Decorated Halloween Branches

 I kept my Halloween decorations to a minimum this year since our house is currently on the market. Did I tell y’all that, by the way? Yes, the house went on the market! Anyway, as much as I love decorating for Halloween (and fall in general), I kept it minimal for staging purposes. I hate my house being staged. It doesn’t feel like my house.

halloween branches with paper ornaments

But I did create this little vignette on my kitchen sideboard.
The weather here in SC has been gorgeous! I sent the boys into the woods in our back yard and asked them to find me some big branches. Of course this was not a difficult task for them! They love collecting sticks!

I spray painted the branches with some black spray paint I had in the garage.

During the process of turning and drying each side, I made the “ornaments.” I already had made some of these rosettes for a holiday craft party I had for the neighbors. I used Stampin Up designer series paper, punches and the Designer Rosette Bigz Cutting Die to create the accordion folded rosettes. (order rosette die here) I basically layered the different pieces using the coordinating papers from Stampin Up. (They make it so easy!)

halloween rosette howlstooth scaringbone stampin up

I used Howlstooth and Scaringbone designer series paper for these two. I LOVE this paper! It is darling for Fall and halloween, but can also be used any time of the year! You can order it here.

halloween rosette howlstooth scaringbone stampin up

  These next two are made from Stampin Up’s Wicked Fun designer series paper, which, by the way, is on clearance for an excellent deal! Order it here.stampin up wicked fun halloween rosette

This ornament also uses the Lifestyle Crafts Lattice Doily cutting die.

lifestyle craft delicate doily die cut halloween ornament

I also used this skeleton cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts Tricks ‘n Treats collection.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

Once I started assembling it, I realized that it would be a great activity for the boys!

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

So I cut two more sets and told them to see if they could build a skeleton.

I let them do it on their own first and I was pretty surprised at how well they did! But then I let them use mine as a model to glue their pieces to the paper.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

My skeleton got some ribbon and some distressing and was hung on my tree with the rosettes.

lifestyle crafts skeleton cutting die

And here are all the “ornaments” all together on the branches.

halloween branches with paper ornaments

My little corner of Halloween!

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Halloween Matchbox Treats

lifestyle crafts matchbox die cut stampin up halloween

Yes, Halloween is right around the corner! Can you believe it? It is time to start thinking about those Halloween treats!
The Lifestyle Crafts Fall Core Collection 2 cutting dies have just been released!

And I’ve used two of these items to make the cute little Halloween treat boxes above!

The Rectangular Matchbox Cutting Die was used to create the treat container. I chose some coordinating Halloween papers from Stampin’ Up! and ran them through the Big Shot with the matchbox die cut.

Here is box number 1…

lifestyle crafts rectangle match box cutting die

This designer series paper I used for this box, Wicke Fun, is one of my favorite holiday papers! And it’s on clearance right now and are 50% off the regular price!! Get it here before they are gone! I also used the bat punch, also on clearance (order here) and the new rosettes die cut (order here).

stampin up halloween rosette

Once the box is cut you fold it and put it together  so it looks like this. The rosette die cuts and scores the paper. To create the rosette, you will fold (accordion style) the scored marks, glue the two end pieces and push the center inwards and fill the center with hot glue to secure. The circles and bat are punched and the white circle is stamped with using the Wicked Fun stamp set (order here).

rectangle match box cutting die stampin up rosette

I added a stip of matching card stock around the box. Before I attached it, I stapled coordinating ribbons. Don’t worry, the staple will be covered by the rosette!

lifestyle crafts matchbox cutting die

Then I secured the rosette piece on the strip with hot glue.

stampin up rosette wicked cool halloween

Now for box number 2…

In addition to the matchbox die, I used the Lattice Doily Die, also from the new collection, for the second box.
I ran it through the Big Shot, using grey card stock.

lifestyle crafts  latticedoily cutting die

The doily was then folded to fit around the box.
This designer series paper from Stampin Up! is Howlstooth & Scaringbone, the new Halloween collection. This collection is fun! It features orange and ivory polka dots, herringbone, stripes, orange chevron (TRENDY), grey & ivory polka dots, and a few other very “in” prints (order here).

lifestyle crafts lattice doily matchbox cutting die

Like the first box, I stapled coordinating ribbon to the doily piece before attaching it to the box (order here). The rosette was created like above. Now check out the cute googlie eyes on the mummy! I actually purchased this stamp from Michaels (in the dollar stamp bins) but you can find a similar stamp set here. And the adorable googly eyes have adhesive backing (order here).

 lattice doily matchbox cutting die stampin up howlstooth

A glue dot to attach “spooky” (from the Wicket Fun set) and hot glue to attach the rosette.

stampin up howlstooth googlies

Ladies and gentlemen…
you have some adorable Halloween treat boxes!

lifestyle crafts matchbox stampin up wicked cool bats

lifestyle crafts matchbox stampin up howlstooth goolies

lifestyle crafts matchbox die cut stampin up halloween

And here is one other matchbox (not Halloween related) I created using the rectangular matchbox cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts.

lifestyle crafts rectangular matchbox cutting die Remember the Spooky Halloween Coffin I shared with you last week?

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

The Tricks-n-Treats dies are now for sale! There are a bunch of fun Halloween die cuts to choose from so be sure to take a look!

And don’t forget, you can save 20% by entering the code SCISSORS at checkout!!

Spooky Halloween Coffin

Lifestyle Crafts will be releasing their newest line of fall holiday die cuts on September 17. I have a little sneak peak for you of one of the dies from the Tricks ‘n Treats collection.

lifestyle crafts halloween coffin die cut

This spooky coffin was created from the QuicKutz coffin cutting die {not for sale until Sept 17}. Let me show you how I made it.
I started by measuring some designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! {view entire collection here}. What I love about SU’s designer paper is that it is heavy duty, like card stock, so you can use it for boxes, cards, etc. and it will hold up. It’s not flimsy like the paper you get at the craft store. This grey and ivory polkadot paper is from their newest Halloween collection, Howlstooth and Scaringbone {order here}.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

After cutting the paper to size, I placed the paper and die in the cutting plates and ran it through the Big Shot {order here}. The die cuts some edges and perforates others.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

The perforated edges are to be folded. The small tabs are where you will glue the sides together.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Two way glue works best for three-dimensional objects. It makes them sturdier. It comes in a green and white bottle and you can find it in the scrapbook adhesive section of the craft store or you can order here.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Once the top and bottom were glued, they looked like this.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Then I decided I wanted to emboss the top, so I had to peel it apart. I had this cute spiderweb embossing folder (order here) so I used it for the coffin lid.

spider web embossing folder

And then I decided I needed to distress it with some ink (are you surprised?)

spider web embossing folder coffin die cut

Now that the coffin was finished, I needed to dress it up. I used these two small tags, part of Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kits cutting dies.

lifestyle crafts label it kit die cut

Once cut, I used Stampin Up Wicked Cool stamp set {order here}. I stamped “Spooky” and then used the spider web to stamp in just the corners of the label. Then, of course, I distressed both tags with black ink.

wicked fun stampin up

I used double-sided adhesive to stick the tags together and then added a little rhinestone embellishment {order here}.

stampin up wicked fun stamp label it kit die cut

I tied two coordinating ribbons in a single knot and attached the tag to the coffin using a dimensional adhesive {order here}. If you’re not familiar with dimensionals, they are fat, double-sided adhesive pieces that leave a gap between the two pieces you are attaching. They add “dimension” to your project!

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

And that was it!

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut halloween decor

I added some crinkled orange paper which I cut myself using a scoring board and scissors.

The skeleton came from a Dollar Tree garland.

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts new fall cutting dies! Tricks ‘n Treats and Cornucopia will be for sale September 17.

Easy As Pie Gift Box

I wanted to share with you these cute little “Easy as Pie” boxes I made as a make and take a few months ago.

The box was cut using Lifestyle Crafts’ dessert box die cut. You use the die to cut the paper of your choice. I used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! designer series papers, Summer Smooches {order here}, with coordinating card stock {order here}. The die cut will also create perforated edges which you will fold. Then you just glue the sides together to create the top and bottom pieces of your box! Easy as pie!

To decorate the tops of my box, I used Stampin’ Ups Summer Smooches fabric {order here}. In case you didn’t know, Stampin’ Up! has adorable coordinating fabrics for most of their designer series papers. You get three coordinating fabrics in a set for only $9.95. Check them out here.
Anyway, I used the Fun Flowers die to cut paper and fabric flowers {order die here}. I layered the flowers so that the petals were staggered, added a smaller punched flower and used a coordinating brad {order here} to attach them.

I made little tags for each box and stamped “sweet treats” on each tag. This stamp came from a set called Teeny Tiny Wishes. It has just about every greeting you can think of {order here}. I tied a simple ribbon to each tag and looped it around the brad.

I ended up using some ink to distress the edges of my boxes. I just think it adds a little something extra and always makes it look better.

I love this dessert box die cut! Check out more ideas for Lifestyle Crafts die cuts on their blog and Pinterest page.

“Cool” Popsicles Card Using Lifestyle Crafts Pool Party Dies

Today Lifestyle Crafts released their newest line of QuicKutz Cutting Dies!!

popsicle card lifestyle crafts pool party die cut

The Pool Party Cutting Dies are so fun and perfect for summertime crafts and scrapbooking! Check them out…

lifestyle crafts pool party die cut

As shown above, I used the popsicles to make a fun & friendly “You are cool” card.
I started with a plain white card and some Stampin’ Up scrap pieces of brightly colored paper and ribbon.

I used the quick cuts dies to cut my popsicles.

popsicle lifestyle crafts pool party die cut

Next I used my Stampin’ Up! scalloped edge punch to create a border.

stampin up scallop edge punch

I used the Summer Smooches designer series paper to create my background. It wasn’t quite big enough so I split it in half since the entire center of the card would be covered. Then I added my scalloped border at the bottom.

stampin up summer smooches DSP paper

I placed a white strip over the background and glued my popsicles and the sticks on top. Then I tied my teeny tiny Stampin’ Up ribbon into teeny tiny bows and used glue dots to attach them to the popsicles. This step took patience.

popsicle card

I knew I wanted to use a fun summer phrase, something about being cool, but didn’t think I had any stamps to do so. Then I remembered I had bought these from the dollar stamp bin at MIchaels. The center stamp says, “I think you are…” and the cute little image stamps have different words to complete that sentence.

summer stamps

I just used bits and pieces of the stamp to say, “You are cool.”

stampin up label punch

I punched it out with one of my smaller phrase punches and layered it with a slightly larger label punch. I attached these witha  dimensional adhesive to add some dimension to the card.

lifestyle crafts pool party die cut

Fun! I love these cute little die cuts!

And even though summer is winding down, it’s not too late to create some summer crafts! I’m sure you have dozens of summer vacation photos that need to be scrapbooked, right? These dies would be perfect! But they are limited edition so be sure to check out the Pool Party Dies now!
Lifestyle Crafts has also picked out some fun Core Collection that would complement the new Pool Party Collection perfectly! And they are on sale for 35% off!

Better yet, with my coupon code you can save an additional 20% making the total savings 55%!! So check out those dies and use the promo code SCISSORS at checkout!

Head on over to Lifestyle Crafts blog, their Facebook page and Pinterest  to see more fun ideas using the Pool Party Dies and all their other stuff!

Summer Vacation Mini Album

We just returned from a fabulous weeklong vacation to Folly Beach, SC. I have tons of pictures document this trip and so I thought I’d make a mini album that will be easy to carry around so I can share with family and friends.

scrapbook mini album beach

I started with a small notebook that I purchased from a dollar bin. {Michaels or Target, I believe.} Those dollar bins get me every time! Especially since now they all have adorable stationary and matching pens! I have an entire drawer full! So I was glad to finally use one for something!
I searched my stash and found some coordinating papers and ribbons.

I cut the papers into a variety of sizes in order to layer.

I ran the red paper through my Big Shot in a circle embossing folder.

So here are my pieces after I cut them to layer.

I thought this font {Quirky Alphabet from Stampin’ Up!} looked kind of beachy! I used Not Quite Navy ink to stamp “Folly” on a little wooden tag for added dimension, and “2012″ on the paper flag.

You can distress the edges of paper by brushing the edges against the ink pad.

distress paper edge

This helps make this little piece of paper pop against the larger background pieces.

I layered the pieces like so. {Please ignore the shell. I thought this was where I was going to put it but changed my mind and moved it in the next step.}

I cut the ribbon into similar size pieces.

Then tied them around the elastic band of the notebook. Then I glued the shell to the knot of the ribbon.

stampin up ribbon embellishment

And that’s my $1 notebook turned mini-album!

I plan on using double-sided tape to attache the photos to the pages. I will also leave several pages blank to jot down memories of our trip and to document descriptions of the photos.

scrapbook mini album beach

Bloom-and-Grow Pretty Paper Bouquet

I’m so excited! My grandma is flying in today! She lives in Wisconsin and we only see her once, maybe twice a year. I wanted to welcome her with some flowers, but I knew she wouldn’t be able to take them home with her. So I came up with an alternative. A pretty paper bouquet!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Today Lifestyle Crafts released their newest die cut collection, Bloom-and-Grow! This new collection is full of pretty flowers for scrapbooking and card making. Many of the shapes are layers so you can create 3-D designs!

bloom grow die cut{source}

I used the Scallop Doilies Die to create my grandma’s paper bouquet! The paper is Summer Smooches designer series paper by Stampin’ Up!.

lifestyle crafts bloom & grow die cut

These die cuts are very simple to use. You simply place the paper on top of the die, sandwich it between cutting plates and run them through your Big Shot or other die cut machine.

scallops doilies die cut

I used a variety of the Summer Smooches papers and arranged them after they were cut. I used dimensional adhesives to make the flowers 3-D. I also cut hearts to use as the leaves.

I planned on using pipecleaners as the stems, but realized the flowers were too heavy. Quick fix – I grabbed some pencils we had laying around! I wrapped strips of coordinating Lucky Limeade cardstock around the pencils to cover them.

Then used a dimensional adhesive square to attach the pencil to the flower.

I embellished the flowers with buttons and brads and added the leaves to just a few. Good thing the bottoms of the stems would be hidden by the vase!

paper bouquet

Next I made the tag. I use my tag die cut and oval punch and some little flower stamps.

I tied it with one of my favorite ribbons from SU, ruffled ribbon.

Oh yeah, I need to mention that I had trouble getting the flowers to stay in place in the vase so I dropped a wad of play dough in the bottom and stuck them in it. Worked like a charm!

Hope grandma likes them!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts new Bloom-and-Grow collection!

Replacing the Old Cork Board

Sneak peek of today’s project. . .

Guess what I’m doing this weekend? I can hardly wait for Saturday because my sister-in-law and I are heading back up to Cline’s Junk Antiques! Eek! So very excited! What is Cline’s? In case you are a new reader to the blog, let me introduce you to Cline’s Antiques,or, as I like to call it, a little piece of junk heaven!

Look at all that rust and furniture waiting to be refinished!
Last time I visited Cline’s I scored some great windows for only two bucks each. Yes, $2! Here is one of them.

reclaimed window

Yes, it’s dirty. Really dirty. You see, Cline’s has tons of windows waiting to go home with someone like me. The downside is that the windows, like almost everything else at Cline’s, are just piled up in the yard.
No biggie, a squirt of the hose and a little elbow grease cleaned it up nicely!
So, this window has been sitting in my garage since that shopping trip. I finally have put it to use! I got tired of looking at the cork board in the hall near my kitchen. It gets so cluttered with cards, artwork, invitations, etc. It had to go. I’ve also been wanting to create a chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen to jot down reminders. This window was the start to a perfect solution!

cover glass paint

 I masked off the glass with some plastic bags and painter’s tape. And spray-painted it a pretty gold/yellow color.

paint window

No paint project of mine is complete without a little distressing! I used my new favorite color Distress Ink, frayed burlap, around the edges and on the faces of the wood.

distress ink wood

So my dirty old window was now clean and had a pretty coat of paint on it. Time to make this baby into something special.
I had this great Gallery Chalkboard Vinyl Decor from Stampin Up! It was $25 but I got it for free with an order I placed! So I attached the vinyl to the window.

chalkboard vinyl

Next I needed somewhere to hang things that I typically tack onto the bulletin board like photos, cards, invitations, artwork, etc.
I had this burlap ribbon and baker’s twine that I got from Pick Your Plum. They were perfect for this piece!

bakers twine burlap ribbon

I used the burlap ribbon to add a big bow on the corner of the board.

burlap ribbon bow pick your plum

I wrapped a piece of chalk in the baker’s twine so I could attack it to the board.

hanging chalk bakers twine

And also draped the baker’s twine across the top and bottom of the window. I used hot glue to attach it around the back. Then I added little clothespins that I also got from Stampin Up!

bakers twine hanging line clothes pin

This was the perfect  replacement for thumbtacks and cork board!

And with that, the board was complete!

family command center

And because I love to do things on a budget, I’m proud to brag that this piece cost less than $5! Remember, the window was $2, I bought one can of spray paint, the chalkboard vinyl piece was free and the ribbon, string and clothespins I already had in my stockpile.

If you are interested in ordering any of the products mentioned above, I’ve directly linked them to the online ordering site. Items will be shipped directly to your home! Check out all the products at Stampin Up!

Handmade Mother’s Day Card

Just two days left until Mother’s Day! Have you found a way to say thank you and I love you to yours?
If you haven’t already purchased a card, here is a simple way to make your own! The sentiment and papers can easily be changed, so this card could really be used for any occasion.

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

In the past year, I’ve become a Stampin’ Up-aholic! If you’re not familiar with Stampin’ Up!, it’s a company based out of Utah that sells a variety of paper products, stamps and other accessories for home decor, scrapbooking and card-makings. I love it so much {and I order so much of their product} I’ve recently become a SU demonstrator! So I’ve gotten lots of new products to try out!
One of my newest tools added to my collection are these Framelit Dies. These can be used in any die cut machine and are great for layering different sized shapes.

stampin up framelits die

So I used started with 2 blank cards and 2 sets of each of the pieces I needed to make the card I had in my head. I decided on two different sized framelits.

stampin up framelits die beyond garden dsp

I began by embossing my green cardstock.

embossing folder

Next I ran the paper with the framelits through the Big Shot.

stampin up framelits die

The smaller one cut the green embossed paper.

stampin up framelits die

And the larger cut the Beyond the Garden designer series paper.

stampin up framelits die

I started with the pink strip of paper and layered the two framelit pieces on top.

handmade mothers day card stampin up

I have this great set of stamps that includes a sentiment for just about any occasion/holiday. {Teeny Tiny Wishes}. I stamped it using Melon Mambo ink and then used the same ink to distress the edges.

Stampin Up mothers day stamp melon mambo

A little floral punch and a rhinestone embellishment, an the care was complete!

Stampin up floral punch rhinestone embelishment

I attached the greeting with a dimensional adhesive piece to give the card some texture.
And that was it! A cute, inexpensive way to show your mom that she matters!

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all the mom’s out there!

Paper Mache Eggs: Part I

What started as a simple paper mache project, turned into some pretty fancy eggs!

I gotta admit that I was pretty pleased with myself! You see, I really only had intended on covering the eggs with a decorative scrapbook paper.

It all started like this. . .

Some plastic eggs, water, Decoupage (I ended up using Elmer’s glue), sponge brushes and bowls.

I mixed the glue and water {I didn’t measure, but I’d say 1 part glue to 3 parts water} and poured into smaller bowls. I guess I forgot to mention that I let the kids make some of these too. I gave them their brushes and bowls and let them go to town.

Anyway, I used some packaging paper as my base coat.

I tore it into pieces. . .

and soaked it in the glue mixture.

Then covered my egg using the traditional paper mache technique. I did have to shape and smooth some of the paper with my hands.

Next I took my Stampin Up! designer series paper and matching cardstock. . .

*If you are not familiar with Stampin’ Up! dsp, it’s double-sided with coordinating colors and patterns. They also have coordinating cardstock papers.

and tore it into pieces.

For the most part, I used one designer series paper and along with one color cardstock paper on each egg. I did a little at a time, letting each layer dry a little before adding the next. When they were completely covered, it took overnight to dry. I even had them under a heat lamp for several hours!

But in the morning they were finally dry! This was where I had anticipated being finished. BUT, it needed something else. {You’ve never heard me say that one before, have you?}  If you are a regular reader, I’m sure you could guess what I did.

Yes, I took out my Distress Ink pad and started inking it! To do this, you just lightly brush the ink pad against the paper in a back and forth motion.

Much better.

Then, I added one coat of pure Mod Podge because I like the little hint of shine in it’s finish.

And now, I thought I was done! But I wasn’t! I had another idea.

So I grabbed a few coordinating Stampin Up products and worked on the eggs some more.

But I’m going to share that with you tomorrow. For now, just take a sneak peek!