Happy Thanksgiving (and a bit of Halloween, too)

Happy Thanksgiving, Stitchy Friends!This year I am extra thankful. I’m thankful that I could see my family in person thanks to the vaccine. I’m thankful that nearly everyone I know is alive and well (and vaccinated). I’m thankful that we might finally be turning the corner on this pandemic and that we will all be able to reunite with those we love soon. And I’m thankful for all of you who returned after my log absence. I’m still not totally in the swing of things, but I’m getting there! Thank you.

Now, onto the projects!

Layered Autumn Sign, designed by Craft with Sarah

Layered Autumn Sign, designed by Craft with Sarah

First up is a layered autumn sign, designed by Sarah Edwards of Craft with Sarah. She created an awesome design that is larger than a standard Cricut mat, and her wonderful instructions make it super easy to put together. I did a little bit of welding of things in Design Space since I had some larger paper, so it was even easier for me to assemble. It is all cut from paper, with glue and foam tape holding it all together. Would you believe, though, that I forgot to put it out for our Thanksgiving dinner!

My second project for today is this super cute and spooky cat and dog skeleton HTV design, also from Craft with Sarah. The bones and hearts are glow-in-the-dark vinyl! How cute is that? I don’t think we will be out trick-or-treating this year (if you can believe it, my little man is just too old now!), but I still wanted to make it because it is super cute and it makes a nice (year-round?) shopping tote.

Both of these projects were part of Craft with Sarah’s Halloween Craft Countdown. If you are interested, you can find them all here (for free!!). Sarah is also hosting a Christmas Craft Countdown, from November 20 – December 9th, and you can find all the details here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating this weekend, and a happy Monday to everyone else!

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More Halloween Stitching

Hello again, Stitchy Friends! I’m sorry I missed a couple of days of posting. There was a minor issue with the backend of my blog and I wasn’t able to post. But, things are working well again, thank goodness! I figured I would share a couple of extra projects today to make up for the days I missed.

Halloween Oujia, Tiny Modernist

Halloween Oujia, Tiny Modernist

First up is Halloween Ouija from Tiny Modernist. This was a SAL in 2020, and I loved working on it. I stitched as charted with DMC thread. I intentionally framed it a little bit crooked (it makes sense with how I display it at Halloween). To decorate the frame, I cut a planchette from basswood on my Cricut, painted it, and than applied vinyl (also cut on my Cricut).

Hazel Fun Witch Mouse, Just Nan

Hazel Fun Witch Mouse, Just Nan

Next up is one of Just Nan’s super cute little mice, Hazel Fun Witch. I love stitching these, and I believe I have collected all of the Halloween and Christmas mice. They are such a quick stitch and they are just adorable on display.

Batty Boris, Just Nan

Batty Boris, Just Nan

Batty Boris is also from Just Nan, and he is another old finish.  I stitched him way back in 2017, and every year he hangs on my little Halloween tree.

I’d love to hear about some of your favourite Halloween stitching! Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

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Vintage Halloween Cat

Hello, Stitchy Friends. I’ve sure I’ve mentioned before how much I love creepy cute and vintage-look Halloween. Well, a couple of years ago I stitched an absolutely fabulous little design from The Witchy Stitcher.

Vintage Happy Halloween, designed by The Witchy Stitcher

Vintage Happy Halloween, designed by The Witchy Stitcher

This is Vintage Happy Halloween, an adorable Halloween cat design with bright colours and a very 1940s vibe to it. I paired it with the perfect Halloween fabric I picked up at Joann. You can’t really see it in the picture, but one of the card designs on the fabric features a very similar cat.

The design was stitched as charted using DMC threads on some tan evenweave from my stash.

You can find the chart right here at The Witchy Stitcher. If I remember right, she has had a few designs with a similar style published in a couple of magazines, and there are tons of other great patterns in her shop.

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Witches Gather

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Today I’m sharing a new-to-me papercraft: MemoryDex cards.

Witches Gather Here MemoryDex card

Witches Gather Here MemoryDex card

MemoryDex was a big trend several years back, popularized in part by Heidi Swapp. In essence, it is making little mixed media art pieces the size of old Roldex cards. The cards are then stored either on vintage Rolodexes (Rolodexi? Rolodexum?) or on a fancy Heidi Swapp holder or even one you’ve made yourself. My favourite are the little boxes that look like card catalogues. The one I use, however, is a Rolodex shaped one I cut on my Cricut using a file from Nicole’s Paper Crafts on etsy.

Paper Hug MemoryDex card

Paper Hug MemoryDex card

I discovered MemoryDex just before all of everything happened, and it was so hard to get the dies and punches. Then, back during this past summer I learned that Scrapbook and Cards Today was offering a MemoryDex 101 class and a kit with dies! I signed up right away.

Joy in the Journey MemoryDex card

Joy in the Journey MemoryDex card

I’ve only made a couple of cards, but I have so many ideas. I love the very small format and the mixed media aspect. My cards are pretty amateurish, but I’m having fun and creating, and that’s what matters!

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Welcome, Mortals

Welcome, mortals. I mean: hello, Stitchy Friends! I’m back today with another Cricut craft.

I love decorating for Halloween. Usually, though, I don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving. This year, however, has been long and dull and a little sad, so I wanted to get an early start with my Halloween decorating.

Welcome Mortals Cauldron

Welcome Mortals Cauldron

I picked up this very cute cauldron planter from Lowes on the weekend and then added some extra Halloween magic to it using my Cricut. The words “Welcome Mortals” are cut from purple glitter vinyl and applied directly to the planter. The witches legs are layers of kraftboard and paper glued to wooden kabob sticks. Super easy, and super cute if I do say so myself!

You can find the Cricut Design Space project here. It is free to cut if you have Cricut Access. Assembly is simple: glue everything together in the order it is presented in Design Space and then hot glue to wooden kabob sticks. For the glitter vinyl, be sure to use the strong grip transfer tape that comes in the centre of the roll.

Do you decorate outside for Halloween? I’d love to hear all about it.

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Grim Grinning Ghosts – Part One

Hello, Stitchy Friends. Or should I say “Welcome, foolish mortals”? Today I’m sharing my current big stitching project.

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

Do you recognize it? This is the Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL from Supernatural Stitchies, which is based on the Disneyland (California) version of the Haunted Mansion.

I am really, really loving this SAL. Not just because the Haunted Mansion is my all-time favourite ride (quickly followed by Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor, and then Ariel’s Undersea Adventure/Under the Sea). I love this SAL because so many of the stitchers have added their own customization to it.

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

For example, these over-one portraits in the ballroom were designed by Mitzi Young.

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL WIP, designed by Keturah Farnum of Supernatural Stitchies

And my Madame Leota (who is my favourite part of my favourite ride) has changes from Mitzi, me, and others.

I’m stitching this using DMC thread (including some glow-in-the-dark thread to outline the ghosts) on a piece of hand-dyed evenweave from Enchanting Lair (probably colourway Purple Horizon, but I’m not sure).

Keturah Farnum, the designer behind Supernatural Stitchies and the Grim Grinning Ghosts SAL, has been so wonderful and accommodating. It is nice to see a designer who not only enjoys all the alternations to her patterns, but actively encourages them. Together, I think the community has created an amazing collection of rooms that captures our love of this iconic ride.

All of the parts of the SAL have been released, and you can find them in the Facebook group for the SAL along with all sorts of variations and versions of the rooms. Keturah is also running a Pirates of the Caribbean SAL that will be starting next year.

More spooky crafts tomorrow. Hurry back! Hurry back!

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Spooky Cards for World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day!

I know I said I was going to share a stitching project today, but I totally forgot that today is World Card Making Day. How can I let the day pass without sharing a spooky card or two?

Best Witches Cards

Best Witches Cards

First up is this Best Witches card I created within Cricut Design Space. I used elements from Cricut Access and two different backgrounds. I created the darker background using Nuvo Shimmer Powder, so it has an amazing glowy shine to it. (Check out this post from Craft with Sarah if you’d like to learn more about Shimmer Powder.) For the lighter background I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Distress Micro Glaze. (I learned the technique from this video by Kristina Werner and Simon Says Stamp.) The witch was cut from holographic foil cardstock on my Cricut Maker 3. (You can find the Design Space project here.)

Happy Halloween Flowers

Happy Halloween Flowers

This card is probably my favourite card from all of this year. I used a tutorial by AmyR of Prairie Paper & Ink, but switched up a couple of the stamp sets. I think I used Gina K’s Timeless Poppies for the flowers on the front and a layered rose stamp set from Dollarama for the interior. I used the word “happy” from Simon Says Stamp Rainbow is My Favourite Color. The background web is also from Simon (Spider Web Background) as are the spiders (Spook Up Some Halloween Fun). The interior sentiment is Inside Greetings: Halloween from Papertrey Ink, and the outside sentiment is just the font Nightmare printed on my printer. I used a mix of inks, watercolours, and glitter to decorate it.

Happy Halloween Flowers

Happy Halloween Flowers

While I am likely to spend the rest of the day making cards, tomorrow I will definitely share my stitching project!

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