Wednesday, November 1, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Tag 31

My hands didn't bleed today but boy are they still dry and angry. More lotion is on the menu tonight.

This tag turned out so cool! There were many, many "oopsie" moments, as always, but I'm happy with it!

Supplies used include Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash and ephemera, brads, and stars. I used Distress Ink in Carved Pumpkin, Walnut Stain, and Black Soot and my Distress Marker in Black Soot too. Glossy Accents was my glue of choice and I typed up all of the text and images and printed them out on regular printer paper. There was one piece of Tim Holtz Collector Layers I used because the paper was a nice heft.

First, I traced and cut out my tag.

I flipped the Collector Layers piece over and traced out my pencil cup because the circle is wider than my tag. This is going to be my spinner piece. I cut it out and sectioned it out into eight wedges. I cut out the printed images and glued them to my spinner and then added Walnut Stain ink then used a thumb tack to make a hole in the center. I cut a strip of paper to secure the brad to as a base for gluing. (this will enable the circle to spin) After dry fitting it onto my tag, I realized I glued the images up too high and they were visible on the spinning edge. Sad face!

I grabbed the scrap of striped paper and traced a circle onto the backside of it and cut it out. Next I folded the circle in half then then rotated the paper and folded it in half again. I repeated until I had eight wedges. I used a pen to mark the lines.

I removed the original spinner from the paper and glued it to my new polka dotted circle. Once the glue dried, I poked a hole in the center and added the strip of paper to the back. I added Glossy Accents all around the back of that paper strip, leaving a circle clear around the brad and then placed it onto the tag.

I dry fitted the top tag over the see where I needed to add my printed images. Satisfied that they were well-hidden, I glued them in place with Glossy Accents. Once it was dry, I added Carved Pumpkin and then Black Soot inks. I also edged the original tag, the spinner, and the striped tag with Black Soot ink.

Now I had to figure out how to make the viewing flap. I dry fitted the striped tag and made a slight bend in the paper from the bottom to where one of the printed images could be seen. I spun the wheel to make sure each image could be seen and then made two lines as my width guide.

I used a pen knife to cut on the bend between the lines and then cut two lines up toward the hole end of the tag. I lifted the flap to reveal the image. Happy, I edged the cut sides with the Black Soot Marker.

I added Glossy Accents to my original tag above and below the spinner and then put the striped paper on top. While it dried, I cut out my text. For the Fortune Wheel, I glued it to a tag shape from the Halloween stash and added Black Soot and Walnut Stain all over it. I added the same ink combo to the other two text pieces and just Walnut Stain for the hand ephemera. I glued them in place and then added Walnut Stain over the entire tag.

A bit of orange jute finished off the tag. I added the star with Glossy Accents to balance out the tag.

I'll have a video of the spinner in action on my Carey Bee Crafts Facebook page. Hope you enjoyed this tag and want to steal the inspiration. It sure will be weird not lugging a bag of craft supplies with me to work and crafting in the dark before work starts...I'll be able to take a real lunch break too. Whatever will I do with myself??? Plan for next Halloween, of course!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween! Today I was busy with the 'Treat-o-Rama' party at work, but I was plotting a tag to top off the holiday. I visualized it all day and once 4:30 rolled around, I tested out my idea on some scrap paper and it worked!

So, where's the tag??? Well, the dry weather, my penchant for washing my hands a lot, and crafting have taken a toll on my hands and they are cracked open and bleeding. Not the stain I was hoping to use on my crafts!

So, I'm going to use my super amazing lotion and try to hydrate my skin a bit overnight and with any luck, I won't bleed out onto my tag!

Tonight was awesome with lots of trick or treaters. Our neighbors put on a very sweet haunt each year so it was fun to watch kiddos run screaming and crying from them and be afraid to come up our sidewalk.

Sadly, I left my phone at work and feel a bit hopeless, especially since that's what I use for my alarm in the morning...

I got the best treat of all: a Sizzix Vagabond 2 machine today to replace mine that broke. I'm excited to get crafting away!!! We even got a shower drain I ordered. The shower isn't installed yet, but at least we have the drain!

I think I'll get my tag supplies together and finish watching Halloween before hitting the sack. I hope you've had a great Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 30

So I wanted today's and tomorrow's tags to be special and practiced making a tag on Sunday. It seemed to work okay, so I modified it to fit today's...but it didn't turn out right. I kind of forgot that there's a hole at the top of each tag. I ended up scrapping and salvaging bits from a complete tag to make a fun tag with movement!

Supplies I used include white cardstock, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, Halloween ephemera skeleton, Halloween Clippings, Distress Marker and Ink in Black Soot, and Glossy Accents. 

I traced my trashed tag out onto cardstock and cut it out, making sure to make a hole up top. Then I traced and cut out the cobweb paper.

I decapitated my skeleton and edged it and the skull in marker then glued just his body to the cobweb paper. 

Just above the cut mark, I made a dot on the cobweb paper and used my pen knife to cut out a long rectangle channel. I cut a long strip of cobweb paper just slightly thinner than the cut. I dry fitted it into the channel and made sure it didn't get hung up anywhere.

Next, I glued the end of the thin strip to the back of the skull where his jaw is. Once dry, I edged the strip in marker and inserted the skull through the slot sideways and then straightened him out. I moved the long strip up and down to make sure it moved pretty freely.

I got another piece of cobweb paper and glued it to the cardstock where my cut-out channel would be so you didn't see white space. I then glued the top and sides only of the back of the cobweb paper onto the cardstock tag. I made sure everything was lined up and tested the skull to make sure it could move easily. I trimmed the thin strip so about an inch hung down from the tag.

Satisfied, I cut out a wider strip of cobweb paper and folded it in half. I opened the fold, added glue, and glued the thin strip in place. This wider strip got edged with marker as well.

I punched a hole in the tag and edged it in ink. Finally, I edged a sticker in ink and added Glossy Accents to the back for extra hold.

Four strands of black and white jute were used for the string.

I love how this little guy turned out and I can't wait to try this with other tags and cards! Bird Crazy could be fun! Stay tuned...

Visit my Carey Bee Crafts Facebook page to see video of this skelly losing his head over Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 29

The hubby is sleeping away and I decided to get my crafting done early. We ended up not getting to the spooky show last night but had a great night with friends!

I had no clue what to make today so I just started off adding stain to a tag and went through all of my supplies to cobble something together...I think it paid off.

Supplies used include a tag, Distress Stain in Carved Pumpkin and Walnut Stain, Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, Distress Marker in Black Soot, Glossy Accents, Bouquet, Halloween Ephemera, Halloween Clippings, Salvage stickers, Adornments Stars, and a water brush.

I began by adding heavy dabs of Carved Pumpkin stain to the tag and used my water brush to move it around. I blotted up excess with a paper towel and let it air dry. I edged the tag in Walnut Stain ink.

I used the head and torso ephemera and dissected the witch and moon ephemera to just use the witch's hat. I added Glossy Accents to glue the two pieces together. They seemed to crisp so I edged them in marker and then smudged Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain ink all over them.

I found a large 'W' in the Salvage pack and edged it in marker then added Glossy Accents to the back and added it to the tag. I searched through the Clippings until I found 'wicked wicked witch' and cut off the 'w' of each word and edged them in marker too. Glossy Accents again so they'll really stick.

It needed something beside the stickers so I added three stars and then glued the witch figure in place. The bottom seemed sparse so I decided to finally use some of the Bouquet.

I pulled out a cluster and took out three smaller bunches, using my regular scissors to cut through the wire 'stems.' I inked each blossom with Carved Pumpkin stain and then added some Walnut Stain stain over top. When they were dry, I used Glossy Accents and glued them to the bottom.

To finish it off, I cut double lengths of a black and white jute string and an orange jute string. I added Walnut Stain stain to the black and white to make it look grungier and forgot to wear gloves...

Despite my left hand being covered in stain, I'm really happy with how this tag turned out!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 28

It's Halloweekend!!! Yes, I know the real deal is on Tuesday, but I'm celebrating all weekend long too!

I woke up really late this morning and had the "It's time..." from Halloween III in my head so I thought I'd do something with a clock face. That's when my brain started churning...

I assembled a tag, a piece of Bristol board, Distress Stain in Walnut Stain and Iced Spruce, Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, Distress Marker in Black Soot, a water brush, a clock face sticker from the Salvage pack, Game Spinners, Glossy Accents, Halloween ephemera, Halloween Clippings, and that funky garland that isn't Tim Holtz.

First, I added Glossy Accents to the back of the clock face and glued it to the Bristol board. I let it dry then cut it out and edged it with the marker. I used a 1/8 inch hole punch to punch out the center of the clock and then added the spinners and secured them with a brad.

I put a heavy line of Glossy Accents around the edge of the backside of the clock and then pressed the garland into place. I held it down until it was dry. When dry, I added some foam dots to the backside.

I added some heavy dabs of Iced Spruce stain to the center of the tag and watered it down with my brush. I added heavy dabs of Walnut Stain stain to the left and right edge and blended everything together. I used a paper towel to soak up any watery spots and then dried the tag with my heat tool.

Once dry, I edged  the tag in Walnut Stain ink. I added the clock face off-center and a bit off the card for some dimension and interest.

Next, I sifted through all of the clippings and ephemera pieces until I found a nice little phrase.

a strange feeling comes over you
ghost of the departed
by moonlight,

I edged each sticker and the '31' ephemera with Walnut Stain ink and added Glossy Accents the backs of each piece for extra hold.

To make it grungier, I swirled the same ink over the pieces. A double-thickness of twine finishes off this grungy tag.

I hope you have a wonderful Halloweekend, I'm headed out to see a spooky storytelling/musical performance.

Friday, October 27, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 27

The hardest part of this morning's tag was choosing the paper background. I can't remember if I made a tag similar to this one, but, what can you do?

All materials are Tim Holtz for this tag including the Halloween paper stash, Halloween ephemera, and Halloween Trimmings. I also used good old Glossy Accents, Distress Marker in Black Soot and Distress Ink in Black Soot.

First, I traced and cut out my tag and glued the paper to the tag. I inked the edges in Black Soot.

Next, I cut out the words 'POISON' and the carbolic acid label from a piece of the Halloween paper and inked the edges in Black Soot. For the skelly ephemera, I used marker to edge it.

I added Glossy Accents to the back of the ephemera and glued him into place. I repeated for the carbolic acid label and the 'POISON' label.

There was a small snippet of thin, sparkly ribbon left so I used that up on this tag.

Now to finish off my Halloween cards...they'll be a little late this year, but that only extends the holiday, right???

Thursday, October 26, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 26

I had no clue what to make this morning so I spend thirty minutes assembling raffle baskets for our work party next week. With what little time I had left, I decided to do something using the Distress Stains dabbed onto a tag. Things took weird turns but ended up bringing tears to my eyes in the end.

I assembled a tag, Distress Stain in Carved Pumpkin, Distress Marker in Black Soot, and Distress Ink in Black Soot. I used the striped sheet of Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, a sticker from the Salvage Seasonal sticker set, a Halloween Clippings sticker, and Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings for the string.

First, I dotted the stain all over the tag using the attached felt dabber.

Once dry, I cut out the striped paper and ripped the top edge. I colored the tear in marker and then used Glossy Accents to glue it to the bottom of the tag.

I looked through the Seasonal stickers and my eye went to the silhouette of the black cat. A few fussy cuts later, I was edging the sticker in marker and adding Glossy Accents to the back to give it more teeth. The stripes are really making me want to have a fence like this in real life!

As I looked at the cat, I got a bit teary because our cat Zoey looked a lot like this from the back toward the end of her life. She had once been a happy, chubby cat and lost a lot of weight before she passed. When I looked through the Clippings stickers, one caught my eye but I skipped it. It said 'we thought she was lost" and if I would have put that on the tag, I'd start crying for sure! "SILENCE OF THE NIGHT" was the next choice.

I inked the edge of the tag and the sticker edges and then added Glossy Accents to the back of the sticker so it would stay put better.

I love how the cat can imagined either be watching a crazy sunrise/sunset or a large fire.  Sinister and serene are two sides of the same coin.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 25

My day began at 3:20 a.m. when the cat urped on my comforter. Nothing like doing laundry in the middle of the night and then having to use a throw blanket for warmth... I'm a bit tired today, as you can imagine, but if that's the worst thing that happens, I'll be okay.

For today's tag, I decided to just randomly grab a piece of scrapbook paper and go from there. I like the direction I took and will finish it out when I get home later. All supplies are Tim Holtz except for the twine.

I gathered a tag, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash (cobwebs!), Salvage Stickers, Halloween Typography letters, Distress Ink in Black Soot, and Glossy Accents.

First, I traced, cut out and glued the web paper to the tag.

Next, I edged the tag in Black Soot.

After that, I grabbed two stickers for my '31' and added Glossy Accents to the backs of them to give them better sticking power.

I lined up a ruler on my tag and taped it to my workstation to keep it in place and then dry fitted my letters along the straight edge. Satisfied, I glued the letters in place. 

After the letters dried, I added a double thickness of the twine. When I get home, I'm going to add some charms to the twine.

I'm really excited for this weekend! We'll be having a small fire in our jack o' lantern chiminea on Friday night and Saturday night we're supposed to go watch some spooky storytelling. What spooky things are you doing?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 24

I had no inspiration this morning so I sifted through my Tim Holtz Ancestors paper dolls and found the creepy old man and the gangly boy and thought, "That boy should be holding something..."

In addition to the lack of inspiration, I had some 'oopsie' moments with this tag.

First, I assembled a tag, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, Halloween Clippings, Halloween Trimmings, Ancestors, Glossy Accents, and Distress Ink and Marker in Black Soot.

I traced and cut out my tag onto the background paper and glued it to the tag with Glossy Accents then edged it in Black Soot.

I edged the boy in the marker and cut the old man's head off with scissors. Just putting the head under the boy's hand didn't look right so I grabbed my utility knife and cut a slit between his thumb and index finger. I glued the boy to the tag but left his hand glueless. I added foam dots to the back of the head to give it some dimension and slid him into the cut I made, adding a drop of Glossy Accents to the hand to make it stay put.

Here's where the tag took a bad turn. I had cut out a shape from a piece of Halloween paper, added some Clippings stickers, and glued it onto the tag, but it looked dumb. I added some skulls cut out from the skull and crossbones paper but that made it worse. Rather than remove it and tear the tag, I decided to glue a shape on top of it. I edged it in Black Soot and added another Clippings sticker then smudged Black Soot all over it. 

I added a ribbon but still think it needs a little something. I might go through my stash at home and come up with something.

In the meantime, I'm going to take a deep whiff of my Pumpkin Caramel Drizzle candle from Swan Creek Candles and relax because Halloween is a week away!!!