Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Girlie Costumes

Steampunk is soo fun for Halloween, and I LoVE this girlie girl costume I found while window shopping in the Tower District of Fresno. I WANT the mini top hat.

And this cute little Poker Face Girl is terribly cute. I'm sure there is an Ace in her pocket.

A little bit country corset with ruffles makes this outfit simply darling. The double ruffle at the bottom is over the top. Love it...

Rock Steady is the place to go for a last minute costume!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spiderweb Necklace Pattern

Okay, since the iLoveToCreate site has been bombarded with requests for the Black Widow Spiderweb Necklace, here it is!

Just click on the image above, and then print it out on regular sheet of paper. Lay it under a piece of waxed paper, then paint the lines with Tulip 3-D Fashion Paint.

Happy Halloweeeeeen all you Crazy Crafters!!



Trick or Treat!
Frame and post it note holder dressed for Halloween

Costumed Kokeshi Dolls
Try out a Halloween idea for a traditional Japanese doll with Crafterella

Halloween Mask
Phyllis Dobbs created a fun and easy Halloween mask - great for adults and kids!

Fun Halloween Lanterns
Stephenie Hamen accessorizes plain paper lanterns with her paper punches.

Black Widow & Bloody Necklaces
Pattie Wack uses 3-D paint to create chokers that will creep out your party guests!

Tutu Cute Halloween Wreath
Vanessa creates an inspired wreath made of tulle!

Mad Scientist Party
Amy of Living Locurto shares a slew of fun ideas to host your own Mad Scientist Party.

Halloween Zombie Dolls
Crafty Chica shows how to add some zombie love to your decor!

Boopsie Daisy shares some of the wonderful Halloween dollies that she dreams up!

Crafty Chica's Ghost Story!
Kathy Cano-Murillo shares a haunted crafty tale!

Halloween Cone Witches
Make these cute little paper cone witches for Halloween!

Halloween Leftovers
Mel takes the leftovers from last week's project and makes a cool Goth choker!

Brenda Pinnick Halloween Owls
Seasonal Owls for Scaring or Delighting Trick or Treaters

The Impatient Crafter
Margot creates another spooktacular mixed media necklace with a bite.

Halloween Batty Windchime
Heidi Borchers creates a super cute windchime with personality!

Kitschy Kitschy BOO
Add some Halloween flair to your day with this cute kitschy bracelet and earring combo!

Simple Halloween Gift Tags
Studio Mama makes a strong impact with these quick and easy tags!

Strands of Beads
Melissa once again gives some pretty flower beads a Gothic makeover with this simple earring design

Costume Fun
Sharron Westerfield shares her passion for costume-making and the joy it brings her grandchildren.

Return of the Birthday Zombie
Candace is cracking herself up with this ghoulish gift box idea

Doodle Pumpkin
Swelldesigner a.k.a. Alexa Westerfield shows you how to make a fun pumpkin on the fly!


It's TERRORIFIC TUESDAY, and I have the perfect project for you.
It's a:


I had so much fun designing this with a Twilight theme. At the iLoveToCreate studios, we have tons of old mannequins. These hands were laying on a shelf, just asking to be used in an unbelievably unique way.

So.... I grabbed an unfinished wooden box and painted it black. Then I found 4 huge beads to glue onto the bottom of the box with Aleene's Liquid Fusion. I rubbed the edges with silver rub-n-buff to give it an antiqued look.

I crystalized the glass apple (from the Dollar $tore) with an unbelievable amount of Tulip Crystals. I used the Aleene's Liquid Fusion again. I laid the apple in a martini glass to be able to turn it for different angles, and glued crystals in small areas at a time and let it set before moving on to another area, until the entire glass apple was covered with crystals. It looks delicious, but don't BITE it! teehee....

The last step was to assemble the mannequin hands on top with the crystalized apple and glue them into place the the Aleene's Liquid Fusion. I used a couple of bottles to lean the hands on, until the glue was totally set. I added a black satin bow where the wrists connect. That's it!

There you go.... a great Halloween project. Or, if you are a Twilight fan, or a Snow White fan, or you just love apples.... this is a great project for YOU....

Have a TERRORific TUESday!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Black Widow and Bloody Necklaces

I love Halloween! And the peeps at iLoveToCreate love it toooo.

Our copy writer Chloe Tatro, is modeling the Black Widow Necklace that took about 5 minutes to make. And if you're like us, you're looking for a fast and easy "costume" for Halloween. So, I came up with this crazy idea to create costume necklaces.

You'll never believe that this is only Tulip 3-Dimensional Slick Paint.
That's ALL!

EeeeeeEeeEeeeK! Chloe's neck has been slashed!

Look closer and you'll see that it's another one of my Tulip 3-D Paint necklaces made to look like bloooood. Eeeeyoooo.

The guys in the marketing department got into it, too. Nate Hough's neck was just the right size for a bigger squeeze of Tulip 3-D Paint to come oozing out in a bloody disguise.

Here's what you need:

Tulip 3-D Red Slick Paint
Teflon Sheet

Here's what you do:
Draw a circle of paint the same size as your neck, and then draw the paint into bloody drips on the sheet. I let it dry overnight to be sure that it's good and dry. Then put it around your neck and connect the ends together. They will stick together, but if you are very active, you may want to hold it together with a safety pin.

The spider web is done the same way with Tulip 3-D Black Slick Paint. Be sure that you connect it completely together so that none of the web falls down. You know, you could also paint a web on a shirt using this idea and have a permanent spider web to wear year after year.

Hey, thanks to Chloe and Nate for your necks….
Happy Halloween!

Pet Costumes at the Pooch Parade

The Tower District in Fresno was alive today with the excitement of kids, people, and pets dressed up for Halloween. The costumes were amazing! I was lucky enough to have my camera phone and snapped a couple dozen pics. These are the best. Sorry they aren't better, but it's a bit tricky to get great pics of a pet parade. What fun!

My personal fave. The little chihuahua was dressed as a lobster.

Check out the tie dye....

Who's the pet here????

Monday, October 19, 2009

Creepy Candlesticks

Well, maybe they're not that creepy, but these candlestick ARE another fun way to use those little mini pumpkins you can pick up at the supermarket.

If you're using a wooden plaque, you'll want to paint it black for the base. Next, drill a shallow hole the same size as the dowel, and glue the dowel into hole. Poke a hole through the pumpkins and stack them onto the dowel. Carve out the top pumpkin and place a tealight into the hole.

For the vase, fill it with styrofoam, cover it with moss, and shove the dowel rod into the foam. Then stack your pumpkins the same way, with the tealight on top.

I created a little bar-top tablescape with my creepy candlesticks and a tray full of peppers, gourds, some yummy vino and a couple of glasses just waiting for me and my hubby to start the party.

Cheers to all you Halloween lovers!

Halloween Punkin People

Check out my Punkin’ People Halloween Video for!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Painted Arachnophobia Glasses

I love these scarrrrry spider glasses. All you need is to grab your Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint™ and draw them onto a stemless wine goblet for a temporary party embellishment that just might scare someone into sipping instead of glugging down their cocktails.... arachnophobia, anyone???

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Terrorific Tuesday!

terrorific tuesday week 2

Another week! Another helping of Halloween goodness. Check out what the fabulous crafters from all walks of life are up to this Terrorific Tuesday for the second week of October!

This little light
Light up the night with this cute pumpkin votive holder from Kat the Fearless Crafter.

Sugar Skull Bracelet & Bats in the Belfry Choker
Candace is having way too much fun with shrink plastc! Check out these fun and charming crafts on the Spirit Clay blog.

Dollar Tree Decorated Lights Tutorial
Come and decorate some Dollar Tree Skulls with Crafterella, don't forget your sharpie markers!

The Impatient Crafter for iLoveToCreate
Whip up a Halloween Invitation that's a real 'hoot' with Madge in this project for iLoveToCreate!

Spooky Halloween Coasters
Cheryl Ball of Still Crafty After 50 shares some fun, funky, and spirited coasters!

Halloween Treat Bowl
Create a fun and festive treat dish with Inspired at Home!

Strands of Beads
Melissa creates a whimsical seasonal necklace based on the theme "pushing up daisies".

Basic Black Box Meets Pumpkin Patch
Whip up Halloween favor boxes in minutes with brand new Sizzix ScoreBoard dies.

Mummy Mannequin
Create a mummy that will be a memorable accent at your Halloween party with Pattiewack!

Munchkin Mama's Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
Munchkin Mama has a great recipe for no bake peanut butter balls that the whole family will want to make!

Witch Parking!!
Make a "Witch Parking" sign on the Mucky Finger's blog!

Vintage-Inspired Halloween Tree Topper
Shannon shows off her new Halloween tree topper, inspired by vintage crepe paper crafts!

The Impatient Crafter
Make a whimsical and elegant Halloween necklace with Madge!

Jack-O-Lantern Waterfalls
Studio Mama shows you how to make some fun and festive earrings for the Halloween season.

Glow in the Dark Jewelry
Use glow in the dark polymer clay and rubber stamps to produce eerie Halloween jewerly.

Crafty Chica's Paint Drip Pumpkin!
A loca idea on the fly turned out muy fantastico!

Free Printable Halloween Cup Sleeves
You’ll be a hit with these labels for hot beverages at your Halloween party.

Scarecow Sweatshirt
Sharron Westerfield shares a cute scarecrow sweatshirt she made from a fun downloadable pattern from Janome!

Halloween Ribbon Brooches and Fascinators
Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner whips some quick and cute Halloween accessories!

R.I.P. Skeleton in Coffin
Guarantee a spooktacular Halloween Party with a skeleton in a coffin treat filled centerpiece!

Happy October Kewpies
Find inspiration in this colorful and cute candy corn Kewpie photo from Boopsie Daisy!

If you would like to join in the fun next week, e-mail Alexa at and put in your subject line "Terrorific Tuesday". She'll get you added to the group!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mummy Mannequin!

Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and guys! I hope you’re busy making plans for a frightfully fun evening with your friends and families in a couple weeks.

I thought you might like to see some frightfully fun ideas I used to dress my house, AND my mannequin for a terrorific party.

First, I wrapped up my mannequin to look like a mummy! Yeppers, that's toilet paper and lace.

The eyeball looking out the window, looks pretty creepy, peeking out of the mummy wrappings. I had a ton of vintage lace from my mom, and wrapped it around the mummy to add a little texture. I promise you, that no vintage lace was harmed in the making, as I didn’t even cut it! That way I can take it off and use it on a sewing project. I think that some of the lace is probably 50 years old.

I have a bouquet of Barbies in my home studio. I just KNEW they would come in handy for something, and yes! I wound bathroom tissue around them and turned them into Mini-Mummies! A little tacky glue holds them together.

It didn't take very long to wrap the Barbies, and they turned out so cute! That's a plaster cast of Scott's hand holding onto one of the mini-mummies. I made it years ago, and I use it for a candle holder.

I have a collection of body parts. Don't ask why, it might be the artist in me. I just love them. That's my hand with the finger pointing up. I use it for a bracelet holder.

Here's what you need, to make your mummy:

I used two rolls of tissue, and a bunch of tape on the big mannequin mummy. I love how it turned out, and it was toooo easy! Our guests loved it, and I don’t think I’ll want to take it down after Halloween, especially after spending all that time to make. But, it was worth it.

We love fondue, too. I make two pots, one with cheese and one with chocolate. I always ask the girls to bring fruits and veggies. And I always ask the boys to bring wine and beer. Yummers.

The fondue recipes I love to share are below. I went online to get recipes, and then changed them up a bit to fit what we like to eat. You can do the same thing. We don't eat much meat, but I found these amazing sausages made with chicken and sun dried tomatoes. You can use whatever cheese you love in the cheese fondue, and whatever liqueur that you prefer in the chocolate, like amaretto or rum. I hope you enjoy yourself and be safe, and have fun planning your party.
Happy Halloween everyone!

Killer Cheese Fondue
From the kitchen of: Pattie Donham-Wilkinson

2 - 8 oz. Pkgs. Cream Cheese, cut up in chunks
1 – Round of Brie Cheese, cut up in chunks
1 – Block of Gruyere Cheese, shredded
1 – Dark Lager Beer

Place cheeses in a large bowl, and pour the beer over the cheese, stirring it in. Melt slowly in the microwave, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until melted. Pour into a fondue pot, and light the flame underneath to keep warm.
Serve with:

Sour dough bread chunks
Blanched broccoli
Sausage bites (pre-cooked)
Deglet Noor pitted dates
Honey crisp apples (our favorites)
Oh, and open a can of those crunchy fried onions to dip into, after you dip into the cheese, and prepare for your eyes to roll back in your head!

Death By Chocolate Fondue
From the kitchen of: Pattie Donham-Wilkinson

1 – 11oz. Pkg. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate bits
1 – 11oz. Pkg. Ghirardelli milk chocolate bits
1/2 Pint Whipping cream
1/2 Cup Kahlua liqueur

Place chocolate bits in a large bowl, and pour the cream and liqueur over the chocolate, stirring it in. Melt slowly in the microwave, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until melted. Pour into a fondue pot, and light the flame underneath to keep warm.
Serve with:
Crushed graham crackers
Crushed nuts
Pineapple & Apple chunks
Shredded coconut


These crazy cool umbrellas are great for Mommy or Daddy to carry on a rainy trick-or-treat outing with the kids. Another neat idea is to hang several from the ceiling for party decorations!

Or, have a crafting party for the whole family by cutting out different shapes and letting the kids create their own scary or fun faces to glue onto their Monster Umbrellas!

Monster pattern

Pumpkin Face Pattern

Boo & Spiders Pattern



Felt Squares

Aleene's® Tacky Glue Spray Adhesive

Fabric Fusion™ Adhesive


Pompoms, Glitter, Googly Eyes, Glitter Pens




1. Cut faces, spiders, and words from felt squares, using the patterns or your own ideas.

2. If you want the pieces covered with glitter, lay them face up on newspaper. Spray with adhesive and immediately sprinkle glitter over the piece. Let dry.

3. Turn pieces face down on the newspaper and spray them completely with adhesive. Wait 60 seconds.

4. Place the pieces carefully onto the umbrella. Press with your hands to anchor the adhesive, and press underneath with your other hand to hold the piece in place.

5. Add googly eyes and pompoms using Fabric Fusion, holding in place until the glue has taken hold.

6. Draw a spider web and other embellishments with glue and sprinkle on the glitter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tulip Crystals & Dyes Rock the Expo!

Tons of crystals and dye kits rocked the Sewing Expo in the Hancock Fabrics booth.

Everyone love, love LOVED the Tulip® Cordless Heat Setting Tool™ and were so shocked to find out it was cordless, and easy to use.

I took these pics before the doors flew open with quilting crazies and serious sewers.

Pretty soon the line was flowing down the aisle with customers waiting to buy their finds.

The Fashion Stage, classes, and galleries were filled with students and friends looking for that next big idea so they could go home and add to their fabric stash and sew up another great design. I'll be there through Saturday, so come see me! I'll save some crystals for ya...