Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Party Decor

Every year I want to host a Halloween party for my kids and their friends, but I don't.  My overwhelming desire to do nothing takes over and my kids are lucky to get help throwing together a too-small, last-minute Halloween costume.  Somehow I managed to get my act into gear last week and ended up making an entire set of Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween party decor.  Clearly I was avoiding something to have been cooped up in my craft room for that long.  

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Party Decor

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Party |

Check it out: a banner, cupcake wraps and picks, drink wraps and labels, treat bags, and home decor.  I really went all out.  I even bought funky fabrics to stage the photo all spooky-like.  I used paper from Pebbles' Thirty-One Halloween collection and a variety of cut files from Silhouette to make the paper crafts.  

DIY Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Banner |
The whole idea for this DIY Halloween party was spawned by this banner.  I used premade banner die cuts and adhered a paper rosette medallion to each one.  I created a print and cut file for the title (FREE download here) and adhered the individual letters to the banner flags.  Since the theme was Ghosts & Ghouls, I cut an extra large ampersand and put it between the two banners.  

Printable Halloween drink labels |
Spooky drink labels are my favorite during Halloween.  I found these printable drink labels in the Silhouette Online Store.  I printed the labels on sticker paper and then die cut them.  It was so fast and easy!  

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween treat bags |
I used a FREE printable Ghosts & Ghouls sentiment and premade banner flags to create a simple embellishment on a treat bag.  Air-popped popcorn is a perfect treat for a kids' party because a bottomless supply is dirt cheap.  

Ghosts and Ghouls Free Printable Halloween Decor
I enlarged the same Ghosts & Ghouls sentiment to create a piece of Halloween home decor.  I die cut the sentiment, adhered it to a piece of patterned paper with foam squares, and inserted it into an 8"x8" shadow box frame.  

Graveyard cupcake wraps and tombstone picks |
Make some extra spooky cupcake wraps by die cutting wrought iron fences and making tombstone cupcake picks.  I used the print and cut function with my Silhouette CAMEO to print the RIP before I die cut the tombstones.  I die cut a few ravens and adhered them to the top of a few tombstones.  

Ghosts and Ghouls Free Printable Cupcake Picks
Print and die cut the FREE Ghosts & Ghouls sentiment and adhered it to a paper rosette medallion to make another cute cupcake pick.  

How to Make a Paper Rosette Medallion

Paper rosette medallions are easy to make and are a fun way to add dimension and texture to your paper crafted projects.  I used a rosette on each of the banner flags and used them to create cupcake picks.  

How to make paper rosettes |
Start by scoring your paper every 3/8".  TIP: Score a wide strip of paper and then cut it into narrower strips so you don't have to score each individual strip.  

How to make paper rosettes |
Trim your scored paper into 1" strips.  Using the score lines as a guide, fold each strip into an accordion. 

Adhere the ends of the strips together, creating a single loop.  

How to make paper rosettes |
Gather the rosette together and form a little tent.  Place a drop of hot glue in the center of the tent and flatten the rosette. 

How to make paper rosettes |
Hold the rosette in place until the glue is completely dry.  Use rosettes on cards, paper crafts, scrapbook pages, home decor, etc.  Use them anywhere! 

Ghosts & Ghouls Halloween Party

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Party |
Now that I have the decor and treats are ready to go, will I actually get my act together and host a party?  I say the chances are 50-50. 

Happy Halloween!


Pssst...Be sure to check out my Freebies! tab to download the Ghosts & Ghouls printable and banner letters.  

If you like this project, you may also like these: 

Halloween Party Drinks |

Peekaboo Halloween Cards |

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece

Hello!  Welcome back for Cricut Design Space Star Round 3!  This month's challenge was to create projects for weddings and celebrations.  My team and I created projects around a woodland theme.  For my project, I created a rustic woodland party decor centerpiece that could be used for any woodland themed celebration.  This woodland house would look lovely at the head table at a wedding, or as a centerpiece at a Thanksgiving table.  No parties in your future?  Make a rustic woodland house as a piece of home decor.  

Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece | 

 I used my Cricut Explore to die cut a variety of materials to create a house with lots of texture and dimension.  I die cut a lot of wood veneer and felt, but I also die cut chipboard to make the house base.  And I did it all with the same standard blade!  

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece |
This rustic woodland party decor centerpiece is all about the details, from the overlapping wood siding, to the stitched felt leaf roof, to the authentic pinecone swag over the door.  

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece moss garden |
Creating the garden around the house was my favorite part.  I placed reindeer moss around the stone path and filled the garden with a variety of decorative mosses and lichens. 

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece die cut fence |
A die cut birch wood veneer fence separates the moss garden from the stone path. 

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece |
The house, nor any of the other components, are permanently attached to the wood base allowing you to switch out the lights or rearrange any of the rocks or greenery.  

DIY Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece |
The fence wraps around the back of the garden and the back of the house is completely finished allowing the centerpiece to look beautiful from all angles. 

Rustic twig window casings on woodland house decor |
Each window is framed with twigs from my backyard.  

Die cut, stitched felt leaf roof on rustic woodland house decor |
The roof tiles are made from die cut and stitched felt leaves.  The Cricut Explore does a fantastic job of cutting materials like felt.  I added Heat N Bond stabilizer to the back of the felt so it would cut more evenly and not leave too much fuzz on my cutting mat. 

Die cut chimney with stone facade |
The stone chimney adds to the rustic charm of this woodland house. 

How to Erase Parts of a Cricut Cut File

Edit cut files in Cricut Design Space software |
The original house cut file I used from the Winter Woodland cartridge had three windows on each side and a round window above the door.  For my design, I wanted more simple, rustic windows on each side of the house.  To erase components of a cut file, select the entire file and click on the Contour button and click on the areas you do not want to cut.  The cut lines will turn light blue indicating that they will not be cut out.  

Edit cut files in Cricut Design Space software |
I created new windows by resizing and grouping four squares together.  I copied and pasted my new windows on to the original house cut file.  

Die cut cereal box chipboard with Cricut Explore |
Wanna know the best part of making this house?  I die cut all of the components out of Kleenex chipboard packaging!  No special chipboard required!  Start saving your cereal boxes.  Oh, and the next best thing I did was use a 12"X24" cutting mat.  It saved my project from having to be cut into several pieces.  

Add score lines to chipboard |
I had to improvise scoring lines a bit since they were not included in the file.  The file included notches, but since the chipboard was so thick, the folds were going to be wonky.  I created score lines by simply placing a ruler between the scoring notches and then scoring with my Cricut scoring tool by hand.  It was super easy and it worked perfectly.  

(NOTE: You can add a score line to your cut files, but I decided not to take the time to do it for this project. )

How to Create a Custom Shape in Cricut Design Space

One of the things I love doing in Cricut Design Space is manipulating basic shapes and combining them together to create custom shapes.  

Create custom shapes in Cricut Design Space |
I created a custom cut file for the wood siding by resizing a quadrilateral, copying and pasting it several times, and welding all of the shapes together. 

Die cut wood veneer with Cricut Explore |
I copied and pasted the finished siding cut file until it filled an entire 12"x12" sheet of wood veneer.  I used the Cardstock setting to cut the cherry wood veneer and it worked perfectly. The entire house took about 1 1/2 sheets of 12"x12" wood veneer.  

Adhere wood veneer with red tape adhesive |
Before I started adding the siding to the house, I added wood trim around the windows to  prevent any of the print from showing in the final project. 

Starting at the bottom of the house, I adhered the wood siding to the chipboard house, overlapping the shingles as I moved up the house.  I recommend using red tape adhesive (or other strong adhesive) when making 3D projects as it will help prevent the stiffer materials from popping off of the project. 

Trim excess wood veneer from house frame |
After I had adhered all of the siding to the house, I flipped the house over and trimmed the excess away with scissors and a craft knife. 

DIY Rustic Woodland Home Decor |
One of the things I love about wood veneer is that it can be stained.  Yay!  I stained some scrap wood veneer to create the dark shutters and front door.  

DIY Rustic Woodland Home Decor |
Pretty cool, huh?  I used more scraps for the front door and alternated the pieces to add some texture to the door.  

DIY Rustic Woodland Home Decor |
After all of the cherry wood veneer siding was adhered to the house, I trimmed twigs from my backyard to create rustic window casings.  I used a miniature hacksaw to cut the twigs into smaller lengths and adhered them to the house with a bead of hot glue. 

Vellum windows |
Before I assembled the house, I adhered a piece of heavy vellum to the inside of each window.  

DIY Rustic Woodland Home Decor |
It's starting to look like a house! 

Die cut, stitched felt leaves |
The roof is made from alternating layers of die cut, stitched felt leaves.  Each leaf is adhered to the roof with a dab of hot glue. 

Stabilize the corners of a chipboard house with blocks |
Two of the corners in the woodland house didn't want to stay square so I hot glued a couple of blocks into the corners to help them keep their shape.  Smart, right? 

Create a chimney with a stone facade |
I created the stone chimney by adhering small, decorative stones to the outside of the chipboard with glue dots.  

Die cut wood veneer fence |
The garden fence is die cut from birch wood veneer.  I adhered two fence pieces together so both sides of the fence had a wood finish.  To add stability to the fence, I trimmed and glued toothpicks to the inside of the fence. 

DIY Rustic Woodland Home Decor |

I plan on using this rustic woodland party decor centerpiece as the focal point for my Thanksgiving table, and perhaps as a piece of pretty fall decor.  

Enter the Cricut-I Made It! Contest

Now it's your turn to share your Cricut creativity!  

It’s time your creativity pays off so you can really make it.  Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut - I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Nowproject line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!
To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.

The winner will be featured on and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money.  Cha-ching! Cricut will even help with your publicity.

Cricut is upping the fame game even more…camera, lights, action….

Cricut has partnered with the The Design Network - a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.

Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique.  Who will pick the ultimate winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.

To enter the Cricut - I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to to enter today.


Happy creating! 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Cricut Explore GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends and happy Monday!  Are y'all ready for another GIVEAWAY?  Keep scrolling down to see how you can win a new Cricut Explore!

Cricut Explore Contest Graphic
My super duper blogger pals from Cricut Design Space Star Team 10 and I are excited to be giving away a Cricut Explore to one of you lucky readers!  I have been using my Cricut Explore for a few weeks now and it's pretty awesome.  You can import and cut SVG files, create your own cut files, or choose from thousands that Cricut has to offer.  It is also capable of cutting fabric, felt, leather, wood veneer, and more.  Sweet!

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Good luck!


PS My Craft Stash Giveaway is still open!  Click HERE to enter! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Craft Stash GIVEAWAY!

It's time for a Craft Stash GIVEAWAY!  Why?  Because giveaways!  And because you're awesome.  I couldn't do what I do without the support of my loyal readers.  Awww.  How's that for mushy?

Craft Stash GIVEAWAY!

Here's what's in it for you.....

Your box will include: 

  • MME Paper and accessories pack
  • GCD Studios Special Delivery Cardstock stickers, brads, and paperclips.  
  • Echo Park This & That 6x6 pad, chipboard stickers, and decorative brads
  • Petaloo flowers (4 packages)
  • Faber Castell mixed media sampler in red
  • SEI gold glitter dots and silver glitter dots
  • Verve clear stamp set
  • Bo Bunny clear stamp set
  • Stampendous rubber stamp and glitter pack
  • DCWV 6x6 paper pad
  • Unity rubber stamp

How do you win all of this goodness?  Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below and you'll be entered.  The giveaway ends Thursday, September 11 at 11:59 pm MST.  

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A bunch of my blogger friends are hosting giveaways today, too!  Click on the links below and follow the trail to some great new blogs and some awesome goodies. 

Have fun and good luck!