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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Disney - Wait Bags

Another project I am completing are these wait bags for lack of a better term. Basically I am filling bags with little toys and goodies to help keep the boys busy when they get tired or frustrated with waiting.

I have been on the hunt for little toys and then decorated the bags, Disney style. I have also armed myself with bubbles, a mini kaleidoscope, a lava toy, a rubberband powered butterfly and of all things a Instax camera ( I figured letting them take a picture and then having to wait for it to be developed would be a time killer)

Here are the bags, simple but effective since these will most likely get tossed. Made from Vinyl and Washi Tape


Hopefully these will be effective in helping little ones learn to wait their turn patiently.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Getting Ready for Disney

In a few short weeks I will be off to Disneyland with my youngest two grandsons and their mother. Needless to say this trip was actually planned for August of next year, but Disneyland decided to extend their Halloween season beginning in August which meant ride closures for the period we would be there so they can put up the ride overlays.

We then changed the date to May of next year but wouldn't you know it with their announcement of the new Star Wars land they are going to close Rivers of America, the railroad, Mark Twain riverboat and the Columbus ship along with the Pirates Lair or as I so fondly remember if Tom Sawyer island. Well darn it all we either wait 2 years longer or go now, we opted to go now.

My middle grandson suffers from Autism as so many children and people in general do. Since his disability isn't visible I had read about wearing shirts so that people can see he does have a disability and therefore hopefully will be a little more patient.

Therefore I made these shirts for the boys using my Cameo and some heat transfer vinyl. It's things like this project that truly makes me appreciate my electronic die cutter.


And for the littlest one


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween - Get Your Witchy On

As you can see I am still obsessed with water coloring and I have a confession. I purchased some Peerless watercolors and stupid me thought they were horrible until I realized I was using the wrong side (face palm) and now that I have them figured out I really like them. I also have some Japanese watercolors and used both on this card.

Funny I didn't figure out the coloring until after this card but I guess as long as I know now that's what matters.

The stamp is from Bella and really not too much on the coloring creativity since I copied what was shown on the package, why mess with a good thing. I was taken a back that the whole scene is one stamp since I was expecting at least three pieces.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween - Ghostly Greetings

I used more watercolors trying to create a night scape. Using purple and blacks for depth and then I used both sliver mist and a white gel pen to create stars.

The witch was colored with copics and fussy cut. I also die cut the clouds from vellum and the moon was first stamped then die cut.

The ghostly sentiment was layered to give some thickness and the greetings was heat embossed.

Stamp is from Stampin Up
Ghostly die is from Memory Box
Greetings die is from Kraftin Kimmie
Clouds and Moon are from Paptertrey Ink

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happy Mail Day

So my husband has been on an extensive hunting trip, I think he's been gone 12 days so far but seems more like a month to me. My son keeps me company but his work schedule takes him away on weekends and evenings so I only get to see him a few hours when I get home.

I don't mind the quietness it's a nice break however being an Amazon Prime member I bought one of their firesticks. This is a great device and if you have never heard of it well it works through your wireless internet and allows you to access many online sites like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. Since I am an Amazon Prime member I get some free shows and movies. And now comes the part where I have been addictively watching Downtown Abbey. I am not much of a TV person but this was a show I wanted to watch but never found the time and always forgot to DVR it. Now I am obsessively watching it for hours on end thus between doing my husband's chores and marathon watching this show I don't have anything scrappy done. Well that and I am also working on my grandkids Halloween costumes. They are going as Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie.

Well that was a long way around to sharing what I arrived in the mail today. I have been very good about cutting my scrappy spending but splurged the other day and bought some new supplies. I was excited to see what arrived today both my MFT and Simon Says Stamps orders. It is a Happy Mail Day.

Some fun things I snagged.

I love this cute little elephant. I have another stamp with him but haven't used it quite yet. I guess I better use this one so I can justify my need for it.

With my MTF order I got those free stitch dies under the Halloween Graveyard dies which are actually two border type dies. Not sure what I will do with those stitch dies but should be fun figuring it out.
And lastly I couldn't resist that cute Stamping Bella witch. She was just too adorable to pass up. 

So has anyone else become addicted to Downton Abbey?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween - It's Official!

At least around our house it's officially decorated that is. I was a busy girl and was able to get 80% outside done and 100% inside done. Well technically I guess it's 100%. I usually have a very intricate Halloween village that I put on display but since the grandbabies have been walking I have omitted it. I was tempted this year to put it out but decided they still aren't quite old enough where I don't have to worry about something getting broken. Other than that it's done.

The outside still needs some spot lights up, cobweb material that I fill across an entire wall and of course fill it with spiders but it's too early for that. All I will get from now until HW is a bunch of debris stuck to it.

I was looking for pictures and a video I took last year to show you my witch who is mostly life size that is cooking up my zombie Harold in a cauldron but alas I guess I deleted it. I have two fog machines that also need to be setup but last year we used dry ice on top of that and lets just say it was a very cool effect and definitely will be repeating that. Ok enough rambling.

Back to more watercolors. I decided to splurge and bought some real watercolor paints instead of using my Distressed Ink dyes. They were a bit more work than the inks becauase I had to come back two or three times to get the effect I was after.

Using up some odds and ends 3-D stickers to complete this scene as well as a Simon Says stamp and dies for the sentiment

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween - Layout

Figured since I was in the Halloween phase that I might as well capture this picture of my dh and his little sister which allowed me to use up a stockpile of HW pp.

Apparently he doesn't quite remember why they were dressed up and since his sister is no longer alive it's hard to get any details about this.

I love this photo and my dh will have my head if he knew I was sharing it but it's so funny to see him dressed up as a woman in his teenage years.

For some reason this photo brings back childhood memories for me. That moment you are trying to throw together an outfit at the last minute because your friends want to go out but you hadn't really planned on it. Of course back then the Spirit store didn't exist and store bought costumes were pretty scarce so you had to rely on your own creativity. I remember going as Tom Sawyer one year. I had a straw hat and overalls so that pretty much made it an easy decision.

Lastly I actually did a few stamped images on this page which isn't something I normally do, but it just seemed like it needed a few more details. Up in the left hand corner you will notice a bat trio and little hanging spider, these were stamped.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween - Happy Halloween

Funny how you dig through your dies and realize you haven't used something in a long time. That's the way it was with this spiderweb die.
I made the tag using a negative die punch from my Impression Obsession pumpkin dies, then diecut 3 Halloween sentiments and glued them together for the bolder or thicker look of the Halloween and then added the cute little epoxy spider from Bella Blvd and finished it with some Baker's Twine and a Happy sentiment.