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Cricut - Halloween

Halloween Teresa Collins Journal with Xyron

October 19, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner, what better way to show your excitement by personalizing this Teresa Collins journal and adding a fun shaker tag. teresa collins notebook decorated for halloweenThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your Support.

I love this new Teresa Collins Journal that is available at Hobby Lobby. I also used some of her fabulous giant matte black sequins to add to this Halloween shaker tag to deliver to someone special who has a healthy love of Halloween.

hand holding sequins

Supplies for your Halloween Teresa Collins Journal

Begin by using your nesting dies and cut one large circle out of the white and the acetate sheet. Use the largest and second largest to cut out a black circle and a circle out of the foam. Use your Cricut Machine to cut out the Teresa Collins shapes.

Run your spider, spider web and the black outline circle through your Xyron Mega Runner. running paper through a xyron

Now let’s assemble our Halloween notebook

Start with your base white circle and place the black adhesive foam circle to the outer edges of the circle. Place your spider web in the middle and lay the spider on top. Add your jumbo sequins to the middle. applying spider web to cardround tag with spider putting sequins in a shaker cardNow lay your acetate circle over the top of everything and then adhere your outer black circle to the top. black glitter paper circleUse your orange HTV and cut out whichever word you want. I chose to write “This Halloween”. Weed your excess HTV and lay it on your Teresa Collins journal and press with your EasyPress. weeding htv

How do I use the EasyPress on Paper?

When you use your EasyPress on paper, you want to go for a low temperature. I use the 250ºF setting with a time limit of 10 seconds. applying htv to paper using the easypress on paper how to peel htv

Remove your carrier sheet from the HTV and then tie some ribbon around the Teresa Collins journal. Use some double-sided painters tape to adhere the Halloween shaker tag to the top of the notebook and ribbon.

I love how this Cricut Halloween shaker tag looks almost like a crystal ball. The glitter cardstock I chose goes perfectly with the saying on my Teresa Collins journal and it’s a perfect neighbor or friend gift. Happy Haunting. halloween journal with sequins

Halloween

Free Halloween Printable | Halloween Cat Coloring Page

October 18, 2018

Grab this FREE Halloween Coloring Page so that your child can welcome the upcoming holiday.free halloween printable coloring page with black cat

Nothing is better than a free printable but what about a free Halloween coloring page? This is perfect for any child but my toddler has seemed to really take to it. He’s learning how to hold crayons correctly and so this is a great starter for them to learn how to color inside of objects.

Grab the free Halloween coloring page below.

Halloween Coloring Page Link

halloween coloring page

Cricut - Thanksgiving

Custom Fall Wood Sign made with your Cricut

October 14, 2018

Grab these wooden leaves at your local Target and then use your Cricut Machine and EasyPress to customize it just in time for Thanksgiving. thanksgiving sign with cricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love swinging into Target and checking out their Dollar Spot. Things are getting a little out of control with their “dollar” concept but sometimes they have awesome things for less than you’d expect to pay. That’s where I found this wooden leaf that was blank so I can use my Cricut machine to personalize it. Create this custom Fall wood sign today.wood leaf with thankful word on it

Supplies for your Custom Fall Wood Sign

Easy peasy. Just cut your image using your Cricut machine and then weed the vinyl so that your image is on the carrier sheet. weeding gold vinylWarm up your EasyPress to 315ºF and preheat your wooden leaf for 5 seconds. Lay your image onto your wooden leaf cutout and press for an additional 40 seconds.using EasyPress on wood Remove the carrier sheet and then add some ribbon or accents to the rope. I just have this sitting on a shelf but if you wanted to have it as a door hanger, just switch it upside down. removing the carrier sheet from itvwooden leaf with gold thankful words on it

Can I use Foil Heat Transfer Vinyl or Iron-On Vinyl on wood?

No. There are some things that Cricut doesn’t recommend but you can usually do it but using foil iron-on vinyl on wood just won’t stay. The adhesive on the back of the foil HTV just doesn’t attach as well as the Everyday Iron-On does. It will lift where it doesn’t attach and stretch and tear. I included a picture for reference.ruined foil iron on vinyl It’s so easy to make this custom fall wood sign using your Cricut and the Cricut EasyPress. The small EasyPress 2 is really handy and I have found that I use that one 95% of the time. I do a lot of sewing and so using the small EasyPress 2 on seams is a time saver. Check out other Fall crafts that your Cricut can make below.

Fall Paper Leaf Wall Hanging / Wooden Pumpkin for Fall- Larger Than Mat Cricut / Felt Flower Grapevine Wreath / Chipboard Pumpkin / Wooden Fall Leaf customized with Cricut / Quick & Easy Fall Banner / Welcome Fall Wood Pumpkin Sign / How to Cut Die Cuts for Your Planner / Halloween T-Shirt

Cricut - Halloween

Hocus Pocus Tombstones – Make your own graveyard

October 11, 2018

Emily Binx, Thackery Binx, and William Butcherson are remembered making these easy
Hocus Pocus Tombstones. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Making these wooden mini tombstones was really quite simple. I just used 3 different colors of spray paint and some pigment ink. Spray until you don’t think it needs any more. Learn my techniques below.

The trick to making your wood look like concrete is to vary the color. I had two tones of grey and one tone of brown. I chose the Kryon colors because they have that little removable tab. You want the removable tab so that when it sprays, you will achieve spurts of color rather than a continuous stream. 

Supplies for your DIY Hocus Pocus Tombstones

How do I make wood look like cement?

Begin with your lightest shade of grey/beige and use it to base coat your wooden blocks. Next, use your brown but make sure you remove the small plastic tab so they paint will splatter. Do a few strokes of that. Don’t do too much and try and focus on the edges. Now use your mid-tone paint and repeat the steps. Now that you have your big globs of paint on the wood, you’ll put the small plastic tab back on the paint and just do an overspray. Hold your paint vertically and then move the can as you spray. Rotate between the three colors and spray in various areas. I had this in a box and kept moving it around so some of the paint would smear. Just add paint until you’re happy with the end product.

After the paint had dried on my Hocus Pocus tombstones I took some green pigment ink and blended it into the edges. Use as little or as much as you like, I just like to smear it on there and then use some of your blending sponges to have it look like faux moss.wooden headstone

How do I put vinyl on wood?

Use some standard vinyl and weed your image, use some transfer paper and apply that to your weeded vinyl. Make sure your wood is cleaned and free of any lint or sawdust. Peel the transfer paper off the carrier sheet and you vinyl should be stuck to the transfer paper. Lay the vinyl image on your piece of wood and use a credit card or scraper tool to press down the vinyl. Slowly lift the transfer paper off of your wood, leaving the vinyl image adhered to your wood.

What I recommend is using some iron-on vinyl, better known as HTV, on your wood. I weeded my image and kept what I want to keep on my carrier sheet. With the Cricut EasyPress, I used 305°F and pressed for 20 seconds. Warm your wooded surface before you place the image. Warm it up for about 5 seconds, place your HTV and then press for the 20 seconds.

There it is, a super cute Hocus Pocus Halloween craft. It ties in perfectly with my Hocus Pocus Door Decoration or my Hocus Pocus Spellbook Door Mat. I have a transom window on my front door and I added these really cute zombie hands out of Cricut Window Cling to remind me when William Butcherson jumped right out of his grave. Grab the Cricut file here. Happy Haunting!

Cricut - Halloween

DIY Hocus Pocus Spellbook Door Mat

October 10, 2018

This Hocus Pocus porch decor has been my favorite Halloween project to date, well, it’s a close second with my Maui costume for Malakai, but it’s still awesome. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

So for years, I’ve had the same outdoor Halloween decorations and I needed a change. I’ve made myself (yes, myself and not my kids) a Hocus Pocus themed porchscape for Halloween.

I love the movie and since they’re celebrating 25 years since it’s release, I figured it was about time I treated myself. The Hocus Pocus Spellbook has always been one of the creepier parts of the movie so I wanted to turn the book into my doormat so that I can step on his eye anytime I want. 

Supplies for your Hocus Pocus Spellbook Doormat

Grab this Hocus Pocus Spellbook clipart here. Just upload it into your Cricut or other electronic cutter and cut the freezer paper. The images will need to be sliced because you can’t fit all of this onto any mat so just be aware of that process you’ll have to do. I used Cricut stencil vinyl and I don’t recommend it. I don’t recommend stencil vinyl for fibrous material because it won’t adhere. I recommend using freezer paper to make your homemade doormat.

After the freezer paper stencil for your homemade doormat has been placed, use some spray paint to get the areas exposed and leave to dry. After it has dried, take the same brown and just dust over the corners. I did use some gold spray paint in some areas just to help give it the aged look that the actual Hocus Pocus spellbook has. Add it to your front porch for the perfect Hocus Pocus Halloween decoration addition to your front door. Learn how to make the Halloween banner below.three paper rosette

Cricut - Thanksgiving

Free Fall Leaf SVG File to make a modern coffee mug

October 9, 2018

To celebrate Thanksgiving, grab this free fall leaf SVG file. Be sure to check out other free thanksgiving SVG files from the other blogger below.modern leaf svg file for free This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
This fall leaf file is available for personal use only and cannot be distributed to others.

I’ll be honest, Thanksgiving is a fun holiday but I usually dislike the decor. I go straight from Halloween decorations to Christmas because that’s what fits my aesthetic more. This modern fall leaf SVG file is perfect. You can put it on a mug like I did here or you can put it on sweatshirts, napkins, anything really.

I do, however, love modern Thanksgiving decorations with sharp edges and crisp lines. I did make this crepe paper wreath the other week and I can change the sign on it to make it more modern and fit the autumn theme that I prefer. 

woman holding fall mugHow do I put HTV on a ceramic mug?

You have a few options. If you have space for an industrial heat press, that’s always going to be your best bet. You can buy a mug adapter for it so it’ll allow you to crank out a bunch without a lot of effort.

Next is the method I use. I don’t have space for an industrial heat press so I use a mini iron so that I can get all the curves of the ceramic mug. Set your mini iron on a medium heat and then press firmly.

Use continuous motion and pressure so that you don’t burn the iron-on vinyl. Remove the carrier sheet and double check the adhesion. If you need to keep pressing, just continue the steps above. Slow and steady is the key to this way.  Fall svg projects

What kind of vinyl can I put on a cup?

I’d recommend using the 651 oracle vinyl or permanent. I would only recommend hand washing your items that you apply the permanent vinyl on to. Some people have said that the permanent vinyl is dishwasher safe. It’s up to you if you want to take that risk of it peeling off because of the heat of the dishwasher.

Handwash the item that you place your vinyl or iron-on vinyl.

Do not use removable vinyl. Removable vinyl is great for walls or on items you only want to be decorated for a season and then reuse the cup.

What is the difference between 631 and 651 vinyl?

631 vinyl is a removable vinyl and 651vinyl is a permanent vinyl.

Grab your FREE SVG file here.
Different fall svg files

1. Rachel’s Trifle (From Friends) – The Simply Crafted Life
2. The Bird is the Word – Pattern Revolution
3. Always Eat the Pie – That’s What Che Said
4. Family, Pie, Football, Thankful – Pineapple Paper Co.
5. Thanksgiving Maternity Shirt – The Country Chic Cottage
6. Leftovers are for Quitters – Happiness is Homemade
7. Best Leg Day Ever – Everyday Party Magazine
8. Place Setting Accent – 100 Directions
9. Modern Leaf SVG – seeLINDSAY
10. Hey There Hot Stuff(ing) – Kingston Crafts
11. Friendsgiving – Hey Let’s Make Stuff
12. Gobble Til You Wobble – Happy Go Lucky
13. #Blessed – Hello Creative Family
14. Let’s Eat – Crafting in the Rain

Desserts - Halloween

Hauntingly Delicious Ghost Cupcakes

October 8, 2018

These hauntingly delicious Ghost Cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any Halloween get-together. See how easy it is to create fondant ghost shapes. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I often find myself trying to impress me more than others but there are some things I just like to do so it doesn’t matter to me that it’s time-consuming. If I can buy cupcakes and then add my thing, you better bet I will do that. But sometimes I just want to make the cutest ghost cupcakes you’ve ever seen.

The easiest way I find a timesaver with decorated cupcakes, is by using store-bought mix or just head to the bakery and grab unfrosted ones. You can easily have the bakery frost these Ghost Cupcakes for you and just add the fondant ghosts later. I’m all for a time-saver hack when it comes to baking.

Supplies for your Homemade Ghost Cupcakes

  • white fondant
  • red gel food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • black food-safe marker

Start with your premade cupcakes and prepare them as directed. Allow your cupcakes to cool completely so that the buttercream won’t melt.Line a baking sheet with some parchment or wax paper and begin forming your ghosts. Use 1″ spheres and then form them into an oval shape. On one end you will form a point like it’s the ghosts tail.

Take your scissors and cut slits in your fondant to create the arms of the ghosts. Use your edible marker and make the eyes on your fondant ghost. Lay them aside to set. Now, start making your buttercream icing. Just use your room-temperature butter, icing sugar, milk and whip it until it is fluffy. Mix in your yellow and red gel food coloring to create the orange you’re looking for.

Place your frosting in a piping bag. You can use a piping tip if you’d like but I like the look of smooth edges on cupcakes.

Place your fondant ghost decoration on top of your frosted cupcake and serve. Happy Halloween! Don’t forget to look at our other Halloween Cupcakes.

Ghost Cupcakes
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Make the Halloween holiday spookier with this delicious and easy fondant ghost cupcake topper.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween, halloween party food, halloween recipe, kids halloween recipe
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 vanilla cupcakes
  • 6 oz. white fondant
  • Black food marker
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. Ensure that your cupcakes are completely cool before decorating.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll your white fondant into 12 1-inch spheres. Keep on rolling it so that it’s as smooth as possible.
  3. Start forming your “ghost” shape. Flatten it out to become an oval and then pinch the end slightly. Then, give the pinched end a curve.
  4. With scissors, snip a little portion of the fondant on each side. Place gently on wax paper and draw two eyes.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, milk and 2 drops of red gel food coloring and 2 drops of yellow. Mix on low and gradually increase to high. Place in a frosting bag and frost each cupcake.
  6. Place your fondant ghosts on top and serve.

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Desserts - Halloween - Holidays - Recipes

Easy RIP Halloween Tombstone Cupcakes

October 5, 2018

Have you seen that super cute cemetery puddings on Pinterest and you just think, I can’t eat all that. I have the Halloween tombstone cupcake version and it’s the perfect single size party dessert. Create the perfect Halloween kid-friendly treat with these easy tombstone halloween cupcakes. #HalloweenFood #HalloweenCupcakes #HalloweenTreatsThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Create the perfect Halloween kid-friendly treat with these easy tombstone halloween cupcakes. #HalloweenFood #HalloweenCupcakes #HalloweenTreatsAnother cupcake to add to our Halloween Cupcakes! Here we’re making Halloween tombstone cupcakes and they’re adorable. I used lady fingers in my recipe but you can easily use some Milano cookies because they’re also the perfect shape for Halloween tombstones.

Create the perfect Halloween kid-friendly treat with these easy tombstone halloween cupcakes. #HalloweenFood #HalloweenCupcakes #HalloweenTreatsSupplies for Halloween Tombstone Cupcakes

You’re going to use a store-bought mix for your cupcakes. If you want to easily bypass that step, head to your grocery store bakery. They almost always have a hidden stash in the back freezer. Save you some time to get started on your Halloween tombstone cupcakes.

You’re going to want to prepare your buttercream. You can use a stand mixer or a hand-held electric one but I don’t recommend doing this by hand. Combine your butter, icing sugar, cocoa, and milk together and mix it until it is light and fluffy.

How do I make buttercream fluffy?

You make buttercream fluffy by continuing to beat it with your mixer. If you just only mix it until it is combined, you’ll have a very dense frosting. Continue to beat it until it’s almost like whipped egg whites.


Create the perfect Halloween kid-friendly treat with these easy tombstone halloween cupcakes. #HalloweenFood #HalloweenCupcakes #HalloweenTreatsNext, you’re going to turn your ladyfinger cookies into the Halloween tombstone. Break the cookies in half and set aside on some parchment paper.

Mix your white candy melts with the coconut oil and then put into the microwave. Once the candy has been melted then add in a small amount of the black gel food coloring. This will give you the grey color of the Halloween tombstones.

Submerge your ladyfingers completely in the candy melts and lay back on your parchment paper. Place your cookies in the fridge to set faster.

Place your chocolate buttercream into your piping bag. You can use a decorative tip or just use the method of a plain swirl of frosting like these cupcakes here. Once your ladyfinger cookies are dry, draw the RIP on your Halloween tombstone and then place on top of the cupcake.

Happy Halloween!

RIP Tombstone Halloween Cupcakes
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween, halloween party recipe, halloween recipe, kids halloween recipe
Servings: 12 people
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
  • 6 lady finger cookies
  • 1 cup white candy melts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp black gel food coloring
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • Black decorating icing
Instructions
  1. Allow your cupcakes to cool before decorating. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Break your ladyfinger cookies in half.

  2. Microwave your candy melt and coconut oil in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Add black gel food coloring and mix.
  3. Completely submerge your ladyfinger cookies in the melted candy. Place gently on your parchment paper.

  4. Make your buttercream by beating butter, sugar, cocoa and milk on slow. Gradually increase speed to high and allow the ingredients to blend thoroughly. Frost each cupcake with a frosting bag.
  5. Once the candy has set on your ladyfingers, draw out “RIP” on each one with your black decorating icing.

  6. Place the tombstone cookies on each cupcake and Happy Halloween!

Create the perfect Halloween kid-friendly treat with these easy tombstone halloween cupcakes. #HalloweenFood #HalloweenCupcakes #HalloweenTreats