Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mini Trick or Treat Bag

Had seen a recent video from on YouTube that she did featuring a Halloween witch hat by Janet Baker. The blog for Janet is: Thanks to Frenchie for making her video and for Janet for this cute idea!!

Of course, Murphy's Law comes into play and I did not have the supplies Frenchie showed in her video so I had to make do with what I have on hand. Here is my Mini Trick or Treat Bag I just made using my version of their witch hat:

To begin with my mini kraft bag is from Mikes and it is a 2 1/2" x 4" bag which is sold in packs of 25 pieces in the gift bag section of the store. To dress up my mini bag I used this Halloween stamp set from Hobby Lobby:

Just stamped a frame and then the word stamp on the mini kraft bag using ColorBox black ink. Then used two washi tapes to run across the bag above and below the stamped images. Here is the mini kraft bag and washi tapes:

To make my witch hat I used black pearl card stock from Joanns and these punches:

Put my hat together using mini glue dots and I used a mini clothespin from Mikes for my hat. Used a small bow punch from my stash for my bow and put a black crystal in the center of the bow. Then used a glue dot to put this on the hat. Here is a closer photo of my witch hat:

Very cute idea and thanks to Janet for the idea and to Frenchie for the video. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Used the Sizzix/SU Matchbox die for this treat holder for Halloween. Cut it out of #110 black card stock from Mikes for the matchbox. For the front of the holder I used the M Stewart Spider Web Punch All Over the Page punch. Once that was punched out I cut a 2" x 2" piece from a clear sheet for the window piece behind the spider web. I put the 2" x 2" clear sheet piece on the backside of the punched piece using red sticky tape.  The clear sheet piece will keep the chocolate nuggets from falling out of the holder: (although it is hard to capture this with the camera I hope you can see the reflection of the clear sheet)

Once that was on the matchbox top I then put together the box top and bottom using red sticky tape. For the "BOO" I used a Halloween word die set from Frantic Stamper. Using a scrap piece of shiny black card stock I punched out a bug using a dollar punch from Mikes. Across the top of the holder I put dotted washi tape.

Using scrap printed card stocks I cut nugget wrapper pieces 1" x 3 1/8". Wrapped each nugget in these card stocks using glue dots. After the "BOO" was die cut I put that on the lower front of the box using a glue pen. Added the shiny bug to the letters using a glue dot. TFL and YOLO

Birthday Petals Card

Had seen the recent email from and she did a card with the splatter technique and since I had not used that technique in some time I decided to use it on this card I made:

For the flower stamps I used the Painted Petals stamp set from Stampin Up. Stamped them using my MISTI tool. Once those were done I cut and stamped the inside piece:

For the inside of the card I inked the flower stamp and stems and stamped them off onto scrap card stock and then stamped them on my inside piece. The inside greeting is a stamp from Great Impressions.

For the front of the card stock I stamped "happy birthday" on the lower front of the stamped floral piece using a stamp from a hostess set from Stampin Up Express Yourself.

Frenchie has a how-to video on her blog for this splatter technique and remember to be careful when you make your card pieces so you are not "splattering" everything nearby. Once my pieces were stamped I put them in an opened card board box and then did the splattering so the ink did not get all over the place.

This card went together quickly and thanks to Frenchie for her video on this older technique with all her tips and hints. TFL and YOLO.

No Speed Humps here . . .

Time for new Sizzix plates - - used a 55% coupon from AC Moore at Mikes and bought a package of two of the clear plates. Brought them home and opened them up and much to my surprise they are not like the old plates.

The plates that came with my machine are the same thickness on all edges and this can make your machine "jump" or "hiccup" or cause you to have a "Speed Hump". . . Here is a photo of the edges of the older style plates:

The ends of the new plates are graduated. This helps to prevent the "jump", "hiccup" or "Speed Hump". This also helps to cut out your dies evenly and if you use a larger die that covers your plate you will have an even die cut piece. Here is a photo to show the new edges:

Using the coupon from ACM brought the cost of the new plates from $12.99 for the package of two down to $5 something and then tax. Not too bad considering they should last awhile . . .

Also --- awhile back I bought a die storage box and magnetic pages from Zutter at a crafter's garage sale. I wanted to use this larger die storage box to keep all my holiday dies in it together. This way at holiday times all my dies are in one place and easy to see them all on the Zutter larger magnetic sheets. But with all the dies in this box the box is heavy.

Here is a photo of my new-to-me Zutter storage box:

The above photo shows the pink Zutter die storage box and on top of this is a plastic storage box I picked up at Walmart for $5.88:

This box is the same size as the Zutter box and the larger magnetic Zutter sheets fit nicely in this other box. Now I have half the holiday dies in one box and the other half in the second box. Both boxes snap shut and they also stack on each other so great for storage. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Chocolate BOO Pops

These treat holders are for BOO Day -- Halloween -- for the gals at work. Just came across the limited edition chocolate Tootsie Pops with chocolate outsides and chocolate centers. Everyone should love those.

For my holders I used different holiday card stocks and many are just scraps from other projects as these holders do not require larger card stock pieces. To begin with for all these holders I used purple/plum card stock. I made up a sample holder in different colours to show all the pieces and this will help with the different pieces you have to use:

First -- the sample holder has a lime green piece (for the actual holder) and that piece measures 2" W x 9" L. Once that is cut I put it on the score board, long side at the score board top, and I scored it at 3 1/2", 4 1/2", and again at 8". Used a bone folder to crease the scored lines. For my sample here is a photo:

The front panel of the holder is the shorter scored piece without the flap. For my sample I show the printed treat holder front as the darker green piece, which is 1 3/4" W x 3 1/4" L.  Cut this piece and adhere it to your treat holder front. 

For the small piece on the flap to the holder for the sample it is the orange piece and that is cut 1 3/4" W x 3/4" deep. Again adhere this piece to your holder flap. Now you need to make a hole for the lollipop stick to fit in. Using a ruler I marked the center of the scored line on your flap using a pencil. I just made a dot with that. Now close your treat holder and use a 1/4" circle punch. Center the punch over the pencil dot and punch off the scored line -- like a half circle --

Using the ruler again I made two pencil dots to mark holes needed for my ribbons which is how you keep this holder closed:

Once your pencil dots are made open the treat holder and then use a small circle punch and punch out your pencil marks on the small flap. Once those are punched then close your holder and using the punched circles as a guide punch through the holes again which will now give you holes through the front and through the back of your holder. You have to do this in two steps as with all the layers of the treat holder back, the treat holder front, the printed front panel and then the flap and printed panel it is hard for the punch to make the holes:

Now put your ribbon or twine, or in my sample piece I used yarn, through your closed treat holder, front to back. Once that is on the holder put a glue dot on the top of your Tootsie Pop and slip the lollipop stick through the center hole inside the holder. Once you have that in position press the bottom of your holder against the Tootsie Pop so it sticks to the Tootsie Pop glue dot and that will keep the lollipop in place. Now you can tie your ribbon, twine, or yarn in a bow or a knot and trim off the ends. This will help keep your Tootsie Pop centered and in place. 

On some of my holders I used small pieces of scrap card stock to go across the lower front printed panels and one holder I just used a piece of washi tape. For the pumpkins I used a Fiskars pumpkin punch. Then used a small oval punch to add an oval to each pumpkin front. Sponged the edges of the pumpkins and the oval pieces for dimension. The pumpkins are on the treat holder fronts using glue dots. 

As you can see on my holders I used many printed holiday card stocks -- some match and some do not but I think they all turned out well and I am sure the gals at work will like them. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Are there anymore napkins ? ? ?

Trip to the dollar store -- where everything is a dollar -- found these napkins for Halloween. Long ago I had made a card front using a napkin but why limit it to cards only?

Using this new Sizzix Tags die set, (bought with coupon at the craft store), I made some holiday tags:

To begin with using napkins on paper craft projects you need to use a piece of card stock as your base and then the napkin. To adhere the card stock and napkin together you need to use some sort of adhesive and for these tags I used clear wrap just as I had used when I made my card. The key to success to this project is to use Glad Wrap and be sure it is NOT the "microwaveable" clear wrap as it will not melt properly. Here are the tags:

For my tags I opened the printed napkin flat. Peeling off the white backing to the napkin, (which is the 'ply'), I now used a low iron to press out all the folds in the napkin. Then I took a piece of aluminum foil, (cheap from the dollar store), and put that on the ironing board, smoothing out all creases. On top of the foil I put a piece of black card stock by Mikes. Then used a piece of Glad Wrap to cover the black card stock. Then put the napkin on top of the clear wrap. Now on top of that I put another piece of foil, larger than the card stock piece. Using a med-hot iron I pressed the foil "sandwich" slowly and being sure I went over the edges of the card stock often to be sure the napkin would stick to the card stock. Once I moved the iron all over this piece for a few minutes I then removed the top piece of foil and then removed the bottom piece of foil. When you remove the top piece of foil if you should see the napkin is not sticking on the edges of the card stock then put the foil back on your napkin piece and press it with the iron again to be sure the edges have melted together.

Once the napkin was adhered to the card stock I removed all the foil and then cut my napkin into quarters. Placed my tag dies on the napkin pieces and cut the tags out in the Cuttlebug. Using a 1/4" circle punch I punched out a circle from orange card stock -- then I punched over that hole using a 1/2" circle punch and that gave me the ring for the hole at the tag top. This reinforces the hole. I put the ring on the tag using a glue pen. Using black tulle from the fabric store I tied that on the tag using ribbons from the stash.

Bought holiday painted mini clothespins from Mikes and I put one at the top left side of each tag. On one tag I cut out a small pumpkin and put the pumpkin on the clothespin using glue dots:

The other tag I used a QuicKutz die for my ghost and I cut that out in the Cuttlebug. Sponged the edges of him with ink and then punched out a small black oval to put behind his eyes and mouth. Used a glue pen to put the oval behind the ghost face. Put him on the clothespin using glue dots:

Will use these tags for the treats for the gals at work. Simple to put them together once the napkin is adhered to the card stock. Lots of prints available and when you can't decide what theme or stamp to use for a tag the napkin solved all of those problems. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BOO Bags

Recent trip to Walmart and I came across these Halloween printed cello bags for treats. Here is a photo of the spider bags and packaging:

The package has the bags, silver twist ties, and pre-printed perforated "Happy Halloween" labels. But did not want to just use these bags as a 'sack' but wanted them to be free standing. So I took out a bag and measured the width of the bag and then opened the bag and measured the pleated sides. Took these two measurements and subtracted 1/4" from each measurement and then I cut out a piece of white card stock for the inside bottom of my bags -- cut my white card stock piece 2 1/2" x 4 3/4". Opened the bag and put this cut white card stock at the bottom of the bag, flat -- this makes it possible for this bag to be free standing. Here is a bag from the side:

Did not want to fill my bags too soon with candies so for my photos I put paper shred inside the bag. Will add the candies the week of Halloween.

Using the Sizzix Scalloped Tag Combo #2 I cut out two black tags and used scrap card stock to decorate the tags. Used the perforated Happy Halloween labels in the bag package and took two of the labels off. Since they are perforated the edges were all bumpy so I used the trimmer to trim those edges off so my Happy Halloween labels have smooth, straight edges.

Gathered up the tops of the bags to close them and for the orange chevron bag I tied black and orange ribbon around that. For the spider bag I used black tulle to tie it shut.

Added a ghost to the chevron bag tag and a shiny bug to the spider tag -- again no stamping involved.  These are easy treat holders to put together and perfect for place settings at a table or treat holders to hand out to family and friends. TFL and YOLO

BOO Day Treat Holders

Recent stop at Walmart and quite the finds. . . First the treat holder in this post has no stamping needed but still turned out well. I wanted to make free standing treat holders for Halloween for treats as favors, for work, kid's classes, etc.

This first treat holder is an old pattern revisited -- the Sour Cream container. This holds the Fun Size bag of M&M's, choc nugget candies, mini candy bars, choc kisses, and other small treats. The Sour Cream containers are free standing and can be made with double sided card stocks, stamped card stocks, and solid coloured card stocks. My Sour Cream container involves paper piecing:

To start I used printed card stock from Mikes for the yellow and orange prints and then white/GP for the white piece. Made a sample container from scrap card stocks first to be sure the sizes of strips I was using would work for this holder. The white/GP piece is 1 1/8" x 5 1/2". The orange dotted piece is 1 7/8" x 5 1/2". Then the yellow dotted piece is 1 1/4" x 5 1/2". To attach these strips together so they are one piece I used a piece of Scotch tape longer than 5 1/2" and put this across the back of the yellow dotted piece at the top edge:

I then turned the yellow dotted piece over and butted the orange dotted piece up against the yellow edge on the tape side. Once those pieces were butted up against each other I pressed the orange piece down so the tape would hold it in place. Then put Scotch tape on the other side of the orange dotted piece to add the white piece to that:

Once the white piece was up against the orange dotted piece I pressed down to attach it to the tape. Then used scissors and snipped off the excess tape on the sides of the strips. Turned it over and added red sticky tape to close up the Sour Cream container as the pattern instructs (you can find the pattern all over on the internet). Closing the yellow bottom first. Then used the crimper and crimped the ends of the yellow end. Then added my candy treats. Once those were added I then closed the white end of the container and again used the crimping tool to crimp that closed. 

Did not want to use any stamps for this container but when I went to Walmart I picked up this package of 24 Halloween stickers for 97 cents:

These are not flat stickers but like a thin chip board:

Once my Sour Cream container was made and closed up I picked out one of these stickers for the front -- using a 1" circle punch I punched out an orange circle from scrap card stock. Used a large glue dot to attach the "Trick or Treat" sticker to the orange circle. Then used a 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch for scrap yellow card stock and put these together using glue dots. The stickers have adhesive on them but I do not know if their adhesive is as good as a glue dot so I added my own. I put the three layer sticker on the container front with a large glue dot. Using the M Stewart bat punch I punched out two bats from shiny black card stock and added them to the container using mini glue dots. Pinched their wings together so it gives the container front dimension. Easy treat holder to make up and the little chip board stickers have enough variety that they will get lots of use. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Garage Sales and a shopping Saturday morning . . .

Coming home from Mikes earlier this week when I drove past a neighborhood yard sale sign for today... came home and told DH about the sale and plans were made. Off we went this morning and I found a couple of good deals - here is a photo of an Iris drawer unit --- perfect height for under the craft room work table --- none of the drawers are cracked or broken so for $5.00 it was a good deal:

Just needs to be cleaned up and filled up and having it under the work table is a perfect location for all the things you need but not on your table top.

Also picked up this Sizzix Big Kick  machine for $3.00 -- will be teaching classes soon so this machine will come handy for classes and for $3.00 it was too good to leave behind:

Can always use an extra machine for classes -- but best part is not only does it work but for $3.00 I got the machine, the platform, and both clear plates. Great deal for sure.

That gal also had misc items in baggies for sale and I picked up a baggie for $3.00 that had bunches of odds and ends but I bought it mainly for these mini clothespins -- great for tag toppers, treat bag toppers, etc --- the red will be good for Christmas as well as Valentine's Day and 4th of July:

After the sale I wanted to stop at AC Moore as they had a 55% coupon for today and that is too good of a coupon to let expire. Walked over to the scrapbooking section and in the drive aisle of the store was a big table that held these Halloween (and other) paper packs from American Crafts and also from Pebbles --- BOO Day is soon so I picked up two of these paper packs for Halloween:

The paper packs were on sale for $7.88 each and they are packs of 12 x 12 printed card stocks. Happy to find them but nothing else caught my eye --- until ---

Went over to the shelves of packs of card stocks and found a pack of 12 x 12 glittered card stock in various colours by DCWV.  I have found most sheets of glittered card stocks are too thick for punches and for dies to cut so I do not use any other glittered card stock other than the brand from Hobby Lobby as with their brand all punches and dies work for cutting out shapes. Since their brand is sold in individual sheets it can be pricey if you want a few different colours. Knowing the quality DCWV sells I opened a pack of their glittered card stock and here are a few of the colours in the pack I bought and in person these sheets are very glittery but the camera did not really capture it:

These glittered sheets are not only very glittery but they have a smooth finish and not too thick for punches or dies to cut through. They will be perfect for the upcoming holidays. Using the 55% coupon this DCWV pack was very affordable. 

Good shopping/sale-ing day for me. Happy to have the 55% coupon from AC Moore and remember if you can not find anything at ACM that Mike's also honors their coupons so you may find something there that you want. TFL and YOLO