Happy Tuesday! Today is my day to post on the Creative Charms blog and I have a few quick and simple projects to share. This week may seem a bit full of Creative Charms - we also have a Fall Blog Hop on Friday. The special breast cancer awareness fundraising kit that I posted about yesterday is available through the end of the month.
I am finally getting over that nasty cold and I do have some other projects that I should be able to get back to this week. They are predicting snow (well at least flurries) for Thursday so I plan to stay home and craft!
The first card is an invitation for a pumpkin carving party. The framed purple pumpkin is from the Vintage Halloween Metal Frames set.
If you have this "Spooktacular" paper stack from K & Company, you will find that the Creative Charms Halloween items are a very good match for both the colors and designs.
The orange card base is A2 size, with the white layer cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches and the pumpkin patterned paper cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches. The green strip on the left is 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches and the sentiment block is 1 x 2 3/8 inches.
I put all of the layers together and then pierced a couple of holes for the two flowers from the Orange Groovy Petal Medley.
I changed the center of the flower to a Purple Gem Brad and saved the original center for another project.
When you are working with a bold patterned paper you need to keep an open mind about your layout. When I had the pumpkin from the Vintage Halloween Metal Frames set centered on the green stripe it blocked out some of the design and the bits that showed did not look very nice.
I moved the frame over to the right to completely hide the black face features in the right side of the pumpkin and expose them on the left side. This was more pleasing to my eye and made a better frame for the cute pumpkin in the frame.
This card was made to send to my Dad with some Halloween treats. It is a larger card (5 x 7 inches) in plain white cardstock and I framed the striped layer with a solid black border. The ghost is an extra one that I cut for the Halloween Wall Display that I posted last week. I thought about adding a bow but decided to keep it very simple since it was for a man.
I used tiny black Gradient Gem Stickers for eyes and hand cut the little oval for the mouth. I put a bit of adhesive in the spot for the mouth and then dropped the oval on the adhesive when it turned clear.
Foam squares make the ghost "float" above the card.
This size of card sits perfectly in the small flat rate mailing box I was using to send the goodies to my Dad. (If you want to know what is in the box, you'll have to wait a day or two - I don't want to spoil the surprise!).
The last card is actually a place card or a label for a buffet. I designed this in the Silhouette Studio software using the spiderweb which is one of the free shapes.
The design is very similar to the place cards I made for our son's wedding. The spiderweb pops up when the card is folded. This was easy to design with the Silhouette software - I just eliminated the outer line of the lower section of the spiderweb and added some perforation lines to make the card easy to fold.
This is the card as it is removed from the mat. If you look closely you can see that the right side is lifting up a bit.
Here you can see the perforation and the spiderweb starting to fold up from the card.
You could add the names of your guests or use the card as a label for a buffet - to keep the Halloween theme going. I added one of the Vintage Halloween Metal Frames in the corner for a punch of color.
If you have a Silhouette and would like to try this file you can download it at the link below.
Spiderweb placecard (Silhouette Studio file)
A week or so ago I shared a wonderful gift from a blog friend and gave you all a challenge (HERE) - all you needed to do was to make something using anything from Creative Charms and link it up to have a chance to win a bundle of Vintage Jewels. I don't know if you all are super busy or if you didn't have any Creative Charms to use, but only two people linked up. Please let me know if you like the idea of challenges or if you prefer to just visit and read about a project.
Debbie linked up five projects and Sarabug also added a project. I asked for "a" photo of a project made with Creative Charms so it came down to a flip of the coin (by Random.org).
Number 2 came up which means that Sarabug is the winner of the Vintage Jewels bundle. Debbie, I appreciate that you posted your projects so I will also be sending you a bundle of Creative Charms goodies.
I also had an option for people who had no Creative Charms to play along by guessing the total number of Creative Charms embellishments that Marilyn Mae used for the mini album she sent me. The actual number was 62 (66 if you count the card) which means that Gramjak is the winner of the assortment of Creative Charms items from my stash (in other words - some of these may be partial packs or loose bits and pieces).
Finally, I also had a mini-giveaway on my post with the upcycled bottle tops (HERE). The winner of the random draw was Dianne
Could all four of you please contact me with your mailing information as soon as possible? I'll send out your packages as soon as I can after I get this information. You can email me at email@example.com - thanks!
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