EPISODE 8: SIX WICKED LITTLE PUMPKINS…

And it finally looks like Fall here in my neck of the woods! We woke up to this eerie, Halloween-y fog and it feels SO good!

Fall is certainly the coolest season in the year: the turning foliage, the crisp air… apple cider… and PUMPKINS!

Yes! I am a pumpkin freak! And I just can’t stop making them! I think the ones I’m about to show you are the CUTTEST YET!

Here are my SIX WICKED LITTLE PUMPKINS!

Part 1

YOU’LL NEED:

  1. A Pencil
  2. An Eraser
  3. Six 3.5″ Craft Pumpkins (I bought mine at Dollar Tree and Home Goods, and they vary from 2″ to 3’5″)
  4. Satin Paint in White
  5. Americana Decor Maxx Gloss 8 oz. White China Paint
  6. Americana Maxx Gloss 8oz Patent Leather Paint
  7. Craftsmart Multi-brush Set
  8. Martha Stewart Crafts® Liquid Gilding
  9. CraftSmart BLACK Paint Pen
  10. CrasftSmart Extra Fine Tip Multi-Surface Premium Paint Pen in GOLD
  11. CraftSmart Extra Fine Tip Multi-Surface Premium Paint Pen in WHITE
  12. Gold Adhesive Letters or if have a Cricut, you can make your own letters like I did!

 

Part 2

LET’S MAKE THIS!

First, let’s prep all the pumpkins following these steps:

1. Prime all the pumpkins using Satin White Paint (including stems). I did 2 coats, waiting 20 minutes between coats

2. After they’re dry, paint all the pumpkins using the Maxx Gloss White Paint. You’ll need two coats (wait 15 minutes between coats)

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From this moment on, all your pumpkins are ready to be jazzed up!

NOW, LET’S WORK ON THE DESIGNS!

1) ALL-WHITE:

All you have to do is paint the stem with the Gold Gilding Paint and that’s it! Ready!IMG_9342 2.JPG

2) ALL-BLACK:

a) Cover the pumpkin with a coat of the Maxx Gloss Black Paint. After 15 minutes, give it another coatIMG_0013 2.jpg

c) Paint the stem with the Gold Gilding Paint.  BOOM!  Ready!  Guys,  look at this sheen! It looks like ceramic, but it’s inexpensive and featherweight styrofoam!!! ❤IMG_8482 2.JPG

3) HARLEQUIN:

I have a very detailed tutorial HEREIMG_3655 3.JPG

4) SQUARED:

a) The principle is to follow the Harlequin Pumpkin tutorial but to draw squares, instead of diamonds!

This is my favorite one! The squares give it SO MUCH dimension! ❤

Isn’t it just adorable?!?!

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5) STRIPPED:

I also have a very detailed tutorial HEREIMG_5035 2.JPG

6) POLKA-DOT

a) Use both the black and the gold paint pen to draw the polka dots.IMG_0070 2.jpg

b) If the dots don’t look “all that great”, you can fix it with the white paint pen 😀IMG_0071 2.jpg

c) Paint the stem gold!

And your pumpkins are ready to go!!! (SERIOUSLY CRUSHING RIGHT NOW!) ❤

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NOW THAT YOUR SIX PUMPKINS ARE READY, LET’S WORK ON THE LETTERING (MY FAVE PART!) ❤

I chose the word W-I-C-K-E-D – hence six pumpkins, but you can choose whatever word you find suitable like EEK! or BEWARE!

I’m gonna show you how I did mine, using my Cricut (seriously the BEST investment of my DIYer’s life!), but you can also use Decals or Gold Letter Stickers

1. Open the DESIGN SPACE and build your design: Choose the font (many are free of charge – Design Space uses your computer fonts); you can also choose font size and color, you can draw, paint, do whatever your crafter’s heart desires! IMG_0025.jpg

2) Choose your material (I chose self-adhesive gold foil) Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 10.47.31 AM.png

3) Follow the instructions and watch this wonderful machine work! (IF YOU WANT ME TO POST HOW TO USE CRICUT IN DETAIL, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW! 😉IMG_0030 2.jpg

4) Detach the letters and apply them to the pumpkins one by one:IMG_4881.JPG

5) And your pumpkin patch is ready!!! IMG_8836 2.JPG

Now, all you have to do is style them and wait for the compliments! 😀

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DO YOU DIE?!?! ❤

If you like it, come back tomorrow when I’ll show you how to put together a “MANTEL” (that’s not really a mantel) ;D

Stay Frightened!

XOXOXO

Ally


EPISODE 8: STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN PLATE WALL

Hey, Guys and Dolls!

We’re back!

Today I thought of sharing something a little different:

I love decorative plates. They are so fun! It’s a great way to make a huge design statement and not very hard to put together, so I thought of making a Halloween Plate Wall!

Thing is: I couldn’t find real plates that were to my liking, so I’ve decided to make my own!

Therefore, here’s my DIY Sort-of-Creepy Steampunk-ish Halloween Plate Wall:

Part 1

YOU’LL NEED:

  1. Clear Plastics Plates 10″
  2. Clear Plastic Plates 7.5″
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Krylon White Glossy Spray Paint
  5. Scissors
  6. Compass
  7. A Pen
  8. An Eraser
  9. Halloween Printables
  10. A Paint Brush

Part 2

LET’S MAKE THIS!

1. Choose the printouts – there’s an array of free Halloween Printables to Choose from online. I chose the ones that spoke to me. Print them out using a laser printer (deskjets will make the design bleed). You can create your own compositions like I did.

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2. I’ve come up with 3 techniques to make my plates – I will explain them in detail later:

A – Decoupage without Spray Painting

B – Decoupaging the Design to the Front of the plate

C – Decoupaging the Design to the Back of the Plate

If you are new to Decoupaging, it’s a technique to decorate surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (such as lacquer, varnish – or ModPodge)

3. Use the plate as a template and draw a circle on the back of the printouts. IMG_4036.jpg

4. Cut the designs IMG_4037.jpg

5. Decoupage without Spray Painting – Cut small slits all around the circular printout:IMG_4038.jpg

6. Spread ModPodge to the BACK of the plate or to the FRONT the printout – I obviously made a mistake here, but you get the gist!  LOL IMG_4039.jpg

7. Carefully place the plate on top of the printout and fold the slits following the shape of the plate:IMG_4040.jpg

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8. Decoupaging the design to the FRONT of the plate – Spray Paint the back of the plate with your favorite color. I chose white, but it will work with any other color.IMG_4098.jpg

9. Cut around the design:IMG_4099.jpg

9. Create your composition, use ModPodge to attach it to the  FRONT  of the  plate;  add a layer of ModPodge to the Front, and set it aside to dry. Add a second layer if needed.IMG_4100.jpg

10. Decoupaging it to the BACK of the plate – Cut around the design, create your composition and glue the design to the BACK of the plate.IMG_4101.jpgIMG_4102.jpg

11. After its dry, spray paint the back of the plate. This is my favorite technique and the result will be very realistic.IMG_4103.jpg

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12. Add small pieces of Command Strips to the back of each plate and decide how you want to hang them:IMG_8283.JPG

And VOILÀ! You’ve got yourself a personalized, Halloween Plate Wall!9EA8FAB4-184B-4D68-8B2B-BB1A258EC551.JPG

Not to brag, but I’m obsessed with mine!

What do you think?

If you decide to make your own, please leave a comment below with the link! I’m gonna love to see it!!!!

Well… this is it, peeps… come back tomorrow, for another Hallowing DIY!

Stay Frightened!

XOXO

 

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 


BLOG RECOGNITION AWARD

Well… isn’t this just amazing? I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Joy. Thank you so much, Joy! It’s so awesome to know that there are people paying attention to my little blog!

You can check her blog here: Mademoiselle O’lantern!

HER ARE RULES FOR CHOOSING AWARDEES!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to and comment on each blog to let them now with a link to your award post

So let’s talk about HOW IT ALL STARTED:

I’d had my own company for 7 years when I started trying to leave it. I was unhappy. The business overall was not what I wanted for my life and I desperately wanted out.

The dissolution of the company was not easy. It took lawyers, meetings, a lawsuit against some bad people, and time – about 3 years to be exact – but we eventually got out.

See, I went to school to Study Advertising, MKT, and Arts so I had to find an outlet for the things that boil in my head.

That’s how this blog started. It remained abandoned for over a year because THIS IS A LOT OF WORK and I couldn’t manage my time properly, but now I’m back! I hope you enjoy spending time here as much as I enjoy putting up content for you!

Now, a piece of ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS:

  1.  I AM a new blogger, so let’s try and say something coherent… LOL… I think the first thing to do is WRITE ABOUT THINGS YOU LOVE – AND WITH WHICH YOU ARE COMFORTABLE. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the Advertising Industry is: You can sell something you do not like, but it takes such a HUGE effort (and it takes being a professional to do it). Now, if you love and believe in what you are selling, people see it and the “selling” process becomes something natural. People WANT what you’re offering.
  2. Be CONSISTENT: NO ONE will pay attention to you if you do not have a regular online presence.
  3. Be PERSISTENT: This thing here takes time and work. So I tell my self EVERY DAY: “Ally don’t give up… do your thing… keep going” – Eventually you’ll find your voice and people will listen to it.

Here are the BLOGGERS THAT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED and their Blog Categories I like most:

Joy – Movies and beauty

The Cozy Home Chronicles – Interior Design

Mckenzie – Fashion

Life Of Creativity – Diys and Crafts

Simple Serenity – Beauty

Darly – Lifestyle

Ainsley-Louise – Fashion

Lucy – This POST ❤ ❤ ❤

Messy Map Maker – Financial Fridays and Travel

Sorry, Guys… I didn’t have all the 15 names, but I’ve tried! 😉

Well… that’s it! Thank you again and KEEP BLOGGING!!!

XOXO

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 7: He’s ready to terrorize the village…

IT’S ALIIIIVE!

Dr. Frankenstein would be so proud! The last member of our monster gang luminary set is alive AND KICKING! (Not true – Frankie doesn’t kick anyone because he’s TOO cute!)

Boys and Girls, let me introduce you to FRANKIE: HALF-MONSTER, HALF-SWEETHEART…

Part 1

YOU’LL NEED:

    1. A wine glass
    2. Ultra Fine Purple Glitter
    3. Ultra Fine Black Glitter
    4. Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge (Mod Podge dries faster)
    5. CraftSmart BLACK Paint Pen
    6. Two Plastic Bolts
    7. Scissors
    8. One Flameless Tea Light Candle
    9. One Black Adhesive Felt Sheet
    10. A piece of aluminum foil or silver paint
    11. Spider Sticker
    12. Glue Gun
    13. Glue Sticks

 

Part 2

LET’S MAKE THIS!

1. Make sure the wine glass is clean and dry.

2. Follow steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 HERE (use GREEN glitter instead of purple!)

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Oooooo, I love this! 😀

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6. Let’s work on Frankie’s hair! Draw his “hair” on a piece of paper (it’ll be your template). Mine is about 3.5″ wide (even though I’ve tried to measure it more efficiently, that’s the only measurement I could get because the shape is TOO weird, but trust me: it works!)IMG_4029.jpg

7. Transfer it to the felt, cut and attach the shapes to the glass. It’ll look like this:IMG_3813.jpg

8. Cover the plastic bolts with foil or paint them silver (I like the foil effect better).IMG_3814.jpg

9. Draw Frankie’s face with the Paint Pen. Do not forget to make a “scary scar” 😉 Then use hot glue to attach the bolts to the side of his face (NO, this is NOT a wine glass… it’s a MONSTER!!!!)IMG_3815.jpg

10. Attach a spider to Frankie’s hair, to make it even more “horrifying” 😀IMG_3820.jpg

AND he’s ready! OMG, I just LOVE this little guy!IMG_4028.jpg

Now, the whole gang is ready to illuminate your Halloween!IMG_3818.jpg

Well… I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you like it, please follow this blog, cause there’s a lot more to come!!! Also, feel free to tell me in the comments below, if you’ve tried it yourself (and don’t forget to show me the pictures!!!)

See You Tomorrow!

XOXO

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 6: The Vampire Chronicles

“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula.

Brrr… this gives me the chills! What an amazing story! If you haven’t read it, you should… Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a masterpiece!

And speaking of Vampires… I have a certain friend who wants to make an appearance today! He’s not as fearful as the character described by Stoker, but he’s certainly a lot more fun to play with!

Without further ado, I present you: DRAKE, THE VAMPIRE.

Part 1

YOU’LL NEED:

  1. A wine glass
  2. Ultra Fine Glow Glitter
  3. Ultra Fine Black Glitter
  4. Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge (Mod Podge dries faster)
  5. CraftSmart BLACK Paint Pen
  6. CrasftSmart Extra Fine Tip Multi-Surface Premium Paint Pen in RED
  7. CraftSmart Extra Fine Tip Multi-Surface Premium Paint Pen in WHITE
  8. Scissors
  9. One Flameless Tea Light Candle
  10. A couple Small Acrylic Gem Beads
  11. One Black Adhesive Felt Sheet

 

Part 2

LET’S MAKE THIS!

1. Make sure the wine glass is clean and dry.

2. Follow steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 HERE (use GLOW glitter instead of purple!)

6. Let’s work on Drake’s hair and coat neckline! Draw his “hair” on a piece of paper (it’ll be your template). Mine is about 4″ X 3.5″.IMG_3880.jpg

7. Now, let’s do his “coat”. 3.5″ X 2″IMG_3881.jpg

8. Transfer it to the felt, cut and attach the shapes to the glass. It’ll look like this:

(FINISH THE NECKLINE USING ACRYLIC BEADS)IMG_3800 2.jpg

9. Draw the eyes, mouth, and teeth using the paint pens. (don’t forget to add some eeeery  blood to his teeth!IMG_3802 2.jpg

And Drake is ready to horrify the village! LOLIMG_3804 2.jpg

Isn’t he THE MOST ADORABLE vampire?!?  (BLEH BLEH BLEHHHH) LOL

Come back for more… but come before sunset… otherwise, Drake will be waiting for you!!!!

XOXO

Ally