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Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

If you like to make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en, this project is right up your alley. Quick and easy if you’re pressed for time and cute for the trick or treaters in your life. They dress up a table, are fantastic tucked into a Hallowe’en lunchbag or super special to hand out at your door. Designer series paper in Hallowe’en colours spruce up individually wrapped chocolates quick as a wink and a bit of a decorative top adds some fun!

KEY-ute right?  There are many ways to put together these treat bags. Today I’ve wrapped miniature chocolates (Swiss Delice from Costco) with Spooky Night designer series paper and popped them into the 2” x 8” cellophane bags. If you haven’t tried these bags, they’re great! 50 in a package for only $4 CDN, you can’t beat 8 CENTS EACH! They’re even food safe, so if you didn’t have wrapped chocolates, your treats would be safe to eat!

I can’t get enough of this paper. I went through a whole package with friends making a Spooky Cat sampler I’m going to share with you later this week! Witches hats, spooky cats, creepy patterns and boo-tiful sayings…so many things to choose from. You can see how easily they coordinate with the five of them in my treat bag.

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

Did you notice the topper? The beakers (sort of Harry Potterish, aren’t they?) are small enough to fit right inside the Everyday Label punch border. I created three different coloured potions easily with two-step stamping. Simply stamp the three beakers in Tuxedo Black ink then fill in each one with whatever colour you like with the matching stamp. (I used Basic Grey, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie to match the papers.)

Then I folded the tag, stapled it to my folded bag and affixed a banner. (TIP: fold tag about 1/3 of the way so you can see the stamping under the banner.) Both the Happy Hallowe’en and Trick or Treat sentiments fit perfectly on a small banner like this – about 5/8“ x 3”. The little details really add up when you make a trick or treat bag for Hallowe’en. Here’s where I’ve taken just a bit more time to add a special touch.

  • five different paper designs decorate my chocolates (there’s 12 to choose from so this isn’t hard!)
  • the banner hides just a bit of the stamped beakers (so you want to look a little closer to see what else might be under it!)
  • my Paper Snips created cute pointed ends for my banner (rather than a straight edge)
  • a cute crocheted ribbon bow perks up the banner

These go together so quickly, you still have time to get your paper and cellophane bags – and make up a bunch of these for the 31st!

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

While these treats are perfect for All Hallow’s Eve, here’s another cute and colourful Christmas version. Who doesn’t LOVE receiving a fun treat like this? Everyone right? So get down to your craft room and make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en so you can share some unique goodies.

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Fall Flower DIY Home Decor

Fall Flower DIY Home Decor

Add personality to your front entrance this season with a fall flower DIY home decor item. The ever-popular daisy punch and coordinating stamp set make it quick to build these 3D flowers in autumn colours. I think they look pretty much like mums…what do you think?

fall flower DIY home decor

Yes? It’s a great example of how to get more mileage out of your stamps and punches. Here, it’s only paper colour mods that totally change up the look.  Compare it to the daisy on my DIY Clipboard to see the difference.

All you need is an inexpensive canvas frame from the dollar store for this project. This one measures 6” square. While it’s easy to get a rectangular shape, this shape is a bit more unexpected.

I first stamped my letters in Early Espresso ink to ensure I had enough space for them. TIP: Be careful when stamping onto the canvas as there isn’t any sturdy backing on it. To compensate, I held an acrylic block underneath then stamped my letter. I learned this after I stamped my first letter lol! When I started to colour in my “F” with a marker (see it at the top?) I thought I actually liked it better where you could see the canvas texture. So I left the rest of the letters alone!

To tie all the colours together, I sponged Old Olive and Early Espresso ink around the outside edges of the frame with a Stampin’ Sponge. It really added to the overall effect and softened the bright white.

fall flower DIY home decor

For ease, I used my Versamark pad to give tone-on-tone colour for my flower and leaf details. Using four colours of cardstock for my flowers, I was really happy with the coordination. Here are some TIPS to make them three dimensional.

  • Stamp and punch each flower two times per colour of cardstock
  • Use your bone folder to shape the petals but running it lightly underneath the petal
  • Lay one petal over the top of the second, offsetting slightly so you see the petal underneath
  • Use Soft Suede ink on a sponge dauber to lightly swirl ink into the middle of the flower
  • Stamp, punch out then glue leaf behind a petal (you can shape these too if you like)
  • Overlap petals when gluing down to canvas so they are clustered together
  • Attach a large gold faceted gem AFTER adhering to your canvas

Here’s everything you need to recreate a fall flower DIY home decor piece like this yourself.

fall flower DIY home decor

Even though this is a small item, the vibrant colours all coordinate to create an eye-catching piece. It’s just another way to get some extra life from your daisy punch and bundle. Pull them out again and create a fall flower DIY home decor piece to decorate this season.

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DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

You’re going to love this DIY cutest Hallowe’en notecards set today! I think 3” x 3” cards are such fun to make – and receive! With so many ways to package them up, today I wanted to feature the new Mini Pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalogue. So easy to make a neat gift for a special friend, you’ll be crafting a few sets in no time! Here’s your gift all boxed up!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This Spooky Night designer series paper made the box front so simple! It’s a 3” design on one of the sheets. With 16 on one sheet it’s quick to make multiples! While I spent a little longer on mine – the branches are cut out – you certainly don’t have to to have fabulous results.

Many people are surprised at how sturdy the pizza boxes are. They easily handle these notecards, but would also be perfect for homemade goodies, Hallowe’en treats and Christmas morsels. At $1 each, the make wonderfully different gift holders.

I gave my screech owl a pair of spooky black rhinestone eyes and perched him directly on the branch. I added some splatters too with my toothbrush dipped in my Tuxedo black stamp pad.  And I actually liked the look of the stamped words on my tag.  The Memnto ink pad is a linen finish, not foam like the Classic stamp pads, so I picked up the imprint when I stamped.  (Normally I would reink it a few times to I didn’t get the lines, but here I thought it added to the spookiness!)

diy cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

There’s tons of variety in the four notecards I built. So you can make a full set, just a card or two or multiples of one style. Here’s all of them at once so you can pick your favourite!
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

I admit there are a LOT of supplies in this DIY cutest notecards set. But take a look how your simple framelit shapes can perk these up. How many different ones do you see? How about the layering circles and squares AND stitched shapes…well, and the large letters too 😬! It’s hard for me to decide which is my go-to shape.  I guess if I had to walk the plank, I’d say the circles…buuuut, those squares make super little frames too!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

My cat punch has been working overtime! You saw him in my simple Hallowe’en card a couple weeks ago. He’s so quick and easy to make a super card. Stamp, punch and adhere!

What’s the trick for the frames? Cut out a large stitched frame lit square with your Big Shot (one in black, one in Pumpkin Pie). Then position the next sized square inside the square and run through the Big Shot again…TIP: save this square and use them on your other cards like I did with this one!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This one shows more of the designer paper. One half inch strip down the side, then I fussy cut the two pumpkins and words. The mini sequins gave it a sparkly lift.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Can you see the cutout of the second black frame from the first card? It grounds the two circles and banner and picks up the jack-o-lantern’s happy grin.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

To be honest, I couldn’t live without my letters. I made these orange ones using my technique for colouring glimmer paper. See it here! Washi tape adds a fun bottom border and the three black rhinestones adds some quirkiness.

Yes my list of supplies is LONG…however I’ll bet most are staples in your stack of supplies. If you need to add a few, a simple click will get them on their way to you.

Want to see the whole set?

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Small gifts like these are sure to be a hit with your buds. Create a variety, or select one style and make multiples. Whichever you decide, they’ll love to receive their DIY cutest notecards set – and will have fun sending them out to their besties.

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Cute DIY Thanksgiving Treat Bags

Cute DIY Thanksgiving Treat Bags

I just have to share these cute DIY Thanksgiving treat bags with you today. I’ve had this Mini Treat Bag Thinlits die for a little bit now, but haven’t pulled it out much. I’m not sure why, because these are some of the quickest little bags I’ve ever made! I just love how it turned out!

cute DIY thanksgiving treat bags

These are super easy to put together, especially when you use designer series paper, like this awesome Painted Autumn. Aren’t the hazelnuts adorable? They’re probably my favourite in the entire 12 designs, although they just edged out a couple others like the sunflowers, pumpkins and the leaves. The colours are gorgeous and the designs are fantastic to cut out for embellishing. Here are all the designs so you can see what I mean.

cute diy thanksgiving treat bags

Let’s talk a little about my embellishment. I chose the new Labels to Love set for my tag in colours to coordinate with the paper and the rest of my bag. Boy, I’ll tell ya, if you want versatility, this set is for you. It covers practically every occasion – fall, Hallowe’en, Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s…you name it, it’ll do the trick.  The new Everyday Label punch fits three of the stamps and there’s a lovely mix of different sizes and fonts for the greetings.  I’ve used it over and over again – already!

I relied on a tried and true technique to fancy up the greeting. I used the brush tip of my Stampin’ Write markers to colour the leaves and words different colours. While lots of times I’m in too much of a rush to do this, it really adds a TON of personality.  I’ve got three colours on there: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  Take a closer look to see for yourself.

cute DIY thanksgiving treat bags

 

Did you see my leaves peeking out? I’ve been using this new Leaf Punch a TON. It’s a perfect size! For this one, I coloured the Dazzling Diamonds Early Espresso, just like on the deer for this Christmas card. (PSSSST, there’s a video to show you how too.) While it’s the only bit of bling on the bag, it’s just enough to catch your eye. And the two tiny nuts are fussy cut from scraps left over after die cutting the bag pieces so there’s very little waste. Here’s where the Mini Dimensionals really came in handy to attach that one over the leaf.

cute DIY thanksgiving treat bags

Do you use your stamps to make your own “designer” tissue paper? It’s super quick and easy. I stamped the hazelnuts and the filler dots on a small piece of white so it peeks out the top. I like the way it hid my little treat inside.  Next time I might just fold over the top and see how that looks…

To make your own treat bags, I’ll bet you have lots of these supplies in your craft room just waiting to be used.

How about a final look?

cute DIY thanksgiving treat bags

While I had fun embellishing my cute DIY Thanksgiving treat bags with lots of colour and steps, you may find you don’t have that much time. Well, the fabulous part is you don’t really have to. A little ribbon or banner cardstock or a simple ‘for you’ tag and you’re all set! Then set them out on your dining table and your cute DIY Thanksgiving treat bags will be sure to be a hit!

Spooky Cat Hershey’s Kiss Treat Holder

Spooky Cat Hershey’s Kiss Treat Holder

My spooky cat Hershey’s kiss treat holder was a HIT at my Open House last night! It was a last minute thought I had when I was falling asleep the night before. And I’m happy to say that when I put punch and cutter to paper yesterday morning, my thought turned out exactly like I imagined it in my pre-nocturnal state. Now that hardly EVER happens so I thought I’d better share it with you so you could make some too!

spooky cat Hershey's kiss treat holder

Aren’t they just adorable? Can’t you see making up a bunch of these for Hallowe’en, or for all your co-workers for National Cat Day (which is October 29th, BTW)? They are a cinch to make, have EXTREMELY few supplies and only take a couple minutes to put together. That makes it a purr-fect (sorry, couldn’t resist) project in my books!  Treat holders are a fun way to share Hallowe’en – or any kind of – treats with friends, family and co-workers.  Here’s a treat box I made last year to share with friends at Thanksgiving.

Let’s take a side view shot then we’ll take a peek at my video.

spooky cat Hershey's kiss treat holder

You’ll LOVE how quick this spooky cat Hershey’s kiss treat holder is to put together.

Ingredients:

  • your choice of cat coloured cardstock
  • rhinestones
  • baker’s twine

Recipe:

  1. Punch out two cats with the Spooky Cat punch in matching colours
  2. Cut a small piece of matching cardstock 3/4” x 2 1/2” and score at 3/4” and 1 3/4″
  3. Fold up strip along score lines
  4. Use a strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape on the folded up ends of the cardstock strip
  5. Attach one cat to one side, then match up the second cat to the back side
  6. Attach Hershey’s kiss to a glue dot then put into the middle of the strip
  7. Use a glue dot to hold the cat heads together
  8. Decorate with rhinestones or baker’s twine

The Spooky Cat punch is BRAND NEW in the 2017 Holiday catalogue and just became available today to purchase. If it’s anything like the Daisy punch, it might sell out extremely quickly. So make sure you get yours today so you can get these ready to go for the end of October.  Simply click on the image below to go to my 24-7 online shop to get yours delivered to your door!

spooky cat Hershey's kiss treat holder

There’s such a wonderful choice of Hershey’s kiss flavours, you’ll want to whip up a few of these earmarked specially for the chocolate – and cat – lover’s in your life. In my world, I’ve found chocolate always packs a super happy message. And no “kitten” around, when they’re sandwiched in a super cute spooky cat Hershey’s kiss treat holder like this, be prepared for cat kisses back!

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