How to make a Halloween Hauntings Treat Bag

You can make a Spooky Halloween Treat bag using only one piece of 12″ x 12″ paper and today I am going to show you how!

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That is as long as you’re not afraid of a few measurements… it really is pretty easy.

How to make the Halloween Treat Bag

Here’s what you’ll need:


  1. Cut All Hallows Moon double sided Halloween paper to 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″.
  2. Score the long width of the paper at 3/4″, 4 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10 1/4″ and 11″.
  3. Score the top of the paper at 3/4″.
  4. Score the bottom 1 1/2″.
  5. Fold along score lines
  6. Cut away the first 3/4″ corner piece.
  7. Fold over the top 3/4″ and adhere in place.  (top diagram)
  8. Fold along lines to create a 4″ x 6″ box.Taping the Bottom Flap 148
  9. Tape Side and bottom of the box.
  10. Cut “toad saliva” bottle section from the Apothecary scrapbook paper and adhere to the front   of the bag.
  11. Add 3D foam mounting squares to the back of the “raven” and “bottles” stickers and use to embellish the bag.
  12. Punch two holes on the top of the bag.
  13. Fill with goodies (or NOT) and tie with a black cord.

Peacock Feather

Happy Labor Day Paper House Fans!  Melissa joining you today with an art journal page for you, using a stunning photo from the Emerald Colorways Collection. Check out the shimmering, iridescent colors of the peacock feather! It inspired me to frame it with blues, greens, and lots of shine.

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Supplies Used:

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To make this page I used a 9 x 12 watercolor paper art journal.  I started by applying texture paste through a stencil. I splattered on layers of teal, purple, and gold with a brush, drying after each layer. I repeated this two more times, then misted with water.  I sponged on gesso randomly because the page seemed too busy. I applied a lot of things to create more texture: micro-beads, seed beads, glass glitter, glitter glue, rhinestones, pearls, thread, mica flakes, and sequins.

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I dry brushed gesso over the top of most of the elements, and then painted with a teal color. I outlined the photo with watercolor pencil.

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Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

The Wizard of Oz

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page  featuring the beautiful new Wizard of Oz line! The images and colors used on the paper are inspirational, and fun to work with!

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Supplies Used:

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To make this page I put the image onto watercolor paper, and gave it some dimension on the page by putting a piece of foam core board underneath it. I put on some texture paste with a stencil. Using crackle medium I glued on a strip of gauze around the picture.  To make a surface  to paint on, I covered the gauze with gesso, and sprinkled on gold micro beads.

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 I applied blue watercolor, then blue water soluble oil pastel. I also added different shades of mica flakes, blue pearls, rhinestones, tulle, and beads, to add more texture.

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 In random areas I rubbed on gold and pearl colored mica powder, and clear crackle texture paste.  I drew around some of the texture paste with a black watercolor pencil, and softened the lines with water. I applied black water color all around the image to try and get the crackle lines and other textures more visible.

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Thank you so much for taking a look, and have a great day!