Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Great Witch Swap ATCs

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Here they are....the ATCs I made for the Great Witch Swap.   I've been so giddy and nervous while making these you'd think I was hoping to get a date or something.  Maybe it's cause these are my first ATCs ever along with wanting the recipients to really like them.  (Yep, I can be that insecure.)  There are only a few rules to follow with ATCs.  Size : 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches and they must be original works of art.  The Great Witch Swap ATCs
Witch legs stuck in my head from the get go so I used the Slice with the design card, Spook Alley,  for the legs.  I made "Spook" first, then "Bewitch" using all bits and pieces of items from my paper/ribbon stashes.
The Great Witch Swap ATCs
There's Graphic 45's Alice In Wonderland Halloween collection, Bazzill card stock, and Basic Grey's Max & Whiskers papers.  Stickles for sparkle. Twinkling H20s by Creative Imaginations for some shimmer and shine.
The Great Witch Swap Gate Cards
I put the ATCs in gate cards for an added twist.  They can be displayed in a prettier fashion that way.
The Great Witch Swap Gate Card 1
Both a little different.  Not sure which I liked more.  I had a hard time letting them go truthfully.
The Great Witch Swap Gate Card 2
And the backside, just in case you were wondering.
The Great Witch Swap Gate Cards
Looking forward to my next ATC swap.  I'll post pics of the ATCs I received soon, they're terrific!  Till then, Happy Halloween, may there be lots of treats for you all!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scrapbook Layouts

I may have waited a bit to long to share these for I'm drawing some blanks as to what materials I used. When I'm having a creative upchucking I don't always remember all the details. I know I was trying to follow a sketch with this layout but strayed so far that it's pointless to try and recall it now. There's some Cosmo Cricket papers and lace from the dress in the pics. For more on that go here. I hand stitched all the wording with a silver thread and used a Hero Arts stamp for the butterflies.
Sewn For You Layout
Graphic 45 Halloween Alice in Wonderland collection in this Spooktactular layout.  I know I used a sketch from Pencil Lines, which one I'm drawing a blank on.  I utilized a few In Stitches templates with twine for the stitched parts.  The picture of Teo says sooo much about him! His little smirk gets me every time.
Spooktacular Layout
I used all Creative Imaginations papers and embellishments in this soccer layout.  I used the September Sketch Challenge  and added it to the gallery there.
Soccer Layout
I've a few more layouts to work out of my system but for now I'm swamped with wiener dog shirts and headbands for my soon to be etsy shop.  "Creative upchucking" at it's finest.  Now if only I didn't need to sleep.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Zoo Boo 2010

A fun time was had by all at this years Zoo Boo. I thought I'd taken more action shots but I guess I was too busy enjoying the moment rather than taking pics. Yay, me! I believe that's because quite a bit of my family (and a few friends) came up for it this year.
Zoo Boo 2010
Seairra, Molly, My Mom and Sara.
Zoo Boo 2010
My sister Summer, her Jake, nephew Hunter and Jake's son, Junior.
Zoo Boo 2010
My sister Aurora and my nephew Eli. 
Zoo Boo 2010
Eli showing us his wild zebra trying to escape side.
Zoo Boo 2010
 My sister Cherish came with her two boys, Will and Ben but somehow I've only got this picture of Ben to prove that.  Awefully good picture of the lil' man but thought I took pics of everyone.
Zoo Boo 2010
Apples from the local grocery store were a hit with all the kids.   Even Wolverine (Teo) likes a healthy snack.
Zoo Boo 2010
My Rubes makes quite the cute witch if I do say so.  Orange is such a great color for her.  And I love stripy tights!  Might have to get a few more when Halloween is over and the clearance sales hit.
Zoo Boo 2010
Bewitched!
Zoo Boo 2010
I get my love of Halloween from my Mom.  During the costume judging she pulled out her plastic shooters and said, "Reach for the sky."  She took 5th place.
Zoo Boo 2010
Mummy me.  I made my costume out of a tea stained sheet, a cream table cloth, 2 of my Hubby's t-shirts and a pair of Ralph Lauren white corduroy pants from the thrift store.  Total cost under $5.   I think I spent 2 full days mostly figuring how to attach  the strips to look more like bandages and to come off in 3 pieces.  (Hat, shirt and pants.)  I need to add 2 strips to tighten up the middle but over all I'm happy and everyone knew what I was.
Zoo Boo 2010
There were some soda samples offered at one of the tables and the following conversation took place:
Nice Pepsi Guy :  "Would you like a sample?"
Mummy Me : "No, Thanks."
Me walking away, stopping and then thinking, turn around and go back.
Mummy Me : "On second thought, I could use a little soda, I'm dead tired."
Nice Pepsi Guy :  Laughing. "Good one."
Never gets old, still cracks me up!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Swaps!

I've joined my first swap. I'm not recalling how exactly I found Little Messy Missy but she is the host of "The Great Witch ATC Swap".  ( ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. It is an original piece of art work that is the size of a playing card 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches).   I thought, hey, I can do that.  A little something fun for me for Halloween.  With a lot of swaps you need references to participate so I'm building my trust worthiness. 
I'll be making 2 different ATC's. I'll then mail one to a gal in southern WI and the other to a gal in MO.  I'm thinking "witchy legs".  I'll post them after they're mailed, wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for my ladies.  Another swap I joined recently will take some time to get to me.  This one goes back and forth across the world between 40 some people.  I'm in the bottom third so I figure I'll get the "stash" of goodies come January of February?  I'll make something with some of the stash in the package, replace with some of my surplus and the send it out again.  I'm trying to get the button on my side bar to help keep track of where the stash is but as of today I'm technically challenged.  Soon I hope.
TravellingStashbusters
I'm in the sewing of Halloween costumes right now.  I'm going as a mummy this year!  Can't wait to share some pics cause I'm loving how it's coming together... all spooky like.  And that's it for now since I'm off to work.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Girly Wiener Dog Shirts

So with school being back in session I thought ...hey, I might have a bit more free time!...not exactly. Seems I've gone and filled most of it up with errand running and good deed doing. So now I'm trying to squeeze in one morning for myself for sewing and crafting. Which can be by myself or with friends but ultimately needs to be fun and productive. Whew. (Who knew first grade spelling tests would be so challenging?) Onward... I've made my first few "girl" wiener dog shirts! We had a birthday party to attend and the birthday girl loves pink so, a pink running wiener dog shirt with matching headband it was.
Nodae's Wiener Dog Shirt
And the back.
Nodae's Wiener Dog Shirt
Rubes then pointed out that Teo has two wiener dog shirts and she didn't have any. She was very clear that she "really, really, wanted one for a very long time." So I whipped up one for her. I've been meaning to post about these for almost a week but Rubes has worn her shirt many times and thus I've finally gotten a clean picture of it.
Ruby's Wiener Dog Shirt
And the back.
Ruby's Wiener Dog Shirt
I like how the edges fray slightly after washing.  I've started adding "water marks" to my pics since I'm working on setting up an etsy shop.  I've chosen "Furrowed Stitches" as a shop name.  Still working out the details but also still on track.  I now have a "pro" flickr account so there'll be some fun stuff to try with photos and I've joined a few swaps this month.  Busy am I.
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