Hats Off to Halloween!

The Halloween hat featured in Close To My Heart’s Annual Inspirations book is to die for!  It is featured under the Scaredy Cat paper section, on the head of the cutest little girl ever.

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It occurred to me that this would make a terrific Halloween centerpiece. Luckily, Jeanette Lynton shared directions for making this hat on her blog

I’ve reposted it here:

Cone and Base
1. Attach two sheets of 12″ x 12″ B&T paper on top of two sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock. This double-sheet thickness is needed for extra stability in the cone of the hat.
2. Using tape, attach the two sheets of layered 12″ x 12″ papers together to form a 24″ length. Ensure that edges are precisely aligned.
3. Starting from one corner, roll the paper into a cone, adjusting to form your desired shape. Use a strong adhesive to hold it in place. Hats will measure differently according to how tight you roll your cone.
4. Cut the 11″ circle to form the base of the hat.
5. Center the cone on the base and trace the bottom of cone onto circle shape. Trace another circle within the first, about a 1/2″ smaller than the original.
6. Trim out innermost center circle, then use scissors to cut ½” slits approximately 1″ apart around the entire outer circle to create tabs. Fold tabs upward.
7. Staple, or adhere with a strong adhesive, the tabs into the cone, starting from where you would like the front of your hat to be.
Edging
1. Cut out spiderweb cupcake liners and trim off the tabs.
2. Attach four of the 2 ½” spiderweb liners underneath the base of circle so that the edges of the webs extend beyond the rim of the hat.
3. Attach the 2″ spiderweb liners along the top of the hat’s brim against the inner edges, near the cone.
Decoration
1. Select where you would like the front of your hat to be and adhere the 2″ banner to it.
2. Adhere 1 ¼” banners overlapping the larger banner around the bottom of the cone.
3. Cut several ½” strips of B&T paper, pleat them, and attach them end to end on the bottom of the cone.
4. Cut out flowers, spiderweb, and vines from the Cricut® Artiste cartridge.
5. Use an embossing tool to mold the leaves of the branch shapes. Ink the edges with Slate ink using the sponge dauber.
6. Ink the edges of the flowers in Thistle and Sunset using the sponge dauber. Using your quilling tool, roll the flowers, adhere them closed, and add Sparkles to the center of each as desired.
7. Attach the spiderweb to the side of the cone and layer the floral arrangement on top of it.
8. Back the “Spooky” metal shape from your Scaredy Cat Complements with Thistle cardstock and add it to the floral arrangement.
Top of Hat
1. Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip of Thistle cardstock. Cut a 1″ notch every ¼”.
2. Using your quilling tool, roll the strip until the solid edge is small enough to fit into the hole at the top of the cone. Adhere it so it cannot unroll. Make sure the roll is small enough to fit into the top of the cone. If needed, trim the tip of the hat to allow more space for the topper.
3. Fit the curled hat topper into the hole at the top of the hat and secure with adhesive.
4. Using your quilling tool, roll the ¼” strips downward into tight curls.
5. Cut the ribbon into 3″ pieces, loop them, and adhere them individually to the top of the hat, arranging them in layers.
6. Add stars from the Scaredy Cat Assortment.
Embellishment
Embellish your hat with the Scaredy Cat Assortment, sequins from the Mini-Medley Accents black collection, Slate diagonal striped ribbon, or other accents of your choice.

 

Come join us on Friday evening, Oct 24rth or Sunday afternoon, Oct 26th to make these fabulous hats yourself.

 

When:  Friday evening, Oct 24rth at 7pm (wine and Hors D’oeuvres may be involved!) or

Sunday Oct 26th, 1 pm, if you’d like to join a group

 

If these dates don’t work for you, feel free to pick any evening or weekend time and come on over! The hat takes an hour or so to put together and I’m happy to visit with you anytime.

 

Cost: Free if you bring your own materials or $10 to cover the cost of materials if I provide them.
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or mariefarson@juno.com

Happy Haunting!!

“Boo!”

I love the playfulness of Halloween! It’s also the start of a season of celebrating, all winter long it seems.  While I’m not big on Halloween cards, I definitely want to record the fun costumes my kids come up with for Halloween. What better way to save those precious memories than on a scrapbook page…

 

So, this month I’ll be adding a quick two page Halloween layout:

 

Halloween LO

We use the Scaredy Cat paper pack as well as the frightfully cute “Halloween Greetings” stamp set. Also included are  lots of coordinating embellishments:  orange, purple and black 3-d epoxy stars and the black and white stripe twill ribbon.

Come join us on Friday evening, Oct 24rth or Sunday afternoon, Oct 26th to make these fabulous layouts.

 

When:  Friday evening, Oct 24rth at 7pm (wine and Hors D’oeuvres may be involved!) or

Sunday Oct 26th, 1 pm, if you’d like to join a group

 

If these dates don’t work for you, feel free to pick any evening or weekend time and come on over! The layout only takes 1/2 hour or so to put together and I’m happy to visit with you anytime

 

 

Cost: $7

The kit can also be ordered to go so that you may assemble the pages at home if you prefer. Contact me to arrange pick up or the postage amount.
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or mariefarson@juno.com

SCRAPBOOKING CLUB OPTION

If you want to complete lots of beautiful layouts and keep up with your family scrapbooking, consider joining my scrapbooking club. We will complete 8 to 10 layouts (or even 12!) each month for the 10 months.  Cost is $25 to $35 for each month’s set of layouts. If you join us at least 8 of the 10 months,  you will earn a free set of page protectors to put your layouts in and the option of purchasing any album at half price.

“Wanderful” summertime……

I had a “Wanderful” time on vacation last summer. My husband and I surprised my dad and joined him on a river cruise down the Danube at the last minute!  It was an amazing and wonderful trip: precious time with my dad, amazing sights along the Danube in Austria and a thoroughly relaxing break from hectic family and school life. I am so grateful we were able to make this trip work out.

I tried to capture the flavor of the international travel, the cities, the airplane flights, the river boats, the metros, the exploring and adventure in the many photographs that I took during the trip. Now I can’t wait to create album pages to remember it all. The new “Wanderful” paper is perfect for this sort of vacation!  I love the trendy colors used in these papers, as well as the fun embellishments that go with them:

 

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I’ve used an art booking overlay here that is perfect for the airplanes and arrows in this paper pack…

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Notice the banner on the right hand page, which is crystal blue card stock embossed with our new arrows embossing folder and sanded.

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Love the arrows washi tape here!

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The chevron border punch adds a bit of spunk to this page. Love the use of Base and Bling arrow charm on the bakers twine as well.

 

 

I’ve added 3 extra sheets of card stock plus a piece of patterned paper to make these four energetic layouts. Also included are  lots of coordinating embellishments:  Awesome stick ease complements, images from the Wanderful WOTG stamp set, a cricut overlay from the “Artbooking” cartridge, washi tape, the Wanderful assortment of metal shapes and trendy epoxy badge buttons.

Come join us on Friday evening, Oct 24rth or Sunday afternoon, Oct 26th to make these fabulous layouts.

 

When:  Friday evening, Oct 24rth at 7pm (wine and Hors D’oeuvres may be involved!) or

Sunday Oct 26th, 1 pm

 

Cost: $25

The kit can also be ordered to go so that you may assemble the pages at home if you are unable to join a workshop. Contact me to arrange pick up or the postage amount.
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or mariefarson@juno.com

SCRAPBOOKING CLUB OPTION

If you want to complete lots of beautiful layouts and keep up with your family scrapbooking, consider joining my scrapbooking club. We will complete 8 to 10 layouts (or even 12!) each month for the 10 months.  Cost is $25 to $35 for each month’s set of layouts. If you join us at least 8 of the 10 months,  you will earn a free set of page protectors to put your layouts in and the option of purchasing any album at half price.

From Our Heart to Yours

Submit your entry and win a free punch!

Make It from Your Heart

Creating: it’s what we do! Everywhere we go, we make something: a friend, a mood, a feeling, an impression, or maybe even a mess. What we make is up to us, and our happiness is directly affected. We can decide whom we are by how we act—indeed, what we MAKE with our surroundings. And, in turn, we help shape others along the way. What a gift! So what are you creating in your life . . . and what part of you is calling the shots: your head or your heart?

When your head has all the power, life becomes swamped in rules. Things you do “work,” but what meaning do they have? But enter your heart and—voila!—what a change. Suddenly the things you touch turn to gold. Instead of fulfilling an assignment, you’ve fulfilled a deep need within yourself and within someone else. Within your heart you can find…

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Annual Inspirations Witch Hats Tutorial

Anyone interested in getting together to make these witches’ hats as table centerpieces for Halloween? I’ve got all the materials…. just contact me and let me know you are interested and what day/time works best for you. Happy haunting!

Make It from Your Heart

Paper Witches Hat
We all love home decor that screams creativity! Several of you have seen the adorable hats on page 38 of Annual Inspirations and have asked for instructions on how to recreate them. Below you’ll find step-by-step directions you can use with the Annual Inspirations recipes already provided to give your home a little more spook this season.

Happy crafting!

October 31 Hat

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
Spike Flowers: 3½” and 4½” Shift+Accent 2 (p. 54)
Round Flowers: 3½” and 2¾” Accent 2 (cut several, p. 54)
Cupcake Liners: 2½” and 2″ Accent 4 (cut 4 of each, p. 77)
Circle: 11″ Card (p. 48)
Vines: 1″, 1½”, and 1¾” Shift+3D Object (cut several, p. 54)
Spiderweb: 4½” Accent 4 (p. 76)
Banners: 1¼” and 2″ Accent 2 (cut several, p. 35)

To find a list of the other materials required, please refer to the Annual Inspirations recipes.
witches hat steps cone and base
1. Attach…

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3-D Card Class

This month’s Cardmaking class features fun 3-D cards: pop-ups, sliders, spin cards and swing cards. We’ll make 2 each of 5 cards, like the following:

 

 

An amazing pop-up card using the new Artfully Sent cricut cartridge....

An amazing pop-up card using the new Artfully Sent cricut cartridge….

Halloween card inside

A swing card featuring this month's Stamp of the Month with the cute polar bear!

A swing card featuring this month’s Stamp of the Month with the cute polar bear!

A double bow card, perfect for the new Seaside Greetings stamp set

A double bow card, perfect for the new Seaside Greetings stamp set

A fun stretchy card with my fav Hostess stamp set, "Better with a Friend"

A fun stretchy card with my fav Hostess stamp set, “Better with a Friend”

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plus a bonus spinner card featuring fall-themed wreath and leaves…

Fall card 2

fall card 1

Join me on Saturday afternoon, October 12th, for some tea and coffee, cake, cookies and laughter while we enjoy creating these fun cards. For those that prefer a weekday evening, you are welcome to join me on Friday night, October 24rth and complete your cards then, or take a kit home to do yourself.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by October 8th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Sunday, October 12th at 2pm, or

Friday, October 24rth, at 7pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes

RSVP: 571-276-5405

As always, you can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $25.00 – mailed to you first class

How to contact me:

1-571-276-5405
Mariefarson@juno.com

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