Monthly Archives: October 2010

Last Minute Treat for Halloween!!!!

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Still trying to think of a special treat to hand out? Here’s something really quick to do, and sugar free! Simply print out a simple play dough recipe onto a white sheet of cardstock- typically, about 6 recipes can fit on one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet. Trim out, and adhere onto an orange sheet of cardstock cut down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then further embellished with black patterned cardstock, glitter alphas and a vintage Halloween sticker-all found in our Vintage Halloween Kit. Then, punch a hole in the top left corner of the card, and attach a Halloween cookie cutter with ribbon-a fun shape to use with their homemade play dough!

We’ve been enjoying reading some of your favorite Halloween memories in our Giveaway-hope this year you make even more of them!

Happy Halloween!
Michelle

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Pumpkin Person Treat Box

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Give your Halloween dinner guests a little extra treat and set your spooky Halloween dinner table in style-vintage style!

 

Using the box template located HERE, cut out and fold a box using the solid colored cardstock included in the Halloween Vintage Kit.  Trim out a 2.25 x 4 inch rectangle from the vintage sheet music, and “rough up” the edges of the sheet music by scraping a scissors edge along the side of the paper.  Adhere the sheet music to the top of the box. Fashion a pumpkin person from orange pipe cleaners and attach a pumpkin die cut to the top of the pipe cleaners for the head. Using a glue gun,  or strong, fast drying liquid glue, adhere the pumpkin person to the center of the sheet music.  Wrap a ribbon around the treat box, and tie a bow across the pumpkin person’s middle. Stuff the treat box with lots of delicious candy and surprise your guests!

Have a wonderful Halloween!!!

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Haunted Spooky House

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Today we have a guest post that will appeal to the children in your home who are more than likely chomping at the bit to dig into your craft supplies, especially to create some spooky Halloween decor. This seasonal project was created by my daughter Meghan, our 11-year-old who is always scoping out my craft room. Many features of this haunted house were created using scraps from the Vintage Halloween kit, and an inexpensive paper mache house purchased from the local Hobby Lobby.

We’ll let Meghan tell you how she did it:

Hi!

First, I got one of those awesome houses purchased from Hobby Lobby and began by  painting the house brown. Then, my mom came to me and asked if I could feature her kits on the house for this blog, which I daresay, I enthusiastically accepted! She gave me all of the scrap materials in her kit, and on a cold day, when I couldn’t go outside, I fooled around with. I originally intended to make the house scary, but I fell in love with that cute toothpick pumpkin, which wasn’t so scary, so I changed my mind. The pumpkin adds a cute twist on what might have been a plain old haunted house. My favorite part of this project was definitely the interior designing, which is my dream job- only another reason I love the houses!

Meghan, can you share with us a special technique that you used in this project?

My favorite technique is probably the cracked windows because I recycled plastic packaging to make them. Using scissors, I cut cracks into each “window” to add to the spookiness. (I also love the ticket door and creative door knocker! -Michelle)

Special thanks to friend Kaylee, who made the adorable ghost in the tree for me!

Thanks Meghan! I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from her again. 🙂

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Halloween Layout

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Halloween Layout

I am so excited to be writing to you today because this means our business is a reality.  I am the half that loves to scrapbook and share all my family’s memories.  I also love vintage art, images, colors and the simplicity of the past.  Our theme right now is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  HALLOWEEN!  I love to help the kids get dressed up, bundled up and get out the door with Dad, to go trick-or-treating.  I also enjoy when they come home to show me all the treats they got.  Every year, they dump their goodies out and divide them into “like” candies and then they swap for their favorites.  It’s like watching “negotiating 101”.

It is always fun to think back to when you were a kid.  What was your favorite candy when you were a kid?  Mine has always been Snickers, until about three years ago, but I’m pretty good with anything that has chocolate and peanuts.  With our kits and products, we hope to bring back many happy memories for you to reminisce about or share with your kids.  Scrapbooking is a perfect way to get these memories showcased for your family and friends.

 

Now for a fun vintage fact about Halloween candy.  Did you know that candy was not given out to trick-or-treaters until the early 1950’s?  Before candy, they gave out nuts, coins, fruit and sometimes small toys.  Candy was more popular at Christmas and Easter in those times.  The first individually wrapped candy that was handed out were….Tootsie Rolls.  Other popular candies were M&M coated chocolates – 1/2 lb. went for $.30, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Tootsie Rolls – $.02/each.  Those were the days.

 

 

 

 

I hope your Halloween is safe, fun and full of your favorite candies and activities.  Don’t forget your pillow case.  Happy Halloween!!

Allison

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Trick or Treat!

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Ok, one thing you need to know about me, is I am a TREAT FANATIC! I mean, I am the psycho mom who STUFFS those treat bags at my kids’ birthday parties. I’ve lightened up quite a bit now though that the kids have gotten a little bit older. Plus, I realized, that more often than not, many of those plastic little birthday treasures meet the same end as many of the kids meal toys from the fast food restaurants-tossed aside or thrown away.  So, I’ve since focused my energies on presentation and not on just what is stuffed inside!

Remember as a child when you would receive homemade goodies on Halloween? Not only received them, but I remember even valuing those much more than the store bought candies.  Back then these little treats were wrapped in wax paper, or orange and black tissue paper, or even a sandwich bag. Why not bring this tradition back? At least to the children in the neighborhood that you know. But, take it a step further and really dress them up!

These are little tags that were made from the Vintage Halloween kit-an absolute great way to use up any extra scraps.  Simply fill a cello bag with treats, and tie off with a cute tag. I think its safe to say that this will make an impression on your little trick-or-treaters this year, and will most likely be the first treat they choose to eat! To learn, step by step, how to make this vintage tag, CLICK HERE. And, be sure to comment and tell us how everyone loved your special treat bags!

Happy Halloween!
Michelle

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