Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ghost Photos Tutorial with Rebekah Sews

Who loves this time of year? I know I do! Nothing beats the smell of fall, the change of colors on the trees, the cooler days. This time of year I try to be especially crafty with all the different holidays just around the bend.

Oh! Before I forget, let be do a quick introduction before I get into my 31 days of Halloween tutorial. I'm Rebekah and blog over at Rebekahsews.com and post over on Facebook too! Now if you follow me you know I love to sew. But you may have also seen that sewing isn't my only passion! Can you guess what the other one is?? Yes photography!!! So I decided that since my family doesn't really celebrate Halloween (although I do like to participate in the blogging world) I would do a little something different and give a little tutorial on how to make a ghost image! Yes you read it right! Just look below:


What is this exactly you ask? Well it is two images (or more) that are almost the same laid on top of one another. The bottom layer is just the background. The top layer is the subject in the background. You then change the opacity on the top layer making it translucent which in turn makes it look like a ghost. Make sense? Don't worry, it will soon.

If you don't have a fancy camera or fancy editing software don't worry. You can still have fun too! You need just a couple basic things. First your camera, a tripod (highly recommended), and of course your subject! You will then need to take a photo of your subject and then another photo of just your background. Don’t move your camera when doing this though! This is why I highly recommend a tripod, because if you take photos of your subject and then without or vice versa you are bound to move the camera a tad and change the perspective. If that happens the photos won't line up perfectly when you layer them. If you don't have a tripod that is ok too. Try your best not to move the camera. A little later you may need to erase around your subject to get the look we are going for. Here are my two photos:


My Subject:

So let's start the tutorial. If you don't have editing software you can download Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 off the internet and get a free 30 day trial. I am not affiliated with this software at all, it is simply what I am used to (I actually use the full Photoshop version however the elements is great to start off with and a little less confusing).

1. Look at your images in Organizer. Pick out the one with the subject and just the background that you like best. Select both by holding down your control button on your keyboard and right clicking both photos. Then click on editor. This will now open them in Photoshop Elements 13.

2. After they open click over to Expert mode. You will need all the tools in this area to create the ghost image.

3. The first photo we are going to work on is the photo with your subject in it. We are now going to click on our rectangle marquee tool.


4. Use that tool by clicking on the photo and drawing a box around your subject that will be a ghost. If you used a tripod and your photos are exact you could select the entire photo.


5. Now click on the Move tool.


6. Using the move tool on the area you put a rectangle or square around earlier press your right click button and hold it down. Now drag that selection to your background photo by dragging it up to the box with the filename of the photo in it. This will make the background photo pop open.


7. Once your selection or subject is on the background photo, you can move it into place with the move tool or using the arrow keys on your keyboard. The arrow keys will help you move by little increments in order to get it lined up just right! 8. At this point you will want to make sure you have the layer window open. If it isn't open simply click on Window at the top and then click on Layers. You will then see a box pop up to the right showing your layers! Cool right?


9. Now comes the fun part. Select the layer with your subject in it in the layer window. Right above that layer you should see a line that says opacity. Currently it will say 100%. Click on that little arrow and you will now see a slide bar pop up. Click on the ball and slide it down. You will now see your subject's opacity change. This is what gives it the ghost look! Feel free to play around with it and make it as transparent as you want! Also you can now crop in closer to your subject if you'd like too as I did!


Easy right?! Just a couple tips: -If you edit your image prior to making it a ghost image, make sure you edit both the subject photo and background photo the same! -If you don't have a tripod and things don't perfectly line up when you change the opacity then you can erase around your subject on the subject layer to get rid of any areas that don't align. Most of the time you will need to erase everything except the subject. -If you want to add any contrast or continue editing your photo, flatten image first and then edit. You will find the option to "flatten image" under the layers heading at the top. -HAVE FUN!! I know I did with my ghost images!! RTC_5590 RTC_5588-3

Thanks for having me! Enjoy whatever holidays you celebrate and continue to be creative. I wonder...will there be lots of ghost sightings soon...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Unicorn Hoodie from Ruby & Jack Patterns

Hello and happy Fall!  I'm Kelly, designer at Ruby & Jack Patterns, wife of one amazing guy, and mom of three wild and precious little blessings.  I am so excited that I get to be part of Chelsea's 31 Days of Halloween series here at GYCT today!  I'll be sharing a super fast and simple idea for your little girl's Halloween costume or dress up box.  Use these instructions and free printable templates, to create a unicorn or pegasus costume she will LOVE!

If you want to go crazy, you can even make her an "alicorn," which, as my daughter taught me, is a magical horse with wings AND a horn! Your my-little-pony fan is sure to be impressed with both your sewing and your knowledge if you use the word "alicorn." ;)
You'll find links to the FREE printable pattern pieces for horn, ears, and wings, below the tutorial at the bottom of this post.

                                                     Let's get started!

The first item you'll need is store-bought hooded sweatshirt.  (Or you could sew your own hooded jacket, using a pattern such as Ruby & Jack's April Showers Raincoat or GYTC's Denali Jacket.)  NOTE: I inserted a strip of elastic through the casing on the front edge of my hood, so that it fits more securely around the face.  This is something to consider based on the shirt/jacket you choose to work with.  You'll also need a bit more than 1/8 yard each of the following: 3-4 colors of fleece (for mane and tail), felt (for ears and wings), and sparkly stretch dance wear type fabric and stuffing (for horn).  To make the unicorn horn, you'll also need a long "doll-maker's" needle and strong thread such as jeans, embroidery, or button sewing thread.

MANE:  Measure around the top of your hood* from the front down to the neckline.  For the bottom layer of your mane, cut a rectangle of fleece that measures about 5 inches wide, and is the length* of your hood.  Your second hood layer will be 4 inches wide by hood length*. The third layer will be 3 inches wide by hood length*.  (You may use more than three layers if you like.  I'm just using three for the example.)  Center your layers one on top of the other so that all colors show, pin, and sew them to your hood down its back center seam(see vertical dotted line in the picture).  Now, use scissors to cut evenly spaced lines on both sides of each layer.  Cut toward the middle and perpendicular to your center seam (see horizontal lines).  On each cut line, make sure to stop about 1/4 inch from the seam, creating the look of hair.  Shake the shirt gently to fluff up your mane.  You may decide to clip the "hairs" a little shorter at the front so they don't fall into the face when worn.

TAIL:  For the bottom layer, cut a fleece rectangle apx. 4" x 12".  The second layer will be about 4" x 11"; and the third will be 4" x 10".  Angle the bottom corners of each.  Align all 3 layers so the top edges meet and the bottoms taper as shown.  Flip your stack of layers over and upside down.  Lay them on the back of your sweatshirt.  Center your stack toward the bottom, middle point and stitch it down (see horizontal line in picture). After you stitch, start at the free end of your tail strips.  Use scissors to cut even lines almost all the way up, making sure to stop before you reach the seam (see vertical lines).  When you pick up the sweatshirt, the tail will flip down and look like hair.

HORN:  This part is my favorite!  Print and cut the horn pattern piece from your sparkly stretch fabric.  Fold it in half with right sides together.  Sew down the straight edge using a 1/4 inch Seam allowance (see dotted line in picture above).  Turn right side out and stuff.  Take your long, threaded needle and feed it up through the inside of the horn so that the knot stays inside.  Pull your needle out through the horn tip and knot again.  Now Hold the horn tip between your fingers and wrap the thread in a spiral all the way down to the base of the horn.  Pull gently on the tip to keep it straight as you wrap.  Knot your thread at the bottom.  Then, without cutting your thread, turn the bottom edge under 1/4 inch and hand-stitch it to the top of your hood.

EARS and WINGS:  Print the pattern pieces below and use them to cut ears and wings (if desired) from your felt.  Fold each ear in half, position it on the side of your hood, and stitch it down.  Make sure ears are placed in the same spot on both sides.  Position wings on the back of your shirt, and secure them by stitching down the middle. I just made simple white wings for this example.  You can use the small inner wing outline to make a top layer and add extra dimension to your wings if you'd like. 

That's it!  I hope you and your little one have fun with this.  Thanks for checking out my post.  I hope we meet again.  You can visit me at my Facebook page, Etsy shop, and blog!

                                     To print the pattern piece for Ears and Horn, click HERE.
                                         To print the pattern piece for the Wing, click HERE.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Knitted Coasters from The Knitter's Handbook

Hello, I'm Cleio from The Knitter's Handbook. On the nineteenth day of Halloween I'm here to share with you these super easy knitted Pumpkin Patch Halloween coasters.

You know, growing up in The Netherlands, Halloween didn't really exist aside from a curiosity that could sometimes be observed in American films and TV shows. We just didn't do Halloween. And then I moved to Ireland, married a local and was introduced to the delights of the holiday. Halloween is a big deal here. Lanterns, fireworks, bonfires, costumes, treats, the whole shebang.

 As a knitter and designer, Halloween is also a great source of inspiration. The colours are so vibrant. The bright orange of the pumpkins. The lingering greens, that are not yet gone for winter. Leaves in all shades of red and brown and yellow. Bright red berries, grey skies, the shiny brown of chestnuts; I could go on. I've done a lot of experimenting recently with knitting slip stitch colour patterns, and what could be better way to knit with the colours of Halloween? If you're not familiar with slip stitch colour patterns, they are a really easy way to create amazing colour knits. Seriously, if you can knit and purl you can manage these super simple pumpkin patch coasters! They look amazing, but are really easy to knit. You'll only be using one colour at a time, so no stranded colour work.

The pattern is created all through the magic of slipped stitches. For the sample coaster I've opted to use green and orange, as those are the colours most strongly associated with Halloween. But you can use any colour combination you like or happen to have the materials for. These coasters knit up in less than an hour, so experiment and have fun!

Materials: Aran weight cotton in orange and green. You'll only need a few yards of yarn for a single coaster. I used Drops Paris. A pair of 4 mm (US 6) size needles. Don't worry about gauge, it's not that important for this project.

Abbreviations K: knit P: purl St(s): stitch(es) Sl: Slip (always purl wise) Wyif: with yarn in front Wyib: with yarn in back Tip: make sure to keep the yarn fairly loose between the slipped stitches. If you pull it too tight, the fabric will pucker. Better to have them too loose than too tights, as too loose will even out during blocking!

Instructions: Loosely cast on 20 stitches with green. With green: Row 1: k all sts (wrong side). Row 2: p all sts (right side). Row 3: k all sts. Change to orange: Row 4: k1, sl 1 st wyib, (k4, sl 2 sts wyib)*3, sl 1 st wyib, k1. Row 5: p1, sl 1 st wyif, (p4, sl 2 sts wyif)*3, sl st wyif, p1. Change to green: Row 6: repeat row 4. Row 7: k1, sl 1 st wyif, (k4, sl 2 sts wyif)*3, sl st wyif, k1. Change to orange: Row 8: k3, sl 2 sts wyib, (k4, sl 2 sts wyib)*2, k3. Row 9: p3, sl 2 sts wyif, (p4, sl 2 sts wyif)*2, p3. Change to green: Row 10: Repeat row 8. Row 11: k3, sl 2 sts wyif, (k4, sl 2 sts wyif)*2, k3. Repeat rows 4-11 one more time. Repeat rows 4-7 one more time. To finish, continue with green. Purl one row, knit one row, then cast off loosely. Weave in ends.

To improve the shape if the coaster, you can block it by soaking it in water for an hour or so and pinning it into shape. However, blocking is entirely optional.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

Today I am excited to share with you some Halloween Pajamas.  If you know anything about me, you know we love comfy PJ's at our house.  Each fall the kids get new pajamas.  Each Christmas they also get new pajamas.  So why not some for Halloween?!

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

To start, I used the Jean and Jamey Pajama Pattern.  For the little man I made the color blocked top.  Using a fun Halloween print and the solid orange fabric.  

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

For baby girl, I used the Jean and Jamey Pajama Pants, but for her top I decided to use the Tinley Tee.  I wanted a solid top so that I could do some freezer paper stenciling.

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

I created a Bat Template to stencil onto her top.  Love how it turned out.  They both love their new pajamas and they get to wear them all October long.  It just seems to make October a little more special.

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

You can grab the Bat Template Here (and it is free!).  

Halloween Pajamas with FREE Bat Template from GYCT

How about you?  Do you make fun holiday or maybe birthday pajamas for your little ones?  I'd love to hear about them.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

FREE Frankenstein Tee Download from Mae & K

Frankenstein Tee | Mae & K

Hello GYCT readers! I'm so excited to be here today! I'm Maegen, and I blog over at Mae & K. When I started thinking about what to do for my stop on the 31 days of Halloween tour, I knew for sure I wanted to do something "villainy" to go along with this month's CraftingCon theme. That, and I wanted to do something simple. I am busy with two little boys, so quick and easy is a must! This tee is not only adorably villainy, it's also a quick project.
Frankenstein Tee | Mae & K
You can either make a t-shirt or grab a pre-made one. I made one for Mack from an old t-shirt using this tutorial. Next you'll want to grab a file to make your stencil. I've got two file options available for you HERE. You will make your stencil from freezer paper, either using a cutting machine or an x-acto knife. I talk a little more about freezer paper stenciling here (including using your silhouette to make your stencil), or you can check out this tutorial.
Frankenstein Tee | Mae & K
Want to know a little bit more about Frankenstein? I did some research while I was working on the project. I learned a ton, and personally find it extremely fascinating. Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus was written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. Although nowadays we call the monster Frankenstein, this is inaccurate. Victor Frankenstein was the scientist who created the monster, and the monster himself was never given a name.
Frankenstein Tee | Mae & K
The Frankenstein look we most identify with was created by Jack Pierce for Universal's 1931 film adaptation of Frankenstein. There were quite a few spin-off movies also made by Universal. You might be surprised to hear that the monster Victor Frankenstein created was supposed to be beautiful, with yellow skin, lustrous black hair and pearly white teeth! So why is Frankenstein green? Apparently green makeup gave the right skin pallor for the black and white film. Herman Munster is green as well. From what I found, almost all our ideas about Frankenstein come from that 1931 film.
Frankenstein Tee | Mae & K
Thank you so much Chelsea for having me! I really had a blast creating my tee, and I really enjoyed learning more about this particular villain. Now I've got a movie to watch and a book to read. If you want to see what I made for little brother, feel free to stop by my blog! Now I'll leave you with a fun little GIF.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags from The Stitchin' Mommy

Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I'm the girl behind The Stitchin' Mommy. On my blog, I share my crochet patterns, recipes, crafts and more. I love to write about my I want to craft adventures and family life. I want to thank Chelsea for the opportunity to take part in her 31 days of Halloween series!
Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags www.thestitchinmommy.com

When throwing a Halloween bash, sometimes it can get kind of hectic and really expensive. For our parties, we try to make everything quick and easy to put together. That is why I especially love these quick and super easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags. They are the perfect little treat to give to your party guests and they are really fun and cute. You can get really creative with these too. Here's what you will need:


  • 4x6 Clear Treat Bags
  • Ribbon in assorted colors, cut into 6" pieces
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Assorted Candy (I used M&Ms and Mini Marshmallows but any kind of candy would work)
Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags www.thestitchinmommy.com


First decide what kind of character treat bags your are going to make. For this example, I made Jack-o'-lanterns and ghosts. You can also get creative and make a Frankenstein monster or any other type of monster. Using your Sharpie, draw the faces onto the treat bags, making sure to draw them closer to the bottom portion of the bag (you will see why later.) Set them aside for a few minutes to allow them to dry.
  Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags www.thestitchinmommy.com

 Now fill your bags with your colored candy (orange candies for the pumpkin, white marshmallows for the ghost) and tie them off with your ribbon. Once you secure the top of the bags, you will see that the treat bag bunches up at the top. If you draw your face closer to the top of the bag, it will be cut off or scrunched up so no one will see it.
  Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Treat Bags www.thestitchinmommy.com

 Now all you have to do it set these cute little treats out for your guests and party the night away! These cute little treats take just minutes to make and are a great way to be creative without spending a ton of money on treats! Enjoy!  
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