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Thursday, 27 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you believe that there are only 4 weeks til Christmas?!  I feel like I only just celebrated Halloween, and surprisingly I haven't even got my tree up yet! I decided to combine the 100th Challenge DT entry over at Southern Girls Challenge with my first Christmas Card.  I used an image by Lacy Sunshine called Coco's Holiday Ornament. 

I created this card entirely out of Christmas scraps, which is how I realised that I have very little in the way of Christmas cardstock!!  Sounds like a shopping trip is in order!

Now I created this card using a sketch from Retro Sketches.  I layered lots of patterns and traditional Christmas colours and then finally added my image.  I used my Copics to colour this digi image, then added some silver and clear stickles, perfect pearls, white flocking and gloss.
Don't her earmuffs and boots look snuggly and warm with the flocking added?!  I hope you come and join us for our 100th challenge celebrations!

I have entered this card in the following challenge:
Lacy Sunshine Challenge - North Pole
Come and get it Challenge - Winter
Weekly Christmas Card Challenge - Inspiration Photo
Jellypark Challenge Blog - Festive
My Perfect Life - Christmas
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Use a digi
Stamping Sensations - Christmas
Storyteller - Christmas
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Baby it's cold outside

Thursday, 13 November 2014

November 2014 Smudged & Smeared Blog Hop

After suffering a bone-crushing low from finishing the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween - I jumped at the chance to join the November bloghop!  Yay for more creepies, crawlies and bones!!! 31DOH was absolutely awesome, and I'm absolutely doing it again next year, but in the meantime, you can hop along with all the other blogs and enjoy some amazing creations with the theme "Transparency".

I have several transparent items in my project - first is the jar full of bones.  They are real bones too!  I saved some chicken bones and cleaned them, then laid them on a tray and popped them in the oven to speed up the drying process.  Well I promptly forgot about them and went and did some crafting.  By now the smell was horrific!  The whole house smelled of cremated chicken.  I whipped them out and jammed them in this jar to contain the smell. Then I did a bit of "fake 'n' bake" to get rid of the smell in the oven and house.  I lit all my scentsy warmers and opened up the house.  I might add all this was going on at about 11pm at night!

Fast forward to today and the ghost of chickens past have finally moved on.  My bones are charred and spooky looking in my jar so I can now decorate it.

 I added a label that I printed from Ten Two Studios, then wrapped a sheer lacy wrap around the jar. Then I added a spider to the label - it's a little sparkly!

On top of the jar I added a skeleton.  I had to heat up it's joints so they bent the way I wanted.  I also added a couple of extra heads.
I experimented with some patterned acetate that I had.  Using my heat gun I gently warmed it and watched it warp and bend. I was most excited to see that the shiny pattern became embossed and a sparkly matt black!!  It looked awesome!  I cut the plastic into two tags and added a printed skeleton tag as well.  I got this digi image from Pinkflamingo06 on Artfire.  It's a rubber stamp, that I stamped, scanned and then printed in the size I needed.  I printed it on some aged paper and inked the edges.

Thanks so much for visiting and seeing my bones - your next stop is Keren and the whole blog roll is below 
Black Dragon
Evil Edna
Sarah N
Sarah S

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Snail mail

Don't you just love snail mail?  I love happy mail that is bursting out of my mailbox, or surprise packages that are left at my door.  Hubby on the other hand will probably tell a different story!

Today I have for you a cute little image from Emerald Faeries as my DT contribution to Southern Girls Card Challenge.  I absolutely adore their faeries, and for our challenge it had to be "For The Boys", so this little chap has come to live with me :)

I coloured him and his noble steed in Copics, then used some clear Stickles on the little fairy's wings and some under the snail (for slime).  I couldn't resist putting some googly eyes on the snail either!

For this card I used a Mojo Monday sketch and I've also added some bling, doodling and ribbon.
Here's a little close up so you can see the pretty sparkly wings and the shading.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Add a sentiment
Addicted to Stamps - Princesses or Fairies
Fairytale Stampers - Something New (The stamp & Ribbon)
Corrosive Challenges - Magical

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Halloween aftermath

Wow it's the day after Halloween and it feels funny not being in my scrap-room creating something with skulls and bones on it! lol  We had a fabulous time at my organised street walk.  Quite a few people turned up, we handed out candy and looked at the pumpkins that I spent 3 hours carving.  I also finished off the skeletons that my daughter ordered.  They turned out so good that I shared them with everyone!
After carving (while watching Casper & Despicable Me) I made some Pumpkin Poop for Sophia to share with her class.  She was so excited when she saw the basket and the kids really enjoyed the little treat while they waited for their parents to arrive to pick them up.
Once we got home from school I set about finishing off the outside of the house, fixing up stuff that had blown around and putting the pumpkins outside.  Sophia chose Elsa to go on the mailbox, Zeus to sit next to the door and the Storm Trooper to watch over the driveway.  Everyone loved them, and they looked great once the sun went down.  Despite the sore arm and fingers, it was worth it to see everyone's reactions to them.
By 5.45pm everyone started to arrive on the driveway.  Amber started to hand out candy and Sophia's little friends from school and the neighbourhood started to arrive.  This is the only photo I was able to get.  I had to be quick cause they were raring to go!  I was dressed up as a witch and we set off around the neighbourhood to look for balloons (this was part of my Halloween invitation - this way we knew who wanted to participate).  We had so much fun and all the parents said they'd be doing it again next year!

We returned home and the kids played for a bit while us parents chatted.  It was such a huge day!  I swear I'm not even this busy at Christmas!  Now all the spiders, webs, creepy crawlies and bones have been packed away until next year.

Day 31 - It's Halloween!!

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

I made it!!!  I created a Halloween themed creation every day of October!  Phew, what an awesome month.  I've have never used my glue gun and ATG gun so much in my life!

So now we are at the end of the hop and what do I have for you today?  It looks pretty unassuming at the moment cause I haven't decorated the cover.  I wanted to keep it blank until I had completely finished the inside.  It's now 1am and I'm about ready for bed, so decorating will have to take place tomorrow.  So what is this book?  It's my October Daily Lapbook.  It's like a December Daily but Halloween themed!
I'll share with you a few pages so you get an idea of what's inside.  I used the tutoral for a lapbook from Kathy Orta on YouTube.  There's 3 different sections with flip open pages, tags, pockets and flip-flaps.  I've used some of the creations I made and slotted them in or stuck them down.  I don't want it to be too bumpy or the book won't close.
I've journaled about each and every creation, where I got some pieces and how I made them.  I've also included anything that happened during the day that is linked to the pictures.
This is the lapbook with both big pages open.  There's two pockets behind the photo, and the two open pages are pockets themselves.  I downloaded the free tags and printed them on orange cardstock.  I just had to cut them out and then staple them to each picture.  I added the number of the day since the pictures aren't in chronological order.
Lots more pockets and a place to add my tags.  I still have to add lots more pictures and any flat cards that I made to the pockets.

Thank you all so much for visiting my blog this past 31 days.  I have read and appreciate each and every one of your thoughtful comments.  I really looked forward to logging in to my blog and seeing all my visitors.  Thank you to Smeared and Smudged for holding such an awesome bloghop.

Now I'm off to rest my weary head - after carving 3 large pumpkins, icing 24 skeleton sugar cookies, making 20 pumpkin poop bags for my daughters prep class and then going on the Trick-or-Treat street walk that I organised - I'm officially a zombie!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Day 30 - Dressed to impress

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

Well it's the day before the big day, less than 2 hours to go and we can get our Trick-or-Treat on!  Skully is all dressed up in her best dress - it has spider webs and black cats.  Then there's her hair.  She pinned the remaining tufts of dried, brittle hair back and fixed a pretty garland of purple flowers to her skull.  This year she's going to be carrying a Dia de Muertos mask and an orange pumpkin pale to collect candy in.  While she was wandering through the local graveyard she saw some pretty marigolds and collected some.  Skully is so excited about tomorrow she even popped her eyeballs in a glass of Evian to freshen them up!

Skully was a little upset that her boyfriend James Bones was out on assignment and couldn't go with her Trick-or-Treating but I assured her there would be plenty of other Boils and Ghouls to walk with tomorrow night.

She let me take a few close-ups of her outfit to share with you all.  Don't her eyes sparkle!  And the purple garland really brings out the pasty shine of her bones.  Skully's mask was coloured with Copics and accented with a tiny purple organza bow and skull (possibly Skully's pet guinea pig, she won't tell me).  Skully wears a dress of black tulle on white satin, wrapped at the waste by and intricate cobweb belt.

I really like how happy Skully looks in this photo, it's the one time of year when she really enjoys going out and mingling with others like her.  She has been known to lose a leg on occassion to the neighbourhood dog, so hopefully they're all safely locked up in their backyards this time.  It's no fun hopping about and trying to carry candy at the same time.  When she was a child, the school bully used to use her head as a bowling ball, so she's learned self defense, but it only goes so far when a dog is chasing you or is gnawing on your shin bone!
And lastly here are the cats along the bottom of Skully's dress - she's hoping they'll keep the dogs away too.  Everyone seems to avoid black cats, but Skully loves them - such friendly, sleek creatures that just blend into the night.

Well we have a few more last minute preparations before the pumpkin coach arrives (in 1hr & 3 mins) to start the Halloween festivities!!  Thanks for visiting us today :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Day 29 - Fairies in a jar

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

Oh my goodness I can't believe this amazing hop is almost over.  I have never seen so much awesomeness in one place.  I am so inspired and have so many wonderful new blogs to visit.

Today I have some fairies for you - but they're not just any ordinary fairies - these are Halloween fairies, caught in the garden today!  I was over at the edge of the lawn with my trusty field book, fairy pictures and my jar and I caught one!!  She was so beautiful with fiery red wings and a pretty orange flower.  She promptly threw a tantrum and plonked down on the grass and hid her face from me.  Then out of no where another fairy flew over and landed on the jar.  She appeared to be helping her friend to escape!  She had beautiful big black wings that fluttered in the afternoon wind and she too had an orange flower.  She landed delicately on the edge of the jar and although I couldn't hear her, she seemed to be telling her friend something.  The little red fairy put her arm up and the black fairy pulled her up out of the bottle.  The both looked at me, smiled mischievously and then flew away.

I managed to get some photos of the pair before they flew off
Looking down on the fairies you can see the red wings of the fairy in the jar.  She was quite upset about her unexpected confinement!
I really wasn't going to keep her in the jar long.  Her tiny hands covered her little face, and she tucked her knees up to her chest.
The afternoon sun shone on the little black winged fairy.  Her fingers were tiny as they gripped the jar, and she stood on the edge to help her friend.
When I embarked on my journey to find Fairies, I took my collection of fairy pictures - I had no idea what I would end up finding though!  I also had some lucky pennies, a jar of pixie dust and my many hours of note taking from research and previous attempts at fairy finding.

Have a look in your garden this Halloween, perhaps you'll be lucky enough to find some fairies!!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Day 28 - Another neighbour has been booed!

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

Today I have another Boo box for my neighbour.  I created a different style from the last one, using just Bazzill and decorative cardstock.

Over here in Australia it is pretty much summer now - we totally missed Spring, and it's hitting 40 degrees during the day (104 F) so this Boo box will be getting handed direct to my neighbour so that the chocolates don't melt!  Just having them sit on my bench while I made this box had them go soft!

I used an image from Art by Miran on Etsy.  I coloured her with copics and added some gloss to her eyes.  Other accessories are bling, green twine, a brown tag and a glow in the dark spider.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Day 27 - Toot Toot Ghost Train on Platform 1

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

Today we discovered Gingerbread Houses & Ghost Trains at Coles.  I always make one for Christmas so I was utterly delighted to discover Halloween versions!!  They come in a kit, so all you have to do is use the icing provided, and stick it all together on the tray (and hope it doesn't fall in a heap).  Luck was on my side, and everything stayed where it was supposed to!  My daughter Sophia (5) came home from school, so it was her turn to add all the decorations.  She loves to roleplay with My Little Ponies and Littlest Petshop toys, so I made her a paper doll (from Meljen's Designs) who we've called Mavis (cause that's who she looks like from Hotel Transylvania), and some cheeky ants eating corn (from Doodle Pantry) atop the marshmallow pumpkins.
Here's Mavis next to her giant cauldron of jellybeans.  She's got her broom just in case the beans decide to do a runner or the rat knicks any.
There's those cheeky ants, trying to steal the corn before it can be dipped in brightly coloured paints and fixed to the outside of the Ms Witch's Gingerbread Cottage (she's tried to keep it quiet, but we all know she's got dry rot in her walls!).  Mavis tells me those skeleton bones are great for Eye of Newt soup.
The Ghost Train (known as Gerald to his friends) is always grumpy.  He gets cranky when people steal his decorations or the village children just lick them right in front of him.  The witches are always poking him with their brooms and he swears there's bats playing in his roof!  What's there to be happy about.  One day he was a handsome prince and the next *toot* he's a train with a bad attitude.

Hope you enjoyed your train ride today!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Day 26 - Is it chilly in here?

Hi and welcome to everyone from the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!  If you want to see more of the awesomeness that this blog hop has to offer, the you can find the blog roll on the left in my sidebar.

This is by far the weirdest thing I've ever made!  And yes, I've made heads in jars, severed finger drinks, and I'm working on bags of pumpkin poop - but this is just plain weird.

I used a matchbox, not a small one though, this box is for BBQ matches.  Then I inked it up and covered it in some Bazzill cardstock.  I made a black rosette and then added a scrap of green/grey ribbon.  On top I glued a skeleton's head.  Since he looked a little clowny I added a hat.  He also has bronze coloured gems in his eye sockets.  I placed some cotton wool in the box drawer and put the skeleton's body inside.  His harms and legs were glued to the outside.  I added the Trick or Treat song to the outside and inside of the box.  I thought that it would be funny since he has no stomach to eat!  Then I added some tiny images of a jar or eyeballs and a cupcake that I got from Meljen's Designs.  They are coloured with Copics and glossed.
I inked the edges of each of the word strips.  Oh and I added a bead to the drawer for a handle.  The main box also has a bead on each corner so it sits up off the floor.
Here's one creepy cupcake, there's a whole set of them at MelJen's Designs - you can't stop at one!
And just for kicks (bahahaha I'm hilarious!) I added the tiniest toe tag ever, to Mr Skelly's toe..

Thanks for visiting me today :)