Treats, treats and more treats!

I don’t know about you but I don’t mind life being busy and hectic when it is all fun stuff. As my day job demands I work hard I think it’s OK to play hard too, don’t you? So yesterday I had a fun day off meeting up with my old work colleague and, as hoped, I managed to squeeze in a much yearned for pumpkin spice latte (skinny, but with whipped cream on top!) AND some pumpkin spice loaf. Morning coffee was followed by us ladies lunching – bubble and squeak, black pudding, poached egg and hollandaise sauce – oh my!

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Today I am meeting up with another friend who I haven’t seen since before the summer (and we both live in the same city!) and our first port of call is for a cocktail. As well as a chance for us both to catch up I am also taking these Halloween treat jars for her two children:

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These were made in the exact same way as my earlier Halloween countdown jars except that I added a different label to the front of the jar.

I have also been busy making some little Halloween goodies for my nephews, Freddie and Henry, to put in their parcels. First up are these little altered notebooks.

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I bought a bunch of very cheap notepads from Ebay and added a piece of chipboard to the back to make them more sturdy. Then I covered front and back with some of Graphic 45s Happy Haunting papers that I have been hoarding for the past two years and some washi tape.

On the front I added a little plastic skull.

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Then on the back, some googly eyes.

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I also covered a couple of pens with some Halloween washi tape.

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My second homemade treat are these cute little pet ghosts:

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I got the idea from Etsy and decided I could make my own and I just love how they turned out. In fact, it was very difficult to part with them! Luckily I made a couple of spare ghosts so may just make one for myself. Ghosts are for life, not just for Halloween – right?!

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The ghosts are made from paper clay, so nice and light, and I twisted some lightweight wire to make a hanging loop and inserted this before leaving to dry overnight. The facial features were added using Promarkers. Then I used some clear thread to suspend the ghosts from the lid of the vial.

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The labels were printed out on my computer and I added my favourite Halloween bakers twine around the cork to complete the look. Here is there stash all set to post:

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And a close up of their personalised labels, made using Stampotique’s Frankie stamp.

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Royal Mail did a sterling job in delivering the parcels safely and in less than 24 hours. Freddie and Henry are already enjoying the contents – check them out sporting their flashing light teeth.

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Once I had prepared my post for today I realised that I had also planned to make notebooks for Matilda and Ted, so quickly whipped up a couple more of those too using Stampotique’s Corie and Frankie stamps.

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So that’s todays treats. Tomorrow I have the best treat of all – youngest Beez is coming home for Sunday lunch!

Thanks for buzzing by and here’s hoping you get to enjoy some treats too.

 

Shine on me

I have a day off today, yippee! I shall be zipping off to Manchester to meet a friend and all manner of pumpkin flavoured edibles are on my hit list! However, back here on the blog I’m taking a pause from my Halloween crafting to share this little plaque with you:

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Actually, once I’d photographed it, it occurred to me that I could have given her a little witch’s hat (I may have to succumb to that thought on a different project!). I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where Hels is asking that we use some sort of a faux technique, and also over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme for this week is “a piece of sky.” Isn’t that just a fabulous idea from the lovely Ros?

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The base is a piece of chipboard, to which I am totally addicted, that I’ve covered with cardstock and then inked using distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed with water to give that lovely mottled effect and to lighten areas. Next, I added some black stamping using random background stamps – the one you can see above is Neil Walker’s Alphabet Soup.

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The stars were cut using a Tim Holtz Alterations Die and then I covered them with pieces of adhesive metal tape. I’ve had this in my stash forever and it’s a huge roll that I picked up from Wickes DIY store so was as cheap as chips. I think it’s meant for electrical or plumbing type activities but is much better used for crafting in my opinion. Once the tape was applied, I punched the holes with a pokey tool before giving it a coat of black acrylic paint. Once the paint was dried I used sandpaper to remove most of it and leave what I hope looks like metal plates.

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The little lady is a stamp from AHA Arts. I stamped her on to card, coloured her with inks and then paper pieced her dress with some of Kate Crane’s paper before cutting her out.

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I have another, Halloween inspired, idea for using this faux metal technique and hope I get the chance to try it out.

Do you know the great thing about having a day off on a Friday? You’ve still got the whole weekend stretching ahead to look forward to!

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Halloween tag decoration

Halloween celebrations in the UK are on a much smaller scale than across the pond. However, I have always majored at Halloween and decorated our house accordingly. I think this in part stems from a childhood memory of a Halloween party that my mum hosted. She created the most fabulous decorations from little more than cardboard and gummed paper. There was also a fabulous centre piece of a witch that was made from a cape, scrumpled newspaper and a mask. My own Halloween décor has grown over the years and this year I have decided that I need a Halloween tree. Mr Beez has been informed, but I think he has possibly forgotten this fact so is in for a lovely surprise :) With my tree in mind, I have created a little decoration to hang from it:

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This has been created using fabulous papers and images from The Gecko Galz. That gorgeous photograph is from the October Treats digital collage sheet and I’ve layered it on to a bingo card which is  from Altered Halloween, as is the pumpkin. The paper underneath is from the Coven paper pack.

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I’ve added lace and ribbon plus some glittery dots, a paper rose and a button threaded with Halloween bakers twine.

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The Gecko Galz Design Team are all getting ready for the annual blog hop that starts on October 30th – check out my sidebar for details. There are prizes galore and tons of free collage sheets to collect (mine is just the cutest). Hope you will be able to buzz by and join in the fun but rest assured, I have plenty more to share with you before then.

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Tricks and hopefully treats!

Monday morning – again! But I have  four day week this time and a treat to look forward to on Friday so mustn’t grumble eh? I have two projects to share with you today and, yes, still going down the Halloween autumnal route. First up is a tag that was one of my Gecko Galz DT projects.

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Isn’t that owl fantastic? If you buzzed by yesterday you might just recognise him. However, if you look carefully, he’s a little different. The base of the tag is an image from the Altered Halloween collage sheet and the owl and the witch are from Haunted Ephemera.

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I’ve used black lace and orange pom-pom trim along the base and used lime eyelash yarn and black ribbon at the top. A couple of buttons and some Halloween baker’s twine complete the look.

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My second project uses a fabulous digital image from the Be Thankful digital stamp set.

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I’ve coloured it with distress inks and then added burlap ribbon, buttons, a few berries along with a tiny orange paper rose and a glittery star. I don’t know what happened with this photograph but it has made the card look a bit mis-shapen which, in reality, it isn’t!

I’m sharing both of these over at Crafty Boots Challenges as we reach the midway point of our Autumnal/Halloween challenge. I hope you will have time to join us.

I’m off to Bradford today to watch a cooking competition in a Children’s Centre, which should be fun. Bradford is also hoping that today it will once again be named as Curry Capital of Britain so perhaps it would be appropriate to pick up something tasty on my travels too!

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Book of spells

Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing another Halloween project, a book of spells notebook using some fabulous papers and images from The Gecko Galz:

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I started with a very cheap notebook that has lovely kraft paper pages. The front cover is an image from the Haunted Ephemera collage set and I added the cat’s head and potion bottles, which are from the same sheet, in Microsoft Word before printing out.

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The back is covered with paper from the Coven paper pack another image, an owl from Haunted Ephemera.

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I’ve added a ribbon as a bookmark and used images from the collage sheet, plus a few little gems, to decorate it.

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This is one notebook I won’t be giving away because I plan on using it myself!

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Don’t forget there is an Autumn/Halloween challenge over at Crafty Boots and you still have a whole week in which to share your projects with us.

 

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Little witch

Now there is being late with a post and there is being late with a post and this is ..er.. being so late with a post it’s almost rude. I was so tired after my four very long days away in Leeds that I would need an extra baggage allowance for my eyes if I was flying on a ‘plane! However, I really wanted to join in with this week’s Sunday Stampers’ challenge I summoned up just enough energy to create another little house:

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The theme at Sunday Stampers this week is stars and as you can see I’ve used some starry paper for the roof of the house and a little stamped star to twinkle along with the moon (Stampotique).

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The little witch is Stampotique’s Corie and I stamped her directly on to the paper that covers the house and then paper pieced her face.

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The words are from a collage sheet by Lisa’s Altered Art over on Etsy.

It would seem youngest son’s move went well and he is happily settled into his new flat. I haven’t been brave enough to go in his empty room yet! He is clearly enjoying his new found independence including the big pile of washing he left behind because apparently I know how to do his designer t-shirts properly and asking his dad to take him to work over the weekend because there isn’t a bus!!!!

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All about the boys

Today I have to go away again for work – a full three nights means I won’t be back until Friday evening, by which time I should think my feet will be frazzled. This time I have mixed feelings about being away. Youngest beez is leaving the hive and moves out tomorrow. He is more than ready to go but it’s still a hard thing for this mum, who will miss him dreadfully. I’ve been pretty brave up until now and I’m wondering if going away, and not actually seeing the move happen, will help. On the other hand it’s going to be very strange returning home and knowing he won’t be around :(

Of course I have made a card to wish him and his girlfriend well in their new home:

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As you know, I have no shortage of house stamps so it was just a question of choosing which one! I used inks and Promarkers to add colour and then die cut a little glittery heart to pop in the window. I decided to opt for a clean and simple look and love how it turned out.

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My second card is to celebrate my brother’s birthday which is tomorrow.

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Like me, he is an ardent fan of West Ham United FC and, as he lives in the south, is lucky enough to be a season ticket holder. Each year I try and come up with a new twist on the West Ham theme. I picked up this retro playing card on Ebay and despite my best attempts, managed not to throw it away each time I thought the envelope it was in was empty!!!!

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I’ve used some spotted designer paper to pick up the green and then decorated it using team colours. The little glass drops are there to represent bubbles – the club song is the classic “I’m forever blowing bubbles” which they have made their own.

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Autumn Wreath with rusty pumpkin

No, you’re not imagining it I really am posting twice today. I was lucky enough to win a guest designer spot over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog and so am sharing project for their current challenge, #17, which has the theme “Happy Fall Y’All.”

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I love making wreaths, even though I do get in a right old mess and making this was no exception!

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I’ve used some paper by Bo Bunny, that has been in my stash for a couple of years, for the background and layered it on to a mat of terracotta cardstock, distressing and inking the edges of both. Next, I punched out lots of branches and sprigs from scraps of card in autumnal colours. To create the wreath I drew a circle onto the base layer and then simply, if somewhat messily, arranged the punched branches. To create depth I did several layers, tucking in extra pieces until it felt right and then adding berries and tiny acorn buttons.

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I made a little arrangement in one corner using a rusty mini pumpkin together with more branches and berries, a die-cut heart and a paper sunflower.

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On the other side is a mini tag.

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Halloween Countdown

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and I can’t believe that a fortnight has gone by as it doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I was heralding the previous challenge. Before I show you today’s project I just want to remind you that the Crafty Boots DT call is still open and we’d love to hear from you. We welcome applications from all crafters and this would be a particularly good team to join if you are finding your feet in the crafty blogging world and would like to get some experience. Don’t be shy, come join us.

Our theme for the next fortnight is Halloween/Autumn and I am sharing some Halloween countdown jars that I made for my nephews, Freddie and Henry:

 

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They get very excited about Halloween so I thought I would help them count the days until it gets here. There are 31 sweets in the jar – one for each day. I used plastic jars as I thought these would be easier to send through the post. The pumpkins, which I picked up on Ebay, are papier mache. I painted them with acrylic paints and added details with Promarkers and a white gel pen. I used a great tutorial that I found over at The Vintage Dresser as a starting point.

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I made a ruffle from some black crepe paper and used glue gel to secure the pumpkin on top before adding a bow, a stamped tag and some glittery stars.

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The labels were created in Word using simple shapes, text boxes and clip art.

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Now despite Mr B giving gloom and doom prophecies about how much these would cost to post they were a snip and, impressively, arrived the next day and in one piece! Although I think they now weigh a little less than when they arrived!!!

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Make sure you buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and I hope you’ll link up your Halloween/Autumn projects as well as considering joining our DT.

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Pumpkin Postcard

Here in the UK, Autumn is playing its usual tricks on us with chilly rainy days one moment and warm sunny ones the next. I love Autumn and wish we celebrated it more, just as they do across the pond.

Today, I have another postcard to share with you, similar, but different, to yesterday’s:

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I am sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their leaves themed challenge. This is a different take on a pumpkin patch. You don’t see the white pumpkins so much and I absolutely love them. To create mine I used my Bo Bunny stamp and some Orange Blossom Archival ink on cream card and paper pieced it.

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The background was created using distress inks – Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and a touch of Mowed Lawn. Once all the inks were applied I spritzed on some water to create the mottled effect. I used Lavinia’s vine stamp and some green Archval ink for the leaves and then couldn’t resist adding the little bees.

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I felt I wanted to add some words or something else to complete the design, I tried some stars but they were not the answer. I became so worried about mucking it up that, in the end, I decided to leave well alone. I’ll maybe do another take on this and see what evolves.

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