Sunday, August 30, 2015

Candy Corn Trees - Halloween Decor - Tim Holtz Trees

This was a fun project to do and turned out as planned, which doesn't always seem to happen when you find ideas on Pintrest.

Back in July we took a mini vacation to Montreal. A great town to visit. While we were there we went to a cute Christmas/Holiday shop and they had an awesome Halloween section. On their display were these cute little candy corn trees in the Halloween village they had on display. I kept that in the back of my mind so I could possibly make some of these for our own Halloween village display. When we got home I did a Pintrest search for candy corn trees and found a link to Tim Holtz blog with a tutorial.

Often times I do a Pintrest search and find great projects to work on but they don't always come out as planned. But Tim Holtz's provided great instructions and allowed me to have a beautiful project outcome. 

Click on his link for the details. Here are my pics of my process below. I followed his instructions to the T and found it to be very quick. Took me less than an hour to do. I did a Periscope of the process and wanted to share the video but it didn't save. I am new to the app so will need to play with it again to see how to set up video saves.

Products used, I got the tress and stains from Joanns

Used painter tape to cover area I didn't want to stain

How it looks after the spray

Use of paper towel to get excess stain off, my fingers were yellow and orange after this.

Making little cones to cover top of trees

The orange stain was really vibrant

Added some glitter to a few to make them sparkle

This was a fun project and I would recommend doing. I think for Christmas I will try and make some candy cane trees and maybe some red and green ones.

Thanks for stopping by - till next time.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

First Crafting With Beau Periscope

Hello all,

I am getting ready to do my first crafting Periscope. You can find me on the app at BeauInNewYork. A fun app for the phones that does live broadcasting. It will be today 8/29/15 around 6:45p. Hope to see you there.

Will be making Candy Corn Halloween trees I have seen on Pintrest.

Pics to follow


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cross Stitch Projects

Over the past year I have done a few cross stitch projects. Something fun to do while binge watching tv, aka Netflixing. 

I have gotten a number of patterns and projects from PixelPower. You can find them at Really fun designs based on movies, tv, music, ect. Kind of geeky, nerdy, and a little hipster. 

Here are a couple that I have completed.

Currently I am working on a set of projects to give to a friend as a gift for Halloween. I will post them at a later time.

Thanks for stopping by, till next time.


Monday, August 24, 2015

It Has Been Way To Long

I have not been active on Blogger in such a long time. It was such a joy when I was active and I want to get back into it. Here is my first step!

I changed over the blog name to Crafting with Beau. Before I used Astoria Crafter.  While I still live in Astoria, Queens, this blog is about crafting with me, not crafting in Astoria, although this is where I create the most. People often tell me they love my name so I wanted to include it in the title.

I look forward to posting more projects, techniques, finds, and awesome projects I come across.

On another note I have finally opened a Etsy shop, and I am happy to say I have had a few sales. Which is awesome! Below is the link to my Etsy shop, a fun play on words. Check it out if you get a chance, I think the fans of Rupaul's Drag Race will love it!


Till next time!


Monday, April 7, 2014

First Post in a Long While

Here is a recent card I made with the set of Anna Griffin Embossing Folders from HSN.

All white and embossed, came out really nice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Cards Using Chic & Scary Cricut Cart

Here's a number of Halloween cards I recently completed. I used the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cart for the Cricut. I really like this cart. Has a ton of great classic Halloween images.

For these cards I used some Die Cuts With a View paper mat stacks. The ones that were available at Joanns this year and last. I also used DCWV glitter cardstock to cut the images. To give the images more dimension I cut the same image at the same size in a dark pearlaized cardstock. This cart does not have a shadow feature and the images can look a little flat. Cutting a faux shadow and off setting it a bit makes it look a lot better than just the image itself.

Also to finish the look of the cards I added some heat embossed labels with the Happy Halloween greeting. Here are a ton of pictures below. Got to do a variety of cards in a short time.

Hope you liked. These cards were very simple to put together. Till next time...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Halloween Crafting: Glittered Witches Hat

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love decorating the house for this time of year. We usually decorate the house around this time and keep the Halloween decor up until we decorate for Christmas.

I saw this paper mache hat at Michales and knew it would look really great glittered, and maybe sitting on top of the television. I recently picked up some Scor-Tape at my LSS. I had read that it adhered glitter very well. It did not disappoint and worked really well.

I used Making Memories and Martha Stewart ultrafine glitters. The Score-Tape is really sticky so I am sure coarser glitter and microbeads would work well also.

Start of the bands

For the brim of the hat I used Martha Stewart glittering glue and her black glitter. It worked out well and looks really nice. I recently purchased some new acyclic paints from Michales by Martha Stewart. They are now selling a new line of acrylic paints by her which include different types: gloss, satin, pearl, metallic, and glitter. The bottle of the glitter paints states it can be used for metal, glass, wood, and fabric, also indoor/outdoor. I thought it would work for the paper mache hat but it did not. The glitter paint did not spread well on the paper mache. I wonder if the glitter paint does not work well on paper materials. Will have to try in the future on other paper materials and post my findings here.
Finished look

Like the sparkle

This was a fun and quick project to complete. I have some more Halloween glitter projects in mind and hope to get them complete and posted here. Till next time...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tinkerbell Quinceanera Card using Cricut Imagine Printed Layers and Tinkerbell Cart

Here is one of my latest projects. I am so pleased the way this turned out. One of my guy's cowokers asked if I could make them a Tinkerbell Quinceanera card. I have the Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart and was glad to have a project to use it again (only my second time). One issues I have with this cart is all the tiny intricate cuts. Sometimes these very layered carts seem impossible. This is where using the Imagine has such great possibilities. I was able to combine all the layers(different colored) and print it as one image. To see this step see the Lotso card I previously posted and it will give you my steps and the link to the blog that has all the details. The Cricut Craftroom was recently updated and from what I have read the ability to cut after printing combined layers no longer works correctly. So I printed this in the middle of the mat and used boarder punches to add some detail.

Closer detail
For this project I used:

DCWV White cardstock (that is what I printed the Tinkerbell image on)
DCWV Gliiter cardstock (scallop circle)
Bazzill Bling (card base)
Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cart
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cart (scallop circle and circle shape)
CTMH mini alphabet stamp set (Atomic)
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Set (??? the name of the set)

Fairy dust

Upclose of Tink

Upclose of stamping

When I picked the colors for Tinkerbell I just eyeballed it from the colors available in a couple of the Imagine palettes. I wasn't sure if it would work in the beginning and by the time I did know it would work I didn't have time to exactly match the colors, and I thought it looked pretty close anyways.

See top of card, didn't do all that well lining it up

Hopefully the Craftroom will have the ability to cut the layered print soon. But I like having this print only options as well. Thanks for stopping by and till next time....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My First Attempt at Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Red Velvet Pops
 A couple of weeks ago I made cake pops for the first time for my guy's bday BBQ. They were really fun to make and everyone loved them. They are simple to make, but just takes some time to go through all the steps. It took me about 2 hours to make all the pops over an 8 hour period, including prep, baking, cooling, and refrigerating.

Here's what I used
 All you need is cake mix and frosting from the grocery store, candy melts (bought at Michaels), and lollipop sticks. I bought the Wilton Cake Pop book from Michaels which has all the basic steps, multiple recipes, and decorating ideas. I found this to be a great resource, and would highly recommend purchasing if you want to make some cake pops.

Basically all you do is bake a cake, crumble it, add frosting to the crumbled cake, roll that mixture into the ball, refrigerate, dip in candy melts, and decorate. Here are some photos of the process.

Baked Funfetti cake

Red Velvet

Add cake to the mixer (dry)

Mix and doesn't take too long to crumble

Add frosting and use mixer to mix it

This is how it looks, kind of like cookie dough

Rolled out balls

Melted candy melts in the microwave
 After all the balls are rolled it is time to add the lollipop sticks. I dipped one end of the lollipop stick into melted candy melts and then inserted into the cake ball, maybe like halfway through. I did this to all the balls and then refrigerate for about an hour to ensure the melted candy harden and attached to the lollipop stick well. This was a tip in the Wilton book.

With the sticks

Another view with the sticks
 After about an hour I removed and swirled the cake pops in melted candy melts. This gave the pops a hard candy shell. In the beginning I found that candy melts were really thick and it wasn't easy to move them through the bowel of candy melts. I read online you can add a little vegetable oil to thin it out and this seemed to to the trick.

For some of the pops I added sprinkles or candies right after I dipped them in the candy melts. This way the candy melts were still soft and the sprinkles adhered and didn't fall off. And another trick in the book and that I read online was to place the finished pops in a Styrofoam block. Keeps them upright and easy to serve them on this as well.

These were really fun to make and looking forward to making them again. There are some great decorating ideas online and in the Wilton book.

Thanks for stopping by and please email me with any questions. As always please leave a comment if you would like, and till next time....