Paper Source Workshop: Sugar Skull Rosettes

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Thanks to the awesome team at Paper Source Birmingham, I’m now the proud creator of several beautiful paper rosettes, complete with a fantastic sugar skull! The awesome gals at the store had no problem coming up with a special workshop for us this month to celebrate Halloween.

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For the workshop, we went over the basics of making a paper rosette. Biggest thing to remember? Your width of the rosette needs to be two times its length when cutting it out. Using some beautiful specialty papers we focused on Halloween-ready colors, from rich orange with a touch of gold to classic black-and-white stripes.

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Thanks to the store’s Silhouette Cameo, we each decorated an oversized sugar skull to add to one of our rosettes.

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I loved decorating my rosette – it was so calming!

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With some paper rosette tactics down, we’re already thinking about how to make a set for the next holiday – Thanksgiving!

Here’s to a happy Halloween!

Join The Sewing Party November 8

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I’m very excited to announce that on November 8 I’ll be joining a great group of sewing powerhouses for a day of classes, discussions and idea sharing with The Sewing Party! For just $40 you can get sign up to get involved with the classes offered that day that will the be archived for 90 days after that.

I’ll be online that day enjoying some great tutorials, but specifically I’ll be leading some online chats with Made + Remade in the Sewing Lounge, that hopefully reenergize your sewing outlook.

Made + Remade Live Chats in The Sewing Party Lounge

  • 12 – 1 pm*: Lish Dorset will be Busting Scrap and Stash – Put your stash of fabric and scraps to work!
  • 1 – 2 pm: Lish will help you Re-energize Your Sewing with inspirational tips and guidance for finding that next amazing project.
  • 2 – 3 pm: Hannah Slaughter will be discussing ideas to Repurpose Your Relics.

*Times are EST*

Learn more about the party over on Made + Remade.

I hope to see you there!

Halloween Treat Sacks

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Here’s a quick way to wrap a collection of Halloween trinkets for your special trick-or-treater! I found these great Up and Up orange stripe lunch bags at Target. Once your gifts are placed in the bag, fold the top over twice and crease. Secure the top with two pieces of washi tape in different colors and patterns. I used several rolls of Scotch Expressions Washi Tape for these bags as well as the tags.

To identify the bag I pinned a white clothespin to the top of the bag that held an orange-and-black jute twine bow, a Paper Source letterpress Halloween finding and gift tag. The tag was covered in washi tape before a plain circle sticker was added to the front for the recipient’s first initial.

It doesn’t long at all to give holiday gifts an extra dose of cheer!

A “Witching” Halloween Card

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Here it is, my offering for this year’s Halloween card!

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During our visit to Chicago earlier this month I got to visit the very first Paper Source. Such a cute location! I found a few pieces of this witch wrapping paper that I knew had to come home with me. It’s a few years old and was in their sale section, but it was just enough for a set of Halloween cards. I had one plan for a card I was working on, but as soon as I saw the paper, my whole approach changed.

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Using an A7 foldover card, I rounded the corners on paper used. For the “witching” greeting, I put my Prima Press to use and stamped the message.

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Inside I printed the Halloween message and added a separate blank area to write a message to the recipients. Paired with a rhubarb envelope, the card had a warmer, more autumnal color scheme than Halloween cards I’ve made in the past. All in all, I loved the finished product. It’s great when you stumble across a craft supply that changes the whole direction of your project in a good way!

How-To: Terrarium Makeover Halloween Party Hostess Gift

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If you’re headed out to a Halloween party this weekend, it’s not too late to put together an inexpensive, yet impressive, host or hostess gift. Using the basis of a basic terrarium, you can give a plain glass jar a quick Halloween makeover just in time to head out the door to the party. If you’ve got time to let a bit of paint dry, you’ve got time to make a Halloween terrarium.

Check out Made + Remade to see how you can give a terrarium a Halloween makeover just in time for this weekend’s Halloween parties.

How-To: Grown-Up Trick-Or-Treat Bag

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My nephews are here in Michigan this weekend for an early celebration of Halloween and trick-or-treating is definitely involved. Trick-or-treating calls for a fun bag, even for us grown-ups. Using a laminated fabric, you can turn a simple tote bag into a grown-up approved bag that’s perfectly for collecting snacks on Halloween, but then goes to work as an everyday tote the rest of the year.

Check out Made + Remade to learn how to make this bag for yourself!