Mini Grim Reaper Glitter Trinket Box

grim reaper

Here’s a little creepy guy that would make a great gift, table favor, or party accent. Isn’t making your own Halloween knickknacks the best?

Mini Grim Reaper Glitter Trinket Box

What you need:
– trinket box (I purchase mine at Michaels for $1)
Tulip Black Metallic 3-D Fashion Paint
– Lime green and purple craft paint
Tulip Lime Glitter 3-D Fashion Paint
– Paintbrush
– 1.5″ wooden disk
– tealight candle
– chipboard shape figurine (I also purchased this at Michaels)
– glue gun with glue sticks
– acrylic self stick rhinestones in grey and black
– black sparkly felt
– small piece black cardstock

What you do:
1. Paint entire trinket box lime green. Paint wooden disk Purple Let dry.
2. Squeeze out 3-D glitter paint in lime green onto plate and brush on top of acrylic paint. Let dry.
3. Create stripes along top and sides of lid to box with metallic Fashion Paint. Also make dots in between stripes on side. Let dry. Now dot around the edge of the wooden disk and let dry.
4. Stick a rhinestone between each stripe on top of lid.
5. Cut a piece of felt to fit inside lip of lid. Glue gun in place Also cut a piece of felt to wrap around tealight candle and glue. I actually used an old burnt out candle for this. Yay me for recycling!
6. Glue wooden disk to top of tealight candle.
7. Cut a small triangle and glue to back and base of chipboard shape to create a mini easel. Squeeze small bead of glue on bottom of chipboard shape and easel. Press securely.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Halloween craft! Check back next hour for another spooktastic craft!


Green Slime Lantern

slime green lantern

Look! A little lantern Slimer would be proud of making! This little lantern was made in a flash. Here’s how you do it!

Green Slime Lantern

What you need:
– green paper lantern (I purchased mine at Michaels for a $1)
Tulip 3D Fashion Paint in green of your choice

What you do:
1. Open up your lantern and secure it so that it’s fully open.
2. Shake and squeeze the paint onto a paper plate to get the flow of paint started.
3. Squeeze your paint around the top of the lantern and create a dripping like shape around the entire top of the lantern. Go back and make areas thicker if you deem in necessary.

See, simple and fast. That’s my favorite Halloween craft!

Oh, and don’t forget that you can also use other Tulip 3D Paints on other color lanterns. An yellow lantern with orange dripping paint would shout Halloween or how about a white lantern with red Tulip paint for a spooky casting glow!

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I met Candace Cameron!

This past Friday, I went to Hollywood for work. You may think that doesn’t really sound like “work”, but it was. I was very busy taking photos and twittering the day away. We (my friends and co-workers Allee and Mandy were there too) were there to create t-shirts using Tulip Fashion Spray Paint. There were a lot of kid celebrities from TV shows on Disney and Nickelodeon, as well as a lot of kid stars of current feature films. Also, there were other random people like Fred Willard, Andy Dick, Niecy Nash, and Scott Baio that were there just to name a few. I’m not a very “starstruck” person and after being on our feet for several hours, the stars seemed like anyone else who wanted to try out a make and take. They all got really excited, were appreciative, and kept singing the praises of the Spray Paint. We got a lot of great photos, comments, and positive feedback!

So, I was a little chicken to ask Candace Cameron for a photo, but my friend Allee said I should just go for it…so I did. Anytime I’ve ever had a chance to get an autograph or photo before, I’ve chickened out. I feel like it’s a bit invasive, and after all, I was working, but honestly, Candace Cameron was sooooo much a figure in my childhood. Full House was my favorite show and I loved watching her storyline and evolving style. She’s also around my age and she is more beautiful now than she was when she was younger! I wish I could say I’ve aged that gracefully!

Anyway, check out the pics of the event here.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Until next time Swellions!


Fruit Button Crafting

final button card

Here’s a quick and simple papercraft idea using buttons, glue, and dimensional paint that is peachy keen, if you know what I mean!

Well, actually, I didn’t show a peach in the below tutorial, but there’s no reason that you couldn’t create one!

Making the card above was easy as pie (cherry pie, that is..ha ha). First, I simply cut out my card to match my envelope size.

I then dry-brushed on a square of Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™. It worked great on paper!
dry brush on color

Once it was dry, I glued my red buttons in the center with Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue.
clear tacky glue

I added the stems using Tulip® 3-D Fashion Paint.
using dimensional paint

I then created a border by gluing on red sequins and dotting in between the sequins with more dimensional paint.

Here’s a cute orange and strawberry (I dotted black dimensional paint on the button for the seeds) that I also made.
orange and strawberry

These would make super swell cards, gift tags, or embellishments for your scrapbook pages. They would even be cute as place cards on a summer table (it will be here before we know it)! You can even take it off the page and do this technique on wearables. You just want to use a fabric glue instead of the Tacky Glue. Aleene’s® Fabric Fusion™ Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive™ is a great glue for adhering buttons to fabric!

Hope you found this project inspiring!

Until next time Swellions!