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!!! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Days 21, 22, 23

You know how I always have something hinky happen with my crafting plans? Well, this past weekend we took a little trip to Michigan and I packed up my crafting supplies with ideas of tags filling my head.We had a break from adventuring so I decided to make a quick tag...but forgot my scissors at home. All of my tag ideas required scissors and I didn't want to buy a pair because I have way too many pairs to begin with so I made the decision to stop fussing and just make three tags today.

Tag 21
My first tag uses almost all Tim Holtz items except for the delightfully grungy tinsel garland. I assembled a tag, a piece of Halloween paper stash with handwriting on it, Distress Ink in Walnut Stain,  the skeleton Halloween ephemera, and Typography.

First, I traced and cut out my tag on the paper and used Glossy Accents to glue them together. I used a standard hole punch to make the hole.

Next, I edged the tag and ephemera in the Walnut Stain.

I cut out pieces of the garland and glued them to the back of the ephemera with Glossy Accents. I put foam dots on the backside to make it have more dimension on the tag.

I used Glossy Accents to glue my letters in place. Once everything was dry, I added the garland string.

Tag 22
This tag uses all Tim Holtz items except for the twine string. I used a tag, Halloween paper stash for the background and tore out the creepy photos from another sheet, Halloween Clippings stickers, Distress Ink in Black Soot, a Wish bone and Boneyard piece, and Glossy Accents.

First step for this one was tracing and cutting out that background paper and making the top hole. Once it was glued in place with Glossy Accents, I edged it with Black Soot.

I tore out two creepy portraits and edged the tears with Black Soot. Glossy Accents secured them to the paper.

I added the stickers.

Next, I added Glossy Accents to the backs of the bones and let them dry.

I used a double-thickness of twine to give the tag more weight.

Tag 23
The last tag I knew I wanted a vintage feel. I gathered Halloween paper stash (plaid!), Salvage Stickers in Seasonal and Lost and Found, Glossy Accents, and Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

First, I traced and cut out a tag from the plaid paper. I love orange and black plaid so much! I glued it in place with Glossy Accents and made sure to punch the top hole out. I edged it in Walnut Stain.

Next, I cut out a tag shape from the Halloween paper stash and added Walnut Stain to its entire surface. I edged the 'Hallowe'en Greeting" sticker as well and added some Glossy Accents to the back of it to make sure it stays in place on the small tag shape. I used foam dots on the back of the tag shape to stick it to the plaid tag.

I had a 'PUMPKIN' sticker but it was too big for my tag. I saw it was on the cover of the sticker book so I cut it out, edged it in Walnut Stain, and glued it to the tag with Glossy Accents.

I didn't have all of theLost and Found letters for 'PATCH' so I had to borrow a 'T' from the Thanksgiving sheet of stickers. I added Glossy Accents to the backs of these letters for added holding power.

Finally, I used another double-thickness of the twine and added some glittery orange ribbon for a bit of sparkle.

These tags turned out better than I had imagined them and I'm in love with the super grungy tinsel garland I found at an antique shop. The brand is Lancaster Home and Holiday and it came on a large spool. 

As always, it was tough coming back home after such an awesome fall trip to Michigan. The lake was gorgeous and the weather was just perfect. We didn't make it to the haunted attractions, but we did spend the day at the Michiana Antique Vintage Artisan Market (Gypsy Soul Junk Hippie HarvestMarket) where I got a few vintage cheeseboxes to make winter scenes in and a lovely vintage Halloween blow mold to add to my collection.

Friday, October 20, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 20

Wow, there's only 11 tags to go! Today I made a quick tag because I have things to do.

I gathered my tag, Distress Ink in Crushed Olive and Black Soot, a Distress Marker in Black Soot, my last Tim Holtz big witch Ancestor doll, some Tim Holtz metal stars, Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings, and Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings.

First, I inked the tag in Crushed Olive. I finally bought the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and used that instead of my felt pad blending tool and I have to say, the coverage is different! I added swirls of Black Soot and edged the tag with it. The edging wasn't as mottled as the felt pad. (I like the mottled look, especially for Halloween) Can't wait to keep playing!

Next, I edged the witches in the marker and added Glossy Accents to the back to glue it to the tag.

There wasn't much room left on the tag so I used the 'MISCHIEF' sticker and edged it in marker and added Glossy Accents to keep it in place.

I added Glossy Accents to the backs of the stars and set them in place.

A bit of the black tinsel twine finished off this tag simply.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 19

I'm back in the land of the living today but didn't really have the time to take step-by-step photos of today's tag. Probably a good thing because my fingers were all inky and I would have gotten it all over my phone.

Today's tag consists of Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash (ravens), Broomsticks, Typography letters, Halloween trimmings, and Distress Inks in Crushed Olive and Black Soot.

First, I traced and cut out my tag (including the hole!) onto the raven paper and glued it onto the original tag.

Next, I did a dry fit of the broomstick and letters. I added Crushed Olive to the letters to give them a nice slime green tone and glued them in place with Glossy Accents.

When the letters were dry, I added Glossy Accents to the back of the broom and  held it in place.

I edged the tag with Black Soot. I wanted the tops of the letters to be darker so I dabbed on more Crushed Olive straight from the ink pad. I like how it has a mottled look.

I wanted the string to be fuller so I used the black tinsel and some twine I had in my stash.

Funny thing about this tag, I had the letters all glued in place but it didn't look right. After waking up a bit more, I realized the 'L' was in fact a '7' so I had to pull it off and find the 'L.' There's always something that goes hinky when I craft...