Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Halloween Recipe Box

Don't you think it's time to have a place to stash all your favorite Halloween recipes? Yes, I know we all have burgeoning Pinterest boards chalk full of ghoulish recipes but in 20 or 30 years will you be able to pass down your Pinterest boards to your kids!

Why not start a tradition of filling this little beauty with all the recipes that you love to make at Halloween. How cool will it be when your kids, all grown up, pull out flour dusted recipe cards stained with sticky finger prints and relish the memories of warm Witch Fingers or Graveyard Brownies being pulled from the oven on All Hallows Eve.

Part One of this tutorial will tell you what supplies you will require and how to measure and cut the materials.

An important note before we start: the thickness of the chipboard is essential to the success of this project!!
The chipboard I've used is 40PT, available at Michaels in packs of 25 sheets. Each pattern piece has been cut TWICE to double the thickness, this will add strength to the box. Chipboard weights can be very confusing, to help you determine the chipboard required for this project I've made this visual:

Two options: use chipboard sheets the thickness of a dime which will be doubled for strength 

Or use chipboard sheets the thickness of two dimes which will not need to be doubled for strength.

Here is your list of supplies:

You will need approximately 5 sheets of chipboard, 6 sheets of black cardstock, one 12" x 12" sheet of both black and orange decorative paper. I have been generous with the amounts better to have a little extra than not enough.

Here are the planning sheets for measuring and cutting all the stock needed for this project. Each sheet is an individual downloadable PDF. There are four pages in total.


Looks a little complicated but if you follow each page carefully you will have your pieces cut out fairly quickly...smile...really!

One quick tip; when cutting chipboard use a rotary blade or a craft knife avoid using scissors.
Scissors will crush the edges and make it difficult to achieve a good right angle when
the pieces are glued together.
Good Right Angles Are Essential To Making A Box With A Lid That Fits.  

Note: if you downloaded the cutting guides prior to June 1, 2013 in Part One of the tutorial please revisit pages 2and 4 for a few measurement changes.

Hooray - you've made it through the cutting process! Now you'll have a number of little stacks of pieces laying around your work table. It's probably not a bad idea to label your stacks and perhaps your pieces in case of a mishap...like the cat...or the wind...or...you get the idea.

Let's get building!
1. Begin with the pieces cut from chipboard for the box body. If you used chipboard the thickness of a single dime you will have mirror images of each piece, glue each piece to its mate using double-sided tape.I prefer to use double-sided tape for this process as glue warps the chipboard making assembly difficult.

2. Follow the same procedure with the pieces for the box lid.

3.Using Weldbond or good quality white glue begin gluing the pieces together according to the illustration below, it is important to glue the pieces together in the correct order to ensure that the corners will line up. 

Follow these steps for both the box body and box lid.
4. Apply black edging strips cut previously from black cardstock. There are TWO ways to score the strips:

When all the black edging strips have been applied your box and lid should look like this.

5. Apply decorative paper pieces to the exterior of the box body and box lid using double sided tape. For a polished look run a black marker around the outside edges of the decorative paper pieces before you glue them down, this will get rid of that ugly white edge. It's all in the details right!

6. Glue black cardstock liner piece for bottom of box interior into place.

7. Using a black marker color the outside edges of each of the chipboard interior wall foundation pieces.
Each chipboard interior wall piece will be covered entirely on one side with a 5 3/4" x 4 1/4" piece of black cardstock and partially on the other side with a 5 3/4" x 1 1/4" piece of black cardstock, which you cut out earlier. Cover each of the interior wall pieces in this manner.
DO A TEST FIT. Slide the interior wall pieces inside the box and hold them temporarily in place with a few strips of painters tape. Try to put the box lid on, if it catches on the edges of the interior wall pieces, trim the left and right interior wall pieces down by a tiny amount then try to fit the lid on again. Do this until the lid slides on and off smoothly. Remove the interior wall pieces and the painters tape. Proceed to step 8.

Showing front and back of chipboard interior wall piece covered with black cardstock

8. Apply double sided tape to the chipboard surface of each interior wall piece and carefully slide it inside the box body forming the lining plus a protruding upper edge that will hold the lid in place.

Cut strips of black cardstock the depth of the interior box by 1" wide. Score each strip down the center and fold it into a "v" shape. Apply double sided tape to the outside edges of the strip and slide them into the corners of the box interior. This will hold the interior wall pieces into place at the corner and cover any chipboard that may be showing where the walls meet.

9. Use Weldbond to glue the Tim Holtz idea-ology box feet into place on each corner.

That's it for this post...phew...you're a trouper. Go put your feet up!

If you've made it this far you are in the home stretch. This post will deal with inserting the frame, applying the labels and printing the divider cards. 

1. Disassemble the frame, if it's dirty give it a wash in soap and water, let it dry thoroughly. Using the black Krylon spray paint give the frame a few thin coats, enough to cover the metal finish. Allow to dry.

2. The quickest way I have found to trace the ring on the underside of the frame is to use a stamp pad and simply stamp an impression of the ring onto a piece of paper. 

3. Add a 1/16" border around the outside of the oval pattern. Cut out the pattern.

4. Fold the oval pattern in half lengthwise and again width-wise creating two bisecting lines as pictured below in figure "A". For the box lid find the center by measuring the half way point for both the length and width use a light pencil line that can be erased easily and draw two bisecting lines as pictured below in figure "B".  Lay the paper oval on the lid and line up the lines on both pieces.Trace around the oval shape with a pencil. Keep this oval pattern we'll need it in step 8.

5. Using a craft knife cut out the oval. You will be cutting through multiple layers and continuous pressure will be required. BE CAREFUL - YOUR BLOOD SPLATTER PATTERN IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT! Try to make the cut as neat as possible, this piece will be used again. Erase any pencil lines that remain on the lid and on the oval cutout.

6. Check the fit of the frame by dropping it into the oval opening. You may need to trim a tiny bit but a tight fit is not a bad thing. You may also need to cut a tiny slot for the flange that can be found on the back of some frames.

7. Apply the labels to the front of the box and the cut out oval. **A special note for the labels, I had originally usedEcho Parks Element Stickers from their Apothecary Emporium Collection
for this project. I encourage you to try to find this awesome sheet either sold separately or in a collection. Unfortunately, I have found it difficult to find the stickers through a reputable buyer in-store or online. 

Soooo I'm going to stick my neck out and offer two similar labels that I have designed from scratch with subtle color and text changes. I love the Echo Park collection but when I can't find what is needed I have to make it. Again, I encourage you to try to find their collection. I am profiting in no way from these labels. Download my versions by clicking on the picture below.

8. Retrieve the oval pattern you made in steps two and three, trim off a scant 1/8" margin around the outside. Lay this revised pattern onto the oval piece that you cut out from the lid (which should have a label on it now).  Line it up as best you can, trace around the oval and trim off the outside edge of the cutout. 

9. Fitting (no gluing yet). Clean the frame's glass if necessary then position it in the frame. Lay the newly trimmed oval cut out piece from the lid over the glass. Make sure the pattern on the cut out is running in the same direction as the pattern on the lid and that the label is straight or you may find when you turn the lid over that one of the patterns is upside down or the label is crooked. You may need to trim the oval cut out down by small increments until it fits properly. Mark the cut out on the top, bottom and sides with a small pencil mark this will help you to realign the piece in the next step. Remove the cut out and the glass.

 10. Apply dots of Glossy Accents around the inside lip of the frame drop in the glass, press into place and allow to set. Apply small dots of Glossy Accents to the perimeter of the cutout on the label side. Using the pencil marks you made on the cut out in step 9 position the cut out into the frame opening. Apply pressure to the cut out until it sets. Allow to dry completely.

11. Apply Weldbond to the back of the frame and position it in the opening in the lid. Allow to dry. For added support run a bead of Glossy Accents around the frame on the underside of the lid. Let it dry completely. Put lid on box...cool eh!

12. Print out the recipe dividers. I've made ten dividers for this recipe box covering everything from "Abhorrent Appetizers" to "Possessed Pumpkins"! You can print them out on cardstock or print them out on paper and glue them to the same chipboard used for the box construction, cover the back side with black cardstock. Click on each of the pictures below to download the recipe dividers. 

Abhorrent Appetizers and Bewitching Beverages

Conjured Condiments and Scary Salads & Sides

Beastly Breads and Mystical Meats

Creepy Cakes & Pies and Cursed Cookies

Horrid Halloween Candy and Possessed Pumpkins


    Celebration of the Tirana is a celebration of religious character realised annually in the town of the Tirana, commune Almonte Well, in the Region of Tarapacá, Chile. The celebration is realised each 16th of July, in honor to the Virgin of the Carmen. This is the greater religious celebration of the Great North of Chile and the second most popular one of Chile after the Celebration of the Rosary of Andacollo, meeting in this town of no more than 560 inhabitants between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors during the week of celebrations.


    According to the legend, Diego de Almagro in his route towards the discovery of Chile from Cuzco took in his retinue to a incaico prince captive call Huillac Huma and that was the last priest of the cult to Inti. Next to him, her beautiful called daughter Ñusta went.
    When the army was near the present town of Goad, many of the prisoners Incas fled towards Pampas of the Tamarugal, among them, Ñusta Huillac and its father. Refugees in the forests of tamarugos, Ñusta Huillac organized a rebellion to restore the power of its nation, being arrived to be feared so much for its enemies named who it like the “Tirana of the Tamarugal”.

    A day Portuguese Basque call arrived an expeditionary young person from Almeida that was lost its route towards the mythical “Mine of the Sun”. The sling between the beautiful queen and the Portuguese was immediate. When its relation was open pie, both were condemned until death. Almeida, as a form of which their love is eternal, convinces to Ñusta Huillac so that it is baptized thus and after the death, would appear again in further on and would live united for always. Both are shortages in the ceremony and are assassinated by the native ones.
    In 1540, it passed through the town of “the Tirana” the friar Antonio Rendón, finding a cross, and as it forms of homenajear to these young people, a chapel under the name of “Our Lady of the Carmen of the Tirana” is constructed in the place.

Celebration of the Tirana
    The Celebration of the girl is an Andean festival related to the tie Pachamama the Virgin of Copacabana, since the works farmers. His origin like celebration is miner created by the workers aymarás, Peruvian Bolivians and who worked in the mines of copper and silver in Huantajaya, Santa Rosa and Collahuasi and arrived at San Lorenzo de Tarapacá like workers of the saltpeter. In century XIX the celebration was redefined with the salitrero height and it was celebrated the 16th of July in Pampas and the 28th of July in Iquique. By the end of century XIX, after the War of the Pacific, the celebration was celebrated in diverse dates: 6th of August for the Bolivians28th of July for Peruvian and the 16th of July for the Chileans.

The diverse groups of dancers who went to solemnize the celebrations of the Carmen of the Tirana, returned the day before yesterday of Almonte Well, in a convoy of 19 cars. Just arrived they say that the concurrence that attended the celebration passed it pleasantly, then, aside from the religious ceremonies that ilustrísimo celebrated Mr. Obispo, the devotee ones and the profane ones are past true days of wide field enjoying to their [...] the preparations for the next festivals of the 28 July, follow Pampas in his point. In the office Rosary of Huara a great dance is prepared for which already they have been distributed more than 100 invitations. Equal manifestations are also prepared in other offices of the environs of Huara. It seems, then, that next the 28 of July will be celebrated noisily by Peruvian and Chilean, in amiable partnership, that doubtlessly will contribute to erase the harshness of the past, honoring this common date to all Latin America.
Pepe Hillo. Newspaper the National, Friday 24th of July of 1903

   Towards 1910, like part of the chilenización of Tarapacá, a unique day the 16 of July is included this new festival in the Chilean calendar evoking to the Virgin of the Carmen employer of the Army of Chile. Peruvian and Bolivian brotherhoods was moved of the celebration as of 1911, granting to the "Chinese dance", the oldest one of the Chilean dances of the Tirana (founded on 1908), the right to remove to the Virgin during the procession. As a celebration, until 1917, were separated of the authorities of the church. He was the then bishopExpensive Jose Maria who approached the dances the catholic rite.

    The construction of the church of the Virgin of the Carmen in the place Arica de Iquique in 1933, initiative of the Clarisa brothers, Alexander and Luis Gamboni, transferred the celebrations of the desert to the coast giving origin to the Celebration of “the Small Tirana”, which is realised immediately after the Celebration of the Tirana (called “the small Tirana").


Some of most important are:

  • Antawaras: Are dances realised in end and with arms standing up raised, originated in the incaicas ceremonies of cult to the Sun, which explains the invocativo character of the arms towards the sky. The man dances with clothes uniforms decorated, a hat of color felt generally cream and poncho thin scenery with spangles and wool of colors. The women use chicken farmers, decorated blouse, low hat of felt and shoes.

  • Chinese: Brought from the sanctuary of Andacollo, they are of Hispanic origin. It owns a dance of expansion, characterized by its brincos and their exercises of balance. The Chinese dress suits color coffee to car me especially embroidered it, next to moored pieces of leather to the waist. Music is based on instruments aerophones monocorde and a tamboril. Although traidicionalmente it is a masculine dance, at present exist some incorporated women, nowadays the society religios “Chinese Dance” is oldest in the festival.

  • Chunchos: Mixed dance of Bolivian origin, the dancers describe circles, with long steps and jumps. These take to a wood lance in the denominated hand “chonta” connected to a tense cable that allows to percutir with the wood being generated characteristic a smooth sound. It is accompanied with whistles, drums (big drums) and box and in the last years have been aggregates percussion instruments and bronzes. The dresses, although are of uniform colors, are ornamented with colorful pens and in some cases a plume in the head behaves.

  • Gypsys: As it says his name to it, the dance evokes the traditions of the gypsy groups, with colorful clothes and where they emphasize the use of handkerchiefs (in the case of the men, it is used extended behind shoulders). The women accompany music with the use by panderetas. For being of nonChristian origin, they do not dance in the place in front of the church but to a flank of her.

  • Indians: Dances originated under influence of the Americancinema. The dances imitate the representations of North American natives (like apaches, and sioux). The clothes is sent to touched lengths of pens and cintillos and the use of lances to mark the compass of music. At night great bonfires around which are realised dance.

  • Kayahuallas: Also of Andean pre-Hispanic origin, one resembles to trote. The dancers standing up realise passages with raised knee and end in mimetic and choral dances. The man uses trousers of a single color adorned with brightness and a pechera with an X decorated in this one. In addition, they carry a decorated umbrella. The women, in as much, use apron and decorated chicken farmers plus a felt hat and shirts. The dance is original of Bolivia, was the first brotherhood that insipiro its rite in one dances folk Bolivian around 1973, being the first proviniente brotherhood you take care of of it of Arica.

  • Kullacas: In quechua, “older sister”. Inca goes back to the ceremonial dances of the Virgins of the Sun of the Empire. This feminine dance consists of diverse women who turn around a great twig. Each  dancing takes to a tape of color together with the least upper bound of the twig, reason why throughout the dance, the different tapes are braided in the post.

  • Colored people: This dance very characteristic of the religious celebrations of the North of Chile represents the slaves of the original towns of the North of Chile (propiamnte miners) which were forced to work for the colonists. In both dances a matraca is used simulating the sonar of the chains of these or after celebration or withdrawal. As two are come off correintes:

Of step or pitucos: This is a solemn, slow dance and a little funeral, in which dance to the rate of a march with the straight chest and the head in stop, the dancers realise crossings from a row to another one to the rate of the big drums or drums and boxes, these dances can be mixed or of a single sort, the typical suits of this dance is a straight suit of two or three bellboys in case of the men, who can be of any color (preferably dark) and in the case of the women is a suit of two pieces made up of a skirt until the knees and a jacket similar to the one of the man but with another cut, both use a tape crossed to the chest and a rose in the arm.

Of Jump: It shows this us the slaves jumping and celebrating its liberation, the rate that is used in this dance is denominated like two by three (2x3) in which is in one fourth two times and in the other half of fourth three more expresses are included, the suits of this brotherhood are of strong colors (generally white or tonalities of this) having patalón, blouse or shirt, wraps or belt and in some cases jackets or small layers that arrive until the waist.

the Celebration

    The celebration they attend originating faithfuls of diverse parts of Chile, Peru and Bolivia. When arriving at the town, the pilgrims sings with joy, diverse songs, like the following one intoned by faithfuls of the north of Chile:

Natural, déjenos fields to happen,
because your nortinos come to dance.
Abránse the streets, dénnos the way,
because we already arrived at our destiny

    When arriving at the town, the dancing religious brotherhoods initiate their tributes, of a one through a greeting in the same place known like “the Calvary”. Thus, the religious protocol of the celebration continues in the temple, with the traditional songs and dances, greetings and processions. In the temple first it is the greeting to the Greater Altar of the virgin. In individual form or small groups, the pilgrims realise diverse sacrifices to fulfill their offers or requests, being the most popular the one to arrive at the sanctuary crawling or made kneel.
    When the clock marks the 00:00 of day 16th of July, fireworks explode and the celebration reaches its maximum point in music, dance and songs to celebrate the birthday of the Virgin. Gallery of Photos is what is called “the Eve”. In the place, a misa with all the population of the place is celebrated singing the dawn.

    After to finish to the misa of Eve the dancers you begin its goodbyes, in which it is sung and it danced to the Virgin for the last time until the other year, after to take leave of the image of the Virgin the dancers they leave from return made the cross of the Calvary take leave of the image of Jesus and give the last gratefulness to the brotherhood, after this part became soothes of the brotherhood dancing and singing “trote”.

Lack little to go to me,
of this town so loved.
I am going away to go!
Leaving sad hearts.