From Jeanette: On This Halloween Night

Tonight is the night all of October has been leading up to! And for many of you, tonight’s plans probably include trick-or-treating. I have many fond memories from taking my children trick-or-treating when they were young. I remember cold Halloween nights, bundled up in my coat, holding tiny hands as we walked from house to house, knocking on doors and collecting candy. I can still see the warm smiles of the jack-o-lanterns glowing on the doorsteps and the soft light spilling from the windows, illuminating the faces of the little ghosts, princesses, and superheroes that walked by.

Seeing children dressed up in costumes is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. It’s so fun to watch them transform into the characters they’ve always dreamed of becoming. When my daughter Aubrey was a little girl, she absolutely adored dressing up as Snow White—and not just on Halloween! There was a time when it seemed she was Snow White more than she was Aubrey. Every day she put on her little yellow and blue dress with the puffy sleeves and became a princess. It was so wonderful to see how very much she enjoyed her own imagination.

Now that my children are grown, I find the same joy in seeing my grandchildren in Halloween costumes. The smiles seem to never leave their faces! Here are a couple cute photos of them, all dressed up for Halloween.

Aren’t they the cutest? These little faces melt my heart. I’m hoping their Halloween night is a special one.

Wherever you are in the world, whether you celebrate Halloween or are simply happy it’s Friday, I hope you have something special planned for tonight. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Tell me in the comments, if you want to share.

Happy Halloween!

Jeanette

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Crafting Adventure Winners

Oh, sweet candy corn! You guys blew our witchy socks right off with all the wonderful entries we received from the Choose-Your-Own Spooky Crafting Adventure contest. As promised, today is the day to reveal our five lucky winners! We chose one winning entry from creative challenges 1, 2, and 4, and two winning entries from creative challenge 3.

Now, without further ado, we are pleased to present the five lucky crafting adventurers!

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 1: Use three different Close To My Heart washi tapes to create a papercraft that can be used for goodies or given as a gift.

WINNER:
Lauren Moore
Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand

Lauren Moore

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 2: Create an artistic masterpiece using at least two of the following in any color: Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, glitter gems, or sequins.

WINNER:
Vicki Wizniuk
Fort St. John, BC, Canada

Vicki Wizniuk

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 3: In honor of your intuitive password selection, create a card, layout, or other creation using each of the Close To My Heart colors that would comprise candycorn: Honey, Goldrush, and Colonial White.

WINNER 1:
Gina Brandstetter
Murfreesboro, TN, USA

Gina Brandstetter

WINNER 2:
Kristina Baldwin
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Kristina Baldwin

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 4: To help you cope with your frightening memories from your night in the haunted cemetery, create original artwork using the Scaredy Cat paper packet and add either the Scaredy Cat Complements or the Scaredy Cat assortment. 

WINNER:
Karen Mosello
Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Karen Mosello

Congratulations, winners!

If your name is listed above, please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “Contest Winner” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, and choice of any one Cut Above™ kit from the Annual Inspirations idea book.

Be sure to check out the blogs of each of the winners to see how they worked their crafty magic! The winning entries that have an accompanying Consultant blog post have been linked directly to the photo, so all you need to do is click on the photo to learn more. And just so you’re aware, two of the winning entries do not have accompanying blog posts.

Start revving your crafting engines for the next contest—it’s coming soon!

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A Spooky Crafting Adventure Contest

Are you ready to choose your own creative adventure? Grab your scrapbooking gear and buckle your seatbelt because it’s about to get spooky. This contest has a special twist and a spine-tingling prize. Follow these four steps carefully for a chance to win one of five Cut Above™ Treat Bag or Card Kits! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Embark on the adventure by clicking on the image below. Follow the colored hearts and make decisions that will ultimately bring you to your individual creative challenge.
  2. Complete the creative challenge you are issued at the end of the adventure.
  3. Email a picture of your finished artwork to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com before October 29 to enter the contest.
  4. Anxiously await the winners announcement that will come on October 30 after our panel of judges assesses the entries based on creativity, cleverness, and artistry!

Now that’s settled, let’s get going. Click anywhere on the image below to begin. Have fun!

Choose Your Own Adventure

 

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Treats Take Flight into Eerie Nights

Double, double, toil and trouble,
We’ve got new ideas a’bubble.
Add them to your craft regime
For cute new looks that make you scream!

We bring you the spells for two fun and simple handcrafted goodie bags you can fill with your favorite seasonal treats. Conjure some up for yourself to use as party favors or table decor.

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Your treats will fly off the table when you place them in these adorable broomstick bags! Use the box shape seen on page 67 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet as your base shape. Trim box into 1/8″ strips to form the bristles of the broom. Give your broom a handle by adding a knobbly twig.

Broomsticks

Broomstick Treat Bags
C1509 My Acrylix® Magic Potions, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1½” Accent 4 <6> (p. 36)
1¼” Shift+Accent 2 <#> (p. 33)
2½” Card <w> (p. 42)
2¼” Card <i> (p. 48)
4″ 3D Object <m> (p. 67)

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You don’t need Halloween-themed paper to make a Halloween project. The toothy grins on these treat bags were cut by the Cricut® Artiste cartridge and mounted on colorful sheets from various Paper Fundamentals assortments. Make your own by cutting out the box shape seen on page 75 of the Cricut® Artiste booklet and trimming the top edges in a jagged fashion. Fill them with wrapped treats of your choice and set them out for all to enjoy.

Treat Bags

Jack-O’-Lantern and Frankenstein Treat Bags
1386 Black Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2¾” Accent 3 <Hallween> (p. 77)
3″ Shift+Accent 3 <Boo> (p. 77)
5″ 3D Object <FtherDay> (p. 75)

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A free Halloween printable just for you!

We’ve brewed up a little something special to haunt your home this Halloween season. For a lovely decoration that’s both scary and sweet, hang this printable on your wall next to your broomstick or put it in a frame to spook pesky trick-or-treaters. The results are sure to delight and fright all who wander into your lovely abode.

To print, simply click on the image below. The link will take you to a PDF file that can be easily downloaded or printed from your computer. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Printable

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