Hocus Pocus

* This is my second post for today. Please scroll down to see my Kraft Journal project for this week.

Today is a big day at my house. Paige and Joanne are joining me today here at my house to wrap up our annual Halloween Haunted House Tour & Lunch. I’ve got the house looking pretty spooktacular, if I do say so myself. I’m hoping to wow the girls enough to be declared the winner of the house tour for the second year in a row. I promise to share some photos soon. In the mean time, keep your fingers crossed for me.

So not only am I hosting my big lunch today, but I have cards to share, as well. This one features some of my favorite stamps from Prickely Pear Rubber Stamps.

I just love the adorable red rubber Witches Post stamp I used for the main image here. I know I’ve shown it to you before, but today I used it in a different way by punching out just a portion of the image with my 1 3/4″ circle punch. Talk about an easy and fun way to highlight certain focal parts of your stamps.

The image is stamped onto patterned paper and colored with pencils and Gamsol. I popped it up with foam adhesive and layered it with cardstock stickers and labels die cut from my Spellbinders Labels Twenty.

Used a mixture of black and orange patterned papers and tied the whole up with purple seam binding ribbon. Added a rub-on sentiment banner popped on foam adhesive for dimension.

And my favorite part? The Small Whiskers kitty I stamped on the side of the sentiment. He just cracks me up. I colored his eyes yellow to give him a spooky glow.

I just adore the range of fun Halloween images available at Prickely Pear Rubber Stamps, in both acrylic and red rubber designs. For more great projects, be sure to check out the blog today to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you.

And wish me luck on my big day! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


The Kraft Journal- Anything Goes

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! It’s the start of a brand new week, and that means it’s time for another challenge over at the Kraft Journal. This week’s theme is Anything Goes.

With Halloween just a week away, I decided to take advantage of this last little bit of time to make some spooky projects. After all, I’ve got to get Halloween out of my system since it will be a whole entire year before it rolls around again, right?

Buff Ivory Coverweight Cardstock and pattern paper form the base for this card. Paper is American Crafts Night Fall. It’s just tooooo cute, isn’t it?  I added 2 Small Manila Shipping Tags decorated with Paper Edges Rubbings across the center of the card.

Tied the tag strings into a bow, layered with Gypsy Market Seam Binding and a button tied with Black Baker’s Twine. Two ghosties hold sentiment flags made from Memo Pins and Flag Banner Stickers.

Hope you come and join us for this week’s Anything Goes challenge at the Kraft Journal. All of our followers who participant in our challenges for the month of October have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

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Click here for a chance to win our $20.00 Kraft Outlet store voucher by a random drawing held on Halloween!

Product Tutorials Wanted

Have you created a tutorial that showcases products you’ve purchased from Kraft Outlet? If so, we’d love to feature you in one of our future Watch Us Wednesday tutorial segments of the blog. To be considered send an email to DT Leader Beth Moore (bethcat at sbcglobal dot net), with a product photograph and link to the tutorial and you may be selected as one of our Featured Artists on Watch Us Wednesday!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Joanne’s Halloween House

Thursday was my friend, Joanne’s, turn to host us for the annual Halloween Haunted House Tour & Lunch. Joanne’s whole family really gets into Halloween, with her husband and son liking things on the spooky side, while Joanne and her daughter like the cute stuff. I was most excited to see her new Halloween tree they added to their collection this year. Taken all together, the house had a very fun semi-creepy/ semi-sweet vibe. Would you like to take a peek with me?

Here is the Halloween tree. They purchased a faux Christmas tree and spray painted it black. Sounds like a ton of work, but it turned out really well. I am absolutely amazed at the tree topper Joanne’s husband made himself.

Mr. Grim Reaper is made from wire and clay. The detailing on the head and hands is just fantastic. He is so creepy yet so fabulous at the same time.

More spooky goodness.

Another crafty creation from Joanne’s husband. A hand-drawn cut-out of a character from his favorite Halloween book.

Scenes from the crypt.

Pretty cute stuff, right? I think the girls did a wonderful job with their decor. Now it’s up to me to finish out the tour and bring home the championship. 🙂 It’s my turn to host here on Monday. The house is ready, but my menu plan is not.

Should it be Maggot Stew?

Assorted Eyeballs?

Slimy Snail Surprise?


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’m hoping to take the kiddos out to the corn maze today. We’ve been going since they were teeny tiny, and it’s become one of my most treasured holiday traditions. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Hello everyone, and happy, happy Friday to you all! Today I have another Halloween card to share with you. With only about a week to go until the holiday gets here, I’ve got to pack in a few more days of spooky goodness while I can. Today’s card was made for the new Epiphany Crafts blog.

I have so much fun with the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tools. With them, you can create custom buttons and bubble caps to perfectly match any theme or project under the sun. Here I used the Round Button 14 tool and the Heart Button 20 tool to dress up my witchy design.

Papers are Authentique Glowing, our product partner on the Glue Arts blog this week. If you hurry over and leave a comment by Monday, you will be entered in a drawing to win this collection for yourself.  The witch is a fabulous digital image from the Graphics Fairy that I printed on cream cardstock and fussy cut out.

For a full supply list and step-by-steps, be sure to visit the Epiphany Crafts blog. Leave a comment while you’re there, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win the NEW Scallop Tool and Scallop Bubble Caps.

Good luck, everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by today.

Sharing today with the Graphics Fairy Brag Monday.

Paige’s Halloween House

So the Annual Halloween Haunted House Tour continues. Today, I’m on my way over to my friend, Joanne’s,  to check out her holiday display. I’m really looking forward to seeing her decor and the full-size Christmas tree they got this year and spray painted black. I know that guy is going to give me a run for my money on winning the spookiest house award this year. 🙂

As you may remember, I have a little friendly competition going on with a couple of my girlfriends. They enjoy Halloween as much as I do, and all three of us like to decorate our homes for the holiday. Last year, we decided to take turns hosting each other for lunch and a tour, and of course a little competition. Last week, we started at my friend, Paige’s house.

Here’s a few peeks at her Halloween House.

Paige is very good at incorporating natural elements and hand-crafted goods in with her displays. Love the simple vase of acorns and the raffia vines. And check out the adorable trees Paige made from black pipe cleaners. I’ve told my own pipe-cleaning crafter, Miss Nik, to get a move on and whip me up some of these.

Paige added some home-made paper bats to her mantel.

And some hand-made ghosts made from clear contact paper to the doors leading into her dining room.

More paper bats on the dining room bay.

The dining room table all set for lunch.

Notice the three little orange pumpkins by the plate? Paige painted acorns with little jack-o’lantern faces and gave those to us as party favors. SO adorable!

This row of hanging houses in Paige’s breakfast nook are another home-made project. Each house is made of paper and has a little electric candle glowing inside.

Another hand-made tree and more contact paper ghosts in the sunroom.

Pretty spooky stuff, right? I have to say, I’m really impressed with Paige’s flair for the creative. Love all her clever crafty projects. Might be giving me a run for my money……….

But if it comes down to a vote, you all KNOW where your loyalties lie, right?



Glue Arts & Authentique

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! Today I have a Halloween home decor project to share that I made for the Glue Arts blog.

Our fabulous project partner on the Glue Arts blog this week is Authentique. Love, love their adorable Glowing collection. I used the patterned papers, cardstock die cuts, and cardstock stickers to make a fun banner to spook up my home this month. Cause you know my home needs A LOT of spooking.

Polka dots and gingham, scallops and banner flags, rosettes and doilies and lace. A few of my favorite things.

I rolled little strips of patterned paper to make the sticks for the banner flags. Cut apart a paper doily and used the center as the base for the rosettes and the edge for the ruffled trim at the bottom of the banner.

The how-to’s and supply list are available on the Glue Arts blog. Leave a comment while you are there, and you will be entered in a drawing to win some Authentique Glowing and Glue Arts adhesives for yourself!

Not only will you receive the Authentique Glowing collection...that includes one of each paper and stickers to match…..

we’re also throwing in a NEW PRO+ multi-directional cartridge, our PRO handle and our 3D Combo Pac!

Now how cool is that? Good luck, everyone! And thanks SO much for stopping by today!

A Dark & Scary Night

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Today I have an altered project to share on the Donna Salazar blog. This month, Donna asked us to create projects with a little Halloween flair. How right up my alley! I made a fun mixed-media plaque for a bit of seasonal cheer.

Don’t you love the old glass look to this plaque? It’s actually not glass at all, but a sheet of acrylic. To get this look yourself, here’s what you’ll need to do.

1. To create the base of my altered plaque, I started with a 4×4 Clear Acrylic Cover from Zutter. Using a Clearsnap Stylus Tip, I applied Donna’s Mixed Media Inx in Black to the entire surface of the acrylic. Cover the acrylic with clear embossing powder, and heat set. Don’t worry if your acrylic starts to melt, just keep on embossing the entire sheet, and you’ll notice that the acrylic flattens right back out, much like shrink plastic.

2. Decorate your spooky background scene. I added a moon and clouds, along with a cardstock sticker sentiment. My moon was created by punching a 1 3/4″ circle from Antiquities 6×6 Square Artistic Paper. I sponge brushed the moon with Candle Glow Smooch Spritz and inked the edges with Jasmine Mixed Media Inx. The clouds were punched from a glassine bag and heat embossed with Clearsnap’s Top Boss White Embossing Powder.

3. This month, we were lucky enough to partner up with Artistic Wire, and I used their copper brown wire to free-form a tree branch shape. I started with a basic Y shape, and then added a small V to the tip top. Simply create your basic shape, and then go back over the shape, wrapping the wire along the outline as you go.

4. Adhere your wire branch to the left side of the plaque using metal glue or tacky glue.

5. Create a paper pieced owl using a die cut or template and patterned paper. I made the owl body from Donna’s Crafty Chronicle, and the wing, beak, and ears from Antiquities Artistic Paper. Use buttons as eyes. A bit of Candle Glow Smooch Spritz on the beak finishes things off.

Then simply adhere your pieced owl to the tree branch, and enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you all a fabulous day!