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Jack-O'-Lantern Time

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Boo!  Did I scare you?  Probably not.  LOL  Happy Halloween everyone.  For me Halloween is a great memory I have of trick or treating when we lived on base growing up a military brat.  Two of my favorite costumes was a clown and a witch.  I don't have a photo of the witch but I do remember the black, shiny, skin tight boots I wore that were very slippery.  Here is my clown outfit my mom made.


When my children were growing up I tried to hold to the traditional pumpkin carving, jack-o'-lantern.  I was never patient enough or talented enough so I lost interest over the years.  This year X-ACTO actually challenged me to carve a pumpkin.  I challenged my son and his wife along with my daughter and her husband to carve one as well. 

Here is mine:

I like this new thing of carving off the outer skin and according to how thick or thin you make the "meat" of the pumpkin you get this wonderful shading.  I used my X-ACTO Z-Series craft knife, Speedball carving tool, and Making Me…

We Boo-ed at the Zoo // Winner

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Last year Little, my granddaughter, was too cute as Minnie Mouse.  This year she is adorable as Elmo, girl style.  Believe it or not they have a little girl's Elmo costume.  The funniest part of the costume is the head piece.  The eyes of Elmo seem to hold a unique expression that matches the wearer.  LOL

I am determined to use ALL my newest Halloween collection, so you will probably see a few more layouts this week.  I have so much Halloween products from years past I don't want to add to the growing collection. 

I have so many photos from Boo at the Zoo of Little that I could create a whole album.  Instead, I chose the ones that tell the story of Little at her first Boo at the Zoo and did a multi-photo layout.

Ingredients:  Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings Halloween paper; Prism cardstock; Martha Stewart fine glitter onyx, American Crafts Thickers letters and accordion folded flower; Prima rhinestones; Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo; Dymo Label Maker; Maya Road mist, vintage…

Halloween Treat Bags Graphic 45 Style! Giveaway

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Welcome to the Third Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop!  If you're hopping along, you should have come from Jennifer's blog, A Secret Vintage.  For a complete list of participants and the beginning of the blog hop go to the Fiskateers Blog.  The Fiskateers is an online community of all type of crafters and is sponsored by Fiskars.  As you progress through the hop you will find a myriad of projects focusing on many of the Fiskars tools and products along with some incredibly talented crafters.  There are many giveaways along the hop as well as giveaways by the Fiskateers Leads. 

What says Orange better than a bit of Halloween!  I used Graphic 45's Happy Haunting Halloween paper collection and some of my favorite Fiskars tools to create these treat bags for 3 of my grandchildren. (click on any photo for a more detailed look)

I used my Fiskars Trimmerto cut a base to work on.  I created a scalloped edge to the bag and paper with my Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment Border punch.The p…

Project I "Heart" Emma" -- X-ACTO Giveaway

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My daughter and I need to stay off Pinterest for a while.  LOL  The ideas and tutorials run ramped there.  Tabitha saw this wonderful curtain of hearts home decor and sent me an email with a link.  "Can you make this for Emma's room?"  Now how can you turn down a grandchild and an awesome project.

Here is the original project:  Honeybee Vintage blog.

Ingredients:  American Crafts cardstock; Spellbinder's heart; thread, sewing machine, wood molding, paint

A note or two we did on our own:  the wood piece is 49 inches long.  That held 11 rows of hearts.  It only took one sheet of card stock per color and I had left over hearts.  The hearts are sewed with about 1 inch in-between each heart.  My hearts are 3.5 x 3.5.  Although the curtain is multicolored I tried to make sure there was a bit more pink. 

Watch out:  make sure when you are sewing your hearts that you have all the pieces face up or face down.  I did mine with the textured side up.

The hardest thing for me about…

It Only Takes a Smile!

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There was no doubt who Ali looked like when she was born...her beautiful mother.  Ali is our red-head, blue eye wonder.

It wasn't long until little Ali began to smile.  When Ali smiles she does it with her whole face.  Her smile is from ear to ear and chin to eyes.  Her eyes light up.  Your first response is to smile as big as she does.

I went back into my older photos and found one of Ali's dad, my son, from the same age and behold there was that same happy smile and beautiful eyes.  I could see a bit of Adam of our little Ali through their wondrous smiles.

Ingredients:  Graphic 45 Little Darlings paper collection and chipboard embellishments; American Crafts rosette and crochet ribbon; Donna Downy/Prima banner; We R Memory Keepers twine; Tattered Angels letter "A"; Tim Holtz distress inks tattered rose; tea dye and vintage photo; Studio Calico mask; Wilton Doily; 2 smiles!


I wasn't as happy with the mask work..totally my fault.  I heard rave reviews about the S…

My Weekly Christmas Card

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I did not meet my goal of three cards this week.  I'm telling you that cards are hard for me.  I had this same block with stamps for years and now my husband can't believe my collection and how I use them.

My card this week is a combo of a card I saw on Facebook...although it no where resembles the original... and a bit of some techniques from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas.

Ingredients: Graphic 45 Christmas Past; American Crafts cardstock; DCWV card (I cut it for the top piece); Tim Holtz idea-ology metal snowflake; Tim Holtz distress inks, distress markers, tree, greeting, and snowflake stamp, grungepaper; Sizzix large snowflake die; Tattered Angels Mist Blue Skies,Ranger Dabber Snow Cap

If you have a Christmas card on your blog or gallery somewhere leave a link in the comments.  I would LOVE to see it.

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It's Boo at the Zoo time this weekend, College Football, a birthday party, and somewhere in there I plan to create a few layouts.

Have a Crafty Weekend!






Gratitude Li…

My Take: Canning "Rings" Pumpkin

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook a few days ago and I fell in love with it.  I needed something new for my little kitchen table so I pulled together what I had and created a canning ring pumpkin.  The original instructions are at "Fun Home Things."

Ingredients:  Canning Rings; spray paint, cinnamon sticks; stain finish; twine; ribbon;  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Forest Green; Prima Leaves; hot glue gun

I was suppose to use 20 rings and I would advise anyone making this to use the 20 rings.  Obviously, I didn't count while I was putting it together.  I painted the rings outside and I dropped 2 bringing them in.  It was dark and I didn't notice.  So I ended up with 18 rings. It was a little more difficult than I expected to get it to fill in the spaces.  Well, use 20 rings, Deb.  LOL

I only had 2 cinnamon sticks which doesn't fill the hole in the center.  I would easily recommend 3 large or 4 small cinnamon sticks.  I just wrapped the middle of the sticks…

Boo Banner

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Since I was in the mood for banners I decided to make a "BOO" banner for Halloween from my Halloween stash that keeps growing every year.  This one hangs on my fireplace as long as it doesn't get too cold!

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Ingredients:  American Craft Card stock; computer font for BOO; Sizzix embossing folder circles for BOO; Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo; Martha Stewart spider web border punch...


...Quickutz witch die cut; Ranger black and white paint dabber; Wilton doily; Tattered Angel's pumpkin spice mist; Ranger fine black embossing powder and embossing ink; Prima flower; Fiskars scalloped circles; red Clear Snaps spritz; "Halloween from Teresa Collins spooktacular...

After misting the Tattered Angels and drying the doily I used the clear embossing in pad to ink around the outer edges and sprinkled the fine black embossing powder.  Before heating with my Ranger heat tool I used a soft paint brush to remove any embossing powde…

Baby Banner

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I created this cute baby banner for my soon-to-come grand baby's room.   I won't tell you how many ideas I had...a dozen...or how much fabric I bought that I did not use ... yards...or even how much special products I bought that I either messed up or just didn't use ... break the bank amount.  I ended up using my scrapbook stash for this incredible banner.


 Ingredients:  My Minds Eye alphabet soup, girl


More Ingredients:  Tim Holtz ideaology Facets, Distress Ink spun sugar, and Baubles; Wilton doilies; Sizzix Snowflake #4 die and embossing folder; Fiskars Leave It to Weaver border punch; Cosmo Cricket Glubers;  Maya Road trinket pins;

Cards are part of the alphabet soup line from My Mind's Eye.
The letters are from a font that I enlarged.  After cutting them out I sewed it to another sheet of paper then cut around the letter to make a shadow.  

Each flower is different.  I used Cosmo Cricket's glubers for a base and a wide ribbon.  My favorite flower is where I mach…