Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween

Seeing as I've got all the sweets and my lovely little cauldron I thought I'd better carve some pumpkins to let people know we've got treats for Halloween.  Believe it or not I've got to 41 years old before tackling a pumpkin!  But with the help of my eCraft it was a doddle.  I cut out a bat and a pumpkin face and used them as templates.

Such fun.  We've had lots of trick and treaters, all of them dressed up, so I've happily handed out lots of my spooky treats.  A few left for us too, even better.

With so much spooky fun there's just one little card to share with you tonight.  I've gone completely clean and simple, but I'm loving the touch of felt that I think lifts the whole card.  I love the fact that the dies and the stamps work so perfectly together.

Supplies used:
Card - kraft (PTI)
Stamps - delightful dahlias (PTI)
Ink - true black (PTI)
Dies - PTI

Inspired by challenges at:
Daring cardmakers - fantastic felties
Stamptacular Sunday - borders and frames
Clean & Simple stamping - #164
Charisma Cardz - anything goes

As I'm off the the NEC for the craft show on Wednesday it might be a quiet blog week for me but I'll update when I get back if I don't get chance whilst I'm away.

Love Ginger

Sunday, 30 October 2011

It took a week!

Yes this little card took nearly a week to make!!  I made the wood paper on Monday after watching Make It Monday #38: Brayer & Impression Plate Techniques over at Nichole Heady's blog.  Then I was busy getting spooky and making samples for my demo at Coleman's Craft Warehouse yesterday.  So it then sat there until today!  But with the help of my new Sizzix stamp & die-cut set (thank you Fiona xx) I knew exactly where I wanted to make.

Hero Art dies and Sizzix matching dies, what's not to love.

I even cut the paper up to make floor boards.  Inspired by the technique I made my "wallpaper" using a Sizzix embossing folder with sweet blush ink.  It's a great way to add further dimension to your cards.

Supplies used:
Card - Kraft, vanilla cream, ripe avocado PTI
Ink - dark chockalet, sweet blush PTI
Stamps - Think of you (from UP, Up and Away) PTI, chair and chandelier Hero Arts/Sizzix
Embossing folders - Woodgrain PTI, pattern Sizzix
Dies - Sizzix

Inspired by challenges at:
Make it Monday - #38 brayer & impression plate technique
Sweet stampin challenge - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - I remember (the stamps remind me me of the lovely Fiona)
The Craft Pad - Friendship (this card is off to  a friend of mine)

As I was out all day yesterday I didn't get chance to post my Music Saves my Soul.  

So here's my offering for this week.  As a kid I loved Suzi Quattro!  So as it's nearly Halloween, here's Devil Gate Drive

I never had enough pocket money to buy records but loved this when it came on the radio!

Right I'd better go and tidy my craft room as it's back to work in the morning and a busy, busy week.

Love Ginger

Friday, 28 October 2011

Even Spookier!

So with all the Halloween treats that I've made I needed something to pop them in to.  So with the help of my eCraft machine and some files from I decided to have a go and make a cauldron.  I love what you can make from card:

So to get this you just

Cut some pieces of card

A little bit of embossing with my trusty Big Shot (I think I might need to treat myself to some new cutting plates!)

Loving this new Darice cobweb embossing folder

And of course I wouldn't be without by Sand It Gadget or my Dust Buddy

So what does it make?  This fabulous cauldron, that's sturdy enough to stuff (and I mean stuff) full of all your Halloween treats.

I just love it.

Here's the full ensemble.  As you can see I got a little carried away and made chocolate bar wrappers, sweet bag toppers and even a little cobwebby lamp to go with my triangle treats from yesterday and the cobweb cauldron.

Now all we have to do it hope all the chocolate and sweets don't get nibbled before Monday night!

Supplies used
eCraft SD cards - Jen Allyson celebrates, year of celebrations
SVG files - cauldon and chocolate bar wrappers, party on Elm Street (, lapm and pyramid boxes (Lettering Delights)
Card - Core'dinations, including Black Magic
Sparkle - Spray & Sparkle iridescent

I'm popping this into the challenge over at:
Sir Stampalot - Food Glorious Food
Charisma Cardz - anything goes

So if that's Halloween done, I'd better get working on Christmas!

Love Ginger

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Starting to get Spooky

As it's nearly Halloween I thought I'd get crafting a few bits and pieces.  I've had a fabulous time with my eCraft, from making the boxes to decorating them.  Don't you just love that from a piece of card and a few sweets you go from this:

 An empty little box

To something a little more tempting

With the help of eCraftShop Pro you go from screen to ...

... all cut out to ...

... these cute little decorated boxes filled with sweets.

How cute is the teeny tiny little spider?

As you can see there's a few more bits but I'll share those tomorrow.

Supplies used:
eCraft SD cards - Jen Allyson designs, a year of celebrations
SVG files- pyramid boxes (Lettering Delights)
Card - Core'dinations
Sparkle - Spray and Sparkle iridescent

These were inspired by challenges at:
Creative Inspirations - Colour challenge, black, orange and purple
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #96 hubble bubble, toil and trouble
Allsorts - Halloween

Now what can I cut out next!!

Love Ginger

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Music Saves My Soul

The lovely Marcea shares her favourite tracks on her blog every Saturday.

This week I've managed to get my butt into gear and join in.  I knew which artist I wanted to pick but choosing a track was the difficult bit.  As the girls who were away with me last weekend know I'm loving Imelda May just now.  Any girl that can wear yellow and completely pull it off has my full respect!  Not only that she has the most amazing voice and I love her energy.  Here she is on Jools Holland singing Tainted Love.

I've been crafting most of the weekend and also managed to fit in a couple of walks.  I've got lots to share with you but for now here's a little Gorjuss card.

Supplies used:
Card - Core'dinations vintage collection (Crafter's Companion)
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Welcome Baby cut and emboss set
Die cut - Gorjuss
Scalloped die cut - eCraft (Jen Allyson designs card)
Stamp - enjoy the ride (PTI)

Inspired by challenges at:
Charisma Cards - #42 embossing
One stop craft - #154 no designer paper

I hope everyone has had a great weekend.

Love Ginger

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Here's Humphrey

Although stamping is still high on my list of loves, I have rather fallen for this wee chap in decoupage.  It's so well die cut it's a delight to put together, no pips and no cutting off extra white bits.  So that's one Christmas card made then!!

Supplies used:
Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Humphrey die cut decoupage - Crafter's Companion
Patterned paper - erm found at the back of thee cupboard
Stamp - holiday tags 2010 (PTI)
Die cuts - vines (eCraft swirls & flourishes), frame (PTI)

Inspired by challenges at:
Daring cardmakers - sketch challenge
Totally papercrafts - #89 layer upon layer

So as I'm off all weekend I'm hoping that I'll get plenty of time to make some more Christmas cards.

Have a great weekend.

Love Ginger

Friday, 21 October 2011

Feeling inspired

Ssssssshhhhh.  If I just sneak back into blogland, maybe no one will notice that I've been missing for a little while (I know .... again!!)!!   So life has been pretty busy and what little spare time I've had I have managed to keep creating, just not photographing and loading it up here.  However lately I've been inspired by the Make it Monday videos over at Nichole Heady's blog for Papertrey Ink.  I've had a go at making my own Washi tape and also making my own thick chipboard accents.

This week the technique is layered mats and frames.  I had a great time cracking out my PTI supplies and making this card:

Now all I need to do is find a book to send to a friend so I can send them this card!

Supplies used:
Card - pure poppy. true black (PTI)
Patterned paper - beautiful blooms (PTI)
Ink - pure poppy, fresh snow, true black (PTI)
 Dies - mat stack 3, limitless layers 1 3/4" (PTI)
Border punch - double scallop edger punch (Martha Stewart)
Ribbon & twine - The Ribbon Girl 

I was also inspired by the challenge over at one of my favourite blogs:
A Passion for Papertrey - sensational silhouettes

So I was tempted to post so much more tonight but let's start slowly!!

Thank you to anyone that might pop by.

Love Ginger

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