Fall Bake Sale Treats

Hello there! I’m so excited to be joining you with my first post as part of the Crafts ’n things Blog Team. My name is Alice Golden and I live in Massachusetts with my husband of 23 years, three teenage boys, a dog and two cats. I’ve loved arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my youngest son was born 13 years ago that I started working in the industry. One of my favorite things about my job is teaching classes, so I was thrilled when Crafts ’n things asked if I would be interested in sharing ideas with their readers twice a month on this brand new blog.

Today I have some ideas that combine two of my favorite hobbies – baking and paper crafting. It seems like fall is full of opportunities for creating yummy baked goods. Whether it is making a treat for a friend, goodies for a class party, or something special for a family celebration, a homemade delicacy is always sure to delight.

For many school organizations and community groups a national election is a fundraising opportunity not to be missed. Next Tuesday here in the U.S., in addition to choosing the next President, you’ll most likely be faced with lots of tasty choices at the ubiquitous Election Day Bake Sale. If you are helping out with a bake sale, I have a few ways for you to put your crafting skills to good use.

By using a few inexpensive paper goods and craft supplies – many are probably things you already have on hand – you can turn a humble cookie, brownie, or loaf of bread into something that looks like it came from a high-end bakery… and will get top dollar at your bake sale.

Using cellophane bags – not thin plastic ones, but the stiffer ones that make a crinkling sound – makes a huge difference. You can find them in a variety of sizes and they don’t cost that much… on average just a few cents each. I got these from ClearBags.com.

I also like using glassine bags. Many online retailers carry these – try searching for “glassine envelopes” or “glassine sleeves”. I used a glue stick to attach the strip of red and white paper to the top of the bag for a custom look.

I found these unbleached, natural waxed paper bags at my local grocery store for less than 5 cents each. A circle punch and sticker help to quickly make a label.

There are usually a lot of kids in tow with their parents, so having a few items geared to the younger crowd is a good idea.

Miniature loaves of bread always seem to be a big hit at bake sales. Cover up plastic wrap with strips of patterned paper, ribbons, and a tag.

This is a great way to use up paper scraps too… even a 1” wide strip of paper can come in handy. Don’t have any ribbon on hand? Try using inexpensive jute garden twine instead for a rustic look. You can create your own tag using punches or die cuts, or use a pre-made tag from the office supply store.

If you are making lots of one thing, use your computer and printer to create labels. Print an entire sheet and then punch or die cut one at a time (this is a perfect job to do while catching up on your favorite fall television shows).

If you are using a die that you can’t see through, try creating a template out of a scrap of cardstock. Place the opening over the spot you want to cut and then use that to help position the die.

I cut a slit in the template to make it easier to remove when the die is in place. I also use a piece of tape to help hold the die in place.

Who could resist a brownie wrapped up in parchment paper and tied with baker’s twine? The tag came from the office supply store.

Hope I have given you some useful ideas today… at the very least, I bet I’ve made you hungry! Please take a minute to say hello and let us know what types of projects you would be most interested in seeing in the future.

Happy Halloween!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)

 

Fall Fleece Pumpkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Decorate your home with this quick-and-easy pumpkin – make in various sizes and shades to create your own unique pumpkin patch!

Materials

  • Orange fleece, 12” x 24”
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Jute twine, 2-ply
  • Natural raffia
  • Brown paper lunch bag

Tools

  • Sewing needle with orange thread
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Note

Adult supervision for kids is needed when using a glue gun.

Pumpkin

1. With right sides together, use a running stitch to sew short ends of fleece together in a 1/2” seam. Use long running stitches to sew along one long edge, pull up threads to gather, knot and clip threads. Turn fleece right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Gather stitch at top of pumpkin; knot and clip threads.

2. To make the grooved sections, cut a 22” length from twine. Center twine at bottom of pumpkin, and pull up ends to make slight indent; tie ends together in a knot at top. Repeat two more times so grooved sections are approximately 4” apart. Trim twine ends.

3. For stem, measure 5” from top of bag and cut; discard bottom. Leaving bottom of stem flared out, twist remaining portion of bag forming a stem. Adhere stem to top of pumpkin. Tie several strands of raffia in a bow around stem.

Tip

For larger or smaller pumpkins, follow above instructions, cutting different size pieces of fleece. Use various shades of orange if desired.

by Sharon Cindrich

Yarn-Wrapped Pins

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This quick yarn-wrapping project will be a hit at the senior day care, scout meeting, or preschool! Or make these adorable pins for a parent or relative to wear on Halloween day.

Materials

  • Forster Woodsies: XL Circle; Large Squares, two
  • White cotton fabric scrap (Mummy)
  • Caron Simply Soft Yarn: Limelight (Frankenstein)
  • Lion Brand Fun Fur: Black (Cat)
  • Felt scraps: black, lavender, white
  • Ribbon: orange/black polka dot, black
  • Pin back, 2” (for each)
  • Wiggle eyes, two (for each), various sizes

Tools

  • White opaque marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice Glue!

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Wrap the following: XL circle with white cotton fabric strip (Mummy); large square with Limelight yarn (Frankenstein); large square with Black fun fur (Cat). Adhere ends.

STEP 2

Adhere eyes onto each face. Measure and cut three 5”-long orange/black polka dot ribbon lengths. Tie ribbons into bows. Adhere bows onto bottom of each face.

STEP 3

For Mummy and Frankenstein, cut two 1” black ribbon pieces (mouths); draw zigzag “stitches” on ribbon with white marker. Adhere mouths above bows. For Cat, cut tiny black and white felt triangles (ears). Layer and adhere ears onto face. Cut tiny white felt rectangle (nose). Adhere nose onto face.

STEP 4

For Frankenstein, cut tiny black felt triangles (hair) and oval (nose). Adhere hair and nose onto face. Cut small purple felt rectangles (neck bolts). Adhere neck bolts onto sides of face.

STEP 5

Adhere pin backs onto backs.

Tips

  •  Use your ribbon and felt scraps to embellish your characters as you wish!
  • If wooden shapes aren’t available, cut large circles and squares from cardboard. Then just wrap with yarn and fabric!

by Melony Bradley

Leafy Inspiration

Hello, crafters! My name is Suzanne Czosek and I’m excited to be part of the new Crafts ‘n things Blog Team. I live in northern Illinois with my husband, three kids, and two dogs. I will be sharing my creative ideas with you here twice each month.

Fall breezes are blowing here in Illinois. The leaves on the trees are painted in beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red. I decided to go out and pick up a few leaves from outside to use on an autumnal card.

I started with my leaves, STAEDTLER Aquarell Watercolor Crayons, and a STAEDTLER drawing paper to create this leaf inspired card:

To create my background, I laid the leaves vein side up onto my work surface. I placed the drawing paper over the leaves. Next, I peeled away the watercolor crayon wrapper to expose the crayon and rubbed the crayon lengthwise over the leaves under the paper. This creates the outline of the leaves on the paper.

Helpful Tip: The drawing paper was a lighter weight of cardstock and allowed the technique to capture texture from the paper and the veins. The heavier the cardstock, the more pressure you need to apply to make the veins appear.

To allow the watercolor crayon to soften and to add a splash of fall colors, the surface was spritzed with yellow, orange and red Glimmer Mists. The red was squirted a few times to get splotches of red. Let dry.

To add a little more definition to the leaves, I colored in the leaves using STAEDTLER Aquarell watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

To finish off the card, mount the leafy background onto ivory cardstock.

Stamp Artistic Outpost Old Grist Mill leaf onto white cardstock using yellow, orange, red and brown dye inks. Cut out leaves with detail scissors.

Add Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint over leaves; let dry.

Stamp Memory Box Happy Fall stamp onto ivory cardstock using brown ink. Cut into tag shape and punch hole at end.

Tie twine several times around leafy background and attach tag and leaves. Mount onto brown card base.

Hope this inspires you to head out and look for some beautiful autumn leaves. Happy fall!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Quick Knit Fingerless Gloves

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

When the cold wind starts blowing, these fingerless gloves are a sure way to keep your hands warm and fingers free. From only one skein of yarn, you can knit several pairs!

Materials

  • Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: Pretty ’n Pink (solid) or Pink Camo (multi-colored), 1 skein

Tools

  • Knitting needles, size 8
  • Sewing needle and coordinating thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

One size fits most adult women or teens.

Gauge

15 sts = 4”; 21 rows = 4”

Gloves

1. Cast on 30 sts.

2. Work in St st (K 1 row, P 1 row) to 8”. End P row. Bind off.

Finishing

1. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew seam 5” from one edge and 2” from opposite edge, leaving 1-1/2” opening for thumb.

2. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

by Kathleen Sams for Coats & Clark

Candy Coffin Favor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Spooktacular fun awaits all when you decorate your table at any Halloween gathering with this mini coffin favor.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, Bazzill Basics Butterfly, Blackbird
  • Black thread
  • Black mini brad

Tools

  • Penny Black Stamps: Halloween Night, Halloween Rap
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Black Onyx Ink Pad
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold Pigment
  • Yellow decorator chalk
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: black; Tombow USA N79
  • Yasutomo Niji Water Brush
  • LuminArte Twinkling H2Os Pewter Watercolor Cake
  • Heat gun
  • Adhesives: foam dots; US ArtQuest Duo Adhesive; Ranger Stickles Orange Peel Glitter Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, cotton ball

Directions

Size:

7/8”x2”x3-3/4”

Coffin

1. Print and cut out pattern. Trace hinged coffin pattern onto black cardstock; cut out on solid lines. Fold piece along dashed lines indicated on pattern and assemble; adhere tabs to secure.

2. Cut coffin top from orange cardstock. Insert mini brad near center top. Cut short thread length and fold over brad; tape or adhere ends to secure. Adhere piece to top of coffin. Outline edges with Orange Peel glitter glue.

3. Stamp black sentiment onto white cardstock; emboss with clear powder. Trim sentiment and line edges with black marker. Use cotton ball to pounce yellow chalk over sentiment; repeat with Perfect Gold pigment. Adhere to coffin top over thread ends.

4. Stamp black mummy onto white cardstock; emboss with clear powder. Cut out image and color with marker. Blend color with water brush; let dry. Apply thin wash of Pewter watercolor over image; let dry. Adhere to coffin with foam dots. Fill as desired.

Tip

A handful of candy corn is just the right size for this mini coffin favor.

by Elizabeth Allan for Penny Black

 

Halloween Spider Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Spread the magic of Halloween to family and friends with this spooky cute spider card.

Materials

  • Black cardstock
  • Patterned paper: orange check; white/orange polka dot
  • Purple mulberry paper
  • Black wire, 28-gauge

Tools

  • Heat tool
  • Wire cutter
  • Uchida White Liquid Appliqué Pen
  • Markers: white opaque fine-tip, black
  • Black chalk
  • Adhesives: craft glue, dimensional adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, computer and printer

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5-1/2”x8-1/2” piece from orange check paper; score and fold in half.

STEP 2

Tear 2-1/4”x3-3/4” piece from mulberry paper; adhere near top of card front.

STEP 3

Use size 39 font of choice (designer used Space Toaster font) and computer to print “Happy Halloween” on orange polka dot; trim to 1-1/2”x3”. Chalk edges. Use straight pin to poke hole in bottom center and thread 2” wire length through hole; curl end to secure. Use dimensional dots to adhere to card front over mulberry paper.

STEP 4

Print and cut out pattern. Cut spider body from black cardstock; poke holes in each side. Cut four 4-1/4” lengths from black wire. Carefully thread wires through left hole, front to back, then through right hole, back to front. Bend and arrange legs, trimming wires as needed.

STEP 5

Use white opaque pen to draw nose and mouth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on Liquid Appliqué Pen to draw eyes; let dry. Heat with heat tool. Use black marker to dot eyes.

STEP 6

Use dimensional dots to adhere spider to card front, catching wire end behind spider.

by Loretta Mateik

A Haunting We Will Go Candy Pockets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

There is no “trick” here when it comes to making these cute candy pockets! They are definitely a “treat” for the witches, vampires, and goblins that come ringing your doorbell!

Materials

  • Wool felt: 1⁄8 yard each: black, tan, beige, rust
  • Homespun fabric scraps
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Black (310), Tan (738)
  • White buttons, two each: 1⁄4”, 1⁄2”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge

Tools

  • Freezer paper
  • Embroidery needle
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prepare felt. (Note: Washing and drying will soften and give felt “aged” texture.) Cut out pattern. Transfer to freezer paper; cut out, allowing 1⁄4” borders. Iron freezer paper to felt; cut pockets and face patterns from felt as indicated. Remove freezer paper. Arrange faces on pockets; spot glue.

STEP 2

Blanket stitch pockets together using Black for ghost and pumpkin, and Tan for cat. Stitch ghost’s eyes and mouth, and pumpkin’s eyes, nose, and mouth Tan. Stitch cat’s nose Black and backstitch whiskers and mouth Tan.

STEP 3

Fold top edge of pockets down 1” to form cuff. Blanket stitch cuff with contrasting floss color. For eyes, attach buttons to cat and pumpkin.

STEP 4

For hanger, cut three 10” wire lengths. Poke wire length through pocket; twist inside to secure. Curl length around pencil; poke through remaining side and twist inside to secure. Cut three 8” lengths from fabric scraps. Tie fabric into bow on hanger.

by Sue Allemand

Candy Corn Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Paint this Candy Corn Garland to brighten a porch, decorate a classroom, or create a fun and festive atmosphere for your Halloween party. This quick-and-easy clay pot activity is a fun way for kids to help with the Halloween decorations!

 

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots, 2″, four
  • Plaid Enterprises Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Harvest Orange, Yellow, White, Black
  • Toner Plastics Marshmallow Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 40” length

Tools

  • Black permanent fine-line marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All Purpose Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, paintbrush, stencil brush, paper towel, paper plate (for palette), newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, paint rim of pots Harvest Orange, paint a 7/8” section above rim Yellow, and remaining area White. Let dry. See Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4. Use marker to draw a face on one side of each yellow section; outline edges as shown. For nose, dip handle end of paintbrush into Harvest Orange and touch to face; drybrush cheeks. (Note: To drybrush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.)

Figures 1-4

STEP 2

To assemble the garland, bend and curl wire randomly. Position pots along wire, spacing each approximately 8” apart. Insert 1-1/2” length of wire into top of pots; curl up wire on inside and adhere in place. Form a 1” long loop at each end of wire and twist to secure.

by Paula Bales

A Fun Halloween Craft And Memories Too! What Could Be Better?

In between the costume preparation, visits to the pumpkin patch, enjoying fall celebrations and carving those pumpkins, I am always interested in making new memories together with my children while creating kids Halloween crafts.

Jill Cornell here today with a fun Halloween craft you can do with your kids and a “spooky” way to dress it up when you are finished. Creating animals and other creatures using footprints and handprints make for wonderful keepsakes capturing a moment in time when your children are little. This project was just published in the October 17th edition of Crafts ‘n things Weekly.

I had a great time creating these spooky ghosts with my daughters. Take a look….

I simply cut black cardstock to 8”x10” so it could fit in a wooden frame and then painted my girls’ feet with white acrylic paint. Then we stamped their feet and allowed the project to dry. (This is also a great project to duplicate for grandparents and other family members). Here we are working on the stamping.

When the ghosts were dry, we added googly eyes using glue dots and then I drew around the edge of the cardstock with a white gel pen and added the date. I also labeled each ghost with little alphabet stickers.

I then took a plain wooden frame and painted it black, then added crackle medium and went over it with white paint. I added “Boo” with a couple different sticker fonts and adhered a border sticker at the top of the frame.

Then I cut a couple pieces of cheesecloth and glued with a hot glue gun. One of the pieces I tied off with a piece of twine and then added a patterned paper “curtain” of sorts. To distress the cheesecloth, I cut it up a little bit and then rubbed black ink on it.

  

This was a super fun, quick, easy project to add a little personal touch in my Halloween decorating, and the girls love looking at their ghosts too! Try making a ghost family with your entire family!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)