Friday, August 27, 2010

Autumn / Winter Close To My Heart Idea Books. . . Released!

That moment I have been wating for is finally here! The Autumn / Winter Idea Books by Close To My Heart are finally out - I have my box full of Idea Books just sitting here waiting to be handed and mailed away! The new stamps and products for Autumn / Winter are amazing! I decided to take part in a blog hop for the new book so that you can hop along and see all of the fun new things that are available - if you would like to take a peek you can also stop by My CTMH Store after the 1st. . . oh, just wait until you see the Christmas stamp sets and papers! Oooooo!

So.....on with this blog hopping. . . . if you have come here from Amy's Blog you are on the right track! You can also find a complete list of Blog Hop participants here if you get lost along the way.

My first purchase from the Idea Book is the September Stamp of the Month. They are so danged cute. . . this stamp set called "Thriller" is only available in September so I was sure to snag one up to show you! You can always earn the Stamp of the Month at a discount or even for free with your purchase. Just look at these little Halloween goodies!

One of the projects that I am working on for Halloween is my very own witchy apothecary - I am going to alter several bottles and jars and fill them with fun Halloween things for use as spooky decorations! Fun! Here is how I used my Thriller stamp set.

I saved liqour bottles from our camping trip and rinsed them out. You could also use empty jars, old glass soda bottles, or decorative containers - try the dollar store, the flea market, the second hand store, or an antique market!

I used some sticky back paper to make the labels. You could use adhesive cardstock, old label paper, or just plain cardstock and adhere the heck out of it. :)

Using a ruler and a pencil and the bottle or jar as your guide, measure and cut a label suitable for your bottle. Cut the label out - but decorate it with stamps first. Adhering it to the bottle is your LAST step.

Go nuts decorating those labels! You can use letter stamps, stickers, glitter, anything that you like! Put things into your jars and containers like bits of black pom poms for "Spider Bits"  or pieces of that stretchy webbing for "Spider's Silk" . . . get some kids' toys like Green Slime, Play Doh or gummy worms to put in your jars! Keep it creepy! Ingredients for a witches' brew are always downright gross!

Thanks for checking out my spooky bottles - I did rather enjoy making them - and helping to "empty" those bottles for the project too. Hey, it's all in the name of creativity right?   *hic*  There are MORE apothecary bottles to come, and a fun contest too.
Your next stop is over to Sheila's Blog . . . thank you for stopping by my little blog. I hope that you will come back again for more Halloween fun!

Don't forget that the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book goes LIVE on September 1st. . . if you would like a copy be sure to let me know!

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Cindy said...

Nancy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your apothecary jars...You are soooooo talented! It's your time of year girl! :o) Hugs always!!

Haley D. said...

What a clever- and hauntingly fun- apothecary! Thanks for the inspiration, because I am going to have to try this myself.

Karen said...

so very cool! Great ideas and unique way of showcasing that fantastic SOTM!

Sheila Bennett said...

Your little bottles are just adorable! I really like the "other wordly" feel of them.

Stamp Til Dawn said...

Great idea!! Love the bottles and the ideas of what to put in them. I'm thinking it's going to be very spooky around your house!

TraceyJean said...

These bottles are so fun! Hope you share some more decorations in October...

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