Halloween Invitations – Cookie Cutter Halloween!

I recently finished a custom Halloween invitation order and just received a message that more are needed.  My customer LOVED the design and says she can’t get over how cute they are.  She left the creative design up to me and didn’t even see them until they were delivered, as she wanted it to be a surprise for her as well!

With so many people suffering food allergies and sensitivities, it can be hard for kids to go out for Halloween and safely receive treats that they can eat.  A project was started called the Teal Pumpkin Project that encourages families to place a teal pumpkin outside their home, which helps children to know when a home has non-food treats available for children with allergies. My customer has children with food allergies/sensitivities and decided it would be fun to hold an allergen friendly costume party at Halloween time as an alternative to the kids going out trick or treating.

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I loved having the ability to create a fun and unique invitation for her and had to do some digging in my Stampin’ Up! stash to find the perfect items to create it. I take care to ensure that one element of the card is teal coloured and while we currently do not have any true teal colours, I find the Island Indigo to be the closest in colour and used that for my card base.

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While I used retired Designer Series paper for the card as I had no current DSP in stock, I felt the card base was a bit plain so I added some cute spiders, stamped in Archival Basic Black ink from the set Jar of Haunts.

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The ‘monsters’ on the card front were stamped and punched out using the new Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and coordinating Cookie Cutter punch.  I created a template for the little coffin and hand cut them to size.  Aren’t they adorable?

The You’re Invited is from an old, retired set called “Introducing”. I am so thankful that I still had this set as it worked perfectly for this invitation.

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I printed up the information for the inside on the computer on Whisper White cardstock and attached using SNAIL adhesive.

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The final touch was the packaging!  I couldn’t give them to her without making it match in some way and since I forgot to make a package at home as I intended and I was meeting my customer after work on my home, I made a quick pit stop at the dollar store and picked up the perfect black, organza, spider web pouch!  I love it!

What do you think? Are you loving the Cookie Cutter Halloween set yet?

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Jar of Haunts – Pumpkin and Eyeball treats!

A little update on Madden.  He appears to be doing quite well.  He has an appetite like you wouldn’t believe but I guess I can’t blame him, considering he ate two meals in 5 1/2 days!  Something that I seem to be noticing, is that he has a desire to spend all his time outside and just enjoy nature and the other, is a stubborn streak.  Karma (our female Great Dane) is quite a bossy/ pushy little thing and likes to take Madden’s bed when he gets off it for any reason.  Normally when she does this, Madden will  just go and lay on her bed. Well…..!   Since he came home Friday night, I have noticed that if she takes his bed, he will stand beside it until she gets off or we get her off for him!  I guess he has decided that he has earned his right to have what’s his in life and he’s not going to back down anymore! LOL It is quite amusing to say the least!

So I have been working on some new videos to share projects and tips with you and I created some cute treat bags featuring the Jar of Haunts stamp set.

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If you are looking to create some treats to hand out at Halloween or for your kids to give fellow classmates, these are quick and easy!  I made ones with pumpkin chocolates to match the pumpkin jars and I made some with eyeball chocolates to match the eyeballs in a jar.

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Check out my video for more information on making some creepy and cute treats!

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Sleigh Ride

Happy Monday!

I missed my Friday post last week – sorry about that.  My oldest Great Dane required emergency surgery, so I took the day off work.  I’m happy to say that he appears to be doing quite well and I am so thankful for that! My husband has taken to calling him Patches, since he has a shaved block on his side.  They released approx. 8-10 litres of air from his chest cavity and he is back to eating and breathing properly!

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So while I missed out on being able to drag race at one of our seasons last events, I feel better knowing that he is safe and being cared for well by us.

I don’t know about you but I love the Santa’s Sleigh bundle in the Holiday catalogue!  I keep going back to it to make cards and trying out different “scenery”.  Today’s share is one such card that is slightly similar to the card in the catalogue.

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I embossed my Whisper White background with the Woodland embossing folder and lightly sponged ink on the trees to make them stand out. I also stamped the reindeer and bow and die cut using the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits dies.

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The sleigh is die cut from Real Red cardstock and the detailed portion of the sleigh is a separate die cut from Silver Foil Paper.  I adhered the sleigh and one reindeer directly to the cardfront and then popped up the second reindeer, offsetting him from the first, to provide more dimension.  I slacked off a little by not adding reins between the sleigh and reindeer.

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What is your favourite stamp set from the current Holiday catalogue?

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Double Window Shaker Card – Video Tutorial

Happy Wednesday all!

Today’s post will be short and sweet because I am sharing a card with you that I made a video tutorial for!  A few months ago I posted a double window shaker birthday card.  I had a request to provide a tutorial for it and since I had already given the original card away, I designed a new card (a baby one this time) and put together a video tutorial to take you through the steps to re-create it!

I had someone comment on my matching nails… this was a complete fluke LOL

I hope you enjoy the video and have the opportunity to sit and create some of these fun shaker cards!

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50th Anniversary – Old and New

A couple in our church is celebrating their Golden Anniversary this week!  What a truly remarkable occasion to celebrate.  They are super sweet and we adore them, as we do the rest of our church family.

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I decided to use a mixture of retired products along with some new products for this special card.

I inked up my images from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate ink, stamped off once and stamped randomly on my card front.  I punched the edge of my Gold Foil sheet using the retired Scalloped Trim Border Punch, while leaving the opposite edge straight.

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I die cut using Gold Foil again, the numbers and banner tag from the Large Numbers Framelits dies.  I then stamped the ‘th’ from the Number of Years stamp set using Jet Black Staz On ink. I learned quickly that due to the design of this particular banner die, you must first die cut and then stamp!

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I adhered these elements to my stamped Whisper White card front and raised this panel on my thick Whisper White card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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It was a rather quick and easy card but perfect for this wonderful celebration of life and love!

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Happy New Home

I am so thrilled that my oldest sister has moved back to Ontario.  They moved to another province about 19 years ago, not long after my middle sister moved away, leaving me “sister-less”.  As each of her children finished high school, they all moved back to Ontario, one by one.  Last year, the final child moved here to be close to her older siblings, leaving my sister and her husband alone!  So began many trips back and forth over the past several years to see their kids, and then grandkids and finally, they decided to move back to be closer by to them again.  They found a home quickly but had to wait several months for the current owners to move and to close the final sale.  Now they have their own space again, after living with several of their kids these past months.  Since I love making and giving cards, this presented the perfect opportunity to make a “Happy New Home” card for them.

While the Holiday Home stamp set and matching framelits are retired, I like them so much that I can’t give them up!  These were perfect to create a card for a new home!

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I stamped the same house image, 3 times on Whisper White cardstock.  Next I stamped the image again on a scrap piece of the Whisper White cardstock and coloured it using Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight ink, with a Blender Pen. Asides from the colouring, I wanted the image to really stand out, so I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise it up.

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The sentiment is stamped in Archival Black ink and if you look closely, you’ll notice score lines above the words.  I added two score lines, at 1/2″ and 5/8″ in from the edge on both the top and the bottom edges of the card front.

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The final step was adding some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card front and attaching it to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  While the regular Whisper White is great for stamping on, it isn’t very sturdy to use as a card base, as it is lighter than regular cardstock.  The thick Whisper White on the other hand is perfect due to how sturdy it is.

Do you have a favourite retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set?  Leave me a comment with your favourite!

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Reject – Can you Relate?

For the first several years as a papercrafter I couldn’t stand the idea that something would be thrown in the garbage because I made a big mistake on my project.  The Dutch in me just wouldn’t allow it.  I eventually realized though, that to become good at crafting I had to allow myself to experiment and even throw out bits of cardstock because I had ruined it.

I was very close to doing that exact thing with this card.  I had the image stamped, heat embossed, bleached… it was all good, until I stamped my sentiment!  It did not stamp clearly 🙁 So without pulling out my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I did what my lazy self likes to do… I eyeballed it and stamped it again.  No surprise here, but I ended up with a double vision sentiment.  This is where I contemplated throwing it in the garbage but I decided to try to change it into a ghosting/ shadow technique.  So I pulled out my White Gel Pen (retired) and added some lines around the word in hopes of covering up the double black lines and accentuating one set of black lines only.

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It isn’t perfect but it is better than what it was and I know someone will still appreciate receiving this card from me.

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Here’s the quick breakdown on creating the rest of the card.  I wiped my Bermuda Bay cardstock with the Embossing Buddy, stamped my Rose from Rose Wonder in Versamark ink, added Black Embossing Powder (retired) and heat set using the Heat Tool.  I put Bleach in an Aqua Painter and highlighted around the inside edges of the rose petals. (if you don’t want to keep the Aqua Painter as a set bleach tool then empty out the bleach and rinse well.)

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I stamped my sentiment in Memento Black ink, used a White Gel Pen to ghost because of my uh-oh and then when the bleached portion dried, I added some gold to the center of the flower using a Gold marker (retired).

Can you relate to rejecting projects or re-creating a project to cover up a mistake?

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August Paper Pumpkin – Alternate Card

I love receiving my red box of creativity each month.  Rather than diving in and following the instructions provided to create a specific project, I tend to pull everything out and slowly formulate some alternate ideas in my mind.  I’m looking forward to receiving my September kit in the mail in the next few days!

August’s kit had some great earthy colours that are perfect for creating a masculine card.  How often do we find ourselves wanting to show some appreciation to a male in our lives for something they helped us with but can’t find any cards in our stash that are masculine?

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On the large piece of designer paper,  I stamped “For You” in the Early Espresso ink. I attached this to my Mint Macaron card base found in the kit, added a strip of the Early Espresso cardstock, cut a bit of the Burlap ribbon and added this slightly over the Early Espresso strip.  I tied some of the Early Espresso Bakers Twine through the wooden leaf embellishment and used Glue Dots to attach it to the card front.

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The kit also came with some pre-printed circle tags with space to stamp a greeting in the centre.  I chose “Thanks” as the sentiment but stamped this with my own Mint Macaron ink pad as this colour was not part of this months kit.  I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise this up and added one more wooden leaf, tucked slightly in behind.

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When you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and receive these kits each month, you slowly build up a collection of exclusive stamp sets, as well as a variety of different colour ink spots.  Quite often you also end up with some extra bits and pieces when you have completed the kit.  All these items are great to use to create new cards, or to use on future Paper Pumpkin kits, when you are looking to create alternate projects/ cards.

Right now there is a BOGO sale on Paper Pumpkin for new subscribers.

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Purchase your first month and receive your second month FREE!  This offer ends October 10th so be sure to sign up  soon!  I offer an exclusive Facebook page for my subscribers where I share alternate project ideas that I haven’t shared elsewhere!  For subscribers that live close to me, I offer an evening for the ladies to socialize and work on their kits together.  They also have the option of making one or two of my alternate cards, using the product in their kits.

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One Layer Flower Card – #LIM293

My weekend didn’t go quite as planned, or perhaps more accurate, quite as I hoped for.  I spent Saturday getting my race car ready to go drag racing on Sunday for ONDR competition.  Sunday we got to the track, fired up the car and pulled into the staging lanes.  Since we were waiting for the Nostalgic Gas class to finish up I shut the car down until they were done.  When I was ready to fire it back up to pull forward……. the car wouldn’t fire up, although I did end up with a fire under the hood!  Ugh -seems to be the story of my race season this year.  So back home in the shop, parts on order and hopefully I’ll have it back up and running properly for test and tune this coming weekend.  The one bit of good news about not racing….. I had time to craft in my stamp room!  🙂

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One of my first blog challenges I like to check out is one held at the ‘simply Less Is More’ blog.  This week they are doing One Layer cards with a theme of “your favourite flower”.  Well I can’t quite say I have one favourite flower but I knew the kinds of flower stamping I wanted to do and dove in.  The first card I made had a flaw and wasn’t quite up to my standard for using in the challenge.  I’ll share that card with you later this week as it still has a great technique that is simple to do!

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Instead I went with a two-step stampin’ set, Bloomin’ Love, to stamp my flowers.  I stamped the outline of the flowers using Memento Black ink and then used Watermelon Wonder, Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon inks for my solid flower image.  It wasn’t quite right without leaves, so I added the cute little leaf image and stamped randomly around the flowers using Old Olive ink.

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My card is created simply using the Whisper White Thick Cardstock.  Cut at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″ and the sentiment is from the set Sweet Cupcake and was also stamped using Memento Black ink.

Thanks for popping in and I hope you’ll check back often for more projects and tips!

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Gingerbread House

I am back from holidays and getting into the swing of things again.  While I should have posted on my blog earlier this week, I took some time to create some videos with some helpful stampin’ tips and ideas.  If you would like to check it out, click here.  To stay updated on new videos, be sure to subscribe to my channel!

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I have been working with my new Christmas stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue which is now live and products available to purchase.  Today’s card is a super sweet Gingerbread House card.

My card front is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ Whisper White Cardstock.  I stamped my trees in Wild Wasabi ink from the set Santa’s Sleigh.  I used the gingerbread houses that I cut from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper to help me determine where to stamp the trees in behind.  Next I sponged Pool Party ink around the trees to create my sky.  I was careful to leave the bottom portion white.

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In this section, I stamped a “splash” image from Sheltering Tree in Versamark ink, applied Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set using the heat gun. Now I realize that this powder is retired but I’ll be honest I was feeling a smidge lazy.  To create a similar look, stamp in Versamark, apply and heat set some Heat & Stick Powder, quickly apply Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and heat set again.

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Adhere your houses to the front of your card using SNAIL and carefully tie a piece of Candy Cane Lane Bakers twine around the card front and finish in a bow.

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Attach your card front to a Real Red card base and your sweet gingerbread house card is complete!

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70th Birthday – Timeless Texture

Happy Monday!  I have a week off work and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my family!  We had a get together Saturday night with our family and close friends and had an absolute blast!  A few years ago we  built a ‘mini’ golf course on our property with 20 holes that span over our front and side yard, and we decided it would be fun to have a golf tournament. The younger kids had their own tourney with fewer holes and the 11 and older group played 11 holes of golf.  With teams of three, yet everyone playing for their own score and the chance to win a prize, it was quite the hustle to get through the course before darkness rolled in.  Next year we will do it again but start earlier in the day so we don’t feel so rushed.

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A few weeks ago a customer of mine celebrated her 70th birthday and I couldn’t let the day go without sending her a birthday card.  Sometimes simple is best so that a specific element stands out.  With this card I stamped some background images in Smoky Slate ink using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  In Melon Mambo ink, I stamped the letters 7 and 0 from the Number of Years stamp set, and die cut using the Large Numbers Framelits.  You’ll notice I added the ‘th’ beside it.  The little banner is one of the dies in the Large Numbers Framelits, however it is a solid framelit, so you have to die cut the banner before you stamp on it. Otherwise you have no idea if you die cut straight around the stamped words.

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I used the Foam Adhesive Strips to pop up the numbers as they are narrow enough to tuck in behind the numbers.

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While this card is pretty with these elements alone, I couldn’t resist making it sparkle with the addition of a few Basic Rhinestones.

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While I don’t do this very often, I stamped on the inside of the card as well to tie it in to the card front. With the card base being Basic Black, I needed to add some Whisper White cardstock to the inside so that I could write in it and the recipient could actually see what was written LOL

Have a wonderful Monday and I hope to get the chance to post again this week with new Holiday Catalogue projects!

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Colour Love

You may remember my post from Sunday with a card I created for the Global Design Project challenge of using Pear Pizzaz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  Well I loved the colour combo so much I made another card based on the challenge.

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I used the flower bloom and leaf images from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, along with a masking technique to eliminate the long stem on the leaf stamp. By stamping my flower bloom on a scrap piece of copy paper and cutting it out, I was able to lay it over my stamped flower on my cardfront to mask / protect it from stamping a portion of the leaf image close to the flower.

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I had stamped my sentiment in the top right corner but felt the card was still a bit plain and needed something more…. This is where the extremely pretty Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon came in to play.

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I added some Tear n’ Tape under the sentiment and carefully scrunched/ folded my ribbon as I applied it to the adhesive.  While this close up photo doesn’t seem to show it (yet you can see in the first photo), by trimming the ends of the ribbon on an angle, it gives the project a clean and completed appearance.

Have a great weekend and I hope to have some more posts to share with you next week!

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