Thankful Tree

One of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions is recording and displaying things that we are thankful for during the weeks before the holiday.  We’ve done this several different ways over the years–a list on the fridge, a turkey with blank feathers for writing on, a thankful jar–but our favorite way by far is the Thankful Tree.  We started this a few years ago, and it has just stuck.  Here is this year’s Thankful Tree:

The idea is that everyone writes at least one thing they are thankful for each day for a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, and then hangs the leaf on the tree.  Before we eat on Thanksgiving Day, we take all the leaves off the tree and read all of the things we are thankful for as a family   It’s awesome!

Here’s how I made our Thankful Tree:

1. Die cut several leaves from fall colored texture cardstock using Lifestyle Crafts Maple Leaves Nesting Dies and the Evolution machine.  I only used the two smallest dies.

2. Punch a small hole at the base of each leaf using the Crop-A-Dile, then trim several 6 inch lengths of brown Baker’s Twine for hanging.

3. Gather dead tree branches and arrange them in a vase, mason jar, or other container to create the Thankful Tree.  Embellish the vase as desired with patterned paper, twine, and stickers.

4. Place the die cut leaves, baker’s twine, and a pencil in a small container next to the “tree” so others can write down their blessings and hang them on the tree.

This is a great way to be mindful of thankfulness and gratitude this time of year, and it’s fun to see what others add to the tree each day.  I hope this project inspires your Thanksgiving crafting!

~Aly

Supplies:

Maple Leaves Nesting Dies

Evolution

Textured cardstock–yellow, brown, green, orange, red

Baker’s Twine–brown

Crop-A-Dile Big Bite


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Halloween Layout

Here’s a Halloween layout if you need some inspiration for your favorite spooky photos from today.  These photos are of my sweet four year old daughter who loves all things pink, princess, and fairy.  She knew exactly what she wanted to be this year and has been anticipating this day for a while.  She is so ready to go trick-or-treating!

I used coordinating textured cardstock from the Bewitched collection to die cut some letters and shapes.  I love that each collection always comes with matching cardstock–no need to search high and low for the perfect color!  My title doubles as my journaling for this page, and it acts as a design element as well.

I used the Lifestyle Crafts Spider Shape Die and the Bat and Moon Punch Die to cut some accents for my page.  The Bat and Moon Punch Die includes a single set of the dies as well so you don’t have to cut multiple shapes if you don’t need them.  I adhered them with foam squares and gently bent the edges for added dimension.

I also added some subtle white stitching to the white backgrounds using my Sew Easy tool and floss.  Adding tone-on-tone layers creates interest and depth without detracting from the most important elements on your project.

I hope these ideas have inspired your Halloween memory keeping.  Try one of these tips out on your next festive project and link us up in the comments section below.  Have a fun and safe Halloween!

~Aly

Supplies used:

Bewitched Paper Pack

Evolution and Genius Platform

Lifestyle Crafts Spider Shape Die

Lifestyle Crafts Bat and Moon Punch Die

Sew Easy and White Floss


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Halloween Class Party Handouts

This year I volunteered to come up with a craft for my daughter’s class Halloween party.  She and I thought it would be fun to create Make-Your-Own-Monster Kits.  So, we cut a box for each classmate from Bewitched patterned paper using the Lifestyle Crafts Evolution machine and the Bakery Box Template Die.

Then we decorated the boxes with some borders, labels,  Baker’s Twine and colored googly eyes.  We added some crafts stems, pom poms, and googly eyes inside each box so the kids can make their own monsters.  Here’s how they turned out:

My daughter is thrilled and can’t wait to share these at her class party!  These boxes are the perfect size for the monster kits, but they would also be great for a few pieces of candy, some stickers, fun erasers, or other small trinkets for a party or for trick-or-treaters.  I love that the fun box shape looks so cool, but is quick and easy to make with the template die.  Happy Halloween crafting!

~Aly

Supplies used:

Bewitched Paper Pack

Bakery Box Template Die

Evolution

Genius Platform

Baker’s Twine


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Bat Wreath

Halloween decor is so much fun, and I’ve been so inspired by all the spooky wreaths I’ve been seeing around the internet, so I decided to make my own version to hang on my craft room door.  I pulled out my favorite Bewitched collection and some Lifestyle Crafts Bat Shape Dies, and this is what I came up with:

I started by cutting out several bats from grey, black, and purple patterned paper using the bat dies, my Evolution machine, and Genius Platform.
I bought a 12 inch grapevine wreath at a craft store, and spray painted it black.  Using my glue gun, I adhered the bats to the wreath.  I love the dimension these dies have with their pre-scored folds!
Finally, I added some alphas on black trim dangling from the center and some ribbon to hang the wreath.

I’m so happy with how my wreath turned out, and it came together so quickly using the bat dies and Evolution machine.  Spooky cheers!

~Aly

Supplies used:

Bewitched Paper Pack

Evolution and Genius Platform

Bat Shape Dies


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Halloween Banner

Today I’m sharing a fun piece of spooky decor using the Bewitched collection and some cool Lifestyle Crafts products.  I’m so excited about the partnership between We R and Lifestyle Crafts–a perfect fit!  I used my Evolution tool coupled with the Genius Platform and to cut some rosettes, bats, and moons that add a festive touch to my project.

Here’s my “BOO” banner.  I cut three different shape 4×6 banner flags, adding strips of patterned paper to each one.  Then I cut a black background for each rosette using the Lattice Doily Shape die.  I loved how quick and easy it was to make these rosettes using the Doily Rosette Template Die!

To finish off my banner, I cut some accents using the Bat and Moon Punch Dies.  The punch dies allowed me to cut multiples of the same shape at once, saving me some more time on this project.  Designer tip: I always add Eyelets to my banners to reinforce the holes for hanging.

These rosettes add wonderful dimension, while the bats and moons bring a festive touch to this piece of Halloween decor.  Try using dies on your next project–you’ll love the finished feel and the time you save as well.

~Aly

Supplies used:

Bewitched Paper Pack

Evolution

Genius Platform

Doily Rosette Template Die

Bat and Moon Punch Die

Lattice Doily Shape Die

Black Eyelets

Black Baker’s Twine


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