Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Craft Us Crazy is back after a short break with a new series of challenges! I am so excited to be a part of their Design Team along with some other very talented crafters! The challenge this week is Halloween or anything goes!  I am so excited about this challenge because Halloween is one my favorite holidays! What better way to kick off the Fall season than with a Halloween themed project!

The best part is that The Cutting Café is sponsoring this challenge! If you have not visited this store you are missing out. They have a wide range of printable stamps and cut-able files for those with cutting machines. But the good news is you also receive a PDF so you can cut them by hand. The lucky winner of this challenge will receive THREE Sets from The Cutting Café!

What an amazing prize! 

Please visit the Craft Us Crazy Challenge blog and play along, check out the amazing design team blogs to see some beautiful projects and don’t forget to look at The Cutting Café, where you are sure to be inspired!

Now for a look at my project! 

I had such a wonderful time working on this.  I have seen these countdown calendars made in just about any theme you can think of and this was really easy to make! I just painted the cookie sheet black and then used a few coats of acrylic sealer to give it a little shine. Covered it with some Halloween paper and Mod Podge.  I used Designer Calendar and the Cricut to cut the calendar and words. I also used Ribbons and Rosettes for the spider border.  All the little embellishments came from different Halloween embellishment packs. How cute would it be to make your own?  Then I just cut small squares of black card stock and stuck on magnets that are sticky on one side. Then glued the little embellishments to the other side of the black card stock.   Super easy and super fun if you have little one or if your are like me and can't wait for Halloween to arrive!

 I am actually giving this to someone for a gift and wanted to make a matching card.  I used the Halloween Trio Set from The Cutting Cafe to make this cute card! You can find this halloween set here. Thanks for looking and I hope to see your crafty creation over on the challenge blog soon! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Halloween Wreath

Have I mentioned how much I love all things Halloween?  Well, I do! And this project is no exception!
I used the tutorial here to make these. After a practice one and the two of these, I have gotten pretty good at them. If you decide to make one of these I would highly recommend you practice the folding part a little before you use the actual paper you want to make the wreath with. The tutorial includes a great video.  Actually, it is really simple to make once you get the hang of that and you can use this for any theme or holiday.  I can't wait to make one for Christmas but maybe I will make a Fall or Thanksgiving themed one before that?

Anyway, for the first one I used the Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Stack.  I can't even describe how much I love this paper!  Who am I kidding though?  I love all of their paper.

For the second one I used another Halloween set that I love from Close To My Heart. You can find this one in the current Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book and it is called Moonlight Path. On the center I used orange and black twine around the edge, the cuts are from Chic & Scary (my favorite cartridge right now) and the flower is a Tim Holtz die. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Halloween Haunted Frame

I totally love this!  This frame came from the thrift store, along with some other great finds that I can't wait to alter.  The best part, it was free!  We had a brand new thrift store open up right by Dan's office and they gave him 20.00 in gift certificates. Which he didn't want and of course game to me.  Anyway, I got several things to alter and this is one of those thing.  The whole thing is wood so I just took it apart and painted the frame black and the back orange and used some glimmer mist on it.  Then I used the Chic & Scary cartridge (which I love by the way) to cut out this cool haunted, the web and the spider. When I was all done I sprayed the whole thing with several coats of clear glossy acrylic sealer to give it that nice smooth finish.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Halloween Themed Shadow Box

We love Halloween!  Our whole family loves it! We like the cute, the scary, the gory, we love it all.  I have so many things I want to make this Halloween I didn't know where to start.  I am doing a couple swaps, I owe a dear friend some Halloween themed goodies and there are several things I want to make for my own family.  So expect to see a whole bunch of Halloween over the next few weeks.  I am going to post things as I make them so everyone will see what I am making but they won't know what they are getting until it shows up at their door!  This is going to be fun!

So for my first project I made this spooky shadow box and color coordinated frame.  The crow is from this site --------> Blooming Homestead and if you are looking for some cute subway art or other Halloween printable items please check out the site.  I just loved this crow but I wasn't sure what to do with it! I think it complements the shadow box well and looks nice displayed as a pair.  For the box I use the Cricut to cut the frame, the spooky and the 31 from the Happy Haunting cartridge.  The dress form is from a swap I was in on the Cricut MB and was created by Jana Z.  And the creepy face was from a free clipart and printable site. (Thanks Kelley)  I really like this little duo!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Salt Clay - Attempt #1

 I have many, many Halloween projects planned for this year and I have already gotten started. Well this is more Fall than Halloween but posts to follow will be Halloween.  I am so ready for Fall to be here after this very long hot summer.  Which we loved by the way! We spent most of it by the pool and my little fish wouldn't have it any other way.

Isadora is also starting to share my love of crafts and really wanted to make a gift for Dan for his birthday.  So I searched the internet to find a project that is age appropriate for a three year old.  I printed out a couple option and she decided on salt clay.   I hadn't done this since at least kindergarden but I do remember how much I loved this as a child.  I thought while we were at it, we could get out the Fall and Halloween cookie cutters and make some cute themed shapes to paint later.  Here is the end project of what she made for Dan. It is for his desk at work and she did have a little help from me painting it but she did most of the work herself and had a great time doing it.

We decided to use the baked method (there is also a no bake recipe for salt clay) because I read the items become a little harder but this thing had to bake FOREVER! I think it was just because it is so thick!  She added three little stones inside the heart because she is three years old.  That was all her idea and I loved it!  Needless to say he also loved it.  Next we rolled out the clay and used our cookie cutters to make the shapes below.  We still have to paint them and I will post again once we do.  These aren't perfect and I am not sure if it had to do with the recipe or maybe we didn't roll them thin enough. It might even be that the clay sat for a while before we used it.  Either way she was thrilled with them and so I was also!

These are going to be adorable once we paint them all. We have just been so busy we haven't gotten around to it yet.   But I think it will fun to do around Halloween.

Overall this was a fun, very inexpensive craft that we could do together, I would recommend this for anyone with little ones.  I look forward to making some home-made Christmas ornaments with the salt clay.  For now though, I need to focus on Halloween!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Birthday Book

I have something really fun to share!  First, this is the second year that I have done a crafty birthday club. It is such a fun swap and who doesn't love getting goodies for their birthday?  The way the club works is pretty simple. You have 12 people and each one has a birthday month. The other 11 make a hand-made gift each month for the "birthday" person.  Simple right? is my project for September. This was one of the items on the her hand-made wish list and I was excited to give it a try.   I cut the cover from heavy chipboard and covered it with some pretty paper and made pockets on the inside.  The inner pages are just 12 x 12 card stock that scored at 4 folded up to make a pocket and then scored at 6 and folded in half. Super easy! When I used the bind it all I stuck the folded pages open side in.  The SUPER cute calendar I found online and just printed out. I wanted her to be able to change the calendar out each year so I cut photo corners and stuck the calendar in. So that is it! I love this and I think I am going to make for myself!