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Nightfall treat bucket

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Hey, all! Hope you all had a great weekend! I was pretty busy over here finishing up my Echo Park ‘Times & Seasons’ projects! I drank a whole lotta’ coffee yesterday! lol..

I got some boxes in from Two Peas recently, and of course.. I was so excited about the new pretties that I HAD to make time to make one little thing! This is really simple.. I made it in less than an hour! I ordered some treat buckets from Oriental Trading Co. so I could decorate them for various holidays! I decided to give one a try… here’s what I came up with!

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I’m keeping this post short, because I need to get the laundry done (Egh! It never ends! Anyone else have that problem?) So, here are some quick design details:

  • Get your buckets HERE.. Comes in a set of six! Perfect size for treats, cookies, stinky socks.. etc.
  • The little canvas star is from Canvas Corp. I added and eyelet and buttons! LOVE them!
  • The GORGEOUS paper is ‘Nightfall’ By American Crafts. It’s on sale at Two Peas right now!
  • Adorable stamp sentiment is from Punkin’ Patch Stamps!
  • The embellishments and ribbon is also American Crafts ‘Nightfall’
  • Burlap on the handle is from My Mind’s Eye ‘Lost and Found’
  • The tag and wavy orange trim are cutting files from Lori Whitlock

And of course.. Mama can’t do anything without some sort of ‘helper’.. and by ‘helper’ I mean my annoying feline child who got comfy the moment I started taking pictures!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a looksie! Don’t forget to click the ‘home’ button and see if you’ve missed anything!

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Gettin’ pushy with push cakes!

I am SO excited about this project!

Cute colorful yummy treats AND cute colorful Halloween paper and embellishments? Ahhh.. YES! Me likey a LOT! I think it’s weird to sit here and go on and on about how much I loooove my own project, so… I won’t do that. I mean, if I hated it, I probably wouldn’t be showing you (trust me, I have a few of those around here..)

I really do love it though.. LUV IT! *insert pink fluffy floating hearts here*

So, last night I posted on my FACEBOOK showing you these cute new Bella Blvd. ‘Too Cute to Spook’ papers I got… I also had some weird plastic tubes and a block of styrofoam. Some of you didn’t know what those snazzy little tubes were for.. Well, now ya do! Or.. errr.. maybe ya don’t? lol. TUBE CAKES! HelloOOoooo, handy dandy cutesy awesomeness! They are EASY to make and even easier to eat! Great for holidays, birthdays, to stuff your face when your ‘Aunt’s’ in town and you need chocolate before you rip someones head off… Not saying I get like that or anything.. I’m the girl ’Happy’ life.. (really, it’s just a coverup.. I’m terribly grumpy.. Grrrrr.. Get off my lawn!) Pfffft!

I was going to do a photo tutorial showing how I made the push cakes, but.. it was dark and I didn’t have good lighting. I will just give some tips and explain at the bottom of this post. But before that, you need to see more pictures.. lots, LOTS more.. I couldn’t help it! I want to make sure you see all the cuteness, and if you’re slightly blind, I have to share close ups.. see, I’m just thinkin’ of ya!… and if I make your belly growl or perhaps you start salivating, then extra points for me! Yes, I get points for your drooling.. I know, I know.. I have a messed up ‘points’ system.

Now, scoot your chair closer to the computer screen… and dig in! Or, if you’re on an iPad, laptop, etc. place it on your chest and get to scrollin’!

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Oh, yeah! Three of my favorite hobbies combined! Baking, paper crafting, and eating! Oh, eating’s not a hobby?… Especially calorie packed crud in a tube?.. Drats!

I wish you all could have seen my girls’ faces when they came home and saw this little masterpiece!

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I made the sleeves for the tube cakes removable so I can use them more than once!

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Mmmmm……

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I bought this pack of sprinkles at Target and they match the paper perfectly!

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Soooo… what do ya think? (AKA: leave me a comment! lol)

OK, so as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t do a tutorial for this, but I will give you some details to help you get started! (And yes, I am SO making a Christmas and Thanksgiving one!  I have a CUTE idea for a turkey setting for push cakes! Whoo-hoo!) So, here’s some deets:

 

THE CAKE and FROSTING:

  • I alter my box cakes and they come out tasting homemade! Try these steps.. 1). Use chocolate cake mix with 3-4 full squirts of black Americolor food coloring (this is the BEST food coloring!) 2). Mix in 1-2tsp cocoa powder, use melted REAL butter in place of oil, use MILK in place of water, use eggs as stated on the box and add in 1 small pack of INSTANT chocolate pudding mix. Beat on medium for about 3 minutes. It WILL be thick.. and yuuuuummy! And just so you know, raw cake batter is protein (you know.. eggs and milk!).. it’s almost healthy!.. Yeah… that’s a lie, lol. Bake as directed in a 9×13″ dish.
  • Once the cake is done, let it cool a bit and remove it from the baking dish. Once the cake is completely cooled, use a cake level (or a good ol’ knife) and cut the cake in half. I squish the cake down a bit to make it a bit more dense and easier to cut. It also helps to chill it for about an hour.
  • Use a push cake tube as your ‘cutter’ and cut a bunch of little circles. (You can get tubes from eBay, Etsy, online party supply stores, etc.)
  • For the frosting. I use homemade buttercream and colored it to match the paper with Americolor food coloring. You can also buy canned vanilla and color it!
  • Start stacking! Push down a layer of cake.. then use a piping bag with tip and squeeze in some frosting. Push in another cake layer so it smushes the frosting to the edges… repeat and top with a bit of frosting and sprinkles!
  • Try not to lick your fingers.. lol. YUM!

THE BOX DISPLAY:

  • I used a 4×4″ block of styrofoam, cut in half and glued together. Finished size will be 8x4x2
  • Trim paper to fit for outter part. Decorate and such.. do your thing! As you can see, I used a bunch of stickers from Bella Blvd ‘Too Cute to Spook’ and Bo Bunny ‘Whoo-ligans’. They match well!
  • I used 20g black jewelry wire to make some of the stickers ‘springy’ and stand out.
  • Use 3 dowel rods to hold up the ‘treats’ banner. (break one rod in half and hot glue it to one full sized rod) I made these even more sturdy by gluing on chip board elements. Stick this about an inch into the styrofoam. It helps to hot glue them in!
  • Also, make holes for the cake pops with one of the push cake handles that you didn’t fill with cake. I made the mistake of trying to shove an already made push cake into the strofam and ended up pushing the cake up.. yeah I know, imagine THAT.. I pushed the handle up and the push cake pushed up.. lol! So, I had to whip up another one.. *grumble, grumble*

That’s about it! SUPER easy to do and so much fun to decorate! You can go ALL out.. or keep it simple! The good thing is I can use this more than once as I made it so the push cake sleeves slip right off!

Well, folks.. this is one long blog post now. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be quiet over here for a few days as I finish up these projects for Echo Park.. try not to miss me too much! *wink*.. Wait.. is it kinda creepy to wink at you?… Does it weird you out?.. It does?.. Oh.. :( Well, I won’t tell you I was making a kissy face at the same time, because that would be REALLY, really weird.

See ya!

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Boneyard Brownies…

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… Yes. for my boneheads.. and by ‘boneheads’, I mean children… And by ‘children’ I mean MONSTERS!!! (Yeah, it was one of THOSE mornings here today!)

I found this cute candy mold at Joann’s recently and loved the little brownines shown on the front and I HAD to make them!

They were super easy to make, and the boneheads were so excited about them!

Here’s some more pictures.. Yummy! Please, do not lick your computer screen!

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Yup.. that’s my fat head you see reflected on the plate. Doh!

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The bones are so cool! Dontcha’ think?!

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See that yummy gooey texture?…. Mmmmm!

Here’s how I made them:

  • You will need two boxes of brownies. Bake one and let it cool. Bake the other in a 9×13″ dish, or something close to that size. You don’t really want thick brownies because you’re going to pile more on top.
  • For the first batch of brownies, once they are cool, dump about 3/4 of them into a bowl and mix with about 3/4 can frosting. I used fudge, but I think vanilla would be yummy, too! This is your ‘mud’.
  • Cut your brownies. To use the bones like I did I found it best to cut them to about 2″ wide and 3 – 3.5″ long. I made a few smaller ones for the kiddos and just added 1-2 bones in a pile.
  • Once your brownies cool, add on the ‘mud’. This is fun for the kiddos because it doesn’t have to be neat!
  • Then, melt your candy melts (I used Wilton in Spooky Green!) and fill the candy mold. I did this four times and had more than enough bones!
  • Decorate the brownies! Easy peasy! And they look super cool, too!

Of course you can be all awesome and stuff and bake your own brownies and make your own frosting, but since I was being lazy (Hmm, I feel like I write “I was being lazy” too much lately.. lol)  I used all boxed stuff. Yes, I cheat..

Anyhow, just wanted to share! I have some other little spooky treats planned! Better get a jump start on your working out now because from now through the holidays I will be sharing all sorts of yumminess! ;)

Also, I want to mention that the challenge I am hosting with Lori Whitlock is still going! We have extended the entries until this Wednesday since some people were having problems with the files early on. I hope you will join us! Click HERE for the post about the design challenge and how to get your freebie files.. AND see the awesome entries we have so far! And make sur eyou come back tomorrow because I will be having a GIVEAWAY sponsored by Glue Arts! Whoo-hoo!

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Simple boxes made fabulous!

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Hey all!

Have you seen the challenge Lori Whitlock and I are hosting this week? You can download the CUTE freebie Halloween goodie box files and decorate them and enter to win! Last night I posted the challenge and showed my version of the cobweb box.. And today I got the ghost done!

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Some design details:

  • I used the ghost box.. ‘break apart’ the lid in SCAL or Silhouette Studio and cut the ghost separately. I added a shadow in black to make him stand out a bit!
  • I coiled 20g jewelry wire around a pen to create a ‘spring’.
  • The box has a 4″ round accordian folded rosette on the top (two 11×2″ strips scored and folded every 1/2″) Topped with a circle and scalloped edge backing (which I actually took from a different treat box that Lori designed!)
  •  I used my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio to make the orange polka dot button.
  • Add some brads, ink edges, etc.
  • Stamp sentiment is from Punkin’ Patch Stamps!
  • Paper is by My Mind’s Eye ‘Blackbird collection’
  • Add a touch of ribbon and/or twine!

See how you can take a simple box and make it pretty cool?!

If you want more details on the challenge and to learn how to get your FREE box files to decorate, check out THIS POST and/or visit www.loriwhitlock.com

Here’s a peek at the prizes and my project using the cobweb box!

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Hope you come play along! Good luck!

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Halloween gift box challenge

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Hello there lil’ spooks! :) I’m so happy you have stopped by! Did you bring me candy?….

Today I have a fun little challenge with a GIVEAWAY for you all! The fabulous Lori Whitlock created some fun Halloween goodie boxes for you all to download for FREE! You will have to download them from her blog, so head to www.loriwhitlock.com to snag ‘em! It would be nice to leave a comment on her blog saying thank you! :) Or, stop by her Facebook page to say hello! She has a Halloween freebie up right now, too! Whoo-hoo!

Don’t know who Lori is? Well, check out her ABOUT ME on her blog! In short, she is amazingly talented! Once in awhile you see her name pop up on some Echo Park paper kits! She designed one of my favorite Echo Park lines, ‘For the Record’.. There is also ‘Happy Days’… and most recently, ‘Seasons Greetings’! (she has done more, but those are my favs!) She has fabric coming out soon (whoo-hoo!) AND she designs and sells digital cutting files! She has a few listed in her shop on her blog HERE and TONS in the Silhouette store! Just search for Lori Whitlock! You will be glad you did!

The download includes an SVG and DXF file for each box. Use either the ghost OR the cobweb giftbox.. or both, if you’d like! You can keep them simple, or go totally all out! It’s up to you, as long as at least one of these boxes is used on your project!

I plan to make a ghost box very soon (things have been crazy here so I didn’t get time just yet) but for now I will share the CUTE spiderweb box. This was just a basic box,  and see all the cute stuff I did to it? I did enlarge it so it’s bigger than ‘actual size’

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Like it?… All the cutting files are created by Lori Whitlock EXCEPT the 3D spider. I did that with circles and thin strips for ‘legs’ super easy to do! I  also made the box lid a bit different by creating a circle to go over the top.. In SCAL I created a circle over the cobweb after I ‘broke apart’ the box and kept the web part. Super easy and gives it a different look! I inked my edges, added lots of small black eyelets and used my Epiphany Crafts Shape Tools to make the button and accent the ‘O’s’ in ‘Boo’. I had a lot of fun with it and I hope it inspires you and gets you excited for the challenge, but.. not too excited.. because that would just be weird. Don’t need ya hoppin’ around with your tongue hangin’ out and drooling all over your project or anything…

Anyhow…

Now.. on to the GIVEAWAY! Lori has created this adorable cutting file bundle to go to one lucky winner! How CUTE are these? You can bet I will be using these in some upcoming projects! She has such a cute style, eh?…

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Also included in the prize is a 6×6 pad of Echo Park’s Season’s Greetings! (Designed by Lori!)

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Fabulous.. right?! Oooof course!

Ready to get busy?.. Here are the challenge and giveaway deets!

  • Be awesome…. Don’t worry, you read my blog, so that makes you awesome.. Like.. suuuper awesome! You’re covered!
  • Download the freebie SVG/DXF box files from Lori’s blog HERE
  • Pretty ‘em up… You can add whatever you’d like to them! Keep it simple, go all out… we wanna see ‘em ALL! Don’t be shy!
  • Go tell Lori on Facebook how fabulous she is for doing this challenge with me.. CLICK HERE!
  • If you wanna tell me I am fabulous as well.. Here’s MY PAGE.
  • FYI: You do NOT have to post on our Facebook pages to enter and/or win..  We just like new friends. *wink*
  • Once you have your awesome boxes ready (Thank, GOD for proof reading.. I don’t do it often.. but so glad I did this time, or else it would have said, “awesome boxers”.. Jeeze, Tamara! Anyhow, once you are ready to share, post them to your blog. Please let everyone know about the challenge by linking to mine or Lori’s blogs! We would appreciate it :) Get your blog link (the actual post link, not the link to your entire blog) and come back on over here to happylifecraftywife.com and add it to my link up shown below!
  • If you do NOT have a blog, link up from any URL.. you can load it to Flickr, Photobucket, etc.
  • You have until Wednesday, October 12th at 11:00PM PST to enter. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, 10/11!
  • Ready… set… GO! :)

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Welcome to the Ghoultide Blog Hop!

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Hey all! Welcome to the GHOULTIDE BLOG HOP! I am so excited to have you here and share my little project! Please read through the post and find out how you can win a $15.00 giftcard to Two Peas in a Bucket! Awesome, right?! I hope you have LOVED what you have seen so far! This is quite the blog hop and lots of inspiration for all your Halloween crafting! If you have begun here, then you need to hop to Angela’s Blog at http://theblingtheory.blogspot.com first! This is where the awesome hop starts!

Now, let’s get on to my little project! I originally had more planned, but something came up last minute the day before, so I wasn’t able to finish it all.. but, this is still pretty cute, and my girls LOVE it!

I created a little giftbox with cuuuute witch magnets that you can dress up! I guess you can call them, ‘magnet dolls’ lol!

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Here are some details on how I made this!

  • The ADORABLE graphics used for the dolls are from Lettering Delights <—– Super cute SVG’s, DXF, PNG files.. fonts, etc! Check it out!!
  • I used my Silhouette SD with the print and cut feature. I opened all the graphics in the Silhouette Studio and sized my dolls to 3.50″ high. To make the clothes ‘fit’ I just sized them down over the witch graphic until it looked right. No real science to it, lol.
  • I used the Silhouette magnet paper. You just print on it like you would do with any PnC job.. very easy!
  • The cute box is from LORI WHITLOCK She sells most of her files in the Silhouette store.. TONS of great files to choose from! She is adding them to her blog as well so keep checking back! She makes super cute files! I did change out the window with a scalloped circle shape. This box is the perfect size for the magnets! (Also, come back on MONDAY.. we are hosting a challenge on my blog! Whoo-hoo!)
  • I used a little twine and ribbon…… inked edges.. that’s about it! I didn’t have a whole lot of time when I started this. I would have liked to include a tag and another box to have a more ‘wow’ project for you all.

Now, the GIVEAWAY! I am giving away a $15.00 giftcard to Two Peas in a Bucket!

All ya have to do is follow my blog (find my Google Reader Friend Connect thingy on my sidebar!) and then leave a comment! Annnd.. I will give ya a virtual high five if you stop by my super cool crafty FACEBOOK PAGE and say hello! I LOVE my Facebook followers!

Leave a comment to this post! I will pick a winner on OCTOBER 3rd!

Also… if you wants more project inspiration for Halloween, I have a special link that will link you up to all my Halloween stuff!! CHECK IT OUT!

 

Your next stop is #10 — Deborah Anton- http://beadnstampn.blogspot.com/ HAPPY HOPPING!!! :)

 

And before ya leave.. Here is the talent filled line up!

1. Angela Holt- www.theblingtheory.blogspot.com   (START HERE)

2. Christine Sawvell- http://christyannsscrappinplace.blogspot.com/

3. Kristen Koening- http://huneebcreations.blogspot.com/

4. Peg Rounds- http://www.pegscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/

5. Jennifer Babcock- http://www.glittermyday.blogspot.com/

6. Jan- http://www.papercraftpleasures.blogspot.com/

7. Marie Pease- http://www.absosweetmarie.blogspot.com/

8. Cheryl- http://www.capturingamomentintime.com/

9. Tamara Tripodi- http://happylifecraftywife.com/  <——————— YOU ARE HERE!

10. Deborah Anton- http://beadnstampn.blogspot.com/

11. Patricia- http://www.pattyandcharlie.blogspot.com/

12. Susie Moore- http://www.thedieshaveit.com/

13. Chrys Kamps- http://www.scrapbookingkampstyle.blogspot.com/

14.Keeley Kirwan- http://www.keeleyskreations.blogspot.com/

15. Ava Dernandez- http://www.scrapbookdesign4u.blogspot.com/

16.  Ashley A Walker- http://www.proudusmcwife415.blogspot.com/

17. Melissa- http://timeweavers.wordpress.com/

18. Erin Bullock- http://www.deeplyrootedlife.blogspot.com/

19. Debbie Wilson- http://craftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com/

20.  Linda Auclair- http://elendae.wordpress.com/

21. Gina Torres- http://www.californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/

22. Jan Wheatley-http://www.tweetybugshouse.blogspot.com/

23. Amy Courchaine- http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

24.  Brynn Flair and Frills Thornburg- http://flairandfrillscreativity.blogspot.com/

25. Cally Ann Cronwell- http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com/

26.  Staci D’s Crafties- http://preciousmem.blogspot.com/

27.  Jamie Lindstrom- http://myamusinglife.blogspot.com/

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Simple little gifts for the kiddos!

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Hey all! Tamara here! (of course, lol)

So, most of you know how much I love my Silhouette SD… LOVE it! Print and cut has made quick cards and other little projects so much easier for me. Ever since I got my Silhouette I have become quite addicted to buying graphics! There are SO many cute ones out there! My absolute favorite place for cutesy fun graphics is Lettering Delights! They also have SVG’s (Well, MULTIPLE cutting format files!), fonts, graphics, etc. You really can browse the website for quite some time and do some major damage! LOL!

As MANY of you can probably tell, I am obsessed with Halloween projects right now! I have a whole list of stuff to make and who knows if I will ever get it all done, lol.. but.. one thing I have been meaning to make is some cute ‘treat’ boxes with TATTOOS in them! Yeaaaah.. Did you know you can make your own temporary tattoos and cut ‘em out with the Silhouette!? Me, neither!.. Until I came across some tattoo paper on their website! Yup.. $10.00 for TWO sheets… It’s pricey! But I knew my kids would love it, so I caved.

Of course I needed some cute graphics to use, so I picked up the Spooky Soiree collection! Look how cute!

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They have several cute Halloween graphic sets… so browse around!

Here is my SIMPLE finished box! I didn’t want this project to take hours.. We don’t always have that kind of time to spend on a project, especially for a kiddos who will probably throw the box away! (little punks!) The details are after the pictures.

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  • First and foremost.. about 2 days. While this is good news to ME because I don’t like fake tattoos all over my kids for school, for $5.00 for a SHEET it should last a bit longer.
  • Fun factor.. it’s there! Seems these are easy to remove, I let me kids go at it! lol.
  • So.. you will need your tattoo paper. VERY easy to do! You print and then layer the adhesive sheet over the printed paper, then cut! You will need to do a double cut on the Silhouette.
  • The box is from SVG Cuts ‘Crisp Days of Autumn’ collection. It’s the matchbox. Quick and easy to assemble!
  • Cut your graphics.. I used graphics from Lettering Delights! Ink the edges a bit and adhere them to your box with some cute twine and a button. Add a tag, etc. if you like.
  • I cut the box as sized when you open it in SCAL or MTC.. however, I would suggest shrinking it down if you do not plan to add anything else to the box. It’s just too big and looks rather ‘empty’ with just tattoos in it. I added a little bag of candy corn and it helped fill it up a bit.
  • If you rather not make boxes, you can get those little treat bags and tie with twine/ribbon and a tag!

Easy peasy! I hope you all like this simple little project! But, before you go.. I have to share these CUTE new sets from Lettering Delights!

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If you like the ‘Sew Stitchy’ sets.. you can get the entire bundle for only $20!!!! (And you can use your 25% off coupons if you have one!… You get one from placing an order.. even for a freebie!) CLICK HERE TO GET THE BUNDLE! I’m not sure how long the bundle deal is good for.. so I would snag it quickly if you want it!

And on another crafty note.. have you seen the AMAZING stamps that Mary and Leo of SVG Cuts are selling?! They have started Punkin’ Patch Stamps and the grand opening was recently! I will be using these often as I am on the design team.. click the little icon and go check out the website! Use code FALL2011 to save 10%! Mary will be designing SVG files to go with the stamps! How fun, right!?

 

Now, before I leave ya (Although not for long.. I have a few projects to share still!) I will give you a peek of another holiday craft! This is another project I did for the amazing Echo Park! Just a little looksie for ya! :)

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Doodlebug wanna-be die cuts!

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I’m so excited to share these with you all!

The other day I was working on a design team project and got sidetracked (what else is new.. I’m always doing several things at once!) I was admiring my pretty Halloween stickers and chipboard… in the box of goodies were these ADORABLE Doodlebug Designs ‘Monster Mania’ stickers!

Cute, cute, cuuuuuuuuuuuute! These, along with two pieces of matching paper, were my first ever Doodlebug Designs purchases! The stickers are full of glitter and just SO fun! I’m really liking their style and can see buying lots of DBD in my future! I saw they had a design team call and I wanted SO bad to try out, and I lost track of days and it didn’t happen *sigh*.. ah, well! Maybe next time.. *sniffle*.. Although, I have pretty good luck with blogs/companies coming to ME.. so.. maybe I will get lucky!! LOL!

Anyhow, at first I thought to make some simple tags.. then I looked at ‘em a bit longer and then it came to me… I was going to make treat boxes and try and weld shapes in Sure Cuts a Lot to make the monsters! When I think of a new project and I am SO excited about it, I have to start it THAT SECOND (if I can). It was much easier than I thought it would be! I just looked at the sticker of the monster I wanted to make, and went at it! Some things I did draw and cut by hand, but most everything is easily made with basic shapes!

Here’s an example of one of the monsters I welded:

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I didn’t keep track of shape sizes, etc.. there is some rotating of shapes involved and whatnot, this is mainly just a ‘share and inspire’ post! So.. Now I will share and hopefully inspire you!
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Aren’t they CUTE!!!! I’m one of those people that love ALL styles of Halloween; vintage, glam, gothic, fun and colorful.. love it ALL! These are definitely ‘FUN AND COLORFUL!!’… These are one of those projects that just make ya smile… Are ya smiling?… I thought so! You smiley little thing, you!

Let’s smile together as we look at the load of pictures I have for ya!… Yep.. just for YOU! You’re my favoristist blog reader, dontcha’ know?

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See those perfect glitter stripes? Those were created using my ATG gun and fine glitter! Cool, right? Come on.. get excited! I was SUPER excited to have ‘discovered’ that.. It holds the glitter really well, too!

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I used my Epiphany Shape Studio tool to create the matching buttons! Super awesome!

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I have a secret crush on the blue monster.. And I guess it’s not a secret anymore since I told you.. But I know that since you’re my favoristist blog reader that you won’t tell anyone… ;)

Oh, and all of the glitter was done with Mod Podge for paper and fine glitter.. NO glitter paper. I just prefer the look of hand glittering!.. And I secretly like the mess. I mean, glitter ALL over me? Yeaaaah.. Doesn’t get any more rockstar that THAT! *insert crazy air guitar playing here*….. and what’s great, is I TOTALLY have messy 80′s hair right now!

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Do ya love ‘em? It’s stuff like this that I just do NOT want to give away! MINE! Gimmie-Gimmie!

 

I did make a ghost.. and I hand drew him. I am SO not good at drawing! I DID fix it a bit after this picture was taken:
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You’re probably wondering WHERE the ghost is.. well, Uh.. he IS a ghost! LOL! You can’t see him…
I actually didn’t like the way it came out.. I dunno.. and I kinda got too lazy to decorate him, he was the last one I made. Poor little ghost!
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Here are some little details to help you get started:

  • The box is made from SVG Cuts ‘Charlottes Favor Boxes’ Just the bottom part.
  • Stickers, blue stripe paper and orange dot paper are from Doodlebug Design ‘Monster Mania’
  • Purple stripe paper is from Echo Park ‘Happy Halloween’
  • Glitter is Recollections
  • I used black 20g jewelry wire for the handles
  • Twine is from The Twinery
  • When using the basic shapes, unless you just want an even circle, square, etc. It’s best to UNCHECK ‘keep proportions’ and just drag and size to your best guess. Don’t worry about size at first, just piece the shapes together and get proportions to be the best they can.. then select all your shapes and click ‘weld’… after that size ‘em. Mine are between 3″ – 3.75″ high.
  • Have FUN with them!

I hope you all like my project and feel inspired to create your own!

Hope you all are having a great week! It’s back to my DT project for me! I’m making something pretty fun and I can’t wait to share!

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Freebie test tube holder SVG…. and Fred never had a chance!

Whoot! Can you believe that I finally have this up?! If you follow me on Facebook you’ve seen me mention having a free test tube holder SVG for you all.. and well, I wasn’t lyin’ or trying to get you all to beg! :)

Check this baby out!
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Oh, yeah! Spooky cuteness! I didn’t have very much time so I did go a bit ‘simple’ with this. I wanted to add some tags and I totally forgot the buttons I made with my Epiphany Crafts Shape Tool.. egh. I already took pictures so just pretend these have cute matching buttons on the tubes! LOL!

Here’s some more pictures for you all! How fun would this be to give out to kiddos, teachers, etc.?
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Fits 1″ tubes perfectly!

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I inked the corks.. looks pretty cool! They look like this normally…

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Kinda boring like that.. Right?

The 1″ tubes are the PERFECT size for these cute pumpkin candies!
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I know you all wanna make some for yourself, so…. Here are the deets:

  • Download the holder SVG’s RIGHT HERE —– A big THANK YOU to a lovely Facebook fan, Dee, for helping me create the SVG since I just made it in SCAL2 with basic shapes!
  • Open in your SVG cutting software and size the box to 7.979w and the backing of your choice to 3.50w. (I included two)
  • PLEASE.. If you use my files, simply give me credit and link back to www.happylifecraftywife.com if you post them on the internet, etc.. THANKS!
  • You will want 1″ tubes. The one’s shown are from HERE or HERE are what I used! I also have smaller ones I got from HERE <—– BIG selection, cheap and fast shipping! Order your CORK TOPS or plastic caps! You can find several sizes here! Also, HERE is some more in a variety of sizes… not sure if they have cork tops?
  • Score your box file as shown:

 

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  • Lay on score board as shown and score at the following marks: 3/4 — 2 1/4 — 3 3/4 — 7 1/4
  • Rotate as shown below:

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  • Score at these marks: 3/4 – 2 1/4 — 6 1/4 — 7 3/4
  • Adhere the tabs to create a box then attach it to the backing… Like so:

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As you see I welded a shape to the top… I used the DIGI BISTRO ‘Pick Your Poison’ SVG set. Cher’s got SUPER cute SVG’s and she is just getting started! Check her out!

Anyhow, this is a screen shot of how I welded:
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If you want to make it with the super cute SVG’s I used, head over to THE DIGI BISTRO! I used a mix of ‘Halloween Town’ and ‘Pick Your Poison’ I love the style of these SVG’s! So cute!

Here are some designing and sizing tips to help:

  • The moon and bat welded to the top of the tube holder is 4.131w
  • Fence – 3.25w
  • Ghost – 2.25h
  • Pumpkin – 1.75h
  • House – 4.00h
  • Spider – 1.75w
  • Use black, silver and grey ink to enhance the edges!
  • Add twine, ribbon, etc.
  • I was going to add button to the twine where it ties, Doh! I’ve been LOVING my Epiphany Crafts Shape tools lately! Make your OWN buttons to match!
  • Some embossing would be great! Again, I was short on time so I didn’t add any..
  • Make this even more fabulous with glitter, ircok, stamps, tags, etc!
  • Want a SINGLE tube holder? I plan to make one of those as well! Stay tuned! I’m also going to make something cool with SMALL tubes! So.. if you wanna play along, order some TUBES!

WHY do I want you to grab tubes and make one! Well, I am going to have a challenge and GIVEAWAY from October 3rd – 6th! So, get ‘em ready and keep pictures handy for when it’s time to LINK UP!

 

Well, it’s time for me to get off this thing and get busy!

Wait, what?… Why does my title say “Fred never had a chance….” “Who IS Fred?” you ask?…

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Poor, poor Fred!…..
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Gettin’ my boo on over here!

Hello, crafty friends!

After my post the other day showing some of the new Halloween crafty stuff I got, I was inspired to make another Halloween project! This time it’s a simple banner using some of my new goodies! I wanted it to have a vintage feel, and I love golden browns for fall/Halloween, so the My Mind’s Eye ‘Spiderweb’ collection was perfect! I also used a touch of Echo Park’s ‘Happy Halloween’.

Check it out!
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Simple with just a few nice details, I love it and it looks great on my fireplace! (I made it pretty big)

Here are some close up shots for you all!
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Not sure why it took me so long to get an irock!

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You likey?… You wanna makey?….

Here’s the deets:

  • Paper collections were listed above.. but in case you’re the type to skip right to pictures and ignore my rambling, then I will list them again.. Hmm.. well, if you ARE that type.. then perhaps you’re not even reading this anyways?! LOL! Either way, you will want My Mind’s Eye ‘Spiderweb’ and Echo Park’s “Happy Halloween’ (Just the web print). Both are ‘older’ lines, might have to search around, or.. use some other paper and make it your own! Another fabulous paper line to use would be Echo Park’s ‘Apothercary’.
  • Loose woven burlap garland (florist section at Michaels). I cut this into circles and added it to the pleated rosettes and tied a little onto the string!
  • Mini clothespins. I inked mine in black. Used to clip on the stars and ribbon.
  • Misc. buttons and brads.
  • An irock with some clear ‘crystals’… Love this added bling! You can even add glitter for sparkle!
  • Some crinkle ribbon or even twine.
  • Eyelets.. I used tan and brown.
  • Any other embellishments you might want to add.

 

Do this:

  • Cut your pennants. I used SCAL basic shapes library. Uncheck ‘keep proportions’ and size to 7.5w x 11.00h.
  • Trim paper for your rosettes. For each pannant you will need two strip at 12″ wide and 2.75″ high. Score and accordian fold at 1/2. Adhere into a circle and attach it to the pennant.
  • Add a 4″ wide circle backed with burlap.
  • Cut another circle at 3.50″ and used pop dots or foam adhesive for dimension to layer over the 4″ circles.
  • Embellish each pennant!
  • My letters are cut about 3.50″ – 3.75″ high… add a shadow.
  • The 3D stars are from SVG Cuts Made in the USA kit. Cut the star at 3.270w and the accents at 2.883w (I wanted the accents to be slightly smaller)
  • Add eyelets to the top of the pennants to weave the ribbon through. I did 5 on each.
  • Ink your edges and all that good stuff!

That’s it! I love projects that I can whip up in an afternoon! I plan to make another pennant banner that is more ‘cutesy’ but first, I have some design team projects to finish up!

If you make a Halloween banner inspired by this one, please share it on my FACEBOOK wall! I get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing I’ve inspired someone.. not a creepy, ‘I wanna smell your hair’ warm feeling, but.. you know.. I ‘heart’ you all! If you don’t make one, you can leave a comment and let me know what you think! Your comments keep me motivated to get more projects done for you all.. because, well… I don’t like talking to myself! LOL!!!

 

Also.. I’ve got several blog hops coming up! Keep an eye out on my sidebar for more info SOON once I get the blinkies up! (I better get on that!). I’ve got one with Echo Park and May Arts which doesn’t have an ‘officia’ name, ‘Ghoultide’ which is October 1-2, ‘Fangtastic’ from Oct 7-1oth and ‘Hopping Through the Holidays’ which is Nov 7-1oth!… lots of FUN!

OK, off to get crafty while my son is sleeping!

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