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Fall in New England

We’ve been busy here – moved this summer and am just now getting around to finding some much needed time to be crafty again. I have been keeping up with my Project Life though, and will post a big catch up post on those soon.

It’s chilly here today and the leaves are starting to change…. no denying that Fall is in the air! Definitely the best time of year in New England.

Today’s card is one I made for a Shoebox Swap last weekend at my good friend Liz Ballard’s.


I decided to try and make my own embellishments- similar to the cute one’s the Girl’s Paperie had out last fall. It was pretty easy with some crepe paper streamers and punches (and much less expensive!). Used one of my favorite Studio Calico stamps to make the chevron background. Love their stamps-so happy Hero Arts is making them now.

Have a great weekend!

Eat, Drink and Be Scary

Ryan just LOVES Halloween and dressing up, so this year I decided we would have a Halloween Party and invite over 10 little guys for some costumes and fun…Yikes!

Lots of little ones but oh so much fun!  Much less chaos than I had anticipated :)

I made this banner using Photoshop Elements, some Echo Park digital paper I found online at and the Bleeding Cowboy font (found free online at I then cut out the papers, glued them to black glittery paper from Doodlebug Designs and then orange cardstock from PaperSource.  Finally I used my Martha Stewart web border punch on the bottom for a little design.

Glittery spiders were from Pier One on clearance a couple years ago (I knew there was a reason for buying them!)

A little spooky face painting…

Some boo pumpkins I made with paint pens… Didn’t turn out quite as good as I’d hoped- I had no idea how hard it was to write/paint on bumpy pumpkins :)

Anyone who knows me knows I love Halloween but HATE dressing up.  I decided that’s not much fun though, so for the kids I decided to suck it up and made some spooky spiderweb glasses (idea and template can be found here).  I later hot glued on some sparkly purple spider legs, but ran out of time before the party.  That and my all black outfit and spider ring is about as costume-y as I’m going to get ;)

More pumpkins- these ones were from Target clearance a few years back.

Mixed in with the fruit and goldfish I had to have some treats too- cupcakes that Ryan decorated and some candy corn…

What are your plans for Halloween?  We are jam packed with Fall Festivals, more parties, a Haunted Trail in our neighborhood and trick-or-treating.  Love this time of year!!

Happy Halloween!

Wicked Halloween

Here is the card I made recently for the A Muse Addicts gathering at The Paper Tree.  We had so much fun chatting and crafting- my favorite thing to do!

It’s hard to tell, but the black background paper is glittered all over- it’s a sugar coated paper from Doodlebug Designs – one I love using for Halloween.   Tonight is my first calendar class at The Paper Tree.  If you missed this one, we’ll have a repeat in November.  See details at the top of my blog.

Have a great weekend!

Halloween Owl

Here’s a quick Halloween card I made recently.  Would you believe this was a $1 stamp I found at a big box store last year?   This was the first time I used it, and used some A Muse paper to paper piece it for a bit more interest.  I also added some Martha Stewart black glitter and diamond glaze on the eye.

A Making Memories star button from last year finished it off.  Today was SOOO fun- we had the A Muse Addicts gathering at The Paper Tree.  Of course, I forgot my camera, but much fun was had.  Heather even stopped by for a bit to visit -yay!

We finished out the day by going to an outdoor showing of It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on a huge inflatable movie screen – so fun!

enjoy :)

Sneaky cats

This card has a surprise inside…..

a cute pop up cat that I thought went perfectly with this sentiment :)

I used some silver fox Smooch on the moon to make it stand out.

Have a great weekend!


Boris & Bernice

Boris & Bernice are some of my favorite A Muse Halloween images.  I couldn’t resist adding them to this spinner card.  We’ll be making this card in my class tonight!

Halloween Treats

This is one of the treat bags we’ll be making in this Friday’s class- Slick Tricks & Sweet Treats.  We’ll be making 3 treat containers and 2 interactive cards using some of my favorite A Muse Halloween images.

Details on the class are listed at the top of my blog- hope to see some of you there!


Happy October!

Here’s two version’s of the October calendar page.  One with Martha Stewart’s Drippy Goo punch, and one without….for those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to find your own drippy goo, I created a version just for you ;)

WITH drippy goo :)

WITH drippy goo :)

Without drippy goo :)

Be sure to get your own calendar here – the proceeds all go to charity, and make great gifts!

Happy October!!

Calendar, Images, Patterned Paper – A Muse Artstamps

Channeling my inner Martha…

I sometimes like to pretend that I am just like Martha, and imagine that my projects will come out to look just like hers.  This never really works out the way I plan, but I carry on anyway.  Her Halloween projects are just about the coolest around.

Today Ryan and I decided to tackle one of my favorites- glittery pumpkins.

We used craft pumpkins from the craft store, and lucky for me Martha’s glitter (the best ever) was on clearance too.  Good thing cause we used a ton!

I decided to do this project outside since I knew it was going to get messy (and it was so gorgeous outside), but of course the wind blew every time I went to glitter something.  I am now covered in black & glow in the dark glitter :)

Ryan went for the glow in the dark glitter (which was unfortunately NOT on sale).  It came out so cool, although a little blotchy in places.  3 year olds (and Mom’s) aren’t as good at getting even coats of glue as Martha is.  It’s very cool in the dark, and we can’t wait to put it outside on Halloween night.  Hard to see in the picture but we tried to get a shot of the glow…

Have a great weekend!

Candy Apples

Can you believe how many blog posts I’ve had this week?  It’s been forever since I’ve been able to get so much done and post too!  It must be because I love Halloween cards so much :)  Here’s another one I made recently and then never posted.

I used the candy corn stamp in Memento cantelope ink to make some background paper.  I also added some diamond glaze to the caramel portion of the apple, but it’s tricky to see here.  A white gel pen makes the stick portion stand out against the orange background.  I’ve never liked caramel apples- love apples, but hate them when they’re coated in caramel.  Go figure.

Images, notecard, ribbon – A Muse Artstamps

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