Friendship's Garden Halloween Tag

Hello again! I had a great time this last weekend at my friend Holly's all-day crop. It was a great time to relax, catch up with some friends and get some work done! The first thing I got to work on was our next in between weeks challenge with Friendship's Garden!!
This week's challenge with Friendship's Garden is to create a Halloween tag with the following formula: 3 bling, 2 ric rac, and 1 image. Here's what I came up with:

I had a lot of fun with this little recipe of a project. Hope you enjoyed it, too!

Can't wait to see your 3-2-1 creations!!
You can post them here

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Fall Owls

This was a fun little project to make. I was able to use some scrap paper (that, when it was given to me, I though I'd never use!) to make all of the layered elements: the moon, owls, and tree branch.
I started with a piece of solid navy cardstock and cut it to the shape of my $0.50 thrift-store-find picture frame. I cut the owls and branch using the Pumpkin Carving Cricut cartridge. This cut the branch and an owl in a frame of it's own, and I pieced out the parts I wanted (they were cut at 8" and 4").
I used my walnut ink and a sponge dauber to tint the paper in varying shades of brown and I used my Daffodil Delight Stampin' Spot to color the moon (I cut that freehand).

I used a Q-tip to put tiny dots of my shimmer paint onto the navy background as stars.
Everything was adhered with my permanent Glue Dots® dispenser (I love that thing!)

What a quick and easy (and cheap!) homemade Fall decoration!!


 I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team


Vintage Halloween - Friendship's Garden Challenge

Welcome to another great challenge from Friendship’s Garden. If this is your first stop along the hop, click here to start back at the beginning.
Our theme this week is Vintage Halloween. Vintage I like, but vintage Halloween is something I’ve never attempted before! Through the magic of Google, I found this vintage Halloween postcard that caught my eye:

The Mystic Light of Hallowe'en

First, I love the colors this postcard has: not your typical black and orange scheme, but more of an aged, weathered look, adding in blues and greens to the mix, too.

My favorite element from this inspiration piece is the pumpkin, so I used that as my guide to create this:

"all hallows eve may fear and fright for tricks & ghouls come out that night"

I hand drew the pumpkin and its face, used grungeboard stars and pumpkin stem, and sculpted the metal gate from crafting wire. To get the faded background, I used a piece of medical gauze and transitionally inked it from lightest to darkest with varying shades of blue. 

All of my elements were adhered with Glue Dots®. I love how the micro dots are small enough to invisibly hold the wire down, yet strong enough to not let it move an inch!
Another element I love is the packing of the dots. I was able to use the size guide on the outside of the package to get the perfect sized circle for my stars.

Hope this helps you think outside of your comfort zone...it sure pulled me out of mine!!
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Thanks for such a blessing!

I've been in card haven recently with blog hops and such, and during my last visit to the craft lair I saw some 12x12 calling my name!!
I started by picking out a photo mat from Me & My Big Ideas - Cornucopia. It has wonderful pinks, greens, browns, blues and oranges wonderfully juxtaposed together and makes it really easy finding colors that work together. From these colors, I picked my green background page, blue burlap accent (yard sale find!!), earthy brown paper, brown and pink ribbons, and Fall leaves.

I used a lot of walnut ink for distressing and crumpled my two photo mat pages before adhering them to add a bit more variation and interest. All of my elements were adhered using (none other than) Glue Dots®!!

Take advantage of free photo editing: I typed this journaling onto my picture before it was printed! (I use Picasa)

I think I need to take the idea of this page and mull it over a bit more...there is so much I have to be thankful for right now, and that is what I want future generations to see in my scrapbooks.


I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team


It's My Birthday Blog Hop, Day 2!!

Thanks for stopping back by!! Again, you should have gotten here from Gloria's blog. If this is your first stop, click here to start over back with the Birthday Girl!

I already had out all of the supplies for the first card, so I thought I'd make a coordinating, yet different card for my second project.

The materials are all pretty much the same for this card, keeping the ric rac trim as a common element. This card stock is the reverse of the piece used for yesterday's card. I used the same chipboard stickers, sentiment and leather trim as the first card, as well.

On this card I felt like there was a bit too much 'white space', so I spritzed a bit of walnut ink to take away some of the emptiness.

Hope you enjoyed these birthday cards!

Your next stop is over to Jennifer's blog.

(but here's the whole line up, just in case!)



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