Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween and ANYTHING skulls. October is my time of year, tho I enjoy skulls  year round. They are one of my guilty pleasures. So in this post I'm just going to share some Halloween crafts I made this month. If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to post and I'll get back to you. =)

I hosted a Halloween themed ATC swap in a swapping  group I own on Facebook. I used the Tim Holtz Bell Jar die, his Halloween stamps and embossing folder, acrylic (Cricut cartridge clamshell package) and heat embossing powder. I love how it turned out.

This was a design team project. I used the supplied paper from Teresa Collins "Haunted Hallows" collection.
I got the acrylic pendant setting from a craft sale and it just happened that oval Epiphany Crafts punch fit the opening. Added a few rhinestones and a bow, put it on a black chain and called it down. I get compliments on it every time I wear it.

This month I hosted another ATC swap, this time it was your favorite movie or tv show. We had a good turn out of some really cute cards and nobody flaked this time! lol 

One of my fave movies ever is MASK starring Cher. It's the story of a  teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and his biker gang mother who attempts to help him live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. It makes me laugh and cry every time I see it. If you haven't seen it, check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Happy Halloween, I hope I've inspired you today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Downtown Tape

Happy October Krafty friends!! 

Halloween  happens to be one of my favorite holidays. So when I was asked to design something Halloween themed for A Homespun Affair October sponsor Downtown Tape, I jumped at the chance. I'd never used washi tape before so I did a little research and WOW there are soooo many things you can do with the stuff! I'm not gonna lie, it wasn't easy at first trying to figure out what to create for Halloween using dot and flower patterned tape. After hours of Googling, Pinteresting & smoke coming out of my ears, I came up with this altered frame using the popular and trendy 'washi tape' & I love the end result! 

 This frame happens to be a $1 unfinished frame from Michaels, but you can use any frame you like. You could also put a photo in the middle instead of embelleshing the center.

Supplies & tools used:
Downtown Tape -
(O What a Beautiful Morning in OK City & Going Green in Portland)
Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge
Michaels $1 unfinished 5"x5" frame
White Arcylic Paint
Recollections Cardstock
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Queen & Co. Pearls - Lavender
Stickles-Orange Peel
Pop Dots
Googly Eyes

How I did it:
I started by painting the frame white. When dry I adhered the washi tape diagonally with spaces between each strip, overlapping the tape to the back of the frame for a more finished look. Next I cut the owl at 3", the bat at 2" and "BOO" at 1.5". I embossed a 3"x3" piece of cardstock using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and adhered it to the backing that goes in the center of the frame. For the owls body I put a couple strips of washi tape on the cardstock before cutting it on the Cricut then assembled the cuts, adding googly eyes for a fun effect. For dimension I adhered all three cuts using pop dots. I placed the pearls on two sides of the frame opening and called it done.

  Thank you, Downtown Tape for the chance to work with your wonderful product. It was my first time working with washi tape. I found it fun, versatile and easy to work with. Definitely something I'll be adding to my ever growing collection of supplies.

Be sure to check out Downtown Tape, they have low prices as well as a great selection of  Washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you today!