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Halloween Decor

Trick or Treat time is quickly approaching and is only about a month and a half away so I thought I would whip up some Halloween Decor on this rainy Saturday afternoon.  This could be a great project for kids if you are looking for something to keep them busy.

I started with some inexpensive 5×7 canvas panels I had picked up at Dollarama and painted both sides black.

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I then went snooping on the Graphics Fairy website for some vintage Halloween images and found plenty I liked.  I printed some out onto plain white paper then adhered them over top of some old encyclopedia pages with Mod Podge.

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I didn’t like any of the witch images so just printed a photo of a very stern looking lady and a witches hat then put them together.  Don’t be afraid to combine images, they tend to turn out better.  I highlighted the ribbon on her hat with some glitter glue.  Even witches need a touch of glam.  I added a bit of glitter to the other two pieces as well.

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I then punched a couple holes through the top and strung some rusty wire through, curling the ends so they wouldn’t slip out and voila!!

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Cheap and cheerful Halloween Decor!!

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You could make this much more fancy if you like and add more layers, maybe some ribbon or lace.  I might actually go ahead and do that now that I think about it.  I think tying a bit of trim to the wire would finish it off nicely!!

Crafty Chicks Valentine “Bee Mine”

Crafty ChicksWelcome to the Crafty Chicks Valentine Blog Hop!  I have just become part of the Crafty Chicks group and I am pretty exciting.   They are a group of creative gals who met on the web and decided to come together and share our passion for paper crafting with you.  Each month there is a different theme and this month it is Valentines.  If you are coming from Scrappin’ Madge’s blog, welcome!

I thought I would make some wee Valentine’s Day cards for my project.  I decided to use a Webster’s Pages gorgeous postcard set for the base of my cards.  Actually, all of the paper products for this project are from WP.

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I just took the postcards and folded them in half.  From front to back, they are so pretty.

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I used a cheapy bee stamp I got at Micheals with black ink on patterned paper and punched it out with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch.

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I then cut a small strip from the same paper and inked the word mine on it.  Both were applied with pop-up dots to a different patterned card stock (which I rounded the corners and inked first).

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I also tied a little baker’s twine before attaching it to the cards.

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I kept the inside simple, with just a little “For You” and the date.  So there is lots of room to write some sweetness.  I will have a few sets of these available in the boutique.

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I also quickly whipped up a normal card to give you an idea of what else you could do with the same idea.

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I am pleased to tell you our sponsor this month is me!!  You will get two packs of the lovely Valentine’s cards I just created and a package of vintage papers and ephemera.

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To be eligible to win our fabulous prize you need to leave a comment on each one of our blogs and indicate you have done so in the Rafflecopter below.  You will also need to visit my shop under “In the Studio” and tell us what workshop fellow crafty chick Krysthle Poitras will be teaching in the store in January.  You can leave the answer below.  You have until January 15th to enter.  Good luck!

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This is a full circle hop and I am the last, so to start from the beginning head to Krysthles blog.

Antler Mixed Media

Preparations for the store continues and I wanted to add some earthy antlers to the shop but since I am not a fan of taxidermy I thought I would make some antler mixed media pieces.  I got online and looked for a Canadian distributor for Carboard Safari.  They are a company that brings you “environmentally friendly, recycled cardboard creations” which you assemble yourself.  They come in white and brown.  A few even come in black.  The first one I did was called Buck Jr. and I decided to paint him in a teal.

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Then I took my favourite mint spray from Heidi Swap with a flower stencil to give it a bit of dimension.

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So many pieces to these guys, you have to be careful putting them together not to bend the bits.

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For Fred the moose, I left the craft background and applied black Liquitex Spray Paint with the Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Quatrefoil .  I am loving this new spray product as it has all the convenience of a spray paint without the nasty odour.  It also washes up with water if you get it while it is still wet.

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The antlers on this one even curve forward a little.  The details on these are great.

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I bought a third (because always in odd numbers when it comes to design and balance) which is Micro Tex, the longhorn.  I wanted to leave one in the natural kraft colour and since this guy’s pieces were so tiny I figured it was the best choice.  He even has a little ear tag.

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Don’t they look adorable all together???

Baby Boy Shower

Happy hump day all!!  I thought I would share some of the goodies I had prepared for the décor of my friend Rachel’s baby boy shower from the weekend.

This is me preparing some letters to be used throughout the shower.  I spray painted them with chalkboard paint so mom & dad could later write messages to their little bundle on them.

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I added felt ribbon to the tops and hung them from the chandelier in the kitchen.  The mobile I showed you last week was also hanging from the other side of the chandelier.  Now she can use both in the nursery as décor.

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Here was the candy bar that was a group effort.  Three of us hosted the shower and we all had different tasks but everything came together so incredibly well.

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A sign for the table.

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The adorable baby cupcakes.

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Here is one of the centerpieces I made which sat on the food table.  Rachel is a huge owl lover (as am I) so you will see them pop up here and there.

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The little wish tree I created to hang…

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everyone’s well wishes on.

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Here is my Milah in front of the bunting I made for the fireplace that had stuff for the baby such as new socks and a onesie.

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Another little framed piece that I thought they could use to write baby’s birthdate, weight, length and all those little details on so they are not forgotten.

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Another little guy.

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My gift to the new little man, a painting for the nursery.  Rachel is also a huge fan of monkeys and kind of wanted to incorporate both into the room.  Written on the painting is “Unlikely friends are the best kind”.

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This was the sign at the door to remind people to pick up their favors on the way out which were little mint chocolate monkeys I made with molds (that I picked up at Micheals).  Unfortunately the lighting isn’t great so you can’t see them but the tags have little owls and the date on them.

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Here is the proud mom with her painted belly.  Her sister in-law painted the owl along with all of the kids faces.

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 We all had such a great day and didn’t want to leave.

Hope this inspires you to get creative for your next baby shower.

Gift Box Redo

I was rooting around the house to find something special to wrap one of my girlfriends gift in for this weekend and wasn’t really finding anything that was adequate.  I bought her a gorgeous silver bracelet with an inspiration quote on it but it is a round rigid one so nothing was working out.  I did find a box that was the perfect size but it had some Christmas stickers on it and thought, time for a gift box redo!!  I riped them all off and this is what I was left with.

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Kind of gross looking isn’t it?  Nothing that a little paint and paper can’t fix right up though.  I love reusing and re-purposing things.  I knew I wanted to use map paper as Jen is a lover of travel.  Although she doesn’t get to do much of that lately with her two little munchkins.

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I then painted the outside of the box blue and cut out pieces from the map paper to cover the top, bottom and sides of the bottom portion of the box.

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I basically treated it like a canvas and added some touches of white paint, then applied some felt flowers on top which I had laying around and finished it off with a little metal leaf.

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The bracelet looks great in it.  The quote on it says “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.  Just a little encouragement for her to keep with her daily as she has the same entrepreneurial and creative spirit as I do and I am just trying to give her a little nudge.  As good friends should :)  There are tons of these types of bracelets on Etsy if you are looking for one.  One that I like is Tatum Bradley & Co.  She has beautiful stuff.

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Tied it all up with some green and white baker’s twine and it is all ready to go for Saturday.  Hope she likes it and doesn’t read this post before then, hahaha!

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Alice in Wonderland Party

It was my two year old’s birthday this past weekend and I had big plans for the Alice in Wonderland party theme I wanted to do to help celebrate her special day.  I tend to go all out for birthdays.  I feel like it is the one day of the year that is all about you.  So you should be spoiled, celebrated and be allowed to mostly do what you like.  My being out of commission however kind of threw a wrench in the plans.  Thank god for family and friends as they are the ones that helped pick up the slack and helped make the party happen.  I also bought more then I normally would.  I am more of the Martha Stewart ilk and try to make everything myself.  Unfortunately, that was not possible so I had to let it go, haha.

The invitation I ordered on Etsy through Beca at Paper Tinker.  It was a down-loadable pdf so it was fast and I could print it on whichever card stock I wanted.

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I even managed to get the family into character.  We were a little concerned it might freak Amelia out, but she was fine.  I dressed as the Queen of Hearts, of course.  Most of my costume is stuff I had around the house.  The hearts I got from the Dollar Store and attached them to a black dress with double sided tape.  The only new thing was the hat which I purchased in Disney a few weeks ago.

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Chris was a trooper and became the Mad Hatter for a couple hours.

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Our little Ava became the bunny who was late for a very important date.

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We didn’t have a proper watch for her so I made a steampunkish one from a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.

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Even my friend Brittany came as one of the flowers.

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Now for the guest of honour, Alice (aka Amelia).  I ordered a tutu dress from Carly at Cutie Patootie Designs.  There was nothing in the shop big enough so I contacted her and she made it custom for me.  She was awesome and based right here in Ottawa.  I just had to drive over and pick it up.  Unfortunately, Amelia wanted nothing to do with it at the beginning of the party.  About half way through, after she had insisted on wearing a t-shirt she got as a gift, she wanted to put it on.

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All of the cake and candy probably had something to do with it but once she got it on she was SO excited and hyper.

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She rolled around in it forever, SO cute!

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Now, the food, which wasn’t very healthy, mostly candy and sweets.  It was a tea party after all.  The kids loved it (not so much the parents :).

The mushroom cookies I ordered from Boko Bakery in Ottawa.  They were delicious!!

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I ordered some images off of Etsy as well.  I wanted some “eat me”, “drink me” tags and some goodies for the kids to do crafts with.  I got them from Amelia at Cherrypink Prints.  Here is a sign in action with the lemon squares.

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And with the cupcakes I made.

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Here is Amelia’s special cupcake with her #2 candle.

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These Cheshire Cat tails I truly made from scratch though.  I saw a picture of them on Pintrest without instructions so I just winged it.  I put three marshmallows on a stick, covered it with pink melted chocolate and added the purple icing stripes.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  It wasn’t, haha.  Took forever.  I had to bring a chair to the stove because I couldn’t handle the standing for too long.  Maybe if I was feeling better it wouldn’t have been so bad.

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Here are the signs I put on our banister as you came in the door.

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Last but not least, I got print-ables to make a banner from Cherrypink Prints to hang on the mantel.

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Man, that was a long one!!!  Hope this has inspired you to have an Alice in Wonderland party of your own.

Technique Tags with Vicki Boutin

And yet another reason why the Crop & Create weekend was great, I got to take a class from Vicki Boutin.  (We need more Canadian representation like her around in the papercrafting world).  The class was a technique tags class, how awesome is that, felt like a two for one.

Here are all our beautiful tags.  So happy with how they turned out.

Check out some of the yummy papers we used.  The tissue paper we made ourselves by spraying plain white tissue with an Color Shine Iridescent Spritz from Heidi Swapp.  Once dry we just applied a script stamp with black ink.  I will definitely be using this technique over and over again.

These are a couple tags we created with the tissue paper.  The small one on the left we inked and glued chipboard stars to prior to wrapping it in the paper.

Here is Vicki, doing her thang!!

More of the tags.  The one on the left we used gesso to stamp into and just layered inks over top of it..

I love all the texture on all of the tags but especially the one with the fabric and ribbon. 

All the buttons and bling and twine, OH MY!!!

I had to get my pic taken with Vicki

 

I bought her book Creative Foundations so I could get her to sign it.  She was so sweet, even though she was exhausted from having taught all day and night.  She took the time to sit and write me a little message wishing me luck with my creative endeavours.  So many awesome techniques learned today and in the book.  I can’t wait to sit down and play.

Kind of sad, Crop & Create is done and my posts about the weekend are done :(  At least this is a long weekend and we are going out to a cottage for the annual family Thanksgiving.  Wooo!  I can also look forward to next year as I hear they might be coming back, YEY!!

 

Scrappy Sunday – DIY Vintage Flowers

My brother and his family were here for the weekend from New Brunswick.  They hadn’t been here in about 6 years, so I had no creative time this weekend.  So, I thought for this Scrappy Sunday I would share a little DIY vintage flower tutorial which was posted over on the Canadian Scrapbooker website.   It is a super versatile embellishment that you could use for many different projects such a layout, invitations, an art journal even a mixed media piece.

I know what I will be making this week.

Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway

So exciting, new products!!! I know, I know, I am going on about them again but I thought I would let you know about a Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway over on their blog here. There isn’t much time left so head over and enter.  It is worth 500 beans worth of products.  Can you imagine how much yummy stuff you could purchase with that?????

Scrappy Sunday – Circus Themed Birthday

Circus Themed Birthday

Our little Amelia just turned a year old last week and I decided to do a circus theme.  My inspiration for the colours came from this Lion Coffee which was given to us by my sister in law.

I made a circus banner out of cardstock…

and some tissue paper balls (for which I have found a quick Youtube tutorial here for you).  I only used 5 sheets of tissue and then cut it in half once I had folded it all up.  I also just used fishing line to tie them up so they looked like they were floating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got some old school popcorn and hot dog containers from the dollar store.

Along with some plastic animals to decorate the cupcakes and cake with.

I used some scrapbook paper to create the cones for the home made sweet potatoe and regular fries.

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As this was such a big event I decided to dedicate three pages to it instead of the usual two.  I printed my photos at home onto matte paper and they don’t seem as nice.  Maybe I need to try a new brand.

  I used the decor from the party for accents in the layouts.  I also tried to tone down the colour a bit with a little black scattered throughout.  I even took my new chicken wire stamp and applied it to the background in some areas and did a little doodling.

Boy, lots of pics today.  Have a great week!!!!