free printable Christmas gift tags

I’m spreading a little cheer today with FREE Christmas printable gift tags! You know you’re going to need them once you stock up on black Friday. {wink}

The Christmas tag collection includes 11 designs in two color combinations: Habanero Red, Black and Olive Green gift tags and Persimmon, Black and Lime gift tags. And the best part, you can personalize them right inside the high res pdf before you print. (No special program needed. Just Adobe Reader.)

And what’s more, these tags are featured in Kim of The TomKat Studio’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

Soooo many fabulous gift ideas in this year’s edition, as well as recipes and free gift tags from many lovely bloggers I’m blessed to call friends. Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents:

Now DOWNLOAD OUR FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS!

And then hop over and enjoy the entire The TomKat Studio Holiday Gift Guide!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Thanksgiving kid craft ~ make a turkey

Chatting over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week about keeping your kiddos busy on Thanksgiving Day with easy and fun turkey craft ideas and treats! (Free Thanksgiving printables can be downloaded at the bottom of this page!)

This is an easy personalized turkey placecard idea and I share on Snackpicks how to make this fun project take longer than 3 minutes (don’t you think some crafts are just too short!), keeping your little pumpkins entertained and excited to be part of decorating the Thanksgiving kids table!

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

And don’t forget to download our FREE Thanksgiving party printables ~ beverage tags, beverage wrappers and “pick your own” pumpkin sign!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to monogram a pumpkin + video

Ever carve a fabulous pumpkin or make an adorable pumpkin craft only to have the darn thing whither up on you?! I have! But not this year.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has Funkins! You know, the foam pumpkins that look so much like real pumpkins that you almost forget they’re not. Yep, those.

Well I wanted to monogram a pumpkin for my mantel, one that I could use year after year, so I gathered a few supplies with the help of my friends at JoAnn.

And guess what?! JoAnn wants to give a lucky reader a bit of holiday crafting help too! At the bottom of this post I’m giving away a $50 gift card to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores to buy anything you like. {giddy}

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own monogrammed pumpkin just in time for your Thanksgiving guests arrival:

  • Funkin pumpkin from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Martha Stewart Crafts hole punch (mine has three sizes to choose from, I used the largest size)
  • Print out of your initial (I used Word and tested a few sizes on my pumpkin to see what worked best)
  • Tape
  • Optional – Martha Stewart Habanaro and Metallic Copper Craft Paint    

And here’s a little how to video tutorial showing how you how to make a monogrammed pumpkin and while you’re there, subscribe to my new youtube channel:

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving kid activity: thankful tree

My little ones NEED fun things to keep them busy on Thanksgiving Day because the rest of us congregate in the kitchen a lot. Not always cooking… more like nibbling… as my mom cooks.

So this year my boys are going to be decorating part of their own Thanksgiving kids table. First craft up, a Thankful Tree, but instead of cutting out or punching out leaf shapes, they will be rubbing real leaves with crayons and they will be collecting said leaves as well. The reason? I want this activity to take longer than 3 minutes. {grin}

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY candy corn wreath + video tutorial

I’m a huge fan of candy corn, more so the nostalia of it than the taste, but love it all the same.

And today I’m sharing how to make a candy corn inspired Halloween wreath using pine cones! My boys were playing a game where they would throw their footballs into three pine trees in our side yard to see who could knock down the most pine cones. Needless to say we had an overabundance and I felt challenged to make something out of them. {grin}

I’m pretty proud of how my pine cone wreath turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own candy corn inspired pine cone wreath: 

  • 15-17 medium size pine cones (if you can’t find them in nature, you can pick them up at your local JoAnns Fabric and Craft Store)
  • orange, yellow and white spray paint
  • base wreath (this one I upcycled from an old project, but you can pick them up for a few dollars at your local craft store)
  • orange ribbon
  • orange, yellow and white cardstock
  • stick glue
  • tools: scissors, glue gun

And here’s a easy how to video tutorial to show you all the easy steps for making your own pine cone wreath craft:

Oh, and don’t forget, my Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection (like these dessert labels) is free for download right now! Enjoy! 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Halloween!!

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easy no mess pumpkin decorating

Looking for easy ways to decorate pumpkins that doesn’t involve carving, painting or hot glue?! Well this one is for you!

I really want to save this little pumpkin for baking (these are the best size pumpkins) but I needed a fun way to dress him up to go with my new Candy Corn Pine Cone Wreath (tomorrow’s post). So with a simple black masquerade mask from the craft store and harlequin pattern witch hat we made a few years ago, he’s a masquerading pumpkin!

He’s adorable AND I can still make him into a pie. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY headless horseman costume


My oldest was reading A to Z Mysteries, Sleepy Hollow Sleepover when we started talking Halloween costumes for this year and so it didn’t surprise me when he decided he wanted a Headless Horseman costume!

I’m not much for super scary or gross costumes, actually, we typically go as super heroes, as you can see from his little brother (aka Batman) in the background, or civil service (e.g., police swat officers, fireman). 

I tried to talk him into carrying a carved pumpkin, but that was a no go. I also tried the “I’ll paint your face and hair orange.” That too was a no go. He wanted it to sit on his head… well, you can immediately understand the issue.

Then my friends at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores came to my rescue and didn’t even realize it. They sent me some Halloween goodies and among them were Funkins!

Super simple pumpkins to carve, no mess. It was great and he got so many compliments this past weekend at a local park’s Trick-or-Trail Halloween event, where this pic was taken. One man even asked us if it was real. Really?! Like I would put a oopy goopy pumpkin on my little one’s head! But my guy loved that the man wasn’t sure and I guess it’s a testament to how good Funkins look.   

Here’s what you’ll need:

Carving suggestions and tips:

  • Measure the Funkin and your child’s head before you purchase it. You don’t want their head to be squished!
  • Consider cutting small divots in each side of the pumpkin so that it sits on the shoulders and doesn’t slip back and forth on the child’s head.
  • Insert any padding and tack with hot glue inside the Funkin.
  • Now that the padding is in and shoulders cut, have the child place the pumpkin on and point to where their eyes are.
  • Take the pumpkin off and make a small hole. If the child can see out that hole, go ahead and carve 

For Halloween night we may let him carry my iPhone and play horse whiny noises when he goes door to door. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy Halloween apothecary jars


Make your own spooky Halloween apothecary candy jars in less than two minutes! Actually, it might not take you that long! {grin}

I was shopping Target last week… when I got that gray cake plate I shared on Instagram and in this pumpkin muffin post!… and found these fabulous Halloween stickers. They were only $2 for 16 stickers. You couldn’t print them for that price!

And then I found these glitter spider stickers from Jolee’s of EK Success Brands in the scrapbook section and I knew I was going to “spook” up my apothecary jars (which by the way I picked up at Target two-years ago… I know… I’m there a lot!)

You can also get lots of pretty apothecary jars at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores. They have tall ones, short ones, fat ones… on and on. I have a ton from there too!

I filled the apothecary jars with black licorice, attached my Halloween labels, attached a few spiders and finally strung a bit of web and now I have classic and a bit modern apothecary candy jars for my neighborhood boo bash this Halloween!

I do LOVE an easy craft!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday everyone!

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easy Halloween party favors


I LOVE this time of year. I just get giddy over the weather, the fun costumes, the decorations, the baking, the photo ops with my kiddos… and oh yeah… the crafts! {grin}

And I’m thrilled to have hung out with the fabulous ladies of Eighteen 25 this week sharing a little Spooktacular fun for their annual Halloween blog party! So many fun ideas from so many talented bloggers. You’ll want to check it out!

For me, I made these easy and totally kid friendly jack-o-lantern Halloween party favor crafts using plastic Easter eggs. You needed something to do with all of those anyway, right?! {snicker}

You’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Crepe paper (orange, black and green)

Super simple steps:

  1. Fill your egg with candies.
  2. Paint your closed egg with Mod Podge and wrap it with orange crepe. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  3. Add a funny or scary jack-o-lantern face with black crepe and Mod Podge.
  4. Twist a 4″ piece of green crepe for the stem and attach with Mod Podge.
  5. Allow the eggs to set for several hours until completely dry.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bags


I’m hanging out over on my blog at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com today sharing some fun and creative DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag ideas! 

With Halloween just around the corner I’m getting excited. And as you ladies know, I love to craft, bake and in general create with my two boys and the holidays just give me a specific reason to pull them into the kitchen or the craft room.

I also like to volunteer in their classrooms and these simple, economical and creative Halloween treat bags will be perfect for their class Halloween parties this year.

I whipped up four ideas using colorful lunch bags: a Monster, Owl, Spider Web and Cat. I hope you’ll hop over to Snackpicks.com and join me for all the easy DIY details and of course a step-by-step pictorial of how to make each bag!

Oh, and there might be a coupon or two for your favorite Kellogg’s products if you join the newsletter! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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