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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Tag

By pumpkins fat
and witches lean
By coal black cats
with eyes of green
By all the magic
ever seen...
wish you luck
this Halloween.

I had so much fun making this Halloween tag for Tina.
The Altered Paper Tag Swap


Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Friday, October 26, 2012

Home Computer

FYI
Just to let you know that my home computer is un-installed for the time being.  I'm hoping that by this weekend is hooked up and ready to go.  We had water damage in our home office and the room is being totally remodeled...what a mess!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving some LOVE!
Oliva

A Bit of Paris

Paris is always a good idea! ~Audrey Hepburn

I received this gorgeous ATC from Helen!  It's so elegant and at the same time so decadent!  I wish I were in Paris right now!
Helen and I were swap partners in Flickr's Monthly Themed ATC Swap and the theme was A Bit of Paris.
 
Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva

Thursday, October 25, 2012

WICKED

 
For a Halloween matchbox swap I participated in, we were to include two handmade items.  
I made this WICKED banner as one of my handmade items for Deb.  I hope she likes it.

Flickr Vintage Dragonfly's Altered Matchbox Group

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

C is for...

Celebrate with A Candy Corn Cupcake

I made this ATC for Mercedes.  I hope she likes it!

Tee at The Altered Paper is hosting an Alphabet ATC Swap Series.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Table Top Tuesday

I have been a busy bee lately, and at this time of year (for me) is more like "spring cleaning"!


I kept it simple and as minimal as possible.


I used warm colors and a few Halloween decorations.


You can go to this link for the free printable.
Please stop by Marty's Table Top Tuesday and visit her and others' creative table tops.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Monday, October 22, 2012

C for Cupcake

Eat your Cupcake
I received this sweet and beautiful ATC from the super talented and creative Mercedes.  I'm in awe of her artwork and I look up to her for inspiration.

I love her attention to detail!  Simple lovely!


Mercedes is so generous and I love how she presents gifts.  I have a hard time opening her packages...too pretty to open!

Tee at The Altered Paper is hosting an Alphabet ATC Swap Series.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Matchbox for Deb

This is my altered Halloween matchbox for Deb.  I hope that it was not too scary for her! 
Deb and I participated in JoAnne's Flickr Vintage Dragonfly's Altered Matchbox Group.

We were to alter 1 big 250 count matchbox in a Halloween theme.


Deb's box is fully stuffed with treats!

My witch is styling!  I made her a black lace dress and bright orange bloomers.

I painted Deb's matchbox and made it into an easel style card.  I used a little pumpkin as a knob so that she can open her matchbox.  I hope she likes it!

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Matchbox from Deb

I received this gorgeous Halloween matchbox from Deb at Garage Sale Gal!
Deb and I participated in JoAnne's Flickr Vintage Dragonfly's Altered Matchbox Group
 
We were to alter 1 big 250 count matchbox in a Halloween theme.   

Deb wrapped all of my Halloween treats in a big piece of Halloween fabric.  Great idea!

She filled my box with items I simply adore.  I have worn the bracelet just about everyday, and have received tons of compliments!   
 
She handmade this adorable Happy Halloween banner and ...

the Jack-o-Lantern spool figurine.  Deb treated me to vintage Halloween trinkets, autumn leaves and Halloween ephemera that are one of a kind!
I have so much fun doing these kind of swaps!  Thank you Deb!

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Thursday, October 18, 2012

A-riding through the air...

If I were a witch upon a big switch,
A-riding through the air,
I'd fly around, then drop to the ground,
And give you an awful scare.

I made this ATC for Donna.

The Altered Paper Wicked Witch ATC Swap

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witchery ATC

I received this spook-tacular "Withchery" ATC from Donna!  Take a look at all of the tiny details!  Stunning!

I found a place of honor to showcase my ATC!

The Altered Paper Wicked Witch ATC Swap

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's A Cloche Party!


Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is hosting a Cloche Party and I'm playing along.  I love her blog and sense of style.  I hope that once I retire, I will follow in her footsteps and make our home into a warm and welcoming place for family and friends.

I made a cloche fall vignette using my Princess House cake plate.  I use my Charming Tails "Friends Are A Bushel of Fun" figurine as the main centerpiece.



I added other fall/Halloween touches to complete the vignette.

The October plate is a gift from Mercedes, the spool jack-o-lantern was made by Deb, the tiny pumpkin candle is from my friend Barb, and the leaf tag is from Judith
I find it amazing how I have collected/received these treasures at different times and eventually all have come together.

Please stop by Marty's to see her collection of cloches and other bloggers' cloche vignettes.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Monday, October 15, 2012

From Judith

I received this beautiful fall tag from Judith.  It's simply stunning and I love the vintage feel of it!

Judith is from Australia and I'm from Arizona (desert) and it definitely does not feel like autumn to us at this time of the year!

It was a nice surprise when I opened her package.  I loved the way she wrapped my tag.  Thank you Judith!  It was great swapping with you. 

The Altered Paper Tag A Month Swap for September


Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tags

One morning back in August, I played around and experimented in aging/distressing paper.  I used coffee grounds to stain the tags and let them dry.  It was a bit messy but worth the try.

These tags were a cinch to make...no messy coffee grounds!

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Friday, October 12, 2012

Ways to Use It

For this clean and simple card challenge we were to use fabric (ways to use it). I went through my stash of quilting squares and my tin full of yo-yos to create this CAS card, plus a corduroy covered button to boot! I wasn't too sure if stamping on fabric would be successful. It worked!

Splitcoaststamper's CAS186


Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva
 



Thursday, October 11, 2012

B is for Buttons

I received this adorable Button ATC from Ana!  Thank you Ana!  I love all of the details to your ATC and the vintage lady picture!

She made this ATC pocket.  What a great idea!

I really love how Ana embellishes her mailing envelope and she's so generous with her goodies!

Tee at The Altered Paper is hosting an Alphabet ATC Swap Series.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ahoy Matey

This card is on its way to my youngest nephew who just turned 2 years old!!!  Happy Birthday Jacob!
  Why does it seem that he is growing super fast?!

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper

Inside of card and it's obvious that I need new eyeglasses.  I was blaming it all on the camera.  NOPE...it's me!

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

B for Bingo

Let's play Bingo!
My "B" ATC for the month of September for swap partner Ana.

Tee at The Altered Paper is hosting an Alphabet ATC Swap Series.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Monday, October 8, 2012

Sweet

It has been so busy for the last 3 weeks!  I went back to work after being off for almost 12 weeks.  I realized how much time work takes away from my life!  I would come home so exhausted and with no energy.  Luckily, I feel so much better now.  I started walking every evening, drinking more water and I am sleeping better...and it's fall break in our school district!!!  Life is good!
  
I made this card for a clean and simple sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I was a Guest Designer for the week and it was a great pleasure and honor to play along with so many talented and creative ladies.

Thank you for stopping by~
Oliva


Sunday, October 7, 2012