Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Inspiration!

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Halloween is just around the corner and every year I think I'm going to do something fabulous for it. Host a party, decorate my house, create artwork...but the reality is that fall is my busiest time of the year and I rarely get anything done! 

I was recently away on a scrapbooking retreat (one that I wasn't hosting for a change!) and started talking with one of my friends about how I LOVE Halloween scrapbooking products, but I can't justify buying them if I never use them. We decided to have a little card swap so we could use some of the stamps, paper, dies and embellishments that would otherwise just sit there!

Here is my card:

I've really been loving my new Close to my Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge so of course I had to use it on my card. The overlay is made from a mini book page on the cartridge and I just trimmed off the binding part. Under the black overlay is a piece of white cardstock that I sprayed with 3 colors of Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist. I wish you could see the shimmer in real life because it's amazing!

To add more interest and dimension to the black cardstock overlay, I covered it with two layers of clear UTEE...well mostly clear UTEE (there were a few pieces of different colored glitters that slipped in!) Then I mounted the overlay on top of the sprayed circle with pop dots. At the time I was out of black pop dots, so I used a black copic marker to color the edges of the white ones so they didn't stick out too badly!

 The banner I used was from a Tim Holtz strip die and the Halloween word, spider webs and bats for the inside of the card were all cut from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. Like I said I LOVE my new cartridge!

I also added some Close to my Heart black Shimmer Trim to the front and inside as well as some My Mind's Eye orange enamel dots.
The bats on the inside were run through my Xyron after being cut out on the Cricut and then I added black glitter to them. I can never have too much sparkle on a project!

I don't know why, but lately I've really enjoyed decorating the front and inside of cards so they coordinate and then finishing it off by stamping on the envelope. I don't do this for all my cards, but when I have time or I'm making something special I really like how it finishes the card off.

On the envelope I used Close to my Heart white pigment ink to stamp the spider web and spider. It stamped so beautifully and now I can't wait to use it on some chalkboard projects!

I hope you got some Halloween inspiration and maybe you can find a friend to swap a card with to help use up that stash of beautiful Halloween products!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

September & October Calendar Layouts

Hi Crafters! 
For those of you in Canada, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend...and ate an absurd amount of yummy food like I did! I always have the bonus that my Birthday is the week before Thanksgiving so usually my family celebrates both on the same day (I love getting presents for Thanksgiving). This year my husband and I also made our own chicken dinner the next day, which turned out really well.

I realized when I was getting ready to post this month's calendar layout that because I was gone on holidays I forgot to post the September calendar layout!! Oops...
 As a result I decide to put both months in the same blog post. The September sketch will be shown first followed by the October one. Enjoy!


A: 12”x12” black cardstock
B: 7 3/4”x7 3/4” plaid patterned paper
C: 5”x7” black cardstock
D: 3 1/2” purple cardstock
E: 1/2”x2 1/4” purple patterned paper
F: 1/2”x7 3/4” yellow patterned paper
G: 1”x11” snake skin patterned paper
H: 3/4”x10 1/2” purple cardstock
I: 6”x6” paisley patterned paper
J: 2” stamped flower embellishment
K: 1 1/4” flower embellishment x2

Supplies: Laughing Lola Workshops on the Go kit, Laughing Lola Assortment, white gel pen, black ink pad, flowers die cut from white cardstock, blue glitter, black embossing powder, green marker, black hemp, pop dots, glue pen.


A: 12” x 12” cream cardstock
B: 5 1/4” x 7 1/4” flower patterned paper
C: 5 1/2” x 11” yellow cardstock
D: 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” grey patterned paper
E: 1 3/4” x 4 1/2” stamped and die cut title
F: 2” stamped flower
G: button
Supplies: Huntington paper pack, Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, Huntington WOTG stamp set, twine, button, Happy Autumn stamp set, Fall Harvest stamp set, CTMH inks: Slate, Goldrush, Barn Red, Olive.

The overlay on this layout is cut using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge from CTMH. I LOVE this new cartridge and all the really amazing overlays, shapes and pages that come with it. The font is also very elegant (the word "Day" is created using that font) and there are many very useful linked titles. I cannot rave enough about this cartridge...I JUST LOVE IT! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I'm Back!

Hello Crafty Friends!

September was a whirlwind month, with classes, two week vacation in Florida and my annual Customer Appreciation Crop. It's still hard to believe the month is over already! 

My husband Cody and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a long vacation to Orlando, Florida and we had a truly magical trip! Here are a few snapshots from our vacation.

It was a dream vacation and the first time we've been away together for about 5 years! Orlando now tops our list as one of our favorite places in the world to visit. The weather, the people and all the things to do were so wonderful.  I can't wait to go back again!

Now onto more crafty things...
I have just posted my new classes for October under the classes tab above. If you want to see more close up pictures visit my Facebook page here. It's so much fun to be working on Christmas projects already and to start planning for my favorite holiday of the year!

Here are my new October classes:

Thanks for stopping by and I plan to be back to regular posting next week!!

Happy Crafting!

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