My daughter has caused me o think of my sweet dad a couple of times this week.  Back when I was in college, if I was staying up extra late working on something I could always count on my dad being just a phone call away when I needed/wanted someone to talk to in the middle of the night.  Well, I got a call like that this week.  “Would I mind staying on the line and talking a bit in between bits of homework?”  Of course not!  It’s been years since I thought about those late night calls.  Then there were the desired calls.  The “please call me when you get in” calls.  He always told me he worried about me until he knew I was in safely.  At the time I thought, “how can he be worried?”  Now, I understand!  And, I’m asking for a similar thing — a text or call just to let me know she’s in safely.  And in the asking and wondering whether I was being “that kind of parent”, I realized “no”.  I’m showing the same level of concern for her that my father showed for me right up to the end.  He was the best!

All of this has nothing to do with my creative bit for the day.  Just remembering.

12 Days of Halloween

I’m playing with a treat idea again today.

This time, I’ve used the Home Sweet Home Thinlits

Home Sweet Home Coffin and Sarcophagus for 12 Days of Halloween from theartfulinker.com

and created a coffin and sarcophagus to hold Halloween treats.

And they hold a lot!

Home Sweet Home Coffin with skeleton from theartfulinker.com

On my Basic Black coffin, I placed the skeleton from Cookie Cutter Halloween.

After stamping her in Memento Black and cutting her out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch, I decided she needed to be dressed up a bit.  I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with the same punch to make her bow and then added two Basic Rhinestones. A girl’s got to have her bling!

Home Sweet Home Coffin - open - from theartfulinker.com

I placed two Lindt truffles inside.  It would easily hold a third.  In fact, it would easily hold about a half dozen mini Reese’s Cups.

Home Sweet Home Sarcophagus - from theartfulinker.com

Okay.  So then I got to wondering what it would look like stamped.

So I cut a box in Very Vanilla and stamped the pieces with the Brushstrokes background stamp inked with Cajun Craze.  Well, it reminded me of a sarcophagus.  I just had to add the mummy from Cookie Cutter Halloween.  He was also inked in Cajun Craze and then I used my Blender Pen to add some inky shadows.

Would you like to know how to make these?

Following the tutorial below.

Home Sweet Home Thinlits - maximize cutting - theartfulinker.com

Start by die cutting two of the Home Sweet Home house thinlit from a piece of cardstock measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Home Sweet Home Thinlits - scoring for coffin - from theartfulinker.com

Looking at the middle piece, you’ll see that the bottom tab has been removed and that it has been cut away from the piece on the far right.

The dots on the images refer to scorelines that you will add.

When scoring make sure you keep the scoreline you are measuring from straight.  This seems obvious but the die cuts can make you want to shift the cardstock — it’s kind of an optical illusion – so keep your eye on the grid lines.

Score the section on the left of the first piece and the middle piece at 2-7/8″ up from the scoreline where the tab attaches (or was attached) at the bottom of these pieces.

Notch the section to the left as shown in the picture.  Cutting just up to the score line.

Score the remaining two sections at 3/4″ up from the scoreline that is below the dots.

Home Sweet Home - remove pieces from above top score line - from theartfulinker.com

Cut away the part above the top score line on the second, third and fourth sections as shown above.

Home Sweet Home Coffin - adhere second side panel - from theartfulinker.com

Add Tear and Tape to the side tab and adhere the piece that will be the second side panel.

Home Sweet Home Coffin - adhering front opening panel - from theartfulinker.com

Add Tear and Tape to the remaining side tab and adhere this piece to the right hand side as shown.  This will be the coffin lid.

Home Sweet Home Coffin - adhesive placement - from theartfulinker.com

Next, add tear and tape as shown in the picture above.  And add one strip at the top, underneath side of the tall section on the right.

Fold the small tabs near the top of the lid in.  Then, fold the bottom of the four small tabs at the top of the back panel in.  Holding the lid closed, press the top of the sides onto the Tear and Tape.  Holding the lid in the closed position, though a bit tricky, will help to get the shape just right so that the lid closes properly.

Remove the backing from the next two small tabs at the top and repeat holding the lid closed and bringing the sides in.  Now remove the backing from the strip of Tear and Tape that is underneath the top section and finish adhering the two sides in place.

Move to the bottom and with the lid in the closed position, adhere the two small side tabs to the larger bottom tab.

Now that your coffin is put together, you will most likely need to take your Paper Snips and make a tiny snip where the two side pieces overlap at the top of the coffin.  They come to a tiny point – front and back and that must go.

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2 comments on “Home Sweet Home for 12 Days of Halloween

  1. Jackie Hardy

    Thanks so much for posting how you created this. They’re so adorable and perfect with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set!

    1. Sara Levin Post author

      You’re welcome Jackie! Glad you liked them and hope you enjoying creating some of your own. FYI, I do provide directions for most things that I share.

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