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DIY Spooky Hallowe’en Home Decor

DIY Spooky Hallowe’en Home Decor

A couple weeks ago, I had a fun morning with friends making a DIY spooky Hallowe’en home decor sampler. If you love handmade and DIY ideas, this papercrafted Hallowe’en sampler is calling your name!  Chock full of witches hats, spooky cats and perky pumpkins, it adds a boo-tiful touch to your Hallowe’en decorations. Although similar to my Valentine’s or Christmas samplers, there’s lots of unique details. See for yourself.

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

How long do you think this took to make? Start to finish, not even three hours! I only pre-cut the detailed gate and the squares of cardstock. So yes, we might’ve been cutting, stamping, punching and gluing fools for a couple hours, but talk about almost instant gratification! So what are some of the best parts?

  • Everyone got a quarter package of the Spooky Night designer series paper (and there’s LOADS left over for them to continue creating at home).
  • All the pumpkins, and hats (except one) were cut from the Spooky Night paper with scissors.
  • It was “new technique time” for all to learn how to colour glimmer paper this ghoulish grey for the “BOO”.  Don’t know how?  See it here in my video!
  • Each designer’s personality poked through with the hats or pumpkins they chose to decorate with.

The sampler is mounted on a 12” x 12” piece of Basic Black cardstock. I liked the look of a smaller Basic Black square (3” x 3”) for each of the patterned papers to sit on too. Although you can’t see them except up close, it’s one small detail to up your WOW factor. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the individual squares.

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

 

Here’s the main 6” x 6” piece. What about that fabulous Detailed Gate thinlit, sparkly coloured die cut letters, some shiny black rhinestones and a simple banner?

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

Double stripes in the paper pattern and the 7/8” striped ribbon bring this square to life. Our witch’s hat has a jaunty slant, matched by the diagonal greeting. Do you like the google eyes? (TIP: turn the stamp that says “Happy OWL oween” upside down to get the fiendish scowl.)

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

An anxious jack-o-lantern sits atop a stitched and embossed circle…on top of a funky circle pattern. The vintage crocheted ribbon provides a lovely border and anchors the square.

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

Who doesn’t love the Spooky Cat? Even with a rat pecking at her toes, on a large polka dot pattern, she doesn’t care!

Let’s see the designers up close. This was Cathie and Susan’s first sampler ever!

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

Linda, April and Marilyn were going home to hang theirs up right away! (Sorry about the reflection on Marilyn’s – I just thought there was such great attitude in this pic I wanted to share!)

DIY Spooky Hallowe'en Home Decor

I know it looks like a long list of supplies for our DIY spooky Hallowe’en home decor piece but you can easily get busy and make one at home for yourself.

If you like to pull out the Hallowe’en decorations, this sampler will fit right in and add a homemade touch to a wall or table top. And it’s not too late to get busy! Find out for yourself how an easy DIY spooky Hallowe’en home decor piece will spark up your seasonal home this year.

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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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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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DIY Clipboard with Letters and Flowers

DIY Clipboard with Letters and Flowers

If you’ve got a hankering for a DIY clipboard with letters and flowers for a fun activity, look no further. Clipboards are pretty popular right now in home decor.   No need to buy an expensive model.  This is a quick and easy way to jazz up a dollar store staple. Use it for a fun display, to post recent photos, your daily To Do list, or –EEK!– for work even!

With the super new Daisy punch and Daisy Delight paper (no longer on back order status!), this is a project that will be fun to create – and equally fun to give away.

 

DIY clipboard with letters and flowers

There are minimal supplies to make this fun project…a bit of paper, some stamps, ink and embossing powder, glue, scissors and a heat tool. I picked up the clipboard for super cheap knowing I would make something with it.  But when I got it home, uh oh, it measured 12 1/2” x 9”. And the largest sheet of most scrapbook paper, including Stampin’ Up!’s is 12” x 12”. What to do?

Build a little border with your designer series paper to set off the cardstock! It looks absolutely like it was planned that way from the start!  And it’s got way more WOW! too!  Now, that top clip is just a bit tricky so I’ve built you a PDF template for cutting your cardstock to make it easier to cut your own.

DIY clipboard with letters and flowers

Ingredients:

  • 12” x 12” piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut to 9” x 11”
  • Daisy Delight designer series paper cut to 1 3/4” x 9”
  • 3 – 3” squares of 1) designer series paper, 2) Daffodil Delight and 3) Whisper White cardstock

Here’s how you can make it:

  1. Measure your clipboard to make sure it’s the same as mine (12 1/2″ x 9″).  If it is, my PDF template will work just fine for you (print my PDF template here)
  2. Glue your designer series paper to the bottom of the clipboard (I used liquid glue)\
  3. Cut out the top of my template and lay paper inside the clipboard to ensure it fits properly
  4. Lay template on top of Night of Navy cardstock and trace top cutout lines with a pencil
  5. Cut out on your pencil lines with scissors or a craft knife
  6. Cover clipboard with liquid glue and lay Night of Navy cardstock over top, under the metal clip
  7. Hold in place with alligator clips until dry (I let mine sit for half an hour)
  8. If desired, use a sanding block to rub from the top down along the edges of the clipboard to soften them.
  9. Stamp letters either freehand or with a Stamp-a-ma-jig with Versamark ink, leaving sufficient space for the second ‘O’ flower
  10. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat
  11. Punch out three flowers and layer one over the other with glue dots in place of the second ‘O’
  12. Attach faceted gold gem to middle of flower

Tips:

  • I stamped all my letters and flowers AFTER the paper was adhered to the clipboard. This was because I didn’t want my paper to wrinkle up at all when I heat embossed it.
  • Start with the centre ‘O’ first then do the ‘L’, then the ‘B’ and lastly the ‘M’.  Mine’s not completely centred, but hey, that’s OK, it’s handmade!
  • Clean your alligator clips before putting in place for drying. (One of mine had something on it which left a mark on my paper.)
  • Make sure to put enough glue on the clipboard so all the paper adheres.
  • You could seal this with a matte finish if you like BEFORE adhering your three-dimensional flower.

DIY clipboard with letters and flowers

Here’s everything I used to complete this project. To recreate it yourself, just click on an image to take you to my online store.

Now you know the basic steps to making your own clipboard, see what other ideas you can come up with. Personalise them, add fun designs for kids or make a set of them for a wall display. No matter where your imagination takes you, you’ll have fun making a DIY clipboard with letters and flowers for all seasons of the year.

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Make a Party Banner!

Make a Party Banner!

Would you like to Make a Party Banner to suit whatever party theme you like?  Birthdays, showers, weddings, it’s easy with Stampin’ Up’s! Designer Series Paper and Large Letters Framelits.
make a party bannerYou can make your banner as short or as long as it needs to be.  This one is the same length as “birthday” would be for instance!  It measures 42″ in length.  Each triangle is 4 1/2″ at the top and each side is 5″.  I’ve created a template for you below.

make a party bannerThis close up shows off the Party Animal DSP. This is one of my favourite patterns with the cheerful balloons.  For this particular banner I used four different DSP two times each and varied the colour of cardstock for the letters. Each letter is accented with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in a different place to add interest.

If you appreciate letters and lettering, like me, you will want to check out the the Large Letters framelits dies.  This has been one of my best investments this year!  I love how easy it is to personalize my cards, projects and 3D items like this banner using card stock, glimmer paper and DSP.  And right now, if you purchase them, you will get two free Sale-a-bration items for free!

Here’s the template for you to make your own flags and banner.

make a party banner

When I was cutting these out, for ease, I placed one long side (5″) on the straight edge of a piece of rectangle cut to 4 1/8″ x 5″.  This really cut down on wasted DSP!

I scored each banner along the top so there is just a little fold to go over my ribbon or baker’s twine.  In my surprise banner, I used thick white baker’s twine so it would tie easily.

make a party bannerI thought it needed just a little something between each of the “flags”.  This is the bow from the Balloon Popup Thinlits.  isn’t it cute?  They are stuck to the twine with a glue dot.  Tip!  For next time, I would actually cut two of the bows and stick them together with the twine in the middle.  I think it will add a bit more weight.

I hope you enjoyed my make a party banner project.  It was fun to create and I know I’ll be playing with new themes in the upcoming months!

I’d love to know if you liked it too!  Please leave me a comment below to let me know!

Here are all the supplies I used to create this party banner.  To make it yourself, click on the images below to take you to my online ordering page!

You Can Make It Too

Party Animal Designer Series Paper

$14.50

Large Letters Framelits Dies

$130.00

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

$44.00

Crushed Curry 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

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

$11.25

Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments

$6.75

Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine

$5.25

Glue Dots

$7.00

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$5.25

Big Shot

$136.00

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

$49.00

‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’

Jo

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