Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall is coming

I feel the nip of cool weather in the morning and find myself eagerly awaiting the full onset of fall. I have already partaken in a luscious Pumpkin Spiced Latte, bought some Samuel Adams pumpkin beer and felt the need to indulge in a few fall tasty treats and put on my apron and fired up the oven for a trio of yumminess.

First up not really a fall weather treat but I was in the mood for some cookies. I am calling these fifty fifty cookies because I didn't have enough chocolate chips to make them a true choc chip cookie and added peanut butter chips I had on hand. I will also tell you that if you bring your butter to room temp and whip the bloody {bleep} out of it with the will get a very soft and fluffy cookie. I do put my batter in the fridge between baking to keep the cookie from going flat.

Next up was some ever loving pumpkin snack cake. I really made this for work but I love pumpkin so had to snitch of few pieces to keep at home just for me. I don't think they will even miss it.

Lastly I made apple bread and the only thing I can think that would make this even more better would be a drizzle of some cream cheese icing..about the most perfect fall food I can think of next to anything pumpkin. I baked two loaves, one for the boys to have at home and one for work which I took with the pumpkin snack cake.

Monday, September 15, 2014

HW Decoration - Easy Peasy

So I have been busy with my Halloween altered objects and in the mixt of it all stumbled across this frame I bought at Michaels in the clearance section. It was originally bronze but a bit of black spray paint helped it along. I have another smaller frame I considered but the wrought iron look to this one spoke more of Halloween to me than the plain wood frame from the other one.

I had seen those collection of paper butterflies and hearts that people put in a larger frame and thought it would be kind of fun to do it with bats, except on a much smaller scale. So punched a few bats and glue dotted them onto some older Echo Park pp and tied on some toile. I did leave out the plastic insert so the bats could be a bit 3D-ish.

I think this will work splendidly in a mix of other Halloween items on my shelf.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Luggage Graveyard

I was patrolling the aisles of Michaels and came across this piece of luggage that was discounted and saw all the Halloween decorations in the store I thought it would be fun to alter it into a graveyard.

My first thought was to have the lid close but once I started creating trees I knew that wasn't possible. I also didn't want to spend a fortunate on small items but bought what I could like the fence that I altered with ink to distress it.

I did see some small dolls and figured I could make them zombies so with the help of my son I painted them a grayish green and added blood.

The floor of the graveyard is a mix of moss and the trees were created on accident. I combined a bunch of twigs and wired them together. I originally was going to spray paint them black but grabbed a can of rubberizing material that my dh used when I took a pot and turned it into a water feature (we sprayed the inside of the pot to keep the water from seeping out). And I immediately noticed it was not paint but loved the effect so it was a great mistake.

I added bits of moss to give it that aged old tree effect and have to say was disappointed in not finding something better from graves and I improvised best I could.

I plan on giving this to my dd. I think she will like's kind of fun to look at the details.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crow Box

Crow box sounds kind of silly but I didn't know what else to call this. I was hunting for some ideas on Pintrest when I saw a few projects similar to mine that placed a crow on a box. I immediately loved that idea and knew I had plenty of boxes on hand that would I could readily use.

I love vintage (Country Living has been my decorating bible since I was 16) and was inspired to make this a vintage themed project. I used some scrap pp to cover the bottom and just die cut a circle from black cardstock for the top. I decided the scallop beige edge was a nice tone already and to leave it as is.

Adding bits of items here and there I built up the top of the box with flowers, skulls and a spider then finished it with toile and a stamped sentiment.

There are two skulls on the box (which the lid does come off by the way) one in the front and the other towards the back. Personally I love that I was able to use them as is and they didn't require additional distressing.

 I created both paper flowers using two different tools. This one above I used a Fiskars punch and the one at the top of the page was created using the Spellbinders die. Love how the make completely different styles of flowers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Another Fall card

Here is another Autumn card. Hard to see but the base card uses a shimmery gold card stock. Butterfly is from Clearly Besotted stamps and banner die is from Stampin Up. Pattern paper is from Teresa Collins. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gift Bags and Soap

Earlier this year I came across a beautiful soap mold and knew instantly that it would make great Christmas gifts and the more I ventured into buying soap making supplies the more I wanted to create extrodinary soaps.

I then found another equally beautiful mold and told myself that was enough for my gift planning but I still had grandiose ideas running in my head so decided I needed a professional looking package for my soon to be beautiful bars and decided on a simple muslin bag and planned on using my Cameo to cut out vinyl for my gift giving packaging.

This is my end result of all that planning.

The bags

This has a lavender scent. Unfortunately the coloring on these left flakes even though I mixed thoroughly.

The color on this is a bit more peach than in the picture. My internet is out so had to use my phone. Scent is called a love scent..but is a nice light fragrance.

This color is a bit more lighter as seen in the fist photo. The scent is sweet pea.

I hope my recipients enjoy them as much as I did making them.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween Come'th

At least around here for me it is. I have a few things I am working on that aren't quite ready for show and tell so have a few sneak peeks if you will of things coming plus a Halloween card to share.

I will also let you know I was working on my Christmas gifts for the girlfriends and have those in the line up as well.

Didn't get as much accomplished as I'd like mostly because I unfortunately pulled a muscle in my back so I have limited sitting, bending and standing times. Today I am feeling better with the help of Advil , hot showers and a heating pad.

Up first is a photo of a card pretty much scraplifted from Papertrey Ink using their new release for August but adding my own touches.

Here are a few photos from my almost finished Zombie graveyard in a suitcase

And lastly creating a vintage inspired Halloween project using a crow and a box. Hope you can come back to see the completed projects.