Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOO! Halloween Lantern

Hi!  So with Halloween coming up and the city turning into the Hallowed City I figured I better get moving on my Halloween decorations. If you are new to my blog, I live in Salem, MA.. We are the Halloween Capital of the World and life is crazy around here until November 2nd when all goes back to normal again. I try to fight the Halloween madness but my kids have been hounding me. They LOVE Halloween....what kid doesn't?

I have so much more space to decorate for holiday's in the new house.  While I think we are building a graveyard in the front yard this year I have decided to start small on my mud porch.

I made this little sucker in less than an hour!  I love projects like that! All thanks to my Silhouette and this little file by Jennifer Wambach.


I cut the box out of black cardstock and then I cut 4 panels of vellum and placed those underneath the pumpkins. I took my Copics and colored them and added some Wink of Stella to them.  I left the bottom piece off of it so I could put a little light under it and light it up at night.

So simple, so cute. I think I need to make more with different things in place of the pumpkin.

I also wanted to share this cool candle base I bought at Michael's last week. It was 50% off with another 25% off at the register. You can't beat that!


I was looking for something plain to decorate with vinyl but this is even better and cheaper than it would have been to make it myself. LOVE that! :)

Do you decorate for Halloween? I would love to see your creations. Link me up. :)

Michelle

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting to know me....

Hi Everyone! I was tagged by my sweet friend Cris and was asked to participate in the "Getting to know you blog hop"

What am I working on now--


I am working on a few things right now. Home Decor for our new home and Halloween Decor for my front porch, A Scrapbook album for my friends new baby and I am always working on cards and my own children's scrapbook albums. I complete one project and move to the next. I could do Home Decor, a card and a layout all in one day...although RARELY. I'm super SLOW.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is a tough one. I tend to not compare my work or others for that matter. I just do what feels right for the specific project I am working on. I am all over the board here.

Why do I create what I do?
I love paper, stamps, crafts. I do it as a way to de-stress and bring myself joy. I love what I do.

How does my creative process work?
Sometimes it starts with a sketch, sometimes I am inspired by something I see, a lot of times it hits me either late at night when I am trying to sleep or in the shower the next morning. I have actually sketched layouts out in shaving cream on my shower walls so I wouldn't forget it by the time I got out.

I tend to my absolute BEST work when I am under pressure though. It seems like my mind is sharper, quicker and more creative when I have the least amount of time. It works for me though.

I now nominate Zoey Scarpelli of Scrapasaurus. She is a DOLL! Her post will be up soon so make sure you check her and all her talent out.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I Love you--Pix Scan Mat

Hello!  Today I am playing along with Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  It's a designer draft this week. I knew what I wanted to do the second I saw the sketch....I just had one little problem...I didn't have a die for the 'LOVE' heart.  Enter the Pix Scan mat by Silhouette.

Here is the Draft:

Here is my card:


I used double sided tape and glitter for the stripes. I wanted to do the same thing for the PS Heart from the Sweet Heart set.  So I thought and thought and then it dawned on me that this would be the perfect time to try that new PixScan Mat from Silhouette!

I started by stamping the heart in regular black ink on a scrap piece of white cardstock, then I put it on the PixScan Mat and took a picture with my iphone.
  
Once you take the picture...e-mail it to yourself, download it and then open your Silhouette Software.  Once in Silhouette there is a little icon in the left upper corner that is a PixScan Mat (3rd icon from the left) Click it and follow the onscreen directions to get your image into Silhouette Studio.  

Once the image is in Silhouette Studio all you have to do is use the TRACE feature. If you do not have experience with tracing I really suggest you watch this ENTIRE series "Tracing Without Tears". It has been a game changer for me.



Once I had the trace done I put in some double sided adhesive, and cut. It worked PERFECTLY and it is the same exact size as the PS stamp. I LOVE that I just got a die cut for this wonderful stamp!  It has just taken stamping and die cutting to a whole new level.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I will be doing a video of this soon, so be sure to subscribe to my blog.

Have a phenomenal day!

Michelle

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's Brewing?

Good Morning!  I always love to start my day with a cup of coffee....ok who am I kidding? I drink coffee ALL DAY. It's my favorite drink. So when I saw this set from Simon Says Stamp I was beyond thrilled.  It came in my monthly card kit. I was all set to use just the elements from the kit when I saw THIS post on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.  It's the "Work It Wednesday" post for September and this month Shari Carroll came up with a really great color scheme. I loved it so much that I "made it work" with the October Card Kit.


I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the coffee stains in the background. Everything else (except the green paper) came from the October Kit.

A super fast, fun card. That is all for me today. I am off to have my 3rd cuppa joe....

Have a great day!

Michelle

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pinterest inspired pumpkin

Hi! Today I am sharing a project that I just finished. I am obsessed with Pinterest lately. I have a big house and we just moved in 6 short months ago. I am trying to get it decorated without breaking the bank. I am loving the things I find on Pinterest and I am trying my hardest to get one project done a week for the house now that we are coming into the colder months.

So I found this little beauty on Pinterest:



I fell in LOVE instantly. I went to Walmart and for $2 I picked up a box of lids. I then headed to Michael's with my coupon and got the spray paint for a little over $2. Little did I know I picked the exact same color as her. I just wanted an off-white to go with my foyer. :)

I had 6x6 Halloween paper here and string. I bought the Cinnamon Sticks from Walmart too. They were the most expensive part....$3.49. I then came home and got to work.

I did mine a little differently than hers. I put all my lids in a box and took them out and spray painted them. Two to three coats worked really well. I then cut my paper a little thicker, I used 1/4 x 6 inch strips. I glued mine on with Modge Podge. They don't go all the way under it but you can't even see the area that isn't covered.


I do have some tips that will help make this project a little easier:

TIP 1: Don't try and straighten the lids out before you pull the string. It pulls together beautifully all on it's own.


TIP 2:
I would suggest trying extra long zip ties to tie the lids together. I had to do it with string because I couldn't find our zip ties. At first there was a really large gap in the middle too big for the cinnamon sticks. So I went back through with string a second time and tried to pull it as tight as I could.

The other option is to have someone put their finger on the string while you tie the knot. I was alone when I did this so it was a little more difficult but it worked out fine in the end. I think zip ties would make this a cinch...no pun intended.



TIP 3:
Tie the cinnamon sticks together first and then flip the pumpkin over and use a piece of fabric to cover the hole in the bottom (I used scrap canvas and a dab of hot glue) That way the cinnamon sticks won't fall through while the hot glue is drying.



TIP 4:

I used Canvas scraps for my leaves. I stamped a leaf from Hero Arts in Just Rust. I stamped it and then cut it out. I doubled it up and stitched the leaves together and then stamped the backside of the leaf then frayed it. That way it looks good 360 degrees.

That is all. Her tutorial rocks and you can read it HERE

Hope you enjoyed. If you have any cool pin projects you are working on I would love if you could link me to them. I'm always looking for easy, fun projects.

Happy FALL!

Michelle