October’s Magic Mirror

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My mirror room decorating project for October was easy and simple.  I mostly let the designer series paper that I hoard  frugally keep on hand for the perfect project do all the work for me.

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A mix of previous year’s papers, a little punch activity, and a few little plastic spiders scattered here and there and I was done in no time.


oct-16-mirror3Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!, unless noted):

  • Paper: Witches’ Brew and Cast A Spell DSP (retired); Whisper White Card Stock
  • Stamps: Wicked Cool digital stamp set from the long-since retired (but I still use it regularly) My Digital Studio.
  • Tools: Triple Corner Punch (retired); Flower Medallion Punch
  • Other: My mirror that I’m recovering each month, and some plastic spiders from the halloween section at my local retail discount store.

I’ve got a zillion of those lil plastic critters and have had a lot of fun using them this season.  I am, however, just hoping they don’t work their way loose from any of the projects I’ve made with them and end up scaring me to death when I find them in an unexpected place….the blood-curdling scream you hear if I do may be mine!


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A country fair and fundraising

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Every year, a friend and I craft our hearts making various items for various crafts shows in our area….all in an effort to do some fundraising for our American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Team, which we’ve dubbed “Friends for Life”.  The Team name is a play on both the concept of Relay for Life, and the fact that we–and most of our team mates have BEEN friends for most of our lives.

This year’s crafts fair is the biggest one we’ve tried, and we had a good bit of success with our first effort there.  We had a lot of interest, a reasonable amount of sales, and I had the joy of sharing the fact that Relay for Life offers cancer-survivor activities at the yearly event with a few folks who weren’t aware of them. As a cancer survivor myself, being able to connect with others who have their own “battle-stories” and letting them know about how Relay works–it’s a very good thing.

To find out more about the American Cancer Society, go here.  You’ll find links with tons of information for you or a loved one dealing with cancer. And for more information on Relay for Life, our Team’s facebook page is here. We’ve already had our 2016 event and are gearing up for 2017–always looking forward. Getting involved with a Relay in your area is a way to celebrate life, remember and honor our loved ones with cancer, and to help fight back against this awful disease.praters-5


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Spooktacular Shadowbox for Retro Rubber #25

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It’s been awhile since I had the opportunity to play along, but I LOVE the Retro Rubber Challenge blog. The spooky Halloween challenge this time was the perfect opportunity to join in, since I’ve been creating a good bit lately…and all my Halloween stamps ARE very retro!RRC#25

So, for Retro Rubber’s #25 “Get Your Spook On”, I did just that–got Retro AND coined a new term for myself: “pro-craft-inator” (sorry if you’ve already seen the term elsewhere, but I’m laying claim to it here).  No, I don’t mean I’m a professional ninja crafter (a la Terminator style!).  I mean I have a habit of procrastinating on certain crafts projects. Not intentionally, but it happens often. The list of projects I’ve been “going to do” is pretty long. But I finally checked one off my list!. I’ve been wanting to make a Halloween shadow box for years now (ever since SU sold a kit of one three years ago!–where does time go??), and I finally found the shadowbox I wanted on sale at my local HL.  20151014_183137-3I used my really retro stamps from some old SU spooky sets, and the great NEW SU halloween paper–I consider this paper to be “elegantly spooky” and managed to use almost every single design in my project. I don’t know if I should call ghosts and ravens “yummy”, but I DO think this is delicious DSP! And with the addition of one of the Spider Web Doilies, I’ve got a touch of old AND new in my happily-creepy room décor.  I’m happy with the results and using it for the one spooky Halloween goody in my otherwise autumn-themed-only living room decor.


Here’s what I used for my project:

  • Stamps (all retired): Wicked Cool, Dark and Dreary, House of Haunts
  • Paper:  Happy Haunting DSP
  • Ink: Memento Black, some old yellow, orange, and green (VERY retro) SU inks to color my haunted house background, and some printed images from the old MDS program. I save everything (and then pro-craftinatingly finally use it at some point!)
  • Accessories, etc: Spider Web Doilies, and a shadowbox from local crafts store20151014_183137-3

That’s it–very easy peasy!  Now, to get back to work on other fall goodies and projects!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Ghosts of Halloweens past…

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Okay, so these aren’t ghosts. And they aren’t too skeery as Halloween ghouls go, but I wanted to throw them in here now, as I begin to work on my Halloween goodies. I just “re-found” a couple of these that I had stashed in with my fall papers and such and was thrilled to see how well they’ve held up–for two years now!  These were created in a fun afternoon crafting project with my niece and great-niece, who was only eight at the time, and I think she did a fabulous job.  Honestly, I don’t even remember who did which one–although I’m leaning toward thinking the youngest girl amongst us may have been the one applying the bright pink lips. I do remember that playing with the Big Shot was a BIG hit as we cranked out the Top Note Dies that are the bases for these darlings.

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This little lady to the left is the version I made for a Breast Cancer Awareness project. I decked her out complete with an actual earring (amazing how I’ve accumulated so many lone costume jewelry earrings through the years), and a real pink-ribbon-rose. She was all pink and purty and dressed up to hawk my Relay for Life’s team efforts back in October, 2012. Our theme for the month was, “Help us Scare Up a Cure”, and we mixed the BCA October Pink Ribbon month with Halloween ghoulies throughout the month to drum up interest–and funds–for our American Cancer Society Relay team. It was the beginning to a successful year for the Team, and it was a fun way to get us all on board with the effort.

The idea for the scarecrow came from here from the uber-talented Rae at Wild West Paper Arts. The die makes it easy to do, and the fun is in the “dressing up” on this one. Seeing these today got me a bit more fired up to get cracking on some new Autumn projects!


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Some CAS Punkins

 

BOO! My happy lil Halloween card today was inspired by two challenges this time, Hand Stamped Sentiments #139, and a new challenge blog at CAS(E) this Sketch! I’m trying to flex my creative muscles a bit and go outside my comfort zone….and Clean and Simple is NOT comfortable for me! Thankfully, this site said that texture was okay in the “white space”, so I decided to give it a whirl.

First the sketch.  This one really is a great sketch to work with, especially for someone who doesn’t come naturally to the clean and simple table. (I also made another card, with a Christmas-y theme to enter twice!)  I chose NOT to add a sentiment, since I’d already done the embossing and since I already had some layers going on here with my circle punches. These clean and simple rules are tough, but I gave it my best shot.

The theme challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is, obviously, perfect for this time of year. “Punkins” are evocative of all that is happy and bright about Autumn, Halloween, and harvest time. Whether you’re carving your punkin into a jack-o-lantern, as on my card, or digging into some homemade pumpkin pie, they’re always good for a smile and a happy memory of family and friends, and all the joy that accompanies Fall.

My card has the added bonus of Stampin’ Up!’s “Little Boo”–sadly, retired–who will probably always be my favorite Halloween stamp.  Lil Boo reminds me of all the sweet little trick-or-treating kids in my family through the years, and on my card, I imagine him skipping along the punkin patch on his way to the next house for some goodies.  Of course, he’ll have to watch out for the big ole spider web, courtesy of the cute (and current) SU embossing folder.

I love all the opportunities out here in blogland to be creative and share the fun with other crafters. It’s a great way to grow and learn and enjoy the tremendous talent in the papercrafting world!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Green with Envy – An early Halloween card


This summer, while many of the Pals were happily at the SU Convention, those of us “left behind” kept up with all their exploits, fun, and accomplishments via our facebook chat group. We decided we were “green with envy” over all the wonderful fun they were having…so, like any good Stampin’ Up! group would do…we reached for the paper and ink to show both our envy AND our support. The challenge: Make a card with GREEN.

Since at the time I already had out my stuff about to work on some fall and Halloween cards, I just grabbed this (now retired) DSP, “Cast A Spell”, and the (retired) stamp set, “From the Crypt”, and quickly created this card  (The good news with both of these fun and creepy items–they ARE still available…as digital downloads with SU’s MDS2…so the spooktacular creepiness never has to end!)

When I uploaded my card to share with the other Pals, I felt kinda mean….they had all created NICE cards, and there I was with a snarling skull! I mean, seriously, looking at this guy from another angle with the light glaring on him–he really was nasty looking!  Woopsies–I didn’t want to be THAT green with envy…..oh, well….

That glare shows up in this photo, partly due to bad photography….but at least there’s a reason behind it! I stamped this guy with Versamark and then heat-embossed with black embossing powder. This technique always emphasizes the stamped image. Although very simple, it’s still one of my favorite ways to add a little “something” to a card. (The very first time I watched someone do this embossing process, I was SO excited to watch as the powder was fully heated. It’s like a little bit of magic as the powder becomes slick and shiny–and creates that fascinating raised image on the paper. Yeah, I know–I’m easily entertained. But, seriously, I LOVE this stuff!)

Since I was in a hurry to create this card, I went to one of my favorite resources to come up with the design. I ended up using Freshly Made Sketches #1, here.  I made a few adjustments to make it my own, omitting the 3 little “blings” in the upper right corner on the original sketch, and I added a strip of Basic Black card stock as a band behind the orange DSP. I tore the CS, rather than cut it, and I roughed it up some, to add to the creep factor a bit.  One very new thing I added to my card was the paper piercing I did on the sentiment, using the pack with the oval template.   I think, over all, I “got my green on” pretty effectively!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

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Pals Paper Arts current color challenge and the Naki/Nina Double Dare challenge inspired today’s card.

 

I love the color picks in this Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  They pretty much screamed for a Halloween card, as far as I’m concerned. The card base took care of the Elegant Eggplant requirement, but it also shows up on Mr. Skully’s eyes and in the sentiment stamp.  Pumpkin Pie added the little punches of color, and Lucky Limeade showed up on the DSP and a touch of sponging on the sentiment. I admit there’s also a bit of Rich Razzleberry here, too, on that bowtie. That’s the print that’s on the reverse of the chevron stripe, and I loved the little extra purpley-pop, so there it is!

 

Naki and Nina’s Double Dare Challenge #4  required the use of chevron stripes and only ONE stamp on the card front. Although the one stamp could’ve been stamped many times, I chose to simply use a sentiment.  The Summer Smooches DSP provided the perfect Lucky Limeade chevron stripe to add a bit of pizzazz. I love how the various patterns on SU DSP’s can be used in unexpected ways….I mean “Summer Smooches” at Halloween?? Very cool.

Mr. Skully himself is the product of my freehanding a skull shape and drawing on the “eyebrows” and mouth (hey, so when does a skull HAVE eyebrows??).  It’s not difficult at all to find the perfect shape to copy for a skull if you’re as addicted to magazine collecting as I am…or if you simply look at the various wonderful stamp choices available in SU’s “Spooky Bingo Bits” stamp set!  Skully’s bowtie was made with the old SU butterfly punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 and 3/4 inch circle punches.  Oh, and GOOGLIES!

There are a bunch of googlies watching you!  This card will be put in the hands of my great-nephew when it gets closer to trick-or-treating time.  I think he’ll appreciate Mr. Skully and all those eyes rolling around!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri