Halloween Wood Slice.

Posted by Michelle on October 14th, 2014

Today I’m sharing a Halloween Wood Slice that I made and had up on the Hazel & Ruby blog last week.


I am all about the upcycle, recycle, newscycle, unicycle, whatever cycle we’re talkin’ about, I’m all over it.  And I had seen these fun projects made from a wood slice and mentioned it to my husband, and he told me we had one out in the miscellaneous wood pile.  So my son lugged it in, and off I went!


Step 1:  Cover wood slice with Mod Podge.


Step 2:  Adhere Hazel & Ruby’s Pass the Tissue paper in Ephemera Collage.


Step 3:  Apply another coat of Mod Podge.


Step 4:  Trim the excess paper, and then take a craft file and file around the edges leaving some of the wood exposed.


Step 5:  Lay down Hazel & Ruby’s La Patessiere Alpha stencils spelling out Happy Halloween.


Step 6:  Drop some black ink on top of letters and tissue.  (I just used some black ink that I would use to re-ink an ink pad.)
Take a baby wipe and rub the ink all around the paper and over the stencils.  Wipe around, and then wipe up until you have enough of the tissue paper pattern showing through.


Step 7:  Remove your stencil letters.


Step 8:  Outline letters with a silver metallic Sharpie. And then spray some glitter mist.
(I also faux-stitched around the edge of the piece with the silver metallic Sharpie.)


Step 9:  Make a fun little badge or tag, and glue on with a hot glue gun.


Keep your finished piece inside your house for the season of tricks and treats, and then put it outside closer to Halloween.  Just because of the badge that’s on there I don’t want the cold or dew or potential rain to mess it up before Halloween.



#WCMD challenge: fall colors.

Posted by Michelle on October 4th, 2014

I’m back with another card I made for World Card Making Day and this is one that I did for the fall colors challenge. 
Head on over to the Cupcards To Go blog for this, and more challenges!

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#WCMD challenge: use a tag on a card.

Posted by Michelle on October 4th, 2014

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It’s World Card Making Day, and the Cupcards To Go gals are hosting challenges all day.
The challenge that I am hosting is use a tag on a card.

My boss had a baby this week, and I made a card to send to her.  I made my tag first, and then adhered it on to my card base.  Cupcards To Go kits come with pre-made and folded card bases and matching envelopes, and papers and ephemera that coordinate.   And from great brands like Fancy Pants Designs which is what I have used on my card here.

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I often get asked about packaging my cards – because they are often too big and bulky to go in to the envelope.  Here I used a little brown sack and embellished it with a page out of a vintage book, a paper doily, a journaling card and tag from Fancy Pants.  Then I’ll pop this in to a padded envelope and mail.

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Be sure and head over to the Cupcards To Go blog today – lots of challenges, and there are prizes too!


One in a Million.

Posted by Michelle on September 29th, 2014

Happy Monday, y’all!
Nothing much I haven’t said already – busy, and I love fall.  So that’s that.
And here’s a card.

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Foil cards.

Posted by Michelle on September 23rd, 2014

Fall is here!  Are you as excited as I am?  It’s chilly and darker in the mornings.  Leaves are starting to turn in my ‘hood.  And last night my husband made some banana spice breads (standard spice cake batter with bananas that were overripe, and some chocolate chips).  I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  But boy is it ever busy!  This is my busiest time of year at work.  And then the kids’ calendars are full too.  Plus my design work.  And then I’m making a quick trip to California in October so I am trying to get all the California family Christmas presents wrapped before I go so I can take them with and save on postage later.  Busy busy busy….

Today I’ve got some cards that were up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog not too long ago.

Here’s to a great Fall for us all!