Wednesday, October 24, 2012


 Graphic 45 is having some Facebook Contests this week and one each day is to make something.  Yesterday it was a card, but I didn't have the time to make it.  Today it was to make a tag.  You have to have the project finished by 12 EST -- 9pm here.  I think I got it in just under the wire tonight, but didn't win.  Anyway, here is my tag.
I used Graphic 45 - Halloween in Wonderland paper from last year.  I decided this would be a good embellishment for a page with a picture of me and DH with the Queen of Hearts at Disneyland's Halloween Time.  The red was really hard to match, and it looks better in person, but I tried to "paint the roses red."

Tomb Sweet Tomb

I have been enjoying making Halloween gifts for friends recently.  It all started with the adorable Tim Holtz card kit that a friend brought to me a couple of weeks ago.   I made all 12 cards and then got inspired to make a few gifts to go with them.  The previous blog entries have some of them, and today I am going to focus on some of the paper quilt wall hangings I made for two friends of mine who are exceptionally creative and fellow Disney maniacs.
 First, I altered the Tim Holtz tombstone card by adding stickle Mickey ears to the bat.  :-D
 Now on to the quilt wall hanging. This is an idea I got from Susan Stringfellow a couple of years ago.  I cut 1.25" pieces of Authentique Halloween patterned paper, crinkle them, adhere them to the background cardstock with a glue stick, and then sew across them for added texture.
Then I cut out these Hitchhiking Ghosts from Disney's Haunted Mansion.  I printed them onto paper from Disney, and cut them out in 1-D.  Then printed them onto vellum for the project.  You can find them here. Do you know the names of the Hitchhiking Ghosts?
Then I wanted a sign like the one in the hallway at the Haunted Mansion, so I just graphed this one, crosstitched it and then framed it with paper.

 Tree was made by attaching some dark brown paper to black cardstock with Claudine Hellmuth Multi-medium Matte.  Once it was dry, I inked it with Black Soot Distress Ink and die cut it with a Lifestyle Crafts tree die.  The graveyard and tombs were cut from some old wrinkled paper I had from ages ago.  No idea who made it.  Die cuts were also Lifestyle Crafts.  The fence was cut from black chipboard using a crooked fence die from Sizzix.

And there you go -- I really had such a great time putting these together! 

Oh!  And The Hitchhiking Ghosts are named Phineas (with the bag), Ezra (tall) and Gus (beard).

Trick or Treat

 I decided to make a few more fun projects for friends for Halloween.  These little frames can go in the bathroom next to some fall smelling soap just for a fun. silly decoration.

I used DCWV Midnight Spell paper and cut the title and the Trick or Treaters from a Tim Holtz die.  Fun and Easy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Space Mountain

This is an old layout that I finally finished using Cosmo Cricket's Cogsmo paper, blackboard and die cut paper. I enjoyed working on this layout because the paper and chipboard shapes were so fun!

This layout fits three challenges over at Disney ScrappersChallenge #5 - Spaced Out, Color Challenge #4, and Creating on A Whim #2.  If you are looking for some inspiration to get you scrapping your Disney photos, join us over at Disney Scrappers!

Not much to say about this one -- No techniques or anything.  Other than the Cogsmo stuff, the title is Lifestyle Crafts Zelda Grand, and the little Mickey heads are EK Success stickers, as is the little wrench.  It's from an old EK Success Disney set.

Fun Halloween Gifts

 I got some DCWV paper called Midnight Spell, and wanted to do something fun with the bright, glittery papers in it.  I have two friends who just moved into new homes, so I thought it would be fun to make them a Happy Halloween picture for their entry way.   In addition to the glittery paper from DCWV, I added some solid glitter paper from Bo Bunny and I think DCWV as well.
 The die cuts are from Tim Holtz and Lifestyle Crafts.  For the Candelabra, I added some Liquid Pearls to make them shimmery and like they had melted.
 I also found these fun Jack-o-lantern soap dispensers at Bath and Bodyworks and though it would be fun to add a small picture frame with a light-hearted message for their guest bathroom.
For this frame, I stamped the Happy Halloween from a Tim Holtz stamp, and embossed it with Ranger fine embossing powder.  I did the same with the bats and then cut them out.  The pumpkin is also a Tim Holtz die.    The black and green papers were cut from the centers of some of the papers in the stack.  I can still used the decorative edges of the papers as back grounds for layouts.  The striped paper, purple swirl and purple paper I stamped the bats on, were all from the border sheet in the stack.

This was a really simple project with no real techniques, other than for me -- using the bright colors.  That takes a real gift that I have yet to truly master, but I enjoyed playing!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Faux Shopping at Cristal d' Orleans

 This layout is about a Girls day at Disneyland in February of 2010.  It was a quiet day and we were wandering around listening to the Bootstrappers, riding Pirates and the Haunted Mansion, and then as we were passing through New Orleans Square along Royal Street, we were approached by a plaid and asked if we would pose for some pictures and video as if we were shopping in Cristal d' Orleans.  We had never been in the shop, so we agreed and wandered around acting like we were interested in all the glass stuff.  Then we had to sign some papers giving them permission to use our pictures.  I took a couple of the experience myself and we had a good laugh about it.  We have no idea if they actually used them or not, but we chalked it up to another fun experience in our favorite place.

 This layout was done for Disney Scrappers Challenge #28 - Shopping, and the October Creating on a Whim Challenge.  I used Sketch #98 from Sketch Savvy.

 The Creating on a Whim Challenge included using several things from a list on my layout - I included the following things: pop dots, fabric, chipboard, and journaling around the page.
      Because the shop had a lot of crystal glasses, figurines, etc, I tried to use shiny, crystally things on this page.
     To make the title, I cut the letters out of Lifestyle Crafts' Aluminum Chipboard, then put a thick layer of Glossy Accents on each letter so that they would look like crystal letters. The background shape was made by attaching the fabric to some chipboard and cutting it out on a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Styled Labels Die.

     The paper I used was fabric paper by Die Cuts with a View.  It is a little tough to work with.  It is adhesive and is on paper that you can peel off, but I left most of it on the paper because the fabric is so thin that when you remove it, it tends to get mishapen and this doesn't work when you are using large pieces.
     The adhesive also made it difficult to sew on.  My needle would get gummed up fairly quickly, so I had to keep a Q-tip and Undu by my machine and clean the needle quite often!
     There were no embellishments with this stack (I don't think DCWV makes embellishments?) so I made my own.  I enlarged the floral shape from one of the papers on my printer and then attached the plain fabric to chipboard and hand cut the shapes, inked the edges and attached them together.  I added some tiny rhinestones to tie them in with the banners I made the same way.
      I liked the texture and softness the fabric gives the layout, but it was a bugger to work with.