Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to Halloween Necklace with Amazing Casting


The leafs are changing colors here and have started to fall.  It is my favorite time of year.  Soon Halloween will be upon us, and it is one of my most favorite holidays!  Every year we decorate with lots of pumpkins around the house inside and out.  For this year I will have a Pumpkin Necklace to wear.



For October Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corporation challenged the makers of the Designer Crafts Connection to create some "Spooktacular" jewelry!



We were given Amazing Clear Cast Resin to mark the NEW release of the 8oz size, AND the Alumilite Dye (mine in Orange) and Alumidust colorants (mine in Pewter and Pearl). Information about these products is available through these links:

http://www.moldputty.com/store/p/1023-Amazing-Clear-Cast.aspx http://www.moldputty.com/store/p/1082-AlumiAlumidust-clone.aspx http://www.moldputty.com/store/p/1012-Alumilite-Dye.aspx

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How I made the Pumpkin Necklace:

1.  Using equal amounts of Tub A with Tub B of molding Putty, and kneading for a few minutes until the two colors become one.



2.  Mold around a pumpkin embellishment.  Let mold set.



3.  Mix equal amounts of the two liquids from Amazing Casting. I added a couple of drops of Orange Dye.  Pour Resin into the mold and let set overnight.  Remove new Resin Pumpkin from Mold.



4. Glue some gems for the eyes and nose.  Add some Pewter Alumidust to define the Pumpkin's indentations.



5. Using a 1" circle paper punch make a circle from cardstock, cover it with some Washi paper.  Adhere into a Bottle cap pendant.  Glue pumpkin in a cap.  Add some bright glue to set everything.  Attach to a chain.  Glue on a small ribbon bow.

                                                         Happy Halloween!

But, first Happy Hopping to the other Designers' Blogs to see their "Spooktacular"  projects.

Ann Strecko Koeman (That's me!)


Friday, September 29, 2017

Spooky Candles for Halloween

Halloween is my favorite event to decorate for, and every year I add to my very large collection of decorating items.  New, this year are some spooky and safe candles to be used for our Halloween and just scary decorating!



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Gather the following supplies:



                           Spider Web with Plastic Spiders, 2-oz. Bags


                                       Floral Garden Jute Cord, 3-yd. Rolls

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                                  Begin by installing two batteries in each LED Plastic candles.


                          Follow that by measuring two pieces of ribbon for the candle stick base.  Attach
                          these with some hot glue.



                                                      Add a jute bow over the ribbon.


Finally, hot glue some plastic Halloween Creatures to the candle sticks. Note: some of the creatures used in my project were purchased at my local DollarTree.

                                                                             Have fun.

                                                     Thank you for stopping by.  Stay crafty!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Weave a Web of Lights for Halloween


With just a few items from the DollarTree, I made this really fun and creepy decoration to use on Halloween night. If you want to make this visit your local DollarTree.  Better yet if you are in the US, you can shop online at DollarTree.com. Shop Scary-Good $1 Halloween Deals at DollarTree.com 


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Directions to make one:


Step one =  Gather all the supplies you will need.  See the list below.

Step two = Insert string of lights and webbing into a vase.

Step three = adjust webbing into a pleasing arrangement.

Step four =  add plastic spiders.


Step five = Insert batteries (2 x AA) into compartment.  Turn the switch on.  Enjoy!



List of products used:

Glass Cylinder Vases, 7.25 in.





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Witch's Eyes in Brine for Halloween


Make your own creepy and spooky faux ingredients for a witch's pantry or apothecary for Halloween, and mystify your guests!

Easy to make with items which can be found at the DollarTree, and Shop Scary-Good $1 Halloween Deals at DollarTree.com 

** I was compensated for this post.  This post also contains affiliate links for which I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


Directions.

Using a glue gun and some hot glue sticks, adhere a creature to an eye. Repeat.


Separate ring from canning lid.  place cupcake liner over snap lid.  Reinsert into ring.



Fill a cup with water and add some food coloring. Mine is green.



Stir and pour into jar. Cover and screw on lid.


Wrap jute cord around neck of jar, secure with glue.


Cut cover off of notebook.  Cut a piece of tulle.  Scrunch tulle slightly and glue to back of notebook cover.

Cut stick part of cupcake pick, so all you  are left with is te witch hat.  Glue the hat onto the cover of the notebook.

Punch a hole in the corner of your new tag, and insert some jute.  Attach to jar.

Items Used.
Plastic Ping Pong Eyeballs, 12-ct. Packs
Glass Canning Jars with Lids, 16 oz.
Floral Garden Jute Cord, 3-yd. Rolls
Crafter's Square Sparkle Tulle Mesh Ribbon, 3-yd. Rolls
Crafter's Square Mini Hot Glue Sticks, 20-ct. Packs

Halloween note pad (in store)
Halloween cupcake liner (in store)
Food Coloring (in store)
Plastic Haloween Creatures (in store)


   Make one or several of these, they are so easy and fun.Thank you for stopping by.  Shop Scary-Good $1 Halloween Deals at DollarTree.com   and, go get crafty!

$1 Craft Supplies at Dollar Tree!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pretty Pet Collar for Halloween



Love your pet, and Halloween?  Then there is a quick and inexpensive project that you can make for both.

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Shop Dollar Tree.com for all your Halloween crafting and decorating needs.  Everything is $ 1.00!

Here is my Purrfectly posed Pussycat.





To make the purfect collar, begin with a collar.  Adjust it, so it fits your kitty.  Add a bit more length to account for the thickness of all the ribbons.


Supplies


Sheer Bright Ribbon in orange, and black
Cat collar in  orange or black

Directions.

1. Cut the ribbons into 8 inch long pieces.



2. To keep tips from fraying you can add some "Fray Check" or clear nail polish, or even glue to cut edges.

3. Tie each piece of ribbon to the collar, alternating colors as you go.


**Warning, this is intended as a decorative piece for your pet to wear for a short period. Do not leave your pet unattended with this collar for too long.

I hope that you enjoy this project and are inspired to do your own craft projects for Halloween.  Remeber, you can find all the supplies I used at your local Dollar Tree, and even online at DollarTree.com.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Halloween Decorating with Kunin Felt


Halloween will be here soon, and Kunin® Felt has lovely felts for you to craft some decorations.

"Kunin® is the clean and sustainable felt that is ideal for garment, accessory, decorating, and home decor crafting projects. "

Today on the Designers Crafters Connection Blog the Designers have many amazing projects made with Kunin Felt to share with you.  I chose to make the wall hanging shown above.

                                     **Includes affiliate links that compensate me for purchases.


To make this I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 to cut the Kunin® Felt into some Halloween shaped medallions that I designed in the Cricut Design Space. The Kunin® Felt we received is the Premium Felt in 8 oz measuring 12" x 18", and the Classic felt in 5oz. Meauring 9" x 12".  Made in the US from recycled water bottles. This felt, with a stabilizer,  cuts beautifully with dies and die cutting machines.


To begin, I added a Structure One Sided Fusible Interfacing stiff interfacing to the back of each piece of felt.  Afterwards, I cut the shapes using a Deep Cut Blade and a Strong Grip mat from the Cricut line.




I painted a wooden dowel (12 ") with some DecoArt DCA47-10 Crafter's Acrylic Paint, 4-Ounce, Black, and let that dry.



The next step was to attach pieces of narrow black ribbon to use as a hanger and to connect the pieces of cut Kunin® Felt.



To attach the pumpkins, cats, ghosts, and the witch, I used some Hot Glue and my Ad-Tech 0443 Two-  Temp Cordless Glue Gun


To cover up the tied ends of the ribbon, I used hot glue and my Ad-Tech 0443 Two-  Temp Cordless Glue Gun to adhere some black pom pom trim, which I also layered a piece of purple pom pom trim above (both from Expo International). To finish off the top, I added a "Happy Halloween" scrapbook banner (K and Company) from my stash.  Plus two little plastic spider bugs from Dollar Tree.


Tools and supplies used (**Includes Affiliate links that compensate me for any purchases made.):

--     Kunin® Felt (9" x 12" Craft cuts of ClassicFelt in Black, Orange, White, and  12" x 18" Craft                    
        Cut of Premium Felt in Purple
--     Pom Pom trim  Expo International (Black & Purple)
-- **Cricut Explore Air™2
-- **Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun
-- **Deep Cut Blade
--  **Strong Grip mat 
-- ** Hot Glue
--      Thin black ribbon
-- ** One Sided Fusible Interfacing
-- ** DecoArt DCA47-10 Crafter's Acrylic Paint, 4-Ounce, Black
--** narrow black ribbon
--     Happy Halloween Banner (my stash)
--     Plastic Black spiders (Dollar Tree)

Check out what the many talented Designers of the Designer Crafts Connection have made here:


For more information on  Kunin® Felt, please check their web site, Kunin® Felt.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

15 minute Halloween Craft


Have a Cricut®?  Have 15 minutes?  Then you have all you need to make this spooky Halloween Decoration for your home and be ready for All Hallow's Eve!

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With the help of the Cricut Design Space I chose two images.  A haunted house, and A Halloween tree.


                             I cut the black cardstock with my Cricut Explore Air 2.



I drew lines on the tree with Aleene's 15601 Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce and on the house, which I followed with a generous amount of martha stewart glitter.


Once the glue and glitter had dried I used some Hot Glue with my
Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun  to adhere the shapes to the Glass Mason Jar.

                             
                                              I added some colorful faux Gems in the jar.


                                        Finally, I inserted a battery operated Votive Candle.

                                                       Here is another view of the project.


Tools and Supplies (**Includes affiliate links that compensate me for purchases):

--  Cricut Explore Air 2.
--  black cardstock
--  Cricut Design Space
--  Votive Candle
--  Gems
--  Glass Mason Jar
--  Hot Glue
--  Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun
--  Aleene's 15601 Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce
--  martha stewart glitter


                             Decorate for the Trick or Treaters with the help of Dollar Tree.com, where you can shop for some "Scary" good deals at 1$!   Craft many of your  Halloween Decorations with Cricut®.

Remember to check out all the other Spooky Crafty Projects my friends in this Craft Lightening Round have made!
                                                             Enjoy, and Happy Halloween.


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