31 Days of Halloween – Day 9

How are you enjoying the blog hop so far? Isn’t it awesome! So much to see and be inspired by.  If you haven’t joined the bloghop yet, pop over to Leigh S-B Designs 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop and join in!

Today I have for you, a lantern that I created with the help of a fabulous tutorial from Mixed Up Craft.  I have created a Christmas and Easter lantern before, so it’s only fitting that I add a Halloween lantern to my collection!

This large lantern houses a giant spider skeleton adorned with tiny lights so that it glows at night.  It also sits on a bed of spider webs.  Outside the lantern is decorated with bloody gauze, skulls and spiders that freely climb all over the exterior.  I also added some voodoo themed rosettes that have gems, a skull and pins added.  It can’t be seen here, but the handle is attached to the lantern with silver skull brads.


These lanterns are so much fun to make, you can make them in any theme and fill them or leave them empty and add frosted velum to the windows for a subtle glow.  I like to use cool LED string lights that operate with a battery pack and a timer.

Remember there’s more spooky fun on the Leigh S-B Designs 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!



31 Days of Halloween – Day 7


You might remember my card from 31 Days of Halloween 2018 – well I still LOVE Pennywise, and with the release of IT2 this year I knew I had to recreate him somewhere in my Bujo (Bullet Journal).  So here is my first week of October (before I filled it with day-to-day happenings).


It’s fairly simple compared to the usual watercolour paintings that I create each month.  I went for simple with a few printed stickers this month.  All the images you see were found on the internet and printed on sticker paper.  Then I drew the boxes and highlighted the lines with my Mildliners.  The little Pennywise digi in the bottom right corner is from Some Odd Girl and I coloured him up using my Copics.  You can see the original post and close-ups of the card {here}

My October title page looks like this:


I took inspiration from @barbarahaegerart an amazing artist on instagram, her style, colouring and artwork is just amazing.  I also loved the style of this page with a large calendar to scribble in.  The digi image I have used in this layout is from Some Odd Girl and coloured using my Copics.

The whole month of October is Leigh S-B Designs 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop, so you’ll be seeing more of my Bujo as the weeks progress and if you want to see a ton of inspiration and creativity, come and join in!

31 Days of Halloween – Day 5

IMG_4509It’s day 5 of Leigh S-B Designs 31 Days of Halloween!  I have created a card for the blog hop and also for Sweet Stampin‘s new Animal challenge.  I love this image and have used it many times, it’s from the now-closed Whimsy Doodles.  This time I made it big to put on this shaped card that I created by drawing a house and fussy cutting it.  The image has been coloured with Copics with gloss added to the bag title and lollies.  The house is raised on 3D foam dots with Doodlebug papers tucked behind the windows.  The grass is made from pre-cut We R Memory Keepers Fringe Tape that is pre-taped so all you have to do is stick it down.  I made the background look like moonlight, and added a little acetate bat.  The front door is slightly ajar and has a little enamel dot for a door knob.  I can’t wait to add this to the Boo Boxes that I’m going to make and surprise my friend’s two boys with.


Shaped cards are so much fun to make! I had no template, just started drawing and cutting.  I doodled the borders of the windows, house, door and gravestone with my white Signo pen, to help them stand out a little.  I also used a pencil to shade the windows.

If you would like to join in on the blog hop fun, visit Leigh S-B Designs Inspiration Blog for all the info and you too could be a Wicked Blogger or a Sinister Stalker!!


31 Days of Halloween – Day 2

IMG_4502Oooh I am soo excited!! It’s finally October, so now it’s totally acceptable that my entire house is decorated in spiders, skeletons and bats, and all my creations are Halloween themed!  Like today – over at Southern Girls Challenge Blog we’re having a “Down on the Farm” themed challenge, but I’ve snuck in some spooky pumpkins and all those wonderful colours that come with the spookiest month of the year.

This month is also a celebration of me finally finishing (after 5 years) my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Degree!  I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever go to uni and here I am – finished!  So I’m combining my graduation party with Halloween this year.  Now onto the fun stuff..


Isn’t she the cutest little punkin’ patch kid!?  She’s a digi image from Colour of Love and she’s all coloured up with my Copics and some gloss.  I doodled the edges of the image and layered her on some funky Doodlebug Designs papers.  I added a touch of glitter to the underside of the clouds too.

I am adding this creation as my first of the Leigh SB Designs 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop – an annual tradition that I have participated in for 6 years now! The inspiration and imagination are absolutely outstanding and never fails to surprise and entertain!  If you want to join in visit Leigh SB Designs Inspiration Blog for all the info.


It’s a pirate’s life for me!

IMG_4373Arrrr me hearties! It’s challenge day over at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog and the theme be Nautical! Don yer hats, shine yer hook and tighten yer peg leg cause we’re in fer stormy seas!  The Jolly Roger is flippin’ about yonder mast, and the crew is getting antsy, they want to see yer creations be it pirate, mermaid or boat.

I’ve chosen this wee peg leg from Some Odd Girl. This little scarecrow is ready for Halloween and has taken to the high seas with his trusty rainbow pal.  His britches might be a little tatty, and his hat a little faded but he’s ready for some swashbuckling and treat pilfering.


I layered lots of patterned papers on this card, and then glued on some gold twine – Pirates love gold!  Then I printed the phrase in a typewriter font and added it using 3D foam dots.  It’s a little tricky to see but the skull on wee Peg Leg’s hat has gems for eyes – Pirates love gems and sparklies!  I coloured the image in my favourite Halloween colours with my Copics and accented with my white Signo pen.

I have joined the following challenges:


Happy Halloween Kitty

IMG_4370I am so excited that it’s September – which is basically Halloween-eve! I dug out my box of Halloween papers and embellies, decorations and ribbons – the colours, the skeletons, the stickers!! Of course I’ll be sneaking Halloween into every and any creation I make now until the big day, so today, since it’s Anything Goes over at Southern Girls Challenge, I’m sharing my skele-cat.  She’s a cute little black cat that wears her heart on her sleeve, she very sweet and not at all bad luck.  Look at those big eye sockets.  She loves to curl up on your lap while you read your book of spells, or perch on your broom for a little night flying.  I adopted this wee kitty from Oddball Art Co. – I think she was fussing around my subscription emails 😉


For this card I cut a black matted background, then layered old newspaper, a doily, some Halloween coloured and patterned paper and some odds and ends from my stash.  Then I wrapped some twine and tied a little bow.  The image has been coloured using coloured pencils – very subtle greying on the bones and fine pen doodling around the border.

I have joined the following challenges: