Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Ahhh, do you hear that? The sweet sweet silence of 3 outta four kids gone off to their first day of school? Well- it WOULD be quieter- but alas, I run a day home and have 2 two year olds hanging out and watching Disney. So yea, not THAT quiet!

Along with the first day of school is cooler nights, crisper days, fallen leaves and HALLOWEEN right around the corner! It is one of my favourite holidays :) I love the crafts and the candy making (trying my hand at caramel apples for the first time this year. Pretty excited! Stay tuned to find out how they went!) I have never decorated my home for any holiday save Christmas. So I figured as a Stampin' Up! demo what a great time to start :) I had some mini plants that the kids had brought home the past two springs in a row. They were placed in small terra cotta planters that I found at a department store and set lovingly on my kitchen window sill. Then, when I remembered to water them and prune them, they'd grow beautifully, climbing up the window in soft blooms. Then me, being me, forgot to water them. A lot. So yea, needless to say, I had a bunch of smaller pots and nothing to do with them.

Until now! I have been enjoying making pot crafts with flower pot favours, but I didn't want to put candies in these as they had soil in them at one point. I found a really cute decor idea on line so I whipped up these babies!
I painted 2 of the pots black and the middle one orange, then I used 3 of my Kraft Gift Boxes (124106), building them and using sticky strip to adhere them closed. Then I covered them in DSP from the Neutral and Brights DSP Patterns stacks- Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie. I used the Labels Die Cuts to cut out the Very Vanilla labels and added some die cut letters to spell "boo". I then used some Black Tulle and orange ribbon to finish them off.
After painting the flower pots, I added the ribbon around the top of them, and made some rosettes in the Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie DSP, Basic Black Scalloped Circles and then stamped the swirly circle image from the Sweets for the Sweet clear mount set (122512) in Basic Black (it reminded me of "A Nightmare Before Christmas" -very Halloweeny- lol) and then topped it off with a Pumpkin Pie button from my Designer Series Buttons in Brights ((119747). They took me a day to whip together (yanno, along with all the daily distractions) and I loved how they came together. I just set the boxes inside the pots and you could use the pots as centrepieces filled with candy (if you didn't fill it with soil at one point- lol) or use another colour scheme and possibly more pots/boxes to create other words or phrases. Those cute little boxes can be used for so much more on top of Sweetly Packaged treats!

Some close up images of each pot. I hope you enjoyed!

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