Trick or Treat Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

From a spooky ghost, creepy cobwebs, and mystical witch to a jovial pumpkin and smiling moon, this Trick-or-Treat Greeting is loaded with all types of Halloween fun!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Wheatstraw Aida, 17”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Co. #4 Braid

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11″x6″; Stitch count: 155 w x 84 h

Trick or Treat Greeting

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Finish as desired.

by Ursula Michael

Fall & Halloween Floral Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Xyron adhesives to transform a plain papier-mâché box into seasonal décor that works not only for beautiful autumn days, but also for spooktacular Halloween night!

Materials

  • Papier-mâché box, 5”x5”x5-1/2”
  • Floral foam, 2”x4”x4”
  • Silk flower bunches: autumn mums/sunflowers, black roses
  • Orange berry stem
  • Halloween-themed 6”x6” paper pad
  • Coordinating Halloween-themed cardstock title
  • Orange glitter cardstock
  • Assorted metal mini gears, five
  • Black zipper rose with jeweled center, 2-3/4”
  • Black felt trim, 1/2” wide

Tools

  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots: 3/16”, 3/8”
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Die-cutting system and jumbo flourish die

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, glue gun and sticks, wire cutters

Directions

Size

5”x5”x13”

STEP 1

Use glue gun to adhere floral foam into bottom of box.

STEP 2

Cut four 5”x5-1/2” sheet music paper panels to cover box sides.

STEP 3

Apply four strips of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to each face of box along edges. Remove liners from first side of box and press paper panel to surface. Repeat to cover all sides.

STEP 4

Cut four 5”x1” damask paper strips. Adhere strips around sides of box, very slightly above center, using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Apply continuous line of Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit around top edge of box. Press felt trim firmly to tape while wrapping box; trim ends to just meet.

STEP 6

For autumn side of box, cut four 1” squares from orange text paper. Using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere mini gears to squares as shown. Adhere gear squares to damask strip using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 7

For Halloween side of box, die cut flourish from orange glitter cardstock; adhere to box as shown using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Mat cardstock title on orange glitter cardstock; adhere layers together using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere title to box using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere zipper rose to box using several Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. (Note: If weight of rose pulls it away from box, reattach rose using glue gun.)

STEP 8

To display autumn side of box, insert mums into foam. To display Halloween side of box, remove mums and insert berry stem and black roses. Check fit; trim stem ends of floral bunches as needed using wire cutters before inserting back into foam.

Tip

  • Unlike other double-sided liner tapes, Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape can be torn by hand and quickly applied to a variety of surfaces, saving you time.

by Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

When the crisp autumn wind starts to whirl, this Jack -O’-Laughter sweatshirt will keep you warm and let everyone know you’re ready for a little Halloween fun! Use this same design to create a trick-or-treat bag or decorative door banner.

Materials

  • Sweatshirt, adult size
  • Cotton fabrics: burnt orange, 1⁄4 yard; gold, 6” square; brown, 3” square
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Brown four-hole buttons, 5/8” diameter, two

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Red fabric paint
  • Large stencil brush
  • Thermo O Web HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tracing paper, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Note

Wash and dry all fabrics before beginning. Use photo and pumpkin pattern as placement and stitching guides throughout.

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

1. Cut 3” square, 6” square, and 10”x12” rectangle from iron-on adhesive. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse squares to wrong sides of gold and brown fabrics. Fuse rectangle to burnt orange fabric.

2. Print and cut out patterns along dashed lines; transfer nose to gold fused fabric, stem to brown, and pumpkin outline to burnt orange. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.)

3. Position pumpkin and stem on sweatshirt with top of stem 2-3⁄4” below top edge of collar; fuse pumpkin and stem to sweatshirt. Fuse nose to pumpkin.

4. Use tracing paper and pumpkin pattern to transfer eyes, mouth, and line below stem to pumpkin. Drybrush cheeks red.

5. Using one strand pearl cotton, blanket stitch around pumpkin, stem, nose, and mouth. For eyes, sew buttons to pumpkin, crossing thread to make an “X” in each eye.

Tip

  • The secret to a professionally crafted look is the quality of fabric you choose for your pumpkin. Skip the sale table and opt instead for a textured print or heavyweight solid fabric for best results.

by Mary Ayres

Frank ’n Friends Treat Bags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create frighteningly fun treat boxes using Die-namics dies. My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com) is offering a 10% savings site-wide for all Crafts ’n things fans who use code CNTINTRO at checkout. Hurry! Offer expires September 7, 2013.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Sour Apple, Steel Grey, Steel Blue, Black Licorice
  • Wiggle eyes

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Paper Bag Treat Box, Grassy Edges, Big Numbers, Blueprints 3
  • My Favorite Things Plaid Background Builder Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist
  • Strong paper adhesive

Directions

To Complete Frank

1. Die cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from Sour Apple cardstock, one of longer-bladed Grassy Edges from Black Licorice cardstock, two Big Numbers number ones from Steel Blue cardstock, and one Blueprints 3 bow tie from Steel Grey cardstock.

2. Cover work surface with newspaper. Mist Frank’s hair with MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist; let dry.

3. Align top edge of Frank’s hair with top edge of Paper Bag Treat Box die and trim sides even.

4. Adhere Frank’s hair to front panel of the treat box. Adhere bolts behind front panel of treat box to allow the top portion of the “1” to be hidden.

5. Assemble box using the directions for Basic Box Assembly; see below.

6. Stamp Black Licorice Plaid Background Builder design onto Steel Grey bow tie; adhere to treat box as shown. Attach two wiggle eyes.

Basic Box Assembly

1. Cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from cardstock of choice.

2. Pre-fold along all score lines on two box panels.

3. Apply strong adhesive to both flaps on both panels and on bottom rectangle of only one panel.

4. Assemble individual panels by adhering one flap to interior of front panel.

5. Form box by adhering panel with adhesive on bottom to inside of other panel. Adhere all remaining flaps to the inside of front and back panels of the paper bag treat box.

Tip

  • My Favorite Things makes it fun and easy to create a jovial jack-o’-lantern, mesmerizing mummy, bewitching bat, and spine-chilling spider web with products available on their website at www.mftstamps.com.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)   

Spooky Directional Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A directional sign in your entryway guides you to a ghoulishly good time. Cut and paint foam sheets to look like weathered road signs – it’s spine-chillingly simple with FloraCraft® foam!

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam: Sheet, 1”x12”x36”; Cube, 5”x5″
  • Spanish moss
  • Spider webbing
  • Spiders, two
  • Large container or basket

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Acrylic paints: black, green, orange, purple
  • Fabric paints: white, orange, purple
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker, ruler, paintbrush, wooden craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

36”x20” (without container)

Sign

1. Use foam cutter or serrated knife to cut foam sheet into four 3”x36” boards. Set aside one board for signpost. From remaining boards, cut one each of following lengths: 20”, 18”, 17”, 16”, 13”. Cuts need not be straight; crookedness adds to rustic look. Cut one end of each board into point. Cut grooves into opposite end of each board for weathered, broken appearance. Use knife to randomly shave away crisp foam edges so boards appear smooth and worn in some areas.

2. Paint all boards black; let dry. Using photo as guide, paint 20”, 17”, and 13” boards orange, green, and purple respectively, letting some black show through. Let dry.

3. Arrange boards smallest to largest as shown, pointing ends in desired directions. Use fabric paints to write road names onto boards; let dry.

4. Use glue gun to adhere boards to signpost at irregular angles.

5. Use glue gun to adhere foam cube into bottom of container. Apply glue to ends of wooden craft sticks and push halfway into bottom of signpost. Apply glue to opposite ends of craft sticks and push into foam cube. Apply additional glue along seam between foam pieces.

6. Cover top of container with Spanish moss to conceal foam. Stretch spider webs over sign and container; add spiders as shown.

Tip

  • If cutting foam with serrated knife, wax blade with bar soap or old candle for easier cutting.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)

Great Finds Friday: Meet the Mice!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Have you met the mice yet? If you missed Crafts ‘n things blogger and Stampendous!® design team member Sue Czosek’s post on July 23rd, you missed the cutest, the kindest, the most stampable little critters this side of a meadow. These new images, available in wood-mount and Cling Rubber™ stamps, are the newest licensed designs available from Stampendous!®.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

House-Mouse Designs® is the creation of Vermont-based artist Ellen Jareckie. Her characters — Amanda, Monica, Mudpie, Maxwell, and Muzzy, along with their friends — all have distinct personalities and each of them will delight the recipients of your holiday and everyday greetings.

Ellen Jareckie – House-Mouse Designs® Artist

New designs for fall and winter are available in local shops and at favorite online retailers now, as well as on the House-Mouse Designs® site and the Stampendous!® site, where orders are always filled by independent retailers. Here’s one of our favorite new Christmas-themed images in a wood-mount stamp. It’s called Whee Flight and shows wee Monica playing Santa Claus. We love all the coloring possibilities offered by these darling and detailed images.

 ©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

And here’s a fun Halloween card Sue created using the Cling Rubber™ House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese stamp, featuring Mudpie. This image measures about 3″x3″ and is USA-made.

©2013 Ellen Jareckie and House-Mouse Designs®

For a chance to WIN a House-Mouse Designs® Trick or Cheese Cling Rubber™ Stamp from Stampendous!®, just leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, August 15th, telling me your favorite House-Mouse Designs® character. Two lucky winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on August 16th.

Happy Stamping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

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

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