Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Week Or Is It Christmas?

Have you seen any children dressed in a character from Disney epic movie Frozen this Halloween season?  My Little and her sister are no exceptions, except I think they make cute look really cute. 

Little (grandgirl) is our Elsa.  Mom strung snowflake lights over the wagon and we were set for a magical night at Boo at the Zoo.

Remember:  This week's goal is to use the old stash.
Frozen's Elsa
(title placed under the three flowers is brushed out...)
Graphic 45's Botanical Tea ... not from the old Halloween stash, but it matches so well.
Blue Fern Studios dangle chipboard

K&Co. Die Cut Paper snowflakes (old stash)
Prima Flowers and crystals
American Crafts Thickers (brushed out title and from older stash)
Golden's Glass Bead Gel
Momenta stencil
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence, Frosted Stickles

Tim Holtz idea-ology Halloween charm (old stash),
Light blue acrylic paint

I love the crystal swirls, the elegant dangle and the flowers/snowflake mix.  It's like Elsa!

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Week .... We Booed the Zoo!

The family went to Riverbanks Zoo for their annual Boo at the Zoo.  There are so many memories and pictures to boot.  I plan on creating an album just for this event.  For this week I am sharing a layout of each of the grandgirls.

First up is my Biker Chick

We Booed the Zoo!
I used my older stash (the goal for this Halloween) of Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings.  I really didn't have any 12 x 12 sheets left over so I used a sheet from Graphic 45's Communique collection.

Blue Fern Studios chipboard help to bring out her costume a bit ... A Biker ....  I painted it with Martha Stewart Gesso and went over it is spots with Tim Holtz's Distress Stains. 

I love this set of Prima Flowers and the orange one seem to be perfect for the page.

I wish ... I had not added the top piece.  I was trying for a "spooky look.  Nothing went right but I don't waste paper.  Oh sigh. 

I love to cut details from Graphic 45's paper collections.  The ghosts especially were a challenge.  Cutting them was easy but two of them overlap because they were just partly whole. 

Here are a few photos I could not find yesterday for my Kids Crafts post.  This is my Ali creatively making Halloween cards.  LOL
Pat, Pat, Pat she said as she had her first experience stamping.

Have a Crafty Day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Week...Kids Crafts

Halloween is a great time to get your children involved in decorating.  Since I take care of 3 of my grandgirls I had the opportunity to pull out my scrappy products and have some fun. 

Tissue Ghosts
This has been tried and true since I was a little girl.  Little loved making the face on her ghosts that hang in her playroom.
1.  A facial tissue balled up and placed in the middle of another tissue.
2.  Tie your yarn close to the bottom of the balled up tissue.
3.  Use a black marker for the eyes and mouth.

Five Little Pumpkins
1.  Print out the poem.
2.  Glue down the craft sticks.
3.  Use Fiskars oval scallop squeeze punch.  It takes three punched pieces to make one pumpkin.
4.  The girls colored the pumpkins and fence with Crayola crayons.  
 Little wanted her pumpkins to be white and she wanted lots of them.
Little's Sister let Mimi help and used three oval punch-outs to make one pumpkin.

Here is a printable of the Five Little Pumpkins for your budding artist.
Accordion Legs Jack-O-Lantern
Little and Sister created these with some American Craft cardstock and Mimi's Fiskars scissors.  They did  the placement and gluing with Elmer's Glue. 
This is Sister's Jack-O-Lantern and 
Little's Jack-O-Lantern.

"Frozen" Tick or Treat Buckets
Of course Mimi has to get in the act.  Little and her sister are dressing as Elsa and Anna.from Disney's Frozen.   I made these simple trick or treat buckets for them.

1.  purchased bucket from Micheal's near the Wilton/Baking area.
2.  Cut pre-glittered blue paper to fit the bucket.  I used the light blue for Elsa and darker blue for Anna.
3.  Using a free pattern from the Internet I cut the snow from white cardstock (AC).
4.  I flocked it (Martha Stewart) and then added glitter (a mistake*). 
5.  I used Ranger's Glossy Accents to adhere it all to the bucket.
 6.  I added the clip art of Olaf on the lid of the bucket. 
*If I did this again I would buy white glittered paper.  The glitter did not like to stay on the flocking and left a trail of glitter everywhere it goes.  Besides I ended up accidentally spilling the glitter and to make it worse the fan was blowing.  Yes, it is everywhere in my house.
Pumpkin Painting
When you have a 2 year old, knives are not the thing to use making decor from a pumpkin.  With a paint brush, acrylic paint and a mini-pumpkin Ali had a lot of fun.

What fun I have had with the tiny grands.  There is nothing here exotic nor original (the buckets are my work), but it was a ton of fun.

I hope you are working on a bit of Halloween yourself.  Did you make a costume or two this year?  I am making my costume for the Edventure's Storybook Ball.  Can you guess who I will be for the ball?

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Halloween Week! Halloween Past

There is one costume that my three oldest children, at one time or another, wore.  It was the "clown" costume I made for Tabitha when she was about 4 years old.  From that point on it was passed down  to each of the children.  They often got more than one year's wear out of it.  FYI:  I still have the clown suit.

The photos in this layout are of three different years; 2 times for my daughter and 1 time for my son.

traveling clown costume

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz paper collection, chipboard buttons, flowers, and journaling tag. 
Tim Holtz idea-ology charms, letters, chitchat words, distress ink vintage photo, ribbon
Ranger paint dabber picket fence
EK Success pen

One of my scrapbook goals this Halloween is to use as much as possible my older products.  I have way too much to justify a new collection of Halloween paper.  So I am looking forward to showing my success and not too successful use of my scrapbook paper everyday this week.

I am looking forward to a fun and
week of Halloween layouts and crafts.

Have a Crafty Day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Little Meets A "Real" Princess ... Graphic 45 and Blue Fern Studio

I can't believe I haven't scrapbooked this photo yet.  Here is the story.

Back a couple of summers ago I took Little (grandgirl) to the historic USC Horseshoe.  It's a beautiful place right in the midst of the oldest part of the campus.  Little and I walked around, chased squirrels, taking pictures of Little sitting on the low hanging limbs of the old oak trees.

We were sitting and talking on one of the benches when Little cries out "a real princess, Meme!"  I looked where she was pointing and it was a beautiful bride having her bridal photos made.

She wanted to meet the princess.  We walked over and watch the photo shoot.  When they took a break I told the bride and her mother what Little had said.  The bride and her mother were so kind.  They talked to little about the "princess" getting married to the handsome "prince".  The bride was happy and held Little's hand to have her photo.  It was the highlight of Little's summer.

a real princess
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper collection
Blue Fern Studios chipboard square frame (gessoed and added crushed glass glitter)
Prima flowers, bird nest, and button
Tim Holtz distress ink vintage photo, skickles (outlining the large flower)
Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin squeeze punch banner
Stampendous Glass Glitter, champagne
Martha Stewart Gesso and doily
Webster's Pages letters for the title

What are you currently working on?  Thanksgiving, Fall or have you already jumped ahead to Christmas with Christmas cards, decorations for the tree and house, what about getting set for December Daily (Ali Edwards).  Let me know in the comments.  I'll tell mine if you tell yours!

Have a Crafty Weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

She's Not Afraid ... Scrapbooking Life

I love scrapbooking those closeup photos that share a feeling or thought.  I really love scrapbooking life....everyday, ordinary life.

My grandgirl, Little, really likes the show Tangled.  Rapunzel is cool, but Pascal is the best.  Not really understanding that Pascal is a chameleon she has taken to catching the little lizards around her yard and calling them Pascal.  Note:  she never harms them and always feeds them before letting them go on their merry way.  LOL

I was inspired by Graphic 45 design team member Romy Veul with the way she layered her paper with the edges punched.  I mixed it up differently and this is what I got. 

The paper collection is Graphic 45's Communique Collection.  Backstory:  I found the paper pad at Micheal's Arts and Crafts.  It was priced at $14.95.  I usually pay $19.95 for Graphic 45's 12 x 12 paper pads.  I had in my hand a 50% off coupon.  $7.50 ... I got a steal. 

The watermark on the photo was created digitally from a digi stamp. It is a great way to emphasize the lizard that is so small.

I used three different Fiskars punches to get the fun edging affect.  With the inner most punch, Threading Water, I used embroidery thread to help emphasize the punched area.

The scalloped edge where the flowers are placed is Tim Holtz's Alteration, On the Edge Die Plaque and Postage. 

You see a lot of Tim Holtz products on this layout.  I continue to collect and use his products.  If you like this style of products also try Wendy Vecchi's products. 

I am working on Halloween now.  Some older photos and I am all ready to start with some new photos.  What are you doing during this spooky season?  I've already gone with 4 of my grands to Boo At The Zoo and 2 of them to the Trick and Treat Party at the State Museum. 

Have A Crafty Day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turn Your Mistakes Into Masterpeices

I saw a beautiful sketch by Michelle Singh but instead of three layers of torn paper I wanted to do a stencil pattern at the top, leave the middle to the paper, and the bottom third another stencil.  Boy, did I overreach my abilities.

I first meant to use modeling paste but ended up using gesso and I don't even know why.  LOL  I guess I use so much of it it was just automatic.

I finally finished the top and bottom of the one page and rubbed in some Faber-Castell gelatos.   The color I wanted was not turning out like I thought and I was beginning to mess up the edges both on top and in the middle with ink.  What made me think I would like the lower and upper edges inked, I don't know.  Remember at this point it is still one piece of paper.  It was not getting better so I ended up tearing the top and bottom pieces off and reapplying it to another sheet of paper.  Still I wasn't liking it.

I decided to just keep going.  I added my paper strips ... all Bo Bunny ... layered my chipboard, flowers, buttons, cut out butterflies, and ribbon until I figure I could live with it.  I did love the words from Heidi Grace metallic words.

Next step was to walk away for a few days.  When I came back to take a peek I ended up liking what I had done.  I did overreach for my abilities but I gave it my best shot.  I think Ali will like it when she looks back on it years from now. 

Masterpiece?  Perhaps not...but a great lesson for me to try, try, and try again!

This is the sketch by Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique Kit.

Have a Crafty Day!


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