Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween House


I have been having fun with Halloween home decor pieces this year. I got my hands on the new Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies and I'm in love. These houses are easy to put together and personalize to any season or occasion. You know I had to do a Halloween house!

I was so excited to make my house that I didn't get any stepped out photos!  Here are some finished shots. 

I used the Tim Holtz Regions Beyond paper stash, some Idea-ology with a touch of glitter and sequins.

These ghosts were the perfect size for the house. This is one of the original yellow Sizzix dies I've had in my stash for a long time. Love it when I can combine my old dies with the new ones.  

My Hero Arts web stamp works to decorate the sides of this spooky house. 

Some detail shots. 

I cut a hole in the base before gluing the house down. This makes it easy to put a tea light under the house for extra frightful effects. 

This Village Dwelling XL die is the basic house. Two other Bigz dies were introduced to transform this one into a church or school house and a winter dwelling. Perfect for creating a winter or Christmas village.  The possibilities are endless.  Really. It's all up to your imagination. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get time to create your own spooky Halloween home decor pieces. There is still time!

Happy creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hope and Awareness

Happy October,

Here in the US October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This is a subject near and dear to me as I am a breast cancer survivor.  Regular screenings are so, so important.  I had no symptoms but thankfully it was caught during my annual mammogram.  No excuses ladies!  Saying that it hurts or that you don't want to get squished or that you don't have time are nothing compared to having cancer and going through treatment.  A momentary discomfort is nothing compared to the pain and effects from surgery, chemo, and radiation that last much longer.  If your screening location is not caring, respectful, and gentle then find another location. No excuses!

If you haven't gotten your exam this year make your appointment today!   If you have then good for you for taking care of yourself. Spread the word to all your family and friends!

Shout out those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who fought with bravery. Hugs to all those survivors who are not just merely surviving but thriving!

I'll leave you with a piece I did in 2012 during the early part of my recovery.   It's a reminder to enjoy the present, take the time to take care of you, and keep those dreams in your heart.