Dyeing Doilies

Lately I have been doing alot of scrapbooking and have noticed that doilies are really getting alot of attention these days on scrappy websites. I love the feminine touch of a doily to not only my albums but to gift wrapping, favors, and more. So when I saw this post on Martha Stewart about dyeing doilies, I just had to try it…and I’m so glad I did! They turned out so pastel-y and pretty!

I bought a pack of 35 doilies for $2 at Hobby Lobby….not bad!

By the way..here are some of my favorite doily scrapbooking stuff:


These vintage cut wood doilies from Maya Road are my fav…so much you can do with them! Find them here


Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I wanted to share some creative things you could make for family and friends on that big day!

Say thank you to a someone with these free printables, use them on a paper sack lunch bag, a tin full of treats or even on a bottle of wine.


Create this Mod thanksgiving centerpiece here

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Make this cute centerpiece with just a few supplies….learn more here

10 Easy Crafts to Brighten Any Thanksgiving Table

Print this art for free and frame it in a hallway or on your thanksgiving table…you can even wrap it around a bottle of wine.

Make savory leaf pies….fill them with your favorite concoction of veggies and served them with a salad or a warm bowl of soup. Aut-yum!

Decorate the door with some eye candy…this paper wreath is a breath of fresh air, love the nontraditional colors!

Summer's End Autumn Wreath

Witches Hat

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. – Shakespeare

This quote says it all….Halloween is almost here!

I was inspired. I just had to try it. I loved making this craft. It’s definitely one of the most fun projects I’ve done. I saw this witches hat on Pink Paislee blog and I wanted to grab my broom and fly right out and buy all the supplies. 🙂 And so I did.

Here is the orignal from Pink Paislee:

And here is the one I created:  (sorry for the fuzzy pic!) I wanted my hat to be just orange, black and white. I followed the instructions on the blog but tweaked a few things and used whatever I had on hand at home.

A few more closeups. I took a plastic spider ring, cut the bottom part off, applied modge podge to the spider and sprinkled some black glitter on it.

I used ribbon and punched paper around the cone and the base. I had some black crepe paper that I used for the center medallion and the base. I also punched some round circles from orange cardstock and inked the edges with black and layered them onto the base create a scallop design. I love the pom-pom ribbon on the base and the Boo Spooky ribbon that I hot glued right above it.

The center medallion is a 3.5 inch scallop punch that was inked with black edges and then I used orange ink to made it look weathered, next I punched a 2.5 inch circle, inked it and applied orange gems to it and topped it with a happy Halloween sticker embellishment.


Crafty Halloween Wreath

I wanted to put something festive on my door for the upcoming treat or trick holiday but nothing too scary or ordinary. So I decided to make my own wreath…I made a trip to the craft store and started my project. I wrapped black yarn around a straw wreath form and then made paper rosettes and hot glued them to the wreath.

Supplies: black yarn (walmart), straw wreath (Michaels), scrapbook paper (Martha stewart, My Minds Eye, and regular cardstock), border punches, gem stickers, scallop circle punches, and buttons.

I bought some premade rosettes: Nightfall Spells Delights Embellishments, and some cute button badges: Nightfall Spooky 1 Flair Embellishments both by American Crafts. I love the little ghost!

I used alot of my edge border punches to give some texture to the overlapping pieces….it created a little more interest. The mini crepe paper rosettes with the wording in the middle were perfect additions to ones I handmade. I think there is just enough orange in contrast to the black…I love the final outcome!

Happy crafting your own little ghoulish wreath!

Spooky Hershey Kisses stickers

I made some Hershey Kisses stickers on my PC the other day…they’re for my son’s Halloween Birthday Party. I kept with the theme colors: orange, black and white for the stickers, they also have kisses in those colors at the store too so I bought a bag.  They turned out super cute. Some chocolate, creativity, a circle punch, sticker paper and viola…personalized Halloween candy!

They’re bite-size and perfect for little hands.  I’ll definitely be making more for the 31st!

Halloween Birthday Invitation

We’re going to have a Halloween Carnival 1st birthday celebration for my son this year. His birthday falls right around this fun holiday so we thought it would be a cute and memorable way to celebrate this milestone. I have been working on a few details for this party but I am finally done with the invitations and I have to say the effort paid off. Beware of the many layers of this Spooktacular Invite!


Black envelopes (from Chelsea paper)
Invitation and Ticket
Orange cardstock for 2 different tickets that I designed on PC
Life is a Carnival Stamp set from Crafters Meow used on black ticket and on envelope
Black ribbon
white embossing powder and heat tool
sticker paper for labels
3/4 inch round circle punch for all corners of the tickets and mailing labels
Orange striped paper bags from fortandfield
Crop-A-Dile for hole punching
bat punch from Martha Stewart
paper trimmer

For assembly: I put the invitation and ticket in the striped treat bag. After printing, cutting and punching all my tickets with the round punch and the Crop-A-Dile tool, I tied the whole thing with black ribbon. I embossed the black ticket and envelope with carvical-themed stamps..I loved the result of the stark contrast.  I also made my own wraparound labels for the envelope and punched them with a bat design.

Above is the close-up of the embossed envelope and the mailing label I created. Isn’t it just batty? 🙂

I was happy with the way the mini-tickets looked…the mix of black and orange with the Halloween Carnival theme is Spooktacular!
Thanks for looking!



Spooktacular Halloween Banner

I’ve seen some amazing Halloween banners online lately and I was inspired to create my own. So I gathered my supplies and got into the spooky spirit! Here is how you can make your very own spooktacular bunting:

black crepe streamer paper
scrapbook paper (I used 6×6 pads of Apothecary Emporium & Mischievous)
white cardstock
orange cardstock
paper glaze or glitter glue
black glitter
black ribbon
2 3/8 Stampin Up scallop circle punch
3.5 inch scallop circle punch
1.5 inch circle punch
Black ink
hole punch
foam squares
Adhesive tape

Cut 12 banner pieces out of scrapbook paper. Then ink the edges with black for a vintage look.

Next, create crepe paper rosettes using your hands and a stapler: Basically you just fold the crepe paper in your left hand (if you’re right-handed) into small, angled pleats. Holding the pleats down, keep going until you have formed a circle, try to keep it even. Stop and trim extra crepe paper when you have a circle then staple the middle of the rosette so it doesn’t unravel…you may need to staple a few times. I stapled each one three times just to make sure! 

Next punch twelve 3.5 inch scallop circles out of white cardstock, then twelve out of orange cardstock using the smaller scallop punch.  Rub black ink on all the edges.

I made a template for the letters using Photoshop, I printed them on white cardstock, and punched them out using a 1.5 circle punch and then used paper glaze om each letter so that the black glitter would stick. I let those dry for about 30 minutes.  (See below for a free printable of the letters I created!)

To assemble: Use an adhesive roller to attach the orange scallop circle to the black crepe rosette to the white scallop circle and onto the banner. Use foam squares to attach the glitter letters to the top. Finish by punching holes in the top of each banner piece and string them together using ribbon.

Now sit back and enjoy the wicked view!

Free Printable: Spooktacular banner letters PDF File. Use a 1.5 circle punch for letters.