Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Halloween Ghouls!

I recently went on a shopping trip for some Halloween decorations. I have never decorated for Halloween before so I have nothing!! Anyhoo, as I'm browsing what Wal-Mart has to offer in the creepy decor department, I realized that this stuff is SUPER expensive!! Just some hanging ghosts were like $8.00 a PIECE! Well I decided that I was going to make my own hanging ghouls. Screw you Wal-Mart. 

I got 6 ghouls out of this project. For me the investment was around $15, making each one cost around $2.50! And, it was quick and easy!

What you'll need:

  • Paper mache 3-D skull (I found mine at Michaels for $2.00 each).
  • White paint I used some I had laying around. It was Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic paint in Mongolia White. You could use spray paint too if you wanted but I wanted the skulls to have a patchy look so I did one coat of acrylic paint. (Or you can use whatever color you want!
  • Cheesecloth, I found a 6 yard package of it at Wal-Mart for $5.00 and I had some left over. I cut it into around 2 or 3 foot pieces. Long enough to get the look I desired. It all depends on how long you want the ghoul to be.
  • Spray Adhesive, I already had Loctite General Performance Lightweight Bonding spray. I got it at Lowes for around $3.00. (this stuff is amazing to have laying around the house, I find myself using it all the time. It's a must have in my craft room)
  • Clear String and brad for hanging if desired.

(Also you might want some cardboard to keep your work surface from getting sticky.)

When you've painted the skull and cut your cheesecloth, go to a well ventilated area and spray the top of the skull and the top part of the face with the spray adhesive. Them, cover the skull with the cheese cloth. You can reposition the cheese cloth to get the look you're going for. 

If you want to hang it, I poked a small hole in the top of the skull, tied some fishing line to a brad and poked it through. I may go back and glue it though, because I want to put these outside and want them to last in the wind. 

Viola! A $2.50 adorable Halloween decoration!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Meal Planner! (lets hope)

This is just a simple idea I came up with to hopefully force myself to eat better. Maybe something cute hanging in my kitchen that I can refer to every day will help!

This can be used as a meal planner, weekly calendar, to do list, just about anything!! I was sure to make the sign on top removable. Just in case my well intentioned eating plan goes south, I'll be able to re-purpose it. Which is honestly what's probably going to happen. My eating kicks don't usually last very long! LOL I'll let you all know how it goes!! I hope you like it! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall in Love with Autumn Blog Hop!

Hello my fellow crafties! You've reached the next stop on the Fall in Love with Autumn Blog Hop!! You should be coming from Mariam's blog! I'm thrilled to be a part of this group of super talented designers for this fun hop! So, if you are just getting here, you'll want to start at the beginning just so you don't miss any of the awesome projects.  

For my project today, I've decided to do a Halloween Wreath AND a Fall Wreath! I couldn't choose. ;o)

For the Halloween wreath, I used both my Cricut (Happy Hauntings) and my Silhouette Cameo (several different cuts) to create this wreath. Add a little spanish moss and it's all set I hope you like it!

For the Fall themed wreath, I already had the grapevine wreath, then I found those little pumpkins on sale at Marshalls. To be honest, I was cleaning out my car and put them in a pile of stuff in my laundry room. When I went to clean that up, I realized they went perfectly together. Thus, my fall wreath was born. The banner is made from linen, the letters are painted on (I cut a stencil out of my Silhouette) and the flourishes are stamped on. 

I hope you enjoyed my wreaths as much as I enjoyed making them!

Ok, now lets get to the good stuff! BLOG CANDY! Misses Crafty will be giving away a $20 gift card to Michaels! (who couldn't use that?) In order to qualify for the candy, you must become a follower of each blog on the hop and leave a comment on their hop posts! Easy peasy! 

Your next stop is Lisa!

I was on TV!

Well... Sort of. My projects were. I was recently asked to do a few projects for a HSN segment showcasing Action Wobbles. I wasn't sure if they were going to use my projects or not, but they did!! I'm thrilled! It was so fun seeing my hard work on TV and being a part of such a awesome design project with such awesome designers! I'll post the pictures of my projects and put the TV segment at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

(just click "play video" beneath the picture of Action Wobbles)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Celebrate Fall

Ahh!!! It's getting so close to the holidays! Fall and winter are my favorite time of year. I LOVE harvest time and of course Christmas is not long after! Also, it's my Featured Designer day for The Scrapbooking Queen today. I've been having such a good time on this design team! The ladies and gentleman I design with are so talented!! 

So, this post is in celebration of Fall. ::squeal:: Enjoy!

Today I used Royal Sayings Too!

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