Acorn House

Gone is Summer. Gone is Halloween. Soon Fall turns into Winter and before we know it, it’s Christmas.

I’ve packed away my Halloween decor to make room for Christmas and soon I will pack away my Fall decor too – but only because I haven’t got room for it. Lots of the Fall decorations can easily be used for Christmas. This cute decoration I just made definitely can!

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This adorable Acorn House from Simply Crafty Svgs, is one of the easiest houses I’ve ever made and still is darn cute.

I made it in the original size – very unlikely of me 😉 It’s cut on my Silhouette Cameo and I used the Solid Scorelines option. I’ve started doing that most of the time unless it’s something very small. Then it can be a pain to fold 😀

I used AC Cardstock in Coffee and Chocolate along with patterned paper from DCWVs “Cider Woods.” It’s difficult to see but the paper for the bottom is copper foiled acorns 😉 So I took a close up:

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All edges are inked with Distress Ink from Tim Holtz and I used gold Vellum behind the windows and door.

The door knob is a copper colored enamel dot and I tied some raffia around the stem and added the cut-out leaves plus some small berries from my stash of nature materials.

Lastly I added a string of Fairy lights inside – the glow is fantastic ❤

Oh how I love acorns – and I usually use them to decorate for Christmas too along with pine cones and pine branches.

Well that was that – now it’s time to concentrate on Christmas 🙂 I have a lot of things I want to make and I bet I can’t fit them all inside my house 😀

Thanks for joining me today – have you started your Christmas decorating yet? Let me know in a comment below

 

 

 

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Halloween Freebies

We’re getting very close to the big day (for some of us the best day of the year), Halloween.

I’ve been very busy making decorations for this spooky event, but I didn’t pay mush attention to making treat boxes and such, so I decided to look around and see if I could find some fun Halloween Freebies to use – and boy was I in luck.

Follow along……

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This fun and festive Halloween Card is a freebie from Dreaming Tree and awesome for both kids and adults.

I made it with AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” (the stocking) and a piece of Black gloss paper from DCWVs “Black, White, Cream” stack (dress and heal of boot).

I don’t have any stamps to add a sentiment to the card so I just left it empty. It gives me the opportunity to use it for a birthday  instead.

I really love the matching envelope too made in AC Cardstock.

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This next freebie is also from Dreaming Tree. 

The Witch Hat Treat Cone is a genius little treat holder/decoration and I made it with AC Cardstock and DCWVs “Witches Brew” stack paper. The buckle is made from Tim Holtz’ Metallic Kraft paper in gold.

Unfortunately I did not have any string with wire in it, so I use a piece of Ideaology tinsel ribbon for the handle.

Adorable, right?

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This spooky freebie is from Simply Crafty Svgs.

The Gravestone Treat Box could also double as decoration and is very easy to make.

I used Bazzill Bling Cardstock in Tungsten and DCWVs “Ghost Stories” paper along with two tiny red gems for the spiders eyes.

I also used Distress ink for all edges and a distress tool for the panel edges for a more sinister look.

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These two Creepy Coffin Boxes are also from Simply Crafty Svgs and they are in the same freebie file. It’s simply just a matter of switching out the front panel of the box.

One is with a spiderweb  and this is made from AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” along with black pearl paper for the spider.

I also used a black Prima Gem for the spiders butt and Prima White Chalk ink for all the edges.

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The box with the cross is made from AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Ghost Stories” stack.

I also used a cross shapes rhinestone figure from my humongous stash and inked all edges with the same white Prima Chalk Ink.

Both front panels are attached with 3D glue Dots to give some more dimension.

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This spooky Black Cat Treat Box is, like the two previous freebies, from Simply Crafty Svgs and what a charmer!

I made it with AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” stack.

I used a white Sharpie to highlight the nose, ears and eyes and used some floss for the whiskers.

I used Distress Ink and Chalk Ink for the edges.

I thought I was being a genius and use acetate for the mouth opening…..that is until I saw that Sandy from Simply Crafty Svgs already did that with hers 😀 So much for being brilliant LOL!

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….in orange 😀

As Mary from SVG Cuts, the designer of this adorable little Pumpkin Box, explains on her blog, this box (originally made in a teal color) lets people know that you have non-food treats to give to Trick or Treaters. What a great idea! No questions on whether you are allergic or sensitive to sugar….and believe me….those kiddos get more that enough sugar for a lifetime on a Halloween night 😀

I made mine in orange AC Cardstock and teal vellum. All edges are inked with Distress Ink and I used a tiny piece of ribbon to tie it together on top.

I will use mine as a little luminary but small treats – non-food or otherwise – are perfect inside too.

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This rather simple Spiderweb Doily is actually very usable. Used in the original size it’s a great place mat and decoration for the wall. If you downsize it, you can use it for coasters or for a Halloween card.

I chose to use it as a place mat and I cut it out of AC Cardstock and inked it with Chalk Ink.

Imagine a dining table with these and lots of creepy food – perfect!

(the Pumpkin Spice Latté was very delicious 😉 )

Thanks for joining me today. I really hope I inspired you to find and make some of these great Halloween freebies. Please let me know in a comment below.

They are all very easy to make and they are the perfect occasion to use up some of all your Halloween paper scraps.

So this is the end of my Halloween makings for this year – but you know that I never miss the chance to Halloweenify anything so one may never know 😉

Magic Hat

“When Witches go riding, and black cats are seen,

the Moon laughs and whispers

’tis near Halloween”

Ohhhh how I love that poem! It sets the perfect mood for a spooky Halloween night and it is just the mood I want you to be in right now……. (add a little howling of the wind and maybe some wolfs or thunder too 😉 )

Oh darn…..one of the Witches dropped her hat 😮 and what is this sorcery???? It levitates!!!

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This out of this world cool Hovering Witch Hat from Simply Crafty Svgs is made from AC Cardstock in Black and decorated with papers from DCWV Inc. – “Le Noir” stack, “Ghost Stories” stack and “Curiosities” stack.

I also used lots of flowers and leaves from Prima and trinkes from my stash to embellish the hat along with a few spiders 😉

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And what is the sorcery that makes this Magic Hat levitate?

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A cleverly hidden box underneath the hat, also perfect for storing treats 😉

This hat is so easy to make it’s almost magic and would be perfect for treats, for small presents or even (if  you downsize it) for place cards 😉

Thanks for joining me today – I hope you enjoyed one of the last Halloween projects from me until next year 🙂

Feed Me, Seymour,

Feed me all night long
That’s right, boy!
You can do it!
Feed me, Seymour
Feed me all night long
‘Cause if you feed me, Seymour
I can grow up big and strong!

Remember these lyrics? If you do, you’ve definitely seen the Musical “Little Shop of Horrors” starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Bill Murray. By far one of my favorite Musicals 😀

So you can imagine when I saw the awesome creation of Audrey II by Jan Hunter – I just had to scrap lift it and Sandy of Simply Crafty Svgs made it very easy.

Presenting: Audrey II (Venus Flytrap SVG File):

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I had so much fun making the murderous little plant. I used AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWV Stacks Curiosities and Ghost Stories.

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The leaves and the tongue are embossed with Embossing folder from Crafters Companion and Sizzix and all edges plus teeth and embossing are inked with Distress Ink in matching colors.

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The plant sign is from American Crafts and I used vinyl for the text….it even has the bloody fingerprint from Seymour 😮

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Finally I filled in some Spanish Moss in the pot and ….TA DAAAA…..Two-y was born (again)

This might be my only Halloween decor this year…let’s see if I have time to make some more and find the space for it.

I’ve seen several Audrey’s made lately – all look fantastic ❤

Thanks for joining me today….I think I’ll take some off from my chores and watch “Little Shop of Horrors” for the 50th time 😀

 

The Gypsy Fortune Teller

I admit it. I’m not a religious person but the Occult and Mysterious has always fascinated me. I guess I wonder if there’s more out there than what we can see and understand. I do believe in Science but sometimes things happen that Science can have a hard time explaining. It’s not that I’m gullable or naive and believe in Ghosts and Spirits  – I’m actually very sceptic – but sometimes things just makes you wonder.

Like Psychics and Fortune Tellers – I know that most of them are frauds but sometimes one gets it totally right or finds the missing person (or what ever they are doing). It can’t be explained and that is fascinating.

So you can guess that I find Gypsies fascinating and this fascination was what I wanted to put into my latest DT for Simple Crafty SVGs. Sandy just made a Vardo Wagon and BINGO…..now turned into a Gypsy Fortune Teller’s Wagon:


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This little cutie is downsized by 50% and still very easy to make.

I used AC Cardstock, Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stock and Prima “Moon Child” patterned paper (so perfect for this project). I used a Teal Colored Vellum behind the windows

The flowers, leaves and gems are also from Prima, the Pumpkin and Doll are from Ideaology and the sign is a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store (ID #13551 by Loni Stevens)

The roof is embossed with a Sizzix Embossing folder with a Iron Plate Pattern and all edges are inked with Distress Ink.

This is so darling in this reduced size, great for a LED Tealight and goes perfectly with my small downsized houses that I’m still making more of – but that is for another post 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I really hope you love this Vardo Gypsy Fortune Teller’s Wagon as much as me. Tell me all about it in a comment below and have a great and crafty Monday. Let’s hope it turns out to be one of the good ones 😉

Feline Love

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been owned by cats. I’ve loved each and everyone of my feline friends over the years…..yeah….the hard thing about having pets is that you usually get older than them, so you can guess I’ve had to say goodbye to quite a few kitties.

I’ve got to say that I really like cats more than humans. Why? They are always there for you. If your sad, they comfort. If you’re not feeling well, they sleep beside you. They are always good for a laugh being silly and goofy and well….even if they seem to ignore you, they always love being around you.

Fun fact: The frequency of the cats purring, is actually healing and is why cats purr if they are injured. It works on us humans too. So always keep your kitty close if you’re feeling sick. Gives the term “Pet Doctor” a new meaning 😀

This is why I decided to make the new dog files from Simply Crafty Svgs into cat files. A simple tribute to my love of felines.

All is made from AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWV’s The Pets Stack.

Let’s start with the Dog with Shades Card kitty style:

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The dog card is a freebie but I used the cat from the Cat Love Box Card and the fish bone is from the Silhouette Design Store design ID #92127

The way I made the card into a cat design, was simply to cut of the dog of the card and replace it with the kitty – welding it onto the card. Note that I used my Silhouette where designing is much easier than with the Design Space.

The Fishbone is made by simply making an offset of the bone and inking the edges.

I made the highligts on the ears, nose and shades with a White Sharpie Pen.

Cute, right?

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This cutie is downsized to 75% of the original size and it’s still very easy to make.

What tickles me is how a fairly simple design can be so darn cute 🙂

The cat paws are found in the Silhouette Design Store design ID #116625

Then we have the darling Paw Box – now as a little cat paw:

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Not only did I swith out the dog paw with a cat paw (same design as above) and downsize the box but I also turned it into a shaker box.

This was done by making closing the lid with a solid shape instead of an open and making 6 frames in a paw shapes by making an internal offset of the top paw shape and welding the two together. Then I made another paw shape – same size as the top shape and removed the holes to use it as background onto which I glued the 6 frames in a stack. Finally I filled in some confetti, glued the acetate onto the top paw shape and glued those onto the large paw shape and then I glued it all onto the frames to close up the shaker. I really hope you got that …. otherwise you are welcome to ask me 🙂

The shaker confetti is from Nuvo and Finnabair.

So lastly I made the Dog House – now a Cat Home:

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This is also downsized to 75% of the original size and still cute as can be.

I switched out the sides of the house with fishbones instead of dog bones and used the cute kitty from the Cat Sticky Notepad Holder.

I used a quote I have on a sign in my home on the plague over the door:

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All edges are inked with Distress Ink and eyes, ears and nose are highlighted with a Sharpie Pen.

Not showing, but I did put in a LED light in the house.

I didn’t get to keep them for long before my youngest son grabbed them all to display in his room. He is just as crazy about cats as I am 😀

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Woah…..that just became a pretty long post – sorry about that. I hope you made it to the end and that you wanna leave me with a little comment on the project 🙂

Thank you so much for joining me today  – hope to see you again soon

 

Home Sweet Dirthole

So I recently moved and I’m not done unpacking – Gosh I have a lot of stuff. It’s not the kids’ stuff or my clothes, shoes or kitchen supplies that take up the most space. Not it’s my GINORMOUS stash of crafting materials and they’re scattered everywhere.

I’ve tried to organized it so the things I need the most (paper, cardstock, flowers and bling) are in the living room/kitchen where my new crafting space is and the rest is either in the bedroom, the hallway above the stairs or in the shed.

Thought I was done……but NAAAAAAH. This weekend we moved several boxes more. Where to put it all? :-O

My little townhouse is not that little – 114 square meters – so I’m actually pretty happy that I don’t have to move in to my new tiny creation – the Spring Egg-Centric House  from Simply Crafty Svgs…..Mine is dressed up for fall though 😉

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This little cutie is downsized by 50% and is made from AC Cardstock in Clay, Vanilla, Concrete, Charcoal and Chestnut (with woodgrain pattern). I used papers from DCWV’s two Fall stacks: “Fall Basics” and “Pumpkin Spice”

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All edges are inked with Distress ink and I used the embossing folder called “Cottage Stone” from Crafters Companion for the panels on the base.

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I usually watch Sandy’s videos, but this time it seemed that I could put it together without….until made several mistakes (all covered up). Yup! I learned my lesson.

I totally in love with this whimsical roof ❤

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Now this darling little house is a new addition to my other small houses made for fall (spoiler alert) and will look cozy and cute in the long dark evenings ahead.

Thanks for joining me today – I hope you’ll leave a comment below and join me again soon ❤

Apples and Pencils

If you, like me, have had your kids home all during the Summer, I bet you’re looking forward to what comes next: First Day of School!!! Wooooo hooooo!!!! 😀

It’s not that my kids have been that annoying, but they always manage to turn night into day and vice versa so it’s practically impossible to do something with them during the day – cause they’re sleeping and then awake and active when YOU want to sleep.

Oh well….it’s all over now…..Muahahaha!

Monday is first day of school for my boys and I really look forward to it. Getting the house all to myself for a couple of hours….ahhhhhh…..

Speaking of School start, Sandy of Simply Crafty Svg’s made the cutest Back to School files and I decided to make a few of them. Both are sized down due to lack of storage space here in my new home, but that doesn’t make them less cute.

First off is the Apple Box:

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As mentioned, I sized it down to 60% of the original size.

It’s made from AC Cardstock in Crimson and Woodgrain Patterned Kraft along with patterned paper from Doodlebug Design “Back to School”

All edges are inked with Distress ink and I used some small dots from my ginormous stash on the label as well as a few stickers from the paper collection.

Finally I glued a cute dotted ribbon around the lid and bada bing…..

Adorable, right?

Next is the 3D Pencil Box:

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This little cutie is downsized to 50% and I also used AC Cardstock for it – this time in Latte, Charcoal, Melon and Bubble Gum. I also used Bazzill Bling Cardstock in Tungsten and patterned paper from Doodlebug Design.

All edges are inked with Distress Ink and I used two embossing folders to make a little texture on the pencil – Notebook from Sizzix and one from Cuttlebug which name I’ve forgotten but it looks a bit like twigs.

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This little box is just right for giving away school supplies like pencils (would have to be made in the original size though), erasers etc.

So now, all that’s left to do, is to crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate freedom this coming Monday 😀 LOL……Ah come on! I know you feel the same way! 😉

Thanks for stopping by today – sorry I’ve been missing in action for a while but moving has taken up all my time and energy. Luckily I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and I can free up some time for resting and crafting.

 

Can……Canoe……?

It happens to me so often. I see some new SVG files and ….BAM…. my mind starts to think up ideas on how to use them. Sometimes alternative, sometimes weird and sometimes downright crazy.

This time…..well you be the judge:

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This 8″ x 8″ picture or plaque is made with two new and amazing files from Simply Crafty Svg’s – namely the Soda Can and the Canoe from the Canoe Gift Box. And yes this is exactly what I imagined when I saw them.

The plaque itself is from the Silhouette Design Store (design ID #295470) and that goes for the “splash” (design ID #76959), and the puddle (design ID #48220)

I used AC Cardstock for the Can and Canoe + Bazzill Bling Cardstock for the Can. All edges are inked with Distress Ink.

The plaque is made from AC Poster Board with Wood pattern.

For the splash and puddle I used pearl paper/Majestic paper.

Finally I added a silver enamel dot on the top of the Can, a few Rocks along the lake shore and made some drops here and there with Ranger Glossy Accents.

I downsized the Can to 75% and the Canoe to 25% That is very small! The rocks on the shore are granite chippings from my drive way. Almost too small to assemble with my fat fingers 😀

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I found the Quote online and made it with the Print ‘n Cut function on my Silhouette and last but not least the label on the Can is also made with Print ‘n Cut and the file is also from the Silhouette Design Store (design ID #20891)

Well – that’s it. So now you get to tell me if I’m artsy or just plain crazy…. 😀 – just in a comment below ❤

Thanks for visiting – be back soon I hope. I’m moving very very soon but the first thing to get unpacked and ready is my craft space 😀

 

I wish…..

Ahhhh nothing like waking up in the morning, all is quiet and calm and after a few stretches, you quietly get out of bed – feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new and exciting day. It’s Summer….the Sun is shining from a cloudless blue sky and the birds are singing…..<3

BUT…..is this really happening?

Not in my house! Usually I wake and feel every tiny cell of my body aching and I’m as tired as an old Sloth (and moving at about the same pace as such). The house is in ruins after the kids stayed up late yet again during this Summer holiday and the kitchen is filled with dirty plates etc.

The only solution: Coffee and crafting and this happens:

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This awesome Latte Box Card from Simply Crafty Svgs, is the perfect way to craft your way out of the Summer Holiday blues.

Made with AC Cardstock in Latte, Caramel and Coffee (duh) and decorated with a coffee bean patterned paper + a sentiment made with the WRMK Foil Quill.

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I also used the quill on the coffee steam and finally I changed the pattern on the panels with coffee beans that I found in the Silhouette Design Store (design ID #55733 by Jennifer Wambach)

The envelop is made with a single sheet of the coffee patterned paper to match.

Thanks for joining me today – I bet a lot of you know what I’m talking about – let me know in a comment below.

I still wish this coffee was as big as my butt…..*SIGH*