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Friday, October 28, 2011

More Halloween Treats

Hiya! Happy Friday!
Have any great plans for the weekend?  We're going to our church Halloween "Trunk-or-Treat" party tonight. My son finally gets to put on his costume. I wouldn't let him unload all the accessories for his pirate costume because I didn't want him to lose them under the couch or in the toy box. Meanest mom on the planet, right? Well, at least my friends don't think I'm mean. Here's another little treat I've made for them.

So, so easy! And so, so inexpensive! I think the candy inside (chocolate, of course!) was more expensive than the materials I used to make it. Found everything at the dollar store. First order of business? Get the tags off the bottoms. Sheesh! The ones on the candlesticks came right off, but I had to break out the Goo Gone to get the ones off the bottom of the bowls. (Love that stuff!)

If you have these pieces in your cupboard already but you're not committed to making them permanently joined, I have a tip for you...  Scor-Tape!  Yeah, baby!  The stuff is awesome. And since it's mostly clear it's barely visible through the clear glass.

See below, the  pair of goblets on the left were attached using Scor-Tape. The ones on the right using E6000. As you can see, there is barely a noticeable difference.  Both are equally secure as I've been handling them both quite a bit and the taped ones are not coming apart any more than the glued ones.

I cut the bits for their faces using my cricut and used some Scor-Tape to attach those as well. That way, after Halloween my friends can easily remove the faces and use them for normal, everyday use.
I had a tough time finding orange tissue paper (weird, huh?) so I ended up buying a package of orange napkins at Walmart for $1.
Green tissue for Frankie was not an issue. Already had that in my stash. Check out his hair... Can you guess what shape it is? I used DS to weld the grass border on PSB to a rectangle, then flipped them upside down.  Perfect hair, don't you think?
Super cute and easy right?! Just like I promised. :)
Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bewitching treats

I keep forgetting to post the completed project of these fun Witch's Boot treats I made for some friends. I showed you the spider stickpins. And the tags. But just now remembered you haven't seen the combined and completed project.

I created the boot using some clipart and SureCutsALot.  Plus, each boot received a bit of Stickles detail.

The tubes came from the craft store. They were in the Halloween section of Martha Stewart products but I can totally see using them for other fun ideas unrelated to Halloween.

Time to go finish preparing for Halloween. Monday is almost here! And before that, we have a party on Friday. So much to do, so little time.
Take care! Have great day. And thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fedora... How I did it

I told you I'd be back with the info on how I made the Fedora.  The instructions came from a tutorial I found HERE.  Like I said, I wanted a softer look, so I used posterboard and felt instead of cardboard and paper mache'.
I took plenty of pics so hopefully I won't have to be too verbose...  Gather up your supplies.
Piece together your printed patterns (provided at the site above.)  I printed them on cardstock to add additional thickness.  (Is it me, or is posterboard thinner now days than it used to be?)
Trim them out and glue them to the posterboard. By using a wet glue to adhere them it bonds them together and adds that additional stiffness I need.
Trim out around the patterns.
Using spray adhesive, adhere the cutouts to the felt making sure NOT to get any adhesive on the "teeth" around the center circle cut-out on the brim (doughnut) piece. Two things to note:  (1) Pre-fold the area around the crown before you adhere since you won't be able to see the markings once you've adhered the pieces; and (2) The cardstock should be sandwiched between the felt and the posterboard.
Trim out the felt pieces.
Cut several 1/2" pieces of duct tape. I used black so that it would blend in with the black posterboard.
Use those pieces to hold the first folded areas together. This creates the divot that appears at the top of the crown of the hat when it's finished.
Cut several 4 1/2" strips of duct tape to tape the "spider legs" together to create the top of the hat.
I placed the tape on one flap then lifted the other into position against the first.

If you haven't done it already, cut the circle out of the center of the brim (doughnut) piece. It doesn't have to be perfect but you will want to cut away most of the felt that overlaps the teeth. Place the brim face up and lip up all of the teeth up.
Turn the top of the hat over. Place the brim face down so that the teeth are inside the top.  Using a hot glue gun, put a bit of glue on each of those little tabs (teeth) and glue it into place.
Flip your hat back over. Ta-da! You have a fedora!  Now, as you can see there are some white bits peaking out through the cracks. Sadly, my black posterboard was white-core. So I took my brown marker and went around the brim and at the edges that peeked out around the top of the hat and colored them.
Last but not least, I took a scrap of the black posterboard that was left over and ran it through my crimper to create the band.

Special thanks to the guy that created this fun pattern. I had a great time making it. And my son insists on wearing it as much as he can. 

Well, that's it for today. Hope your day was a great one! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hope your week is going well. Can you believe Halloween is practically here?! Holy moley! It hit me yesterday that the festivities will be upon us in just a few days. One of the items needed for a costume this year is a fedora. Well, instead of wandering from store to store looking for one, I did a bit of internet searching and found some instructions on how to make one.

The original instructions said to paper mache' over the posterboard but I just didn't have the time nor did I want a STIFF helmet style hat. So, I decided to cover the posterboard with some felt instead. I don't like the seams down the side of the crown of the hat but that's what I get for not doing the paper mache'.

I pretty much figured it's going to be dark and anyone close enough to me to see the seams had better be my hubby (who won't care) otherwise they're getting an elbow to the solar plexis.

Lots to do before I run off to get the kiddies from school.  I hope to have more details on how I made this chapeau tomorrow. Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Friday! Hope your week has been great. Just wanted to pop on and share a couple fun tags I made to go on some Halloween treats I'll be sharing this year with my friends.

Both were created by masking some stamps from WaltzingMouse Stamps. The first is mostly the stamp as It appears, but I masked just the bottom wording since I knew I wanted to place the cauldron there and the wording would not look right peaking around the paper piecing.

The second one, is about 50% of the original Wanda stamp. I masked the whole bottom wording so that I could do a partial stamp of the Bat Droppings stamp inside the label. It was a bit of work but well worth the effort once I was finished.  I also hand trimmed the black layer for the second label to give the second label a different look.  A bit of ribbon was knotted and slipped in between the two layers and then my spider stickpin was slipped into the knot.

Fun stuff! Halloween is almost here. Hard to believe we're into the fall holiday months of the year already.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day and a better weekend!


Hot Glue Gun
gel pen
Vintage Photo Ink
WMS: Wanda's Pantry
Label 4
Spellbinder Nested Bats
Spellbinders Witches Brew

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Damask Journal

Well, today officially marks the END of Fall Break for my little buddy. He went back to school today after having 2 weeks plus 2 days off.  Whew!  What a busy time we've had. My blog was neglected but my son was not. :)

 I created this notebook before Fall Break but wasn't able to post it until now.
 The young lady who received it loves purple and damask.
 Every paper I used was a solid (no print) and I stamped on them to create the pattern.
 The silver center panel was a little too plain, but stamping in just the white didn't give enough of a contrast. So I double stamped it with grey ink.  Not only did it help make the white show up better against the silver, but since the edges didn't match exactly it gave a faux embossed look. 
I also used an embossing folder to give some texture and then lightly went over the raised areas with a gel pen to add some shimmer.
I think it turned out really neat and the young lady told me,  "I really love it." 

Well, gotta run. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by.


Cricut Expression
Comp Notebook
Textiles Embossing
Damask Designs
Snow Ink
Smokey Shadow
Silver Shimmer
Stardust gel pen
Ribbon (Michael's)
MS Punch
Rubber cement
Font: Chocolate Box Decorative