Guest Blogger: Erica Cerwin
I LOVE Halloween! I love spending the whole month of October creating and preparing for the fun festivities that come at the end of the month. But, it can get very hectic! With three kids and a full time job, I can’t always make all the things I want. Especially when I need to make lots of the same thing (like treats)! My Digital Studio has really helped me simplify Halloween crafting this year. With the addition of e-cutter capabilities, things are a breeze!
I decided to make mini popcorn treat boxes for our Halloween block party. First, I created a template in MDS using punches. The cupcake punch was perfect to create the sides. I added squares and rectangles to create the flaps.
Once my image was complete, I took advantage of my e-cutter’s print and cut feature. You can merge the image you have created in MDS right into the e-cutter software. Then, you print it out and feed it into the e-cutter and it cuts it out perfectly! Yay—what a time saver!
Because there are so many Halloween downloads, I have tons of patterns to choose from! This year, I mostly stuck on the Sophisticated Spooks Ensemble (EU, SP). It has some great simple cut files (witch, spider, cat, and bat) as well as already created tag embellishments that make things even easier! I spent some time creating four different tags to put on the front of my treat boxes.
I used the print and cut feature on my e-cutter and voila! Done! I added them to the front of the treat boxes with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I felt like my cello bags needed a little something else, so I merged the critter stamp images right into my e-cutter and cut them out of Basic Black Cardstock. I added them to the top of the bag with some Linen Thread. Cute and pretty simple! My kids can even help me assemble these right before the party!
I decided that these were not simple enough for the goodies I give out to my kids' friends on Halloween night! (I need to make a ton of them.) I stuck with the basic designs I had already created on the tags and created bag toppers.
Mostly I used Sophisticated Spooks but I also threw in elements from the downloads Wicked
Fun Kit (EU, SP), Howlstooth& Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (EU, SP), and the Monster Munchies Ensemble (EU, SP). I merged into my e-cutter and I printed
and then machine cut. Even easier this time! All I needed to do was attach them
to the top of a bag filled with goodies!
To spice them up a bit, I also added the critter stamp images cut out of Basic Black Cardstock and a Linen Thread Bow.
Lastly, I needed something that the kids and I could hand out at school. We’re not allowed to give out any candy. So, I was struck one day with an idea while watching my kids fight over some free bookmarks in the library. My students love bookmarks! They are all new readers, and feel so grown up when they can say they need one. I thought beautiful Halloween bookmarks would be perfect!
Again, to save myself time, I used the same design that I had originally come up with. This time, I created rectangle punches in MDS and filled them with the same elements.
I changed some of the wording to reflect reading, but most of it stayed the same. These
were very easy to just print and cut with a paper cutter.
I dressed them up with lots of yummy Stampin’ Up! ribbon and the stamp images that
I cut out with the e-cutter. How cute are they? My kids are going to go bananas
What a fun non-candy type gift. And, it will excite them to read as well!
Check out all of the awesome Halloween downloads My Digital Studio has to offer. They are full of amazing designs and patterns. When you combine them with an e-cutter, your projects become so quick and easy!
I hope you are inspired by my projects and can find ways to simplify your holidays as well!
Erica Cerwin, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator