Normally at this time of year, I'm ready for back to school, the brisk days of fall, and the upcoming holidays. This year, I'm finding that a little difficult since it is still 90 degrees in Boston! But, I have to say that once I picked up the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge from ProvoCraft that I started getting my holiday groove in gear!
Last October, our family had so much fun hosting our first Halloween party! In New England, it was a warm night in the mid 60's. We took the festivities outside to roast smores, play games like pass the pumpkin, and to dance. This photo is a group shot of all of the kids that I took toward the end of the night! We hosted Transformers, witches, fairies, Superman, cowgirls, ladybugs and a butterfly! Because this was a very colorful bunch, I decided to convert the photo to black and white.
For the layout, I started with Bazzill purple cardstock and added Marah Johnson's die-cut Iron Gate paper from her Breathless Collection. I printed out the photo in a 5"x7" size and double-matted the photo with orange and black cardstock. I placed the mat on a layer of patterned paper that had been punched along the edges with a Lattice Martha Stewart punch. Next, I took out my Cricut Expression Machine and the Happy Hauntings cartridge. I began by working on my skeleton. You'll find the skeleton image on page 29 of the manual. I cut the image out at 8" using gray and white cardstock. For the hat I used purple and orange cardstock and added a few embellishments. The orange piece that I adhered to the chest to add a little color is from the mouth of the pumpkin that I cut out below.
Next, I cut out the Graveyard image at the bottom of the layout. You'll find the image on page 62 of the manual. Press the shift and Graveyard button and cut the image out at 7". The background of the image I cut out in dark gray. Then, I cut out the Layer1 in green for the grass. I inked both pieces before adhering them together. Lastly, I cut out three pumpkins at 2" from page 61 of the manual. The base of the pumpkin was brown and then I cut out the face in orange.
I thought that ProvoCraft was pretty ingenious to include this frame in the Happy Hauntings cartridge. What a fabulous idea for a party favor or Halloween gift! I plan on creating some of these with my daughters second grade class this year!
For this frame, you can refer to page 68 of the manual. I cut all of the pieces at 5.75". The photo will be approximately 3" x 3.5". I cut out the main frame layer in orange and the spider web in black. Next, I cut both pieces of layer 1 in black cardstock. You'll notice that easel of the frame is simply cardstock. I used foam tape to adhere it to the frame. For added strength, you could cut out 2 easels and adhere them together. For a simple embellishment, I used a Pumpkin layered die-cut from K and Company.
How cute are these characters? I loved them when I opened up the cartridge manual! (page 30 and 31) To start, I cut out both Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein at 5". Frankenstein's base is cut out of white and shift layer is created in black. You'll cut out layer 2 in green cardstock and then adhere the pieces together. The Bride of Frankenstein base layer is cut out of white and the shift layer is created in purple. You'll cut out layer 2 in green cardstock and then adhere the pieces together. The Happy Halloween sentiment is cut from the Bats Creative Imaginations Creepy patterned paper.
This card is created using the webbed frame found on page 38 of the manual. The frame is cut out at 5.75" in purple for layer 1 and the (frame1-s) is cut out in black. I added the Happy Halloween sentiment and bat embellishment from the Bats Creative Imaginations Creepy patterned paper. These are adhered with foam tape to add dimension. I also added orange rhinestones from Kaiser Craft to the edge of the spider web to add some detail.
For this card, I've used the ghost found on page 37 of the manual. The ghost is cut out at 4" using black for the base layer and the shift layer was cut out using white cardstock. I inked the edges and added just a bit of Stickles for some color. For the frame, you can refer to page 45 of the manual. This frame is the pumpkin frame, but I just cut off the top of the pumpkin to make it work for this size card. I cut the frame at 6" in orange cardstock for the base which is the shift layer and black cardstock for the outside layer.
This card uses the Witches Cauldron found on page 49 of the manual. The cauldron was cut out a 5.25" in black cardstock. The bubbling liquid was layer 1 cut out in purple cardstock with stickles for added sparkle. The cloud of smoke was cut out in green. The Beware sentiment is found on page 67 of the manual and is cut out at 1.5" with orange and black cardstock.
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I will fully admit that I am a sucker for anything labeled vintage. There is something so "new" about things that are old! When I saw the newest line of vintage inspired embellishments from Making Memories I had to start collecting right away. Unlike a big matching line of paper and embellishments, these bits and pieces coordinate with almost any project and that means that I need to keep a pretty big stash of them at all times!
The vintage embellishment line includes metal tags, small metal flowers, beautiful textured ribbon pagemarks, metal frames, antique look brads, and a huge assortment of eclectic metal signs and words. You can find something for every project here!
The Key to my Heart
This is the first of many six month photo shoot pictures you'll see from me! The sentiment here is simple and says it all but the key and lock embellishments echo the "key" in my title perfectly. I also chose to combine silver and brass on here because of the colors in the patterned paper I used. Mixing metals is OK! The antique brads are so usable I had to fight to keep them to a minimum so they wouldn't steal the show. You know what they say about taking off one accessory before you leave the house... ;-)
This layout is of my best friend's little girl and I just love these photos of her at just a few weeks old. There is nothing more peaceful and serene than watching a baby sleep! I used a couple more of those glittery brads on here but the real star is the gorgeous pagemark. I almost want to make bookmarks out of all of these because of how neat they are. I attached this one to look like it was hanging over the pink paper. And it comes with those awesome embellishments already added!
I used a pagemark in a different way on this layout. Instead of hanging it like the last one I noticed that it had two v-cut edges and decided to use it horizontally instead. Again, it came with the metal embellishment on it already... and that makes things super easy! I also used one of the metal sign embellishments from the Memories pack and three small white metal flowers inside the circle/flower stickers. I love the texture and the touch of weight that the metal embellishments give to my projects. These aren't the metal embellishments of a decade ago!
Hey look at that! A holiday card in August?! When I saw the crystal "joy" word from this collection it just cried out to be used on a Christmas card. It adds a lot of sparkle but has a low enough profile to get mailed without an issue. I also used the remaining charm from the key and lock set and hung it from a ribbon wrapped around the inside of the card. It hangs and grabs the recipient's eye with the movement of the crystal. Pretty!
Reese's Baby Card
This last card was created for a friend to welcome a new little girl into the world! Although the colors and other elements are soft and feminine I really liked the antique flair the metal frame gave this. I placed it on the small floral paper and trimmed the edges to give the frame more definition. This sort of embellishment is what takes cards to the next level and really makes them special. I also got one more sparkly brad in the center of the flowers!
Reese's Baby Album
Of course this new little girl needed a baby album to go with her card! Again I used soft colors and prints but added the metal for vintage charm. I strung the metal tags together with a jump ring and a pearl accent and tied them to a wide twill ribbon that wraps around the cover. They say "smile" and "beauty comes from within", which are perfect sentiments and pieces of advice for a new baby. I really love the way they softly clink together when you open the book.
So you can see this embellishment line offers endless variety for use! I had a lot of fun adding bits of metal to my projects and I am sure you will too!
Journal From the Heart
Long has it been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you don't have a picture?? You can use those thousand words instead, to tell your story, express your emotions and remember so many more precious details than a still snapshot of an event could convey. This week, the Digital Creative Team shares a few different ways that you can put your words to work on your layouts. So lay aside your camera for the time being, it may be difficult at first try but you'll soon find it easy to let your heart to the talking.
Scrapping a layout with absolutely no photo and only journaling can be tough, we know. So to begin, try using a very small photo, more as an accent really, and let your words take center stage.
An easy layout to create without any photos is to use a favorite poem or song lyrics as your journaling and a great kit to decorate the page with.
The next step would be to scrap a layout using no photo at all. Let the emotions take over and flow forth, allowing the reader to create a beautiful picture of the event in their mind.
Finally, one of the coolest ways to scrap a layout without any photos, is to use the kit embellishments to help you tell the story, by arranging them as the images.
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