Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Goody Bags from Taylored Expressions

Here are the treat bags I made for Eli's classmates. I just returned from the school parade and party - it was so much fun! I think the treat bags were a hit, too.
These were a LOT easier than they looked. They were precut for me! (The bags, not the tags)
I ordered them from Taylored Expressions. I really love that place. They also included little cello bags, and I just taped the cello bags inside the boxes, so the candy could show through the window.
Precut goody bags from Taylored Expressions
Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie from SU, black embroidery thread from DMC
Cardstock for tag: Pumpkin Pie from SU
Ink: Elegant Eggplant from SU
Stamp Set: Spooky Expressions from Taylored Expressions
Other: 1 3/4" Circle Punch and crop-o-dile, Red sticky tape, double slit punch (so I could slide the ribbon through the top)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This Week's Watercolor Painting

Here is the painting I turned in today at college. This week's assignment was a silhouette / dual panels / one in the primary triad / one in the secondary triad. I tried to get my inspiration from Blue's posters. I love the Blues - and I wanted to capture the poster feel. It is kinda funny I used hardly any blue in the painting. Irony?
I was up until 3 painting. Again. I am so worn out from this class. Yes, I love it - but it is a lot more work than I ever imagined. Only 1 1/2 more months, and the class will be over. Yay! :D
Anyway...just wanted to share!

Witch Hats - A Comment to all the Comments

Thank you for all the nice comments - but I totally had a duh moment and forgot to say these were not my original idea. I totally forgot to say I had seen the idea on a few different blogs - but failed to write down which blogs I had spotted them on. I always try to give credit where credit is due - I don't know how I forgot to mention that it wasn't my original design. Anyway...I'll try to always remember from now on!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Witch Hats with Reese's Cups

Here is a super, super fast craft for you today! Witch hats made with Reese's Peanut Butter cups.

Cut 3 5/8 inch circles. I don't have the coluzzle - I use the EK Success Circle Cutter.
Cut each circle straight down the center, so you have 2 half circles.
Each half circle will become the top to a witch hat (2 witch hats per circle). Make the half circle into a cone and fit it over the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. There is no exact science to it. You really have to adjust the circle as you go along, until you get a good fit over the candy. Use red sticky tape along the side to adhere. Don't use snail, or they will pop open later.
Place 3 small glue dots around the top side of the Reese's candy, so the hat will stick on it when you put it on.
Punch out some scallop circles with your scallop punch. These are the base (rim of the hat).
Place 2 dimensionals on the bottom of the Reese's cup. Attach the bottom to the scallop circle.
You can tie a ribbon around them as well. I've seen this done, and it looks cute, but I had a very hard time with the ribbon. So, I chose to leave the ribbon off the hats. Enjoy!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Cardstock: Black linen, DSP from Recollections (Michael's)
Other: Scallop Punch, Red sticky tape, small glue dots, dimensionals, circle cutter

Friday, October 23, 2009

Potion Bottles

What a project! I've been working on my Potion Bottles for 2 days! I hope you enjoy them! April came over last night and made some for herself, too. It was a lot of fun!
I'm giving some to E's teachers, and some to a couple friends.
I've filled them with Russian instant tea. I'm not sure if this is a "true" Russian recipe, but I found it online, and it looked like fun. It is not the most gourmet tasting stuff on the planet (not exactly fine British tea), but it sure is fun. I think kids would like it. It looks pretty in the bottle. I had to make 2 batches to fill 8 bottles.
These potion bottles are actually plastic, even though they look like glass. So they will be easy to mail. There were 3 for $5 plus shipping from Taylored Expressions. I love that place!


Stamp Set: Punchy Potions from Taylored Expressions
Paper: Black, Confetti white, and DSP from Taylored Expressions on bottle; elegant eggplant, black, white, and Taylored Expressions DSP on recipe card. DSP for spiders is sei.
Ink: Black Stazon, watercolor pencils on cauldron, except bubbles and water done in stampin write markers in green galore and pumpkin pie. Orange stickles on bubbles. Chalked around the cauldron in orange and chalked 3 varying colors around the border. Corks in SU CRAFT ink - only orange, black, and elegant eggplant.
Other: Oval Nestabilities (plain and scalloped - both) by Spellbinders, Ribbon from Taylored Expressions, except the 1 in gingham (other), scallop punch and circle punch plus Martha Stewart spider punch on recipe cards, jewels from Michael's on recipe card.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Gift Bag (Bigz XL Die Scallop Circle Bag)

Just more of the Halloween Scallop Bags featuring the owl cat! Thought I'd finally put the instructions on my blog (sorry...I kept forgetting to do that!)
I am giving one of these to a great teacher tomorrow. The bag is on the small side. But, it is perfect to hold a gift card. I got the teacher a Border's Gift Card and found these extra large York "Batty" Halloween patties at the grocery store. It is a perfect fit! It slides inside perfectly with the gift card.

Sizzix Bigz XL Die Scallop Circle Bag
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, White, and Black (the fence is black)
Ink: The owl cat is Elegant Eggplant, the sentiment is Black Stazon
Ribbon: Drinking Jar (Basic)
Punch: Martha Stewart Fence
Spellbinders: Labels Three (Nesties)
Rhinestones on the eyes (crystal stickers)
Stamp Set: Happy Owl-oween by Hero Ars; Sentiment is from the stamp set Spooky Expressions by Taylored Expressions
Cuttlebug Folder: Pumpkins (I think that is the name...the one with a bunch of pumpkins)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Halloween Make and Take - A Success!

The Halloween Make and Take Girl's Night Out was a success! Thank you, ladies, for coming out! You don't know how much I appreciate it! And thank you, Peggy, for letting me use your home! You don't know how much I appreciate THAT! :-)

We are having another one next month - a Christmas Make and Take Girl's Night Out. I hope you can come!

The bottom photo is random. :-) This is a photo of me and Eli at Eli's very first Chief's game!

College Watercolor Course

I am taking Watercolor at a local college this semester. It is so hard! I thought it would be relaxing, and it is not! I have homework all the time. It has left very little time for card making. So much for relaxing! But, the good news is...I'm learning. I have an accounting and a business major, and let me tell is way more difficult! Most of the kids in my class are art majors, so I am not up to their level by any means. But, the good thing about surrounding yourself with talented people is that hopefully you learn.

Just wanted to show a few of the assignments I completed in August and September. I did three pieces in October, but forgot to take photos of them, and they are at school right now.

This is my very first art class. I didn't have art in High School, either. I think that is why I find it so difficult. I will post pics of the other stuff after I go fetch it. Hope ya'll are enjoying your day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween Make and Take Preview - Oct 15th

Set the date, ladies! October 15th at 6:30 PM. Please come to our Girl's Night Out and make 4 cards (2 of each design...Autumn and Halloween theme), 2 Halloween Goody Bags (shown in photo...the one that is a big scallop PERFECT to hold a gift card or some candies), 1 Popcorn Sleeve (shown in photo), and 2 Witch Hats (Reece's...yummmmm)!
I will be sending out the invites tomorrow. If you don't get one, and wanna come...please let me know! I am hosting this Girl's Night Out (Make and Take) with Peggy (at her house)! There are door prizes as well. Wine and crackers will be served. Class fee is $18.

I will post the materials / supplies list tomorrow.