Today is the start of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  You know what else it is?  It is the start of my challenge to blog every day in September. There I said it and oh this declaration makes me nervous!  I thought about not saying anything but there is nothing like saying it out loud to help with accountability.  Back to the big news!  The Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE!

This new catalog is full of fabulous stamps, DSP (Designer Series Paper), and embellishments.  If you could see my little stamp room you would see how much I loved this new catalog, it is full of new product! Today I am posting a card made by Laurie Gaudette.   She is on my team and a fabulous stamper!  


So cute, I mean scary right?  Can you name all the fun new products she used?  


If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog of your own, you can look online (click on the catalog image located on the top right) or contact me and I would be happy to send one out to you.   If you are ready to place an order, you can either contact me or shop with me online at sharonstamps.stampinup.net .   If your order is less than $150 (great self control!) please use the hostess code (M6DT7EYH).  Do not use this code if your order is $150 or more. Thank you!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Holiday Catalog Inspiration

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are giving you a sneak peek into the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Every stop along the hop will feature some of the fun and fabulous products that can be found in the "Creativity Delivered" 2017 Holiday Catalog.  The catalog will go live on September 1 and run through January 2, 2018.   This catalog is packed with so much holiday goodness that you will be covered from  Halloween to Valentine's Day!  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order products from this catalog and all I can say is that it was my largest pre-order to date!  Once you see the catalog I think you will totally understand why.

The biggest problem I had was trying to decide what to share with you for this hop.  I decided to start with Halloween.  I know not everyone enjoys Halloween but the beauty of this bundle, Season to Sparkle is that you can use it for lots of other occasions not just Halloween.  I will be sharing more ideas with you in upcoming posts.


A spooky chandelier!  The Season to Sparkle stamp set has 25 photopolymer stamps.  There are sentiments and lots of different bling to decorate your chandelier.  The chandelier in the stamp set is different than the one in the coordinating thinlits.  In other words the thinlit doesn't cut out the stamped image.  This gives you 2 different chandeliers to play with!  All the other pieces coordinate with the stamped and die cut chandelier.  Lots of possibilities to create lots and lots of fun chandeliers.  


I love this fun fold.  It is fun to receive and open and like a lot of fun folds easy to make.  The hardest part may be choosing which of the fabulous designs in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper to feature.



Here are the measurements if you want to recreate this card fold.

Basic Black:   Card base  4.25" x 11" scored at 2.75", 5.5"

                         Chandelier panel 3.25" x 9.75" scored at 4.25", 7"

Very Vanilla:  Card base  4" X 5.25"   

                          Chandelier panel 3" x 4",  2.5" x 3"

Spooky Night DSP : Card base  2.5" x 4"

                                      Chandelier panel 2.5" x 3"


Now it is time for you to see what the fabulous Laura Milligan has created for you!

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Spooky Fun Bundle

Today I have another project using the Spooky Fun bundle from the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.  I used it to make my card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge card.  


I think I say I struggle with every challenge, which is one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of the design team.  Whether it is a color or sketch challenge I am pushed to try something new.  I know  that participating in challenges has helped me become a better stamper.  I highly recommend it and hope you will join in this week's challenge.

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I started off by lightly sponging black ink on to a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  I cut out the spooky tree using the Halloween Scene Edgelits (available as a bundle with the Spooky Fun stamp set).   I stamped the witch image on Smoky Slate card stock and used markers to color her. There are 2 witch images in the Spooky Fun set one solid and the other a line image and they are both cut out using the same  die from the Halloween Scene Edgelits.   The little witch is flying across a Gold Glimmer moon.  I also used a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  There are 2 sheets in this fun pack of paper that have silver foil designs.  The one I used has a cool spider web design on it.  The little bats were cut out using the Home Sweet Home framelits.   The final thing I did was stamp the little dots from the Gorgeous Grunge set.   This little bit of texture was just what the card needed.

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Be sure to check out what the other designers created using this sketch.  You can also get all the information on how you can participate in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge by visiting the blog.

TSOT Challenge #242 Boo!

I am  excited to be a part of the Try Stampin' on Tuesday (TSOT)  team.  Today is the first challenge I am  participating in as a member of the team.  

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The optional theme is Boo or EEK!, in honor of it being the week of Halloween.  

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I was quite faithful to the sketch and the optional theme.  Lots of cloud sponging using Whisper White Craft ink to make the night sky.  It is hard to see but I also used the Black Glimmer paper to for the "boo". 

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I hope you will play along with us on this sketch challenge.  I would love to see what you come up with, I double dare you!   You can get all the details on this challenge #242 on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog.   

Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Halloween!

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop... Halloween!  Are you ready for some Halloween ideas? Follow along the Stamper's Dozen  blog hop path and you will find lots of inspiration for your Halloween crafting!

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I made a little shaker card for you.  At first I didn't know what to put inside the shaker, then it hit me...Googly Eyes!  I think it is a perfect thing for a Halloween shaker card.

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The Spider Web doilies are so fun and I highly recommend them. Unfortunately they are on backorder but lots more are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.  The doilies are black on one side and white on the other so they can be used for other occasions, like snowflakes!  

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Love this little inside fold!  When the card is closed you have no idea that there is a surprise lurking within!  Here's how to create the little pop out.  Make a light pencil mark 1" on either side the fold.  Score a diagonal line connecting the 1" mark to the fold, repeat on the other side.  This is such a fun and easy way to add some drama to your card.

There's more Halloween fun to see on your next stop!  Be sure to continue on to see what France has to share with you!

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If you just came from France's blog then head on over to see what spookiness BJ has in store for you!

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying the hop and your head is full of fun and spooky ideas!



Spooky Saturday: Quick and Easy

Today's Spooky Saturday is a quick and easy card.  The Happy Haunting DSP (Designer Series Paper) is really one of the best.  The patterns are easy to mix and match and the designs are Halloweeny but not overtly.  

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You see what I mean?  The design on the left are little bats but I think you have to really look to see them.   

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Here's a peek inside of the card.

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I used the sentiment from the Happy Scenes stamp set and since it is a photopolymer set, I was able to manipulate it a bit.  This little trick is a good one to remember when you don't want to worry about stamping straight.

That is it for Spooky Saturday.  Be sure to check back Monday night for another edition of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.  The theme this month is Halloween so there will be lots of spooky ideas for you.  

Spooky Saturday: Boo!

Time for another Spooky Saturday!   I am sorry to have gone missing for a few days.  Yesterday was the first day in a week that I even was able to spend some time in my craft room.  Here's what I came up with for Spooky Saturday.

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I am still playing around with the Halloween candy I purchased.  I cut down the window frame that was cut using the Hearth and Home Thinlit so it would fit the side of the Baker's Box.   I love the spookiness of the ghouls looking out of the window.

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The "Happy Halloween" and the bird are from last year's My Paper Pumpkin box.  It was the perfect size so I had to use it.  Hope you enjoyed today's Spooky Saturday.  

Spooky Saturday: I See You

Today is the first of my Spooky Saturday posts.  Lots of fun and spooky ideas to share with you. Today's project was inspired by a stop at the grocery store.  There was a large display of different Halloween candies and I picked up a few different ones and I came up with this idea.

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Just a few more days until you can order from the Holiday catalog.  Please be sure to let me know if you need a catalog.  

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Sneak Peek: Happy Scenes Latch Card

I received my box of new goodies from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  This catalog is amazing.  I really had to exercise some self control and not push the “ i want it all “ button when I ordered.  

I wrote out my to do list for the week and at the top of my list is to finish a tutorial on  this card.  I want you to know that I am working on it and it will be posted this week.  In the meantime here is another latch card using some of the new products that will be available to purchase in September.  I couldn't resist the call of the new stamp sets and accessoires.

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I love the Happy Haunting DSP.  It is not overtly Halloween.  Most of the papers flip side has a design that would work for any occasion.   I already regret not ordering 2 packages cause I know this one is going to get used up.  

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The Happy Scenes stamp set is another must have.  This set will take you from fall through the winter. The fact that I only used one stamp set to create this card is pretty amazing.  

Keeping this short so I can work on and finish  the tutorial.  Thanks for your patience and gentle reminders.  

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