Monday, 15 October 2012


This is my second post of the day - please scroll down to see my first post

Good morning my crafty friends and I hope you are well. Firstly I must apologise for the delay (again!) in this post going out. We are in the middle of redecorating, and I am down to sharing the computer with the rest of the family in the dining room ... which doesn't help when my other half doesn't know about my Design Team positions!!!!

What an intricate web I've woven, which is perfect for the new challenge that Susan has set over at Lexi's Creations - for this fortnight, our challenge is Halloween.

Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are the fabby team at Joanna Sheen who are offering a £10 gift voucher to their wonderful craft store for our lucky winner. Now that's a prize worth playing for!

Front of Gift Pouch

Now I must confess to not knowing what to create for this challenge as we don't celebrate Halloween! However, on the day when I was sitting down to the week's DT projects I saw a great post on my crafty friend Annette's blog ... and she was faced with exactly the same dilemma. So (deep breath here!) I have cased her gift pouch project and using lovely seasonal image from Lexi's on-line store this is what I've made to inspire you:

Back of Gift Pouch

My Gift Pouch recipe is as follows:

  • Base Card - is Neenah Classic Crest Card onto which I printed my Gift Pouch Template and Images. I the made masks for the images using repositionable sticky notes which I cut out and put over my images, before running the card through the printer again to print out my background.
  • Gift Pouch - is Treat Tent template from WendyBird Designs. This download comes with five different window shapes including a circle. I used a freebie from the Barry Spooky Bats set at Stamp Fairy which is 2 bats, some clouds and a moon. I superimposed this image onto the circular window shape so that the moon became my cut out section. As one bat was flying across the moon, I cut it out and repositioned it on one of the clouds.
    • The bats were coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pen in True Black
    • The clouds were lightly coloured using my chalks in Grey and Black 
  • Design Paper - Summer at Summertime Designs and is called Web Paper from the Happy Halloween set ... this is just perfect for this treat bag as I wanted my girl vampire to really stand out.
  • Image - This gorgeous girl is called "Little Minx" and she is one of the newly releases created by Lexi at Fairy Dust Crafts. I brought this cutie to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, PL4
    • Hair - EB1, PL4, True Black, Colourless Blender
    • Dress & Suspenders - PL4, PL5, Silver Gel Pen
    • Boots - True Black, Silver Gel Pen
    • Necklace - True Black, Silver Gel Pen
    • Stockings - True Black
    • Wings - IG4, Silver Gel Pen
    • Outline - IG1
  • Ribbon - Black Organza ribbon from my stash

Head on over to Lexi's Creations and see how incredibly talented team-mates and our fabulous Guest Designers Carol and her 12 year old Granddaughter Alexis are celebrating Halloween - don't forget to come back and share your projects with us! You've got until Saturday 27th October 2012 to link your cards up.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Challenge 19 - Spooky at Stampin' for the Weekend
  • Challenge #39 - Halloween at Creatalicious Challenges
  • Challenge #29 - Halloween at The Cutie Pie Challenge
  • Fortnightly Challenge 47 - Halloween and/or Autumn at Forever Friends
  • Challenge 43 - Halloween at Dream Valley Challenges
  • Too Cute To Spook at Di's Digi Designs
  • Fall/Halloween Challenge at Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Second Entry
  • Challenge #185 - BOO-tacular at Stamptacular Sunday
  • Challenge #44 - Black, White and One Colour - Card Crafter's Circle
  • Challenge 87 - Things with Wings at Top Tip Tuesday Second Entry My TOP TIP for you here is make your design all on one layer (your base card) by printing out the template and images on your base card. Print this out again onto some spare card with a sticky note (or 2 in the case of my Little Minx image!) over the images making sure that some of the sticky will be there once you cut round your image. Fussy cut round the image prints on the sticky notes and position them over the image prints on your base card. Then run the card through the printer to print out your background. Peel off the sticky notes and, hey presto, your image looks like it's superimposed onto the background!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hi Helen what a brilliant creation, I love it.

    I hope you are ok and hope your decorating doesn't take to long, so you can sneak back into your room.

    Hugs Julie x

  2. brilliant image and great treat bag xx

  3. Brilliant idea Helen and it looks yummy! Hope you get your decorating done x

  4. stunning
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

  5. Helen love your treat bag and wow the spider web background is fabulous as is your coloring of 'little minx'. Wonderful job especially since you don't celebrate the day! Love it!

  6. What an great image and such a super cute Halloween card, thank you for joining in with the cutie pies

  7. This is such a great project! Love the papers and the image.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Dream Valley.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Dream Valley Design Team Member

  8. What a brilliant Halloween project, such fun! Thanks fr joining us at Cutie Pie xx

  9. What a cute little Halloween gift pouch!
    Thanks for playing along at Creatalicious Challenges!

    Creatalicious DT

  10. Brilliant Halloween project.Thank you for joining the Dream Valley Challenge this fortnight. Marlene DT

  11. What a great treat! Love the spider webs. Thank you so much for joining us in our Black and White and one other challenge at Card Crafter's Circle!

  12. Awwwwww Helen. I love your pouches. Thanks for the credit but your pouches are fantastic and you've made them in your own style. I LOVE THEM!! Yeah, I don't really 'do' halloween, so the little treat pouches for the kids who call on the night are an easy idea. I'd never give halloween cards so it is a waste of time making them, when I can make something else that I can use instead. Love your spooky bats too. I've used those Stampfairy bats for projects too. It's a great way to add embellies to your projects.

  13. Lovely colors, Great image , thank you for joining our challenge This week at stamptacular sunday hugs winnie DT

  14. Fantastic project. Thanks for joining us this time at SFTW.

  15. A beautiful bag, a great design and wonderful colours....thanks for joining us this week at cutie pie.

  16. Fabulous what a great and yummy creation, love and so great to see you playing along at Top Tip Tuesday too! hugs me xx

  17. Wow! What a fab halloween treat bag! Thanks for joining the challenge at Forever Friends, Lisa (DT) x

  18. What an excellent set, great! xx

  19. Great Halloween project...
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us this challenge at Di's! We sure hope you will join us again very soon...


  20. Cute candy holder!! Have a great week!


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