Inktober Day 3: Poison

Hi friends! Just popping in really quick with today’s #inktober2017 sketch using the prompt “poison.”

Here is a quick time-lapse video of the sketch:

Supplies:

That’s it for now! Are you doing the Inktober challenge? All you need is a pen and paper, give it a try and let me know how you make out in the comments below. Happy crafting!

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Easy No-Spill Candy Bag to Sew!

Here is a fun idea for trick-or-treating OR anyplace you need a no-spill bag for kids (like keeping Legos and crayons from spilling all over the car!)

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The design is simple and easy to sew by hand or machine and it can be made with a half yard or fabric or 2 fat quarters. Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
1/2 yard of fabric OR 2 “Fat Quarters”
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Iron
Sewing Pins
Hook & Loop Tape (AKA Velcro)
Grosgrain ribbon
Felt (orange, green, black, white)
Glitter
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue and spray adhesive if using glitter

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post! Thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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!

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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.

Video!

Supplies:
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)

Directions:
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!

Stamp School 14: How to Make a Shaker Card {for Halloween!}

Hi Friends! The other day I shared a quick shaker card but tonight I am going to go a bit more in-depth for my stamp school friends!

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Sorry if I still sound a bit stuffy, I’m not back to 100% yet and it is getting on my nerves, I like being productive darn it LOL! It was nice to chill out and make a relaxed card. I hope you enjoy tonight’s mellow tutorial.

Video!

Supplies:
Cardstock (purple and white)
Stamps from the Halloween Collection from Stampendous!
Ink: Black, lavender, purple
craft knife
ruler
Acetate or clear packaging
Foam Tape
double-sided tape
Ribbon
Embellishments and glue if desired

Directions for shaker card:
1. Stamp frame image on purple cardstock, tear away frame and cut out window. Save this center for the inside.
2. Place the frame on a folded card and trace the window. Stamp skeleton inside window and color the background orange.
3. Attach the acetate clear sheet over the backside of the frame to cover the hole you cut. Go around the opening with foam tape and fill with glitter, beads and sequins.
4. remove the liner from the foam tape and center the folded card over the frame so that the skeleton will show through the window.
5. Embellish as desired.

Tip! The dollar stores can be a treasure trove for embellishments, look at Halloween decorations, jewelry and party favors and see if you can repurpose them into card embellishments! Also look at your orange, purple, green and black supplies to see what you already have!

What kinds of cards and projects would YOU like to see me do in stamp school? Christmas cards? Scrapbook layouts? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!

Happy Halloween!!!

Hi friends! I had an amazing night! We had our annual Trick or Treat open house and it was a blast, so many families came, we had a pot luck dinner so the kids could eat something good before the candy:) The  kids took off in mobs to go around the small cul-de-sac where we live and they came home with candy, they also played tag outside in the dark, pool and pinball! I even set up a well-lit photo area so parents could snap pics of their kids in costume. I took a few seconds before it all began to wish you all a happy Halloween in this video (shot in front of the aforementioned photo booth:

Sorry if this is rambly, it is late and I am tired but a good tired knowing that everyone had a good time and that my kids are not too old for Halloween. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

DIY Bride of Frankenstein Costume! {wig, costume & makeup!}

Hello friends! Some of you die-hard frugal fans will notice that I did not post a video yesterday on my YouTube channel. I hope you forgive me because I have 3 videos today! I spent yesterday making my Halloween costume using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! My Husband and I are going to a costume party this year as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein (Hopefully he will let me shoot a video of his costume) and so I figured I would pull it all together and film the process. I have to admit the hardest part of this entire costume was making the wig. Viewer Teresa (AKA TerryMcCrafty on instagram) suggested I use a soda bottle for the wig form, genius! I used fine black mesh tulle fabric and glitter mesh tulle in white for the hair. The fine mesh tulle sold on the bolt is super soft and full so for all of you parents who have to make Elsa from Frozen costumes this year you might want to grab some light blue! Papermart also has a 15% discount on combined fabric orders over $300 so keep that in mind for holiday crafting! Now, Let’s make a wig!

Compared to the wig the costume is a piece of cake. It is no sew and only uses one roll of 14″ burlap jute fabric. Best of all I constructed the costume in a temporary way so I can take it apart and use the burlap on other projects in the future such as burlap stretched canvas decor….that is if I can get through 2 parties without spilling something on myself LOL! That’s OK, I have an extra roll:)

And now, the makeup! I have NEVER done a makeup tutorial before. Just think, If I can do this so can you and I am simply using an inexpensive set of Halloween makeup for the discount store. I also used my normal mascara, eye and lip pencils. I know, fancy right?

So how is that for a frugal costume? $1 for the soda bottle, $13 for a roll of burlap and $6 for the makeup (and there is a ton leftover), not bad I say! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring these videos, if you end up ordering remember that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner so you can stock up on paper goods, gift wrap and food packaging supplies. They have so many nice things for holiday parties and gift packaging there! Thank YOU for watching, let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Day of the Dead & A Stamp Winner!

I hope everyone survived Trick-o-treating last night. We had a great time, I gaggle of us went together around the cul-de-sac where I live. It was perfect Halloween weather, howling wind, rain and all sorts of blustery goodness! We all gathered at my place for a pot luck (I had the best intentions of ALL the kids eating real food before they went begging for candy) before hand, it had become a bit of a tradition and I feel “the more the merrier!” I love Halloween because because it is low stress (unlike Christmas) I don’t kill myself cleaning because the extra cobwebs in the corners add to the ambiance and there is no need to mop the floors when you are going to have 30 kids traipsing in and out of the house LOL! Who’s to say the floor wasn’t spotless before they arrived? I am kinda bummed because I did not get any pictures last night. My son was David Ortiz, AKA “Big Papi” of the Red Sox, I was a creepy sugar skull face lady and my girls were a minion and a vampire. Here is a photo of me and the girls before last weekend’s school Halloween party, I was dressed as a fortune teller because I was volunteering at the party as one.

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Today is Day of the Dead, a time to remember friends and family who have passed. One of the traditions is decorating sugar skulls so I created a quick and easy painting project you can do with the kids:

Now what you have really been waiting for. The winner of last weeks stamp giveaway is: Carla! I have a couple of readers with that name so I will email the correct Carla and you can get your prize! That’s it for me today. I am going scrapbooking, I should clean the house first but I’m willing to let the “ambiance” last one more day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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