Wicked Easy Halloween Trick-o-Treat Bags!

Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!


If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.


Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored Pencils
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)

1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.

Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!

Pretty Party!

I love a good party! I especially love hosting one and my favorite part of getting ready for a party is making the favors and decorations! Why get store-bought when you can make the perfect party decorations with crafting templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and clear stamps from Pink Persimmon. It is a marriage made in crafty heaven if you ask me 😉

I designed the Fancy Cupcake box template to go with the Singing Birds stamp set. I love how the frame stamp fits perfectly on the mat, placecard and cupcake box. In SCAL2 and SCAL 3 the design will import perfectly to fit the stamps but if you are using other software just make sure the mat is set at 4″ wide (lock proportions) and you will be all set.

Of course you can cut the box whatever size you want like I did for the smaller favor boxes filled with gum balls. I also think these little boxes would be cute as wedding favors!

The boxes can be cut with or without the window. There are printable templates in the kit as well so if you do not have a digital die cutting machine you can print and cut. To cut the large cupcake box you will need to enlarge the pattern 150%. Directions and scoring guides for the templates are on the printable instructions.

This kit also comes with a quick cutting cupcake wrapper (say that 5 times fast!) and a scalloped cupcake topper. You can cut 4 wrapper from a 12″x12″ sheet of paper. Tip: Set up the wrapper templates on your virtual mat then fill in with the smaller topper shapes to save space! I personalized the cupcake topper with letters from the Carnival alphabet stamp set. I also used both the large and small carnival alpha stamps on the place cards:

After I made the fancy cupcake box set  thought about other template sets I had and how they would go with other stamps…I decided that this party needed a banner so I measured the stamps in the Big Banner and Rosette set and then opened my scallop banner die SVG cut from the Pretty Banner SVG set and set the size to 4″widex4.25″high and cut a bunch from pink cardstock. I stamped the large banners inside the die cuts then stamped them again on blue polka dot pattern paper, cut out the centers and layered them on the die cuts. Then I simply stamped the rosettes on scraps of cream (leftover from the cupcake box) and punched them out with my 1.5″ circle punch. I glued the layers together and clipped them to some ribbon with mini clothespins. Easy and quick!

What is a party without a favor bag? I like these scalloped favor bags from the Pretty Favors set because you can cut 2 bags this size from a 12″x12″ sheet of cardstock and they are plenty sturdy too. I used scraps of patterned paper and some pleated party streamers to decorate it.

You can make these party decorations ahead of time and you can save the banner to use again! Here is a look at the Crafting Templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff I used in this project:

 Pretty Banners SVGPretty Favors SVGFancy Cupcake Box SVG

Here is a look at the Pink Persimmon stamps I used :

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Scrappy Frogs, Catch The Bug, Ellephantastic, Drunken Stampers, Crafty Ann’s, Fairy Knoll, Inspire Me Fridays, Paper Crafting Journey, Stamp Insanity and Make it Monday


Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Nifty Gifties!

Sometimes inspiration is right under your nose. I have such an uber talented design team and every week they inspire me. When I saw the cool chapstick favors on Tamara Bennett’s blog Scrapcation Getaway (do check out her blog, she has lots of great craft ideas!) I was dumbfounded, I loved the chapstick favor idea so much that I incorporated the idea in my new SVG set Nifty Gifties:

This kit has all you need to create affordable favors and classroom gifts. I was at Big Lots the other day and they had 12 packs of Jolly Rancher lip balms for $6, you can get good deals on chapstick packs at any department store too. If lip gloss is not your thing you can cut the template larger and it can hold a pack of gum, rollos, lifesavers or mints.

Here is a look at the inside of the lip balm purse:

You can find packs of 20 flat holiday lollipops for $2 at the grocery stores. Make these cute trees and slide the sucker inside and viola, a classroom of happy kids for pennies a piece!

Need a versatile favor bag for any occasion? Here it is. this bag can be cut and assembled in about a minute!

All of the files in Nifty Gifties are designed to make quick, easy inexpensive favors, they are simple enough to make WITH your children as well so share the love of crafting with your little ones this year and you will have sweet little gifts made in no time. If you have a Cricut Machine and SCAL software you can cut them on your cricut but there are printable templates as well and they are laid out so you don’t wast paper: You get 4 purses on one 8.5″x11″sheet, 4 tree favors on another sheet (print them on 4 different patterned paper and mix and match the parts to make 16 favors!) and the box fills the 8.5″x11″ with enough room for two scalloped tags too. Whether you print or die cut the favors they are easy and fun to make.

You get these 3 darling svg/printable favor templates for only $3!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: AUD Sentiments (hohoho-on lip balm favor), Bunny Zoe (Christmas-not a card), Christmas Stamping All Year LongCraftyCatz, crafty sentiments, scrappy frog, Stamp it Crazy, (Christmas), A crafty Little Place, papercutz,(anything goes), Creative Inspirations (red, green, gold), DCD Christmas Club (die cut & Christmas), Ellephantastic, Embellish Magazine, (color challenge) and Hand Stamped Sentiments (favors, table decorations)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

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