10.31.2010

Happy Halloween & Home Decor Projects!

Happy Halloween friends! I hope that you all have a fun day!! I wanted to share a few decor items I made for my home and that we also used at my Mom's Halloween party this year. In my entryway, I have a little niche in the wall so I displayed these pieces there.
 I cut out this design with my Silhouette machine:
in black cardstock and adhered it to the 'b' side of the 'Festive Brocade' paper from the Tinsel & Twig line from Girls Paperie. The little cream dots of the green background - love!! I think it worked good for Halloween so I used it on my project. I also cut out some bats from a Halloween paper (from Girls Paperie too) and sewed them onto the paper.

The smaller pedestal cream frame is from Ikea (I think for only .99!) and I cut a piece of 'Ghost Story' patterned paper for the background and then layered it with embellishments from the Toil & Trouble line. Those crepe paper embellishments are amazing!!! Everyone keeps asking if I made them! :) The only bad thing - I don't want to take them down! I need them for every season I think! So cute!
I also stuck a vintage 'p' flash card with a pumpkin on it into a vintage floral frog to finish it off. The numbers '31' in the vase are some vintage hymnal numbers. I also made a simple circle banner with punched circles from vintage dictionaries. I sewed them together with my sewing machine and then added some more of the Girls Paperie crepe embellishments to the front and back of some of the circles. Sorry for the horrible photo - but hopefully you get the general idea.

On Saturday, we carved our pumpkins and made some  Halloween treats. For my pumpkins, I took some Chalkboard spray paint and gave them a good spray and let them dry. I then wrote on them with a white chalkboard marker and set them up by our front door. Fun and easy! The kids used some templates that I cut out with my Silhouette machine and we carved a bat, cat and some traditional jack-o-lantern faces on them. For the skull pumpkin, I just lightly adhered the mask to the pumpkin and then gave it spray with black spray paint.
I also made some fun Halloween ornaments that we hung on some of my Mom's decor at the Halloween party - but for some reason - I can't find the pictures on my computer. Spooky! Just kidding! I'll have to take new photos of them and get them up - even though it will be after Halloween. So, there is some of my Halloween decor for ya. We did the trick-or-treating last night so we've just been hanging out together as a family today. Always a good thing! Have a great Halloween!

Thank You Card


Happy Halloween everyone! Yes, this doesn't seem like an appropriate Halloween post, but I wanted to get something up here this morning. I'm so mad that I haven't gotten photos of my Halloween projects up - so I'm gonna do that this morning - watch for another post today. Better late than never right! LOL!

So, in the meantime, thanks for sticking around. This card is made with pretty much all American Crafts goodies. I die-cut the pink/white dot fabric paper with a Sizzix house die, added some stamping with Versamark Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder (on the blue background), and then some simple embellishing with some stamping, circles and more.

Ok, off to take photos of the Halloween stuff. Be back soon! :)

One more thing...I had a message from Jasey asking if the Silhouette was a good machine to get. I can't find an email address for you so I hope you see this - YES - I love the Silhouette machine. I don't work for them nor do I get a kick back for saying that - just my honest opinion. I do sometimes wish it cut 12x12 but honestly, I rarely need something that big. The variety of designs in their store is the best - you download what you want/need and it's instant. I use it all the time! I'd say go for it - great item for your Christmas wish list! If you have more questions about it - let me know! Hope that helps a bit!

10.18.2010

Noteworthy Bits No. 2

More Noteworthy Bits today...

1. My sweet nephew, Paxton, has had a difficult week recovering from another operation he had. Please continue to keep him in your prayers! Tonight, Monday, on the 10pm KSL (channel 5) news, the story of Paxton and his rare condition will be aired. We are excited to see the story and I know that my sister hopes that it will bring healing or help some family out there by sharing it. So, tune in if your interested. I'll post a link to anything posted online afterward.

2. Sold the machine - thanks!
3. I'm slowly getting onto the twitter bandwagon...and getting quickly addicted to checking in for all the updates from everyone. It's so fun! If your interested in following me...click here. Or on the twitter logo in the sidebar.

4. We had a fun Halloween party up at my parents Cabin this weekend! We usually have the party close to Halloween and it was so nice to have it earlier - it really got us in the mood for Halloween. I made some simple Halloween decorations for the party with American Crafts new Halloween line and also the Toil & Trouble line from Girls Paperie. I'll have another post about those...but I wanted to share a fun little craft project that the kids did.
Each child decorated a 4x6 'Just Write' Journaling Card from the American Crafts Boo! line with rubons and stickers from the line and also stickers (love that sticker pad!) from the Toil & Trouble (Girls Paperie) line. They had so much fun decorating their cards!
I used my Silhouette machine to cut out some cute Halloween images (designed/uploaded by Pebbles, Inc.) and then the Mom's stapled a die-cut image onto ribbon, then a child's card, then another die-cut image and continued on till all their cards were stapled on to create a darling Halloween banner. I just realized that I didn't get a final photo of anyone's banner - I'll have to have them send me picts. It was a fun little project though and the kids had a good time (and so did the mom's)!
5. I feel like I've been doing more organizing in my studio than crafting lately...but it always feels good to get things put away. For a long time, I've had my paints in bins sorted by color families. It's worked good but it takes up so much room in my closet. So, I decided to move them into one of my drawers and store them upside down so the paint is ready to go and so I can easily see the colors. It is working so much better - plus - I love to see all the colors! :)
Sorry for all the dark/yucky photos - taken with iphone at night! :)
I want to share more, but I gotta get ready to get this cute little boy to therapy. I hope you all have a great Monday! And don't forget to watch the KSL 5 news tonite if your local!
Hugs!