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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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.


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?


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.


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.


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.  


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.  


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!


Isn't this combination perfect for Halloween?  


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.  


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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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.