Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween giveaway

Congrats to Jude who has won this R.A.K
thanks to all who entered for it. I will post another soon

I made this as a thank you "pay it forward" gesture to all my UK blog viewers. I recently was awarded a prize for a card I made so felt the need to give something back.

You will get a Halloween Pocket Album, a selection of Cricut shapes and tags and I may also add a set of stamps to customise this as you wish. All you need to do is leave a comment here and I will draw it in a couple of weeks but will send it in good time for Halloween.

I think it would not arrive in the States so sorry to leave you guys out this time :-( please forgive that.

Penny Slider & Video

Before I get to the slider I wanted to share these bracelets.

I went to a carboot sale on Sunday and found these clear plastic bracelets which shouted at me "Alcohol Inks" So for a bargain 50p for the 2 home they came and 15 mins after getting my supplies out I have these to give away as little presents. I love Alcohol inks as the result is so fast and easy to do.
After: This one used Cranberry, Currant and Eggplant then add metallic silver, then mixative.
This on uses Pesto and Lettuce, then metallic copper then mixative
Now... I have been trying to get these right for some time and have finally got them sorted out. I think its the way I was assembling them. I now use foam tape to put the mount onto the card and it lifts it high enough to get them to slide. I cut the slider mechanisms and mount with my Cricut, here's the Cut File (it also has another shaped card file I am working on in that selection)

I did a single penny slider first then got carried away and did double and four slide cards but the spider is my favourite, he is just so cute. Wow I also made vids of them as you need to see them working I think :-)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trick or Treat

Party Favours for fun, made with two little 2 1/4" boxes paper boxes covered with ribbon, paint and paper. A concertina joined with ribbon, Kay & Co letters and assorted stickers. Icut the circles on my Cricut and welded some for the backing paper string of circles.

This is the Halloween photo album I made today. It spells GHOST but its a bit hard to see all the letters. Its just a bit of fun for the children to put their Halloween party photo's in. I used Kay & Co papers & embellishments, Core'dinations cardstock, Bind-it all, ribbons and stickers. Cricut cuts for the pages made with Winter Woodland for the letters, Plantin Schoolbook for the pages and Paper Doll Dress Up for the other cuts. Drippy Goo Martha Stewart punch for blood and Cuttlebug halloween folders to emboss the backgrounds, inks, glue etc

Thanks for this win

Thanks to all those who voted for me on the Trimcraft site. I am looking forward to getting my prize
This is the one that won me the prize :-)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Halloween Tablepiece finished

Well it is done, its not quite what I had planned but I like it. It will be o'k if we put the table back against the wall as its more a piece to be viewed from the front as I have made more of a scene now.

I have shown some of the methods used for each section and also I have included the cut file for if you want to use any of the pieces to make one but they are really just on your carts so it may or may not help :-(

The houses are cut with Winter Woodland and assembled accordingly, add your chimney, rooks and other features like ghosts peeking from windows and Goo punch blood round the eves bending down to make it look like its dripping. I also aged the plain card with some distress inks as it was to flat looking before.

I used -
  • PaperDolls, Winter Woodland and grass from Plantin but I think there is some on Paperdolls?
  • An old cardboard box
  • Distress inks, re-inkers, foam, a stencil brush, a piece of scrap cardboard to use the edge as a tool to ink straight lines on the backing to resemble trees
  • Scrapbook paper that looks like handmade paper
  • Stamps, a witch one, bark effect, a stick/crackle effect (company's unknown)
  • some watercolour brushes for the stamped image
  • circle cutter for the moon (Cricut cut is fine)
  • glues and knife and other basics
I cut the box to shape, sloping the sides and then covering with the scrapbook paper and inking tree type lines over it. Covered the rest of the box with inks using foam and a stipple brush to get a rough ground effect

Cut a small piece in the front raised edge to make the gate
Use a white Sakura pen for the wording on the tombstones and other items that need it and then random stamp with tree bark or crackle to give texture
Cut pairs of trees in various sizes then stamp backs and fronts, glue with sticky strip, if they are opposite images that good as it make for a fuller looking tree. Bend the bottoms outwards in opposite directions to form a stand and glue to the scenery. Stamp the bark effect onto the trees and fences with black ink . I also used walnut ink to age the fences

I cut 2 circles and stamped one with the witch and coloured it, then sandwich a cocktail stick between and insert into the scenery. This box is corrugated so it has handy slots just right for this. I inked the edges of the moon with Antique Linen distress ink

Use Pine needles ink to distress the grass
Glue some round the base of the houses and over the fence when you have stuck that on
I also put some on the tombstones, the bottoms have been bent under to make a flap to stand them up
Now all you need to do is assemble it to your taste.

Sorry forgot the wording and the Paperdoll Witch. I used K & Co letter from the Halloween collections of chipboard shapes and letters One is pumpkin and the other is the black bat selection. I made a stand from the co-ordinating matt stack to put the letters on. Its made like a triangle wedge so it stands up and I finished the ends with some of the glittered pumpkins from the set also mounted on mini stands. Add other embellishments like ghosts and skeletons etc. Hope you like it it was great fun to do and very messy :-)