Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween treat bags

I have a really easy way to make some fun Halloween treat bags. I believe I saw the original idea for this on Jennifer McGuire's blog. I like making fun little treat bags for holidays and the idea I'm going to share with you is really easy. So here's the treat bag:

First I'll start with the embellishments I put on the front of the bag. I took the cute little Halloween stamps that came with the Sleepy Hollow kit, Versamark & some embossing powder. The frame I stamped on black cardstock with Versamark, sprinkled some iridescent embossing powder, then heat set with my embossing gun.

For the skull I did the same thing but used purple embossing powder. Then I cut both images out.

For the bag, take a strip of paper that is 4" x 12". I chose some Pink Paislee paper from the Sleepy Hollow kit. You can use regular cardstock but patterned paper is fun because it already has a design on it.

Score your paper on the long end at 4", 6" and 10". If you don't have a scoring tool you can use your paper trimmer & a bone folder and score right in the groove of your paper trimmer. But don't press too hard because you'll go right through the paper. After you score it your bag will look like this:

You can go ahead and fold the small flap over at the top and adhere. Then, holding all of the top layers together, take a small circle punch and punch 1/2 the circle at the top. This will be the opening for your candy bag to stick out.

Decorate the front of your treat bag, then get a cellophane bag and fill with candy. Be sure to eat all candy that accidentally falls out ;) Most craft stores have cellophane bags but regular 'ol sandwich bags will work, too. Twist the top and put through the inside center of the treat bag & adhere ribbon.  And there you go...fun little treat bag!

Now I know some people don't do Halloween stuff, so I also made a little treat bag using some goodies from the Sweet Sue & Seaside Cottage kits.
By the way, these are fun little treat bags to give to teachers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

From the Ground Up

Hi everyone! Today I am going to go through the process of building a layout with the Sleepy Hollow kit (sorry sold out). First you will need your kraft cardstock and spray a bit of mist on the top and bottom of the cardstock. I used Licorice from Maya Road.

Next cut out the middle portion of the Pink Paislee paper. Also cut out a big enough section of The Girls' Paperie paper to cover the numbers on the Jenni Bowlin card. You could also leave them uncovered but they were too distracting for what I had in mind.

Choose two cards from the Making Memories paper and cut them out. Place them behind the Boo card. Also punch out the orange die cut frame and place it over the spider to create a "picture frame" so to speak.

Choose 5 photos and adhere them across the center of your page.

Layer the Pink Paislee text border and the striped die cut strip under your row of photos.

Lastly, add a few finishing touches to complete your layout. To complete your picture frame, attach one of the Girls' Paperie metal charms to the die cut frame. Then use a piece of string to tie a bow and adhere it to the top of the metal charm. Here is what my finished layout looks like.

Let me know if you have any questions about how I created this layout.

Happy creating!