Beach House & Halloween Toil & Trouble Card

I’m enjoying a little time off at the beach.  My dad rented a beach house for our side of the family.  He has done it almost every year for the last 10 years or so.  I have a deep love for the ocean since I grew up going on ocean vacations (or should I say adventures) on our family’s 24 foot sailboat.  I haven’t been sailing in quite a while though.

I do want to post my August Stamp Night projects.  I’m spending a little time in the evenings to catch up on that.  Here’s the first one:


  • Toil & Trouble
  • Best of Halloween
  • Tags 4 You


  • Summer Starfruit
  • Basic Black
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Very Vanilla


  • Jet Black StazOn pad (to stamp on top of Washi Tape)
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper
  • Witches’ Brew Washi Tape
  • Labels Collection Framelits
  • Label Bracket punch
  • Label Card Thinlits Die
  • Dimensionals

I decided that for August I would do a Halloween, Fall, & Christmas card to play with all the new stuff that just came out in the Holiday Catalog.  I’ll post the other two tomorrow and the next day.

Happy Stampin’

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013 – Some More Projects

Here are some of Sara’s projects from convention.  I loved her presentation and especially her Halloween frame.  I wasn’t fast enough to get photos in the gathering place, but luckily my downline, Laura, managed to get these!

Sara was showcasing the kits from the Holiday Catalog:

  • Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit
  • Build a Banner Simply Created Kit
  • Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
  • Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit

She used the Tablescape to make a scrapbook of her family…one page for each person and decorated the cardboard it came in for the front and back covers (some of the pages are under the banner in the first photo).

The canvas paper banners are very sturdy with big grommets already done for you.  Also, they showed us that you only spray briefly to get the color when using the stencils (less is more…don’t soak the canvas).

Laura and Me during General Session or Awards Night on Friday.

Happy Stampin’

October Stamp Night Projects – Bootiful & Tulle Snowflake

Well, better late than never…Here are the other two projects from October Stamp Nights.  I already posted the third one in October which you can see by searching for Treat Window Envelope Tutorial.
Does it really need to be Halloween to give this witch boot card to someone…I think not!  I used dazzling diamonds to make the boot extra sassy, and actually, you could do this card in any color scheme.  I love the saying on this Bootiful stamp set stamp.  I also used the Black & Gray Striped Satin Ribbon and the Designer Ribbon Slides from the Holiday catalog.  {TIP:  Use a glue dot behind your ribbon slide if the weight of it makes your ribbon droop.}
The Tulle Snowflake Christmas card is one I designed at Craftaway Studios and then finished figuring out the Tulle after I got home.  It uses the Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, 1 ¼” Scallop Circle punch, Snow Flurry Bigz die, and Mixed Medley & Greetings of the Season stamp sets.   The Tulle Ribbon is tied to the snowflake behind it (snowflake layers are on top of tulle).  I used the top scallop embellishment to hide the tied cord.  The brad is for show and only in the scallop circle which is on dimensionals.  The whole tulle snowflake is then hot glued to the card front.  {TIP:  The best way to keep the Tulle Ribbon from rolling up is to pinch it together and tie it with cord or string.  This is 3 strips each 4” long all pinched together in one bundle and tied.  Then I pulled each piece of the Tulle up through the snowflake branches and spread them out.}
Reminder: My Digital Studio photo book and calendar gifts need to be uploaded for printing by December 6th!  So, start these soon.

Stamps Gone Single, Spooktacular Stamp Sale 15% off Monday only, & Digital Week

So many times, I hear, “Well, I just like that one stamp out of that set”.  Well, here’s your chance!  Stampin’ Up! is selling select single stamps as a pilot program in clear mount only.  They will come in a little cello bag and do not include the clear mount block…but we already have those, right!
Here are the flyers for all the current single stamps.  Order them on Monday and they will also be 15% off!  Monday, the 29th, is a Spooktacular stamp sale – all sets and single stamps are 15% off (excludes hostess sets, bundled sets, & digital stamp brush sets).  It’s just this one day, so make your list now and order online Monday to take advantage of the one day sale.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the Christmas bundle too.  Click on my Specials button to see that one.
And, as if that wasn’t enough…there is a digital sale starting tomorrow too.  Check my online store on Monday to see all the details and list of kits that are 50% off.  It will include free downloads, 50% off digital kits, and lots of blogging on all week long.
Get ready for a fun day, tomorrow!  And, don’t forget that online orders will also mark stars off your online shopping reward card with me.

Howl-o-ween Printer’s Tray Project – Witches and Goblins and Spooks Oh My!

Stampin’ Up! gave demonstrators this great Halloween printer’s tray project for a recruiting promotion in August and part of September.  So, I invited all my downlines that earned the free project over to my house on Tuesday night so we could make the projects together…more fun that way.  Since we had one extra project, we even had one lucky guest too!  There were seven of us…two couldn’t make it.  Here’s my completed project (supply list below):

 I pretty much got everything finished at the party except adding the ghost pumpkin and the broom.  The broom is Early Espresso Core’dinations paper wrapped around a wooden skewer with More Mustard fringed cardstock for the straw.  I still might add a silver crescent moon behind the bats, but I’m pretty happy with it as is.  

Stampin’ Up! provided all the paper backgrounds and flags on one sheet that we cut out…basically, you could create something similar in My Digital Studio or just cut paper from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper.  Of Course, I changed it up a little from the layout provided…I have to put my own spin on it, don’t I!  I also heat embossed the items stamped in black – you get better images that way since we are stamping on color, and I love the shine.  {TIP:  For the rosettes, use hot glue in the center…it just holds together better!}

Toxic Treats stamp set
Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper
Images from the Toxic Framable Digital Designer Template (Digital Download)
Core’dinations Card Stock – Early Espresso, Sanding Block & Skewer
More Mustard card stock
Very Vanilla card stock
Glimmer Paper – Silver
½ “ Striped Satin Ribbon – Black & Gray
Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine
Linen Thread
Woodgrain embossing folder & Big Shot
1” Circle punch
Designer Buttons – Basic Gray & More Mustard
Vintage Faceted Designer Button
Basic Rhinestones
Stampin’ Dazzle Marker – Silver
Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle
Basic Gray stamp pad for sponging edges
VersaMark stamp pad
Basic Black embossing powder & Heat Tool
Hot glue gun
Sticky Strip for broom
Dimensionals & Glue Dots
*the Silver Glimmer Paper spider web came already cut out with our kit

Retired Supplies:
Sweetest Stem embosslit
From the Crypt stamp set (available as a digital download)
Bitty Bat punch (available as a digital download)

Happy Haunting!

September Stamp Night Projects – Vintage Fall, Mascarade Cat, & Deer Tag

Here are the projects I did for September Stamp Nights.  The last night this month is on Tuesday since third Thursdays are now for my Scrapbook night.

The first one is my Vintage Fall card.  This is the Wonderfall stamp set with matching Autumn Accents die.  I stamped the leaves using the Rock’n’Roll technique, sponged the edges, crumpled the leaves, then sponged the creases too.  {TIP:  You have to die cut your leaves before stamping in order to line up the image on the leaf.  Ink up stamp, set upside down on table, then line up top of leaf and stem before touching down cardstock on your stamp.}

My Mascarade Cat card for Halloween is one of the cards I made while at Craftaway Studios.  I heat embossed the Frightening Feline stamp with black embossing powder on Very Vanilla.  The moon and mask are made with Champagne Glimmer paper.  I used the Tasteful Trim die with the Big Shot to cut the double scallop trim as a starting point to making the mask.  Just cut two scallops off, shape the ends with scissors, and punch eyeholes with the bigger hole punch on the Crop-a-Dile. {TIP:  Use circle punch for moon by punching almost half a circle on edge of paper, then move circle punch a little further into the edge to punch out the crescent moon.  I used the ¾” circle.}

The Deer Tag is made using the Owl Builder punch.  I used Soft Suede and Early Espresso for the deer and antlers.  The antlers are two legs of the large snowflake from the Snow Flurry die.  The nose is made with the ½” circle punch and Red Glimmer paper.  I used the Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen for the eye detail and the Early Espresso marker for the mouth.  The tag itself is using the Two Tags die and Natural Composition Specialty paper.  {TIP:  Use two-way glue pen directly on face then place eyes and nose to keep from getting glue on your fingers.}

We also put the recipe in our Technique Journal as our page for this month.

Scrapbooking designs coming soon!
Happy Stampin’!!!


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