Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

halloween house

I’ve been a busy bee this last few weeks, with Halloween prep. Not just for my kids, but hundreds more at the elementary school carnival and the middle school  haunted house.  I managed to sneak in a bit of time for a quick decorating of our front porch.  I love the lights at night, they are spooky, yet magical in white.


When facepainting at events, I try to look the part. For the elementary school, I wore a black and orange witch hat with matching fire butterfly.

The middle school was a different character. Demented art teacher. 

haunted house facepaint

I feel pretty, oh so pretty….

Over forty kids each night for four nights needed to be transformed into the characters in the “haunted school.” Conversations in the make-up room sounded like this:
ME: “Which rooms are you working?”
KIDS: “Upstairs hallway, Mary’s Classroom and Jason’s Classroom”
ME: “Okay, you’re freshly dead. You’re bruised and beaten, and you… brain eating zombie.”

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sometimes even ghosts have bad days….

Ghost footage

Something’s Got to Give

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TV button

I hate to do it, but I this week’s episode of Fabulously Artsy Live on ustream is not going to air. I haven’t missed a show in quite a while, and only once when I was super-duper sick. This time it’s about  family, personal time, and prior commitments. You can see from the post below, I’ve had my hands full with volunteer work. Once I get through Halloween, I’ll be back to broadcasting. But this week, if you haven’t had a chance to watch all my ustream episodes, perhaps you can catch a re-run on my channel.

Next episode of Fabulously Artsy Live:
Wed., November 3rd
7 pm pacific
8 pm mountain
9 pm central
10 pm eastern

Spooky Halloween from the Linky Party

This is such a busy time of year for me, I’m a little late wrapping up the Friday Linky party.

Why am I busy? I do facepainting for the schools and local events, and it’s Halloween, so I turn little monsters into REAL monsters.

Photo shoot of some of this year’s faces for the middle school’s Haunted House… my kids are the models.
Rice krispies make excellent rotting flesh.

Surprised Zombie.

Zombies want brains, and some zombies wear cute sailor shirts.

Zombies also enjoy computer time,
snuggled in a colorful beach towel.

Now for some of the spooky halloween linky party particpants!

If I didn’t have so many facepainting bookings, Id be  whipping up one of these candy cartons from Isn’t that Sweet. It would make a wonderful gift for a special teacher. I’m thinking I need to try my hand at one for Christmas.

I love making jewelry, and these little skull beads are such a fun addition to this bracelet from Aaron at Booth #32. Since gothic glam is so popular, I might be tempted to wear something like this any time of year, not just for Halloween!

Speaking of gothic glam, check out the bedazzled and bejeweled pumpkin, from November Rose. Cinderella would love to have this one for her carriage!

You had me at chippy paint. Scrappin’ Becky B shares a darling mini treat tin, including a tutorial and links on where to find the band-aid tins.

Halloween Linky Party!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Friday, so it's time for a linky party! Every friday in October, as part of Blogtoberfest, I'm hosting a linky party and you're invited!

Making it easy this time, the theme is HALLOWEEN! Anything and everything, spooky, cute, ghoulish or glam. Scrapbooking, stamping, recipes, home decor, show me what you got!

Here's my Halloween Votive Card that I created on this week's ustream class. Watch the recording on my channel. You'll see how I made the house and windows, although I left the fancy end panels for later since I ran out of time in the class (that happens a lot). Oh, and I need to post a picture of the folded-up card. I promised my youngest daughter that she could take it for show and tell and I forgot to take the folded-up pics, so I'll update when she brings it home. IF she brings it home...

Here is the house without lighting. Stamp sets are Around the Block and Beware. Papers from Hooligans. I'm lovin' this card so much, I'm already planning on a Christmas Votive Card, same house, different papers!
And with a votive candle inside. Use battery operated candles, since paper houses tend to explode into flames when lit on fire. I'm just sayin'.

Close up of the Bat from Beware set. Love the Martha Stewart black glitter, it's so glam.
 And just for fun. A black and white picture. How spoooooky!

Now it's your turn to share! Join the party and post your Halloween-themed photos. Click on the ENTER button below the thumbnails.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's Wednesday, so it's business time.

Featured from the Stamping Linky Party

Monday, October 18, 2010

I just love my Linky party players! I went away for the weekend and came back to all these awesome contributions. Thanks everyone for playing along, loved visiting all your blogs and checking out your work.

In case you missed these….

How clever is this countdown calendar on Amy’s Art From the Heart? I love all the different tags and the frame with  wire “clotheslines” is just fab!

The misty trees from Isn’t that Sweet just take my breath away. Absolutely stunning card, dontcha think?

Kerr-afty Creations used garage sale chipboard pieces and a CD tin to create a fun memory match game for her wee one. Way to use up the scraps, and it’s so danged cute too!

Friday Linky Party! Got Stamps?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hey everyone... it's Friday already? Wow, this week flew by. I'm going to be away for the weekend, gettin' crafty with some fabulous girlfriends. I totally deserve this, I've been hard at work on blogtoberfest, videos, classes and Creative University plans, so I'm really looking forward to just hangin' with my buds!

Join me for this weekend's linky party! This week the theme is STAMPING! Well, of course stamping is near and dear to my heart, so I'd like to see what you have been stamping! Cards, pages, home decor and more, if it doesn't move, stamp it! Right?

Link up below the thumbnails, it's easy... just click to enter and follow the step-by-step instructions!

Whatever Wednesday, Man Made Card

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's been a while since I shared a Whatever Wednesday post. Since it's Blogtoberfest and all about how-to's... how to make a handmade card with tools already in your garage!

Video from Stamping School.

Featured Tutorials from the Linky Party

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Awesome Linky party, thanks to all who participated! Here's a few faves....

I'm always enchanted by a beautiful table setting. These Candy Corn Spheres from Red Couch Recipes are clever, fun and somehow elegant all at the same time.

I have to thank Leisa at Big Red Scraps for giving me the idea to put this tree stamp with the adorable owl stamp. I've created my own version on a slider card, which will be in my next video. The startled expression on that owl just makes me giggle, so cute!
Sometimes I run into kindred spirits out there in the blogging world. See, Glory's Mischief and I both painted windows as teenagers and still do! I haven't tried this silhouette idea though, but you can be sure I'm going to now. I'll have to show off my window peeping skeletons sometime this month, they're quite fun.

Jan at Simply Made shares her first ever tutorial, a fringed ribbon flower. First ever? Wow, you're kidding! Stunning flower and excellent step-by-steps.

Join me for the next Linky party on Friday, Oct. 15. The theme will be Stamping! Pages, cards, decor, anything, if you used a stamp on it, get ready to share!

Bandana Technique Tutorial

Monday, October 11, 2010

Still can't get the hang of making videos quickly, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.
Lots to learn, and in such a short time frame.

Still time to join the linky party below, join me tomorrow for featured projects from the party!

Show Me Your Tute! Linky Party!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Part of my Blogtoberfest plan is to include my readers, so you’ll see a Linky Party here every Friday.

Today’s theme is a Tute Party (that’s tutorial). I’m making it easy, just for you! Any tutorial in any format will do. Show me your crafts, home d├ęcor, cooking, anything. Tutorials can be photos, slideshows or videos, as long as it’s a how-to, it’s all good. Don't forget to link back to me from your blog. Thanks!

I’ll be joining the party a little later today. School conferences this week, three kids in three different schools, I’m all over the place! Check back for my party contribution.

Update 10/10: I'm late to my own party. Internet issues and time crunch slowed me down, I'll have a new video tutorial posted tomorrow (Monday, 10/11)... hopefully!!!

To join the party, click on the "enter" button below the thumbnails.

Blogtoberfest Buds!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

There's a new sidebar feature, check it out! Anyone participating in Blogtoberfest, let me know and I'll add you to the Blogtoberfest Buds blogroll. The more often you post on your blog, the better, recent posts stay at the top of the list.

Wanna join in? Leave me a comment and grab the button for your blog in the sidebar. Then get busy and challenge yourself to post tips, tricks and tutorials on your blog as often as you can during the month of October!

Interactive Halloween Layout

From two pages to TEN! All on one double page spread. How did I do that little bit of magic? With Flip Flaps, of course!
hooligans LO
The base pages, shown above are 12x12. The pattern is “Charmed” from the new Close To My Heart how-to book, Magic. Papers and Stickease are from the Hooligans collection.
hooligans LO2
Over the base pages I’ve layered a set of Flip Flaps. You may have watched the video I created using the original size of 4x6 flip flaps and a 9x9 page protector. Bad news… the 9x9 page protectors have been discontinued. Good news… Close to My Heart introduced a new larger size of 12” flip flaps, in addition to the smaller ones. Perhaps they saw my video and thought “good idea! We should make them in more sizes!” Even more good news, the price is fantastic! $3.95 for 8 of the large size, 15 of the small size.
Hooligans LO4
Ready for the cool part? Pictured above is the left page, with the flaps extended. I love how the little monster party just added an extra friend on the right flap.
Below is the right page, with flaps extended. The Flip Flaps have self-adhesive strips that allow you to place your flap anywhere, directly to the page protector. No need to cut into the base page protector, so easy!
Hooligans LO3
Just look at all that room for extra photos and journaling! Love it!
TV button

Video Sneak Peek

Monday, October 4, 2010

Coming soon to my youtube video channel!

slider card

This double slider card is not only cute, it’s fun!
Pull the ribbon and….Boo!

slider open

I’m working on two videos at the same time, so you’ll see the bandana technique this week, and this slider card next week.

And since it’s Blogtoberfest, can’t finish my post without a tip!
When working with bright colors, don’t be afraid to use black to distress your edges. It really defines the edges and makes those bright colors pop. Not just for Halloween, try it on a colorful kid’s card for a modern twist!


Bracelet Giveaway Winner!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thanks to all who entered! The winner of the singed flower bracelet is Kari, congratulations! Kari is a follower and she also posted the Blogtoberfest button on her blog, so those extra entries must have helped her odds!
Kari wrote:  Love it Tresa! I so need something this pretty to wear.. I feel like a pack mule all the time with the kids. I need a little pretty! : ) Of course I am a follower and I snagged that button!
Well, Kari, you will definitely not look like a pack mule wearing this lovely bracelet on your wrist. Enjoy! Every entry received a number and I used Random.org to draw the winner. The final result:
bracelet winner


Friday, October 1, 2010

Hooray, it's that time of year again! Welcome to my 2nd annual Blogtoberfest!

I have this crazy idea to share with the world..... join me in October for tutorials, tips and prizes, all month long! I'll be sharing tips and posting tutorials for stamping, scrapbooking and more. Putting the HOW into how-to!

For blog viewers, this is a great time to get crafty, you'll see lots of DIY posts this month. If you're a blogger, join me in this fun "holiday" and step up the challenge! Have you been neglecting your blog, or wanting to step it up a notch? Challenge yourself to post on a regular schedule and give your viewers a treat by including as many tips, tricks and tutorials as you can cram into one month!

To join in the Blogtoberfest, grab my button from the sidebar. To add it to your blog sidebar, copy the entire code in the box below my button (double click to get it all) Go to your dashboard and click on design, then Add a Gadget. Choose HTML/Java Script. Paste the code you grabbed from by blog into the text box and save. Ta-da, it's done!

Let me know if you're joining in the fun and have added the button to your blog, I'll add your blog to my blogroll of participants.

And for extra fun, I'm hosting a Blogtoberfest linky party every Friday in October, beginning on Oct. 9th. Join in and post your DIY projects and tutorials, even if you're not participating in Blogtoberfest you can still join the party!

Make sure you check out the post below for your chance to win the singed flower bracelet from my ustream show!

Singed Flower Bracelet Tutorial and Giveaway!

If you tuned in to the ustream show on Wednesday, you are probably anxiously waiting your chance to win this bracelet! For the first post of Blogtoberfest, I'm going to make this giveaway quick and simple! There are three ways to enter, do all three to triple your chances! Instructions to enter the contest are at the bottom of this post. Winner will be announced on Sunday.

Gorgeous, no?
The flower can be used on jewelry, like here, but if you're not one for wearing flowers, you can add them to your papercrafting projects. They're lightweight and smash-proof.

A nice close-up so you can see all those luscious layers. To make these singed flowers, you'll need to start with polyester satin and/or organza. I stamped on my fabric with Staz-on ink, or you can leave it plain.
Watch me make the bracelet on my ustream show....

Ready to enter for you chance to win the bracelet? Enter by completing step one,
complete step 2 and 3 for additional chances to win!
1. Leave a comment below
2. Become a follower (if you're already a follower, tell me)
3. Grab my Blogtoberfest button from the sidebar and add it to your blog sidebar

When you leave a comment, if you choose anonymous, you have to leave your name and a contact email or web/blog address, or it won't count.. 'cuz I need to reach you if you win!