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Welcome to the Echo Park Paper DT blog hop!


Whoo-hoo! It’s our monthly Echo Park Paper DT BLOG HOP! I’m your last stop on the hop and I’ve got a cool project to share AND a special announcement! Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing! To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, August 26th to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, August 27th so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!

So, anyone else have Halloween/fall on the brain? For me, it’s like the second school is back in session, I think it’s fall… even though it didn’t feel like fall today when I was a sweaty mess walking around the classic car show.. ick. I don’t even LIKE ‘classic’ cars really.. Was there purely for my little dude’s enjoyment… Enjoyment as in, 5 minutes of walking around he was thirsty, hungry, and had to pee…. Oh, and his foot hurt. Of course. Can’t be an outing with mommy without a hurt body part.

Anyhow, the DT got our monthly box of goodies and in it was this AMAZING new collection, Chillingsworth Manor. I love, love, LOVE it… LOVE IT.. I love it so much I gave myself extra design team work just to use it up some more.. lol. I am sure several of you will think it’s far too early to even be thinking about Halloween themed crafts, unless you’re a crazy like me.. lol. I decided to give it a go and whipped up this altered piece just for you all!.. Yup.. no other reason than for the blog hop. *smiles*

So here it is… My cool little creepy $1.00 crow on a round container with some twigs added in.. (If you can think of a better name for me, let me know.. lol jk!)


The round container was cut from my Sizzix eclips using SVG Cuts ‘Happy Birthday to You’ tiered box cutting file!

Oh… My kids named the bird Carl…


Crow says, “Do I LOOK like a Carl to you?…” …”I am clearly a Bernard.”

His beady black eyes are looking at you…



The pennants are just awesome.. They come of the sticker sheet all attached for a border, and I just cut them and layered a bit. Trying to jazz it up a bit!

Although, even if I didn’t do that it would still be pretty jazzy… If I do say so myself..


Did I mention I made this in about 1.5hrs?.. Crafty suppah star? Maybe…. Caffeine induced crafty session?.. Guilty.


The coroner tag makes me smile.. and not because I am some weird freak who likes coroner body tags… but because I just inked the edges and crinkled it up and it looked totally cool. My last touch to this project before I called it done! This collection includes a lot of fun tags to cut out! Makes it easy to add to gifts, goodies, etc..

That YUMMY Halloween (ornage/black) twine? It’s from Trendy Twine! They have several AMAZING new colors being listed, too! Check them out on the Trendy Twine Facebook page!


So what do you think?… Even if you don’t like Halloween *GASP!*  hopefully you can at least appreciate the idea. I’ve seen a 1,000,001.9999 altered crows done for Halloween projects, but mine is super cool with those EP papers, yes?.. oh, yes!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a recent collection of your choice! Leave a comment on EACH blog and if you’re REALLY  lucky, you might win more than once! (and if you do, I suggest running out and playing the lotto ASAP… and then splitting your winnings with me.)

Anyhow, Yes.. this is long.. yes, I am rambling.. So I will send you on your way. Head to the Echo Park blog to begin the hop.. and if you’ve already gone through, thanks for joining us! See ya next month for another EP DT blog hop! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by email or your can just ‘like’ my FACEBOOK PAGE!


Echo Park Paper:

Wendy Sue Anderson:

Susan Stringfellow:

Lowri McNabb:

Davinie Fiero:

Linda Auclair:

Tamara Tripodi: <——- Lucky you, you are HERE!


Oh.. and my announcement!!! Guess who was asked to be part of the Carta Bella design team?! YES! I am SOOOOOOO excited! Carta Bella is a sister company to Echo Park Paper, if you didn’t know. Pretty awesome and I can not WAIT to start getting projects done to share! I am one HAPPY girl!!!

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  1. Sommer says:

    Wow! I love Poe and I am totally inspired to do an altered project now! This was the only time I was ever happy to see crow’s feet ;)

  2. Thienly says:

    This is awesome! Love the Carl, or Bernard or whomever that can be! It’s mysteriously beautiful – love those papers, love those banners and the crumpled up coroner tag and the crow with the party hat! Awesome job Tamara – can’t wait to get my hands on these papers!

  3. Jamie Greene says:

    I love the crow!

  4. Emily C says:

    I have to admit this is one of the best ravens I have ever seen ;) Halloween is also my favorite holiday. I cant wait to start decorating!

  5. Very neat idea! I really like the pedestal he’s sitting on. Awesome papers~

  6. Ruth G says:

    Well, personally I think Carl is on a tuffet (whatever that is – but if Miss Muffet was scared off of hers because of a spider maybe Carl hopped on and declared it to be his?)
    Fun project! Chillingsworth is awesome and I love what you’ve done with it! TFS!
    P.S. Some day I’m gonna have great rambling blog posts, too! For now, I’m just leaving great rambling comments on everyone else’s blogs!

  7. Tracey says:

    What an amazing project!! You worked wonders with this collection!!

  8. Cathy says:

    So amazing, I love this! Totally in awe!

  9. Lisa P says:

    Carl/Bernard is too cool! I love how you ruffled the ribbon around the base. And the coroner’s tag, though a bit creepy to think about, is pretty cool all distressed like that. Very fun project for halloween. You could make me actually want to decorate for halloween which would make my kids happy :)

  10. Tamara says:

    Simply amazing! I can’t believe you can do all that with this way cool paper. Fabulous idea to be Halloween crafty! Love it totally!!

  11. marianne-g says:

    Very, very cool. I want one!!!

  12. Raquel Rodriguez says:

    The crow give that special touch. Cool.

  13. Brigit says:

    What a great project, the crow is adorable, the whole project is embellished perfectly!!

  14. Lisa says:

    Wow, awesome papers! Love, love, love Halloween papers.

  15. Dawn Wagner says:

    Love those papers! Especially that color of green…and the beautiful banners. Creepy AND beautiful!! :)

  16. Jeanne Shipman says:

    I love the party hat on the crow. That is a hoot. Your project is adorable in every way.

  17. Emily R says:

    I am so ready for Halloween! Such a cute project and I love little Mr. Carl Bernard! :]

  18. KellyG says:

    Great project, that crow is perfect!

  19. That is definitely the coolest crow craft ever! I am loving that coroner tag as well! Amazing how just a little crinkle and ink really spices it up!

  20. Jan says:

    I’m loving this new Halloween collection — it’s as great as the digital Apothecary one, which has been getting lots of use recently! :D Thanks, as always, Tamara, for sharing your wonderful talents! You are amazing!

  21. Rhiannon Metzger says:

    Wow! You’re so talented! Love it :)

  22. Amanda B says:

    Absolutely Spook-tacular, Halloween project!! I just love the new Chillingsworth Manor collection and Carl the crow looks so festive in his hat and bow.. Congrats on making the Carta Bella team!!! I can’t wait to see the fabulous projects you are going to make with their awesome collections..

    Scrappy hugs,
    Amanda :0)

  23. Holy Crow! (pun totally intended!) This is so awesome! Love it!

  24. Gina says:

    Cute crow. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Maria W says:

    What a fun Halloween project! I’m usually not ambitious enough to do projects outside of scrapping, but this looks doable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. OK, now you’ve got me excited about Halloween crafts! Love your projects!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Sara says:

    I love the Chillingsworth collection and what you have done with it! Such a cute project! TFS!

  28. Amy Jones#8546 says:

    How spooky fun is this. Great project. You have some wonderful talent here and your not afraid to use it. That is awesome. OH and Congratulations on your new DT position. Have a ton of fun.

  29. Miriam Prantner says:

    I’m amazed that you turned a creepy crow into that. Great project! and CONGRATS! I love Carta Bella!

  30. Selenaintx says:

    Love your crow!!!! Can’t wait to decorate for Halloween!

  31. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing) says:

    Bwahahaha! had to laugh at your description of the outing with your son. That describes exactly EVERY outing EVER with my kids!

    As for the name of your project, how about Carl the Raven? That quote is from EAP’s “The Raven” right?

  32. Beatrice says:

    What a cute project! I love your crow!

  33. Merrick says:

    What a totally fun Halloween project!!

  34. Amy Coose says:

    This is too cool! I love the bird, and would definitely say he looks like a Bernard. :) Congrats on the Carta Bella team.

  35. jackie says:

    Congrats on making the Carta Bella team! What a great Halloween project! I love the crow!!!

  36. Jeniff says:

    The crow is beautiful.

  37. ShellyJ says:

    WOW! … and i love halloween! favorite holiday, by far :) and congrats on the Carta Bella Team!

  38. Lisa C. says:

    What an awesome Halloween project!! I love fall and Halloween and this has put me in the mood!! Congrats on making the new team!

  39. Kim Lemear says:

    Love seasonal crafts. Thanks for sharing this. Well done.

  40. michele says:

    I would call this peice Bernard/carl perched in the dark …lol thanks for the inspiration to get in the halloween mode .

  41. Charity says:

    Wow! Totally cool Halloween Finery! I can’t wait to deco my own crow!! TFS!!!

  42. Tamara, that bird is cute!! I agree with Bernard though, not Carl… and loved the crumpled semi-creepy coroner tag.

  43. love the crow! thanks for sharing!

  44. CindyS says:

    My favorite holiday is Halloween so I love the bird. Thanks for the heads up on Carta Bella, would never have know.

  45. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I guess we all have to have a favorite–well, yours is mine!!! I LOVE your bird, and all the little doo-dads you added. TOOO wonderful. It doesn’t hurt that Halloween is my favorite holiday. LOVE IT!!!!

  46. Casey B. says:

    Wow these projects are fabulous! I always see Halloween projects and love them, but i never usually do anything for Halloween! Maybe i should start!! Congrats on the design team!! I cannot wait to see what all you come up with!! :)

  47. Kari Cottingham says:

    Ahhhsome as always!! So many ideas, so little time!!

  48. julie e says:

    What a fun collection!

  49. Isa S says:

    What a cute Halloween decoration! It’ll be so much fun to use these papers for LO’s! Why can’t Halloween come twice a year?!

  50. You totally rocked the crow decorating! hehehe Your display is totally and spookily bOOtiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  51. I think he looks more like an Edgar :) Great job, inspired to do some halloween stuff today. thank you!!! GReat job!!

  52. Natasha Poteraj says:

    What a perfect display. I’ll have to buy a crow or raven, and make one that’s similar. Thanks for the idea.

  53. I love this project! I need to start my Halloween projects very soon! Thanks for the hop!

  54. Cindy Pritts says:

    Your project is something to CROW about lol! (No pun intended btw…) Seriously LOVE your Halloween projects, heck I love all your projects! Great work, and thanks for the giveaway chance!

  55. I love Carl … er, I mean bernard!

  56. Jenny says:

    Hihi, love your ramblings! You sound so sweet! I really wish we had more of Halloween here in Sweden. Because that holiday is one of the coolest! But we have some other cool celebrations instead, like midsummer, but without the awesome decorations.

  57. Deb says:

    Oh Crafty Wife, you are indeed crafty! Love your Halloween scariness. And, congrats on the call to Carte Bella. They are lucky to have you and your talent.

  58. kazoulis says:

    This combination of bright orange and this shade of green is cool. And the crow is not scary at all=)

  59. Regina Nichols says:

    Did someone say halloween. I also get excited for halloween projects. I was glad to hear I am not the only one that loojs forward to creating for halloween.

  60. Ange says:

    Fantastic! One of my new fav releases too. Great project with it!!

  61. Michelle Price says:

    Love this-can’t wait to get this collection!

  62. It is getting close to that time isn’t it?? I just adore these Halloween projects! And I’m so hapy to see EP come out with such a cool collection!

  63. Holly Crap Ole!!!! That is amazing.

  64. Kathy Skou says:

    LOVE the crow, def. a Bernard :) Congrats on Carta Bella…you’ll be fab!

  65. Carlene Danielek says:

    Awesomeness! I think his name should be Horwitz!

  66. karenladd says:

    Oh, I love this project!! The papers are wonderful and Carl is just perfect on top! Off to check out the rest of the DT projects!

  67. Romy says:

    Wow, absolutely love this project! So fun and innovative and perfect for Halloween!

  68. Jeana says:

    It sure is cool! I love your project, so creative and creepy LOL! Love It!

  69. madeline says:

    Beautiful Halloween project! Absolutely love that paper collection! :)

  70. Megan Smith says:

    Awesome project Tamara! This is one of my favorite Halloween lines EVER! And congrats on making the Carta Bella Design Team! Woot! Woot!

  71. shartl says:

    LOVE this project!! The colors in this collection are awesome and that crow element is so much fun.

  72. Kimberly says:

    love your crow!!!! all the details you put into it wow!!! amazing!!

  73. Love that hat on the crow, looks cute not so spooky. Well I saw you bought a thousand crows hahaha (well, many crows) I’m sure you will have an amazing Halloween party.

  74. Tina S says:

    I don’t know…my aunt was married to a guy named Carl and the crow kind of reminds me of him. He was creepy looking with beady eyes, too! Maybe it’s his brother Bernard that you’re thinking of. Really cute project!

  75. What a fun fun Fun Halloween project you’ve got there. I’m so impressed with all the ideas that different people had with EP papers.
    Thanks for sharing!

  76. Angel says:

    The crow does look spooky but with the orange cone hat it looks all fun ;) love the pennants and how the collection is just so yummy like you said! Oh and congrats on being the new carta Bella DT!!!

  77. LinhC says:

    love the pennants too1

  78. Angela L. says:

    What a creative decoration… I love the way that you used this collection for your project… Awesome job!

  79. Teryl says:

    Love the crow… like Carl but think Bernard is a little more suited… funny the random names kids come up with for things… congrats on joining the Carta Bella Team too… clever lady :)

  80. Kerys says:

    Omgosh! I just LOVE this! That collection is just perfect – I haven’t seen an altered crow before!! Awesome! Love the banner stickers too! Congratulations on becoming DT for carta bella – love to read your blog and drool over your creations! Thank you so much for the inspiration an the chance to win! :-)

  81. TashNz says:

    Hi Tamara. As I go thru this blog hop I’m just wow! Wow! WOW! Your bird is amazing and I love the idea of the little details you did around the bottom of the bird perch. What a neat collection to be showcasing. Congrats on being on the design team you mentioned, another new blog for me to be inspired by :)

  82. Tomomi says:

    Very great project!!! AWESOME!

  83. Carol B says:

    Fun projects, thanks for a fun hop!

    Carol B

  84. I love this!! Gorgeous Halloween project!

  85. Candy says:

    I LOVE your project. I never think of doing these kinds of projects. Terrific inspiration! Thank you!

  86. Tanya S says:

    Wow, super cool project! Congrats on the new DT spot too!

  87. Super cute crow! I am now following your blog.

  88. Bethany Becker says:

    Great projects. Hard to believe that Halloween will be here soon!

  89. Maria B. says:


  90. Tiffany M. says:

    Love this Halloween collection! Love what you did with it! Amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. Rhonda F. says:

    This is my FAVORITE of the newest Echo Park collections, and I was starting to worry that no one was going to use it. I hit your blog last and Bam! You hit it out of the park! LOVE the coroner’s tag, too! Great altered project! Well done and pinned!

  92. Melanie Fink says:

    The crinkled ribbon is my favorite add on your project! Super cuteness Tamara! :)

  93. stampnk says:

    I think this is my favorite project from the hop!! Fun concept and wonderful papers!!

  94. luanne says:

    super love your project! love Halloween theme

  95. Cyndi says:

    Carl, aka Bernard, is too wicked sexy for his hat! I LOVE all things Halloween and can;t wait to get my Chillingsworth collection that I pre-ordered!!

  96. Anna says:

    I love this paper :) Your project rocks it! <3

    ps. I is never too early for Halloween! :D

  97. lisa808 says:

    Absolutely love your centerpiece! Halloween is my favorite time for crafting.

  98. karen says:

    I think it’s time I give something like this a try, absolutely adorable project!!

  99. Teri says:

    Super cool project! Love the paper!

  100. Patti says:

    Awesome Halloween project – I have pumpkins growing – can’t wait for the season!

  101. Barbara says:

    What talent! Great party decor!!

  102. Linda M. says:

    Absolutely love everything!

  103. Corri Garza says:

    This is awesome, Tamara! I love it all…

  104. Katie says:

    oh how cool…I just love Halloween for the decor…this is awesome Tamara…

  105. Toni A says:

    I love it! Halloween is my favorite. I can’t even sleep at night because I keep thinking of all the Halloween things I want to make :)

  106. Renee says:

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!

  107. {vicki} says:

    OH !
    I really love your project!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. JULI C says:

    I’ve never really been a Halloween fan, but this is tooooooo darn cute!!!

  109. I LOVE halloween decoration! This truely gets my juices going!

  110. Tamera,
    What a great crow! I think I like the name Boris. He was the evil guy in the cartoon when I was a kid. I like what you did with this though. The tags are great too. I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. tfs Tami

    Tambo’s Creations!

  111. Tatiana Ortega says:

    Awesome project, thanks for sharing!

  112. Irit says:

    You toally Rock! Love it so much!

  113. Jamie Larsen says:

    Wow! This is such an amazing project thanks so much for sharing i love the lil orange hat on the bird.

  114. Misty M says:

    fun projects!!! btw, CONGRATS on Carta Bella ;)

  115. Mary-Anne V. says:

    wow that is an amazingly detailed Halloween pc…so creative.

  116. Avril Tanner says:

    oh… I am so lovin how you decorated Carl!!!! Great project!

  117. Holly C says:

    Such a cool Hallooween project. Love it!

  118. janetd says:

    I love Halloween and this is so great! Love every little detail!

  119. Cynthia B. says:

    Carl/Bernard looks awesome!! Gosh, this Chillingsworth Manor line is so fun…and I’m not even a big Halloween decorator (yes, I get out the one lightup jack-o-lantern every year and a few pumpkins, but I save my Halloween stuff for pages). I’d say you nailed the cool spooky factor with this project!!
    And big congrats on making the Carta Bella DT too – looking forward to seeing more of your crafty creations.
    Thanks for sharing – and thanks for the chance to win!

  120. Jamie Hensley says:

    I am simply “crowing” with delight over your fabulous little project! That bird is a real “treat,” and I am bewitched by the green paper and that ribbon!


  121. karyn willis says:

    You are talented.I like carl.

  122. Emma Bourke says:

    This is amazing!! Love it, the paper is gorgeous.

  123. Amanda Parham-Hall says:

    This box is awesome! Luv it! Luv the new EP Chillingsworth Manor! Where did u get thos cute little crows? Thanx 4 sharing & giving away!

  124. Becky Litz says:

    This is a pretty cool project although I must admit I am one of those people who isn’t really into halloween (*gasp!) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win, and CONGRATS on the Carta Bella team gig! It is a dream of mine to design for EP…hopefully one day it will come true :)

  125. Earlene Bost says:

    Eggs-cellent crow!If you do rename Carl/Bernard, consider Edgar Chillingsworth.Think Poe would be honored.(:>

  126. Christine Kiehl says:

    Oops, my first long reply timed out, but I told you how AWESOME I thought your dollar crow scene was! I think Karl was a great name, my crow scene, inspired by you, will be named Eric Draven after Brandon Lee of the movie The Crow. Thanks for sharing on this super fun hop with a new visitor/follower

  127. Mary Mac says:

    Has to be my favorite . Your crow is just to cute I mean scary.

  128. Very Creative… It makes me want to break out my craft goodies and craft the day well evening away!

  129. Anski says:

    Stunning decorations! Love the crow! :D

  130. Melinda T says:

    LOL! My daughter’s been asking me when “all the Halloween stuff” will be out! I’m not ready for it yet, still want to enjoy whats left of summer, but winning this will make counting down to Halloween fun! :D

  131. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I loove Echo Park blog hops! :)

  132. Bobbi says:

    I love, love this creation. I must hurry and get that paper. Thanks for sharing.

  133. Beth D says:

    Wow, what an amazing project!!! And congrats on the new DT – love that paper also.

  134. Tamara, your altered crow project is absolutely amazing and utterly over the top creative! WOW. And Carta Bella and Echo Park are SO lucky to have you on their design teams … way to go!!! Love your creative style, Tamara!

  135. Janet K says:

    Another creative and amazing project..just wowzers!

    Congrats on the CB Design Team- you will do wonder such as you do for EP.

    Thanks for always continue to inspire and share. love it!

    And thanks for the chance to win- I never give up a chance to win some EP..never…lol!

  136. rush says:

    nice project! thank you for sharing.

  137. Lisa Federspiel says:

    This is so cool!! I love to decorate for Halloween and this collection will be perfect for what I have in mind!

  138. Angela A says:

    Love your crow Halloween craft! I especially love the little hat on him! So cute!!

  139. Melinda Wilson says:

    I love Carl and his awesome cuteness!!!! Great project!

  140. S. Patterson says:

    Halloween is my favorite !! I think your crow is fantastic, so much so, that i’m going to name the big crow that is always at my bird feeder, “Carl”.

  141. Norma G. says:

    This is a great project, love what you did with that crow!! Halloween is one of my favs too!!

  142. heaney says:

    what a fun haloween project…something which I have never ventured into before.

  143. PageR says:

    This is a fun line! It’s been a while since I’ve crafted Halloween items.

  144. HA! You are a funny gal!! Loved your humor, I think I shall follow your blog now!!!!! (But not *just* for that reason, I quick peeked at your other projects and they are SHUT-THE-FRONT-DOOR kind of gorgeous!!)
    I do like Halloween too, but I’m so worried about my baby starting kindergarten and haven’t been able to focus on crafting for the upcoming holidays yet :( Hopefully once we’re in a routine I will settle down and normalize ;) Anyways, love this little crows bow tie and hat!!!!!!!!!

  145. Love the crow and the entire altered piece! Gorgeous!

  146. sandra m. says:

    This is a really great project Tamara! I love how you used Chillingsworth.

  147. Teresa says:

    Love your Halloween project!! Super cute!!!!

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