Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Hope everybody has had a Happy Halloween!!  I also hope you all enjoyed the 31 days of Horror!! Can't wait to do it again next year.  I am also planning some fun giveaways and projects for Christmas.  More details to come later.  Hope everybody has a great night of Trick or Treating!!

Day 31 of Halloween Projects: Ghost and Tombstone Mini Album

For Day 31, I have another mini album to share with you.  I am sure you have all figured out by now that I love the Ghost and Tombstone on the Simply Charmed cart.  The face on the tombstone is really cute to me, so I knew I wanted to make a mini album with it as my shape.
I used the Gypsy to weld the ghost to the tombston and cut it once out of heavy duty cardstock. Then I cut the tombstone shape 4 more times out of heavy duty cardstock for the pages of my book.
I then had to cut the edges off of the tombstone bottoms, because it would be hard to open each page with those sides.  I used patterned paper to cut all of my pages and then glued them to the cardstock using Yes Paste.  I found this at Michaels after reading about it on the Cricut Messageboard and it works great for the mini albums.  Once I had all of the patterned sheets glued down, I cut frames in the size of 4in. high x 3 1/2in. wide for each page and decorated them with stickers and embellishments to complete the book.  I also added google eyes and a face to the ghost to complete the book. I bound this with the bind it all using O-Wire that was 1/4 inch wide.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Goody Gobblers/ Turkey Sucker Holders

I am working on a couple of  Turkey projects that I am going to share with you all next week, but I thought I would go ahead and share what I made for Kaylee's class last year with you.  I used the My Community Cart to cut the turkeys and then added the suckers to them. I took an exacto knife and cut a small slit to push the suckers through.  I then used some google eyes and stickles to complete them.  I called these Goody Gobblers, because I thought it was a funny Thanksgiving name.  The kids really liked these, but my mom thought this was way too many suckers for each kid, lol. 

Day 30 of Halloween Projects: Haybale Centerpieces

For Day 30, the project is Haybale Centerpieces.  This is a cute Halloween project that can also be used through Thanksgiving as well.

For this project, you will need the mini haybales that you can purchase at Hobby Lobby.  I got a pack of two of them for $1.99.  The scarecrow and the corn are premade cuts and the pumpkins are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cart.  I cut them in orange, used a black pen for the details and added small goggle eyes.  The pumpkins are cut at the following sizes two of them at 2 1/2 inches, one at 2 inches and 1 at 3 inches.  Once all of these were cut, I used hot glue to attach one pumpkin directly to the front of the haybale.  For the other pumpkins and scarecrow and corn, I used skewer sticks and hot glued them to the sticks then pushed them into the haybale.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Exciting Announcement!!

I wanted to let everybody know that I made the design team for the Fantablulous Cricut Challenge Blog!!  I am so excited about this and can't wait to share my projects.  If you haven't already, be sure to check the blog out and enter in the weekly challenges.  Here is the link:

Day 29 of Halloween Projects: Fry Box Treat Holders

For Day 29 I am sharing with you another cute holder for your Halloween treats.  These Fry boxes were made with the template from creating keepsakes.  I printed the template onto a sheet of white, orange and green cardstock.  I traced it onto a sheet of black cardstock since it wouldn't show up to print on black.
You can find the template I used here:

For the pumpin, I used a paint pen to draw the face in and then attached some yellow google eyes to him.

For Frankenstein, I used a paint pen  to draw the face in, used a white pen to draw the stitches, added google eyes and hand cut the bolts out of silver cardstock.  (sorry about the glare on this photo)

For the ghost, I used a black paint pen to draw the mouth and added some google eyes.

My favorite one is the bat.  I added the google eyes, used a white pen for the mouth and fangs and then my husband drew the bat wings for me on black cardstock with a white pen and I cut around them and attached them to the back.

You could easily add some tissue paper into these to dress them up a bit and then add small gifts or candy to them. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Sister's Bootiful Halloween Cake

My sister Melissa made this cake for the Halloween Party using cupcakes.  She has full instructions and a printable diagram link over on her blog here if you are interested in making one.  Just thought I would pass this along.   If you are looking for my Day 29 project, scroll down to the next post!!

Day 28 of Halloween Projects: Cupcake Toppers

For Day 28, I have some really cute cupcake toppers to share with you.  I made 24 of these in total, so I went with three different designs making 8 of each. I used the Simply Charmed cart for all of the cuts on these. For the ghosts and tombstones, I cut the blackout features for the back of the toppers, decorated the fronts, and then hot glued them to mini skewer sticks. The boo was only cut on the front and it was also hot glued to the mini skewer sticks.
The ghosts were cut using the Gypsy at the following size:  2.35Wx2.76H.
The tombstones were cut on the Gypsy at the following size 1.91Wx2.53H.
The word Boo was cut on the Gypsy at a size 2.9Wx1.35H.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great Giveaway at Carson's Cricut Creations

Over at Carson's Cricut Creations, she is having a great giveaway of a bag of treats. This is a super fun giveaway, because it is a surprise what you will get.  She will be announcing the winner on Nov. 1st, so be sure to stop by her blog and enter for a chance to win.  You can find her blog here:

Day 27 of Halloween Projects: Picture Frames

For Day 27, I have three altered picture frames to share with you.  These frames are the wooden frames you can purchase at Michaels for $1 each to paint and decorate.
For the eyeball frame, I used lilac colored acrylic paint to paint the frame.  Once the paint was dry, I used Aileen's tacky glue to attach 10mm sized google eyes all over the frame.
For the ghost frame, I painted the frame with Fushia colored acrylic paint.  The Bootiful was cut using the Don Juan cart for the letters and the ghost was cut from the Mini Monsters cart. I used glitter paper to cut the ghost and then added some google eyes.  I hot glued these to the frame to assure they were secured tightly.  Then I had some purple glittery embellishments that I added to the corners.
For the EEK frame, I used Green colored acrylic paint.  The EEK is a wooden shape that was purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Then, I had some left over glitter spiders from the confetti pack I had, so I hot glued them around the frame as well. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Winner of the Candy Corn Counting Contest

Thanks to everyone who played along in the Candy Corn Guessing Contest.  I loved getting all of your guesses everyday!!  Now it is time to find out who won the Brand New Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge.

The number of Candy Corn in the pumpkin is............   652

The winning guess was....   650  This guess was sent in by Carri a/k/a A Busy Bee from   Carri said in her email that her 9 year old wanted to guess 650!!!  So congratulations Carri, I am contacting you now to get your mailing address and will mail out your cartridge as soon as I hear back from you.

Thanks again to everybody who played along and be on the look out later next month for some fun Christmas giveaways I will be doing as well!!

Day 26 of Halloween Projects: Toadily Great Halloween Witch Caldron

For Day 26, I am sharing a Witch Caldron basket that I made for Kaylee.  This is a great way to take an inexpensive holder and dress it up for a really cute and unique gift.

I started out with a plain witch caldron that came from Target for $1.50.  I then cut the letters for her name out of green vinyl using the Don Juan Cricut Cartridge and attached them to the front of the pot.  I used joint tape to line up and attach the letters (this is a lot cheaper than the cricut transfer tape and you get a whole lot more of it as well)
After the pot was finished, I used the Mini Monsters Cartridge to cut the frog out, the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge to cut the witch hat and the Storybook Cartridge to cut the marquee shape out.  I printed the sentiment "Have a Toadily Great Halloween" using the font called cartoon and then used a white opaque pen to add faux stitching around the frame.  Once these cuts were all assembled, I hot glued them to skewer sticks and placed a square piece of foam in the bottom of my witch pot to hold them up. 

Now, I filled my pot up with some goodies: candy, silly bands, etc. and then used some green spider web fluff to cover the top of the pot and look like the witch's brew.  I already gave this to Kaylee so she could set her pot out as decorations at her house and it was a big hit. (You can also see her choices for pumpkins this year, she got a dog, a cat and a football player)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Costume Pics

The party was great yesterday, tons of people showed up and it was tons of fun.  Thought I would share a few costume pics with you guys.

This is me in my homemade lego costume.  If you look close in the pic you can see the claw lego hands, lol.  I also had a briefcase.  Kaylee is the little cat beside me.
This is George's finished costume.  He built the entire Iron Man Costume.  He actually started working on this in March of this year.  He was a huge hit with the kids.  He also had a light up piece under his shirt so he could be Tony Stark when he took the costume off.

Here are a few pics of some of my family in their costumes.  We had Jessie from Toy Story, A hunter and deer, a Big Baby, a Farmer and many more.

Here are a few more pics of some costumes and decorations.  The front of the house was really decorated, but somehow I don't have any pics of that.  You will of course see more once I get layouts done.

Last Day to Enter Candy Corn Guessing Contest

Just wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day to enter the Candy Corn contest to win a Doodlecharms Cartridge.  The direct link is at the top of the blog.  I will announce the winner tomorrow.

A Couple of Thank Yous

First,  I want to thank Allie at for featuring my Ghost Fridge today.

Second, I want to thank Celeste B at I rec'd this "Purrfect" thank you card from her today in the mail.  Isn't it adorable.  Thanks again.

Day 25 of Halloween Projects: Drac-In-A-Box / My Sheri Crafts Halloween Challenge and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

For Day 25, I have a project that I really like to share with you.  You have all heard of a Jack-in-the-Box, but have you ever heard of a Drac-in-the-Box??

To make this, I started out with a small white gift box.
I decorated the box with various bat stickers all around and on the top.

Next, I took a strip of black cardstock that was 2 inches wide x 12 inches long and folded it accordian style.
I then used the Paper Doll Dress Up cart to cut a face using the blackout feature at a size 7.53Hx3.19W and I cut the Dracula hair to fit the face.  I added google eyes and painted on purple eyelids and added the fangs.  Once the face was complete, it was hot glued to the first fold of the black paper and then the bottom of the accordian folded paper was hot glued into the box.
Now to make the handle, I took a small wood piece and one of the mini spools that I have been using and hot glued them together, painted them black, and then hot glued to the side of the box.  The accordian folded paper allows you to push the head down in the box and when you open it, he pops out.

I am also entering this into the My Sheri Crafts Challenge this week which is to make a Halloween Project.  You can find their blog here:
I am also entering this into the Fantabulous Cricut Frighten Me or Not Challenge.  You can find their blog here: