Guest Blogger: Contributing Writer, Mou Saha

Mou SahaHappy Friday, my dear CK blog readers. Mou Saha here. I’m a contributing writer for Creating Keepsakes, and I’m happy to be here with you today as a guest blogger on the CK blog.

Halloween is almost here and today I have two fun projects for you: one easy home décor project and a way to dress up inexpensive treat bags.

Let’s get started.

You will need: black cardstock, rectangular glass vases, dies and die-cutting machine, adhesive, votives, and decorative stone.

Supplies: Cardstock: Recollections; Vases: Michaels; Dies and die-cutting machine: Sixxix; Adhesive: 3M; Votive candles and decorative stone: IKEA.

1. Start with the rectangular glass vase.

2. Die cut raven, cat and house out of black cardstock.

Attach die-cuts to the outside of the vases with removable adhesive, so you can peel them off easily. Add decorative stones and place votive candles inside and watch the spooky shadows of the raven, cat, and haunted house dance on your walls (Light candles carefully, don’t leave them unattended).

And now, let’s decorate a few treat bags.

Supplies: Cardstock: Recollections; Embossing folders: Sizzix; Ink and blending tool: Ranger Industries; Adhesive: 3M; Treat bags: Michaels.

1. Emboss ivory cardstock using the Poison embossing folder and Texture Boutique machine.

2. Trim off excess around the label.

3. Use blending tool to rub on distress ink to catch on the raised image.

4. Pick out themed treat bags and fill them with treats.

5. Fold kraft cardstock cut to size and staple on the bag to close.

6. Attach label to the bag with adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed these simple mini tutorials and they’ve given you some fun ideas to add your own handmade touches to Halloween this year.

Don’t forget to check out the October 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes for many boo-tiful page ideas. And if turning trash to treasure is your thing, then turn to page 107 for my article “Make the Most of Leftovers” and learn how to put your letter sticker backings, your smallest paper scraps, and remnant fabric to good use.

Happy haunting!


P. S. Don’t miss Free Font Friday. This week, you can download the CK Bendy font for free here.

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13 Responses to Guest Blogger: Contributing Writer, Mou Saha

  1. {vicki} says:

    WOW! What a great post chocked full of great projects
    and a great free font too

  2. charlene says:

    super fun projects–didn’t even know this embossing folder existed!!

  3. Steffanie S. says:

    I love those decorative vases! I have GOT to make those! Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  4. Linda Barber says:

    Great projects, Mou! Loving the Tim Holtz-Halloween dies.

  5. Candy says:

    Very creative! and very doable. Thanks so very much!

  6. Linda K says:

    I have got to find out how to use a blending tool (whatever that is) and distress inks on embossed designs. I love embossed designs and have quite a number of them this would work great on.

  7. Olessya says:

    Thanks for the great candle holders idea, Mou! I’ll use it for Christmass as well.

  8. cindy tobey says:

    Fun projects Mou! TFS!

  9. SandyP says:

    Loved your ideas. I made a lot of paper decorations this year too.

  10. Anne B. says:

    Instead of decorative stones you could use coffee beans.

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