Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I can't believe this is the last October post and final Halloween project!

I bought some Studio 490 modeling film and did my first experiment with it.  I made a jar with the clear film.  The great thing about this stuff is that if you don't like how it looks when you heat and mold it, you can reheat it and change its shape.  This being my first go at it, I worked at making the jar convex yet have the edges flat for gluing.

The jar stamp is from Sarasota Stamps out of Florida.  I picked it up at a craft fair when I was in Florida last February.  It might be hard to tell in the photo, but the Jolee's 3-D candy corn gems are under the clear film, just as if they were "in a jar". 

And there's a glittery spider hanging from the baker's twine.

The purple behind the jar and the flourish paper are Fancy Pants Oct. 31. The label is Echo Park Apothecary Emporium. All papers are from the Flying Unicorn on-line store.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trick or Treat

I made some treats for some special visitors who will come to the door on Halloween.

These first two are door hanger treat boxes.  I purchased the template for the box from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.  The one on the left is for a girl and uses the Oct 31 paper collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  The one on the right is for a boy and uses the Apothecary Emporium paper collection from Echo Park.  Both paper collections can be purchased at the Flying Unicorn on-line store. 

Some children have food allergies.  So we purchase movie tickets to the local theater uptown.  Here's what I did for those:
I purchased the little paper bags at Archivers but don't remember the brand.  I think they're from Maya Road.
The second two images are from Altered Artifacts.

Speaking of treats, here are the Red Lead Black Halloween Tags I got from my swap sisters.
I wish you could really see the wonderful embossing and the shrink charms.  Thanks sisters!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Blog Hop for Free Images

Who doesn't love FREE!   Gecko Galz has a fantastic blog hop going on Oct. 27 to Oct. 31.  Visit all eleven designers.  Each one is offering your a different Gecko Galz ephemera sheet to download for free.  Plus there are amazing big prizes for collecting the words for the secret phrase.  Click on this badge to get to the starting point.  Once at the Gecko Galz website, click on the witch in the orange box of directions to start hopping.

As you know, Gecko Galz sponsors my Oh La La group at Bella Creations where each month we use a free image provided by Gecko Galz and the winner, chosen by random draw, gets a free ephemera set. 

But right now, you can get a dozen ephemera pages for free just by doing the hop!

Gecko Galz Blog Hop 2

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Today wraps up a month of GO POE challenges at Gingersnap Creations.  This week it's GC124 Color Challenge: Black and Grey.  Be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful creations done by the Ginger Gems, check out the entry rules, and then make something to link up by the generous deadline!

To help finish out the month of Poe, I'm re-visiting this layout that I did last year.  I fell in love with the flocked paper.  I experimented with adding a book spine.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

November Enchanting Creations issue is here!

WOWZERS! Over 60 pages of inspiration, techniques, and product reviews!!!!!  Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite soda, sit back, and enjoy looking through this issue of Enchanting Creations by the Flying Unicorn. Just click  your cursor on the magazine to get to the full screen issue.

Be sure to look for the December call for magazine submissions!
Check out the sketch challenge. Winner gets published and gets a product prize!

I worked with the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper collection and made two cards.  Do you remember Shawn's teepee card in a previous issue?  I knew that shape would make the perfect Christmas tree!   You'll find that tree in this issue, along with my card that features a rosette. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


We're continuing our Poe theme.  The Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge today is GC123: Ravens.

I chose to work with this Red Lead Paperworks ATC rubber stamp. I did minimal embellishment because I think this stamp has so much wonderful detail. 

After stamping onto tag paper, I blended Ranger Distress inks:  Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Rusty Hinge.  I edged with Black Soot.  After layering onto a black card stock ATC, I added twine and some plastic transparent gems.  

Be sure to visit the Gingersnap Creations blog to see the inspiring work of the other Gingers, check out the entry rules, and take a look at the wonderful prize being offered by this month's sponsor, Alpha Stamps.  Then create something raven and link it up by November 13.  You just may be the next Ginger Gem!

New Additions to the Flying Unicorn Team

I am happy to share with all of you the three new members to our Flying Unicorn Creative Team Family . Each of  them brings wonderful creative inspiration.



A blog roll list of the entire Flying Unicorn family is up above in the tab section.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Haunted House Tag

This is quite a combo of products from the various groups I associate with.  It's just an example of how things get all mixed together in my craft room.

This tag was published in the October issue of the free on-line magazine, Enchanting Creations published by the Flying Unicorn.  As a Creative Product Artist for the Flying Unicorn, I worked with the Echo Park Apothecary Emporium papers to make my tag.  The reverse side of the beige is orange and can be seen peeking through the windows as light through the cobwebs.  I created my own tag with the white paper from this line.  The word strip also is Apothecary Emporium, all from the Flying Unicorn on-line store.
A gentle reminder that the 13% off sale is good through the end of the month.  The code is on my sidebar.

I used my Martha Stewart punch for the fence and punched it on black glossy cardstock that was packaging.

The lamp post and house are both from Tim Holtz on grungepaper.  I attempted the drunken scotsman technique on the lamp post (melt the embossing powder until it bubbles).  I embossed the bottom part of the house with Tim's brick texture fade. Inks are Ranger Distress.   This grungepaper house is one of the embellishments in the Bella Creations October Embellishment Kit.

The stamps on the tag and botltecap are both from Red Lead Paperworks in St. Louis.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Witchy Woman

This witchy woman is one of the images from the Gecko Galz two page Witching Hour ephemera set.  Gecko Galz is the sponsor of my Oh La La Group challenge at Bella Creations.  This month I've challenged the group to use this image on an ATC.  The free image is available in the Group.

My ATC is a playing card that is included in the Bella Creations October Halloween Embellishment kit.  The kit is for sale at the Bella Creations blog.  Our ATC challenge runs until November 4.  Winner, always by random draw, will win the Witching Hour set as well as a set of choice from Gecko Galz. 

Please also visit my friend Heather's blog.  She's on both the Bella Creations and Gecko Galz design teams.  She's offering something very special over at her blog.

Monday, October 10, 2011


If you have to go in costume, you may as well glam it up--Taylor Swift's sequin black dress, black boots, and curly blonde hair, along with a homemade glittery guitar.  Fun but not too complicated or cumbersome in order to enjoy the party.  So here is dd2 in costume last year for Halloween.

You know I always match my layout to a song.  Well, this "haunted" sticker kept calling to me as I was making this layout, but I didn't think it would fit in my theme.  Then when I was looking for a Taylor Swift song that hopefully would work for Halloween, I came across her song, Haunted.  How bizarre is that?!?!

The layout title seems simple enough, but it's actually Flying Unicorn dt Denise's idea to make a project incorporating the title of a horror movie.  It's this week's challenge during our Scrapoween event. The challenge motivated me to get this photo scrapped. I chose the horror movie title, Halloween.  I know, not too creative but then any other title didn't really fit this pretty photo.

And of course you know I'm going to talk about product since I'm on the Flying Unicorn Product Creative Team.
From the Flying Unicorn on-line store Fancy Pants Designs: Oct31 collection:  paper, heart, star and haunted stickers, scallop strip, glitter cut; Pink Paislee Phantom House of 3 collection: black rhinestone brad, transparent frame; Petaloo black flower
From my stash:  Tim Holtz tissue tape, black dresden thin fleur border, etc.

My October challenge in the Flying Unicorn forum is Seasonal Adaptation.  I adapted some butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) by using black paper and a silver gel pen.

We have a new Flying Unicorn Forum badge!!!  Look at the top right on my sidebar and you will see it.  Click on it and it will take you to the Forum for the challenges.  See you there!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

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About my card:
From the Flying Unicorn on-line store: Echo Park Apothecary Emporium papers, including label and word tag 
which I fussy cut
From Alpha Stamps: Something Witchy cardstock (image), Black Dresden Spider Webs
Martha Stewart fence punch

This card was published in the October issue of Enchanting Creations, a flying unicorn free on-line publication.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lovin' the Bloggin' Life

I have met wonderful women through blogging.  So much inspiration, sharing of our love of art, and genuine concern for each others' well being.

One of those places to find what I'm talking about, is the Shabby Chic Girls' Club.  I'm one of the Shabby Chic Girls featured this time around in the Club Blog.  Thanks so much Cindy. 
And over at Vicki Romaine's The Cheerful Stamp Pad, I won the last challenge and can't wait for the postman to get here with my prize. 

Shabby Halloween Tag

I'm entering this in the Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #82: A Shabby Autumn. We were given an inspiration photo with orange pumpkins to work from. I made this tag with this challenge in mind.
UPDATE:  This tag won Honorable Mention Cup of Tea!

This is a black tag run through the Cuttlebug with Tim Holz' Sissex cobweb Alterations folder, then sanded to expose the white for the cobweb.  The orange bottlecap insert is a circle stamp covered with DG3 Art Gel.

The two orange pumpkins and the black spider are from the Bella Creations October Embellishment Kit.

Stamp, pumpkin girl image, cloth ribbon and black tag all are from the Red Lead on-line store.  This tag is being swapped in the Red Lead Black Tag Halloween swap.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's Halloween at Bella Creations

The new Bella Creations October Embellishment Kit has been revealed.   Here's a look at some of the Design Team creations from the kit:
The tag in the bottom left corner is mine- I talked about it in my previous post.  It features this months' Bella Unique challenge which is to make a crepe paper ruffle and incorporate it into your project.  When you go to the challenge in the forum section, you will find a link to a video tutorial to learn how to create the ruffle.  The Bella Unique challenge this month is sponsored by the Flying Unicorn.  This month's prize from the Flying Unicorn on-line store is Graphic 45 Magic of Oz including Tags 1 and Tags 2.  

I used one of those tags--Wicked-- on this project which features a digital image from our Tres Chic challenge sponsor, Sassy Studio Designs.  The image is Sassy Devil but I changed her into a Wicked Bella Witch by having her sport the Bella exclusive die cut hat created by our dt Heather Hudson and found only in the October Embellishment kit.  I used my Copics and other markers and then covered her dress with black Stickles.  I covered the devil tail wrapped around the pumpkin with a leaf vine. 

I used  Apothecary Emporium paper (similar paper in this month's Bella add-on card kit) as well as some G-45 products. 

The third main challenge is the Bella Muse.  This month the prize is sponsored by SamIAm Eye Candy.

Be sure to visit Bella Creations ning site.  You'll find Lacee's kit reveal video on the Main Page.  The three challenges are in the Forum.

Here's another project I made with the kit.  Your embellies come in a canvas bag.  My treat bag is not the one you'll be getting with your kit, but it's very similar as you will see in the video. Therefore this is for inspiration only. I used distress inks to color the bag.  To the cobweb, I added Heather's diecut pumpkin, another exclusive Bella Creations item in the kit.  Other kit items are the alphabet circles, skeleton, ribbon, and skeleton key.  In with the candy (sorry--chocolate lovers--candy not included in the kit) are other kit items--sparkly orange tulle and feathers.

This month's guest artist working with the kit is Wendy Aspinall.  She also has provided an amazing tutorial on how to make a domino book.  You'll find her great art and tutorial on our Bella Creations blog.  Please visit and leave her some love!  The Bella Creations blog also is where you'll find for sale this embellie kit.

I have a couple tags also made with items in this fantastic kit which I'll be posting later.  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Halloween Horror

We have a dark month planned for you at Gingersnap Creations during October! For inspiration we are turning to Edgar Alan Poe, the 19th century American writer best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre.

Here is my Ginger art for this week's challenge: GC121 Chestnut Challenge:  Horror Stories

Create your own horror story-- something spooky, eerie or just plain terrifying. Have fun with it! Post a link to your art at Gingersnap Creations by October 30.  Alpha Stamps is this month's sponsor and is giving away a fantastic prize for this challenge.  For all the details and inspiration from more of the Gingersnap Design Team, go HERE.

I used a black tag and a Poe ATC rubber stamp from Red Lead.  I sanded the tag and added Ranger Tumbled Glass distress ink. This is one of my three tags for the Red Lead Black Tag Halloween swap.

For the fun part of decorating the tag, I reached into my Bella Creations October Embellishment kit which is also being revealed today.  Lacee created a video to showcase the kit.  You will find the video and details on how to buy the kit at our Bella Creations site HERE.

My Bella Creations design team assignment was to create something for the Bella Unique challenge.  This challenge always gives us a technique to try.  This time we created a crepe paper ruffle.  I had white crepe paper on hand so I colored it with Spiced Marmalade distress ink and edged it with Black Diamond Stickles.  I added a row of puffy satin bat trim to cover the thread.  

From the Bella Creations October Embellishment kit, I used the horror card, yellow and black flowers, orange library card, and black ribbon.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!  This is all that is left of her!

How this tag came to be:

The Purple People Eater Challenge in the Flying Unicorn Forum.  This October challenge is hosted by Denise and offers a great prize to the winner.  I had to join in the fun, although mine is just for inspiration since I'm on the Creative Team.   The witch's stockings are fussy cut from the Graphic 45 Magic of Oz papers available in the Flying Unicorn on-line store.

The Black Tag Halloween Swap at Red Lead's Swap Sisters Yahoo Group.  I took advantage of one of their tutorials and sanded the tag, then inked it up with purple and green Ranger Distress Inks.  The witch hat is an exclusive Red Lead rubber stamp.  

My tag is on its way to St. Louis to be swapped out. 

Reminder, Scrapoween is going strong at the Flying Unicorn, with lots of daily games, challenges, and prizes!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


The Flying Unicorn is having a SCRAP*O*WEEN.  My oh my!  Prizes Galore!  Daily games!  Weekly challenges!  Month long challenge!  PRIZES  Did I mention there are prizes?  Join the Flying Unicorn Forum and have some fun!---all month long!

As you know by now I'm on the Product Creative Team at the Flying Unicorn.  I'm hosting one of the Scrap*o*ween weekly challenges.  My challenge is this week and runs ONLY UNTIL OCTOBER 8th  So don't be tardy to the party!

My example: originally I was going to make this beautiful vintage canvas with some gauze and lace all painted and glued in with a stunning image of a mother and daughter. But this is what I ended up with in my art journey:
Here is the challenge:
Any art form--layout, card, hangy thingy, etc.
Theme: mothers or mummies. You can make something for Halloween or NOT.
Twist: must include somewhere on project, visible to the naked eye, GAUZE.

(For my gauze twist, I chose to make a flower.)

Products I used from the Flying Unicorn on-line store:
Pink Paislee Phantom House of 3: papers---Mystic (green), Haunted (31 playing card cut out), brad (gauze flower center)
FrancyPants Designs: paper: Oct. 31-Cards (good little witch words and hat which I cut up); Glitter Cuts (the frame for my mom)
Graphic 45 Magic of Oz paper (Good Witch card)
If you like these products and want some, they're on sale this month:

Other Products:
Crafty Secrets mom and little girl images
Petaloo flowers
K&Co Glitter Sticker Alphabet

I did mention prizes didn't I?  Here's the one for my challenge.  Then entire Websters Pages Christmas paper pack:

Please join me at the Flying Unicorn for Scrap*o*ween.  Enter if you dare......
Scrap o ween

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The October Fun Begins at Flying Unicorn

A new month long challenge from me located in the Forum:

My challenge is season adaptation.  Take something you use all the time and adapt it for your crafting in October/November/December.  I adapted my Martha Stewart punch butterflies to look fallish; used some crystal sprays from my summer layout to be amber waves of grain; and used a romantic black tie affair flower to be spooky.  

The following items are from the Flying Unicorn on-line store:
The label is fancy cut from FancyPants Oct 31 collection: cards
The back flower is Petaloo Flora Doodles, Crinkled Rose Layers Black
I punched the butterflies from the text page that comes as part of the flower packaging from Flying Unicorn.

A new kit:
the flying unicorn store

A month long sale:
the flying unicorn store

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