Monday, August 13, 2012

Halloween Inspiration

Whooo Hoooo!!!! It's the Twilight Zone. You are indeed on my blog for the August Papertrey Ink Release. I'm technically still on maternity leave, but when a fun box of stamping goodies made it's way to my doorstep last week, I couldn't help but play along a little bit. So I'll have a few Halloween projects for you today and two cards for you on Release Day. What can I say? I just can't stop stamping. I'm genuinely addicted to the hobby, just like the lot of you.

First up, a "Make Your Own Pumpkin" kit to hand out to kids using Shape It Up: Pumpkin and the Pumpkin Section dies. I was inspired by those foam kits you get at Michael's. Usually they have upwards of 25 crafts per box. Sometimes you only need a few. You can use these dies to cut all the sections and the base to assemble on in the exact quantity that you desire. Give them  to the crafty kids in your life and they'll be less likely to toilet paper your house come All Hallow's Eve. Definitely a step up from the dentist handing out toothbrushes if you are looking for an alternative to candy.

I used a sealed envelope with the edge cut off as my packaging. BB: Herringbone (OMG....LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!) with a partial section of BB: Wrought Iron Fence are used to set the scene. I used the new Framed Up #7 die and stamp to house a sentiment from Mr. Bones. The pumpkin is also from Mr. Bones. I'm thrilled to have him in my stash.

Here's a shot of what is inside. All the pumpkin segments, stem, face, and a solid base. It's a puzzle for the kids to put together. But not too hard.

And lastly, here's a shot of what my pumpkin kit looks like put together. I busted out a ton of background stamps to make sure each segment was unique. Fun to do that.

Next up, I have a fun gift to give to the little girls in your life. My little Eliza Jane finally (FINALLY!!!) has enough hair to put up in pigtails. We top them with barrettes. The monster die from Happy Haunting just screamed out to me to be made into barrettes with felt and googly eyes. And so, I did! This will be a special gift left for her on her bedside table one night in October.

I stapled a piece of True Black Topnotch Twill to the bookmark die to hold the barrettes in place. The die was the only tag I had in my stash that would be long enough to accommodate both monsters and the sentiment. It's nice to have another use for it, aye? The sentiment is from Mr. Bones. A set of eyes from Happy Haunting just happens to fit nicely in the double o's in "Spooky".

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed me popping my head into the August festivities and found some inspiration for the fall season ahead. Be sure you hop all around the PTI circle to see what other spooky things those lovely ladies have been up too.

Jessica Witty

Betsy Veldman

Dawn McVey

Heather Nichols

Melissa Phillips

Ashley Cannon Newell

Maile Belles

Danielle Flanders


Pumpkin Kit
Stamps: BB: Herringbone, Framed Up #7, BB: Wrought Iron, Fresh Alphabet, Sunflower Bouquet, Mr. Bones, BB: Polka Dot Basics II, BB: Diamonds, BB: Newsprint, BB: Gingham
Cardstock: Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate, True Black, Summer Sunrise
Ink: Orange Zest, True Black
Dies: Limitless Layers Small Ovals, Mr. Bones Collection, Framed Up #7, Shape Up Series: Pumpkin, Shape Up Series: Pumpkin Sections

Monster Barrettes
Stamps: Mr. Bones, Happy Haunting
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Royal Velvet Simple Strip
Dies: Happy Haunting, Boughs & Bells, Bookmark
Button: Royal Velvet
Ink: True Black, Royal Velvet
Felt: Orange Zest, True Black
Plastic Barrettes
True Black Topnotch Twill 


  1. I love the little monster.

  2. Erin, your projects are always so creative and outside the box! Love the barrette idea especially - so cute.

  3. OMG! The little orange ghosts... FABULOUS!!!!!

  4. Welcome back, Erin. You must be one busy lady with 3 little ones ... but I can totally see why you would want to play with all of these stamps and dies. The little monster barrettes are absolutely adorable and I can see these for all of my little grand nieces. What a 'sweet' treat for Hallowe'en!! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  5. Erin, I love that you couldn't resist playing along this month!
    Fabulous projects-- great idea for a build your own pumpkin kit and those hair clips are wonderful!so adorable!

  6. Really cute ideas for kids at Halloween. Those barrettes are just too cute, uh I mean spooky ;)

  7. These projects are just tooooo adorable!

  8. Like a Michaels' kit?!!! I've never seen any kit that cute at Michaels. You'll be going on everyone's 'must visit' Halloween list. You will have children with a wonderful sense of whimsy and who love the holidays with all these delightful crafts in their lives. Thank you for letting me be your child vicariously.

  9. So happy you played along this month Erin! Fab projects and I am sure your little one will love the adorable barrettes!!!! Love the background stamping on the pumpkin pieces - gorgeous!

  10. What inspired projects! I'm loving the pumpkin die...can hardly wait till release day.
    -- Connie C.

  11. Had no interest whatsoever in that little monster die.....until your precious barettes. Now I have to have it!! :)

  12. OMGosh.....I love the monster barrettes. They will make a wonderful gift for my granddaughter at halloween. Thanks for such a cute idea!

  13. LOL at the thought of your daughter wearing the monster barrettes. Too funny and sweet. And the little extra touch of the purple eyes in "spooky" shows your mind's not on maternity leave at all.

  14. The DIY pumpkin is such a clever idea. I may have to "lift" it. The barrettes just knocked me out. You're quite the inspirational DT member.

  15. The pumpkin kit is a great idea & loved the monster barrettes. Thanks for sharing.
    Anita J

  16. I must "steal" the pumpkin kit. I know several kiddos who would love one.

  17. What cute hair clips! The little girls will love them!

  18. SO GLAD you played along! Your creations are WONDERFUL!!! I wish I were your age again, having little ones...mine are all grown up, and I miss babies so much! Hugs to yours, and enjoy them every moment. It goes by way too fast! Keep playing with your stamps, you are very very talented! We so enjoy all of your beautiful creations. :D

  19. I want that pumpkin! How cute are those hair clips.. so cute.

  20. JUST.TOO.PERFECT. I love your pumpkin kit! I have nephews who may just have to have one of those (didn't I read in a previous post that you too justify purchases with stamping for little ones???!!!! I feel your pain!) So great to see your post....I miss your "out of the box, always so fun" projects! Hope you are having fun with the little ones!

  21. What a pleasant surprise! I think you may have convinced me to get the pumpkin dies.

  22. Those hair clips are SO cute ♥3♥

  23. So glad you'played' along. Love checking out your clever ideas. The pumpkin kit? Wow! And the darling barretts and how you displayed them, perfect.
    Sweet new babe, enjoy each day!

  24. Both such cute ideas! I love visiting your blog for such great inspiration. I hope you're enjoying your new baby!

  25. I was like...Erin? She's creating. Yeah! Thanks for sharing your projects. So very cute.

  26. Love the ghost barrettes! They are way too cute!