Upgrading a Halloween Towel with Grosgrain Ribbon

 

Halloween Party

I love all things Halloween almost as much as I love ribbon. I have long had a love affair with ribbon and I am so happy to be creating this project with Gwen Studios Grosgrain ribbon. They were generous enough to send me some samples of their ribbon line and as soon as I saw this black grosgrain I knew I had to make something Halloween. 

Halloween Towel

I found this set of Halloween towels a couple of years ago and of course I had to buy them! Flamingos and Halloween? Yes, please! They were pretty plain though, so they were in dire need of an upgrade. I grabbed my ribbon from Gwen Studios and my glue gun and got started. 


project prep

These were not the best quality towels I have ever picked up, so the edges were not exactly what I would call square. Which was making the OCD in me nuts. So in order to get the ribbon loops even across the bottom, I taped the towel down on my mat to keep it in place. 

Grosgrain trim

I cut 4" pieces of the 3/8" Black Grosgrain ribbon and pinned them in place.  I lined them up on the same line on my mat so they would be even across the bottom even though the towel was not.  I sewed them in place with two lines of straight stitching, about an 1/8" apart. 
 
Ribbon spider web

 Next up was a cute spider web in the corner. I used my glue gun to adhere the pieces of ribbon here and added some fray check to the ends of the ribbon. 

Grosgrain bows

To finish up I made small bows with the same black grosgrain and used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the towel. I love how it came out! 

HAlloween towel
Super cute and super easy. My kind of project. I can't wait to start decorating for Halloween. 





 













Back To School Supply Bucket

 

Back to School Bucket

It's back to school time- which is unbelievable to me- and my sweet princess is ready to learn. Of course, I love to buy school supplies and snacks so I was happy to make this super cute bucket for her to take to school.
 
Laura Kelly give away
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Amazing foil

We had a lot of fun learning how to use the Foil Transfer Sheets and Toner Sheets. This photo is a little blurry but look at her face! She was amazed when she pulled that foil sheet off to reveal the transfer. I love sharing my crafting time with this sweet girl. 

Love note

I used the Wacky Waves Toner Sheets and the Denim Jeans Blue Foil Transfer Sheets for this project. After running the toner sheet and foil transfer sheet through the laminator I trimmed the sheet to size and adhered to my card base.  I pulled out some paper and embellishments from Doddlebug Designs to trim the card, The Stamped Sentiment is from Laura's new Me and My Peep's Stamp Set. I added some ribbon and some faux stitching to finish up. 

Back to School Love

On the back of the card I stamped balloons using Laura's stamp set and added a note for my sweet princess. How cute is that little Doodlebug sticker?! 

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Halloween Fun with Dreaming Tree

 

Halloween Fun
I was recently given the chance to work with cut files from The Dreaming Tree and I had quite a bit of fun with them. These Halloween party favors are so fun! The team over at DCC Designer Crafts Connection had a great time making some amazing projects using The Dreaming Tree files. 


Be sure to hop over to the DCC Blog and check out the amazing projects that we all made. 
 
Sorting Layers
I have never worked with files from The Dreaming Tree before so I was excited to check them out. I liked almost everything about the files. They were well put together, sized correctly so assembly was a breeze, and wonderful instructions. Each project comes with a sheet showing all the components/layers of the project along with their cut size. This was pretty cool. 
 
 I started by cutting all the pieces for my projects and sorting them on the corresponding menu sheet. It was pretty handy being able to check off the pieces to make sure I had them all cut. 

Glueing Layers Together

I inked each layer and glued pieces together where needed. I recently ordered these mini bottles of glue from Scrapbook.com when they were on sale. I loved the small size and tiny tip for gluing itty bitty pieces together. I also added foam tape to all the layers where called for.  

Halloween Party Favors

I love how these turned out! The pumpkin favor is my favorite of the ones I assembled.  I loved the look of the Candy Corn Witch too, but it didn't hold a lot, so that was a drawback.

Pumpkin Treat Box

 I know a certain princess that is going to be getting these for her class party this year! Super cute!

Witch Party Favor


Candy Corn Box

I loved this one too, but I kept trying to pick it up by the hat part, which would just pull the top off. I am certain that 2nd graders will do the same thing! Plus they only held a few pieces of candy, and I like to add small toys in her treat boxes, so I think the pumpkin bag is going to be my pick.

My new helper

Here's a look at my new studio helper. So far she isn't much help but she sure is cute! Her name is Aoiff (pronounced EE-fa), she is 9 months old, and she came to us in April as a foster. Her adoption was recently finalized so I can finally share photos of her. She is such a cutie! She has been so much fun to see settle in. She and Fiona are getting along beautifully.

Dreaming Tree
If you are a fan of cut files, be sure to check out Dreaming Tree
They have some beautiful files and lots of freebies! 

Silhouette Files
The one thing I did not like is that each layer came in an individual file. So for each project I had to open multiple files in Silhouette Studio. I then cut and pasted each layer into the same file so it would be easier for me to work with. 
 
Color Coordination
 
Since I was cutting multiple projects at once I moved all the cuts of each color onto one mat in Silhouette Studio. This really saved a lot of paper and reduced my overall cutting time significantly. I had a really great time with these projects and I have a few more to do. 
 
Don't forget to hop over to the Designer Crafts blog to see all of the projects. They are beautiful! 




Potions Master Harry Potter theme Mixer

 

Harry Potter theme Mixer

This week over on the Team Creative Crafts blog they are having a Harry Potter themed linky party. I made this mixer for my daughter using StyleTech Craft adhesive vinyls. I love how it turned out! 

There is a great Harry Potter prize up for grabs too, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the deets on how to enter. 


I used StyleTechCraft™, Glossy and Luster for this project.
  • Silver Luster #885
  • Bright Green Luster #902
  • Black #499
This was such a simple design that putting each color on individually was just quicker and easier than layering them together first! Of course I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my vinyl. Check out the sale bundles available now.




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Fairy Mini Album

 

Fairy Album

How cute is this little Fairy Album?!?!?!  I have had this base album for quite some time, it's from Graphic 45. It's TINY! Like the cover is only 4x5 tiny! I've been trying to decide what to do with it and I decided I would use it to make a photo album for my princess. She is currently with us for 2 weeks for Mimi's Summer Camp 2021. We are having a great time!

 

Designer Crafts Cnnection

Over at Designer Crafts Connection we all received an amazing assortment of of product from Gwen Studios ribbons. Y'all know I am a ribbon crazy crafter and I was so excited to get that box! Their products are available at Wal-Mart so be sure to check them out next time you are there. 

 

Ribbon Pile

I pulled a variety of ribbons from the assortment and cut multiple pieces from each roll to 6 inches long. Trim the ends of the ribbons- I alternated between a notch and straight cut on a slant. Seal the ribbon ends to prevent fraying if that bothers you. 


Layer the ribbons, alternating styles, widths, and textures. I like to just put the in a pile where the cross somewhere near the middle. I - LOVE- pom pom trim! I always add a piece or two at the top of the pile.

 

Cut a narrow piece of ribbon about 10" long and tie all the ribbons together tightly. I like the knot to the back of the pile, but the front is good too. 


I used a low temp glue gun to adhere the ribbon bundle to the spine of the mini album. It's placed a little off center towards the top of the album  so the bottom of the bundle sits just about even with the bottom of the album. 


This is one of my very favorite ways to dress up the spine of a mini album. There are so many possibilities with this technique. I hope you give it a try! 


Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog and check out 

all the amazing projects that were made for the hop.