Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Witches Hat Treat Box

Well, Halloween is officially over and I'm just now getting around to posting one of the things I made this year. I have been busy with a couple of different swaps I joined and two of  them didn't have much to do with paper. I'll post pics from those as soon as I'm able. For now, here are the boxes:
 These were made with the Cameo and the file is from the Silhouette store. These were super easy, and i was able to make them in about an hour from start to finish.
 
 I'm participating in a use your stash challenge and am happy to say that everything I used was stuff I already had. The paper is DCWV, the flowers, bling and brads from Recollections. I actually had those flowers in a bag of things I was going to get rid of. They ended up being perfect for this project!
Here's the box with the top off. It actually held a good amount of small candy bars.
Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. We had so much fun trick or treating with the grand kids, but boy did we enjoy the quiet when everyone went home!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Pails Re-post

I originally posted this last year, but thought it was worth repeating! Unfortunately I haven't seen these pails at Michaels recently. I hope they bring them back.

A few weeks ago I found these cute plastic pails for $1 at Michaels. I thought they'd make perfect Halloween treat buckets so I grabbed a few to decorate for the grand kids. I love how they turned out.

 I used Oracal vinyl, and even though this was only my second time to use it, it was much easier than I expected it to be. I added some bling to the purple one and cute buttons to the others. Here's a list of the carts used:
Hello Kitty Font
Mini Monsters
Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
Paper Doll Dress Up
Sesame Street Font
Pumpkin Carvings
Simply Charmed
Boys Will Be Boys (The spider's mouth is two worms welded together)
This was such a fun project, I want to make more! I'll have to think of some more kiddos I can make some for!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Card-Rattle Your Bones

Hi everyone! This was my post for October on the Cricut Fanatics Blog.
 I hope you are having a great Friday! For today's project I'm sharing a cute Halloween card I made for my grandson. He loves everything I create for him with the Cricut, and he especially enjoys making things with me. He calls my craft room my Making room! Anyway, on to the card.
I started with a piece of white card stock cut 5 1/4" by 4" then covered it diagonally with coordinating strips of washi tape. I left the pieces long then folded the ends over the edges of the card stock for a clean, finished look.
 I then mounted this on a piece of black 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card stock. The green mat is from Elegant Edges and is cut at 3.75" from a scrap of Bo Bunny paper. The edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger. It was adhered to the card with liquid glue. The phrase is from the A Frightful Affair cartridge, cut at 2.96" out  of orange glitter paper from DCWV. The original image has a skull on it, but I used the Gypsy's hide contour feature to cut only the words. The little skeleton is from the Trick or Treat cartridge and is cut at 3.70". My little trick for gluing all those small pieces is to pour a little puddle of glue out (I have a small plastic lid that I use for that) then use tweezers to pick up the small piece, dip lightly in the glue, then place on the bigger piece. I finished him off by adding some google eyes. For added fun, I used an Action Wobble to attach the skeleton to the card. It was actually a little too big but I was able to trim off some of the edges so it wouldn't be seen from the front.
Here's my attempt at a shot of the Action Wobble in motion! Once the card was complete I realized that I almost completely covered the washi tape background. Oh well, I still like the look of it!
That's my project for this month, hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Maria

Friday, October 12, 2012

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop Winners!

Thank you to everyone for hopping along with us last weekend!  I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of you for visiting  the blogs, not just one day but two, and for all the kind comments that you left! A huge thanks too to all the participants for making the hop such a success!
Now on to the good stuff! The winner of the Chic and Scary cartridge is Lisa B.! The winner of the Halloween pack is marg0006! Congrats to you both and I will be contacting you for mailing info.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop, Day 2

Welcome to the second day of  hop! I am the host and the first stop on the hop. If  you missed day one you can still check it out by scrolling down to yesterday's post.  If you complete the hop and leave a comment on all the posts, you will be eligible to win a Cricut Chic and Scary cartridge! In addition to that, if you leave a comment on my post you will have a chance to win an Anna Griffin Halloween set. You can check out both prizes by scrolling down.
For today's project I decorated two plastic charger plates with vinyl. These plates are from Michael's and and come in a variety of colors, which change seasonally. FYI, the plates are for decorative purposes only and are not recommended for food service. Just thought I'd mention that in case anyone was wondering!

 For this one I used the Word Collage cartridge and the Gypsy. I used the hide contour feature to select different words and then cut them out of the color vinyl I wanted them to be. Believe it or not, the most time consuming part of this for me was choosing which words would be which color! The little characters around the edges are from the Paper Trimmings cartridge. To fill in the spaces in between, I added some jewels in Halloween colors.

This plate is obviously a Thanksgiving theme. The phrase is from the Inspired Hearts cartridge, the center flourishes from Cricut Alphabet and the outer leaf flourish from Thanksgiving. I used a dark brown vinyl for the phrase and a light grey for the other cuts. I also added some jewels to this plate to fill in the blank spaces. After adding the larger jewels to the flourishes I couldn't decide if I liked them or not. I guess I'll live with it for a while and see.
I hope you enjoyed today's projects. Next up is the fabulous Michele at  Scrap and Dance  .
Thank you so much for visiting us for this hop. I hope you enjoyed it and found some projects that inspired you. A huge thank you to my fellow hoppers who made this hop a success! You guys are all wonderful!
Until next time...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to day one of  The Falling for Halloween Blog Hop!  It's so exciting to be the host of this hop and be joined by several super talented paper crafters. I'm also glad you decided to join in on the fun and I'm sure you will see lots of wonderful projects for Fall and Halloween.
What's a hop without blog candy?  As the host, I will be giving away  a Cricut Chic and Scary Halloween cartridge. To be eligible to win, simply visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a comment on each one.

I have a separate prize that includes Anna Griffin Halloween paper, ribbon, rub-ons and glitter letters and two cute stamps by Recollections. The winner for this prize will be chosen from comments left on just my blog. You can double your chance by commenting on both days of the hop.

Winners will be announced next Friday, October 12th. Be sure to leave a way for me to get in touch with you in your comment!
 Now, on to my project!

For today's post I created a cheerful Fall wall hanging. I started with a piece of blue  Coordinations card stock. To add some subtle texture I stamped some small fall images and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. The paper was machine stitched around the edges  with a large zig-zag stitch. The tree and leaves are from the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. The tree was cut twice, the, each piece was layered with foam tape. Some of the branches were outlined with Cinnamon Stickles.  The leaves were cut in different fall colors with some  cut smaller and placed along the bottom of the page. The cute kissing squirrels are from  Live Simply. They are placed on the page with double layers of pop dots for more dimension. The phrase is from 3 Birds on Parade. Gold adhesive jewels were added to the letters after they were outlined with a brown sharpie.
Hope you enjoyed today's project for the hop! Next up is the talented Michele at  Scrap and Dance  
Remember, if you visit everyone in the hop and leave a comment you will be entered to win the Chic and Scary cartridge! Below is also a list of all the hop participants.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back tomorrow for day two of the hop!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Hop this Weekend!

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Please join me and some of my crafty friends for the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop this weekend, October 6th and 7th. You're sure to see lots of wonderful inspiring projects for fall and Halloween and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way. Hope to see you this weekend!
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