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Halloween Decor: How to make Super Creepy Photos (Photoshop Tutorial & Printables)

Halloween Decor: How to make Super Creepy Photos (Photoshop Tutorial & Printables)

Update: Related technique and more downloads: Ghost Portraits!

Did you know Great Aunt Gertrude was a zombie?  Or Ancient Uncle Elrod was a tad undead?  Unfortunately for my Halloween décor, I don’t really have ghouls in the family.  But we can fake it with a little photo manipulation.

These creepy portraits will look great hung on a wall, or in small frames on your serving table, at any scary Halloween party. … [ KEEP READING ]

How to: B&W wood photo ornaments and keepsake gift tags!

How to: B&W wood photo ornaments and keepsake gift tags!

I recently did a guest post on the FedEx Out of Office blog, with a tutorial on making personalized wooden ornaments and gift tags from photocopies of your photos and drawings. It’s pretty cool, go check it out: Personalized Black & White Wood Ornaments for all the step by steps.

It’s a really neat technique that just uses acrylic gel medium from the art store– no toxic chemicals or anything like that. … [ KEEP READING ]

Mr. Freeze Costume (Halloween 2010 Video)

Mr. Freeze Costume (Halloween 2010 Video)

As I’ve been promising… Here is The Boy’s Mr. Freeze costume from Halloween. The video below shows the gun in action — it actually smokes and glows! (The helmet glows blue as well).

As a typical 5 year old, he loves Star Wars, Batman, and Phineas & Ferb, and he wanted to be Mr. Freeze (the Batman villain) this year. (As you may remember last year I made Perry the Platypus). … [ KEEP READING ]

Photoshop Class: Scanned line drawing to finished colored illustration

Photoshop Class: Scanned line drawing to finished colored illustration

I bet you guys thought I’d forgotten how to draw, huh? I must admit, art has been on the back burner these days… but I volunteered to do a little illustration for a neighbor’s baby shower. And, since you like our last ‘Photoshop Class’, I thought you guys might like a little peek into how I colored it.

This is a quick method I use for coloring more ‘cartoonish’ drawings… I sketched the drawing in pencil, then went over the line work in ink. … [ KEEP READING ]

How to Make a Baby Sling

How to Make a Baby Sling

My lovely neighbor Katie has made a ton of these slings, for both herself and for friends, and she’s graciously shared this tutorial. This makes a great baby gift for a friend, and even if you’re not overly sewing proficient, you can make one for yourself while the baby is napping! These work for small babies, up to toddlers…

Katie has given us a great step by step with pictures, but if you have any additional questions, just ask!… [ KEEP READING ]

A $4 Treeskirt from an ‘After Christmas Sale’ Tablecloth

A $4 Treeskirt from an 'After Christmas Sale' Tablecloth

I spent way too much time and money at the 75%  off at Target the other day, and found this great snowflake cotton tablecloth.  It’s a nice heavy weight, and I love the red and whites!  But I didn’t really need a tablecloth, and I have been really meaning to make a treeskirt, since I usually just wrap some spare fabric around the bottom of the Christmas Tree.

So this was my quickie project for today…

Since my space for my tree is squared off, I made this one a square, but if you tree is in a more open area, you could easily make it octagonal with just one additional step.… [ KEEP READING ]