Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Well, tomorrow is Halloween, and all the little spooks and goblins will be dressing up and getting sackfuls of treats which they will consume in great quantities over the next week and leave their parents and teachers to deal with the sugar highs and lows. There is also the last full supermoon around now! Parents and teachers - take cover! I love seeing the costumes the little ones wear. The older ones, with the evil and gore - not so much. I love clever costumes that are home made. My little grandson, Parker, wanted to be an astronaut so my daughter put one together using a silver batman costume with the batman logo covered up, a hockey helmet covered in tinfoil and duct tape and a jet pack made out of pop bottles!

Clever Costumes

Think about it!


When I was growing up, as soon as we were old enough, we had to make our own costumes, and we had such a fun and creative time doing that. No one went out and bought costumes. If you couldn't do anything else, you got an old sheet, cut two holes in it and went as a ghost. We would burn corks and use them to draw beards and mustaches and dirt on us and Mom's lipstick added some colour. We also roamed the neighbourhoods in a group and there were no parents along for the night. We went out, got our loot and came home again in the dark and no one worried at all. That would never fly these days, but that taste of independence AND responsibility was heady! We had to look out for each other.

Since today is Friday, it's another As You See It Challenge for this week:

Amanda has come up with another great sketch for us to play with, and since it's my last chance to get a Halloween design in, that's the direction I took for my card.

  • One last chance to use my Happy Haunted Designer Series Paper. The two designs are actually the reverse sides of each other, so I just cut out one 4" x 5 1/4" sheet, cut 1 1/2" off one end and turned it over to get these two to fit perfectly, side by side. I used one of my last pieces of Black Glimmer Paper to cover the transition.
  • I took one of the Spider Web Doilies and cut the mini doily out of the center to add to the middle of my Deco Label die cut, and used the outed part separately, peeking out under the Glimmer Paper.
  • The sentiment is from the Six Sayings stamp set, which you may have gotten the impression that I love! You'd be right, but your time is running out to get this one. You can't just order it. It is a host set, so can only be earned with Stampin' Rewards. You may want to book a party or private class, get your friends together for a night of stampin' fun, and earn some Stampin' Up! enhanced rewards up until Nov. 9. Email me to set your date.
  • Who can tell me how I made the ends on the sentiment panel? Leave me a comment with the answer below and I will email you a free tutorial if you get it right.
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pinterest to the Rescue

I have a Technique class coming up next week and I wanted some unique Christmas cards for it because the theme of the class is ...Unique Christmas Cards! With time at a premium this week, I turned to Pinterest for some great ideas. Do you use your pins? I do, all the time, but I do pin more than I'll ever have time to do! It's nice to have a variety to choose from. Usually I design the cards for my classes, but when the mojo is slow, or life is crazy, it's good to know that Pinterest has my back. The two designs that you're seeing today, are Pinterest inspired, pretty much totally. The first design with the pink poinsetta was a pin by Debby Hughes of What a great design! I just basically Stampin' Up!'ed it!

The second project is a card that becomes a luminary with the addition of the little battery powered votive candles. This project was from a pin by Emma Palonek of Vintage Graffiti. I thought her idea was absolutely brilliant, so I changed it up a little to make it my own, and I had to figure out the way to do it myself, as there were no specific instructions on her blog.

  • Basically, I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits to die cut 4 windows which I joined together and added Window Sheets for the panes of glass and I used all three of the Sleigh Ride Edgelits to create the little scenes on each window. 
  • The sentiment is also from Versatile Christmas.

With the focus on the other sides of the luminary, you can see that I added scenes to each window.

I must say, I had a lot of fun recreating these great designs! Try it yourself, or come to my class next week if you're in the area! Email me if you want an invite.

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