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The little world of Poe

I had totally planned to join in every day of the blog hop, but children returning to a new school year, Uni and illness decided to take priority.

So in the dead of the night, when everyone was in bed, and nothing was bothering me except for a kitty who wanted to sprawl all over my desk - I made a Poe Lantern.

I used My Scrap Chick's Village Card to create a little village.  I cut them out with scissors as a line of houses, then glued the ends together to create a circle.

I made a white card cylinder, slightly smaller than the village and filled it with LED lights.  They're on a copper wire, so really easy to work with, and then fit neatly under the rim of the glass lid.

I printed Poe quotes and glued them around the cylinder.

I picked up the the candle holder from Spotlight, and thought it made a great cloche and stand.  As soon as I saw the little village template, I new what I was going to make.

The top of the cloche has artificial leaves, black and silver fibers, a foam ghost, die-cut black skulls and foam candelabra - all received in my pocket letter swaps.

The LEDs give off a gentle glow as the quotes sworl around the centre pillar.  I added acetate bats, and I made some acetate books that are also glued in place.

At the bottom is the village - all cut with my craft knife and scissors.  I also added some Poe-fernalia - headstones, cat, book, graveyard & Poe head.  There's also a tiny skull.  Around the bottom of the glass lid is stamping and more black and silver fibers.

The bottom of the stand is wrapped in blood spattered organza ribon and finished off with a title - Edgar Allan Poe.

A new school year

The new school year started today, and this year our teacher for Grade 3 LOVES Star Wars!!! I don't know if I was more excited or Sophia! She has all sorts of stuffies and ornaments on her desk and she said that she's going to smuggle in her lifesized Yoda.

Every year I create something special for our new teacher - normally it's school themed, but this year I went with our favourite theme.

First up I made a terrarium - I got an awesome deal on the jar, gravel, and pebbles at Spotlight, then added some artificial succulents, cactus, and green moss.  Lastly I popped Rey in there - I got her at Target.  I went with artificial plants so that our new teacher doesn't have to worry about watering it, it's totally un-killable lol.

This is the card - two different greens and a stripy gold strip card on black.  The cute clipart is from MelonHeadz Clipart. I added some gloss to each of the separate images, they are also raised on glue dots.

You can see the layers a little better here.  The sentiment is also raised in the middle for dimension.

The outside of the card says "May the force be with you" and on the inside I put "and if that doesn't work, use a throat hug" - which refers to Darth Vader.

I added a ribbon and Darth Vader paperclip too.

I have joined the following challenges:

Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Cats Challenge - Anything Goes

Come to the beach with me

 It has been FOREVER since I traditionally scrapbooked.  I normally digi-scrap now, it's so easy and portable.  I need to update my frames in my new house though, so I'm starting with some beach photos and the perfect embellies from Tanya Leigh Designs.

I started with a base of 2 double sided papers.  One side had sand, shells and starfish, and the other was water.  So I used one paper as the base, and then tore the other paper in half with a wave so that it looked like waves on the beach.

Since this layout is going in a shadow-box frame, I could get nice and lumpy.  I laid out my photos and matted the one with my daughter.  I added an acetate postage stamp to one photo and then layered some rings from the 3-in-1 Word Ring pack - Travel, some acetate film strips, a post card and some acetate clocks.

I layered a cocktail umbrella with the word ring, acetate clock and doodled around the photos.

For this photo I layered the photo with the acetate film strips (I cut 2 in half to give the illusion that they are really long).  I added a word ring, acetate clock and then some clock pieces.  I always find that time just stops when we are at the beach.  I also snuck in some real shells with the photographed ones!

I added lots of natural elements like some offcuts of burlap (from another project I made), some twine and more shells.  I also tucked in some gems for a little extra sparkle.

I have joined in the following challenges:
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - Buttons, Bling & Brads
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes

2017 Poe Blog Hop Day 1

It's E. A. Poe appreciation Day! So Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is having a 5 day blog hop.

A little while ago I created a Pocket Letter with a E. A. Poe theme.  It was so much fun to make, with 3D elements, glittery blood, lots of ink and tons of Poe goodness.

The heart you see at the top of the post is hidden behind the middle pocket.  It opens like a door.  I added lots of wood shapes, buttons, a golden key that I bronzed up, some vintage clocks, charms, feathers and tags. I roughly shaped an eraser to the heart shape on the Keep Calm poster so that I could stamp the shape in clear ink and then add red sparkling embossing powder.

I created a little video so that you can see the little door open and see the Telltale Heart.

If you would like to join the blog hop just add your project here!

Light My Fire

After a short break the Southern Girls are back and ready to rock on in 2017! We have a host of new sponsors, lots of amazing inspiration from new and original designers and tons of prizes up for grabs.

My first card for the year uses a cute image from Sasayaki Glitter. I coloured it up using my Copics and added some gloss for a wet look.

I had a ton of fun constructing this card.  First I free-hand designed the buildings, which are meant to be off-square.  I added some windows and then cut right through the card front.  Sandwiched between the building shape and the card front is some vellum.  Lastly I fussy-cut some flames in yellow and red card and added them to the windows.  I used a white colouring pencil to add some smoke lines and stickles to add sparkle to the flames.  The left side windows I coloured in with a grey Copic to look like darkened windows.  The stars were made using Liquid Pearls and I doodled a double black line around the edge of the entire card to look like stitching - our challenge theme.  The fun begins when you turn the lights out!

If you put a little battery operated tea-light candle inside the card - it looks like the flames are really lit and the building is on fire!

Finally, I have used the outer ring of the 3-in-1 word rings (Sentiments Pack) from Tanya Leigh Designz.  These are so versatile, and can be used in so many different ways. I cut this ring, and pulled the ends to create a white ribbon.  Living in the country, we come face to face with bush fires every fire season and I am so thankful for our firies and volunteer firies for looking after us and keeping us safe.

The cardboard Fire Engine in the photo was given to my daughter to build after a visit with the QFRS.  She got to climb on board, look at all the levers and play with the fire hose.  The little fire hat was created with red cardstock and I got the template from {here}

I am joining the following challenges:

Crafting by Design - Inspired by a movie (Backdraft)
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes