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Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat

Halloween was over a month ago, but I am sure that you all are thinking about next year already! Okay maybe not but between getting this post ready and my Halloween Lantern Village in progress things are this weird mix of Halloween and Christmas around here. Hopefully, you too will get the all-year Halloween bug with our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.

Now, let me start by describing what a Trunk-or-Treat is, just in case you are unfamiliar. In our area, most Trunk-or-Treats are hosted by churches. Basically, you go to the parking lot and decorate your car, more specifically your trunk or in our case the bed of our truck. Then the kiddos come around and collect the candy.  This year’s event had about 30 participants, each class has a representative. Since I was not sewing Little Misses costume this year I had some spare Halloween energy just floating around. I knew it had to be cool and big and Harry Potter themed.

Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat

This was our entry! My husband wore his Harry Potter robe. I dressed as McGonnagal, our other parent volunteer came as Rita Skeeter, and we picked up a spare Bellatrix Lestrange from the front office. We built our castle using 2x4s and plywood. I had my in-house engineer (aka the husband)  help me with the design and build. The wall is about 7 feet tall and fits right about the tailgate and comes in two pieces, which were joined on-site. Next, I skinned the wall with insulation foam. This comes in large sheets at the hardware store. Once the walls were covered with the foam I used my Dremel-like tool to carve in the stones. Once that was done. I then heat the foam with my paint stripping gun (hot!). This causes the foam to contract where it has been carved and gives it a more authentic look.


At this point, I really should have covered my walls with monster mud but I was afraid to add to much weight, so I just used craft acrylic to paint my walls. I used a sea sponge to get the stone look. I used a beige color for the mortar and three shades of gray on the blocks. This took awhile, mostly because I had to keep running to the store to buy more.

In-Progress – Wall with the foam carved and heated

I create the “Hogwarts” sign with more foam and a lot of carving with the Dremel. I printed out a guide that I traced onto the foam to use as a guide. Then carved around the letters. I then hit is with the heat gun before adding the Monter Mud. This gave the piece a lot of strength and didn’t seem to add too much weight.  I painted it to match my wall.

I cut a Hogwarts silhouette out of plywood for the bed of the truck. We used fabric stapled to the top of the wall to give the whole thing some depth. We also added a background made from 2x4s and plywood behind the castle silhouette. I bought a fancy light projector that I shone on the background, this was supposed to look like it was behind the castle but it was too bright out so it was a little less than I had hoped for.

Plywood Silhouette
In-Progress Testing

We drug out all the Harry Potter Party props that we could lay our hands on, really it was everything that I could fit in the truck. We bought:

  • 2-cauldrons
  • Directional Signposts
  • Giant Spider
  • Trunk
  • Caged Pixies
  • Hedwig
  • Snape Cut-out
  • Sorting Hat
  • Fawkes
  • House Banners
  • Signs
  • Snitch
  • Rats
  • Potions
  • New Harry Potter Textbooks
  • Smoke Machine
  • Monster Book of Monsters
  • Gryffindor Scarf
  • Bertie Bots & Chocolate Frog Boxes

I also loaded the soundtrack to my phone and played it through a Bluetooth speaker. This was so much fun! The Hubbs would like the castle to find a new home but I really would like to keep it for down the road, I guess we’ll see. Hopefully, this will inspire you to create your own Trunk-or-Treat.

Haunted Manor Purple & Black

We are getting very close to Halloween and you know what that means. . . . tiny haunted houses! I have been going a little crazy over the Tim Holtz Halloween Houses, again. If you haven’t seen Lucy’s work over at her blog With Glue and Glitter you are missing out.  I was heavily influenced by her amazing work. Loved this house she made that had a teal roof, make take on it has a purple roof. I loved how makes bases for her houses and so I gave that a whirl too.

Haunted Manor

As with my other two houses (here) and (here), I used the Tim Holtz Dies as my starting place. I used the Village Dwelling, Village Manor, and Village Rooftops.

Haunted Manor – Front View

I started by cutting my bases out of heavyweight cardstock. Then I began creating my siding by spritzing a piece of cardstock with Glimmer Mist and Distress Ink Spray in Autumn Nights and Black Soot. Once dry I then cut the cardstock into thin strips and applied a little white chalk ink to the edges. This is not an exact science, I ended up making several batches of siding and so there was a little variation in color but I think that this adds to the overall weathered look of the house.

Side View

For the roof, I cut the pieces out first and the sprayed with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist and then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink. The window frames were created in the same manner.

Tiny Door

To create the door I stamped a copy of the door with the Woodgrain Stamp from Stampin’ Up and then added color with Distress Inks. I colored a few thin strips of cardstock with Distress Stain and added a little Distress Embossing Powder, then attached to the house. The doorknobs are tiny brads. I was really happy to find these little guys.

View from the back

Each window and the front door have a small piece of acetate behind. I just used scraps I had lying around and colored them with alcohol ink in Butterscotch.

Additional roof edging

I added trim pieces on the roofline using the front trim piece as a guide for the angle and then coloring in the same manner as the roof. My edges were a little rough and this certainly smartened up the whole house.

Base with the battery operated candle

The base was created in the manner that Lucy has described over on her blog (here). I used smaller layers between mine (little strips of cardboard) to give it a little more height without a full piece of cardboard. In addition, I also added a little hole in the center to hold my battery operated light. Once the cardboard was dry I added about three coats of tissue paper adhered with glue. I left that to dry overnight. In the morning I gave it a few coats of grey and black acrylic paint.  I painted a few fence lengths and glued them to my base.

Base without the candle

I feel like my house might be a little plain and so there may be an addition or two down the road, i.e. polymer clay pumpkins or a ghost. For now, this little house sits ready for Halloween. I really would love to get another house done before Halloween but I am simply buried with projects (in a good way).  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that this inspires you to create your own tiny Halloween Dwelling!

House with the light on

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

If you are like our family it has been a busy Halloweekend. We are all set to hit the streets and do some trick-or-treating this evening. It is hard to have Halloween on a weeknight since all the kids still have to go to school the next morning. Today, I am sharing an easy Halloween project I made for our front porch. There were a few moments where I wasn’t sure that it was going to turn out but in the end I think it turned out pretty cute.

Basic Craft Pumpkin Makeover!!
Basic Craft Pumpkin Makeover!!

This little black and white pumpkin started life as a black craft pumpkin. I had found a tutorial that gave directions on creating the stem which you can view here. I didn’t really like the blue part of it but loved the stem. I knew that I had some paper clay just hanging out that was dying to get used. Well, as it turns out that clay was about 90% dried out but in the vein of frugality I tried to make it work.

To start with the stem you make a base structure using foil and then cover that with paper clay. Well, as it turns out that clay doing nothing was about 90% dried out but in the vein of frugality I tried to make it work. Naturally, this wasn’t the best idea. The stem just didn’t look right. That’s what I get trying to use 10-year-old clay. So I broke down and bought a brand new package and what I had attributed to sub-par sculpting, was in fact, more related to working with an inferior product. I applied the new clay over the old clay which made the stem a little larger than I was initially planning, but these things happen.

Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin

Once I had my basic shape created, I added the lines using a few clay tools and toothpicks. I added a thin rope of clay and added the details with a clay tool. This was all set aside to dry for a few days. I live in a dry climate but it still took awhile for the clay to completely cure.

Next step was to paint my stem with brown craft paint. It took a few different paint brushes to  all of the paint the stem with the twisting and little crevices. Then came painting the body. I painted the white stripes first, again just using a white craft paint. It took about three coats to fully cover the paint. I then painted the spaces with black craft paint. I allowed the paint to dry between coats but I was able to get it painted in about a day. The craft paint dried very quickly.

Black & White striped  Halloween pumpkin
Black & White striped Halloween pumpkin

I then aged the body painting. To do this, I created a very basic wash by taking brown craft paint and mixing it with a lot of water. I would then brush on the wash and then using a paper towel wipe the excess away. I did this about three times over the whole pumpkin before I was happy with it.

Next, came the stem, I applied DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ Wax Finish in Gold Rush. I just brushed it on with a stencil brush and then wiped any excess off with a paper towel. Once the whole pumpkin was dry I gave it two coats of Clear Finish in Matte. I used Matte because it was what I had on hand, although I think that I might go with a Gloss it I make another one. That was it! This was a really fun project. Here is our porch skeleton holding the pumpkin.

Skeleton holding painted pumpkin
Skeleton holding painted pumpkin

My daughter says that this skeleton is a girl just in case you were wondering. I am planning to have her hold our candy bowl when we are out trick or treating so the pumpkin will have to find a new home but until then I thought that this was fun.

The Hubby's Pumpkin
The Hubby’s Pumpkin

Just so you know that I am not the only creator in the family I am sharing the pumpkin my husband carved. I think it is perfect!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!


Witch’s Brew – A Halloween Card

So, I have a confession for you, I love, adore, relish, and cannot get enough of Halloween. It is my very favorite holiday, it has always been my favorite. In honor of that adoration, I have my first Halloween card for this season.

I apologize for again I using  stamp sets that are retired but it is so much fun I thought that you all might not mind too much. This is Wanda’s Pantry and Midnight Feast from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner
Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner

I started this card by creating the center label. I stamped the Witch’s Brew label using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the label using Spellbinders Label Four. I then added the aging with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

Citron and Wilted Violet Inks
Citron and Wilted Violet Inks

I dabbed a little Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold Distress Ink into the circle at the top of the label. I then added a touch of Glossy Accents over the circle. My witch smudged a little but I decided that it was okay and didn’t take too much away from the overall look.

Witch's Brew. Stamped Halloween Card. Created by Jennifer Miner
Witch’s Brew. Stamped Halloween Card. Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, I cut the next size up of label in white cardstock. I inked this with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. I then applied Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder over and heat set it. I copied my label again, this time in black.

Waltzing Mouse Stamps and Distress Ink
Waltzing Mouse Stamps and Distress Ink

Next, came the background. I started with a piece of white cardstock. I inked the green inks in the top left corner and worked them into the purple shades. I then added a little distress around the edges by inking with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. I then stamped my bats with the Tuxedo Black Ink.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

Next came my dripping goo band. I punched out the goo using my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch and white cardstock. I inked the goo with Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I then applied Black Embossing Powder and got pretty vigorous with my tapping off. This allowed the green to show through. I then applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat set that. This gave the goo a high gloss. I added the black mat, assembled my card and then added a few tiny green and purple gems.


Really Halloween makes me so happy! I must get a jump on our costumes if I have any hope of getting them done before the holiday gets here!


Stamps: Wanda’s Pantry &  Midnight Feat – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Dried Marigold, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Tea Dye, & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento, VeraMark – Tsukinkeo

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up

Other: Drippy Goo Punch – Martha Stewart, Spellbinders Label 4, Black Embossing Powder – Ranger, Clear & Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Gems – The Paper Source, Glossy Accents – Ranger




Halloween Creepy Crawly Card


So, I can’t remember if I mentioned it here but Halloween is my very favorite holiday, hands down no questions my favorite. When we were little my mom made our costumes and this is a tradition I have carried on with my daughter. Although, I am pretty sure that my mom is a better seamstress then I will ever be, that’s okay I am just happy that I can make something that looks passable.

Today I have poured that love of Halloween into my card for today. I took the challenge for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Challenge. I used Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Pumice Stone, Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to replicate the colors.

Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner
Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner

For this card I started with the spider web panel and this led the rest of the creation. I started with a piece of 3″x3″ white card stock and I stamped the web using Papertrey Ink True Black Ink and clear embossing powder. I then sponged on the colors using my ink blending tool. I have the rectangle blending tools for most of my Distress Inks but I have started using the new round blenders and I feel like it is easier to get color application that does not have edges or uneven spots. I may have to start getting more of these.

I started at the bottom with Fossilized Amber and then about half way up I started working in Dried Marigold. I started from the top with Spiced Marmalade and worked to blend my three colors together. I then distressed the edges using my Tonic Edge Distressing Tool.

Creepy Crawly Stamps from Inkadinkado
Creepy Crawly Stamps from Inkadinkado

Next I created the purple background. I stamped a white piece of  3.5″x3.5″ card stock with elements from Stampin’  Up’s Gorgeous Grunge and French Foliage. I then applied ink with my handy dandy blending tool over the stamping.

I then stamped the bat onto a scrap piece of white card stock and then inked Dusty Concord over. This piece was then fussy cut and adhered to my web panel with foam tape and double-sided tape, to maintain the “wave” shape.

Special card for the spooky time of year.
Special card for the spooky time of year.

My next step was to create the background. I started with another piece of 4 x5 1/2″ white card stock. I stamped the spider banner repeatedly on the panel. I tried to stamp the line a starting at a different spots so they would look a little different. It isn’t perfectly straight which was really helpful since it would have been hard to get everything perfect. I mean really what spiders would totally corporate anyway?

Ombre Background and stamped background
Ombre Background and stamped background

Once I had the spiders I drew lines across the page. These are also not perfectly straight and that was just right for this project. After that I stamped more splotches and dots in Old Paper and Vintage Photo. Next, I aged the page with Old Paper, Pumice Stone and just a tiny bit of Vintage Photo. Again I did the same edge technique with my Edge Distress Tool.  I mounted this on a piece of black card stock and added a black glitter ribbon.

I added the small banner that was inked with Distress Concord and the top with Dried Marmalade. I added the bat brad on the banner and the to pumpkin brads on the ribbon. Next, I added Stickles to the bat, web and banner.

Creepy Crawly - Close-up
Creepy Crawly – Close-up


Stamps: Creepy Crawly – Inkadinkado, Gorgeous Grunge & French Foliage – Stampin’ Up

Ink: True Black – Papertrey Ink, Dusty Concord, Pumice Stone, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Markers – Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Black – Recollections

Other: Yellow, Orange Peel & Black Diamond Stickles – Ranger, Glitter Ribbon – Michaels, Bat & Pumpkin Brads – Memory Keepers

Thank you as always for your time and I hope that my project gets you in the mood to create!

Zombie Heart Card

Good Morning!

I hope you are having a wonderful day. Things around here are moving at a break-neck pace. My daughter has the week off from school and so there is much chaos as I try to sew her Halloween costume and finish up some other projects. My studio looks like a tornado went through. I was able to finish my quilt (finally) and hopefully I’ll get some photos up for you this week. I am still having some issues with my sewing machine and it has been frustrating to try and figure out what is going on. I have confidence that I will get it all figured out soon.

Moving on to my card for the day! This card was a joint effort with my daughter. It was inspired by something that she said to my husband. He was using a stethoscope to let her listen to his heart and she told him that she was sorry but “he had a zombie heart.” I have no idea where she came up with it, but the next time we worked together in the studio we made this card for him.

Zombie Heart Card
Zombie Heart Card

We started by cutting out a basic heart shape I created in my Silhouette Design Studio software on white card stock. I also cut out the bones which I purchased through the Design Store, (here), I used just the bones for this one. To separate the skull from the bones you simply select the image and right-click and then select the ungroup option. Once you have this the individual elements are stand-alone and you can delete, move or modify them individually.

Just in time for Halloween! Created by Jennifer Miner
Just in time for Halloween! Created by Jennifer Miner

We started by inking our bones with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The heart was inked with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to create the healthy zombie glow. The crackle texture is from the Stampers Anonymous stamp set, Ultimate Grunge which was stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The small dots are from the Stampers Anonymous stamps set Bitty Grunge and were stamped in Tea Dye Distress Ink. The heart was then grunged-up with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks.

Close-up of zombie heart.
Close-up of zombie heart.

We then set to work adding additional some additional character to our heart by adding the eyelets from Stampin’ Up and distressing the heart and adding stitches. The dripping goo was created using the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. It started as a piece of white card stock that we inked with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks. We also added Glossy Accents to our goo for the eww factor.

Stamps from Martha Stewart and Stampers Annonymous
Stamps from Martha Stewart and Stampers Anonymous

Next we created the background, for this I just took another piece of card stock and inked it with Weathered Wood & Black Soot Distress Inks. This was adhered to a piece of DP from DCWV – Rockstar Mat Stack.

A very special card for a very special dad
A very special card for a very special dad

The last step was to stamp the word “Zombie” at the top so the card would read – Zombie Heart. I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Typeface Stamp Set. I am not in love with the “z” in this font but I really like the rest of the font so we went with it. I think that I would use a computer font and cut it out with my  Silhouette, if I were to do it again. The word zombie was stamped using Papertrey Ink’s True Black Ink. I feel like that ink works the best on these older acrylic stamps.

Not your usual Valentine!
Not your usual Valentine!

So, while this is not your typical card, the recipient  loved it and it is a fun reminder of a memorable kid quote.


Stamps: Ultimate Grunge & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous & Halloween Typeface – Martha Stewart Crafts

Ink: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint Distress Inks – Ranger, True Black – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Rockstar Mat Stack – DCWV

Other: Drippy Goo Punch – Martha Stewart Crafts, Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Fine Sharpie Pen in Black

Thanks for finding your way to my blog and I hope you are having a good day!