Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

I'm really looking forward to enjoying today with my family. We have a fun weekend in store, including tonight's trick or treating. Hmmm...how many Peanut Butter Cups do you think we'll....I mean, they'll ....get? I can't wait!

Today, I wanted to share a couple of projects I posted over at The Pursuit of CRAFTYness Blog. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques and I wanted to show how easy it is to make your own embellishments using simple shapes like circles and ovals.

This first project is a card with an owl that is made using several circle punches. Almost every feature on his cute little self is from a circle punch including his body, wings, eyes and feet.

Title: Halloween HOOT Card

Supply List:
Eerie - Freak & Beware by Basic Grey
Trick or Treat – Monstrer Mash and RIP by Fancy Pants
Haunted – Ominous by Cosmo Cricket
Anna Sophia – Worn Stripes by Bo Bunny
Tools: Halloween Fun Clear Stamps by Cloud 9 Design/Fiskars Americas
Fiskars Americas - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Woodland Tree; Super Size Circle Template; Circle Pop Up Punch; Mint Condition and Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punches; Scallop Paper Edgers; 1/8” and 1/16” Circle Hand Punches; Stamp Blocks
Other: PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Machine stitching; black twill ribbon
Computer fonts: Lucida Handwriting


Other suggestions: Instead of a card, create this as wall art or home d├ęcor. Simply change or omit the sentiment; enlarge the scale of the project if needed; add a few more leaves, then matte or frame for display.

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For this next project, a mini tri-fold screen, I used ovals to create the pumpkins and a variety of basic geometric shape punches and shape templates to make the jack-o-lanterns' features.

Title of Project: Jack-o-Lantern Trio Home Decor

Supply List:
Trick or Treat – RIP and Candy Corn by Fancy Pants Designs; Rough & Tough – All Stars by Fancy Pants Designs; Black Cardstock;PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Chalk Ink- Olive Pastel, Burnt Sienna, Charcoal and Chestnut Roan by Clearsnap
Tools: Fiskars Americas – Ultra ShapeXpress Tool; Oval Shape Template; ¼” Circle and Rectangle Hand Punches; Circle Pop Up Punch; Brick, Nice Tri and Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punches.
Spooky FrightfulClear Stamps by Li’l Davis/Fiskars Americas
Other: PermaTack Adhesive by Glue Arts; Machine stitching


Tips and other suggestions:
--Ink edges by applying 2 or more colors. On the pumpkin ovals, I inked Burnt Sienna, then brown, and then black. I like the depth effect it gives to the pumpkins. They almost seem to glow! On the kraft cardstock squares I used black and brown to give the pieces and aged look that goes well with the stamping and splatter effect.
--Display the project as a screen or fold it into a triangle and place a small floral arrangement in the middle to create a unique centerpiece. Enlarge the scale of the project to make it really stand out on your table if needed.
--Have your project be two in one. Create another trio of embellished squares for the backside of this project – maybe scary jack-o-lantern faces, other Halloween images (ghosts, bats, etc) or simply pumpkins and gourds to celebrate fall.
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Here's another card I made the other day. I didn't have the cute embellishments for this patterned paper collection so I created my own accent imitating the jack-o-lantern design on the paper.

Title: Happy Halloween CARD

Supplies: Imaginisce - Spooky Town: Fraidy Cat and Bestitched patterned paper.
Tools: Fiskars Americas - Round 'n Round, Twinkle, Twinkle and Chip Off the Ol Block Squeeze Punches; Wide Pinking Paper Edgers

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I hope I’ve offered you a little inspiration in making your own fun embellishments with paper piecing. If your interested in the instructions for the Owl and Jack-o-Lantern Trio projects, stop by The Pursuit of CRAFTYness Blog.

Happy Halloween! Be safe & enjoy!