Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces Trophy Cups

It’s September, and you all know what that means, right? The season of Halloween crafting is officially here! Time for creepy crawlies, and ghosties, and goblins… and all things pumpkin. So today I’m kicking off my very favorite time of year with a too-cute-to-spook party favor home decor project, made with Idea-ology findings from the master of Halloween, Tim Holtz.

I recently heard a rumor that Tuesday Mornings was stocking some of the older Tim Holtz Halloween goodies, so when the opportunity presented itself the other day, I stopped in for a quick peek. I wasn’t lucky enough to score any Halloween loot, but I did snag up a package of these awesome trophy cups for only .99 cents. Perfect for the adorable pumpkin pieces I still had in my stash from last year.

The trophy cups are a shiny silver color straight out of the package, but are quickly altered with a bit of alcohol ink. I used three colors of alcohol ink, caramel, rust, and mushroom to create that old-world tarnished patina you see here. The aging is instant, and almost magical…just keep dabbing until you get the perfect shabby finish.

I added a bit of brown Distress crayon to the ridges of the pumpkins, and then sprinkled the tops with sparkly Distress glitter. I picked up that moss in the mountains the last time I was home in California. Absolutely love the bright lime green of it. To secure the moss and pumpkins in the cups, I crumbled green florist’s foam into the bottom of the trophies, and then filled them up to the top with Glossy Accents before adding the moss, and finally, the pumpkins.

The tiny tags are from Tim’s Gift Tags die set, die cut from Mixed Media Heavystock paper and watercolored with Old Paper Distress Ink. Then a few spooky sentiments from the Halloween remnant rubs.

So how about you all? Are you getting into the spirit of fall and Halloween crafting yet? Or is it still firmly summer in your worlds?

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsTim Holtz Idea-ology PUMPKIN PIECES Findings TH93312Tim Holtz Idea-ology TROPHY CUPS TH93217Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Remnant Rubs TH93604Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - CaramelRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - RustRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - MushroomRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Old PaperRanger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon VINTAGE PHOTO TDB49678Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator ToolRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ounces




Let Freedom Ring with Photo Play Paper

It’s 4th of July week for us here in the States.  A time for picnics and barbecues, fireworks and family, and all things red, white, and blue.

You all know by now that I am a big fan of all the holidays, and rarely let one go by without a little seasonal home decorating. Today I wanted to share one of my DIY home decor projects with you, 3D paper firecrackers. And if you are on Photo Play Paper’s email list, you would have received all the how-to’s for constructing these in your inbox last week. If not, keep reading for more details on that.

Photo Play’s Red, White, & Blue collection is perfect for creating that vintage Americana look that I love so well. I kept the vintage style going with a bit of ruffled crepe paper and lots of shabby brown ink around the edges. Reminds me of old paper ornaments and decorations from years gone by.

I am always happy to find projects that require very few supplies, and better yet, can be made from things you already have on hand.  These paper firecrackers are super simple, and that’s a big plus, too. And they are easy enough to make in bulk to dress up a holiday table or give away as party favors… even last minute as it is.

The key to these is strong adhesive! Score-tape or red-line tape, and lots of hot glue. If you missed out on the directions, and would like to give these a try, you can download the complete instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Any big holiday plans for the 4th?

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - Super Tape - Double Sided Tape Roll - 1/2 Inch x 6 yardsAmerican Crafts - Adhesives - Glue Gun - Sticky Thumb - Cordless Hot Glue Gun

White Crepe Paper
Hemp Twine
Wooden Chopsticks, Skewers, or Sticks
White Acrylic Paint

My Creative Time 67th Edition Release Week- Stitched Favor Box

Hi everyone! It’s sneak peek week over at My Creative Time for their 67th Edition Release, and I am so excited to be joining in on the fun with a special guest designer project. Today is the last day of peeks, and Emma is showcasing a new gift-packaging die called the Stitched Favor Box.

This new die makes the cutest little favor box, and you will love how easy they are to put together. Perfect for making in bulk for parties, weddings, or any special occasion. I love the shape to these, and they are a good size for any number of small treats and gifts.

These favor boxes are absolutely adorable on their own, or can easily be dressed up to match any theme or event. I added a bit of ribbon through the top slit of the box, and accented with a hand-stamped tag. That sweet rose is from the Jr. Rolled Flower Dies, and the tag is from the Fun Stitched Tag Dies…. both previously released sets from Emma’s collection. The sentiment is from the new Sea You Soon stamp and die set, available tomorrow. The paper is from an older collection from Authentique called Harmony.

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma is giving away a free set of today’s new products to one lucky commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment here, then pop over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the rest of the team has for you. Emma will announce today’s winner on the MCT blog tomorrow. Remember, as always, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below for your convenience:

My Creative Time: Stitched Favor Box Die (available on the MCT website 5/18)
My Creative Time: Fun Stitched Tag Dies
My Creative Time: Jr. Rolled Flower Dies

Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round


Ribbon: Stampin’Up Real Red Stitched Grosgrain

Celebrations with Epiphany Crafts

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday~

It is celebrations week on the Epiphany Crafts blog!


And we all know that a celebration means a party, right? And every party needs a few party favors.


With New Year’s so recently passed, I couldn’t help but think about adding noise-makers to my party set. Not sure I’d want these at every party, but they are fun, and are easy to alter to fit any celebration theme.


I wrapped the noise-maker in a paper doily, and tied the top with pretty ribbons. Dressed up the tie with some of my new Sizzix dies and a fun flower I made with Epiphany’s Pennant 25 Shape Studio Tool.


Of course a good party favor should include some chocolate, so I made a coordinating sweet treat cello bag. I think this looks like a party I would like to go to!


For more information on my celebration party favors, please visit the Epiphany Crafts blog. And thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Hope you all have a wonderful day!