Monday, August 23


A brief Halloween aside!

As many of you know, Elizabeth of Creative Breathing is creating a Halloween Garland, and has invited me and several others to participate! We are spelling the word, "H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N" ... I have one of the letters "E". Here is my contribution to the Garland:

I found an oversized "Ace of Spades" playing card (about 4 x 6) and then scanned it and changed the "A" to an "E" in the corners of the card. I then printed out the card on 110 lb. cardstock and glued it to the front of a 4x6 piece of thin chipboard.

I found a piece of festive paper for the back of the card (the candy corn) and glued it to the chipboard. I used walnut ink to stain the edges of the card, front and back.

I then went about finding 2 of the most adorable Halloween images I could find.

Last year I purchased a Vintage Halloween CD of images from Ebay, and I found the two images on there. Elizabeth told me that the top of the card is "free space" where I could add an element that sticks out or pops off the card. Because I LOVE embellishing things "to death", I was glad to hear that I could include an additional image as an embellishment.

The cards will need holes punched on both sides, so I had to keep the embellishments to a minimum ( I would have added black ricrac, or fun pom pom trim if the space had been afforded me. However, instead, I chose to add stickles to the little girls to give them some pizzaz!

I always use a paintbrush when using use far less and the coverage can be more precise...

I used two different "colors" of Stickles on the card: the pumpkins, and candle are all done with Diamond (has a golden iridescence). The vest and shoes are "Star Dust" (has a blue iridescence). It makes such a difference, don't you think?

I used pop dots to adhere the large image to the card (used a generous amount, especially at the edges to keep the image from bending or curling), and then just glued the little girl with the pumpkin "hat" to the back of the card. I used a sticker to cover the bottom part of the shape (the Happy Halloween sticker). I then added tickets that were stamped with a Halloween message, another sweet little image in the center, and paper flowers with rhinestones to complete.

The most time consuming part of the process was tediously cutting out the little girl images...however, I think the results were well worth the effort...what do YOU think?

Back to Wild West album and tag making!

Paula Clare


Scrap for Joy said...

Adorable Paula! You are getting better and better...don't we all draw so much inspiration from Elizabeth?! I am "W" and I'm trying to pick just the right've done a marvelous job! These will be so cute when they're finished!
Have a great Monday!

She'sSewPretty said...

It is adorable!! I am the other "E". You've given me some inspiration!

barncat said...

Wonderful! This is going to look so good all together!

Faith Lynn said...

BFF......too cute for words.

Nan said...

Oh I love how you put this together. The stickles are just perfect for this and so are the images you picked.

NanE said...

That is so darn cute! I love those sparkly little blue shoes! TFS, Nan

Pieceful Bits said...

really cute...especially like the added sparklies! The garland is going to look awesome.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Paula ~ I love it. I'm getting so excited about fall. What are stickles? Is that just another word for glitter. I love glitter but I have never gotten very good about staying neat.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Paula Clare said...

Hi Tracy,
Stickles is a PAINT glitter. Not glitter glue, not just glitter in a bottle...the glitter is mixed with the transparent paint, so it's more like actually painting than shaking glitter on glue or using the blobby glitter glue. You can pick it up by the bottle or in a three Hobby Lobby, Archivers, or your local scrapbook store. Stickles is made by Ranger so you can be sure it's good stuff! I NEVER used glitter before because of the I use it on almost EVERYTHING!

Thanks for visiting the palace...come again soon!

Celestial Charms said...

Paula, this is such a wonderful tag. I'm tagging along on this project, and you have provided lots of inspiration. I just love Stickles! Thanks for sharing and you have a lovely blog, I can't believe I didn't arrive here sooner. I'm off to have a look at some of your other posts. Have a great week.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm visiting from Elizabeth's Creative Breathing blog, Paula, and wanted to let you know that I just love your Halloween tag! I'm a Halloween baby so I love to see decorations and things people make up for Halloween. I love the stickles {which I've never heard of} and your tip is something I will keep in mind if I ever find myself using it.

Crafting is all new to me again, although paper crafting and altering were never part of my creating. I just love it though, and I love visiting blogs like yours and Elizabeths! : )

Angela said...

It's just wonderful!! I really like the cute Halloween over the evil looking Halloween.