What’s a girl to do when her children request Angry Bird costumes for Halloween but the idea of spending $40-65 on a Halloween costume sounds absurd?  Grab the Big Shot and get creative!

Both Liam and Isabel wanted Angry Bird costumes- Liam wanted to be one of the black birds and Isabel wanted to be a pig.  I personally found the pig choice to be brave because with a 5 year old brother dressed as a bird who’s mission is to be flung into pigs with the purpose of knocking them down, she was bound to take a few hits throughout the evening.  But I digress…

I needed something fast and easy because we’ve had about 5 free minutes in the last few months.  I decided to adapt t-shirts and using the same techniques you would use for paper piecing and punch art, I set to work on the faces.  The Circles Die and Big Shot came in handy for eyes and all things round.  And if you look closely, the center of the eyeball is a black glimmer brad (didn’t want to try to cut a circle that small).  Everything else was free hand and then sewn to the shirts.  Isabel didn’t want to be puffy (what 12 year old girl does?) but Liam wanted to be nice and round.  So, I sewed a smaller T-shirt inside a larger one, stuffed it with one large bag of fiber fill sewed the bottom shut and viola, he was an Angry Bird.

While we were at the harvest carnival on Halloween, Liam managed to sprain his foot (taking out those pigs is risky business) and spent the next day home resting his foot.  He wanted to wear his costume because it kept him warm and he fell asleep.  He became his own pillow pet!

So, this project used Glimmer Brads in a very unexpected way and the Big Shot in a way we’ve seen before.  How do you use Stampin’ Up! products for things other than papercrafts?

And, Stampin’ Up! has extended the Big Shot Recruiting Promotion!  Join my Stampin’ Up! team between now and November 11 and you can have a free Big Shot or other merchandise totally the same amount.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!