Nothing says Halloween like a Haunted House!

As many of you know I’m very active in my local Girl Scout community.  Halloween is our founder, Juliette Gordon Lowes birthday.  So as Girl Scouts we usually have a costume party to celebrate.  Last year we renewed a tradition of having a haunted house at the Girl Scout House.

This year Mr. Dons station was the evil doctor, so I had to come up with a body for him to ‘operate’ on.  First I found an old dress form that I had made using a t-shirt and duct tape.  Then with a balloon, paper mâché and yarn, I made this head.


Of course all good heads need a brain!  One of the scouts recommended Glam&Gore on YouTube who had an amazing video on how to make a heart using gelatin, glycerine and water.  So I mixed strawberry gelatin, Knox gelatin, glycerine and water, poured it into a brain mold I got at the Dollar store and after 45 mins in the freezer here’s my brain!


Using my resources VERY wisely, I found some yarn and other things and put them all together so that the Evil Doctor looked like this.


Perfect and it didn’t cost too much either.  The biggest expense was the glycerine.  The house was a great success and he was very scary!

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use resources you have around your house to make some amazing things this Halloween!

Have a Magical Day!



Happy Father’s Day!

So today is the day Dads get to sit on the couch wit heir favorite drink, watch TV and be waited on by the females in their household.  So it’s Sunday!  Lol!image

In my house this year Mr Don is making his famous crunchy bacon for a brunch at my mothers.  His bacon is the one food hats asked for by all of the girls friends for any sleepover at our house!

This holiday demanded a card, but I wanted to make one that was different then the usual golf, tie and grilling cards out there.  I searched thru Pinterest and Splitcoaststamper gallery and found this great card that used Open Sea – one of my favorite sets.

I started working on the card and realized it needed something special.  There right next to the image on Splitcoaststamper was the thing my card needed.  A medallion!

Using a nice mound of embossing powder sprinkled on Versa mark, I stamped the compass image perfectly.  I love how it came out and today when Mr Don opened it he liked it as we’ll.  something different!


I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day too!

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I Heart You!

Starting some of my Valentine’s Day inspiration, I created this page with an idea of using aluminum foil to make my letters.  Here’s the page:

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I really like how this page came out.  It tested a lot of my fears – white space, too much stuff on a page and use of tools.

I love how the ribbon looks around the heart – really made it pop.  I made these flowers using my Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge.  I inked the paper with Primrose Petals and then stamped them with En François in Smokey Slate.  I love how vintage they look.  Did you catch the Hershey kiss tag??


There’s all types of techniques on this page – rub-ons, modeling paste, paper background, stamping, homemade embellishments and more.

I hope it inspires you to put some love in your pages.

Have a Magical Day!


Thank You Christmas

Years ago Mr Don bought thank you cards for his customers who kindly give gifts to their amazing mail carrier every Christmas.  He very diligently hands back the thank you cards the very next day, which I’m always very proud of.  This year he actually ran out of cards.  I couldn’t believe it because he ordered 250 of them.  So here I am on Boxing day making thank you cards for him.  I don’t mind, J is here wih me using here Crayolla Airbrush machine she got for Christmas making artistic magic.  So onto the thank you cards.


I pulled out some past holiday favorites for these cards.   I used the candy cane and tree stamps and framelits from the Scentsational Season set and the sentiment is from Four You, which is a set I love.  I used Real Red and Garden Green to keep the holiday colors.  I think these cards are simple, but special. I hope they inspire you to thank someone in yourlife.

Have a Magical day.


Christmas Tags

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner!  I’ve been busy working on items for my Girl Scout troop’s holiday fair on Dec 7th at the Anderson House – we’re raising money to do a STEM program at Disney in FL.

While working on Christmas items, I pulled out a few tags and made these adorable Christmas tags.

The first one is of Santa.  I found Santa from Pinterest as my centerpiece.  I used Real Read and Calypso Coral ink refills and dragged the tags thru the ink in order to color the tag.  Then I used a hexagon stamp in Primrose Petals and using a stamp from the Pennant Parade set stamped in Gumball Green.  I heat embossed a key stamp in gold.  I used a piece of vintage lace across the top, an Antique brad and a white zipper flower I made to detail the top.  At the bottom I used a Gumball Green button and topped it with a pearl I made using a Perfect Pearl pen and topped it all with a Gumball Green stitched ribbon.  I love how Santa came out.

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Angel Bell tag – I did the same type of thing for the background on this tag.  Then I heat embossed Real Red with gold and then used a Rolled Rose die and rolled the two flowers.  The Real Red buttoned is from my Stampin up stash as well as the lace at the bottom.  Then I found the word “Jolly” from my chipboard stash and added washi tape.


I hope these two tags give you some ideas to make tags for your holiday presents!

Have a Magical Day!



Happy Halloween

Ok I know I’m very late in getting this out, but I had to show you this Mixed Media canvas I made for Halloween.


This all started with this spooky picture of this witch I saw on Pinterest.Vintage Halloween picI’m sorry but she freaks me out with her eyes – drilling into your soul!  Maybe not.

So I started with her and this idea of “The Witching Hour” and there she was waiting in her backyard for the hour to come.  I found the light pole and fence on my Mini Monster Cricut cartridge.  The spider web was done with a paste compound and a stencil I made using overhead plastic papers and my Cricut.  The netting stamps are black embossed.  The paper is from a retired Stampin up set.  The skulls are Stampin up Witches Brew washi tape.  The flowers are from my stash – actually the large rosette I made in another post.  The spider is made from a black button and some black edging.  I stamped all kids of Halloween stamps I ad for the background and then using blue acrylic paint to give it the dark midnight effect I painted it and then wiped it away with a paper towel.  Such a great effect.

I really love how this one came out. I’ve realized that as long as I have a them and stick to a color palette my canvases are nice.  I’m still working on transferring this technique to cards.  We’ll see, we’ll see.

Have a Magical Day!


Butterfly Birthday – the Washi Tape Way!

I’ve been having a blast using all the Washi Tape!  I’ve seen this card all over the internet and finally I broke down and made it.  I’m so glad I did.

This is probably one of my favorite cards!  I found the card on Pinterest under Candymalone’s pin.


I used the Gingham Garden Washi Tape layered on the bottom of a piece of white cardstock cut at 4 X 5 1/4 and it was layered on top of a Mellon Mambo cut at 3 3/4 X 5.

The butterflies are from a Spellbinder butterfly framelit collection I have.  It’s kind of like the Beautiful Wings embosslits.  I cut the smaller one in Daffodil Delight and then embossed it using the Lace Brocade Embossing folder, the middle one in Mellon Mambo, the largest one in Gingham Garden and then I added a few Basic Pearls.

The sentiment is from the retired Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess stamp set.  I love this stamp set – it’s my go to for all birthday cards.  I think the Bring on the Cake set in the current Stampin Up set might be its replacement!!

I hope this card gives you lots of ideas on how to use your Washi tape!!  I see some Holiday ideas – maybe with bats on the Witches Brew or Christmas Trees with the Season of Style!  Get your hands on some Washi tape and make it happen!!

Have a Magical Day!


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