Archive | September 2016

Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Treat Holder Featuring Cookie Cutter Halloween.

For several years I made little treat bags for almost any occasion and passed them out to my coworkers at the long term care facility.  I would make up to 50 bags at a time!  Now that I am working with a smaller group of people, and I really don’t know them that well I decided not to continue to make all those treat bags.

However, loving to make the little treat bags  I was excited when I realized our ‘Inkin’ Team was having a get together the end of September.  (Amy’s Inking’ Krew).  Oh, what a great opportunity to make treat bags again!  Not sure I could hold up to making 50 of these!  (I only made 10)!

This adorable treat holder is time intensive but oh,  so much fun to finish!  It is holding three pieces of DOVE Chocolate Candy and some little teensy, tiny packages of Altoids.  Don’t you think it is cute and too Spooky!

The bag is made by using Stampin’ Up! Treat Holder Framelit and Pumpkin Pie Card Stock  adhering all edges using Fast Fuse to give it a good hold.   Before gluing all the edges I used Tuxedo Black and the House and Bat stamps from the Spooky Fun and Halloween Scares Stamp sets.  I then stamped the scare crow, crow and the trick or treat bag  stamps  from Cookie Cutter Halloween on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  He was punched out using the Cookie Cutter Punch.  I then colored him using Aqua painter and Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Dapper Denim, Real Red and Crushed Curry Ink pads.    When ink was totally dry using a sponge dauber and Crumb Cake Ink I ‘smudged’ him all over to give him a ‘field’ look.  I also colored in the little trick or treat bag using the same colors.  The pumpkins  (from Spooky Fun Stamp Set)were stamped using Tuxedo Black on Pumpkin Pie Card Stock and die cut using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits dies.  The fence as well was die cut using the die from Halloween Scene Edgelits die.  All were adhered using Multipurpose Glue for easy positioning.



The Crow and Trick or Treat little bag were ‘fussy’ cut.  Using the Halloween Night Bakers Twine I wrapped it around the top three times and tied in a bow.  To finish off the bag, I stamped the Sentiment (from Spooky Fun), in Tuxedo Black on Pumpkin Pie and a scrap of Halloween Night Speciality DSP.  I then die cut both using two graduated dies from the Tags and Labels Die set.  Adhering together using SNAIL adhesive.  I then attached it to the top of the bag with the Bow Binder Clips.

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Stampin’ Up! Petals and Paisleys Speciality DSP and Delightful Dijon Thanksgiving Card.

When I first looked at the Petals and Paisleys Speciality DSP I was not impressed. There were only a couple patterns that I thought I would use.  Then I got my hands on the paper and it is lucious!  I love vintage look, anything vintage and Delightful Dijon is the most vintage of all colors recently!  Using the Basket of Wishes Stamp set was the perfect combination for  a card that shouts vintage.


The card base is Delightful Dijon Card Stock layered with the Petals and Paisleys Speciality DSP.  I then layered Soft Suede Card Stock with Delightful Dijon and stamped my image from Basket of Wishes on Very Vanilla Card Stock using Tuxedo Black Ink.  I then used the Stampin’ Up! Markers to color the fruit, I used Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, the basket is colored in Soft Suede.  I then cut it out into a square centering the image and layered all and adhereing to card front using SNAIL adhesive.


While I had my markers handy I again stamped the basket image on the back flap of Stampin’ Up! Medium Crumb Cake Envelope and colored it in as well.

The sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede Ink in Very Vanilla Card Stock.  Choosing an Oval Die from the Layering Ovals Framelits I die cut it.  The next two sizes of Oval Framelits were used to cut the largest from Delightful Dijon and the other layer from Soft Suede.

Using the Delightful Dijon Ribbon from the 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog I adhered a strip across the upper part of the card.  I then adhered the image to the lower right side of the card front.  Then using Stampin’ dimensionals I added the sentiment to the upper left side.

Finishing touch, a small, neat bow in the 3/8″ Delightful Dijon Ribbon.


The inside sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla using Delightful Dijon Ink, layering a stripe of the 3/8″ Delightful Dijon Ribbon to the left side.  I then layered all using SNAIL adhesive.  Don’t you think it turned out to look kind of  “Vintage”?

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Stampin’ Up! Floral Phrases, Night of Navy create beautiful With Sympathy card!

Floral Phrases is a very versatile stamp set that I find myself turning to again and again.  It has class, elegance and simplicity.  The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper just makes this card!  Love, love the different coordinating patterns in this DSP.


Simple, quick, clean looking as well as elegant.  It would be suitable for man or woman.  The basic card is Night of Navy Card Stock layered with the Floral Boutique DSP, then next layer again is Night of Navy and another layer of Floral Boutique DSP.  The top layer is a simple Whisper White Card Stock with the Flower from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set in Night of Navy.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set also stamped in Night of Navy.

I added two Pearl Basic Jewels to the upper left corner.  In the lower right corner I added Night of Navy Basic Twine, two pieces put together and tied in a bow.  It was then adhered to the card using glue dots.  This panel was adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.


The inside was finished by adhering a layer of the Floral Boutique DSP to the card base, then a layer of Whisper White.  Using two strips of Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique Washi tape set finishes the inside quick/cute.

Here are the products I used in this card.

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Stampin’ Up! Masculine Sympathy Card done using the watercolor mask technique!

This card was one I had to try.  It is a watercolor ‘kind of’ mask technique that I found fascinating and want to do more of.  Love how this one turned out and so very easy to do once you understand the basic of this kind of inking.  I found a wonderful tutor on this technique here: This is a well done video by Heather North.  I am not going to go through the technique here,  please check out the video if you are interested.

The base of this card is Whisper White Card Stock, layered with Marina Mist Card Stock and the top layer is Whisper White.  A brief description of the watercolor mask technique: cut a piece of regular paper the same size as your top layer.  Then simply sketch the outline that you wish your watercolor part on the card to be.  In the video Heather uses the piercing tool and foam mat to out line the sketched area.  The carefully tearing out the area to be ‘watercolored’.   I used sticky notes to hold the card front down on my mat, then I positioned the mask above it and secured it as well with sticky notes.  Worked OK.  Not what Heather used in the video.

Then using a Stamping Sponge (cut into fourths) I used one section and kind of stamped off then ‘smeared’ Marina Mist Ink across the top half of the mask.  Be careful when doing this as the mask is easily torn.  Then using a clean section of the sponge I used Pool Party across the bottom half blending the sponging.


I then stamped the tree from Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Ink.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Tuxedo Black Ink. Done!  and so much fun.  Watch the video and try it for yourself.


The inside is done by layering Marina Mist with Whisper White and stamping the ‘flowery looking branch’ from Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. The sentiment is also from that stamp set and stamped in Marina Mist.  This really makes a lovely masculine Sympathy Card.
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One sheet of typing paper, paper piercing tool and foam pad

Swirly Birds say Thank You in Dapper Denim, Basic Gray and Rich Razzleberry

This has been my month for frustration with computers!  Or I guess I should say software to some degree.  My pictures just aren’t turning out the way I want them too.  Right now they are too small and blurry, and I have taken tons of practice photos with my camera settings changing for each one and keeping up with them, play with them in Photoshop,  then I get them pretty,  my signature is blurred!  tried everything and now I have great picture but when I make them bigger on my blog post they are blurred again!  Have not posted any cards, I have them made but I want them to be pretty and BIG! and not blurred with a clear signature.  Oh, my-some one told me it was because Venus was in retrograde and a Harvest moon on top of it.  What er the excuse I am over it!! (now is this was only my photos I was having problems with I think I would not be so frustrated.  But my work computer is a field computer that I have to replicate frequently with the office mainframe and for one week IT has not been happening.  Two trips to the office to get my work computer fixed and it still won’t pull in my inner office emails!!)

So, here is my posting, I know my picture is too small but will keep working on resolution, pixels, size, etc.  Also to my eye it is too dark.  Tried to lighten it in Photoshop-a work in progress.

Swirly Bird is such a versatile stamp set!  Love how it blends with just about every kind of theme.  I have seen pumpkins, snow men, santas and trees made out of the die cuts.  The matching stamps are so much fun to play with.  Here I have used Rich Razzelberry, Whisper White, Dapper Denim and Basic Gray to make a masculine Thank you Card.  I love how it all came together.  This was a CASE from Pinterest and I was unable to find the original artist.

The basic card is Dapper Denim Card Stock with all Stamping Ink in Dapper Denim.  I layered the Basic Gray Card Stock then Whisper White adhering all layers using SNAIL adhesive.  I stamped the ink spatters using the perfect stamp from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set.  I then added two small strips horizontally of Rich Razzelberry and Dapper Denim Card Stock.

Next I die cut several sizes of the swirly forms from Swirly Scribbles Thinlets in Rich Razzelberry, Dapper Denim ad Basic Gray Card Stock.  Playing with them to get the right look I then stamped Thank you from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set on Whisper White.  Cut it out using the appropriate size Layering Circles  Framelits die.  I then die cut the next up size of Layering Circles in Rich Razzelberry Card Stock.  I adhered the Sentiment to the Rich Razzelberry layer with SNAIL.  I then positioned all the circles in a pleasing form and glued the swirly die cuts using Multipurpose Glue.  Adhered the Sentiment unit using Stamping Dimensionals.  I then added the Dapper Denim In Color Enamel Shapes in the largest dots.




The inside is Whisper White Card Stock on the inside back.  The Swirly Circles are stamped using Rich Razzelberry and Dapper Denim to complete this fairly quick card.  It would be easy to reproduce once the front is designed to your liking.

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Stampin’ Up! Surprise Popup Slider Halloween Card

Isn’t this too cute?  I got the idea from Jen Evers and her very easy to follow directions and cuts are in her You Tube video!   I just love this mummy popping out behind the haunted house.

The Popup holder is Pumpkin Pie layered with a piece of Halloween Night DSp.  The tree, bats and fence are die cuts in Basic Black Card Stock using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits dies.  The witch on her broom is from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set and stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink on Pumpkin Pie Card Stock and die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits.


The Haunted House is from the Halloween Scares Stamp Set stamped in Tuxedo Black on Basic Gray Card Stock.  I then die cut it by using a Layering Circle Framelit that give it a kind of frame.  The fence was adhered to the bottom of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.   I then used the smallest circle die from the Layering Circles Framelits and die cut a ‘notch’ at the top to be able to grasp the inside card and pull it up easily.  (Also to hint there was a popup)!


The mummy rises from behind the haunted house on a super easy mechanism.  This card is almost quick and easy!  Using Basic Gray Ink on Whisper White Card Stock I first stamped the gauze pattern from the Ghoulish Gunge Stamp Set.  I then stamped the cute little mummy from the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and punched it out with the matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  I then smudged the mummy using Basic Gray Ink and Sponge Dauber.

The inset popup is Whisper White Card Stock layered on Basic Black Card Stock using SNAIL adhesive.  The bat and cat were stamped in Tuxedo Black and are from Halloween Scares and Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Sets.  The gravestones were stamped in Basic Gray Ink using the image from Spooky Fun Stamp Set.  The pull tab is four pieces of Black Solid Bakers Twine pulled through and an additional piece used to tie all the strands together making a kind of tassel.

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Stampin’ Up! Halloween Window on Spooky Fun in Delightful Dijon!



Window on Halloween “Spooky Fun” for Amy’s Inking Krew Fall/Halloween  Blog Hop!  Halloween is fast approaching and Stampin’ Up! ‘s new Holiday Catalog has lots of fun ‘Spooky’ Halloween Stamps as well as some pretty ‘cool’ Fall Stamp Sets.

This card features a window on Halloween!  Changed the traditional Halloween colors up a bit by featuring Delightful Dijon for the background.  So here is how the card went together.  First I choose Basic Black Card Stock as my card base.  Then layered on a piece of Delightful Dijon Card Stock and next a layer of  Delightful Dijon patterned paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  The Window Frame was die cut using the Hearth and Home Framelits set.  The base  behind the window is a piece of Basic Gray Card Stock.  Using a mask for the windows I stamped the moon image from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set  to the upper right window using Delightful Dijon.  The upper left window spider web and spider were stamped Tuxedo Black, images from Spooky Fun Stamp Set .  The lower left window headstones were stamped in basic gray also from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set.  The black cat in the lower right window was stamped using Tuxedo Black, image from Halloween Scares Stamp Set.  (All layers were adhered using SNAIL adhesive).

The pumpkins were stamped in Tuxedo Black on Delightful Dijon Card Stock and die cut using the Halloween Edgelits die. They were adhered using Stampin Dimensionals.   Trick or Treat was stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink on Delightful Dijon Card Stock and die cut using the matching size in Layering Oval Framelit set.  The next size die was chosen to die cut the Basic Black Card Stock to form a frame for the sentiment.  This unit was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensions.

The front of the the card was completed by die cutting two bats out of Basic Black Card stock using the die fro Halloween Scenes Framelit Set.  The Halloween Framelits and the Spooky Fun Stamp set are available in a bundle and saves you 10% over the individual units.

Window on Spooky Fun

Window on Spooky Fun

The inside of the card is layered Delightful Dijon and Whisper White.  Across the lower right side I placed two rows of contrasting Halloween Designer Washi Tape. The pumpkins were stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink on Delightful Dijon Card Stock and cut out as for the front of the card.


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