Them Bones!

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.


I used Black, Metallic Thread/Ribbon, and Spooky Sentiment from the Inspo List.  It is unusual for me as I even followed the theme!


I used the super fun, I mean spooky Them Bones Designer Series Paper.  Let's dissect the project.

Card Base- 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"  Pumpkin Pie CS

Them Bones DSP-4" x 12". scored at 4", 8".  The front was created by adhering the first panel to the second.  A square Stylish Shapes die was used to cut out the window (cut through both layers).  

The skeleton and the dog skeleton were cut out from the DSP and attached to the front.  The Silver & White 1/2" Sheer Ribbon was wrapped around and a bow tied.  Be sure to do this before you attach the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie CS.  Adhere the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie CS.


Inside is a 3-3/4" x 5" Basic White CS.  The Trick or Treat is also part of the Them Bones DSP.   I love that you can also see the back of the DSP behind the Basic White layer.  

The glittery embellishment is from the Adhesive-Backed Glitter Sequins.  These are quite sparkly with no mess.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.


Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!


I would love to chat with you about this fun opportunity!

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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!  Hope your day is all treats and no tricks!

No stamps were inked for this card.  I used the Them Bones DSP for all the layers, the BOO! and the skeleton.  The ribbon is a retired black sating ribbon from my stash.  The skeleton is mounted on a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper.  The Silver Glimmer paper comes in a pack that also includes Gold Glimmer Paper.  Both the silver and gold papers are adhesive backed.  These papers are part of the Online Exclusives and not in any catalog.  You can see all the Online Exclusive products HERE.  I mounted the skeleton and the Silver Glimmer Paper circle on a wobble spring.  

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you received lots of treats,



Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop.  This month we have a sketch challenge and/or 3D Project.  I love a sketch challenge and really enjoyed playing around with this one.


The circles made me think of the Cottage Wreaths bundle which gave me a place to start.  I also found this super cute little spider charm while cleaning up my room so a Halloween card is what I made.


  • The card base is Basic Black 5-1/2" x 8-1/2".
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 4-1/8" x 5-3/8". 
  • The DSP is from the Celebrate Everything DSP which is part of the Stampin' Rewards in the July -Dec Mini Catalog.
  • The pumpkins were colored using Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
  • The wreath was stamped in Crushed Curry ink and the vine wreath in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and cut out using the coordinating Country Wreath dies.  
  • The sentiment is from the Cottage Wreaths set on a banner cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • Isn't that silver spider so cute?  It was the perfect little accent for the card. CottageWreaths-CelebrateEverything-side

Inside of the card I added another pattern from the Celebrate Everything DSP pack and stamped and die cut a spider using the Cottage Wreath bundle.  I am happy how this turned out and love this sketch!  Thanks Angie, the mighty leader of the Stamping Inkspiration blog hop!

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Mo has created.


Here's a list of all the stops on the hop.

Angie McKenzie  ●  Aurélie Fabre  ●  Annette Ball

Tricia Butts  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Ann Krucek

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  ●  Mo Rootes   ●  Marieke Bart

Leonie Stuart  ●  Chris Smith  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Karen Henderson 

Vickie Littlewood  ●  Robbie Susan Chandler  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Teri West

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!



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Happy Halloween

Wishing you a fun, sweet and safe Halloween!



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Cute Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Halloween is almost here!  Are you ready?  I am heading to the store today to get candy and wondering how much to get.  Made this cute little trick or treat bag for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  


I used a pattern from the Cute Halloween DSP for the bag.   The cute ghost was fussy cut from the Cute Halloween DSP.  This piece of DSP was perfect for the#CCMC688 color challenge of  Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo, and Highland Heather.  



The cute Black Glitter bats were cut using the Seasonal Swirls dies and attached to the label using a strip of Window Sheet.  I like the illusion of the flying bats.  The clouds were cut using dies from the Give It A Whirl set.   Wondering where the BOO is from?  It is from the Banner Year set.  This stamp set has a lot of cute images and sayings that will have you covered for many occasions especially Halloween through Valentine's Day.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge!



Would you like to receive 13 tutorials featuring  different Christmas bundles?   The tutorial is  FREE with a $50 (before shipping & tax) online order using my Host Code  D7SSYY6Y or can be purchased for $15.00. Shop with me online HERE.  If you would like to purchase the tutorial contact me- [email protected].

Halloween Tiny Tiered Tray

I don't usually post on Saturdays but I thought I would  pop in and share with you a little project that I made just for fun.  Decorated tiered trays are a trend in home decor and I love it.   Here's my little baby step into the tiered tray trend,


This tray is only about 5-1/2" tall so it is small and not overwhelming to fill.  I decided that I would try and decorate it primarily using supplies I already had in my craft room.  Fortunately I have a lot in my craft room to work with.  

Bats and pumpkin - Seasonal Swirls dies

Pumpkin leaves - Christmas Cheer dies

Clouds - Give It A Whirl dies

Swirl candies - Gingerbread dies

Spider web - Frightful Tags dies

Big Pumpkin - Layering Circles dies

Black Glitter Cats: Cat Punch

Thanks for stopping by and cheers to a great weekend!



Would you like to receive 13 tutorials featuring  different Christmas bundles?   The tutorial is  FREE with a $50 (before shipping & tax) online order using my Host Code  D7SSYY6Y or can be purchased for $15.00. Shop with me online HERE.  If you would like to purchase the tutorial contact me- [email protected].



Cute Halloween

It is Friday and time for a new Festive Friday Challenge!


Not familiar with the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge.  Every challenge has an Inspo list which is inspired by a festivity.  To play along with the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo List and post your creation in the Festive Friday gallery.  The list of all the rules can be found here.  


I used cat, orange, heart, and texture from the Inspo List on my card.  The cat was punched out of Basic Black CS and textured using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.   The orange can be found in the Cute Halloween DSP, the cat's rhinestone eyes, and the orange glitter heart on the cat's collar.  The eyes are rhinestones colored using a Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blend.  The orange glitter paper is a coveted scrap of retired Glitter Paper.  I miss the days when we had more colors of Glitter paper.  The "boo" is from the Banner Year stamp set stamped on a label from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The bat and sparkly, swirly wreath are from the Seasonal Swirls Dies.


The Black Glittered ribbon unties to show 3 panels.  It opens and sort of twists and swings out to reveal the rest of the card,


This is the middle panel and also the section you would use to write out your message.  The sentiment and the bats are from the Sparkle of the Season stamp set.


Here you can see how the card twists and fold out.  

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - you are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see your project in the Festive Friday gallery!




Banner Year Sweet & Treats

Just a quick and easy Halloween card.  I mixed a little from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog and a little from the 2021 July-December Mini Catalog for today's card.


From the Mini Catalog I stamped the yummy caramel apple from the Sweets & Treats stamp set.   The apple was colored using Poppy Parade and Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends.    The Cute Halloween DSP (6" x 6") is also from the Mini Catalog.  This pack of paper coordinates with the Cutest Halloween Bundle and some of the images on the paper can be punched out using the Halloween Punch.  The Black & White Gingham Ribbon is also from the Cute Halloween Suite and  is one of the must haves from the Mini Catalog.

From the 2021-22 Annual Catalog I used the Banner Year stamp set for the bat, Boo, pumpkin and the Happy Haunting.  Can you see the embossed dots on the Basic White strip?  I used the Checks and Dots embossing folder to emboss that design.


The caramel apple, bat, and pumpkin were all made shiny and glittery by using the Shimmery Crystal Effects.  The Shimmery Crystal Effects adds a little bit of dimension and  glitter to each item.  The Shimmery Crystal Effects does take some time to fully dry so set it aside and give it time.  


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Don't miss out on the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go! 

Do you like having all the cardstock and DSP cut and scored for you? Do you like tutorials to help you create the cards?  Do you like a mix of cards and   3-D projects?  If you answered yes, then the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go might be perfect for you.

When you place an online order of $40 or more, using the Host Code 66Z9UMFU I will send you 4 tutorials featuring our Stamp of the Month (Nature's Harvest)  You also receive the cardstock &  DSP cut and scored for you.  You will need the Nature's Harvest stamp set since I cannot include stamped images.  Also not included but used in the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go: adhesives, ink (Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Black Stazon,  Early Espresso pad, Bumblebee pad), Watercolor Pencils asst 1, Blending Brush or sponge, Water Painter or paint brush, and a blender pen).

To qualify for the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go, your online order must be placed by September 15 using the Host Code 66Z9UMFU.  The projects and tutorials will be sent by September 22.  

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...Changing Seasons

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!   This month our theme is Changing Seasons.  Join us as we hop around the world exploring what the theme means to us.  There are  20 stops on the hop so join us for lots of ideas and inspiration.

As summer slips into fall I think about all the fun celebrations ahead.  One of my favorites is Halloween.  I used to have so much fun creating my son's costumes.  He requested some challenging costumes and I would try and accommodate him.  He wanted to be a platypus one year, I think most people thought he was a beaver.  Another year he was a cockroach, now that was a tough one!


Here the Delivering Cheer woman is carrying her pumpkin home and getting ready for Halloween.  I paper pieced her skirt using the Cute Halloween DSP.  The pumpkin is 3 circles layered together along with some leaves and a stem.   The Layering Diorama dies were used to cut the Black Glitter Paper and another pattern from the Cute Halloween DSP pack.  I used the Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody Stampin' Blends to color in the candy  on the DSP.


The striped DSP is also from the Cute Halloween DSP.  The ribbon is the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon.   I am looking forward to carrying home my pumpkin to carve, just wish I had a Boo skirt too!

Now it is time for you to see what the Changing Seasons means to Teri West.

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Enjoy the hop!

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US you are here

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

Thank you for stopping by!



 September Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The September stamp of the month is Nature’s Harvest (pg 54-56 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Nature’s Harvest stamp set and the Harvest Dies aka the bundle (156813).  Having the Harvest Dies will make it easier to complete the projects but not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards and a box to hold your cards).  Watercolor pencils (asst 1), Early Espresso ink pad,  Bumblebee ink pad, Stazon ink pad, Tuxedo Black Memento pad, Blending Brush or sponge, Water Painter or paintbrush, and a Blender pen were also used on the projects. These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code 66Z9UMFU on my online store-place link here  before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.



Festive Post Halloween

We are entering the last few days of the sale of selected packs of Designer Series Paper.  There are a couple of packs that are on sale that are on backorder (Forever Greenery and the Plaid Tidings DSP).  Not ideal but more  packs are expected in before the end of the month, yay!  Today's card uses my favorite black and white plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP.  


I love how the black and white plaid looks with Pumpkin Pie.  This probably was the fastest card I have ever made.  I opened up the Festive Post stamp case to find these 3 tags stamped, colored and punched.  Why didn't I finish it before?   All the images and sentiments are from the Festive Post set except for the 3 pumpkins.  The pumpkins are from the Fireside Trimming stamp set.


The inside mimics the front with the cute little bats from the Festive Post set and the pumpkins from the Fireside Trimmings.  I usually spend way too much time working on my cards so it was so fun just to assemble this card.  

Click here to see all the DSP packs that are on sale.  Don't delay the sale ends on October 31.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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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.


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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