Today was supposed to be a busy day of paper piecing... didn't quite happen as planned due to the change of weather and a whopper of a migraine! However, the day wasn't a total loss. I did get a dozen of these tags done and they'll be perfect for the bags of treats we plan on sharing with the grands for Halloween.
The papers are from Creative Fabrica as is the font. Shapes are from the SCAL5 Library with the exception of the scalloped circle. That is a Penny Duncan file. The wave piece was created in SCAL5 using the wave command. The skycut machine made quick work of all the cuts and the "Trick or Treat" Print 2 Cut was spot on again. Once all assembled, a quick spritz or two of mica spray added just a quick touch of iridescence to each of the tags.
Hoping your Halloween crafting is coming along and if you've already moved on to one of the next holidays, keep on crafting! Enjoy your time and nurture your creative soul!
It's definitely time to trim the tray again. This time with a Halloween theme. Lots of great spooky stuff at Creative Fabrica -- and while these are pretty simple items.... they definitely are fun to make.
You'll find all the details for a few of these items at The Artistry.
And there's always a little hocus pocus going on around here as we get ready for Halloween. The pumpkins are ripening -- a little more slowly than the norm, but we will harvest a few more before the freeze we're expecting next week. This week has been peak viewing of the change in color of the leaves on the mountains in the area. They've been brilliant this year. Even our peach trees have given us quite the show. It's time for apple cider, hot chocolate and if the snow arrives as forecast, there'll be some doughnuts too.
It's been a fun couple of weeks designing and assembling some fun holiday decor this year and I'm so happy that the Skycut and SCAL 5 Pro have made it easy to accomplish. The first project is a new banner to hang over the fireplace. It's a featured article this week on The Artistry and I'm excited to share it with you.
You'll find the creative details and assembly instructions here.
And I still had a few rosettes left over, so I thought they would make a fun bouquet.
Hoping you're enjoying some creative time this week and if not, will be able to carve out a bit of time in the near future. I know that crafting makes my spirits lighter. Thanks for dropping by. For more inspiration, feel free to read some of my archived posts here on the blog or hop on over to my page over on The Artistry.
We've turned another page on the calendar.... yep, we still have a paper calendar hanging on the wall in the kitchen. I know, it's old fashioned with all the electronic calendars AND planners out there... but it works for us.
Last year, we made Venus Flytraps for our big Halloween projects. Remember these?
You can find the blog post here. And that project set another in motion at Simply Crafty SVGs -- Sandy did an amazing job creating a 3D paper project in a smaller version!
While on the hunt for something fun to make this year..... Les Pensees en Papier Etsy shop had the perfect solution.
A Haunted House explosion box! And there are interactive elements -- such as the 2 waterfall slides (pumpkins and skulls) on 2 panels of the second box! The "attic" holds a couple of surprises too!
The SVG files cut neatly with the eclips and eCal3. Directions were clear and easy to complete (link to a youtube tutorial is included with your download). I used AC Smooth Cardstock in black and white. Colored paper is Bazzill. Some is textured and some pieces are smooth. The roof is all one piece and is easy to attach and I love the texture!
My finishing touch was to add the Light Activated Sound Module from InviteByVoice. Music is "Haunted House on the Hill" from MelodyLoops.com. And when the light filters through to the sensor, well, let's just say, we've been surprised a couple of times with music playing without lifting the roof off!
Thanks for stopping by... Nurtured your heart and soul doing a little creating. Have fun and we'll be checking back in soon.
I found this cute and easy to cut and make treat bag at www.prettypapergraphics.com. A little bit of inking was all it needed and making 10 didn't take a ton of time once I was able to sit at the table and begin.
I used AC and Bazzil cardstock for the cuts. All pieces were cut with the eclips2 and eCal3 software. Ink, blending tool and pads (Tim Holtz/Ranger) A bit of glue (lineco) in my Baby Bot glue bottle (no squeezing necessary!) Cello bags (Dollar Store find) Candy
Assembly is very easy as the box is one piece. I suggest inking all of the pieces before assembly. Glue the eye pieces together and set aside. Glue the stem and add the leaf and curly cue. Add the eyes. I didn't put anything on the back, but it might be fun to add a little personalized note on the box before putting the box together.
I applied a line of glue to the tabs that would be glued to the back of the front. Use your finger to make sure you have a good bond. Repeat with the remaining tabs. Add the handle. I might add a second cut of the handle for thinner weight paper. 10 of these boxes put together in less than an hour... not bad!
Fill a cello bag with a favorite treat - a cookie or brownie would also be a good fit... not quite deep enough for a cupcake.
This idea has been formulating for a couple of months. Lots of different iterations, but I do like how the "idea" ultimately came together.
I asked Sandy Stark at Simply Crafty SVGs for the design of the egg shape***. She graciously accepted and created the SVG file for me. Sandy's design skills were spot on and the design worked perfectly.
The teeth were made using basic shapes from the eCal library (triangle and horizontal rectangle, Union)
All of the leaves were cut from heavy white crepe paper using a template created in the eCal3 software and cut with the eclips2 using a heart shape from the library and the knife to cut the shapes in half and the close path command.
Since the eclips doesn't cut crepe well, I invited a friend over to cut the crepe since my tendonitis is still in flare mode. Wires were glued to the crepe paper pieces before coloring using a technique from a Lia Griffeth you tube video. The leaves were colored using the eBrush and Bic Mark-it markers.
The tongue was a hand cut shape. A highly texture paper would work, or you could use some paper twist or heavy floral crepe paper and have it work. The Feed Me sign was made using a font from Creative Fabrica - Halloween. (affiliate link)
An 18" dowel was attached at the back of the head and the wired leaves added using floral tape and hot glue. Secure in the pot (10") and add any finishing touches.
As you know, I love to add lights and music to a lot of my pieces, and this one was no exception. An InviteByVoice sound module with push button was added with a little bit of an instrumental version of "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors recorded on the module. A string of fairy lights under the lip of the pot and through the center were added as well.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy and fun! Thanks for stopping by. Have some fun in your creative world this month!
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July - July porch decor using a recycled shelving side panel...
August - we got an early start with October crafting with this paper quilt. So much fun kicking up a few heels!
September The Geodesic Pumpkin from SVGCuts was a perfect addition to the mantel for September and October!
October brought more than a change in the weather.... it's also anniversary time for our youngest son. We went a little overboard on this year's card, but it was so worth it!
November I couldn't pick just one project for this month, so I'm sharing two! The first was a fun 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. All of the details for this one including a video can be found here.
Dreaming Tree also put out a bevy of great files to work with in 2018... among my favorites was this cutie!
December Our Gnomie tree - I love my laser etcher and I've loving having found a new way to showcase some digital artwork using wood pieces from my stash!
I hope you've enjoyed this review of my year. Crafting is my respite -- my discovery for the year. I've loved taking the online classes and exploring more ways to develop my talents and play. I'm grateful to my family for their generosity in time, space and respite.
We look forward to a fabulous 2019 -- carving in creative time each week. Hoping you're doing the same! My word for 2019 - Inspire
This was a quick card project -- though it could be mounted and framed t00. I've used basic shapes to create the background, and the moon from the library in eCal3. The house, bat and tree are from SVGCuts Fright Night Box card and the fence if from Dreaming Tree's Stingy Jack's Halloween Lantern. I used a serif font for the BOO. The background and fence were cut from white paper and inked for color. The house, bat and tree from black and inked. the BOO and moon from the colored stock and inked. I cut two boos and used the Xyron "X" to add adhesive to the back. I cut some thin pieces of pop up dots for the tree. The eclips and eCal 3 software made this so easy to cut!
The finished card measures about 4.5 by 3 inches and the inside of the card has a flap allowing for a light sensor audio chip and also makes the card a little more sturdy.
You'll need: cutting machine and software (Sizzix eclips2, eCal3) SVG Cuts Fright Night Box Card Dreaming Tree Stingy Jack's Halloween Lantern Cardstock (white, black and dark yellow) Inks (light yellow, dk yellow, dark olive green, light olive green, mid-blue, white) Blending tool and felt pads Glue Xyron X with permanent adhesive Pop up dots (stash)
Zombie Wedding from SVGCuttingFiles.com was perfect for this year's anniversary celebration for our oldest son and his wife.
The paper-pieced figures were eBrushed using Tombow Markers and a few glossy highlights were added using SN Clear Sparkle pen and Journey Glaze from Fun Stampers Journey. one 12 x 12 sheet was enough to cut both figures. I left the cuts on the mat and masked and sprayed until all the color was applied.
My card is made using 1 piece of 8 x 11 white stock and a 2nd piece measuring 6 x 8 1/2. Fold the full sheet of card sso it is 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. Score the 1/2 sheet 1/2 inch from the left side. Crease. Apply some adhesive to the scored 1/2" and adhere to the back outer edge of the card so it will measure 11" wide. You will be folding this to meet the center of the card. Do not close.
Since my patterned papers had lots of black in them, I decided to use some additional black to frame the larger background piece. Add a smaller rectangle with backing to the front of the card at an angle. You'll need some foam tape under the heads and upper portions of the figurines when securing them to the front of the card. They make quite a statement I think.
I created a sentiment using Cherry Swash and Funky Mother fonts. I wanted the curl on the Cherry Swash "S" to be on the bottom of the letter, so I flipped it horizontally and vertically. The O's are merged and the command Union in the eCal3 software make them one. I created 2 inset shadows in different colors (green and white) and 2 eyes as well. After a little fiddling and a test cut, I decided to do a print to cut with the sentiment. The eyes were cut separately and glued in place. I think if I were to do it again, I would probably add a white stroke to all the lettering and maybe not weld any of the letters together. I did like the layered look of the first test cut, however, the Have a and Anniversary didn't cut cleanly enough for my liking. It was a paper issue, and not the machine or software. I've had success before cutting 1/8" high letters with no difficulty at all.... this paper just didn't cut clean.
To make this even more unique, I added a recordable audio button (light sensitive) to the card. This proved to be a bit of a challenge with the button I purchased and the software isn't compatible with MAC or with Windows 10. We were able to find an older PC with Windows 7 and complete the recording. There are other recordable buttons on the market. You might want to check a few of those if this is something you would like to try.
Once the button was secured in place, adhere the edges of the back piece at the top and bottom. You can leave the edge at the center fold open if desired.
Supplies used*: 1 - 12 x 12 cardstock, Whipped Cream (Fun Stampers Journey) Zombie Wedding (SVGCuttingFiles.com) Sizzix eclips2 / eCal3 software 2- 8 x 11 cardstock, white (stash) Patterned paper (stash) eBrush Tombow Markers Journey Glaze Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen (clear) Scor-Tape (1/4") Lineco Book Binding Glue (Amazon) Recordable audio button (Invitebyvoice.com) and audio file (Tubular Bells Ringtone was a free download)
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Hope you have some crafting and/or creative time planned into this week's schedule! Nurture your heart today!