Friday, September 30, 2016

This Is Halloween!!...12 Kits Of Occasions Guest Designer (So honoured!!!)


If, by chance, earlier this month you heard a distant, rumbling echo and a slight tremor of the earth, in all likelihood, it was me, embarking on a resounding episode of ecstatic glee that involved cheering thunderously and happy dancing vigorously upon receiving a note from my friend, Jeanne, asking if I'd like to participate in September's 12 Kits of Occasions~This Is Halloween.

My response is obvious: Heck, YES!!!  What an honour!  I thought the invitation was thrilling, in and of itself, however, you should have seen my reaction when her kit arrived! Oh! My! Stars!  My Halloween-loving heart is still racing wildly at all the awesome goodies she sent to me AND to her team AND to the winner of the previous Kit post AND to a couple more guest designers!  She rendered me speechless, which is quite the feat!

All the juicy, delightful details about 12 Kits of Occasions can be found on the original blog, so I won't repeat them here. I will, however, share a photo of the kit's contents! Check. it. out!  Do you see why I'm so stoked? Jack o'Lanterns galore, masquerade masks, cutie-patootie 'scary' creatures, incredibly patterned papers, bits o'bling and so much more! A 'special' treat was also part of the package: an apple caramel lollipop! Tempted as I was to eat it, I resisted the impulse - barely - and created a treat package for it. By the time you read this, thought, the lolly will be long gone. My sweet tooth will be smiling!

Several of my projects were made with "Trick-or-Treaters" in mind, so you'll be seeing 'tags for bags' aplenty...

Let's go....Happy Halloween!
I used my new 'coffin' shaped die (more about that down the road) for the first two projects
to showcase the cute mummy and pretty patterned papers.

Haunted house shaker...

Can't believe I made this, given I'm the Queen of Bird Terror! It's homage to the hippo-sized
ravens that squawk..I mean, talk, in dulcet tones (HA! NOT!) ...around our place.

A "creepy wreath", some scary ghosts (they are stinkin' cute!) and googly eyes...

Spider and cat shaker...

and its cousin, the ghost shaker...

Here they are together.

The background panel? The gorgeous wrapping paper that housed out goodies! Sooo pretty!
Had to use it...and I think it goes well with the mask and bling.

Another little tag...

The finale (for this episode, anyway) the 'sweet treat' caramel apple lollipop
 tucked into a tag pocket....

My creations are but a snapshot of this beautiful kit's possibilities. I know the team and the other two guest designers - Nora and Richard -  have exercised major ingenuity in putting together some fantastic Halloween eye-candy. You can see samples of their talents at 12 Kits of Occasions blog or, if you want the full-meal deal immediately (I sure do), you can hop using the list below. Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to play along with them next month!

THANK YOU x a kazillion, Jeanne, for the marvelous kit and this incredibly special opportunity to play alongside you and the team on this *Occasion*.  Looking forward to showcasing more the kit's goodies in the days to come.  I'm plotting and scheming plans for that sparkly spider web...and sweet RC and PTI images...

Stay tuned!!

Also sharing at Lori Hariston's 2016 Halloween Challenge

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~Anything Goes

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!


  1. Oh Carol, what fun this must have been! I'm sure I must have heard you squealing with delight all the way to Maine, when your package arrived. ;0) Your cards, tags and projects are all amazing!! That coffin die is "to die for"!

  2. Oh my goodness gracious, look at this amazing array of fantastic Halloween Happiness Maybe minus the bird, since you aren't a fan. I am super proud of you for creating a card that features one front and center! I can't even beging to comment on all the delightfully spooky and festive Halloween goodies you've created. They have each given me a big huge smiley face! What a delightful surprise for you, although I'm not surprised in the least that they asked you to participate. Your work is fabulous and your encouraging and generous heart makes you a shoo-in! I'm sure the lolly was tasty, too. Thank you so much for all the inspiration! I'm almost tired after seeing how much you created and so fabulously, too. Big hugs!! Happy Friday. :)

  3. OH MY totally rocked Jeanne's spooky Halloween kit. Just love all your amazing and creepy cards. So much fun. That coffin is simply amazing...what die is that??? Love that card.

  4. This was one wonderful kit to receive Carol! You did an amazing job and created so many awesome Halloween cards , tags and projects! I too love the coffin!
    I am going to add the challenge you added to my blog too, thanks for the link.

  5. Carol, I can see why you were Jeanne's 'choice' guest. All wonderfully creative tags and cards. So many ideas you've given me with what's left over! Have to give a nod to your coffin die, omg, so dang cute!!!

  6. Wow, what a fantastic job you've done! That coffin die is awesome! I think that castle die was just begging to get a watercolor background-nice to see I was not alone in my thinking!

  7. Congrats, Carol! I had so much fun being a GD but wasn't nearly as productive as you were--lots to admire, here!

  8. Just look at what you have done, Ms. C!!! OH my gosh, I couldn't choose just one to drool over ... but that spooky castle shaker would be my first choice, if forced into it! YOU have been a fabulous guest team-mate my friend ... here are words I never thought I'd write, like EVER: I wish I had that coffin die!!! xxoo

  9. OH, what fun you had. Love seeing all the amazing projects made with Jeanne's kit. Wasn't that kit just over the top fun? So great to have you with us this month as our Guest Designer.

  10. I guess you do love Halloween, Carol, because you made so many delightful, frightful cards that I keep having to go back and look at them again and again. So much goodness in one package. I'm talking about you, Missy. ;)

  11. So nice to have you guesting with us this month Carol! Your projects are incredible. Love the tags and that haunted house shaker is spectacular!!

  12. Carol having you as our guest this month was such a treat and you created some fabulous and creative projects! Your shakers are amazing, that first one with the haunted house--gah! Love them all but Ii have to say the the black subway art tag with the tiny spider might be a favourite! Have a fabulous weekend!

  13. You looked like you had so much fun creating these cards/shakers/tags with this months kit. I am LOVING the shakers that you did!! Great design!!

  14. Wow look at you Guesting it out! What amazing cards you made and so fun~

  15. Wow, you have given me so many ideas! I love what you created with Jeanne's kit! It was so wonderful to have you with us this month. The little coffins, the wreath and the shakers were all so awesome! Fabulous background on the shaker with the haunted house, just amazing!

  16. WOW! These are amazing! So many fabulous projects! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

  17. WOWOWOW!! Your creations are all very awesome!! So beautiful and so many different yummy beautiful things to see here! LOVE!

  18. Wow! SO many wonderful things to see here Carol!! I love the spooky mansion shaker - totally brilliant! The shaker tags and the coffins. SO many cool ideas... I think you're all set now for Halloween! I love seeing the kit through your eyes and cant tell you how delighted I am that you agreed to play along!

  19. Fa-boo-lous Halloween projects! So glad you linked to my challenge at Choux Choux Paper Art!

  20. Oh wow - looks like you had a blast! Amazing halloween projects!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks xoxoxo

  21. Wow! What a fabulous collection of amazing creations Carol! That haunted house shaker is definitely a standout but I do love them all!

  22. OMG - you outdid yourself here - one better than the next - especially that shaker card - swoon!!! Also love what you did with that coffin die! Just utterly creative!!!!!

  23. Your coffin cards are my favorite (so clever!), but your fabulous haunted house shaker is a really close second. Love, love all the tags you made, too. What a delight to have you join us this month!