Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween Card

Happy Halloween!  It is the second most wonderful time of the year.  There is nothing quite like dressing up as someone or something else and stuffing your face with candy.  Pure joy.  And the kids like it too.  ;)

To celebrate Halloween, I made a spooky and scary card using a variety of die cuts, paper pieces, washi tape, etc.
I used my Lifestyle Crafts spiderweb punches die and skeleton die to make embellishments for the card.  Creepy!  

I used my Smash label maker to create a custom sentiment.  I added a couple strips of some fun and funky washi tape, too.  

With Halloween having pagan roots, I thought the juxtaposition of the definition of the word preach and the discussion of Christ was extremely fitting for a creepy Halloween card.  (Before anyone freaks out, I love Jesus, too.)

As always, you can use coupon code POPPERMIMI to get 20% off of the spiderweb punches die, the skeleton die, and everything else in the Lifestyle Crafts store. 

May your late night raid of your kids' candy buckets be ever fruitful! 

Amanda

Monday, October 29, 2012

Paper Apple Fall Decor

A bowl or basket full of fresh, bright green Granny Smith apples makes for lovely fall decor.   Although, if you have kids in the house, it is inevitable that they will take one bite out of each apple and just leave it sitting there.  One way I hope to thwart the nibbling this year is to make apples out of paper.  


The apples are still bright and cheery and would look fantastic on a table.  The paper apples were super easy to make.  Here's how I did it: 

1. Die cut 12 shapes to make one whole fruit.  Choose a shape that is perfectly symmetrical.  
TIP: Vary the shape and size of each apple using die cutting software.  Cut each apple no more than 3" wide so you can get 12 die cuts from a single sheet of paper.

2. Score and fold each die cut and apply adhesive to one side. 

3. Adhere all of the folded die cuts together, creating a little stack. 

4. Apply adhesive to the top piece of the stack and adhere to the back piece.  

5. Lastly, add twigs for stems and arrange in a bowl or basket. 

This technique would also work for any other type of symmetrical fruit or veg.  You could make pumpkins, oranges, pears, etc.

You can find the tutorial for the paper bowl HERE.  I started with a 9"x9" piece of paper and scored 1.5" all the way around. 

May your fall be warm and snuggly!

Supplies: Sweet Tooth Collection, 1559 Sour Cherry, 1560 Sprinkles; Splendor collection, 1680 Letter Tiles; Bonjour collection, 1541 Paris Je T'Aime, 1535 Bouquet, 1538 Les Fleurs; Country Charm collection, 1513 Tiny Floral Border, 1512 Sweet Floral; Cricut Create a Critter cartridge


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wicked Halloween Card

Seriously, where was my mind when I made this card?  What disturbs me even more is that my husband  knows how to tie a noose.

I stamped the patterned paper with damask and skulls and tore the edges for an extra creepy look.  The patterned paper, skull and spider stamps are from Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows collection.

A flourished sentiment adds a bit of elegance to this otherwise creepy card.  This stamp is from CTMH.

What's a creepy skull without glowing eyes?   And spiders?  Sick. 

May your day be filled with rainbows and sunshine!

Amanda

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sweet Stamp Shop and Epiphany Crafts

This week Epiphany Crafts is partnering up with Sweet Stamp Shop which means more pretty things on which you may feast your eyes.  Check out this fun little scooter--
I used the Scootin' By stamp set and paper pieced this little baby.  That little puff of exhaust is the only exhaust that makes me smile.  :)

Zoom!  Zoom!  The cute little scooter's wheels are made with Epiphany Crafts button tool and the flag is made with the pennant tool.  Vrooom!

On a classier note, I used the Sweet Victoria set to make a sympathy card.  I don't particularly like making sympathy cards, but often find it is useful to have one around.

The Epiphany oval tool and metal settings add a sophisticated note to any card.

Have a happy Tuesday! 

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Button Studio Tool Round 20
Button Studio Accessories Round 20 buttons
Shape Studio Tool Oval 25
Shape Studio Accessories Oval 25 bubble caps
Metal Charms Oval 25

Other Supplies
Sweet Stamp Shop Sweet Victoria and Scootin' By stamp sets
Echo Park This & That Graceful 6x6
May Arts jute twine
Jillibean Soup button

Monday, October 22, 2012

Baker's Twine Spiderweb Card

A while back I made a baker's twine spider web wreath and thought I would use a similar technique to make a spider web card. 
Start with a 5 1/4" cardstock (Bazzill Card Shoppe) circle and cut notches where you want the spokes to go.  String twine (May Arts) between notches and tape to the back of the card.  Free-hand cut scallops between the end of the spokes.  After the spokes are in place, wrap twine around each spoke, starting at the inside of the web and moving outward.


Add a glittery spider, complete with red rhinestones, for a perfectly spooky card.   Stamp a fun sentiment and you're done! 

Have a happy Monday!


Amanda

Friday, October 19, 2012

Skeleton Kid Crafts and a Bony Card



Slacker moms, REJOICE!  I was playing around (again) with my skeleton die from Lifestyle Crafts and came up with a fun and easy Halloween party craft and card that only take a few minutes to put together.

Ready?

Just die cut skeletons, put the parts in a sandwich bag and let the kids assemble the skeleton on their own.  

Whaaaat?  That's it!  Kids will think it is fun and you don't have to get all gluey.  

Just to double check that this would be a fun cool craft, I gave a set of bones to my kids, ages 6 and 8, and had them assemble their own skeleton.  Here is what they came up with: 
Mr Bones by my 6 y.o. daughter
My only tip for little ones would be to suggest starting by putting the head at the top of the paper.  Younger ones tend to start by putting everything smack in the middle of the page, and it is unlikely that it will be either the ribcage or the pelvis. You may also want to encourage them to try using all of the bones to see what they come up with.


When my kids were finished I had some extra bones lying around and put them together with some fun prints from Pebbles Inc. Tricks & Treats collection to make a fun and spooky card. 
Not only is the skeleton pretty great, but the individual bones can be used to create other elements.  This bony frame makes me very afraid!  Ooooooh.

Now here is some news that is not so scary--enter coupon code POPPERMIMI at Lifestyle Crafts and receive 20% off of your entire purchase.  

Happy haunting!

Amanda

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paper Leaf Fall Wreath Tutorial

Earlier this month I had a fall wreath published in the October issue of GCD Studio's online magazine, The Paper Cut.  In case you missed it, here is the full tutorial again.  (Click HERE to see the entire October 2012 issue)

This pretty fall wreath is easy to make and doesn't require a pricey wreath form.

1. Cut two wreath forms from a cardboard box.  The outer circle should measure 12" in diameter, the inner circle 7" in diameter. 

2. Die cut approximately 65 3.5"x2" leaves from a variety of patterned paper.  Fold each leaf down the middle to create a crease. 

3. Attach leaves to wreath form using a stapler, overlapping and layering leaves as you go.  Fold the ends of the leaves inward to create additional dimension.  Don't worry if it looks messy or the back of the leaves show.  It will be covered up by another leaf. 


4. Switch the direction of the leaves when you are about half way through.  This will make the leaves appear to move in two directions, separating at the top and meeting together again at the bottom of the wreath. 

5. Adhere the second wreath form to the back of the first to cover up the unsightly staples and add stability to the wreath. 

6. Tie a pretty bow and attach to the top of the wreath and you're done!

Have a warm and happy day!

Supplies: Splendor collection: 1681 Navy Flora, 1687 Zig Zag, 1678 Heirloom, 1680 Letter Tiles; Bonjour collection: 1544 Provence Plaid; Sweet Tooth collection: 1561 Sugar Cookie


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Build-a-Skeleton Halloween Decor

While growing up, every Halloween my mom would bring out a moveable skeleton that my siblings and I named Mr. Bones.  Even through our teen years, we enjoyed posing Mr. Bones in various silly positions.  I got this great skeleton die from Lifestyle Crafts and created a mini Mr. Bones for my kiddos to enjoy.
Hello, Mr. Bones.  
I glued down the skull, ribcage, pelvis and shoulders.  The rest of the bones are connected with brads.   I also created the scalloped border with scallop edges die set from Lifestyle Crafts.  The fun spider print is from Pebbles Tricks & Treats collection.

And since Mr. Bones is put together with tiny brads, he can perform all sorts of fancy moves: 
Mr. Bones doing a jig, channeling Michael Jackson, and doing ballet.
I have since put Mr. Bones on my fridge and my kids (and hubby and I) have had a blast putting him in various silly positions.  I imagine he will be great entertainment this Halloween season. 

And the best part...you can get 20% off of the skeleton die AND everything else at Lifestyle Crafts by entering coupon code POPPERMIMI at checkout.  Score!


Happy Halloween! 


Amanda

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Paper Cut Fall 2012 Issue + A Giveaway!

Fall is in full swing and the latest issue of GCD Studios The Paper Cut magazine is full of fall inspiration.  In this issue you will find everything from cards and layouts, to home decor.   Each project has step-by-step instructions to guide you along the way.  I have a simple and easy wreath project on p. 20-21, too. 

I just adore Tracy Schultz's decorative pumpkins on p. 7-8.   A bunch of these pumpkins in various sizes and patterns would make a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece. 


Be sure to head over to GCD Studios blog and enter the giveaway to win everything pictured below! 

Happy fall crafting to you!

Amanda

Candy Corn Halloween Banner with Epiphany Crafts

Halloween is just around the corner and it is not too late to whip up some fun decor!  I made a fun, candy corn themed banner to grace the hallways of my house during this holiday time.

Seriously, this didn't take me long to put together at all.  I started with some pre-cut chipboard banner flags, adhered strips of paper and trimmed the excess.  I dolled up each flat with a die cut letter and some fun stickers and embellishments.   That was it!  Now I have a banner that, if stored properly, will last for years to come. 


The circles on the Witchy Ln. print from Pebbles Inc. Tricks & Treats collection was just perfect for the EC Round 25 tool.  The Round 25 tool makes a 1" wide circle. 

I made a few custom embellishments and scattered them across the banner along with some stickers and fussy cut images.





Thanks for stopping by and having a looksie!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25
Shape Studio Accessories Round 25 bubble caps

Other Supplies
Paper and stickers (Pebbles Tricks & Treats collection)
Chipboard banner flags (Paper Accents)
Yellow grosgrain ribbon

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Card Share from Paper Crafts Magazine

While this is not the first time I have been published in Paper Crafts magazine, it is the first time I have blogged about it (only because I am a slacker).  Now that the newly released Nov/Dec 2012 issue is now on sale, I can finally share one of the three projects I had published! 


Be sure to check out the exclusive digital online content to see all the deets for this card.  :) 


You can find this issue at many big box stores and bookstores, and craft stores.  Or purchase one online HERE

BONUS: A second project of mine from this issue was featured on Paper Crafts Connnection blog.  Click HERE to check it out!  

Happy reading!

Amanda

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday, Wednesday Break My Heart Card

I am not much of a digital card maker, but I thought I would try my hand at some trendy subway art.  I used the lyrics from The Cure's Friday I'm In Love to make a love card.


I didn't do anything particularly special to create this card either.  I am pretty clumsy with Photoshop, so I just set up several text boxes in MS Word and moved them around until I got the result I liked.  Plus, I used all free fonts.  I got a bunch of them HERE at kevinandamanda.com.

Happy Tuesday to you! 

Amanda

Monday, October 8, 2012

Eyeballs in a Jar Card

Halloween cards are so much fun to make!  They can be fun, scary, creepy, gross, or just downright inappropriate.  Yet, given the nature of the holiday, all of these approaches are completely acceptable.  In pondering additional approaches to the Jars of Joy Challenge over at Moxie Fab World, I thought I would combine jars with Halloween.  

I opted for the more fun and cute googly eyes for this card, but you could easily make it gross by adding eyeballs with more, uh, color.  I used the print and cut feature in Silhouette Studio to create the card. 

Although the jar card is not round, the label arches over the front of the card giving the card more dimension.  The labels are from Pebbles Tricks & Treats collection.

I knew my stash of googly eyes would come in handy at some point!

All of this Halloween talk reminds me that I need to start getting costumes together for this year?  What are you going to be for Halloween?  


Amanda