Sunday, September 27, 2009

Owl Witch Card

I love owls! I was inspired by the Hero Arts line of owl stamps. Owls as ghosts and witches-how cool!

To make the owl witch card stamp the image onto white card stock and color with color pencils. Use glitter glue for accents on the owl. Glue googly eyes over the owl's eyes.

Cut a circle out of yellow card stock. Adhere the owl to a yellow circle using foam dots. Glue a die cut bat in the upper left part of the moon.

Cut a patterned piece of card stock and glue it to the card. Glue a green piece of card stock to the bottom portion of the card. Cut ribbon and glue it over the point where the two card stocks meet. Glue a bow on top of the ribbon. Glue the moon on top of the patterned card stock.

Embellish with paper flowers. Stamp Happy Halloween on the green card stock.

Bat Cookies

Every Halloween, when my kids were in college, I would them my traditional bat cookies along with a card. Bat cookies are sugar cookies in the shape of bats with chocolate icing piped around the edges to outline the bat. This year the bat cookies must make the journey to my daughter in Germany. I'm not sure that the traditional bat cookies will be able to survive the trip abroad so I turned to Pastry Chef Francois Payard for inspiration. Msr. Payard makes a chocolate version of rice krispy treats. Instead of rolling them into balls as he suggests I'm going to cut them in the shape of bats using a cookie cutter. Hopefully this will work.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Halloween Cards

I never thought that I would be making cards let alone Halloween cards. I got into card making because I was looking for a quick project that I could finish in a couple of hours. I had delved into scrap booking several years ago but lost interest in it. Card making was perfect because I could use those cool scrap book supplies and embellishments in my projects. Here are some of my Halloween cards.

Here are two of the cards that I finished this weekend. I'm including the directions for both cards.

Witch Card: Supplies: Martha Stewart Halloween border punch; cream, black and purple card stock; Basic Grey Halloween paper;stamps by Inky Antics; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; ribbon; color pencils.

Stamp witch on white card stock using black ink, place a mask of the witch over the stamped image and stamp the pumpkin. Color the witch and pumpkin with color pencils and cut out images.

Spray black card stock with Raven Glimmer Mist and let it dry. Spray the card stock again with Sea Glass Glimmer Mist and let it dry.

Mat tree patterned Halloween paper to black card stock and then mat onto purple card stock.
Glue witch and pumpkin on the tree patterned paper at the base of the trees. Stamp bats in the trees.

Punch Boo border out of black card stock and mount across the top of the purple mat. Punch border out of white card stock and cut out ghosts. Glue the ghosts over the black ghosts.
Spray the entire card with Pearl Glimmer Mist. Allow to dry and embellish with a bow.

Ghost Card: Supplies: Hero Arts Stamp; Basic Grey Halloween paper; orange, green, black and purple card stock; Martha Stewart Halloween border punch; Cuttlebug embossing folder; oval punch; chalk; ribbon and sandpaper.

Stamp ghost onto white card stock with black ink.

Punch an oval out of the center of a square of bat print card stock. Mount bat card stock over ghost image. Color white oval surrounding ghost with chalk.

Frame bat card stock with a border of black, orange and black card stock. Punch boo border out of black card stock and adhere to top of the frame behind the black border. Mount onto green card stock.

Emboss purple card stock and adhere to front of card. Lightly sand the image to highlight the circles.
Glue the green card stock onto the purple embossed card stock. Embellish with a bow.

Haus Tirol

I discovered Haus Tirol on a recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. Haus Tirol is a large well stocked needlework shop. The owners are charming and very knowledgeable about needlework. The shop has rows of counted cross stitch patterns, kits, a large selection of floss and tapestry wool, needlepoint canvas by the yard and crewel embroidery supplies. If you're ever in Williamsburg check out Haus Tirol but be prepared to spend some time there browsing and chatting with the owners.