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.

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

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