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WELCOME! I'm so happy to have you visit my blog! If you've arrived from another blog via a challenge link, I'd love for you to browse around a bit . I design for a couple of blog challenges and host a challenge at Cards in Envy so there's always something new, maybe not every day, but for sure several times a week! I am Copic Certified and offer Beginner Copic Coloring Classes (hands-on) in my area. For more info, click on the COPIC CLASSES tab above. I love to create mini scrapbook albums especially projects designed by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon and I occasionally design my own original albums and tutorials written by me with videos. Click on the MY ONLINE SHOP tab above to see my current tutorials, abum kits, mini albums and cards that I have for sale.

I appreciate comments from friends, new friends, family, other crafters and those who just want to say hello. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Sandy

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Eighth Fright Before Halloween 2104 - Vintage Halloween Wood Blocks



I've seen several different versions of decorative blocks. Some are for your photos, some you can change out for the seasons, some have letters on each block to spell out a word (or two).  My favorite that I've seen were Halloween blocks with vintage papers.  For this project you will need at least three wood blocks 3"x3" or 3.5" x 3.5" squares.  If you don't use high powered saws, have someone cut them for you (my hubby cut mine for me) or have them cut at the lumber yard, Home Depot, Lowe's etc.  You will also need some paint, I used Martha Stewart's Chalkboard Black, and some sand paper or a sander tool.  Select several different Halloween paper prints and get to work covering your blocks.  You can also ink the edges of your papers with Tim Holtz Distress Inks such as Black Soot and then add fun Halloween decor, sticker and ephemera or even letters.


I've put mine on my fireplace mantel along with my altered frame and ghost banner.  It has been fun making some of my Halloween decorations this year!

Tomorrow and the day after I have two super fun paper craft projects I'm excited to make.  Be sure to check back!

Happy Crafting,


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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Seventh Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Coffin Treat Box




I absolutely love this little project and how it turned out!  You will need to print up the pattern for the little coffin box from Martha Stewart.com.    Make sure you print up templates for the top and the bottom of the coffin box.  You will need black cardstock.  I use the smooth black from Paper Accents for all my projects--it is the perfect weight and scores beautifully!  You will also need decorative papers in Halloween prints, ribbons, twine, stickers, ephemera and other Halloween embellishments to decorate it up.  Oh and candy! If you want to fill it with candy, be sure to buy some miniature candies or candy corn!



As I said yesterday,  I think this may be my favorite Halloween project this year but then I love them all!

Happy Crafting,
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P.S.  Tomorrow there will be another Fright Before Halloween project--for this one I had a little help from my hubby.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sixth Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Ghostly Banner




Today we are making a quick and fun little ghost banner for your Halloween decor!  It's so easy you can get the kids or grandkids involved in this one!

What you'll need is some light weight white paper bags (Thanks Jackie for obtaining these for me! We'll keep it our little secret where they came from. Ha, ha.)  You should be able to find some in the grocery store or Walmart.  I give the weight and dimension in the video.  You will also need two or three ribbons in Halloween colors/designs.  I used 1/8" orange satin ribbon and a orange/black stripe (two sided) ribbon.  You may also want a roll of white tulle that you can find in any wedding craft department.  Oh yes, you'll need a fine line marker like a black Sharpie and some type of white marker for the eyes (or you could use googly eyes!)  I use Posco markers for my project.


I've hung this little banner on my fireplace mantel. It looks so cute!  I think it would also look cute hanging over the door.

Tomorrow is my Seventh Fright Before Halloween and it's quite possibly my favorite!

Happy Crafting,


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Fifth Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Theresa Collins Flip Mini Album for Halloween



Today's Fright before Halloween is an easy one!  For this project, you'll need a small Theresa Collins Flip Album.  You can order these on line or find them at your LSS.  They are already assembled and are ready for you to decorate with cute Halloween papers, stickers and ephemera.


I think this little album would be so much fun filled with little ghost and goblin photos from this year or years past!

Tomorrow I'll have a fun project to make to use as a decoration in your home for Halloween, so check back for the Sixth Fright Before Halloween!

Happy Crafting!

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P.S.  Hubby and I are leaving today for a vacation!  We are flying to Washington D.C. to tour the many awesome sites and historical venues in our nation's capitol city.  I've been there years and years ago--when I was in high school, but hubby has never been!  He is excited to see the museums especially the Air and Space ones.  So, even though I am on vacation, the Thirteen Frights of Halloween will continue with pre-scheduled posts and hopefully the videos will go live as planned when I click on them with my iPhone.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Fourth Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Spooky Altered Frame



Welcome back to my Fourth Fright Before Halloween 2014!  Today we're going to create a cute Halloween decor piece by using papers and ephemera to alter a photo frame!

First, you need a wooden photo frame that you want to alter.  If you're lucky like I was, you may have one that's already painted black and distressed a bit.  If not, find a small to medium size frame and paint it with acrylic black paint and sand the edges once it is dry to distress it.

Next, position your Halloween stickers, die cuts and ephemera that you want on your frame.  Have fun arranging them and once happy, glue them all in place.  Cut out a fun Halloween paper to fit in your frame or if you have a favorite Halloween photo, place it in your frame.


I had a lot of fun altering this frame and it is now displayed on my fireplace mantel with other fun, creepy Halloween decor!

Check back tomorrow for the Fifth Fright Before Halloween

Happy Crafting,


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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Third Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Frightful Easel Box MINI ALBUM

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And now on with the Third Fright Before Halloween 2014....





When I finished decorating my Easel Boxes yesterday, I came up with the idea that it would be cute to have a mini fold out album inside one of the boxes.  In today's video I show you how to make the mini album to fit in your Easel Box.  You will need one sheet of 12x12 black cardstock, assorted patterned Halloween papers (you can mix collections), stickers, chipboard pieces, ephemera and a score board along with other basic tools.





Watch the video below to see how to attach the mini album into your Easel Box and to see how I decorated my album.




I really like how it turned out.  Have fun creating your own mini album inside an Easel Box.  It makes a great place to put some fun trick or treat costume photos!

Tomorrow will be the Fourth Fright Before Halloween...I hope you'll join me.

Happy Crafting,

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