Monthly Archives: October 2013

Vintage Crepe Owls

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Happy Halloween!!!

Here’s another fun game idea for a pre-Trick or Treating Halloween party from the October 1957 issue of Pack-O-Fun. Halloween really is a great opportunity to re-visit those classic games!

While cutting out owls for the game, make a few extra as some spooky decor! Using an enlarged vintage owl image as a stencil, I cut these shapes from a sheet of black cardstock. Using the same chalk technique as I used for the spooky cats a few blog posts ago, my daughter Meghan and I created our own owls.

Once drawn, we adhered strips of fringed crepe for wings. Crepe was a crafting staple in the early 1900s, and instantly makes a project look “vintage.” For a simple, last minute project, be sure to break out the chalk and crepe-super simple and very vintage!

Have a safe Halloween and Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Pack Your Halloween with Fun!

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Happy Monday! Only 3 more days till Halloween…anyone stuck on costume ideas?

This copy of Pack-O-Fun from October 1957 shares how to make your own masks from a simple paper bag and imagination. Quite a bit different from the $50 costumes purchased from the pop-up Halloween stores isn’t it?

Along the lines of simple vintage crafts, crepe paper was a go-to crafting and decorating staple. Inspired by this magazine, I crafted a simple pumpkin garland from vintage book paper (backed with cardboard), fringed black crepe and, of course, Stickles!

After outlining the features with Stickles, and once the glitter dried, I painted the insides with a black watercolor paint for more definition. Once everything dried, I taped crepe arms and legs to complete the body, and attached the three pumpkins to ribbon with tape.

A simple craft, but very festive!

Happy creating!
Michelle

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Spooky Black Chalk Cats

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This Halloween cook up a bowl of caramel popcorn. So delish and so easy! But don’t stop there..how about inserting some spooky decor??

I love the chalkboard trend in crafting and home decor, and was inspired to create these “chalkboard cats”.  To begin, first find an image of a spooky cat-there are many on the internet. This cat image came from a vintage Halloween magazine ad. Print out the image, enlarge if necessary, and cut out. This will now be your stencil.

Black cardstock works just as well, but the paper I used is vintage scrapbook paper-love that grainy texture! Trace the cat image onto your paper with pencil and cut out. To add an extra feature, I also cut off the tail and attached it with a black brad to make it “movable.” Then, draw on the features with chalk! And, add a spooky message if you’d like. Also, a tip-you can easily wipe off any chalk mistakes with a moist tissue and just draw again! To keep the chalk from smearing, I sprayed each cat with hair spray-a little trick I learned from my art classes in college. Works like a charm!

These would also be fun as name placecards on your Halloween table! So fun-let me know if you try them!

Happy creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Spooky Treat Envelopes

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Happy Tuesday, and 9 more days until Halloween!

Holy cow, where did this month go???

Here’s another project idea from the Halloween Treats & Tags kit-spooky treat envelopes!

 

I love the size of these-tall and narrow. These are approximately 4 inches wide and 7 inches tall, and really came together quite quickly. To add a bit more texture, as this project is simply mostly layering paper, I stitched the images to the larger background cardstock with a zig zag stitch. Simple, but it does add a little something extra!

I then stitched the cardstock to some scrap sheet music (I’m thinking newspaper would be really neat too…), folded down the top and added a button.

 

These envelopes could hold a couple of freshly baked cookies, but if you want a non-sweet treat, how about slipping a few movie tickets inside, for a special night out to a scary movie? Or, even a gift card to a favorite teacher. These envelopes say it all unto themselves-you don’t even need a card for these envelopes!

If you enjoy all of the spooky (and vintage!)  fun this kit offers, but sure to visit our new Etsy store! There’s still some time to make Halloween extra special! 🙂

 

Happy creating!

Michelle

 

 

 

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Halloween Treats & Tags-a new vintage kit!

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With Halloween quickly approaching, now is the time to think about the treats you will give to friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers. But, how to make them a little more special and unique? Simply add a touch of vintage!

 

The new Halloween Treats & Tags kit is designed especially to add this vintage, unique touch, but is focused on quick and easy! This kit includes wonderful spooky Halloween papers (easily formatted for quick tags), a variety of vintage embellishments, glittery font stickers, an acrylic stamp, ephemera and vintage treat bags, a very vintage berry basket, an assortment of vintage ribbons, tags, and a few gusseted cellophane bags to wrap up your larger treats! So many fun things to create with!

So, “dress up” your special baked goods, or even tie a cute vintage tag around a candy bar. Lots of possibilities! Find the kit HERE in our new Etsy store.

Have fun creating this Halloween season!

Michelle… Read the rest