Friday, September 19, 2008

Punches and paper

Today I wanted to show you two Halloween items I made recently using absolutely no stamps. Now, you know I still love my stamps, but sometimes you can make really cute stuff and never even reach for ink.

The first item is a 2-4-6-8 box made to look like a monster mummy (it's not a real mummy because her skin, peeking our from beneath the bandages, is green). Anyway, the inspiration for the box was a card front I received in a swap at last year's Convention. I love the card front, so I just translated it to a treat box. The only problem was that when I used the 1" and 3/4" punches to create the largest eye layers, the 1" punch was just too big, so I had to cut it down freehand after I attached the "white." To keep the box closed at the top I added a bit of narrow basic black grosgrain, which also made the mummy look like a girl with a bow. Cute.

The candle next to the treat bag could not have been simpler. It's a large tea light candle (about 2 inches in diameter). I found these at Big Lots last before Christmas and they just happen to be old olive in color. So I just grabbed one and wrapped the outside edge with some Ghostly Greetings designer series paper and slipped it into a glass large tea light candle holder I found at Ikea. Super easy way to add a touch of Halloween to any room in you home!

And, of course, you can use the large tea light candles for any occasion. Here is a photo of one that I decorated for a craft show last year to serve as a quick Christmas gift.


Lisa said...

These are SO cute! That mummy - what a crack up! LOL I'd say that mummies might be some sort of shade of green, after all those years and years of mumification! LOL

Gotta love the Big Lots... nuthin' like the Big Lots for awesome deals. Like a box o' chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get when you walk into one! LOL

Ellen aka Chipper (SCS) said...

Oh, cute! Cute! Cute! I'm so glad that I stumbled onto your site. I've got some pumpkin scented tea candles and I was totally stumped as to what I should do with them!!! You are such a clever person. I'll be visiting your blog more often.