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Monday, October 21, 2019

Sinister Sweets and Chalkboard Art

Hi again!  My son wasn't feeling well today so he stayed home from school.  I was presented with an unexpected day off and I used it for self care as well.  Working six days, my Sundays are usually full of dishes and laundry.  Today I watched a movie and took a nap.  I had hoped to get some coloring or papercrafting in but it never happened.  I did however, do some holiday baking.  And a very basic, and somewhat lame, attempt at chalkboard art.  But hey, you gotta start somewhere!

Day 3: Sinister Sweets

I made pumpkin bread mini loaves.

And creepy finger sugar cookies.

Here's that chalkboard "art".

I should probably stick with papercrafts!  Lol My baked goods taste good, but are never much to look at.  And the chalkboard was a quick doodle.  Thanks for having a peek and hope your day was creep-tastic!


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bride of Frankie

Hi!  Back with my second day on our countdown to Halloween!

Day 2: Bride of Frankie

Mini Bride of Frankenstein is another Some Odd Girl image I had colored awhile ago who is finally finding a home on a card!  All dies are from La-La Land Crafts.

I was Mrs. Frankenstein for Halloween the year my son was little Frankenstein.  He was only 2 years old and the cutest Frankenstein I've ever seen!  It snowed that year (usually early) and, if memory serves, we had at least a foot of white stuff on the ground for Halloween.  Some communities had downed trees and/or lost power.  Trick or Treating was delayed in many communities because of it.  I was not too happy, Halloween being my favorite holiday, but it worked out.  We ended up going trick or treating twice!  I couldn't find any pictures of me in my costume but here's Kayne as The Monster.

Thanks for taking a look!  I'm off to be productive and maybe get my Halloween crafting in so I have something to share with you tomorrow!  Hope your day is frightfully fun!


Saturday, October 19, 2019


Hello!  I've been in a crafting slump this year!  To attempt to revitalize myself I am challenging myself to post a Halloween coloring, card, or creation (baking counts too) for the next thirteen days as we countdown to Halloween!

Day 1: Wicked

I colored Witchy Mae some time ago during one of the Some Odd Girl coloring challenges (which I was too lame to participate in this time) and I'm finally getting her on a card! Dies are a mix of La-La Land Crafts, Spellbinders, SugarPea Designs, and Stampin' Up.

Halloween is my favorite holiday and even though I was tired from a long work week it made me happy to create this card!  

I'm almost ready for Halloween!  Are you?  I've been decorated since late August but I keep adding things!  Costumes were finally sorted today and candy was purchased for those who visit our house on Halloween night!

Do you have your costumes planned in advance? Or are you last minute kind of people?  I drive my son nuts when I start talking about costumes in July, but it has to be done!  Lol

Have a Spook-tacular day!  Check back tomorrow to see how I do with my challenge...


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Swap

Hi!  I haven't been blogging much.  In fact, I have been rather terrible at it lately.  But I did want to share the awesome Halloween Swap I did with the fabulous Godiva's Dream!  (Her cards are exquisite, by the way!) We each agreed on a dollar amount and then purchased some Halloween goodies for the other.  We were to each include a handmade card as well.  I received my box first.  And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!  I literally squealed with delight at the entire contents of my package!  Besides her card, I think my favorite item was the witches brew cauldron mug! Here's a photo of my spook-tacular goodies!

I sent my box off a week late (typical! Lol) but it arrived in less than a week to the UK so now I can share what I made and sent!

We both love artist Annie Rodrigue who creates the Moonlight Whispers line of characters.  It's no surprise we chose to create with her images!  I made a card featuring clear stamp Pumpkin Brains.  She is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  All of the dies used dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  The sentiment is from a retired set called Ghoulish Label by My Favorite Things Stamps.  

I also made a fun little banner using two more of Annie's images.  I colored and fussy cut digital image Witch & Wine and retired Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps red rubber image Magical Mathilda.  The dies are a mix of My Favorite Things Stamps and La-La Land Crafts.  I must confess, after I hung it on my mantle to photograph it I had a moment or two where I was tempted to keep it for myself!  Haha!  I guess that means I need to make another one!

I tried to include crafty goodness that I thought she would enjoy.  I shipped off two 6x6 Halloween paper pads, stickers, glitter, a coffin die, socks, a lanyard, and candy.

I had so much fun doing this swap!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and it was such a treat to share it with someone else who is as obsessed as I am!  Lol 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a frightfully fabulous day!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Back to School

Hi!  It's September 1st and for me that is the symbolic start of the Fall and Halloween seasons!  Confession time: I have actually had Halloween decorations up since last week!  Lol Hey, life is short.  Find joy where you can!  

School started here last week too.  My son entered 5th grade!  Where IS the time going?!?!  Our tradition is to have a big back to school breakfast every year.  He had bacon, pancakes, strawberries, the works!  I also make him a special card to kick off the school year.

This year I selected Laptop Tobie from Some Odd Girl.  Tobie is colored with Copics and cut using the Double Stitched Squares die from La-La Land Crafts.  The papers came with my Lawn Fawn order as freebies and happened to be fun patterns with perfect colors to coordinate with the 5th grade sticker I used. I love serendipitous things like that!

I used Sketch #165 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday for my layout.

I have a goal to clean and organize my craft room this month so I can get back into the swing of things.  I'll keep you posted!


Thursday, August 22, 2019

MFT Stamps Camp Create Day 3: Background Bonanza

Hello!  Well, I'm down to the wire and it's looking like Days 4 and 5 of My Favorite Things Camp Create will be a no go for me with the deadline looming in less than 30 minutes.  But I did want to sneak Day 3 in there!  The theme this time is Background Bonanza!

I used the Staggered Paw Prints stencil to create my background with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  The cute image is from the Lucky Dog stamp set.  She is colored with Copics to look like my brother's new puppy (my new furry niece)! The sentiment is a combination of sentiments from the retired Baby Onsie stamp set and the Sweet Die-namics.  I also used the Stitched Rectangle Frames and Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics as well.

Thanks to MFT Stamps for getting me off my couch and into the craft room!  Even though I wasn't able to participate in all 5 days I had fun with the challenges I did join in!

Thanks for visiting!

MFT Stamps Camp Create Day 2: Magnificent Masking

Hi again!  Whoa, two days in a row!  I'm back with my project for day two of My Favorite Things Stamps Camp Create. The theme is Magnificent Masking.  This is also not a technique I do often so more out of comfort zoning going on!

I masked off a spot in the center of my card stock panel using a circle die cut.  Over it I then stamped one of their background stamps, the retired Star Celebration, in Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder.  Once that was set I replaced the mask and used Distress Oxide Inks to create a night sky.  I removed the mask, stamped my sentiment, and colored and fussy cut my image from a separate piece of card stock.  Both the image and the sentiment are from the Witch Way Is The Candy? Halloween stamp set.  I die cut the Sweet Hello word die and paired it with my sentiment.  The finishing touch was a stitched cloud border at the top, popped up with foam squares, along with my image, to give the card some dimension.

Too cute to spook, right?  I'm enjoying these challenges! There are three left but I'm running out of time!  We'll see what I can get done before 10pm tonight!

Thanks for visiting!