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We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn

Acorn

It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.

Acorn


Candy Corn Box No 1


Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.

Gorgeous!

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I think Fall is gorgeous! I love how God paints the landscape with new, delicious colors! The squirrels are so cute prepping for winter. I love donning cozy jeans and long sleeves. And who can resist crunching of leaves under foot?! I'm drinking it all in!

I'm embarking on the season with The Cutting Cafe. Using TCC's Halloween & Fall Milk Carton template I am hoping to pour fall out for you! I could not stop making these milk cartons. They are simple to assemble and way too fun to decorate.

You will see that I shrunk the pattern to make one smaller version. Using my Pazzles software, I altered the window cut outs as a guide for making smaller cuts used to embellish the cartons. I used the Welcome Fall printable stamp set for other decor. The file only comes in black and white. However, I used adobe illustrator to color the images to my liking.

I filled the cartons with candy corn using an organza or plastic bag. Some cartons have "windows" enclosed with clear card stock on the inside. Some of the cartons have a coordinating paper enclosing the window. The smaller carton has an open window, using an organza bag to hold the candy in place. I have two of these pretties for sale at this link.

Bagging the Candy Corn

Bagging the Candy Corn

Clear Card Stock, Organza Bag

Clear Card Stock, Organza Bag

Open Window

Open Window

Clear Card Stock Window

Clear Card Stock Window

Fall Beauties

Fall Beauties

Enjoy this video showing all sides of each milk carton. Enjoy fall.

I do believe that the heat has finally broken in MN. We are experiencing a number of beautifully, cooler days. The Maple trees on my boulevard have already begun to change color. My sidewalk is covered with plenty of helicopter seeds for the squirrels to collect.

Hello Fall

Hello Fall

The Cutting Cafe Blog has a lovely digital fall card set to help ease you in to the cool, fall weather. Be sure to hop over to the website to see more ideas on how to use the fall cards.

I chose to print the card files from The Cutting Cafe on colored card stock. Then I printed digital fairy stamps from A Day for Daisies on white card stock. I printed several copies of the fairies so I could layer some of the elements. I hand colored the fairies with colored pencils. For my first time, I used a little Flower Soft on the fairy's wings and one flower.

Files Used in this Project:
The Cutting Cafe

Autumn Sentiment Card Frames
A Day for Daisies
Bitsy Bug Dot
Growing a Flower

Bitsy Bug Dot

Bitsy Bug Dot

Growing A Flower

Growing A Flower

Here is a close up showing the layers and Flower Soft on the wings.

Delicate Wings

Delicate Wings


Maiden Fair

Maiden Fair

I am decorating my Thanksgiving table with Pazzles’ Vinyl. This was my very first attempt to cut vinyl. I do not know what I had been afraid of. It is so easy.

I started with the “Give Thanks” phrase from the Craft Room Library to decorate a vase for a centerpiece.

Cutting The Vinyl

Cutting The Vinyl


I was working with small pieces, so I did not use the transfer tape to move the vinyl on to the vase. I did however, print out the image, tape it to the inside of the glass vase and use that as a guide to lay down the layers of vinyl.
My Printed Guide

My Printed Guide


Adhering the Vinyl in Place.

Adhering the Vinyl in Place.


Here is the vase as it stands alone. You will see that I added a candle holder topped with an electric tea light and filled with seasonal ribbon. I also cut a "mat" for under the vase.
Vase

Vase

The other two pieces for the table are a utensil holder (or pocket) and the wine glasses. I added the maple leaf to tie all the pieces together—as you will see it on each piece. You might choose to put your napkin inside the pocket. I used decorative paper.

I think the table looks lovely. Now I only need to make 20 more utensil pockets!! Happy Thanksgiving.

Full Table

Full Table

Here are the pieces individually.

Cat Admiring the Vase

Cat Admiring the Vase


Utensil Pocket

Utensil Pocket


Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses


Companions

Companions

Supplies
Paper: Core’dinations basic and canvas textures
Pazzles’ Vinyl: Dark Brown, Dark Green, Dark Red (from Jewels), Light Tan (from Neutrals)
Ribbon, Candle Holder and Tealights from a dollar store
Cut Files are all from Pazzles:
“Give Thanks” Phrase
Thanksgiving Utensil Pocket
Swirled Maple Leaf
Bottom Doily, Edited Lace

I have been trying some new things with my Pazzles InVue personal cutter. I have been cutting vinyl and using the pen tool before cutting. All the the cuts are files from the Pazzles' Craft Room. I hope you like what I have created.

A Jar with Vinyl

A Jar with Vinyl

Lovely

Lovely

Very Pretty

Very Pretty

This is a delightful, but quick creation that you can make with your paper scraps and the assistance of your Pazzles Cutter as well as the Craft Room. The Craft Room Library is filled with many options, making your creation process a breeze.

I have seen a similar craft like this on Pinterest and have wanted to make one. You can vary it in many ways. I used a beautiful Pumpkin cutting file from the Craft Room. I dropped the leaves and vine. I wanted a 3 dimensional look, so I made an additional oval for the center. I used the center oval from the file and the outline tool to get the size I wanted. Here you can see the progression from the original cut file to the end pumpkin, with green representing the added layer.

breaking the pieces

breaking the pieces

To give the Pumpkins a little more life, I chalked them, added some twine and adhered them with 3D Foam Squares from therm-o-web.

Using Scraps Lends to Great Colors

Using Scraps Lends to Great Colors


Embellishing the Pumpkins

Embellishing the Pumpkins

The end result is lovely. I made two shadow boxes. If you are interested in purchasing one, I do have them available.

PUMPKINS

PUMPKINS

FALL

FALL

You can use leaves, acorns, even create a shadow box for another holiday in the same manner. The options are endless and you can find all shapes in the amazing Pazzles’ Craft Room. I have to make one with butterflies. My favorite!

Side View

Side View


Side View

Side View

I have entered this project into Creative Cutting Challenge : Halloween

Over at Pazzles the design team is making new out of old. For Project Rewind we were assigned to create a project using an existing Craft Room project as our guide.

Instead of rewinding, I want to help you un-wind! And although our world is very modern & sterile, we can still get a glimpse of nature and its simplicity. I really like how Michelle used the 3D bird cage to make these beautiful winter lanterns. I have taken the same 3D pattern and made a lantern for enjoying the summer evenings.

Michelle's Lanterns

Michelle's Lanterns


I chose a rustic color for my lantern and added brown inking to give it a rusted, weathered feel. Some parts of the paper did not cut all the way through. But that added to the look & feel of the lantern.
Rustic Lantern

Rustic Lantern

I found a darling firefly in the Pazzles’ Craft Room. I am kind of a perfectionist, so I interpreted the colors a bit differently. I used vellum for the wings.

Firefly

Firefly


I left the top off the original pattern (snow & holly on Michelle’s lantern) and replaced it with leaves that I found in the software library and white flowers that are made with a hand punch.
Top of Lantern

Top of Lantern


Full View

Full View

You could make a number of these to hang in your garden or porch. I have placed a tea light candle inside. However, you will want to use a battery operated candle! Remember to take a little time to relax this summer.

Some close-up shots:

Sweetness

Sweetness


A Peak at the Tea Light

A Peak at the Tea Light

Today is Day 3 of Polka Dotted Bliss' Cute & Spooky Birthday Blog Hop. Welcome to Krista's Paper Cafe! I am helping my scrappy friend Kimberly celebrate the 1-year Birthday of her Etsy Shop, Polka Dotted Bliss.
Kimberly has a spookalicious line-up of talented girls sharing polka-dot Halloween creations all week long on her blog! AND, she's giving away some blog candy each and every day this week. So make sure you stop in all this week, catch some inspiration and enter the giveaways! Scroll to the end of this post to see the goodies that both Kimberly and I are giving away today. To enter the giveaways, leave a comment here on my post AND head on over to Kimberly's blog here for a chance to win. **Giveaways Open to US residents only.

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If you want to follow along each day this week, first visit Kimberly's blog and then check her guest's blog for the day.
Day 1 Sunday, October 20 - Created by DonnaK
Day 2 Monday, October 21 - Karen's Crafty Creations
Day 3 Tuesday, October 22 - Krista's Paper Cafe (you are here)
Day 4 Wednesday, October 23 - Little HoneyBee Studios
Day 5 Thursday, October 24 - Scrap Your World
Day 6 Friday, October 25 - WhimsyPics
Day 7 Saturday, October 26 - Polka Dotted Bliss (PDB)

Let's play! Be sure to keep your eyes open for Kimberly's polka dots! She is crazy about polka dots! I made two teacups for you to enjoy your Halloween tea as you hop with us. I started with a cut file pattern from Pazzles for my Pazzles Inspirational Personal Paper Cutter. I did alter the original pattern to fit a style that I like. I added a saucer to the first cup. I also created a different handle.

I cut the base of the cup from shimmering black cardstock.

Base of Cup in Black

Base of Cup in Black

Because the way the cup is assembled, the inside is quite crude. I cut a second pass of the cup base from patterned paper. I reversed the folds so that the pattern side of the paper is on the inside and adhered it to the inside of the black base cup. I inked the top edge of the inside piece with black so that it would "blend" better. It was a tight squeeze. (I should play around with it and cut the inside a tad smaller.)

Inside "Lining" of Cup

Inside "Lining" of Cup

Next I chose to decorate the outside panels of the teacup with coordinating colors. I also inked those edges as the base paper is white. I do not like seeing that white edge.

Decorative Panels

Decorative Panels

Here she is! Beautiful!

Stunning Colors

Stunning Colors

A side view to show off the colors.

Fun stripes, purple, and spiders. Oh My!

Fun stripes, spiders and purple!

Now lets have a little fun! Of course I had Kimberly in mind when I designed the second tea cup! It's sWTICHy! But after all, Kimberly is a stylin' witch!
My Pazzles cutter tore the paper as it cut, but I think it adds to the decoration! I did not have to cut a inside for this cup as I used tissue paper to create the effect of a boiling cauldron!

hee hee!

A Spell Gone Awry!!

She is in there somewhere!

She is in there somewhere!

My Etsy Shop has been stocked with a fresh selection of items for Halloween and Fall. Come on in to Krista's Paper Cafe and have a look. If yoou do not see what you are looking for--or you want some Halloween Tea Cups--let me know!

Trick or Treat Time! Two Chances to Win!
Enjoy your afternoon tea and please leave a comment on my blog and Kimberly's blog for a chance to win one of these Halloween Treats!

Treats from Polka Dotted Bliss

Holiday Paper Stack from Polka Dotted Bliss


Treats from Krista's Paper Cafe

Stampin' Up Stamps from Krista's Paper Cafe

If you noticed, over at made with love (and paper) we took the summer off. Now we are trying to get a artistic selves back to crafting and posting. Can you believe that this October marks our 27th project?! Wow! Do join us.

For October our theme is a choice of Halloween or Wacky (or choose one or use both). We are required to use as many colors as you want but be sure to include purple, green, orange, and black.

I recently joined a facebook online craft group called The Craft Hole. Most times they play and sometimes they swap. Whether you choose to swap, you are welcome to play along on any project as a challenge. You can join us. I am combining my Love project with a challenge from that group.

Have you ever heard of a Tussie Mussie? I had not. Traditionally a TM is a very small bouquet of flowers that is worn as a brooch. It is kind of like a nosegay. It can also be larger in able to carry in the hand. In the picture below the person on your right is holding a tussie mussie. The craft group challenge is to make one out of paper or a toilet paper roll.
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While some can get pretty fancy, I made mine with paper. I up-cycled and advertisement I received in the mail. The ad is gorgeous. I could not throw it out. I think it was craftiness destiny! (This company has amazing ads!) I had everything else on stock. That is always a bonus!

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

I used these for my crafting!

Perfect for Crafting!

When I think about it, I guess you could say that I have made these before. For Christmas and Valentines. I just didn't know I was making a tussie mussie!

You can use your tussie mussie for flowers, candy or little gifts. I present to you made with love (and paper) meets craft challenge meets Halloween! I do hope you like it and would appreciate your comments below.

About 8 Inches tall.

About 8 Inches tall.

So fun!

So fun!

Add Flowers or . . .

Add Flowers or . . .

. . . candy

. . . candy

Wow! It has been a long summer. I hurt my back very badly in May. That totally changed our summer plans. I think not only am I ready, but the kids are ready to go back to school. Then they can see more of their friends and, even thought it is indeed school, they will have plenty to keep them busy.

My kids start on September 3 this year. So I have a little time to consider how to announce the first day. Last year I used a home made chalk board (see picture). I may just use that again. It can show how the kids are growing over the years. You can make one of these too. Easy-peasey. I used chalk board paint on cardboard.

Super Dad

Last Year's Photo

Today we do start our countdown. 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . I made this balloon caterpillar to countdown the days. At the end of each day we will pop one balloon, starting at the tail end. We will not pop the head. I thought it would be nice to end with a smiling face! (which is hard to see in the photo)

Isn't He Fun?!

Isn't He Fun?!

The day that my kids do return to school I will gift them with this fun bubble gum pencil! Another darling idea this year! The pencils with the darker, square gum are for my kids. We try to "stick" with Glee Gum. No chemicals and such. I made my own pattern for these pencils using my Pazzles' Inspiration Personal Cutter. I was surprised at how quickly they went together! The tubes are actually called "bubble gum tubes" and are plastic. I used 8" long with a 1" diamter. My first time using gum ball tubes! You can fill your pencils with anything you like.

I will show you the completed pencils first and then the steps I used to create them. I hope your family has a good start to the school year. I look forward to my house being quiet and empty. Thank you for checking my post.

For Friends

For Friends

For My Kiddos

For My Kiddos

Demonstrating the Size. I used 8" Tubes.

Demonstrating the Size.
I used 8" Tubes.

Photos of the process . . . .

Pencil Points

Pencil Points

Getting There . . .

Getting There . . .

Eraser Tops

Eraser Tops

Filling the Tubes

Filling the Tubes