A Christmas Lantern

IMG_3928The Halloween decorations have been packed away and it’s now time to start preparing for Christmas!  I’ve started off the festive creations with a large lantern.  I followed the tutorial at Mixed Up Craft and then gave it my own little spin.  Because of the size of the lantern, I decided to make a little scene inside.  I gathered my supplies from Spotlight, and then zipped over to Kmart for the 3m length of copper wire LEDs. There’s also now a mini lantern to create if you prefer a smaller size.


I have to say, I’m absolutely stoked with how it turned out!! It looks absolutely gorgeous in my hall.  I glued the trees (which come as a 3 pack from kmart) to the base, then added the cute little Dachshund from Some Odd Girl – it’s got a little acetate reinforcing.  Then I sprinkled in some faux snow and added some pompoms for snowballs.  I added a sentiment on the little door that I made in the back of the lantern. The large tree on the left hides the battery box for the lights.

lantern merge

I can see I’ll be making a few of these beauties – for all sorts of occasions!  If you would like to have a little tour of my lantern, check out the little video below.

I have joined in with the following challenges:

  1. Sweet Stampin‘ – Trees (w)
  2. Winter Wonderland Challenge – What you love to do at Christmas (2w)
  3. Crimbo Crackers – Anything Goes (2w)
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes (w)
  5. Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Blog – Anything Christmas Goes (m)
  6. Lemon Shortbread Challenge – Anything Goes (2w)
  7. Mix it up Challenge Blog – Anything Goes (m)
  8. Love to craft Challenge Blog – Anything Goes (m)
  9. Merry Little Christmas Blog – Anything Christmas Goes (m)
  10. That’s Crafty – Winter Wonderland Challenge (m)



Life is Better With You

IMG_3913I love this image, I’ve coloured it a few times, and each time it’s a little different.  That’s what I love about digi stamps, you can flip them, change the size and colour it however your heart desires!

This cute digi image comes from Some Odd Girl.  I added the eyes and tried my hand at colouring a ginger kitty.  I used lots of scraps to make this card – some Halloween paper for the orange stripes, the printed kraft paper is actually a Typo bag that I loved too much to throw away.  The tag was pre-made so I added it with some foam tape, and then tucked in the image that I matted on black cardstock.


Lastly I added some ribbon to the tag and then wrapped some twine.  I never thought I’d use my Halloween twine and paper on an everyday card!

I have joined the following challenges:

  1. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes (w)
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes (w)
  3. Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes with option to use ribbon (2w)
  4. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes (2w)
  5. Colour Crazy Challenge – Anything Goes (2w)


Skeletons in my Pocket Letter

IMG_3911My last creation for Halloween is a pocket letter.  It’s a little different to my usual pocket letters, but I loved creating it with stickers, tags, die-cuts and buttons!

I used some double-sided DCWV paper and then wrapped the edges with some Doodlebug Designs doilies.  I added some stickers that I have collected from other pocket letters and a few that I found at Riot.  It’s quite hard to find stickers here as Halloween is still taking off, so I love getting little sticker packs from my new friends and sharing them. The little signs are cupcake toppers and the ticker was printed and distressed.  Some of the stickers are on the outside of the pockets and others are inside.


I filled the pockets with other goodies like ribbon, paperclips, washi tape and Halloween themed sprinkles.


Let it Go

I have been very lucky to be involved in some wonderful Pocket Letter swaps recently.  This one was a favourite, as I love Sven and Olaf!  I found lots of wonderful things to add to the letter – a snowflake that I cut by hand, some paper dolls and an Olaf building kit!

The snowflake was found at Anthony Herrera Designs and was lots of fun to create.  There’s lots of other themes too.  The paper dolls were found at Paper Dolls by Cory – there are so many awesome designs to print and create. The Olaf building kit came from Highlights Along The Way.  I backed all of the pictures onto a teal card and added some snowflake stickers.  The little banner was created from full sized banner pieces that I shrank to fit the PL.


The back of the PL has more cute pictures and quotes from the movie.  I also added some goodies and a letter for the recipient.


31DOH – Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween and thanks for joining me on this wonderful 31 Days of Halloween crafting adventure!  Thanks so much to Leigh SB Designs for hosting such a fantastic blog hop! I have loved every single creation and am so inspired to try new stamps, techniques and crafts.

My last creation for the month is a cupcake – well I made a dozen, went out for a while, hubby handed them out to the trick-or-treaters and I came home to one left.  I hadn’t even finished decorating them!  So I quickly added a gravestone and some lollies and snapped this pic – before the ghouls took this one!  The cupcake is orange, and the icing is purple and green buttercream.


I also just finished my pumpkin carving.  This year it’s Pennywise!  I discovered one of my daughter’s LED lanterns works perfectly inside instead of a lit candle!  Perfect for windy nights and preventing the interior of the pumpkin turning black.


If you’d like to see all the other projects from all the other hoppers over the past 31 days, hop on over to Leigh S B Designs.