I thought Melanie’s fabulous Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie would be fun with a felt 4 leaf clover tag sticking out the top. It was very easy to make! I have a free download here for you. In the file, you will see a pattern to cut the shamrock petals and also the “so very lucky to have you” tags. Easy peasy! (Just download THIS and print and you are ready to go!)
(Check the thumbnails at the end of this post for supplies used.)
These card boxes are so fast and easy to make! I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board… which is intended for creating envelopes of any size. However, I used it to make boxes! The video shows how to make a box for A2 cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) and envelopes and also for 4-bar cards (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″) and envelopes.
So – yes – I know this is last minute. But I shared this on Instagram and got hit with a lot of emails. So I thought I would take some quick pictures and share here the Halloween Treat Bags I am making for Colin’s class.
These bags are so very easy to make and you really don’t need many supplies. For the eyes and dots on the bags, I used various sizes of circle punches or circle dies (from 1″ to 2.5″). I bought some inexpensive pom poms for each nose and cut quick and sloppy triangles for the ears and teeth. After printing the child’s name on red cardstock, I trimmed and rolled the end around a pencil to make a silly twisted tongue.
Good old fashion brown paper bags work perfect for this. I folded the top over and adhered all the pieces with strong Glossy Accents. (The teeth and tongue are adhered to the back of the folded flap. I didn’t tape the bags closed – just left them folded over.)
You could fill this bag with candy, cookies or any other typical treat. But me – being the mean mom I am, lol – decided to skip the sugar and plastic toys for something more artsy and fun…
We decided to print several and cut them into 2.5×3.5″ pieces for the notebook. I also made a personalized cover page in Photoshop, too. (“Journal” is a big word in their class, so Colin wanted to include it.) After we were done, we used our Cropodile to punch a hole in the top and used a ring to keep them together. (You can get these at office supply stores.) Oh – and google eyes are best added with Studio Matte Medium.
Now this all may seem very over-the-top. But honestly? I held myself back. I tend to go overboard on this stuff. But once I see the smiles on the kid’s faces? It will be worth the work. (And thanks to my dear friend and fellow homeroom mom Kami who helped to put these together! The bags only took about 1.5 hours in total.)
The sweet folks at Ranger asked me to be part of their Great Pumpkin Challenge. We all started with a plain pumpkin and used Ranger goodies to turn it into a fall decorative piece. Here’s mine…
Here’s the scoop: I tore lots of strips of Sticky Back Canvas. White heat embossed Hero Arts images all over the strips. Painted them with Distress Inks. And sprayed the living daylights out of them with Perfect Pearl Mist. And thanks to the Sticky Back Canvas, they stick right on easily. For the “M” I just printed it and traced it onto canvas. Fun…
Be sure to head over the the Ranger blog all this week. They will be showcasing several decorated pumpkins by other artists each day. You can find them HERE.
I used my all-time favorite patterned papers for this garland – the Bo Bunny Double Dot papers. There are so many great colors and they are tone-on-tone. Love love love. I hoard them.
I added the letters with my Silhouette. I tell ya – I am amazed how much use I have gotten out of that machine…
Couldn’t get a great picture of the whole garland, but it says “COLIN ROCKS.” (A little something to tell him how proud I am that he did so great on his first day of Kindergarten!) This project is so easy with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.