Holiday Crafting

Paper Source Workshop: Sugar Skull Rosettes

15481660117_d8fe9f27d1_z

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.

15429968077_443862bf74_z

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.

14995214574_bf10f41ca0_z

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

15480975709_a5baf8af2e_z

I loved decorating my rosette – it was so calming!

15668437862_21a3b54701_z

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!

Halloween Treat Sacks

15615974765_1298340622_z

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

14995847813_8a1e80987f_z

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

15429902268_f790733803_z

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.

15613327961_b9f350dd46_z

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.

15429883678_3550271875_z

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

FullSizeRender

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

15613316621_f7ccf4cee5_z

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!

How-To: Halloween Lantern

15474066817_1b38ca5ffe_z

My Halloween decorating tastes are officially all over the map. I love to collect vintage paper Halloween decorations, but I also love the simple, rustic look of a mint green heirloom pumpkin. These differing tastes can be see all throughout our house and I love it.

Head over to Made + Remade to see how to make these lanterns for yourself, just in time for Halloween.