2 Halloween Cards!

Last night I was feeling crafty, but didn’t have a lot of time. So I pulled out Tee Hee Hee, my favorite Halloween set, and challenged myself to make 2 quick Halloween cards.

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I think that you would be hard pressed to find a card that is as simple or came together so quickly.

  • Stamp the witches shoes on a piece of whisper white cardstock using black ink of your choice. (I used Memento Tuxedo Black because that was what was already sitting out!)
  • Punch the shoes out using the 1″ square punch.
  • Adhere to a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock that has been trimmed to 1.5″ x 1.5″
  • Trim a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock (great for card bases!) to 4.25″ x 11″.
  • Fold in half to form your card base, then using your bone folder burnish across the folded edge, making the edge nice and crisp. Your finished card will be 4.25″ x 5.5″.
  • Adhere your stamped image to the front and center of your card front.
  • The sentiment is one stamp. Now, I have no issues with cutting apart my stamps to make the sentiment work for me, which I did in this case. But for those that are uncomfortable with that, put a piece of tape across the “It’s all about the shoes” portion of the sentiment. Ink up your stamp, then remove the tape. Your sentiment will then have ink only on the “Whether you’re a good witch or a bad witch” portion. Stamp that right above your image.
  • Put a piece of tape across the “Whether you’re a good witch or a bad witch” portion, ink your stamp, then remove the tape. Stamp the remainder of the sentiment under the stamped image.

Easy right??

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This card actually used up about 45 minutes of the hour I allotted myself lol Not quite as simple as the one above, but still easy and fun.

  • Stamp cauldron onto a piece of whisper white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Make a mask for the smoke: either draw an outline onto a scratch piece of paper where you want the “smoke” to be, and cut it out, or using the smallest  circle die from the Circles Collection Thinlets, run the scrap piece of cardstock through your Big Shot multiple times, moving the die each time to form the perfect circle outlines. I did it that way, and it came out perfectly!
  • Lay your mask over the cauldron image and tape it down (I use blue painters tape). The opening should be directly above the cauldron.
  • Using a dauber, very lightly tap onto the Hello Honey ink pad. You want a tiny tiny bit of ink on the dauber.
  • Using circular motions, ink into the exposed of the areas of the mask. You don’t want the color perfectly smooth, smoke has lighter and darker portions. That is the look you are going for.
  • Do the same as above, except use Old Olive and a new dauber so you don’t mix colors on your ink pads. Remember to use a VERY light touch when applying ink to the dauber. If you use too much just transfer some from your dauber to a scratch piece of paper.
  • Keep alternating between the two colors, blending as you go, until you are happy with the result.
  • Remove the mask.
  • Stamp the bats 3 times using Basic Gray, making it appear they are coming out of the cauldron.
  • Fussy cut the bottom of the cauldron out. I measured how far up I wanted to cut, then drew a faint line using a pencil horizontally across, so I knew where to cut. I then used my trimmer to cut from the left edge to about an eighth of an inch from the left side of the cauldron, then repeated on the right side. That assured that I would have a straight line. I then fussy cut everything out.
  • Mount onto a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock.
  • Mount onto a piece of black cardstock.
  • Stamp your sentiment onto the black cardstock using Versamark. I again cut my stamp, but if you prefer, use the tap method described above.
  • Heat emboss using White embossing powder.
  • Mount onto the front of a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock, that has been trimmed to 4.25″ x 11″, then folded to form a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card.
  • Add White Perfect Accents to the cauldron, to look like bubbles floating up and over the edge of the card.

All materials used can be found below 🙂

It’s All About the Shoes materials:

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Brew Up A Little Fun materials:

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Weekly Deals! Oct 26th- Nov 2nd!

Wow… November is next week! I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed us by!

This weeks deals have been posted, and they are good! Love that they are giving us some InColor embellishments. I need to stock up on those flowers, so pretty, and the perfect little touch to complete your card.

Stamp Camp Inspiration

In my last post I mentioned a Stamp Camp that I attended this past Saturday. I had such a great time, and was so inspired when I got home, that I had to head downstairs to play. Our basement is half craft room for myself (that my husband surprised me with last Christmas! It (and HE) is amazing!), the other half is a workshop for my husband. I love it because we can both be down there together, but still doing our own thing.

We were both downstairs, in our respective areas, playing until after 1am!

I just love these first two! Think that they are my favorites of the bunch.

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If you have any questions, regarding products that were used, techniques, or anything else, let me know!

Have a great day!

Stamp Camp!

This past Saturday I attended a Stamp Camp, hosted by other Stampin’ Up Demonstrators. It was a great time! Started out with a retired stamp sale, sooooo many goodies and *great* deals!

Then we went table to table, creating a new card at each table. We ended up making 11 cards and one project (an adorable Halloween Pillowbox, which I conveniently forgot to take a photo of!).

I thought that I would share the cards we made. Hopefully they will inspire you as much as they did me! Tomorrow I will be sharing what I did after the Stamp Camp, I had the creative juices flowing.

If there are any questions regarding stamp sets or products used, let me know. Remember you can click on the photo to make it larger.

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Cute right??

Have a great day!

15% Off *ALL* Stamps! 3% Bonus Stampin’ Rewards!

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Yup! You read that right! 15% off of ALL stamps, with the exception of Hostess Sets, Rotary Stamps, Bundles, and sets already on clearance.

This is a *great* deal, Stampin’ Up rarely has sales this good. This is a great time to knock a few (or more!) stamp sets off of your wish list.

3%

In addition to the 15% off sale above, through November 9th, all orders that are over $300 get an extra 3% in Stampin’ Rewards!

So that means if you place a $300 order, instead of your rewards being $36, they will be $45!

A $450 order, instead of $63, your rewards will be $76.50.

An order of $600? Instead of an award of $96, it will be at least $114!

Perfect time to host a workshop to get those Stampin’ Rewards! Contact me with any questions!

Weekly Deals! Oct 20th- Oct 26th!

Love this weeks deals!!! First thing this morning I ordered the washi tape, Bow Builder Punch (can’t believe that I don’t have that already!) and the Vellum. I saw the vellum in person over the weekend and it is stunning!!!!!! What timing! It was already on my wish list 🙂

These deals will be available through the 26th, so grab them now if you are interested.

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

I belong to group where we send out birthday cards to other members. Somehow I was assigned two members this month to send to. Oops! But that gives me more time for stamping, that is ok with me! I will share the other one later in the week. All of the items used will be linked below.

Happy Birthday butterflies

  1. Die cut a circle onto a scrap piece of cardstock.
  2. Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 3.75×5 inches.
  3. Lay the piece of cardstock that now has a circle shaped hole in it over the piece of Whisper White cardstock and tape it down (I like the thin blue painters tape, comes off clean) so that your exposed circle is centered on the Whisper White cardstock, and slightly towards the top.
  4. Choose two coordinating colors of dye ink. I used Melon Mambo and Hello Honey. Starting with the lightest color, sponge the ink onto the exposed circle towards the top of the circle, using circular motions,  with a clean dauber. It is ok if you get lines, just keep sponging, adding more ink as needed, until it is blended. When you are done with the lightest color, start with the darker color, using a new dauber, repeating the above steps. After you have applied both the light and dark colors, you might want to go back with the lightest color again and blend the two colors together. That way you will get a seamless transition between the light and dark colors.
  5. Keeping the mask on the Whisper White cardstock, ink up the fern image from Butterfly Basics stamp set with the Basic Gray Archival Inkpad. Stamp in the lower right side of your exposed circle. Without reinking, stamp it again, slightly off of the image you just stamped. This will cause there to be a slight shadow of the fern, making it look like there are more ferns further back in your image, adding depth. Do this again 1-2 more times (ink the image, stamp it, then stamp it again) until the image to to your liking.
  6. Remove the mask. Ink the fern image again in Versamark. Stamp the whole image over the front of the card, overlapping the circle. Emboss with black embossing powder.
  7. Stamp the Happy Birthday image from the Butterfly Basics set in the center of the circle, on the left side using Basic Black Archival Ink.
  8. Using your Big Shot, die cut 3 butterflies out of vellum. I used the now retired Beautiful Wings Embosslits, but you can use any butterfly dies or punches that you might have (Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, as well as numerous butterfly punches!).
  9. Carefully drag the edge of your card front over the Melon Mambo ink pad. This will give a bit of visual interest to the card, framing it a bit.
  10. Tie a piece of ribbon around your card front, knotting towards the left side.
  11. Adhere the vellum butterflies onto your card front, using adhesive only on the middle (body) of the butterfly.
  12. Trim a piece of Hello Honey cardstock to 4.25×11 inches then score at 5.5 inches, creating a top folding card.
  13. Adhere the cardfront to the front of the card.
  14. Sit back and admire!
  15. Clean up so your husband doesn’t fall over when he sees the mess you have created 😉

Really, this card is so much easier than it seems. It took me about 45 minutes after I figured out what I wanted to do. You should see my rejects though!!! LOL If you have any questions let me know.

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And I promise, my photography skills will improve! This was just a quickie using my cell phone.

Have a great day!

Oh What Fun! tag project kit

Last week I finished up all 30 tags for the Oh What Fun! tag project kit. This is a full kit offered by Stampin’ Up, complete with everything you need to complete 30 tags, 3 of 10 different designs. The included instructions make it incredibly easy!

Oh What Fun tag kit

I had my mom and mother in law over for a few hours, and all of us got to working on our tags. My favorite crafty time always involves these ladies! This is a great project to do in a group. Impressive results while still getting to chat and laugh with your friends. Or turn on Netflix, grab a cup of coffee (or wine!), and get crafty without having to really focus on what you are doing!

Stampin’ Up posted a great video showing just how simple and fun it is to put together this kit.

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Paper Pumpkin is Going Pink!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in recognition of that, Stampin’ Up is donating $1 of all Paper Pumpkin subscriptions ($2 for new subscriptions!!) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All October boxes will be shipped in pretty pink boxes too!

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up’s FUN monthly subscription service. Every month, for $19.95, you will receive a fully designed project kit with everything needed to complete that months projects, inks, a full set of Paper Pumpkin exclusive stamps, cardstock, envelopes, instructions, even embellishments! Your first box will also include an acrylic block to get you started. All you need to play is perhaps your favorite adhesives and scissors.

Paper Pumpkin is available as a 1 month, 3 month, or 6 month subscription.

To learn more or get started Click Here