Halloween Is In The Air

    October is scooting by quickly.

    We had some cooler temperatures . . . and then it got warm again . . . Anticipating cooler temperatures again.

    There is something about autumn and getting ready for Halloween.

    I found this image and just had to use it. It is a bit spookier than I like, but as you look closely, there isn’t a skull moon, but it is made from the tree branches. I think this is quite clever along with the children walking along in their pursuit of candy.

    Initially I didn’t see the children walking. My focus was captured on the moon.

    That may have been the whole point, but once we begin to look around, it needed to be more of an All Hollows Eve picture . . .

    This is something I need to keep in mind when I’m doing my paper crafts. It is great to draw the eye into the card initially, but there does have to be a complete “picture” once one decides to look around.

    This reminds me to get your Halloween Treat Boxes together and ready to fill with delicious treats.

    Remember our friend Ray O’Bannon over at Ravensblight Paper Toys . . . 

    Remember all of his great treat box coffins?

    This year I’m favoring the weathered crate for my Halloween Treat Box. I can decorate it with pumpkins and may have a spooky cat or a witch . . . maybe her feet sticking out of it or at least have her hat on the crate.

    The weathered crate can be made spooky by having a skeleton trying to get out . . .

    What’s great is that all of Ray’s paper toys are free to download and assemble — he has excellent instructions.

    I do love Ray’s Haunted Houses.

    I especially like The Ghost House.

    It has a secret chamber under the house that is a great place to put some treasures.

    If you’re into building a paper craft Haunted Ship, Ray O’Bannon has a collection of them along with cars and trucks and even a train. You can have some great fun exploring everything he has available to download, print out and assemble.

    Click the image of the Ghost House to the right to be taken to the PDF and click here for the assembling instructions.

    It would be best for you to begin right away with the Ghost House or one of the ships — this will take some time to assemble.

    Depending upon the number of “coffin” treat boxes you have to make, time is of the essence.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    Take Advantage of Great Deals

    I’m always torn at this time of year whether to focus upon Halloween or think ahead to purchasing Christmas gifts.

    Well, it’s worthwhile to follow-up on any “great deals.”

    It is essential that we check out sales throughout the year. We should not get hung up on the time of year, but what gifts we need to give throughout the year and actively seek out the best deals.

    Let’s face it, giving gifts throughout the year for family and friends can get expensive. 

    It is essential to focus on bargains.

    Sometimes we can’t plan ahead for kids who absolutely want something one day and could care less about it a few days to a week or month later.

    So, in some cases, planning ahead won’t pay off. Be sure to keep up-to-date with the interests of the children in your life. That includes adult children, too. We’re all changing our mind.

    I was really excited about buying a GoPro camera.

    I was close to making the purchase.

    What stopped me?

    I had a camera I wasn’t using regularly and thought it best to learn the camera I had than to run out and buy another camera that I may or may not use.

    Sometimes it is good to slow down and think through your purchases.

    I’m not promoting any products in this post.

    I’m just thinking about gifts and projects for the upcoming holidays.

    I love making paper crafts. This includes cards and treat boxes.

    In some ways it is necessary to have the right tools and equipment to make my project creation and mass production done in a timely manner. I do have many necessary tools and products to create just about anything I desire for the holidays.

    I’m finding it is about using my time wisely and getting things accomplished in a timely manner. I know for Halloween, I’ll be making hundreds of gift boxes. I must begin now to mass produce these. Then when that project is completed, I move on to Thanksgiving and then to Christmas. I do like making hostess gift boxes and filling them with goodies. This is something I do and enjoy.

    I do use templates and use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out these templates for me. This is a major time saver. It gives me time to embellish them and have them ready when the “event” comes around for me to fill them with treats.

    I also have dies I use with my Big Shot to cut out templates of boxes. This seems more hands on, but it, too, saves me time.

    And there are times I do love cutting things out and putting them together one at a time. It all depends upon my mood and how rushed I feel.

    It’s wonderful to have technology to make your life easier.

    I would be lost without my laptop.

    And many of you are now thinking of items you could not live without.

    I know at one time — years ago, how a microwave oven was a major life improvement. I even remember when having a telephone not on a party line was a big deal . . . Many of you may not know what I’m talking about.

    I’m not that attached to my cell phone, but I do marvel how others are able to do everything on their smart phones.

    Technology is here to stay and will only get bigger and better.

    Well enough of my rambling this morning.

    Sharon

    Pocket Letters

    I’ve been busy with paper crafts and getting ready for summer — spring may be a fleeting memory, but the weather has cooled down a bit.

    As usual, my mind has been on fall and winter. Translated, that means Halloween and Christmas.

    I do love Halloween . . . but more than that, it is fall that brings life back into me! I love summer, but fall . . . the change of experiencing cooler weather . . . I love wearing sweaters . . . there is something about pumpkins and scarecrows . . . harvesting your garden . . . even though some crops you’ve been enjoying.

    There’s just something in the air.

    But . . . I’m off topic . . . Pocket Letters . . . The original idea was sending letters to pen pals . . . yes, I’m talking about snail mail letters.

    Here’s a video that will explain the concept:

    Now, this is lovely . . .

    I was thinking of this for family and friends. They would work for all occasions . . . birthdays, holidays, celebrations . . . just thinking about them and wishing them well. We do enjoy receiving personal letters in our mailbox. Maybe that’s why I order online . . . to receive packages at my door. Sure, I can go out shopping, but there is something about shopping online and that anticipation of having it delivered to your door.

    You will need your craft supplies plus these 9 pocket protective sleeves. Just click the image to the right.

    This is a great buy for 100 protective sheets that you can put in a note book. You can use them for coupons and whatever “treasures” you collect and want to save. You’ll also have plenty of these to send to your family and friends so they can try this little craft and send you their very first pocket letter.

    These pocket sheets would be great to show off the stamps you have . . . as well as a reminder that you do have them.

    And they would be lovely for the extra die cut flowers and holiday die cuts you’re saving. I usually cut out more than I need and now I’ll have a way of organizing them.

    You may even want to join Janette’s group she mentioned in her video. It is up to you what you decide to do. It may be fun to meet other crafters or bloggers or those who share similar interests. It’s all good, whatever you decide.

    Here’s a nice spring video by one of my favorite YouTube crafters:

    Now, isn’t that lovely how she did that.

    I do enjoy her work and this is what motivated me to get stamps, dies and inks, etc. in order to create some of these I can send to friends and family. And also, for me to keep samples of some of my creations — some pictures will fit in . . . along with clip art I’ve saves along with ephemera.

    Here are a couple of helpful links you may enjoy:

    Click either image above to go where you can shop for whatever your heart desires. It’s all secure . . . it’s Amazon for goodness sake! I do, however, receive a small fee for the purchases you make from using one of my links. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to buy what I suggest — just shop for what you want . . . and I’ll receive my fee. (So buy something expensive — just kidding 🙂 )

    I hope this was motivational for you. Pocket Letters are a lovely way to meet people and a means of keeping in touch with family and friends.

    Have fun!

    Sharon

    Paper Craft Easter Bunny

    This happy Easter bunny is a great craft for you to do — you may have just enough time to make a few for family and friends.

    I love how these 3D models are created and then put in PDF form in order to share with others.

    Paper-Replika.com is the source for this adorable bunny, The PDF comes complete with all the pieces you’ll need to make one of your own. You can, of course, add your own embellishments to make it more personal for you or for the person who may receive it. I think it’s fine the way it is, but for those who live on the beach, it may be fun to add some shells . . . you can add flowers and maybe some little trinkets to bling it up a bit. The finishing touches will make it unique and more personal.

    I do like it and recommend that you click the picture to the right to be taken to the Paper-Replika website so you can get to the PDF to print it out and assemble.

    Since my printer is on the fritz right now I’ll have to wait for my replacement printer, but I’ll be sure to print this out as soon as my new printer is set up. But, just in case it isn’t, I did a bit of looking around and I found this great Tree House. I don’t know about you, but a tree house has always been something I wanted to have. Now since I won’t be building one to use in my backyard, I thought a paper craft one would be fun to have.

    You can click this tree house picture to the left and be taken to the Paper-Replika website where you can download it.

    I do like the way Julius Perdana, the creator of these paper crafts, put the tree house in a wooded area with rocks. It does look like a cabin in the woods and a tree house seems to be a natural for that setting.

    As with the bunny paper craft, you can add your own finishing touches to this tree house to make it fit your ideal — or the one you did have as a child or the one you will make for your children in your own backyard.

    Well, bunnies, tree houses and spring all seem to go together. I do hope you’ll visit Paper-Replika and take a look around. I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

    Thanks for stopping by and my personal thanks to Julius Perdana at Paper-Replika for these great paper crafts I found.

    Sharon

     

     

    RavensBlight Band

    Ray O’Bannon has been busy in his toy shop coming up with yet another fun papercraft project.

    These fellows have bored themselves to death at the cemetery and decided to form a band.theband1

    The thing is, each one has their own favorite style of music . . . But they do look good together . . . like a real band!!!

    Let’s see . . . What did Ray say their names were?

    Oh goodness! Fortunately mine are peacefully quiet.

    They each have their own stage . . . they are stand-alone band members . . . You can choose your favorite . . . MIC is to the far right and you can figure out the rest . . . BOOTS on drums and NASH with his bass guitar on the left.

    These paper crafts make a great centerpiece for your Halloween Party . . . and they make great gifts for the music lovers in your family. They’re fun to have around to decorate your fall decor . . . They’re wonderful conversation pieces . . . You may be surprised that your dad had a garage band when he was a kid . . . or your tone deaf Uncle Clem was in a band way back when . . .

    I hope you enjoy these guys.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon