Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sonic Amy Rose Costume

This was a whole lot of work for this years costume! Somehow my daughter volunteered herself to dress as a Sonic character and show our hedgehog at the local conservation area...long story! But since she was going to wear this for an extended period, I wanted it to be good!

In some pictures Amy Rose is wearing all pink and red in others. But I was able to find a dress to alter at the local Good Will store. So our was pink! LOL

It started with a prom dress and an old dress up costume...

This hoop skirt was inside an old dress that has a broken zipper...

and I made it into a slip that fits short on my oldest and skims the floor on my youngest!
I started to take the dress apart before I took this picture....the top didn't have a white trim...I was just trying to conserve the fabric liner...

I made a pattern for the top and cut it out of the dresses bottom portion...
 It is certainly still a costume level of sewing but fun that I could do it!

Of course we made her hammer from paper using my Zing and MTC to create the end pieces to glue the whole thing together...
The MTC software will wrap the tab shape around the circle....then I cut a small hole in one of the red papers we wrapped was about 10 inches around...and 12 inches wide. My daughter really enjoyed it!

Not to be outdone, my little ones want to show their costumes too! Kitty cats going to a party! These costumes were just what they wanted....I offered to make better ones. Promise.

Boo! gift crafts...

Our Halloween cat decided to get into the shot...LOL
Each year our neighbors sponsor a "Boo" exchange. It's becoming more popular so you've probably heard of it. In our neighborhood we keep it a secret, and ring and run...The little ones love it! And of course I have to try to make it a bit crafty....

There are three little girls and one boy in the family we Boo'ed so I put each of their "monograms" on their goodies since I know how the kids like to claim their own treats.
witches broom treat bags!
For the girls, I saw a "witches broom" idea on Martha Stewart's is simply two paper bags with the outer bag cut down to the base in strips. Then for the one boy in the family I put together a "warlocks cauldron". The rat held a little note that says:

Three little witches
and one warlock too

went out to play
and make some brew

but a storm came by
and the wind it blew

so they left their things
just for you!

OK so not the but "poetry" but we were in the beginnings of a hurricane LOL. And of course they got their own countdown to Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How many days to Halloween? *UPDATED*

Halloween is just around the corner and if you have a little one like mine, I have to give the countdown daily. My B lives form holiday to holiday with birthdays sprinkled I had to devise something I could make to handle all this counting down!
 This was my first attempt and as you can see the boxes fit snug within the outer box....I ahd to fix it bx adjusting the file, but that was OK since I needed another for our other Halloween tradition of "BOOing" our neighbors. For the first calendar I made new boxes and then a new outer box a bit bigger for the second one.

I was able to make print and cut patterned papers with the Chillingsworth Manor digital paper collection from an Echo Park Digital kit I got from They have a Wednesday deal each week that makes it digital addictive!

For each of the back pieces I used different sets of SVG's. The top one was from Using the Simple shapes set from the vinyl decorations...LOL
 This one was made using the same difgital kit for the papers and then using SVG's from I think the white contrasts too much and I need to soften it a bit with some inking or something, suggestions welcome!

This file needs some improvement and I also hope to come up with more styles for all year long...Believe me I will need a calendar for each event/holiday!!

Have a happy Halloween and check back for some more crafts soon!

I was so grateful when I got the perfect solution in my comments, so I went ahead and put a moon behind the bat for a better look to the second it! I used some shimmer spray and it looks really good IRL! Thanks!

She has some really fun project there too and you should all check out her blog! I was so glad I did!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Crafts.....finally

I finally can post some of the projects I've made for Halloween, mostly vinyl since it was already out from the previous project, and it's fast and easy...
 These candles were made into pumpkin faces last year I believe but they are back as a haunted house scene this year. I used a Lettering Delights simple shapes set that is on sale until Nov 1st for 3$ I believe....
 Some more of these simple shapes since my oldest loves this project....
And her special candle....

All my three girls participated in putting this vinyl decoration is right over the small table where they craft and even eat together.
Over several days, they added different elements. It was funny how much they knew about putting up vinyl from watching me. My 5 yo was a hoot!

My next two projects will be in their own post....Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monogram with vinyl on frame...

This is stunning IRL, you gotta make/have one!

OK so the title of this project doesn't even come close to describing the beautiful look of the finished product. I have to say I was seeing these vinyl on glass ideas for a while and then I had the good fortune to read a few posts on the MTC forum(thanks so much ladies) where they posted just this very idea. SO, when a friend needed a quick and inexpensive gift for a family wedding, I sorta steered her to this. What? I know you do it too. ;)

She is awesome at finding just the right thing and on sale so I sent her out to find a "floating frame" I was thinking of a wall hanging one but she found one at the local Ross's that had an easel back. This presented a really cool creative opportunity.

I was able to dry emboss a 5X7 piece of cardstock in the wedding colors and place it within the frame. It was a repetitive swirl that made it easy to put it through twice and get the whole 5X7 in two passes...

Next, the monogram and design went on top of the glass and creates a cool floating effect.... I used my Zing and MTC software to cut the "regal" font. I think it's one of the TTF installed automatically. I don't know why but it was just there....and everyone on the MTC forum has a version of the font that is cleaned up(meaning fixed so it cuts well) since several members shared their files. Very kind of them all but I ended up making a few alterations too. I split the H, put in the lines and added some text, and cleaned a bit more. Then Ta Da!

There is about a half inch between the top and then a second two pieces of glass. Let me tell you it is a nice effect. Go make one!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cold stuff....

Of course I picked the coldest day yet of this fall to share this project with you...It's an old one I whipped up super quick for a birthday gift, in August.
 Cute Huh? It's an ice cream cone and a gift card holder! G's friend loves ice cream and chocolate in particular, so even though we didn't get her a gift certificate to the local ice cream place that we frequent, I did get her a cone. :) This is a file from and it goes together very easily. If you think you might have trouble, their website provides really good assembly videos. But the files themselves are always some of the best designs and easiest to cut and put together. They just work....
My "sprinkles"
Did you notice the cute sprinkles on top of the cone? And the shiny red cherry? I decided to break out one of my old supplies and used my Xyron to sticky both sides of the cherry so it would stick in place and so I could glitter the whole surface. It goes in once to coat the "back" then I send it through again to sticky the front while it's still on the paper. Then it super easy to coat with end up with a glittery sticker. I used my Martha Stewart collection of fine glitter. SO pretty, I am sure you'll see more of it this fall and winter.

After the cherry I decided to use the little bits form my slot hole punch to make sprinkles. It's one of those simple one hand punches. And it was full of old scrap pieces I always forget to empty out, so I just tipped it into the Xyron and crossed my fingers. What came out was a bit gooey and clummpy but hey, don't sprinkles always look like that? ;) I was pretty happy with the outcome and ran out the door since of course I made this last minute.

Next I'll catch up one some fall stuff....promise. :)

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