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.
While we weren't able to spend the day with T's dad, we were able to spend some time with all but our oldest son and his wife over the weekend. We delighted in seeing each of our grandchildren... and oh how they have grown! We had our first "official" family gathering since the pandemic just a couple of weeks previously - with all of the family at my Mom's funeral. We enjoyed a family picnic with extended family at a nearby park after the services.
Our gathering this past Sunday, however, was just our family. We enjoyed a nice dinner, lots of talk and the kids enjoyed watching a movie and playing in the yard... I'm so glad that it finally cooled down a bit and we could enjoy sitting outside. Oh, what a joy it was to resume what we hope will be our monthly family get-togethers again.
Before we got together, I was able to spend a little time crafting and created this card (sparked by something I saw on Pinterest) using SCAL5Pro and my new Skycut C24 plotter/cutter. Cutting all the speech bubble (CreativeFabrica.com) was a breeze and even creating the gradient and sentiment for the front of the card was a breeze using the print and cut option offered in the software. The boys seemed to like their cards and the personalized messages in them.
The tie-dye look on the star was achieved using some Poetique refillable watercolor brushes. They're easy to use and blend very well.
We're still getting used to our new norm of not having Mom with us any longer. It's strange not to share the progress on current projects or listen to the DVDs she enjoyed so much. We know that she's happy and celebrating with the heavenly watercolors -- the sunsets of late have been absolutely gorgeous. We feel so blessed to have been able to be her caregivers over the last 5 1/2 years.
This week is sure going quickly. The #eCalmakers are having lots of fun over on the FB page... have you stopped by yet? If not, hope you'll find some time to join in.
This tag uses papers from an old 6 x 6 pad I've had forever and an old tool in my stash, the Making Memories Tag maker.
The rabbit is my own design and colored using some watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. Set aside.
A little bit of white acrylic paint dry-brushed over the top of the cut pieces that were added to the tag base softened the colors a bit. Some Old Paper distress ink was also blended on the papers...
Make the tag using a small rectangle from a tag maker kit. If desired, fussy cut an image using the template provided with the tags for the tag maker. I had planned on using the other side of the paper I originally cut, but after seeing the perfect placement of the image on the other side, mind changed! Follow the manufacturer's directions for completing the tag. Secure the metal tag to the paper tag using some E600 glue.
Using some double stick tape, attach the bunny to the top of the tag. Add fibers to hang the tag as desired.
Thanks again for stopping by. Be sure to stop by the FB page to see more... there are some amazing creations.
If you haven't calendared some creative time into your schedule yet, this week, hope you can!
The tree is a sweet reminder that Joy can fill our hearts this holiday season. eCal's triangle, vertical and horizontal rectangles and a star from the basic shapes library make up the base of this tag. Print 2 Cut option for the "faux stitching" and Joy. This was inspired by a clay ornament I saw on Pinterest. A little bit of gingham ribbon for the hanger completed the tag.
This is the final tag for the challenge this year. It's been a delight to play and create this year's tags.
I appreciate your stops throughout the last 12 days -- I hope you'll continue to drop by occasionally. I'm looking forward to new endeavors, play and creativity in 2021 and hope you are too.
Happy Holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
This challenge is drawing to a close and you really don't want to miss any of the other contributions. So hop on other to our Facebook page and take a peek at all the phenomenal designs that have been shared. There are a LOT!
I"ve kept this year's tags on the simple side for sure. Maybe next year there will be a little more time to spend creating. I've got a few ideas sketched in the "idea" book that I hope to have a chance to bring to life in the coming year.
Here's Tag 11 -- The design is a copycat shape of a previous tag (. The stamp is from Crafter's Companion and is colored with Ohuhu markers and set on a wobble. I really like the little bit of action on this tag. The sentiment is Print 2 cut. Text on arch inside and outside. Font is from CreativeFabrica. You could use print 2 cut, draw or the foil quill for the lines. I decided to hand draw them with an ultra fine sharpie pen.
thanks again for stopping by. Hoping your holidays are filled with joy, wonder and creative time!
Pinterest inspired this tag -- I liked the lines and I'm glad that the eCal software provides the tools to make it happen. Basic tag shape from the library, sized as needed. Make a second copy and using the knife, cut the second one on an angle. Add a line and use the wave tool and close the bottom half of the tag. I added a line of small circles -- I decided that the Let it Snow would be a simple print 2 cut and I used heart 2 from the basic shapes library for the heart.
The snowman is colored using Ohuhu markers, a sargent metallic pen and a bit of silver mica was brushed across a few places. He is popped up on some dimensional foam. I added some dimensional glaze to the front, let dry and then secure in place on the front of the tag using some dimensional tape.. The back of the tag is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.
Today's tag is another image from the stamp stash. The stamp is from a set from Crafter's Companion... and I've really enjoyed working with it the last couple of weeks.
I used the Stamp 2 Cut option in eCal to cut the stamp after getting it on paper. The cut is nearly perfect and I really like using that option. Dies weren't available for this set and I did not find any restrictions with cutting with an electronic machine. The tag is from basic shapes. The stamp is colored with Ohuhu Alcohol markers. The font is from CreativeFabrica's fabulous font selection and was done with Print 2 cut for this tag.