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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

6 Foot Tall Thanksgiving Board

A while back I did a 6 foot Halloween Board, and I wanted to do something for the other side.  I decided to do a Thanksgiving one, and I LOVE how it turned out.  Super happy with it.  





I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the words on.  It is so huge and we don't have basements here in the Austin area, so I have to store my crafts in the attic until it is time to use them.  Sometimes the heat of the summer can peel the vinyl right off my projects, so I decided that really it just makes more sense to stencil the lettering on for large projects like these, and I like the looks of it.  You can distress right over the paint with the sander and stain, etc.  Last I glued on carved wood decorations on the very top and very bottom.  Love it!

Pumpkin Trio

I love this pumpkin design by Burton Avenue.  I actually love most all their stuff and if you check in on Fridays, she usually has free designs you can download!  Love that!  I believe the pumpkin design isn't free anymore, but this week she has one called Creepy Cracks that is super cute and really funny and free. :)

For these pumpkins, I just took a piece of 1" mdf and routered the edges. It is 8"x20".  Painted the whole thing white, and just put the pumpkin design on in black vinyl.  Then I got my black ink pad and inked all the edges of the board.  Pretty simple.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monster Eyeball Cookies and BOO Blocks

 Last week I whipped up a batch of these fun Monster Eyeball Cookies for my middle daughters class.  She had to do a "bag report" about a book she read.  She had chosen Twisted Sistahs.  Such a funny Halloween book.  I love it!  Anyway, for inside the bag, she had to choose 5 items that represent different things that happened in the story.  In the story, they had a Halloween feast, and ate many things with eyeballs in it, so I thought it would be a fun idea to make eyeball cookies.  Plus my kids love them, so that didn't hurt either.  You just take any basic sugar cookie dough and roll a serving sized portion into a ball, then roll it in your choice of sprinkles.  I put them on the pan and poked 2 eyeball sprinkles into them.  The eyeball sprinkles are made by Wilton and you can find them just about anywhere anymore.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but I've even seen them at Walmart.  Then bake as directed. The kids loved helping with them too, but be warned, they make a terrible sprinkle mess everywhere, but that's what brooms and dogs are for right??!!  :)
Then I was asked to help out with a craft the Young Women of my church are doing in a week or so.  They wanted to do BOO blocks.  So I whipped these up super quick.  They are all done on 2x3 boards.  They are cut at 5", 4", and 3" heights.  I tied orange tulle around the B block.  For the fonts, the B is Christmas on Crack.  and then two little guys, the pumpkin and the ghost, are actually a font also.  It is called DB Franks Friends, and there are tons more cute Halloween characters in that font.  It isn't a free one, but I've used a ton and it was worth the purchase.  It's actually on sale this week for a dollar from Lettering Delights.  Not too shabby!

Trick of Treat Blocks

I made these with a bunch of friends a week or two ago.  It was so fun, and really easy.  It isn't vinyl at all, but printables!  Yay!  All the information (and printables) are found here at I Dig Pinterest.

I did find one of the swirl stamps at Hobby Lobby like she said, but the other one I got from Michaels.  Then I also added in little bat and spider stamps here and there, you can't see them super well in the picture and I made 5 sets for myself, and I probably didn't choose the best example for those two particular stamps, but it did add something fun to the paper before we Mod Podged them on and nailed the corners.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween Porch Count down

I made this 5 1/2 foot tall porch sign a couple weeks ago.  I had gotten the idea from Corner House Blog.
I just changed a few things, like the pennant banner and then I used chalkboard vinyl because that is what I had.  I used old fence pickets for the wood, because again, that is what I had handy.  It was a super fun craft and I love how large it is.  All the words are stenciled on with paint, as is the banner and candy corns.  I wanted it to be able to put up with all the heat/rain/cold, and I thought that would last the best.  It has made the kids super excited to count down the days and change the numbers outside too.  They are so excited for Halloween this year!  I must say, I am too.  :-)