Halloween

Everything Essential Halloween

Have you checked out the Everything Essential bundle?  Why do I think it is a great bundle?  I am glad you asked, maybe you didn't ask but humor me.  I don't send a ton of Halloween cards so I decided that whatever I buy for Halloween also has to have images that work for other occasions, Everything Essential meets that criteria.  The set includes fun Halloween,  cute Christmas and sweet Valentines/anniversary images!  The stamps and the punch  make quick and easy gift tags,  treat bag tags, and cards.  Versatility is what I was looking for and this bundle meets that requirement beautifully!  

Today's card is not a quick and easy one.  It is not difficult just will take you more than a few minutes to make.  Tomorrow I will show you quick and easy ideas for the Everything Essential bundle.

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You know I like the 3 things in a row layout and the Essential Tag makes that easy to do.  Here I have 3 tags and 2 of the images are from the Everything Essential stamp set and the third (sentiment) is from the Little Treats stamp set.  Quick and easy coloring and sponging with Memento Tuxedo Black pad, makes things a little spookier.  The fabulous Black Glitter bows were cut using the Wreath Builder dies.  You know I love ribbon bows but when I'm trying to keep things flat, the bows you can make using the Wreath Builder dies are pretty perfect.  

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The spiders were created using the Little Treat Box dies.  Paper spiders are about what I can handle. The die cuts out the spider and embosses a cool swirly design on them, all at the same time.  The "boo!" was cut from Black Glitter paper using the Playful Alphabet dies.   The Pumpkin Pie cardstock was embossed using the Old World Paper 3D folder.   Love the texture and is much easier than me trying to recreate the look of old paper.

I hope you will consider the Everything Essential bundle.  It is a great choice for its versatility, simplicity, and value.

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday 2020 Previews

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on the 2020 August -December Mini Catalog.   This  new catalog is full of beautiful products that will have you happily creating all season long.

Today I am sharing a project made using the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  This bundle is so fun.  Love all the elements you can use to create your fireside scenes.

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Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has plaid walls?  These plaid walls were made using the Plaid Tidings DSP.  This pack of plaids are fabulous.  The color combinations are incredible, really diverse and perfect for the holidays and more.  The sentiment in the frame is from the Little Treats stamp set.   All the other elements  from the flames, logs, frames, pumpkins, and candles are from the Fireside Trimmings bundle. We have to talk about one thing in particular.

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The bat banner!  C'mon it is so fabulous!  The banners  in the Fireside dies are so dang cute.  I used the star banner HERE and know that I will be using all of them soon.

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This fireplace scene is also an easel card.  The bats and this little sentiment are both from the Festive Post stamp set.  

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Hope you enjoyed this look into the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  I know you will be seeing more of the elements showing up in future blog posts.

Stamper's Dozen August 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

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A Spooky Sneak Peek

Just a couple more days until the 2020 August-December Mini Catalog goes live on August 4.  It is a fabulous catalog and I have been enjoying playing with the products!  I used a bunch of different stamp sets for today's card.  I focused on purchasing sets that can be used for more than 1 holiday or occasion.

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The cute little pumpkins are from the Fireside Trimmings bundle.  This bundle has so many cute elements that I look forward to sharing with you in future projects.  The little bats are from the Festive Post set.  I have to tell on myself.  I ordered or at least I thought I ordered the Posted for You bundle but what I really did was only order the stamp set.  I hate when I do that!  Not only do I miss out on the 10% bundle savings but I don't have the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch!  It is currently on backorder but will be back in stock soon.  The spider web stamp is from the Celebration Tidings stamp set.  The spider die cut, and sentiment are from the Little Treats bundle.   The little scallop circle is also part of the Little Treat Box dies.

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The front of the Pumpkin Pie card base was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3-D folder.  This is another one of my go to embossing folders.  I think the subtle pattern adds a lot of interest without being too busy or distracting. 

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Remember this cute little treat box?  I posted it HERE.  Aren't they a cute, I mean spooky little duo?  

Remember August 3 is the last day to earn Bonus Days coupons, that you can start to spend on August 4th when the mini catalog goes live! Yay!

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Tags Tags Tags for Halloween

Have you checked out the Tags Tags Tags bundle?  It is WAY back in the Holiday catalog, page 56.  

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I love that I can stamp once, die cut once and get 3 different tags.  The stamps will have you covered for Halloween,  Christmas, and Valentines.   Here is a quick & easy way I used these tags for some Halloween treats.

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I used the Mini Curvy Keepsake Box die for one of the treats.  This little box is SO darn cute.  You do not need any adhesive to put this box together, just a 6" x  6" piece of paper.   Wondering what fits in this little treat box?  A truffle fits beautifully, a few chocolate kisses, and definitely a pair of diamond earrings.   The little pumpkins (on the Boo) are also in the Trio of Tags dies.  I cut them in black card stock and added them on to the tag.  I made them shiny by applying some Shimmery Crystal Effects.  

The treat in the back is simply a piece of DSP wrapped around a square of chocolate, wrapped with the gorgeous 3/8" Glittered Organdy ribbon.

The treat on the right is a lollipop cover.  I cut a 1-1/2" x 5" piece of  Monster Bash DSP, scored at 1/2", 2", 3", and 4-1/2".  

Can you see how easily you can become the master creator of little treats using this bundle?  

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What's New At SU...Happy Fall!

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! Fall Edition!  I am happy to be hopping along with Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from all over the world!  Our theme is Fall.  One of the things here in the US we celebrate during the fall is Halloween.  

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It is hard for me to believe that the only thing I stamped on this card is a sentiment on the inside.  I used the fun and fabulous Monster Bash DSP, Hand Lettered Prose dies, and can you guess what I used for the black foliage frame?

If you guessed the Frosted Frames Dies you are correct!  Want to see how I created it?

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I cut away all the snowflake bits and re-shaped a few leaves and you have  spooky foliage.  It is always fun to find other ways to use your dies.

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I  like to dress up the inside of a card with a strip of DSP and another fun image cut from the Monster Bash DSP.  

Now it is time for you to see what Margriet   has created for you.

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If you are hopping in the other direction please check out what Anke   has created for you.

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Here's a list of all the hoppers!

Margriet Siekman - Creatiefmarsie
Pat Ertman – Gifted Hands, Ink!
Tricia Butts – Triciastampingcreations
Terry Montgomery - Terryficcards
Judi Anderson - Judistamps
Loni Spendlove - Creative Juice by Loni
Diane Browning - 24-7 Inkspiration
Anke Heim - Scraphexe
Sharon Burkert – As the Ink Dries

Enjoy the Hop!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Anything But a Card

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!   This month's theme is Anything But A Card. 

Last week while at the store I saw these individually wrapped Hostess cupcakes marketed as Scary Cakes.  There were the perfect amount in the box for my Host Club so I bought them.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I hoped inspiration would hit me.

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Baker's Boxes to the rescue!  I had enough of these versatile boxes for my club which made me feel this was all meant to be.   I used the Monster Bash DSP for the cover of the box.  I die cut a circle in the DSP so the treat inside could peek through.  I cut a wreath using the All-Around Wreath dies to frame the treat.   The box is decorated with pumpkins cut using the Trio of Tags dies, some googly eyes and a tag stamped and cut using the Tags Tags Tags bundle.

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This adorable, I mean spooky couple was cut out from the Monster Bash DSP and attached to the top of the Scary Cake.  Don't they look great peeking through the window?

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To finish the look I attached Basic Gray card stock panels around the sides of the box.  This is a pretty quick and easy way to package up a treat.  The Baker's Boxes are pretty roomy and food safe. 

Hope you enjoyed my Anything But A Card project.  Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop.

Stamper's Dozen September 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by!

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Pumpkin Halloween Wreath

This week it is officially Sneak Peek time here at  As the Ink Dries!  On September 4th the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog will be making its official debut!  Based on the amount I have pre-ordered (yes, SU! demonstrators get to order early!!) and the list of what I still want to order,  I can safely say this catalog is FULL of fabulous products.

One thing that I have been trying to do more of is to find different ways to use the products I buy.  For example, instead of a snow globe, how about a tropical globe or a Halloween globe?  With that in mind, here's a Halloween wreath!

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I used the All-Around Wreath dies and added the pumpkins cut from the Trio of Tags die.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is stamped on a banner die from the Smooth Sailing dies.  I really like the Monster Bash DSP.  Love the designs in this pack of paper and the colors.

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Here's the inside of the card.  I like to dress up the inside of the card too!  Here we have a strip of the Monster Bash DSP and one of the tags and stamps from the Tags Tags Tags bundle.

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  I couldn't make just one Halloween wreath so here's another using almost all of the same ingredients.

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The Crushed Curry patterned paper is another design in the Monster Bash DSP pack.  There is also a pattern that is just all these fun scary-cute bottles.  I had to fussy cut these little bottles, fortunately they are not very detailed and easy to cut out.  

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I hadn't noticed what was written on the bottles until I was trying to decide which bottles to cut out for the wreath.  Do you see it?  Isn't it clever?  This is perfect for all the paper crafters in your life.  

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Hope you liked this little sneak peek featuring the Monster Bash DSP and the Tags Tags Tags bundle.  If you do not have a copy of the 2019 Stampin' Up!  Holiday catalog and are not currently working with another demonstrator, contact me and I would be happy to send you a catalog.  

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Takeout Treat box and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge and oh what a timely color combination it is!

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Isn't this combination perfect for Halloween?  

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I used the Takeout Treat Box to make this cute Halloween treat.  One of the dies in the Takeout Thinlits cuts out the window.  I cut a slightly larger piece of window sheet so my "mummies" would stay in the box.  The sentiment is from the versatile Itty Bitty Greetings set.  I used Stampin' Write markers to create the two tone saying.  The pumpkin leaves are from the Detailed Leaves thinlit.  To make the spirals, I wrapped a thin strip of Granny Apple Green cardstock around a wooden skewer.  To finish up my project I  used the 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created. I am always inspired by their projects.

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Test Tube Tuesday

Is Test Tube Tuesday really a thing?  No, it probably isn't but maybe it will become one now that test tubes are available in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  

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I used the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes in the Annual Catalog as the base for my test tube holder.   The cute Halloween paper is from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper which is secured to the lid of the box with the Black Shimmer Ribbon.  The black cat is also punched out from the Spooky Night DSP using the Cat Punch. The pumpkins are stamped using the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and cut out with the coordinating Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit dies.  Remember when you buy this stamp set and coordinating dies (the Pick a Pumpkin bundle) you save 10%.  

Are you wondering what I put in the test tubes?  The test tubes are food safe and accommodate lots of different treats.  I filled these with sunflower seeds!  I am always on the lookout for different treat ideas and I already had some sunflower seeds  on hand.  

Looking for more ways to use the Pick a Pumpkin bundle?  Check here, here, and here

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