Happy Insta Girls: Halloween Hop

Hey there, how about some Halloween Inspiration today? You probably remember the Happy Insta Friends blog hops I have participated in the past. It’s one I particularly love because you get to actually send your cards and this time also a little Halloween treat to one of the participants opposed to „just“ make something fitting the theme. Sadly though, this is the last installment :( Blogs nowadays don’t seem to have much audience compared to Instagram and other social media outlets and while we blog hoppers know each other from Insta, we still haven’t found a better way to make this blog hop happen than on our actual blogs (ideas welcome!). 

Anyway, here is the fabulous card and gift I received from Biggi.

Halloween Card by Mimi Zitrone
Halloween Card by Mimi Zitrone

The card is 3D with multiple layers and the treat she sent me is an amazing haunted house filled with candy.

Halloween Haunted House by Mimi Zitrone
Halloween Haunted House by Mimi Zitrone

You can even open the door and detach the roof - umh, hello!! How amazing is this? Thanks so much, Biggi 😘

The card I sent to our lovely blog hop coordinator Birka features a more scared than scary pumpkin and my treat to her was a mummy that hides a chocolate bar inside. For the card, I used the fun glitter splatter technique invented years ago by Rahel Menig.

Halloween Card by @pixnglue

The treat package took me a while to figure out. Finally, I decided on a simple pizza box style wrapped with tissue paper and seam-binding. I punched the eyes from white paper and added black round puffy stickers. The bulb style safety pin makes a great nose and holds it all together. I really hope Birka liked her package. 

Halloween Mummy by @pixnglue

Now, I send you on your way to Birka to get some more Halloween inspiration. I myself will hop a little later since I left on jet plane a few days ago… Happy fright night, everyone! 👻 

Camp Calico Mini Album

Back in 2013, when I was a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team, I made a very spontaneous trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to meet some of fellow the CT members. I didn't know what to expect or even who was gonna participate from the girls but flying over the pond for basically a long weekend seemed like the absolute right thing to do. And, it was so fun =) Or as it was put more eloquently on the SC blog: "What I don't think any of us expected was the level of positive, effortless connection and nonstop laughter we would experience". 

The giant cabin we stayed in was perched in the beautiful rolling green hills of Tennessee and featured a video game arcade, a movie theater and indoor pool and two whirlpools outside. We got to hang out in our PJs and slept four to a room in queen-sized bunk beds. My roomies where Allison Waken, MaryAnn Perry, and Catherine Davis. 

We were greeted with a welcome box filled with lots of goodies: An itinerary for the time of the camp, a Studio Calico t-shirt with a cool vintage camera design by Matthew Taylor Wilson, a colorful box of washi tape, treats to eat from Kentucky (the home state of SC), and a crafting kit custom-designed for Camp Calico by the SC designers. Included in the kit was a woodgrain Handbook, themed journaling cards, stamps, badges, acrylic shapes and wood veneers. Think nature, mountains, and Smokey The Bear. We all went crazy over it during craft nights!

A few weeks ago, I happened to reorganize some of my craft space and knocked said handbook with the Camp memories over. Twice. Many of the cards fell out and I realized that while I love the PL / handbook style, I'd rather not sort spend my time sorting cards back in an album. So I redid it as an 4 x 6 in album. I started by covering chipboard with canvas to use this as the covers. Then I brought out the old typewriter, Klartext stamp sets and added some more details before putting it all together. 

Here are the first few pages of the new album:

Have you ever redone one of your minis? I hadn't up until now but it was fun to revisit the memories and knowing I won't have to think about how I place the album on my shelves. This one won't fall apart again. Have a great Sunday! 

 

Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free as a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team and Dani Peuss Klartext design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Kits: *Studio Calico Camp Calico Kit
  • Cardstock: American Crafts white cardstock
  • Stamps: *Klartext Abflug, *Script Wochentage
  • Other: *Studio Calico Color Theory Ink (Glass Slipper), SC Mister Hueys spray mist, Versafine Onyx Black ink, enamel dots, sewing machine, Silhouette printable cotton canvas, scoretape, typewriter

Klartext Design Team: Baby Boy Slider Card

About three months ago, Dani of danipeuss.de contacted me and offered me to join her new Klartext stamp design team. With regard to other commitments right now, I usually would have declined politely but with some brands the answer simply is a resounding YES!! and you damn sure make time for it.

Quite honestly, I have ogled at a lot of Dani's stamp releases in the past years since they are right on trend, have cute images and many of their sentiments just make me laugh. Klartext (meaning: plain language) is definitively my thing - even more so, the older I become ;) Also, my first Klartext stamp purchase dates back to probably 2010 (!) and I still like to use it. So, long story short, you will get to see quite a few projects with new Klartext stamp releases and I also want to dust off some neglected stamps and papers in my stash this year. 

A card I made with the most recent June release, is a slider card to celebrate the arrival of a little baby boy. I remembered an older PTI set with a little airplane that would pair well with the Klartext sets "Großes Glück" and "Interaktiv" for the baby card theme.  

Baby Slider Card
Baby Slider Card

Despite the slider technique, I kept the design relatively clean and simple just how I like it. For the finishing touches, I also got out my beloved Mister Huey Shine. Ha, another item from the ever growing stash in use 🙌

What's on your desk right now? I'd love to read and see it.

 

Main Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free as a member of the Dani Peuss Klartext design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Stamps: *Klartext Großes Glück, *Klartext Interaktiv, Papertrey Ink Fly Away
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink Kraft 
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Slide on Over, My Favorite Things Die-namics Flat-Bottom Clouds, Papertrey Ink Fly Away, Memory Box Stitched Rectangles
  • Other: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watercolors, Versafine Onyx Black ink