Category Archives: Halloween

Alternate Ideas for the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Card

If you read my post the other day about the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit and all the materials that came in the kit and all the cute burlap treat bags I made with it, you knew that I still had materials left over.  Here are the extra projects I made with the tags from the kit and a few extra materials from my stash.

For the Halloween card, I used a Tangelo Twist card base and added a Basic Black layer that I embossed with the Decorative Dots Textured Embossing Folder. Then I added a piece of the White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim. After I tied on the knot (separately) I decided to fray the ends and see how that looked! And I used a tag I had already made from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Candy Treat

Here’s a little candy treat holder, made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and a 2″ wide piece of Crumb Cake card stock. You can put a couple of Ghirardelli chocolates inside or some other treat. I tied some ribbon at the top with a piece of the sequin trim from the kit and added the tag I had already made with the kit. And I just had to add another one of the little adhesive bats from the sticker sheet!

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Lunch Sack Treat Bag

Here’s an easy project, with or without the Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Just find one of those lunch sacks in your pantry, cut a little off the top and fold the top edge over a couple of times. I used a little SNAIL Adhesive to hold it down. Then I took one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies and sponged a little Rich Razzleberry ink on it for some spookiness. The tag, of course, is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit. The bag needed something so I just used the 1″ punch to punch out some circles to glue to the bag!

Did you know once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can usually purchase extra kits or refill kits depending on availability of past kits?

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September Paper Pumpkin Kit

September Paper Pumpkin Kit Bags and Tags

I think this September Paper Pumpkin Kit has to be one of my favorites, maybe because I like Halloween so much! It’s fun to get the Paper Pumpkin red box in the mailbox and then see what is inside! And the kits have just gotten better and better over time!

Here’s what came in the box!

September Paper Pumpkin Kit

I love the Halloween photopolymer stamps that came in the kit!

And here is what all was wrapped up with the instructions!

September Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents

Plenty of stuff to make the kit as designed and a few extra tags and materials left over to make something else!

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Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box

Freaky Friends Halloween Treat BoxIf you were wondering what I did with the Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I colored in with Blendabilities Markers yesterday, I made this Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box! You can see the designer paper wrapped around the box which was originally just black and white until I colored in random dots with the markers. It was so much fun!

First of all, I had fun making the box itself with the new Gift Box Punch Board, now available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The top pieces lock together with the little slits you can punch in them with the Gift Box Punch Board, but they won’t stand up to a lot of wear and tear so try to put your gift or treat in there before hooking those together! You can make different sizes of boxes with the punch board. Be sure to watch the video below if you haven’t seen it yet or if you want a refresher, The board may seem confusing at first, but once you see the video and make a box, you won’t have any trouble.

The Frankenstein guy is stamped in Black Stazon from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set, also available in the Holiday Catalog. I colored in his face and legs with a green Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut him out and also the Tangelo Twist layer behind. I thought the layer needed something, so I just used one of my Project Life Journaling Pens to draw some squiggles and dots around the border. The little banner is stamped with a “Happy Halloween” greeting from the And Many More Stamp Set. This is a stamp set like the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set that is so useful making cards and other projects when you want just the right greeting.

And to finish off the cute little Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box I just tied the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Ribbon around it!

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Coloring In Back To Black Designer Series Paper

Coloring In Back To Black

You never know when just looking at a pack of paper might inspire a project, like with this Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I colored in with Blendabilities Markers. Funny how an idea can just jump out at you! I decided to use Halloween colors so I chose the Pumpkin PieDaffodil Delight, and Old Olive Blendabiltiies Markers. It’s just kind of fun to color in random dots here and there on the paper with various Blendabilties markers.  I had no pattern or system, just colored in here and there and then switched markers.  I wanted to leave some dots white also. You don’t even have to stay inside the lines because the background is black so it won’t show if you get outside the white shape!

Colored Back To Black

Coloring in the white designs on the Back To Black Designer Series Paper is fun and expands the ways you can use the paper. Besides, it is just fun!  Especially with Blendabilties Markers!

Work of Art and Freaky Friends Halloween Card

Work of Art and Freaky Friends Halloween Card

Sometimes you never know what you will come up with when you are stamping! I had already made a card with the Work of Art Stamp Set and thought maybe I could make a Halloween card with it. Maybe I could use the small figures in the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. And when I looked through my stamp sets for Halloween words, I liked the small-sized words in the Project Life stamp set, Holiday Cheer, The “Boo!” was fun to stamp so I stamped it more than once! The “Happy Halloween” is from the And Many More Stamp Set. For a little sparkle, I added some Dazzling Details over some of the lines.

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Paper Pumpkin Box

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Paper Snips and the Motley Monsters DSP to Make a Halloween Card!

Motley Monsters Halloween Card

This is what comes from looking at the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, which has such cute Halloween monsters on it, and thinking, “Why not just cut out some of these cuties with my Paper Snips and make a Halloween card that way?!” And also looking through my stamp sets for a greeting and seeing this “S’Up?” stamp in the set Hi There. It struck me very funny at that moment! I used the Fringe Scissors for the grass and sponged it a little bit with Old Olive ink. The woodgrain background is actually the opposite side of the paper with the monsters on it.

Just a fun, silly card for Halloween!

If you love Halloween as much as I do, you’ll probably want to shop the Halloween and fall stamps, paper and embellishments in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday CatalogJust shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time!  AND be sure to check the Clearance Rack because there are a few Halloween items from last year on there at a great bargain!  Just add them to your order!

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

It’s fun playing with the new Gift Box Punch Board to make a Halloween Treat Box with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  To make the tag, I stamped the bird from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. The words are from the new special set Good Greetings that you can get FREE with a $300 party or order.  I added a little Linen thread to tie the tag on to the box, a strand of the Burlap ribbon for some interest and some Gold Sequin Trim. The box itself is made with the new Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s a little bit heavier than regular card stock.

It’s going to be fun playing with the new goodies in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! What do you think?  Is it the best one yet??

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It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

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Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper Framed Art for Halloween

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper Framed Art

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Happy Halloween!  Today is the day!  I can’t believe October 31st is here and with it, the end of all things crafty for Halloween!  I don’t think I got my fill of making cards and treats for Halloween. Today’s project is probably the easiest thing you can make with Stampin’ Up! designer paper!  Two of the sheets in the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper are this printed design with lots of Halloween treat words on it.  Just cut it apart and you can frame this top portion of the sheet!  It fits perfectly into a cheap frame.  If you have a larger frame, just use a larger piece of card stock or designer paper as a mat behind it.  You could also add some extra elements and embellishments to this sheet and even leave the glass off for a real 3D piece of framed Halloween art!

You can still order this Witches’ Brew paper and save it for next year! Go ahead and make the frame and you’ll have a pleasant surprise next year when you get out your Halloween decorations!

It’s probably going to be a wet and muggy Halloween night here in Houston! It is raining like crazy and supposed to keep up all day.  With our flat landscape, that’s not good for streets that flood easily.  But I hope it stops so I will have some trick-or-treaters at my door tonight!!  Usually I have quite a few!

Last Thank You Thursday Stampin’ Up! Deal

Thank You Thursday Chevron Ribbon Deal

 

Get these colors of Chevron Ribbon on sale, today only!

Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate 

Place your order today before you get busy with Halloween! Don’t forget the Weekly Deals as well!

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Halloween Treat Bag Idea

Halloween Treat BagYes, it is almost Halloween!! Here is a Halloween treat bag idea that you could easily do!  Just grab a 4″ x 6″ Medium Cello Bag, decorate the outside, and fill with delicious Halloween candy! I applied some strips of Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape (so fun!) to the front of the bag and added a tag to the front.  The stamp is from the Halloween Bash stamp set. To get the multi-colors on the stamp, I inked up the border with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker and the words with Basic Black. Breathe on the stamp before you stamp on Very Vanilla card stock to remoisten. I cut out around the edge with my Paper Snips (on sale on the Weekly Deals this week until Monday!).  The black background is easy to cut out with the smallest of the Labels Collection Framelit Dies.  Just adhere with Mini Glue Dots. Tie the bag with some 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon and you are all set!  Easy to make for class parties, neighbor gifts, treats for your kids, etc.

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Decorated Halloween Candy Tin

Halloween Candy Tin

What could be more fun than decorating some candy and a tin for Halloween? I had this tin with the clear window on top in my “stash” but if you couldn’t find an exact match, I’m sure any tin or container would do. I have always loved these tins because they make sure cute, quick and easy gifts to make up in minutes for someone. Of course you could use different types of candy or other contents in the tin, but this is just to give you some ideas!  I used Hershey Nuggets for my candy and wrapped each one with a 1″ x 3″ strip of designer series paper. You just want to be sure when using adhesive and candy that you don’t let the adhesive make contact with the candy. I just used a Mini Glue Dot to secure the strip of paper to itself so it is not attached to the candy piece.

To decorate the tin, I just took a strip of designer paper and wrapped it around the tin for a bellyband. You could also layer it on a strip of card stock if you wanted. For the flower on top, just use one of the flower punches to punch about three or more flowers or even one of the scallop punches. Crinkle up each layer of the flower if you like that look, then reopen and layer one on top of the other.  Secure in the center with a brad of some sort (looks like I used a retired one!). Adhere to the bellyband with Stampin’ Dimensionals or Mini Glue Dots.

The Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper was used in this project. My friend I gave this gift to really liked the little skulls on the paper!

If you would like some Witches’ Brew paper for your Halloween projects and cards, now is the time to order some! Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here for all your stamping supplies!

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Halloween Framed Art for a Friend

Halloween Framed Art

We got back home Saturday from a wonderful fall vacation to Michigan! There has been no sign of fall here in Houston, Texas except for the date on the calendar, so to see REAL fall, with colored leaves beyond expectations, cooler (okay, sometimes COLD!) weather, that overcast fall look was just a wonderful change! The people up there decorate for fall, not just Halloween, because it IS fall there!  I saw so many pumpkin stands and corn shucks and fall flowers plus Halloween decorations. I loved it all!

The Halloween framed art above was a gift for my friend we were visiting. I happened to have a frame with a square opening of 10″ x 10″  so I was able to use 2″ squares for the “art”. As you can see, I made two elements 2″ x 4″ to fit into the design.  Some of the stamps were retired ( I couldn’t resist going through some of my “old” Halloween stamp sets) and some designs were ideas I got online or at least got me started on my own ideas.  It was fun to make and an easy project for anyone to make.  Make it as small or large as you want.  Check to see what picture frames you already have in your stash and start there.  You could do something with four squares or 16!  Whatever you like! There’s a glare because I did put the glass in the frame but you can also omit the glass, especially if you want to put a lot of 3D layers on your art.

I’ll tell you more about my trip when I get all the photos sorted out. The trees were unbelievably gorgeous – if they weren’t at “peak” color, I don’t know how they could be any more beautiful. A lot of my photos were shot through the car windshield or passenger window, sometimes through the windshield wiper and raindrops!  Here’s a sneak peek of some trees along the highway when we first arrived!  I just held my camera in my hands at all times as we were driving!

Fall trees in Michigan

Halloween Hello Washi Tape Card

Halloween Hello Washi Tape Card

We made this Halloween card at my recent stamp camp. I got the idea in a magazine and it was very easy to make. There are many ways you can vary the design too, even use it for other occasions. Just apply three strips of Washi Tape spaced out a little on the top card layer. Carefully stamp the images you like in between or randomly on the card. I used the Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape and the Halloween Hello Stamp Set on this card.  I also tied a piece of Baker’s Twine around the card.  Very simple and a fun design!

What can you make with a few pieces of Washi Tape?  Remember it is easy to tear and is repositionable!  No mistakes!

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Halloween Hello Candy Card

Halloween Hello Candy Card

Here’s a cute Halloween card idea, one I received as a swap at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer! It’s very simple.  Just use the candy stamp and greeting in the Halloween Hello stamp set.  The designer paper is pieces from Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper or you could use anything similar. Stamp on Pumpkin Pie card stock and mount on Basic Black.

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  • Now you can sort merchandise based on newest or oldest–a real plus when you want to see the latest MDS downloads.
  • Sale prices are clearly marked. Items on sale are clearly marked without having to add them to your bag. You can also sort products by the sales price (instead of according to the original price).

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Halloween Bash Shaker Card

Halloween Shaker Card

I thought this week I would post a new Halloween project everyday but then I went on vacation and did not have wifi!!  Worse than that was that I thought I had a new plan that would give me wifi but it did not work!  Don’t try to add a new technology on a day before you are leaving for vacation, especially without trying it out first!  But now I do have wifi, so here is a Halloween card I LOVE! It’s been around on the internet and I certainly did not come up with the original idea.

Cut a window sheet the same size as your top card layer.  Stamp that top card layer however you like.  Use Washi Tape on three sides of the window sheets, half of the tape on the front window sheet and half wrapped around to the page.  ONLY DO THREE SIDES!  Then punch or stamp the “confetti” you want inside the card.  First insert a couple of the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons in between the window sheet and card layer.  This will separate the two layers so that the confetti can move around a little. Then insert all the confetti pieces you have made. Once you have that all how you like it, apply the last pieces of washi tape to the open side.  Then adhere that whole packet to the card base.  Shake it around and try it out!  What a fun card to send somebody!

For this Halloween card, I stamped the greeting with the Halloween Bash Stamp Set, coloring with different Stampin’ Write Markers. The Washi Tape is Witches Brew Designer Tape.

Fright Night and Zombie Party for My Digital Studio

Halloween Downloads for My Digital Studio

Images copyright Stampin’ Up! 2013

My Digital Studio isn’t just about scrapbooking!  Look at the great things you can make for a Halloween party with these two new downloads, Fright Night Ensemble #135642 and Zombie Party Printables #135713.

Stampin’ Up! adds new downloads to the collection every Tuesday!  Be sure to check every week! Even if you don’t own My Digital Studio, you can still use the download if you have some other design software, such as Photoshop.

Stampin’ Up! started a new blog feature on the My Digital Studio blog, called Our Favorite Things. The Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio Team is sharing their favorite Halloween downloads! Can you even begin to imagine what you could do with all these downloads?!

If you want to see their favorites on their blog post, check it out HERE.

You might like to look around www.mydigitalstudio.net and see all the information that is there for demonstrators and customers alike.  You’ll be able to learn anything you want about My Digital Studio right there, but really it is almost intuitive enough that you won’t have much trouble just learning on your own!

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Halloween Hello Card

Halloween Hello Card

Happy October!  October sounds a little more “fallish” than September, doesn’t it? Time to start making those Halloween cards and decorations!

This card was easy to create with just the Halloween Hello stamp set, some Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tapeand a 1″ Circle Punch. Just stamp some Halloween skulls around on the card front and on two scraps of Pumpkin Pie card stock. Punch a couple of circles out of the card layer and adhere the Pumpkin Pie stamped pieces underneath.  Stamp the greeting and adhere some Washi Tape (It’s repositionable!). Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere that to the Pumpkin Pie card base. If you have some Googlie Eyes in your stash or left over from last year, just stick a few of those on! Fun, fun, fun!

The Halloween Hello Stamp Set is a cute little one:  7 images plus two greetings!

If you want to stock up on some Halloween stamps and accessories, please just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and order! Or if you prefer, just email me and I’ll put your order in for you.

Halloween Hello Card Inside

Looking for a New Halloween Stamp Set?

Bite Me Photopolymer StampsBite Me Photopolymer Stamp Set for Halloween

A new photopolymer stamp set was released by Stampin’ Up! just in time for Halloween! It’s called “Bite Me” and has a spooky spider web, a black cat, and of course spiders! You also get some splotches and some Halloween greetings for your handmade Halloween cards and other projects.

You’ll find it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

You can learn more about Photopolymer Stamps by watching this video with Brandi from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office!

 

Friday the 13th Black Cat Card Idea

Friday the 13th Black Cat Card Idea

When I realized today was Friday the 13th, I came up with this black cat card idea. The cat face is cut with a Circle Framelit, the eyes with the wing on the Bird Punch. That black ear I punched with the  1″ Square Punch and then cut that square in half diagonally to make the triangle shape. Then I punched a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper in a square, cut the square in half on a diagonal, and then trimmed down the triangles so they would fit on the black.

For the eyeballs, I punched a 1/2″ Circle  of Old Olive and colored in the pupil with a black marker.

The whiskers are just cut by hand from Silver Glimmer Paper and stuck on the back of the Small Heart Punch for the nose.  The mouth is just drawn on with the new White Chalk MarkerI’m afraid people may have overlooked the Chalk Marker in the Holiday Catalog. I’ve found it very useful and think you should check it out on page 20, top right, of the Holiday Catalog. I also used it to draw the little glimmer in the cat eyes.

Do you have any Friday the 13th superstitions?  Why is Friday the 13th lucky?  My one grandfather was born on a Friday the 13th so he always considered it lucky!  My mother’s aunt considered the number 13 unlucky, so if there were already twelve people seated at the dinner table, she wouldn’t sit down. I don’t know if Friday the 13th is always unlucky, but I think my black cat turned out kind of fun looking so hopefully it will be a lucky day!

Amazing New Downloads Today for My Digital Studio!

Wow! If you ask me, I think Stampin’ Up! has hit the jackpot today with their new weekly downloads for My Digital Studio!  There are several Halloween downloads, the BURLAP RIBBON, the cute coffee cup stamp brush set, “Perfect Blend“, washi tape, and MORE! One amazing download, Simply Life Photo Templates, is a bunch of divided pages that you can put in an album, using digital images plus traditional elements. Check out the blog post from a Stampin’ Up! concept artist, Arika, showing how she used these elements for her trip scrapbook.

My Digital Studio downloads Sept 10 2013

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You can find all these new downloads and previous ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HEREYou don’t pay shipping on MDS downloads and you have instant access to them!  Isn’t that great?! Go check them out now!