Stampin’ Up! Cookie Cutter Halloween Trick or Treat!

Hi my Crafty Friends,

I am back with more Halloween fun!  I can’t let myself pass up the chance to make as many Halloween cards as possible. I only get my favorite holiday once a year you know!

This cards shows of sooo many Halloween goodies, I hope you like it!


To make this card I used multiple stamp sets and supplies.  I started with a Basic Black Card Base.  Then I cut a smaller layer in Smokey Slate.  I used the Halloween Scene Edgelits Tree to make my big hill. Then I cut a smaller hill out of Basic Gray to give it dimension and be a backdrop for the fence.  This tree is in Landscape position which is a little wider than what the tree and fence are meant to cut. No worries, jut make the hill your own where you need to! Once I had that laid out I stamped the moon from the Spooky Fun stamp set and fussy cut that out.  I sponged the moon with So Saffron Ink.  I then added a few bats in the sky. These were also from the Spooky fun Stamp set.  I also stamped the Jack-O-Lanterns from the same set and used the edgelits to cut them out.  The next step was to stamp and color in the cute mummy and vampire from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  I used some non-Stampin’ Up markers and some leftover blendabilities to do this.  I also stamped and colored the little trick-or-treat bags and then I fussy cut those out.  The last step was to stamp the greeting, give it a layer behind it, and turn it into a banner. I topped it off with a Pumpkin Pie Halloween Night Enamel Dot.

There is still more Halloween fun to come from me so I hope I am giving you some inspiration!


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Vintage Leaves Masculine Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am taking a break from Halloween cards because a masculine birthday card is needed for one of my family members.  I never seem to have enough of these so I should really make them more often.  I wanted this one to look very Fallish since the individual’s birthday is right in the middle of Fall.


To make this card I started with a base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  I layered that with a very thin layer of Soft Suede cardstock and stamped some of the Vintage Leaves with Versamark.  Then I worked on the top layer of the card by stamping a random background on Tip Top Taupe cardstock.  To do this I used mostly the Timeless Texture stamps, however I also pulled in one from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set! The colors I used are Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede inks.  Once I had the background look I liked, I then used a sponge dauber to sponge in Crumb Cake across the whole card.  I feel like this gives it an aged look.   When I had all my stamping images I liked, I used versamark to stamp the leaves and ink splatters.  Then I added Copper Embossing Powder to that and heat set it.  I sure do love this Copper Embossing Powder! I decided to also emboss my sentiment and keep it a tone on tone look.  Once I had the front all finished I layered the stamped paper with Rich Razzleberry and added Dapper Denim ribbon to finish it off.  Once I had my idea it didn’t long to make this card so give it a try!

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I hope you are enjoying this fall season.  I have not yet made it to a pumpkin patch, but I hope to get there soon!


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Fun with the Spooky Fun stamp set on World Card Making Day, and a deal!

Happy World Card Making Day!!

I hope everyone is finding more time to be crafty than I am!  The day job I have keeps getting in my way of fun stuff like stamping…. don’t you hate it when that happens? If there is any day we should all make time for it, it is today!

I have been playing around with all my Halloween stamp sets as I am having time.  I always have a goal to try and come up with something new.  I had seen other stamps stamp images that essentially look like a faux background paper and I thought I would give it a try.


To make this I used only stamps from the Spooky Fun stamp set which works perfectly for this technique.  I wanted it to appear as though it was pre-printed paper rather than stamped images. To do that I try to stamp in similar groupings all around the card.  I think it worked, what do you think?  I also really wanted to try using the cute little tassels in the Holiday catalog.  I love them! I decided to give the ghosts a little sparkle, can you see it?  That was added with the clear wink of stella pen.

You could try this technique with any set of stamps that are meant to coordinate. Give it a try!

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I hope all the deals inspire you to sit and do some creating today! Enjoy World Card Making Day!!


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Fall/Back To School – Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall/Back to School Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

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So glad you are checking out the Blog Hop! If you arrived from Steph Jandrow’s Blog, thank you for continuing with the hop! Don’t forget to click the Next Button to check out Yolanda Nixon’s amazing creations. PLUS, keep reading for a chance to win a bunch of new crafty prizes!

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This month we are excited to have three Awesome Guest Hoppers that you should definitely check out.

Yolanda Nixon

Barbara Welch

Mandy Reedyk

We are just starting to feel a little nip in the air in the Chicago area so making fall projects seemed like just the right thing to do. Stampin’ Up! has so many wonderful things to choose from to make fall projects it was almost hard to chose what to do! I settle with the fun Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set for my card and the beautiful Vintage Leaves for my 3-D project.


Halloween Scares scarecrow

This card has so many fun elements! I started by using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and So Saffron to make a pretty, fall evening sky. I then cut out various shaped hills in Soft Suede, Kraft and Early Espresso  card stock.  I used the Halloween Scene Edgelits to cut out the tree in Tip Top Taupe, the Fence in Early Espresso and pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie (stamped with Basic Black ink).  I needed to make the tree look as though it was further off in the distance since the scarecow is a on a slight bigger scale. I made the scarecrow’s post by stamping with with the Hardwood background stamp on Tip Top Taupe paper with Tip Top Taupe ink and cutting small strips of paper.  To color in my scarecrow I decided to use a very fine tip paint brush with just a little water added to my ink.  I stamped him using Basic Black Archival Ink on Watercolor paper. The colors used are: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Lastly, I stamped the Crow in Basic Black and fussy cut him out so he could sit on the tree.  It turned out to be a pretty cute card!  I did not add a sentiment so I could decide at a later time what occasion may be the right fit for me.

Now onto the project!

Vintage Leaves Copper

This box is a good example of what you can do when you don’t have all your supplies with you!  I attended a paper crafting retreat and forgot to take my handy Gift Bag Punch Board. Never fear, you can still make one when this happens! Granted it is not quite as easy, but it can be done.  I started with a piece of Kraft Cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ x 10 1/5″.  I then turned it to landscape position and scored at 2-1/2”, 5”, 7-1/2” and 10”. Then turned the cardstock to portrait view and score at 2-1/2”.  Now all that was needed was to cut the flaps for the bottom of the box (the 2 1/2 scored part) and fold each score line in so that you make the bag! But of course, before do that you need to do the stamping!  I was looking forward to finally using my beautiful new Copper Embossing Powder and it did not disappoint.  It is so pretty.  I randomly stamped with the Vintage Leaves set using Versamark ink.  After heating the powder, I then used sponge daubers to color in each leaf using the following colors: Rich Razzelberry, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  I did not want it to be perfect so I actually went outside of the leaves to give it a more “artsy” look. To make the label I used my Layered Circle Framelits to cut out a scalloped circle with the Copper Foil paper.  I layered that with Crushed curry and then used the Thoughtful Banners outline stamp and the Sentiment from Acorny Thank You to finish it off.  I made a belly band with Rich Razzelberry cardstock.  I stamped the acorn in those same colors and punched it out. I punched holes in my bag and tied it up with the Gold 1/4 inch Natural Trim.  I also added some Gold Thread around the acorn to finish things off.

I hope these projects give you some fall, crafting inspiration!

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Spooky fun with the Halloween Scene makes a fun Halloween card!

Hi Crafty folks!

I am back with another Halloween card (I still have many more to make too!)  For this card I used many items from the Spooky Fun Stamp set and the coordinating Halloween Scene Edgelits.

Halloween Scene

This card was a little bit of work, but I think I could re-create it much faster if I did it again.  I spent alot of time working out what I would want on the card and where I wanted things. I started by finding DSP that might appear to be a wall.  The brick in the Halloween Night DSP pack was perfect!  I sponged that to make it look spookier.  Then I used the Hearth and Home Framelit to cut out my window.  I then used the Halloween Scene Edgelits to cut out the Tree and the Pumpkins.  The bat and Ghost were cut/stamped using the Home Sweet Home Thinlit Dies and Sweet Home stamp set.  The Moon is from the Spooky Fun set and was stamped in Smokey Slate ink.  I then used So Saffron to sponge the color on the Moon.  I fussy cut the moon out so I could easily place it behind the tree just where I wanted it. I adhered all the items on a piece of Whisper White paper that was sponged with Wisteria Wonder and Smokey Slate to make it look like a spooky night.  Once I had that assembled, I used the spider web and Spider from the Spooky Fun Stamp set up in the corner.  Then I got out my Hardwood background stamp so I could make a floor board.  I wanted the Pumpkins to look as though they are sitting on the floor, did it work?  I finished up the card by added some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine and stamping the sentiment on the banner from the Number of Years Stamp set.  I also used the coordinating Large Number Framelits to cut out the banner.

I hope you like this card!  I think it may end up being one of my favorites this year!

Happy Crafting!


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The New 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here!!

Yay! The day has finally come that we can share all the goodies from the Holiday Catalog! You know I am excited about the Halloween sets the most so of course my first card to share is a Halloween card!

SU Jar of Haunts and Ghoulish Grunge

There are so many fun Halloween sets in this catalog I didn’t know what to use first!  I finally settled on the Jar of Haunts set and the Ghoulish Grunge set.  Both of these are shown here!  I started making this card by using many of the stamps from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set to make a spooky background.  This set is PERFECT for making things look spooky! Then I took the Jack-O-Lantern from the Jar of Haunts set and stamped that on Pumpkin Pie paper.  I stamped the leaf and stem on Old Olive.  This needed to be fussy cut out.  The stem and leaf were a little tricky but it is doable! After I had my pumpkin ready I grabbed some of the new Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  You get Pumpkin Pie and Basic Gray when  you buy this.  I used the Pumpkin Pie, but I separated the twine so I could use the Black and Pumpkin Pie string unattached.  I then made loops with both colors until I liked the design.  It is always good to remember that you can use your supplies in unusual ways! My next step was to stamp the greeting.  This is from the Jar of Haunts set.  I decided to “fussy cut” the greeting to just to make it look a little less symmetrical.  I sponged the sides of the stamped background and the greeting.  I then took a piece of the new Halloween Night Designer Series Paper and layered that behind the stamped paper.  My card base is Basic Black.  I finished everything off with some of the new Halloween Night Enamel Dots.

Do you have your new Holiday Catalog yet?  No?? If not, then let me know and I will send you one.  Check out this fun video that highlights just a few of the new goodies you can get!

Isn’t it great? I love this catalog!!

I hope I get to share more goodies with you again very soon.

Happy Crafting!


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Stampin’ Up! Seaside Shore stamp set is the perfect end of summer set!

Hello my craft friends,

So much time has passed since I last shared my creations with you!  Moving proved to be far more work than I realized, therefore my craft desk began to get some cobwebs!  I have cleaned those cobwebs off and finally sat down to make some cards!  Summer is going by so fast but I want to be sure I used the adorable Seaside Shore stamp set before summer finished.

Stampin' Up! Seaside Shore

There was some fussy cutting involved on this card, but it wasn’t too challenging.  I started with Sahara Sand as my background and then cut a slightly smaller piece of the same color so I could emboss that with the new Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I added a 2 1/8 inch strip of Calypso Coral and 2 inch strip of the fun By The Shore DSP.  Next is was time to stamp my underwater scene.  I chose to stamp the scene on a square piece of paper and then cut it out with my circle framelits.  I used Sahara Sand and a little bit of Crumb Cake ink to make the sand.  Then I used Mint Macaron to stamp the coral.  On a separate paper I stamped one fish in Dapper Denim and one fish in Mint Macaron.  I also stamped a shell in Smokey Slate.  All of these were fussy cut out and then added to the scene where I thought they would look best. I popped them up with dimensionals.  I also added some underwater bubbles using Soft Sky Ink.  I added another background Circle in Dapper Denim to make the scene pop.  Lastly, I stamped the Best Fishes Sentiment in Calypso Coral and cut that out with the Duet Banner Punch.  The sentiment is from the Jar of Love Stamp set and the outline of the sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp set. You can’t see it well in this picture but I also added lines of Clear Wink of Stella along the fish scales, the shell and the coral.  It really gives it some pop in person!

Hope you like the card!

Very soon I will have some sneak peeks of the upcoming Holiday Catalog!  If you know me, you know there will a fair amount of Halloween cards I will be working on, so keep an eye out for those!


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