Echo Park Paper: Haunted Bird Cage

Hello Crafty Friends! I’m sure I have probably mentioned this a million times this month, but I’m going to say it again! Halloween is my favorite holiday. And it’s also my favorite holiday to get crafty for!
This year I revamped my entryway table with new decorations and created this Haunted Birdcage, created with the Haunted collection, to go front and center!
I found the crows and glittery bats at the dollar store and the idea for this project was born!
First, I cut the birdcage shape out using my Silhouette Cameo machine using Carta Bella Ebony Black Felt Designer Cardstock. The birdcage cut file is from the “Three Birdcages” set by Lettering Delights. The top of the birdcage is cut from Very Scary paper. Next, I cut strips of the striped Very Scary paper to accent the cross bars of the birdcage.
I wanted the birdcage to have a bit more height, so I cut a flat square box to go underneath it. (Square Box by Lori Whitlock Design #26219 in the Silhouette Design Store). I decorated the sides of box with more Very Scary Paper.
On the floor of the birdcage, I cut a square of the orange dot Haunted Words Paper. This helps the crow to stand out a bit. I also decorated the back of the cage with this panel.
Now it’s time to decorate the outside of the birdcage! On the front I created a cluster of elements using designs from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper. I also added pumpkins made with the Outlined Pumpkins Die Set. I wanted my pumpkins to be solid, so I adhered them to another sheet of orange cardstock and then carefully cut around them by hand.
The flowers were cut from the orange dot Haunted Words Paper, using my Silhouette Cameo and the Dimensional Flowers Cut Set by Lettering Delights. I also added leaves and vines, cut using the Fall Branch Die Set, from the ebony felt cardstock and the Haunted Labels paper.
I added a few glittery bats from the dollar store for even more spookiness!
I had so much fun making this project! I’m actually thinking of creating another one to go with it! I’m thinking a big fly or spider inside would be a creepy touch. Hehe!
Give it a try, it’s the perfect Halloween Home Decor project!
Carta Bella Ebony Black Felt Designer CardstockCarta Bella Natural White Linen Designer CardstockCarta Bella Haunted CollectionHaunted Labels PaperVery Scary PaperHaunted Words Paper3×4 Journaling Cards PaperSpooky Ads Paper12×12 Element StickerOutlined Pumpkins Die SetFall Branch Die Set, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine, Three Birdcages Cut File by Lettering Delights, Dimensional Flowers Cut File by Lettering Delights, Square Box Cut File by Lori Whitlock (Design #26219 in the Silhouette Design Store)
See you again soon!

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Echo Park Paper: Halloween Shadow Box


One of my most favorite things about Halloween when I was a girl was the costume parade we held at our school every year. I loved seeing what my classmates dressed up as and enjoyed the magical and fun feeling of the day. The cute little monsters of the Halloween collection, remind me of adorable little trick-or-treaters dressed up to go from house to house collecting candy.

I decided to create decorative shadow box featuring these cute little monsters in a Halloween scene. Here is how it came together.
First, I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut the layers of the shadow box. The 3D Falling Leaves Shadow Box by Marji Roy, Large (Design #99560) can be found in the Silhouette Design Store.
I used the purple chevron side of the Spooky Plaid paper as the background. The other layers were cut from Carta Bella Ebony Black Felt Designer Cardstock and the green pattern of the Halloween Stripes paper. The front of the shadow box is cut using the super-cute Spooky Plaid paper.
Next, I adhered the Element Stickers to the different layers of the shadow box. The tree is adhered to the background layer using foam squares. The spiderweb, banner, and ghost are adhere to the green patterned layer in front of that one.
The witch and vampire are adhere to the black layer with the spooky tree. I used foam squares to lift them up a little bit more. And then finally, I adhered the frankenstein monster to the top green layer.
The front of the shadow box is decorated with even more stickers. I placed the “31” sticker on a 1 3/4″ punched black cardstock circle, then adhere the circle, “Halloween” word, and the two pumpkin stickers with more foam squares.
To finish it off, I added a purple bow around the outer edge of the shadow box.
I wanted a fun way to display my Halloween Shadow Box, so I used my Silhouette Cameo machine again to create an easel for it. You will need two files from the Silhouette Design Store for this: Tripod Easel 1 (Design #27348) and Tripod Easel 2 (Design #27349); both by A Little Hut.
It’s going to look so cute adorning my side table! I can’t wait!
SUPPLIES: Carta Bella Paper Ebony Black Felt Designer CardstockEcho Park Halloween CollectionHalloween Stripes PaperSpooky Plaid Paper12×12 Element Stickers
Other Supplies: Black Distress Ink, Adhesive and Foam Squares, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine, 3D Falling Leaves Shadow Box (Large) by Marji Roy (Design #99560), Tripod Easel 1 & 2 by A Little Hut (Designs #27348 and #27349)

Happy Halloween!


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Jungle Themed Baby Shower Banner


Last month I held a baby shower in my home for a girl whose family is very special to me. It was a lovely night celebrating a very special mom-to-be and a very special baby boy.

I created this banner to decorate my mantle and needed to share it with you because it is made using the super-cute cut files by



I used a basic pennant banner shape as the base for each panel and then used the animals from the Lettering Delights Welcome to the Jungle Cut Set. The vines on the monkey, rhino, and elephant panels are from the Nancy’s Buddies Cut Set.


I also layered together a couple of punched hearts on the rhino panel and added some gems here-and-there on the giraffe and rhino panels for a bit of sparkle.


The banner was threaded together using jute string. In between each panel I added some knotted ribbons (American Crafts) and a large wood button from the Michael’s Dollar Bins.

Finally, I wanted the banner to have a layered feel, so I created a garland of jungle leaves to hang behind it. I cut this from a tropical leaf shape (Design #12444 by Jamie Koay) I found in the Silhouette Design Store and dotted cardstock by Bazzill that I purchased in packs at the American Crafts Warehouse Sale. Nothing complicated, just leaf cut outs strung on a piece of jute. Easy peasy!

You could create a matching invitation using the Lettering Delights Welcome to the Jungle graphics or you can do what I did (because I was short on time) and find one online that coordinates. I did THIS ONE that I found from JessicasInvites on Etsy.

I also found some free printables online that I used to create labels for all the different pies I served to the guests. The font I used here is the ZP Catawampus font by Lettering Delights.



I did happen to find some coordinating Jungle Baby Shower plates (didn’t get a picture of those) at Birthday Direct (Jungle Babies Baby Shower Party Goods). Everything looked so darling together!

My favorite game to play at a baby shower is one that my mom stumbled across somewhere pre-internet days. It’s a matching game. It’s great because you’re not tasting baby food or anything disgusting like that … however, it’s clever and the guests can be involved without too much thinking power.

I hang the words and numbers to cover the words on a big board we created YEARS ago using plastic adhesive hooks. It works well, because the guests can call out a couple of numbers, I uncover them Vanna-White-Style, … if they make a match, they receive a coordinating candy bar, and if not, we just cover the words up again for the next person to choose from. Here is a picture of the board.



And here is a list of the baby shower words we use with the coordinating candy bars. The guests always get a chuckle out of how the candy bars “go with” the baby shower words.

  • NURSING – Milky Way
  • BOTTLE – Baby Bottle Pops
  • NINE MONTHS – Rocky Road
  • UMBILICAL CORD – Long Licorice Rope (these are hard to find these days, but gas stations are your best bet)
  • EPIDURAL – Life Savers
  • OB/GYN – Butterfinger
  • CONTRACTIONS – Whoppers
  • BABY NAMES – Whatchamacallit
  • PACIFIER – Ring Pops
  • DIAPERS – Raisinets
  • HOSPITAL BILL – 100 Grand

Finally, I always love to hand something to the guests as a THANK YOU as they head back home. This time I was expecting 40+ guests, so it had to be something inexpensive. I bagged up some Dollar Tree popcorn (yummy stuff!) and created a tag on my Silhouette Cameo using the Lettering Delights Nancy’s Buddies images. Behind the tag, I tied on a smaller jungle leaf (cut out at the same time as the larger garland jungle leaves in a space leftover on the sheet).



If you have a baby shower in your future, I hope this has given you some fun ideas to get started. I always have a blast putting together parties … decorating is my favorite part! Of course!😀

Have a great weekend!


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Echo Park Paper: Fall S’mores Treat Boxes

Can you feel it? Can you feel the change in the night air? Fall is upon us … and that makes me want to gather friends and family for a cozy night around the fire pit.
Today I have a fun little fall gift up on the Echo Park Paper blog that you might want to make for your neighbors, family, or friends … Smore Treat Boxes!
I created these cute little boxes using the Carta Bella Paper Kraft Designer Cardstock and various papers from the Fall Is in the Air collection. I cut the boxes out using my Silhouette Cameo machine and a design I found in the Silhouette Design Store.
Next, I selected various papers from the 6×6 paper pad to adorn each side of the box. That was the hardest part! I just love all of the cute patterns in this collection and I wanted to use them all! LOL!
For the front of each box, I used the Ephemera, Ephemera Frames & Tags Pack, Element Stickers, and Chipboard to decorate each one. The critters in this collection have my heart, so I made each one the star of their own smore container.
I can’t wait to give these to the people I love to wish them a Happy Fall … my very favorite season of all!
SUPPLIES: Carta Bella Paper Kraft Designer CardstockEcho Park Fall Is in the Air CollectionFall Festival Paper6×6 Paper Pad12×12 Element Stickers6×13 ChipboardEphemera Frames & Tags PackEphemera Pack
Other Supplies: Dark Brown Distress Ink, Adhesive and Foam Squares, Clear Report Cover Sheet, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine, Smores Kit Tote Box by Snapdragon Snippets (Design #78024)

Have a great day!


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