Wicked watering cans

I had so much fun creating these adorable little watering can boxes for our Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo blog hop. I received a ton of fantastic products to play with and just had a great time going crazy embellishing these little packages. Thanks to Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo!

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I’ve been wanting to play with Eileen Hull’s Watering Can die from Sizzix so decided to see what I could do in a Fall/Halloween theme. They would be so adorable as place holders for a table setting or fill them with treats to share at a Halloween party.

I started by cutting the shapes from chipboard and the papers from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection.

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I wanted the insides of the boxes and all the edges to be black to give the boxes a finished look so I painted, what would be the insides, with Ranger’s Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pitch Black. I also painted the edges about a quarter inch all the way around so no grey chipboard would show.

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While the paint was drying I processed all the die-cut paper through my Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive.

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I peeled the paper shapes from the Xyron backing and laid back-to-back to the unpainted side of the chipboard shapes. I’m often asked why I use Xyron rather than a glue stick for an application like this, “isn’t it cheaper to use a glue stick?” My thoughts are that it depends on your way of thinking. It took less than 3 feet of Xyron 12″ Creatopia adhesive for these pieces; that’s about $3 worth at full price (less if you find it on sale or use a coupon). But here’s the kicker – for that $3 it saved me probably an hour or more in time and I didn’t have sticky fingers. I peeled and stuck these five boxes in less than 7 minutes (yep, I timed it). There’s no way I could peel and stick with a glue stick and keep it so neat and clean in anywhere near 7 minutes.

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Assembly is so easy. I used the Clear Hold Adhesive in the squeeze tube from my Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. I ran a thin line of glue along the scored edges and pinched together for a few seconds until the glue set up. Then it was time for the fun stuff!

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I used punched pieces from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection and the gorgeous, colorful distressed flowers and leaves from Petaloo to embellish all the boxes. The smaller strips and paper pieces processed so easily through the 1″ Xyron Sticker Maker that was in the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

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I also used the black Foam Squares from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. These were perfect to pop up some of the strips and punch out pieces. The Clear Hold Adhesive worked well to tuck in bits and pieces here and there.

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I had so much fun I found it difficult to stop! I fell in love with that Clear Hold Adhesive. The nozzle didn’t clog and I just kept gluing and tucking!

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Sending Halloween greetings …

You know, I love all the Halloween decorations I see popping up everywhere lately. I don’t really get into decorating for any holidays except Christmas since the kids are all grown, but I do appreciate what others do to celebrate. We passed a house on our way to Williamston last night that was really decked out with lots of ghouls and ghosts hanging from trees – it made me smile and I could only imagine how scared the little ones will be come Halloween when they walk through that yard to the front door for Trick-or-Treat.

I’ve made this Halloween card for our Cracker Jack Stamp Club that meets tonight. This months’ theme, after all, is Halloween!

I used Bazzill Basics paper and cardstock from its “All Hallows Eve” collection in the 6-inch by 6-inch pad. The patterns in this line are really cute and easy to work with; they coordinate really well.

I started with a free clip art sheet from Red Lead Paperworks and selected the lovely little girl with her Jack-o-Lantern. The edges are distressed and inked with black ink. It’s then matted with the Bazzill Basics cardstock. I layered it all up using more of the black cardstock and two different pattern papers from the collection. Yarn is wrapped and tied around the purple paper strip.

The adorable little Jack-o-Lanterns lining down the side are from Globecraft Memories. The Piccolo Accents – Happy Pumpkins Accents – are coated in Art Glitter Monarch 501 Microfine Opaque glitter. The perfect color for pumpkins! I love the contrast of the glittery sparkle alongside the Vintage-looking clip art.

A very simple card to make and I’m sure it will bring a smile to any recipients face! We all love to get mail – the old-fashioned kind – in an envelope and everything! So get your supplies out and start making some cards to drop in the mail. There’s still plenty of time!

Supply list:

Art Glitter Monarch Microfine Opaque Glitter
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Happy Pumpkins Accents
Bazzill Basics Paper “All Hallows Eve”
Xyron Mega Runner
Free Halloween Clip Art from Read Lead Paperworks
Black Soot Distress Ink
Yarn

Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog for another AG/Globecraft Memories project from me!