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WIP Wednesday: Halloween Cards

I belong to a group of like-minded crafters and it was brought to our attention that other countries don't go nuts over Halloween like we do in the States. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, a few of us decided to create unique Halloween cards and send them to our overseas friends. These are some of the cards I came up with, using Tim Holtz products (Ranger Ink Distress Inks, Idea-ology, and Sizzix as well). Hopefully they will inspire you to make your own cards or just get you a bit more excited for the big holiday! I'm putting on the finishing touches and awaiting some fun trims to arrive. I'll post finished cards before I send them on their merry way.  First thing I did was make my own cards. I had some envelopes on hand that would fit a 5.5 inch card so I folded black cardstock and cut it to size. Next I pulled some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls that I liked from the Halloween collection and set them aside. I matched dolls to Tim Holtz Halloween papers and cut

Maker's Monday: Assemblage Halloween Wreath

I had Sunday to myself and in between tending to Zoey (our cat that isn't well) and watching scary movies, I decided to make a spooky wreath. Last year on a trip up to Michigan, we happened upon an estate sale. The lady 's home overlooked Lake Michigan and she had the most amazing collection of antiques! There were several pieces I really wanted but she wanted top dollar, except for an old galvanized planter...she asked $10. I snatched it up because I knew it would become some sort of wreath, eventually. Well, eventually finally happened! I realize the uniqueness of this project so if you want to create something similar, you might have to use something like an old baking pan or chicken waterer or something. Supplies: 1 large galvanized planter Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and Frayed Burlap 1 Tim Holtz Halloween scrapbook paper Black card stock (large enough to cover the openings of the doorknob plate) 1 Tim Holtz Spooky ephemera tag Ranger Archival Ink in Black

Just a Random Life Post

I missed WIP Wednesday because I'm feeling worn out. Our black and white cat, Zoey, is in very failing health and I spent Tuesday tending to her so yesterday I worked my butt off at work to catch up. Today, I'm working my butt off to get ahead at work because I'm off tomorrow and I feel like I'm just slowly slipping under the dark waters...hoping to come back up for a breath. I've been having some weird heart palpitations and the results of my heart monitor device came back that my issues are stress-related. does one fix that? Selling off everything and living out of a camper wouldn't do it, but it sure sounds appealing. Where would I keep my craft supplies? If I can hold out until October, I'll have a lovely weekend away to recharge my soul and be filled with the wonder of Halloween. Speaking of, I've been crafting some seriously creepy decorations for my house. I'll be having another Haunted Open House for my jewelry/crafts and th

Maker's Monday: Spooky Witches Tag

I am on a tag spree! This one didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, but I can mess with it later and hopefully make it better! Supplies: 1 craft tag (I used Ranger Inkssentials, size #8, manila tags) Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Black Soot 1 Tim Holtz Witches Paperdoll 1 Tim Holtz Spooky ephemera tag Glossy Accents Tools: Water brush  Tim Holtz Blending Tool and pad Heat tool Additional Items: Tim Holtz Distress Marker (black) Foam dots Fine glitter (I used Martha Stewart Mica glitter) Instructions: 1.  I brushed water onto a tag and dabbed Twisted Citron stain into the center of the tag and dabbed Mowed Lawn around the outer edge. I blended it a bit and then used a heat tool to dry it. 2.  Next, I used the marker to color the cut edge of the paper doll. 3.  I grabbed the wrong piece of ephemera and was so "in the moment" I didn't realize it until