Saturday, September 22, 2012

September Artiste Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Crafting With Carolyn! Today I have a wonderful treat for you! I am participating in a blog hop featuring the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart!! This cartridge is full of fun images, phrases, 3D items and more!! It is definitely a must have cartridge!!

Welcome to our September ARTISTE Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing the amazing, exclusive ARTISTE Cricut cartridge which can be only purchased through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We don't want to scare you but Halloween is a little over a month away and we know you have to be thinking about what YOU are going to create for this spooky holiday! We decided to show you all the creative projects you can make using our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge. You will be hopping along our haunted trail of creativity - you never know what you will see next!

If you've just come from: Pam Stewart's blog - you are in the right place!
If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

Also, to help you get ready to start making your own Halloween projects Lucy has some blog candy for you! She is giving away a Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements pack!  That's two (2) sheets of Printed Dimensional Elements that you can use to create your own Halloween project! There is a picture of the blog candy on her blog. All you have to do to be eligible to win is to leave a comment on everyone's blog AND become a follower of Lucy's blog.  (If you are already a follower, just let her know in your comment.)

Can you see the "spiderweb"?

My project is a Spooky Wreath!! I used my Artiste Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart to make this wreath!! If you look closely you can see bows, cupcake liners, spider web, spiders, a bat, and the word: Spooky all from the Artiste!! There are a few things I got off the Oct. 31st cart but those aren't important.

I decided to not use a foam wreath for my project and instead cut a wreath out of a cereal box (used my Cricut Imagine!) and covered it with black card stock so it's pretty sturdy. I like how it looks but now I am thinking It might have looked better on one of those flat foam wreaths... but that's ok, I still like it!!

Bows - pg 55 - Accent 1 (shift) - 4"w and Accent 2 (no shift) 1.25"w
Spooky - pg 76 - <Spooky> (shift) 5.50"w
Spiderweb - pg 76 - Accent 4 (no shift) - 3"h
Bat - pg 76 - Card (no shift) - 3.50"h
Cupcake Liners - pg 77 - Accent 4 (no shift) - 7"w
Spiders - pg 77 - Accent 4 (shift) 1"h

The purple bits behind the silver spiderweb cupcake liners are actually the trees (need 6) from the Oct 31st cartridge cut at 5.50"h and the bones are also from this cartridge cut at 5.50"w. I cut these apart as needed and placed randomly for more spookiness.

<=== I started off with a black wreath, arranged the purple trees around the wreath so that I got the most use out of them, added the silver cupcake liner with spiderweb design and the spiderweb, then I added the purple and black bows. Next I added the bones that are a bone color card stock inked with black so they look "dirty".

Next, I added the bat (this is the bat card but I took off the slits on my gypsy) with the word Spooky and all the little spiders.                               ===>

<=== To finish my wreath I braided purple and black ribbon and hot glued a Paper bow to it - to hang it up.

While I had the hot glue gun out I thought I would use the hot glue strings to create a real spiderweb effect. From the back of the wreath I made a dot on the box and then quickly went to the opposite side and touched the cardboard and kept going around and around until it looked good. I also used this technique to the front of the wreath around the outside so that it looked like web was coming from the spiders.

Well, that's my wreath! I hope you are inspired!! Thanks for visiting my blog, please continue hopping through the rest of our blog hop, commenting and enjoying what our hop has to offer to you. Have a great Halloween!! Remember stay safe out there!!

The next stop on the haunted trail is Jennifer Kramer ~

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get spooked along the way:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Diana ~
  4. Carolyn ~
  5. Julia Hammond
  6. Wendy Kessler ~ 
  7. Pam Stewart - 
  8. Carolyn Mendoza - <---You Are Here
  9. Jennifer Kramer ~
  10. Maria Woodworth ~ 
  11. Kindred Hearts -
  12. Ginger Morriello -


  1. We had the same idea...I can't believe it! Yours is larger and more in depth though. :( Great the "spider" web strings.

  2. Suuuuuppppeeeerrr Spooky! Great wreath project! Love the color combination!

  3. Spooky indeed!!! The glue gun web strands are pure genius! Great job combining all those cuts, Carolyn!

  4. Great project! Very spooky!

  5. This is such a spooky project and I truly love the creativity you applied! The scatter bones, great touch... and wonderful combination of different cuts and textures! Nice work! I'm envious!

  6. Fantastic! Anyone would be happy to hang this decoration in their home or on the front door.

  7. can you say GORGEOUS!!!!!! I am in LOVE!!! the hot glue "Spider web" technique is FABULOUS!!! I mean if I was your neighbor I would totally STEAL this from your door!!! A+ from me! :)

  8. How creative of you! This is a really great wreath!


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