Monday, October 31, 2016

Boo Halloween Paper Mache Letters

Happy Halloween!  I wanted to share a set of paper mache letters that I did awhile ago.  My plan was to use the current Halloween Night Designer Series Paper on the back of these letters since these particular letters are the same from either side.

I have letters for nearly every season and one element I use in each of them are these triangles with Glimmer Paper circles at the points.

These letters are about 10" tall, but most of the ones I make are a bit shorter.  These are easy to find at most big box craft stores.

I start by painting the backs and sides with acrylic paint -- a foam brush is the easiest to use. Then I trace the design onto paper, cut the paper out and glue on with white glue.  Then I embellish to my hearts content.  I find I get a more finished look when I sponge the edges with Soft Suede or Crumb Cake.

While most products I used are retired I hope this inspires you to create your own letters -- they are so much fun!

Have fun trick-or-treating!  Thanks for looking!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Chocolate Coin Treat Bags

Aren't these the most adorable treat?  This was the make and take at a recent group meeting that I was unable to attend.  But a sweet friend and the hostess made it and saved it for me – thanks Becky of Inking Idaho

 This could be adapted for Christmas as well.

This project uses the Cookie Cutter Halloween set, the matching Cookie Cutter builder Punch, Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tin of Tags (which is a versatile greeting set -- Christmas, birthday, Halloween -- you name it!), Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White Card Stock and the food safe 2"x8" Cellophane bags.

Add some google eyes to this cute skeleton!

Die cut or punch circles from the designer series paper to match the size of chocolate coin you use

You'll have a bowl full of these treats in no time!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Floral Boutique Folio Wedding Album

Isn't this a gorgeous album?  It was given to me by a friend and very talented fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sara.  Sara has posted details on her blog,

It used my favorite Designer Series Paper, Floral Boutique, and the Flourish Thinlits and Flourishing Phrases.  There is a bundle that will save you 10% – check it out here.  While I've linked to the clear mount it is also available in wood mount!

I love the touches of Copper Metallic Paper on the front.

Look at these waterfall pocket pages and the pull out tags

and the ribbon and twine, be still my heart!

and there is vellum and shimmer!

and a copper embossed sentiment from the set Better than Email to finish it off

I was going to take a few more pictures, but before I did I loaned it to another friend to use for "show and tell" at a Team Meeting.

Be sure to check out Sara's blog. and tell her how much you love this.

Thanks for looking!  I hope you love this album as much as I do.  Can't wait to make one myself!  All supplies can be found in my online store.  Use October Host Code 7ZKGME4F when placing orders $149 or less.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Card in Shades of Gray

Based on this card I'm still in neutral!  It's a rainy gray day here but no snow yet (thank goodness).

This Irresistibly Floral Special Designer Series Paper has been waiting to be used for too long.  It is designed to have color added and the design resists ink, but I just left it sans ink so it's white on white.  I used the back side of the same paper to make the tag, using a portion of one of the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut the tag.

I used a strip of the striped washi tape from the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape along the left edge of the Smokey Slate base card.  When I added the Designer Series Paper I didn't like the transition from washi to white paper so I added a length of Black Bakers Twine.

I stamped "Merry Christmas" in Night of Navy, the snowflakes in Versamark then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Both of these images are from Flurry of Wishes in the Annual Catalog.  I used the Snow Flurry Punch to punch the snowflakes out – so easy!

To finish the tag off I added a ruffled length of Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon at the bottom, and tied a length of 1/8" Smokey Slate Stitched Ribbon through the hole I punched with the 1/8" Handheld Punch at the top.  The silver Mini Jingle Bells were tied on with Silver Metallic Thread.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shifting into Neutral

I am drawn to neutral cards and projects  – Shimmery White on Whisper White and Very Vanilla on Crumb Cake just make me happy.  Today Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake called my name –  a contrast to the crisp blue skies and the vivid reds, yellows and oranges on this beautiful Fall day.

This layout is one of my favorites and every time I make a card using it I wonder why I don't do it more often. My base card is Crumb Cake. I started by stamping the splotch and the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake on my Very Vanilla layer.  I layered the neutral stripe washi tape from the Warmth and Cheer Designer Washi Tape in the 2016 Holiday Catalog, a strip of Crumb Cake Card Stock that I die cut with the stars from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, added some loops of Linen Thread.  

On scraps of Very Vanilla I stamped the badge from Badges & Banners in Crumb Cake, and the "A Little hello" banner in Early Espresso.  I used the Best Badge Punch and the Duet Banner Punch to quickly "cut" those images which are mounted with Dimensionals. The Badges & Banners and Best Badge Punch can be purchased as a bundle to save 10%!

I finished it off by scattering the stars left over from the strip, some some clear sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment, and a single tiny rhinestone.  Now I'm doing my happy dance 'cause I love this card, even if I do say so myself!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I hope I've inspired you to get out your supplies and stamp!  If you need more supplies I'd be tickled if you shop from my online store – I'd love to be your demonstrator.  If you order from me be sure to use my October Host Code 7ZKGME4F for orders $149.00 or less.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Spooky Syringe Pen Treat Card

When I saw a fellow demonstrator use one of these pens on her cute project I knew I had to have some.  I got mine on eBay but I've seen them on Amazon as well.  Mine write in black, but some write in red.  These would make cute gift for a doctor or nurse.

The pen holder was made by cutting a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 2" x 6 1/4".  I scored at 1 1/2,  2 1/4, and 3", and punched a 1/2" circle in the ledge which is where the pen will be held – hopefully the pictures will tell the story.

I didn't want stamping on the ledge so I folded the pieces with the holes to the back while I stamped the drip in Real Red (it is my favorite stamp in the Ghoulish Grunge set)– again I hope the picture explains adequately.  Clearly this would be easier to show in a video and I may get to that soon.

I stamped the drip from Gorgeous Grunge in Real Red on the bottom of the white panel and again in the corner of the card base.  The splat behind trick or treat is also from Gorgeous Grunge. I just got the Labeler Alphabet and used  it to stamp the letters for "Trick or Treat" in Tuxedo Black on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  That set is going to be fun – this is the first, but certainly not the last, time I've used it.  Makes me want to dig out my old Dymo label maker!  Remember those?

The card base is Whisper White Thick – you'll want the thickness to help support the weight of the pen.  This card fits snugly into the clear envelopes. Those clear envelopes CAN be mailed and you get 50 for $5.00.  I won't mail these, they will be handed out in person!

I hope I've inspired you to start creating!  I'd love you to choose me as your demonstrator and order your Stampin' Up! supplies from my store.  When you order be sure to use the October Host Code 7ZKGME4F  when your order is $149 or less.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sheltering Tree & Masked Fall Maple Leaf Card

This card is a variation on a card that my sister made, and she got the idea from another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, who may have been inspired by another talented stamper.  Whoever was the first to do this was brilliant!

It is stunning and so simple.  It can be used for so many occasions – it's a great guy card, appropriate for a sympathy card, and perfect for a Fall thank you or birthday.

Start by cutting the maple leaf shape from any piece of paper.  This will be the "mask" – mine was the same size as the Very Vanilla layer.  Place the mask over the Very Vanilla card stock, using Sponge Daubers apply ink direct to paper.  I used Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie. Then Chocolate Chip was "daubered" just onto the edges.  I didn't color the stem of the leaf.

Grab your Embossing Buddy and rub it over the inked area to make sure no embossing powder sticks where you don't want it.  Use the tree from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, inking it up with Versamark then embossing with Copper Embossing Powder.  

I stamped the ground ('cause I don't want the tree floating in midair) in Crumb Cake using the ground stamp in Number of Years but you could watercolor or used the one in the Sheltering Tree set.  I stamped a few leaves at the base of the tree using the tiny leaves stamp from Totally Trees.

I tied on some gold ribbon from the Ribbon Trio Pack and tucked some loops of Copper Metallic Thread behind the knot.

Layer the Very Vanilla layer onto Copper Foil and finally onto an Early Espresso card. 

I hope I've inspired you to start creating!  I'd love you to choose me as your demonstrator and order your Stampin' Up! supplies from my store.  When you order be sure to use the October Host Code 7ZKGME4F  when your order is $149 or less.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

October Paper Pumpkin Shaker Cards

My Paper Pumpkin October kit arrived in the mail yesterday!  It's sure to be one of my favorites!  Here is the Stampin' Up! Video to show you how to put it together.

Hope this inspires you to subscribe to this "kit in the mail", or better yet give it as a gift to someone in your life that would love a bit more creative time!

Thanks for looking!


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Charm"ing Curvy Keepsake Handbag Card

My favorite thing about this card is the authentic "Coach" tag charm – I make handbag cards just to be able to use one of these charms. It was fun to make my own little paper tassel, too!

I used a portion of the Curvy Keepsake Box die – it was the perfect template for a handbag!

I used a wash of Sweet Sugarplum ink for the background and stamped a few flowers over the wash and finished with a few splatters of Sweet Sugarplum.

Here is a list of all the supplies I used – they can be ordered through my website from the comfort of your own home! 

Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit
Penned & Painted Stamp set
Moroccan Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
Shimmery White Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
Basic Gray Card Stock
Silver Foil Paper
Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Basic Gray Marker
Aqua Painter
Silver Metallic Thread 

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Curvy Keepsake Pumpkin Treat Holder

It's almost Halloween and this Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlet makes the cutest pumpkin treat holder! 

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock for the "pumpkin" punching a 1 3/4" circle on one side.  I used a window sheet to cover the hole.

The leaves are cut from a Botanical Builder Framelit set using Always Artichoke card stock.  I made the tendrils by trimming a 1/8" strip and winding that around a small paintbrush handle.  Use your favorite leaf die or hand cut one!

The tag is Crumb Cake card stock, the greeting is from Jar of Haunts.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black  ink and hand trimmed it into a tag.

Fill it with a favorite treat – I used Dove dark chocolate pumpkins – and give it to your favorite trick-or-treaters!

Thanks for looking!  Hope you enjoyed this project!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

Do you love Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)?  Take advantage of this great deal through October 31 – choose from the following papers:

Here is a fun way to use Designer Series Paper

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Paisley Birthday Card

The Paisleys & Posies Bundle in the Holiday Catalog was THE first thing I wanted to order so it was fun to get it out an play with it again today!   

Night of Navy and Whisper White is a combo that makes me happy!  With no layout in mind I stamped and die cut several of the images and just started playing.  I had a pleasing arrangement of paisley elements but need a greeting.  I thought a banner would be just perfect – so I used Birthday Banners and it has a coordinating framelit, Bunch of Banners,  so no fussy cutting!

The base of the card is Night of Navy.  I added a strip of Floral Boutique Washi Tape just above the bottom edge of the Whisper White layer.  The banner was stamped in Night of Navy, the greeting in Basic Black and is mounted with dimensionals.  I used a double thickness in the center, and just glue dots on the out ends.  I added quite a few rhinestones.  The "leaves" behind the round element are scraps from the leaf like element in the Paisley Framelits.

The flower in the lower right corner I cut twice, once from Night of Navy and another from Silver Glimmer Paper -- I filled in the center of the navy flower with a piece of the silver.

Hope you enjoyed this card!


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