Time once again for the Makery Challenge between my good friend and Fun Stampers Journey Upline, Carrie Rhoades, and I.  Boy, did we ever have a great set of rules this time; the projects we came up with using them turned out pretty darned adorable, if I say so myself!

Since we are about to….well….ummmm….head into the holidays (don’t shoot me, okay), I thought I’d create something to help me start making the transition from scorching hot weather to the brisk evenings of fall.  And who can resist an adorable monster or 2, right?  They are from the Eyes on You stamp set.

I colored these little cuties using Journey Color Burst pencils.  This amazing set of 48 pencils comes in a tin case with a color blending guide attached.  Following it allows your coloring to match the FSJ colors and takes the guesswork out of what cardstock and ink color to use.  A little coloring with them will lay down pigment that is rich and creamy, making blending a breeze!  You can even use a colored pencil eraser to lighten areas where you want to create the appearance of light hitting your colored object.  Journey Color Burst pencils have become my go-to coloring medium…I love them!

I made the circle fan background using the Paper Fan Die, the new FSJ Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine and the Fall-O-Ween Prints printed paper. The Paper Fan Die cuts out the shape and also creates the fold lines for you.  A little hot glue and the Denim Days cardstock circle center hold the shape together.  Easy-peasy!

Ok, the best part of the whole darn thing are the little eye glasses on the monsters, don’t you think?  They actually look like real (but tiny) glasses and are made of plastic with adhesive on the back. I know…AWESOME, right?  Last but not least, 3 vellum clouds cut with the Cloud Dreams Die set and a bit of Licorice Twist Twine run through the hole punched at the top, and you have the perfect little DIY door hanger.

If you haven’t seen the FSJ Holiday Catalog yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. You’ll see some of the products I used plus lots more.

So now that you have the 411 on my project, let’s take a look at the Pixie Stix holder Carrie made.  Wow, right? I especially love the Monster Eyes (embellishment) she used with the little glasses.  Hop over to Carrie’s website for the details.