Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Mini Album

I recently made 2 mini Halloween albums, one for each of my grandchildren.  These were sooooo much fun to make.  I found the chipboard albums in the dollar bin at Michales and loaded up on them.  There are many cricut cuts on this project, most from Happy Hauntings and Mini Monsters.  I also used lots of embellishments found in my stash of goodies.  I am still cleaning up glitter in my craft room from all the fun I had adding glitter to anything that didn't move.  Also got carried away with Glossy that stuff!

*Cover - The cute little pumpkin on the cover is cut from Celebrate With Flourish.  I used a lot of glitter and Glossy Accents on this little guy.  The stamp is from the dollar bin at Michaels.

*Page 1 and 2 - The Witches Hat is from Mini Monsters.  I used lots of glitter, then covered that with Glossy Accents. I love, love, love the effect that gives!  The second page is ready to slip in a photo. I used ribbon and gems to accent this page.

*Page 3 and 4 - The spider web is actually a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash.  I believe the spider is from Doodlecharms....he is covered in black flock and I added google eyes.  I think he is adorable!  Page 4 has ribbon and a sucker cut from Mini Monsters covered in Glossy Accents.

Pages 5 and 6 - Page 5 is ready to add a photo.  I used candy corn brads on the corners.  The "little monster" on the next page is cut from Mini Monsters.  I used lots of glitter and Glossy Accents on him. 

*Pages 7and 8 - Page 7 is photo ready with a spooky pumpkin cut from Happy Haunting...he has lots of glitter and Glossy Accents also.  The web from page 8 was just a strip of black paper and I used a punch from EK to create the spider web.  And right now, I cannot remember which cartridge I used to cut the "trick or treat" sentiment....uuuuggh...I hate when that happens!

*Back Cover - I used an old Sizzix die for the picket fence and really inked it up to make it look old.  The pumpkins were some brads that I have had for years.  I cut the moon from George and also inked it up a bit.  The bat, I believe, is from Everyday Paper Dolls?...not sure on that one.  My picture doesn't do him justice, the Glossy Accents caused a glare, but he has cute purple brads for eyes and lots of glitter!

The final touch was tying orange, lime green and black sparkly ribbons on the ring.  Now I just need to add pictures of my cute little trick or treaters and I'm done...thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Glass Block

After seeing so many great looking glass blocks on the Cricut MB and various blogs, I wanted to give it a try!  I used glass etching cream on both sides of the block first in hopes of hiding the light cord a bit.  I left the etching cream on for about 40 minutes and was very pleased with the even appearance I got.  I cut the cat from Pumpkin Carvings using black vinyl.  I stuffed the block with some really cool orange lights that I found at Hobby Lobby.  The strand had 100 lights and it was a tight fit, but I think it looks really cool!  The final touch was a bow made with ribbon from M's. (I make a terrible bow...please don't look to closely).  You can't really tell in the photo (photography isn't my strong suit either) but the ribbon is really cute...says Trick or Treat and has candy all over it.  Anyway, this was a fun project and I think that I'll be trying a Christmas version of the glass block soon.
I am planning on entering this glass block in this week's challenges at My Sheri Crafts and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog...wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Autumn Splendor Challenge

The Circut Circle Blog challenge for this week is called Autumn Splendor.  The challenge was to use the colors gray, orange, tan and burgundy.  We were also to use lots of texture.  I decided to make a fall wreath to go on my pantry door.
                                                            MY RECIPE:

FALL - Mickey Font
Scarecrow - I used the farmer from EDPD and improvised a bit! I also used Peachy Keen Stamps
Leaves - Give a Hoot and EDPD
Pumpkin  and Witch - Celebrate With Flourish
Tree - Mini Monsters (Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes)
Wheelbarrow - Walk in My Garden
Turkey and pumpkin - CAC

I inked all the edges and ALL of those tiny, tiny leaves using Tim Holtz Distressed Inks.

For the texture part of the challenge, I think the wreath itself adds a lot of texture.  I also have ribbon, embossing, and the cute little sunflower button on the scarecrow's hat!  Also used some Stickles here and there.  I really enjoyed this challenge and spent alot of time on it.  And's time to go clean up all the mess I left behind...(sigh)....thanks for looking!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Treats for Emma's Class

My Granddaughter Emma and I spent the afternoon working on Halloween treats for her classmates and her teachers.  Emma had a great time stuffing candy into goodie bags for all her friends at school.  For her teachers, we used vinyl to put each teacher's initial and lots of polka dots on these cute little buckets (Target's dollar bin). We filled them with Halloween notepads (also Target's dollar bin) and lots of candy.  We also put initials and polka dots on small bottles of hand sanitizer to add to each bucket.  Emma is really excited about passing out her gifts to her friends and teachers and I had a great time crafting with my favorite granddaughter!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This card came together as a result of my own scare from an "ify" mammogram just a few weeks ago.  I had some wonderful friends that supported me during the time of waiting and waiting and waiting for lab results.  Thankfully my results were great and I wanted to show my appreciation to my friends for their concern and prayers on my behalf. The bra is from Sweethearts.  After cutting the bra, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Textile Texture folder.  I used Labels Eleven from Nestabilities for my sentiment and the stamp (which I thought was adorable) is by Whipper Snapper Designs. If you or somebody you love is due for a mammogram, don't put it could very well save your life!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Calendar Girl

This is a layout I created for the Cricut Circle Blog Challange - Think Pink.  A couple of years ago, my Granddaughter's class at her preschool performed to Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl". Thanks to this challange, I finally got around to scrapping these pictures! Here is the recipe I used:

Paper - We R Memory Keepers Tiffanys
Large Scallop was cut using Mini Monograms
Rose with the stem is cut from Rock Princess
Fancy Corners is from Storybook
Flower and crown are from OUAP
Scalloped heart is from Sweethearts
I used lots of Stickles, Glitter Mist and pearls to complete this project.

Although these two make an adorable couple, I am thankful that it was only for a performance!  I'm not ready for the dating thing at all!
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