It’s Early but, not too Early

I know it is still August and there are two months plus before Halloween.  However, if I get my mind  started thinking about holidays and get some things done ahead of time, it can eliminate some of the last minute panic and rush.  Or it can just make me think that I have some time left so why not do more.  A bit of crazy logic but that is usually how my mind works.

This post is about some cute items for Halloween.  The files are available from the My ScrapChick site.  There are three items in the set of files; a lidded box, a treat bag, and a card.  They were so cute I had to make one of each of them.

I started with the lidded box.  Since I didn’t have any card stock that I thought was sturdy enough, I used some of the chipboard from KNKUSA to make the base for the box and lid.  You can see the various parts of the lid and box in the photo below.  For the lid there is a top, 2 side pieces, and a liner for the inside of the lid.  For the box there is a bottom, 2 side pieces, and a liner for the inside of the box.  The liner pieces have been sized so the are just a bit smaller than the top and the bottom and they fit perfectly inside of the lid and box.  The chipboard is very sturdy but still cuts easily and cleanly using two passes and a very sticky mat.

Because the chipboard is so heavy, I decided to do the scoring by hand.  I have a tool which I got from KNKUSA that has interchangable tips.  One of these tips has a small ball on the end and works great for scoring chipboard and paper also.  I believe it is currently being sold as a Double Ended Burnishing Kit

I cut a second set of box and lid pieces from patterned scrapbook paper to cover the box and lid.  Since I wasn’t going to line the box, I didn’t cut the liners for the lid and box from the patterned scrapbook paper.  In addition I cut the spider web and spider that are included in the file.  A few embellishments, some ink and chalk for the edges and spider web, a bit of Glossy Accents and Perfect Pearls for the spider, and my box was ready to be filled with treasures and surprises.  You can see in the photo that the spider web is raised above the lid by using adhesive foam squares.  The spider was also mounted on the web using the foam squares.

Next I cut the pieces for the Treat Bag.  I used some heavy card stock for the base of the treat bag and using the same file, cut two sets of pieces out of patterned paper to cover the base card stock both inside and out.  This is a photo of all the pieces for the treat bag.

After assmbling and embellishing, I ended up with this for my treat bag.

I decided that the spider on the Treat Box should have some bling.  I used green glitter and green rhinestones in 6ss and 10ss sizes from KNKUSA.

Finally, I cut the pieces for my card using the same heavy card stock that I had used for the Treat Bag plus I cut a second set of pieces from the same file out of patterned scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the card.  For the inside of the card, I borrowed a copy of one of the side pieces from the Treat Bag and resized it to 98%.  I cut the newly sized piece from white cardstock to use inside of the card to stamp a sentiment.  The cutting file for the card includes a spider web, two spiders connected by shadow layer for the word “creepy” and the word itself.  This photo shows all the pieces for the card.  The white circles go behind the spiders’ heads for their eyes and mouth.

When assembled and embellished, the card looked like this.

I used a clear acrylic stamp to add a sentiment to the white card stock on the inside of the card.  In this photo you can see the adhesive foam pieces used to mount the spider web to the front of the card.

All of the cutting for these items was done on my 15″ KNK Maxx.  Following are the settings I used:

Chipboard: V=150, P=135, 2 passes, Thick Material Blade (Blue Tip), and a sticky mat

Scrapbook Paper: V=150, P=85, 1 pass, Standard Material Blade (Red Tip)

Heavy Card Stock: V=150, F=110, 2 passes, Standard Material Blade (Red Tip)

18 thoughts on “It’s Early but, not too Early

  1. Adorable as ever Judy and such attention to detail! Did you just directly glue on the rhinestones or heat fix them? Thanks
    love hugs and prayers

  2. Oh My Gosh! This is so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I am always amazed at what complex things you think up.

  3. Great cutting project! Your choice of paper and embellishments really put this project over the top.

  4. Very very cute and never too early for Halloween… it’ll be here before we know it….

  5. I don’t do Halloween but your stuff is super cute and would be awesome for a young child to take to school for treats. TFS

  6. Never too early! Planning ahead is a great idea. You never know what might happen.

  7. This box is very clever. I really like it. Thank you for letting me know where I can find the files.

  8. Wow! Three awesome coordinating projects. Great job! Thanks for getting me thinking about Halloween.

  9. I love this project!!! Halloween is my favorite holiday!! Thanks for sharing Judy! 🙂

  10. These are adorable! You did a great job with them! If I get started now, I may just have time to make enough before Halloween for my kids’ classes.

  11. Judy, I love Halloween and you made my day. I LOVE all of these Halloween projects. I don’t ever think it is too early to start on Halloween.
    Thanks so much for sharing the site to purchase. The files are reasonably priced so makes it a great deal.

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