Friday, October 28, 2016

Autumn Pillow Wreaths

This all began with me taking in an extra Halloween fabric pillow wreath to work to hang on our door . . .  it is similar to this one I made for our front door at home:

A few ladies at work stopped to compliment my wreath for BOO Day. Then one day one of the ladies asked me if I would make her a pillow wreath but for Autumn instead . . . then a second lady also asked for an Autumn pillow wreath. With Halloween being this upcoming week I decided I had better get the two wreaths made before Halloween came and went...  As we know after Halloween time passes quickly until we are on New Year's Day.

Neither of these ladies sew so they left it up to me for fabric choices and colours. Here are the two wreaths I made this past week using "fabric stash" I already had on hand in my sewing room:

Both ladies were happy I brought their wreaths to them at work today.  Already have orders for the upcoming Christmas season so will have to work sewing into my crafting time... but for now I am trying to finish up my Thanksgiving cards and then onto Christmas.... and so it goes... (or 'sew' it goes -- haha)... TFL

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bountiful Fall Tree Card

Card stock base is cream #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Kraft and creamy white card stocks for the card front are also from Mikes.

For this card I used the Fall Tree die set from Paper Smooches that arrived in the mail this morning. For the tree piece I used Mikes kraft card stock -- I wanted that to have dimension so I cut two pieces of the kraft card stock larger than the tree die piece. Used the ATG to put the kraft pieces together. Once they were adhered I cut out the tree die in the Big Shot. Used Stampin Up Crumb Cake to sponge the edges of the tree and branches.

For the leaves I wanted to use the different autumn leaf colours so I took a piece of white/GP and cut that to the size I wanted. Sponged on these Stampin Up inks to cover the white/GP piece:

Once my white/GP piece was inked I used one of the leaf dies from the die set to cut out my leaves:

Moved the leaf die piece around on the inked card stock cutting out leaves. With those cut out I put them onto a piece of coloured copy paper from the printer inked side up:

Used Pearls Shimmer Mist to spritz the leaves to give them some shimmer:

Set the leaves aside to dry. Cut and scored my cream card stock base. Cut a piece of kraft card stock for the card front. Used the ATG and put that onto the card stock base. Cut and adhered the creamy card stock to the card front. For the tree I used sticky tape and a glue pen to put that onto the card front.

For the greeting I used a stamp from the Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath stamp set. Stamped that using Stampin Up Real Rust ink. Used a scrap piece of green card stock and used the MS grass punch for the grass at the base of the tree. Trimmed that to the size I wanted using the trimmer. Put the grass piece onto the card front using a glue pen.

For all the leaves I put them onto the tree and card front using glue dots. This photo shows the shimmer on the leaves:

Easy card to put together with all the leaves cut out in advance before I began this card. Have enough leaves to make another card as well. TFL

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Channel Halloween Card

Memory Box Happy Halloween Channel die was used for the front of this card. Used a mini scallop die for the purple card stock behind the channel piece.

To make the card I cut and scored a piece of black card stock. Laid the channel die across the lower front of the black card. Ran this through the die cutting machine. Once that was cut I removed the die and using the trimmer I trimmed off about 1/4" on the end the channel die was on. This allows my purple card stock to show below the channel piece.

For the purple piece first I cut the purple card stock both a bit longer and a bit wider than I would need for the card front. Then I cut the one end using the mini scalloped die. Put the purple piece behind the channel die card front to decide how much to trim off the top for the length I wanted it to be. Used the ATG for adhesive on the back side of the channel die cut front and put the purple card stock behind the channel die cut card front. Using the trimmer I trimmed off the purple card stock sides that were too wide for the card.

Used scrap card stock for the pumpkin piece and die cut the pumpkin. Sponged the edges of that. Put this tiny pumpkin on the channel die cut piece using a glue dot:

To store this small pumpkin die that goes with the channel die I used painters tape and taped this tiny die to the channel die for storage:

This way this tiny pumpkin die will not get lost in storage and I will know where it is for the next use of this channel die.

Used scrap white card stock for the ghosts and lightly sponged the edges of those with black ink. Using striped card stock I cut a piece of that for the upper card front. Put that onto the card stock base using the ATG.  For the washi tape across the bottom of the card I used washi tape from the dollar store. TFL

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stormy Night Halloween Card

Had seen this video by Shelly Godby featuring the new Stampin Up bundle "Spooky Fun".  I wanted to buy this bundle and when I saw her card featuring it I decided to take the plunge. Here is the link to her video on YouTube:

As she suggested I used the curved die piece from the Stampin Up bundle Floral Phrases to make the stormy clouds on the card front.. I was happy I had bought that set before -- here is the die piece and the heavier black card stock I cut out as she suggests to use for a template for clouds on my card front:

I used a heavier weight card stock for my template so that it is more sturdy and will stand up to multiple projects I am going to use it on. Here is a photo of the stamp set this die piece matches:

Thanks to Shelly for her tip using this die piece for a stormy clouds background and here is a Halloween card I made with the tips she offers in her video:

I used Stampin Up black card stock for the card base. White is GP and the gray is from Mikes. I cut and scored the black card stock base. Then cut the white/GP to the size I wanted for the card front. Set these aside.

For the gray piece I cut that a bit larger than I would need and used my template and sponged gray ink onto the gray card stock for the clouds. I was careful to turn over the template as Shelly suggests while sponging the clouds on so it looked natural and did not make a stripe look or anything. With the stormy clouds done I next cut out the tree die from Stampin Up black card stock:

For the moon, like Shelly suggested, I used a 2" circle punch and sponged the edges of that with a light ink and then sponged Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie over that on one side of the circle to give it dimension. Used the ATG and a glue pen to put the tree piece and the moon onto the gray card piece. Trimmed this gray piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Using the ATG I put the white/GP piece onto the black card stock base. Then put the gray piece onto that also with the ATG.

Stamped the greeting "happy halloween!" with Memento black ink on the lower left side of the card. Using the fence die in that bundle I cut out a piece of Mikes kraft card stock and sponged that with a light brown ink. Cut it to the size I wanted and tucked it under the tree piece using a glue pen. Using a punch from the dollar bin at the craft store I punched out a black cat from scrap card stock and put that on the card front in front of the fence piece:

The tombstones were stamped with black ink and cut them out using the matching die. Did that again for a second piece and I cut that set of three tombstones apart with scissors and put them onto the card front using glue dots.

The small bats are punched out of scrap black card stock using a dollar bin bat punch. Put the bats onto the card front using a glue pen:

Thanks to Shelly for "thinking out of the box" for using the Floral Phrases die set piece to make the stormy clouds on her Halloween card. Her video also shows you how to cut a wider piece for your trees and grassy ground on the card front. BOO to you!   TFL

Sunday, October 2, 2016

BOO Candy Tin Treat Holder

Picked up a pack of two metal circle treat holders at the dollar store yesterday. Used the Steampunk BOO stamp from Inkadinkado for the top of the tin. Stamped it onto white/GP card stock with VersaMark ink and used black embossing powder to emboss it.  Once that was done I sponged the edge of this circle using black ink:

For the top of the tin I used the new-to-me Stampin Up Starburst dies and cut out black SU card stock using one of those dies. Used a circle punch for the purple circle behind the white stamped piece. After I had heat embossed the greeting I used the Stampin Up Circles die set to cut those out. Put these three circles together using the ATG.

Used Tear Tape to put the greeting circles onto the metal lid. Using the EK Success Bats punch I punched out three small bats from black glittered card stock. Put the bats onto the circles using TomBow glue. For the stars I used a star punch from the dollar bin at the craft store and scraps of glittered card stocks. Mini glue dots were used to add the stars to the lids. For the sides of the tin I used double sided red sticky tape and added the ribbon:

Inside each of these is black paper shred from the dollar store and I put in four of the dark chocolate candies from Dove chocolates:

Easy treat holder to put together and each tin cost 50 cents so a good deal for a Halloween treat holder. TFL

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hat assembly

More of the Witch Hat Clips following the tutorial on SCS from Janet Baker done by Kelly Acheson. Decided to make a white card stock pattern so I could cut out more hat pieces at one time and not waste the glittered black card stock:

Made this hat pattern following the directions on the tutorial and I used a heavier white card stock for this piece. Cut it out with the trimmer and then laid it on the backside of the glittered card stock alternating it to get more pieces from the glittered card stock and used a pencil to trace around the pattern piece:

Using the trimmer I cut out all my triangle hat pieces for stacking them in sets of two for the hats:

Used circle dies to cut out all my hat brims. Using glue dots I put the black clothespins from Mikes onto the triangle pieces and then folded over the hat brims for the hat. Used glue dots to attach the brim to the clothespins. Added bows to each hat that I had punched out using the Stampin Up Bow Builder punch. Added a bug to each bow center with a crystal and the hats are done:

Making all these witch hats at one time went quickly and an easy project for Halloween treat bags and such. Making a triangle pattern piece saved time and also glittered card stock as there was very little waste of that after cutting out all six hats. TFL