Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Treats & Giveaway Winner!

This Halloween has been pretty exciting around my house. My kids are old enough this year to enjoy the activities that come with the holiday. I'm looking forward to taking them to our friends houses in our neighborhood. In the past, pre kiddos, I used to make special treats for our friends kids who come to our house. Last year I didn't do it, and I missed it. I decided to reclaim my tradition this year, including our niece and nephew. I will have to make a special trip for them because they don't live in our neighborhood, but I know they will enjoy them.

I started by making the popcorn cartons that the treat is in. I used my Tags, Bags, Boxes, and more Cricut cartridge. It was the first time that I used this cartridge, and I was really excited about all the possibilities. I cut them out 6 inches. These do require folding and gluing, but it doesn't take much time at all. I used my Doodlcharms cartridge for the pumpkin (2") and spider (3") decoration, and of course googly eyes. I think that comes from all of my years working in childcare. Everything is better with googly eyes.

For the most important part, the treats. I popped one bag of popcorn, and melted 8 bakers chocolate squares. When the chocolate is fully melted, I covered the popcorn with it. I just stirred it around till the popcorn was mostly covered. After your happy with the coverage, poor it out on wax paper. I spread mine out so the chocolate will harden quicker. It may take about an hour. I had some chocolate squares left over, so I decided to cover pretzel sticks. I used the same method of covering them. When all the chocolate had hardened, I put it all in goodie bags, and tied it with Halloween ribbon. I will still give them the traditional candy that makes dentists cringe, but I thought I would add a little something else. 

On a different note I have been busy catching up on some scrapbooking. I did a layout for our pumpkin patch trip, and a layout of just me and the hubby. 

I used The Paper Company cardstock, and K & Company patterned paper. For accents I used the Paper Studio fibers, and brads. For my title I used chipboard letters, from Joann's, and my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge.

This was a fun layout for me, because I rarely scrapbook pictures of me and my husband, now that the kids have come along. I used Core'dinations cardstock. It's lots of fun because you can sand it, emboss it, and certain kinds have a different color core so when you tear it, it gives you a unique look. I used American Crafts patterned paper, to add a little pop to an all b&w layout. For the title I used my Opposites Attract cricut cartridge, and Creative Imagination sticky letters.

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