Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween treats- Witch's broomstick and suitcase

I was asked by my kids' preschool teacher to bring pencils for treats for Halloween next week so I immediately thought of the pencil created by my friend Annette that looked like a witch's broom here at I was on my way to Philadelphia for a meeting and had a lot of time to kill. I knew that I wanted to give the kids additional treats such as an eraser, a tiny notepad and a book marker so I was doodling and and thought of the Movie Kiki's Delivery Service- a Japanese animated film about a little girl about venturing into the unknown and believing in herself and it made me think of a little suitcase with the witch logo on it. So here is the how to.

Use the matchbox die from SU using the Bigshot. Here I used the pumpkin CS for the drawer part. If you use 12x12 cardstock you can get 4 out of each one if you cut it this way- This has been posted on blogs before but just in case you did not know- Place the CS in the cutter 5 1/2 inches in, cut 6 1/2 inches down and then stop. Rotate 90 degrees and do the same 3 more times. You will have four 5 1/2x 6 1/2 pieces, as shown, perfect for the drawer part of the matchbox.

For the outside of the suitcase, I used eggplant CS cut 6 1/2 by 2 3/4 (you can get 4 pieces out of a 8 1/2 x 11 piece- cut 6 1/2 inches parellel to the long side then cut 2 3/4 inch pieces- you will get 4 exactly.

For the pencils, I used the striped ribbon marked off every 1 1/2 inches then put a sticky strip across the lines as shown and cut apart. It is easier to do this while it is still on the roll if you are doing 55 of them like me.

Trim off the edges of the ribbon to the tape as shown using sharp scissors to start the fray.

I think it is easier to pull some of the warp threads (orange and white stripe) off from both sides before you start pulling off the waft threads (white only). Be careful not to yank on the warp threads since they are being held only gently by the sticky strip on the one side.

Here I am pulling out the weft threads. It is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.

pull off the cover on the sticky tape and wrap around the top of the pencil as shown.

Wrap a piece of DD paper - here I used Cast a Spell striped pattern paper in 1 1/2x 3/8 strips again using sticky strips to finish off the broom.

Here are some of the pencils finished- My uploading program is being screwy and would not upload in proper orientation. I stamped image from Twick or Tweet from the holiday mini on the bottom of the matchbox before I put it together as a added surprise.

For the handle of the suitcase, I used the word window punch using black CS. Score the folds for the handle on both sides about 1/4 way from both ends as shown.

Put a little strip of tape and fold over using a pencil or marker to get that rounded edge.

This is how it should look. You may have to play with it for a bit to get the right look.

I put a little bit of double stick tape on the both ends to secure the handle while I punch the hole.

This is how it should look at this time.

Punch the holes and place a silver brad on both sides to mimic a handle on a suitcase.
I stamped Trick or Treat from the Holiday Best hostess set for the back side of the suitcase.

Place a sticky strip on the wider side to create a base.

On the left is the matchbox open but empty. On the right is the matchbox with aforementioned stuff inside- most from OTC on line or from the local Targ*t for the pencils and erasers.
The round moon is SU punch 1 3/8 circle punch and the witch punch is from Martha at the local Mikes'.

The final product.
Now I only have to make 54 more! It is really darling in person and all my boys are wanting to play with it now.
Happy Halloween!


Whimcees said...

This is a wonderful project! The children are going to be so excited to receive them! To make 55of anything is quite a feat and to make that many of something this detailed shows what a mother's love is all about! Thank you for sharing!

Barbara Diane

Marion said...

This halloween treat is adorable, I love it. Thank you for sharing. I just found your blog and love all your samples, even love your music. Really enjoyed looking thru it. Thanks for such a wonderful blog and all the samples you share!