Happy Halloween!

I don’t usually make much for Halloween, but I have a friend who absolutely loves everything about it. I thought I’d put together a quick card to send to her. It was a really quick one – I didn’t even make a note of what I used.

Best Witches

Best Witches

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I can tell you that the bat is a punch by Martha Stewart, the twine is by My Mind’s Eye, and the sticky note is from a set I bought at my local bookstore. The “witches” flag was made from some cardstock I cut into a strip and then ran through my Dyno Label Buddy. After the letters had been embossed, I gently ran a black ink pad over the raised letters so they would stand out more. Some scraps of paper and washi tape, and it was all done.

Best witches everyone for a spooky Halloween!

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Fall Is When Nature Turns To Gold

One of the most special things about in a place with four seasons is when the leaves start to change colours. It’s lovely on a bright, blue skied day, and it livens up those occasional grey days. When you look out the windows and you see the oranges and reds starting to show, you feel this desire to fluff up your nest and cozy in. It’s energizing to see winter approaching.

Fall Is When Nature Turns To Gold

Fall Is When Nature Turns To Gold

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When I was looking at October’s Mood Board, the contrast of grey, muted colours with the lively, sour greens stood out for me. I also liked the feather printables by Little Honey Pie. I wanted a simple colour scheme, so I decided to use the complimentary combination shown in the photo of the pears. Stamping on a layout always makes me hold my breath a little – will it be crisp? Will it stamp even? Thankfully, no problems this time and the ombre effect on the stamping is maybe my favourite part of this whole page.


Products:

  • Bazzill Basics Paper
  • Inkadinkado, Autumn Foliage, clear stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn, Joy To The Woods, clear stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn, Joy To The Woods, coordinating die set
  • American Crafts, Shimelle, die set
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced die cutting machine
  • Tsukineko, Dew Drop, Brilliance, Moonlight White ink
  • Tsukineko, Dew Drop, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • gold ink
  • Copic markers
  • Little Honey Pie leaf printables, scaled down to 85%

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada, and that means a long weekend, more fall fairs, the leaves changing colours, and turkey. Lots of turkey. With stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, and pie. Lots of pie. Pumpkin is the classic, but no one complains about apple, berry, pecan… Well, you get the idea.

Thanksgiving isn’t a big card-sending holiday. You might send one to family or close friends, but it’s not like at christmas. They do sell cards for it though, and I found one by a stationary by the name of Papyrus. It’s a beautiful card, but it sells for $7.95USD which would make it over $10CAD. A bit too pricey for just one card, but I knew it would be easy to get more out of it though.

So this is what the card looked like out of the package.

Purchased Card

Purchased Card

This is what it looked like when I scavenged it for ‘parts’. I cut around the pies, used a die to punch out the sentiment from the liner, and another die to cut flags out of the back of the card – which is a lovely heavy weight cardstock, that I stamped the “autumn greetings” sentiment on.

Card Taken Apart

Card Taken Apart

And here is an example of a finished card. A doily, some shimmer mist, and some washi, on a piece of kraft cardstock that I folded to make a 5″x5″ card. I was able to make six Thanksgiving pie cards from that one beautiful card, and they were quick and easy to assemble.

Autumn Greetings

Autumn Greetings

Whether you’re in Canada celebrating Thanksgiving or somewhere else in the world, lots of wishes for a wonderful weekend filled with reminders of all the good things in the world, and maybe a little bit of pie too!


Products:

  • Papyrus, Thanksgiving Pie card
  • Recollections, kraft cardstock
  • Inkadinkado, Autumn Foliage, clear stamp set
  • gold ink
  • Tsukineko, Dew Drop, Brilliance, Crimson Copper
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution die cutting machine
  • American Crafts, Shimelle, dies
  • Ranger, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine Mist, Mustard and Gold
  • doily, washi tape

 

October Mood Board

It’s the start of autumn in this part of the world, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love autumn. It’s full of warm days, cool nights, blue skies, and vibrant leaves. Here in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving in just two short weeks, and Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday. In part because of the weather, but in part because it’s a holiday that’s so simple. A day to spend time with loved ones, enjoying a meal, and allowing yourself to feel like the luckiest person in the world for all the good things you have in your life. It’s a very warm and cozy holiday.

So when I put together this month’s mood board, I wanted to capture some of that. A bit of nature, the hint of food, and colours that reminded me of warm socks. (See, inspiration can come from anything – haha) But I also wanted to challenge myself to create a mood board that wasn’t just about autumn here in the northern hemisphere. I wanted something that would work for any season. I went for images that had a lot of muted colours, punctuated by select vibrant tones that look like gems against the greys.

Included in the mood board are two free printables of some beautiful feathers. The line sketch feathers are from Oh So Lovely, and the block print style feathers are from Little Honey Pie.

October Mood Board

October Mood Board

To see the mood board on Pinterest and check out the sources, click here. And if you want to see previous mood boards, you can find them here.