Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Wacky Watercooler October Holiday Round-Up

Here we go again! Last month's Wacky Watercooler Stamping blog hop "Let's Mix It Up", was such a super success, we’ve  decided to do it again with our October Holiday Round-up.   What fun..... it's a "free for all".  Holidays, Holidays, Holidays!  

This blog hop which lasts from tonight through Saturday night, will feature products from both the Holiday and Annual catalogues.  You're bound to see lots of Thanksgiving (US), Halloween, and Christmas Holiday projects, so grab a cup of coffee or whatever's your pleasure, and make sure you visit all the sites on the hop.

If you started at the beginning of the blog hop you'll have arrived here from the very talented Jean Fitch's blog.  Aren't her projects awesome?  I always love reading her posts as they are so funny and informative. 

For your entertainment this month, I've completed two spooky Halloween Projects and a Christmas card project with a twist, which I hope you'll enjoy.  

My First Project:
My first project is a spooky OWL Halloween card that was inspired by this poem:

A great big OWL
in a great big TREE
on a night so DARK
you could hardly SEE
was watching the LIGHTS
in the deep RAVINE
where the WITCHES danced
Okay, so I know there isn't a ravine or any witches in my card, but you have to admit that OWL with the great big eyes is pretty spooky
I saw a card made with a double window frame die cut on either Pinterest or Youtube and that inspiration, was the beginning of this card.  With a little bit of trial and error I was able to place the cutting mats just so and run the Hearth and Home framelit through the Big Shot twice to create this enlarged window frame.  Then, I turned the window frame on it's side and adhered it with dimensionals to the card front. 
Can't you just hear those wings batting against the window pane and the WHOO!  WHOO! of the owl as he struggles to see what's going on inside the haunted house? 

Stamp Sets:  Howl-o-ween Treat
Card Stock:
Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla, Happy Haunting DSP
Rich Razzleberry
Hearth and Home Thinlet Dies, Boo To You Framelit Dies, Dazzling Details, Basic Big Shot, Trimmer, Large Google Eyes (Non- SU)

My Second Project:

Halloween is such a great holiday occasion! Even though our years of having lots of trick or treaters, making costumes, going to Halloween parties have dwindled away, I still get caught up in the spookiness of the season.  I love hauling out my precious collection of Halloween decor to set the stage for that special night. 

I've wanted to make a Halloween Banner for my fireplace for some time now, so when I saw the Howl-o-Ween Treat stamp set, I knew a banner was in the making!  I had so much fun pulling this together, and hope you enjoy it too.  
Unfortunately I couldn't get an adequate picture showing how great this banner really looks strung out across the mantle.  I think I've reached the point where i need to replace my camera with one that captures a panorama view.

The banner consists of these four elements repeating across the length of the banner.  It measured 5 feet in length.
I absolutely love the Howl-o-ween Treat Stamp set.  It's one of the best Halloween sets I've ever owned.
This is the reverse side of the banner. I finish it off with strips of cardstock laid over the string and secured with the hot glue gun.  This ensures the individual banners will not droop or fall off. 

Stamp Sets:  Howl-o-ween Treat, Dictionary Background Stamp
Card Stock: Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Happy Haunting DSP

Black Glimmer Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Momento Tuxedo Black, 

Accessories:Trimmer, Big Shot, Crop-o-dile and Large Silver Eyelets, Boo To You Framelit Dies, Lots of Layers Framelit Dies, Dazzling Details, Basic Rhinestones, Spider Web TIEF (R), Large Polka Dot TIEF, SERIF Essentials Alphabet Dies (R), Glue Gun, Dazzling Details

My Third Project:
I'm not a big scrapbooker, but I have been making great use of the Project Life Card Collections, so for my third and final project, I wanted to share an alternative way to use the Project Life Hello December 2015 Photopolymer Bundle   If you are pressed for time this kit is a perfect option for getting all your Christmas cards, tags or scrapbook pages finished in a jiffy.  

I'm always looking for small hostess gifts so when I saw the Card Pouch tutorial by Cindy Lawrence on Split Coast Stampers, I was inspired to make one of my own.  I changed up Cindy's measurements and will be doing a tutorial on this project with all the details later this month.

Here is the front of the cad pouch.  I used a full sized card from the Project Life set and cut it down to size for the front of the holder. 
This is the inside of the pouch

This side of the pouch holds the 4 note cards.  The note cards are blank on the inside so they can be used for a thank you or just a note.

This side of the pouch holds the envelopes.  Although I haven't included a picture here, I made the individual envelopes with my Envelope Punch board and the Real Red Envelope Paper.
These cards are so simple to make.  For these four I used the smallest cards from the Project Life Card Collection and matched the colouring and pictures for a set.  They are mounted on layers of Mint Macaron and Real Red cardstock and the card base is Very Vanilla.  I used dazzling diamonds on the pine bows and trees to add just a hint of sparkle.

Stamp Sets:  Wonderland, Project Life Hello December 2015 Photopolymer
Card Stock:  Mint Macaron, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Real Red Envelope Paper
Ink:  Real Red, Mint Macaron
Accessories:  Project Life Hello December 2015Card Collection (from the Photopolymer Bundle), Dazzling Details, Trimmer, Big Shot, Real Red Ribbon, Envelope Punch Board

The End:
I hope you're having fun on the blog hop today and that my creations have been an inspiration for you.  Let me know if you have any questions about the projects I made, I'd be happy to respond.

Now it's time to jump over to Debbie Spano's amazing blog where I know she'll enchant you with her great creations.  You can either click on her name or on the Next button below to connect with her.

 Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stamping Spot 


Anonymous said...

Awesome projects, Penny! You are always such an inspiration for me!

Gail said...

Oh my goodness Penny! You really went all out. What fabulous projects. Mint Macaron with Real Red? I would have never tried that. You've inpsired me to try it.

Unknown said...

Wow. Great projects! I love the banner design. Looking forward to your tutorial.

Deborah Smart said...

Oh WOW, Penny!! As usual, you're projects just knock my socks off! :). I've never seen the poem you included; it's perfect for your owl card. I can tell you put a lot of work in your banner - it's perfectly finished, with great detail. I can't wait for your tutorial for the card holder - I'll be case-ing it!

Buffy said...

The owl in the window is so adorable, Penny. Great projects!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Penny, what fun projects you've created! I love that poem you've shared with the first card. It's definitely just the thing for your Rich Razzleberry owl and the spooky spider and webs. You're definitely the banner-girl! What an amazing Hallowe'en banner you created! I, too, love that Howl-o-ween Treat set along with the matching framelits. What a versatile bundle it is. I'll continue to use it well after it retires.

Your card pouch and matching cards make a wonderful hostess gift. I love the colours you've used and the simplicity of the cards. Thanks so much for sharing your projects for yet another terrific Watercooler Blog Hop.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my projects Heidi. Glad you liked the banner and the card pouch.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Buffy and Deborah for your comments. I'm glad you like the Owl in the window Buffy. I had a lot of fun making that one and I thought the poem really suited it.

Christine said...

Oh my! I am not a huge Halloween fan, but these projects are awesome. Love the banner.
Your use of PL cards is really great. Need to show this cards to one of my customers who bought them for the purpose of making cards with them, but hit a wall when it came time to do her cards. I tried, but maybe these will inspire her.

Lisa Kmiec said...

Great projects Penny! I love your banner. And the Owl peeking through the window is adorable!

Marsha Reed said...

Great projects, Penny! Love the card pouch holder.

Heather Hopson said...

Hi Penny,
Each project is awesome. I love your banner and the Halloween card. I agree, the Owl makes the card, he is so cute. I also love the card holder project. I too, can hardly wait for the tutorial. What a neat gift this would be for someone.

Created by Kath said...

Penny, your work always amazes me.

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