October 2012 Handmade Card Class

Here’s a pic of the cards we made in the October 2012 Kathy’s Handmade Card Class. Kits are still available.

My next classes will be:

Hemstitched Heirlooms – November 13th 6-8 pm

Sandy Hobby Lobby – November 17th 6-8 pm

We will be making a vintage Christmas card, a subway art Christmas card, and two other Christmas cards.  You can pay for a class or kit by going to “Pages” at the right and clicking on “Pay for Classes and Kits”

Hope to see you soon!

Faux Fall Leaf window Dressing











Send your kids on a backyard expedition, and use their small twig finds to accent paper leaves. Cut out various shapes of leaves on bright colored paper; crinkle and then flatten the leaves. Use hot glue to attach the leaves to a length of twine or string.


When illuminated, these votive holders cast an eyeful of moody shadows on the walls.

Things you will need:

Glass votive holders
Black  construction paper
Hole punch
Mod Podge
Black paint
  1. Tear a sheet of black construction paper into about a dozen small rectangles that measure roughly 1¼ inch by ½ inch.  Use a hole punch to add two eyes to each piece.
  2. Brush a portion of a plain, glass votive holder with Mod Podge, affix a paper rectangle, and then paint more Mod Podge over it.  Add the other pieces the same way, making sure the edges overlap.
  3. When the candleholder is dry, use a tiny paintbrush and black paint to add little round pupils inside the eyes.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Make these fun peanut butter cookies for your little spooks!

What You Need

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2/3 cup PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 egg

2 Tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1-1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, finely chopped

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

48 foil-wrapped milk chocolate pieces, unwrapped

Make It

oven to 375°F.  Beat butter, peanut butter, 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar and the brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat until well blended.  Combine flour, peanuts, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended after each addition.

dough into 48 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter; roll in remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar.  Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets.

9 to 10 min. or until lightly browned.  Immediately press a chocolate piece into center of each cookie.
(Cookie will crack slightly around edge.)  Cool on baking sheets 1 min.  Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Origami Bats

Haunt your halls with a colony of these denizens of the dark.  They can just hang around,or they can
take wing as a bat mobile — tape several to pieces of monofilament and string
them from a small branch.

Materials needed:

Black paper
(construction or scrapbook paper works best) cut into 8- by 8-inch squares


Glow-in-the-dark paint


1. Fold an 8- by 8-inch square of black paper into a triangle.

2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.

3. Fold each side flap in along the inner lines shown here, then back out along the outer lines, to form dimensional wings.

4. To create ears, use scissors to cut a notch along the top, between the wings.

5. Flip the bat over and add eyes with glow-in-the-dark paint. To give the body dimension, make a vertical crease down the center.