Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halloween Treats!

I love fall and as a child I really loved Halloween. As an adult...it's lost a bit of the thrill that only dressing up in costume and getting free candy can produce. Now days I have to buy the candy...and let's be honest here, if I buy the candy now it won't last until Halloween. But that doesn't stop me because those cute bags of chocolate candies are ON SALE! And they are BITE SIZE (and everyone knows bite-size candy calories don't count. I burned off the calories opening the bag!)

So, maybe the thrill of free candy treats has gone, but here at my little blog, here you can get that thrill back!! I am giving away a little Halloween Treat Pack, with 18 pieces of decorative paper-some are GLITTERY! and a pack of GLITTERY stickers, and a cute little stamp from Studio G that says "Eat Drink and be Scary"
All you need to do is leave a comment ON THIS POST. I'll get Random.org to generate a random # and the winner will be picked on October 10th and put in the mail soon after.

Don't forget to tell you friends and anyone you think might be interested in the contest or blog. Good luck and thanks for playing!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halloween Count-down Advent Calendar Directions


6 pieces 12x12 cardstock, color of your choice
Scor-pal (optional, but most measurements reference the scor-pal)
1/4” width Tacky tape/red-line tape
Runner tape, like Tombow
1” circle punch (Marvy Uchida)
Foam tape or dimensional tape
Assorted holiday papers
Chipboard accents, rub-ons, brads and other items for decorating
Michael’s brand wedding favor pre-made boxes
Cricut w/basic George for numbers or chipboard numbers

This calendar holds 5 boxes per row and measurements are for this size. The sleeve and boxes will be a snug fit, but over time and use the boxes and sleeves will loose shape and stretch. The snug fit assures the boxes will not fall out with an accidental knock or nudge.

Cut all 6 pieces of cardstock to 7 1/8” x 11 3/8” reserve scraps
Score 6 large pieces length-wise at 2 3/8” and 4 3/4” (on scor-pal line long edge at 2 1/8” guideline and score on 4 1/2 mark. Flip paper and do again on opposite side.)

Fold on scored lines. This is the sleeve body without sides
Repeat with all large pieces of cardstock

From remaining cardstock scraps, cut 12 pieces measuring 3” x 3 3/8” and 1 piece at 2 1/8” square (set this one aside with treat boxes).
On 3” x 3 3/8” paper, score length 5/8” (on scor-pal, line up length of paper at 1 1/2” guideline and score on 2 1/8” mark.)

Score width at 1/2” and 2 7/8” (or flip paper and score at 1/2" on opposite side.)

Trim corners out; fold on scored lines; Place tacky tape on all 3 scored flaps

Remove tape backing and adhere flaps to inside of sleeve, on edges. Start with back edges first, then top and bottom.
Repeat on other side. Complete other boxes. Using a liberal amount of tacky tape, adhere all 6 sleeves together.

For the Treat Boxes:

Cut decorative paper to 2 1/8” square pieces. You’ll need 30 for the calendar

Have one unassembled box handy. Find your reserved 2 1/8” square of cardstock. This is your template for all future punched papers, so line it up accurately. Line up & center template square to card box front and mark the curve of the box front on the cardstock.

Using circle punch, measure halfway down with punch and punch out the curve/semi-circle from the template. With template you can measure on the back of your decorative paper and mark the curve and punch without having to measure against the boxes each time, or eye-ball the measurement and waste paper with each mistake. It’s particularly handy when punching 30 (!!) box fronts.

Using runner tape (I highly recommend for speed and durability over glue) adhere the decorative paper to UNASSEMBLED box (a flattened box removed straight from the package) front. This makes it faster to decorate 30 (!!) boxes.

Assemble boxes and decorate with chip board accents, labels and numbers for the count down days. (Decorate with rub-ons before assembling boxes; it’s much easier to “rub”.) Use foam tape to lift some accents for added dimension. Enjoy the process and have fun!
For more advent calendars I've done: Christmas in Blues; Red & Green Christmas; Birthday
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Party in a Box!

I made this cake gift for a friend. The inspiration came from Becky's site "Inking Idaho" and she in turn was inspired from Nichole Heady . Nichole's site explains how to make it...maybe you'll be inspired to make one, too?
Check back Saturday for the advent Calendar instructions and maybe some treats!
Thanks for looking!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Basic Grey Trio Class

I have one kit remaining from my Basic Grey Trio class.
Cost is $10.00 for 2 cards and matching gift bag. All kits include all materials, color photos & instructions. You will need your preferred adhesive & tacky glue to assemble the cards. Shipping is $4.95

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Counting down Halloween

Here is the final photo of the advent calendar.

I made this calendar by hand, with a little (okay, a lot) of help from Michael's wedding favor boxes. I saw the Starbucks advent calendar last year and thought I'd make a similar calendar.
Then I thought of my friend Liz who absolutely LOVES Halloween and thought I'd try it for her. Each box is 2.25 inches square and can hold candy or a creepy toy. Some of the draw-backs: The count-down to Halloween is 30 days, while a Christmas advent is only 24 days. So this is a rather tall advent calendar. To balance out the size-issues, I absolutely couldn't wait to make this, so the excitement helped propel the project forward and the results are just spectacular. Sometimes our projects don't turn out as well as planned in our minds (or notebooks!) This one worked out wonderfully.

I've been approached by many friends and crafters for tutorials and requests for instructions so when I make the next one for my sister, I'll write up the instructions, record measurements and take a few photos. I'll have those available here on Saturday, September 19th.

Here's the blog entry for directions

Thanks for all the comments and praise!


Scor-pal, EK Success 1" circle punch, Fiskars paper cutter

Michael's brand wedding favor boxes (use your coupon!); Michael's brand Halloween die-cuts; Target dollar-spot paper pack; Target dollar-spot Halloween rub-ons; Bazzil black cardstock; Tacky tape; Cricut-Basic George for numbers; foam tape; brads and paper scraps for labels.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Can I get an "Amen!" ??

I am done with my little project. It took about 9 hours of planning, design and work. I have this one complete and ready to be given to a friend of mine that LOVES Halloween with a great passion. Hopefully, her entire family will enjoy this advent calendar that counts down the days until Halloween. Here is a close-up and I'll post the final photo tomorrow.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Just a bit more....

Okay...here is another photo. Let's call it "phase 2".
It is just a little more of this CRAZY-AWESOME project I am creating. I'll have it all done on Sunday, so check back for the final photo.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Guess What?

I hope you are all enjoying the last few days of vacation and indeed, if you were to look out my window, it would seem the last few days of summer as well. I love weather like this. Blustery, wet and sweater-inspiring. Of course, I get tired of it fast, especially when I have to go outside and wait for the school bus while it's pouring and wind is blowing the rain into my face. But today, I love it!
I had a chance to get my projects organized and listed in importance of what needed to get done and when. Then I went and created what I really wanted to make - whatever the consequences. It was most likely caused by the weather. And since I'm in this quirky mood...I'm not going to show you the entire project. I'll just show you a corner of something not yet finished. But trust me...it is soooo FABULOUS!

Wanna guess what it is...or what it's going to be?