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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Banner Fun!

I have seen all these cute banners on Pinterest and Etsy, which inspired me to give banner making a  try. I started out with a small banner to get my feet wet, and I am liking how it turned out.

I started with a plain cardboard banner set that I had purchased quite some time ago. I then went to my stash to find a cute Halloween paper line. I decided to use Teresa Collins, Masquerade Party 6x6 paper pad. I then dug deep into my stash and found a package of glitter embellishments from Anna Griffin. This was coming together much easier than I thought it would. The only other supplies used was a border punch, ribbon, cardstock and adhesive.

Here is a close up of each piece of the banner. I started by cutting each piece of paper the correct width and played with different patterns to see which ones I liked next to each other. I tried to do some repetition in the patterns to make the whole banner tie together.

Here is how the finished project looks. I can't wait to get started on my next banner project.
 I am thinking something for the upcoming Christmas holidays. I just need to find the perfect paper and embellishment line that will work with the rest of our holiday décor. I am sure that won't be a problem since I have seen many cute Christmas lines hit the stores already!
One last picture to show you how it looks with other Halloween décor in our home.

I would love to hear about what types of Halloween décor items you have created this year or what Pinterest has inspired you to try this Halloween season. Please share in the comments below, since I am always looking for ideas for next year!
Happy Creating!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

You Are in For a Treat!

I just wrapped up some fun and not too scary Halloween cards and treat bags. I went to one of my go to companies for Halloween- Doodle Bug! I just love how you can use all of their collections from years prior together and make your scrappy dollars go further!  Plus its loads of fun to mix and match their papers, stickers, and dimensional stickers to see how many possibilities you can come up with.

I hope these inspire you to make some cute Halloween cards for the goblins in your life!  Here are the cards all together. I will show you close ups of each as well!

I mostly use the 6x6 paper pads for my cards. This way the design of the pattern papers are in proportion with the size of the card. You also have the entire collection to play with  which gives you endless possibilities.

This one I used a border sticker on it, to give it a little bit of glam.

I always find tower cards the hardest to design, so I try to make myself design one each time I make some cards.

This year in addition to my cards I also made some treat bags. This would be so much fun to make with the kids if you had a party or to have ready for any Halloween get togethers you have coming up. They don't take long to make. Again I used the 6x6 paper pads, some of their stickers and some border punches. The bags I had purchased, the kraft ones are from Michaels and the polka dot ones are from Pebbles, 31 line.
Just cut your topper the width of the bag and make sure you have a bit to fold over so you can staple it to the top of the bag.
Here are the two with the polka dot treat bags and with Doodle Bug's current Halloween line.
Here is Frankie's close up.

Here is the Witch's close up.

These are the treat bags that I had purchased from Michaels. They were located in the gift wrap area of the store. On these I used Doodlebugs Halloween collection from last year.

Here is a close up of the ghost. On these I also decorate the fronts as well since they were only kraft in color and I thought they needed a bit more!

The other close up.

I hope these inspire you to make some fun Halloween cards or treat bags. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Happy Scary creating!
Next up I will have a home décor Halloween banner that I whipped up with Teresa Collins Paper Halloween line along with some embellishments from Anna Griffin.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I am Back... Refreshed and Ready to go!

I know, its been awhile since I had last posted. It wasn't my intention to take a hiatus from the blogging world, but life got in the way.

For me years are in school years since I work for a school district. At the start of last summer everything was going fast and furious and everything was going well, almost too well. Husband was back to working fulltime and not doing temp work, and I had just received a promotion. Things couldn't be better in the career arena.

Shortly after we found out we were expecting. This was the cherry on top of everything else going well. This had been a long roller coaster of a journey for us since it was 3 years in the making and we had pretty much given up any hope of it becoming real for us. We were ecstatic when we found out. We were at 12 weeks; and had just shared the news with most family and friends. I had my first appointment with a doctor at that time and everything came crashing at that point. We found out during the ultrasound that the baby had died. Its been a much tougher journey then I had anticipated to bounce back. Hence why I took some time to slow down a bit.

I can't believe its been a year since all of that has happened life moves way too quickly. With that being said Fall is peaking its head in good old Wisconsin and for me this season is the highlight of the entire year. I am going to try and start sharing some of the projects I have been working on. I recently took the plunge and started project life style scrapbooking, I have a Halloween banner that I just finished,and cards will of course be on the way as well. I look forward to sharing all of these goodies with you again.

Here is my favorite card from last year to get you all in the Fall Halloween mood! Supplies are Doodlebug, their Halloween collection from last year. Its no surprise that I have once again bought some of their goodies this year as well and I can't wait to go play and create with!

Happy Creating!