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Halloween Upcycled Card

I am a firm supporter of recycling. Whether that means donating items we don’t use anymore, recycling plastics and such or up-cycling objects into something new. For this Halloween card I used the back of a factory made birthday card I received last month. The color of the card inspired me to create the following Halloween card.

I used my skull and crossbones die to cut out my image from felt. The texture reminded me of the flocked cards and stickers I loved so much as a kid. I used Hero Arts, Clings Bat Background stamp with Versamark and dark blue embossing powder to create the background. The banner is from Recollections and I heat embossed it in green. I added the red gems for the eyes to give the skull a little more presence. Now the skull reminds me of something out of an Indiana Jones movie.

  The orange Ombre of the up-cycled card really did provide a great backdrop for my card and I saved it from a landfill!

 I am entering this card for the CAS-ual Fridays CRC69: Embossing challenge.

Happy Stamping,


Halloween is Here Again…2011


Our daughter decided  one week before Halloween that she wanted to be Eyeore. She made her custom Eyeore hat on a knitting loom and I made her tail with just some gray felt, black yarn and a bow. Once we painted her face the costume really came together. She is so clever!


My mother and father came over for our annual Halloween party. My dad’s beard was made with the old school trick of burning the end of a wine cork and then rubbing it on your skin. I went on many Halloween nights as a kid dressed as an old hobo with the exact same beard!

My honey and I were Zombies! Jeff was a Charlie Sheen zombie with crazy Sheen Quotes all over his tee. I kept it traditional with torn clothes, greenish skin and painted on wounds.



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Thanks Martha!

I made these sock skeletons for my niece and nephews in Virginia for Halloween. The pattern is available on Martha Stewart’s website here I’m all thumbs with a sewing machine so I stitched each one by hand. The first two dolls took me almost two hours each to create! But once I got the swing of it the third doll went much quicker. After testing each doll by vigorously yanking on each arm and button eye (two of the kids are under the age of 5)  I wrapped each one in Halloween scrapbook paper and sent them off last Friday. Happy Haunting Sam, Addie and Eli!

My friend Windy wanted some spooky silhouettes for the second story window in her new house and Martha came to the rescue again. I used my handy dandy tracing projector to enlarge these claws to 3 feet high a piece. Then I painted the white poster board with black acrylic paint. Martha suggested painting them on fabric but since I had poster board on hand I used that instead. The project will not be as durable for year after year displaying and packing but it was cheap and easy!

Haunted House

We have begun to decorate our home for Halloween already. This weekend we will host twenty-three 12 and 13 years olds for our daughters Sam’s 13th birthday party. I still have to make the big black and orange  paper flowers to hang from the ceiling. I made the potion jars a few years ago and panted the gourds last year. The fence is made of black poster board and I found the idea in  Better Homes and Gardens The magazine gave instructions on how to make the fence out of black electrical tape and showed the fence being used on a garage. I adapted the idea and used paper instead. Much less sticky!

Lil Pumpkin

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There is something about this little girls expression that just grabs me. She reminds me of a vintage image from a 1940’s Halloween postcard.

The image is another freebie and it is from Torico’s Digital Gallery. Torico is a designer for There She Goes Clear Stamps and her images are so cute. I know that I have been featuring alot of digital stamps on my post and that is because I just started using them a few weeks ago. I tend to craft in spurts of one kind of craft for a while. I get all geeked up about something for a couple of weeks and then something else will set me off in a new direction.

Unlike with alot of my cards I am actually pleased with my coloring technique on this one. The detail on the boots came out just like I pictured it and the shading looks natural too. I am my own worse critic as are all crafters I’m sure.

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