Wednesday, September 30, 2009

big reveal

to all those i have been saying "wait for the big reveal" today is the day!  thank you to sheila and all her creative staff at for this opportunity to create papercrafts with top quality products.  i wanted my designs to showcase a range of items that can be created and i hope my photos do justice to the quality of the materials.  remember an artist is only as good as the tools they that a saying or something my father would have said to me? this kit was a dream to work with and i still have product left for a few more ideas still to be crafted...

boo to you and all those those dare enter

this door knob hanger was constructed by using my george and basic shapes circut cartridge cutting with the "shape 3" cut for each section.  i then stamped each section with bats from the dimensions craft "halloween" clear mini stamps, inked the edges and punched holes in each of the four corners.  i threaded some black chenille yarn through the holes knotting them to set the height of each section.  the last lengths of yarn were knotted and a few beads from my stash were added and the yarn was finished with the scraps when the windows of the haunted house were cut.  the last embellishment was the layer of flowers with brad and the "B O O" letters from the american crafts thickers foil stickers.

candy corn treat bags

i used the tags, bags, boxes and more cricut cartridge that was my first purchase from scrappingreatdeals.  the cut is the matchbook cut with window utilizing the boo! to you! "fright night" paper.  from my stash, i added the "candy corn" stickers in the window and a button with raffia to the trim created with the ek success bat lace edger punch.

beware of contents

each of these treat bag toppers were created by simply dividing a sheet of paislee postcards from the twilight collection into individual postcards.  i then rounded the corners and inked the edges, for a more sinister look i wrinkled a couple of the them and then inked the creases.  the toppers were attached using wire, brads and ribbon from my stash.

what's in the pumpkin patch?

this pumpkin was crafted by cutting strips of the "boo! to you!" fright night paper, inking the edges, punching a small hole in each end; putting a brad through the holes at each end and then fanning the papers out unitl they create the "pumpkin".  next i cut two leaves using my stretch your imagination cricut cartridge, attached them to the brad and finally added a twist of green wire for the effect of a vine.  into the "pumpkin"  i hid chocolate pumpkins away from the ghosts who "spirit away" my candy stash.

trick or treat...if you dare!!!

this is a photo of the collection of edible treats (not the candy corn stickers) displayed on the scallopped mat from pinkpaislee with the "trick or treat" title cut from a scrap of a best creation inc. glitter sheet trimmed with a scrap ribbon from my stash.

an album ready for some "who's boos!"

this is a chipboard album from my stash. the paper is from the scrappingreatdeals kit that i stamped with bats and stars from the dimension crafts "halloween" clear mini stamps, i added the felt pumpkin sticker and the tag is a scrap with the letter "k" from the american crafts "thickers" foil stickers, all from the scrappingreatdeals kit. i finished off the ring with my stash of dollar store ribbons.

last minute details..witches' brew.

this is a card using a paislee postcard from the twilight collection, a paper clip with windows using my fabulous finds cricut cartridge, and a mat from we r memory keepers "black out", the paperclip has scraps of papers inserted into the windows and embellished with ribbon and a spider sticker from my stash.  the spider's eyes are little glass beads from the scrappingreatdeals kits.  the postcard is stamped with a pumpkin from the dimension crafts "halloween" mini clear stamps and the recipe for the brew prepared by the witches of macbeth is hand scrawled.

is anyone home?

the house and trees were crafted from my winterwoodland cricut cartridge.  the web and spider attached to the front of the house were cut from "halloween words" paper by the c-thru ruler company. the spider (my photo could have been better) was enhanced with spiced marmalade distressed stickles.  the bats on the roof, in the windows and on the trees were the "punch outs" from my ek success bat lace edger punch.  all paper and stickles used in this project were included in the scrappingreatdeals kit.

hi! mummy i'm home, home for the holidays?

i crafted this card from my wild card cricut cartridge using the house cut. the best creations, inc. paper was used for the walls of the house while the roof and window trim was "we r memory keepers' black out halloween-thing" paper.  the spider and web were cut from the sheet of "halloween words" paper by the c-thru ruler company, glittered with martha stewart glitter from my stash. the doorknob was a skull brad and the mummy sticker inside were also from my stash.

which shoe is witch's shoe? Original design by Ellen Hutson

this amazing witch's shoe is constructed from an original design by Ellen Hutson, the flower and the paper for exterior and interior are from the kit, only the brad and ribbon are from my stash.  i inked the edges to give more definition.

Friday, September 11, 2009

design opportunity

got this email from and i am excited!!!!!!!!!

"We would LOVE it if you would design with our October/09 Scrap Kit!!
We will mail you the kit today. Once you have it, scrap away – create whatever you like.
On September 30th, please post your creations to your blog. On October 1st, we will do our big reveal & showcase your blog so that customers can hop on over & see your work. The kit & anything you make with it are yours to keep."

check back on october 1 for the "reveal"

Saturday, September 5, 2009

wire tops

this is a scraplift from somewhere unfortuantely when i saved the idea it was to word and not from my list of favourites with the original website i can not give credit but one thing is certain i love it but it is someone else's idea

a close up...a little washed out

altered picture frame

credit for this idea is a little obscure, i traced it to the author of this posting

a dollar store item...simple glass frame $1.50 with post=it note from michaels on sale for 33 cents. a practical gift that uses scraps of materials
got this idea from
the clipboard i used was from the dollar store ...would be a simple and useful gift idea for anyone at anytime

hstudio...a view of a room

i made this collage and hung it on my studio door to invite myself and others into my studio where we can play with colour, texture and techniques

my bulletin board

a sample of cards friends have made and an invitation i made ...i keep them visible as i love the inspiration

a tower of power(ful embellishments)

a tower of cubes that house scrapbooks and embellishments

a few finished projects

a glimpse at a few finished projects some i have already uploaded and others to come

everything has a home

i love to repurpose items to use as storage and then i add a tag to remind myself of the contents

where the tools and accessories live

so much stuff and so little imagination

where the embellishments live

i am very visual and like everything i have to be visible, colourful and in some organized state even if i am the only one that can recognize the organization

cricut centre

some of the tools i like to keep at hand


my new constant companion in the studio

cloee's card

while visiting my parent's in windsor, i spent time with my sister, her husband and their energetic granddaughter cloee. we went out on their boat for a relaxing afternoon that lasted until sunset. it felt like a holiday. cloee and i discovered we share a passion for crafting and she spent time making me a picture for my studio.
i was to have left on the monday and cloee did not want me to leave. sadly my dad died on the sunday and i stayed but cloee had made this good bye card and delivered it to me...i can't express how my grief was lifted for a moment when i looked at the card and saw how much detail and positive energy was demonstrated in her artwork. now i truly understand why a hand made card is so special!

inside cloee's card

cloee has included references to our trip to the dollar store for crafting supplies

inside cloee's card

a drawing of all of us on the boat