Silhouette Stamping Kit and Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I am so excited about the Silhouette Stamping Kit.  Did you guys know that you can actually make your own stamps with the Silhouette cutting machines?  Seriously!  This has to be one of my favorite new uses for my Silhouette.  My mind is buzzing with all of the possibilities!

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But…as a blogger, I always have the upcoming Holiday and Season on my mind.  So for my first stamp project, I had Halloween running through my head.  I just shared with you some Halloween Treat Bags here and came up with another fun version.

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I will share a tutorial for how I made my stamp for the Halloween Treat Bags in an upcoming post, but today I want to share with you an awesome promotion that Silhouette is running right now so that you too can make your own stamps.

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Here are the different deals going on right now through September 13:

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A Silhouette Portrait Kit  plus the Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit

only $129.99 (a $200 value!)

This Silhouette Portrait® / stamping starter kit bundle includes:

  • Silhouette Portrait®
    • Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting machine
    • Power cable/AC adapter
    • USB cable
    • Silhouette Studio® software
    • $10 download card
    • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
    • Silhouette blade
    • Basic Instruction Guide
    • Portrait instructional DVD

Stamping starter kit:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

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A Silhouette Cameo kit — plus the Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit — only $269.99 (a $329 value!)

This Silhouette CAMEO® / stamping starter kit bundle includes:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting machine
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD

Stamping starter kit:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

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20% off the Stamping Starter Kit

— just $23.99!

Stamping starter kit includes:

  • 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in)
  • Cutting mat for stamp material
  • 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
  • 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
  • 1 black ink pad
  • 10 exclusive stamp designs
  • Instructional DVD
  • Idea/Instruction book

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How can you take advantage of these deals?

Use this link:

{Silhouette Stamping Promotion}

{Click on the blue link and it will take you to the Silhouette page where you can order any of the three promotions.  Be sure to use the special discount code…}

*use code: IDEAROOM

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This is such a great deal.  Now is the perfect time to finally get that Silhouette Cameo or Portrait that you have been wanting…just in time for the Holidays.

And don’t you just LOVE the new Silhouette Stamping Kits?  Such an awesome concept.  Perfect for all your Holiday projects, gifts and home décor ideas!

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And…our awesome giveaways continue…

I get to give one Lucky Idea Room Reader their very own Silhouette Portrait!!

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If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a Silhouette Portrait machine, follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

*If you are using a mobile device, you may need to log in on a computer to enter.  It takes a moment for the Rafflecopter Widget to load, so please be patient, especially with the amount of entries.

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Be sure to come back for a full tutorial for how to make these fun Halloween Treat Bags using the Silhouette Stamping Kit.

*UPDATE: Click on the link to take you to the tutorial for these Halloween Treat Bags.

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**Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 . One winner will be chosen and given a Silhouette Portrait.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Halloween Treat Bags

With the kids back in school, I have Fall and the upcoming Holidays on my mind.  This is absolutely one of my favorite seasons.  I was recently sent some fun supplies from DecoArt and challenged to use some of them to create something with them.  And we all know how much I love to create.

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There were some really fun graphic stencils and some Multi-Surface Paints and so I decided to make some fun Halloween Treat Bags.

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Everything looks better in a pretty package…am I right?!

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I simply took some plain linen sacks (which I picked up from my local craft store) and then stenciled them with some Halloween colored paint from DecoArt.

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I slid a piece of paper inside the linen sack that was the same size as the bags to prevent the paint from seeping through the sacks.

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Then let the paint dry fully.  Simple as that.

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Fill with your favorite Halloween treats…in this case…an old favorite…Candy Corn.

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Whip up some pretty tags, or use the ones I made.

To download a copy of the Halloween Boo! Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Halloween Boo! Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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Americana Multi-Surface Satins are available for purchase at Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, and other fine craft retailers.  You can also take advantage of this great rebate that’s good for the next couple months!

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Here’s to hoping for a long and beautiful fall season!

And just for fun…what is your favorite Holiday/Season?

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt. I received compensation as well as product to complete this project.  However, all opinions and statements are my own.

Halloween Games—Mr. Bones

I can not believe that Halloween is right around the corner.  If you are a mom with kids in elementary school then you are probably scrambling trying to figure out something to do for the classroom party…am I right?  Last year we played this cute version of Halloween Bingo from my friends over at The Crafting Chicks.  This year my daughter is a “grown-up” 5th grader and requested a different game.  So I decided to come up with a new game.

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And thus we have one of our newest Halloween games…Mr. Bones.

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Skeletons:

I used my Silhouette Cameo machine and purchased one of their position-able skeleton images from their online shop for $1.  Then I cut several of them out on white cardstock.  Then took each one and glued them onto black cardstock and Mod Podged them up real good (nice grammar).  After they dried, I cut them out into individual skeleton parts. You will need one whole skeleton per person playing the game.

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Game Dice:

To make the dice, I just got two wooden blocks (1 inch in size) and painted them white, Mod Podged on some fun gray polka dot scrapbook paper an then added some really small skeleton parts that I cut out in black cardstock.  Re-coat the entire dice with Mod Podge and let dry.  Important: You will need a different skeleton part represented on at least one side of the dice.  For example: you will need a skull, rib cage, clavicle, upper arm, lower arm, hand, pelvis, upper leg, lower leg, and a foot.  That is 10 body parts and my skeleton had 10 body parts.  That meant that I had two open spots on my dice.  So I added a skull and crossbones.  The skull and crossbones then become a fun twist to the game, which I will share in the rules of the game below.

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Game Box:

For the game box I used a simple brown craft box which can be found at most craft stores.  I painted it white and then added some gray striped scrapbook paper.  Then I made the name out of some Iron-On Fuzzy Transfer from Silhouette.

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How to Play Mr. Bones:

The general goal of this game is to see who can build their skeleton first.

Set out the pile of bones in the center of the table.

Each player will take a turn rolling both dice.

The skeleton parts on the dice are the parts you will be able to grab from the pile to build your Mr. Bones.

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If you roll one skull and crossbones this allowed you to take a bone from an opposing player.

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If you roll two skull and crossbones, you had to return ALL of your bones to the pile in the middle and start over.

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The first player to build their entire Mr. Bones wins.

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That’s all there is to it.  It is pretty simple and you can change it up too depending on the age of kids you are going to be using it for.  As a science teacher you could also add the scientific names to the dice rather than the picture to help your students learn the names of the bones.

If your kids are younger and need help knowing where the skeleton bones need to go, you can print out a full skeleton on a sheet so the kids can look and see just where each bone needs to go.  I did this for my two younger kids when we played this for Family Night the other day.

My kids LOVED this game and my daughter is excited for me to bring it to her class party next week!

What do you think? As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making your own Mr. Bones game.

Severed Witch Finger Pens

We just got back from a family vacation where I ate WAY too much and went unplugged for a week.  It was awesome!  And now I am having a horrible time re-entering my regular schedule.  The vacation was just what we needed…and unfortunately had to come to an end at some point.  Now I am knee deep in laundry and all the mess that goes along with a family trip.

But I wanted to hurry up and get these Halloween Crafts up so that some of you might have a chance to make it before Halloween this year if it is something you are interested in…Halloween Severed Witch Finger Pens.

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My son came home with one of these from a Halloween Classroom Party last year.  It was a huge hit at our house.  So, of course, I had to make some this year.  All you need are a few simple items.

You will need:

Model Magic (we used white)

Fake Fingernails

Pen

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Simply grab a small bit of model magic.  A little bit will really go a long way.  You need just enough to cover the pen.  Then simply roll the clay between your fingers and a table top so that you have a long “snake” like roll that is just a bit longer than your pen.

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Place your pen on top of the roll making sure to leave the writing end of the pen uncovered.  Carefully pinch and roll the clay around the pen so that the pen is completely covered.  Gently roll the pen and the clay now between your fingers and the table again so that you get a nice smooth edge where the clay comes together along the seam.  Make sure the end of the pen is covered completely.  This is going to be the tip of the finger.

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Then gently press in areas on the finger that would coincide with the knuckles and natural bends in a finger.  I then took a knife and gently made some marks to look like the wrinkles over the knuckles on the skin of the finger.

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Push the fake fingernail into the top of the pen so that it looks like a natural fingernail.  I pushed it in a bit more at the base of the fingernail so that it gives it a more natural fingernail.  You can leave the fingernail natural or you can paint the nail.  I chose to paint ours red.  I simply took the nail off the clay before it dried and painted it.  When the paint was dry, I glued the nail onto the finger with some hot glue.  Then you can let the fingers air dry for a couple of days or bake them in a very low oven (100 degrees).  Be sure your fingernails can handle the heat before you go that route though…

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These are so easy to make and would be the perfect party craft for kids to make on their own.  What do you think?


 

Halloween Crafts & Decor Ideas

Are you new to the Idea Room? Check out some of these past Halloween Craft and Halloween Recipes…A collection of our past Halloween Ideas you might have missed out on!





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Halloween Party Napkins

Hi Idea Room readers! My name is Tauni and I blog at SNAP! – a site where I can share social media tips, DIY and entertainingideas. I also host a fun social media conference with Amy and a few other fun ladies in the spring.

I am simply thrilled to be guest posting today. I found Amy’s site when she first started blogging and have followed her ever since. She’s taught me so much about being a mom, a woman and a positive person and I am truly grateful to call her my friend…

Halloween has become one of my favorite holidays. It’s fun to decorate AND fun to celebrate. Each year, we mark the week of Halloween with a spooky dinner.

This year, bats have dominated conversation so we’re having a bat themed dinner. I couldn’t find any fun party napkins with bats, so we made our own!  Today I am sharing with you how to make your own DIY Halloween Napkins.

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This is a really simple project that takes minutes and you can even have your kids join in on the fun…

Simple Halloween Party Napkin Supplies

DIY Party Napkins

Variety of stamps (letters, bats, etc.)
Stamp pads
Paper napkins

How to Make Simple Halloween Party Napkins

These napkins are great for instances where you need something really specific. The best part is they are super inexpensive too!

I had some fun, sort of rough letter/number stamps (sort of creepy, right?) on hand that I decided to mix in with the little bat stamp I found at Hobby Lobby. I think I paid about $2 for the bat stamp.

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I love the clear plexi stamps. It makes it so easy to line things up and get them where you want them…If I would have thought of it in advance, I probably would have tried to find a bat I could have used on the plexi block as well.

I prefer the pigment ink stamps that run about $2-3. The don’t seem to bleed as much as some of the other inks I tried on the paper napkins.

All you have to do is ink up, stamp lightly and let dry. Bam! You’re all done!!!

They’d also be perfect for a fun classroom party…

I love simple party projects with high impact, don’t you?!

Of course, the napkins are just part of our decor. We’ve got this spooky skeleton wreath on the front door…

And this fun bat wreath hanging inside…

(to go with the bat theme of course)

I’d love to get to know YOU better. I hope you will stop by the blog, or join me on Facebook and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for sharing these fun Halloween napkins Tauni.  They are so perfect for a Halloween party!  I have enjoyed working with Tauni on a lot of different projects and am always asking her for advice.  She has become a good friend and I am so grateful for the blessings I have been able to enjoy because of this blog.  Thanks Tauni!  –Amy

Halloween Kids Printable Book

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Hi! We’re Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase and we are so excited to be a part of Amy’s Fall Festival! The Idea Room is one of the first blogs we ever read years ago, so we feel pretty lucky to be here! We are two sisters that share a love of creating. We love up-cycling furniture, planning parties, decorating our homes, and doing fun projects with our kids.
Now that it’s finally October, the kids are getting excited about Halloween and of course, their costumes. It seems that every day brings a different idea of what they want to dress up as. (Can anyone relate?) So today we’re sharing a fun printable just for them!

This little book is as simple as you can get. It’s all ready to go in PDF form. Download here. Print it out, fold it in half (twice) and let your child’s imagination run wild!
Here are the pages included:
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Our kids thought this was really fun. Here’s how Holly’s son used his book.
The book has prompts for writing/or drawing and is good practice for following written directions! I love this Harry Potter!
For younger kids, you can read the directions to them and help them to narrow down the list to just one. This is a HUGE decision, you know.
We hope your kiddos have fun getting all ready to dress up for Halloween! I guess now we just have to figure out what Mom & Dad get to be…
Thanks for having us, Amy! We love the Idea Room and hope you lovely readers will come see what we’re up to at My Sister’s Suitcase. You can also find us on
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween & Fall projects:

Thanks so much Nat and Holly!  What a fun idea! I can’t believe it is that time of year already!  I am so happy to have these ladies sharing over at The Idea Room today.  Some of the sweetest and nicest women I know.  Be sure to head on over to their site and check out some of their other fun creativity!

–Amy

Halloween Pop Box Gift

So excited to welcome Kristyn today as part of our Fall Festival!  Kristyn is sharing an awesome tutorial for these DIY Halloween Candy Bottles and gift box.

Hi there Idea Room readers!! It’s Kristyn from Lil’ Luna! I’m so thrilled to be here today. I admire Amy so much, and look up to her not only as a blogger, but also as a friend and mother. The girl is amazing and so talented, so was I ecstatic when she asked for me to guest post today.

As I think about cooler weather and Fall, I can’t help but think of Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and our family has made some super fun traditions for that holiday. Although gift giving is associated more with Christmas, our family has actually tried serving and doing nice things for others all year round, and even around Halloween. People can always use a pick me up, right? So, this year I decided to come up with a super cute Halloween Pop Box Gift. I’ve made them in the past for Valentines, Christmas and Birthday, and they’ve alwas been a hit. Why not a Halloween version?! It can be given to your child’s teacher or just to a family who needs some extra cheer. It’s even great for the hubby!! This gift is easy and perfect for anyone.

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Here is what you’ll need to make one too:

Materials:

IBC Cream Soda or Crush Pop Bottles Set

Candies to fill your bottles

Scrapbook Paper Ribbon/Ric Rac/Twine

Tape or Glue Spray Paint or Craft Paint

Halloween Pop Box Printables

Directions:

1. Begin by emptying your pop bottles and washing them out and letting them dry completely. From there you will paint your Pop Box. I spray painted mine black. Let dry.

Best-Halloween-Candy2. From there you will fill your pop bottles with candy. I did Candy Corn, Indian Corn, Black & Orange Sixlets, Fall M&Ms, Black Licorice and Reeses Pieces.

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3. From there you will print out your Halloween Pop Box Printables. To get the PDF click on the image above or go HERE.

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4. Cut out all your printables.

5. From there you will cut out 6 pieces of scrapbook paper. I made mine about 3 inches by 9 inches. Wrap and tape around pop bottles. Add your pop bottles circles to the front of your bottles with tape or glue.

6. From there I added some ric rac and ribbon around the tops of the bottles. I also added the pumpkin heads to the tops of the bottles. Add your bottles back to the box and be sure to add your front printable to the box that says “No Tricks, Just Treats”. Now you have super cute and easy Halloween Gift to give to anyone.

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Super cute and super easy – which is how I like things!! ;D

Be sure to come on over to Lil’ Luna for more fun and cute tutorials on crafts, DIY projects, recipes and more. I’d love to have you!!

ENJOY!

Thank you so much Kristyn! Isn’t she the cutest?  I just instantly knew I liked Kristyn when I met her.  She is so nice and sweet and FUN!  I feel so grateful for all the amazing people I have been able to meet through this blog and Kristyn is definitely one of those people.  Be sure to head on over to Lil’ Luna and see all the great things she shares!  –Amy

Monster Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a Monster Cookie?  I am not sure why they are called Monster Cookies other than the fact that these things are loaded with goodness.  I thought it would be fun to share our little Halloween twist on our Monster Cookie Recipe

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This would be a fun door bell ditching gift for you neighbors sometime around Halloween.  Simply whip up your favorite batch of Monster Cookies and package them in this labeled jar, which is simply a cleaned out pickle jar.

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Make sure you really clean it out as you don’t want the cookies to have a pickle after taste! Then slap on one of these Monster Cookie Labels that I made from one of Love Manor’s amazing Halloween Labels.  Some of you may remember a couple of years ago when I used some of these same labels on this Halloween Apothecary.

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Monster Cookie Recipe

· ½ cup room temp. Butter

· 1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

· 3/4 cup Sugar

· 3 Eggs

· 1/8 cup (or 2 Tablespoons) Vanilla Extract

· 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter

· 1 tsp Baking Soda

· 4 ½ cups Oatmeal (Quick or Old Fashioned)

(I usually put my Quick Oats in the blender to chop it up)

 

Optional Add-Ins:

Wilton Candy Eyeballs

Chocolate Chips (or other flavored chips)

M&M’s

Nuts

Raisins

Craisins

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Directions:

  1. In mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars until blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  2. Add Peanut Butter and baking Soda and mix together.
  3. Slowly add oatmeal. Blend in as much as you can with mixer and fold in the rest by hand along with your choice of Add-ins.
  4. Drop onto greased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven until light brown.

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Want to download a copy of the label I modified for the Monster Cookies?  Click on the image below or the link:

Monster Cookie Labels

What are your favorite Add-Ins for Monster Cookies?

12 uses for old book pages

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Michael Wurm, Jr. from Inspired by Charm here sharing 12 FABULOUS Halloween Crafts using pages from old books as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hello, Everyone! Michael here from Inspired by Charm.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today. I’m a huge fan of Amy and The Idea Room. Her Fall Festival is the bomb, and I’m thrilled to be one of the festival bloggers.

Today I have twelve mini-projects to share with you. Yep, twelve! Old books and old book pages are popping up everywhere in blogland and the craft world. So I decided to take this idea and give it a festive twist.

To get started, I picked up a couple old books at a local thrift shop. (Book lovers, cover your eyes.) I tore out a few pages from the books and then grabbed my laptop. I hit up one of my favorite clip art galleries, The Graphics Fairy, and downloaded all the Halloween-related images.

Using two small pieces of double stick tape, I attached one book page to the center of a piece of standard card stock.

Using the word processing program on my computer, I selected one of the clip art images and printed it on the book page taped to the card stock.


Simple as that! I repeated those steps for all my images. With a stack of embellished book pages in hand, I started to get crafty. Let’s get going!

No. 1: Place Cards
Just add a name in your word processor before printing your page (or write it in later) and then cut to fit. I guess this means Amy is officially invited for dinner!

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No. 2: Vase Update
I have this great rectangular vase that was begging to be jazzed up. I just cut around the printed image and attached it to the vase with double stick tape.



No. 3: Wall Décor Accent
I have a display of plates and mirrors in my dinning room. I simply tucked in a few of the book pages for a spooky new look! This could be done to anything hanging, be it a frame, mirror, or other wall decoration.

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No. 4: Decorative Jar Candle
Have a simple looking candle? Wrap it with an embellished book page. After cutting out the image, I attached it with double stick tape.

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No. 5: Vintage Wreath
This one is a piece of cake. Just tuck a printed page into your favorite wreath for an instant vintage touch.



No. 6: Put a Cloche on It!
Slide a mini-pumpkin and one of the pages under a cloche. Anything under a cloche always looks special and important.

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 No. 7: Candlestick Wrap

Trim the page so there is just enough to wrap around the candle. I used double stick tape to affix the page. Being tall and skinny, the skeleton key graphic worked perfectly. Use caution if you do decide to light these as old paper and flames don’t really go well together.

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No. 8. Jazz up Your Jam
I thought the paper would rip on this one, but it couldn’t have worked better! Cut a square out of your paper with your image centered. Place it on top of your jar lid and screw on the top. I then added a fun label to make the presentation even more special. In case you were wondering, that’s peach jam.

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No. 9: Art Swap
This is another easy one. Swap out a piece of artwork for one of the pages, or add it on top of a piece of artwork that may be a little larger than the printed page.

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No. 10: Specimen Jars
These vintage mason jars are always coming in handy for me. After I printed the orange and black butterflies, I trimmed the pages to size and tucked them into the jars. These would look great all year long!

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No. 11: Boring to Bold
It’s all in the details! Take a boring glass of striped drinking straws over-the-top by sliding in a page printed with skeletons. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

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No. 12: Goodie Bags
Last but not least, turn an old book page into a fun label for treats. I folded my page in half at the top of the label and cut it out, making sure not to cut the fold. Again, using double stick tape on both sides of the interior of my label, I attached it to a bag full of yummy pumpkin kisses.

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That’s it! Simple, but totally fabulous and unexpected. It really is all about the details. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your Halloween and fall decorating. What other ideas do you have for embellished book pages?

Thanks again to Amy for having me here! It was an absolute joy sharing my ideas in The Idea Room!

Thank you so much Michael!  You can bet I am coming to your party.  Thanks for setting a place for me at the table!  If you have not stopped over to Michael’s site you really need to.  He has some amazing recipes and all sorts of fun things he shares.  You will not be sorry!  –Amy

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