Halloween craft: Making a Halloween Village

halloweenhouses1A few weeks ago, I was in Michael’s with the boys and Nicholas picked up all these Halloween house kits in the clearance section. He said, we should make these and I was so floored that I quickly put them into the basket.  So last week, we all sat around in or PJs and each one picked a house to assemble.

halloweenhouses2Nicholas picked the Ice Scream Shop and with a little help from Leao made this masterpiece above.

halloweenhouses3I was stuck with the largest structure. I think it was because I let the others choose first.

halloweenhouses4Apollo chose the Tricks or Treats shop and he even put real candy inside.

Leao had the Spooky doctor house. Which he claims came out the best but I kindly reminded him that we were not in competition.

It was really fun and took quite some time and now we have them displayed in the kid’s hang out room (no longer play room because  I have been informed they are too old for play rooms!).

I hope you all have a fun Halloween and a great weekend!

Belinda

Happy World Card Making Day (WCMD) 2014!!

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Happy World Card Making Day my creative peeps!! What a perfect day it is for WCMD here. It’s raining and a bit of an overcast. So I grab a cup of tea and see a day of crafting happening here. I first have a craft hour with my dear friend Ashley and then back to working on some of the cards you see above.

What? You don’t know what WCMD is? This is a great definition I grabbed off the internet to help if you don’t know.

WHAT
World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to:

  • Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family
  • Kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season
WHEN
The first Saturday of each October, kicking off the holiday card-making season, the most popular time for creating and sharing handmade greetings.
WHO
The card-making community worldwide, including hobbyists, beginning card makers, manufacturers of card-making products, retail sellers of products, educators, and press are invited to come together to celebrate this holiday and creative passion.
WHY
It is a day to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making.

So in honor of WCMD, I thought I would share some of my favorite cards I have made this past year:

valentine3valentine4valentinescards3lifeisgoodgoodlooking2justanote2somebunny1eastercard1You can pop around the web and find lots of places celebrating today.
Happy card making!

Belinda

Shrinky dinks with My Boys

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Hello Everyone! Happy Monday! I had to run some errands today so I was unable to post the happenings this morning.

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When I was little I remember loving when my mom and I would use shrinky dinks. We made such cool things. One of my favorite things to make was keychains.  So for a few years now I have been thinking about doing it with the boys. I have bought the sheets that you can stamp on etc. but hadn’t used them.  So I loved the idea of a kit with a theme. And I don’t know about you but monsters were  definitely appealing to my boys. So I picked up the kit from Michael’s.

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It was fun watching them each take turns looking into the toaster oven to see their creations curl up and shrink then lay down flat.  It was a short activity and I am finding that this works best for them. I lose them if I try to get too involved.  Which is quite easy for me to do since I enjoy creating.

shrinkydinks4Another cute thing about this kit is that it came with a little background and stands for the monsters. This would be a great craft around Halloween.

Well I am off to go do some reading. I have book club tomorrow and I still have 150 pages left of reading. Thank goodness it is a good book!

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

 

New Card: Girlfriend Series #1

girlfriends1Hello my friends!  I hope you are all doing well today. I am feeling especially happy.  Happy to be in my craft room today and happy to be going to a crop tonight with my girlfriends.

So what better card to share with you then the latest from my girlfriend series. I will be offering this on my shop and many others this fall. This is my first Stamping Bella stamp. I bought quite a few to use in my girlfriend collection among others.

I haven’t paper pierced in a long time so it was so much fun picking the pattern paper for their dresses.  It was like dressing Barbie! I used my Copics to color the rest and glossy accents on the glasses to make them look real.  I included a new favorite wine glass of min in the photo. I also bought this one for my girlfriend who loves Zinnia’s too and when I saw them at Crate and Barrel, I knew we had to have them. They don’t really look like Zinnia’s to me but the fact that they are called Zinnia’s was enough for me.

I hope to work on some more cards for this collection tonight at the crop.  I am still sneaking in time here and there but when the boys go back to school I will be able to do more.

I hope you find some time to create today!

Belinda

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