Who loves pumpkins? (we raise our hands) Who loves October? (we do too!) Today, we have two incredible paper pumpkins by our incredible designers Danielle Copley and Joanne Bain. You will be blown away by their talent!
First, Danielle uses the Art-C Groove Tool to make this perfect piece of Halloween home decor. We love how it lights up! What a perfect project.
"Rare Oddities is a fussy cutters dream Halloween collection! As soon as I saw some craft pumpkins in my local big box craft store, I knew how I wanted to combine the two to make THE perfect Halloween décor piece for my home! I carved out a large ‘window’ to reveal the hollow inside, used my Groove tool to sand the rough edges down, painted the inside black and went to town adding all sorts of fussy cut elements to create a spooky 3D scene inside my pumpkin! Since Halloween is best suited to celebrate in the dark of night, I added some lights to highlight areas inside the pumpkin. I had so much fun making this project and the best part of my pumpkin carving adventure is that this pumpkin can be enjoyed for many Halloweens to come!
Tip #1: Want something not so dark and spooky- try a festive orange or white craft pumpkin.
Tip #2: Love the look but overwhelmed with the space to fill? Start by choosing larger fussy cut elements to create the main scene and fill in the rest with finer fussy cuts; or, fill in using ready-made embellishments to save time." ~Danielle
Now, isn't this Rare Oddities paper pumpkin by Joanne amazing? We love the bits and all the 3D dynamics of this great project. Just incredible!
"Getting into the spirit of Halloween I decided to create a paper pumpkin using the amazing Rare Oddities collection. I seriously love this collection and the papers have so many little details that call to be fussy cut and added to my project. My favourite image would have be the super cute skeleton." ~Joanne
We love the feel of new beginnings that the Fall brings. Life settles back into routine, and hopefully there's a bit more time to sneak away to the craft room. We have two beautiful ideas from Maggi Harding and Tati Scrap today that will fulfill all your Halloween and Fall dreams!
"The Time to Flourish collection is packed with beautiful images and rich colors, I'd love to see a full collection for each month! The one that really stole my heart is October. The image with the pumpkins and crow totally speaks to me, so of course, I had to fussy cut it. That was the beginning of the layout. I dug around in my photo stash and found the two Harvest images and they go so nicely with these October papers so there was the foundation for my layout alog with the orange print for my base.
Now there was too much orange going on so I picked up a piece of black cardstock and decided, that's just what I needed to give my layout some depth. But oh, and there's always a but, the black was so harsh. Enter Art-C's Groove Tool. It's a battery operated tool that applies media so neatly and evenly. It comes with several applicators useful for applying paint or ink. I used the sponge applicator and applied Mix'd Media Inx in pewter over a stencil. I love the nice even application and it softens the black without being too much of a contrast. Be sure to watch my video demonstration of the Groove tool.
To finish up my layout, I added some fussy cut flowers from the May Flourish and a bat from Steampunk Spells. TIP: Use foam to pop up your fussy cut elements in different heights, especially flowers and leaves. It will give them a more realistic appearance." ~Maggi
All week long we are sharing incredible projects made with the Art-C Groove tool made by Momenta! This is an awesome tool our Design Team has gotten to play with, and they love it! Today, we will share an awesome Day of the Dead piece by Lori Williams made with the Art-C Groove tool. Then, Robin Shakoor has an amazing Rare Oddities Mixed Media Album for you today. Enjoy!
Now, take a look at this incredible album by Robin! In love!
"Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with an album! I created this Mixed Media Album using the Rare Oddities collection.
I used old photos of my daughter when she was a little one to adorn the pages of the album.
I kept the techniques simple as the intricate designs in this paper collection truly speak for themselves. I altered all of the pocket pages that came with the album. I used chipboard tabs from the collection to cover the tabs of each pocket page. I placed a black flower on the back of each of the tabs to add interest and a fun twist.
The cover is adorned with layers of fussy cut images from the collection and to top off the design, I added a large, black feather to the upper corner of the cover. The album is kept closed by a strand of grosgrain ribbon which I adhered just under the cover design.
Tip: Custom albums can be fun and easy to make. You can make them as elaborate or simple as you like. Working with a coordinated paper collection like Rare Oddities can definitely make creating a custom album a joy!" ~Robin
Today, we celebrate the 2nd day of October! It's the month of pumpkins, spooky fun, and autumn beauty. Solange Marques and Ginny Nemchak have two perfect projects to share with us today. It's going to be a day full of Fall fun!
First, Solange has this incredible altered Rare Oddities tray. This would make the perfect Halloween home decor!
"I think that configuration box is creative altered piece and I Love to make my boxes by myself using cardboard . I use fussy cutting from Rare Oddities collection, there are many elements such as skeletons, skulls, bats, crows that can be used for decorate the box. I add gauze and cotton waste painted black with spray ink.
Tip:I stamped cobweb on transparency and glued it on some boxes." ~Solange
Now, how about this gorgeous fancy fold card by Ginny? It's so beautiful! We are simply in love with Ginny's incredible cards.
"Fancy fold cards are becoming my new favorite. I love that you can add so much dimension and all the extra surface area means there’s more room to add yummy layers of patterned papers and images as well as flowers, ribbon and die cuts. I think this Rare Oddities card blends spooky with beautiful. I love that Rare Oddities has traditional Halloween colors..but takes it up a notch with greens and purples." ~Ginny
Happy October, G45ers! We have so many goodies in store for you today! We are joining with the amazing Spellbinders for a blog hop that is going to be oh-so-fun. There are tutorials, giveaways, and more! But first, we want to tell you more about a very special event that's happening in Spring 2016!
After having call call earlier this week with Jim West of Craftours, we can say we are more excited than ever! We hammered out a lot of details, and can't wait to share in the good times, create some memories, and get our craft on with you! It is not very often we get face to face creative time with our G45ers, since we are such a small family business, so you can imagine how special it is for us when we do.
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Now, it's time for a brilliant blog hop with Spellbinders! We are in love with Spellbinders incredible products and we love their Woodland dies! Lori Williams and Katie Zoey Ho have two amazing projects in store for you today. Let's jump into the fun!
Now, we just cannot handle how adorable this nightlight is by Katie! Take a look and try her fabulous tutorial!
"The Night Owl is one little petite chap who loves to stay with the light… Over here, creating this simple little candle cover using the latest Whimsical Woodland owl dies as well as some of Spellbinders’ Nestabilities and Card Creator dies. Get ready to shine with glaze this Halloween!!!" ~Katie