Archive for the ‘Halloween’ Category

I’ve been a busy gal lately as I’ve been working on 7 different Halloween treats and bags for our 7 grandchildren.  I still have one more go to, but that should be finished later today.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the projects that I’ve finished thus far.

Given the fact that they will all receive more than enough candy, I decided to make gifts that were non-food related.  In my search for ideas, I saw a video online that I used for inspiration, albeit the original design was for hot chocolate and a candy stir stick.  Using that as a jumping off spot, I made small covered notebooks along with a custom hang tag, a pencil and decorated folder.  As a side note, each focal point jiggles.  I made little “wiggly” elements that adhere to the back of each central image which gives movement and a little whimsy to them.  The “wiggly” elements are handmade using a 1″ circle punch, a bit of thin wire and Glossy Accents.  I really love how these turned out, as each one is unique and all are quite sparkly (even though that aspect doesn’t show up on my pics).  In addition, I made simple gift bags to present them to our special guys and gals.

So without further ado, here are the gifts I made for Halloween this year.

Halloween 6

Halloween 5

Halloween 1Halloween 4


Halloween 2


Halloween 3 Halloween 10


Halloween 9












I used a variety of supplies to make these gifts.  I’ll try to share that information below to the best of my recollection.


Black card stock – Stampin’ Up!
Papers were from Stampin’ Up!, dollar bin at Target & Hobby Lobby
Twine from Hobby Lobby
Stickles – Black & Diamond
Iridescent Fibers from Little Black Dress
Orange Glitter – Martha Sterwart
Seam binding was died with Stampin’ Up! reinkers
Purple lace – JoAnn’s
Stamps from Stampin’ Up!, Michael’s dollar bin & Hobby Lobby
Sequin trim from Wal Mart
#2 pencils – Wal Mart
Mechanical pencils – JoAnn’s
Twinkling H20’s
Stampin’ Up! markers
White craft ink – Stampin’ Up!
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Black Netting – Hobby Lobby
Shrink Plastic – Michael’s
Chain & jump rings – JoAnn’s
Liquid Mono Dual Glue (not sure that’s the name)
3M tape (1/4″ for tape guns)
Glue Dots
Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper
1″ circle punch – Stampin’ Up!

If you need any information on a specific product, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to check on the exact product I used.

Until next time, have a great weekend and God Bless!










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After a long absence, I thought I would share a few cards that I’ve been working on recently.

Corny Friends

This was a fun card I made for a friend of mine using my Corny Friend Stamp of the Week from Unity Stamp Co.  I dyed the rayon seam binding with a reinker from Stampin’ Up! called Apricot Appeal (I think that’s the name).  The matching envelope was made with my We R Memory Keepers Punch Board.   The card stock is from Stampin’ Up! and the patterned paper is from my stash.  Since I don’t have Copic Markers in my supplies, I decided to try Sharpies to color in the candies and to my surprise those worked quite well.


My “hello” card was made using the “Snails2Mail” Stamp of the Month set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard.  To achieve the polka dot effect on the body of the snail, I used the shell of the smaller snail in the set to remove the ink from the solid stamp prior to stamping it on the white card stock.  I love polka dots and thought it would be a fun look on this particular card.  The matting is from the Silhouette Online Store and I cut it out with my Cameo.

Halloween Card

The last card I’ll be sharing today is for Halloween.  The drippy edge at the top was created using a $1.00 stamp from Michaels which I purchased last year.  I stamped it across the top using VersaMark and then embossed with black EP from Stampin’ Up!  The haunted house image is also from the dollar bin at Michaels and is embossed just like the drippy edge at the top.  Martha Stewart punches were used for both the fence and the drippy goo edge at the bottom of the title.  I added diamond Stickles to the edges of the drips which made the vellum warp just a bit on the ends and I thought that was a fun look for this particular element of the card.  Three different Tim Holtz Distress Inks were used for the background effect on the card which started out as plain white card stock.  Stickles was added randomly on the sky as well as to the fence for added interest.

That’s it for today.  I hope to be posting more cards shortly.

God Bless!


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The past week was filled with projects-a-plenty starting with 50 treat bags for 2 of our grandchildren to share with their classmates.  I couldn’t put together a quick and easy design but instead made 4 separate designs with each having its own detail.  It took the entire week to get these completed, but in the end I was happy with the results.

Each coverlet is the same size and each design shares an identical base and purple matte.  The base and purple matte was sprayed with my homemade purple sparkle mist.  The purple matte was embossed with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade, punched with the Drippy Goo punch from Martha Stewart and to add extra sparkle purple Stickles was added to the bottom of each “drip”.  All of the designs were embellished with Stickles, Distress Ink & Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.  The dots you see on the scalloped circles behind each focal image was drawn with the Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.  The sentiment on all designs was cut from a Stampin’ Up! oval punch and layered over the next larger size oval punch.  Each sentiment was inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink along with a dab of purple Stickles to mimic a brad on each side of the sentiment.  You guessed it, my fingers were a mess by the end of all the distressing.

The haunted house was first stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the windows colored with yellow Prisma Pencil and enhanced with yellow Stickles.  The fence was first cut using a Martha Stewart border punch and then re-punched with a circle punch to fit perfectly over the stamped image.  3M Quick Dry Adhesive was used to adhere many of the elements including the fence.

The witches feet design was stamped with the same Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The stockings were embellished with purple Stickles and the shoes with black Stickles.  The buckle on the shoes was colored with an orange Souffle’ pen by Sakura.  I made the skirt by using a Martha Stewart border punch for the hemline and then punching it out with a circle punch.  Next I cut each side on a slant to depict a skirt.  The edges were inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink using the Distress Tool & foam pad from Tim Holtz.

The Witch was made is much the same way as the others, first stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink then colored with SU markers and embellished with Stickles for extra sparkle.

The Pumpkin was inked with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink from SU and the face was stamped with Black Memento Ink.  The stem and swirly stem were stamped with Chocolate Chip & Always Artichoke respectively.  The Black Glaze pen from Sakura was used on the eyes to make them shine and black Stickles added on each point on the mouth for a sparkly effect.  You can’t tell on the pictures, but the swirly stem on top of the pumpkin was first stamped with the Artichoke and then enhanced with the Gelly Roll glitter pen to add more detail.

I’ve named these particular treat bags coverlets because they are just that, a small cover for a treat bag.  Each coverlet measures 4″ x 4 1/2″ finished, (cut card stock 5 1/2″ x 4″ and score at 1″).  There is a one inch topper that folds to the back to hold the treat bag securely.  I used my Crop a Dile to punch 2 holes through the topper edge and cello bag and then threaded a length of ribbon and tied a bow.  I also added a small splash of 2 way Glue Pen on each side of the topper and let it dry to make it tacky but not permanently adhered.  I thought this was a good way to keep the treats in tact until the time they were to be opened and enjoyed.


Card stock from SU
Witches Feet and Witch were from Michael’s ($1.50/each)
Pumpkin from SU
Haunted House from Hobby Lobby – Stampabilities
Happy Halloween sentiment from SU (I don’t recall what set)
Dimensionals – SU and Recollections
Distress Inks – Tim Holtz
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Martha Stewart border punches – Drippy Goo and a lacy border
Homemade sparkle mist in purple
Marvy Uchida scallop & circle punch
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stickles in Purple, Bronze & Black – Ranger
Texture Fades by Tim Holtz
Cello bags – 3 x 5 – SU
Crop a Dile
Black ribbon from JoAnns
Zig 2 Way Glue Pen
Scor Tape

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy these Halloween Coverlets.



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Trick or Treat Bags

I was inspired by a tutorial I saw at The Crafty Crow awhile back to make decorated canvas treat bags. So last Saturday my daughter and two grandchildren decided to take the afternoon and decorate our own bags for the kiddos to carry on Halloween. It was a fun and easy project that started out with 2 canvas bags that we purchased and decorated them with beads, buttons and glitter.

Basic Directions:

My daughter, Jen, found a pumpkin picture on the internet and we printed it out for the general shape. I took a chalk marker and lightly drew the outline on each bag. We decided it would save on a lot of messiness if we were in charge of the glue, so Jen and I dolloped glue around the around the edges while Morgan and Carson chose and added the beads and buttons to use. The kiddos then drew a mouth & nose and eyes and decided what they wanted to use to embellish them. Morgan chose a fine orange glitter while Carson chose a chunky translucent glitter. They both chose rhinestones in the shape of pumpkins for the eyes. Once everything was dry, we added more buttons and beads of various colors to fill in the pumpkin faces. We used foam alphabet stamps along with White Craft Ink to add the word “treats” to the bottom of the bags. I think they turned out really cute. We changed it up a bit from Crafty Crow, but it was a great project and I want to thank them for their inspiration for this Halloween Treat Bag.


Bags & beads from Michael’s
Buttons from JoAnn’s
Aileens Tacky Glue
Orange Glitter – Martha Stewart
Chunky Glitter – Sorry I don’t remember
Pumpkin Rhinestones from Michael’s
Foam Alphabet Stamps – Michael’s
White Craft Glue – Stampin’ Up!

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I’ve been pondering what to make as Halloween treats for our grandchildren to take to school for their Halloween parties this year. I needed some inspiration, and that inspiration came when I saw this amazingly cute ribbon bat idea from Kierste over at Brown Paper Packages. In my mind’s eye I knew I wanted to use the ribbon bat and then I remembered a download that I had received from Amy at Living Locurto and the two ideas just came together. This is the result and I must say I’m pretty happy with the design.

I changed the tags just a bit as I decided to use my scalloped circle die from Spellbinders to cut and emboss the tag rather than punching it out with a circle punch as Amy had suggested. I thought adding texture and using a scalloped edge would add a little bit of something. Narrow ribbon was used only because it worked better for the size of the bag. Sheer ribbon was used instead of satin because I couldn’t find a black satin ribbon at the store. I think the sheer narrow ribbon looks just fine though.

This bag is just the prototype as I need to get feedback from Morgan and Carson first, but I think they’ll approve. I’ll need to make approximately 50 bags, so I’m happy the design has fallen into place to I can get started with them.

I want to thank both Amy and Kierste for their inspiration and talents. If you haven’t checked our their blogs I would highly recommend hopping on over as they are both incredibly talented and creative.


You’re Sweet Candy Corn Tag – Amy Locurto
White card stock – Georgia Pacific
Orange Card Stock – Stampin’ Up!
Clear Bag -Hobby Lobby (In the cake decorating aisle)
Black shredded paper – Hobby Lobby (Party/wrapping paper aisle)
Sheer Black Ribbon – Hobby Lobby
Googly Eyes – Hobby Lobby
Glue Dots – Both Large and Small
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die

I’d love to hear what you think of the treat bags, so if you are inclined please leave a comment.

Until next time…. Blessings

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