Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good Witch or Bad Witch Pencil Can

I'm horrible this week with my posts! We've just been too busy having fun - Adam and I have been doing a lot of Halloween stuff this week so my posts have fallen to the wayside! Anyways, here's a fun little project that is super easy and I re-used an aluminum can to do it! Saving Earth one project at a time!

I really loved the Cottage witch feet and I really liked the way my card turned out with them, so I used the same design (basically), and made a pencil holder from it. The label and house are from my Silhouette machine, the legs and shoes from Cottage Cutz and the wording I just printed off using my word processor. I used last years Eerie from Basic Grey for the green background. A little button with some bakers twine and here you are! A fun and cute pencil (or candy) holder!

I'll try to do a few more posts this week - I cant guarantee it tho - we're going to Disneyland tomorrow! Can't wait to go on the Haunted Mansion!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall Door Hanger


Here's a quick project that you can make for any season!!

I took 2 Coasters from Maya Roads and covered them with paper. I used WeR's Maple Grove line. I also used Cottage Cutz basket and apples to decorate my first coaster and my Silhouette to spell out fall. I used a wallet-sized picture of my son for the bottom coaster. Then just wire to connect the two coaster and a little more to hang it with and you're done! Super easy and super fun! This could even be a fun project for a Halloween party for your little guests to make to remember the event by!

See you all soon!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Boo-tiful Wreath

Happy Friday!

I don't know about you, but we're in Halloween countdown at the J House! We have 2 costume Halloween parties tomorrow, 1 Halloween Carnival and the "We're All Mad Here" Mini-Album on Sunday! Luckily, I don't get worn down by Halloween, I just totally enjoy everything about it.

I've been working on my and the Hubs Halloween costumes - my lovely sis-in-law helped me sew up my chaps, Hub's vest and my yarn hair yesterday... can you guess who we're going to be?? Yup, Jesse and Woody to Adams Buzz! I've had to be creative about our costumes since I didn't want to spend a fortune on them, I've done a lot of up-cycling, used a lot of Fabric-Tac (my sewing machine broke the other night) and have taken old shirts that "We never wear anyways..." and ruined them! I mean, added lovely embellishments to! I'll show pics this weekend!

Okay, but what I actually wanted to talk about it... my Boo-tiful Wreath! I had a lot of fun making this... I took a Styrofoam wreath form and hot glued strips of muslin that I had left over from playroom curtains to it. I made sure to tear the muslin instead of cutting it so that it wouldn't look perfect. I sprayed Tattered Angels Mist in slate and Creme de Chocolate on it just to age it a little. I then made some paper circles (I cannot remember the name of them! ugghh!) that I did a fan fold on and then glued them together at the end. I then adhered them to 2 circles, one on the back and one scalloped one on the front and hot glued them to the wreath. I added some Prima flowers in Halloween colors (love them!) and some buttons, hot glued a couple of plastic spiders and there you go! One boo-tiful wreath to have anywhere you'd like (mine is on our hall-tree, or as Adam calls it, the "hallway").

See you all soon! I'm going to do a post a day till Halloween since I still have a lot of Halloween projects to share!

Monday, October 18, 2010

So tired

Hello All!
I am TIRED - but I'm trying desperately to stay awake till the Hub's gets home from watching Jackass 3-D (I know, I know, I'm not even going there...) and I really wanted to do a post tomorrow but I am hoping to take my little man to Disneyland, so, here goes a post that will probably ramble and make little sense. So, enjoy!

Okay, so here's a few Halloween cards that I made LAST year but that I lurve! I won't be a ton of help since I can't remember the names of the paper that I used (I'll make note to look at scraps and find out), but they're such simple but awesome cards!! I luurrrve them - did I already say that?

I also am sharing a beautiful picture of Adam that I took today up at a local Pumpkin Farm - called Soffel Farms - which was tucked away into the hills behind our house - I'd never been there but was enthralled with the beauty of the place. It's been a wet weekend around here and the hills were surrounded by fog and a light mist, the tress were all green and orange and yellow and it was truly magical. I have to say that while living in SoCal has it's advantages (ocean, mountains, Disneyland, outlet malls on every corner) that I lloooonnnngggg for "Seasons". I long for "sweater weather" in Sept, October and November and I pray each year that I'll be able to wear long sleeves on Christmas Day and that a fire in the fireplace will be a necessity instead of ridiculous! So, today was a perfect to pick a pumpkin with my lil' Pumpkin who said things like "That's a great idea. This is just great!" and "What a fun day, thanks Mama" and "This punkin is perfect, we must get it for Daddy". He's 2.5 going on Prince Charming...

Happy Fall, ya'll!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jury Duty Bribe???

Hello - I have 5 minutes before I have to run out the door for Jury Duty... ucckkk... on my anniversary... double ucckkk! Here's a super simple Halloween project, perfect for any little Ghost or Goblin that you love!!!

I upcycled a plastic box that held cookies, washed it (of course), then I tore strips of white paper into random thickness and inked the edges with brown distress ink and adhered with Scrappy Glue to the top of my container. I left an opening in the center towards the top and adhered a black rectangle. I then glued down two googly eyes and then put more of my white strips over the edges to make my Mummy come to life!! I stamped BOO (Cosmo Cricket Haunted Stamp Set) in black and went over it with black Stickles. Fill with candy and give to bribe your way out of Jury Duty!! I mean, give to someone special! See you all soon!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We're All Mad Here Album

Hello, Hello!
I wanted to show you my "We're All Mad Here" Hallowe'en in Wonderland Mini Album. I had so much fun making this book - I was very inspired by the paper, I love the old fashioned look of the paper and the colors... some of the colors are so vibrant while others are so dark and murky, it's such a cool combination!

I also experimented with some techniques, I used Crackle Paint, embossing folders, paper flowers, die cuts, paper layering, Stickles... some techniques I've used frequently, other's are ones that I have a new love for!

 Some of the Graphic 45 papers had different images on them, almost like a collection of postcards.  I really wanted to find a way to utilize the different images because they were all so beautiful, so I cut out what I wanted and put the QK frame around it, but a little kiddi-wampus. 

And last, what would Alice be without the Queen of Hearts?  Just an ordinary little girl in a make believe land.

The book itself is cut from chipboard using pages from the AccuCut machine, which I then covered with solid black paper for simplicity. I find it easier to work on a neutral, cohesive background, it takes some of the guess work out of the picture for me.

Anyways, I hope you like this book. I'm offering this book as a Workshop from my home in Redlands on:
October 19th @ 10 am
October 24th @ 11 am

Or you can take the class at Pages from the Heart in Monrovia on:
October 17 from 10 am - 1 pm - cost is $35 per person

Please contact me at for pricing and supply info!

Hope you're feeling crafty today!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FINALLY! Card 29 and Card 30: 30 Days

Well, my husband was able to get our computer to work just so I can blog (so important!) and use my Silhouette (VERY important!!!), although he told me to let him know a "good time" to take it to the Nerd Herd or Geek Squad or whatever... which is where I told him that there really is no "good time" and informed him that I'm just going to Costco to purchase a new one - which is when he gave me "The Look" and left for work. Hmmm, wonder who will win this one... probably him since we just found out that we need to either do a $400 repair on our oven OR buy a new one - yep, game point, Hubby.

Here are the last two cards of the 30 Cards: 30 Days Challenge... or more like 30 Cards: 3 months. Oh well, the best laid plans, right? For the Christmas Card I used Cosmo Crickets Christmas Line and for the Halloween Card I used a mixture of Making Memories. If anyone would like specifics, please let me know. I'll be posting a lot over the next week, I really do have a lot of projects that I'd like to share!

See you all soon!
Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I havn't been kidnapped!

Hello All!
So, I have some 'splaining to do! I did complete the 30 Cards, 30 Days challenge... I scheduled my last two posts for the Cards since we were going out of town... but apparently I am so not technologically advanced with Blogger!! I have also misplaced my camera... I have tons, (seriously), of new projects to post but no pictures of them! I actually have 2 cameras, but they share the same battery (I lost one battery already), and since I misplaced my camera that has the battery in it, well, I can't use either of them! Is my facade slipping? I am such a mess half the time! I am a total klutz/absentminded professor type! It's funny, I had my Hallowe'en in Wonderland Banner class yesterday and told someone that I'm not a hoarder (I may have sounded snotty without meaning to!), and then today while I was cleaning my scraffice I found 8, yes 8!, Scrappy Glues! I guess I'm worried about the end of the world and not having anything to use to scrapbook while trapped in my house for 67 years!
Anyways - as soon as I find my camera (or break down and buy a new battery!), I will take lots of pictures of all of my fun new Halloween projects and post them! I will also re-post the last 2 card posts as soon as we fix my scraffice computer which houses all of my images! Okay, so, wish me luck in finding/fixing and I'll hopefully be back tomorrow or Tuesday!
Happy End of the Weekend!