Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Here are some of my favorite Halloween posts from last year all in one place, if you need some last minute Halloween ideas!  If you don’t have this year’s Halloween stamps and paper, perhaps you have ones from last year or you can just use something else. Substitution is easy! It doesn’t always have to be “Halloween” paper or stamps.  Just use the ideas!

Halloween Witch's Boot Candy Treat Holder

Halloween Witch’s Boot

Easy to make with a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll! Very cute and fun to make!

Halloween Night Washi Tape Halloween Card

Halloween Night Washi Tape Halloween Card

Use some washi tape, whatever you have, criss-crossing at the bottom of the card and do a little stamping at the top!

Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

Even if you don’t have the narrow cello bag, use the idea of wrapping chocolate nugget candies with designer series paper for a Halloween treat!

Halloween Small Hexagon Box

How to Make a Halloween Small Hexagon Box

This cute little hexagon box isn’t as hard as it looks!  Give it a try for any occasion!

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Use the Swirly Scribbles dies to make pumpkins for Halloween!

Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

Decorate candy bars of any size with designer paper and Halloween images.

I hope you can use these ideas to inspire your own ideas with the materials you have! Actually most of these could be used as Christmas ideas or for a birthday party.  Just change the colors, the paper, the images.

Have fun making some last minute Halloween treats for family, friends, or your trick-or-treaters!


Houston Astros Win Game 3 of the World Series!

Houston Astros Rainbow Card

Exciting times in Houston, Texas as the Astros made it into the World Series and last night was Game 3, the first game in Houston after two games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Houston is SO excited to be playing in the World Series and to have the game at home for three nights!

After Hurricane Harvey the end of August, this is a great distraction for those who have been dealing with the flooding and aftermath for almost two months. As someone said on TV, Houston deserves to win the World Series!” We’ll see what happens! I’m sure the Dodgers think they deserve to win just as much after a long wait to get in the World Series!

Of course being able to stamp and make cards makes it fun when we have a special event like the World Series going on!  This is a card I made sort of looking like a certain vintage Astros sweater that was recently made oh so popular as Kate Upton was spotted wearing it (she’s engaged to one of our Astros pitchers, Justin Verlander!). With all the colors of paper that Stampin’ Up! has, there usually is something to use for most any occasion when you are trying to match colors.  The letters I made on the card spelling out Astros were die cut with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies, which are retired…..but they fit just perfectly on my card!

Stay tuned tonight for Game 4! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another win!

Stampin’ Up! Reminders

The Designer Series Paper Sale, Buy 3 Get the 4th Paper Free, ends Oct. 31. That’s Tuesday!

The Merry Patterns Promotion ends October 31.

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN by November 10th to get the second coordinating kit (but each kit stands alone!).

NEW Stampinn’ Blends Alcohol Markers available to purchase November 1!  Get yours right away!


Frankenstein Mini Treat Bag For Halloween

Frankenstein Mini Treat Bag For Halloween

As I was reading something online, I saw a mention of Frankenstein, and I realized with Halloween almost here, I’d almost forgotten about Frankenstein.  We used to make lots of fun cards with one of the original steel dies we used to have, the Top Note Die.  It was perfect for a Frankenstein head!  But as I glanced through some images of Frankenstein to refresh my memory of how his face looked, I noticed people were using various punches to make Frankenstein, perhaps a little smaller though!  I saw one candy project using the Everyday Label Punch, and decided to make a Frankenstein face with that punch.

The face turned out small, naturally, using a punch, and I could have added it to many different things, like the Clear Tiny Treat Box for one thing.  Since I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies so much, I decided to make a Mini Treat Bag out of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and make the Frankenstein face the focal point.

This is how you start using the Everyday Label Punch to make the Frankenstein face:

Everyday Label Punch for FrankensteinI punched one label out of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and one out of Basic Black. The Basic Black one I cut in a little less than half and then just snipped the bangs with my Paper Snips. Then I glued the black hair piece on top of the green face piece. I suppose you could leave the “lump” on top of his head, but I cut mine off, just following along that straight line on top.

For the Frankenstein face, I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch for his nose and sponged it with a little bit of Lemon Lime Twist Ink. For the eyes, I missed having the Owl Punch and forgot that would have been good to use for the eyes.  Use whatever punch that you have to punch out the white eyes.  You can punch smaller dots for the eyes, but the simpler thing to do is just color in the black part of the eyeballs with a black marker.  I used my 1/4″ Handheld Punch for the white eyes. They are a little small but that’s okay.  Just draw on his mouth and scar with a black marker.

To make Frankenstein stand out on the Mini Treat Bag, I just layered him on an Oval die cut, also one with the scalloped edge, and one of the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  The greeting is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.

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Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes

Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes

Someone asked me to make some kind of treat boxes for a school festival, and these Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes are what I came up with after looking at a whole bunch of ideas online. As it turned out, these were made with the boxes in a Paper Pumpkin Kit a couple of years ago. The kit came out in time for Thanksgiving and the boxes were designed to look like a piece of pie. Since it’s usually just three of us at Thanksgiving, I saw no need to make these boxes so of course I saved the kit. Sometimes hoarding is good!

Even if you don’t have an old Paper Pumpkin Kit with pie shaped boxes, you can easily make your own triangle boxes yourself out of cardstock.  You can see one I made HERE in this post.  Just cut a strip of cardstock, score in half, then score from the halfway mark on each side to the middle point at each end.

Triangle Box Drawing

I pretty much copied the sample box I saw online. Instead of trying to cut the colored cardstock strips to an exact length and angle, which which have been a little difficult to measure ahead of time, I just adhered each “too big” strip onto the box lid and then trimmed off the excess length with scissors.  Just make the strips whatever width you like, no need to measure.  Just fit them on the box.

The bats were punched with a retired Bat Punch from Stampin’ Up!.  The greeting, as it turns out, after I searched through many old stamp sets, was from a Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Even when you make the project, you still have an exclusive little stamp set to keep! After filling the box with some candy corn in a cello bag, I closed up the box and tied the Pumpkin Pie ribbon around the sides and added a bit of Gold Sequin Trim. We used to have bigger sequin trim but now we have Mini Sequin Trim.

Just for an extra surprise in the box, I decided to make the little black cat Halloween ornament.  All that took was to die cut a circle out of lightweight cardboard and cover with designer paper.  In this case I used some retired paper. Then I used the Cat Punch, a small circle for the moon and sponged the edges, stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes (still one of the best stamp sets!) and punched the greeting with the Classic Label Punch.

This was such a fun project to make! Try your hand at making the triangle box!  You can make so many variations for treats or small gifts for most any occasion!


Easy Halloween Ghost Card

Halloween Ghost Card

If you want to make a quick and easy Halloween card, this Halloween Ghost Card is it! This creative idea is actually one of the things that made me sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator fifteen years ago this month! Sometimes it’s the little things! I was already buying Stampin’ Up! products as a customer from my friend who introduced me to the company, when she suggested I sign up to be a Demonstrator, partly so we could go to the Convention together! When I visited her in October that year, she took me along to a team meeting of other Demonstrators and I got to see even more samples of cards and projects.  I was overwhelmed with all the creative ideas, but when I saw you could make a ghost out of half of a heart shape, I was sold! Who thinks of these things?!  And that thrill has never diminished for me as I see what other ideas stampers come up with!

This card base is Pumpkin Pie Cardstock with a Basic Black layer. The designer paper is Spooky Night.  The “Boo!” words are handwritten with the White Stampin’ Up! Chalk Marker.

This is all you have to do to make this Halloween card. Die cut various size hearts with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies. Or perhaps you have retired heart punches…..or just cut out some hearts with Paper Snips. After you get the heart shape, just cut it in half! Add some eyes or face or whatever you like to make a ghost!  Then put you ghost peeking out from the side of the card or project!

Heart Diecuts

Here is another card explaining the process with another sample!

I always love making Halloween cards and projects, but this was one idea, making ghosts out of hearts,  was one that really stuck with me!  Try it on any Halloween project you want to make!


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Paper Pumpkin Kit October 2017 Cards and Envelopes

UPDATE:  These October Paper Pumpkin Kits, Pining For Plaid, will go on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store at 2:00 PM Mountain Time (3:00 PM Central Time) TODAY! Remember, you must be a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber FIRST:  JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN HERE! After you subscribe, you can then purchase ANY past Paper Pumpkin kits or refills that are available. (And you can add any other Stampin’ Up! products to your order as usual.)

These are the two cards you can make in the October Paper Pumpkin Kit, which was already mailed out to subscribers.  These are really easy and fun shaker cards, great for the holiday season!  Not only are the cards cute, but the kit comes with matching envelopes, lined with the same paper pattern as the card base.

The October Paper Pumpkin Kit coordinates with the upcoming November Paper Pumpkin Kit!  This is something new for Paper Pumpkin, to have coordinating kits. This is particularly great for the Christmas holidays when kits are so popular to save all of us time and enable even beginning and non-crafters to make something fantastic with only the supplies in the box and only a little bit of creative time. No figuring out what to make or how to make it or buying supplies.

Watch the video and see how easy these cards are to make! Then read more to find out how to get this kit.

If you missed the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and these cute shaker cards, you have another chance to get this kit! This afternoon, October 23, Stampin’ Up! is adding the kits to the Stampin’ Up! Online Store to be available for purchase. Past Paper Pumpkin Kits are only available to current Paper Pumpkin subscribers, so in order to purchase these “past” October kits, you must subscribe to Paper Pumpkin first.  After you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can go to the Online Store, as if you were placing any Stampin’ Up! order, and look under the Paper Pumpkin category. If you are a subscriber, then you will see a sub-category of Past Kits. That is where you will find the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit called “Pining For Plaid”.

If you like the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and the cute shaker Christmas cards, you will certainly want whatever is coming in the coordinating November Paper Pumpkin Kit. In order to receive the November Paper Pumpkin Kit, you will need to subscribe by November 10, 2017. However, I think the October kits being released later today (after they get them all assembled) might go fast so I would suggest getting subscribed to Paper Pumpkin right away and then be ready to place your order for the October kit when it becomes available.


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Paper Pumpkin Kit October 2017 Xmas Cards

Houston Astros For the Win! Going to the World Series!!!

Houston Astros Going to the World Series

Woohoo! What an exciting two nights, watching the Houston Astros play two must-win games and they DID win!  They will be in the World Series playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers! This is the second time the Astros have made it to the World Series, the other time being 2005.  I even got to go to one of those games, thanks to my friend!

This World Series will be a family affair as our daughter and son-in-law are big Los Angeles Dodgers fans! We’ll see how this turns out!

It’s nice to have stamping to commemorate various events and activities in your life! So when the Astros win the American League Pennant and are going to be playing in the World Series, you have to post a handmade baseball card!  I think stars whether in stamps or die cuts are always great to have on hand for congratulatory and exciting times!

After Hurricane Harvey and all the flooding and damage so many people experienced here the end of August, it will be great for our city to have the Astros playing in the World Series!

Congratulations Houston Astros!

Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card

Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween CardIt’s certainly time for a Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card.  I’ve used this Spooky Night Designer Series Paper a lot but hadn’t stamped the owl in the tree yet!  The paper comes printed with a partial tree and branch with the moon in the background, leaving space to stamp the owl from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set. I’m not into owls, but here is my token owl card since it came in the stamp set!

Except for stamping the owl and the greeting, this card is mostly about layering the various patterns of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  The card base is Basic Black Cardstock with a layer of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.  Then we have striped layer on top of the Pumpkin Pie with the owl and tree stamped piece on top of that,

At the bottom of the card are a couple layers of the Spooky Night Paper with the little banner stamped with “Happy Halloween” from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.  The owl is also in this stamp set.

This card can be jazzed up more if you like, with some ribbon or Black Rhinestones. I was happy with it the way it was!

Click HERE to see a Halloween Treat Bag I made with the Spooky Night DSP.

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I hope you enjoy my Easy Spooky Night Owl Halloween Card!  Just gather your stamps, ink,  and paper and make a Halloween card for someone special!  Have fun with this holiday!

Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly

This is the beginning of a Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween! Can you imagine this will become a card? It’s actually a fun way to use up scraps of designer paper that you may have to make a Halloween card. Of course you can use any designer paper and any cardstock to make a card for any occasion using the same technique!

I started with a card base of Basic Black and adhered these strips right on the card front.  If you preferred, you could adhere the strips on another piece of cardstock to layer on top of the card base. It’s better to do it that way if you want to wrap ribbon around the card front.

This card just began with laying one 3/4″ strip of the Spooky NIght Designer Series Paper diagonally across the card front.  Then everything else plays off of that piece.  You can make the pieces touch if you prefer.  I left a small space in between the strips.

After all the pieces were glued down with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (to give me some wiggle room to place them properly), I flipped the card over.  It’s easier to let the strips extend off the card than to try to cut them to an exact length and angle.

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly BackTake a scissors and trim the excess strips off from the back.  That’s the easiest.  You might have to clean your scissors later from getting a bit of glue on them but that’s okay.

Spooky Night Scrap Card Assembly Front

After trimming the excess paper strips, the card front will look like this!  Then just finish embellishing the card or whatever you would like to do with it.  I stamped a greeting in the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.

Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween

Don’t forget the Designer Paper Sale going on through October!  Good time to stock up on the select papers!  Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

Try your hand with this technique of using scraps adhered to the card front and make something like my Spooky Night Scrap Card For Halloween.

New Stampin’ Blends Coming Soon!

Stampin Blends Are Coming

Stampin’ Blends, the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! will be released for customers to purchase on Wednesday, November 1, 2017!  They have been available for Demonstrators to order for a short time, but soon they will be available for customers, sooner than I expected!

Alcohol markers allow you to color and blend easily, making everyone look like an artist!  These Stampin’ Blends come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in two shades.  They are dual-tipped markers, one end a brush tip and one end a narrow tip. There is also a Color Lifter in case you want to remove some color to make something lighter. Two other markers that will be available are Bronze and Ivory.

While supplies last, there will be a limited-time stamp set called Color Me Happy plus a Color Me Happy Project Kit to make cards.  These two items will get you started with the Stampin’ Blends!

Here is a card I made by stamping the two birds in the Color Me Happy Stamp Set. It sort of copies one of the cards in the project kit, but without the extra embellishments.

Color Me Happy Stampin' Blends Birds Card

This card is a 4 1/4″ square card with the fold at the top.  The birds are stamped on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. The Thick cardstock is recommended, as well as Memento Ink, which is what works well with alcohol markers. The birds are stamped and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends in Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie, plus Daffodil Delight for the little beaks and a touch of Crumb Cake for the legs. I decided to add some grass for the birds, so I just drew in the blades of grass willy-nilly with the Old Olive markers and kind of filled in with some light Crumb Cake. Next I sponged in the sky, with masked clouds, with Soft Sky Ink.  The greeting is from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and I stamped on a scrap, cut it out and adhered it to the front of the card.  The card base is Soft Sky. That’s it!

While I haven’t done a tremendous amount of coloring yet, I have found the markers to be really easy to color with, very smooth, and very fun and relaxing! You can use just one shade for basic coloring.  You can use both light and dark shades of one color and blend to soften the edge. Or you can use different colors together and blend and see how it looks!  Just play!

The lids at each end are pretty tight to take off and put back on.  Just make sure you hear it snap when you put the lid back on.  That means it is sealed properly to keep the air out. The marker shape is square so no rolling off the table!

Stampin’ Up! has spent time testing these Stampin’ Blends for evaporation and life testing, and they feel confident with the results. There will be videos to help you learn to use these markers the best way.

You will want to have a scrap piece or two of paper underneath when you color as the color does bleed through to the other side.  Here is the back side of my birds which I colored on my Grid Paper. The markers haven’t bled through my Grid Paper, but if you want to be extra careful, just use a couple sheets of paper underneath.

Stampin' Blends Other Side of PaperIt won’t be long and these Stampin’ Blends Markers will be available to purchase! Mark the date  on your calendar! I’m sure you will hear even more about the markers as the time gets closer!

Check out the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway by Stampin’ Up! on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page HERE!

A Halloween Ghost Black & White Card

A Halloween Ghost Black & White CardThe other day when I was stamping with the ghost in the Sweet Home Stamp Set, I got the idea to make a card like this Halloween Ghost Black & White Card. That little ghost is just a fun one to stamp!

This card couldn’t be simpler to make!  It’s all just black and white!  Of course you could change it up any way you wanted to, by adding other colors, for example! Maybe stamping fewer ghosts randomly on the card front. Whatever suits your Halloween fancy!

The card base is Basic Black Cardstock. The stamped layer is Whisper White!  You probably guessed that already!  I stamped that little ghost just randomly on the paper trying to fill up almost all the space. Since it was a photopolymer stamp I used my Stampin’ Pierce Mat just in case the stamp needed a little cushioning. In order not to get ink on my mat, I covered the mat with a scrap piece of computer paper so I could stamp ghosts off the edge of the cardstock in places.

The greeting is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set. First I tried punching the greeting with the Classic Label Punch and layering it on Basic Black, but I didn’t quite like that small size. Next I stamped the greeting again and die cut it with an oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and then layered that on one of the scalloped dies in the set in Basic Black.

The ribbon is the Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmery Ribbon.  I think you can see a bit of the shimmer in the photo.  Very pretty ribbon and perfect for Halloween! And finally I added a few of the Black Rhinestone Jewels on the greeting. I tried them randomly scattered but didn’t like that so I just put them in a row!

This Halloween card reminded me of a baby card I made HERE in this post.

If you need some quick and easy ideas for Halloween cards, try this Halloween Ghost Black & White Card!

Birthday Memories Birthday Card

Birthday Memories Birthday CardThis is a birthday card I made for my niece with the Birthday Memories Paper, and I loved it when it was finished! Sometimes you make a card or project and it’s fine, and sometimes you make a card or project and you really like it! And this is just a simple card! Anyone can make it!

The interesting part of this card is that part of the front of the card is cut off so that you get a peek at the inside. It’s kind of like a z-fold card without the fold! It’s just half a card front! The greeting is fairly large to decorate the front, partly, but it also hides the greeting that you might stamp on the inside of the card. And then I used cut out images from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to decorate both the front of the card and the inside.

Here are the measurements I used:

Card base: Powder Pink:  5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″

Basic Black front layer:  2″ x 5 1/4″

Basic Black Inside layer:  5 1/4″ x 4″

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  Powder Pink pattern 1 3/4″ x 5″

Whisper White inside layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″

Greeting on front:

Basic Black:  3″ x 3 1/2″ (depends on your greeting)

Whisper White:  2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ (depends on your greeting)

Birthday Memories Birthday Card OpenYou do have to think about the size of the greeting on the front and where to place the greeting on the inside so that the greeting inside doesn’t show.  You might need to make a light pencil mark or use a sticky note to help with placement, whatever works.

The greeting on the front of my card is from Big on Birthdays and the greeting on the inside is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. To decorate the inside, I cut out some images from the Birthday Memories paper and adhered them to the inside.  Such cute paper!

Click HERE to see a very similar card with a z-fold using this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Memories BIrthday Card InsideThis designer paper is one of the many selections on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale.  Be sure to check out the choices and stock up!  There are a couple of papers priced at $10.00, most at $11.00, and one at $13.00. When you order, put in the least expensive 3 papers first so that when you enter the 4th one, which will be free, it will be the more expensive one.  If you have any questions, just let me know.

Designer Series Paper SaleStock up on all the paper you want, but don’t just hoard it…….use it!  Make a batch of cards like this Birthday Memories Birthday Card and mail them out to your friends!

Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder

Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose WonderI’ve been getting kudos on Facebook after my daughter posted a picture of this Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder I sent her and her husband.  I almost didn’t remember this stamp set and die were current!  Sometimes we forget what is in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog when we get so caught up in the Holiday Catalog!

There are many ways to use this stamp set and thinlits dies!  The stamp set, Rose Wonder, comes with a great selection of greetings and sentiments, which may be one of the reasons I bought this stamp set!

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp set

I used Shimmery White Cardstock, a must-have in your inventory, for this card for the stamped layer. The card base is Concord Crush (retired), but you can substitute something else.  The reason I used a retired color is because Concord Crush is the cardstock I used when they got married to make their wedding invitations! I stamped the flower in black ink (probably my old Stazon) and then colored in with the Concord Crush ink refill and my Aqua Painter. It’s always best to watercolor on Watercolor Paper, but Shimmery White works pretty well and has that oh so subtle shimmer to it.

The funny thing is, I think I just used lighter and darker shades of the ink (using less and more water) and the flower came out kind of multicolored.  I think some of those colors were hiding in the purple ink!  The greeting came from the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Now the card was pretty at this point, but to add some extra pizzazz, I used the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies to die cut the flower and leaves out of Gold Foil.  The photo might look like Silver with the lighting, but it was the Gold Foil Sheets. It would be good to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. Since I didn’t have any, I used tiny dots of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Even though this stamp set isn’t “brand new”, it’s a good one to own for the beautiful flower and leaves plus all the wonderful greetings. I was able to make this Wedding Anniversary Card with Rose Wonder pretty easily even though it looks very elegant!

Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card

Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House CardHow fun to make this Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card with the Sweet Home Stamp Set that came out last year. I’d almost forgotten about it.  Be sure to look at ALL your stamp sets from time to time and not totally get caught up in the current seasonal catalog!  There are great sets and products in the regular Stampin’ Up! catalog, too!

The card base is Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and I was going to use Basic Black for a layer but then decided to use Dapper Denim Cardstock to match the ink I was using for the sky. The black you see is just the paper I laid the card on for the photo, but it does look good with it so you could have the card base be black if you wanted!

The Sweet Home Stamp Set has images for little houses that can be designed for any season.  There are matching dies, the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies , that can be used to cut out the various pieces and even make the homes 3D. For today I just wanted a stamped haunted Halloween house. After stamping the house and the various parts on to it, I stamped and cut out two ghosts and the banner.  I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to draw in some grass at the bottom of the card, because, well, you should have grass and because there was a slight stamped line out of place that I needed to cover up!

The sky is sponged in with a Sponge Dauber and Dapper Denim Ink around a punched out cloud from the Tree Builder Punch.  Then I went back over the clouds likely with some Smoky Slate Ink.

The ghosts and banner are popped up with the Mini Stampin’ DimensionalsBoy, were those handy on those small pieces!  Be sure to get some on your next order!

The “Happy Halloween” greeting at the top is from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set. There are other ways you could embellish this card even more but I was sticking with relatively simple today!

Here is another card I made with the Sweet Home Stamp Set, so you can see how versatile it can be!  It’s a fun stamp set to have for lots of holidays or any occasion, and if you like a physical little house, be sure to get the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies.

Have fun making a Halloween card for a friend or loved one like this Sweet Home Haunted Halloween House Card.