altered, Christmas, design teams, Halloween, Scrap Chicks, scrapbooking

New class this month at Scrap Chicks!

Please forgive the work in progress blog.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks and I’ll get to it soon.

Let’s get to that class!

This month at Scrap Chicks it’s Christmas in Septmeber!  It may seem early to start thinking about ways to decorate your home for the holidays, not to mention that most of us aren’t even beginning to think about what we’re giving as gifts this year.  The thing is, now is the perfect time!  School is in full swing (here anyway) and if you haven’t started school, you will be soon.  September is a great time to work on holiday projects.  If you’re not convinced, let me tell you another little something.  For many of the projects that we’re featuring this month, the design team has made two versions for you.  One in a fall theme and one in a winter theme.  Make one now, make one later!  Just what you need to get creative and be ready for the seasons 🙂

I volunteered to post a project on the first day of the crop, and here is what I posted today…

Holiday Shadow Box

I made this Christmas version last year for a DT project. I loved how it came
out and I ended up making a bunch (and even selling ten of them to a friend).
They’re cute and very easy!

Go here for the tutorial for the basic (smaller) version of the box.

Now, this year I decided to do a Halloween version in a much larger size for Fall
decorating.

The measurements are different on this one (I started with an 8.5×11 piece of
chipboard) but the principle is the same. I used the hot glue gun to attach
everything and put it together on this one too. No glue dots. Goodness knows the
kids will mess with it and it will take a beating.
Let me know if you have any questions or need help figuring out the measurements for a different size box!

There you go!  Hopefully this post works out (since it’s the first one I’m doing here on wordpress).  Have a great day!

altered, Coredinations, Creatopia, Gel-a-Tins, Halloween, Xyron

My second gel-a-tin stamps project!

Woot!  I am having so much fun playing with these stamps!  The detail you get is really amazing.  I also used some scented embossing powder tonight and it is so cool!  The color is silver and it’s called Storm.  It’s a masculine scent and I like it a lot.  These aren’t like scratch and sniff scents, think more like a yummy candle.  They smell great!  Anyway, check out my project!

I used some frames I was given to make these cute little shadow box style decorations for my house. I can set them on a table or hang them on the wall. Can’t wait to use them! That Halloween banner that comes in the Witchy Poo set might just be my new favorite stamp.

Supplies Used:
Witchy Poo stamp set and Storm scented embossing powder by gel-a-tins
Cardstock by Coredinations
Texture rollers by Xyron and texture folder by Provo Craft
Versamark and Staz-On inks
Twinery twine, Daisy D’s stickers, Martha Stewart accents
Xyron adhesives and a hot Glue Gun
altered, Echo Park, Glue Arts, Halloween

Just two more Halloween projects…

I am so sorry for neglecting my blog this week!  I have been very busy working on other projects and time just got away from me.

This first project was on the Glue Arts blog yesterday.  I bought the kit for this frame at Tuesday Morning a long time ago.  It was supposed to be a baby theme, but I thought it would be cute with Halloween pictures on it.

You could certainly make your own frame pieces from layers of chipboard or cardboard.  I’d cut them into a headstone shape if I was making this from scratch 🙂

Halloween Stand up frame by Jessica Barnett

Supplies Needed:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac refill

Glue Arts U-Cut-It foam adhesive

Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares

Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive

Echo Park Happy Halloween collection

May Arts webbed weave ribbon

3 Photos

Frame kit (or mdf cut into tombstone shapes)

Black ink

Black pen

Paper trimmer

Edge distresser

Grey satin ribbon

Thin black ribbon

Staple gun

Hot glue gun

Ruffled ribbon

Spider themed embellishments

Black paint and brush

Sandpaper

Scissors

Instructions:

1. Paint the edges of the three shapes and allow to dry.

2. Cover the shapes in papers from the Echo Park Halloween collection using the Glue Glider Pro to attach them. Sand the edges for a clean fit after the papers are attached.

3. Attach ruffled ribbon around the edge of the Happy Halloween sticker with the glue gun, then attach the sticker to the center frame with Glue Arts U-Cut-It foam adhesive.

4. Distress the edges of the photos and mat with the Echo Park papers and the Glue Glider Pro. Add names to the photos with the Echo Park letter stickers. Ink the mats with black ink.

5. Run pieces of grey satin ribbon along the frame pieces, just below center. Attach the pieces with Glue Arts Ribbon adhesive. Use the small Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares to attach the May Arts web ribbon over the satin ribbon.

6. Attach the photos to the frame pieces using Glue Arts U-Cut-It foam adhesive.

7. Fill in around the photos and over the ribbon with strips of paper and stickers. Trace around the stickers with black pen to help them stick out against the paper.

8. Attach the frame pieces to each other by stapling short pieces of black ribbon the backs of each piece.

 
These were the treats that I made for my kids to give out to their friends in class.  I made a total of about 75 of them so they needed to be cheap and easy.  These definitely fit the bill.  Especially with felt on sale for Halloween.
 

 
They’re just little DumDum suckers.  Square of felt, pipe cleaner at the neck, hot glue on some googly eyes and sharpie for the mouth.  I printed the tags onto patterned paper, then cut, inked and added the name.  That way each kids’ suckers just said their names instead of all three of my boy’s names. (Also, a big thanks to Kim because she actually did all the inking for me).  The tags are also hot glued to the back of the ghost heads. 
Tucker and my nephew were playing with them and making them fly around and talk to each other at school today, so I guess I did okay.

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Felt for Halloween

I had seen this idea shared from a couple of different blogs (neither of which is coming to mind right now).  They used felt to make these fake blood drip table covers and I knew the kids would love them.  Felt is such a great material to work with!  It doesn’t need to be finished because it doesn’t fray, so it’s prefect for people that are afraid of breaking out their sewing machine.  It comes in a 72″ width (wider than decorator fabrics) so it’s great for table cloths.  I’m actually hoping to get enough to make a table cloth for the whole length of our dining room table for next year.  They put felt on sale a lot in the fall because it’s great for making costumes.  I paid about $2.50 a yard for this stuff and I love the way the covers turned out.

 This table is in my entryway and it was the first one I tried making.  I laid a piece of felt over the table and put in pins along the top edge so I wouldn’t cut the drips up too far.  I turned it onto the backside once the pins were in and drew the drips with a sharpie.  Just cut along the lines and you’re done!

This is the hutch in my dining room.  Same basic steps as the other cover, but I didn’t have to do any corners on this one because  the sides fit along the inside of the opening.
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Argyle Pumpkins!

I had originally seen pumpkins like this at a local decor store.  I really wanted to buy some, but the smallest ones were $12 each and I just couldn’t swing that.  I ended up buying some of the craft pumpkins (I chose the white ones because they’re different and i liked them a lot).  If the pumpkins are out of your budget, wait until after Halloween and keep and eye out for a good clearance sale.  I am totally getting more for next year if I can find them at 75% off!

I used latex artist paints on them (they put the tubes on sale at Michael’s all the time), but the black lines on the smaller ones I just drew on with a sharpie.
Now, these aren’t prefect straight lines, but that’s not what I was going for.  I did a lot freehand.  I started by measuring around the widest part of the pumpkin, then dividing that measurement up evenly.  On the small pumpkins I made a mark every 1.5 inches, but on the large one I made the mark every 4 inches.  Just do whatever you want whether you like the smaller diamonds or larger ones.
I didn’t draw lines to fill in, I just made little dots and did everything else freehand with the brush and the marker.
These are very easy to make, and they fit into that category of decorations that I can leave out after Halloween because they’re great for fall and aren’t covered in bats and skeletons 🙂

altered, decor, fall, Halloween

Decorating on the Cheap: Halloween Candy!

I really enjoy decorating for the seasons and holidays, but it can get expensive.  For some parts of my decor every year and for every season, I use candy.  It’s cheap, easy to find, and pretty.  There are hearts for Valentine’s, hard and ribbon candies for Christmas and for Halloween..TONS of goodies!

(All of the containers I use in this post are things that I’ve had for years. Some of them you can still buy, but some you can’t. I’ll try to share where I got things when I can.)

This is the first thing I put together this year.  I’ve had these out for a little while (so forgive the fact that they’re looking a little low.  Some of us can’t resist the decorations 🙂

These are vases I bought years ago from Southern Living at Home. You could easily buy inexpensive bud vases at any craft or big box store, and candy corn (or Indian Corn, which is what they call this stuff with the brown on the bottom) is one of the cheapest and easiest things to buy this time of year.
I also bought these goodies…

The two bigger bags were 88 cents each.  The caramel filled chocolate eyeballs were more expensive, but they were just too awesome to resist.
Here are some things I did with those eyeballs 🙂

 This is a vase that I’ve had for a while, but I bought it for about $3 at Michael’s and I’m pretty sure that you still can.  I added some super cheap paper from the dollar spot at Target to it and a couple of Halloween embellishments.  the skulls, mice and snakes?  A buck a package at either the dollar store or the grocery store.

 This is a mini ice bucket (again, I’ve had it for a while.  Bought it at an antiques store).  I just layered the stuff in there.  They layering would be really cute in a great bog apothecary jar, but I don’t have any of those.  The crow is from Michael’s.

This is just a cup that I bought years ago to drink my mudslides out of  🙂  They’re not cheap (about $6 each at Cost Plus) but I love the fact that it looks like a cauldron.
I dipped in to my stemware stash for these too:
I don’t drink champagne that often, but these would be so cute at a place setting for a fall dinner.  The little pumpkins are cute and cheap for a little scatter/confetti for a pretty table.
I also layered the pumpkins and candy corn in the ice bucket for a different look.

Just take away the Halloween accessories and this can stay out to decorate through Thanksgiving.

I also keep these candle holders out on my dining room table all year.  Just switch out the candy and the ribbon for a different look for every season.

Those little acorns came in a bag at the dollar store.

Finally, a re-do of the first picture with the vases.  This time with a different fall candy in each one.  They were getting low anyway 🙂

I hope this helps if you are looking for some ideas for decorating for Halloween on the cheap!
My husband is going to be soooo glad that I finally got this post up.  He’s been trying to eat this candy for a week!

altered, Glue Arts, Halloween

Pumpkins!

Every year I get that Martha Stewart Halloween magazine and drool over all the projects.  I have been loving the pumpkins that they carve using a bunch of different drill bits for as long as I can remember.  I had some craft pumpkins, and when I got my vinyl for this month’s Glue Arts Halloween project I thought that I’d use them together! 
This is a great project that anyone can make because even if you don’t have a die cutting system, you can still cut out circles for the pumpkins.

Glue Arts Car Accents pumpkins by Jessica Barnett

Supplies Needed:

Glue Arts Car Accents in Apple Cider and Blackout (Or choose other colors that you like. Purple, green, orange and black would be really cute too!)

Assorted craft pumpkins

Manual or electric die cutter or circle templates

Circle dies for manual cutter

Instructions:

1. Cut the vinyl into assorted circle sizes. I used my manual die cutter and a die that had four sizes of circles on it.

2. Stick the circles to the pumpkins and smooth out with your fingertips. If there are creases you can pull the vinyl back up a little and smooth it back out. TIPS: Use the larger circles near the center of the larger pumpkins and the smaller ones to fill in. The curve in the pumpkins at the ends will make it more difficult to get a smooth look on the larger circles.

Halloween

Quick and easy treat project!

I made this a year or two ago, but it didn’t get used by the company I made it for.  I still think it’s cute 🙂  If your child is having a Halloween party this would be a great treat to give to the kids!

I took a long, skinny strip of white paper and folded it in half.  I pretty much freehand cut out the skull shape, leaving in long on the bottom so I could fold it under for a stand.  Also drew the bones freehand on another piece of white cardstock.  The eyes were punched out with a 1″ circle punch and I backed them with black, glittered cardstock.  I inked all the edges and inked on the nose shape and the lines for the teeth with a black chalk ink pad.  The bottom for the stand can be stapled or glued together and so can the little bag of treats.  Write a message on the back if you like!
See?  Quick and easy!  Have fun!