Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy-Ween!

Well, actually Happy Halloween--but I love the way my little guy used to say it when he was two years old. Now, he's a big three year old and he's got it down and trick-or-treating too. We just got home from trick-or-treating and he had a great time!
Just a few images to leave you with on this All-Hallows Eve...








I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!

Tina

Friday, October 30, 2009

Take a Walk Through Town with Me...

Small town America is alive and well in my home town, Bordentown City, NJ. It's a tiny little square mile of a town--and so easy to walk, even with a toddler and 6 months into my pregnancy. I especially love to walk through my town at this time of year and take in all of the holiday decorations. This time I decided to take my camera with me...






We are very fortunate to live in a town that really makes Halloween special. I can't wait to take my little guy over to Thomas Street. Every year they shut down the whole street and all the residents take part in making it an unforgettable Halloween experience. One house in particular goes all out and sets up a stage on their front lawn; the show starts at 8! This years theme, Cirque-O-Ween--a fantastical Halloween Circus spook-tacular. Every year they change it up and the whole block gets in on it--some of their previous themes were witches, pirates and aliens--on my! On our walk today I managed to snap a few shots of some of the decorations and got a preview of what to expect on all Hallows eve.






Pre-views of the tonight's Halloween show on Thomas Street


The first place winner in Bordentown's Halloween decorating contest

This is definitely a sight worth checking out. This house has a couple of hundred Jack-O'Lanterns set up and ready to be lit up for Halloween night. I can't wait to see that again, it's amazing! Let's just hope the weather holds out. Hopefully I will be posting pictures of an eventful and festive Halloween sometime on Sunday.

I hope you enjoy,
Tina








Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Few Creations to Share...

Just a quick post to spread some Halloween cheer....

Halloween Circus Girl Handmade Halloween Card

Antiqued Witch Handmade Halloween Card


Masked Trick or Treater Handmade Halloween Card


Vintage Postcard Handmade Halloween Card


Little Witch with Black Cat Handmade Halloween Card

I hope you enjoy,
Tina

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My First Ever Tutorial; Halloween Spinner Card

Here is a little project I've been working on and I thought it would be fun to share it, step by step. I've noticed that I have a few new blog followers, so I thought this would be a great way to share a little bit more of what I do and a way to say thanks for your support and that I really appreciate it.

Before I begin I think it is fare to warn you that first, this is my very first tutorial, and second, I'm not such a technique girl--more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of crafter--but it's kind of hard to come up with a tutorial outlining my chaotic creative process. So please bear with me on this if I miss a vital ingredient.

First, the finished product--it's always good to start off knowing what you will be creating.


2. The stamps I chose to use for this card were the real inspiration for it. I thought that these adorably spooky Halloween characters would be perfect for a spinner card. To add a bit more detail to the images I chose to use some MarvyUchida markers to color them in.
**After coloring them I stamped them onto two pre-cut circles. I only did it this way because I already had the circles cut from a previous project, do yourselves a favor and stamp first, then cut with the appropriately sized circle cutting tool--much easier that way.

3. The finished stamped image.


4. Here are some of the materials I used for this card; I chose papers from Cosmo Cricket's Haunted Collection cut into strips, Bazzill card stock, a hounds tooth background stamp from Hero Arts and a die cut scalloped circle frame from my Slice Machine's basic shapes design card. I chose a piece of Orange Bazzill textured card stock for the card base; this piece measures 5"x 4.5"
**The brown piece of card stock pictured is a piece of scrap paper that I used to attatch the actual card layout to. This is an important step because you will need to sandwich in the spinner, so think of the pieced layer as the top slice of a sandwich.

5. Here is the finished paper pieced layer, now we need to cut the first circle.

6. Mark with a pencil the center point for where you want to cut your circle. I chose to frame my circle with a scalloped boarder, but that is just a design choice I decided to throw in and is not necessary. Also, I off centered the circle so that I could write my message on the left hand side of the inside of the card.
**You can use a circle punch to punch out your circle or a Coluzzle cutting tool, or any other tool you might use to cut a circle. Just make sure that the circle opening you cut is at least 1/8th of an inch bigger than the stamped circle piece (ex. If your stamped circle piece measures 1"1/4, then your circle opening should measure 1" 3/8). This is important, otherwise your spinner will not hang suspended.


7. Now it's time to add the string; I used black embroidery thread because I had it on hand. You can also use plain old ordinary dental floss, which you could first color in black with some ink or a marker.

* Add a piece of double sided tape to the back of one of the stamped images, sticky strip would work best for this step. It;s important to make sure your stamped image is lined up straight before you add the string or otherwise you'll have an off balanced image.

* Next, add another piece of sticky strip to the top of the string and add the second stamped piece to sandwich in the string.

8. Next, cut a co-ordinating circle opening in the orange card base. This opening needs to be the same size as the first cut circle opening on the paper pieced panel (i.e. 1"3/8).



9. Finally, adhere the front panel to the card base creating sandwiching your spinner in between the two pieces.

And there it is a Halloween spinner card. Of course, you can use any stamped image and design layout to make a card like this, just make sure you have fun.

I hope you enjoy,

Tina






Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Latest Edition to Etsy; Retro Inspired Halloween Notecards

Just wanted to share a few pics. of my latest project; three new sets of Halloween note cards that are already up in my Etsy shop IndigoWings. They would also make perfect invitations for a Halloween party or dinner.






I had so much fun making these sets. I just love how well the retro style die cut images play off the classic orange and black Halloween color scheme.





These two little characters are too cute. Although they resemble classic die cut Halloween decorations, I think they may be originals to this specific paper collection.



All of the papers used and most of the embellishments are from last years Martha Stewart Halloween paper collection. My opinion on Martha's craft supplies typically wavers between excellent to not so much. I particularly love these papers and the vintage feel they lend to any project and I also love her craft boarder punches--although they can be temperamental. Her glitter is great, but her ink pads leave something to be desired. Last year I bought a bunch of her Halloween rubber stamps--they were so very cute with a real vintage vibe, but they didn't stamp well at all so I past them on to a fellow crafter whom I'm hoping put them to better use than I did. Well, enough about Martha...I promise.
Thanks for taking a look, Tina

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hey Pumpkin

Since I am a complete Internet junkie these days, I find myself often searching for something fun and inspiring via the Internet. I thought I should share some of those fines here tonight.
Just a few photos that I swiped from Marthastewartliving.com. Love her or hate her, either way you've got to admit Martha is on to something. I've heard her called a domestic goddess, but I think of her as a domestic artist. She has a way of taking the most ordinary things and turning them into remarkable things of beauty. Halloween is also one of her favorite holidays, so at this time of the year her web site is a treasure trove of Halloween inspiration. Just have a look at what this women (or I should say her staff) can do with a pumpkin...






I hope you enjoy,

Tina

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Fun and Festive Weekend

Sunday was a beautiful day in Central New Jersey and we spent the day at a local farm for apple and pumpkin picking. It was my little guy's first time going Pumpkin Picking and he had a blast. He really loved the hayride out to the field. Tractors are probably one of his most favorite things in the whole world, so he really got a kick looking at all the tractors pulling the wagons.

I also found a pocket of free time to decorate my own house for the holiday and work on a few Halloween card sets for my Etsy shop. I'll be blogging a bit more about those card sets tomorrow, but just wanted to leave you with a sneak peak at them.


I hope you enjoy,

Tina


Friday, October 9, 2009

A few more Halloween creations...

...to share with you.







All of these cards were made using papers and embellishments from Cosmo Cricket's Haunted collection.

I hope you enjoy, Tina

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Take a walk when autumn comes to town"

I find this time of year so inspiring; the colors of the changing foliage and the decorations on the houses and in the stores. One other constant source of inspiration for me are the various magazine publications dedicated to Halloween and seasonal decorating.

Good housekeeping's October issue includes a beautiful photographic spread featuring black & white Halloween decorations. I really love this color combination for Halloween and have been seeing it pop up more than ever this year. I think I'm going to have to do a black and white series of Halloween cards before the month is through.

I just love this front porch, particularly because they use a lot of natural elements in their decorating; twigs from the yard above the door, a twig wreath painted black and lots and lots of pumpkins. I really love the pumpkin lantern configurations that are displayed on each side of the door, eerie yet elegant.

How about this Halloween spread. The vase of spray-painted black flowers and the table cloth of ripped cheesecloth is the perfect centerpiece for any frightful feast.

The black creepie crawlies and white decorative accents, along with pops of orange make for a terrifyingly terrific treats table.


A troupe of pumpkin people make a spectacular welcoming committee for any Halloween feast and perfectly captures the holiday spirit.

I love both of the displays shown pictured on this page. The bevy of bats fluttering from the black spray-painted branches are a perfect addition to this Halloween decor. The mantel piece below is the perfect mix of sinister and sweet; ghostly white painted pumpkins spelling out a frightful message, black candlesticks and black painted ivy.
Well, I will definitely be bringing this page of inspiration to life in my own home this holiday season.

I hope you enjoy,
Tina