Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

BFF Open House Link Party #130

The Answer Is Chocolate

Was Halloween already a week ago? November is already flying by! Just three weeks until Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah!  Then madness begins. Here are a few features from the last two parties ( kinda oopsed last week). 

An ugly light fixture gets a makeover with some paint, brushes, and painters tape. Easy!

With holiday entertaining season upon us, it's time to spruce up the homestead. Laura from The Shed has got a fantastic before and after  on some light fixtures that had seen better days ( I've got some of those too). Fantastic results!


Whether you need some additional seating or just a place to put your feet up, Kristina from ReMade Simple has a wonderful pouf idea using the sewing machine she got at Ikea. I didn't even know they sold sewing machines! 

Traditional apple pie got a make-over! Apple pie cups with cinnamon streusel topping from Roxanashomebaking.com

It's apple pie time! OK not that you can't have apple pie all the time but this time of year is what I associate with apple pie the most. Love these apple pie cups from Roxana's Home Baking. Bite sized perfection. 


I say this every year. Thanksgiving needs more chocolate. ( Um Reeses, you can make a heart, a tree, an egg...you can't make a turkey or a leaf? ) Here's a cute idea to bring chocolate to your Thanksgiving table . Hershey's Nugget Turkeys from The Pin Junkie!

OK now time to see what everyone's been up to lately!




Thursday, October 24, 2013

BFF Open House Link Part #128

The Answer Is Chocolate

Can you believe Halloween is a week from today? Guess what? I've got something even scarier. Two months from today is CHRISTMAS EVE eeek!!! Hanukkah comes early this year converging with Thanksgiving...barely one month from now. Scared? Mwaaaaaahhhhhhh. 

Now that I have you terrified, let's see some highlights from last week's party :) 


Amaranth and Kale shared these wonderful brown paper bag leaves. Would you have guessed that these started out as brown paper bags? 


Wouldn't this coffee filter and burlap wreath look great next to a garland of those paper bag leaves? Go visit Crafts a la mode for the how to. 


Still looking to add to your Halloween decor ( or pin for next year)? Check out these no sew pillow covers from 24 Cottonwood Lane. NO SEW!

And this week's chocolate feature is courtesy once again of Karyn from the aptly named Dieter's Downfall



OK now for this week's treats!









Thursday, September 26, 2013

BFF Open House Link Party #124 and Features

The Answer Is Chocolate

Hope the first official week of Fall was a good one for you. Here we are on the cusp of October which is hard to believe. The crafterverse is in full creative mode so here are a few features from last week's party that inspired me. 


You all know I have a slight paper addiction. I'm looking forward to using some of mine up making a big bouquet of these paper flowers from Artsy VaVa



Can't even tell you how much I love these confetti pumpkins from Kim at Made In A Day. Oh. Em. Gee. 


If you need an easy way to bring some fall into your home, check out this idea from Fonda at Southern Scraps. Wouldn't this look great next to some confetti pumpkins?


This week's chocolate feature speaks for itself. Chocolate truffles from the aptly named blog Dieter's Downfall. Resistance is futile. 

OK let's see what you all have been up to this week !







Thursday, September 19, 2013

BFF Open House # 123 Happy Fall Features!

The Answer Is Chocolate

Can you believe it's time for Summer to come to an end this weekend? Doesn't it seem like it just started? Truthfully, I am really ready for Fall. I love the crispness of the air, the changing of the leaves, sweaters, boots...

You all are gearing up for Fall if last week's party is any indication. Lots of wonderful Fall and Halloween ideas. Let's see a few:

Antonella from Quilling, Art and Expression shared this delightfully spooky spider card. I just love the dimension on the spider and of course the black and white! I can't wait to get started on some Halloween cards. 


You have to check out these DIY Felt Halloween Pillows from Christine at I Dig Pinterest. Love how simple yet bold they are. 


Wouldn't Christine's pillows work perfectly with this Fall wreath shared by Laura at The Shed? You will have to go visit to find out the secret for making these flowers. Can't wait to try. 


And after you're done making these great projects or before you sit down to pin them on Pinterest, be sure to whip up a batch of these Caramel Milky Way brownies from Danielle at Busy Mom's Helper.  When I think Fall, I think caramel. Of course chocolate is year round. YUM!

Now on to this week's party. What tricks and treats do you have up your sleeve this week? 










Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Punched Leaf Wreath for Cards, Packages, Etc.

Mini Leaf Wreath Card

I love my die cutting machines but sometimes you just have to punch things ya know? I like to use up scraps if I can and punches are a great way to do that. So here’s how I made my punched leaf wreaths that I used on the gift bags I shared yesterday as well as some cards.

For this project you will need:
  • Paper scraps
  • Leaf punch
  • Glue

Mini Leaf Wreath

Punch an assortment of leaves from your paper scraps.  I had some embossed papers and some patterned papers in my scrap stash.

Mini Wreath Bae

For the wreath base, punch a large circle from another scrap. This one is 2 inches. Then use a smaller punch and punch out the middle of your circle.

Wreath Base 2

Voila. Wreath form. Glue your leaves so they cover the wreath base. I kind of angled mine and used Ranger Glossy Accents but any quick adhesion glue will do. You could use glue dots or foam dots too.

Mini Wreath focal

This one I adhered to a card using foam dots. The one below I used on my gift bags.

Punched Leaf  Wreath 2

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Got Lunch Bags? Wrap Your Gifts In Them

Autumn Bags

Last week I shared some candles I made for a couple of girlfriends I’m having lunch with this week.  I needed something to wrap them in so I turned to my pantry and used brown paper lunch bags.
For this project you’ll need:
  • Plain brown paper bags
  • Inks
  • Brayer
  • Cosmetic sponge
Brown Paper Bag Mica Inks

I wanted my bags to have some texture so I scrunched them up, smoothed out, then scrunched up again.  I used this Mica Gloss inks but pretty sure any pigment re-inkers, alcohol inks, or acrylic paints would work.

Judi Kins Mica Gloss

Randomly scatter drops of inks on your surface. The goal here is not perfection! I was going for a natural look mimicking Fall leaves.

Brayered Ink

Using a brayer, spread your inks. I wanted a more blended look , so after I brayered, I used a cosmetic sponge ( Dollar Tree craft supplies !) to blend the inks.

Brayered and Sponged Inks

My bags ended up being very pliable and soft. Not sure if this is from the inks or all of the working of the paper or both.

Brown Paper Wrapping

This made it really easy to use them as wrapping. Tied the tops with some ribbon yarn and then adhered the tags I made last week with baker’s twine.

Finished with a punched leaf wreath. I’ll show you how I did that in another post.

Autumn Bags

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mod Podge and Tissue Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

Mod Podged Tissue Papered Pumpkin

I’m finally getting around to some Fall projects. I’m a late bloomer. This is something that’s super easy and can stay out from Halloween through Thanksgiving. You will need:
  • Paper Mache Pumpkin (the one I used is about 6 inches across)
  • Tissue paper (I used 2 sheets, 12x12)
  • Mod Podge
I started with a paper mache pumpkin I found on sale after season last year. I’ve seen them this year at Michaels, JoAnn’s etc.

Paper Mache Pumpkin

On one of my recent Michaels trips, I discovered packs of Recollections printed tissue papers in the scrapbook paper aisle. They were $1.99 for a pack of 5 regular price.

Recollections TIssue Papers

For this project, I chose the script paper. This is a good project to do if you’re in a bad mood. Not saying that I was, just saying. Why? Because you get to scrunch and tear stuff! Tear all four edges of your papers first. Then:

Recollections Paper Pumpkin

Wad, scrunch, ball up your paper. Unwad, then tear into smaller pieces:

Recollections Paper Pumpkin 2

The reason you’ll want to have torn your edges first is that they blend better when podging.

Mod Podge Pumpkin

Apply Mod Podge ( I used Matte Finish) to the back of your paper pieces, then apply your paper to the pumpkin. Since tissue paper is thin you don’t want to oversaturate but it’s also very forgiving and gets in the creases of the pumpkin unlike stiffer paper would.

I was conscious but not OCD about making sure the script was all going the same way.

Mod Podge Tissue Paper Pumpkin

In some spots, paper got layered  making things more opaque, and in others it didn’t and I liked the effect of some of the naked pumpkin showing through.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

Once you’ve got all of your paper on, coat with Mod Podge and just wait for it to dry.  I’m working on another variation so check back soon.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ombre Fall Printables

I haven’t yet had a chance to do any ombre projects but I did play around with the idea in my graphics program! I combined that with a Fall quote and:
Tree Quote Ombre Gold
Tree Qoute Orange
Tree Quote Ombre Green
To download, click to bring to full size, right click to “Save As” .
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