Happy Halloween Pumpkins

 It's officially pumpkin season and I'm on the Proxxon blog with altered paper mache pumpkins!

I found these paper mache pumpkins and thought they would look amazing amongst the real pumpkins this holiday season.

Using the Proxxon Jig Saw, I cut around each pumpkin.  It certainly did not take long to cut them apart.  At approximately 1 pound, I love how light weight the Jig Saw is and how easy it is to maneuver.

In this time of social distancing, I wanted to create a reusable container that the kids would enjoy taking candy from this year.

Since the pumpkins would be sitting outside all Halloween day, I painted them with Plaid Outdoor Acrylic Paint in Geranium.  Once dry, I added touches of Raw Umber.

Don't they look great amongst the real pumpkins?

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Always Grateful Shaped Card

Hi everyone, I've got a wonderful  fall card to share

The card was created using a Spellbinders die.  I love creating shaped cards as they can have a big impact on your design.  I just cut the tabs off the edge of the card.

Next,  I die cut a panel of Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper.  After cutting off the tabs on both sides of the panel, I adhered it  to the card base.

I also die cut a panel of Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and partially embossed it with a script embossing folder.  By reducing the pressure, I was able to avoid embossing the center of the panel and allow the outer edges to get a good impression.  

Rub Ghost Ink across the embossed panel.   It removed some of the Marigold foil, leaving behind a silver foiled effect.  It looks amazing on the embossed edges.

Using a Tutti Designs die, die cut Always Grateful from Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper.  Die cut a circle using Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and adhere the phrase on top.

Adhere the panel to a larger circle of Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and a scalloped circle of Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper.

Use a paint brush to pick up Ghost Ink and paint it between the pumpkin panels and along the bottom edge of the panel for a distressed effect.

Assemble the card, adding dew drops to the flowers.

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Etched Halloween Treat Bowl

Hi everyone, I've used etchall dip 'n etch liquid to etch a treat bowl for Halloween candies.

etchall dip 'n etchⓇ is a reusable etching liquid.  Simply place glassware into the liquid to create an etched surface, wait approximately 15 minutes, remove the bowl, rinse and dry off.   Since dip 'n etch is reusable, pour the liquid back in the original container to be used for other projects.

I die cut a number of Halloween images and adhered them about the bowl.  As I wanted a spooky effect, I did a double etching - meaning I etched both the inside and the outside of the bowl.

Fill with candies and wait for the ghosts and goblins to arrive Halloween night!

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Sweet Slimline Cards

 Hi everyone, I've got a set of Slimline cards to share.

I started by adhering Lawn Fawn Knock on Wood papers to Sizzix Mat Board, then running it through my Big Shot with Tim Holtz Alterations Cage Bird Die by Sizzix.

Since I die cut 3 sets, I moved the birds around till I liked how they looked on the cages.  I then glued them to the cages using Art Institute Glue.  

I inked the cages with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Ground Espresso using a Ranger Ink Blending Tool.  Add some twine  to the bird cages.

Using Penny Black Stamps - Special Thoughts - I chose the phrases I wanted to use, inked them with Lawn Fawn Black Licorice ink and stamped them on scraps of the same papers.

Creating cards from Bazzill cardstock, I used a Scor-Pal Scoring Board to create the creases in the cardstock, so the cards folded easily.  Then I assembled the cards, mixing the layers.  Using Mat Board elevates the bird cages to a 3 dimensional look on your cards.

This card could be sent to someone who is not feeling quite well.

This card could be sent to someone you are missing.

This card could be sent to someone to cheer them up.

There are lots of possibilities when you mix and match your stamps, dies and papers.

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Lavinia World Challenges #36

Hi everyone, it's time for the next challenge at Lavinia World Challenges.  Please check it out and join in the fun.

I decided to use whatever left over scraps I had on my craft desk for today's card.  The Once upon a dream stamp fit perfectly in the sign post die cut so I stamped it with Distress Aged Mahogany Ink.  Another die cut panel was the perfect size for the Fairy Words which I also stamped with Aged Mahogany Ink.

I added the panels to a card, then placed the sign post on a slight angle.   I stamped Slender Mushrooms with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink on the Fairy Words, then to anchor the sign post, I added a die cut circle on which I had stamped Oona with Nocturne Ink. 

Stickles were added to the fairy wings.  

A quick and simple card for today.

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Can't wait to see what you create.


Boo Gift Bag

Hi everyone, I'm on the Clear Scraps blog using one of their newest shakers to create a Halloween gift bag.  I wanted to create a gift bag for a special child, so I thought this would be perfect.

The  Mini Shaker Boo  consists of  4 chipboard pieces and 1 acrylic piece.  Remember to pull the plastic covering off the acrylic piece before assembling the shaker.

I painted each chipboard piece with white paint, then placed them aside to dry.

Since we are near Halloween, I thought wiggly eyes would be perfect.

Using a white gift bag, I selected green and orange burlap, cutting to fit, and fraying the edges.   The Boo shaker was adhered to the center of the gift bag.

Using mesh ribbon, I created a bow using the Bowdabra and tied it to the handle of the gift bag.

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Harvest Decor with Rinea Foiled Papers

Hi everyone, I'm on the Rinea blog today with a Harvest decor piece that can remain out for the entire  fall season.  As you may remember from a previous post, I love this time of year.  It's getting cooler and the leaves are turning a variety of colors.

I found this metal and wood pumpkin in a store that was closing.  I knew  it was boring and that it needed some decorating, so I put it aside until  I could decide what I wanted to do.    

Using an older Cuttlebug die and embossing folder, I die cut  and embossed an assortment of leaves from Copper/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper, Ruby/Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper, Margiold/Marigol Starstruck Foiled Paper, Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper, Mocha/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper.  Both the Starstruck and Glossy foils create amazing leaves.

Selecting an assortment of leaves, I placed them along the edges, but felt I wanted to add some leaf sprays to give the pumpkin more life and anchor the leaves.  I die cut  several leaf sprays from Emerald/Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper using a Spellbinders die.

I placed the leaf sprays and the leaves in a pleasing fashion along the edges of the pumpkin.  I also scrunched up the leaves to give them a more realistic appearance.  

I added more leaf sprays as need till I was happy with the effect.  I wanted the leaf sprays to surround the leaves.

Along the bottom I added a final leaf spray and 2 leaves die cut from Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper.

Finally, I added a burlap bow to finish.

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Autumn is a Second Spring

 Hi everyone, Fall is in the air and I love it.  It's my favorite time of year.

I created a Slimline card using Lawn Fawn dies and a Julie Nutting stamp.  These cards are a perfect size for these stamps.

Graphic 45's Autumn papers were die cut with the smaller Lawn Fawn die, then matted on brown cardstock die cut with the larger Lawn Fawn die.  Then they were placed on a gold card.

The phrase was die cut from the same pattern paper.

Happy Fall.

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