Pumpkin wishes

Having shared with you yesterday the saga of my pumpkin brain getting to grips with my “obvious to everyone else” pumpkin die I thought I’d keep going and make another little project with it:

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I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme this week is “wish.” Having loved last week’s “faux techniques” an my piece with metal stars, I’d originally intended to make this in a similar way. However, I decided instead to attempt faux rusty metal. I don’t think it’s turned out too bad but could probably be improved if I had some better paints (big hint to Mr Beez). I had to make do with black, chocolate and guava which sounds more like the recipe for a fabulous dessert rather than a bit of rusty replication.

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The little sign is a piece of heavy duty paper (something by Tim Holtz) that I mounted onto card to give it some weight and stamped before cutting out roughly. I’ve inked the edges and then threaded with wire – which is also faux rust and was created with silver wire and a Promarker. Actually, I think the little sign looks a bit like stamped leather.

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First time round I stamped the fairy and coloured her with Promarkers but she didn’t look right so I tried again and then coloured her with distress inks – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

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Everything is a mounted on a piece of chipboard that I stained with Brushed Corduroy and then covered with moss. I’ve added a few sprinkles of mica glitter and added a little vial of the same at the fairy’s feet.

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So I’m thinking if I wish hard enough this pumpkin should probably turn into a metallic, raspberry pink Mercedes convertible. I’ll let you know.

Don’t forget that tomorrow sees the start of the Gecko Galz Blog Hop and I have a stack of projects to share with you.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Musical pumpkin

If you buzzed by yesterday you will know that there is a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges with the theme of music. Here’s my second DT project that I created:

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This was made using Tim Holtz Sizzix die, Pumpkin Parts. Now I’ll share a little confession with you. When I first used this die I was totally unimpressed. I had to run it through the Big Shot three times before it cut out all the pieces. Then I thought “what a faff,” as I started reassembling all the pieces on to some backing card. And then the penny dropped! You aren’t supposed to cut out all the pieces, it is designed to cut the outline of the pumpkin and then add a deep groove for each of the pumpkin panels!!! Aren’t I just the biggest pumpkin of them all??? So, once I’d mastered the die I stuck music manuscript over chipboard and cut out the pumpkin.

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I inked the die cut and then added gold glitter glue around the edge and in each groove.

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On one side I added a little arrangement of paper roses, muslin and a tiny glittered heart.

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At the top there are bows and a little paper sunflower.

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The word was printed on my computer.

Looking forward to seeing your musical creations over on the Crafty Boots Challenges Blog. Thanks for bussing by.

Layering it up

Back with my second post and my second project this month as a guest designer over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. The current challenge#18,  is “Layer It” and you are asked to use at least three layers on your project. As usual there is some terrific inspiration from the resident DT and, if the last challenge is anything to go by, there will also be some fabulous pieces from my fellow guest designers. For my project I’ve combined two of my current favourite things – houses and Halloween and one thing’s for sure, there are plenty of layers:

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The whole idea of Craft Hoarders Anonymous is to use up stash that you have been hoarding and for me this was a great opportunity to do just that. So let me take you on a tour.

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I’ve used two chipboard houses and a little archway and covered them with paper and images from scraps box. I rarely throw any bit of paper away so it was just a question of finding the wodge that related to Halloween. The bat wings are a Tando shape that has been in my hoard for about two years. I painted it black and then added glitter.

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That fabulous moon is a favourite of mine from The Graphics Fairy.

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Once the houses and wings were all layered up I started adding the smaller details. In this corner are some tiny pumpkins (seed pods) and orange and black roses. You can just glimpse the little magic potion in a glass vial.

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I found a great way to fill the vial with glitter was to add a big blob of glue gel and then shake in the glitter. It only sticks to the outside of the glue blob but gives the appearance of being solid glitter.

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The wooden keyhole was from Artchix Studio who, sadly, no longer operate their fabulous shop :(

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Many of the papers and the bingo image you will recognise from previous projects as being from The Gecko Galz. All the words are from a collage sheet I found at Lisa’s Altered Art over on Etsy.

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Thank you for the music

A new week and a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and, just in case you haven’t guessed, the theme for the next fortnight is “music.”

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This is the first of two DT projects I’ve created for this challenge and it was inevitable that there would be a butterfly involved. Whenever I reach for the music manuscript, a butterfly punch or die is a reflex move!

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So I’ve layered up papers and music manuscript and distressed and inked the edges. The butterfly was die cut from the same paper I used on the bottom layer and I’ve added a bow and some organza rose trim.

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Across the bottom of the card is some crochet lace, more ribbon and organza rose trim plus little ivory buttons.

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In the corner are a couple of little bows.

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I hope you can find time to link up your musical themed projects and share them with us over at Crafty Boots Challenges. I also hope you’ll buzz back here later today when I have another project to share with you.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Scaredy Cat

Did you remember to put your clocks back last night? After going through a phase where Mr Beez would alter some of the clocks and not others we generally leave ours until the morning to avoid confusion! There was a time when the return to GMT meant an extra hour in bed. Now it just means an extra hour awake first thing in the morning! That said, I still love it and will be a fierce campaigner to retain the seasonal time changes. So, as the nights start drawing in I thought the time was ripe to share this little shadow box with you:

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I’ve been searching high and low for some reasonably priced, by which I mean as chip as chips,  shadow boxes in which to create little scenes. Whilst they seem readily available across the pond I have found it difficult to source something similar here in the UK. The one I’ve used here is the base of a box that is made from something similar to balsa wood. I’ve given it a coating of black acrylic paint and then covered the back with some paper from the Gecko Galz Coven paper pack.

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On the inside I added a piece from the Hocus Pocus pack.

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The fabulous cat and moon image comes from Haunted Ephemera. I cut out the complete image and adhered it to the back then cut out and additional cat and applied it with glue gel to add some dimension.

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I’ve lined the base of the scene with moss and then added a little picket fence and a computer generated sign.

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To the top I’ve added mini pumpkins (which are, in reality, seed pods called putkas or podkas and you can find them on Ebay and Etsy), and glittery punched stars.

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There’s a border of orange glitter which I created by applying strong double sided tape and then pressing the glitter on to it.

I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their “Piece of Sky” challenge.

Hope you’re having a great Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.

 

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!

Thanks for buzzing by.

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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Thanks for buzzing by.

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.

 

Thanks for buzzing by.