Saturday, October 29, 2011

Haunted House

As some of you may know, from my previous post, the Zella Community is hosting a Halloween Party this weekend and I’ve been working on some decorations.

I decided to make a spooky haunted house. At the moment I’m a little scarce on black from all the other projects I’ve had on the go. So I decided to make the base of the house in a dark gray. I took a sheet of Gray Wool cardstock and first sponge it with black ink; then I stamped the spider web all over using the second generation technique with black ink. At this point I still found the colour dark enough so I rubbed my ink pad on the piece of cardstock in a circular motion (this is called the faux leather technique).

I cut the base shape of the house using the cricut then I stamped the brick detail all over. And the wood grain to the shutters.

I inked the edges and stamped the Halloween scene around the house.

A battery operated tea light inside illuminated the cut out window for a spooky effect.

Material used:

Ink: Black, Archival Black

Cardstock: Gray Wool, Purple Pansy

Cricut Cartridge: Winter Woodland (3DBDLG5)

Stamps: Universal Background (Wood Grain), Captured Moments (Halloween Scene), All Hallows Eve (Spider Web), Around The Block (Bricks)

Mummy Glass

The Zella Community Hall is hosting a family Halloween party that I’m helping decorate for. So I’ve been keeping my eyes out for cool decorations. I came across these really neat “vase” at So I decided to make my own version.

I got four glasses from the dollar store, two small and two tall. I also picked up little battery operated tea lights and large googly eyes. A few roll of gauze from the pharmacy and a bottle of silver glitter Mod Podge from Wal-Mart. You’ll also need a paint brush and scissors.

First I painted a layer of the Mod Podge directly on the glass, then I started rolling the Gauze around the glass painting Mod Podge over top the gauze as I went. I cut the gauze when I had the whole glassed covered and glued on the googly eyes.

It was a very easy project to make and they turned out so good. It’ll make a great decoration!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wow!!! I'm On A Roll!!!

Jerome’s Halloween party at his school is tomorrow, oops let me rephrase that, it’s later today. So I needed to first finish the costume.

My husband suggested we all dress up as Angry Birds. For those of you who may not own an Iphone or Ipad, it’s an App game where the goal is to kill the green pigs by throwing the angry birds through a sling shot. So to make these costumes, I bought different coloured T-shirts and felt, lots of felt!! At least 20 times the amount I actually needed. And fabric glue, I had the fabric pen at home already. So here are our costumes.

Also I wanted to make a goodie box using the coffin template on my life’s is a party cartridge and I ended up heat embossing the image from the CTMH Thriller stamp set in white.

I also made Marshmallow popcorn/gummy bear ball for the class. When I told Jerome this and that he should also give one to his teacher; he suggested that Rachelle should probably get one as well (The bus driver). I thought that was so sweet and thoughtful of him. So here is the goodie bag I made for the bus driver.

Now… I’m going to bed! Good night.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

H2H Halloween/Autumn Challenge... Take 2

Somewhere in the blog world there is a very talented girl name Andrea, who creates the most amazing paper craft with the use of her CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and I can’t help myself. I am scraplifting from her right, left and center.

Please visit her blog and prepare to be amazed.

I started giving instruction on how to make this pumpkin but honestly, Andre has already done such a great job at this that I would suggest you just visit her blog.

So even if this creation didn’t originally come from me, I decided to enter it in the H2H challenge because it’s just too cute a project to not share.

PS: be sure to use a battery operated tea light if you wish to illuminate it.

Happy Halloween Card for H2H Challenge

I started this card in the beginning of October for the H2H October 3rd Challenge (H2H76). This challenge was for a sketch. When I saw the sketch, it reminded me of an idea I came across in the cricut magazine that I’ve wanted to try. I’m using the sketch for the inside of my card.

But then life happened and ended up getting pretty busy at the farm. So I am just now completing my card. Just in time the H2H October 24th Challenge. Which is to create anything for Fall/Halloween. So I’ll enter my card for both challenges.

Here is the list of material used for this project.


CTMH White Colonial Cardstock
CTMH Black Cardstock
Both Orange pattern papers are from an unknown source

CMTH Thriller (Skeleton Head)
CTMH Mischief Workshop Stamp Set (Greeting, Bottle, Border)
CTMH All Hallows Eve (Spider Web)
CTMH Black
CTMH Archival Black
CTMH Colonial White
CTMH Sorbet
CTMH Black Hemp
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Jewel Glitter Glitz (Blush)
Making Memories Circle Cutter

Here are the steps for creating this card.

First using the cricut I cut out three scalloped cards. Two in black cardstock and one in my lighter orange pattern paper. At this point, if I had a gypsy I would have used it to cut out the circle from the middle of one of my black cards, since I don’t, I used the making memories circle cutter. I then glued the orange card to the inside of the whole black card. I scored the black card with the circle cut out in the middle and on both side at about 2” from the middle. Then I glued the end of the cut out card to the black/orange card.

I stamped the border on the edge of a strip of darker orange patterned paper and adhere to the inside of my card, trimming the edge to match the scalloped edge (ps I inked the edges with black ink). And I stamped the border in colonial white on both side of my card.
I stamped the skeleton head on colonial white cardstock twice. Cutting out the first around the flourish and the second around the head. I glued them together using 3D foam squares. I placed glue to cover the heart eye patch and sprinkled it with the glitter. Ohhh so pretty!!!

For the front of the card, I stamped my border and greeting in archival black. I inked the edges with black ink and stamped the spider web using second generation stamping technique.

I stamped the bottle with Archival Black on a piece of dark orange pattern paper and trimmed it out. Using a blending pen I coloured the flame with Sorbet ink and using a dried up blending pen I coloured the candle with the Colonial White ink. Adhered the bottle with 3D foam square and VOILA!!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Good Times

I've decided to participate to the Studio Purge Sketch Contest at PageMaps and to enter it to the Heart2Heart challenge as well.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my layout:

I've been working on my embellishing. I make sure to pull all the embellishments at the beginning when I'm planning the page. I struggled with that for this page a little bit, but in the end it worked out not too bad. I created all of my embellishments with either the cricut, or my stamp sets.

Product used:

CTMH Dreamin' Level 2 Paper kit
CTMH Kraft Cardstock
CTMH Ink (Chocolate, Pacifica)
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Imagine More Cricut Imagine Cartridge
CTMH Dreamin' Workshop Stamp Set
CTMH Little License Stamp Set
Ocean Soul Smooch
CTMH Blue Assortment Buttons
CTMH Color-Ready Cork Alphabet

I printed and cut the journal block with the Imagine More cartridge using the 3rd layer on page 19 of the guide booklet.

The hearts, flower, flourish, brackets and rolled flowers where done using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

So here we have it. It's not often that I create a page for myself, without pictures of the kids. This was taken at the Olds Sandbox. It's a big playground for the kids where the moms can visit on the comfy couches.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Closet Snooze

I have been scrapbooking for about 5 years now. I see a lot of improvement from my earlier pages. My scrapbooking skills have definitely grown in the last few years. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. In fact the thing I struggle the most with in my scrapbook layout is embellishments. I can do the base of my layout with no problem but when it comes to embellishments, I struggle, it is always an after thought and in the end it looks like my embellishments were an after thoughts.

Well I was watching scrapbooking videos on You Tube when I came across Shimelle's video series that she calls "Sketch to Scrapbook Page". In each video she creates a layout based on a basic sketch and transform them into beautifully finished and embellished layout. I have learn so much from those videos and embellishing didn't seem like such a daunting task.

I decided to put it to the test. Here is my layout following Shimelle's lead.

This layout is from one of my favorite blogs called PageMaps. Every month they post a new series of sketches along with example of pages loosely following those sketches. For my layout I selected a double 12x12 sketch from Aug 2006. I print out the PDF files of the sketch and keep them in a binder.

To follow her Shimelle's style I pulled out the paper I was going to use and selected some embellishments. My friend gave me a set of paper that she had an extra set of. (Thanks Alida, I appreciate you fuelling my paper addiction) So I used the paper collection Alphabet Soup from My Minds Eye. This kit came with some cutout image that I also used and I paired it up with some images from the Art Cartridge Imagine More that I printed and cut out using my Cricut Imagine. So the alarm clock, the owl, and the red cloud shaped image.

This was big for me!! As I said, embellishments are an after thought for me, it was very different for me to pull images at the beginning of my layout planning.

Well here is how my layout turned out. I must say, I am pleased!!

This summer, we where planning a camping trip with the kids for the weekend. My youngest Patrick thought we would be camping that same day. He was disappointed when he found out he had to wait so he declared he would sleep in the closet instead... and he did.

Well this is my layout. I strongly suggest you visit both Shimelle's and PageMaps website. Well worth the surfing time.