tag a bag gift bags, Washi Tape, misc paper journal pieces, MS Halloween stamps. I used the bag for a Reeses Peanut Butter cup and a Halloween Card. 

Candy Corn cardboard box, colored candy apples, accent ribbon make the perfect gift container. This one has a medium Halloween pillar candle in it. 

I recycled a chocolate container (Target) using various Halloween papers and adding a ghost image on top. I glued plastic spiders all around the container and added a cute Halloween votive holder and pumpkin candle in it. 



This is way outside of my box. My husband tells me that most of my cards and projects are feminine. I saw these couple stamps and thought this was more masculine and a little creepy. I inked the background using Distress inks and water. I stamped both images with black. I used a white uniball gel pen to add accents to the house and moon. I used a Distress marker to add detail to the grass.  I cut out the fence and the grim reaper and mounted them using pop dots.  I stamped the small witch over the moon using permanent black ink. Done! A quick, non traditional color Halloween card with a creepy masculine flair. 


DREAMS OF ART- Studio 490

I used distress inks ( olive, mustard, and barn door) for the background. I stamped the cup rings with SPILLS AND SPLATTERS (CMS028) from SA. The flowers are done with DREAMS OF ART- STUDIO 490 ( LCS006) from SA. I used Accent #2 from Sizzix for the swirls. Love the brightness of the flowers on the craft dyed background. I hope the recipients like them as much as I do. 


HAPPY H-OWL-OWEEN- Stampendous

Got this stamp yesterday clearanced  at Michael's from $15 down to $6 (score!). I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOVVVEEE owls. I also love Halloween and thought this was a perfect mix of both. 

I stamped onto craft cs using black ink. I used my PAN PASTELS to color the moon and owl. 
 I stamped  the image again on craft, cut out, attached with pop dots over top the first image. I colored the eyes, and hat using Prisma Color pencils. I inked edges of card and mats using distress ink. I used a Uni ball white gel pen to add highlighted accents. I added some black pearls on the bats bodies and witch hat. 

I used a 1 1/4" circle punch, cs scrap strips, and MS owl and branch punch to add further detail inside the cards. 



I am in love with Tim Holtz line of products. They are so fun to use and play with. My husband went with me to a local Stamp Convention  at the beginning of the month and bought me a few stamps sets and accessories from his new line (keep checking back to see what I do for the Holidays). I got my inspiration from the SA CHA- Summer 2013 catalog and also the display board at the convention. LOVED IT (so did the hubby).  I think the man image has  got a steam punk vibe and love the idea of using it for Halloween. If you look very close you can see a potion jar hanging from the orange twine. I LOVE this detail. I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Corked Vials and added a memo pin in the top cork for hanging it onto the twine. I out alcohol ink inside the bottle to tint it the green color. After tinting the background and stamping the image,  I  colored the sleeves, hair, and facial hair using white PrismaColor  Pencil. I added a metal skull and cross bone and red and white vial labels from his idea-ology line. After taking these photos I added distress blank stickles to the spider and orange to the test tube in his hand. 

 I found the German Die Cut spider web at a local Wholesale private sale this past weekend. I thought they were so awesome! I purchased other Holiday foil die cuts at the same sale and will be using them in the near future for holiday projects.  I got the twine out of the trash at one of the schools I work in.  The art dept cleaned out old items and got rid of numerous unused/ old items. The labels on all the twine that I took were dated  1979. All of them were  in perfect condition (not dry rotted). I use it all the time.  Love finds like that...


October 2013 Workshop

Here are the projects made at my latest in home workshop. One pop- up (wiper) card, treat gift bags, envelope, and potion bottle. The guests were very pleased with their products. I loved them too. Halloween is my favorite theme to stamp and create. 

#131370 Tag A Bag Gift Bags $3.95, #132156 Witches Brew Washi Tape $4.95, #130580 Halloween Bash stamp set, #132792 Pumpkin Pie Goody Gear Set $4.95 all used for making both gift bags. I love the small cellophane bags kits- so affordable and adorable!

I came across the directions for this card here: 
The sentiment ( spooky) pops up when you pull both sides of the card. It was a hit! So cute! Again, I used #130580 Halloween Bash stamp set and #125598 Labels Collection $26.95 to cut out shaped mat. MS spider punch and random brads add the final touches. 
I came across these old Log Cabin Syrup bottles ( the kind we had when I was a kid) at a local estate sale. I knew right away that I wanted to use them for Halloween potion bottles. I dry brushed MM acrylic craft paint ( purple, orange, silver) onto the glass bottles. Allowed to dry overnight. I used #129381 Ovals Collection $26.95 to cut out the oval mats. I used up some older SU paper. I found these glamorous spiders at Hobby Lobby last  fall. The tag was made using Sizzix (Tim Holtz) skull die cut and poison stamp. I used SU # 119854 1 3/4 " scallop punch $16.95

Finished the tag with SU washi tape and black pearl accent. LOVE!