Halloween Blog Hop

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Halloween Blog Hop

 

Happy Halloween Everyone! I am so happy to have ya’ll come & visit my blog today as well as many other great crafters for this Hop. I never enjoyed Halloween much until I had my son. Now I have a real reason to make crafts, so he can enjoy a great holiday!

Just a few notes before I show off what I did for the hop. Ashley, our host, is having some great candy for this Halloween themed hop. They are as follows plus their requirements for a chance to win. Thanks Ashley for some really great sponsors…plus she has her own Grand Prize Blog Candy giveaway. Do check out her page if you haven’t already!

Make It Crafty – 1 digi
http://www.makeitcrafty.com.au/
Requirement: Must visit their Facebook page and “Like” them
https://www.facebook.com/makeitcrafty

Joy’s Life.com – Halloween Puns stamp set
http://joyslife.com/
Requirement: Must visit their Facebook page and “Like” them
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joys-Lifecom/489295290064

Cricut Craft Room – Cricut cartridge, twine and goodies
http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/
Requirements: Must follow her blog and say hello on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/EricasCraftRoom

There will be a Grand Prize given by Ashley, the host, which will be a 50 gift card to the winners choice of Michaels, Joanns or A C Moore!
Requirements:
1.) Will have to comment on every blog in the hop
2.) Become a friend of each blog

Here is the Line Up & Hope you have started from the beginning, if not, I highly advise you do not miss out in all of the crafts!

1. Ashley – http://theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com
2. Lisa ~ http://honeybearzdesigns2011.blogspot.com/
3. Ellen – http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
4. Dena – http://missdjones.blogspot.com/
5. Zenita – http://scrappinwithz.blogspot.com
6. Gina – http://californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/
7. Liz – http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com/
8. Cindy- http://www.cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com/
9. Cyndie – http://www.cyndiepaperboutique.wordpress.com/ <—You Are Here
10. Lisa – http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/ <— Next Stop
11 .Mindy – http://papercreationsbymindyblog.blogspot.com/
12. Staci ~ http://preciousmem.blogspot.com/
13. Vicki ~ http://scrapbookingcreationsbyvicki.blogspot.com/
14. Amy Jo ~ http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com
15. Maria ~ http://www.mdcraftcorner.blogspot.com
16. Janet~http://www.createatdreamscrapbooks.blogspot.com/
17. Jearise – http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
18. Lynda – http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com/
19. Carol – http://huffandpuffscrap.blogspot.com/
20. Shannon – http://www.purplelionpaper.com/blog
21. Erica – http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com

So now on to my Hop’s Creations:

I did Halloween themed Treat Bags. I made them from cardstock but got the template from ChicnScratch YouTube Video. She is a Stampin Up Demonstrator & did her video on making mummies, franks, & dracs. I modified it to use what I had in my stash of SVG files. I followed her instructions on how to make the long strip into the holder. Here are the instructions:

1. Cut s strip of either solid or printed cardstock in a 10 inch long by 2 & half inch wide.

2. Score at 2 & 3/16, 2 & 11/16, 6 & 1/8, and 6 & 5/8.

3. Then on the longest end, go about 1/2 inch down & using a word punch (bought it thru my Stampin Up demonstrator) I punched out an opening for the Mini Candy Bar to fit.

4. Then I cut a 2 – 2 inch by 2 & half inch patterned paper (polka dots) to decorate on top of the front flap & the bottom part of the holder. I left the back blank (can use a “To & From” stamp if giving them as treat gifts for school Halloween parties).

5. I used my FAVORITE SVG files, that I downloaded free from her blog (Shery K Designs). They were her Halloween Kids, but unfortunately they are no longer available. Please do check out her blog & store as she does have other fabulous svg files & patterned paper files. She has a great sale going on now til Fri. Oct 21 (oh that’s today! better hurry!) plus some great freebies in her shop!

6. I used adhesive backed Velcro to make the flap able to open & close with ease.

7. Added either Sage Mossy Green, Pumpkin Orange, or Black quarter inch satin ribbon (bought at Joann’s for $1 a roll), using about 8 inches as a handle for the treat holder. Using my ATG gun, I placed adhesive on the top inside fold of the holder.

8. Since I was going to put these at a friend’s booth at our local Craftiques Mall, I wrapped them in clear sheet protectors to keep them from being handled/damaged from those who viewed/purchased them from the Craftiques Mall. I simply cut up clear sheet protectors to the width dimensions I needed & used my ATG gun to seal the end to itself. Plus I added directions to the back of the sheet protector for those who purchased it to remove the protector after purchase.

Here are close ups of each one individually:

This is how the Mini Candy Bar would be placed inside the treat holder. I also added a Happy Halloween Stamped image on all holders but used different inks (orange, purple & green).

Hope you liked my treat holders as I enjoyed making them. Wish I could make more but then where would I store them! I best get to working on my Christmas ones now….LOL! Thanks for stopping by & Happy Crafting!!!

Cyndie

Girls Inc Wreath

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Ok. So I get so happy when my either of my 2 sisters ask if I can use my Cricut to make something for them. I love designing & creating with my SCAL & Cricut. This time it was my younger sister who asked for my help. She is the Program Director for the San Antonio Chapter of Girls Inc. Its a great national organization that help inspire young girls be Strong, Smart, & Bold. Please check out their site & if you are feeling generous, please donate here.

So they had a convention & needed something that represented their chapter of Girls Inc. Well my younger sister is pretty crafty herself (even if she is a lefty, LOL) and came up with the idea of making a Fiesta Wreath. Fiesta is a huge 11 day “Party with a Purpose” here in San Antonio held every year (started in 1891 as a one-parade event and has evolved today into one of this nation’s premier festivals with more than 100 events and an economic impact of almost $284 million for the city.). It is common to see many front doors decorated with very colorful, floral, ribbon infested wreaths. So my sister made one from a raffia wreath, added very colorful paper flower garland. Then added the tin ornaments of young women dressed in traditional Mexican clothing (such as mariachi, floral dresses, etc.) & can’t forget the tin ornament of the Alamo on the top! Oh, you can’t forget the bunches of colorful ribbon, too. She added the Girls Inc. Bill of Rights on wider Red & White Ribbons & attached them to the tin ornaments. It was just beautiful (she takes after her crafty older sister…ME! LOL)!

So where do I & my Cricut come in….well, it was the Pièce de résistance! I created a SVG File of their logo (Girls Inc.) & in my Sure Cuts A Lot program also made a welded shadow of the logo in white textured cardstock. In red cardstock I cut out the shapes that create the Girls Inc logo & glued them onto the white cardstock. I also used my Amy Chomas Gel Pen holder & red glitter pen to write out “Girls Incorporated of San Antonio in a glittery red gel pen and filled in the spaces of the letters to make a solid written text. I also had to cut out 2 white shadowed pieces so that I can add paper twine in between so we could attach it to the center of the wreath….I think it came out pretty good…what do you think?.

My next Girls Inc project are custom Girls Inc. Papel Picado. Be on the look out for that post coming soon! The designs are made, I just need to cut them out!

Til next time – Happy Crafting!!!
Cyndie

HAUNTED HOUSE BLOG HOP!

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Beware! This is a blog hop of haunted houses where Halloween fright is glowing in the windows as ghosts and witches fly through the air…

Please join us and hop along starting with Jearise our hostess. She has provided some Halloween blog candy for all those that leave comments along the way. The drawing will be on October 6th using Random.org. The winner will receive: K & Company Ghostly Greetings 12 x 12 paper pack, Stickles distress glitter glue pack, and EK Sticko’s haunted house sticker pack.

If you have traveled from Janet’s page, then you are on the right road and will continue over to Lisa’s page. If you got lost and found yourself on my doorstep by mistake, you can head to the beginning of the road here: Jearise’s blog!
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Now, for my Haunted House Project! I was so excited to create a Haunted House. I wanted to challenge myself & do something other than a card or scrapbook layout. I’m not dissing on my fellow hoppers if they happen to do either of those but I needed a challenge…..so this is what I created!

I made a 3D Haunted House by recycling an oatmeal box (those with the individually wrapped oatmeal packs)for the first story of the house, a skinnier box that had snack bars for the second story of the house & 2 single serving cereal boxes for the sides of the first floor. I then added the roof awnings by attaching them with foam board that I inked to make it look like weathered columns.  Let’s look at some close ups!

 Here is another close up using my flash on my camera. You can see that the second floor has a nice iron balcony. I “blinged” it up with lime green stones for the tips of the iron-works. Then added some black stones along the center line of the iron-works. You can see my skeleton & googlie eyes on the first floor.

What I love best are my Trick or Treaters who will be attempting to get some candy from this Haunted House. I guess they don’t notice the cobwebs or ghosts that linger on this spooky place.

Seems like the house may have been taken over by spiders as well! If it was me I would RUN!! I HATE SPIDERS – they are too spooky for me!

 

Here are close-ups of my Trick or Treaters! I don’t know if you can see but it looks like there is a face looking at passer-byers in those long windows! Can you see them? I think they can see YOU……….

Here’s my dancing skeleton & invisible guest with his googlie eyes! Oh & more cobwebs….dang those spiders!

Well, thanks for stopping by…..hope my house wasn’t too scary & keeps you from continuing! There are a lot of great talented ladies here & their work needs to be seen. So hop on over to Lisa’s blog & HAVE A GREAT, SAFE & FUN-FILLED HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Creations by AR

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So there is a new challenge going on for Creations by AR. I happen to come across her blog as I was trying to find a purse svg. So I checked out her site & just fell in LOVE with her stuff. So I became a follower of her blog & saw that there was a challenge. You don’t have to use her files but I have to tell you, they are fabulous. If you like 3D paper art, that is, and I LOVE doing 3D paper art. I have already posted a few pictures of what I did using her files but thought I re-post them along with the other 2 I did using the same file, one of my favorite files (Gift & Card Combo and the Haute Tote Template). So hope you enjoy my creations & if you like go hop on over to her page & check her stuff out for yourself!

These cute Halloween Kids are paper piecing svgs from Shery K Designs blog. There were free files & I just LOVE using them…aren’t they just the cutest!


Glossy Accents Technique I’ve Been Excited About….

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Ok, so I saw this YouTube video several months ago (I don’t remember which one & I didn’t save it either) about using Glossy Accents as a base glue then sprinkle fine glitter on top then once dried applying another coat of Glossy Accents to keep the glitter from flaking off the design. I was in awe! I have to have me some Glossy Accents glue. I searched high & low for it at my favorite craft store Hobby Lobby (I despise going to Michael’s Craft Store caz no one knows anything, they are too lazy to help or if they do help they make you feel like it was such an imposition but most importantly I HATE the layout of that freaking store). Sorry I got on a mad soap box there….but it’s how I feel! LOL!!! Go figure….one day I was in Hobby Lobby (a different store than the usual store I frequent at nearby) & I was in the scrapbooking glue section. DUH! I don’t know why I didn’t think to look there but sure enough a few sections over, away from the regular acid free glue, was the glossy accents. AND, it was 40% coupon week there too….YEAH! So I HAD to buy it!

Anyhoo…So last Saturday was the Scrapbooking Convention in San Marcos, TX. My friend Maribel & I went & made a day of it. It was nice (& weird) to be out & about without my 3 yr old son at a place where I would think would be heaven to me. It was OKAY, not that Oh Wow I Have to Have EVERYTHING I Saw moment. There was some great artistry in the pre-made scrapbook pages. Maribel & I were more interested in Scapbooking tools & there wasn’t much. We saw ALOT of paper & stickers. Paper, I can get from my stores & as for stickers…nopers, not for me – I make my own die cuts using my Cricut & SCAL! I did get excited about buying some acrylic paper & some face stamps (kinda like the ones from Peachy Keen but it wasn’t their product). I was very pleased to see a big appearance of Sizzix products, I finally saw a Pazzles in person (even though I knew more about the software stuff than the rep did) but the one thing that bothered me was the traffic flow. I know its to be expected but it doesn’t mean I have to be happy that such layouts are not thought out better to avoid traffic jams. Especially since here in Texas there are a lot of over-weight people, including scrappers (like me) who need a little more room to shop. I do not wish to have my toes ran over by a Hove-a-round, not that it happened but I’m sure it did to someone else! LOL!!!

Back to my point….when I got home from the convention I had many ideas going thru my head. But I finally sat down at my crafting table & started on this technique. A little about me, I LOVE PEACOCKS! I don’t know why since they can be aggressive birds, but I just love them. From the color of teal on their feathers & body to how they regally walk around & show off their feathers. They are beautiful birds. I found an SVG of a peacock online some time ago (before I started saving the files with the web page I found them on in the name of the file). I imported into my SCAL, then pulled out one of my favorite tools to use on my Cricut….Amy Chomas Micro Mini Sharpie Pen Holder! Then I set it up & this is what I created using this glue/glitter technique:

This is how I did this beautiful bird…

  1. I sized the SVG file in SCAL to fit the height of my 12×12 mat in proportion to the width of the body with the size of my clear paper.
  2. I used half (8×11 sheet) of the sheet protectors. I cut the end off where the holes were & sliced the rest open.
  3. Taped down the clear sheet onto my mat with masking tape to ensure that the Sharpie didn’t drag the clear sheet.
  4. Changed my blade assembly to the Amy Chomas Mini Sharpie Pen Holder.
  5. Hit Cut on my SCAL & watched it draw the peacock outline.
  6. I flipped the sheet so that I wouldn’t be gluing directly on the Sharpie drawn image. I started filling in the gold sections first with the Glossy Accents, doing about 2-3 parts at a time. Then gingerly pouring gold fine glitter over the glue. Did it to all “eyes” of the feathers.
  7. Then I filled in the turquoise feathers with Glossy Accents & Turquoise Fine Glitter (all bought at the Scrapbook Convention for $1 a container).
  8. Filled the body with glue & lightly sprinkled with turquoise, gold & fuschia colored glitter.
  9. Once all dried, I outlined the entire image & filled in the open areas of the feathers with more glue & sprinkled black glitter.
  10. After ALL was glittered & dried, I went over the ENTIRE image with a coat of Glossy Accents. Boy, was my hand tired from all that squeezing! I cleaned up any drips with toothpicks & then cut it out from the rest of the clear page.

**I have to say, I had not used any of the Glossy Accents before this project & I was left with about a quarter of the bottle left after the project. Guess I’ll have to go buy some more…… heehee!

This is what it looked like, even though this is the after photo when I tried to cut the peacock out of the sheet. The glue/glitter design pealed off the sheet protector, which I preferred since I went over the lines when applying the glue. So if you try this technique, I highly recommend you to just use the drawn image as a template/guide as to where you will put your glue.
Now you can use the Cricut Markers or the Mini Sharpies to use as the guide when drawing a design on clear sheets. I LOVE using Amy Chomas’ products plus I recommend using the Micro Mini Sharpie for more detailed designs.
No, I do not make commissions or am I an affiliate of Amy Chomas. I just LOVE her product & recommend it to anyone & everyone who I come in contact with, online or in person. It was difficult to find the Micro Mini Sharpie in stores around town so I just bought it from her website too. Every now & then you can find them at like Big Lots.
I do not recommend using the sharpie holders on cardstock as the pen will bleed onto the paper & distort the image. I like using the photo paper that already comes in 4×6 size or the full sheet size. I also use sheet protectors or clear report covers as they are cheap to use & I won’t freak out if I screw up the project. I leave my acrylic sheets for more special projects. Hope you like what I did….either way – I LOVE IT!
Have a great crafting day!

I Got the Crafting Bug

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I Got the Crafting Bug

Hi All ~So I had the crafting bug bite me yesterday & I made a few new things. I fell in love with the cut files on “Creations by AR”. My FAVORITE was the Haute Couture Handbag file. I LOVE HANDBAGS & I had to HAVE this file!!! If you have a electronic cutting machine like a Cricut (that can still use MTC or SCAL, pre-lawsuit), or a Pazzles or an Sizzix Eclisp (I’m jealous, LOL) or any other machine like those, then head on over to her shop & see her great stuff at Creations by AR.

So I made 3 of her files yesterday & I posted them on my personal Facebook page. I had some friends love what I did. Now I’m excited to do more! I plan on making & selling Christmas Cards this year & I want to use the One Drawer Holder as a “Get Free Item” when I have customers buy more than a dozen cards from me.

Here’s what I did yesterday! More to come later in different themes & patterned paper!

 

Scrapbook Page Gift

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Hi Everyone! I know its been awhile but I was crazy busy with party orders from my Artfire website & returning customers. Now that they have shipped out & I have gotten a few nights of good sleep, I can get back to my crafting time. Good thing caz I have several Halloween Blog Hops to prep for & I’m so excited about them.

Before getting loaded with my party orders, I did a Scrapbook Page for my older sister to give as a gift. A teacher she works with (I think it was a teacher, maybe an admin, can’t remember) is having a baby boy soon. YEAH! My sister wanted to give her something special & asked me to make her a framed scrapbook page for her friend to put picture of her ‘lil boy when he finally arrives. The theme was a sports theme (MVP), go figure, the baby is a boy! So this is what I created for her:

The frame was an 11×13 & I started with a 12×12 “starred” patterned paper that my sister bought from Joann’s. I added a solid navy blue vertical strip of cardstock that I had stars cut out using my SCAL & Cricut. I put a maroon strip of cardstock behind that navy strip so that the stars can pop out. Using SCAL & my Cricut, I cut out the baby’s name KAI & layered it with a light tan cardstock with the matching burgundy cardstock for the lettering. I made die cuts in the forms of a baseball, football, basketball, & soccer ball. The football was embossed with the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder and I used textured orange cardstock to give the basketball more realism. I then left 2 – 3.5 inch spaces for baby pictures.

I liked it a lot as did my sister but better yet my sister’s friend & husband LOVED the gift. That made me happy…very happy. I spend a lot of time on my details, sometimes more than any normal person would. But with my OCD, I tend to go overboard on making sure the details are to my liking. Just like in my party business, I DO NOT ship/send/give anything I am not happy with to anyone!