Sunday, October 31, 2010

Repurposed Ice Cream Container Lid - Halloween

Like I needed to make another decoration....................

I was watching Glee the other night and noticed the decorations on the wall in the teachers lounge. When I saw the black bat flying in front of a yellow moon against an orange sky decoration, I thought it would make a neat, simple card. Maybe make masks and brayer the colors onto glossy cardstock. Or perhaps cut each piece out of plain colored card stock. While thinking about making it into a card, I decided why not repurpose the ice cream lid I had saved for another project into a decorative piece.

All items from Stampin' Up!, most are retired:
Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow and Basic Black card stock
Sun Sparkle glitter from the Pastel Diamonds glitter stack
Home made shimmer spray
Happy Fright Night stamp set
Fun Faces - I had intended on using that set for the face, but have't found it yet: I may have lent it out and forgot about it..... maybe I'll use a Signo white gel pen
Versamark ink
Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze ink - sponged on edge of orange but looking at it now, I think I should have used Basic Black or Basic Gray. I also should have stamped Happy Fright Night on orange, layerd onto a yellow circle. Hindsight..
Black embossing powder
Heat tool
Circle punch
Square punch
Label punch - Holiday Mini catalog

Ribbon scrap, unknown
Googlie eyes - available at craft stores

I hand drew the bat then cut it out of Basic Black card stock. I sprayed it with home made shimmer spray then while it was damp , I shaped the wings.

I glittered the "moon" cutout by brushing on a coat of clear drying white liquid glue for the glitter to stick to.

All the pieces were glued to a clean top to an ice cream container, the type that has a cardboard center and plastice edges, to make it a bit more sturdy so I can use it as a hanging decor piece. I punched two holes in the top edge with a Cropadile to run the ribbon through to hang it by, after the photo was taken.

Home made shimmer spray:
I used Lumiere paint that Stampin' Up! sold several years ago, but it can be made with new shimmer paints they carry. If I remember correctly, my mixture was rubbing alcohol to a tad of the lumiere. Swirl it around well to mix. I used the alcohol so it would dry quicker than water. You can do an online search and find numerous references to making your own shimmer / glimmer spray.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Tabletop Display - repurposed items

My mom gave me this terra cotta Jack O' Lantern that she no longer wanted. It is supposed to hold a tea light candle. I decided to turn the Jack base into a flower "vase" !

In inserted a small glass flower vase, made a bow out of wired ribbon and attached it to the top of the glass vase.

I think I might turn the hat portion upside down, paint it to resemble a pilgrim hat and fill it with dried florals for Thanksgiving . . . maybe .

I picked up these candles for 25c. I didn't have candleholders so I made a set using miniature terra cotta flower pots ! Before painting, I filled the bottom pots with plaster of paris to give the base some weight, hoping they wouldn't tip over as easily. Once thoroughly dry/cured, I used acrylic craft paints to I decorate them. The little yellow stars and moons were stamped with a rubber stamp from the retired Halloween Backgrounds set by Stampin' Up!  The tiny green dots were done with the wooden end of the paintbrush, dipped into paint and dotted on. I glued them together with a strong adhesive and finished it off with a bit of paper twist ribbon.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Various Halloween Cards

A few of the cards I made this year; some use Stampin' Up! items, some use items from other companies.

Sweeter Treater stamp set - retired
Stampin' Up! inks, card stocks, embossing folder, punches

I inked up half of my embossing folder before running the card stock through,
this creates a fun two tone/embossed image.
The green punched border was created by lining up three of the new label punch (available in the Holiday Mini Catalog) under the edge.
The witch was stamped with Stazon ink on watercolor paper then colored in using classic inks and an aquapainter.

Saying stamp (Teeny TinyWishes) and card stocks from Stampin' Up!, Fiskars texture plate, unknown ribbon and rhinestone spider

I bought several sets of the Fiskars texture plates years ago, before there were Big Shots, Cuttelebugs, etc. It was such a pain embossing the designs by hand, even the little tool they came out with didn't help. Then again, trying to dry emboss the thick Stampin' Up! cardstock with large, intricate designs by hand is a pain as it is.  I love being able to use these plates now with my Big Shot !

Paper from Die Cuts With A View stack, Basic Black and Green Galore card stock from Stampin' Up!, bright green organdy ribbon scrap unknown, Crystal Effects used on the "Happy Halloween".  Just a quick card.........

This is such an old card kit I've had for years, I recently found it in my craft dungeon and completed it.
The white card base was already embossed from the company that created the kit.

I've had this sample sitting around for years, finally decided to give it away this year rather than keep it for decoration. I know it was copied from another talented stamper, but I've no idea who or even where I saw the sample. Thank you for sharing, whoever you are !
All items were from Stampin' Up!
I colored the black and white gingham ribbon to orange and black with my Pumpkin Pie classic ink pad.
A bit messy to do, but it works !

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wooden Jack O' Lantern Luminaria

I bought several different styles of these unfinished wooden cutouts years ago. I assume they are supposed to be a sort of luminaria, but I wouldn't put a candle on it. The battery operated tealights would work well, though. They can also be turned into hanging decor items.

I painted them all with acrylic craft paints. Nothing fancy, I don't know how to do tole painting. Some were crackle finished, others were just painted then sanded down.

This particular Jack was painted bright orange then sanded down (I still need to repaint the base, it is the original orange color). This year when I drug out my Halloween decor, actually the first time in a few years I've had it out, I decided to do something different to this Jack, using some of my papercrafting supplies.

I repainted it with acrylic craft paints first. I then used Modge Podge to ahere decorative paper, sanded, rubbed on a bit of More Mustard ink. Stamped a few leaves (Lovely Leaves) and a tag using Stampin' Up! stamps and Very Vanilla card stock. I hot glued on an old scrap of ribbon from a bath set gift package and a leftover button from another project. The vines are created by curling thin strips of Old Olive cardstock around a pencil. I think it turned out kind of neat.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Simply Adorned Necklace - Halloween Insert

I bought one of the Simply Adorned necklaces from Stampin' Up! and will admit that I do not wear it, gasp! I don't wear jewelry as it is, and this seems too big for me to wear. It is a really nice piece though, I love that it has two sides, each with a different shape of glass (one is smooth, the other is beveled) and that you can make any sort of insert you want to coordinate with your outfits.

Above are a couple of Halloween inserts I made recently to wear for fun one day. All items used (except the ribbons) were from Stampin' Up!

Only Orange card stock
Whisper White card stock
Carved and Candlelit stamp set
Tricky Treats stamp set
various classic inks and aquapainter
Signo white gel pen

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Candy Corn Candy Dish

Another candy dish project, this time repurposing terra cotta flower pots. I used acrylic craft paints to paint them. The noses are wood "buttons". The "pumpkin" had a lid, a terra cotta saucer that was turned upside down and had a wood knob attached, painted green. It broke and I haven't made a new one.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mummy Candy Bucket

I've not made any new decorations for years since I already have so many that I made. Here is another of those long ago projects, the idea was in an old crafts magazine. I can't say which magazine or which issue since I subscribed to several different magazines over the years and I started crafting about 20 years ago, I just don't remember which one gave me the idea !

This was an old wooden basket found at a yard sale. Paint an area with flesh colored acrylic craft paint then simply wrap it with torn fabric, adhering it in place with tacky glue. Add the face details, line the basket with fabric and you have a candy bucket for the trick or treaters !

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Frankie Necklace - wood bead project

I made a few of these a long time ago. He is made out of little wood craft beads and spools strung together with ribbon, painted with acrylic crafters paint. The project idea was in an old craft magazine. The ribbon is regular 1/4" (? I think) curling ribbon, so this gives you an idea of little the spool is I painted the face on ! Now that I have LOTS of regular ribbons, I really ought to restring him.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Frankie - painted plaster figurine

I made this cutie about 18 years ago. He was my first big scale, highly detailed plaster painting project. It was a kit, complete with paints, instructions and blinking lights. I think the manufacturer was Wee Crafts ? Anyway, they were pretty fun and easy to do, no firing involved. I made several of their Christmas decoration and ornament kits.

I loved how he turned out, it's so detailed. He's been my favorite Halloween decoration. Sadly, when I pulled him out of the box this year I discovered some broken pieces.... sniffle..... I can't glue them back on, they were shattered. I'll just paint the white parts brown and make do.

The tree is hollow and there are a few holes here and there for the colored blinking lights to show through. It looks really neat lit up at night, but I could not get a decent photograph of it glowing to share.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Outdoor Halloween Decor

I don't totally "get into" Halloween, definitely not the scary/gory stuff. I prefer cutesie things when it comes to decorations.

I don't do much to decorate outside, just a few items. We don't have trick or treaters out here so no one appreciates it anyway.

This wreath is an oldie. The idea was found in a crafts magazine. 
The pumpkin was made out of paper twist as is the bow. 
The ghost is a scrap of fabric, marker for face, stuffed with polyfil and stuck on a piece of dowel.
 The corn stalks are straight stiff pieces of raffia, all on a grapevine wreath base.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wish BIG

Birthday card I recently made to try to coordinate with a gift bag I wanted to reuse. All items I used may have been from Stampin' Up!. The company used to sell organdy ribbon, not sure if this was a color they carried; it was a scrap. The star punch is definitely made by another company, just not sure if I bought it from Stampin' Up! many years ago.

Current items used:

Word Play stamp set

Circle punch

Decorative Label punch - new in Holiday mini catalog

Whisper White card stock

Real Red marker

Retired Items:

Only Orange marker

Periwinkle Blue glitter from the Pastel Diamonds Stampin' Glitter Stack

Ballet Blue, Green Galore, Summer Sun card stock

organdy ribbon

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Leaves Are Falling

                                                  The wind blowing numerous leaves out of the trees
                                                (I used Photoshop Elements to make the colors pop,
                                                                the sky didn't look very blue out of the camera)

I'm trying to learn Photoshop Elements tips to help make my pictures "pop". I've recently signed up for membership to
I've been amazed to see what my version 7 can do, but now want version 9 after seeing the new things it can do !   "Dear Santa......"  giggle =)

OLD sample I made several years ago; I saw a sample like this somewhere but I've no idea where. 
Thanks to whomever shared it, wherever it was published or posted. 

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, October 14, 2010


*I'm still having issues with Blogger/my internet connection/browser/whatever the problem is that has been preventing me from uploading.*

I needed a get well card for my father, so I whipped this up with the Word Play stamp set. I should have made the Marina Mist strip narrower.........

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Card Stock:
Crumb Cake
Marina Mist
Cherry Cobbler
Very Vanilla
Early Espresso


Marina Mist
Cherry Cobbler
Early Espresso

Chocolate grosgrain ribbon

Word Play stamp set
Retired stamp set for the inside, I think it is Versatile Verses.

Wide Oval
Decorative Label - new in Holiday Mini Catalog
Scalloped Edge

Top Note Die from Sizzix/Stampin' Up!

Paper piercer and mat pack
Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Boo?" "Whoo?"

Patiently waited for the UPS man to show up yesterday with my order from Stampin' Up!. I was afraid it had been rescheduled because I hadn't seen it all day. Finally at 6:32 PM it was delivered. I've NEVER received a delivery that late, wow ! I hoped it would be here early enough to work on the project I had in mind. It's one of those "It is a neat idea in my mind, but will I be able to make it work the way I want to" projects....... inspired by several punch art projects, I wanted to make something for display. So I spent the morning today trying to bring it to life and here it is; it turned out okay (the photos leave a lot to be desired though)

All supplies are from Stampin' Up!


Vine jumbo - wheel

Stipple Plaid - background

Teeny Tiny Wishes


Two Step Owl Extra Large - for owl and ghost

Butterfly Extra Large- for pumpkin vine leaves; I timmed the lower portion of the wing off to create the leaves, but they could easily be cut freehand

Small Oval - for pumpkin

1" Circle - for pumpkin

Card Stock:

Chocolate Chip textured - owl; pumpkin stems

Early espresso - owl tummy

Basic Black - owl and ghost eyes

Whisper White - ghost; owl eyes

Pumpkin Pie - pumpkins and the "ribbon" on the roll

Always Artichoke - field, vines, leaves

Summer Sun - owl beak

Ink: mostly used for sponging on the edges of the punched pieces

Going Gray - ghost

Early Espresso - owl

Whisper White Craft - owl

Pumpkin Pie - pumpkins; stamped Stipple Plaid for ribbon

Always Artichoke - vine wheel

Basic Black - to stamp Happy Halloween


cardboard ribbon roll - love finding new uses for "trash"

acrylic craft paint - to paint the rim inside the roll

twig - and a real spider web attached!

craft pellets or sand to weight down the cardboard roll



tweezers - were helpful with the itty bitty parts

Stampin' sponge - to sponge ink on the edges of card stock

dowel - to wrap thin card stock strips around to create vines

Thanks for looking =)

Edited November 13th: I entered this project in the Fabulous Fall challenge. It did not win, but here are the winners:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Painted Halloween Luminaria

I created this project a couple of years ago to enter into a contest; it did not win.

It started off as a clear plastic picture frame, the type that is sort of L shaped with a built in easel, bent plastic at the bottom. It also uses an old paper mache' frame I had sitting around, decorative paper and ribbon.

I created it the way I make my stamped/painted ornaments (I hope to post a tutorial at a later date).

Acetate/window sheet/overhead transparency
Stazon black ink
Line art image of choice (I used retired images from Stampin' Up!)
Various colors of indoor/outdoor acrylic craft paints
Small paint brushes

Stamp your image onto the acetate with Stazon ink.

Flip over the stamped image, paint on the back side.

Using the craft paints and tiny paint brushes, paint in your image. TIP: you will need to paint some portions before others depending on your image. Because you are working on the back side, you will need to think about what colors you want to be on top as you layer on the paints (depends upon the image). For example, the white "swirls" in the night sky trailing around the ghosts were painted on before the night sky.

The toothpicks come in handy to add the tiniest details, like the glowing red eyes in the windows. They are also useful in removing unwanted paint once dry: just lightly scratch at the dry paint that you want removed. Great for removing tiny mistakes, such as going out of the lines !

Be sure to let each color dry before moving on to the next ! This is a much more time consuming way to color an image on acetate, but I really like the look. I came up with this idea many years ago when the stamped acetate glass ball ornaments first became all the rage. I thought it was a neat idea, but I didn't like the look of the images colored with markers. I drug out my paints and gave it a try, was so happy to see the results were what I had hoped for, but more importantly, that the curling of the acetate to insert into the ornament did not crack the paints off since I used the indoor / outdoor paints. I chose to use that type of paint because to me they seemed more durable, flexible than regular acrylic craft paint. You can see my very first painted ornament here:
Flaky Friends Ornament

Wrap the mache frame in decorative paper, add ribbon and punch embellishments.

Once the painting is dry, adhere to the back of the mache frame with Sticky Strip. Be sure the painted part is flipped over to the underside, sandwiched between the pastic frame and the unptainted top of your acetate. You want the stamped image on the front. The painted part underneath allows the stamped line art details to show from the front. It also protects your painted image since it will be between the two layers.

Adhere the framed piece to the front of the clear plastic frame with Sticky Strip.

You can add a battery operated tea light to create a luminaria (though the light would show much better through a piece that was colored with Sharpie markers).

This was entered in an old contest.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Eeek! Miniature Wooden Crate

I bought two of these cute little crates years ago from a tole painting shop that was going out of business. They were 25c each.

I base coated it with black acrylic craft paint then stamped the little spiders background with white craft ink (I do NOT like it, it dries far too slowly).

The tag was stamped with Basic Black then water colored with various classic inks from Stampin' Up!

I added a dab of Crystal Effects on the eyes.

All images, inks, punches are from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Various Items from the craft booth

This is the last of the posts showing items from the booth I had at a festival recently. To see other items, look at posts from the last two weeks. They start with "The Crafting Frenzy Begins" post.

Below are several additional items that were in the booth, almost all of which were class samples or leftovers that I made into finished items to try to sell that day. Each was priced at $1, the last hour of the day I marked them down to 50c and sold a few. It was not a very good day............

Stamped glasses with matching stamped cellophane bag and tag, there were three leftover from a booth I had years ago. They'd make great votives with one of the battery operated tea lights. Also a fun way to present hot cocoa, favortie candies, etc.  I sold them for 50c each as I was packing up to leave.

Country fabric angel ornaments - hand painted wood discs, fabric bodies, tea stained fabric wings (the wings were premade, I tea stained them) . I sold four of them for 50c each.

Painted wood ornaments, were $1, sold for 50c
They were unfinished basic snowflake shaped wood peices bought for 97c originally. I added the wood disk that I painted the snowman face on and painted the base snowflake.
Yes, I was practically giving things away. I didn't want leftovers. Thank goodness there was no booth fee at this event ! 

Jingle Bell snowmen - the bells were in a package from the dollar store. I painted large wooden beads for the heads, ran cording through them to create hangers. The hats and scarves were made from a fleece blanket. That is the cheapest way to buy basic fleece for crafting, especially if you can find blankets on sale ! I stamped the scarves with the little snowflake from the Snow Swirled set by Stampin' Up!, using white craft ink (this photo was taken before I stamped them) . I had them priced at $1, none sold - not even when I marked them down to 50c the last hour I was there. I guess there were no snowman lovers at that festival, after all nothing that had snow themes (other than the glasses) sold from my booth !

And of course I am once again having issues with uploading photos, geesh... here are the remaining items I had in the booth, no photos though.

Mini tin pails, 4 - none sold; they were the MnM pails and hydrangea pail that I have posted elsewhere on my blog

Stamped tiles wrapped with ribbon, 6 - various themes, but the two I did sell for $1 each were stamped with Roses In Winter and Wonderful Wings using Stazon ink. I have 4 leftover.

Stamped candle packaged with a matching gift card in a cellophane bag with ribbon shred; Roses In Winter stamped in Rose Red, Always Artichoke on a white candle - did not sell

Mini gift bags with Snowmen or Santa Claus on them (Holiday Woodcuts) -  none sold , there were 12 total

Full sized gift bags with matching cards in a vellum sleeve on the front, Christmas themed, 3- none sold

Cards, cards, cards !!!!!!!!!! - I sold 11 to one sweet elderly lady, 5 to another vendor and no more beyond those. Those few I sold went for $1 each. Unless someone is a stamper and realizes the time and effort involved, no one seemed to appreciate them. Then those that do stamp/craft liked looking at them for ideas, were not interested in purchasing them.

LOTS and lots of class samples that were priced 50c each - I parted with 5 things, the rest are back home and in a storage tub again for the time being. I sold two of them to a young girl that makes jewelry, she wanted to use the ideas to make her own boxes for her jewelry.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Recovered Notepads

Well, I guess they really aren't all that quick......... but still easy enough to do if you want to customize a notepad. I had 4 leftover notepads from a class; I recovered them with card stock and a stamped image that I watercolored using various classic inks from Stampin' Up! and an aquapainter. This is a great way to make personalized, one of a kind notepads.

Priced at $1 (original cost of the notepad alone), I sold three of them from my booth at the festival.


Stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, all of which are now retired

Button Bear - my very first stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I bought 10 years ago; what was your first set and when did you buy it ?

Equestrian Dreams

Classic Convertibles

Various classic inks, Stampin' Up!


Signo silver pen

Various card stocks

Texturz plate, Stampin' Up!

Square hand held hole punch

Ink pens and a scrap of coordinating paper to insert in the pen

Cut your cardstock/decorative paper to fit the existing cover on the notepad that you wish to recover (these notepads are 5"x7"). Line up with the holes on the current cover and punch new holes in the piece of cardstock you will be recovering with. You will need to do this twice to make a front and back cover. You can adhere your cardstock/paper to the existing cover with a strong adhesive or if your cardstock is sturdy enough, totally replace the existing cover.

Decorate the front however you wish, reinsert the wires into the new covers and slightly crimp them closed - done !

Thanks for looking !

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mini Photo Frame Magnets

I found these neat little magnets on clearance several years ago for 50c each. They are metal and glass picture frame magnets with a strong magnet. The graphics that were in them when I bought them were fun, retro pictures. I wanted to use them for a class, let the guests customize them to their kitchen/office/etc. Another what I thought was a good idea for a class, but apparently no one else did since no one attended so I had several magnets leftover. And I still do because not a single one sold for $1 at the festival; there are 12 of them, each of them is a very different theme and packaged in a clear plastic box. A couple of them I removed the glass from so the dimensional items (such as the center magnet with the flowers and mini rhinestones, ribbon) would fit better. Others I kept the glass on and wrapped the ribbon around the entire frame. Some are watercolored images, some have heat embossing. They all use Stampin' Up! images, inks and card stocks.

Thanks for looking =)