Friday, September 30, 2011

SVG Attic's Kooky Spooky Challenge

These are some party favors I made using some of SVG Attic's designs.
I made a girl favor and a boy favor, guess it's pretty obvious which is which.  

I used the Mad Tea Party set to make the mad hatter hat...only I made the base flat because I wanted it to fit over the rosette with no gaps since the "favor" is hiding under the hat. 

The witch hat was made with a freebie from SVG Cuts and I added stars that I found in my MTC shapes library and I added sequins on them.  I added a piece of wire to the top of the hat with a star for some extra fun. The base of both are from the banner rosette in the Mad Tea Party set.

Then to finish it off I added a scrap piece of orange and black cardstock that was already in the shape of a triangle along with some purple and black ruffled ribbon that I got at Michaels.

I used K & Company's Halloween papers and Recollections black paper.

One side of the had has a flower decorated with Stickles black glitter and a silver rhinestone, and the other side has a vellum spiderweb.

Inside the favors I created a little holder that the hats fit over and gives the candy a place to sit in.

In addition the hats have stretchy cord that not only holds them onto the rosette base, but also turns them into a party hat that can be worn.

Or it can be flipped upside down to make a cone to snack out of.

I just love how these turned out, and I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eeek! Haunted Houses!!!

So this weekend I had my sister Clare over and we had a crafty weekend.  We made two of Mary's Elmhurst Hollow's Haunted Houses over at SVG Cuts. Now, Mary is a crazy talented SVG designer, and I absolutely love all of her SVGs, but I have to say, making these houses were a  blast!  There are so many things you can add to a haunted house, and we used some extras in the set, such as the bats, but we also used some elements from other sets.  I'll link you to those if you want to know which ones as we come across them....Scroll to enter our haunted abode!

 So the two houses together look like a little village, but they are so totally different.  The colorful is my sisters, she picked the papers out and added her ghosts and other embellishments.

All of the SVGs are from SVG Cuts
I used the ghosts from the Spooky Silhouettes set.
The spiders are from the Dreadful Halloween Cupcake Wrappers set.
The spider webs are a freebie from their blog.

Since I was cutting all of the pieces, Clare ended up gluing all of the house pieces together, but I helped out when I was caught up.  We added color changing lights to each of the compartments of the houses.

I used black 24 gage wire for the flying bats, and vellum for the insides of the bat wings as well as for the ghosts and spiderwebs.

For the cream and black house, I used Lettering Delights Black Magic paper pack and I just love how the papers printed! 

We used a white gel pen for the details on the eyes.

And some glow in the dark glue for the eyes on the houses as well as some of the ghosts and bats.
Trendy Twine was used in black and orange for the chimneys and the bow tie.


So if you have a cutting machine and haven't purchased this set yet...It was so totally worth every penny!  And as you can see, they can be completely different and still look great!  Just make it match your decor or your favorite Halloween color scheme.  And if you don't have a cutting machine, well I'll keep posting how much you could do with one, not that you have to get one, but they are fun!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Card

I made my sister this birthday card using SVG Cuts Edisto Island Cards SVG kit which I think is so summery and fun.  This style of card is called a lever card because the design (in this case the butterfly) is on the cover of the card, but when you open it, the butterfly becomes part of the inside of the card.

Her birthday was in August, so it definitely worked for the season, plus I thought the butterfly turned out so pretty with the colors. 

I actually designed the papers that I used to make the butterfly with in Adobe Photoshop, mixing greens and blues until I liked it.  Then the black ink around the edges really helped it pop out. 

I used blue twine from Trendy Twine to wrap around the butterfly outline.
A few silver brads inside the flowers finish it off...

Oh, that and glitter...Stickles to be exact.  I just love Star Dust, but I just discovered Crystal Ice Stickles, and that glitter is bigger chunks of the Star Dust glitter. 

For the inside I used some flourish stamps I had in my stash and used that to decorate around the edges.  Some more flowers and glitter fininsh off the inside.

The back view.

After I was finished with the card, I found it a little hard to keep it closed, so I added some eyelets and some more blue twine to help keep it closed.  Plus it's always fun to feel like you get to open your card when it's tied closed.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Cooking Day!

Today my husband and I had the day off together, so we decided to make it a homemade kind of a day.  My husband makes the best Chicken and Rice Soup with his simple recipe which consisted of:

1 whole chicken
8 carrots
1 entire head of celery (leaves and all)
1/2 white onion
salt and pepper to taste
First he makes the broth, so the carrots, celery and onion in this part will be discarded after the broth is made.
Combine the leaves and complete bottom part of the celery (leave the good parts for the soup), 4 carrots and 1/4 of the onion into a large pot and fill with water to about 1" below the rim.  Bring it to a boil on level 5, and then simmer on level 2 for about 31/2 hours.
Now for the real work, time to strain the chicken and vegetables from the broth.  We poured the broth through a strainer into another 5 quart pan that we had sitting in the sink just in case there was splashing. 
Next, allow the chicken and vegetables to cool, and while they are cooling it's time to "de-fatilize" as my husband would say, which translates to remove the fat.  We used a measuring cup that has a spout to help remove the fat.
Return the broth to the original pot and put back on the burner on level 5 to bring back to a boil.

Once the chicken and vegetables are cooled remove all of the vegetables and discard.
 Then pick through the chicken and put all of the meaty parts into the broth along with the rest of the vegetables. 
After it comes to a boil (to get the vegetables to cook through), add about a 1/4 cup of rice and reduce the temperature to level 2 and simmer for another 20-25 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!
(Not sure how many it feeds, but it's a lot!)

For my part in the cooking spree, I made this Italian bread from the recipe on the back of the Pilsbury Bread Flour bag. 
I added some course salt to mine.

Since today was a gloomy day, it turned out to be the perfect bread and soup kind of a day.

On to dessert...
My husband picked this was a Duncan Hines Carrot Cake box kit, that's where the semi-homemade
 part comes in as well as the store bought cream cheese frosting, but the decorting was all me :)

I just put some of the frosting into two sandwich baggies, added food coloring, cut a tiny tip off one of the corners and then decorated!

A little coffee and cake to wrap up a wonderful cooking day spent with my husband.
Life's good!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Anniversary Card

This year my husband and I celebrated our 6th Anniversary!  I asked him what he wanted, and he said a card creation of my choosing...
No joke, I know...I have the best husband ever!
So I set off to create a compilation of our six years together, and I realized how quickly the years were blending together.  I even had a hard time remembering how we spent our 2nd and 3rd anniversarys, so I knew I wanted to make a memoir of what we did each year so we wouldn't forget. 
Also within the last 2 years we started taking road trips.  At first we took a road trip on our anniversary in 2009, our first road trip together, and we loved it!  We went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, we ate at Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah, GA, and we toured the awesome gardens at the Maymont Estate in Richmond, VA.  We had a fantastic time, but since our Anniversary is in August, we found ourselves uncomfortably hot and decided to move our road trips to the fall when the leaves reveal their colors and the air smells crisp. 
That is where the theme of my card came  from, our road have a look at our journey thus far:

Who knew the word Anniversary was sooooo long, I had to make it a pull out.

Wait for it....

Ta-dah!  It pops up and I added little tags with a brief description of each years adventure, including the year, where we lived and where we spent our anniversary.

The Title says: Enjoying LIFE'S Journey with you.

I used Basic Grey's Color me Silly digital papers

I used trendy twine to create the "road" and tied some on the tags.
 I used SVG Cuts freebie road trip SVG for part of my title and decoration.

I hope I've inspired you with colors, texture and techniques.  Hope you're having a happy day!!!

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