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DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason Jar Candles | Cosmo Cricket
Candles are a big tradition in our family. I discovered long ago that if you turn the lights down low and create some warm, glowing ambience magical things can happen. 

No, not that... I mean really magical, like well behaved children!
Mason Jar Candle Holders | Cosmo Cricket
There is something about a dimly lit room and the warm flicker of battery-operated candles that settles my kids right down to a whisper. Their dinnertime manners improve dramatically with a drop in arguing of 78% and decrease in complaining of 86%. Eye twinkling increases 88% and smiles 65%.

Vellum Wrapped Mason Jars | Cosmo Cricket
To make these, I used our glitter printed vellum papers from the Simple Surfaces deck. Just punch or cut some places for light to shine through, wrap them around your jars, and turn on your candles. I like to add lids because one child believes I have magical candles that light from within. (Object lesson, taken to heart.)
Mason Jar Lanterns | Cosmo Cricket
Embellish them with wood charms and shimmer trims if desired. Then set the mood at your family table. If you've got as many kids as I do, it may just be the most magical night you've had in a long time!



 

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Santa has a name for YOU!

As crafty peeps, we are the elves of the holidays. 

Did you know that Santa names all his helpers, not just the ones at the North pole? In fact, he has extra special names for all his crafty peeps based on lots of things they love.

Nice to meet you, I"m Cosmo Glitter-Bottom! 
Santa's Helper Chart | Cosmo Cricket

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Wood Charm Inspiration

Wooden Hearts on Canvas Heart
Do you love wood veneer? If you do, head on over to our facebook page and enter yourself into a contest to win them all.
Woodcharms
If you're not sure what you think just yet, take a look at these projects for some great inspiration.

I love to string them into garlands. This tutorial shows you an easy and quick way to do it!
Wooden Garland & Painted Canvas | Cosmo Cricket
I love adding them to layouts and cards because they match everything!
Simple Surfaces with Creative Girl
Wooden Matrix on Card | Cosmo Cricket
Wood Charm Card | Cosmo CricketI even made them into a pair of earrings. They are very light weight and won't pull on your lobes at all! (See how I cut the glitter chevron here.)
Glittered Chevron Wood Earrings | Cosmo Cricket
I used them as buttons on this quilt block and have lots of plans for sewing them onto other things.
Jar quilt block
In fact, the idea for making them with holes came because I knew I would want things to hang from our Show Topper mason jar lids and mini mobile.
Green lid with clip

Mason Jar Nativity | Cosmo Cricket
Centerpiece idea | Cosmo Cricket jar lids
Hopefully you're fealing inspired now! If you are, hurry over to the facebook page to enter yourself for the giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning!


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In Love and Being a Tease!

Hanging Hearts
I am in love! 

My children have always had my heart, but Kate melted it yesterday when she walked into Wet Salon and told the receptionist she was there to get a pixie cut "like her mom."
Kate's Pixie Cut
All her friends tried to talk her out of what they thought was a HUUUUuuuuge mistake.  I won't say that I wasn't without my own worries, but I am so proud of her for having the confidence to follow her heart.
Kate's Pixie Cut views
On that note, we made some pretty hanging hearts. They will be used together with a new product for CHA. I just got the sample yesterday and I want to get some pretty pics to put on the packaging for it.
Glitter hearts
To make our glittery hearts, we punched them in paper first and then stuck them down onto our glitter sheets and cut them out.
Glittered Hearts
After we had a pretty pile, we strung them together with a needle and thread.
Stringing Glittered Hearts
Now, we're going to add in the new product and have ourselves a little photoshoot. Wish me luck in getting a great shot for the big reveal sometime this winter!

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Candy Corn Jars and Candy Corn Popcorn Recipe

Happy Pumpkin Mason Jars | Cosmo Cricket
These smiling Jack-O-Lanterns are contagious. Just one look at them and you'll be smiling too!

I used adhesive vinyl to cut the eyes and mouths. What makes them really fun is using the different size jars (I got mine at Target) and the Jadeite Show Toppers mason jar lids.

Fun Halloween Mason Jars | Cosmo Cricket
When you are ready to eat your candy corns, may I suggest this fun recipe. We made it last night and I think the whole bowl lasted about 10 minutes!

You'll need:
1/2 C Popcorn Kernels
1 C Candy Corns
1/4 C Butter
1/4 t Salt

Pop your popcorn (I use an air popper). Then in a small saucepan melt your butter, candy corns and salt together until smooth. Mix this with your popcorn in a large bowl stirring gently until it's evenly coated. 

Don't mind the Sunday night casual attire in these pics, just imagine eating that bowl of salty, sweet, buttery, yumminess with your family!
Candy Corn Popcorn
Happy Monday my friends. I hope it's sweet!
Candy Corn Pumpkin Mason Jars
Share this post with your friends. They'll love these happy faces and the yummy popcorn too!

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Free Printable for Fun Halloween Jars

Gather your creepy crawlies... including your kiddos.... and make these fun Halloween mason jars as a family. Halloween Mason Jars | Cosmo Cricket CraftMary and her friends had a great time poking spiders into fake webs and stuffing them in jars.

Mason Jar Craft | Halloween Family Fun
Fill jars part way so that you can then hang a large spider from the hook underneath your Show Topper Jar lid.
Decorative mason jar lids with hook | Cosmo Cricket
Or fill them all the way, and use our free Halloween printable, sliding it into the clip on the lid. (Eyeballs would be fun too!)
Spooky Mason Jars for Halloween by Cosmo Cricket
Free Halloween Lable Printable | Cosmo Cricket
Glue some extra spiders and add a little extra web to the oustide of your jars for a fun spooky scene. 

If you like this post, your friends might too! Spread the love by sharing it with your friends. Thanks!

Styled & photographed by: Becky Reed of Ravenberg Photography 
Project uses: Show Toppers mason jar lids

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Three Chalkboard Cheer Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas _ someecards
In my defense, handmade Christmas cards don't happen overnight..... nope, they happen over many nights!

So, gather your holiday papers and let's get started! I used Chalkboard Cheer.
Chalkboard Cheer Papers by Cosmo Cricket
And paired it with our Simple Surfaces deck because I am in love with glitter prints... especially on vellum!
Simple Surface Specialty Papers by Cosmo Cricket
You can see what I mean on this card. I punched a window in the vellum to be like an ornament. The glittering is done with the Adhesive Glitter Sheets cut into narrow strips using my paper trimmer.
Glittered Vellum Christmas Card | Cosmo Cricket
My next card uses the vellum to create a frosty window pane. It was a tiny-bit tricky to secure the strung wooden snowflakes, but a little persistence got the job done! For the prettiest look, sandwich the vellum and strings under the patterned cardstock but over the card base. That way, when one opens the card, the inside is nice and neat.
Vellum Window Christmas Card | Cosmo Cricket
My last card doesn't use any vellum, but one of the glitter-printed cardstocks from the Simple Surfaces deck instead. I love stringing the chipboard alphas on the gold cord to spell out short messages. It's a favorite technique! The glitter sticker is just cut from the adhesive glitter sheets with scissors. Love that stuff!!
Handmade Christmas Card | Cosmo Cricket
I have lots more cards to make. Maybe my candy corn sugar rush will come in handy afterall!



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Easy DIY Glittered Envelopes

Pretty Fall Cards and DIY Glittered envelopes | Cosmo Cricket
Hello Friends!

I have written my letters and I thought it would be nice to actually mail them off. To make them extra special, I decided to glitter the inside of the envelopes to match the glitter I used on the cards.

This is easy and entirely mess free with our Glitter Sheets.

Here's what to do: 
Making Glittered Envelopes | Cosmo Cricket
1. Use tracing paper or even type paper to make a template that fits your envelope. You will want the glue strip to be exposed. You'll also want to cut your glitter about 1/8" narrower than the width of the envelope.

2. Cut your glitter following your template.

3. Cut the backing paper away from your glitter, only on the part of the glitter that will go over the envelope flap.
How to glitter envelopes | Cosmo Cricket
4. Slide the glitter into the envelope. It will go in nicely since we didn't expose the adhesive on the lower portion.

5. Crease the edge of the envelope. It will be a little stiff, but a good rubbing will help if fold nicely.
Beautiful Handmade Cards | Cosmo Cricket
6. Add your cards and your done!

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Four Cards for Fall

I am inspired to tell people thank you!
Cards for Fall | Cosmo Cricket
I made four cards to write a note to four friends that have done something for me and made a positive impact in my life. I got the idea from this video on the science of happiness:

 
You may want to send a note to a friend, or four, also. Make these quick and easy cards to get started.
Simple Surfaces by Cosmo Cricket
Cut each of your Simple Surface papers to fit the card base. Then layer up the scraps left over and the others you gathered (I threw in some Creative Girl papers). Just stick the top edge down in a messy sort of way.

Punch an icon into your top paper scrap. Layer your glitter behind that and stick the set down. 
Making Fall Cards | Cosmo Cricket
After the papers and glitter are stuck, take a bit of rafia or twin and slide it under the whole set. Wedge it up to where the top edge of the bottom paper is taped down. Wrap it around and tie. Add some cute wood veneer shapes and canvas brads. If you want a little sentiment, the woodgrain Tiny Text are perfect for fall themes.
Autumn cards with glitter | Cosmo Cricket
Now all that's left is to write some thank you's and deliver them to friends.

I'll start by thanking all you! I have been writing this blog for about 6 years. This is our 946th post since we moved to Typepad around 4 years ago (can you believe that?). We have some truly loyal readers that support us and have stuck with me through thick and thin. You all have logged almost 80,000 comments!

I feel like many of you are my friends even though we've never met. But, I have met some of you. Once at Disneyland with my family, someone called out, "Hey Julie, I love your blog." Once at the grocery store while bagging brocolli, someone said, "I just have to tell you, your blog is great." And many times at trade shows and crafty events you have introduced yourself. You have no idea how it makes me feel..... it's a mixture of joy, pride and slight anxiety since I like to tell myself nobody I know reads this blog! (Yes, I have writen a post or two about personal things including my social anxieties.)

Today I want you to know that I think you are awesome! You inspire me with your projects, you kindness and the way you care about your friends and families. And yes, just typing this is making me smile. Thanks for that too!

As another way to say thank you, we are giving away our Simple Surface deck and the Wood Charm set I used in this post on our facebook page today. Head on over to enter yourself!

Products used in today's post: Simple Surfaces, Creative Girl, Wood Charms, Adhesive Glitter Sheets, Canvas Brads

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I Believe in You Card

Wood Charm Card | Cosmo Cricket
Are you a coddler?

I found myself re-tying Jack's shoe this morning because he tied them too loose and they didn't feel right. Thirty minutes later I was straightening Kate's hair so it wouldn't be frizzy.

How did I end up here? I was not raised by a coddler!

When I had my first baby, my mom came to the hospital for the delivery. Then, she went home. When I had my fourth baby, my mom drove 6 hours to drop by the hospital for a visit. An hour later she continued on her road trip.

I'm not complaining, because I think she may have been onto something! I never doubted that she believed in me. If I can handle it, she won't. She let's me accomplish and claim every acheivement.

Next time Jack comes to me with his loose shoe laces. I'm going to say, "sorry Jack." Then he is going to look at me with those long lashes and cry. I may need restraining. I'm not sure I believe I can do this. Hmmmm, maybe I need to ask my mom if she thinks I can. :)

 

 

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