Halloween Decor DIY – Paper Decorated Pumpkin

September 17th, 2013

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Katie made another cute halloween project for my blog. I provided her with the My Mind’s Eye Happy Haunting line, and she did all the magic to make this adorable pumpkin! The best part is that she started with this crazy green pumpkin that she bought on clearance last Halloween.

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I got the pumpkin from the 80% off sale at hobby lobby last year, spent $1.80 on it, knowing i wouldn’t keep it green. In preparation for decorating the pumpkin, I painted it black

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The stem wasn’t big enough to wrap ribbon around so I cut two holes to fish the ribbon through.

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Then I grabbed all the cute MME Happy Haunting papers & embellishments and played around with them a bit.

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I decided to keep it simple and cut strips of the striped paper and wrap them around the pumpkin.

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I used the enamel brads to stick the strips down with. and just fanned out the paper till i covered the whole pumpkin.

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I put some hot glue on the bottom of the pumpkin where the stripes fell so they would stay down in place.

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I wanted to decorate the top so I got some Basket Box and Bag shred from the Dollar store, and hot glued it to the top for some fun texture.

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For the tag i just found the skull base that i wanted and just started adding from there, all MME stuff from the Happy Haunting line.

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Then I assembled it all and tied the ribbons up top. A super simple project, but an beautiful halloween decoration.

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Thanks Katie!! I adore this pumpkin and just had to place it on my Halloween table:

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Here’s the rest of my table – This will probably be my only Halloween decorations this year due to our temporary housing situation. But next year I’m totally going all out!

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Father’s Day Father & Son Silhouette Project DIY

June 12th, 2013

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I asked my very crafty friend (and landlady) Katie to create an awesome father’s day project for my blog. She came up with this great idea to do a father/son silhouette. I suppose if you have a daughter you can do a father/daughter silhoutte, or a father/pet one etc. I’m not sure how you’d do multiple children, maybe a really long frame. I’m sure there’s lots of ways you can play around with this idea.

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I just love how the silhouette turned out. The script paper in the back makes for a super elegant art piece for your mantle or gallery wall.

The first step is to get a photo of your guys. Good luck keeping them still for that one second it takes to hit the shutter button.

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Then you’ll need to import the pictures onto your computer. Katie used Adobe Illustrator to build her silhouettes in. If you have a wacom tablet, you could also use photoshop or some similar program. The benefit of using Illustrator is that your silhouette can become a cuttable file for your Cricut or Cameo pretty easily. If you’re just not computer savvy, you can create a silhouette the old fashioned way by projecting light past your subject and onto a surface –  hand-drawing while they sit there, or you can take photos and print out the photo the correct size, and trace/cut your silhouette from the photo.

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In Illustrator you’re basically making a line with points that define change in direction. You want to have as few points as possible in order for your shapes to be as smooth as they can be. Create a new layer, and use your pen or pencil tool to follow the outline of the faces. You can see here that the lines are white so that they show up against the photos.

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Once the silhouettes are complete, you can switch the white line to a white fill to make sure that they look correct.

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When you’re happy with the shapes, you can delete the photo layer, and turn the white fill into a black fill.
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Then you can figure out how you want the project to be composed.

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Katie tried the faces nested, but it created some visual confusion. So she settled on them overlapping.

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To keep the necks from having odd starting and stoping spots, Katie created an oval and used the pathfinder tool to make the shapes fit perfectly together.
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She sent me her illustrator files since I have a Cameo (which I LOVE and highly recommend). I saved each silhouette in it’s own file, and exported as a .DXF (make sure there are no groups). Then I imported into the Silhouette Studio (Cameo’s free software), and cut each of the silhouettes out with my Cameo. Katie cut the background circle by hand, and then we glued the silhouettes onto the background and mounted them in the frame.

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Polka Dot Barn – Featured Sponsor

May 11th, 2013

My adorable and incredibly creative friend Alicia King recently opened an etsy store with her adorable paper goods and vintage finds. She also sells at local boutiques including one this weekend at Bliss Boutique in Pleasant Grove Utah (105 S 100 E). Her shop name is the polka.dot barn: paper goods & vintage finds.

Here are some  awesome photos of her booth and cute products. Visit her website: thepolkadotbarn.com, etsy shop: thepolkadotbarn.etsy.com,  and blog:  aliciaking.typepad.com for lots more eye candy. You can also add her on Facebook to get updates about what boutique’s she’ll be showing at:  facebook.com/thepolkadotbarn.

Now onto the drool-worthy photos:

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Isn’t her booth just so amazing! I want her to come and decorate my studio… if I had one right now. Maybe in a few months… Seriously cute stuff though – so check out her site and shop to get your hands on her adorable creations!

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