Ready to get spooky?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a little something old (not too old) and something new.  I must say that I am a bit of a Halloween nut! I don’t decorate as much as I used to but I still love crafting fun Halloween goodies and watching scary movies with all the lights out!! Not into gory … ghost stories are more my thing! lol

To pay homage to my ghosties, I have created this card …

A couple of weeks ago I shared my cute little Halloween boxes with you …  Look! A matching treat bag with my ghosties on it!! lol

Oh, and I have more … Just in case you’re feeling a little witchy or have gone a bit batty lately… here are a few more bewitching little treat bags! Oh my, I have to stop with the puns!

There’s nothing quite as cute as a spooky lil’ witch! Here’s more frightfully fun and perfectly adorable treat bags…

Take a close look … we’re using the cello bag for the first project, the Pizza Box for the second and last but not least is the Mini Gable boxes – spritzed with Gorgeous Grape!! I LOVE IT!!  (Put some rubbing alcohol in your spritzer with a few drops of ink refill to create the purple Gable box).

All of the projects you have seen here today were created with the products from the Toil and Trouble Suite on pages 48 and 49 of your Holiday Catalog.  The amazing Toil and Trouble designer paper coordinates with the Cauldron Bubble Framelits Dies (that is eerily awesome) and don’t forget those creepy little spiders you see crawling around, they are the perfect accent to the spider web die.  Ewe … they look almost real in this photo!!

Thank you for daring to drop in on this spooky trail of treats! I hope I have inspired you to create some Halloween fun of your own… make it a family affair. (Adams Family, Munster Family … OK, I’ll stop, besides I’m showing my age!!)

Have a Fun and Spooktacular day ~

Today’s Spooktacular Supply List …



Spooky Graveyard …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have my alternative Paper Pumpkin project to share with you … I may have gotten a bit carried away with the spooky side of things – lol

So I took the tags and cut them down to turn them into headstones and created a graveyard! The cute little ghost and the bat along with the greetings were all included in the Paper Pumpkin kit …

Since I sponged my background, I added a little sponging on my gravestones to age them a bit.  Not included in the kit was the moon which I just punched with the 1-1/2″ Circle punch. Oh yes … and I had to add a few orbs in the grave yard … the cute little Glitter Dots really did the trick.

Hope you enjoyed taking a haunted hike with me today through my spooooky graveyard, thanks for joining me.

Have a safe and fun day ~


Halloween Treat Bag & Tutorial

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a chance to view all the cards and projects for Halloween that I shared with you yesterday.  Today, as promised, I have another 3-D project for you along with the instructions so you can create it too!  These are super cute -n- easy Halloween bags, however, with a switch of designer paper … you can have these for any holiday or family occasion!

I used many of the items in the Toil & Trouble product suite found on pages 48 and 49 of the Holiday Catalog. Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays … it’s the “fun” one for me.  Fun to decorate, fun with the kids … and candy!

I have several photos for you to take you step by step through the process of making these cute bags … except the decorations – those are just elements that I cut out (with the help of the coordinating dies) from the designer paper!

You will need any 12 x 12 piece of designer paper.  Cut in half … You will have 2 – 6″ x 12″ pieces and can create 2 treat bags from this one sheet.

Once you have your paper cut, you will place it on your Simply Score board or you can use your paper cutter with the scoring blade. Lay it on the board as shown … 12″ should be horizontal (the long way).  Now you’ll score at 1-1/2″, 5-1/2″, 7″ and then 11″.  The last 1″ will be your flap that holds the bag together.

Now turn your paper 90° so the short side is at the top (horizontal) and score at 1″ and 5″ … this will be the top piece that gets folded over to create the two tone look and the bottom flaps!

I always fold over (burnish) all my score lines – it just makes it easier to assemble.  You will notch out the score lines on the bottom (that is edge that has the piece cut out) See sample above.  Before you assemble you bag – You will fold over the top flap to reveal the second pattern and glue that flap down.  Now you are ready for assembly.

You can see on this next picture (on the flap) the two tone patterns from folding down the top flap.

On the flap that has the 1″ x 1″ piece notched out … fold the flap in (the stars are actually the inside of this bag) and then align the flap with the opposite side of your bag.  I like using glue for creating bags because it allows you to move your flaps a little when aligning (it’s more forgiving) … the sticky strip and adhesives like that – once they’re down … they are down and there is no fixing that.  The glue holds beautifully once set.

Next you will add glue to the two small flaps to begin your bottom …

Add your glue to the sides of the flap as shown, and be sure to glue both of the small flaps. Then flip the bottom flap over the two small flaps and check your sides to see if they are aligned (so you don’t get a crooked bag).

Next you will add glue to the very top of the top flap (shown in picture below) and fold over.  There is a little glue exposed from the small flaps the will help hold the top flap to the entire bottom.

Here’s a stampin’ tip: To ensure the bottom is secure, sit your bag up and then I use a pencil with the eraser side down and give a firm push on the bottom and make sure all flaps are down and secure.  Walla … Your done.

Now if you’d like, you can decorate the bag ~

On this bag I highlighted the bats and used the stars as my topper.  Here I punched out a 2″ circle and used the hat from another pattern in the Toil & Trouble designer series paper.  I wrapped a little gold thread around my fingers and then placed it onto a stampin’ dimensional to hold it in place… I thought the gold tied in with the stars nicely. This one was finished off with a simple cardstock handle 🙂

On my second bag I just folded my score lines opposite from the first to expose the stars and highlight them!

The base for my decoration was the Pretty Label punch and embellished with cut out pieces from the designer places … all popped up to create some fun dimension! The Happy Halloween greeting comes from the coordinating stamp set and the ends were punched to create a banner.  To finish off this bag, I used the beautiful Black Glittered Organdy ribbon to create my handle… oh so cute!!

I hope I inspired you to pick up some of this amazing paper and even the Toil & Trouble bundle so you can create these cute little treat bags for your special little ghouls and goblins.

Thank you for joining me today … let me know (below) how you liked the projects and the tutorial. Either Like or Comment … I would appreciate the feedback.

Have a fun day ~






No Toil … No Trouble … Just treats!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

To the catalog went LIVE yesterday and of course I had to put another order in (you know, things I didn’t pick up on the pre-order) lol.  Truth is, is buy in stages … my Halloween and Fall first, with a touch of Christmas. Yesterday, a few more Christmas items for my upcoming Holiday Stamping Retreat. (Which is Sold Out) Thank you ladies!!

Today however, I’m focusing on Halloween … before you know it, those little ghouls and goblins will be ringing our doorbells in celebration of the holiday.  I like to make special little treats for my grandkids and this year decided not to recreate the wheel but copy the cute projects in the catalog!!

My Bakers Boxes should be arriving tomorrow! I’m going to create the cute little green box with the spider webs.  So easy to color … just fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with alcohol, then add a few drops of the ink refill. The alcohol allows your ink to dry much quicker than if you would use water.

The tag is quick -n- easy to make with the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper! There are so many cute patterns, I don’t know which one I like best (but that little ghost does pull at my heart strings).

Here is my little ghost card …

And since we are having fun with the Designer paper, what do you think about the “bat” pattern?  I took this paper and sponged on some fun color effects and this is what I ended up with …

You can get full details … just CLICK HERE.  And while I’m bragging about this amazing designer paper, lets talk about how it coordinates so nicely with the Cauldron Bubble stamp set and Cauldron dies.  Some of the dies actually cut images from the Toil & Trouble designer paper!!

There’s my little ghost again! He just seems to keep turning up throughout this entire blog post! This entire product suite will make your card and gift making as easy as a ghost floating through air.  A totally versatile product suite… so stop back tomorrow because I have another cute project for you to “gift” your little ghouls and goblins!

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your Friday with me! I’ve listed the products used for the projects I shared today. Click on any item for more details or to begin your shopping.  Don’t forget I’m tracking your Virtual Rewards Points … I will be sending out more on Monday!!

Have a wonderful weekend ~




Chasing Ghosts … Halloween Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Labor Day!! Hope the sun is shining where you are.  We have been inundated with rain for days, so I headed down to my Stampin’ Studio (fancy word for basement craft area) and began to play with all my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog.  Whenever I’m creating something with my hands, all my stress instantly melts away. It’s so satisfying.

If you’re looking for that escape to melt away your stress and get some of your creative mojo going … join me at my Annual Holiday Stampin’ Retreat – November 2nd thru the 4th. I had a cancellation so we now have one room open and you are welcome to join us.  This does not happen very often!

Our retreat is like no other, we’re All Inclusive … just contact me and I can answer any questions you may have.

While I was in my craft room, I created a sweet -n- simple Halloween card … the Toil & Trouble product suite is really fun to work with (or should I say play). You really get a good look at the entire product suite with today’s card.  I used the stamps for the ghost and greeting, used the designer paper, the dies and the “really cool” Black Foil Sheets and cardstock pack.

The Toil & Trouble Designer paper is so stinkin’ cute! From these friendly little ghosts, to happy frogs, hats, cauldrons, bats and more! Did you know some of the images from the designer paper can be cut out with the coordinating dies in this bundle … Fabulous!

The spider webs were cut from the new Black Foil Sheets with the dies included in the bundle. I even brought out the punches: 1-1/4″ Circle and 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle to highlight my greeting.  Whenever I use ghosts I have to make sure there is some ectoplasm present … lol, so you will recognize it as the Glitter Enamel Dots.

I love fun, simple cards … they are easy to create and oh so fun to share.  Using designer paper on your cards adds so much without all the work.  You can get a better look at the products I used below.  The Toil & Trouble product suite will be available for purchase on September 5th … see you then.

Thank you for hanging out with me … or should I say “Ghost Hunting” on this Labor Day!

Have a great day ~



A Spooky Little Peek into the Holiday Catalog …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today a I have a spooky little Halloween card from the Holiday Catalog. I’m featuring the Toil & Trouble Product Suite on pages 48 and 49. Today’s card highlights the Cauldron Bubbles Designer Series paper and the “Sponging” technique and has a fun little twist!

First … let’s start with our designer paper, grab the pattern with the bats on, bring over the Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, and Night of Navy ink pads and some sponges.  Wait … I have another technique for you! Masking!! You will need your 1-1/4″ Circle punch.

First you will use the paper that you punched the hole from and align it onto your cardstock so you can sponge yourself a moon.  Now take the circle you punched out, add a touch of removable adhesive (so your mask comes back off) and place it over you moon on your batty paper.

Once your moon is done and you have placed your mask over the top … you can begin sponging your Gorgeous Grape around the sky.  The fun part is … your bats are already there.  Now I added some Night of Navy to create a deeper nighttime color.  I also sponged a little color over the moon to create a spooky little effect.

Now I’m sure you noticed that the bats were flying high about the houses … I love the silhouette look that using the die cuts from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits.  Who said it just had to be used on Christmas cards! I like to cross-over a lot of my stamping supplies – gives me the best value for my buck!

Sponging creates so much dimension on your card and it’s so simple to create. The greeting comes from the Cauldron Bubbles stamp set and was cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Wow … that at that, you just created this really cute card in minutes.

Thank you for hanging out and stamping with me today.

Make today a good one … enjoy.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List … Don’t forget Bonus Days. I appreciate your order and choosing me as your demonstrator.  Thank you.


Technique Tuesday: Embossing Paste

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a cute little Halloween card for you, and it has a technique the was requested by Olivia. She wanted to learn more about the Embossing Paste … and that was a good choice, because I’ve had it for some time now, but never used it!!  Thanks Olivia for challenging me to use the stuff I bought!! lol  I think we all have a tendency to do that once in a while.

First; What is Embossing Paste? It’s a product that is super easy to use and adds great texture to your projects! Apply it over decorative masks, then let dry for easy texture. This paste can be changed to any color you desire with a drop or two of your ink refill! In fact, this paste is so fun and can be used in so many ways … I have decided to host a class!

Now you are ready to create your textured backgrounds on scrapbook pages, cards and more. You see that I am mixing the paste with a drop of my ink refill, with one of the 3 pallet knifes that we offer.  They are plastic with no sharp edges and the work well for applying and scrapping off the excess paste.  It’s also a good idea to have some warm soapy water near so you can clean up right away … before it dries onto your tools.  I use an old cake pan and towel … they work great!

There are 4 masks included in the decorative mask package offered by Stampin’ Up! I will be using the brick pattern in the project today and will be doing just partial texturing verses adding the paste over the entire project …

The three different pallet knifes make it easy to apply the paste where you want it, others work great for taking off the excess paste.  Once it’s applied you can take off your mask and allow it to dry. (Clean off your supplies in the warm soapy water) It doesn’t take too long to dry … depends on how thick it is, humidity, etc. You can use your heat gun, although that may “puff” it up a bit.

Here is the card I created using my paste … I am using the Cauldron Bubble Stamp set, the Cauldron Framelits Dies, and the Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper… just too cute!!

I actually colored my paste Smoky Slate, same as my card front … the texture is so cool on the card!! There are actually several techniques used on todays card! Besides the Embossing Paste, did you know that the dies in our bundle coordinate with some of the images in our Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper!! Only the broom is stamped and colored … the cat and witch are from the designer paper.

I also brought back “sponging” … I’ve sponged the punched moon to create a dimensional effect. I did coloring on my broom and finally I did a “double stamp” on my greeting… I stamped my greeting and then stamped again but slightly off because I wanted to create a “shadow” effect. Looks great for Halloween.

My spider web was created with the new Black Foil Sheets in the Holiday Catalog and the Cauldron Framelits Dies. Well … I couldn’t let the spider web outshine my stars to I added a touch of the Wink of Stella on each star and around the edge of the moon.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how the Embossing paste is used, I’m sure I’ll be making many more cards with this now that I found out how easy it is to use!

Watch for an upcoming class on the Embossing paste … my guess I’ll schedule it sometime in September or October.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, and I hope I inspired you to pull out something in your stamp room that you haven’t used yet.

Have an awesome day.