by Sharon | Oct 8, 2017
October is scooting by quickly.
We had some cooler temperatures . . . and then it got warm again . . . Anticipating cooler temperatures again.
There is something about autumn and getting ready for Halloween.
I found this image and just had to use it. It is a bit spookier than I like, but as you look closely, there isn’t a skull moon, but it is made from the tree branches. I think this is quite clever along with the children walking along in their pursuit of candy.
Initially I didn’t see the children walking. My focus was captured on the moon.
That may have been the whole point, but once we begin to look around, it needed to be more of an All Hollows Eve picture . . .
This is something I need to keep in mind when I’m doing my paper crafts. It is great to draw the eye into the card initially, but there does have to be a complete “picture” once one decides to look around.
This reminds me to get your Halloween Treat Boxes together and ready to fill with delicious treats.
Remember our friend Ray O’Bannon over at Ravensblight Paper Toys . . .
Remember all of his great treat box coffins?
This year I’m favoring the weathered crate for my Halloween Treat Box. I can decorate it with pumpkins and may have a spooky cat or a witch . . . maybe her feet sticking out of it or at least have her hat on the crate.
The weathered crate can be made spooky by having a skeleton trying to get out . . .
What’s great is that all of Ray’s paper toys are free to download and assemble — he has excellent instructions.
I do love Ray’s Haunted Houses.
I especially like The Ghost House.
It has a secret chamber under the house that is a great place to put some treasures.
If you’re into building a paper craft Haunted Ship, Ray O’Bannon has a collection of them along with cars and trucks and even a train. You can have some great fun exploring everything he has available to download, print out and assemble.
Click the image of the Ghost House to the right to be taken to the PDF and click here for the assembling instructions.
It would be best for you to begin right away with the Ghost House or one of the ships — this will take some time to assemble.
Depending upon the number of “coffin” treat boxes you have to make, time is of the essence.
Thanks for stopping by!
by Sharon | Dec 19, 2016
Wow!! Where has the time gone?
Christmas is upon us with the New Year coming up fast.
Amazing how I can look back to this summer and yearning for fall. Then, it finally came and Whoosh! we’re into winter.
I belong to an internet marketing group where someone asked if we were taking Christmas Day off or working. Well, I know it is for celebrating with family, but I also know that working online I can celebrate and also work. That’s the beauty of the internet.
I got thinking about the New Year and spring . . . I’m really getting excited about spring . . . but I’m enjoying the weather we’re having now and the anticipation of Christmas, too.
It’s all exciting!
It’s all good . . . every season and everyday. There is always something fun and exciting to discover or finally decide to purchase.
I haven’t been much into rubber stamping or making cards, but I’m finding that I’m warming up to the idea.
I’m a fan of Tim Holtz and, of course, love my Sizzix Big Shot. The combining of the two in this set of stamps and die cuts has really gotten me excited.
Sizzix Framelits Dies Mini by Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Things, Stampers Anonymous Mini Bird Crazy & Things Tim Holtz Cling Stamps,
Sizzix Framelits Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs Die Set, and not shown is the Tim Holtz Cling Stamps Mini Cats & Dogs by Stampers Anonymous.
I decided to go with the mini set because of the Village Dwellings I’m making and they go better with other stamp sets.
They work well for cards and mini albums and so very many other fun projects you may have throughout the year. There is always something exciting you can do with birds, cats and dogs. And, by all means feel free to get the regular sets of these as well.
Sizzix Franelits 18 Piece Bird Crazy Die Set, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Bird Crazy Stamp Set, Sizzix Crazy Things Framelits Dies by Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Set Crazy Things, Sizzix Framelits Dies by Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats Tim Holtz Cling Stamps.
What about the dogs? Sizzix Franelits Crazy Dogs Die Set and Tim Holtz Cling Stamps Crazy Dogs by Stampers Anonymous.
Most people buy both the regular sets and the mini sets to go with their various projects.
I was going to say, if you hurry, you may be able to get these before Christmas, but you know something, I think it would be much more exciting to get them after Christmas . . . even if it is a gift for a special crafter in your family. You know why, because you’ll have something to look forward to receiving and so will your special crafter.
It’s all a matter of perspective, actually. You want ’em for Christmas . . . click the links!!!! Otherwise relax and don’t get all uptight about when it will arrive — it will arrive when it arrives!!
I do thank you for stopping by!
by Sharon | Nov 4, 2016
Snack recipes are always welcome for Thanksgiving . . . Or between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Here are my suggestions for making this delicious snack for your family and friends.
Harvest Chex Mix
- 1 box Rice Chex Cereal
- 1 bag Bugles
- 4 cups Pretzels
- 1 cup Candy Corn
- 1 cyo Candy Corn Pumpkins
- 1 bag Reese’s Pieces
- Feel free to add pieces of your favorite left-over Halloween candy
Yes, there is a buttery brown sugar sauce that goes over the mixture before popping it in the oven.
- 3/4 cup melted Butter
- 3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 275°F
- Melt the butter in the microwave
- Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract to the melted butter and whisk until combined and dissolved
- In a large bowl, add the Chex, bugles and pretzels
- Pour the sauce over this mixture and toss gently until evenly coated
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper
- Divide the mixture on the two baking sheets, spreading in an even layer on each baking sheet
- Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Put the cooled mixture into a large bowl
- Add the candy
- Toss to combine evenly
- Store any left-overs in an air-tight container
Well, there you go! It’s a great treat that will give you a fun Fall taste.
Thanks for stopping by!