Make a Monster Treat Bag!

I hope you like Halloween because I have a lot of ideas cooking in my crafty brain this week:) Today I am going to show you how to make a reusable treat bag. I used the sturdy tin tie coffee bags from Papermart for the base because they are more sturdy than a lunch sacks and can be re-closed, plus they are nice to have on hand in a couple of months for packing up Christmas treats (always think of other ways to use an item when buying in bulk!) I also used twisted paper cord from Papermart, at $2.69 a 25 yard hank you get plenty of materiel to experiment with. It adds a lot of flair and volume to a design or gift wrap for little $$$.

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This project is great for using up your stash. Leftover googlie eyes, paper scraps and other fun bits and bobs can be used to embellish these. I used the same Halloween and spider stamp I used on yesterday’s card to stamp the front panel. Watch the video to see how I made mine!

I think I might fill mine up with candy and leave it on one of my kids friends door steps…let’s hope they don’t read my blog LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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A Menagerie of Monsters! {but they’re cute!}

Happy Sunday folks! Sunday is always “Family Craft Day” during football season. I love that everyone is home and cozy whether we are sitting upstairs by the fire and knitting while watching the Patriots play or hanging out in the studio making messy crafts. We had a day like that yesterday. After soccer in the morning we all came home and chilled out, listened to music and created, my husband was working on a workshop redo and the girls and I made monsters:

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this craft is really easy and a great use for leftover yarn. You will need Styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, felt scraps, gogglie eyes, pom-poms, golf tees (for legs), cardboard or any other leftovers you want to use up! You will need thick and tacky glue or low temp hot glue as well.

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Wrap a Styrofoam ball with yarn. I used hot glue to secure it but you can use thick and tacky glue if the kids want to do this step themselves.
  2. Make a base for it to stand, you can cut feet out of cereal box or stick golf tees in for legs. Use hot glue to stick the ball to the base.
  3. Decorate the monster with felt, pipe cleaners, sequins or whatever! Googlie eyes are a nice touch!

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Variations!

I would love to find a substitute for the Styrofoam balls, they are expensive in price and cost to the environment. I think you could ball up newspaper and tape it for an alternative or make a big pompom (using one of the c shaped pompom makers or cardboard) and decorate that! OR just wind up a ball of yarn and decorate with felt pieces without gluing (they will stick with static) and you can use the yarn again! There are a lot of ways to make a monster! Hey don’t forget today is the last day to sign up on last Monday’s post to win a stamp from Art Neko/About Art Accents. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

More Spooky Treats!

love this time of year! It is so easy to come up with fun ideas to craft with the kids. My copy of Scrapbooks Etc. came in the mail yesterday and my 7 year old was peeking at the cover and saw a cute bat Halloween treat box and asked if we could make one. I said “sure” and remembered that I had made a fry box file to cut with my cricut that would work like a charm to make these:

Fry box Favors! Download the templates below ;)

Fry box Favors! Download the templates below 😉

Aren’t they fun? I have an svg file so you can cut the fry box, pumpking mouth and bat wings with your Cricut using scal software. You can do the other shapes with scal too, just look under the shapes menu and if you don’t have a cricut I have a printable template for you. You can also use punches to decorate! I used double stick tape for the sided of the box and handle but the rest can be adhered with a glue stick.

When doing this project with your kids be sure to cut out all of the pieces before hand and have a pair of scissors, glue stick, googlie eyes and markers for each person.

Download the fry box svg file here to cut on your cricut. You can get 2 from a 12×12 sheet of cardstock.

Download the bat wing svg here.

Download the pumpkin mouth SVG here.

Download a printable PDF file of the above here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Convert a .PNG to a .SVG file…works for .JPG too!

Huh? OK we are getting a bit techie today but I swear this is easy! I get many emails form my fabulous blog readers on how to convert jpg and png files to svg files so they can cut them on the Cricut. Not that I don’t LOVE the emails, I thought it would be easier to explain it here with pictures because it is so easy. Expect to say “duh!” before this post is over. Don’t worry, I did not forget my non SCAL/Cricut readers you can do this project “old school” with paper and scissors and you digi-scrappers can play as well!. You will need Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) Software, a Cricut and a free program called Inkscape for this tutorail.

Here is what my 4 year old daughter made with what I cut:

Ooh-La-La, a fancy mask!

Ooh-La-La, a fancy mask!

Here are the free png mask files I used for this project. They are a freebie from Digi-Designer Meredith Fenwick and you can grab them on her blog here. Don’t forget to leave some love if you download, a simple thanks will do and it is sure to make her day!

Halloween mask freebie by Merdith Fenwick

Halloween mask freebie by Merdith Fenwick

A note about converting files. The files still belong to the original creator, that means you cannot share them or sell them without permission. This is for personal use only, otherwise I would just give you the files I made but that would be uncool since these freebies promote the designers business and drive traffic to their blogs. Yes, I’m a total square…OK I’m off the soapbox 🙂

Step 1. Find a file you want to convert (simple is best like a coloring book page or png file with a transparent background). Open that file in Inkscape.

open the file in Inkscape, select the mask.

open the file in Inkscape, select the mask.

Click the arrow in the upper left column, then click on your graphic.

In the “Path” menu choose “Trace bitmap”

click "path" then "Trace Bitmap"

Click "path" then "trace bitmap"

A box pops up, click update, and you will hopefully see your graphic. Click “OK” and close the box by clicking the “x” in the upper right hand corner.

A window appers, click update and you see your graphic, click OK then "X".

A window appears, click update and you see your graphic, click OK then "x"

Save the file as a .svg then you can import it to SCAL. * this is important, you don’t open a svg file in SCAL you need to choose “import”.

Open SCAL, click "File" then "Import SVG"

Open SCAL, click"file" then "import SVG" and select your file.

Yay! There it is just like magic! resize as needed.

Yay! There it is just like magic! resize as needed.

That is all there is to it. I you have a multi-colored image you can use a graphics program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to separate everything with the “magic Wand” tool first then cut and paste them in a new document before opening it in inkscape…I think you can even do that in inksape but I haven’t tried (if it ain’t broke why fix it!). Have fun and if you have trouble leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do…feel free to comment if you are successful too…I like the success stories!

I’m gonna cut a bunch of these for my kids classes, they had a ball decorating these and it will be so much easier than cutting them by hand! Honestly, I can’t wait to make some myself!

Thanks for sitting through this long post. Until tomorrow, Happy Crafting!

Lindsay

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