Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Witch Shoe...Lasting Impression Template Halloween Card!

If the Shoe Fits...Wear It!  Happy Halloween Card

If you have read my previous blogs, you know I love Halloween and my little witches!  I really am enjoying dry embossing lately....so here is my latest!

I used the Witch Shoe brass template from Lasting Impressions to create this adorable Witch's shoe card.

The outside of the card:  If The Shoe Fits....
The Inside of the card: Wear it!

Of course there are a lot of free SVG's, stamps, and shoe templates you can use instead of the Lasting Impressions template to create this card too.

The Lasting Impressions template used was Witch Shoe.  You can visit the Lasting Impressions website and order the brass template for only $7.00 or here the the direct link:
I used black, red, white, green and white striped paper for this card.
Using my lightbox I traced my template according to the colors I wanted to use. Cutting each embossed piece out and reassembled to match the brass template.  This time I did not do any distressing to the paper.  I just added some red ink to the sock area .By simply cutting a striped white and green piece of paper in 2 inch strips and tear one edge towards me, I created the shabby paper cut look.   Lastly, I tied black wire into the bows and added them to her shoes as shown...Oh- la-la  SHOELACES!

The only thing I would change was the background card color.  I do not think it photographed well with the white.  But other than that little change, I love how the card turned out!

So get creative and have a SPOOKATULAR Halloween!
~Bobbi Hickman
Crabby Cakes Studio

Saturday, October 16, 2010

See You are the Witches Convention! Card


Here is a very cute Halloween Card I made for a girl friend and believe me she is a real witch indeed!  Just kidding!

When I saw this brass template from Lasting Impressions, I just had to have it!  The brass template is called Silly Witch. 

It can be purchased thru the Lasting Impressions Store at:

I dry embossed each part of the witch:
Hair-gray paper
Face and nose -Green
Hat trim-Purple
Eyes-White with black brads

The stars were created with a star punch and the moon was just hand cut and chalked with bright yellow and orange to add dimension!

I just kept thinking of great cards to make with her!

  • Best Witches
  • Witch you were here!
  • Free Broom Rides!
  • The Witch is In!
  • The Witch is Out!
  • Witch way to the candy?
  • Witches have the best hats.

Share with us your favorite "Witch" tagline!  

We would love for you to leave a comment or share your Witch and Halloween Cards with us!

Witching you a Happy Halloween!
Crabby Cakes Studio

Friday, October 15, 2010

Product Review - Fiskars 12 Inch Bypass Guillotine Paper Trimmer Cutter

This is the 3rd and Final product reviews on paper cutters.

Product: Fiskars 12 Inch Bypass Guillotine Paper Trimmer Cutter


• 12 inch cutting length

• Lightweight and portable

• Cuts up to 10 sheets of paper

• Safety lock

• Aluminum surface

• Ergonomic handle


List Price 78.99

Hobby Lobby Price 54.99

As you know, Christine found herself in dire need of replacing her paper cutter this spring and started on a 2 day odyssey to find a new cutter.

After the X-ACTO Heavy Duty 12" Laser Trimmer went back to Office Max. Christine went back into research mode and decided to give the Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer 12-Inch by 12-Inch a try. While she loves this product, she still was determined to find out if there was a replacement for the Fiskars blade.

Christine loves her Fiskars cutter, but she needed to replace the blade on her Fiskars 12 Inch Bypass Guillotine Paper Trimmer Cutter. While after calling Fiskars customer service number she found out that they do not sell the replacement blades. However, Fiskars stands behind their products and offered to replace the entire cutter FREE of charge including shipping.

We would like to acknowledge Fiskars for standing behind their product and replacing the broken cutter (it was almost 3 years old and the original blade had worn out from use). There are not many companies that still stand behind their products like Fiskars did! Bobbi was so impressed; she went out to Hobby Lobby and used her 40% off coupon to get her own cutter.


* Easy to assemble - all you have to do is pull it out of the box and attach the handle

* Accurate cutting

* Cuts multiple sheets of paper and cardstock. (The box says up to 10 sheets of paper, but for heavy cardstock, I limit it to 3-4.)

* Blade stays in place when not in use with a lock


* limitations on amount of paper it can (up to approx 6 sheets of paper and 3-4 sheets of cardstock depending on weight)

Overall, this cutter is fantastic!!! It cuts straight every time! The blade is sharp, but the cutter feels completely safe when using it. This cutter would definitely stand up to heavy duty use, is a great value for the price, and would be perfect for all types of users from the occasional user to the heavy duty users.

Out of 5 possible crabs, this one will earn 5 crabs!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spooky Halloween Candelabra

Get inspired outside the Halloween store this year!  

Get Freaky with someblack, purple, and orange paper this season!

I simply could not resist the temptation to create this chipboard Candelabra for Halloween.  It is not perfect, but I tried my best!

The SVG template can be purchased at LittlePurplePansie.blogspot.com for only $2.45 

I followed the directions to the "t".  If you noticed hers to mine...well...I had techiniqual difficulties!  I used thin chipboard, so I doubled it up, however, it was still not strong enough to be sturdy.  

I will be remaking this using the recommended chipboard thickness in the future.  My candelabra could not support the orange candles,sadly they kept falling down. :(

The template is easy to use and LittlePurplePansie's directions are awesome and very user friendly even for beginners!

If you lack patience like me..you might want to start on the candle stick template first and work your way up to this project.  I will admit I almost threw my candelabra across the room after the candles toppled over a few times. I am a fighter and did not let the paper win!

Remember not every project is going to be perfect just like Frankenstien!  This is my Frankenstien Candelabra and  I LOVE IT!

Keep checking in for more Halloween goodies!
Happy Halloween!
Crabby Cakes Studios

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 2010 CD Calendar Insert BATTY FOR YOU!


Here is a October 2010 CD Calendar Insert. We love Halloween time! Christine and I deck our halls like it is Christmas time!  I love visiting Christine's house each year because she has this HUGE furry spider her husband hangs off their porch each year! MAWWWWWHHHHH!

It is especially my favorite time of the year.  I love the cool weather, changing of the leaves and seeing all the little monsters in my neighborhood dress up for Trick or Treating.
I go all out decorating inside and outside with all those spooky decorations.  

What better way to decorate your desk area for this special time of the year!

This month's calendar insert celebrates all the spooks and ghouls of the season!

To create the bat, I used Lasting Impressions brass template and dry embossed the bat and pumpkin.  I cut around the image and used purple Stickles to polka dot the bat..(to  make him less scary)

The black mini bat and spider are Cuttlebug die cuts.  I added little google eyes for additional whimsy.  

Lastly, I used left over Halloween table confetti (black stars) and a moon rhinestone to finish the page.

The background back was left over Halloween scrap from another project.  I lover the orange Halloween paper with all the Halloween words on it, but did not have enough to cover the page.  So I simply used left over Debbie Mumm scraps to cover the remaining side.  To seam the 2 different papers together, I used black ribbon.

Sweet Autumn Dreams and Happy Halloween!

Turning Crabby Into Happy!
Bobbi and Christine

Hapy Hal