Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 13 of the 13 Days of Halloween

Halloween is finally here! I know you're all waiting for the 13th project of the 13 Days of Halloween! Uh...TRICK! No project today!

But, I do have a TREAT!
Our Honolulu office continued the tradition of celebrating Halloween with some very creative costumes!

So many creative ideas!

Here's the TREAT! Leave a comment naming some of the costumes you recognize. I'll draw three random names who will each win a $25 Ben Franklin Crafts Gift Card!

Leave your comment by Friday, Nov. 2, 12 noon HST. Winners will be posted on Friday at 3 pm. HST.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're having a ghoul time! Have a FUN and Safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 12

It's Day 12 of the 13 Days of Halloween, is your costume ready? Today's project is for those who don't want to dress up, but still want to show some spirit...

So, what better way to get into the Spirit of Halloween than to wear a tiny ghost pin!
This is a super quick project so that tomorrow you'll have something to wear! Here's the project sheet.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a spooktacular day!

Monday, October 29, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 11

We're getting closer to Halloween! It's Day 11 of the 13 Days of Halloween! Today's project is a

 Pumpkin Gift Card Holder!

This is the make 'n take project I did earlier this month at Mapunapuna Ben Franklin's World Card Day event.Here's how to put it together: (Note, you can choose your own colors, I'm referring to the sample)

Cut a 4" x 5" yellow cardstock. Score 3/4" along the 4" edge. Fold down.

Draw a pumpkin shape that is no wider than than 3 1/2" and 2 7/8" tall so it will fit on the 4" cardstock piece. Trace and cut out of orange cardstock. Make the top of the pumpkin a straight edge. If you want to use my pattern, e-mail me at

Use the Martha Stewart Pumpkin Face punch to create the jack 'o lantern face. Or you can draw a face in with markers.

Keep the folded edge of the yellow cardstock down. Line up the top of the pumpkin right under the folded edge.

Lift the flap and use a pencil to draw a line along the top of the pumpkin.

Use a craft knife to make a slit along the line. This is where the gift card will slide in.

Place a piece of black cardstock behingd the pumpkin cut-out face, tape in place.Use foam dots to glue the pumpkin in place.

Cut two 1"x 4" strips of printed cardstock. Place one strip at the top on the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" kraft colored blank card base, leave a 1/8" border.

Place double stick tape on the back of the yellow cardstock, placing the tape only on the sides and bottom. Attach the yellow cardstock to the front of the card, about 1/2" down from the top of the printed strip.
Take the second 1" x 4" printed strip and tape to the bottom of the card leaving a 1/8" border on the sides and bottom.

Punch out some leaves from green cardstock using the McGill Lily punch.

With the flap down, place the leaves along the flap for the top of the pumpkin. Tie a small ribbon bow and glue to the top of the leaves.

Place your gift card in the pumpkin pocket. You can write a message inside of the card, too.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 10

It's Day 10 of the 13 Days of Halloween and I was inspired by all of the Pumpkin Patch events around the island!

Here's an easy Paper Rosette Pumpkin!

Take some orange cardstock and cut into seven 12" strips: one 1/2", two - 3/4", two - 7/8" and two 1" wide.
Score every 1/4" for the whole length of the strips. You can make your pumpkin as large as you want by making wider strips and layering more rosettes.

Accordion fold each strip.

Take the two ends and tape together.

Punch some 1" and 3/4" circles. Gather the accordion folded strip into a circle and glue a punched circle on the center of the wrong side to form the rosettes.

Layer the rosettes and glue together, starting from the bottom: 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1" , 7/8", 3/4" and 1/2" on top. I used a glue gun for this.

Roll a 1" x 1 1/2" strip of brown paper into a tube.Glue the end down to form the stem.

Punch some green leaves using the McGill Lily punch. Cut a thin strip and curl for the vine.

Stick the stem into the top and glue in place. Place the leaves around the stem and glue in place.
You could also make these red and turn this into an apple.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're enjoying the 13 Days of Halloween!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 9

On Day 9, I ask myself, so which should we do next? And I answer, not which project,  but

Witch project!

This one is super simple. Just buy some black cardstock at the Ben Franklin Craft store and you can use the Accu Cut die cutting machine for FREE to make this Witch's Hat Favor. Here's a project sheet , too!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 8

It's Day 8 of the 13 Days of Halloween and I want to...

 Witch You All a Wicked Weekend!
I got this project idea from my Seattle friends and decided that I needed to make one for myself. First, take two candy stick bags and fill them with colorful Sixlets candy. I alternated purple and bright green colors to make it look like striped socks.

Cut out two witch's shoes with your own pattern or you can e-mail me at, if you want my pattern. Fold the black cardstock in half and place the pattern with the bottom of the shoe on the fold line, trace and cut out.

Open up the folded shoe, place the end of the filled candy stick bag inside, tape in place and fold up the shoe.

Place tape around the edges of the shoe to hold in place. Add a little ribbon bow on top.

To make the skirt, take a 2" x 12" strip of "Halloweeny" paper and score it every 1/4".

Accordion fold the strip.

Take the Clever Lever 3 1/2" Scallop Circle Punch (Lt. Green) and punch out one circle in a coordinating print.

Find the center point of the circle (1 3/4") and score it 1/8" to the left ( 1 5/8") and to the right
(1 7/8") to form a "spine". You need to have a spine to compenstae for the thickness of the skirt.

Fold and crease the circle at the scored lines. Unfold the circle.
Place a XXL 2" Glue Dot on the inside of the circle.

Carefully gather up the scored 2" strip into a half rosette. Place onto half of the circle, right side down and press into the glue dot.

Place the two witch's legs onto the skirt.

Fold the other side of the circle over and adhere to the other side of the half rosette. Turn over, your witch is done.

I wanted to hang my witch up so I made a broom for her to ride on. I took a 12" wooden dowel. Bundled a bunch of raffia at one end of the dowel and wrapped a strip of raffia around it and tied it onto the dowel.

I attached the witch to the broom by making a cardstock sleeve that was slipped over the dowel and taped to the back of the witch's skirt. Tied on some ribbon for the hanger.

Thanks for stopping by today and I Witch you an very Wicked Weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 7

On Day 7 of the 13 Days of Halloween, we ask ourselves, "want MORE fries with that?"

And we say YES! Here's our Bat French Fry Box!

Just like yesterday's owl, it's really easy to make. Here's a project sheet for it.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're enjoying the projects!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day 6

On Day 6 of the 13 Days of Halloween, we're doing a flashback from the very first post of this blog!

Our favorite French Fry Box Owl!Here's a link to the original post explaining how to make this simple treat box. Make your french fry box using your Sizzix die or cut it out with your eclips machine.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're getting ready for a crafty weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

13 Days of Halloween - Day Five

Today, we have a Two for Tuesday for Day Five of the 13 Days of Halloween!

First, we have a Take-out Pumpkin!

 Go to our Ben Franklin Crafts stores, buy a piece of orange cardstock and you can use their AccuCut die cutting machine for FREE to cut out the Small Take-out Box. Assemble the box and turn it upside down so that the opening is at the bottom.

Take a 1 1/2" x 2"  piece of brown cardstock and roll it up for the stem.You can use a long reach circle punch to make a hole in the bottom of the box (before assembling) for the stem, but I just made a small hole with my scissors. That way, I had a nice fit when I pushed the stem  in. Use a little glue on the inside of the box to hold it in place if it is too loose.

Cut out some leaves from green cardstock. I used the McGill Lily punch to make some leaves. I shaped the leaves by just pinching in the sides a little.

I used some mini glue dots to attach the leaves around the stem.

I cut some thin strips of green cardstock and wrapped it around a pencil to help curl them.

Attached these curls to the top for the vines.

Your pumpkin is done. Just open the box and fill with treats. You can add a jack 'o lantern style face if you like, I just kept it simple.

The second project uses a white take-out box to make a ghost. Assemble the box and turn it upside down.

For the eyes, I made them the same way as for the Lollipop Bat. Standard Oval punch(orange) in green and EK Success 5/16" punch in black. Highlights done using the white Galaxy Marker.

Used a black Sharpie to draw in a smile.

Added an orange bow for some color. Fill with treats and your ghost is good to ghoul!

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you're having a great week!