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Did you ever say, I could make that!

See below for Blog Hop & Partner October projects, it's been a GREAT month with ArtAnthology and The 31 Days of Halloween Hop with The Smeared and Smudged Ink Blog.  

BUT FIRST...... 

I will share what may be one of the funniest TRUTHS of the Crafting world. 

Heather Mann has DONE IT!   
She has exposed the myths of Pinterest, Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and other craft sources. Yes, the book, magazine & Pin projects we feel we must accomplish. Her book pokes fun at all of us!   I dare you not to laugh!

Haven't you gone to a Craft Fair or drooled over a Pinterest project and then foolishly said, "I CAN DO THAT"!   

As Glitter is my witness, I know have!  

I opened Heather's BOOK, I was soon in tears from laughing so hard.  I showed one of the finished projects to my husband and his serious response was (keeping in mind these are crafting projects) "Is that made from pork rinds"?   Sadly no, it was a Burlap wreath!


READ ON, You may win a Book today! 

CRAFTFAIL (which you can order here) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite
frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.
But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those of us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty!

As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” But we say

luckily for us, it did.

TODAY we will randomly choose one commenter on THIS post as a WINNER of their very own copy of CRAFT FAIL, When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong

Heather lives in Salem Oregon and is the founder of and  She has been crafting all her life and blogging since 2000.   Heather is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers.  Heather also co-hosts the web show Get a Little Creative.

Thanks for making us giggle, Heather!

Now for Day 29 of 31 Days of Halloween!

The following project incorporates both elements of the Blog Hop and our Partner for October, Art Anthology. Love their paints!

 I used Sorbets in the colors Coral and Mint Julep for my backgrounds. I also used a stencil and added the Julep brushing it on thickly for texture. The shimmer is so awesome! 

I had a favorite Sin City stamp on hand, I thought fit perfectly for this project.  I used a Stazon Ink Pad,   I then layered Bazzill paper over plain Coral background with my skeleton stamp.   I also edged it all in Black Stazon.  I then added a crescent moon charm for the skelly to ask for help.    Finally I tied it all with jute cord and threaded a SKULL bead for extra horror.  AHA, I added a second background of cardstock, heavily textured with Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals in color Sunbeam.  Love the rich colors for sure!  

ENJOY and SHARE our Blog and Website with everyone!

Spookily Yours,  Jean


  1. Ha HA thanks Heather for the laughs.

    Jean, very neat love the skeleton.

  2. Funny! Jean love your skeleton card!

  3. OMG!!!! I WANT that book! Still giggling at your hubby's "pork rind" comment. Sounds like something my hubby would say. LOL Now on to the "non fail". FAbulous card. That paint texture and colors are absolutely gorgeous! Love the layout and the twine tie and skull is a brilliant addition. xxD

  4. ooo wow! That book looks hilarious! So much fun!

    Today's canvas is gorgeous. I love the textured paints, so amazing! Love the praying skeleton. Great composition!~kim

  5. The colours on your project are beautiful. What do you think skellie is praying/wishing for?

  6. That book sounds like a hilarious example of some of my very own mishaps. Your card is so cool, Jean. I love how you blocked it off with the different papers and texture from the paint is awesome!

  7. been there, done that, bought a tee-shirt. in fact, I've done it so many time, I DESERVE this book :P

    love the project, by the way!

  8. I could have (SHOULD HAVE) written this book.
    I would love to read it.
    Very cool skellie card.

  9. I use to set up at craft fairs and I would hear remarks like"Aunt Mary could make that" or " Why buy it when I could make it"! The book looks like fun reading!

  10. Sounds like a wonderful book!

    Your card is great that skeleton image...perfect for Halloween!

  11. Well at least your creation today is NOT an epic craft fail! Spooktacular skellie card, love the twine and skull embellie! Craft Fail sounds hysterical and I'd sure love to have a read, sometimes you just need a good laugh ;0)

  12. Would love to read that book!!
    Great Halloween card ,,,love all the elements!

  13. I really look forward to reading this book! I usually hear, "Oh honey that looks great! What is it?" Then we both have a good laugh. Love the texture on the card and oh the shimmer makes my heart sing :)

  14. I have seen some of those craft "fails" and empathize so very deeply. That's typically what happens with me; BUT, I'm learning ... slowly ... but learning! And it's always nice to know I'm not the only one with such epic fails. :)

    AND, watching all these daily art pieces, I have decided that the Art Anthology paints will have to be my next category of purchases... They're so beautiful!

  15. Great project - love the texture, the shine and that praying skellie stamp x

  16. Love your card! Those paints and textures are amazing! Love the image and the bead:) And must have that book common number 18 I think I am? If not common my number! lol

  17. the texture in the color that goes paint clear or truly awesome. Love your embellishment

  18. Fab card, love the image! Love the book, I have tried some things from Pinterest and the end result doesn't look like the inspiring project. Would love to win the book, thanks for the opportunity!

  19. I read this blog post about Heather Mann's book and had him cracking up. I think it will be fun seeing other people's craft fails instead of just my own. I'll have to look for her book! Love the Halloween card. It's all tied up like a spooky little present.

  20. Wonderful card, love the image and the layers.

  21. The book sounds hilarious! Wonderful card also.


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