Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pocket Card Tags

Hello and Happy Halloweeeeen!!!

Just a quick pop in on this fabulously frightful holiday to show you what I did for my husband and boys today.

Playing again with the Gift Bag Board Punch from We R Memory Keepers.  I love that thing!  Again, I'm using the fun Bewitched collection.  I filled the bags with their favorite candy. :)

I needed some quick tags to attach to their treat bags so I went through my stash of Albums Made Easy pocket cards.  They are adorable as is, but I wanted to dress them up a bit so I pulled some of the fun stickers from the sticker sheet and popped them up on foam adhesive.  TIP: When embellishing pre-made elements, foam tape is an easy but essential thing to use.  It makes a huge difference!

I took a black pen to make a little web/trail line for my cute and spooky spider.

Look at that fun dimension on the embossed stickers!

This talk bubble card is a great background for the "Trick or Treat" sentiment.

Now when my boys come home from work and school, they'll find a cute and spooky treat on their pillow from their favorite ghoul!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A little Halloween Home Decor


Since my son and daughter-in-law are just starting out and don't have much in the way of holiday decor, I thought I'd help them out a little and use my paper crafting stash in the process.

I got this idea from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I tweaked it a bit.  Here's what I made:

I got a cheap $4 frame and ran my Stazon ink pad over it to kind of tone down the gold.  Why not just spray paint it, you ask?  Because I still wanted some of that gold to show through, mmkay?  I cut a section of patterned paper from the Witches' Brew DSP from Stampin' Up!. I love the design and fonts on that particular sheet of paper. Then I took 6x6 sheets from the Graphic 45 pad and cut 3 doilies with the Doily die from Lifestyle crafts, cut them in pieces and sponged them a little with some Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango inks.  Then I just put it in the frame.  Easy? Yes!  Cute?  Absolutely!

Supplies used:

Paper:             Witches' Brew (Stampin' Up!)
Steampunk Spells 6x6 pad (Graphic 45)
Ink:                 Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Stazon Black (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:               Doily Die (Lifestyle Crafts)
Other:             Frame

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Steampunk Halloween


Since my daughter is on an LDS mission in Canada right now, I didn't want to send her anything that she would have to try to make room for in her suitcase when it's time to be transferred to another area.  So 3D items are kind of out.  But she did ask for a bag of Almond Joy candy bars, because apparently they don't have those in Canada.  Sad!

And since she's not getting a cute gift bag like her brothers.....which she would appreciate MUCH more than her brothers will.....but I digress....

I decided to make her a Halloween card to go with the candy.  Her mission companion loves Almond Joys too so I'm sending her a bag and a card as well.

So here's where the steampunk comes in.  I have recently discovered a new (to me) site that sells all sorts of SVG cuts for your electronic die cut machines.  It's called SVGcuts.  This site may or may not have pushed me over the edge to upgrade to the Silhouette Designer Edition software.  Just sayin'.

Now, before I go any further in showing you the cards I made, I can not take credit.  I used their designs and the exact paper they used in their samples which is the Steampunk Spells collection by Graphic 45.  Graphic 45 really isn't my style at all and if I saw it in the store, I would glance and walk right on by, but oh. my. goodness.  The combination of these retro Halloween shapes and the Steampunk patterns, I had to do a double take.  And then another double take.  And then take a trip to my local scrapbook store to get every paper in that collection.  Okay, okay.  Here they are.  And if you don't love them like I do, that's okay.  I can be in love with them for everyone.  Here they are in all their Steampunky glory:

This one is for my daughter because she's allergic to cats but loves them, anyway.  This one won't cause any coughing or itchy, swollen eyes ;)

This one will be for her mission companion.

I think I'll send this cutie to my sister.  It reminds me of our growing up years.
Do you love them?!  I hope so.  Because I just keep going into my craft room to look at them.  Yes, I love them that much.  I may have to make duplicates just so I won't be sad when they get put in the mail.

And because, I just couldn't send these creations in just any ol' plain jane white envelope, I made matching envelopes with the extra sheets of paper and my Envelope Punch Board.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sad Day...


Well....we've hit a milestone at our house, people.  And I gotta say, I'm kinda sad about it.  This is the first year in, like, forever that none of my kids will be trick-or-treating.  Yep.  My youngest, is now of the age where he gets to hand out the candy instead of begging for candy.  And it hurts my heart a little.

I love that my kids are growing up and becoming responsible (most days) citizens, but there are days that I sure do miss those little kids running up and hugging my legs or crawling on my lap on the couch to cuddle with me (although, my 17-year-old actually did crawl on my lap last week and cuddled with me for a few minutes.  Shhh.  Don't tell him I told.  I'm sure it was quite the site, but I loved it!)

So since there won't be pillowcases full of sugary, Halloween goodness this year, I decided to do something sweet and crafty for all my kids.

I used my Gift Bag Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers and made these cute little bags with the Bewitched collection for my oldest son and his wife:

I layered the tag shapes with the journaling card shapes.  This gives the finished tags a little more dimension and interest.  My other two boys will be getting bags similar to this also filled with their favorite Halloween candy, thus carrying on the tradition of my mom and mother-in-law. :)

Supplies used:

Paper:             Bewitched (We R Memory Keepers)
Tools:             Gift Bag Punch Board (We R Memory Keepers)
Other:             Black Velvet Ribbon (We R Memory Keepers)
                        Orange ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)
                        Black/White twine (We R Memory Keepers)
                        Black eyelets (We R Memory Keepers)

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!