Creating Studded and Glittered Pumpkins inspired by The Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with The Dollar Tree and The Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

This week I decided to visit my local dollar tree in search of some halloween decorations, because I was so inspired by all the halloween crafts I saw within the pages of the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club. The Dollar Tree is such a great place for getting raw craft materials, I love picking up obscure items and finding a different purpose than what it was intended for.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad I picked up a few things while I was there, like these carvable pumpkins and a package of thumbtacks for studs. I picked up a few other items, such as a package of permanent markers, glitter, school glue, glitter glue pens, white out & foam brushes.

My favorite thing to do when I get home from craft materials shopping is to lay it all out and look at what I got to work with – then I let the ideas swirl around, while I figure out what to do…

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

I decided to start with the permanent black markers, and color the entire pumpkin black, since I thought it would glide on smoothly. To my delight – it did! Once I had it all colored, I placed gold thumbtacks in each of the pumpkin’s crevices in a vertical line.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

I like my black & gold studded pumpkin, but for my next one, I was wanting to do something a little more spooky… I wanted a white pumpkin! Since there’s no good white paint at The Dollar Tree, I decided to improvise and use liquid pen corrector (white out) as a white paint. Sounds kookie, but it worked perfectly!

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Once it was all painted with the white out and dried, I got out one of my red glitter pens, and made it a bleeding pumpkin!

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

I was having so much fun with the glitter and glue, I didn’t want to stop! I got out my white school glue and foam brush to lay down some glue for the glitter to rest on.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

These were the easiest crafts ever! It’s a perfect one to share with your kids, cause I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like glitter and glue.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

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How to ‘gift’ oatmeal cookies in a mason jar with David Tutera Casual Elegance decorations PLUS a free printable

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Darice and The Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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One of the happiest things I experience with all this bloggy stuff I do, is the opportunity to review gorgeous craft pretties, like all this David Tutera Casual Elegance accents and decorations. There’s nothing more fun than to open a big cardboard box of craft goodies!

I thought that all these pretty accents would make a great table setting for a formal dinner or party, but since I don’t have anything special planned for awhile, I thought of how these could be used as decorations instead. I thought long and hard, and I decided that I would use  of my new David Tutera Casual Elegance stuff with a mason jar, and layer all the dry ingredients for oatmeal cookies. All these wonderful decorations can be found exclusively at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores.

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How fun would it be to receive this as a gift? it’s easy to make – but best of all, it’s one from the heart, I love gifts like these! All you need are a  few ingredients from the kitchen – these cookies are super simple and delicious!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ cup of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups of quick cooking oats

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Cream together butter & sugars until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time & stir in vanilla. Combine powder ingredients, and gradually add to mixture.
  2. Bake 12 min on an ungreased cookie sheet

 

Above, is the full recipe – in order to make the mason jar, you would leave out the butter, egg and vanilla. I started with the 3 cups of oats at the bottom, then the flour/cinnamon/salt/baking soda mixture. Using a quick paper funnel really helped get the ingredients inside the jar without a big mess.

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I used my hand the pack the brown sugar down gently…

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Once I had all the ingredients together, then it was time to decorate it! I got out some of my favorite David Tutera Casual Elegance pieces, and got to work. I decided to use a paper baking cup as a decorative topper to the mason jar – it worked out quite nicely!

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I used the David Tutera burlap trim, and wrapped that around the jar, securing it with a little hot glue. In the next layer, I wrapped  the David Tutera twine around the burlap and secured it with a small knot. This is when I decided it needed a little hang tag or label – so I pulled out the David Tutera rectangular kraft tags and got out my ink and stamps.

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I’m always looking for an excuse to pull out the stamps – so why not make a pretty label using the David Tutera kraft labels? I love how well pigment ink stamps on to kraft paper, so I thought that my ‘made with love’ cling stamp would work perfectly.

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Once I had this, then I printed out a copy of the label (download your free copy here) , and attached it to the jar ….. and ta-da! done!

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Samsung’s new Smart WiFi Camera – The best little camera ever!

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. #SocialCamera

I love using my ‘big camera’, as I like to call it – but it can be so huge and delicate to transport around in my purse, that often times I find myself using my iPhone camera as an alternative to capturing moments. I’ve discovered a new WiFi camera that blew me away with it’s functionality and it’s picture quality.

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

The new Samsung WB200 offers a ton of features for the on-the-go photographer. Not only does it do an amazing job taking pictures, you can upload instantly to your facebook, google, skydrive or even email photos! One of the coolest things was being able to use my self-made hotspot via my iPhone. The camera was able to find and connect to that network – It’s perfect for when you’re on the go and don’t have WiFi available!

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

Walmart had many types of compact cameras – see everything I saw when I went shopping. I thought 179$ for a camera with WiFi was a great deal!

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

It’s great to have the ability to upload directly online! So I decided to upload some of my pictures to picasa…

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

Uh oh! Google thought that I was having someone or something break into my account – so they sent me an email right away! But since I knew it was me, I was able to turn the permissions on so it could upload directly.

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

…and TA-DA! There they are uploaded, with no download cables needed!

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

This camera definitely has it’s purpose – think of it as a great compact camera system rolled into an easy to use point and shoot style camera. I love how it performs in low-light conditions too, the auto flash didn’t even pop up when I took these 2 pictures. It was late in the day when I was making dinner.

Using my Canon XS with a 50mm 1.4 lens:

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

Using the Samsung WB200:

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

So since I do alot of food photography, naturally I wanted to compare the quality of my DSLR versus the 179$ way-cool WiFi camera. I decided to take pictures and compare…

Samsung WB200 #SocialCamera - http://www.behindthestudio.com

I think it does a pretty good job – This is going to be great this summer as my on-the-go camera! Now that it’s comparable to using my big camera, taking & sharing pictures this summer is going be both fun and easy!

 

 

 

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