Sunday, September 18, 2016

Halloween Shaker Easel Card Printable + Video


Welcome to the second Halloween post for 2016!  I was so excited to find this vintage Halloween candle holder.  At least, I think it's a candle holder.  A little candle could be inserted through the middle and held underneath the paper circle, keeping the wax off little hands.  Does sound a little dangerous, doesn't it?

So let's put it to a different, cuter, cooler use, shall we?  I've got it all ready to print out, 



including the sentiment.  Love the curly-tailed black cat!



I turned the candle holder into a shaker easel card.  

It's so easy to make!  See the video below:






Download the Halloween frame HERE.

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Join in the Halloween Challenge!


Show me all your wonderful Halloween creations.  Or show me your creations with a black and orange theme.  Or show me your Fall projects.  Can't wait to see them all!

Find the Halloween Challenge HERE.

Happy Halloween!

Supplies Note:  I couldn't find the exact scallopd die I used behind the cat frame.  I linked another similar one that would work.  Thank you!

Halloween Challenge 2016



Hi, there. I'd love to see your Halloween creations!  Of course, you can also link cards that are orange and black (without a Halloween theme), as well.
  
Link up your cards, decorations, treat bags - whatever you've created.  You can link up as many current projects as you wish.

I'm giving a $10.00 gift certificate to My Favorite Things for the prize!  That will be fun to spend...

Please link back to ChouxChoux Paper Art in your post.   Share this Challenge with your readers. 



Then come back the next several weeks for Halloween inspiration, printables, and videos.

Link up by Sunday, October 2,  2016.  Winner (selected by InLinkz random selection) will receive an email and be announced that week.

Visit a couple of the other entries and leave them some love!  It will make you feel good, too!

Can't wait to see your creations - Link them up here!




Sunday, September 11, 2016

Black Cat Halloween Printable + Origami


Can't get enough black cats.  They're purr-fect!  I adore my old green-eyed black cat (as I've mentioned at least once before).  We just got back from Denver and I think he actually missed me!

I fell in love with this adorable origami cat box designed by Gay Merrell Gross.  Here's a link to the video:  https://youtu.be/EMlwU_fV7Rs.  

Eyes or no eyes?  I debated back and forth.  Tried several different eyes.  Didn't like any of them.  Decided to leave the face in that true origami form.  However, I did not abide by other origami principles.  I used 65lb black cardstock - usually way to heavy for origami.  But, I wanted him to be sturdy.  Sturdy enough to hold candy corn.  

Tips for using heavier paper to make the cat box:

1.  Use a bone folder on the initial horizontal, vertical and diagonal folds.
2.  Press firmly on every fold.
3.  Staple the head to the body.  (Kids can turn it upside down and the head stays on!)

I used a white ink pad to add definition to his nose and a little on his feet.



Of course, I had to have a cute tag to tie up the candy corn.  This black cat is purr-fect!



Then I decided the tag would make a cute Halloween card.  So I made it all a bit larger.





You can download the black cat tag, in both sizes, HERE.

Gotta love black cat season!  Of course, I have black cat season all year round.  Maybe this black cat tag will find a home with you.

So glad you came by for my first halloween post of the year.  There will be a lot more to come.  ALERT:  Challenge to come next week with a great prize.  Stay tuned!





Sunday, September 4, 2016

Felt Teddy Bear Treat Pocket



Sweet Teddy Bears - Aren't they adorable?  National Teddy Bear Day is September 9th.  I couldn't let it go by without a tiny celebration.  Especially since I've been locating all of Lauren's old clothes and toys that have long been packed away. 



 I came across a box of stuffed animals with one of Lauren's first teddy bears.  He's almost thirty one years old!  Look at his poor paw with the top layer coming off.  I think he'll love to see Louisa and hold an honored place in her room, too!

I've got a video showing how to make the felt teddy bear pocket and a printable for the teddy bear tag and sentiment.






You can download the teddy bear tag and sentiment HERE.  

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  When image appears, wait a moment and a download button will appear in the top right corner.  If download button does not appear, right click on the image and save as.  I'm always happy to email the image to you, if neither one works!



I filled my teddy bear treat pocket with gummie bears.  Seems appropriate!

Here's the video on making the teddy bear treat pocket:



Download the Teddy Bear Treat Pocket pattern HERE.

So glad you stopped by.  Have a Happy National Teddy Bear Day!






Sunday, August 28, 2016

Planner Monthly Set Up in 30 Minutes or Less


I ooh and aah over all the pretty planners out there.  I need a planner (I hear my mom saying right now "Yes, you do!")  But I just don't have the time to go all out, so I have a system where I only spend about 30 minutes at the beginning of each month getting the whole month ready to go.  



 I need it to be cute enough that I can stand looking at it, but don't want to spend a lot of time getting it there!  



I've had a couple of emails lately asking if I keep a planner and how I set it up.  I put together a quick video showing what I do at the beginning of each month.  

I also show how to make this cute pocket I keep in the front to hold my To Do lists and sometimes my pens.



Like I said, I don't do a whole lot.  Just make my To Do Lists and decorate a little with washi tape and maybe a stamp or two.  Can you spy the little red butterflies?  I even keep the same place keeper every month:  my little black cat.  I do change his ribbon to match the month's page colors.  In the video, I'll show how easy it was to make him too!

Here's the video:


Even though I have a planner, I still forget things!  Usually because I forgot to write it in my planner to start with.  

Do you keep a planner?  Do you have some suggestions to make it easy and functional?  I would love to hear from you.

Have a lovely week (and if you have a planner, don't forget to write something down)!


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