Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Celebrating 3 years!!

It's hard to believe it has been 3 years.... Such a happy day to look back on..
Me and my Hubby:) Love him so much!!

My mom, me, my brother- love them!
He was so sweet not to get me back...
One of my favorite pics...
After saying our vows, instead of walking down the isle together. The choir sang "I will follow her..wherever she will go...." Ray had no idea this was happening.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Painted Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkin... nice alliteration, ehh? We were just talking about those the other day in school... anyway- on to the craft!

I bought 3 pumpkins from the Dollar tree (woowoo!)
They needed to be painted....even the orange one. It was spotty, and very uneven. I just used regular craft paint..and applied it with a sponge brush. Like my cardboard box painting area? Nice, isn't it?
Cut out some Halloween shapes out of vinyl. Use the outside part as a stencil. Press firmly. I had trouble getting mine to stick well- guessing this is due to the roundness (is that a word?) of the pumpkin. Fill in the stencil with black craft paint. Remove the Stencil...
After they dried, I sprayed mine with a gloss spray- they were very ugly dull....MUCH better after this step! (bought mine at Michael's)
I added ribbon around my white pumpkin.... and a little dog hair too. oops. Fold the ribbon in half and stick a pin through the folded end.
Gracie Bear- supplier of dog hair. Isn't she cute?!

K, back to the project- Stick the pin into the pumpkin (as close to the base of the stem as possible).

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dining Room Deco

The dining room - Halloween Style:)

To add spiders to your lamp shades.... Purchase or cut out a felt spider- hot glue a magnet to the back. Place a magnet underneath the lamp shade, and place the felt shape on top- they will stick together!

Friday, September 24, 2010

SPOOKY banner

Hands down..this is my favorite craft I've ever made... SO cute!
Crepe Paper (mine is from Dollar Tree- comes in a 2 pack -black and orange- or $1)
Shilouette or pencil and scissors (I used both..equally successful:))
Hot Glue
Some form of liquid glue (I used Elmer's Paper Craft Glue Gel)
Fun paper
Needle and Thread
Hole Punch
Fun scissors
Bosox Outline Font

First- Cut along the side of the orange crepe paper with your 'fun' scissors. Line up the edges after cutting. (you don't need to fold the crepe paper back and forth...this was a picture from a failed attempt at making a rosette...I came up with a better way..)Better way: Thread a needle, and make big stitches (about 1/5 of an inch) along the lined up edge of the crepe papers. Do not tie a not at the end. Pull the thread tight as you sew, and a rosette will begin to form. Once the circle is complete, cut the crepe paper, and tie the ends together. The seam will not be perfect, but it won't matter... trust me:)
Cut out fun letters- I used "Bosox Outline." Cover the front of the letter in glue, and cover with glitter. Set aside to dry. (I also used black paper, since I used black glitter....that way it doesn't show if you miss a spot.)
Trace the outline of the shape you want your rosettes to be on. You will want to make 2 different sizes, one for the rosette to attach to, and one to go behind that one.

If you have a silhouette, I used the "6 pattern flag set" shape. However, you don't have to have a silhouette to do this!!... I have a silhouette, but wanted to show you that you can do this with out one....So, I cut some out by hand.

Use some form of adhesive to attach the two shapes together. I used scrapbooking tape.

Hot glue the letters onto the center of your rosettes.

Hot glue your rosettes to your shapes.
Hole punch, and string a pretty ribbon through...

Sorry about the picture quality- the lighting in this room is really bad....and it's night know, when I should be sleeping!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Paper Bats

I made these cute little bats for our dining room last year. Our dining room is all dark wood, decorated with silver.

Once again, they're quick, easy, and CHEAP!

Glue (I used Elmer's Craft Bond- Paper Craft Glue doesn't spread out as much as some)
Black glitter
Cutting tool...Silhouette, Cricut, or a pair of scissors ( I used scissors. If you're using scissors, you'll need a pattern and a pencil, too)
Cute paper
Hole punch

Here is a pattern....If you're using a shilouette, you can use this pattern too. Save it to your computer, go to insert, file, and select whatever you named it as... and it's free! YAY!
Trace the Shape onto the paper, and cut them out. Or, use your handy-dandy cutting machine. Make sure that you make your bat big enough to fit a hole punch in-between the ears.
Trace around the outside of some of the bats with glue- add glitter. On the other bats, I just added glittery eyes. I thought it looked better having them a little different from each other.

Add a ribbon through your hole punch..and hang them up!

I also made a few (without the hole punch) and taped them to my mirrors....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Oh, Happy Day!

YES! It's FINALLY here!!!! (apparently it arrived yesterday, but it got brought in with a bunch of other boxes...and we missed it! did that happen?!?!!) Anyway- it's been found, and I'm one happy girl!

I was expecting it to be quiet...similar to a printer. HAH! Man, was I wrong! It's noisy! Almost sounds like it's playing music...very odd. Anyway- when you start it out, you put a piece of a paper on top of a sticky cutting mat. When it's finished cutting, you just peel off your shapes. SO COOL!
My first creation- assembled by Ray:)
He's so cute!!!....and my second creation- I'm going to be obsessed with this thing!
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