Monday, August 22, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Girly or Ghouly

Hi all! It's time for the second monthly Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. With the change of format, Karen invited the team to share our ideas for themes. This month we're doing 'girly or ghouly' which was my idea! Yay! I actually started with girly, then realized that the new Halloween dies would be out, so I pleaded with Karen to change it. She suggested adding ghouly, which was a brilliant idea!

My first card for the challenge is for the original 'girly' theme. I have been dying to use the flower dies from Karen's new Flower Pot Pop Stand to make my own layered Prima-like flowers. I used coffee filters that were stained, then cut out and layered. All of that prettiness sits on top of another favorite new die - the Twist Circle. There are so many ways you can use this amazing die.

Here's a look at how the circle starts unfolding as you open the card.

Boom! Up it pops!

I decorated the front fairly simply, using another of my new favorite sets, Labels and Circles.

Of course, I couldn't resist making a Halloween card as well! I decided to use the same die set, just to show how versatile it is. The background of my card was made with Yupo and alcohol inks. I absolutely love the look of the ai's on Yupo! The moon was created with the wrinkle free distress technique and cut with the larges circle in the set. The witch is from Oxford Impressions' Wicked stamp set. An artfully placed bat keeps her modest. ;-)

Here you can see the card as it's opening. I kept the back of the tombstone unattached so the moon could slide behind it.

Another simple card front, this time using the new Bats stencil and the Iron Fence Pop Up.

The supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have more Halloween fun coming up this week, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pop it Ups Spooky Halloween Greetings

Hi everyone! I have another fun Halloween card made with Karen Burniston's new Pop it Ups dies to share with you today. I can't tell you how much I love these new dies! The Iron Fence Pop Up is seriously one of the coolest dies of all time. As I've shown you in earlier posts, it lies completely flat when the card is closed, and then arches out as the card is opened. Genius!

Here's a better angle that shows how far the fence pops out. So cool! For this card, I cut the slider arm mechanism from clear acetate, so it's virtually invisible. The piece that holds the slider in place is cut from the background paper, so it just about disappears into the background as well. I embellished the card with bats and crows cut from black cardstock using the dies from the Halloween Scene set. The little pumpkins are made by cutting the loops off the charms from the Halloween Charms set. I love dies that do double duty!

Another favorite from Karen's new release is this spooky bat stencil. I used black soot distress ink to cover the front of the card with bats, then added layers cut using yet another fave - the Labels and Circles set. It's hard to see in the photo, but the labels are all popped out using foam dots, which gives it a lot of dimension.

The color is a little wonky in this video, but you can really get the full effect of the pop up as the card is opened. Have I mentioned how much I love these dies?? Here are a few of the other cards I've made with them:
Spinning Bat
Spooky Night Scene
Pop-Up Tombstone

The dies I used are available now at Elizabeth Craft Designs. You can find the other products I used at Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're not getting tired of my Halloween projects - I'm just getting started! ;-)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Halloween Fairy Cloche Tutorial + a Freebie!

Hi all! This month, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing our projects using Eileen's cool new Twist and Style tool from Sizzix. Let me tell you, the minute you twist your first wire, you'll be addicted!

I've had a project like this on my mind for awhile - you know how much I love Eileen's Cupcake Stand die! - and thought the Twist and Style tool would be perfect for making the wire for the little cloche.

So cute! The little girl is from a photo postcard I found at an estate sale. I think she makes the perfect little witch. A few mini pumpkins and some die cuts and your scene is set. Follow along to see how to make one yourself.

First, let's create our cloche! Cut 5 pieces of wire (this is from the dollar store) 24" long. Bend in half and use the Twist & Style tool to twist. I counted and it took 25 revolutions to get it to look like this. It's good to count if you want them to all come out the same (if you're a perfectionist like some people!). When you're done, cut them all to a length of 10 3/4".

Find the center and wrap with thin wire.

Begin bending the pieces out like spokes.

Form the spokes into a cage. Connect the pieces using thin wire as shown above, trying to keep the spacing even.

Trim the ends, if necessary, and curl up with pliers.

Using the Cupcake Stand die, cut the pieces from medium weight chipboard and paint black. When dry, lightly sand the edges to give it a worn look. Ink edges with brown ink and assemble.

Now we'll create our little scene. Print out girl on cardstock and cut out. Adhere to lightweight chipboard and trim again (this will make her more sturdy). Ink edges and apply rub on words. Apply witch hat rub on to a scrap of kraft cardstock, cut out, and adhere to head. Cover die cut bat wings with black glitter and adhere to back when dry. Hot glue pumpkins and moss to base. Use a small piece of foam as a stand and adhere to base. Glue feet to stand. Cut out banners using the Cupcake Stand die and adhere to front as shown.

I'm so in love with my little witch fairy! If you aren't into Halloween, you could change up the colors and make it a fall decoration filled with little gourds and leaves. Or, add a little house and snow and make it a winter decoration. I plan to make one with a bird nest and flowers for a spring decor piece as well. There is no end to the different ways you could use this!

The supplies I used can be found at Sizzix, Simon Says Stamp, and Amazon via the links below.

I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to make one of your own - don't blame me if you can't stop making things from wire after you get your own Twist and Style tool! :) Be sure and check out Eileen's blog for more incredible projects from the team. You will be inspired, I promise!

You are welcome to download the photo I used for your own projects. Enjoy!