Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Happy Halloween!!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!  I am sharing these lovely handmade creations by my dear friend and sometimes party assistant, Donna!

Donna has an amazing talent for taking empty packaging items like soap & cereal boxes, scraps of fabric & ribbon, buttons and magazines and re-purposing them into beautiful handmade gifts, gift boxes/bags and wall hangings.  I love this BOO sign she created for a door knob hanger.

When I asked Donna to tell me a bit about how she created this piece, here is what she wrote:

Hey K! Here's my "Boo" sign - - made from stuff with a story! :) 1) Upcycled "clean" card board from nice boxes a friend gave me for my recent move. 2) Wire (used for hanging sign) is a recent find of my school-age daughter - - who's been an avid "finder" since she was wee high to my knee. 3) Buttons from a super stash my sister offered (via email) to whomever replied first (me or my sister who sews like she invented it). I won!!! Oh, that still cracks me up after many months now. 4) Shimmery orange cardstock from a recent gig. 5) Black cardstock from fine paper wholesaler's generous sample package. And 6) my metallic threads and embroidery floss from my cross-stitching days of yore. The End. 

Donna created this party banner with salvaged scraps of card stock, stamps and ribbon.  Each different banner flag is torn by hand!  

These gift boxes are some of my favorite things that Donna makes!  Everything is re-purposed from items she's reclaimed. I'm always amazed at how she pulls everything together to make these one of a kind unique pieces.  These small boxes would make a lovely gift or great to hold a few sweet treats to give to a friend for Halloween or  for another occasion.

Don't you just love those cute Pumpkin and witch bracelets?????

Thank you, Donna for sharing your lovely creations with us.  You can find more of Donna's handmade items  in her Etsy shop!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the 13 Days of Handmade Halloween!!!!


{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Mummy Wrapped Hershey's Bars

Just when I thought that Sandy hadn't gotten the best of us, I went into my basement to do some work only to find a lovely flood :\ - So, you're getting yesterday's 13 on Halloween and lucky you, you'll get another one later in the day :)

Anyhoo, once we cleared all the water, cleaned up the mess, bleached the floors (got high from fumes) and put most of our my things back in place, I was able to work on a little project to hand out to some trick or treaters tomorrow.

I've seen these made for Halloween before but I thought I'd put my own lil' crafty touch on them.  Now, in case you don't know I enjoy paper-crafting and card-making as a hobby so, this was a fun project  for me and I am all too happy to share how to make them.

What you will need:

Hershey's Chocolate Bars  (1.55 oz)
8.5"x11" Cream or White card stock
Paper Trimmer or Scissors
Two-sided tape
1" Circle Punch
Googly Eyes
Brown ink (for distressing paper)
Halloween Sentiment Stamp

1. Cut card stock to 5.75" x 7.5" (save remaining piece and set aside).  Wrap around Hershey bar and seal with two sided tape.

2. Using remaining card stock, tear 1" strips of paper to create mummy bandages.

3.  Create an aged look by daubing brown ink around the edges of torn paper.

4.  Adhere 'bandages' with two-sided tape and stagger bandages onto the wrapped bar.

5.  About 1.5" from top of bar, add googly eyes and add a 'bandage' slightly over the eyes.  Add remaining 'bandages' and trim off any excess from the edges.

6.  Add a length of twine to the bottom of the bar and stamp an image or sentiment onto colored card stock;  use a 1" circle punch to create a round tag and adhere or tie onto twine.

A perfect for treat for Halloween!!!!!


Monday, October 29, 2012

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Lollipop Centerpiece

There's a storm a brewin'!!!!!! So, if you're anything like me, you're stuck in the house (possibly with your kids going bananas) and avoiding catching up on household chores. Which brings me to today's 13 Days of Handmade Halloween project. Here is a cute way to display lollipops for Halloween. I created this little centerpiece using paper rosettes that I fashioned out of patterned paper and party dots that I designed.

To make your own, you'll need:
Patterned paper
Paper Trimmer
Scoring Board
2" circle punch & 1" circle punch
Download Party Dots here

Cut a piece of paper (8.5x11 or 12.12) Score at 1/2" intervals; fold along scrore lines to create a pleated strip.

Trim one end of strip and adhere together.

Carefully fold down pleated sheet to form a rosette and secure with a 1"small round piece of paper on each side (front/back)  using a strong adhesive.

Add a 2" cut party dot on top and attach to a lollipop.

Fun & easy!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

{Sneak Peek} Halloween Carnival Party 2012

Today, I'm sharing a quick sneak peek at our kids' annual Halloween party that we hosted today.  This year we planned a Carnival theme and even with the threat of superstorm Sandy on the rise, we headed to our back yard and set up camp.....uh....Carnival.  I'm sharing this post as part of the 5th annual Halloween party with the lovely Miss V over at A Fanciful Twist!!!!

This year's party was a little creepy......

A little magical!

.......with a bit of fun & games mixed in!


More to share in the next day or so, right now, this party mama is partied out!


(Hey don't forget to leave a comment and be sure to check out the other parties going on!!!)

5th Annual Halloween Party  2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Halloween Party Mini Round-Up

As I am (still) knee-deep in Halloween Carnival planning shenanigans, I thought I'd share this Halloween Party Round up with you so you can search for some pretty cool ideas of your own!

Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design

Double the Fun Parties

Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams

Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams


Are you getting ready for your Halloween Bash? Leave a comment below and share your theme!

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