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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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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!

Fast & Easy Last Minute Birthday Gift Box

Fast & Easy Last Minute Birthday Gift Box

I was running late the other day and needed a fast and easy last minute birthday gift box to take with me to a party. With the clear tiny treat boxes, a strip of designer series paper and my lucky, and well-used, Daisy punch, I made it to the party, on time, with a handmade gift! Since I didn’t have time for photos, I came home and made another one to share with you!

fast & easy last minute birthday gift box

Isn’t it cute? When you don’t need something over-the-top extravagant this is the ticket! Being able to see into the box allows you to use it as part of the decoration! The bright yellow works well against the Delightful daisy paper. And if you ask me, candy is almost always a good bet!

The recipe:

  • one clear tiny treat box
  • a strip of designer series paper 1 1/2” x 8 1/16” (to allow you to ease it around the corners without a gap at the end)
  • scrap of Whisper White at least 1” x 2”
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock at least 3″ x 5 1/2″ (for two daisies)
  • 5” piece of 1/4” Daffodil double stitched ribbon

fast & easy last minute birthday gift box

Some tips as you’re building your box:

  • decide where you want your box front to be and start and end your designer series paper at a corner away from the front
  • leave the box flat to adhere your strip of designer series paper and crease the edge with your fingers as you wrap the paper around
  • mini glue dots have the most secure (and practically invisible) hold for your paper, flowers and ribbon
  • stamp and punch the daisy two times for a fuller flower
  • select a small greeting that fits inside your Classic Label punch (this one comes from two words in the versatile Tabs for Everything set) and glue to the back of your daisy flower

The clear tiny treat boxes are a super deal. At $10.50 for 16 boxes, they are only 66 cents each! Cheaper than the dollar store! Then you get to decorate them exactly as you want to coordinate with your card. Pick up some by clicking on the image below.

fast & easy last minute birthday gift box

While this box might suit a female friend more than one of the guys, it would be so easy to switch it up with a different paper, candies and punches! The racoon from Crystal’s card here might be right up his alley!  The possibilities really are limitless.

Try it yourself. With only a few simple supplies, I challenge you to see how quickly you can make a fast and easy last minute birthday treat box!

Handmade Happy Canada Day

Handmade Happy Canada Day

We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in today’s post with a handmade happy Canada Day spread! In anticipation of the festivities, Canadians will be experiencing tomorrow, I want to share a few ideas I was playing around with in my craft room. Of course, there is a definite theme of red and white decorated with maple leaves, the symbol on our flag. What else would I pick? Take a peek at the ensemble together, then I’ll share the individual ideas with you.

handmade happy Canada Day

With a focus on two stamp sets and two sets of framelits, my designs are fast and fun. The Colour Theory Suite has a fantastic set of maple leaves that work wonderfully to celebrate our birthday. And honestly, I think this suite needs to be a staple in EVERYONE’s craft room! I’m not sure I will ever get tired of it!

And the Celebration Time stamp set with matching framelits has quickly become ANOTHER new favourite of mine. When I opened it up, the greeting “It’s Your Birthday” just shouted at me – “ink me up without the “y” and say ‘It’s our birthday’!“ So that’s what I did! Here is a closer look at this simple card.

handmade happy Canada Day

This card really came together quickly. Use your Real Red marker to colour in just the words on the stamp set, taking care to leave off the ‘y’. Then two small banners and the tiered birthday cake framelit decorated with a little of the mini silver sequin trim underneath. Add a silver glimmer leaf to fill in the space left by the ‘y’ and you’re done!

Did you see the gift bag?

handmade happy Canada Day

I alternated the large and small leaf, stamping everywhere on the white tissue paper and the Real Red 12” x 12” cardstock as well as a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock. My Gift Bag Punch Board turned my 12” x 12” paper quickly into my bag. (I have to say I held off getting this punch board for a LONG time, a couple years in fact. But now that I have it, I really am having fun experimenting with it! Keep an eye out. You just might see a class coming up in the fall!)

Being able to coordinate the exact ink colour with the tissue paper, bag and bow make this a stand out gift!

See that one black card in the middle?  You’ll want to check out the post last week where I shared some tips for making it. But if you missed it, here’s another close-up.

Canadian Handmade Birthday Celebrations

The flag card is a super simple and fast card. If you’’re a newsletter subscriber you received the instructions in my June newsletter. You can still get them if you subscribe now!

Here’s a quick gander at the other two cards in my handmade happy Canada Day ensemble. Keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be sharing the how-to’s in future blog posts.

handmade happy Canada Day

handmade happy Canada Day

You can recreate these projects yourself with some of my favourite supplies. Simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have your items shipped directly to your doorstep.

You Can Make These Too!

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle

$69.25

Celebration Time Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$40.00

Celebration Thinlits Dies

$40.00

Gift Bag Punch Board

$27.00

Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Brights Stampin' Write Markers

$39.00

Silver Glimmer Paper

$6.75

Silver Mini Sequin Trim

$8.00

Bow Builder Punch

$23.50

Tear & Tape Adhesive

$9.00

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$5.25

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$5.25

Big Shot

$136.00

With Canada Day celebrations only hours away, you may not get a chance to make each of these projects right away. However, change up some colours and you’ll be all set for a fall themed party! Or whip one up for a male birthday – he’ll love the mix of colours and nature. But if you do have just a little time, you can’t go wrong designing a handmade happy Canada day celebration in traditional red and white!

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