Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Giveaway: autumn and halloween goodies

I have some really fun and timely crafting supplies that I want to share with you as a way of saying “thank you” for reading and following my blog. Your support, visits and comments are so appreciated – they make me smile and brighten my day.

Here’s what is in the prize package:

(2) packages of Martha Stewart Beverage Labels
(1) package of Martha Stewart Halloween Silhouettes (precut and ready to stick)

(1) Martha Stewart One Piece and Cap Easy to Stitch Kit
(1) Dimensions Handmade Embroidery Kit – Teacup Ornament
(1) Dimensions Handmade Embroidery Kit – Bird on Flower Pillow Cover

(1) Lalibert Chiffon Chic Flower Kit (makes 10 flowers – 5 brooches / 5 alligator clips)
(1) Package of Brenda Walton Butterfly Vellum Stickers by K&Company 

(1) EK Success Spider Web Edge Punch
(1) Halloween Rubber Stamp

Here’s how to enter:
  1. Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
  2. Leave me a comment (anonymous or “no reply” comments will not be eligible unless you include your email address).
  3. The contest will run from Thursday, October 20, 2011 (1:00 a.m. PST) until Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PST).
  4. Contest is open to U.S. residents only
  5. I will draw a winner from the comments and announce the winner on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
  6. For extra entries, Tweet or post to Facebook about this contest and leave me an additional comment letting me know.
These products were provided by ek success to do with what I please. It’s my pleasure to share them with one of you. 

Thank you ek success! 


Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrations: halloween {crow garland}

Like many crafters this season, I picked up some black crows at the dollar store. These guys are a crafters dream. For only a dollar each, you can adorn just about anything.

I’ve seen these black crows on wreaths, pumpkins, branches, under bell jars and just about everything – each one looking spectacularly spooky!

I had several ideas for these crows but decided to make a fall garland out of paper that I had on hand. For this garland I used a a circle paper punch and glued them to string. Since the garland tends to flip around, I used a front and back for each circle so the string wouldn’t show.

The crows were perfect to hold each end of the garland. I mounted the crows onto a white tile for weight and glued the garland ends to the beaks.

I added a few nuts in a votive and a weathered copper urn along with the black flowers I posted about last week.

I think he’s quite happy to be out of the dollar store bin and on my tabletop.
How about you? Did you find these crows at your local dollar store? How did you decorate with them?


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Little Crafts: goblin treat jar

This is a fun and easy project for your little crafters.

Make a goblin treat jar for Halloween out of an upcycled container. Wash and dry your jar or plastic container and decorate the lid with paper and ribbon. I used Martha Stewart’s Spider Web Edge Puncher and purple raffia.

Add stickers or if you’re lucky enough to have a die-cutting machine, make your own. I used K&Company Alphabet Glitter Stickers.

Use the treat jar to add a decorative touch…

Or, give in to the fact that the jar will soon be empty and you’ll need to refill it several times before Halloween.


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Inkling: halloween décor {black flowers}

It’s October! Do you decorate for Halloween or do you skip the ghosts and goblins and go straight for the overall autumn look?

I don’t do too much Halloween decorating but I couldn’t resist adding a touch of spookiness to my décor.

These black flowers are easy to make and add a splash of inky blackness to a table or mantle.

The flowers are made out of black crepe paper and the stems are twigs wrapped in the same black crepe paper. Click here for the crepe paper flower instructions.

I think these flowers would work even post-Halloween. Soften the look with some non-spooky knick knacks like this little bird for a stark centerpiece for a party or wedding.

Hope to see you tomorrow for the Inspiration Board link party.

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Tip Junkie handmade projects UndertheTableandDreaming   Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Friday, October 29, 2010

Etceteras: haunted birdhouse

It’s finally here. All the little ghosts, goblins and witches will be out and about this weekend getting enough candy to last a year. And I’m ready for them.

For my last Halloween post of this year, I made a birdhouse.

I found this unfinished wood birdhouse in the dollar bin at the craft store. I really had plans to paint it in bright colors, decorate it and enjoy a pretty birdhouse. But the Halloween obsession got the best of me…

My birdhouse has become haunted.

I spray painted the wood in a metallic black and used dead leaves on the roof.

A little Spanish moss and more dead foliage and no bird would dare enter this house.

Happy Halloween to all.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Etceteras: halloween bunting

I took this picture of a crow in my backyard. I really don’t like crows but I hear that they’re very smart. Which is probably why they deliberately mess on my car and smirk at my dog when she barks at them.

But this guy was just sitting there on the telephone wire so I snapped the photo. Now that it’s Halloween, my crow photo can come in handy. With some simple photo editing, I cropped in on Mr. Crow and played around with the color.

And here’s what I ended up with - Mr. Crow has become The Raven.
With a little help from Edgar Allen Poe and my raven, I created Halloween bunting.

Take that Mr. Crow!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Etceteras: halloween cake stands

I was inspired by these kirigami cut outs. They’re so pretty and each one is like a snowflake – unique. You can find these on the blog Omiyage.

I’m going to try to make some pretty flowers and snowflakes with colorful paper but in the meantime, I thought I could use this same process to make spider webs for Halloween. I used baking parchment paper to make spider web doilies to serve up Halloween treats.

The two smaller cake stands are small plates on top of candle holders. I’m sure you’ve seen this done before. Search the blogs and you’ll find some amazing cake stand creations. Just make sure you securely glue the plate to the candle holder.

For the large cake stand, I simply cut out a piece of black and white fabric with pinking shears.

Touches of color with an orange gros rain ribbon or fall candle and you have a simple Halloween treat display.

Now I need to go bake some treats to put on those empty plates.