Monday, September 27, 2010

Yes, more Halloween! Sorry I can't stop!!!

Here are the 2 variations of the pizza box. 6' X 11" for the larger box and 5 1/2" X 8" for the smaller.
The Splitcoast tutorial calls for the 6" X 11". I think I like the small box better??? What do you think? Yes more bags! I got this idea from Angie's ChicnScratch blog. I used my 4" X 8" bags for these. Cutting the bags down to a 4" height and cutting a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" piece of black cardstock then a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper to go over that. Punched a small oval on top, embellished and tied up with a piece of ribbon! Now I have even more containers to fill with candy! I am still loving the witch hat and boots stamps. I have one more project to do with those! Then I will put them away til next year.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Time to put my toys away and get to my chores :)

Yes, it is time to clear off my kitchen table and clean up my mess :(
I am sitting here blogging and drinking a cup of tea to get myself ready for HOUSEWORK! YEA!! Someone has to do it right? Wish it was a housekeeper, but for today it is me.

I have made these little boxes every season. I never get tired of them because they are so easy! With different paper and embellishments for each holiday or occasion they look new every time!

I got the instructions for this box last year at Splitcoaststampers tutorials. This is called a pizza box and their dimensions are a little larger than I use. I use a 5 1/2" X 8" piece of card stock. Scored at 1", 3 1/2", 4 1/2" and 7" on the long side, and 1" and 4 1/2" in the short side. I will try the larger size this week and post side by side so you can see the difference. These boxes are so easy to put together. I used mostly Stampin' Up; supplies here except for the green and orange paper. Stampin' Up has the best Halloween stamps! If you want to see them for yourself click on over to Julia's blog.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More Halloween Stuff!!!

What to do with a 4" X 8" white bag?
Cut it down to a 4" X 4" size. Then cut out a 4" X 4" piece of paper to cover the front, and a 4" x 5 1/2" for the back so that you can fold it over the front. Then cut a slightly smaller square for the front, and embellish with stamps, stickers or whatever you have and make these cute little Halloween bags. You can also turn these bags into baskets. Either way works. They are easy and cute!!!
I think I got this idea from Angie over at Chic'n Scratch. She loves Halloween and has been kind enough to offer 12 weeks of Halloween crafts. Presenting a Halloween craft tutorial/video every week for 12 weeks. Way too cool!

If you love Halloween you have to check out her blog and catch up on all the things she has been creating!!!! If you don't feel too crafty she also offers prepared kits! Her blog is a must see!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A good weekend and a cookie recipe!

Even with 2 trips to the Lodi Grape Festival and painting a bedroom, I was able to notch out some time to try a new cookie recipe and make some crafts this weekend!!!
Cookie making, creating, painting, live music by Edgar Winter, and a great Beatles Tribute band called the Fab Four at the Lodi Grape Festival! What a great weekend!

I really like Monica's Lick the Bowl Good blog. I have tried several of her recipes and have had success with each one! I am looking forward to making her 3 packet pot roast one day this week.

What I tried this weekend was her No Bake Cookies. As you can see in the photo below, not many ingredients required. As the recipe claims there is no baking, just a little boiling on the stove. That wasn't too difficult, no candy thermometer required. These were pretty easy and they are very good! A mix of cookie and candy all in one!!!

Here are the yummy nutty chocolaty goodies cooling off.
Here they are cooled and ready for a co-workers birthday tomorrow. I packaged them in 4" X 6" bags. Hemp cord and a Stampin' Up Birthday Stamp cut out with a scalloped oval punch finish these off nicely.
Halloween crafts coming up.......

Friday, September 17, 2010

No bumper crop! Bummer!

I was so excited about growing my own pumpkins this year! I was so excited that I think I promised one to everyone I know!!! Sadly, my 4 pumpkin plants (that grew like crazy!) only sprouted 4 actual pumpkins. 1 of which died :( The vine it was on was very thin and got broken somehow??)

This is a photo of the largest one of the three that are left.
I am keeping 2 and giving 1 to Em at Bunch of Scrap. She is the kind crafter who made my bike basket liner. I swapped some crafts with her and promised a pumpkin in trade for her sewing skills. My apologies to everyone else I promised a pumpkin to! Next year I guess I will have to do more research on how to grow a "Bumper Crop".
I guess 3 isn't bad for my first ever growing something experiment. :) ?????
Hoping to get some crafting time in tomorrow, so please come back next for another Fall and Halloween post!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Have I told you that I love love love Halloween? No, I am not a wicken or anything like that. But I love the fall colors and all the cute decorations and pumpkins, shall I go on?
I got to do a little Halloween creating Thursday night over at Lynn Hampton's (Stampin' Up demonstrator) in Linden. She has a craft club that meets on the first Thursday of each month. She was extra generous this month and gave us the supplies and directions to make this very super cool BOO! banner. It not only has layers of colors and designs, but the little witch on the bottom is way too cute! Look closely at all the details!!! We stamped spider webs on the BOO letters. There are also a couple of bat punches placed here and there. She liked the witch stamp so much that we got to make two projects with her.... scroll down for project #2. I really am working on my photography skills, but sometimes......
Hopefully you can see all the detail going on with this card. Bat punches, spider web stamps, layers of paper and be sure to look close to check out the teeny tiny clip. This card is way too cute to give away, so I am going to get a frame for it and add it to my Halloween decorations.

All the supplies for both of these projects are of course from Stampin' Up. I happen to know two great ladies who contribute to my craft supply habit, Julia and Lynn. I am in so much trouble! :)

I am thinking that I am on such a Halloween crafting roll that I might make lots of cute things this year and sell them! I will get back to you on that!!!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
Talk to you Soon!