The Day After!

Happy -Day After- Halloween! Did you survive? I'm happy to say that we did and had a great time!

So, as you have noticed my blog was pretty quiet this week... and I am sorry, but it wasn't for lack of creating. I was busy creating Halloween costumes for my 2 boys!

I know that you visit my blog to see Stampin' Up! stamping/digital ideas but I hope you won't mind if I stray a little today and share my kids Halloween costumes with you. Technically they are a paper craft and they use some Stampin Up! material...
Since I am no longer employed, there just isn't a lot of room for "extra's" in the budget, which meant no buying of Halloween costumes this year. But that's OK!  One of the best things I loved about Halloween as a child, was making my costumes! I don't think I ever had a store bought costume!
I decided to make my boys some cardboard box costumes and (besides the 2 colours of spray paint) was able to creative them using stuff that I already had around the house!
For my youngest son, I made him a fire truck. He LOVES fire trucks right now and I just couldn't resist! I made his truck out of a wipes box! I sliced the box to give it a bit of windshield look and added cardboard bumpers and ladders. I created the head lights by using Stampin' Up! treat cups! Then I paper mached it all to give it more stability.
I spray painted it red and then painted in the white, silver and black details. The Wheels are actually coaster boards that I painted black. The "hose" on the back is actual rope glue gunned to the box. The windshield, the lights, the grill and the hub caps are all created out of Stampin' Up! cardstock that has been sponged with ink for the desire effect.

Windshield - Pool Party Ink and Card Stock.
Grill - Smokey Slate Ink and Card Stock.
Lights - Treat Cups, Daffodil Delight Ink and Card Stock.
Hub Caps - Whisper White Card Stock and Smokey Slate Ink.

We did a trial run to see if my son would wear it... and he did. He wasn't happy about it, but as soon as we gave him his bottle, we were able to get some pictures that didn't look like we were torturing him!
He had a great time last night thought, even in the pouring rain!

For my oldest son, he decided that he wanted to be Mater from the movie Cars. Talk about making it easy on mommy. Ghesh!

His was a little more complicated! I constructed his out of a diaper box, 2 coke cans, doweling and a Stampin' Up! embellishment container! I added cardboard bumpers, roof (eyebrows), side mirrors and paper mached it all for stability. His wheels are 4 tin CD lids that I painted black. Mater's Eyes, teeth, headlights, windows and back bumper were all made from Stampin' Up! card stock, sponged for it's desired effect!
Eyes - Whisper White, Basic Black and Pear Pizzaz Card Stock inked with Garden Green and Soft Suede Ink and lined with Garden Green Marker.
Teeth - Whisper White Card Stock.
Headlight - Pool Party Ink and Card Stock.
Bumper - Basic Black and Daffodil Delight Card Stock.
Windows - Pool Party Card Stock and Ink

I also rigged up a little tow cable to put on his back. made out of coaster board, doweling, toilet paper roll, rope and a paper mached hook.

We bribed him with chocolate on his trial run to get some pictures! Lol It worked!

So that's what I'm been up to for the last week! I hope you like them!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to my craft room to create some stamping projects to share with you soon!

Happy Creating!
Too excited to stand still!


  1. THANKS for sharing; you are a talented gal, & wonder what you'll transform for next year; your blog's full of fun & color, of which I enjoy!

  2. amazing. those are the most detailed and perfect homemade box costumes I've ever seen. I would expect no less from you though, all your things are amazing

  3. Oh My Gosh! I just found you via Heather's website and so far have pinned nearly every post I've read. You're awesome :) And I can't believe these costumes. They are amazing!! You've got some lucky little kiddos!

  4. Thanks for sharing.💟
    You are awesome!!
    I love it. Such a lovely fine homemade craft for kids.