Saturday, 17 October 2015

Scary Spell Jars - Cricut® Explore Air

Happy Saturday one and all!

Yes I'm back with another Halloween make. This time it is three jars filled with grisly items to make spells. We have Evil Eyeballs, Spooky Spiders and Fiendish Fingers.

Without further ado do...

The Cricut® images you need to make these jars are...

Spider #M4627F - Pot Pourri Basket
Bat Label #MA8FFC - Happy Hauntings
Web Label #MA8FCA - Happy Hauntings
Lettering - Happy Hauntings Spooky
Label #M41735 - Sophisticated

The materials needed are...

Cricut® Window Cling - Black, Orange, White
Cricut® Vinyl - Brights Sampler, Midnight, Berry
Polystyrene balls
Witches fingers (not real ones, they need them, plastic ones will do)
Ribbon - Halloween striped, black, orange
Card - black
3 x jars

Top Tip!!!!
Use a ball tool on the body of the spider, this will make the spider stand up.

I decided to use window cling on the jars as after Halloween you can just peel it off with no mess, store and keep until next year! You can then use the jars for something else.

I also used a red fine liner to add a blood shot effect to the eyeballs.

I hope you like my little spooky jars, thank you for visiting and I'll be back soon! TTFN! xx

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Spooky Spider Luminary - Cricut® Explore Air

Good afternoon peeps!

I'm back with another spooky treat for you, a spider luminary.

This one is quite easy to put together. It is like a gift bag with a cut out front in the shape of a spider. Instead if just using plain card for the 'bag' part I used some lovely spider web paper from the Pebbles Boo! 12" x 12" paper pad.

Here it is...

I love the way the green gems for his eyes actually seem to light up.

For this little lantern you will need the Spider Luminary Bag (#M3F6F3) from the Monster Bash Cartridge, Boo! 12"x12" Paper Pad by Pebbles, black card and green gems.

This would be great made in a batch to place on party tables. There are some more designs that you can use such as a spider's web and a haunted house.

Of course, the lit up picture doesn't really do it justice. It looks fantastic in the 'flesh'.

Thank you for calling by and I'll be back soon with some more makes!


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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Haunted House - Cricut® Explore Air

Happy Sunday chums!

I'm back with another spooky, scary make - a haunted house!

So far, this has got to be one of my favourite makes that I have done with the Cricut® Explore. 

There are a lot of sections to cut out, it uses a lot of card and very fiddly to put together, but boy is it worth it. My finished house stands about 12" high and measures around 8" x 10" at the base.

I didn't cut out the yellow inserts for the windows as I wanted to be able to put an orange flickering LED light inside as I did with Yorick, and I kept it simple as I wanted it as a stand alone luminary.

I won't keep you in suspense any longer, here it is...

I'm sorry but the last photo of the house lit up really doesn't do it justice. It looks fantastic in reality.

For this project you need the Haunted House image (#M3443E) which can be purchased separately for £3.99 or it is included in the Happy Hauntings cartridge (£19.99), lots of black card and a good adhesive.

As it is quite complex to put together, there is a PDF containing all the step by step instructions that you need. This can be found here.

I hope you like my little spooky abode. As I said before, I had such fun making it.

I will be back with a little spider themed luminary bag in another post, until then, thank you for stopping by!

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Snowy Polar Bear

Afternoon peepsicles!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. 

I'm here with the last of the three cute Christmas characters I did for the current issue (#87) of PaperCrafter. Thank you all for your lovely comments regarding the robins and the penguin and an even bigger thank you for those of you that have either downloaded them from the PaperCrafter site or have purchased the magazine :o)

This card features a cute polar bear sat in the snow, complete with woolly hat and scarf...

Don't forget, you can download the three images to keep and colour in for free from the PaperCrafter website. Click here to take you to the polar bear download. There are lots of other projects, ideas and freebies available on the site.

I hope you have enjoyed these little characters. I have some cute illustrated Christmas houses in the current issue (Christmas Special) of Crafts Beautiful (the sister of PaperCrafter), so I will post those up for you soon.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and I'll be back soon. TTFN! xx

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Alas! Poor Yorick! - Cricut® Explore Air

Happy Friday chums!

I would like to show you one of the first of many Halloween projects I am creating using my lovely Cricut® Explore Air.

There is a fantastic 3D skull image available to purchase from Cricut® called 3D Skull (#M3BA51) and costs £1.49 ($1.99).

I purchased some Halloween flickering LED tea lights so I could use him as a luminary. Let me introduce you to Yorick.

He couldn't decide which was his best side, so I took a few shots...

All you need to make this handsome chappie is the 3D Skull image, cream card, distress ink and glue. You can find a PDF of full instructions on how to assemble him here.

It was a bit fiddly but oh so enjoyable to put together. The photos don't really do him justice and with the flickering tea lights he looks so spooky in the flesh (so to speak).

Thank you for visiting and I'll be back with the next spooky project which is a large 3D haunted house, until then - ta ta!

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Skating Penguin

Mornin' all!

Well I'm back bright and early to share with you the second of three cards that I designed and illustrated for the current issue (#87) of PaperCrafter.

In the issue I share a few pages of hints, tips and techniques on colouring with alcohol markers and I came up with three cute little characters for you to download and enjoy colouring in yourself.

Here is the next card, a little skating penguin...

I can't decide whether he looks bored or is nonchalantly showing off!

Full instructions on how to make this card can be found in issue 87 of  PaperCrafter or colour him and create a card in your own style.

You can download the little chap for free from here. The robins and the polar bear are also are available to download from the PaperCrafter website; where there are lots more goodies and ideas for free.

Thank you for looking at my blog and I hope to see you soon! x

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Pucker Up!

Good afternoon peeps!

I am so proud to have one of my cards on the front cover of the current issue of PaperCrafter (#87) again this month. Not only is it my card, but it also features my own illustration of two robins kissing under the mistletoe.

I thought it would be really sweet to have the female robin all puckered up ready to kiss and the male robin looking rather worried.

Here is a cover shot...

...and here is the card itself...

I have a Colour School masterclass feature on pages 54-56 in the current issue. There is also a cute skating penguin and a polar bear card too, with hints, tips and techniques on how to use alcohol markers for great results.

All you need to create this little card is the downloaded image, card stock, twine and alcohol pens ( I used Promarkers).

You can download the robin (and the other images) for free from the PaperCrafter website. Click here to take you to the download page.

Of course there are lots of other projects, hints, tips, techniques and downloads to be found on the PaperCrafter website. Why not pop on over and have a look?

I will share the other two cards with you in later posts.

Thank you so much for dropping by! xx

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Winner & Top 3 of Cosmic Colours Challenge #17

Good afternoon lovely crafters!

Before I announce the Winner and Top 3 of the Cosmic Colours Challenge #17, I would like to say that it is with a heavy heart that I have decided that this was to be the last challenge :o( 

Due to low entry numbers (and also that I am so busy with commissions at the moment) I thought it was for the best. I don't think colour challenges are that popular. :o( 

I am also working on something for the near future (if time allows), so watch this space.

I would like to thank all of you who entered  and supported my challenge over the last 18 months, I really appreciate it and enjoyed looking at all your lovely creations. I do hope that you will continue to follow my blog.

Okay! Now on to the exciting stuff. The winner of this last challenge who will receive a $15.00 Gift Certificate from Tiddly Inks is ......

#7 - KT Fit Kitty!

Congrats Kitty! Please contact me with your full name and I will get your prize sent to you asap! 

The Top 3 are...

#1 - PHJ Volleberg
#5 - aNNie
#8 - Bunny

Well done ladies!

Please don't forget to grab your Winner and Top 3 badges for your blogs. I'll be removing the badge page in a week or so.

Thank you all again for your wonderful entries. Who knows, I may do a different type of challenge in the future.

Ta ta for now! xx

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