Happy Insta Girls: Halloween Hop

Hey there, how about some Halloween Inspiration today? You probably remember the Happy Insta Friends blog hops I have participated in the past. It’s one I particularly love because you get to actually send your cards and this time also a little Halloween treat to one of the participants opposed to „just“ make something fitting the theme. Sadly though, this is the last installment :( Blogs nowadays don’t seem to have much audience compared to Instagram and other social media outlets and while we blog hoppers know each other from Insta, we still haven’t found a better way to make this blog hop happen than on our actual blogs (ideas welcome!). 

Anyway, here is the fabulous card and gift I received from Biggi.

Halloween Card by Mimi Zitrone
Halloween Card by Mimi Zitrone

The card is 3D with multiple layers and the treat she sent me is an amazing haunted house filled with candy.

Halloween Haunted House by Mimi Zitrone
Halloween Haunted House by Mimi Zitrone

You can even open the door and detach the roof - umh, hello!! How amazing is this? Thanks so much, Biggi 😘

The card I sent to our lovely blog hop coordinator Birka features a more scared than scary pumpkin and my treat to her was a mummy that hides a chocolate bar inside. For the card, I used the fun glitter splatter technique invented years ago by Rahel Menig.

Halloween Card by @pixnglue

The treat package took me a while to figure out. Finally, I decided on a simple pizza box style wrapped with tissue paper and seam-binding. I punched the eyes from white paper and added black round puffy stickers. The bulb style safety pin makes a great nose and holds it all together. I really hope Birka liked her package. 

Halloween Mummy by @pixnglue

Now, I send you on your way to Birka to get some more Halloween inspiration. I myself will hop a little later since I left on jet plane a few days ago… Happy fright night, everyone! 👻 

Sweet Treats | Fry Box Packaging

When I opened my Studio Calico creative team box this month, there was this adorable french fry stamp set and an idea popped up in my head immediately: Let's make and use it on a fry box! I couldn't make it in time for reveal but the good thing is that it's finished now and I took a few extra photos so you guys can follow along with the process and make your own.

Step 1 - Gather your supplies! I changed out a few items as I was going but that's roughly what you need.

Step 2 - You have different options to create your fry box. For example, you can use an actual fry box, disassemble it and use that as a template. In this case, just trace your pattern onto cardstock and cut it out. If you don't have or want to use that but you have a Silhouette cutter - hooray! You can download the Fry Box template I made for the Silhouette Cameo.

Step 3 - Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment on the front of the box pattern. Haven't done it before? It's fairly simple: Stamp the sentiment with Versamark ink, pour embossing powder over it, then flick off the excess powder by tapping on the back. Lastly, use a heat gun to melt the powder into the paper. Done!

Step 4 - Flip the pattern around, so you can work on the "inside" of the box. I clustered a few sentiments from the french fry stamp set on an acrylic block and stamped them as a repeat pattern.

Step 5 - Assemble the box. First, fold the curve at the bottom of the box. If you use my Silhouette template, it's fairly easy since the bottom will be perforated. Apply a thin strip of adhesive tape on the inside flaps of the front and on the triangular side flaps. Fold triangle flaps up, then the front flaps over the back flaps and line them all up on the bottom edge.

Step 6 - Fill your box! I used Maoam sticks since the are fairly "fry shaped". Also, you can take this a step further and decorate the box more or package the sweets in clear foil.

… and basically that's it! An easy peasy and fast way to give a little something just because. Let me know what you think or how you plan to use it. Happy fright night, everyone!

PS: You still have until midnight (EST) to comment on my #SCinspires blog post for a chance to win a Studio Calico card kit!

Sweet Treats | Cute Halloween Treat Bags

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue

When I said during Studio Calico reveal that I can't wait to see what everyone "fills" the jar stamp with, a fun idea formed. Why not actually fill it with something? I came up with a simple idea using paper bags which you can use for halloween treats or really any small treat you'll need to think of this fall/winter.

Here's what you need:

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
SUPPLIES: Stamps: Studio Calico Jar Stamp | Ink: Versafine Onyx Black | Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit | Other: glitter tape, washi tape, typewriter or fine tip pen,  printable labelsMister Huey's Spray Mist, paper bags,  die-cuts, Studio Calico wooden mini clothespins, glue tape, acrylic block, small scissors, gummy candy to fill your treat bag, food grade cellophane foil.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 1 (important!): Help yourself to some gummy candy to get the creative juices flowing :)

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 2: Take one of the paper bags and stamp the jar outline on the front. Tip: It helps to pick up the stamp from a flat surface rather than lining it up on the acrylic block.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 3: Stamp the jar lid inside of the jar outline.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 4: Poke a hole in the paper bag and cut around the inside line of the stamp.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 5: Cut a piece of the food grade cellophane to fit inside the paper bag.
Step 6: Use a glue tape on the edges of the cellophane, then place it inside of the paper bag.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 7: Through the jar opening in the paper bag, remove the backing from the glue tape strips and press down to bond the cellophane and paper.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 8: Sprinkle on some Mister Huey if you want. When the mist is dry, fill your treat bag.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 9: Decorate the outside of the bag with washi tape, die cuts and labels. 

… and you're finished! What do you think? They are easy to make and mass produce. If you don't have paper bags on hand, you could play around with envelopes as well or die-cut some with a Silhouette Cameo for example.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue

If you go ahead and try this tutorial on your own, feel free to leave a comment or link me up. I would love to see what you make from it! Thanks for visiting!

Update: I think these stamps would make a cute addition to your Halloween Crafting!