Witch’s Brew

2017-09-24 Witch's Brew


Hello my crafty friends welcome to my blog today.  Well it is officially fall and Halloween is fast approaching so my post today is a Halloween card that I have designed using Susan’s CountryScapes Build A Witch die set.  There are 2 witches in the die set and I could not decide which witch (hehehe) to use so I decided to design a card that used both.

Here is how the card was created.

  1.  Card base is black glitter paper cut 12″ X 7″ scored at 6″ folded on score line to form 7″ X 6″ card so both witches would fit.
  2. Cut orange cardstock 6-3/4″ X 5-3/4″ adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 6-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ .  Cut circle approximately 2-1/2″ from scrap paper (just a mask for moon) add removable adhesive to back place on white cardstock where you would like your moon to be.  Using Distress Oxide re-inkers place a few drops Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Wild Honey and just a couple drops of Black Soot onto craft mat spritz with water tap cardstock into ink turning paper in different directions to cover entire piece.  You may want to do this in stages drying with heat gun in between so as not to muddy too much. Give it a quick spritz of water.  If you do not have re-inkers you can certainly sponge colors on you will just have a slightly different look.  Remove your mask let dry.  When completely dry attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  4. Using CountryScapes Build A Witch die set cut 1 of each witch body then cut 2 each of everything else from black cardstock (this just adds dimension) then cut witch bodies from patterned paper (NOTE: when cutting body of standing witch you must flip paper to make her face the opposite way).  The hats, legs / shoes were cut from black glitter paper.  Orange Stickles were used on leg areas, band on hats and some dots on their dresses.  Purple Stickles was also used on their dresses make sure this dries completely before assembling.  I assembled the witches before placing onto card front.  The broom cut approximately 5 times from brown cardstock then cut 1 broom part only from yellow cardstock.  Adhere 1 broom on top of the other then add just the yellow broom part on top for flying witch’s broom adhere 1 on top of other cutting away the broom part leaving just the handle for stick in caldron.  The remaining 3 handles cut into sticks for fire.
  5. The cat was cut twice from black cardstock using CountryScapes Critters 1 die set.  Adhere 1 on top of other.  Use tiny green gems for eyes.
  6. For the caldron I had a Halloween window cling setwith caldron in it that I traced around onto black glitter paper then “fussy” cut.  Fire was hand drawn onto white cardstock cut out then colored to look like flames. Logs were cut from brown cardstock using the broom handle die then cut into pcs.
  7. Build your scene onto card front using Kids Choice Glue to adhere.  For the flying witch pop dots were used for extra dimension.  For the steam coming from caldron wool roving was used (I do a little rug hooking) but you could use any fiberous material that you can pull out wispy.

Hope you have enjoyed this simple card tutorial and that you will make your own version of this card.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs to for all their great products!

Until next time ………Happy Crafting!





Autumn Light

2017-09-05 Autumn Light 2


2017-09-05 Autumn Light 1


Hello everyone welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by.  Today is Susan’s Garden September Challenge and the challenge this month is Home Decor using Susan’s dies.  I chose to decorate  a lantern that I have had around for a while and have not been using.  Sorry about photo quality as it is very hard to photograph things with glass.

For our Challenge today Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog post and answer this question: What Home Decor items do you like to create to use in your home?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.



Here is how I did it.

1.  Cut 7 or 8 Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath from medium brown color cardstock.   Shade each one using inks or PanPastels (Distress Oxide re-inkers used here)  Lay each one face down on molding mat using medium ball tool from Susan’s 4 pc. Tool Kit rub branches all around then turn over and rub branches here and there with ball tool this gives some dimension.  Using small amounts of Kids Choice Glue attach wreaths together stacking them as you go.

2.  Make 5-7 Sunflowers in colors of your choice using Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die.  Susan has a video on Facebook – Susan’s Garden Club page showing how to do her sunflowers and the Woodland Leaves.

3.  For leaves use White Soft Finish Cardstock colored with PanPastels Set 1 rubbing colors all over paper then cut leaves from paper.  You could also cut from colored cardstock and shade with PanPastels Set 1.  Cut a variety of leaves so you would have enough to go all around the wreath.  Lay leaves on leaf mat and using leaf tool from tool kit put vein lines in.  Center line is done on back  then turn over and put side veins in.


place wreaths inside lantern.   Cut a large clear plastic cup so you have approx 2″ ring.    Attach Sunflowers to plastic ring using Kids Choice Glue.  Add a little glue to just top back of sunflower press up against plastic ring evenly spacing sunflowers all around.  Add the sunflower leaves.  Place ring into lantern setting inside center of wreaths.  Add Woodland leaves randomly all around attaching with a little Kids Choice Glue. (if you don’t attach and just lay leaves in it would be very easy to change for the seasons).

2017-09-04 Autumn Light 3

Other Supplies:

Lantern (this one is 13″ high 5″ dia)

Distress Oxide inks in colors of your choice

Cardstock in colors of your choice


I do hope that this has been inspirational and gives you some ideas on repurposing  an old lantern.  If you don’t have an old lantern I have seen them at places like A.C.Moore, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby.  Mine is fall but you could do any season or decor that you like.  By attaching flowers to plastic ring and not attaching leaves but just laying them in there you can certainly change out for different seasons.  I am thinking this would be beautiful with Susan’s Garden Notes Rose 1 and the Ivy Vine.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their wonderful dies and supplies.   Also be sure  to check out their blog for details on this months challenge to see all the Design Teams creations and a chance to win.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!