Category Archives: Halloween

Bargains!! Stampin’ Up! Bargains on the Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner 2016

Wow! This is how to start off your day!! Tons of Stampin’ Up! products added to the Clearance Rack today!

RUN, don’t walk to check them out and don’t hesitate to order if you see things you want! Products only available while supplies last. Lots of ribbon! Designer Papers! The Black Spider Web Doilies from last year! Punches! Lots of things!

Shop the Clearance Rack NOW!  Don’t delay!

Also:  Special Offers available today and tomorrow!

Thoughtful Branches still available, too!

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

I’ve been playing with the pile of extra stamped or cut out pieces on my table and this Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card is one card I’ve come up with! Sometimes when I am die-cutting pieces with my Big Shot, I cut extra pieces while I am at it and/or sometimes I just change my mind about what I am doing and don’t use the pieces I cut out.  Instead of throwing them all out, save the decent ones (in a pile on your table!) and if they don’t collect too much dust, get them out one day and see what you can make with them!

On this card, I had extra Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies pieces plus used the Swirly Bird Stamp Set to stamp the solid pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach, one of the new In Colors and the little vines on the pumpkins. The pumpkin stems are pieces cut from leaves made with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The colorful moon is a Swirly Scribbles die cut sponged with some Pumpkin Pie ink.  The tiny little bats are die cuts from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits DiesI was trying out those new dies and since I had black cardstock I just cut a bunch of bats! They are perfect on this card!

For the background sky of the card, I used my Aqua Painter and various ink colors to make a colorful, spooky night sky! You could also sponge colors on with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.

While I don’t necessarily think this is my best card ever, it was fun playing with the pieces and coming up with a Halloween card! Even though the sky isn’t the best I’ve ever done, it’s okay because it is for Halloween and why couldn’t a fall sky look like this?! Not everything has to be a masterpiece! (I should use that for a quote!)

Look at your scraps (I know you have them!!) and see what you can make! We need to use up those scraps every now and then. They don’t do anyone any good just being in a pile or bag or box.  Use them!  Create something! Mail the card!

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Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

The other day I posted the first candy bar I made, but it was so fun I had to make some more Halloween Night Candy Bars with the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set plus Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Depending on the kind and size of candy bar you use, just wrap designer paper, or even card stock around the candy bar and secure with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape.  Stamp the Cookie Cutter characters, color in and punch out. Add a few other stamps for embellishments or whatever else you come up with!  So fun and easy!

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This week my September newsletter will come out with several stamping projects and all the latest Stampin’ Up! news!  PLUS it won’t be long until I begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas email with a new idea and full directions each week for cards, bags and tags, and gifts. This is a special gift for my newsletter subscribers so be sure you are one of them!  Sign up in the box in the upper right of my blog!

Last Day for Stampin’ Up! Special Offers!

Just like the old Weekly Deals, here are the current Special Offers which have been out since last Tuesday and will end tonight. Tomorrow there will be new ones and one more week of special offers the following week.  Add them to your order!  If you like the Enamel Shapes or haven’t tried them yet, this is your chance to get them at a 25% discount – or a punch, ribbon or embossing folder!

Stampin' Up! Special Offers Week 1

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The Gnomes Sneaking a Peek at Stampin’ Up!

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I hope you will enjoy these Stampin’ Up! videos about the sneaky gnomes trying to get a peek at the new Holiday Catalog products at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office!  You’ll also get to see some sample projects!  We Demonstrators got to see these videos as our sneak peek at the new products right before we got to preorder and now they are available for our customers to watch!  Enjoy!!

And after you are dying to get your hands on some of these new Holiday Catalog products, just click HERE to shop!

Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

When we think of Halloween we think of candy, so why not decorate a chocolate bar for Halloween like this Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar?! It’s so fun to make stamping projects for Halloween!

First I just wrapped the chocolate bar (with almonds!) in a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. The size depends on your candy bar, just overlap it a bit in the back and make sure it’s a fairly tight fit. I just used a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive.  The mummy is stamped from Cookie Cutter Halloween and colored lightly with a little Sahara Sand ink and my Aqua Painter.  The little ghost I had already cut out with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Such a fun and easy treat or favor to make just for fun or for a party!  Check your pantry or grocery store and see what you come up with!

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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Banner

Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!

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VIEW THE HOLIDAY CATALOG HERE!

Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though!  You will love the Enamel Shapes!  Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!

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Home Sweet Home Halloween House

Home Sweet Home Halloween House

It’s so fun to play with the Sweet Home Stamp Set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies to make all kinds of little houses for holiday home decor, party favors, treat holders or gift box like my Home Sweet Home Halloween House.  You can make these as simple or as involved as you like.  Cut two pieces with the dies to make a house, then stamp or add additional die cuts, like for windows perhaps, and then glue it all together!  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog gives you photos of three types of houses – Halloween, Christmas, and a regular house. There are plenty of stamps and dies to embellish your houses for whatever occasion you like!

Purchase the Sweet Home Stamp Set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies in a Bundle and save 10%!  #143516

For my Halloween house, I stamped the lines to look like the wood siding and die cut all the rest of the pieces. I put a gray ghost up in the top window! For the windows I just cut the black frames and cut pieces of Daffodil Delight yellow for the “light” behind them, sponged with a little Pumpkin Pie to look spooky for Halloween. I also sponged the house with Crumb Cake ink to look spooky.  The roof shingles are all die cut, plus I sponged those with Craft White ink. The little doorknob is one of the new self-adhesive Brights Enamel Shapes.

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Side

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Back

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes LIVE in just a few days, on September 1st! You will be overwhelmed with fantastic choices for all the holidays coming up! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to send you a complimentary catalog.

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And don’t forget to order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle by August 31! This stamp set and dies has been extremely popular and you can make beautiful cards for all seasons with this set! You can even make a pumpkin out of the flower/tree top in orange!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

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Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Here’s something fun to make with the Cookie Cutter scarecrow on a Mini Treat Bag all ready for Halloween!  The Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set is coming soon (September 1st!) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and coordinates with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (and there is a Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set too that you won’t want to miss!).

I had already stamped and punched out the scarecrow another day and he was right there on my table so I colored him in with Stampin’ Write Markers and mounted him on a layer of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Basic Black.

You already know how much I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  When I got the idea to make a treat bag, I grabbed a piece of the new Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper toward the back of the Holiday Catalog.  I think the little pumpkin pattern looks so cute with the scarecrow! I decided to fold over the top of the treat bag and tie closed with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.

Don’t forget to put the candy or treat in the bag before you tie it shut!  You could also make it like a little envelope with a greeting or gift card inside. So many uses for the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

Holiday Catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes so be sure to watch for yours if you have been a regular customer of mine! Sometimes they get lost along the way, so let me know if yours doesn’t arrive by September 1st.  If you are new and would like a catalog, just let me know and I can send one to you.

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Cookie Cutter Skeleton Halloween Card

Cookie Cutter Skeleton Halloween Card

Oh it does my heart good to make a Halloween card!  I love Halloween and the feeling and colors of fall! On my first Halloween card with the skeleton from the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set I used several of the new products in the Holiday Catalog!  The card base is Pumpkin Pie cardstock with a layer of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s a trick! The bottom portion of the card is not striped Pumpkin Pie cardstock, it’s the opposite side of the designer paper you see on the top.  I just made the designer papers the full width and height of the card so you will only see the Pumpkin Pie cardstock on the inside.

Right where the two pieces of paper met, I covered the seam with the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape instead of ribbon. For a little accent, I tied a bow with the Halloween NIght Baker’s Twine. (There are two rolls of twine in the package!)

The Halloween skeleton is really easy.  Just stamp with black or dark gray ink (I used Stazon) and punch out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch! You’ll find that punch in the Christmas section of the catalog. So great that it can be used for Christmas and Halloween both!! I popped him up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I could have used another new stamp set with a Halloween greeting in it, but when in doubt, grab the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set! There’s bound to be some words you can use on any card in there!  And sure enough, there was a “Happy Halloween” stamp! I stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White and punched with the new Classic Label PunchI trimmed off the pointy ends but realized I also had to make it skinnier to fit on a Basic Black layer also punched with the Classic Label Punch. I think it all fit perfectly and was just the right size for this card!

Hard to believe we are more than halfway through August already so Halloween can’t be far behind! There will be so many cute cards, candy treats, and other projects to make for Halloween! It’s almost time to get started!

New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog comes out September 1st!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?!  Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!

This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!

Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear.  But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!

If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  You will love this catalog!!  It will be online Sept. 1st as well.

If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself!  We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too!  It only takes minutes to sign up!  Join the Stampin’ Up! family!  Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Halloween Pumpkin RMHC Card

Halloween Pumpkin RMHC Card

I almost surprised myself one day, in the middle of this summer heat wave, to realize that Halloween would indeed be here some time not too far off so I thought I would get in the mood by stamping this card with the Stampin’ Up! Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp setMy Hero. Every year Stampin’ Up! makes one stamp set to benefit the RMHC which helps families dealing with their children’s illnesses.  When you purchase this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the charity!  You can stamp and know that you are helping someone at the same time!

This stamp set has stamps for many occasions you need during the year:  Get well, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more! I’m really not sure what the little stubby stamp is for but I used it for the stem on my pumpkin! I stamped the pumpkin (or should I say Jack-o-lantern) randomly on the card, then colored in the face with the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.    The little stem is stamped with Old Olive.

The “Celebrate” banner comes in the set so that was perfect!  I stamped that in black and then colored in with my Pumpkin Pie marker.  For a little pizzazz I added two of the stars in the Metallic Enamel Shapes!  So cute! The banner is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Such and fun and easy card and I know I’ve helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities a tiny bit by purchasing the My Hero Stamp Set.

Remember, this weekend (and other dates) are Sales Tax Holidays for certain states. After you get finished shopping at the mall, come home and check the list for Stampin’ Up! products that qualify for the tax free days!  Here is the chart with the details.

And if you earned any Bonus Coupons in July, remember to use them in August! Enter the codes on your next order!

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween Cards

I can’t believe Halloween is finally here!  I still have Halloween projects I would like to make! As I was beginning to mail out some cards the other day, I just grabbed a bunch and took a photo. You will probably find most of these on other blog posts.  And now that Halloween is here, it is on to the other holidays!  Have fun tonight!  Watch out for the ghosts and goblins!

Happy Halloween!

Trick-or-Treat!

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!

Punch Art Black Cat Halloween Card

Punch Art Black Cat Halloween Card

I would say this punch art black cat Halloween card has two levels of inspiration on it. One day I saw pink being used in Halloween decorations and I thought that would be a fun thing to do.  I added some bits of Melon Mambo to this card, in the layers, the stamped greeting and in the paper bow on the punch art cat. (Sometimes just seeing a scrap of paper on your work table will provide inspiration!) The cat came from a picture of a cat decoration of some kind in a magazine article I recently read on the plane (the only time I seem to get to catch up on my magazines!) that made me think of the shapes of our Stampin’ Up! punches.

I used the Extra-Large Oval Punch for the cat’s body and the Large Oval Punch for the head. The ears are the top tip of the Tree Punch.  The feet are the Word Window Punch, cut in half. The legs are drawn in with the White Stampin’ Chalk MarkerI don’t remember how I did the eyes!  Maybe I just cut the shapes by hand.  Possibly I used the leaf on the Bird Builder Punch and trimmed it.  Punches just make things easier but there is no reason why you can’t cut things out by hand if you don’t have the appropriate punch – or use something else and then modify the shape.

The greeting is stamped with a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Have I ever mentioned how I think this is one of the best stamp sets to own??  It has so many greetings to use, both for holidays and generic.  Very useful.  You can never have too many sentiments and greetings to use. For a little pizzazz, I added two Brights Candy Dots.  I love those cute Candy Dots!  The little stamped stars are from the Something to Say Stamp Set.  The star on the wand is punched from Gold Glimmer Paper with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The jack-o-lantern is stamped with the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp Set and punched out with the Boo To You Framelits Dies.

If you are looking for some last minute Halloween card ideas, maybe this punch art black cat Halloween card idea will help you.

 

Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card

Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat CardIf you are looking for a colorful Halloween card, look no farther than this Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card. The stamps are both from the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp Set.  The greeting is colored with three different markers and layered on the front of the card. The pumpkin is stamped and then die cut with the Boo To You Framelits Dies.

The background is simply a piece of Whisper White cardstock, with different colors just sponged on.  I have always cut the Stamping Sponges into pieces and used them that size.

Sponging

Sponging

After the sponging, I could see the card was going to need “something”, so I splattered the watered down Multipurpose Liquid Glue (the “green” glue, as we often say) over the card front and the greeting piece with my Aqua Painter, just like you would with a paintbrush. After applying the glue this way, sprinkle the card with Gold Stampin’ Glitter and then of course shake off.  You will have splattered sparkly glitter!  Really fun!

You have to hurry if you want to mail any Halloween cards to friends!  Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 31!

Did you know that Oct. 31st will be the last day of daylight savings time for this year?!  Time to “Fall Back” and get that extra hour of sleep!

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Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Some fun things for jazzing up your cards and projects!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 27 2015

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Shop for any supplies you need, whether for my Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card, or any of your other papercrafting projects at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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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Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card

Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card

The other day I got this idea to use this background stamp to make this Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card.  The Watercolor Wash is a large background stamp, and I colored it with several markers to make a multi-colored background. After coloring with markers, be sure to “huff” (or breathe) on the inked stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping. I thought using Halloween colors with the Watercolor Wash stamp would be fun and interesting!

Watercolor Wash Stamp

I recommend getting these background stamps in the wood-mount version.  I just think it’s easier to use them on the wood block.  I think the really big stamps and the really little stamps are better wood-mounted, and you don’t have to do any mounting as they are all ready to stamp!

After stamping the background, I used the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp set for the “Trick or Treat” words, the pumpkin die-cut and the stamped spiders! It’s a fun Halloween stamp set plus comes with matching Boo To You framelits dies.  You can also purchase the Bundle and save 15%.

Don’t forget about the very short Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale, which ends on Friday, October 23!!  That is tomorrow!  All stamps are 15% off!  Don’t miss out!

Stampin up Stamp Sale

 

Shop Online at Stampin’ Up! to get your great stamps on sale, but do it by Friday!

Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card

Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card

With the Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale this week, you might be looking through all the stamp sets wondering which ones to buy, so I thought I might suggest the Layered Letters Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set so you can make fun cards like this Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card!  I liked this alphabet stamp set when I first saw it, back when the new annual catalog was introduced.

This card starts with a 6″ x 6″ piece of Basic Black card stock, folded in half to make a 3″ x 6″ card. Sometimes this size is fun to make! I was in to adding a pop of pink (Melon Mambo) to my Halloween card, so I have a layer of Melon Mambo and then Cucumber Crush. I used the same ink colors plus Tangelo Twist. The black is the new Basic Black Archival InkFor a little extra pizzazz I added some Happy Haunting Washi Tape just on the very edges of the Whisper White, top and bottom. Then I happened to think of adding some Googly Eyes to the O’s in Spooky!  Every crafter has googly eyes in our stash, don’t we??!

Stampin up Stamp Sale

Here are the new Stampin” Up! Weekly Deals!  Only four items again this week.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 20 2015

Get the Bow Builder Punch just in time for Christmas packaging (it’s small) or cards and projects. Use the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum for making Christmas cards or packaging. Washi tape is always fun for a multitude of uses (there are whole pages on Pinterest for washi tape ideas!), and if you need to do some filing for the new year when we all try to get organized again, you will be ready with the File Tabs Edgelits Dies!  But you can also use them for making cards and projects!

Shop Online for any and all of these Stampin’ Up! Deals and offers at my Online Store!

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!