Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Some More Halloween Fun!

We were Boo'd!! So of course we Boo'd right back and the girls had a blast! I made some mini luminaries with battery tea lights. So quick and easy using the DCWV fall glitter stack from last year and the font from the Happy Hauntings. I simply cut a rectangle in the center of the paper(4X6?), then taped some clear acrylic (leftover form my calling card project) to the back of the cardstock, then cut the letters on real dial size to fit. Vinyl works the best since it is sticky and more flexible than card stock. One tip for getting the the luminaries a consistent size: after making the first votive, wrap the other around it to make sure it was the same, then slide it off and do the third. Sookwang tape holds so well I highly recommend it. It was fast and fun!

I added a small purse filled with candy cut from the same stack, using Forever Young. And put it all together with a cute plastic pumpkin with Mickey ears and some tissue paper ghosts. One stuffed with a stuffed kitty and a stuffed pumpkin in the other...and some candy of course! My girls had a great time and giggled and giggled as we hid around the corner in the dark then sneaked away(not so quietly) :)!

My Circle Calling Card

In anticipation of possibly attending a circle meet up I created a few calling cards and a box to carry them. Now I can't wait for a meet up I can actually attend!

 The first card has a clear printable acrylic front (using the imagine and Hopscotch cartridge) and is stapled to the white backing. Love this one but I ended up using plain paper and trying a different style as well. The sun is actually cut from the Imagine using photo paper that had less than stellar results in my printer but looks great with the Imagine! Using photo paper in the Imagine is one of my favorite effects. I can't wait to try some interesting things using the gypsy and the Imagine when they update it to print and cut. The box was just a quick whatever works kinda construction but I wanted it reinforced so it was an interesting project, with lots of scraps left over :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Blog Hop Winners are....

Big Thanks to those who stopped by and left a comment on my blog. I heard from some who made houses and loved all their ideas, I heard from those who were inspired to try some projects of their own. So, I consider the blog hop a great success! You were all very kind to offer such nice comments and I wish I had something for everyone like (trick or treating) but I only have three prizes and those prizes go to....
  1. Sin City Chix  
  2. Christina 2
  3. scrapBugz

Congratulations to the winners! They were chosen by after I copied and pasted everyone's names into the "List Randomizer" so rest assured I read each and every comment! :)

Christina 2 was the second Christina to post who said...

I love your haunted house and the 'spooky' word on your wall! The candles are adorable too! You are very talented!


They each left contact info! So I'll be sending notice today and wait to hear from them.  Winners, please let me know which prize you want...first come first served! If I don't hear from the winners after two weeks I will move down the list that was generated from! Thanks, again, it was so much fun!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pretty in Pink

I love it when I have a challenge to work on so this week I decided to try for the Circle Blog challenge. Any type of submission was accepted with a minimum of two cricut cuts, and PINK! Ruffles, swirls, and scallops and bling were the order of the day as well. For my submission I redid a purse I tried for a friends daughter this week. Hers was not so pink so I decided to go over the top.  Found this swirled pink lustrous paper in the DCWV Luxury stack and went to town. It cut really nicely from the Forever Young cricut cartridge and I decided to try the ruffles again.

This time I put a double row of sookwang tape at the edge of a plain white base cut from the same design. Just the back of the one section(make sure it's the one with the slit or you'll be cutting through it later) I pleated along the edge laying it along the tape and letting it show over the edge. Then taped all through the center to help it stay put. The effect was a pretty ruffle right at the edge of the purse, sandwiched between the papers. Next I added a triple scalloped circle tag with the same ribbon and then added a few sparkles in white on the handle and the center of the closure. I went together surprisingly easily and quickly! Think I'll put in some goodies for a dear friend who watched my B today! ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Welcome to the Haunted Halloween Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog for the Halloween Hop. I can't wait to see what others have crafted as well as show you my latest creations. If you want to start at the beginning, hop on over to CricutConfessions to see what all of our talented crafters have in store for you!

If you are following along already you've just been to SeaSwansCreations blog and your next hop will take you to Bitz-n-Pieces blog.

Well, were you wondering if anyone would tackle the house on the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge? Well I did! And boy am I glad. It is a really nicely planned out piece and the directions are pretty good. Other than wishing I had a few more hands at some points, I think it was more time consuming than anything.There is so much detail in this it's amazing. I used a very thin mulberry paper hand cut for this and plan on putting a nice bright light underneath! I'll also be adding to it with some ghosts and some tombstones in front over the next few days, as well as the spooky 3-D tree already in the works, so come back for an update! ***Updated!***

The complete display!

I also made a few quickie candles to display using some vinyl and some cut from the seasonal cricut cartridge Pumpkin Carving..Funny but the center one is called the owl! :) These would look good with some candy corns sprinkled around them but hmmm......somehow the candy has disappeared! Maybe one of my little goblins. ;)
Love the little one in the middle and they smell so good! Love IKEA!
 Another incentive to check back? I will be randomly selecting three winners from the comments left on this post for some blog candy!! I happen to be a CTMH rep and have two super cute Halloween stamp sets to give out as well as a set of a glue pen and super sparkly prisma glitter!! You don't have to follow my blog but please check back in one weeks time (Friday Oct 15th) for the announcement of  the winner...also, only one entry please.
Let me know your first choice in your comment!

Enjoy the hop!!! Next blog is....Bitz-N-Pieces!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little bit of fun for B...

Since I had this cart out(Country Life) and felt bad for B about her cake I made these two fun horses for her to play with. I layered the top and bottom with two papers with different texture and added some glitter for accent. She loves playing with them still!

Happy Birthday to my B!

I can't believe my littlest one turned three recently. Since she is currently obsessed with everything pink, except for an imaginary black horse she named Flicka, so I decided to make her some pink things for her birthday!! I got decent results with Marshmallow fondant, chocolate Ganache, and the cricut cake for a double cupcake mini cake...but not so much luck for her big cake. Did you realize that black gumpaste is nearly unobtainable? Well at least for me it is! I spent way too much time on it and ended up with a good pink base for the cake (finally got MMF down) but weird colored shimmery horses and "Happy Birthday". I won't describe the fiasco with the spray on color and hours of kneading gel coloring into gumpaste. LOL
She loved it and didn't mind it looking off luckily, and with practice maybe her sweet 16 cake will look good. LOL

For her mini cake I used the Cricut Cake with the brown frosting sheet and Crisco rubbed on top to darken it to nearly balck. The B is from Country Life and the horse is from Animal Kingdom cartridges.

Her banner and card are made with the new Cricut cartridge "Country Life" Using the banner feature. It was so easy it was done ahead of time, rare event for me! :) The front pieces are cut to fit the background layer at the same size and after taping the back with packing tape I sprinkled black glitter over the exposed sticky portion. I was fast and turned out so pretty! In the interest of time, I just used brads to fasten them together...The card has the cut out form the banner which I ran through my Xyron and glittered again! Easy!

Shrinky Dinks!

Unbelievably, I haven't posted, much less created anything all summer long! I have been fed up with my craft room and running out of space so a big reorganization was needed. But with that motivation I got my act in gear and pulled everything out, painted and designed a whole new space which I will show off once it is completed. Even though I am not finished, in the spirit of cleaning house, I'm posting the few things created in August and September...Here are some Shrinky Dinks charms I made in August for a swap, a fun card cut with SCAL from never made it to the photo shoot. Oops!

As you can see they shrink quite a bit as well as well as intensify in color. These were cut from clear shrink film using my expression, deep blade, almost max pressure and multicut 2, but mostly since my E is on her last legs! I believe this owl is done with the Give a Hoot lite cart form walmart and colored with my Copic markers although any solvent ones like sharpie should do the trick.

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