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Ready for Halloween: Decorations

Halloween at our house looks a little like this:

Halloween Seasonal Decorations

At night, the soft glow of all these candles, Halloween decorations, and twinkle lights is downright magical… I love this time of year!

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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:

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The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.

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Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!

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I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!

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I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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Baby Bump Update: Week 25

Baby Bump Week 25

Time: October 30th- November 5th

Developmental Milestones: Baby is continuing to grow this week, increasing her fat stores.  Her lungs are continuing to develop and starting to manufacture surfactant.  Several pregnancy week-by-week trackers suggest that you could tell the color of baby’s hair at this point!

Highlights:

  • The first day of November, I felt Baby Girl move for the longest stretch of time yet.
  • We are officially halfway done with our Hypnobabies Birthing Class.  (More details on the type of class we choose and our thoughts on the experience to come!) —>UPDATE: Our Experience with Hypnobabies
  • J and I are getting closer to picking out a name… it’s down to 2!
  • Halloween Fun: We traveled to my Grandparent’s house on Halloween to celebrate my Grandma’s 92nd birthday!  James and I showed her our crazy Halloween costumes and enjoyed a family pizza dinner.  James was the official chef extraordinaire (“the Bun Maker!”) and I sported a matching shirt!  Such fun memories… and an item checked off our Fall Bucket List: Find a fun maternity Halloween Costume!

 

 

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In the Workshop: Halloween Fun

A couple of recent Halloween goodies from the workshop:

Isn’t it interesting how well placed gemstones can add to your design- this skull becomes a lot more interesting with the addition of orange glowing eyes!

Don’t you just love how the memory box die swirls seem like magic effortlessly shooting out of her hand?… as though she just cast a spell?

I also had an opportunity to teach another class at Checkered Cottage where participants made these 2 beauties: a vintage Halloween card and treat bag.  These projects utilize some of my favorite techniques: edging papers with gold and glitter, using dies, creating dimension with paper, and punching fun borders.

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October Happenings!

I absolutely love Fall and especially the month of October. Despite the chill in the air, it is usually still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

Inspired by the to-do lists I’ve seen pop up on Pinterest, as well as this awesome post HERE, I’ve crafted my own bucket list for this “wonderFALL” season!

2012 Fall To-Do List

  • Dress up the front porch with cheerful, bright mums!  DONE!
  • Decorate the house for Halloween.  DONE!
  • Visit the pumpkin patch with James.
  • Savor the changing leaves.  DONE!
  • Make pumpkin bread and cookies.  DONE!
  • Make homemade chili with my Mom.  DONE!
  • Enjoy sitting on the patio while it is still warm.
  • Design or find a fun maternity Halloween costume.  DONE!
  • Bake a pie with my Grandma.
  • Continue our Friends Thanksgiving tradition.  DONE!
  • Be grateful, everyday.  WORK IN PROGRESS!

It’s already starting to look like Halloween around here! Last year, a good chunk of our house was under renovation so I opted not to pull out any decorations.

Halloween Decor

Photo taken by Kate Hayes at our Halloween party in 2010!

We have lots of reasons to celebrate this month: our 3rd wedding anniversary, J’s 30th birthday, and an upcoming whirlwind trip to the beach!

 

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Guest Posting at Eighteen25!

Have you heard of Eighteen 25’s Spooktacular September?  These lovely ladies are featuring fun Halloween craft ideas from other bloggers every day this month.  I am honored that they shared my idea for Halloween Treat Bags today!  Head over to Eighteen25 to see what I made with this fun spider embellishment and craft paper!

Handmade Halloween Treat Bags- Spider Embellishment

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Halloween Cards at Checkered Cottage

I am so excited to be joining the Checkered Cottage team of teachers.  This charming paper crafting store sells a variety of beautiful papers, embellishments, exclusive card design templates, and stencils.  They have a dynamite schedule of Fall classes right now.  Here is my take on Halloween…

Introducing a Haunted Trio of Designs:

Handmade Halloween Card

Class participants will make these fun Halloween cards, which feature Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny papers, intricate Memory Box dies, punches, and glitter!

Happy Haunting Halloween Card

Check out Checkered Cottage on Facebook for more updates from the shop!

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