At the end of the year I suppose we all get caught up in the "lists" of what happened during the year…."The Top 10 This…", "The Top 5 That", "The Most This….", "The Favorite That…". So I looked back through my blog posts of 2012 to see if I could make a list of my own! You can click on the links to go back to see the posts and projects!
- In January 2012 I went to Stampin' Up! Leadership in San Antonio, TX….AND the Stampin' Up! Regional held the next day! I'd have to say all of the posts about Leadership were favorites, but one of my favorite projects I learned to make at the Regional were these cookie holders, made just from folded Designer Series Paper!
- One of my digital projects was making a calendar with My Digital Studio, first one for my son, and then one almost the same, for myself! It didn't matter that it was already past January! It was fun pulling all the photos together of various events in the previous year to put on each month. And I save my calendars so not only will this be a reminder of dates but I'll have the photos!
- The Petite Purse Die became such a vehicle for creativity! I could only think of making purses that would make such cute party favors or gift containers, but other people made all sorts of projects with this die!
- Seems like everyone needs graduation cards, and my posts with graduation cards are always popular. But this past May we had our own son's college graduation so I made his announcement rather than purchase the college ones.
- Just a simple "Thank You" card but it turned out so pretty! I love the Two Tags Die and the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.
- I didn't go to the Stampin' Up! Convention but I LOVED this video that Stampin' Up! produced! I can't tell you how many times I have watched it! I hope you enjoyed it too and got a sense of what a wonderful company we are part of!
- When in Los Angeles we happened to see a movie being filmed on the road. Amazing that we were able to later find out what it was while watching The Tonight Show! I made a scrapbook page on My Digital Studio to tell the story!
- While I do make a lot of cards, I also love making a gift for someone or a piece of home decor. This was a Christmas gift that turned out especially nice and really looked great in this frame!
(I have to say it is hard leaving out the Cookie stamps and the delicious cookies I made with the enclosed recipe!!)
I hope you will think about what YOUR favorite stamping projects were this past year! And with Stampin' Up! coming out with the most wonderful new products with every catalog, who knows what fabulous projects of all types we will be creating in 2013!
Have a safe, fun and happy New Year's Eve!!
Today is Halloween! There are so many Halloween ideas out there that I didn't get to make that I almost hate to see that the day is here already! But I'm sure that the children who are eager to go trick-or-treating are glad it is October 31st finally!
I love that the Owl Punch can be used to make a ghost! Do you recognize the owl? Cut off his feet and turn him upside down….he's a ghost! I just drew on little ghost faces with a marker. The background is stamped with the new Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad….the bats and spider webs. I wanted purple on my Halloween card so I used the Lattice Die and the Big Shot to add that element.
I almost don't remember how I made the moon, but maybe I just started with Whisper White card stock and sponged it with some colors, like More Mustard, Cajun Craze..maybe some Pumpkin Pie. You could try any similar inks. The I stamped a witch on the moon as if you would see her shadow on the moon as she flew by. The witch is from Toxic Treats in the Holiday Catalog but I just colored in the witch, not the whole stamp, with a black Stampin' Write Marker and laid the moon down onto the stamp of the witch. I like the kind of shadowy look I got instead of a crisp stamped black image.
And for some bling, I punched a larger circle of Champagne Glimmer Paper to layer behind the moon.
There are so many fun things to do with Halloween, from outdoor decorations to unique food ideas and recipes to cards and candy favors, party favors, costumes, Halloween decor and just not enough time to do them all!
I hope you have taken some time to make something fun for Halloween, whatever it is. I don't necessarily like the scary part of Halloween but I love the whimsical, the fun and cute ideas for Halloween. And I hope I get lots of little trick-or-treaters tonight!
Halloween Candy Bars….Before!
Trick-or-Treat! It's almost time to hand out Halloween treats, so why not make your Halloween candy bars something special? There are SO many fun Halloween ideas out there, but this is something easy to do for the kids' Halloween treats.
Trick-or-Treat Halloween Candy Bars…After!!
Just take your candy bars and wrap some paper around them! Designer series paper makes it easy, but you could also use card stock. Then stamp a Halloween image and punch out with a circle punch or scallop punch and glue on. If you are looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with your kids, this might be an idea. This is especially good for those special trick-or-treaters, maybe class treats at Halloween parties at school, or your own Halloween parties.
I used my Googly Ghouls stamp set for the images and the Houndstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, both in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I colored in a bit with Stampin' Write Markers. It's just something fun to do, and why not have some fun at Halloween?!
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Years and years ago I purchased this Halloween gift bag at a craft show and have only used it as one of my many Halloween decorations around the house. It's made with fabric probably ironed on to the paper bag.
Then I thought why not make a card like the bag? So I did!
I started with the pumpkin head, made out of three ovals punched with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. I sponged Pumpkin Pie ink around all three ovals and then just played with them until I got them placed how I wanted them. You could even use punched circles if you wanted. I just drew on the face with a black marker and drew on the little stitching lines.
For the Halloween hat, I die-cut the medium-size triangle on the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die using the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper. Who would think you would use that paper for Halloween? The hat brim I just cut by hand and tied a Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon bow.
The moon is a scrap piece of Summer Starfruit card stock. You can cut it by hand or punch out a small circle for the inside of the crescent moon and then another circle to cut the outside edge. You still might need to trim the points of the moon.
And for one more embellishment to the card, I stamped the bats from the Wicked Cool stamp set using the new Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink Pad. I just wanted a very light, night-time look for the bats in the background. There is a slight shimmer to the ink but it doesn't photograph as such at all…at least not with my camera and skills!
Halloween is getting close! Time to finish making those cards and mail some out to your friends!
As Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, we receive a magazine that we all love filled with creative ideas, business tips, and the latest Stampin' Up! news. On the cover of the latest issue are pictures of ornaments like these, except for winter or Christmas. I decided to try making a paper ornament for Halloween with the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper. These would be so fun to make for Halloween decorations for a party!
Stampin' Up! didn't provide any specific instructions that I found, but I found some examples online! This particular one is made with five strips of paper. Basically you need two "long" strips, two "shorter" strips, and one "even shorter"!
This is what I used:
Strips are cut 1" wide.
2 strips 10" long, 2 strips 8" long, and 1 strip 6 3/4" long.
Arrange the strips in a "sandwich", paying attention to how you want the sides of your paper to show: shortest strip in the middle, next longest on each side of the shortest strip, and the longest strips on the outside. So for my ornament, I have the strips stacked 10" – 8" – 6 3/4" – 8" – 10" and make them all flush at one end (they'll be uneven at the opposite end of the pile). Using my paper-piercing tool I poked a hole and inserted a brad. Then I lined up the bottom of the strips, which shapes the ornament and inserted a brad to hold it. That's it! Tie a string or ribbon through the top and you've got it! Experiment with sizes and you can have ornaments of all sizes! I think I would make the next one a little narrower and shorter strips.
Try one with your paper scraps! Bet you can't make just one!!
When you want to order MORE paper, just go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store….but be sure to check the Clearance Rack because Stampin' Up! added over 70 new products today…some might be gone, so check as soon as you can! Clearance Rack orders must be made online only because of the availability of the items.
I've seen a lot of different characters online made by various stampers using Tic Tac boxes. When you wrap some paper around the Tic Tacs and punch a hold in order to see through to the Tic Tacs, you can make a cute Santa, snowman, jack-o-lantern, elf, etc. Some have used the Two Tags Die and tied it with ribbon on the side, some have used the Top Note Die, and some have just wrapped a piece of card stock around the Tic Tac box.
In this project, I used a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock cut at 5 1/4 x 2 3/4" (I assume all Tic Tac boxes are the same size, but I'm not sure). Either you can just wrap the strip around the Tic Tac box tightly, sort of scoring the edges with your fingers as you fold, or you can score at 5/8", 2 3/8", 3" and 4 3/4". The fun part is punching out a shape on the front so you can see through to the Tic Tacs inside. You will need to tear off the label or it might show in your punched hole. For this pumpkin, I used the Extra-Large Oval Punch #119859 but you could use a small circle punch. Figure out which panel is going to be the front, and center the punch as best you can. You could also punch a Post-it Note, stick it where you want your shape to be punched on your project, and then punch.
Then to make my box look like a pumpkin, I punched some leaves and branches with the Bird Builder Punch #117191 and cut a little scrap of brown for the pumpkin stem. You could also add scraps of black to make a jack-o-lantern face if you wanted to. You could also add a piece of window sheet inside the card stock and glue a face on that…or just stick on the Tic Tac box. Then for some embellishment, I added a "Boo" from the Tiny Tags stamp set and punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch #117190. Finally, I tied on a little piece of Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine to the little tag.
This is an easy project and fun to do! Use your imagination and come up with something to coordinate with the color of Tic Tacs you have!
For any card stock and punches, just shop at my Online Store! Don't forget the Merry Christmas promotion if you are interested in the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle.
Today I read an interesting blog article written by Suzanne Kantra about taking great Halloween photos . I admit most of these tips are over and above my point-and-shoot photography skills, but you might be more capable when it comes to cameras! And they're not all advanced tips, so I think we can all benefit.
This article talks about how to get those after dark shots on Halloween night, including how to capture a few ghosts in your photo! She has tips for eliminating blurry shots in the dark and how to get some good shots right at dusk. Maybe you will even want to capture some ghost writing!
To read the full article, you will find it here. I hope this gives you good ideas for Halloween photos!
Plan ahead for your Halloween photos and create some scrapbook pages, traditional or digital, so you can just place those photos right in their places the day after Halloween! If you need some Halloween ideas for scrapbooking, please contact me.
It was fun to play around with the Toxic Treats stamp set and the Champagne Glimmer Paper….and all the other elements on this card! First I used the Spider Web Embossing Folder for the front of the card and then lightly rubbed the new Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad over the web to give it some shimmer.
I stamped the witch image on Glossy White Card Stock and then sponged the Daffodil Delight moon in the background using a Post-it Note for a stencil. Then I covered the moon with the punched out circle from the Post-it Note to mask it while I sponged some More Mustard ink around the moon…and then around the rest of it I sponged Cajun Craze. I also used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut out the Toxic Treats image, the Cajun Craze layer and the Champagne Glimmer Paper. LOVE the glimmer paper!!! I HAD to put a little spider in the web, although I'm not sure he matches…but oh well, it's Halloween!
Oops, almost forgot to show you the inside of the card, since the card base is black. I just added a layer of Whisper White card stock that I stamped with some images from Toxic Treats stamp set.
I hope you will make some fun Halloween cards or projects for your family and friends or maybe neighbors. It is 90 degrees here today in Houston so anything I can do to make me think it is actually fall here makes me happy!
If you need any Halloween stamping supplies you can find plenty in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog AND the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! Find everything you need in my Stampin' Up! Online Store!
Images copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
Today is World Card Making Day, so get in on the fun! Join cardmakers and papercrafters and stampers all over the world and make a card! Here is one I made in My Digital Studio, the design software from Stampin' Up! for digital papercrafting of all kinds! If you don't own My Digital Studio, you can easily make this same card with some paper, some punches and the stamp set Spooky Bingo Bits! You can get Spooky Bingo Bits in clear-mount or wood-mount. Or you can purchase Spooky Bingo Bits as a digital download to use in My Digital Studio or another design program.
You can purchase My Digital Studio two ways….just get MDS 2 (the new version 2) for $39.95 which is software you can download immediately with a little bit of content and add to it as you like. Or, purchase MDS 2+ which is the software plus over $500 in digital content for $79.95. Honestly, this is the best deal….you get SO much content to use for that extra $40.
If you don't even know what I am talking about….digital papercrafting? digital downloads? My Digital Studio?? ….. (because I didn't in the beginning!!!), then do the trial version! Yes, you can try My Digital Studio, the full software plus enough content to play with, for free for 30 days! You can download the free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio. While you are using the trial version, you can make your projects, print them yourself or send them off to the Stampin' Up! printer.
Whether you make a traditional card, a digital card, or even a hybrid card (digital plus traditional paper additions), stop and make a card today with all the cardmakers around the world on World Card Making Day!
Here is a Halloween card I made in My Digital Studio using a designer template….and then changing it! It was a birthday card with a little bird, but I changed the background paper, added a layer under the main panel, and added Spooky Bingo Bits images instead of the bird. A couple of Halloween greetings, of course, change the card from birthday to Halloween! It's so much fun! Just start with something already designed and then you can change one thing on it or every single thing! Whatever you like!
For the free 30-Day Trial of My Digital Studio, just go to my Online Store!
If you need a Halloween greeting card with a glittery spider web, this is the card for you! The Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders make it so easy with the Big Shot to jazz up your cards!
For this card, I just ran my Basic Black card stock card front through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439 with the Spider Web Folder #120889 and sponged a little White Craft Ink #101731 over the raised edges. But for some extra glitz, I couldn't resist using the 2-Way Glue Pen #100425 and some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #102023 on parts of the spider web.
To make the label and greeting at the top, I stamped the "For You" frame image from Layered Labels (p. 103 in the Catalog) and cut out with the Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003. Since there isn't a large framelit to layer, I just cut out a slightly larger layer by hand. Using your Paper Snips #103579 makes it an easy job. And then if you stamp the Layered Label again and punch out the words with the Oval Punch, you can layer that on top, popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional.
The little red spider is from Googly Ghouls in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog p. 27. I don't know if any spiders are red, but I thought this one would be cute in red! I just cut him out by hand, again with my Paper Snips.
For the finishing touches, I added a couple of Rhinestone Jewels to the label and tied the Gumball Green ribbon around the side of the card. Remember, you can get a spool of that ribbon FREE with a $40 purchase in September!
It's time to order your supplies for your Halloween projects! You can do so easily at my Online Store!
The photo really doesn't pick up the slight shimmer of the ink, which is why it just looks white. The Holiday Catalog
describes it as "a luminescent shimmer" and "watermark ink for tone-on-tone shimmer stamping. Acid free." I also stamped the little bats on my card from Googly Ghouls
with this Illuminate Glimmer pad
To make the multi-colored "Trick or Treat" on the Layered Label, I colored the image randomly with markers. I started with the lightest color first (because you don't want to mess up your markers with other colors!) and just colored here and there with one color, then did the same with the next color. Of course it is very hard to tell if you hit all the spots except to look carefully and see if all the areas of the stamp are wet. I got pretty lucky on this one, although after looking at the photo, I can see some tiny areas I missed! But overall I loved the way it turned out!
Here is a close-up:
Instead of a ribbon bow at the top, I used three Glimmer Brads
. I also sponged the labels with Pumpkin Pie ink to take off a little of the bright white. I love the way it turned out!
It's time to order your supplies for your Halloween crafting
! My Online Store
is always open!
New downloads for My Digital Studio are released today! It's quite the assortment, with a whole Halloween Party Ensemble, a Jewish Celebrations stamp brush set, Christmas papers, punches and more; and Fancy Frames (they look like real picture frames!) Just think what projects you can make with these!
Click on the images below to enlarge:
Don't forget you can get the FREE 30-DAY TRIAL of My Digital Studio and purchase any extra downloads you would like! You can even get your projects printed!
To see the most recent downloads, click here for my Online Store.
To see the whole area of My Digital Studio, click here for my Online Store.
And don't forget the 31 Days of Digital, 31% off select digital content and print products, extended until Sept. 14…..only 3 more days! This promotion ends Friday, September 14, 2012.
You might need a Spooky Halloween Tag and here is a Wicked Cool one! Yes, it is stamped with the Wicked Cool stamp set (don't you just love those witch's boots?!) And don't forget, with every $40 purchase, you can choose a FREE roll of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon during the month of September! I used the Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon on this tag, tied with the 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.
Other supplies on this tag:
- Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green, Perfect Plum Card Stock
- Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper #126906
- Toxic Treats Stamp Set (Trick or Treat)
- Four Frames Stamp Set
- Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275
- Decorative Label Punch #120907
Just a fun handstamped spooky Halloween tag, just in case you need one!
If you need any Halloween stamping supplies, I would love to be your Demonstrator!
You can find my Online Store here….or just email me with your order.
I hope you enjoy this Googly Ghouls Halloween card with some sparkly Iridescent Ice embossed over the ghouls! I think you can see the sparkle in the photo. I simply stamped the Googly Ghouls with Stazon Black ink #101406, colored in with markers, tapped the Versamark pad #102283 all over it and embossed with the Iridescent Ice embossing powder #101930. We have a new Heat Tool in the new Stampin' Up! catalog as well, on page 159, #129053. And for a finishing touch, I added some Googlie eyes #127539.
As I was putting this card together, I found I just loved the combination of this sheet of the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper #126906 with the Raspberry Ripple #126842 and Basic Black #121045 card stock. I'm going to have to make something else with that combination!
Don't forget that the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog has "Bundles" on the inside of the front page to save you money! And if you are in a Halloween mood, be sure to check out the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle on page 27. Choose which stamp set you want, wood- or clear-mount and the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit together and save 15%. You'll get the stamps, the googly eyes, the bags, the tags, and the Baker's Twine. Believe me, it is such a fun purchase!
To get your Halloween stamping supplies, just go to my Online Store here.
For a good time, make some Ghoulish Googlies Embossed Halloween Treat Bags!! You realize that August is flying by and fall will be upon us. Maybe not temperature-wise here in Houston, but in our minds! As we start putting out our fall decor for our homes and start wearing fall-colored clothing, we will know Halloween is not far behind! Whether you are expecting trick-or-treaters at your door, or have a class party to plan or want some easy party favors, these Halloween treat bags will be fun to make. Now's the time to just start thinking about our fall and holiday projects before time gets too short.
For an extra touch and texture, run the bag through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine inside an embossing folder! Just stick the bag inside the folder! Nothing tricky about it. The Spider Web Folder #120889 is of course a great one for Halloween! But the new Chevron Folder #127749 or Argyle Folder #127750 or Houndstooth Folder #123134 are also interesting ones! For the Chevron one, I purposely put the bag in crooked to make it look a little creepier!
I've already blogged about what a deal the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle is if you want the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and the Googly Ghouls stamp set (and you do!). And you won't be limited to just making treat bags either. See my post HERE with another cute Halloween bag using a Googly Ghoul! I used these products in two stamp camps and the ladies loved them!
Shop Stampin' Up! Online at your convenience! Get your Googlie Ghouls HERE!
Since I love Halloween, one of my favorite items in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit (#126914) ! I'll tell you right now, you might as well order at least two kits if you are going to order one! Once you get started, you will want to keep creating! It is designed for making Halloween treat bags, but you can also use the tags on cards or other projects. It's fun to use the Embossing Folders on the bags and create some texture and interesting looks!
Included in the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit are:
- 20 printed double-sided tags, 10 ea./2 designs
- 10 glassine bags
- 50 5mm googly eyes, with adhesive on the back!
- 10 8" pieces Pumpkin Pie/Whisper White Baker's Twine
That package of googly eyes is really fun to play with when they are all still stuck on!!
And for added value….If you also purchase the Googly Ghouls stamp set in wood- or clear-mount along with the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Printed Kit, the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle will save you 15%! AND YOU DO WANT BOTH!! Do the math and see what a good deal it is!
You might even want to order an extra package of Googlies (the googly eyes) because they are just so fun to use on the Googly Ghouls once you get stamping!
To shop Stampin' Up! online, just click HERE! If you like, email your order to me and I'll be happy to put it in for you!
It's time to start thinking about Halloween craft ideas so here is a Halloween Fancy Favor Googly Ghouls Gift Bag made with the Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Bigz Die. It's perfect for holding a little cello bag of Halloween candy or a little gift! Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a little stamping with the doctors and staff of West U Wellness during their inservice meeting and this was one of our projects! I love seeing new stampers add their own creative touches to their project and many of them did! I think the Googly Ghouls stamp set and the Googlies googly eyes make any Halloween stamping project fun!
Here's how to make this project:
- Die cut the Fancy Favor Bag and assemble….you'll need a 12" x 5 1/2" piece of paper.
- Punch a 1 3/4" Circle in the front of the bag.
- Add a small strip of Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper at the bottom.
- Stamp one of the Googly Ghouls (you've GOT to have this stamp set!!) with Stazon ink and color in if you want. Stamp and punch the "Boooo" greeting and oval scallop.
- Cut out your ghoul and adhere to the front of the bag, also adhering the googly eyes.
- Add a cello bag of Halloween candy or a gift.
If you like Halloween, you should really consider the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Save 15% by purchasing the Googly Ghouls Stamp Set and Ghoulish Googlies Designer Printed Kit Together!
You can shop online HERE for any Stampin' Up! stamping supplies!
It's here for you….the BEAUTIFUL Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2012! Starting today, August 1st, you can begin ordering the wonderful products in this catalog!!
Here are suggestions on how to handle this fabulous catalog:
- Look through the Holiday Catalog page by page trying to take in everything…the fabulous products and the gorgeous sample projects!
- Look through the Holiday Catalog again looking carefully for the discounted BUNDLES!! (the listing is on page 2, inside the front cover! Save)
- Look through the Holiday Catalog again with your Wish List and write down everything you want!
- Look through the Holiday Catalog again and think about holiday gifts, fall projects, decorations and items for Halloween, count how many trick-or treaters you have or kids at the class party.
- Grab your list and ORDER ONLINE! (or I can put it in for you!)
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Join my team this month and get your business started in time for the holidays…and get this so cute printer's tray and supplies (no ink) as an extra bonus! (as if the Starter Kit isn't enough!)
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