Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I finally finished my Halloween wreath. Just in the nick of time I might add! I've been working on it here and there and putting it on the back burner when more important things needed attention. Today was the day it HAD to get done.

When I saw the gorgeous wreath in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I wanted to make it immediately. But I also wanted to make a Halloween one, so that's the one I tackled first. Let me just say, that making a lolly (rosette) or two isn't that big of a deal. Making dozens of them is a different story. Thank goodness I got the new Stampin' Up! scoring tool - Simply Scored.

Seriously. I didn't own a scoring tool! I've been making these lolly's using a paper trimmer and a bone folder to do the scoring, which isn't bad for one or two strips of paper. But for an entire wreath? Not for me, thank you very much. Anyway, here it is. Finally. Woo Hoo!

Happy trick or treating!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Simply Soft Happy Birthday

Simply Soft Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

The cool thing about being a card maker is that, if no one sends you a birthday card, you can just MAKE YOUR OWN dang birthday card.  I'm kidding. Well no, I'm not kidding - because you CAN TOTALLY make yourself a birthday card. Heck, you can make yourself a whole slew of birthday cards if you like.

Luckily for me, because I have thoughtful friends and family, I didn't have to resort to making my own card(s). And will you just look at THIS awesome, bee-U-tee-ful card:

Happy Birthday Wishes Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Isn't it purdy? I LOVE this card. Thank you, Miss Debbie! (My dear friend and fearless Stampin' Up! leader.) Check out the fabulous detail - Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder in the background, the new Lace Ribbon Border Punch with Taffeta Ribbon threaded through it, the delicate flowers from the Simply Soft stamp set - accented with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter, the intricate Happy Birthday Wishes sentiment - cropped perfectly, layered and popped up for added dimension, and the little wisp of Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon. Love it!

Happy Birthday Handmade Greeting Card Ideas

Of course, now I want need these stamp sets! They are already on my wish list as we speak. For inquiring minds: these are just two of the exclusive hostess-only products available with a qualifying order or workshop. In fact, because the hostess selections are specially-priced (more bang for your buck), you could choose BOTH of these stamp sets with just a $150 minimum order. Of course, with the new and improved rewards program, you are welcome to spend hostess dollars on any of our products! How's that for awesome?!

Hmmm ... I think I hear birthday cake calling my name. Wait. Maybe that's the fire department calling out. You know . . . with all the CANDLES ablaze and everything . . . hee!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Chirp, Chirp! Snow Much Fun

Christmas Card Idea Snow Much Fun Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

It's been ages since I played along with a challenge, so I gave it a go with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch and as you can see, my card is for the birds. Hee!

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but turned it so I could accommodate my tag and give everything a bit more space.  The Snow Much Fun stamp set is just that: FUN! I really like the tree and the birds are so cute! I watercolored the images using an Aqua Painter and Classic Stampin' Pads®. When the images were dry, I added a little sparkle by dabbing on Dazzling Details. While the applicator tip is pretty small (which provides good control), I used a flat toothpick as my applicator for super, duper control.

Image and Tag Punch Detail With Dazzling Details

Wondering where I got the Wild Wasabi Christmas paper?  Ha! That's a sheet from the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper pack. Sneaky, yes?

Christmas Tree Image Snow Much Fun Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Did you know you can "color" our Basic Rhinestones? Yep, and literally there is nothing to it. I took a red Sharpie® Permanent Marker and "colored" over three rhinestones right on the packaging sheet. I gave them just a minute to dry and then placed them on my project just like usual.

Thanks for visiting . . . Have a dazzling weekend!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Snow Much Fun (W-122560, C-122562), Pennant Parade (W-122740, C-122742)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (119669), Wild Wasabi (109014), Garden Green (102272), Baja Breeze (111833), Whisper White Craft (101731)
Paper: Wild Wasabi (108641), Naturals White (102316), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Watercolor Paper (122959),  Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper (124339)
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Round Tab Punch (119864), Large Tag Punch (119876), Aqua Painter (103954), Crop-A-Dile (108362)
Accessories: Jewels-Basic Rhinestones (119246), Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (123125), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Dazzling Details (124117)

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Online Event for Digital Crafters Coming Soon!

Free Digital Downloads for Digital Scrapbooking Online Event

Mark your calendars and join Stampin' Up! as we celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day with a four-day online event, November 4-7.

Digital Scrapbooking Day is November 5, but we'll be celebrating for FOUR fun filled days with this online event. Be sure to join us for FREE digital downloads, blog posts with exciting project ideas (all weekend long), and the announcement of the 2011 My Digital Studio Contest winners.

WHEN: November 4-7, 2011


WHO: Everyone! If you enjoy digital crafting (or would like to get started), this event is for you. Our digital downloads are compatable with a variety of digital designing software in addition to My Digital Studio®.

At you'll find lots of helpful resources for all levels of digital crafters, including project samples and ideas, videos, a community forum, plus tips and tricks to try out on YOUR next project.

Check out these amazing, brand-new downloads you'll get for FREE:
  • So Typefelt Stamp Brush Set
  • Neutral Delightful Digital Tape
  • Home for the Holidays Ensemble
  • Delight in the Day Photobook Template

So save the date and join us online for this free event. See you there!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Hand Stamped Greeting Card with Punch Art Pumpkins

Hi Stampers! I've shared a few hand-stamped cards recently from our team "shoebox swap" and today I have another one, designed by Doreen, with a fall theme and thankful sentiment. This one uses a few simple but clever techniques you can easily duplicate.

A common problem and a simple solution: Using dark card stock for the base of your card might require adding a layer INSIDE the card for stamping and/or writing your message. A great alternative is to create a trimmed down card and put the dark card stock BEHIND it.

Unique Greeting Card Design

For this card, we cut Very Vanilla card stock to measure 8" x 5-1/4", scored it at 4", then embossed the card front using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. After sponging on Soft Suede around the edges, the Very Vanilla card was attached to a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Garden Green card stock.

HIP TIP: Add variety to your dry embossing - Use the embossed side (raised) or flip it over to show off the debossed side. The look is slightly different, but great either way!

Creating "punch art" pumpkins is fun and easy with basic punches. For each pumpkin, punch three of the same size shape (circles or ovals), sponge around the edges for definition and texture, then place two pieces overlapped side by side with the third piece layered on the top. (For sponging, I used Pumpkin Pie, followed by just a touch of Soft Suede.)

Adhere a "stem" to the back created using the Word Window Punch. We tucked in a bit of greenery as well, created with the Little Leaves Sizzlet and the Big Shot.

Using Decorative Punches to Create Punch Art

Finally, for the greeting, the sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink, and cropped using the Decorative Label Punch. For a framed effect, we punched two more Decorative Label's - one Pumpkin Pie and one Garden Green. These were cut in half lengthwise, trimmed of the center tip and layered behind the sentiment.

If you haven't yet tried your hand at a little "punch art", this is a great place to start. Be sure to remember the sponging - you'll be really disappointed with the results without it!  Are you a "punch art" pro (or aspiring to be one)? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite "thing" to create using punch art. Inquiring minds want to know.

Have a great day, punkin'!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings (116511)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657), Pumpkin Pie (105216)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Very Vanilla (101650), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Soft Suede (115318)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Little Leaves Sizzlet Die (114511), Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (121809), Sponge Daubers (104430), 1" Circle Punch (119868), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Large Oval Punch (119855), Word Window Punch (119857), Decorative Label Punch (120907)

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkins on Parade

Halloween Card Idea with Out on a Limb Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t resist. I saw this cute Halloween card idea (I’m pretty sure it was a Stampin’ Up! creation) and I HAD to make it. Three reasons why: a) I thought the card design was clever; b) I haven’t done this type of masking technique for a while; and c) these pumpkins with their mustaches CRACK ME UP!

The card itself is pretty simple and fairly self-explanatory, other than maybe the masking part – which is super easy.  Here’s how: Stamp the image (from the Out on a Limb stamp set) onto a scrap piece of paper or on a “sticky note”. Cut out the image with paper snips. I used a ruler and drew a light pencil line across the card stock to help keep these guys in line.

Starting on the RIGHT edge, stamp the image directly on the card stock using Jet Black StazOn. Next, cover the image with the cut out scrap (this is the mask). Stamp the image again, to the left of the previous image, slightly overlapping. Move the mask over to cover the image just stamped and repeat the process right on down the line.

Masking Technique and Watercoloring Hand Stamped Cards

Now the pumpkins are ready for coloring. I used Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze classic ink pads and an Aqua Painter. Don’t forget to erase the pencil line! The finished card size, by the way, is 6-5/8” x 3-3/8” and fits perfectly in the Small Open-End Envelopes.

So … are pumpkins on parade at your house? One of our neighbors actually did this! The pumpkins have funny faces drawn on them and they are lined up on the sidewalk with a sign that says “Pumpkins on Parade”. It’s hilarious! They have lots of other Halloween decorations up too – it puts some of us “slackers” to shame. Sigh.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Out on a Limb (W-123822, C-123824)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Tangerine Tango (111834), Cajun Craze (119671), Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker (100079)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117), Basic Black (121045), Naturals White (102316), Old Olive (100702)
Tools: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Aqua Painter (103954)
Accessories: Basic Black ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Linen Thread (104199)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cheerful Thanks

Stampin' Up! Raining Flowers Stamp Set Card Idea

Another thank you card today, and I really loved how this one turned out! It's super cute in person. Maybe part of the appeal is its size. I used Stampin' Up! Note Cards, which measure 5" x 3-1/2" (standard note card size) and come with matching envelopes. Perfect size for thank you cards, quick notes, or gift enclosure cards.

I started with the outer borders, inking up a rubber stamp from the Borderlines stamp set with Lucky Limeade and Concord Crush. (I inked the entire stamp with Lucky Limeade, then re-inked every other pattern using a Concord Crush Marker.)

Hand Stamped Greeting Card Details

The center panel of Melon Mambo card stock is flanked by a tiny scallop border of Lucky Limeade cropped using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. The flower stem and leaves are from the Raining Flowers stamp set and were stamped in Concord Crush.

For the flower, I stamped the large flower from Raining Flowers onto Whisper White card stock using Wisteria Wonder ink, then cut it out with Paper Snips. Next, I created a flower using Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (an exclusive Hostess/Rewards selection) and the Blossom Party Die and Big Shot. At the same time, I die-cut the flower center pieces using scraps of Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade. A pink rhinestone brad holds the layers together and adds a little bling.

Technique Distressing Paper Flowers

I distressed the paper flower by crumpling it up, spritzed it lightly with water and let it dry a bit. While it was still barely damp, I uncrumpled it and allowed it to dry completely. Then I carefully smoothed it out and built my flower layers. The flower (and every thing else on this card)  was attached to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals - so there is lots of . . . uh . . . dimension going on. ;)

For the sentiment, I used a stamp set called Workshop Words. It was one we could earn at the Stampin' Up! Convention earlier this year by attending various classes. I always love attending the classes and this was a really nice perk for doing so. The set features several images that demonstrators find useful in their stamping business. (Reason #47 why I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!)

Handmade Greeting Card Decorative Sentiment

Any "thanks" or "thank you" stamp that will fit within the Large Oval Punch will work here. I inked mine using Stampin' Write Markers for the multi-color effect. I layered the oval onto Lucky Limeade cropped with the Scallop Oval Punch. For a cute final detail, I added a snippet of Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, attaching it using a mini stapler.

I'm hoping the recipient of this card was delighted to receive it, because I was really delighted to make it!
Have a delightful day.

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Raining Flowers Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Raining Flowers Stamp Set
Stamps: Raining Flowers (W-122765, C-122767), Borderlines (W-122640, C-122642)
Ink: Lucky Limeade (122935), Wisteria Wonder (122936), 2010-2012 In-Color Stampin' Write Markers (119801)
Paper: Lucky Limeade (122926), Melon Mambo (115320), Whisper White (100730), Wisteria Wonder (122922) card stock; Note Cards (107311); Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (122381)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Blossom Party Originals Die (115971), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110), Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (122973)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks With Boho Blossoms

Stampin' Up! Four Frames Heartfelt Thanks Handstamped Card

I wanted to create a special card for a special customer and the result was this lovely "Heartfelt Thanks" greeting card. I really like the special cut of the card and I may try it again with some future creations.

For the card base, I cut a sheet of Crumb Cake card stock down the middle lengthwise (at 4-1/4"), scored and folded at 5-1/2". I embossed it (card front only) using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder in the Big Shot. Next, I cropped about half an inch off the card front and attached a scalloped strip of Night of Navy on the back side. For a pop of color I added a strip of Calypso Coral next to the scallop edge.

The inside was stamped with the dots border image from the Borderlines stamp set - a really fun and versatile set that you will find TONS of uses for once you use it.  It was stamped using VersaMark ink and clear embossed.

The greeting was created using the Four Frames stamp set with Night of Navy ink on Whisper White; and the Fabulous Phrases stamp set with Calypso Coral ink. The image was cropped using the Decorative Label Punch and attached to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The flowers were created using the Boho Blossoms Punch (omitting the medium sized blossom). The smaller flowers were snipped between each "scallop" to create the effect of individual petals. The tiny flower centers were cropped using the largest hole punch of the Crop-A-Dile, although I just realized I could have used the "sprinkles" from the Cupcake Builder Punch. The larger flower was punched out twice and layered along with another small flower and topped off with a Calypso Coral Designer Printed Brad.

Finishing up the card is the new Denim Jean Ribbon tied in a simple knot. This ribbon is super cute and will look great on kid/teen projects, but I think you could also do some fun "manly cards" using it too! Obviously, it was right at home on this type of project as well (wink).

Thanks for visiting.
Comments are welcome here and always get my heartfelt thanks!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

STAMPS: Borderlines (W-122640, C-122642), Fabulous Phrases (W-117002, C-120501), Four Frames (W-123440, C-123442)
INK: VersaMark (102283), Night of Navy (102977), Calypso Coral (122939)
PAPER: Crumb Cake (120953), Night of Navy (100867), Calypso Coral (122925), Whisper White (100730)
TOOLS: Heat Tool (100005), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polk Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Decorative Label Punch (120907)
ACCESSORIES: In-Color Designer Printed Brads (122940), Blue 3/8” Denim Jean Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Monday, October 17, 2011

BOO! From A Greeting Card Kid

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids Stamp Set Halloween Card

This darling Halloween card, designed by Chaille for our recent team "shoebox swap", features fun textures and cool techniques to try on your next hand-stamped greeting card. The focal point is one of the sweet girls from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. The image was stamped on Watercolor Paper using StazOn ink, colored using Watercolor Pencils, and blended with an Aqua Painter. The image was cropped using the 2-1/2" Circle Punch and sponged around the edge with Pumpkin Pie ink.

The mat layers behind the focal image were given lots of interest with textures. Pumpkin Pie card stock was scored every 1/8" using the Simply Scored® Scoring Tool. Next, Concord Crush card stock was cropped at the corners using the Scallop Edge Border Punch before running through the Big Shot in the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. All the layers were popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals and Basic Pearls were added for a sweet touch.

Stampin' Up! Decorative Border Punches Technique

HIP TIP: To create these cool "scallop corners", insert just the corner of the card stock into the punch as far as it will go, lining up the corner with a "full" scallop. For a deeper cut, reinsert the card stock a second time lining up the scallops and punch again.

For the bottom of the card, Lucky Limeade and Concord Crush card stock were cropped using the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the Concord Crush piece was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder. Dyed Satin Ribbon was tied in a simple knot and wrapped around the layers, before the entire piece was adhered to the Wisteria Wonder card base.

Uses For Paper Craft Punches on Handmade Greeting Cards

Finally, for a cute little greeting, a tag was created using the Tiny Tags stamp set paired with the Jewelry Tag Punch and tied to the Satin Ribbon using dyed Baker's Twine.

HIP TIP: Use re-inkers to dye any of our white ribbon, twine, or twill tape. Simply mix water with several drops of ink, submerge ribbon for a few minutes, and then allow to air dry on absorbent cloth. You can also use markers to color ribbon and twine. Use ribbon scraps to practice these cool techniques!

This Halloween girl reminds me of the Charlie Brown cartoon where Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. I'll bet this little girl can charm the Great Pumpkin to come out of hiding. Hee!

Thanks for visiting and have a BOO-tee-ful day!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Greeting Card Kids (W-119887,
C-120633), Tiny Tags (W-118091, C-118592)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Lucky Limeade (122935)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder (122922), Lucky Limeade (122926), Concord Crush (119792), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Whisper White (100730), Watercolor Paper (122959)
Tools: Watercolor Pencils (101879), Aqua Painter (103954), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Sponge Daubers (102892), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826)
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430),  Jewels-Basic Pearls (119247), Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (114616), White Baker's Twine (124262)

Friday, October 14, 2011

EEK ... A Haunted Forest!

Haunted Forest Rubber Stamp by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday! Our project today is another great "shoebox swap" card (created by Kathy L.) from our team meeting on Sunday. This is a very quick card to make and is ideal for busy stampers. Also good for procrastinators. Hee!

The star of our show is the Stampin’ Up! Haunted Forest stamp - one of the terrific À la Carte single rubber stamps offered in a variety of styles. It was stamped on Cajun Craze card stock using VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder and layered onto Daffodil Delight. A tiny snippet of the black Scallop Dots Ribbon was attached peeking out from this layer, before adhering it to the card front.

Concord Crush card stock makes a great impression (ha ha - get it?) thanks to the Spider Web Embossing Folder and a quick spin through the Big Shot. Everything gets layered onto a Basic Black card base.

What about the inside?
Haunting Hill Rubber Stamp Jumbo Wheel
I'm glad you asked! The Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel was inked up with VersaMark and rolled across Whisper White card stock. After heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder, the image was colored in using Watercolor Pencils and blended with an Aqua Painter.

HIP TIP: If you're pressed for time, skip the watercoloring. The image looks just fine without it. You could also skip the embossing altogether and just use Classic Ink or StazOn.

Only two more weeks until the ghosts and goblins start taking over your neighborhood.  Be afraid. Be very afraid. Bwahahahaha.

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Haunted Forest (123841), Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel (116539)
Ink: VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Basic Black (121045), Concord Crush (119792), Daffodil Delight (119683), Cajun Craze (119684), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (109133), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120889), Stampin' Around Jumbo Handle (103661), Watercolor Pencils (101879), Aqua Painter (103954)
Accessories: Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124145)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tickled Pink Over Strength & Hope

I'm sure you must know by now that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you didn't, I suppose you do now! I just learned some fantastic news from Stampin' Up! that I wanted to share with you.

You may remember the summer kickoff of Stampin' Up!'s Strength and Hope campaign  - a global campaign to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Our partnership with BCRF is part of Stampin' Up!'s "Making a Difference" program focused on promoting service, raising money, and helping others.

Today, Stampin' Up! announced the results of the Strength & Hope campaign stating:

"We thank you and your customers for your amazing support of this global philanthropic campaign. Each of you did your part to make a difference, and by doing so,
we raised nearly $60,000, which will go toward helping BCRF "achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime" (BCRF Mission Statement)."

 Thanks so much to those of you who supported this worthwhile campaign and for doing your part to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

I'm tickled pink!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hoot! Whoo Is Ready For Trick-Or-Treat?

Hand Stamped Happy Halloween Greeting Card

At our monthly Stampin' Up! team meeting last Sunday, we had a great time with another fun "shoebox swap" where each person designs a card and brings supplies for everyone to make their card. As always, the cards were awesome and I wanted to share a few of them with all of YOU!

Today we have a darling halloween card designed by Kathie Linder. It makes good use of all those punches we have to create a spook-tacular scene.

Dry Embossing Technique - with Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders

The Lucky Limeade card base gets a bit of interest thanks to the Stripes Embossing Folder. Ditto for the Concord Crush panel with the fun Spider Web Embossing Folder. The tiny strip of Pumpkin Pie card stock peeking out along the edge is created with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch.

The star of the show is our trick-or-treat owl from the Warmest of Wishes stamp set featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog (one of the specially-priced exclusive Hostess sets). He was stamped on Whisper White and the mask and beak were colored using Stampin' Write Markers. Basic Rhinestones give our guy sparkly eyes peeking from behind his mask. He is sized perfectly (natch) for the Owl Builder Punch, so cropping this little guy is a breeze. His little treat bag was stamped on Pumpkin Pie card stock and snipped out for a pop of color.

Creative Ideas for Stampin' Up! Decorative Punches

Our trick-or-treater needs a place to rest up, so he's perched on a branch created from the Bird Builder Punch. Behind him is a "full moon" of Daffodil Delight cropped with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, then sponged with Pumpkin Pie around the edges.

Rubber Stamping Greeting Card Sentiments

For our sentiment, the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set provides "happy halloween" sized perfectly for the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch provides the perfect backdrop.

Sooo ... whoo's got their Halloween mask ready? Leave me a comment and let me know if you've already got your costume (or the kids' costumes) and are ready for some spooky fun.


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Warmest of Wishes [Hostess-Exclusive] (W-122670, C-122672), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Old Olive (100079) and Pumpkin Pie (105115) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Lucky Limeade (122926), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Concord Crush (119792), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (123128), Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120889), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Owl Builder Punch (118074), Bird Builder Punch (117191), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Word Window Punch (119857), Modern Label Punch (119849)
Accessories: Jewels-Basic Rhinestones (119246), Sponge Daubers (102892)