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Stamping Halloween Cards

Getting farther into October, it is time to begin stamping cards for Halloween.  Autumn Jubilee wouldn’t be complete without some cards!  I have so much Halloween fun stuff, thanks to Katie and her generous gift. I wanted to use some of the stickers and elements with the stamps, but I had more ideas than time, LOL!! Anyway, I began with my roller as I haven’t used it in a while.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I have several Halloween wheels, and this year used the spider web. I rolled it on my paper mat first to ink up the roller well, then rolled one line of spider webs on the orange paper, on a diagonal.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Then I use my roller guide to get the next lines straight, and rolled the entire front of the card.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

On top, I placed a translucent ghost with some spray adhesive so the glue wouldn’t show through. The sentiment ‘just flying by’ from another stamp set went perfectly with the ghost. If you look closely, you can see the spider webs through the ghost.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I made several of these at once, and one of them I messed up. The roller missed a section, and I foolishly tried to re-roll over it. But no matter, this is an opportunity to do something different. So I got out my Sizzix embossing machine, a spider web embossing folder and black card stock.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Then, I found the eerie tree with no leaves, and stamped over the embossing with Versamark.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I really wasn’t sure this would turn out, the embossed paper wasn’t flat anymore. But the Versamark did stick fairly well. Covering it up with white embossing powder…

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I tamped off the excess, and hit it with the embossing heat gun. Pretty cool!!

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

So, why not add a spooky ghost owl? The bits where the white powder didn’t stick on the tree just adds to the creepy factor.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Embossing the owl, and adding the sentiment, completed the front.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Both cards have Happy Halloween with a jack-o-lantern face inside. A cute little bat on the envelopes, and my signature stamp on the backs, and they are ready to mail.

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All done for this year’s designs, at least for now.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

This one from last year is still my favorite card. The witches hat and shoes are from one stamp set, while the sentiment is from another one with shoes.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The giveaway today is from my personal stash of brand new, never used stamps. I bought a box lot of them from a friend, and had some duplicates as she is a dealer. This set has the ‘EEK’ stamp, so I thought it would be fun for the giveaway.  It also has six more stamps suitable for other holidays, plus you’ll receive the flower stamp set with birthday and than you sentiments.  I’ll ship these anywhere in the world, so international entries are welcome!!

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Are you stamping cards for Halloween?

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Halloween Tablescape with Lights

Welcome to the first day of Autumn Jubilee!  Halloween is coming, and I had a fun time creating this tablescape for it.  There is more than just mine here as well, be sure to check out the Halloween Tablescape blog hop at the end of the post.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For my holiday table, I started with my black caldron set atop a quilted Halloween table topper. I had this garland, and I arranged it like the skulls were bubbling out of the caldron.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added the LTE Lights winding the lights around the garland. This is the control unit, and I put it inside the caldron with the sensor peeking out the top so the remote control could work. Yes, I said remote control, more on that in a minute.  I ran the power cord under the garland and under a charger to plug it in.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the daylight, the light string looks a bit like spider webs in the garland.  I fixed the cord that is showing before moving on with the centerpiece.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added two glittery word plaques, one says “Spooky”…

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and the other side says “Boo!”

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

At one end of the tablescape centerpiece, I placed a black cat crouching over a jack-o-lantern.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the other end is a fun small jack-o-lantern with a happy face, a thrift store score.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put black napkins in pumpkin napkin rings, also from the thrif store last year.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I got to the place settings. Here’s where I really had some fun, putting out my new Halloween plates I just got last week. I couldn’t resist them!! So cute, and each one is different.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was a set of four, and I placed them on top of my white stoneware, all on the black chargers.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plates are so shiny, I had to turn off the light over the table to get pictures, that is why they are a bit dark.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t they just too cute?

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now for the fun part, turn out the overhead lights, and grab the remote controller….

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

then, light up the Even Lights set, and select the program you like.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

There are eight different program light effects, along with ten settings for solid-on lights from very dim to fairly bright. The orange buttons will make the lights flash either slowly, or quicker, or in a flicker-flash. The blue buttons on the right side of the controller will do a gradual up and down of the lights from dim to bright, selecting how fast that happens. There is no way to really describe this, so I made a video for you to see some of the settings. The video runs about a minute and a half and will show most of the settings so you can see the fun you can have.  Be patient at the beginning, the lights are actually getting a bit brighter and dimmer but the first setting is pretty subtle.

Now, wouldn’t that be fun for a Halloween party or a buffet table!!  LTE Lighting Even Lights

Final touches on the tablescape, I added water glasses to the place settings and black candles.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And then took a few more pictures at night with the lights on, such fun!

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The black cat with a happy jack-o-lantern looks a bit more menacing now.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Now for more fun!!

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Thanks once again to Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for putting together a Halloween blog hop of tablescape ideas for everyone to enjoy!  You can visit each blog on their day for a new post with fun for Halloween.  Enjoy!!

Monday

Belle Blue Interiors
From My Carolina Home
Home is Where the Boat Is
My Kentucky Living

Tuesday

Rattlebridge Farm
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Hey Fitzy

Wednesday

Life and Linda
Me and My Captain
The Painted Apron

Thursday

The Sweet Sensations
Dining Delight
Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

B. Lovely Events
A casa di Bianca
Supper Table Talk
Red Cottage Chronicles

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PS – If you missed yesterday’s rafflecopter entry with two prizes up for grabs, that drawing will be open until Thursday.
Click Autumn Jubilee Kickoff 2017.

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Autumn on the Veranda

Color is finally showing in some of the trees, and I wanted a pretty veranda for our recent company to enjoy. I thought it would be nice to add a quilt to the tableau, fall inspired and cozy feeling. The little pie pumpkin will become pumpkin bread in a couple of weeks.  I found dark red chrysanthemums at the local store, and got two.  I couldn’t resist putting a small quilt out too.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

A larger pumpkin is sitting near the front door, with the other deep red chrysanthemum.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

The begonias and impatiens are still blooming, and I cannot bear to throw them out while they are.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

I did bite the bullet on the torenia hanging baskets, and took them down. They really were ragged. There was a lot of green still in the forest when I rearranged the pots to form this grouping in the corner of the veranda. Those pink flowers just don’t go with my fall theme, but I am still watering them.

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My thrift store find Halloween metal hanger is hanging on the outside wall, just down the way a bit from the harvest wreath near the door.  It is fun, even though we have never had trick-or-treaters.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

At the last minute before company came, I found two orange daisy plants, so I put them in a basket and placed them with the pumpkin. It made a festive fall grouping near the door.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Along the driveway, the trees began to show a bit of autumn in the past week.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

There was a bit more coming along farther down the driveway.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Early one morning last week, I pulled up the shade in the kitchen window to this lovely scene. It is so pretty when an early morning fog settles into the valleys. The layers of hills and mountain are brought into sharper relief with the fog.  The rising sun over the mountain to the east lit the neighbor’s tree beautifully.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Zooming the lens a bit closer, lovely isn’t it?

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

It still is too warm, and I am looking for it to cool off more.  I am working on Scrap Dance 3 for you, dear readers. More on that a bit later.

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Today is the last day to enter all the drawings, so if you missed one, you have time today to get in a comment.  I’ll be drawing winners tomorrow and notifying you by email.  We will wrap up Autumn Jubilee Friday.

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Halloween Tablescape

We had friends come stay overnight recently, so I wanted a pretty table for breakfast.  Halloween is close, so it gave me a chance to create a new tablescape.  A few weeks ago, I went to the opening week of a new big box crafting store for our area, and found some wonderful black chargers, perfect for Halloween. I put these on top of a cute Halloween print table cloth I made a few years ago.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

White plates were added, with black octagonal salad plates, and my pumpkin bowls on top.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I got my witches caldron out, and filled it with silk flowers in oranges. There is a black garland around the bottom with white skulls. A black cat with a jack-o-lantern was nestled into the garland.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Around the caldron, I put some other little jack-o-lantern votive holders…

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and another black cat.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We had breakfast at this table with our out of town guests, cereal in the pumpkin bowls and fresh Pumpkin Orange Bread on the black plates.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

You can see my Spooky sill sitter on the hall tree behind the table. Of course I had to keep one for me.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I liked the Halloween theme table this year, and our guests did too! I used the leaf print napkins, as no other color went well with the theme.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

All set for any meal. DH and I are enjoying it every evening now.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Thanks for reading. And I need to let you all know, our internet service went out on Friday morning, and is out for the time being. I do hope that it is restored soon, but I will not be able to respond to emails or questions for a bit. I promise to get back to any questions as soon as I can. I am scheduling this post so it publishes Saturday, and I hope that the service is restored so I can update the stitch along on Sunday. Anyway, have a great weekend, and Happy Halloween!!

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Being the Great Pumpkin

Since I am the Queen of the After Season Sales, I have these cute Halloween sill sitters purchased last November. I pick up these things after the holidays (75% off!) and store them for the next season.  Yes, I know, I do have more storage than the average person.  I just cannot resist a bargain, LOL!!  Things like these made wonderful gifts for the office staff, little inexpensive ways to say thank you for the hard work.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

But, now that I’ve been laid off, I had to come up with another idea for using these (and I have to stop succumbing to temptation after every holiday).  Part of my problem is I truly do enjoy giving little gifts to friends and co-workers. We do have four neighbors on our mountain road, and none of us has seen any trick-or-treaters in many years.  No one wants to walk our road, LOL!!  So I thought I’d become the Great Pumpkin this year for the neighborhood.  You know, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch at Halloween to bring gifts to good little girls and boys, or so Linus thinks.  I ordered some Great Pumpkin stickers online, and dug out some Halloween gift bags I had saved.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

Cute aren’t they?

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course, that meant I needed to do some baking. Pumpkin Orange Bread was perfect in little mini loaves.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I packaged them in little candy corn bags, sealed with pumpkin stickers.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I didn’t put any cards in these, since the Great Pumpkin brought them.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I delivered them to the neighbors, having a little bit of a visit with each one. My original intent was to hang them on doorknobs and leave them for the neighbors to find. But, with the wildlife around here, that wouldn’t be the best idea.  But, if there wasn’t any food in them, they could be delivered anonymously.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

It was good to see everyone, especially the older couple at the other end of the road.  The mister of the couple had a stroke last year, and his recovery has been slow going.  The missus doesn’t get out much anymore, they are both in their late 80s. I need to go see them more often.  I need to get her to teach me how to do more knitting stitches than just knit and purl.  She also does lovely crochet, and I could re-learn that too.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll get out the It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video this week, the holidays officially start for me when I get to see that show.  Of course I have it on DVD.  Hard to believe that it was originally on TV in 1966 – this year is the 50th anniversary of that show.

Could you become the Great Pumpkin for someone this year?

PS – If you are a quilter or stamper, check out my Autumn Jubilee giveaway posts from earlier in October!  All giveaways can be entered until Halloween so you still have time.

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Aurfil Threads Giveaway Post

Connecting Threads Catalog Giveaway Post

More giveaways coming up Friday and next week as Autumn Jubilee continues to the end of October.

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Halloween Breakfast

We are going to have some fun today, the car club is having a costume drive.  Before we leave, we are having a Halloween breakfast to set the right mood for the morning.  I set the table with some fun Halloween things, starting with a wall hanging that I am using as a table topper.  It is a simple panel of Halloween fun to which I added borders, then quilted.  The jack-o-lantern on the corner is a wool applique.

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I used the green placemats with black plates.  DH likes cereal, so I topped off the setting with my pumpkin bowls.

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The table decorations include a cute Halloween basket with a scarecrow, filled with fall leaves and silk flowers in fall colors. A ceramic jack-o-lantern smiles at us on the right.

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There is a ceramic black cat with a jack-0-lantern on the left.

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I scattered a few of the large gold jewels around the table too.

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I made a new recipe, Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts just to serve this morning.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts at From My Carolina Home

After breakfast, I am going to don my long blonde wig….

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and secure my little dragon to my shoulder on a pad I made for him.  I sewed his feet and tail down so I hope he will balance on my shoulder long enough to be effective as a prop.  The pad has long tails to tie on the shoulder and arm, and secure across to the other side for stability.  After Halloween, I’ll cut the threads and put him on my desk.

Dragon

Do you know who I going to pretend to be?   Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, mother of Dragons and Queen of Meereen.  I’ve read four of the seven novels so far, each one is almost 1000 pages!  DH is going as Sherlock Holmes.  Normally we do something as a couple, but not this year.  We are driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway, so I hope to have some more autumn loveliness to post next week too.

Happy Halloween!  Are you planning any Halloween fun?

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Halloween cards and little goodies

Time to send out some spooky greetings!  It has been a bit of time since I was able to do some stamping.   I really love the autumn for stamping as I have lots of leaf stamps and fall inspired motifs.  I also have a fair amount of Halloween specific stamps.

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This time I started with ecru cardstock, and my roller with the jack-o-lantern wheel with orange ink.

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Using my roller ruler, I lined up a whole bunch of pumpkin lines on a diagonal.

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I haven’t had a chance to use this stamp set yet, and it is just so cute. Stamping several of this one showed me that some of my inks are drying up.  The Cocoa one needs a refill, but the Chocolate Chip one is still good.

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I had to re-stamp a couple of the motifs to get six usable ones, then I mounted them on orange cardstock. I cut the jack-o-lanterns lines into rectangles.

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I tested several layouts, before deciding on this one with the wording at the top.

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Inside, I stamped Happy Halloween with a little goofy spider hanging off the words.

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I used my name stamp on the back, with an orange jack-o-lantern next to it.

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All done.

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I stamped “Boo to You” on the envelopes.

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I did a half dozen with some to mail and a few for the office. The mailed ones got some Halloween confetti enclosed for an extra trick!

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I like to give cards with little goodies to the office staff.  They do so much for me all year, and I think saying thank you is important, as often as I can.  I cannot do candy as one of the ladies is diabetic, so I look for fun things that aren’t food related.  I found these cute little felt pumpkin bags for a song, much less that I could buy the materials and make.

Pumpkin bags

At the dollar store, I looked for funny or cute things to go inside.  I found these little battery operated “candles”, little fall inspired puzzles and some leaf napkins.  I added little cookbooks with holiday recipes.  They received them yesterday so they can enjoy the Halloween fun this year.

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I have to do silly stuff like this, we do not get any trick-or-treaters up on this mountain!

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We have a costume drive with the car club on Saturday, and my costume is ready. I’ll be doing a little Halloween breakfast for DH that morning, new pumpkin recipe coming soon! Are you ready for Halloween?

 

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