Monday, October 31, 2011

3 Birds on Parade Winner!

Trick Or Treat!
Winner!
Thanks for ringing my "bell"

I had such a wonderful time reading your stories, some were just funny, some were silly, and many of them were touching stories of handmade costumes and good memories! Thank you so much for sharing, I laughed, and giggled {sometimes snorting} and smiled  so much my face hurt! I LOVE LOVE giving away prizes, its fun for me to give you a gift, but even better is what I get in return! Imagine my surprise and joy when this giveaway winner turned out to be a faithful blog follower and friend:

BloggerCourt said...
Trick or treat! Yay for this treat! My favorite costume was the one my mom dressed me up in when I was 3... A strawberry! I am a redhead and it was Just so cute (if I do say so myself)! Thank you SO much for the chance to win this!

YAY!!!! Congratulations! Happy Halloween!!!  :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Candy Corn Cones Tutorial

This Fall give treats and trinkets in one of these adorable Candy Corn Cones! Whether you love those sugary triple colored triangles or dislike them, these Candy Corn Cones are sure to be welcomed and kept for years to come.......Hmmmm......just like the real thing! LOL


You will start with a paper mache' cone of any size, keep in mind the bigger they are the more you can stuff inside them! these are 15" tall. I picked them up at Michael's in the Holiday section for 1.79 each. Measure about 3" from tip of cone and draw a light pencil line all the way around. Now repeat this process on the open end or "mouth" of the cone measure 3.5 or 4" depending on how wide you want your yellow area to be. Generally the orange portion will be the largest {just like the real thing}!

Using a foam brush and craft paint apply 2 coats of white paint to the pointy section of the cone, allow to dry completely. Then apply 2 coats of yellow paint to mouth of cone, again allowing to dry. Craft paint usually dries quickly, so if you are impatient....like me....you won't have to wait very long!

Now clean your brush and dry it, or get a new one and paint your orange area, overlapping the paint just slightly to insure all pencil lines are covered thoroughly. I personally did not mind a wee bit of the natural color of the cones to bleed through, I like a vintage look. But if that's not your cup of tea you can paint a third coat, or use a primer at the beginning of the process...its your project, so do whatever feels right to you!


All of my paint is dry {including the paint on my fingers} I'm a messy painter!  Are you ready to be scared? Yep now I get to play with tools! No worries Im failrly handy and mostly just a danger to myself.....no fingers were harmed in the making of this tutorial...... For best results use a heavy duty hole punch like the cropodile to make 2 holes one each on opposite sides of cone.


To add a decorative touch as well as adding strength and stability to the punched hole I chose antique brass eyelets. {not the teeny weeny size, a larger is the way to go} here I have used the 5/16 size.


Cut about 12" of sturdy but pliable wire. I used a black painted wire I found in the jewelry department of my craft store......but its so thick I can't imagine using it for jewelry!!! A pair of wire cutting pliers will snip the wire like buttah!


Twist ends together {wire coat hanger style} be sure to twist and squeeze the very end to make sure no sharp edges will poke anyone! {reminder this is NOT appropriate for a small child's toy}...I know it looks like a fun hat...but please do not try to wear it! LOL


So this is what you should have when they are finished.....oh yeah! Now for the fun stuff it's time to fill them up with something yummy!


A custom fall crunch mix is always a big hit....and so good! This is a simple mix of toffee butter popcorn, candy corn {how could I NOT put it in the mix?} :)  and chocolate and yogurt covered peanuts and raisins....try M&M's coated pretzels, etc...have fun with it!


Bag up your mix in clear bags and tie them up with pretty fall hued ribbons, and unforgettable treat you can make and share this Fall, or all year round, just change the colors for a different theme! Try a princess cone, or upside down party hat, or for the boys a "dragons tail"

As always happy creating!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!


Trick Or Treat
Giveaway!!!


I thought it would be fun to play a game of Trick or Treat blog style! So this is how it works...you ring my doorbell {follow my blog or subscribe to my email feeds} and say "Trick or Treat" by leaving a comment on this post telling me "what was your favorite Halloween costume?" And I will announce a winner of this super cute Cricut Cartridge on Halloween{ Oct 31 2011} at 11:59 PM

No Tricks!!!  Now that's a treat! :) 


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scary Movie Party For Halloween

Looking for a fun party theme this Halloween? Skip the costume party and throw a scary movie party instead! This is the perfect time of year to watch those creepy crawly zombie films that both terrify and thrill! We throw such a party every October, here are some of our ideas, decor and treats!

What is a movie without popcorn? We pop it up fresh and hot and serve it in mini cauldrons! Of course add a few cobwebs help to create a little more macabre scenery!

 Movie sized candies are dressed up for the event with papers from Martha Stewart and sinister treat bags. Have a nice variety for the gang to choose from, just like the theatre!

 These fabulous tubes from SRM stickers are one of my all time favorite ways to present goodies {ghostly and otherwise} Here I have filled them with mini oreos and peanut butter cookies! We named them vermin vertebrae! EEEEKKKK!


The tags were cut with the Cricut E2 using a child's year cartridge, white layered onto black, and stamped with the new Stampin'Up! "It's a wrap holidays" stamp set. The super cool fabric brads are Martha Stewart.


In addition to Pizza and the girls beloved Ramune drinks from Japan {world market} these murderous cupcakes were a big hit! Really easy to make too! Start by piping a generous amount of red buttercream into the center of the cupcake with a piping bag and round tip.
The Ice the cupcake with white buttercream, and spread a puddle of "blood" {red gel icing} and place candy knife by Wilton into puddle. Add drops of blood one at a time. Place on a try and watch the crowd go wild! :)

 
My favorite quick and easy buttercream recipe is from Wilton and can be found in all of their cake decorating books, I do add a touch of butter flavoring and use a really good quality vanilla for the best flavor!


Make your own despicable doilies with your Cricut! They are fast and super easy, just cut image using fit to page for the largest and size down as needed to cover your trays, platters, and coasters!

I picked up these Martha Stewart skulls at the craft store not really knowing what I was going to use them for. I ended up making these "spirit sticks" to ward off evil spirits! I drilled a hole in the bottom of each one, and inserted a black dowel. Tie several ribbons at base of skull, and add bells {to scare away the spooks} and pom poms for fun!

 The teenage girls were shaking the sticks all through the movie! That was so funny! I really wondered if they were maybe a little too old for wands even if they were creepy...turns out you are never too old for a wand! :)



Re purpose your candle lamps and large vases by adding rocks, moss and spiders!





A pretty birdcage is altered to house loose bones and a skull...the effect is quite scary!


If blood pooling on a cupcake is not your style, try simple paper picks!

Add liquid food color to the center of a caramel apple to look like its bleeding from the puncture of the stick, red for vampires, and green or blue for zombies! Easy, fun, and a total twist on the classic Halloween party!

You still have time to try some of these haunting holiday ideas....creepy creating yall'!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Cricut cartridge release!

 If you ask any Cricut fan, they will tell you that without a doubt, Hello Thursday is the best day of the month! What is Hello Thursday? That is the day that Provocraft reveals the upcoming cartridges being released! Now I have to say that having the pleasure of working with a selection of these cartridges is nothing short of wonderful! Its exciting to design a few projects to share with you and get the release party started! To see all of the amazing cartridges and all of the un.believe.able. projects the team put together this month please visit the official Cricut blog! That is THE blog to visit for all the Cricut news!

 One of the cartridges I got to work with is Santa's village, its an Imagine art cartridge filled with nostalgic images and a full array of papers! Wow what a fabulous cartridge, this will make you want an Imagine if you don't already have one! Sure to be an all time favorite!!

This 3D treat box was a snap to whip up, let the Crciut Imagine print and cut it and you assemble, fill, and embellish! That's what I call user friendly! I personally love the vintage and classic look of the art images on this cartridge! 

 I added a generous dash of glitter to the snow topped box, and there is a whole page of tags to print and cut! What a great tool for your gift wrapping this Holiday season!

 This card was made using the new Cricut stencil sampler! This cartridge is great for everything from home decorating to card making! The fact that you can make your own stencils in any size you need it really gets my brain buzzing with ideas!

 I used a small cut and stenciled onto watercolor paper with inks, but I would love to see this as a large stencil on a wall with a welcome greeting above it!......may give that a try! :)

 For a friend that is "all that and a bag of chips"

The new fast food lite cartridge really filled a void in the cartridge world! All of us have a love affair with everyday food items like hot dogs, and soda...you know you do..admit it!!! :) so how great to have the images to add to scrappy pages and fun cards like this one! I know this will bring a smile, and sometimes that's the greatest part of being a paper girl...giving a smile to a friend! :)


Small groupings of chunky glitter take on the appearance of sea salt, can you tell I had fun with this one? *giggle*
I hope you are as excited as I am about this months cartridge release! Did you pop over and look at them all? which one is your favorite?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

The simple pumpkin, in all of it's bumpy ribbed perfection. A sure sign that fall has arrived, the pumpkin patch ablaze in vivid shades of orange calls us to come choose our family jack-o-lantern.

We decorate them, we decorate with them. Pumpkins, gourds and squash are gorgeous. They are the icon of Autumn, what better speaks for fall than a pumpkin pie?

Pile them up on your front porch, carve a jack-o-lantern, or bake a batch of pumpkin muffins! Visit your supermarket or pumpkin patch today and stock up!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Owl-Oween

For the first time in a few weeks I had the chance to play along with the Mojo monday sketch, and I had so much fun! I had almost forgotten how much I love working with the Mojo sketch!

This super adorable "owl-oween" hooter is from the Out on a limb stamp set by Stampin'Up! and the "to Die For" papers are from My Minds eye and are call Mischievous...fabulous prints and slightly distressed colors! *swoon*  The teeny clip was painted with a black marker, and the crochet ribbon was dyed with reinker.

A double helping of scallop rectangles with a distressed layer sandwiched between them makes a cozy perch for this too cute to spook owl and branch. and the tag is a cherished leftover from my days of designing children's clothing.

Love to embellish the inside of my cards with the papers I used on the card design, this is the perfect way to use up the scraps! If you need a jump start for your mojo, give this sketch a try! and as always happy haunting ....ahem I mean creating! :)

                                             
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