Thursday, October 29, 2015

Easy Halloween Cards



Hey y'all! Just a quick post today to share an idea for easy Halloween cards I made this year to send my friends. Just like these scrapbook layouts I shared on Monday I made it out of paper scraps. I also used a couple of free fonts and bought some fun stickers to add a little flair. (NOTE: non of the links included are affiliate, and I don't get any money for recommending them. Just passing along things I used and loved!)

After I created this notecard set for my Etsy shop I was inspired to send a similar card to my favorite witches. I created a new Word document with 2x3 inch text boxes to hold my sentiment. I used Oswald and Art Brewery, both free fonts. As that printed, I googled 'martini glass' and found a clip art I could use to cut on my Silhouette. That fun glitter paper came from this pack I bought from Michael's and cut perfectly (it was pretty think paper, so I made sure to double cut it). 

HOT WHEELS TIP:
- use the ocean that is Google Image and you can find almost anything you want to cut on a digi cutter. Anything that is in a SVG, PNG, JPG can be used. There may be more file types you can use, I'm only familiar with these
-If you want to make a group of similar cards, always think of your paper scraps first! If you are like me you will have a stack of pieces you are saving 'for the right project', 

I needed to make 8 cards, and I was able to use paper left over from cards I had made for my shop. I did buy those fun bat stickers specifically for these cards......because clearly these drinks needed garnish ; )



So, what's your plan for the weekend? Anyone going to a fun Halloween party? Pictures or it didn't happen (Instagram: @hotwheelsandglueguns )

See you next week!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tips for Using Multiple Photos on a Layout- October Scrapbook Layouts


Hello! Today I wanted to share a couple of Halloween themed layouts I made with pictures from last October. I am also going to share my tips for using lots of photos at one time-something I do pretty often. What I love about these layouts was it showcases alot of photos and used almost exclusively paper scraps! It was time intense, but I was in the mood to just play around for a while, but I didn't buy any new paper to do it-I just used a few pieces of 12x12 cardstock and a bunch of paper scraps. 

supplies used: Sharpie fine tip , October Afternoon- letter stickers, Studio Calico- bobby pins, sequins from October 2014 kit, Making Memories- patterned paper, My Mind's Eye- stickers, Freckled Fawn- washi tape, American Crfts cardstock, Silohuette cut files- haunted house, tree, spider web

For this layout I cut a haunted house and spooky tree from black card stock. I cut a spiders web from a piece of older Making Memories paper. It has a bit of orange glitter that gives it a little pop. I wanted to include a lot of photos, but that can make a layout look a bit of a mess, right? To combat that I trimmed 4 of them down to a 3x4 size with just the most important parts, then lined them up along the bottom. I layered them over a long strip of striped paper. Over that I added sequins and some leftover word stickers (behind the haunted house I added some off white paper to make the 'windows'). To balance the business of the bottom I kept the top of the spread simple- One large photo, the spiders web and some journalling. 


Supplies Used: Silhouette  files- spider web, letter stickers-old from Studio Calico and October Afternoon (couldn't find a link), Studio Calico- sequins (from Oct. 2014 kit)Chic Tags- 'carve' tag (couldn't find a link), American Crfts cardstock

For this layout I cut more of those spiders' webs from patterned paper. This time I filled in the 'holes' with little bits of patterned paper. I even used the cover sheet from an October Afternoon pack that had little squares of pattern. The small size was great for filling in!  


This layout also had a lot of pictures (I take a LOT of pictures in October), so I cut them to a uniform size, except the first one that is a little larger to create an 'anchor'. I lined them up and anchored the whole strip with a small strip of paper. Added a few sequins, a few bits of paper and washi tape, and then old letter stickers (luckily I add enough to spell 'jack o lantern ; ) )

HOT WHEELS TIP (for using lots of photos on a layout):
- trim photos to a smaller size to cut out blank empty space and focus on the most important part.
- Choose photos with similar color schemes and patterns
- Use white space in the layout to give the eye a place to rest
-Anchor your photos visually- Either with a paper border, words, or something that groups the photos together. Don't let them just float in space in a random matter.

{PROJECT LIFE LAYOUT}


In this post I talked about how I mix traditional scrapbook pages with a couple of Project Life pages each month.  This was my page from October 2014. I am a Halloween dork, y'all. Last year I: decorated my condo, watched the original Halloween movies, saw a live performance of Dracula ,and went to a really Spectacular Jack of Lantern exhibit. Again, I just used paper scraps in colors that went with my pictures-not necessarily from a Halloween line! I also used leftover bits like: a key, a glitter bat, a wax seal (from a Harry Potter sticker set) and some buttons.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions about what I talked about here, please leave me a comment.

Later, Witches! 
Michelle



Friday, October 9, 2015

Hot Wheels Essentials- Halloween Edition


Now that October is in full swing it is Halloween central in my world. It's one of my favorite holidays, and I love taking part in all the fun things the month has to offer (however, I wish there were a few more weekends in October, a girl can only do so many things at once, right?) On the list of things to do: visit a few haunted houses, watch a few scary movies, send out a few Halloween cards, and eat a few caramel apple  flavored things....with hot coffee.

#pumpkinspiceyolife y'all.

In the interest of sharing holiday cheer I wanted to share a few of my essentials-things I want use/do/enjoy almost every year around this time. It's a well rounded list-including everything from good movies, activities for locals and some fun crafty things!  (note: some of these links are affiliate, but I only recommend things I know and love)


{MOVIES and BOOKS}
- I read Doctor Sleep last year and really enjoyed it. I thought about reading The Shining this month. But, I've already seen the movie, so will I still enjoy the book? Still considering that.
 - My friends and I get together to watch a couple of movies every year-usually one older one and one newer one. This year we are watching The Omen and Scream. I would also highly recommend The Saw series (my gateway drug into horror movies) and I always watch The Great Pumpkin....because I'm basically a big kid ; )
 - I've written before about my podcast listening habits, and one of my favorite podcasters is doing a series on Halloween books. She is EXCELLENT, and this is a paid series, but totally worth it for a month of spooky entertainment.

{FOR THE LOCALS}
Are you from in/around Louisville? Here's a few things that I think are a good time.
 - Bernheim Forest. Y'all......Kentucky in the fall is the most beautiful thing. And Louisville has many beautiful parks-but Bernheim does fall right. Their Colorfest is a great time for families, but you could just wander around and take a million pictures of the color explosion.
 - Hillcrest Avenue. Hillcrest Avenue gives me house decorating goals. It also gives me a chance to throw a party! I live just a couple blocks away, so it gather up a few of my peeps, fill them with booze and goodies, then we wander around the two block long stretch of houses that decorate like crazy every October. (they don't have an official website, but the link above takes you to their FB page!)
 -Halloween Haunt at Kings Island. haunted attractions+a roller coaster + pizza= pretty much a perfect day, IMHO.

p.s. Have you seen Dracula at Actors Theatre? You should. And Fright Night Campouts is on my list for next year.


{CRAFTY ESSENTIALS}
Of course, I love make and give cards. I am selling many Halloween cards in my shop. But, I also enjoy decorating and by that I mean, cover my condo in skulls, spider webs and anything glow in the dark.  I have searched far and wide for good quality craft supplies that add glow in the dark sparkle to my DIY decorations.
 - Martha Stewart is the queen of Halloween, forever. I LOVE her magazine special issue, and I go back again and again for her GLOW PAINT and GLITTER.
 - Judekins Embossing Powder. I bought this on a whim on Amazon, but I was uber impressed. For my friends who don't make handmade cards embossing powder is heat set and used over stamping to add gloss or shine. THIS POWDER IS AMAZING!! (sorry, I didn't mean to shout) It heat set like a dream, and once you charge it with light it makes your card GLOW! Here's a peek at one of the cards I made using it with a BOO! stamp. I'm working on another blog post to show you how you can use it-stay tuned!
 - Glow Sticks. I buy a bunch of these every year, and I don't really have a favorite brand to link to. I just get whatever they have at my local dollar store. I use them all over- I pass them out to friends who come to my party. I stick them in a few of my decorations to give them a fun glow. Last year I discovered you can empty the liquid out into water and it will make the jar or bottle glow! True fact-you can put a glow stick in your freezer and it's glowabilities will last a long time. I found one in the back of my freezer in December (one of my friends who thinks they are very funny ; ) ) and it was still glowing a little!
- No glow factor here, but I bought a bunch of this paper to make cards and scrapbook my October adventures. So pretty in person!

{TELEVISION} 
Two new shows I plan to watch to add to my schedule are:
- AHS: Hotel. Last season was a little lackluster, but I have LOVED the other seasons...and Lady Gaga is in the cast....YASSS.

- Scream Queens. Looks hilarious, campy, a little creepy. I'm in. Are you watching?
{COOKING}
I tend to cook more once the weather cools off. Obviously, things like soup or anything 'slow cooked' in its' title peaks my interest.


-  I love all kinds of chili, and my favorite to make at home is this vegetarian version. It's super easy and makes my kitchen smells so good you want to put cheese on it. Actually, this midwest girl eats her chili with spaghetti, cheese and oyster crackers (and sometimes hot sauce). The recipe I make is with Skyline chili seasoning and tofu crumbles but you could totally sub out you favorite chili seasonings and turkey or beef. It's a pretty basic recipe that you can fix up however you like. [click and save the photo below to save my recipe] 



- I am really intrigued by this Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili recipe. Adding it to my list.
- on the sweet side: I prefer hazelnut to pumpkin spice and I plan to make these cereal bars at least once.

Now I want to know- what am I missing? What to I need to add to my October essentials list? 

Leave a comment below! 

Michelle

p.s. This month in my shop I have handmade cards created by my uber talented friend Alicia

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