Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Decorating Time!

If you know me, you would know that I’ve always hated Halloween.   Too much pressure with the costume, stress when I was in middle school of who I was going to trick or treat with, or a competition with kids to see how much candy I could get.  Even college was miserable because it was really an excuse for girls to dress inappropriately – and being a Victoria Secret girl (costume is a bra & underwear), didn’t suit my body type or work in my comfort zone. 
My opinion of Halloween recently started to change as we received design team call submissions using PSA Peel & Stick stamps.   From a design perspective, I always thought Halloween was sort of kitschy but the designs we have been receiving are clean, modern and beautifully designed!  I started getting in the mood and decorating.  Here’s a great dining room set up idea. 

Isn’t this tree amazing?  Our designer Susan D’Anna created it and I think it belongs in a Pottery Barn catalog!  (It would sell me the table...)  It’s quite tall and has spiders and bats dangling from the limbs.   Susan used the PSA Haunted Shack Collection and the U.B.U. Happy Halloween to create this very hip, fun to have on your table center-piece.     

Susan also made this banner!   I love the use of color and that the banner fits across an entire double window!  It's a festive way to spice up the dining room. 

 Another Halloween decorating idea that I am enjoying are these fabulous candles by our designer Amy Kingsford.    They are battery operated and produce a beautiful soft glow.  She’s embelleshed the edges of the stamp, making the PSA Haunted Shack really stand out. 
Another one of our designer's Carly Robertson came up with this adorable Hello Kitty Favor charm, which I attached to a wine bottle.   It would be a great hostess gift.   She also created these simple wine charms.  Adorable!

I have so much more Halloween in store for you in the next couple of weeks!  Stay tuned.

Supply Spotlight:
  1. Halloween Tree:  Stamps:  PSA Haunted Shack, U.B.U. Happy Halloween, and Hello Kitty.    Paper:  Black and Orange (Creatology).   Other:  Black pipe cleaners, black ribbon (Spool O'Ribbon). 
  2. Banner:   Stamps:  PSA Haunted Shack, U.B.U. Happy Halloween.   Paper:  Black, Orange & Haunted (Creatology).    Other:  Felt ribbon, staples. 
  3. Candles:  Stamps: PSA Haunted Shack.   Paper:  Assorted (Patterned Papers, Eeerie Collection).   Tools:  Scalloped & Circle punches (McGill's), Laser cut paper doily (Basic Grey).   Other:  Black Rhinestones (Heidi Grace Designs), 4" & 6" Flameless Vanilla Candles (Mainstays). 
  4. Wine favor & charms:  Stamps: PSA Hello Kitty.  Paper:  Card stock (SU!), patterned paper (A muse).  Tools:  Circles (Spellbinders), Scoreboard (Martha Stewart).  Other:  Rhinestones (Zva Creative), metal tags, markers.


  1. I'm sort of a big deal :)

    Libby - couldn't agree with you more about your feelings for Halloween! So much pressure, haha! This stamping project made me look at it in a new way.

    Keep up the good crafting!

  2. Love all of the different takes on the Halloween projects! Lovely ideas! :)

  3. I love the candle wrapper. So so pretty