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Spooky House for Halloween

Posted: 21st October   Category: Create your own projects   By: Sarah Attenborough

With Halloween rapidly approaching we thought we'd share a tutorial for this spooktacularly scary house with you, it would be a fun craft to do with children over half term too!

Halloween House

You’ll need a few basic supplies:
- CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
- The Happy Haunting digikit by Meagan’s Creations
- 3 sheets of printable A3 card
- Scissors, or a craft knife and cutting mat
- Double-sided sticky tape, or glue
- Foam pads
- LED tealight

To create your Halloween house:
Step 1: Create a new document in CraftArtist.  Use the Startup Wizard and choose Blank Project. From here you need to scroll down to Gift Wrap and select Gift Box 5 (the gingerbread house)

Step 2: Next you’ll need to add the Happy Haunting digikit by Meagan's Creations to the workspace.

Step 3: The next thing you need to do is add backgrounds to both the main house, and the roof. I’ve used a black textured one for the house, and an orange chevron design for the roof. Just drag and drop these from the digikit side bar, onto your project.

Step 4: No haunted house is complete without black window frames. To add these simply use the shapes tool, and add a rectangle around the window cut out. I’ve set line colour as black, and used size 10pt. Set the transparency to 100% via the colour toolbar, so that you can see the window on the actual template behind the rectangle (this just helps you to see that your frame is the right size). After the main frame is done, add the window bars using the pencil tool and a 7.5pt line.  Once you’re happy with the window frame, make a copy of it and position the duplicate over the other window.

Step 5: Now you need to decorate your house.

Decorating the house rear:

Layer the tree, fence, two pumpkins, a gravestone, and skull embellishments. To get the scale and size right, rotate the embellishments, and position them over the top of the actual house. I’ve decided to raise the gravestone, and pumpkins off my finished project using foam pads, so if this is something you want to do too, consider this when organising your layers, and bring them to the front. 

Along the top of the rear, add the ribbon banner embellishment.


Decorating the sides of the house:

On one side layer are a paint splat, cobweb, and spider embellishments. You can add a drop shadow to the cobweb and spider, to give them some depth, using the tool on the top bar (you might want to set the opacity quite high, so that the shadows don’t get lost next to the dark background). Remember that the side panel on the bottom of the screen, is upside down, so make sure to rotate your embellishments accordingly (you’ll see that my spider is upside down, so it’ll be the right way when I assemble the house).

The other side of the house simply decorated with a selection of pumpkins and leaves. These will also be stuck on later, so don’t worry about covering the window frame.  

Decorating the house front:

Along the bottom of the house front add the splatter embellishment. You’ll need to rotate the layer, and position it so that the ‘bulk’ of the element is low down on the house front. You’ll notice that this will then cover the sides and bottom slightly, and the door, so the next thing to do it to tidy this up using the eraser tool. The square nib will help you cleanly tidy up the bottom of the layer, and the circle nib can be used to tidy up where the door will be. You don’t have to erase the door section since you’ll be cutting this out anyway, but in order to see the end effect, I’ve decided to do it.

The top section of the house front is one ribbon based embellishment, and a ‘Wicked’ sign. These will also be added to the house later using foam pads.  

Decorating the roof:

To add the bats to the roof, go to this page in your project, and add a new layer, above the Background, and below the Overlay. When you add the bats embellishment, this will now automatically fit the overlay. I’ve rotated mine slightly.

Step 6: The next step is to separate some of the embellishments, and the window frames, onto a new page, so that you can print these and stick them to your house.
Go through, layer by layer, and group the elements that belong together. This makes it easier to move them, without leaving anything behind. Once you’ve copied a group, paste it onto a new page.

And that’s the CraftArtist side of it done! You should have 3 pages in your project, that look like this:

Step 7: Print out your project, onto A3 card.

Step 8: Cut out house and roof, in accordance with the guides. Use a craft knife to cut out the windows and door, as well as to score along the dotted lines, so that you can neatly fold the house into shape.

Step 9: Get sticking! Add some double-sided sticky tape, or glue, onto the labelled tabs, and construct the house. I left the roof until the very end. 

Step 10: The embellishments are next. Cut out all of the elements using a craft knife or scissors, before adding the window frames first, using either tape or glue, and then attach on the rest of the embellishments using foam pads.

Step 11:
Attach the roof. I found it easiest to lie the house on its side, and line up one side of the house with the middle of the roof first, and then right the house again, and press down the other side.

Step 12: The final step is to pop a LED tealight into the house (through the front door), before sitting back, grabbing some Halloween-inspired chocolate, and marvelling at your creation.

Voila! You're finished!

There's so many different purposes for this spook-tastic house, you could display an LED tealight in as a fab seasonal decoration, you could fill them with sweets or you could make many and create your very own halloween village!

Why not give it a go yourself!? We'd love to see your spooky Halloween creations!  


Digital Scrapbooking Day Competition!

Posted: 30th September   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Sarah Attenborough

Scrap Page of the Year 2016 Challenge

For Digital Scrapbooking Day on 1st October we thought we’d run a competition to celebrate all the beautiful scrap pages our lovely DaisyTrail members have created this year.

All entries will receive a top secret digikit (added to your account once the competition has finished) and the winner will receive 10 digikits of their choice.

**What’s the challenge? **

Simply choose your favourite scrap page you have uploaded to DaisyTrail since 1st January 2016 (new uploads are allowed however pages that have won a challenge in the past are not to be entered).

**How to enter your page**

Click “Share this project” next to your uploaded page, under challenges you’ll see a drop down box, Select “Scrap Page of the Year 2016” followed by the “Enter Challenge” button.

**When is the closing date?**

Entries must be entered by 9am GMT on Friday 7th October.

A winner will be chosen by the DaisyTrail team shortly after and announced later that day. The DT teams decision is final.

Prizes will be issued on Friday 7th October, please check your “My Orders” area for your download. Exchanges for any unwanted digikits are not available

Have fun and enjoy!

Good luck all! Laughing




New Designer Announcement!

Posted: 26th September   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Sarah Attenborough

Hi everyone!

We're pleasd to announce our new designer to DaisyTrail, Michelle Jackson-Mogford! We're really excited to have Michelle with us, and it won't be long until you can check out her fantastic designs!


Sarah :)


14 Day Scrapbook Challenge

Posted: 27th June   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Sarah Attenborough

14 Day Scrapbook Challenge!

The 14 day scrapbook challenge begins today! Laughing

The idea behind the challenge is to create a page matching the theme we’ve set for each day. You can join in as much or as little as you like! There’s no commitment to create a page for every single day.

It’s just a bit of fun and a way to get the creativeness flowing in our great crafting community!

The themes for each of the 14 days are as follows;


Day 1 - A cherished memory

Day 2 - A favourite holiday

Day 3 - Someone you love

Day 4 - Your inspiration

Day 5 - Your Family

Day 6 - Your home town

Day 7 - A pet or favourite animal

Day 8 - Something old

Day 9 - Greatest achievement

Day 10 - Memory of a loved one

Day 11 - Something you did today

Day 12 - Your favourite colour

Day 13 - All about me

Day 14 - A celebration


Any questions, just ask!

Enjoy!  Smile


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