Halloween Cupcakes 2013

I must apologize for my major lack of craftiness lately. It has been a very busy Fall and I have had a bit of “crafters block.” In the meantime I thought I’d share the results of this year’s Halloween Cupcake Spooktacular; a big annual event at my office. Two of my co-workers and I went nuts and made some fun new creations (the devil, evil clown, new owls) in addition to our old standards (the mummy, bat, pretzel skeleton). Here are some pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

The new Reece’s cup owl…

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We work with eyeballs, so we HAD to incorporate these bad boys…

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Lindt truffle bat with chocolate wafer wings

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The bloody murder scene

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White chocolate pretzel skeleton with marshmallow head

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A personal favorite, the evil clown

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Fall scene with a spooky tree; hand-drawn with melting chocolate

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The classic “EEK”

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Another owl night scene

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White chocolate zombie rising from the dead

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Peeking candy corn haired monster

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The BRAIN

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Another cute Fall owl scene

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The cute candy corn ghost

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Another zombie

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The devil

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The classic mummy

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Another Lindt truffle bat

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Creepy crawly gummy worms and bugs

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And good ol’ Frank

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A new addition this year were also cake pops!

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The whole display

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And a few mini’s!

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Myself, Melanie, and Amanda…the cupcake crew!

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed our creepy creations! Hope everyone is having a super Fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween Cupcakes 2012!

It’s that time of year again! The Halloween Cupcakes Spooktacular 2012! Mel and I decorated our brains out and came up with some fun new creations this year!

Some of the classics: The owl and the worms

And in our office, of course we gotta have EYEBALLS!!!

Monster’s Inc character

And a witch’s hat!

The classic tomb stones…

And one of my personal favorites, PRETZEL MONSTERS!

New this year is a gang of mini aliens…

A zombie awaking from the dead!

Frankenstein marshmallow pops turned cupcake toppers!

A Reece’s bat

And my favorite new character, the pretzel skeleton!

Stepped up the Fall trees this year using Twizzlers instead of just piping it on…

And another new character: the peeking monster!

Skull with tic tac teeth

And some fun minis!

We did a batch of gluten-free cupcakes for one of the girls at work. It was quite an experience! They are pretty tough to work with because of the crumbly consistency. They taste pretty yummy though, and she is happy to be able to share in the spooky treats!

And lastly, our yearly photo in front of our masterpieces! Looking back on cupcakes from a few years ago, we have really stepped it up! It was so much fun and I can’t wait til next year’s Halloween Cupcake SpOoKtAcULaR!

I probably won’t be back until after my craft show, wish me luck! I hope everyone has a great weekend and very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

So I took a little break from crafting for some Halloween cupcake preparations! Tonight my friend Melanie and I are doing our annual Halloween cupcakes to bring into the office tomorrow. Last night, I made some Frankenstein marshmallow pops, some of which will become cupcake toppers. They came out pretty cute and were super easy to make!

Here are the ingredients, minus the pretzels. I was going to use them for the bolts in Frankenstein’s neck, but ended up going with slivered almonds instead. You’ll need large marshmallows, green melting chocolate, candy eyes, chocolate sprinkles, and pop sticks.

I microwaved the chocolate wafers for 30 second increments, stirring in between. It took about 2 minutes to get it to this consistency. Be very careful not to burn it!

Then you put the marshmallow on the stick, and dip it in. Tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to get off any excess chocolate.

Next make his “hair” by dipping the marshmallow into the chocolate sprinkles. Add the eyes while the chocolate is still melted.

I hate using styrofoam because it’s not biodegradable, but I couldn’t find anything else to use to prop them up to dry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I have seen others using one small block of foam, or even the green floral foam covered in foil.

I used slivered almonds for the neck “bolts” and black sparkle gel for the mouth. I let the chocolate harden a bit before applying the mouth.

And there you have it! Easy, fun, Halloween treats. These would be great wrapped in little baggies for Halloween party favors, or a fun project to do with the kids.

Stay tuned for Halloween cupcakes coming very, very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Make Your Own Stamped Gift Tags

Happy Fall!!! We just got home from week in Orange County, NY, for a Police K-9 Seminar that Greg was sponsoring, and boy was the weather and scenery spectacular! Upon getting home I realized there is just one month to go before my craft show and sooooo many things left I want to do…crap! I wanted to share some stamped gift tags I made because I think they have potential to be really great craft show sellers!

For these cute lil gift tags, I used a heavy stock brown kraft paper, which I got out of the scrapbooking section of the craft store. It was likeย  $.20 a sheet or something ridiculously awesome like that.

I cut the card stock into strips and used a small tag punch to punch out tons of tags. I got this at one of the craft stores (Michael’s I think?) for about $12, after using a coupon. It was originally around $20, but TOTALLY worth it since you can make an unlimited amount of tags!

I used a tiny hole punch to make the holes and some black string for the ties.

I made a TON more than are shown here…they are so versatile! For gifts, price tags, decoration, craft show sellers, or general crafting! You could use different thin ribbons and different colored inks / papers…there’s soooo much potential!

I decided to leave some blank and stamp some, both for my craft show. I chose this cute little gnome stamp which sorta passes for an elf for the holidays…

And of course, Santa!

ย I packaged ’em up, 4 to a bag. I am thinking $1 per bag. It’s a descent profit for me, but a great deal for customers too. What do you think?

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The 2011 Halloween Cupcake SPOOKtacular!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.ย  Melanie and I’s 3rd annual Halloween cupcake extravaganza at the office! After meticulously working late into the night, we came up with THESE creations…

ย New additions include the creepy cat…

ย The zombie arm reaching out of the grave…

The bats…

The night-time pumpkin patch scene…

The miniatures…

…and the EEK!!!

And now…the CLASSICS!

ย Mel and I call these (below) “cop-out” designs…where we use the pre-made decorations! Still cute though… ๐Ÿ™‚

…and ya gotta have an eyeball when you work in the eyeball office!!!

The beloved pretzel monsters, this year with beady little red eyes…

and finally, Me and Mel in front of our masterpieces!

And yes, they tasted as good as they looked, if I do say so myself! It’s become a Halloween tradition that we look forward to ALL year…and it makes the day at the office a little more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone has a SPOOOOOOKY weekend and a Happy Halloween!

P.S. For those of you who looking for the broken glass cupcakes…well, it was a flop. After TWO failed attempts at making the glass, I gave up. Oh well…something to work on for next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fall in WNY!

The view of the hills back home over the weekend was awesome. The Fall foliage is at it’s “peak” in Western New York. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

While I was home, I also scored a few primitive pieces out of my step-grandfather’s barn, that I can’t wait to clean up a bit and get into my booth. To start, I thought this rickety old stool could be very cool with a little TLC!

This piece is an old mailbox with lots of little cubbies – perfect for displaying all kinds of little knickknacks! The holes are for poking your fingers through to lift your mail, so it’s easier to grab. I may have to slide in a little piece of wood or heavy card stock in the slots that I plan to display stuff, so they aren’t falling through the holes! I gotta clean it up a bit, but I am going to leave the worn, chipping paint as is! ๐Ÿ™‚

The other really cool piece is this antique seed bag mover. Love the rusty hardware! Would make a great garden piece!

So Sunday night I finished up the pumpkin patch for our “Pick a Pumpkin Out of the Patch Discount” at The Carriage Place! Can you tell I used “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for my inspiration? LOL! I added the little tree for a scary factor. Picked it out of the weeds in the field behind my house!

We are going to fill up the pumpkins with slips of paper that indicate a prize, discount, free appraisal, etc. for customers at the co-op to “pick” on Halloween weekend!!! I can’t wait!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Can’t wait for my best friend Teeny to come down this weekend and do a little craftin’ with me. It’s always more fun to do that stuff with a friend. We are going to try out a few NEW projects that I’ve never attempted before. I’ll letcha know how they come out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Later gators! ๐Ÿ™‚

Super Duper EASY Thrift Store Make Overs, and Some Pretty Jingle Bell Ornaments!

So my booth is stocked with some items found at thrift stores that ended up being really EASY make overs. Make overs that required very little time or effort. Sometimes it doesn’t take a massive over-haul with tons of meticulous painting or whatever…it’s can simply be a matter of cleaning them up and adding a small decoration to make them super CUTE!

Here’s a couple of grapevine wreaths I got at the Salvo…

I added a few rusty stars and some berries found at AC Moore (on clearance after last Fall)…BAM! Fall CUTENESS!

Remember this jar with the wooden top?

There it is, filled with mini pumpkins, after a quick coat of black spray paint on the lid. I sanded the edges…it took literally 30 seconds. The other small jar is from the dollar store, which I can’t find anymore. I’m sad, because I loved using them to fill with stuff. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Found this picture frame at the Amvet. I printed out this cute Halloween poem from my favorite FREE graphics website The Graphics Fairyย and it looks so adorable displayed with some other Halloween stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ย found this crock lamp at the Amvet also. It was a mess. Dusty and really grimy. I cleaned it up and it looks brand new! Added this basic shade and VOILA!

This gothic looking window frame was originally REALLY tacky, covered in fake pink and green flowers. I mean COVERED…you couldn’t even see the metal bars inside the window frame. I took them off, scraped off the gobs of hot glue, and here it sits waiting for someone to scoop up and plant some herbs or small flowers in those little pots.

Lastly, these were not a thrift store find per say, but a clearance find at AC Moore’s last January. I like the snowflake cut outs on the bells, but I don’t care for the bright reflective surface.

I decided to tone them down a bit with this metallic spray paint. It’s pretty expensive, but at any give time you can find a 50% coupon on the craft store websites. I never go craft store shopping without checking for a coupon first.

Finished with a piece of twine as the hanger and homespun fabric as a little decorative tie. Wouldn’t these look neat all over your Christmas tree, or in a giant wooden bowl on the table??

You could do this same technique on smaller bells, like these below, found at the Dollar Tree! I’ve also used barn red, forest green, and a navy blue spray paint (in a satin finish, not metallic) to paint these kinds of bell ornaments. Any of these are cute for the holidays.

I’d love to try to do a post about other people’s thrift store finds and/or make overs. What’s the BEST thing you ever found at a thrift store? Send me a pic!

So anyway, I plan on trying to photograph the beautiful foliage around here and I’ll be sure to post them next time. Have I mentioned I LOVE FALL?!?! hehehe. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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