Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Tri-Shutter Card

Hello again everyone, and welcome back to the blog.  Barbara here with some fun cards to share.  This month, we are showcasing the Classified collection, a beautiful array of black and white embossed card stock.  Best of all, it is on sale 20% off.  No coupons necessary!  In addition, we are pairing up with Sin City Stamps this month.   They have the most fabulous stamps to offer, with new designs coming out regularly.

Well, you all have probably heard that wonderful saying that "great minds think alike".  I think that saying is appropriate this week, since both my fellow DT member, Ro Donner, and guest designer Bev Code, and I were thinking exactly the same thing when we started our projects.  None of us were aware what the other was doing.  I guess we all decided it was a good time to make some tri-shutter cards.  You can see Ro's post by clicking here, and Bev Code's post by clicking here.

I am working on a Halloween mini album, and I had lots of small pieces that I absolutely refuse to throw away.  These cards are really good for using up all of your beautiful paper scraps.  I was going to postpone mine, but then I thought, why do that when I can show you how different they can look.  And different they are.

The Robin's Nest supplies used:

Black Fleur Glitttered White Cardstock
Classified Cardstock
Black and White Clock
Black and White Glitter Border Swirl
Damask Black and White
Black Classic Glittered Cardstock
Orange Glitter Crackle
Pink Glitter Crackle
Purple Glitter Crackle
Halloween Glitter Stripe
Jade Diamond Dew Drops
Obsidian Diamond Dew Drops

Other supplies used:

Sin City Stamps Halloween Bingo
Sin City Stamps Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul
Clear Shrink-It plastic (Aleene's)
Dylusions Ink Sprays:  After Midnight, Fresh Lime, Squeeze Orange, White Linen
Tim Holtz dies:  Elegant Flourishes, Paper Rosette (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink:  Gold Mixative, Lettuce, Butterscotch
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad:  Pumice Stone, Seedless Preserves
Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger)
Glimmer Glaze:  Sea Kelp, Adobe (Tattered Angels)
StazOn ink pad:  Cactus Green (Tsukineko)


Cut Black Classic Glittered Cardstock to 5-1/2" x 12", score at 2", 4", 8", and 10".

Measure in 1-1/2" along top and bottom horizontal edges, and cut between the 2" and 10" score lines.

Valley fold the 2" score line, mountain fold the 4" score line, valley fold the 8" score line, and mountain fold the 10" score line.
Reverse the folds on the center portion only.
Cut glitter crackle card stock pieces, and the reverse (green) side of Halloween Glitter Stripe  3/16" smaller than the rectangular areas, and print papers from the Classified Collection another 3/16" smaller than the solid cardstock, arranging the different prints in a pleasing manner within each rectangle.  Here is how the first layer looks.
I sprayed each of my print pieces with various Halloween colors using Dylusions ink sprays.  If your color is too dark, you can easily lighten it with the White Linen spray.  I learned this little gem of a tip from my blogger friend, LeslieRahye.  Then you can add other colors over that and they will show.

Here is how it looks after adding the second layer.
Now, it's beginning to look a lot like Halloween.  Bwaaaahaaaaaahaaaa!

I die cut two smaller flourishes from chipboard, painted each with Sea Kelp and Adobe Glimmer Glazes, then added a layer of Rock Candy crackle paint.  After dried, I adhered to each side panel of the card.
Color the rubber stamp image of the winged skeleton with Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot) and stamp onto a piece of clear shrink plastic.  When dry, use circle die to cut out around the image.
You can either use your heat gun or a toaster oven to shrink the plastic.  Follow directions on the package, and as always, use caution and be very careful.  The shrinking is done when the piece flattens back out and, if needed, you can place a wooden stamp block on top to keep it flat while it cools.
As you can see, it did not shrink in to a perfect circle, but hey, it's Halloween.  What's perfect on All Hallow's Eve?  And, I kind of like the way he has a slight tilt in his stance.  Here, you can see the size difference, and now my large image fits on top of my rosette that I'm about to show you.  That's the advantage of using shrink plastic.
Color the rubber stamp image of the broom skeleton on white card stock, fussy cut, leaving a tiny white border.
To knock down the bright white, I sponged a tiny bit of Pumice Stone all over the image.  I think it gives it a more vintage look.

Stamp the Roman Numerals "X" and "III"  in green StazOn ink onto clear shrink plastic, trim into a square, and heat until shrunk.  I love this effect.  It looks like a piece of mica.
Stamp onto clear shrink plastic
See how the color intensifies after shrinking
Die cut a paper rosette from Classified Cardstock.  Color strip with Dylusions Fresh Lime and Squeezed Orange.
Form rosette and adhere to a large glue dot.  Ink edges with Seedless Preserves.
Cover the back of the shrink plastic pieces with Gold Mixative, then drop Butterscotch and Lettuce alcohol inks on top of that.  You will get this lovely look behind the numerals.

For the winged skeleton image, adhere the piece to a piece of white card stock with Glossy Accents, and cut out.  This will be adhered to the center of your rosette to keep it together.
Adhere to white card stock with Glossy Accents, trim off excess

Add strips of washi tape to the four corner pieces, and adhere diamond dew drops within the design.
Now, you could add more embellishments and stamped images to this card, but the paper is so pretty, I thought it stands out on its own.  Besides, I did not want to go too crazy, and sometimes, you just have to know when to stop.
I hope you enjoyed my version of a tri-shutter card today, and that Ro, Bev, and I have inspired you to try your hand at making one of these fun style cards. They really are not hard to make, and you get to use your scraps instead of throwing them away.  

I have to tell you that all the the papers from The Robin's Nest are of the highest quality.  They stood up to repeated misting and heating with my heat tool.  Even the glitter and resin areas did not melt or flake off.  So, if ever you wanted to get some of their beautiful Classified collection papers, now is the time, while they are on sale.  They honestly are worth every penney!  And thanks so much to our sponsor this month, Sin City Stamps.  I hope you will stop by their online shop and see all of their wonderful stamps on offer.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!


Halloween Banners

Hi everyone!  I have a Halloween project to share with you.  My name is Robin Horasanian and I am excited to be a guest designer today. I created two different holiday banners using the same technique but different papers and embellishments from The Robin's Nest.  

Each of these banners was made using two different sheets of The Robin's Nest papers.  One uses Black Bats Glitter (the B side) and Almost Black Classic Glitter Cardstock.  The other uses Ghost Camo Glitter and Haunted House card stock.  What fun patterns!  I also used some wonderful glittery black chipboard bats from the Transylvania collection.  And I can't forget the Dew Drops!  They are were awesome to add dimension to this project.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween CARDS with Tutorials

Hi.. Bev back again with some fabulous and fun Halloween cards... using the Halloween Collection.

This first Halloween Tri Shutter Card follows the Instruction sheet below with 
all the separate pieces using all the different fun papers in this collection.

This card above was lined up on the fun print scene to be the full card base. 
All I added was some accents to finish this one.
Also used some SRM stickers.

Below is the printable Tri Shutter Card Instruction sheet to follow for you to make the above cards.

The card below was inspired by my friend Tracy for a challenge.
 It was perfect for this post using the Robin's Nest Halloween products.
It is called a Shadow Box Card.

 Easy Instructions for a shadow box card.
1. Cut 2 pieces the same:  5 1/2" wide x 4 1/4 high
2. Score at 1/2" and 1" on each end.
3. Decorate the inner back section which will show through the peep hole (at estimated spot)
4. Cut a peep hole to coordinate to the inside accented part on the front piece.
5. Glue the ends from edge to 1/2" mark on each end.
6. Decorate the front.

And finally I have this somewhat plain design card but it's full of cool techniques and accents.
I gesso mask the background, ripped some of the ghost paper and inked the edges, cricut cut the
web out of scraps from the other projects, grabbed and fussy 
cut yet one more "BOO" from the word paper and finished 
with the little friends snow angel with out wings to look like a ghost and some black dew drops.
I really had a great time sharing this month at the Robin's Nest their
Halloween product line.

Supply List:
Robin's Nest
Accents: Bats Chipboard
Other: SRM Stickers

Robin's Nest has it's Halloween paper on sale 20% off. 
Be sure to do your shopping early to give you plenty of time to make your 
Halloween treat bags, party favors or Halloween decorations.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween party

Hello everybody!
Today I'm Juraci come and show my new layout and a gift bag for Halloween party.
Better stock up on Transylvania Papers from The Robin's Nest.
This collection is 20% off this month!

 Used for layout 
Purple Glitter Crackle

And for this lovely bag used products

Thanks so much for stopping by this today!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Up-Cycled Halloween Treat Tote

 Hi Everyone, Michelle here with a festive Halloween treat tote!
After we happily ate the mochi treats in this box, I thought the container would make a nice gift tote!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Boo to You!

Bats and Ghosts and Pumpkins, Oh My!

Ro here again, and I have to say...this Transylvania collection from The Robin's Nest has me in the Halloween spirit.  The glitter and graphics on the papers are awesome!  I came up with another fancy folded card today.  This one is a shutter-fold card.  You can find the basic layout for it here.  It was so much fun to make because I got to use a big variety of cardstock and elements. Oh boy!!! Here is my card:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Halloween Wreath

I have been pinning these cute
wreaths all year on Pintrest.

Well, goodness, why haven't I made one?

We have rolls of netting left over from the past 
when we had the netting cut into 12x12 squares and sold them.
(we do have some left in the warehouse if anyone wants to purchase them)

So with the rolls, I wanted to create a fun
Halloween wreath.

This wreath I have made for Rachel.
She loves Halloween, and 
She loves purple.
So this just seemed fitting to give to her.

This wreath is made with purple splattered netting.
I wired the netting on a metal ring purchased at JoAnns.
Then I wrapped it with purple stripe ribbon,
and made a bow with the same ribbon.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Get your Boo on!!

There is a chill in the air...
Goblins everywhere.
Better stock up on Transylvania Papers from The Robin's Nest.
This collection is 20% off this month!
There is so many creepy patterns to choose from.

While you are shopping, add some chipboard bats to your cart.
The purple ones are eye catching glittery!

Glitz papers...and a hinge card!


The top part continues to open up and reveal a space for you to 
jot down a silly Halloween joke or riddle!

Hey...remember that The Robin's Nest have some great Rub Ons too!
Here I used them instead of a sentiment stamp.
And, they are on the inside of the card...but I forgot to snap a pix.  
I doctored up the chipboard pumpkins by added a rumple ribbon!

Are you a scrapper? 
Okay, I am not...but I did create this layout, with a space for 
a pix of my kids (who decide to dress up this year)...

I love the glitz...and fun colors...oh and mini dew drops! 
They just add a little interest and detail to just about any project!

Thanks so much for stopping by this today!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Halloween can be Spooky and Fun

Hi Bev here today. This amazing Halloween paper line was fabulous to create with. 
So many options to mix and match, fussy cut, piece and make borders, mats
and scenes that were really so cool. Fabulolus coordinating products make it so fun
 and easy to showcase your Halloween photos.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya, and I'm back to share a project I created using the awesome Halloween (Transylvania) Collection that is 20% off over at the Robin's Nest this month. This collection of Halloween cardstock, which is double sided, and embellishments is so fun to use!

My sister came across some old AOL CD mailers when she was cleaning. She asked me if I wanted them? Well, does a cat have a climbing gear??? Of course I wanted them!!! :-) I was sure I could come up with some type of crafty project and this is what I came up with. This Halloween project I created can be used as a photo/calendar/note holder or it can be tweaked and a mini album could be added.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

I knew when I saw this paper I was going to have to 3D it, somehow.  I had so much fun cutting out all the details.  And these pictures of my THIRD cousins!  Yes, I do believe they would be my THIRD cousins.  My cousin’s sons’ kids…..

I edged the wrought-iron fence with Metallic Silver Dew Drops.

Here, you see the Little Friends, Dress-up, Black-Bat Costume.  I used Enamel Accents on the crow.  I bordered the photos with NeonPurple Mini Dew Drops and Lavender Orchid Diamond Dew Drops

There are SO MANY more papers in the Halloween, Transylvania line.  You must stop by The Robin’s Nest to see them all.  And to top it off, they are all on sale RIGHT NOW!

Frankenstein Halloween Card

    Hello hello's been a little while since I last had the chance to post, so I am very excited for the opportunity to share with you today.  I am very much looking forward to Halloween this year as it means I get to mark another month off the hubby's deployment calendar.  ;) No but really I am excited, the little ones are always so much fun getting dressed up to trick-or-treat. I thought it would be fun to try out a Halloween card......thinking we just might have to send this one to daddy!!

   Here is the front of our Frankenstein Halloween Card

I did what is called a double Z-fold card.  I started with Glitter Orange Crackle cardstock, using the plain orange side cutting a piece that was 12x4.  You are going to score the cardstock at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches.
  I then used Glitter Halloween Stripe cardstock for the two front sections and the inside of the card.  The two pieces on the front are 1 3/4 x 1 3/4.  The one in the middle is 3 3/4 x 3 3/4.

Next I made a band measuring 8 1/2 x 1 1/2, making sure to adhere it together at the back of the card.  I stamped a cute Frankenstein on the orange side of the Glitter Orange Crackle cardstock and glued it to the band, then added a few orange dew drops as a final touch.  The finished card size is 4x4.

On the inside I used a large circle punch of Black Glitter Chipboard and a smaller circle again in the Glitter Orange Crackle cardstock (orange side) and stamped a little "Happy Halloween".

All in all I love how this double Z-fold card turned out and plan on using it again on many other card ideas!  Well it's been fun to share with you all once again and I hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and living well, until next time!!

Happy Crafting!!
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