Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ooga Booga Bat Card


With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to make some cute cards to send to my niece and nephew.  I made one and have one to go.

For this card I used the Ooga Booga Monster Doodles and Kooky Spooky papers from Peppermint Creative. 

Ooga Booga Monster DoodlesKooky Spooky Papers

Lovin' these cute little Ooga Booga Monsters.  They go great with the Kooky Spooky papers.

Designed in Silhouette Studio Edition using the print and cut feature!  Love my Cameo!!!

This weekend I'm gonna work on some more fun Halloween projects, so be sure to check back.

Thanks for Stopping by my little craft space!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Fall Yall.......

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the colors and the cooler temperatures mostly.   It's the time when you get to go to the pumpkin patch to get your pumpkins to decorate.  It also means that Halloween is right around the corner.  For me, Halloween is about pumpkins, candy, cute decorations and fun fall parties.  I don't like the scary part of Halloween. 
When the kids were younger, I use to love decorating for school parties.  I even hostested a fall party for my son's football team one year.  We roasted hotdogs, smores and had all the candy, pop and deserts you could think of.  We even had a really fun scavenger hunt. 
So for this month's FB Challenge, I had an idea of what I wanted to do.   These cute bags are perfect for parties, giving to your special friends, or ever your co-workers.   And after all the candy is gone, you are still left with the cute little bat to wear for years to come.   You could do the spider treat bags the same way, but I opted to paint them directly onto the bags.
I got these little muslin bags from Pick Your Plum.  I bought them last year, but forgot I had them until it was too late to use them for Halloween.   I've been waiting all this time to use them.   The images used on these cute bat and spider treat bags are from Peppermint Creative

Supply List:
Muslin Bags
Modge Podge
Silhouette Chipboard
glue - Spare Parts
Pin for the back
google eyes
yellow & black paint
acetate sheet
Sponge applicator
 COMMERCIAL Vectors - Spooky Cuties 
Used these commercial vectors from Peppermint Creative for my project.

First I opened Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and picked the circle on the left hand of the screen and drug out about a 2 inch circle and did a trace outline on my spider.  I loaded the acetate and hit cut.  It was cut on a blade setting of 3 and speed 3.

For my little bat pin, I did a print and cut and then cut 2 more of the same size on silhouette chipboard.

When you do a print and cut you will make sure that you choose the right paper size and check registration
marks (shown below)
My printer only prints up to a 8 1/2 x 11.  One day I will get one that prints bigger, but for now this will work. 

To cut the chipboard you do NOT do a print and cut so  you can use 12 x 12.  I also had a scrap piece that fit right at the top of my page. (You can see it in the "supply" picture above)  To cut, choose chipboard in the print menu.

(Please excuse the bad manicure, I just finished painting a wood pumpkin that needed touching up ~ wish I would have done a better job at getting it all off ~ sorry!)

After getting all the pieces printed and cut out, the next step is to paint on the muslin bags.  First, cut a piece of card board and put into your bag.  This keeps the paint from bleeding through. 

Next put a little paint into a paper plate.   Dab your sponge brush off a little so that you don't have your brush too wet.

Put your stencil on your bag ( I used a couple of pieces of double stick tape to help hold it in place)
Apply using and inward motion.

Remove your template and let dry.  For this one, you will still have to make the little bat pin. 

 For the bat you will follow the same steps using the spider template.

To finish off the spider, you will add the google eyes using a glue stick.  I purchased the glue stick in the part of the craft store that sells all the tiny gems. 

Now to make the removable bat pin. 

Take one of the bats that you cut out of the chipboard and add a layer of modge podge.

Add another layer of chip board and then another layer of modge podge. 

Yep, I'm pretty messy!  (I can't believe I'm actually posting this picture)
After getting the chip board pieces together, smash them together with your fingers all the way around.

Apply another layer of modge podge and put the printed bat on top.  You can put another layer over the top, but I chose not to. 

(bad nails again!)  Wish I would have paid more attention to that.  UGH!!!

To finish your bat, add the pin.  I used pins that didn't require any glue.  You just remove the sticker paper and stick it to your project.

That's it!!!!  Add your pin to your treat bag and your done!  Aren't they cute?
Hope you enjoyed this month's project.  It was a lot of fun making them. 



My Silhouette Challenge buddies are all sharing projects today on their blogs, so peruse the links below for a blog-hopping good time.
Organizing for Preschool by Life After Laundry
Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Gender Reveal Fabric Banner by Create & Babble
Preschool Lovey Book by A Tossed Salad Life
Front Door Sign by Cutesy Crafts
Paper Pumpkin Banner by Chicken Scratch NY
A Stache Bash Shower by Home At Eight
Fall Decor with the Silhouette by Coley's Corner
Happy Fall Y'all by Tanya's Creative Space
Halloween Lights by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Customized Disney T-Shirts by DailyDwelling
Craft Room Labels by Super Sweet Life
Toddler Growth Chart by Joy and Gladness of Heart
"Let's Hear it For the Boys!" by An Elegant Touch
"Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  We'd love to have you.  Simply contact Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email."  Here's a link to the March Silhouette Challenge post if it's helpful to see an example.

Monday, September 2, 2013

My Swap buddy, Jessica, got the package I sent her!!!

I'm so excited!  My swap buddy got her package I sent her.  I was a little worried if she would like the stuff  I was collecting to send her.  It's official.....she loved it.  Whoohooo!  

Okay, so let me explain how I joined this swap.  I'm in a Silhouette group on Facebook that does a monthly challenge.  It was started Lauren from The Thinking Closet.  Of all the groups that I'm in, this one by far has been the neatest.  Shannon, a group member, headed up this swap.  She did an awesome job grouping us all up and having a fun questionnaire for everyone to answer.  We had a little over a month (I think) to get things together.  We were to use things we had in our craft supplies that either we weren't going to use anymore or that we had too much of.  Most of it did come out of my stash, but I snuck a few NEW things in there too.  Shhhh, don't tell!

Some of the ladies are starting to get their packages and post pictures.  I forgot to take a picture before I sent it.  I was too excited about sending it.  Jessica did, however, take a picture when she got it.  Here is a picture of the one I sent here and will post a picture as soon as I get the one from her. 

Here is a list of things I sent:
Kraft boxes
Kraft "coffee" bags
Tin box ~ I painted mine black and cut vinyl with my silhouette that said "Mail"
Glass candle holder like the one I used in the last FB Monthly Challenge
White Gel Pen ~ it's just like the one I have ~ it took me a while to find one and when I did, I bought a few extra
Package of scrapbook paper
Wire Basket
Thirty one storage bag
Thirty one mirror
Washi Tape
Spritzer ~ hope Jessica uses hers first and then lets me know how it works
Muslin Bags ~ I think I'm going to use mine for the next challenge
Hair clips to decorate
Stamp wheel
I can't wait to see what she comes up with, she's a very crafty lady!  You can check her blog out here.

Preschool Puzzle.......

I've been wanting to make a puzzle with my silhouette now for a while.  I had an idea of how I wanted it to look like, but didn't have the details together yet.  I knew that I would either use chipboard or cereal boxes to make it.  I found that the chipboard is a little thicker than cereal boxes.

When Miss Mint at Peppermint Creative put this kit together, I knew immediately that I was going to do two projects for the Creative Team.  One was my Memory Game that I posted earlier last week and the other was this cute preschool puzzle.  I almost nixed it when I saw that there was a tutorial that was posted on the Silhouette Blog last week doing a similar puzzle idea.  With all the creative minds out there and pinterest, we are bound to have same ideas cross paths.   It's just frustrating that you see it right before you are about to do your project.  It's happened to me twice in the last month.  But I have learned that it's okay, because each person has their own little twist on things.  And along the way, we may learn something from each other that the other person wasn't aware of.  Still with me? LOL!

For this puzzle I used the Little Learner kit.  It is the same kit that I used on the Memory Game that I

I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Designer Edition to design this preschool puzzle.

I used the elements in the set to make the pieces and used one of the papers out of the set to put on top of the puzzle.
Here you can see that when I designed the puzzle the back piece of the puzzle had finger holes, so that you can easily take the pieces back out. 
To make the puzzle I used 3 layers of chipboard and two layers of cardstock.  I put those together with Modge Podge.  The pieces felt like a wood puzzle after it dried.
Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the gallery at Peppermint Creative to see more hybrid projects and scrapbook pages using the Little Learner Kit.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

And the winner for The Cutting Cafe' Blog Hop is.....

Time to announce the winner to The Cutting Cafe' Blog Hop. 

The Cutting Cafe

But before I announce the winner, I want to THANK everyone that left a comment and participated in the blog hop.   It was ALOT of fun.  I want to also say "THANKS" to Regina for having me on her awesome design team!  I'm very sad to be done with my term, but look forward to all the NEW design team's projects. 

And the winner of the pumpkin trio set is...........

I love this card! Fall is my favorite time of the year and I can't wait to make this as a table
card. I love your paper colors and the polka dots just add that touch! This is so cute!!!

Congrats's just in time for Fall!!  Please contact me so that I can get you your prize.