You Put a Spell on Me

It is officially one week until Halloween and today the cards design team at Cardz TV has one last Halloween project to share with you.  This week's challenge is to create a Halloween scene. That's it - now imagine the possibilities..........
To create my Halloween scene, I used the Cricut cartridges Mini Monsters for the street light and sign and Autumn Celebration for my trick or treaters. 
For whatever reason my machine did not cut out the trick or treaters cleanly.  However, I didn't realize just how bad they cut until after I pieced my card together and took the picture.  When I was cropping and straightening the picture was when I noticed it and about cried.  Fortunately the idea popped in my head to use the street sign for my focal point and just blur the rest - and that is what I did.
The stamped sentiment on my sign I used one of the older stamp sets, Trick or Treat.  Since each plank of the sign was individually cut it was easy to stamp just one line of the stamp at a time in order to get the final result.
And there you have my take on this week's challenge.  Now be sure to check out the other great designs our team has for you this week.  Then create your own Halloween scene, link up and play along with us for your chance to win one of Mary's great stamp sets.
Challenge ends November 6th.

Happy Sweet 16

Exploring Cricut and More is celebrating their 4th birthday this week.  To celebrate they are hosting a birthday challenge and also sharing birthday projects all week to get our creative juices flowing.  But the fun ends on the 26th.  Fortunately I'm getting a little play time in while I'm finishing preparations for my craft show this weekend. 

I have this Forever Young cartridge that I've never really played with much and thought this  girl would be perfect to use for a Sweet 16 birthday card.  Her stance made it the perfect choice to combine with the "16" candles I cut using the Sweet Treats cartridge. 
The background 'paper' I used for this card isn't really paper but rather  a sheet of aluminum foil from Walnut Hollow.  I loved the way it turned out so much that I went back to Michael's this weekend and bought a pack of every color available.

My inside sentiment on this one says, "Say goodbye to dolls and toys.  Say hello to makeup and boys!  Happy Sweet 16"
And now I'm off to enter my card into their challenge.

Merry Freakin' Christmas

I realize we have not yet finished celebrating Halloween; however, Christmas is my favorite holiday and I'm way past ready to let the Christmas crafting begin.  Sure I've made a card or two here and there, but now it's time to really get them going.
So today I have this Grinch-y card to share with you.  This one is for all the Bah-Humbuggers out there.  I had some of this great paper leftover from a Grinch mat stack I picked up a couple years ago that was perfect for this cute Grinch caricature cut file titled Grumpy Christmas over at Too Cute by Jessica.
After putting the card together I decided to add some Grinch Green skittles from the black Friday 2013 release over at DoubleClick Connections.  And the great sentiment is from the recently released Bah-Humbug stamp set by Jaded Blossom.
And lest I forget, the inside of my card....I found this great file over at Papercrafts Connection.  They have some great sentiment downloads that correspond to each month's magazine.  This one is from the Holiday Cards & More edition from 2014.
Now I will say that I did not print this to cover the entire inside of the card.  Rather I centered it to the side and printed it to cover a large portion of the area.  I wanted to be sure to leave some kind of a border simply because I thought it looked better that way.
And there you have it.   My first funny card for the season.

Eat, Drink and Be Scary

Today begins another fun challenge over at PDE Linky Party and this week the challenge is Halloween Decorations.  That means the sky is the limit so long as you're decorating for Halloween.....
For my Halloween decoration I made a treat box that was inspired by this one I found on Pintrest.  It was made using two different files from My Scrap Chick (pumpkin box and Halloween treat bag toppers).  As you can see I embossed his hair, brows and mustache to add a bit of texture.
I then used several of the stamps from Peachy Keen set PKSC-32 which was part of the August release this year. 
Now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check all of the other wonderful designs our team has created for you.  Then create your own decorations, link up and play along with us.  I can't wait to see what you create.
Remember, the challenge ends Monday, October 27th.

And now I am off to enter this in to the following challenge:
Embossing - Hiding in My Craft Room - Ends Saturday, October 25th
Harvest & Halloween - My Scrap Chick

Jack Skellington Hat

Today I have a loom knitted hat that I wanted to share with you.  I've seen pictures of these hats on the net and decided that I wanted to try my hand at making one.  Thing is that I'm still trying to learn how to crochet so I broke out my looms and this is what I came up with.
To create this hat (for those of you that loom knit):
Row one: e-wrap knit
Row two:  Purl
Row three:  e-wrap knit
Row four: Purl
This completes the brim of the hat.
E-wrap knit for 20 rows.
To finish the hat do the flat drawstring bind off method that Jeannie Phillips introduced a while back.  This is for the last three rows of the hat and you can watch the video here.
For the eyes I chained 5 then crocheted in the circle with 10 single crochet stitches.
The next row I crocheted around using the half double stitch
For the last row I crocheted around using the single stitch
Then it was time to stitch the eyes, nose and mouth and viola.


So before I begin my post I'm going to admit that I did not create a handmade card or gift for Boss's Day today.  It had actually slipped my mind that that was this week so I ended up purchasing my card and gift.  However, I will be giving my boss one of the treat holders that I have created and shared with you this week.
Speaking of treats, I have one last one to share with  you for this week.  Although it's actually a treat topper and not a holder.  I found these cute little baggies of vampire teeth and 'blood' at the dollar store and thought they would be cute with this Dracula treat bag topper from My Scrap Chick.
I took one of the baggies apart and re-packaged it so that you could better see the teeth and 'blood' bag.  As you can see with the other two packages the manufacturer sealed them in the packages backward.  Who cares, right?  Well of course we do when we're crafting with them.  lol
I painted up Dracula's fangs with some red smooch.  You can probably tell that I was not precise with the coloring and that was on purpose.  After all if you have blood on your fangs it's not like it's going to be neat and in the lines.  I also used a bit of black enamel accents for the knot on the bow ties.
After putting it all together I pondered how I could add a sentiment to the topper and this is what I came up with.  I just stamped this wonderful sentiment from Craftin Desert Divas Ghostly Greetings stamp set. I then hand cut my flag and adhered it to the corner of Dracula's head.
Now I'm going to go enter this in the following challenges:
Harvest and Halloween challenge - My Scrap Chick - ends October 27th
Halloween - Craftin Desert Divas - ends October 26th

I've Got My Eyes On You

Welcome to another Skittles design team challenge.  As we drawer closer to Halloween our challenge for the next two weeks is to use "spooky" colors:  Orange, Purple, Green and/or Black.  Pick at least two of the colors mentioned and create a project. 
For my project I used all of the colors mentioned.  This week I've been on a treat holder kick so instead of designing a card I chose to create a treat holder for these great eyeball candies I found at the dollar store. 
The cutting files are from SVG Cutting Files.  I used the Eye There Candy Tube for the holder and One Eyed Harry for my cute little monster.
My stamped sentiment is from Cardz TV Stamps recently released stamp set titled Frankly Frightly.
And my skittles - which you can purchase here - are from two different releases.  The black eye is from the Back to School set and the Petrified Purple is from the Spooky Fun set.
Now that you've seen my take on this period's challenge be sure to check out the other wonderful designs our team has created for you.  Then after you've been amply spooked with all the fun be sure to create your own spooky color project, link up and play along with us for your chance to win some skittles. 
Challenge Begins: October 15th
Challenge Ends: October 28th
Announce Winner: November 1st
Prize: Skittles
Ooh, and I'm entering this into the Let's Make a Treat Challenge over at SVG Cutting Files