some time checking out your blogs and following you as well this week!! I was so nervous sharing my work but it was so much fun at the same time!

Second, on to the winner. I had 21 comments and used to pick a number and the winner is #14!

Anna said...

Glad you are back up & running! I love the banners, makes me want to try one! The other projects are cute too!
October 27, 2011 6:06 PM

Congrats Anna! I'll get your prize in the mail this week!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kimberli's Creations Halloween Blog Hop!

Good morning and welcome to our Halloween blog hop! We have several talented ladies who will be sharing fun Halloween projects with you today, to hopefully inspire you to create some Halloween crafts of your own! If you just happened upon my blog, please go to Kimberli's blog to start from the beginning, so you don't miss anything! There will be some fun giveaways along the way, so be sure to hop by each of the blogs so you don't miss any!

I've created a few projects for this hop. I wanted to stray away from my typical simple layout and card. I ended up making a banner, a "candle" (originally planned a lantern but plans changed!) and I altered a frame.

First up is my Halloween Banner. I used pumpkin paper from the DCWV Autumn Amber stack. The black and white polka dots is also DCWV but that was loose paper purchased from Joann's. The font is from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge set at 2.5in. The base is from Elegant Edges. I used my Gypsy for all of this and the height of the shapes is 4in and 4.65in. I was having a lot of trouble deciding how to string the banner together until I saw this sheer ribbon at Joann's! I love the polka dot paper so this was perfect!

Next is my "candle". I've been seeing lanterns made with the Cricut and wanted to try it. It didn't work so well and I think my issue was that I was trying to make it small. So instead of a lantern, I changed it to a candle! I used the same "base" from my banner. I took about a 1in thick piece of vellum and scored it in half and then trimmed it so I could make a circle and glued that to the base. Then my candle is simply a sheet of vellum with a spider web frame layered over it. This cut is also found on Happy Hauntings. I started out with 2 frames, welded them together and adjusted the width to 9 inches. After that, I unlinked the height and width and changed the height to 4.5inches. I used a stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's and embossed with an iridescent powder. I glued the ends together and placed it over my base. I have a battery powered candle inside of it.

And finally, my last project was a frame. I took an old wood frame from Ikea and glued the DCWV polka dot paper to it and trimmed off the excess. I stamped and embossed the spider webs and spider on the same paper and layered it over the frame. I used a stamp from the same set and stamped and embossed Happy halloween, added some of the ribbon and then attached it to the frame. Its not perfect but not too bad for a first attempt. The only issue I had was that the white ink seems to smudge even once its embossed. I use Color Box ink and don't have this issue with my other colors. However, they are old and the white is brand new. Maybe something has changed?

And because you made it through my very long post, I'm giving away a little something. When shopping for supplies, I picked up 2 mat stacks and 2 stamp sets and the extras could be yours! :) Just leave a comment and a way to contact you and I'll draw a winner on Monday, Oct. 31. (U.S. Residents only. Sorry!) Also, if you have an awesome white ink for embossing, please share what it is! I definitely need a new one!

Thanks so much for visiting and now please go to the very talented Maria's blog next - here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way!

Kim @ Kimberli's Creations -
Chris @ Get Inspired With Chatterscene -
Tracy @ My Scrap Escape -
Maria @ Creative By Design -
Susan @ Cricut & Grasshopper -
Renee @ I Came, I Saw, I Created -
Dana @ Paper Memories 4 U -
Lori @ Got 2 B Crafting -
Crystal @ Creations By Crystal -
Sis @ Paper, Craft, and Scissors -

Happy Halloween and thanks for hopping with us!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Blog Hop!

Next Thursday is Kim's Halloween Blog Hop! I can't wait. Its the first one I'm participating in. :) Gotta finish up those projects soon!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Quick birthday card

My BIL's girlfriend's (I really should just start calling her my SIL!) birthday is on Monday so I had to get a card in the mail today. I procrastinated as usual and then had to rush to get a very simple card done. The flowers were from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. I cut them for a LO I did a few months ago and saved the extras! I was so glad I did! I added a little bling to the centers with my iRock tool. I cut the shape for the inside using Elegant Edges. So its nothing fancy but at least M will know we're thinking of her!

My brother's birthday is on Tuesday so I have another card to make by Sunday for his birthday dinner with the family! I have no idea what to make though. He's definitely the hardest one to make stuff for!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I made the top 10 again!!

I've entered the DCWV Stack a holic template challenge 3 times and made the top 10 twice!! I'm so excited!!!

Can't wait for the next one. :)