Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spider Necklace - HDH #138 - Eerie Elegnace

I bought this spider pendant from Michael's a couple of weeks ago and had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I was toying with some ideas like a necklace, a hair pin and even a decorative piece on a card or layout.  After playing around with some things, I ended up in my 10 year old daughter's jewerly making supplies and made this necklace.  I really am so satisfied how this necklace turned out.  Simple, eerie and elegant...everything that the darkside of me strives to be.

Here's a look at the necklace on me:
I'm not sure if you can get a feel for the size of this pendant but I would say it is very close to the size of a silver dollar.  It has nice weight about it and will make a great addition to my Halloween collection of jewelry.

I will be entering this necklace in the Haunted Design House - Macabre Monday - HDH #138 - Eerie Elegance Challenge - You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece that depicts elegance in it's most strangest of forms. You know the style we're talking about. That strange and bizarre, yet captivating and intriguing bit of oddness. Classy, but not really fit for human consumption.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Spider Necklace.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Have a Ball...Beach Birthday Celebration Part 2

So here it is, the final piece to the Have a Ball...Beach Birthday Celebration.  In addition to the sand cake in the sand bucket I also created a beach ball cake.  I made this cake using my Betty Crocker Bake N' Fill cake pan. 

I used the dome part and bottom cake pans.  I baked as directed a French vanilla cake in the pans.  I filled the inside with a banana pudding with chunks of bananas.  I decorated the cake with white icing and colored sugar crystals.  Finally, I surrounded the ball with brown sugar.  My 2 daughters and my husband all helped with the was a great family project and it was a big hit at our celebration.
Mom was still disagreeing with me about her age as we left that night, but was very happy with her celebration.  It was a great day!

Seashell Box

I created this seashell box for my Mom's 69th Birthday which was this past Friday.  I did a beach theme for her birthday this year.  The seashell box can be used for seashells or a jewerly box.  I choose to make a seashell box not only because of the theme but also because it reminds me of when I was younger.  We spent every summer at Wildwood, New Jersey and many hours on the beach collecting seashells.  I thought a gift like this would also bring back good memories for her too.

I created this seashell box with these items:
  • 8.375 X 5.25 unfinished wooden box from Micheal's and I removed the closing on the front
  • sand patterned paper
  • hot glue
  • jute packing twine
  • misc. shells and a star fish

I included the left over seashells so that maybe in the future my Mom and I will create a project together with them.

I am entering this box in the challenge over at {Pin}spirational Challenge #11
You are to create a project with the picture being your inspiration...the shells of course were my inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Seashell Box.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Have a Ball...Beach Birthday Celebration

Today I bring to you only a part of what I am creating for my Mom's 69th Birthday this coming Friday.  Since I have to work Friday we are celebrating Thursday.  She has no idea that I am making anything, so this will be a complete surprise to her.  I bought the red bucket from Michael's for $1.00.  I made the sign from a cereal box, pattern paper and skewers I already had.  I then just painted the sign with the words, "Have a Ball."

What is in the bucket you ask?  Well, I made sand is just like dirt cake but I just used golden Oreos instead of regular Oreos.

Here's is the recipe for my Sand Cake:

  • 1 pkg. of Golden Oreo Cookies (regular for Dirt cake)
  • 1 8oz. pkg. of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 small boxes of French Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups of Milk
  • 12 oz. Cool Whip
  • pkg. of gummy octopus and Swedish fish
Step 1
  • Crush 1 pgk. of Oreo Cookies in a Mini Chopper...set aside
Step 2
  • Heat Cream Cheese in microwave for 15 seconds
  • Soften 1/2 stick of butter
  • Mix cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with 1 cup of powdered sugar...set aside
Step 3
  • Mix both boxes of pudding, all of the milk and all of the Cool Whip with a mixer
  • then mix in Step 2, mixing them together
Step 4
  • Layer in your container cookies, pudding mixture, gummy octopus and fish, continue to repeat layers and top with cookies...deocorate as you desire.
We will be having a surf and turf dinner on Thursday and I will also be making a second cake using my Betty Crocker Bake N' Fill cake pan.  The cake will be decorated like a beach ball.  I couldn't make it ahead of time because it will be decorated with sugar crystals and I'm afraid they will run if I make it before Thursday.

I am entering this over at Decorate to Celebrate Challenge #26 - Beach Party
and at The Paper Variety Challenge - anything but a card or layout (must include paper)

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Have a Ball project and sand cake!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Master of Macabre for May

I am so honored to have been chosen Master of Macabre for May by the wonderful and seriously talented people at Haunted Design House.

I entered these projects in the month on May and was chosen Gruesome Twosome for both.

This is my Altered Jewerly Box which I CASEd a Minion.  Details on this project are HERE!!!

This is my Tooth Fairy, dead and decaying but still hanging on to those precious baby teeth.  Details on this project are HERE!!!
Thank you again to HDH, I look forward to every Monday to see what sinister and brain picking challenge you'll have next!!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jaidyn's Disney Memories/Autograph Book

We are taking our very 1st vacation as a family this October to the "happiest place on Earth"...Disneyland!!!  Many years of personal hardship have not allowed us to take any vacations.  I had already planned on making a memory/autograph book this summer but when I saw that Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge was "All About Disney" I just had to get a jump start on it.  I've been working on this for a couple of days now and am so pleased about how things are coming along so far.

I used a (2 bag) Cap'n Crunch Berries box to make the front and back parts of the book.  I cut 4 pieces of the box at 6 1/2 X 10 1/2 inches.  I attached 2 pieces together to make them more sturdy.  Then I just covered them.  Then I added a ribbon to the front.  I used Disney Mickey Font and Disney Mickey and Friends for the front cover.  I used Martha Stewart glitter on the letters and Glossy Accents on the heart and Minnie.  I then began constructing the inside pages.  Each page measures 6 X 10 1/4 and  has a 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 piece of cardstock to place a picture and an autograph in it.  As I get more Disney Cricut cartridges, I will be using my Cricut to cut coordinating Disney characters for each page.  I used ribbon to close the book.  I purposely did not finish this project for the simple fact that I know I will have to make more pages for other characters after we have gone on the vacation.

Here are the inside pages so far:

I will be creating more as I said earlier, this is just the beginning!

Besides the Getting Cricky challenge, I am also entering this project in the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Disney Memories/Autograph Book.