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Spooky Home Decor Tree using Cricut Happy Hauntings – GIVE AWAY

I love this tree!  You can make one too!

I used the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge to make this great spooky 3D tree.  I love that this cartridge has so many fun things to make.  The 3D items are so well designed that they’re pretty easy to put together.  I did have to make one of the slits a little longer to fit these together, but that could be due to the multiple layers and chip board.

The Blue Blade Housing is the Deep Cut Blade.

I used the deep cut blade set on 6, pressure set at 5 and multi cut set to 4.  I’m unsure of the thickness of this chipboard, but let’s say it’s a little thicker than a cereal box.  You know how much I love to use cereal boxes in place of chipboard, but this time I actually used chipboard.  I’m just a wild woman, LOL!

I moved the blade to the 8.5×11″ place on the chipboard because I was next going to use 8.5×11″ cardstock to cut out the same image.  You can find out exactly where your blade is on the page by pressing  “set paper size” (it’s on the overlay).  That’s how I found the 8.5×11″ spot on this 12×12″ chipboard.  Then I pressed “Fit to Page”.  That made the tree cut out at 8″.  I know the little screen is showing 2 3/4″, but it’s not actually using that size since I pressed “Fit to Page”.

Awesome Chipboard tree!

When using chipboard, make sure that your mat is sticky.  I had a non sticky one first and…you guessed it…my chipboard moved all around.  Sad.

Now for the regular blade!

This tree looks more complicated than it is.  Really it’s just 2 pieces.  Isn’t that amazing?  I cut the 2 necessary pieces out of chipboard.  Next, I used the regular blade and cut out each side of the 2 pieces using black cardstock.  When I did this, I used FLIP on one side of each tree piece.  Overall, I cut 2 chipboard pieces and 4 cardstock pieces.

Here’s the Happy Hauntings Booklet.

You see?  It really is just 2 parts!  I did the main tree on the left.  If you use the Layer 1 Function then you can cut out a completely different tree.  That’s just cool!  I wish it had even more trees.  I’d have a whole little Narnia going on.

Before Gluing Branches.

Honestly, I wanted to leave the tree like this.  I thought it looked super cool.  However, I also wanted to see how the finished project would look if I followed the basic idea of the cuts.  So, I glued everything together.

Here’s a close up of Zip Dry right out of the bottle.

One of my readers asked me if Zip Dry Paper Glue is thick.  It pretty much goes on as thick or thin as you’d like it, but it has a good consistency and doesn’t pour out fast.  I really like that you can roll off any excess after it has dried.  Very nice.

Here are the trees getting the “glue treatment”. 😉

I used Zip Dry to glue it all together and Black Diamond Stickles for that added bling!

And then…and THEN… TA DA!!


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Congratulations to the winners!

#  winnielosie Says:
October 5th, 2010 at 7:29 AM e
Awesome tree Joy…..Vicky

#  CrafTsp Says:
October 8th, 2010 at 2:13 AM e
Thank you for your wonderful projects! You are so inspiring. I would love the opportunity to win a bottle of zip dry

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  1. Halloween is a great occasion for decorating and it’s fantastic to use the cartridges for decor as well as for cards and scrapbooking…great instructions!

  2. Oh my word this is just amazing I love it, this would look great as a table decoration. Thanks for sharing.
    Kim xXx

  3. Love it! It would look sooooo neat with some skeleton heads and little pumpkins and things like that hanging off of it 🙂

  4. Thank you for your wonderful projects! You are so inspiring. I would love the opportunity to win a bottle of zip dry

  5. I jus bought this cartridge! Its really cool so actually see a project. I want to make the haunted house too.

  6. Your tree looks awesome and would look great as a centerpiece around your fantasic looking Halloween treats.

    Katsews at Gmail dot com

  7. I used my Stickles tonight on a project for the first time in a long time and my love for them can flodding back! You used them beautifully! Love the project!

  8. I borrowed my friend’s Happy Hauntings cart and now seeing this tree, I want it even more! Thanks Joy for always giving me such great ideas!

  9. I was looking for the HH cart over the weekend (couldn’t find it) to make those coffins. Now I need the cart for the TREE too!! I’m really glad that Zippy and Stickley are such good friends…..

  10. I would type you a story about why I need more glue, but my fingers (and keyboard) are too sticky!!!

  11. I love this tree! But I don’t have this cart.. Maybe I’ll be able to do it next year..Tanks so much for sharing all of your ideas with us!! ;~D

  12. Nice tree I like the 3D aspect.Thanks for the tutorial. I always need glue for all my projects. Zip Dry is a crafters basic tool. 🙂

  13. What a great idea. You all come up with inspiration for me. Hope you don’t mind me trying to copy.

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