Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Great Halloween Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you, Thank you to all who took the time to make a comment on my blog!  I so appreciate it!.  I loved reading through all the memories of favorite costumes and I hope you did too! Loved Brenda dressing up like an old lady at work, Bobbi as a table (now that's creative), and Denise with the "real cowgirl" costume!  Again, thank you for taking the time to post a memory!

We have a winner in The Great Halloween Giveaway!!
Megan, please email at to claim your prize!

I promised I would share my favorite costume.  My mom normally made my costumes but one year she actually bought one.  I believe I was about 6 yrs old that year.  
Now you might think this was taken on Halloween but you would be wrong.  My parents anniversary is Oct 18th and this particular year they had a party.  I was in my bedroom (where I was supposed to be during the party) but then the party was wrapping up and I decided at some point to put my costume on and wonder out to the living room.  I was sure nobody would even notice me...
I told this silly story to Tim last year and shared the actual picture with him we met up for a production meeting.  A few weeks later, this came in the mail.  Such a fun memory of parents who have passed on and party I wasn't supposed to be at.  All brought to mind by a found photo and a good friend (and a great boss).

now carry on,

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall Pumpkins

Hi friends!

I have an easy tutorial for you today all about pumpkins!  I got a couple packages so I could experiment with color, because pumpkins don't always have to be orange!  There are nine pumpkins in a package with three different sizes. They come in a great color of orange which I love but I thought I could change these up a bit!  Follow along and I'll show you what I did.
I was totally inspired by pumpkins that I saw recently at a local antique fair.  Scanning my choices for Distress Paint colors to use, I gravitated towards Hickory Smoke, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, and Picket Fence.  I used a small paint brush and added two coats letting them dry in-between.
I found that if I rub a thin layer of Collage Medium over each pumpkin that the paint stays nicer in the next step since it has been sealed.  Totally worth the 3 or 4 minutes it took to do it.
I used a combination of techniques to get the pumpkins to look the way I wanted.  First I scribbled Walnut Stain Distress Crayon on my Tonic non-stick mat.  I also spritzed some water on the mat to wet my paint brush.  You are really looking to make more of a paste rather than brown water so the less water the better.
Using the brush, you are able to paint right down the cracks in each pumpkin.  I like this method but it was not grungy enough for me so I scribbled directly onto the pumpkins and then rubbed it in with damp fingers.  You can see the result in the next photo.

Now thats enough grunge to make them look vintage!  I still used the damp paint brush to break up any larger pieces of crayon that were left after rubbing it in.
I cut up small *twigs with my Tonic scissors then used Collage Medium to glue them to each pumpkin.
*my husband picked these up for me at the golf course - plenty of twigs there!
I added a small amount of moss to some of the pumpkins and then just waited for the Collage Medium to dry.
I just love how they came out!  So fun and just the right colors for me.
Here you can see how I used white pumpkins in my Found Objects Halloween kit.  

Now if you're not into painted pumpkins, maybe you'll like some with funny faces!  The faces are from the Halloween Remnant Rubs.  I thought maybe they would be hard to put on but nope, they rubbed on very easily (I hardly had to use the Remnant Rub Tool).  I did go over the face with Collage Medium - it gets rid on the slight halo around the rubs and it secures any edges to the surface.  An easy fix.
There are even faces on the sheet for the smaller pumpkins!
You can see I used the same Distress Crayon technique (shown previously) to add crayon over the pumpkin so it fits in with the group.
 I decided to stack them up using dollop of Collage Medium in-between.  It might seem like its not going to keep them together but just leave it alone to do it's magic and they will be glued together for life!
 They fit right in with the group!
I hope I have temped to you to experiment with pumpkins!  I didn't even show black painted pumpkins and I know that would be a great addition to any Halloween Project!

Just for fun I am having "The Great Halloween Giveaway" to celebrate the fall season!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here on the blog - 
I want to know what was your favorite Halloween Costume?  
I know what mine was!  

I will post the winner on Thursday evening so be watching to see if it's you!!
now carry on,

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Found Objects kit

Hi friends,

I am kicking off my seasonal projects with a kit for Halloween called Found Objects.  I am teaching this class just once on Oct 19th at The Crafty Scrapper along with two Christmas classes.  You can call the store directly for information about all three classes.

The Crafty Scrapper
Waxahachie, TX

The Found Objects project is an 8” round with a raised pedestal base.  The kit has everything you need to complete the project including a package of Halloween Paper Dolls and 12 different Worn Wallpapers for backgrounds.  Skulls, bones and pumpkins can be found in the graveyard along with a creepy tombstone and a red-bellied spider.  Complete instructions have four color pages of step-out photos + written instructions.  A few basic Ranger supplies are needed (that list is included in the kit box).  Kit comes delightfully packaged.  

The Found Objects kit is $89 + 10.95 shipping.
If you are interested in purchasing a kit or being on a kit mailing list, please email me at
now carry on,