Money Grows on Trees

This Halloween I decided not to give out candy.  Since we live on the edge of town and don't get many trick or treaters,  I decided I really don't want any extra candy laying around so this year I'm giving out cash.
I cut orange paper 3 x 3, then got out my envelope punch board and punched and scored at 1 1/2 inches. I then placed three quarters inside, folded it and used pearl cotton to tie it.  I had leftover stickers from Paper Pumpkin so I used those to decorate them.

I went out and cut some branches off one of my shrubs, put them in a fruit jar and proceeded to hang the little packets of money on the tree.  I didn't anticipate the money being so heavy so it really didn't work out as well as planned, as the braches aren't really strong enough but I did manage to get a few of them hung.


Cricut Club

Saturday I got together with some friends that formed a cricut  club so we can learn and use our cricut cutting systems more. Each month two people design cards and bring the supplies needed to make the cards. I still don't use mine (it's just so much easier to grab a Stampin' Up punch) but they keep me in the group anyway. And I'm so glad they do because we always make super cute cards.


Paper Pumpkin

Stampin' Up has a program where you can sign up to get a monthly box of fun paper projects to put together.  Sine I am a demonstrator I thought I better subscribe (at least for a while) to find out what it all about. This month is was all about Halloween, now I usually don't really get into Halloween that much, but I really didn't want boxes of unused projects sitting around so I'm going to try to keep up with making the projects.

These are the little burlap treat bags that came in the kit, along with the little stickers, paper, Halloween stamp set, orange ink and sequence.  I'm not a fan of sequence in any way shape or form, but since it came in the kit, it was either use it or toss it, so I used it.


Tune in Tuesday

Last night I had the honor of being the guest at a local homemakers group.  I was invited once before and they decided I should come back again.  Last time I did Easter projects and this time they wanted Halloween/fall projects.
They are such a fun group and many of them seem to pride themselves on not being crafty so I started out with a tiny little file folder candy holder.
These are so much fun to make with the envelope punch board I can't stop making them.  I've made them in so many sizes I can't even count. This size is 4 x 2 5/8 inches and scored at 1 3/4 and again at 2 inches. The top is punched at the top at about 3/4 inch.

Next we made a mason jar card. I've made a few of these in different sizes as well.

Then we moved on to decorating small boxes.

 We saved the best for last and made a little luminary.
We stamped on vellum and put a little tea light inside. The measurements for this are - black cardstock 10 3/8 inches x 4 1/4 inches. Score along the bottom at 1 1/4 inches and for the sides score at 2 1/2 inches (4 times).  The vellum is cut at 2 5/8 x 2. The windows were punched with the decorative label punch. I used glue dots in the corners of the vellum to attach them to the card stock then used red score tape to put it together.


Fall Retreat 2014

Once again we had our fall retreat and wow, what a productive group we are!
Jeanette worked on a baby quilt for a up and coming grandchild.

Evy worked on Christmas cards.

Sally worked on quilt blocks for her quilt guild.

I some how managed to finish a denim quilt top. I had the blocks already cut so it went together pretty quickly.
I also made a bracelet for my sister with fabric that she brought back from Nigeria.

We were also blessed with seeing some deer out the front window during dinner.

 Evy made cards -Evy style- 104 to be exact.

 Then when she finished those she jumped right into making some with pictures that her friend takes.

 Jeanette finished the top of her baby quilt then moved on to some embroidery.

When Sally finished her quilt blocks she made some adorable quilt labels for the backs of her quilts.

I also worked on a twisted log cabin table runner.
Did I mention that we also had time to enjoy five wonderful meals?


I Challlenged Kathy .........

Then I went searching on the world wide web and found a fabulous idea for using gelli print paper then I went on vacation, then came home and got sick, then forgot about our challenge.  When my head started to clear, I remembered we had a challenge, but couldn't find the fabulous idea back again.  So when I woke up this morning and realized I hadn't done a thing for the challenge, I panicked and ask myself what can I make in three minutes for less.
  Well here is the result.   Paper Beads! Yes I know it's sad, it's pathetic  but It's what I made.  and I'll try to do better for the next challenge.
I also made a tag using the same paper as I used for the beads.
Make sure you hop on over to Kathy's blog and see what she made with some of her papers. Her work is so incredible and inspiring.