Checking in & crafty apologies

Hey y'all,
I just wanted to let you all know why I haven't posted any creations as of late and also apologize to the many people I was supposed to be blog hopping with last week. I just got home yesterday from spending a week in the hospital. I've missed crafting and missed my crafty friends. I feel terrible that I didn't get to participate in the hops last weekend with y'all. I'm still not 100% but I'm really hoping to have some stuff up by the end of the week, even if it's just something small. Thank you for bearing with me while I'm not feeling well. I look forward to showing you my next creations and sharing with you again soon.


Haunted House Blog Hop

Beware! This is a blog hop of haunted houses where Halloween fright is glowing in the windows as ghosts and witches fly through the air...

Please join us and hop along starting with Jearise our hostess. She has provided some Halloween blog candy for all those that leave comments along the way. The drawing will be on October 6th using Random.org. The winner will receive: K and Company Ghostly Greetings 12 x 12 paper pack, Stickles distress glitter glue pack, and EK Sticko's haunted house sticker pack.

If you have traveled from Robin at http://www.scrapandchat.blogspot.com/, then you are on the right road and when you are finished here, you have made it to the end of the hop. CONGRATULATIONS. If you got here via e-mail, stumbled upon my blog from your links or just randomly or If you got lost and found yourself on my doorstep by mistake, you can head to the beginning of the road here: Jearise's blog

Now onto my fun and spooky projects....I absolutely LOVE Halloween...and part of that is Howl-O-Scream (HOS) at Busch Gardens...I go EVERY year(I've only missed once and that was bc I was in Ohio during it...I went to King's Island's Halloween Event instead)... So I created a couple of frames to highlight some pictures from past years' trips. The first frame is from when I went with a couple of roommates I had at the time....This was circa 2002...Wow, it's been a long time...LOL

This was made using the paper from the stack that Jearise is giving away. K&Company Ghostly Greetings. I used ModPodge to attach it to a bare wood frame I purchased from Michael's. I then added Glossy Accents to the words "Halloween" and "Night" to make them stand out. I also used the Glossy Accents on the body of the ghost, the border of the bat, body of the spider and body of the skeleton. The skeleton is stamped with a Recollections cling stamp. He looks more like an alien after the Glossy Accent is put on. LOL...I used glitter glues(I don't own Stickles brand) by Studio G, Martha Stewart & aLa Mode for the spider's legs, bat's wings and outline of skeleton. The skeleton was stamped with Studio G ink and embossed with Stampendous Embossing powder.

This next frame is from when I went to HOS in '05 or '06 with my sister and her fiance. We had a lot of fun dressing up...well as much as you're allowed to dress up to go to the park...We looked kinda punk.

This frame was also made using paper from the same K&Company stack and the ModPodge technique. I stamped the Haunted House on Canson Drawing Paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The stamp is from the same set of Recollections Halloween stamps as the skeleton from above. I then colored in the image using my PrismaColor pencils. and cut the image out. I attached it using my Xyron sticker maker(same way the skeleton was attached also). I then used my Studio G glitter glue to outline the haunted house. The bat & spider stickers are from Recollections.. I had planned on putting a title on the top left corner that said Howl-O-Scream, unfortunately both of my cricut machines are on the fritz so I could not do that...If I add it later I'll add pictures then.

Last but not least, I made a little 3-dimensional Haunted House to celebrate the theme of the hop. It has little ghosties, spiders, bats, witches and other critters peeking out of the windows and around corners.

This adorable little gem was made with my Sizzix and out of recycled materials. The "house" is actually a cardboard package from a tool. The windows are made from a recycled plastic package. The backing and the bat are made from cardstock scraps that I have from a bag of supplies I bought at a thrift store. All the little critters are punched out of scraps of paper. They are highlighted with various glitter glues and Glossy Accents.

Thank you so much for hopping along the Haunted House Blog hop...If you have made it this far, you are finished. I hope that you have enjoyed everyone's creations. We all have enjoyed creating for all of you.


World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop Day ___


Hello crafters and welcome to The World Cardmaking day blog hop on this the 3rd October.
This is a 5 day blog hop with 10 different participants each day - well except Gill of course as she is the hostess!!

As it is World Cardmaking Day the participants of the hop are donating cards to Gill for charity. Plus in the line up each day you will find a UK crafting celebrity taking part among us mere mortal crafters !!!

Ok then on with the hop - if you have arrived here in blogger land from Amy at  www.simplicityinscrapping.blogspot.com and want to hop along then your on the right track If you came from e-mail or just wandered along my blog, PLEASE go back to GILL and start from the beginning, you won't be disappointed.  and i hope you enjoy what you are about to see, not only from me but from all the participants - each day remember to leave Gill comments there will be  BIG blog candy from our wonderful hostess Gill and from sponsors of the hop, for what Gill chooses as the most interesting comment and will announce the winner 2 days after the hop closes.

For this hop i am going to showcase 1 card today. I had hoped to show you more but both of my Cricut machines are on the fritz :(...a call to Cricut is on today's schedule...I will be making more cards to donate this month THIS card is going to be going to a St Jude's children's hospital in memory of my friend Heath whom passed away last year and was a HUGE supporter of St Jude's. Some of my other cards will also go to St Jude's, others will go to Special Olympics.  So, without further ado... here is todays creation

Inside of Card

Front of Card

Outside of card

Inside of card

Inside of Card

Bottom half, inside of card

Front of card

Well i hope you like what i have come up with. Now your next hop stop is Tammy  where you will find another fabby creation.

Here is the list of today's  blogs in case you get lost along the way:

Dont forget to come back for days 3-5 of the hop.  Thanks for hopping and see you tomorrow.