Halloween Crafting in Diva Land


I was a Crafting Fool™ last week.  I couldn’t get enough of sparkly glitter and pumpkins.  Seriously.  This is only half of the madness…LOL!

I took an orange pumpkin from The Dollar Tree, spray painted it Silver first and then with silver glitter.  I added adhesive rhinestones, some cool black glittered metal spiders from HomeGoods and topped it off with a bow made out of sparkly orange tulle and black deco flex tubing.  It was my favorite, so of course, my daughter claimed it and brought it back upstate to her sorority house.  Ugh.


Then I bought a faux black pumpkin from Michael’s (using my 1/2 price coupon) and spray painted with my new favorite product, Krylon Glitter Blast in Black.  I then made an orange Deco Poly Mesh bow (found at A.C. Moore) with a diamond mesh ribbon wrap in the center.


Next up, I bought a Paper Mache hat from Michael’s for a mere $2.49.  I spray painted it black, added some diamond mesh ribbon wrap and some orange silk spider web roses (here’s my tutorial).


I found 3 cheap-looking white skulls at the Dollar Store and knew I needed to do something with them to make them look more authentic.  So I painted them light gray and then “dry brushed” them with some raw umber, dark gray and black craft paint.  I hot glued some cheap bugs, spiders, snakes and reindeer moss on them.


I painted one of my old faux pumpkins and used bright orange glitter.  What was I thinking?  What a mess.  Everywhere I look, there is glitter.  It’s even on my puppy.


After two failed attempts, I finally managed to get this Deco Mesh wreath to look half normal.  I used a 16” wire wreath, two rolls of glitter Deco Mesh, a bunch of bugs, snakes and spiders, a black feathered crow from the Dollar Store and an orange glittered “Trick or Treat” sign (also from the Dollar Store).  By the way, Deco Mesh is also the same thing as Sinamay.


This Summer I found an awesome vintage bird cage at HomeGoods.  I painted it white, added two rubber rats (from the Dollar Store), some reindeer moss and a big black crow on top (also from the Dollar Store).


I had these two gold ceramic urns laying around from last Christmas.  I spray painted them Gloss Black and added a thick band of rhinestones.  I purchased white faux pumpkins from Michael’s, added some cool glittered orange tape with a scroll design and then topped them off with bows made out of glittered orange Deco Poly Mesh, black Deco Flex tubing and chunky rhinestones from an old piece of jewelry.

I’m not 100% happy with them.  I’m thinking they need some orange foliage or flowers for the pumpkins to rest on.  Right?


Oh and I wanted to show you a little trick I do to make my glossy black Dollar Store roaches, snakes and scorpions look more believable.  I just dry brush or wipe a little white paint on them.  It gives them more dimension.

Now get those last minute Halloween crafts done!  Happy Halloween!

With friendship,



Add a Little Bling with the Silhouette SD Rhinestones and an AWESOME Deal!


I’ve been having so much fun with my Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine!  Silhouette America recently sent me a Rhinestone Starter Kit to play around with.  OMG!  This was so fun and quite easy.


Just pick a Rhinestone design from those available on the included Rhinestone CD or on the Silhouette website.  I chose the DIVA design.  DO NOT RESIZE design.


Use the PINK cap and select Rhinestone Template Material (make sure it’s GREEN side up).  This sets your paper thickness 33.


Peel the template material off it’s backing and stick it to the Rhinestone Backing Board.


Drop a pile of rhinestones onto it and use the brush to fill in the holes.


If you need a little help getting the Rhinestones into the holes, Silhouette has come out with this AWESOME little “Pick Me Up” tool (included in Starter Kit or you can buy it separately).  Let me tell you…this thing is the neatest thing since Sliced Bread.  Seriously.  It has a tacky end that easily picks up the rhinestones, so you can place the where you want.  Beyond rhinestones, I can think of several other uses for this tool…like picking up and placing sequins and pearls on the baby garments I sew.


Next, press the Rhinestone Transfer Tape onto your Rhinestone design and peel it up carefully (transferring your rhinestones to the Transfer Tape).


Stick the Rhinestone Transfer Tape with your design onto your fabric or garment.  Note:  I’m a rebel, so I put it on a embossed paper hat box.  Hit it will the iron for 45 to 60 seconds.  Do the same on the opposite side of the fabric.


Peel away the Rhinestone Transfer Tape and POOF!  You’re a DIVA!  And now you have the BLING to prove it!

Silhouette has a great promotion this week to get you started making Rhinestone items with their Rhinestone Bundle…


This Rhinestone Bundle includes:

The Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Machine

2 sheets of rhinestone template material

2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape

2 rhinestone backing boards

1 rhinestone placement brush

1 CD of rhinestone images

1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones

1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones

1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones

1 Pick-Me-Up tool

ALL FOR $229!  This is an incredible deal worth $125 in savings!  Use this link:  Rhinestone Bundle.  Add it to your cart and use code word “DIVA” to get this great $229 deal (instead of paying $350).  You might tell your husband that this would make a splendid Mother’s Day Gift!

Also, if you are lucking enough to already own a Silhouette SD electronic cutting machine, all rhinestone products are 30% OFF using code word “DIVA”!!!

This promotion will run from April 21st-April 26th.

Lots of Silhouette Giveaways and Tutorials around the web:

Tip Junkie

Little Birdie Secrets

The DIY Showoff

I Heart Naptime


Flamingo Toes

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Fireflies and Jellybeans

Somewhat Simple

Silhouette Blog

Silhouette Rhinestone Instructions

Silhouette Rhinestone Video Demo

Craftaholics Anonymous Fabric Interface Giveaway

Someday Crafts

Chica and Jo

With friendship,



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