Quick Halloween Project with Duck Tape

In preparation for an upcoming craft project for Craftideas magazine, I’ve been playing with Duck brand Duck Tape®. Here’s a quick Halloween project using the tape and a recycled shipping box:

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I’ll just toss some candy in there and be ready for any trick-or-treaters! For this box, I simply took the roll and started wraping it around the box, cutting where I needed to using a non-stick scissor. I used three layers so I’d have enough to cover the raw edges at the top of the box.

I’ve been having a little too much fun re-purposing various boxes (boxes my husband keeps trying to throw out!)

Here’s another quick one that went from this….
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…to this:

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I love the way the box was cut — a perfect way to hold some cards:

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For that box, I used a sheet (instead of rolls). I set the box down on the paper-covered side of the sheet, then did a rough trace of the bottom and sides to get my cutting lines. I peeled off the lining and set the box bottom in the middle. Then I just folded up the sides, making slices where I needed to overlap or maneuver the tape. (I put the box on a large cutting mat and used a craft knife to slice. I didn’t worry about being neat or precise.)

These are so fast and easy, you’ll want to cover every blank surface!

More Halloween!

Here are two more easy Halloween cards:

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I don’t usually go for “cute” but who can resist the charms of the above Stampendous! House Mouse dressed in a “cheesy” costume? The paper and the cut outs are all from Bella Blvd’s Halloween Magic collection. The mouse was colored with watercolor pencils and a touch of Ranger’s Stickles glitter glue was added to the side for a little extra sparkle.

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Another easy-peasy card using the same Bella Blvd paper collection. The bats are by Hero Arts (stamped in white pigment ink), the Happy Halloween is from a Close To My Heart set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Boo! Gearing up for Halloween

Yes, ghosts and goblins are in the air as card makers gear up for Halloween!

Here are some quick cards using Bella Blvd’s new Halloween Magic papers:

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Simple, but cute (and hot diggity, I used up some scraps!) I cut out the Best Witches, punched a few circles from some leftover paper (from the same set) and added it all together, using a few foam squares for added texture. Trick or Treat was stamped using a set from Close To My Heart. The “Halloween Magic” strip is the title on the 12×12 sheet. (Way to use everything!!!)

The same sheet also gave me this cutie:

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Happy Halloween is from the same CTMH set as the small trick or treat. Such a useful set!

More to come!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Lollipop Treats

Are these not the cutest things? A little lollipop holder die from My Favorite Things. Oh, how I love this die!

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This is a great way to present treats for a sports team, class room, scout troop, etc. The die (which feels a bit pricey at MSRP $31.99) comes with the main piece plus three circles to complete the look. Additional stamp sets offer perfectly sized circle stamps, sayings and borders (which are now on my wish list).

I made a bunch of treats for Halloween (using new paper from Bella Blvd), then started on Christmas ones. I wish I had this die for a baby shower I hosted a few months ago!

Here’s a side view:

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I didn’t have the matching stamps so I just used images I had from other companies, such as the “Boo” stamp from Hero Arts.

Have a sweet weekend!

Boo! Scarin’ Up Some Halloween Cards

Yay! It’s almost Halloween!

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I love this orange dotted paper from Close to My Heart (you’ll see it a lot on my Fall cards!). Everything here is from CTMH’s Charmed set. The main scene was black embossed on a scrap piece I colored with Ranger Distress Inks (spiced marmalade, wild honey and a touch of crushed olive.) I mounted the panel on a black scrap and trimmed it … but I goofed. I cut too close to the image and it looked odd. So I hung a punched spider web border (EK Success) on the top to cover my mistake. Then I added the orange Prima flower to cover another mistake. Sheesh. The center dot is a Doodlebug Sprinkle (I love these!)
The sentiment was stamped on scrap paper and rubbed with Distress wild honey and spiced marmalade. The diamond background was stamped in Hero Arts Wet Cement.

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I don’t use a lot of cute animals, but I could NOT resist this House Mouse image from Stampendous! There’s that CTMH dotted paper again, broken up by a punched strip (EK Success). The sentiment is also CTMH. The mouse was colored with water color pencils and after everything was dry I added some yellow and orange Ranger Stickles. Mousie was popped up with Glue Dots. Fast and easy.

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This is not my favorite, but embracing my failings as the Imperfect Stamper I’m including it anyway. It feels too fussy and overdone. I had a strong urge to use navy with orange and I gave in to that urge. (Which is why sometimes urges need to be held in check.) All images from Close to My Heart. The scene and the sentiment are embossed in white; the edge was rubbed with navy pigment ink and sprinkled with Psychedelic embossing powder from Judikins.

If you’re not tired of Halloween cards, check out these oldies or these.

Enjoy!

Boo! Happy Halloween 2012!

Happy Halloween boys and “ghouls.” (oooh, scary pun.)

Here’s a quick Halloween card for you:

(Yes, I made this last year… but I am posting it because despite my good intentions, I ran out of time.)

Hope your treats are tame and not tricky.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Random Treats

Well, I’m a little late for Friday … but here are some random treats:

Is it ever too early for Halloween? Not on Friday the 13th! Check out these new All Hallows papers from Bazzill Basics:

Let’s chase the spooky with a swee. Check out these sweet cards from Basic Grey that show off BG’s new summer line being introduced as we speak at the Craft & Hobby Association Show in Chicago:

Ooooh, so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Inks!

There’s been so much buzz about Tim Holtz’ new Seasonal Distress Inks … and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some. The colors are so luscious that even though it was 100 degrees when I got them in Southern California, they made me feel all cozy and yearning for fall sweaters.

Being incredibly impatient, I had to pop them open, even though I didn’t have much time to create. But I had to look at the colors. So I pulled out a Hero Arts stamp and just randomly tap-tap-tapped on a plain white card:

‘dontcha just want to put on a scarf and run through a pile of autumn leaves? Haven’t decided yet how to finish the card — maybe some rhinestones or pearls and a simple “happy Thanksgiving” sentiment? The colors are Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon and Gathered Twigs.

But there was one more thing I had to try… I had about 10 minutes left before I had to leave, so I quickly dabbed the inks directly on my craft sheet:

I spritzed with my water mister and swirled around a scrap piece of semi-glossy cardstock, reapplied the inks and then dabbed a piece of watercolor paper:

On the left is the semi-glossy card stock, which did not impress me at all. (Not the inks, just what I did with them! The inks are gettin’ the love.)

On the right is the watercolor paper, which I misted first, then dragged through the ink. I supplemented the dragged ink with some ink that I picked up with my waterbrush.

I almost threw away the first one, the semi-glossy scrap that looks lame in this photo. Luckily, I didn’t. When I came home from work and had a snack (eating always revives me!) I decided to play with that piece and make a Halloween card (which I showcased earlier this week):

…and ‘lo and behold, it’s not too bad! The diamond pattern was stamped using the Gathered Twigs; the rest were all black embossed. The white spider web that you can barely see in the background was stamped using white pigment ink.  (Stamps by Close To My Heart; edge by Spellbinders)

Thanks for hangin’ in there with me!

Boo! Halloween’s Creeping Up!

Yowzas! Halloween is right around the corner!

I haven’t been much of a Halloween card maker, but since my friend Connie’s birthday is on Halloween, I’ve started making her spooky birthday cards each year. She gets so excited that she spurred me into re-thinking the Halloween thing! Then I met a new stamping friend, Nancy, who is REALLY into Halloween. She convinced me to buy a spooky tree stamp and a Martha Stewart punch.

So here we are…. making Halloween cards.

I’ll start with my favorite, which came about entirely by accident.

It started because I was testing those scrumptious Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks from Ranger. I smooshed the three inks (gathered twigs, ripe persimmon and seedless preserves) on my craft sheet, misted and then just plopped down the first piece of scrap paper at hand, which happened to be a coated cardstock. (I am SO impatient — I had to try these immediately — practically as I was running out the door!) I wasn’t planning on using the piece. (I’ll have more about these inks in another post.) But when I came home, it looked so yummy I trimmed it and figured I may as well stamp something on it!

I stamped the diamond pattern using the gathered twigs ink, dried it with my heat tool, then stamped and black embossed the bird and the sentiment. A little trick: Before stamping and embossing, I swooshed the piece with my anti-static bag. Mine is an old one from Stampers Touch, but I believe you can find them at Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle and other sources.

All stamps are from Close To My Heart; the white border strip is from Spellbinders. The spider web is stamped in white pigment ink.

Here are the others:

The background was made using ClearSnap’s Smooch Spritz sprays (Donna Salazar color collection) over a Crafter’s Workshop stencil. The tree (Stampendous) was black embossed (thanks, Nancy, for making me buy this stamp!), the fence was punched (Martha Stewart) from gray cardstock then colored with Stephanie Barnard black dye ink (NEW from ClearSnap). (Check out Stephanie’s website here.) The bat and sentiment are from Artistic Outpost.

And another version:

The flying witch is an oldie from Hero Arts, black embossed then colored a bit with neon gel pens from Sakura.

One more, made quickly:

Images all from Close To My Heart; punch is from EK Success.

Have a fun — but safe! — Halloween, and thanks for stopping by.

Boo!!! It’s Halloween!

I’m not normally a big fan of making Halloween cards. Not sure why — maybe t’s just not my favorite color scheme.

But this year I got some cool new stamps from Artistic Outpost* and somehow, I was scaring up a storm of cards!

(The punched border is actually this lattice border from EK Success. See how I cut the top? Is it scarier this way? Grin.) (Here’s another way I used the lattice chain punch)

(same set, but the sentiment is from Hero Arts. This is for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween!)

Another one:

(The background for the house was made using alcohol inks on glossy card stock.)

And one more,  just because I love this image! The main image is from Inkadinkado.

Happy haunting!

*Disclaimer: The Halloween set was a gift from Artistic Outpost.