Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party 2015: Candy Corn Owl

Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party 2015: I turned my popcorn box into a cute candy corn inspired owl candy dish!

For the past couple years Laura, of Laura Kelly Designs and Me and My Inklings, has hosted a Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop and this year, I'm happy to announce, I was asked to participate! The gist of the hop is that up to 50 bloggers are given a popcorn box and asked to create something...anything, as long as it is uses the box. Before I go into how I turned my plain popcorn box into a candy corn inspired owl box let me share the part of this Hop that includes YOU!

This year the boxes were provided by World Market who are also sponsoring a contest! WooHoo! Everyone loves a contest and all three of these prizes would be awesome to win so, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and get entered, via Rafflecopter. The first prize is a $50 World Market gift certificate, second prize is a $100 gift card for Lollipics for custom designed treats, and third prize is a Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

Now, on to the crafting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Projects

10 No Carve Pumpkin Ideas for this Halloween. Keep them in mind for our next trip to the Pumpkin Patch. via @mvemother
This year instead of carving pumpkins and trying to keep them from either drying out or turning into a moldy mess why not try a no-carve design?

Here are nine quick and easy pumpkin decorating projects the entire family can help create with!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Spooktacular DIY Stamped Candle Holders

Oh my, what a week I've had. 

I'm not the kind of person who deals well with drama or those who create it. After many attempts to see the brighter side I finally succumbed and had to cut some ties. It was not a pleasant experience but I feel much freer now and it all goes back to that Maya Angelou saying, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them." Indeed. 

You know my favorite way to forget about troubles? Yeah, I craft. I've been on a stamping binge and because it's been a while since my last clay project I thought it was time to mix these two mediums together again. These easy to make Halloween candle holders are simply spooktacular. Even my 17 year old son picked one up and said, incredulously I should add, "You made this?" 

Yep, they're that cool. Here's a breakdown of what you need to make your own Halloween Candle Holders! 

  • Goodwill votive candle holders or you can always pick them up at the dollar store
  • air dry clay
  • Haunted Shack Peel & Stick Stamps from PSA Essentials 
  • black acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
Use PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps to create one of a kind stamped  DIY Halloween Candle Holders!

Start off by putting an 1/8 inch thick layer of clay on your glass votive until it is covered. I don't know if it matters, but I chose NOT to cover the bottom of the candle holder.

Use PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps to create DIY Halloween Candle Holders!

Pick your stamp and press it into the clay where you'd like it. I used those from the Haunted Shack set but PSA Essentials has many to choose from. 

When you're pressing be sure not to press around the outside ring of the stamp...or maybe you want to? Ignore me, do whatever you want. 

Give the stamped clay a good 24 hours to dry. If you layered it thin enough it should crackle a little, making the design look even creepier! 

It's super easy to make DIY Halloween Candle Holders with Clay and PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps.

Once the clay has dried mix a bit of the black paint with water until you create a kind of grey wash. You can also stick with straight black but if you'll look in the picture below you'll notice that you can't really notice it. Plus, it makes it harder to see the stamped design and crackle of the clay. 

Add a candle and give your Halloween vignette a ghostly glow with this Spooktacular DIY Stamped Candle Holder. 

Super Easy DIY Halloween Candle Holders with Clay and PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps.

Super Easy DIY Halloween Candle Holders with Clay and PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps. They're Spooktacular!

Monday, September 14, 2015

No Occasion Super Star Pins

Make a Super Star Pin for your super star, no special occasion needed! with @PSAEssentials and @mvemother

You don't always need a special occasion to tell someone you think they're a super star. But you will need: a bit of ribbon, needle and thread, glue gun, circular paper punch, jewelry pin, cardstock, and a PSA Essentials Stamper and Super Star Peel & Stick Stamp set. 

You don't need a reason to tag someone with one of these Super Star Pins made with @PSAEssentials stamps.

To start things off you'll want to use your paper punch and stamper to create the paper medallions in the center of your pins. You don't have to use the Super Star stamp, you could also choose Rock Star, A+, a big smiley face, or any other of the many designs PSA offers. From there you'll...

  1.  Stitch a quick line along the length of one side of your ribbon. 
  2. Pull the thread to create a ruffle, stitch or hot glue the ends of the ruffle together to form a circle.
  3. Hot glue the stamped paper medallion to the front of the circular ruffle. 
  4. Hot glue a plain medallion to the back of the ruffle along with a jewelry pin. 
These pins can be given as gifts or used to decorate a present, 
either way they're sure to be appreciated! 

Quick and Easy Pins to make for no particular reason other than to say you're a Super Star! @PSAEssentials @mvemother

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag Tags

Stamped Halloween Treat Bag Tags made with @PSAEssentials stamps

I'm one of those who says "Halloween in stores already!?" I'm also one of those who say, "Sorry, this is the only candy the stores had left," as I had out butterscotch discs to trick-or-treaters.

If you can relate, prep for this year's little ghosts and witches by throwing together treat bags NOW! And be sure to close up with stamped Halloween Treat Bag Tags.

P.S. If the candy is in the treat bags it's less likely to be eaten before Halloween too!

Supplies needed to create Halloween Treat Bag Tags with @PSAEssentials stamps

To make the bag tags I used a sheet of vellum, black construction paper, PSA Essentials Stamper, Halloween colored ink pads, the Halloween Peel & Stick Stamp Dies, and a circular stamp punch (not shown). 

Stamping vellum to make Halloween Treat Bag Tags with @PSAEssentials stamps

When you're stamping on the vellum be mindful of smearing and give the ink a little time to dry before touching it. 

Stamped vellum to make Halloween Treat Bag Tags with @PSAEssentials stamps

Once you're got the number of stamps you'll need use the paper punch to punch them out, as well as the black construction paper. You'll use it as a backing. 

Crafting Halloween Treat Bag Tags with @PSAEssentials stamps

Hole punch the vellum and construction paper. 
Slip the tags on to a twist tie and close up your bag of Halloween treats. 

Grab them while you can! Halloween Treat Bag Tags with @PSAEssentials stamps

Have the camera ready to snap a picture when you tell the kids they can go ahead and take a bag! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Craft Lightning: Halloween Edition - Poseable Mummies

Craft Lightning time again and for this year's Halloween Edition we have poseable mummies!

Over the years I have loved being a part of Angie and Caroline's Craft Lightning Series and challenging myself to create a cool craft that can come together within 15 minutes. Last year I was on a major tin can kick when Craft Lightning time rolled around, the year before that I was painting tree branches, 2015 it's all about the Mummy!

As you can see in the picture above, Poseable Mummies aren't just easy crafting they're also perfect for a little Halloween fun. The kids and I had a blast posing Osiris (yes, our mummy has a name) around the house. I've already made a couple friends for him, Tut and Cleo.

Here's the rundown on how to make your own family of mummies to pose throughout your house this Halloween.

Poseable Mummies! Easy to make, don't require a ton of supplies, and perfect to pose around the house this Halloween!

  • Floral/crafting wire (I found mine in the craft section at the Dollar Tree)
  • Jewelry plyers 
  • rags (I used an old-school Curity cloth diaper)
  • hot glue gun
  • googly eyes (optional)

First up you'll want to twist and shape your wire to create a stick figure. To add a bit of dimension I use two loops to make a spherical head.

Making Poseable Mummies for Halloween decorating with @mvemother.

Old school cloth diapers make great all-purpose rags and since their ends are cut on a zig-zag it's also super easy to rip them into strips. Once you get a nice sized pile of one inch strips you can start wrapping your wire mummy.

Be sure to glue as you go! If you don't when you start posing you're mummy's wrappings will move around and you might show a little wire.

The head can be tricky but keep in mind, if just a little bit of the wire is showing you can always hit it with a bit of glue and push/pull the rags up to cover it.

Making Poseable Mummies for Halloween decorating with @mvemother.

When it comes to eyes, it's really your preference. While I like the little guys without eyes my kids insisted on adding a little googly. "To make it a funny mummy," they say. 

Making quick and easy Poseable Mummies for Halloween decorating with @mvemother.

I know it seems early but Halloween will be here soon, so be sure to set aside a little time for holiday crafting! For more spooktacular project ideas be sure to click the image below for more Craft Lighning magic!

Have a little fun this Halloween crafting a poseable mummy with My Very Educated Mother!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Time for a Vacation

We're already behind on our homeschooling schedule, I have stacks of blog projects waiting for me to finish, my high school senior decided to start college classes, unfinished projects have become our home decor, and there are mounting duties regarding all our leagues/teams/scouts/dancers. I think it's officially time for a vacation.   See you guys in a week or so.