Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Treats for My Own Ghouls

Happy Halloween (almost)!

I made treats for my own little ghouls (ok, not so little - my oldest is already taller than me!). I really wanted to make a door hanger treat so that when they wake up in the morning, they would see it and be surprised. The only problem is I got them too many treats to all fit in the Art Philosophy door hanger - LOL! So, I still made the hangers, but I will also have a separate little treat bag to give them. I think I'll put the bags on their dressers as soon as I finish this post!

Here they are:

the hangers and the separate treat bags

My Sugar Daddy Ghost pops!
(Our family loves these! Got them at the Dollar Store, too!)

Younger ghoul's door hanger

 Top view to see the ribbons

Older ghoul's door hanger

Ribbon view

  • Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for door hanger (used Fit To Page)
  • Cricut Mini Monsters cartridge for ghosts
  • Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge for spider
  • Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up for skeleton
  • Scrappy Moms' "A Haunting We Will Go" and "Bewitched" Stamp sets
  • DCWV black cardstock
  • Georgia-Pacific white cardstock
  • Stampin' Up Basic Black ink
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Various Halloween ribbons from Michael's, Joann and previous years' stash
  • Baker's twine from Etsy (Orange & black) and Scrappy Moms (black & white)
  • Target dotted treat bags
  • K & Company Halloween Tim Coffey designer mat pad for patterned papers
Treat contents:
  • Bath & Body Works Halloween lotion, lip gloss & shimmer body spray
  • Pop Rocks candy
  • Sugar Daddy caramel pops

These were a lot of fun to make and I'm happy that I was able to make something special for my own girls. Often I give my girls treats throughout the Halloween season as we shop and craft for others, but not a creatively packaged treat on Halloween. Also, even though my older daughter won best costume at our Halloween Party last week as voted by her ghoulfriends, we gave the prize treat container to the runner up. I knew I had similar treats to give my ghouls on the real day and thought that was fair.

I am entering these treats with little cards into the following challenges:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 83 "Spooky Time" - Use a ghost on your project!
Scrappy Moms - Use the Doodlecharms cartridge!
Cardz TV Challenge # 94 - "Spooks, Monsters, Ghouls and Goblins!" Make a card for Halloween using ANY Halloween image you'd like from any cartridge(s) and using any colors you’d like.

Have a fun and safe Halloween all!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

All Ghouls Halloween Party 2011 (Warning: Pic Heavy!)

As I said in my last post, my big Halloween bash was last weekend (see invitation here), at which I had 28 middle school ghouls in attendance - PHEW!! We had tons of fun, though! Wanna see?

Here was the schedule:

7-7:30          Ghouls arrived; voted on costumes, guessed candy
                     corn and witch's brew ingredients
7:30-8          Scavenger Hunt
8-8:20          Apple Bobbing
8:20-8:30     Announcement of Winners
8:30-10        Dance Party

The dessert table to "DIE" for!!

 Witch Finger butter cookies and Cake Pop Eye Balls
(red velvet cake inside for bloody effect-YUM!)
"Potions" and snacks table
The voting table for witch's brew,
candy corn count & to grab a glow stick!

Bathroom decor: Bath & Body Works soap, lotion
& candle, Kohl's towels, Target rug, Joann black letters

My dollar store glasses with vinyl using 
Cricut Happy Hauntings fonts welded on my Gypsy!

The vamp drinking "blood" (so meant to get a photo of us
together with our glasses - oops!) . Then the vamp was
about to take a bite out of our oldest ghoul prom queen
who ended up getting voted best costume by her ghoulfriends!

The voting of costumes and guessing of
candy corn and witch's brew ingredients
(yes, our brew was "brewing" thanks to dry ice!)

Younger daughter ghoul and her classmates about
to go on the scavenger hunt with the vamp

Older daughter ghoul and her classmates about to go 
on the scavenger hunt with "The Witch" (that's ME!)

The older ghouls on the "hunt" - I think this may be
the last year for the scavenger hunt. The older ones
just weren't as into it as the previous year.

The apple bobbing!

The Dance Party!
It was a big hit with the strobe light & other fun lighting!

Prizes for the costumes with buttons to wear -
Bath & Body Works Halloween lotion, lip gloss, shaped
anti-bac, pencil,Target $1 sticky notepad and candy

prizes for guessing the candy corn & witches brew
(contents same as costume prizes)

The treat bag filled with a Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer
($0.37 each 4 days before the party!), candy & a pencil 

Overall, this was a successful bash for this witch. I am entering the fun details of my party into Decorate to Celebrate's Halloween Party Challenge and Patches of Pink's Link Up Party!

(Insert my witch cackle here)

Happy spooky crafting everyone! Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Halloween Treats

I'm baaaaaaack!!!

I just came off of my big Halloween bash where I had 28, yes 28 middle school "ghouls" over for some spooky fun! Now that it is behind me, though, I can catch up on my blogging and get some projects posted.

Two weekends ago I got my treat bags assembled and mailed off to the Godkids/cousins. I must say that I did not put my best creative juices forward for these, but I did get them out, right? And I'm sure my recipients aren't nearly as picky as I'm being about them. They probably viciously ripped the bags open with no regard for the crafting time put in- GASP!!

So here they are:
Doodlecharms spider, Scrappy Moms stamps

 Pumpkin Carving pumpkin, Mini Monsters
spider with web, Scrappy Moms stamps,
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch

Doodlecharms spider, Pumpkin Carving Pumpkin,

I added photos to these Target $1 board books-
so fun for my toddler twin cousins!

So yeah, nothing fancy here for this year's treats. I saw so many great Halloween ideas from all of your blogs, too, but time just wasn't on my side this season. Volleyball wraps up this weekend so maybe I can hit my crafting a bit more (insert big grin here).

I do have some things to post from my party, which I will try to post ASAP. I also want to jump in a few challenges this week so hopefully I'll be back soon!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mind Your Mummy!!

What do you get when you take a turkey stuffing bag, a King Size Hershey bar, and 2 wiggly eyes?


You create a mummy treat of course!

Yep, I bet that's exactly what you were thinking- LOL!
And in my case, I combined these oddly paired items 8 times for 8 special nieces and nephews! 

I looked high and low for some sort of "mummy wrap," and a co-worker of mine suggested cheesecloth. Luckily she mentioned it being used for covering turkeys because I was able to snag these turkey bags at my local dollar store - SCORE!! I just cut them apart (2 king sized bars per turkey bag) and wrapped them up. And I didn't use my Cricut - GASP!

 This Scrappy Moms sentiment is what started the
whole idea for me. I was totally set on using it!

And here is the sentiment on the back of the tag- perfect!
  • Stuffing Bags for turkey from my local dollar store
  • Hershey King sized chocolate bars
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Glue Dots for securing wrap to bar and wiggly eyes to wrap
  • "Mind Your Mummy" sentiment from Scrappy Moms' "A Haunting We Will Go" stamp set
  • "Hope Your Halloween is a real TREAT!" sentiment from Scrappy Moms' "A Haunting We Will Go" stamp set
  • White Georgia-Pacific cardstock for tags
  • Stampin Up Basic Black ink for stamping sentiments
  • Stampin Up Creamy Caramel ink to sponge edges of tag
  • Fiskars deckle edge scissors to hand cut tags (guess I could have stuck a Cricut cut in here, huh?)
  • Orange and black baker's twine purchased on Etsy
I am entering this in Getting Cricky with K. Andrew's Simple Sunday Challenge - Halloween Treat Holders and My Pink Stamper's Make a goodie bag or 3D item challenge.

Welcome to the weekend all - YES! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Party 2011 - The Invitation

Wow! I can't believe we're this far into October already! And even worse, I can't believe I'm just posting my invitation for my big Halloween bash coming up!

Here's what this witch cooked up in her cauldron:

 I sooo wish I had this figure!!

What elegant witch could be without jewels?

The front of the envelope
(CTMH hat and flourish and SM sentiment)

 The back of the envelope

 Close-up of CTMH black kitty

This SM "Broom Parking" stamp and this
CTMH broom stamp go well together!

  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge for the wording layer of the invitation
  • Recollections black cardstock value pack from Michael's
  • Georgia-Pacific white cardstock from Wal-Mart
  • Close To My Heart "Wicked" Stamp set (August's Stamp of the Month - LOVE IT!!)
  • Scrappy Moms' "A Haunting We Will Go" and "Bewitched" Stamp sets
  • Stampin Up black ink pad
  • Stampin Up purple marker (to color in my the witch's stockings)
  • Purple gems from Archiver's (hard to see in my pics, but it's placed to look like a ring on the witch's finger where she's holding the raven)
  • Foam dots for dimension
  •  Archiver's 5.5x 5.5" envelopes
  • Twilight font
So, now my bash is official. I have to really kick it into high gear and get going with the party details! And thank you to all of my crafting bloggy friends for your inspiration. There are SO many wonderful Halloween craft ideas out there right now! I just wish I had the time to implement them all!

I'm entering my invitation into My Craft Spot's Color Challenge for this week - use black with orange, purple or green! Come join the fun over there, too!

Have a good remainder of the week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Little Girls Little Pumpkins, Big Girls Big Pumpkins!

A couple of months ago while cleaning out our playroom and making it my craft supply room ( hee, hee, hee) I found a photo of my girls at ages 2 and 3 holding pumpkins. My heart completely melted. Since finding this photo, I've had it up on my photo board at my desk and just grin ear to ear each time I look at it.

When I saw the pumpkin challenge this past week at Fantabulous Cricut, I decided to update my scrapbook frame in my office with that old photo, but also add a current photo of my girls to display how they've grown. We did our traditional Fall photo shoot at our nearby forest preserve today in this GORGEOUS weather with beautiful color on the trees. So I had them pose similar to that old photo (of course they tried acting like 2 and 3 while doing so - LOL).

Here is my updated scrapbook frame:

I love this Scrappy Moms sentiment!

Such sweet lil' pumpkins holding lil' pumpkins!

Bigger, sweet-yet-sassy pumpkins holding really big pumpkins!

  • Cricut Pumpkin Carvings cartridge
  • Pumpkin patterned paper from DCWV Fall Stack purchased many years ago
  • Cardstock scraps from Stash
  • "Happy Fall Y'all" sentiment from Scrappy Moms' A Charmed Life stamp set
  • Fall ribbon spool from target dollar section
  • Yellow Stickles on pumpkins
  • Tag hand cut

I am entering this in Fantabulous Cricut's Pumpkin challenge just under the wire. Thanks for the inspiration, FFCB!
I'll be back soon with my Halloween party invitation. Happy Columbus Day everyone!