I can't believe it's time for another blog hop by the official Stampin' Up! 2013-14 Artisan Design Team. This week the team members are creating projects from a new box of goodies we received from SU to use on our Artisan Wednesday WOW September projects. Several of our supplies centered around a Halloween theme, so I decided to focus on what I could create with only a few items.
Life is really busy for almost everyone I know, so I wanted to come up with a fast and easy way to pull together a Halloween bash on a budget. For my first project I made Halloween treat party favors by covering recycled cans with Witches' Brew DSP (#132185). (NOTE: Use a safety can opener so there are no sharp edges.) I could have made rosettes from DSP but it was much faster and easier to use the ones that come with the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (#132698). One thing to be aware of is that the rosettes have a finished size of about 4" wide, so I cut them in half lengthwise. That way I was able to get two smaller ones (about 2" wide) from one larger one. I love it when I am able to stretch my supplies! There are also some really cute sentiments on one of the sheets of dsp, so I just punched them out with a 1-1/4" Circle Punch and layered them with more DSP. That's right...there isn't any stamping on this project. I also did quite a bit of sponging with Baked Brown Sugar ink on all of the edges to give everything a more vintage look.
I used a Crop-a-dile hole punch to create small holes for the handles. I used a soft wire (sorry, but I am not sure what gauge) and wrapped it around a dowel rod to create more interest. I also tied on some Basic Black/Basic Gray 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon that comes with the banner kit. I only used short lengths of ribbon so that I would have enough to decorate eight cans. I think they look a little like bats. For a finishing touch I filled the cans with treats and stuffed the top with some black gift tissue paper.
For my second project I made a quick and easy bunting using more of the Witches' Brew DSP. I cut three triangles with the Perfect Pennants die from chip board to use as patterns. I traced the triangles onto the dsp so that I was able to select the designs for each piece. This also enabled me to cut more pieces and minimize waste. Once all the pieces were cut by hand, I erased any visible pencil marks, sponged the edges with Baked Brown Sugar ink and stitched everything together using my sewing machine. This is a fun and fast way to create large amounts of bunting.
When it is all said and done you can create eight favors and several feet of bunting for around $20. You just need to throw in some recycled cans, wire, and basic stamping supplies. Overall I think this is a great DYI Halloween bash on the cheap and it only took me a few hours to pull everything together! There are even quite a few pieces left over from the banner kit that you can use to create even more adorable projects. You can pick up everything you need right here in my online store.
I have been experiencing a ton of computer-related issues over the past several days, so I don't have a video for you. Both of these projects are fairly straight-forward, but if you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will try to get back to you with an answer. Be sure to head on over to see what Erica Cerwin and the rest of the Artisan Design Team have in store for you!
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