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Oh What Fun to Make Christmas Tags!

Sara Douglass On TV

If you have rested and recovered from all the delicious Thanksgiving foods from yesterday and want to take a break from the crazy Black Friday shopping, enjoy this appearance of Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, (Shelli’s daughter) show the ladies on a local Utah TV show how easy it is to make Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit!

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I already made my tag kit!  You get 10 different designs, 3 tags each!  Follow the directions or do your own thing! They are really pretty and easy to make.  Just divide up all the pieces first so you know you have everything for each tag before you begin!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

You do need to purchase the stamp set Oh What Fun for the greetings, unless you have another stamp set you want to use.  But you can also use this stamp set on your Christmas cards and other holiday projects so it’s not just for making these tags and nothing else!

If you don’t need all these Christmas tags, make some of them into birthday tags or other occasions using other greeting stamps!  It doesn’t have to be just Christmas!!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video for tips on making these fun holiday tags!

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza going on right now to get some great Stampin’ Up! stamping and papercrafting products at a discount!!  Save up to 50%!

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When you are finished watching these fun videos, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and order your Oh What Fun Tag Kit right HERE!


Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box, Card and Envelope

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box Card Envelope

Today is the day, the day the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! And to show off some of the products available on the special, especially the first 24-Hour Flash Sale for Monday, November 23, I made a few projects with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, the Gift Box Punch Board, and the Envelope Punch Board, plus the Bow Builder Punch!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Mon Nov 23

On the 24-Hour Flash Sale, you can purchase any 3 of the listed Designer Series Papers and then get a 4th one free! These are the designer papers shown in the Annual Catalog on pages 142-143.  You can also get the Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit, even if you are not a subscriber (yet!) for half price!  What a deal! And the Gift Box Punch Board and Envelope Punch Board are also on sale for 30% off! Those deals are only available today, Monday, and only while supplies last.

This sale begins at midnight Utah time (Mountain time) and runs for 24 hours for the first Flash Sale, but through November 30th for the entire sale!  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s answer to Black Friday!

But there are LOTS of other products on sale on the Online Extravaganza so be sure to check the entire 3 page list!!  Think what you could give others as a gift or what items you could use for gift-wrapping (lots of things!!), or simply what things YOU want!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza List HERE!

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You can add any other items to your order as well, including products from the Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to check out the products that will retire at the end of the Holiday Catalog. Also check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack!

For any more details, read THIS POST.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Flash Sale today and make your own gift box, card and matching envelope, then place your order today!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box

Embellished Pumpkin Box

Do you need some table favors for your guests at your Thanksgiving table or a little something to take to a hostess? If so, you might try this Thanksgiving Pumpkin box or something like it. You can put a little treat in the little open box behind the “pumpkin” on the front.

Here is where I got the inspiration for this project!  My friend gave me this little pumpkin box holding some pumpkin soaps and right away I said, “I could make something like this!” and she said, “I’m sure you could!”

Pumpkin Box with Soaps

So I got busy and figured out how to make the box that was going to be the base behind my pumpkin on the front. Here are the measurements I came up with for the size I was using, but feel free to modify for your project:  Cardstock 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. With the 5 1/2″ side at the top of your scoring tool, score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Turn the cardstock so the 6 1/4″ side is at the top of your scoring tool.  Score at 2 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.  Crease all the scored lines so you can see how the box will go together.  Then cut as indicated in the photo to make the side flaps.  Apply adhesive and make your box. Actually, I intended for my box to be a little wider but must have made a boo-boo on the math!  But it is okay as is.  You can adjust yours.

Pumpkin Box Scored Piece

Just assemble the box, very simple to do with some good glue, like the Liquid Multipurpose Glue or Tear & Tape I added a handle and just stapled it on with my Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler, just for fun.

Pumpkin Box Assembled

I used my Big Shot and one of my Oval Framelit Dies to cut five ovals, all the same size from this pattern in the Into the Woods Designer Series PaperIn order to make each oval stand out a bit without making extra layers, I just sponged Tangelo Twist ink around each edge of the oval.

Pumpkin Box Ovals

I adhered the outer ovals to the box directly and the rest were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish the pumpkin, I cut a little stem in green, just by hand and glued it to the top of the pumpkin. Then I added some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim to the handle just for fun!  I also stamped a Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and just glued it on like a little banner.

Look around at things you have at home or see in a store or in a catalog and think about how you can make it your own creation by papercrafting! You never know when inspiration will hit! Put a little treat in a cello bag and put it in this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box!

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Oh What Fun Tag Kit Video

Yesterday I posted photos of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.  I made all 30 tags, three each of ten designs. They are easier enough to make and come with directions. If you don’t like the directions (or following them!) just make your own versions!  But it is nice to have pieces all die cut and easy to punch out plus some extra-special pieces like jingle bells and gold bows! Just have fun with it!  If you don’t need 30 tags, invite two friends over and each one of you make a set of 10 tags!  It’s always fun to stamp with friends!! As Holly says in the video, divide up the supplies for each group of tags so you don’t inadvertently use more than you should on other tags and then run out.  Enjoy the video and see how great this Tag Kit is!

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Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Oh what fun you will have making Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!  This is the coordinating Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set that you can use to make the tags and also use for any cards or other Christmas projects and the contents of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.

It is suggested that you separate the materials you need for each tag so that you are sure you have the right pieces in the right places for the right tags!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit set up

Then you are ready to stamp and go for it! In the kit, you receive enough materials to make 30 tags, 3 each of 10 designs!  Just think how much fun you can have making these easy tags and how lovely your gifts will look with a fancy tag attached!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

This is the time to start stamping things like this so that you are not rushed in December when you will be wishing you had done these projects much farther in advance! I need to listen to my own advice, believe me — but I do have these tags made!  On the back you can stamp the “To & From” so you can write in the names when you actually wrap the packages. A friend of mine said she was going to enclose a tag with her Christmas cards as a gift for the recipient! You could also use the tag as the focal point on the front of your card! You could also use some of the tags on scrapbook pages for the holidays, even on Project Life pages.

So there are lots of ways to use the tags in the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit, whether you use them all for gift wrapping or whether you use them for decorations, cards, scrapbook pages or other projects!

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Thankful Gift Bag

Thankful Gift Bag

The other day I had pulled out a past gift bag project as inspiration for something else I was making with a friend, and looking at that project inspired me to make this Thankful Gift Bag. So you never know where inspiration will strike!  I updated this gift bag by using the Gift Bag Punch Board. At first, though, I had pulled out the Gift BOX Punch Board and was wondering why this bag was not likely to come out right as I started to use the wrong punch board!! I wasted a few pieces of paper on that one!  Anyway, it’s easy to make a gift bag with the Gift BAG Punch Board.

You choose the size bag you want by the measurement you want on the bottom of the bag. Then you can make it any length (tallness) you want. This is a very basic bag with Soft Suede Cardstock. I think I would have liked it more with a little stamping or embossing, but sometimes plain is okay too. The tag on the front is stamped with a greeting from the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I used different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the stamp with multiple colors.  Just remember to “huff” (breathe) on the stamp after coloring with markers to remoisten the ink before you stamp. Then I stamped the acorns in the For All Things Stamp Set  (a beautiful fall stamp set from last year, still current, in the Annual Catalog).  I cut out a couple of the acorns and adhered them to my greeting, which was die cut with the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.

Use this Thankful Gift Bag to tuck in a little gift for a hostess when you go out during the holiday season.

Gift Bag Punch Board

Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag

Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag

How about using some of those bags you are hoarding and turning them into gift bags such as this Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag?! It’s so easy and fun and makes good use of the excess we all have around our house.

I was cleaning my house getting ready for company and just happened to notice how there were grocery bags and other store shopping bags stuck in a basket on a shelf in the utility room plus a whole grocery bag in itself filled/stuffed with all kinds of miscellaneous bags just sitting there on the floor.  These are the kinds of things you just live with until company is coming and then you (hopefully) notice them. I started pulling out bags and bags and bags and realized we certainly did not need to keep this many on hand (although my husband might disagree, just in case!). And while I had these bags pulled out, I separated out some of the smaller bags with the handles, like you can also buy at the craft store, and decided to do some decorating.

I love this Holiday Catalog stamp set, Thankful Forest Friends. I only recently ordered it because, of course, I can’t order everything the first time around! The animals are so cute and the greetings are perfect for Thanksgiving.  You will also be able to just ink up the words on the “Thankful for You” stamp and use that for any occasion, not just Thanksgiving.

This bag had the name of the store printed on the front, so that determined how wide my paper was going to be in order to cover it up, which was 4 inches.  The bag is 8″ wide. I used the Into The Woods Designer Series Paper and chose Old Olive as the back layer. Every package of designer paper comes with a list of coordinating colors so that makes matching easy.

I colored the greeting stamp with several Stampin’ Write Markers to get the various colors. Just breathe (huff) on the stamp after coloring on it with markers to remoisten the ink, then stamp. Next I used the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and the Big Shot to cut out the greeting and the layer underneath. You could add ribbon and other embellishments, but I kept it quick and simple.

So go through your bag stash today and pull out the ones you can turn into gift bags for free! And your house will look a little neater too!  If you need this beautiful paper or stamp set I used to make my Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag  to take to your hostess this Thanksgiving, just visit the Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me to put your order in for you!

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Halloween Mini Treat Bag

Halloween Mini Treat Bag

One more day until Halloween so here is a Halloween Mini Treat Bag for holding some treats! If you have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, you can make your own treat bag.  If you don’t, maybe this will give you an idea for decorating whatever little bags you have or can buy at the craft store if you are needing some last minute treat bag ideas!  I couldn’t even find my Spider Web Doilies but I did have two halves laying on my table so I used those!  The tag is from the Merry Everything Stamp Set.  I colored in the little vampire with a Pear Pizzazz marker.

For a layer behind the tag I just punched 4 pieces from the Note Tag Punch,  cut off the bottom portions, and adhered them behind the tag, just for a different look!  The spider web paper from Happy Haunting was perfect for this.

I hope you are ready for a fun Halloween! And I hope the weather cooperates for all the little trick-or-treaters, wherever you live!

Witch’s Hat Triangle Treat Box for Halloween

Witch's Hat Triangle Treat Box for Halloween

This Witch’s Hat Triangle Treat Box for Halloween is one I learned to make a long time ago and think it is SO easy to make!  You can vary the size and certainly make it for any occasion! And all it takes is half a sheet of card stock!

Witch's Hat Triangle Treat Box Greeting

This is a difficult project to photograph, but here you can see it from the side to see the dimension. Holes are punched in the top and I threaded the Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon through them after putting some candy treats inside.  I also made a Halloween tag tied on with the cotton ribbon by just sponging on some colors of ink on to the tag and stamping “Happy Halloween” with Basic Black Archival Ink.  The stamp is from the And Many More Stamp SetThis is a great stamp set, you can never have too many greetings because we always want just the perfect wording for our cards and projects. I suggest buying the wood-mount in stamp sets like this one with smaller stamps and one that you will use a lot because being mounted .already on the wood, they are quicker and easier to use.

I made the basic triangle box out of Basic Black Card Stock and then traced the top shape onto the back of a piece of Black Glimmer Paper. I glued this on to the top of the box and added a band of Gold Glimmer Paper.  Underneath the gold band, I cut another piece of Black Glimmer Paper to fit into the bottom space except I made it longer by about half an inch or so than the bottom of the hat. Then I trimmed it to make it look like the brim of the witch’s hat. I also punched out some Gold Glimmer stars with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack star punch.

To make the triangle box, cut a piece of card stock in half longways, 4 1/4″ x 11. Score in the middle at 5 1/2″. Then put a small mark at the center of each end, which for this size would be 2 1/8″.  Use the Stampin’ Trimmer to score from this center mark to the center score line at an angle. Do this on both ends on both sides. Fold everything on the score lines, and you will see how it all fits together.  Then punch holes in the top edges for the ribbon.  Be sure to add your treat before tying up the box!

Witch's Hat Triangle Box Drawing

Witch's Hat Triangle Box Layout

Try this project!  These are really fun to make!  And I love projects and ideas that can be used for not just one occasion or theme. This Witch’s Hat Triangle Treat Box for Halloween is just one way to use this triangle box idea!

Halloween Picture Frame

 Halloween Picture Frame

This Halloween Picture Frame is from last year, but I thought I would post it as a reminder of something fun you could make. This is a piece of Halloween paper from last year (Motley Monsters) placed inside a picture frame.  Then I took a piece of Tangerine Tango Two-Toned Trim (which you can still buy on the Clearance Rack and also in Old Olive) and strung it across the top of the frame opening (I took out the glass).  Just clip on a photo or two or three with a Mini Metallic Clothespin and maybe a little greeting or Halloween decoration.  You can use any designer paper, Halloween pattern or something similar (you could use a print or polka dots or stripes in Halloween colors, too).

This is a really fun way to display some current or past Halloween photos or make as a hostess gift if you are going to a Halloween party!  You can also stick on some Halloween images on to the frame itself to further decorate it.

As you can see, you make things other than cards with papercrafting supplies!  Make your own home decor with a picture frame and paper!  Just think of how you can change out the paper to make a frame for birthday photos, anniversary, or a holiday celebration!  Sometimes it helps to think of making a card, but then put if in a picture frame! Or think of how you would make a scrapbook page but put it in a picture frame!  Lots of ideas that you can make!

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Halloween Tower of Paper Mache Boxes Home Decor

Halloween Tower of Paper Mache Boxes Home DecorWhen my friend Nona sent me a photo of a similar Halloween project she had made with the round paper mache boxes, I absolutely loved it and had to make a Halloween Tower of Paper Mache Boxes myself! Since I didn’t have nor could find exactly the same decorations she had on hers, mine turned out a little differently, and yours will too if you make one also! I purchased some things at the craft store, I stamped the two greetings on the box, and some of the little trinkets I already had in my stash of Halloween decorations! The only problem was knowing when to stop, and that probably happened only because it was late at night! I might have added some ribbon or bows around the edges of the lids and maybe added a few more Halloween trinkets or stamped images, but, for now, I think it is finished!

I started with three round paper mache boxes and covered them with Stampin’ Up! designer series paper. As it turned out, I only used a small piece of the current Happy Haunting paper and used retired DSP for the boxes. It just depends on the patterns you are looking for and the quantity of paper you have. I needed a lot to go around the largest box on the bottom. I would advise you to think about your seams, which I forgot, but since “shabby” is okay on Halloween boxes, it didn’t really matter on this project!  For me it was easier to use up some of my retired paper rather than the current, but for other paper hoarders out there, they would die to use up the retired paper that they might not be able to get more of if they used what they had!  So whatever works for you!

Halloween Boxes

I used good old Mod Podge for the adhesive for the paper on the boxes and applied the Mod Podge to both the box and the backside of the paper with a foam brush. It seems like there is some advantage in doing both the box and the paper, but I don’t remember that tip exactly.  I knew I did need something that would provide some “movement” as the likelihood of getting the paper on perfectly straight on the first try was slim to none! I didn’t cover the outside of the paper with Mod Podge although I suppose you could.

After I had the boxes and lids all covered with paper, the fun began of decorating my Halloween home decor piece!  I stamped the two Halloween greetings from the Witches’ Night Photopolymer Stamp Set and fancied them up with other Stampin’ Up! products and sponging. Other embellishments I bought at the craft store (you might find them on sale right now!) and some items I already had in my overly abundant Halloween decoration stash! Just play with what you have or what you buy and you will eventually come upon some placements and design that you really like. I used Fast Fuse Adhesive on most everything on the box, mostly out of laziness in not wanting to deal with my hot glue gun. Fast Fuse is REALLY sticky and I hope it will hold long term. I adhered the bottom of each box to the lid underneath it and all the trinkets to the lid. I suppose if you didn’t think it would get picked up or moved, you could get away without glueing things and therefore would make storage easier if you could store each box inside another, but I didn’t see any way around glueing the boxes together.  The lids are not glued so I might be able to consolidate a little bit for storage.

Here is the project my friend made so you can see where I got the idea and perhaps provide even more inspiration for you to make your own!

Nona Halloween boxes

If you are already a crafter, you might have some paper mache boxes in your closet or you can certainly buy them at the craft store. Then just gather some supplies and start playing and see what you come up with!  You could also make a home decor project like this one for any other occasion, such as a birthday, a baby shower, Christmas, Easter, etc.  My husband asked me if I made a Halloween cake!

You don’t always need to spend a lot of money at the store for fancy home decor. Often you can make something yourself for a lot less money, probably with things you already have on hand. And once you make it, it often becomes a very special decor piece to you and your family. Create your own memories for your household! I really like my Halloween Tower of Paper Mache Boxes Home Decor project and it looks great on my coffee table with my other Halloween decor!

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Tomorrow!!!!  On Monday, Oct. 19 – Friday, October 23, Stampin’ Up! will have a 15% off sale on stamps! Details coming tomorrow so stay tuned!  Check back tomorrow morning to find out!

Halloween Happy Haunting Sour Cream Containers

Halloween Happy Haunting Sour Cream Containers

It’s time to start thinking about Halloween treats so here is an idea with these Halloween Happy Haunting Sour Cream Containers!  Sour cream containers have been around at least since I began stamping, but they are so popular and useful and easy that they are still around!

So easy to make! You can make the sour cream containers small or large.  I’ve seen various sizes such as 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, 4″ x 4″. 5″ x 5″, etc.  On my samples, I used Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, so the same size as a card front. If you use a rectangular size, you will put adhesive on one long size and at both ends. Use a strong adhesive, such as Fast Fuse or the new Tear & Tape AdhesiveNo matter what size, you will put adhesive on three sides of the paper. You can use designer paper or card stock.

Sour Cream Container PaperI used Tear & Tape Adhesive and since the backing on the tape is white, it wasn’t showing up well in the photo so I colored with some marker ton top of the tape strip so it could be seen in the photo. I would also put a full length of tape on each end rather than the pieces, but the pieces worked.

After applying the tape and removing any liners, fold the paper lengthwise into a roll, like a toilet paper roll. Then squeeze one end of the roll together.  As cute as this project is, don’t forget to add your candy or gift inside before closing the other end!! After you have the contents inside, you want the other end of the container to NOT close in the same direction as the first end. Squeeze the opposite end of the sour cream container together so it will be going at a 90 degree angle to the bottom.

If you happen to have a Paper Crimper, you can crimp the ends of the container as I did, but this is not necessary.  Another option would be to punch holes in one end instead of adding adhesive and tying some ribbon through so that the sour cream container can be opened neatly instead of ripped or cut open.

Next, decorate the sour cream container according to the occasion!  I used the Note Tag Punch to make a small tag. I embellished the tag with some Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape and stamping with the Howl-O-Ween Treat Stamp Set and the little spider web in the Witches’ Night Photopolymer Stamp Set. And for a finishing touch, I tied a little Gold 1/8″ Ribbon into a bow and stuck it on with a Glue Dot.

There are an infinite number of ways to decorate these Sour Cream Containers for any occasion! Use them for candy or small gifts. You can use plain card stock or stamp card stock, but for a quick and easy way to make sour cream containers, use designer paper which is already decorative. I hope my Halloween Happy Haunting Sour Cream Containers inspire you to try your hand at making these treat holders.

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Howl-O-Ween Treat Candy Treat Wrapper

Howl-O-Ween Treat Candy Treat Wrapper

If you need a special Halloween treat, maybe you can get an idea from this Howl-O-Ween Treat Candy Treat Wrapper.  I put a few miniature candy bars in a 4″ x 6″ Cellophane Bag and folded it over. Then I wrapped the cellophane bag with a striped piece of the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (DSP). To decorate the wrapper, I stamped the skull and bones images from the Howl-O-Ween Treat Stamp Set.  You can then cut these out or you can die cut them with the Boo To You Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.  Stamp them in black with the new Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. For the background I added just a piece of a Spider Web DoilyThese doilies are quite large so it is perfectly okay to cut them down to a proper size.  They will still look very spooky!  And for a little pizzazz I had to punch a little Gold Glimmer star with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

You could also use this idea for a single candy bar, just make the wrapper larger. Then decorate with anything you have for Halloween!  I love to make fun things like this for Halloween!  Make something super simple for trick-or-treaters if you like or something more involved or fancier for a little treat for a friend or loved one!

Be sure to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack for some fall and Halloween things you could use now! As I write this, the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit is available. I made one last year when it came out in the Holiday Catalog and was quite cute with the beaded spider!

Frightful Wreath

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Start making some fun Halloween treats to have on hand for the end of the month! Just wrap some paper around a cello bag of candy and decorate for a Howl-O-Ween Treat Candy Treat Wrapper!

How to Make Cotton Paper Flowers with the Floral Framelits

The Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies are on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal this week, and you will probably want them after you watch this video! This video uses the new Stampin’ Up! Cotton Paper in the new Annual Catalog, but you could also use card stock or colored tissue paper or whatever you like.  The Cotton Paper comes in an assortment of pretty colors as you see in this video.  It is lightweight but sturdy so good for a project like this where you want it to not be too heavy but hold up while making it!

We Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who have seen Bonnie (in this video) present on stage just love her and her humor. But there is a catch to this video! Be sure to watch it all the way through! I think you will enjoy the project! It might even take you back to your childhood when you made paper flowers out of tissue paper or kleenex!

The Floral Frames Framelits will make making cotton paper flowers easy!

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Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag for a Treat

Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag for a Treat

Make a fun Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag that you can use for a treat or any little gift. Grab a piece of the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board and you will quickly have a little gift bag all scored and cut and ready to be assembled. Directions are right on the Gift Bag Punch Board, but you can also watch a Stampin’ Up! video on how to use the board. Once you do it, you will get the hang of it! I made a Medium size bag with just a 4″ strip of the designer paper. I could have made it taller. I used the new Tear & Tape Adhesive to put the bag together.

After I made the bag, the fun began with decorating it!  You can punch holes with the punch board in the top for ribbon, but I left mine plain and then decided to add a folded strip of Rich Razzleberry to the top and closed the top with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler. I like a little purple on Halloween things! I definitely wanted to use the new Spider Web Doilies in the new Holiday Catalog. They are pretty large so I was able to cut one smaller to fit my bag, and now I have another piece left for another project! Next I used the Howl-o-ween Treat Stamp Set to stamp a little spider for the web and a little jack-o-lantern. I cut both of them out after stamping with my Paper Snips, forgetting that there are the Boo To You Framelits Dies that I could have used!!  Oh well!  The pumpkin is layered on a white circle punch and the Scallop Circle Punch in Rich Razzleberry. The greeting in the set was too large, so I finally thought of using a small one from the And Many More Stamp Set. And why not add a few Rhinestone Jewels just for fun to the spider web?!

Can you believe it is October already?  I did see my first Halloween decorations in someone’s yard yesterday! It is time to work on Halloween decorations and candy treats and Halloween cards and maybe something like this Happy Haunting Halloween Gift Bag to hold a treat inside! Just have fun with the season and the theme of Halloween!

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Happy Haunting Gift Bag Punch Board

Join Paper Pumpkin and Help Fight Breast Cancer

Here’s the current September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! Don’t you wish it would have showed up in YOUR mailbox?! Every Paper Pumpkin Kit that comes to you in your mailbox has all the supplies you need for the project (except basic adhesive and scissors, possibly). You get a cute little photopolymer stamp set, a little ink spot, and then the supplies you need, instructions, and a link to a video, like this one above that you can watch for a little extra direction in making your project. You can follow along or make up your own design!  Sometimes there are extra supplies leftover that you can use on other projects you make.

And from now until October 10th, you can help fight breast cancer while you have fun with your Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Stampin’ Up! will donate $1 for every new subscriber to Paper Pumpkin plus $1 for every active subscriber to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Be sure not to pause your subscription for October so your subscription will be counted!

Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.

  • New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.
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Just click on the “Join” when you get to the page in the upper right!

Paper Pumpkin costs $19.95 per month and that includes shipping! No risk – pause or cancel any time you want to. But please don’t pause your subscription during October so that you can help donate to the BCRF.  Join Paper Pumpkin and help fight breast cancer!

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament Front

We go from the first day of autumn to an Embellished Ornaments picture frame ornament! Believe me, pretty quickly time will seem to go that fast when we get rolling here!  I saw something resembling this idea on some non-stamping website and it reminded me of this stamp set.

I stamped two ornaments in Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. I also stamped the ornament hangers and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Then I glued the hanger on to the ornament with either a bit of Fast Fuse Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

To make this pretty ornament into a picture frame, I used the 1″ Circle Punch to punch a hole in the center of one ornament to fit a photo.  You might punch the hole and then make sure the photo you choose will fit in the area nicely, Cut the photo a little larger than the hole so it can be adhered on the backside of the ornament. Then glue together the two ornaments so you have a front with the photo and the plain back of the ornament.  Tie a bow around the hanger, perhaps with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

There you have it!  I nice little photo ornament that you could hang on the tree, tie on a package for a tag, or even attach to a Christmas card. Very easy to make!  You could make it even simpler by just stamping with ink and not embossing.

Embellished Ornaments Frame back

You can do a lot with this Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set.  Make some ornaments fancy or plainer. No matter which you do, they will still look elegant on your projects and cards!

Stampin’ Up! Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 22 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for September 22 – 28, 2015. All great items on the deals this week, whether you want some embellishments or framelits (everybody needs stars in their arsenal!) or a flower stamp set. Sequins are “hot” now.  Be sure to order the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen for adhering the sequins easily.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin

Stampin’ Up! is supporting the fight against breast cancer by donating $1 for every Paper Pumpkin subscriber and $1 for every NEW Paper Pumpkin subscriber to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation if you subscribe by October 10th! Subscribers will receive their papercrafting kit in a limited-edition pink box!

  • Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project. That’s all we’re saying. ;)

Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes to you  in the mail once a month! All stamps, ink, and supplies are included except possibly adhesive and scissors.  You will be excited for your kit to show up in your mailbox each month and see what project is inside!  No risk, no obligation – you can “pause” or cancel your subscription at any time, just do it before the 10th of any month before the kits ship out.  You will not be billed until your kit ships.  And then you get a cute email from Paper Pumpkin telling you your kit is on its way!

JOIN Paper Pumpkin HERE, especially now, to help people while you have fun stamping!

Sign up before October 10th! The cost of each kit is $19.95 which INCLUDES shipping!  And once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any available full kits or refills from the past.

Paper Pumpkin is FUN!  Just sign up and try it out!  Give yourself a treat!  You deserve it!

Witching Decor Project Kit Witch Hat

If you are interested in this Witching Decor Project Kit, order it right away! Stampin’ Up! says demand is growing the closer we get to fall and Halloween and once they run out there will not be time to order more.  I LOVE this kit and made my witch’s hat in probably about two hours, if that.  It is not difficult.  The most time-consuming part is punching out the die-cut leaves, stamping a little texture (nothing exact) on them, crumpling and stringing. You will also need the Witches’ Night Stamp Set if you want to stamp the Halloween label on the front. But if you want, you can make up something with whatever stamps you have.  But I do love that label as is!

If you like Halloween like I do, you DO want this kit!  But I strongly suggest you order it as soon as possible so you can get one!  I think it is one of the best kits Stampin’ Up! has done.

Shop Stampin’ UP! Online HERE!

Howl-O-Ween Candy Treat Bag Topper

Howl-O-Ween Candy Treat Bag Topper

Make a Howl-O-Ween Candy Treat Bag Topper for an easy way to package a treat of some kind for Halloween. Maybe you will need some favors for a Halloween party or class parties at school or maybe just some special treat bags for your family.

Stampin’ Up! has 4″ x 6″ Cello Bags (102757) that are just the right size for a little treat. Not too small but not too big!  Make a topper of any size you like.  Mine is 4 1/4″ wide  x 3 1/2″ and then folded in half.  The designer paper from Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper  makes a great background on the topper and you will probably have scraps just the right size once you start using it.

I stamped the owl from the Howl-O-Ween Stamp Set in Blackberry Bliss and cut him out with the Boo To You Framelits Dies. The pumpkin is stamped in Tangelo Twist, the coordinating color with the Happy Haunting DSP.  The “Boo” is one of the framelits die. I saw a tip recently saying to use parchment paper in between an intricate die and the card stock and it sure worked well cutting out the Boo word!  Try it if you have some Parchment paper.

Just make a topper for any little treat bag and then decorate it for the occasion!  It’s really fun!

If you want to get an early start on Halloween, shop around in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.

When you are ready to order, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  If you are new, you will see “Create Your Account”.  Get all that set up and you’re ready to shop! Plan to make a Howl-O-Ween Candy Treat Bag Topper this weekend and be ready to give someone a treat!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Last day for these is Monday, September 21.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 15 2015



Sara Douglass Shows the Season to Season Wreath and Witching Decor Kit

Sara Douglass, daughter of Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!, appeared on a local Utah TV show and showed how easy the Season to Season Wreath Project Kit is to assemble and use for multiple occasions. She also shows the completed Witching Decor Project Kit (the witch hat that I love!!).  I always enjoy when Stampin’ Up! makes a TV appearance!

Listen to the cute little reporter! She sounds pretty excited with these projects, but I don’t think she has stamped before! Wouldn’t we all love to get our hands on her at a workshop and show her all about stamping and papercrafting?! It’s always fun to see a new person’s eyes light up when they discover the fun of stamping!

If you would like to watch the Stampin’ Up! videos about assembling these two project kits, here they are!

I hope you enjoyed those! The kits in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog this year are just fantastic!  I hope you will choose at least one to make!

I’m happy to mail you the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs if you do not have a Demonstrator to help you yet! Just email me your contact information at

To shop for the Season to Season Wreath Kit and the Witching Decor Project Kit, as well as all the other wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE or let me put your order in for you if you prefer!