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Crazy Cat Lady Haunted House Collage


Okay I admit it. I’m one of those crazy cat ladies you hear about.  I mean it’s not like we’re outnumbered or anything. We have an equal pet to people balance. But if my youngest who is in college now decided to move onto campus…well….he’ll have to take one of the cats with him lol.
I created this collage inspired by haunted houses.

It may have turned out more cute than spooky.  I like it either way.

I didn’t plan ahead enough to order the actual chippie shingles…so I had to create these out of paper. My advice is order the chippies!!!!! You will thank me later. They look much better and are far less work.

Also I thought for sure I had a door????? Once I was in there was no turning back so I used this arch top window as a substitute and added some faux boards across to give it the look of an abandoned house.  The fence is given a crackle finish to give the appearance of age.

Creepy little spiders and webs are the perfect Halloweeny detail and a bit of old moss to emulate once homey flowers turned withered and old.



First I decided on the lay out of  the chippies from the Gingerbread House Mini Album Kit and mixed in Halloween elements.

Paper with a brick print was added to the background and snipped out then inked with chalk ink to take the brightness down.

The shingles are created with papers clipped with a scallop edged scissor  then inked and a fine line drawn on.

Once I had the shingles adhered to the base I decided to snip off what would have been icicles on the roof section.

I finished the spiderwebs with a Pitt Pen in black.

The window and door frame are painted in flat white acrylic. The shutters were finished with the Pitt pen. I was concerned the heart cut out was just a bit too cute so I snipped it off.This made the shutter too short. No trouble …I just stacked 2 to get the correct height.

To age the window and door frames they are given a pounce with the chalk ink.

The windows have a layer of velum and printed paper adhered behind and a bit of detail added to the front with a gray alcohol ink pen.

Wishing all of you a happy and productive day : ) G

Graphic 45 and Petaloo Blog Hop


Good morning to you wonderful Paper Peeps! Today is the day I get to share the project I created for the Graphic 45 and Petaloo Blog Hop! I think you can all tell I’ve been a bit of a Halloween mode so I was just delighted at the very generous selection of flowers we received from Petaloo to add to our projects.

Petaloo Blog Hop Halloween House 1Petaloo Blog Hop Halloween House 2Petaloo Blog Hop Halloween House 3Petaloo Blog Hop Halloween House 4I can’t wait to add this Halloween House to our holiday decor : ) I think it will look spooktacular sitting on our black hutch!  I encourage you to view all the projects from the hop…I got a sneak peek…and let me tell you…they are gonna knock your socks off!

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~Enchantment

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~An Eerie Tale

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~You Bewitch Me

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~Wicked Whimsey

Graphic 45 A proper Gentleman~Man About Town

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~

Petaloo Flowers~Textured Collection – Floral Embellishments – Mini – Black

Petaloo Flowers~ Spring Berry Clusters x3 Lav/Purple

Petaloo Flowers~Trim Assortment Shades of Purple

Petaloo Flowers~ Botanica Blooms x Lav/Purple

Petaloo Flowers~Burlap Blossoms Black

Okay that’s all for me….off to the shop to see what kinda trouble I can get into. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Challenge # 8 for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog


Hey there Peeps. Does it seem like time is going by too quickly??? It does for me…I mean how can we be on challenge 8 already???? Must be because I am having too much fun creating projects for CHACB.

This time our theme is Ribbon Lace or Twine Oh My!!!

Show us your fiber side! Use ribbon, lace or twine on your project. Dig into your hoard and share how creative you can be with fibers! You may use ribbon, lace, twine, embroidery floss, string, yarn, fabric, etc. As long as you have something in the “ribbon” family on your project, you are good to go!

CHACB-blinkieFirst a shout out to our very generous sponsors…..

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IMG_3308I used my Sin City Stamp for the steampunk styled woman and layered her into lots and lots of layers of hot air balloons and gears. I created the back ground paper  with a stencil and loads of Distress Inks and added the sentiment stamp from Sin City Stamps in chocolate brown. I also used the stamps to create the pocket watch images. I super love the SATIN CROSSHATCH RIBBON IN LIGHT SILVER from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_3310I started the house base a while back…it was just waiting for the right project to finish it off. It’s very dimensional as you can see and super sturdy to hold up to the weight of all the goodies added to the front. I used a crimping tool to corrugate the roof and added paint then topped it off with flocking powder. The laser cut dies are from Sin City as well…I love the gears and clock works and flourishes.

IMG_3311Most of the balloons were cut out in triplicate and layered up. I added a small grouping of flowers to anchor the images.

Okay….that’s all for me. I know you’re thinking how can you get in on the fun for this challenge and link up your project to be eligible to win a fabulous prize????? Well that’s easy peasy! Just click HERE to head on over to Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog for all the details!

My fellow teamies have put together some really fabulous projects to inspire you for this challenge…why not stop over and check em out??? Don’t forget to leave them a little love for sharing!

Donna,Glenda,Gloria, Karen, Pam, Tammi, Amber,Christy, Debbie,Jan, Kathy.

We’re also having a bit of a blog hop with the girls from Sin City Stamps…you should check out their projects as well…

Barbara Rankin, Karen Lackey, Linda Hess, Lisa Mita, Peggy Oliver, Robin Redd.

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G



New Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon ” Pink and Ribbon”


Now that the holidays are over we are back on track for challenges at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Bonnie has chosen Pink and Ribbon  as our theme this time around and I’m like ” yeah….I got this!!!!”  LOL.  I created my pink project as a gift for one of my Polly’s Peeps for our gift exchange party last week.   I hope she loves it as much as I do.

IMG_2730I started with a sweet little paper mache house….the kind you get from the craft store.  Then I added layers of pinky polka dots….swoon….. The whole entire roof is covered in clear sparkly glitter….hard to see from this angle sorry. There are also painted and glittered buttons, super tiny handmade be me paned windows and door. I added a festive wreath to the front door that matches the bleached bottle brush trees. A little tinsel trim around the base is a festive detail. Super cute snowmen waiting at the door to welcome their visitors. Last but not least there’s a poofy bow made from  Pink Chevron, and Cotton Candy Bakers Twine. I topped it off with a silver jingle bell and a small chipboard sentiment circle.

Okay…now it’s time for you to create a fabulous project using ” Pink and Ribbon” and enter the challenge.

As much as I would love to hermit myself in the house and hide from all the snow we are getting here in mid- Michigan I will be treking out to the shop to work on our class project this week…as requested, Valentine’s mini albums. Should be fun!

I hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : )G

New House Mini


Not too much time for a post today…but I wanted to share with you a sweet little New House Mini that I created last week.

IMG_0786Yeah I know…it’s not my usual style…but I kinda love it anyway : )

IMG_0787IMG_0788IMG_0789-001IMG_0790IMG_0791See I told ya it would be a quick post : ) I should mention that most of this awesome paper is from on of my favorite brands…Lily Bee. Very retro and chipper and cheerful.

I hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

It’s just an itty bitty treasure


Friend Kim brought me in a nice big stack of vintage file folders last week as a little gifty. Isn’t she sweet??? These folders were made from really crazy heavy paper and I knew they would be perfect for projects that I was going to want to use a lot of heavy embellishments and would also hold up to “wet glues” like glossy accents. I was feeling in the need to make myself a little something to cheer myself up yesterday so I got out the stack of folders and created myself a template for a paper house. Try # 1 resulted in a very nice house…but a bit too large for using paper frugally so I went back at it and created another template for a tiny house. I really love how it turned out.

Isn’t it just precious? It’s only 3 1/2 inches square at the base : )

Remember earlier when I said I wanted a frugal use of paper??? Well I guess that didn’t apply to buttons. : )

To give it a shabby look…I dry brushed almost everything with acrylic paint. Even the ribbon. Even the pom pom trim. Even the paper!!! And the Tim Holtz metal name plate embellishment.

Such a tiny little thing. Soft and sweet. Notice all the glitter and flocking I applied to the buttons on the roof? If I had used regular cardstock all the glue would have soaked through and left me with a huge gloppa gluppa mess. Thanks to Kim for the donation.

I added the stick pin and pearls as just a little extra something special.  I thought I might use it as an ornament on my shabby chic shop tree….but you can’t see the buttons if you view it from the bottom…..and the shop tree has to be displayed on the top of the center island fixtures….so I’ll just leave it on my desk for a quicker mood picker upper. I’ve got a lot more files left…so be on the lookout for more tiny houses : )

I should mention in closing that this tiny house was very crooked when I glued it down : ( but once I had all the goodies glued to it I couldn’t tell at all. Yayyy buttons!!!! I can also recommend that if you like to make your own templates like  I do…you invest in a really good quilting ruler….I use mine all the time. If you’ve not seen one…they are larger and have markings to 1/8 inch and are clear so you can see right through them to line things up : )