Decorated Halloween Branches

 I kept my Halloween decorations to a minimum this year since our house is currently on the market. Did I tell y’all that, by the way? Yes, the house went on the market! Anyway, as much as I love decorating for Halloween (and fall in general), I kept it minimal for staging purposes. I hate my house being staged. It doesn’t feel like my house.

halloween branches with paper ornaments

But I did create this little vignette on my kitchen sideboard.
The weather here in SC has been gorgeous! I sent the boys into the woods in our back yard and asked them to find me some big branches. Of course this was not a difficult task for them! They love collecting sticks!

I spray painted the branches with some black spray paint I had in the garage.

During the process of turning and drying each side, I made the “ornaments.” I already had made some of these rosettes for a holiday craft party I had for the neighbors. I used Stampin Up designer series paper, punches and the Designer Rosette Bigz Cutting Die to create the accordion folded rosettes. (order rosette die here) I basically layered the different pieces using the coordinating papers from Stampin Up. (They make it so easy!)

halloween rosette howlstooth scaringbone stampin up

I used Howlstooth and Scaringbone designer series paper for these two. I LOVE this paper! It is darling for Fall and halloween, but can also be used any time of the year! You can order it here.

halloween rosette howlstooth scaringbone stampin up

  These next two are made from Stampin Up’s Wicked Fun designer series paper, which, by the way, is on clearance for an excellent deal! Order it here.stampin up wicked fun halloween rosette

This ornament also uses the Lifestyle Crafts Lattice Doily cutting die.

lifestyle craft delicate doily die cut halloween ornament

I also used this skeleton cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts Tricks ‘n Treats collection.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

Once I started assembling it, I realized that it would be a great activity for the boys!

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

So I cut two more sets and told them to see if they could build a skeleton.

I let them do it on their own first and I was pretty surprised at how well they did! But then I let them use mine as a model to glue their pieces to the paper.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

My skeleton got some ribbon and some distressing and was hung on my tree with the rosettes.

lifestyle crafts skeleton cutting die

And here are all the “ornaments” all together on the branches.

halloween branches with paper ornaments

My little corner of Halloween!

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Easy As Pie Gift Box

I wanted to share with you these cute little “Easy as Pie” boxes I made as a make and take a few months ago.

The box was cut using Lifestyle Crafts’ dessert box die cut. You use the die to cut the paper of your choice. I used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! designer series papers, Summer Smooches {order here}, with coordinating card stock {order here}. The die cut will also create perforated edges which you will fold. Then you just glue the sides together to create the top and bottom pieces of your box! Easy as pie!

To decorate the tops of my box, I used Stampin’ Ups Summer Smooches fabric {order here}. In case you didn’t know, Stampin’ Up! has adorable coordinating fabrics for most of their designer series papers. You get three coordinating fabrics in a set for only $9.95. Check them out here.
Anyway, I used the Fun Flowers die to cut paper and fabric flowers {order die here}. I layered the flowers so that the petals were staggered, added a smaller punched flower and used a coordinating brad {order here} to attach them.

I made little tags for each box and stamped “sweet treats” on each tag. This stamp came from a set called Teeny Tiny Wishes. It has just about every greeting you can think of {order here}. I tied a simple ribbon to each tag and looped it around the brad.

I ended up using some ink to distress the edges of my boxes. I just think it adds a little something extra and always makes it look better.

I love this dessert box die cut! Check out more ideas for Lifestyle Crafts die cuts on their blog and Pinterest page.

Adorable Treat Caddy for Movie Night

The boys absolutely love when I announce, “Tonight is movie night!” They run get the blanket, spread it out on the floor and claim their spot.
Typical movie night consists of pizza dinner in front of the TV. However, Lifestyle Crafts recently sent me this adorable treat carrier die cut, so I decided to surprise the boys with a special movie night treat.

circus snack treat carrier

Isn’t this treat caddy adorable?! Where did I get it? It’s a Lifestyle Crafts cutting die.
Lifestyle Crafts recently released their Fall Core Collection 2012 dies. Check them out. . .

I immediately had my eye on the treat carrier and the tickets and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.
I started with this stuff. The circus paper I’ve had. I think I found it at Michaels. I grabbed some coordinating paper and one of my popcorn boxes.

circus paper

Making the treat carrier was pretty easy.
If you don’t have and/or are not familiar with a die cut tool,  you NEED one! These things are so useful! This is the handle piece of the box. You need to cut two.

You simply layer the cutting mat, paper, die cut and another mat on top and run it through the tool.

You do the same with the box edge die, also cutting two.

And the banner.

When it’s all done, you will have several pieces that look like this.

The die not only cuts the paper, but it also perforates areas that are to be folded. Once folded, your pieces will look like this.

lifestyle crafts treat carrier die

Now it’s time to put it together. The next few steps are not the “correct” way to assemble these boxes. I realized this after I had done some gluing. But it still worked fine.
I used double-sided tape to attache the two handles with the “feet” pointing outward.

Next I lined the inside flaps of the edge pieces with glue. I LOVE this two-way glue. It’s super sticky and works great for cardstock projects like this.

Glue these edges under the “feet” of the handle pieces. (Here is where I noticed that before adhering the two handle pieces, I should have tucked the back edge flaps of this piece inside. I ended up just attaching them to the outside of the handle piece. No biggie, you won’t be able to see it since it will be filled with snacks).

lifestyle crafts treat carrier die

Then I added the banner.

lifestyle crafts treat carrier

Now to fill the box!
I was thrilled that my popcorn boxes fit perfectly in this little caddy! I used the design on the backside of the circus paper to decorate face of the box. Then added a coordinating strip and stamped “popcorn” on white cardstock. I also used the same stripe cardstock to cover a juice box.

popcorn box

I had an idea for the tickets as well. Same process using the ticket die cut.

lifestyle crafts ticket die

Jackson has been really into reading (or attempting to read) lately. So I thought it would be fun to let him read this. . .

ticket die cut

Of course he needed some help, he’s only 4! But he loves trying to read! 🙂
Then end result. . .

circus snack treat carrier

A fun movie night at home with happy kids and yummy snacks!

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies, including the new Fall Core Collection. And if you need some ideas, check out their blog.


Lifestyle Crafts It Kits & Alphabets

Today Lifestyle Crafts released its newest line the It Kits Dies. The It kits are core collection products (meaning they will be around for a while) and the kits are great for someone just starting out not only because each kit offers a variety, but because they also come with the digital files which lets you cut It Kits shapes on your digital die cutting machine as well as your manual die cutting machine. You can’t get any better than that!

lifestyle crafts label it kit

I used the Label It Kit and the Edge It Kit dies to create a couple projects I want to share.

Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit Dies

Aren’t these great?! The Label It Kit has just about every size and shape label you can think of! And the Edge It Kit dies are so much easier than punching borders!
I’ll start with the “Thank You” card. I started the card with some basic shapes using Stampin Up! paper. Then I added a border to the bottom using the last border pictured in the Edge It Kit.

Lifestyle crafts it kits

Next I used this Label It die along with an oval that fit inside. This would serve as the backdrop for the words.

The words were cut using Lifestyle Crafts brand new 4×4 alphabet dies for the letters.
For this project I used the Parade font die.
I also got the Sugar Cookie font which I think is darling! I’ll share that project soon!
This is the first time I’ve used a die to cut letters and I love the way they turned out.
lifestyle craft label it kit parade alphabet
I also made a cute little clip inspired by a stamp I found at Michael’s for only $1. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed the little dollar bin full of stamps and inks, but I can’t stay away from them!
I found this adorable “You are my Sunshine” stamp and thought it would work perfectly with this sun-shape from the Label It Kit. I inked only the words in Melon Mambo from Stampin’ Up! and Daffodil Delight for the sunshine. Then I cut the sun out and attached it to  the Label It cut out.
Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit Dies
I attached the label to a clothes pin, clipped it to a tin bucket ($1 from the Dollar Spot at Target) and tied a ribbon around the bucket.
I thought this would be a cute gift and you could put some little summer items inside the bucket!
Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit Dies
Lastly, I used the Label It Kit to decorate some lolly pops. I used the sunshine cut-out along with a circle that fits inside and a small tag.
And also this vintage-like label. It reminds me of a Krispy Kreme sign!
Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit Dies
This was very simple! I just layered the labels, stamped the words and attached the decor to the lollipops.
I tied two coordinating ribbons around the sticks for a little added flare.
Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit Dies
And there you have it! Three cute and easy projects using Lifestyle Crafts new It Kits dies! Be sure to stop by the Lifestyle Crafts blog for more ideas using these great new dies!