Sending Halloween greetings …

You know, I love all the Halloween decorations I see popping up everywhere lately. I don’t really get into decorating for any holidays except Christmas since the kids are all grown, but I do appreciate what others do to celebrate. We passed a house on our way to Williamston last night that was really decked out with lots of ghouls and ghosts hanging from trees – it made me smile and I could only imagine how scared the little ones will be come Halloween when they walk through that yard to the front door for Trick-or-Treat.

I’ve made this Halloween card for our Cracker Jack Stamp Club that meets tonight. This months’ theme, after all, is Halloween!

I used Bazzill Basics paper and cardstock from its “All Hallows Eve” collection in the 6-inch by 6-inch pad. The patterns in this line are really cute and easy to work with; they coordinate really well.

I started with a free clip art sheet from Red Lead Paperworks and selected the lovely little girl with her Jack-o-Lantern. The edges are distressed and inked with black ink. It’s then matted with the Bazzill Basics cardstock. I layered it all up using more of the black cardstock and two different pattern papers from the collection. Yarn is wrapped and tied around the purple paper strip.

The adorable little Jack-o-Lanterns lining down the side are from Globecraft Memories. The Piccolo Accents – Happy Pumpkins Accents – are coated in Art Glitter Monarch 501 Microfine Opaque glitter. The perfect color for pumpkins! I love the contrast of the glittery sparkle alongside the Vintage-looking clip art.

A very simple card to make and I’m sure it will bring a smile to any recipients face! We all love to get mail – the old-fashioned kind – in an envelope and everything! So get your supplies out and start making some cards to drop in the mail. There’s still plenty of time!

Supply list:

Art Glitter Monarch Microfine Opaque Glitter
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Happy Pumpkins Accents
Bazzill Basics Paper “All Hallows Eve”
Xyron Mega Runner
Free Halloween Clip Art from Read Lead Paperworks
Black Soot Distress Ink

Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog for another AG/Globecraft Memories project from me!

Sweet proposal leads to altered Altoid tin …

In case you’re one of the few who haven’t heard, my daughter, Rachel, became engaged recently while on a cruise with her boyfriend, Kyle, in Alaska. It was a total surprise to her. You can see the proposal here: In honor of their memorable day I made a little keepsake remembrance by altering an Altoid tin!

I have a whole box of empty Altoid and other tins just waiting to become projects and I’ve been wanting to do one for some time but couldn’t find the inspiration. Then along comes a blog hop using Xyron and Globecraft Memories and a very special proposal. What do I visualize? Altered Altoid tin!

This is a great project to use those little scraps of pretty papers you’ve been saving. I flip my paper over and trace the tin. I cut inside the pencil lines and find it usually fits pretty good. Ink the paper, distress the edges then run them through a Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Station. I like to decorate the papers while still on the Xyron backing, especially if you’re using brads or staples.

Gather all your other little embellishments and collage elements and spread them out on your work area. I used Globecraft Memories Piccolo Card Decor Set #1 along with Crafty Secrets Altered Fairies and Vintage Photos. The Piccolo set used here is Card Decor Set #1. Cut the little collage elements and punch out the Piccolo pieces then ink all the edges. I like to do general prep work on all the pieces in the beginning then I can add more to them later.

I like to use clear embossing powder on chipboard. It just brings the pieces come to life. Use Ranger’s Perfect Medium marker or tap them with a Versa Mark or other clear embossing ink pad and dip them in clear embossing powder and heat set.

I die cut a primitive heart from corrugated cardboard then spritzed with water and roughed it up a bit and used clear embossing powder on the edges. I love my corrugated cardboard hearts – they’ve nearly become a staple for me. I love to add the new wings from Globecraft Memories to them. I painted the wings black, clear embossed and added a tiny pinch of Pure Gold Glitter. Lightly heat this again so the glitter embeds into the enamel. When it cools I brush on a light coating of Glossy Glastique to help protect them and make them more durable.

I wanted to add some texture to the Altoid tin so used our Vintage Copper enamel powder on the edges. It really added the texture I was looking for. I think I have about 2-3 coats here. It’s hard to tell. I just keep heating and dipping until I achieve the look I like.

Then it’s time to play! Place, move around, pop up, scrunch and move around some more until you get the pieces in a place that feels right. I added a number 2, which I painted black, then embossed with the Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. It turned out really cool. I cut out a mini song sheet, inked it and distressed the edges slightly and tucked it under the tip of the heart. This is in honor or Kyle who is a singer/songwriter.

I even cut a mini calendar from a checkbook register and circled the proposal date. This was a last minute thought and I must have spent a half hour looking for a mini calendar in the house rather than just print one! Once the placement is done on the cover and inside, and everything is glued in place, I coat a lot of the items in Ranger’s Clear Crackle Paint. What do you think? Click the photos to get a close-up look at the crackle.

I haven’t played with altering a tin in ages and this was really a lot of fun! Give it try. Just pull out some pretty scrap papers, some little bits and pieces, and some collage elements and sit and play!

Note: If you’d like to try your hand at one of these and are unable to purchase the Globecraft Memories products locally I have good news! Those products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking Globecraft Memories/Piccolo icon to the right; it will take you directly to the online store. Please email me with any questions.

Krafting an envelope mini book

I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with the classic color combination of tan and black so when I seen Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflections Collection I knew I wanted to use it. I just had to wait for the right project to come along. And it did!

This week we’re blog hopping with Xyron and Globecraft Memories! I’m on design teams for both these companies so it was fun to incorporate both my favorite products into one project using one of my favorite paper collections. I started with the Bubble Brag Book Kit from Globecraft Memories, some Piccolo Decorative Accents and the papers. The bubble frame for the book cover has three layers and I decided I wanted the same paper on each layer. I picked Bed of Roses for them and set that aside to think about how to fill the bubble itself. For this I selected a quote from the Quote…Unquote Kraft Reflections Collection. I cut it out, distressed and inked the edges then made some paper flowers with Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I hand cut the leaves and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I arranged all the pieces and tested it to make sure it all fit inside the bubble. You gotta love these bubble frames because you can build a dimensional scene that is totally protected.

Once it was arranged to where I liked it and it all fit within the bubble I glued the bubble over the scene and clamped it with my clothespins and binder clips.

Then I set to work to cut, trim, ink and adhere my papers to the three-layer frame which is the book cover.The papers are adhered to the chipboard frames with Xyron Glue Stick then I sanded the outer and inner edges and inked them all with Black Soot Distress Ink.All of the pages are actually made from regular white envelopes that showed up at the local recycle center. They’ve been in a bin in my garage for about two years waiting for the perfect project to come along – yeah! I used a method similar to what Stephanie at shows in this video I can’t even tell you how I found her, but I watched her video the other night  and figured I could use my envelopes and achieve a similar effect for the book’s pages. I glued the papers to the envelopes with the Xyron Glue Stick and used the Xyron’s peel-off waxed paper as a protector.I assembled five pages for the book. The book’s pages are all sliced open on the end so I made five large tags that slide into these and are great for photos, journaling or more quotes! The tags are all hand-cut and put through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station. I’m often asked why I use my Xyron machines so often – here’s my answer. I love using my Xyron machines because the adhesive is clean and neat and holds really well – it’s also so very quick! I have books I’ve made more than eight years ago using my Xyron and the pages have held up really, really well. I’ve calculated my cost and it usually runs $1 a foot to use my larger machines. I’m careful how I run my papers through and have very little waste. I can process a lot of pieces in a foot of adhesive and if I buy my refills on sale it costs even less!Large eyelets are so hard to find nowadays and I like to reinforce my tags before adding a ribbon so I make my own coordinating reinforcers using a 1/2 inch circle punch and a 1/4 inch circle punch. I run the 1/2-inch circles through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and adhere to the tag tops then punch the center opening with the 1/4-inch punch.

I proceeded to decorate the pages using several Globecraft Memories Piccolo Decorative Accents (Small Flourishes, Butterfly Flurry Flourishes, Kitty Loves a Birdie Necklace, and Vintage Hearts Charm Set) and the remaining quotes from the paper collection. It made for a really cute book and the quotes, Piccolos and other hand-made embellies were really easy to work with and the retain the color scheme of tan and black.These are small compressed book board pieces that are just loaded with tons of detail and they’re so tiny so are perfect to use as embellies or charms. I painted all my Piccolos black and then dipped them in clear embossing powder and heat set. Take a look at the book’s cover and pages to see all the Piccolo pieces. Those are little Piccolo flourishes from a set that sit on either side of the globe.

Hope you enjoyed this little project and can put some of these tips to good use! Be sure to stop by the Xyron and Globecraft Memories blogs each day this week for loads of great projects and ideas! All your Globecraft Memories products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking on Globecraft Memories Piccolo box to the right. It will take you directly to the store where you can purchase any items I used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the projects from the rest of the design team members!