Thursday, October 27, 2011

Time For A Halloween Blog Hop Boys and Ghouls!

Welcome to our frighteningly awesome Halloween blog hop.  If you've gotten here from Lori @ Got 2 B Crafting, then you're in the right spot and you're almost done!

As my mind swirls with each day's tasks, chores to be done, and appointments to keep, I don't see it happen often where crafting ideas are as plentiful as the fall leaves on the ground.  But for some reason Halloween really gets me motivated.  I think it's because to me it marks the beginning of the "holiday season".  Yeah, I'm one of those people that starts getting excited for Christmas three months in advance.  (Though I think one of the biggest reasons I am that way is the fact that I need that much time to finish Christmas cards.)  So when I started thinking of creations for this blog hop, I had several different options.  The first was a cute wreath with bats and witches and jack-o-lanterns.  Next came a concept for a sweet as can be banner using candy corn as the base (it's my favorite candy this time of year).  But here's what I ended up with-------a lamp shade!  While zipping through Target trying to get the creative juices going----I spotted a pure white lamp shade for around $10.  It's something that I figured most people already had lying around their house and could easily decorate for each season.  So starts my ritual of decorating my lamp shade for each holiday!

Cricut Cuts From Holiday Cakes:
Haunted House - Cut at 5.8" tall
Moon (circle)  - Cut at 5.25" 

Cricut Cut From Bloom:
Bare Tree - Cut at 4" tall

Cricut Cut From Mini Monsters:
Spider Web (two welded together) - Cut at 2.5" tall

Cricut Cuts From Happy Hauntings:
Witch - Cut at 2" tall
Ghosts - Cut at 2.5" and 1.65" tall

All of the images were cut and then adhered to a clear acetate sheet.  HINT:  use the cover to your old non-sticky Cricut mat!  The sheet was then attached to the shade by punching four small holes in the corners and using large brads to hold it in place.

YOU ARE HERE-Crystal @ Creations By Crystal
THE FINAL STOP-Sis @ Paper, Craft, and Scissors
And as a little treat for stopping by today, I will be giving away the Winter Lace cartridge to one lucky person.  Just follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  I will choose the winner using on Sunday.
Wishing you a Spooktacular Halloween!

I will be using this in the following challenges:
Cricut Blog - Halloween Home Decor


  1. Wow -

    What a great idea and so well executed! I just love all of the detail and how practical and fun it is!

  2. Hi! I am following the blog hop. What a neat and creative idea for a lamp shade, I love it! Thanks for the chance to win a neat cart!

  3. Wow, fangtastic idea. I am a new follower, Great project. I love these hops because I find great blogs to follow! Thank you.

  4. Wow -- this is such a fun, inspired idea that turned out GREAT!! How much fun will it be to change it out for every holiday -- even birthdays!
    Thanks for sharing:-) I am a follower...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  5. Love how you could change this out for other holidays. Very cool idea.

  6. Love your holiday lamp shade. That is one cool idea!! I just might have to try that this year :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  8. ooopsss forgot to leave my email addy.

    Love your lampshade!!!

  9. This is brilliant Crystal - no pun intended! Why did I never consider the cover to my Cricut mat as being acetate? Love the idea of just attaching this to your lamp shade so you can take it off and redecorate with the seasons! Totally a genius idea! I am so happy to be a new follower of your blog - I can tell I will find lots of inspiration here.

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  10. WOW, I've never thought of decorating the lamp shade for the holidays. Hmmm, you got me thinking now. :)) I'm a major holiday decorater so this would be great. I'm learning lots from your blog. So glad I found you thru this great blog hop. Thanks Dana papermemories4u@

  11. Oh my.... this is such an awesome idea!!! I am so going to do this with one of my lampshades. Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  12. Crystal!
    I love this idea, very creative. I like how you used your old cover to an old mat- TFS! Miss ya girl!
    Creations With Becka
    scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

  13. I never would have thought of doing something like this! Very creative!

    Kim Maehrer

  14. Such a fantastic idea - I love it!! Thanks for participating in my blog hop, I'm a new follower!!

    kimbean20 at gmail dot com

  15. What a great idea!! FUN lampshade!!

    sillyscrap@aol dot com

  16. Crystal, now I can't wait to see all the other ones you make for each holiday!!! This is so unique and creative. I love that you recycled your old cover, too (I have a few of those laying around because I save EVERYTHING!). Glad to have been able to hop into your blog and become a new follower.
    Jessica's Craft Shaque

  17. I love this idea!!! Hmmmm, I may have to buy a special holiday lamp just for this purpose!


  18. Love your very cool Idea and look forward to seeing the next creation for the shade!! LOVE IT!!! I am a new follower and thanks for the inspiration!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  19. I never would have thought to do this, it's such a wonderful idea! I love when people think "out of the box" and come up with such cool projects. Really cute! I'm a new follower!


  20. OOo, I love it. Great idea.


  21. What a great idea! I love it and the way you used brads so you can change the design for every holiday. Great job!!!

    plese.cathy at yahoo dot com

  22. AWESOME lampshade! What an inspiring idea. Love it!
    hmcwhirt at gmail dot com

  23. Awesome lampshade, how clever!
    Hugs Julie P