Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Witchy Halloween Layout

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Here is the first Halloween layout I made this year.  I used mostly K&Company papers and embellishments for this layout.  I thought the witches were so cute, but I had to add a few other little guys to break things up a bit. 

Do you have any Halloween layouts made yet? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I WON a Cricut Expression 2!

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Okay, you're not going to believe this- I sure still don't!  I WON a cricut expression 2!  Yesterday I was obsessed with watching HSN's 24 hours of crafts, including their launch of the Cricut Expression 2.   I saw that cricutblog.org was giving one away in celebration of the launch, so of course I commented to win!  (Me and about 400 other people, of course!)  Well, last night when I logged into Blogger to look at my blog feed, I saw the title "Giveaway Winner of the Cricut E2 Machine!" underneath which said "CONGRATULATIONS Angela" and I thought, "Oh my gosh, could it be me?!?"  Sure enough when I clicked on the link it said, "Angela (Bingecrafter)"!!!!! 

Seriously.  I've checked it about 200 times since.  It really does say me!  Check it out:

http://cricutblog.org/?p=1692

So now I just have to wait for them to contact me and then wait 4-6 weeks for it to arrive.  However, that's around my birthday, so happy birthday to me!  It has also been 2 years since I purchased my beloved first Cricut (the personal one) so it's my 2nd anniversary as well as cricut's 5th!  I am sooo excited, I just had to share with all of you.  I don't know if I'd be this excited if I won a car.  I even made my husband do the "happy dance" with me in celebration.  (He's such a good sport.  He supports, and sometimes even encourages, my craziness.)  I can't wait to share some of the projects I make. 

I did cave and bought one little thing on HSN- the Straight From the Nest cartridge which I've been wanting and was on sale for $25- no s/h!  So I'm pretty sure I'll be wrapping that up to give to my husband to give to me for my birthday, Simpson's style. 

Do any of you have an E2?  What do you think?  Any tips or tricks? 


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Monday, September 26, 2011

My First Guest Blogger - "Primitive Ghosts" by Melanie at Bear Rabbit Bear

Pin It Hi, everyone! I'm Melanie from bear rabbit bear. First I want to say a great big "Thanks!!" to Angela for letting me guest post on her blog today. I'm still relatively new to blogging (I've been blogging for less than a year), and I've met so many nice and talented bloggers like Angela who have made this a fun experience. If you've never visited my blog, I hope you will stop by. I feature different projects throughout the week, and I have a link party on Thursdays. My specialty is finding things around the house and repurposing them for decor or other projects, like the one today. But enough about all that, let's get to the project!!



I love crafts that are inexpensive, easy, and fast. This project is all three! I recently saw a very similar decoration in a craft store for $26.99!! Talk about saving money by DIY! Today I'll be sharing the basics of crafting a "Primitive Ghost" to use for your Halloween decor. You can customize the ghost any way you want to at the end, so it leaves alot of options for personalization.



Supplies Needed:

  • Fitted sheet (I used a cream color, off-white one for a more primitive, worn look)
  • Scissor
  • Stack of newspaper
  • Packing tape


Step One: Prepare the sheet

Lay out your fitted sheet on the floor so that you can find the middle of the sheet easily. If you are making a large ghost and want to use the entire sheet, skip to Step Four. If you are making 2 smaller ghosts, go ahead to Step Two. 


Step Two: Prepare the sheet, cont.

Have your little helper pick up the sheet and model as a ghost. :)


Step Three: Prepare the sheet, cont.

Lay the sheet back on the floor and cut it in half down the middle.


Step Four: Prepare the sheet, cont.

Cut the elastic pieces off of each corner of the sheet. Set these aside for later. 

Step Five: Make the head

Take your newspapers and roll them up into a big ball. Do each newspaper sheet individually, wrapping one around the ball, then another, etc. Make a big ball of newspapers large enough for the size head that you want for your ghost.

Step Six: Make the head, cont.

Use the packing tape to secure the newspaper ball. I wrapped packing tape around pretty much the entire piece. This serves to purposes: the tape secures the newspaper, but it also helps shape the ball into a head shape. Use the tape to round out the newspaper into the head shape that you want.



Step Seven: Assemble the ghost

Place the rounded newspaper head in the center of the sheet section. Pull the sheet around the head to make a ghost shape. 

Step Eight: Assemble the ghost, cont.

Use the elastic pieces that you cut off the sheet earlier as ties around the neck.



From here, let your creative juices take over. You can paint a face on the ghost if you choose- Or let your kids do it!  You can add various lengths of cut up fabric to make the ghost fuller or colorful. 

Tips for displaying the ghost:

You can hang or display the ghost in whatever manner you choose. Think indoor and outdoor use! I made two and am using them as front porch décor. I used structures already on the porch to prop up the ghosts. 
Here are some other options:
  • ·         Hang your ghost using small hooks. Attach a small piece of wire to the back of the ghost on the elastic ties to hang on the hook. This will look neat over a table or fireplace where you already have Halloween decorations.
  • ·         Make a stand. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. Something as quick as a 2x4 (cut to the height you want) nailed into a flat piece of wood can serve as a quick stand to attach and drape the ghost on so that he appears free-standing.

Enjoy your inexpensive, easy primitive ghost!


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So cute!  I love the idea of using them on the end of the porch.  What a fun way to greet Halloween guests.  Thank you so much Melanie for volunteering to be my first Guest Blogger!  I can't wait to return the favor with my Halloween feature on Bear Rabbit Bear next week.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween Frame

Pin It I love the $1 wooden frames from Michaels.  They are perfect for making inexpensive decorations.  I love to decoupage them, as I did with this Mother's Day Frame I made earlier this year.  Naturally, I had to make one for Halloween.

The embellishments were inspired by the background paper.  I decided to make a witch making her potions.
 The witch was made using the cricut and Paper Doll Dress Up. 
The frog and cauldron were also cut using the cricut.  I cut a snake out of yellow paper and colored it.  I also added some clear plastic bubbles that I tipped with an olive green ink pad.  Finally some googly eyes made the potion complete!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Peek-a-Boo Card

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This is a very simple, but cute card.  I used plain black cardstock and eyes from a K&Company embellishment pack. 


The real surprise is on the inside.  When you open up the card, the "Boo" (from the same embellishment pack) jumps out at you.


This was very simple to do.  I took a thin scrap of black cardstock and accordian folded it.  I glued it to the back of the inside of the card and the back of the "Boo".  Simple, but fun!


Do you have a Halloween card you'd like me to feature?  If so, leave me a comment with your post or send a picture to ilove2bake at yahoo dot com.  I'd love to feature some of YOUR cards! 


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin Crafts

Pin It One of the greatest parts of fall is, of course, pumpkins!  I made this pumpkin card using some great K&Company paper and embellishments.  The sentiment can be downloaded from Paper Crafts

There are so many great pumpkin projects I've seen on blogs lately!  I wanted to feature some of my favorites. 

No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins from Happy Hour Projects


Flower Covered Pumpkin from Dreaming in Color


Spooky Stuffed Peppers with Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Here are some of the great ones I've found on Pinterest. 

Velvet Pumpkins from Hot Skwash


Pumpkin centerpieces from Aly Dosdall on Scrapbook.com


Paper Pumpkins from Martha Stewart


Pumpkin Lanterns from Martha Stewart


Did I feature one of your projects?   Feel free to grab my "Featured On" button. 

Binge Crafter


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Family Fun Halloween

Pin It I fell in love with Family Fun magazine while perusing it one day at the local bounce house.  I decided to get a subscription even though my daughter is still too young for most of the activities.  But I just looooove some of the ideas they come up with, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite Halloween ones here with you. 

Flapping Bat Halloween Decoration
Flapping Bat

Jack-o'-Lantern Haunted House Halloween Decoration
House O'Lantern

Cagey Ghosts
Cagey Ghosts

Halloween Recipe for Edible Eyeballs on a Fork
Forked Eyeballs

Have you seen any great Halloween crafts, decorations, or recipes in any other magazines?  Feel free to share your favorites.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween A-La-Martha

Pin It NO ONE does Halloween like Martha Stewart.  I am not a paid endorser of Martha Stewart.  I wish I was!  I love her products and her ideas.   Her craft team blog is definitely one of my favorites to visit.  I would love to have their craft shop to work in every day and get paid for it!  But these people have WAY more talent than I do. 

But I digress.  Martha Stewart loves Halloween and I love watching what she and her team put together for Halloween each year.  Did you see the episode with Jimmy Fallon?  Funny stuff. 
So here are some of my favorites of her ideas.  If you haven't visited her Halloween Central, you definitely should.  Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!


Ghost in the Mirror



Pumpkin Balloon Pop


Ghoulish Lamps


Scary Silhouette Curtains


Mirror Mirror


Scary Hand Bowl


Ice Face & Hands Punch


Haunted House Cake


Haunted Halloween Village


What are your favorite Martha Stewart Halloween ideas?


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Very PINTERESTing!

Pin It So now that I have a twitter account for Binge Crafter, I can finally join Pinterest!  If you haven't seen it yet, Pinterest is a site where you can pin up your favorite photos and things you find fun and inspiring.  When I was in college I used to make collages of photos of things I liked on my closet, and this is just kind of the grown up version of that. 

On Pinterest you can have multiple boards to sort and organize your favorite photos.  Mine include "Crafts I've Made", "Crafts I'd Like to Make", "Photography", "Holidays", "Awesomeness", and "Inspiration".  Other people include things like places they'd like to visit, favorite fashions or home decor, favorite foods or recipes, or themed things.  One board I found that I really like is "Everything Peacock".  Beautiful stuff!

Here is an example of one of my boards:

Pinterest can take the place of your "favorites" folder on your internet browser, which I like because (a) my favorites folder is FULL, and (b) it is a visual reminder of what you love.  When you sign up for Pinterest, you can add a "Pin It" button to your favorites bar so that while you're browsing around the internet you can click that button and automatically pin something to your boards without having to go to the Pinterest site. 

Another great thing is that Pinterest records the original site where someone found the photo.  This can help you to find the directions to make projects and find some other blogs.  The only problem with this is if someone pinned a picture from a site that copied it from another location but didn't cite the source.  Then it can be a little tricky to find the original.

So here are some of my favorite Halloween finds I've found on Pinterest so far.


Awesome Halloween Cake!  From Snowy Bliss


Funny Pumpkin Idea from This Old House


This is just super cute.  From here.


Haunted Village (I could totally do this- I have this paper pack from K& Company and LOVE it!) from Crafty Sisters.


Spooky Snacks from Parents 

Are you on Pinterest?  Let me know so that we can follow each other.  If not, request an invite so you can get pinning!  It's a fantastic way to find some new craft inspiration!  You can find my Pinterest boards by clicking on the "Follow Me On Pinterest" link on the right or by going to pinterest.com/Bingecrafter

(I am not promoting Pinterest for any gain- I just really like it.  They are having some technical difficulties they're working out since it's a new site, but bear with them, I think it's a great idea.)


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