Homemade Halloween

My mother always made my Halloween costumes.  I remember a beautiful clown suit.  I also remember wearing these very shiny, black boots.  I presume it was a witch's costume.  Was it Mom?  Mom reads my blog just to see what I'm up to!

When Tabitha was 1 year old I made her first costume, a witch.  It was so adorable with a cape and hat.  I even made the pointed hat.  I have made at least two clown costumes that I still have.

There is nothing more fun than a homemade costume for Halloween. 

The Story
William and Tabitha, my clown and ghost.  The clown outfit was Tabitha's the year before.  Three of my children wore this suit over the years.  William picked out the hat and face mask.  He did not like the make-up.  Tabitha wanted to be a ghost so a sheet, a pair of scissors (I wonder if they were Fiskars scissors?) and a quick zip around the sewing machine and there was my easiest costume.  

The Layout

What I Learned
  • It's fun to use the old stash.  I haven't purchased any new Halloween papers this year because I have so much from previous years.  This I think is Little Yellow Bicycle.  
  • I found some older rub-ons and added the haunted house on the bottom.  It turned out better than I thought it would.  It looks like the paper was designed that way.
  • BIGGY:  I wanted a spiderweb border.  Instead of buying one I used my Heidi Grace spiderweb stamp and stamped my border and cut out one side of the webs.  I love my new handmade border "punch"!  FYI:  As I'm typing this I remember I have an EK Success spiderweb punch.  I do like my border better.
  • I ran out of O's with this set of chipboard letters.  I used the inside part of different letters to make my eyes.  I used Tim Hotz's Distress Ink, Picket Fence.  After it dried I used my Sakura Gel pen to make the eyes.  For the finishing touch I added eyelashes from my scraps.  Love it!

What fun I had creating this layout.  The fun memories and making my own spidey border. 

Note:  I knew I could not make 52 cards.  Now I am behind on the third week.  Fortunately, I have cards to spare for mailing.  I am so freaked out about making them that it took me forever to scrap a few layouts.  I know it must be a mental thing.   

Pssssssst...12 Days of Home for the Holidays has some of the most incredible crafters from around the world sharing their holidays right here on D's Paper Studio.  Mark your calendar for December 1st! 

Have a Crafty Day! 

Gratitude List
1.  a well Little Honey
2.  Jay's Fall break from college
3.  strength from God to get up every morning
4.  Adam, Vanessa and little Lilly (pup)
5.  the wonder of God's world


  1. llove the layout but more importantly the story behind this.....my mom made so many of my costumes as well. I was the baby so I wore hand me down clown costumes more times than I can count. I do think that your paper is Glitz only because I made a layout with some of it the other day.

  2. Cute layout! The spooky eyes in the title are great.

  3. Great LO! Love that you used older stash, I am guilty of hoarding it myself. ;) And your border came out BETTER than any punch!

  4. Very cute layout! I'm glad you ran out of O's, that title looks GREAT like that!

  5. Beautiful LO and great memories!

  6. Adorable lo~loved reading about you making your kids halloween costumes. I remeber one ( iwas a clown) and mom made the suit. wow taking me back~


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