Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks ~ Wow! Wednesday

Well, it’s here….Halloween!  The inside of our house has been decorated since around the first of the month and there’s a jack-o-lantern front porch light and pumpkins outside.  This year we are more low key with our decorating compared to years past. We sold a ton of our party decorations a few months ago as we’ve decided to not host huge parties any more.  Actually my daughter was the hostess and I helped out but the events got bigger and more detailed every year and she felt it was time to stop.  I agreed as they are exhausting.  Fun, but exhausting.  So our Halloween today won’t be much really. We don’t have small children to take trick-or-treating and since we live about 8 miles from town and the children in our neighborhood that we knew are all grown, we probably won’t have many, if any stopping by for candy.  But we’ll have the lights on anyway! And a bowl of my hubby’s favorite candy just in case and he’s happy to eat what we don’t give away.

For today, I thought I’d re-share some of my Halloween creations that I’ve made this year.  Sorry, that I don’t have anything new that’s Halloween but I’ve already moved on to other holidays–Christmas and Valentine’s Day, especially Valentine’s or Love cards for Operation Write Home.  But Halloween Day wouldn’t be complete without a few spooky cards and crafts to share.  Most of these creations have been shared in earlier blog posts.

First is my altered Witches Box.  This was a box that some plates came in.  I covered it  with Halloween papers and decorated it with some witchy rub-ons, web ribbon and spiders.  I love this box and will keep my Halloween tags in it.

Next, a page layout that I created for photos from our 2010 Halloween Party. That’s hubby and I in our costumes.  We were old prom dates. Ha, ha.  I was “dead” with bloody gashes and glass protruding from my neck and arm.  Seems I was in a wreck on the way to the prom and ended up at the haunted Rowan Mortuary (the theme of the party).  Hubby as my date, survived the wreak and had tire tracks on his back.  It was so funny.

And one of the Halloween cards I made this year…

Oh! I must not forget…my favorite Halloween tag!

And there it is, my brief review and summary of my crafty Halloween!  For those who celebrate the holiday, be safe and may all your little goblins get lots of candy!
Now on to what I’ve been working on this week.  Christmas Tags!  If you follow me and read my posts, you know that last Saturday I attended a Tim Holtz Inspired Christmas Tag class at my LSS, Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks in Mineral Wells, Texas.  These are what I created that day.  Actually I did add a few extra details and ribbons once I got home.  Here they are all finished up!

Which one is your favorite? I honestly can’t decide.  I like all four! Thank you to Nanci, our instructor for showing us how to use the inks and for encouraging us to let our creativity flow.  I’m attending another class this Saturday to make at least four more tags!
Okay….one last blog candy reminder for this month.  TODAY is the last day to enter my blog candy giveaway! If you haven’t already, you really should click on my blog candy badge at the top right sidebar and go to the original blog candy post and leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween candy or candy if you don’t have Halloween where you live.  THEN come back here and leave a comment for a bonus entry. You can even backtrack on my other October posts and leave comments and each comment will be a bonus entry.  I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate for some digi stamps from Pink Cat Studio!  They have some adorable images I’m sure that a lucky someone will love.  Winner will be chosen by tomorrow (November 1st) after 10 a.m. Central Time.
Also, today is Wow! Wednesday at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog.  Some of her customers have blogs and each Wednesday we share what we’ve created and leave a link on her blog post.  Then we visit everyone that’s linked up and leave comments.  That way we have a chance to win her blog candy for that week.  I encourage you to join in on the fun!
AND… I’ve got some exciting news!  I’ve been invited to be a designer for a new digi stamp shop!!  Starting in November I’ll be creating cards for The Stamping Shack and I’ll be sharing those here on my blog plus doing an occasional blog post over on The Stamping Shack’s blog!  They also have a Facebook page and I’ll be posting some creations there too!  Go check out their website, there are some really cute digis for sale and more will be added! Oh! And go like them on Facebook!
Happy Crafting,

Seems A Little Sketchy ~ Sketch #25

Almost! Almost Halloween!!  Only two days and then we’ll start thinking about Thanksgiving here in the United States and then….well, you know.  But for today and for the next couple of days, we are thinking of Halloween, the night when kids and some adults dress up in costumes–fun and frightful.  Candy will be handed out to eager trick-or-treaters, the pumpkins have been carved and are ready to shine a ghostly light to beckon  all who may dare to come near. Ha, ha.  I guess that’s why I picked this super cute digi stamp from Bugaboo for this weeks challenge over on Seems a Little Sketchy.  It’s just perfect for a cute Halloween card!

Copic Coloring List:

  • Cat W2, W5, W7
  • Cat’s Nose N10
  • Pumpkin YR65, YR68, YR18
  • Inside Pumpkin Y17, Y19
  • Leaves YG93, G99
  • Background W0, E51 and Colorless Blender

Here’s the Sketch:

Now it’s your turn.  You’ve got two weeks to create a fabulous card with the above sketch and then link it to the Seems A Little Sketchy challenge post.  There is a sponsor and a random winner will receive a prize!

And, only a few days left to get in on the chance to win a certificate from Pink Cat Studio from me! My October blog candy giveaway ends on the 31st, so be sure to check it out by clicking on my blog candy badge in the top right sidebar.

Creation Details (The Supply List):

  • Seems a Little Sketchy, Sketch #25
  • Bugaboo Digi Stamp, Halloween Peeker Cat
  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Papers, My Mind’s Eye Mischievous 6×6 Designer Paper Pad
  • Spellbinders Oval and Scallop Oval Dies
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Felt Stickers – Boo and Ghost
  • Orange Satin “Happy Halloween” ribbon
  • Black “Eye Lash” Yarn
  • Copic Markers
Happy Crafting,

Bearly Mine Challenge #58 ~ Easel Cards
Creative Card Crew Challenge #22 ~ Fancy Folds 
Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge #88 ~ Shimmer,  Glimmer, Gloss

Happy Thursday!  For today’s card, I created a Happy Birthday easel card.  Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve made an easel card and surprisingly it was easy!  I watched one tutorial video and then jotted down the dimensions and went upstairs and made this card that I’m sharing with the Bearly Mine Easel Card Challenge  and Creative Card Crew Fancy Folds Challenge. 

I’m also entering  it in the Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge for Shimmer, Glimmer, Gloss–I used a Spellbinder’s Circle Die (Under the doily and flowers/bow) and spritzed Pearl Mist on the flowers for some glimmer.

Here’s the card when it’s open and standing as an easel.  And don’t be shocked, I used purple with this card!  Still have my pink in there though. Ha, ha.

And here’s a clearer shot of the Happy Birthday Sentiment which if needed keeps the card front from closing when it’s standing as an easel.  I should have put it back a little further but the card stands pretty well without the sentiment holding it up.

Have you made an easel card?  If, not, I’ve put the dimensions and basic instructions I followed below the supply list after my signature.  If it doesn’t make sense to you, do a Google search for YouTube Tutorials on Easel Cards.  There’s a good one by someone from Splitcoast Stampers.

Well, a norther has blown in this afternoon.  We’re pretty happy about it here at this house.  So far, the temperature has dropped 10 or 15 degrees.  It feels amazingly like autumn should feel. 

Have a great day!  ~be sure to check out my October blog candy giveaway.  It’s not huge but you could win a gift certificate for some digital stamps from Pink Cat Studio.  Click on the blog candy giveaway badge in the right top sidebar here on my blog.  The gift certificate will be a gift from me to one random winner!

Creation Details (The Supply List):

  • Purple Cardstock
  • Printed papers and cream paper from my scrap stash
  • Wilton Mini Cake Doily ~ Folded into to a cone shape as a holder for the flowers
  • Prima Flowers
  • Perfect Pearls
  • Score Tape
  • Spellbinders Circle Die
  • Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins Faceted Gems and Pearls
  • Purple Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Light Pink Narrow Satin Ribbon
  • Happy Birthday Sentiment, Papertrey Ink’s Handwritten Notes Acrylic Stamp Set

Instructions for 4 1/4″ Square Easel Card:

  1. Cut cardstock 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  2. Score  at 4 1/4″ and 6 3/8″
  3. Fold in half 
  4. Fold other score line the OPPOSITE way
  5. Apply strong adhesive (I used Score Tape) to the front of the half sized flap.
  6. Cut a 4 1/4″ square of matching cardstock and adhere to the front half sized flap to make the card front.
  7. Decorate your printed card front before attaching it to the card.
  8. You can also add lighter paper to the inside of the card and attach a sentiment on foam tape to help hold the card up when opened as an easel.

Note: Be sure to put the 4 1/4″ square on the half sized flap so that when closed it matches the bottom 4 1/4″ size of the card.  In other words, when closed your card is a 4 1/4 ” square card.

Happy Crafting,

Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks ~ WOW! Wednesday

“Now is the time to fly…”  This is not an airline commercial, though that phrase would work for one.  Hmmm…maybe I should call them up and see if they want to buy it…oh wait, I didn’t think it up, it was on some paper or chip board or something I found. Ha, ha. But it did work perfect for this any occasion tag I created a few weeks ago.  I got all super uber crafty with this one and used several different techniques and pulled out a vintage book for a prop for the photo.

I shall try to share my creation details here or at least what I can remember.  Sadly, I did not take any notes.  I used a manila tag and stamped it with a word/phrase rubber stamp using either Broken China or Tumbled Glass of one of those blue Distressed Ink pads and then I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls.  Then I took a chipboard bird on a branch and inked it with distress inks too–a brown, a red and a yellowish color on the beak.  Then I covered it with Glossy Accent and let it dry. I took a sprig of flowers from my stash and spritzed them too with Perfect Pearls and then attached them and the bird to the tag and added the “Now is the Time to Fly” that I cut out of some paper and inked as well.  I tied a bit of aqua six inch tulle around the flowers and the tag and added that scrumptious rhinestone BUTTON (which was in my vintage button jar that I bought years ago at an estate sale) to the center of the bow.  Added satin ribbon, lace and other fiber bits to the top of the tag and I love it!  I think it would be a great encouragement tag for someone.

Earlier in the month while I was on my tag making adventure, I made several Halloween tags and had this next one that wasn’t quite finished yet. Or at least I thought it wasn’t finished. Turns out it was more finished than I thought.  The manila tag was embossed with a Halloween words folder and then inked with the three different Distress Inks.  Next I spritzed the skeleton with Perfect Pearls and then hung him on the tag using a Tim Holtz thing-a-ma-jig and a brad.  Then I added a felt spider sticker and some red Stickles on the spider.  Tied on purple and black ribbons and pinned the charm that I had in my stash onto the ribbons.  For the “Happy Halloween” I used my label maker. And as I shared in a comment reply for my earlier tag post–no, I’m not giving Halloween gifts.  I just made the tags for some crafty fun and will keep them in my witch’s box in case I ever need them.  I staged the photo of this tag too by propping it up on one of my cute Halloween houses.

So, do you make tags?  I never really had before. I’d always wanted to do the Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas tags that he does on his blog each year but never got around to it.  Then, this year, my LSS Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks offered  a Time Holtz Inspired Tag Class or rather classes.  In three sessions you will make at least 12 tags or more.  The first one is this Saturday.  I’m excited to be taking it and look forward to making some wonderful Christmas tags.

Okay…today is Wednesday which means it’s Wow! Wednesday over on Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog.  Crafty customers of Cat’s are encouraged to share something they’ve created (like my tags) and then link their blog post or photo gallery to Cat’s blog post and then leave a comment over there as well as visit other linked blogs/galleries and leave a comment about what they’ve shared.  One lucky commenter will win a prize!  So what are you waiting for?  Get over to Cat’s blog post CLICK HERE and leave a comment but be sure to leave a comment here too because it counts as well.

Oh, and don’t forget to get in on my blog candy giveaway.  All the info for that can be found by clicking on my blog candy giveaway badge in the top right sidebar here on my blog.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge ~ Creative Costumes

Okay, let’s see if you get this.   The challenge right now at the Pixie Dust Studio was to create a card with a character in costume.  Bonus if you used a Pixie digi stamp.  So I created this Halloween card with a cute Pixie image and the sentiment “Poppin’ in with a Halloween Hello…”  Look at the card.  Do you recognize who that is?  Well, yes, it is a little girl but her Halloween costume is MARY POPPINS! Ha, ha.  I don’t think I was stretching it too much, was I?  I’ve used this digi before for a rainy day card.  Colored up differently, of course.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Skin E0000, E000, E00, R20
  • Hair Y000, Y21, Y23
  • Hat, Coat, Boots and Umbrella C4, C5, C7
  • Shadow around image C1

Well, there’s only a few more days of Halloween card crafting.  I will miss it as I love all the spooky and delightful papers. Check back tomorrow to see a Tim Holtz inspired Halloween tag and an Any Occasion tag too.  I’m getting my mojo ready for a Tag class this coming Saturday.

If you are new to my blog or haven’t visited recently, click on my blog candy giveaway badge at the top right sidebar.  I’m giving away a gift certificate for some digi stamps on the 31st!

Creation Details (The Supply List):

  • Card Base, Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Image printed on Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Digi Image from Pixie Dust Studio
  • Copic Markers
  • Black Cardstock
  • Sentiment thought up by me and printed in Word on my computer
  • Printed Papers, s.e.i. Spooks “Bwa-ha-ha” 12×12 doubled sided sheet
  • Orange Brads
  • Black Anchor Tabs
  • Really Reasonable Halloween Ribbon
Happy Crafting,