Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quick & Easy Classroom Halloween Treats

These little test tube holders are so quick and easy to put together. I CASED this idea from Chris Slogar's YouTube video. The test tubes are 4 1/2" tall and the card measures 3" x 3" with the test tube inserted.
To create the card base, I cut a piece of Basic Black Cardstock 3" x 6". Then I used the Simply Scored to score at 2 3/8", 3", and 3 5/8". 
Fold the card in half and use paper snips to cut in about an inch on each side to leave the opening for the test tube to slide into the middle or spine of the card. This is where your grid paper comes in handy. I decorated the cover with a Pumpkin Pie base measuring 2" x 2 3/4" and then used different scraps and pieces of the Spooky Night DSP measuring 1 3/4" x 2 1/2". I used the coordinating Cat Punch to punch out the cats from the DSP and fussy cut some of the witch hats.
On the inside I added a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 2 x 2 3/4" and stamped the "Eat at Your Own Risk" sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set. 
These came together very quickly. Perfect for making classroom goodies. I added Nerds candy to the test tubes. I just love all of the different pieces of DSP in this pack. It's not late to select expedited shipping and get these for the weekend! Just go to and choose me as your demonstrator.
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Test Tubes, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Cat Punch

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky Night Fall Recipe Book for College Care Package

Every October I send my college son a care package with pumpkin bread and Halloween treats. I thought it would be fun to include a Fall Recipe book with his favorite Fall recipes like Mom's chili, Touchdown Taco Dip and Beef Stew. 
I got the idea from an old Holiday Recipe book which was created by Kelly Acheson for Craft Project Central. It's created by cutting two pieces of cardstock 6" x 6" and scoring each at 6" and 6 1/2". Then you slide the two pieces together and adhere them to create the trifold book. I've embellished the book with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, the Spooky Cat Stamp and the new 7/8" striped ribbon. The title is created with Amy Tangerine Thickers.  The embellishment on the inside right panel was CASE'd from Lauren Alarid at her Crafty Little Peach blog. 
I created the accordion recipe card holder by adhering 8 Very Vanilla envelopes together. Fold the envelope flap backwards so that it is touching the front of the envelope where you would put the address. Attach the first envelope to the center panel. I applied 3 lines of Tear n Tape to the bottom of the flap and the bottom of the envelope. Attach the rest of the envelopes the same way. Each envelope is only adhered to each other with the Tear n Tape at the bottom and on the flap. Before attaching the last envelope, cut of the flap and punch out the front center with half of 1 1/4" circle punch and embellish with ribbon.
The recipe card mat is 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" and the Very Vanilla piece is 1/4" smaller on each side. If you have longer recipes you can cut out that piece like a card,  then fold it and attach for more pages.

Thanks for stopping by. What are your favorite Fall recipes?
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night
  • Colors & Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise
  • Embellishments: 7/8" Striped Ribbon, Very Vanilla Envelopes
  • Tools: Cat Punch, Retired Tab Punch, Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Retired Scallop Edge Punch

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Haunted House

I purchased this awesome MDF wooden haunted house from SA Crafters, LLC at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Arlington. When I was a child my favorite pop-up book was a Hallmark book called, A Visit to the Haunted House. Photos courtesy of Google:

So it began, my love for all things Halloween. The base of the house is made of MDF wood, like the fence. I covered it with different woodgrain strips of the Stampin' Up! Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (144177) using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755). I didn't have any wood glue, but to my surprise, this glue even held the wooden house together on the base and the held the fences to it. I created the shingles by punching out lots of circles with Basic Black cardstock using the 1/2" Circle Punch (119869). Black glitter was added over the top. The bats were MDF wood as well and they are attached to craft wire with a glue dot. They wire and bats are painted with black chalkboard paint.
To create the consistent board shapes, I punched out the paper using the Classic Label Punch (141491) and cut off the ends. I added a Window Sheet (142314) which has the spider web stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) from the retired Happy Scenes set.The doorknob was punched out with the retired Jewelry Tag. I drew the keyhole and added a rhinestone brad.
I inked the openings of the door and windows using a Sponge Dauber (133773) and Black Archival Ink (140931). The vintage people, broomstick and pumpkins came from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
The Woodgrain DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper sale that is going on through October. To purchase any of the Stampin' Up! items used to make this project, please visit and choose me as your demonstrator. 
  • Stamp Set: Happy Scenes (retired)
  • Colors & Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Black Archival Ink
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Jewel, Window Sheets
  • Tools:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 1/2" Circle Punch, Classic Label Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch (retired)
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Season Of Style Paper Pumpkin and October Specials all in One Post

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit by Stampin' Up! that is mailed right to your door with all of the supplies included. To give you more of what you love, during October and November Stampin' Up! is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects in the kit. Just order your kit before October 10th.

Two coordinating kits means that 1) You will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) You will have more creative options, and 3) You can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss. Basically, there are two ways to get a get a Paper Pumpkin kit. You can subscribe monthly or you can add a prepaid kit to your order. If you add a prepaid kit to your order, you can use the price of the kit toward your hostess benefits. And if you order more than $300 you can get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for free. See below. To learn more about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin here is a link and cute video from Carrie at Stampin' Up!:

Four more October specials are happening now!

- Merry Patterns Stamp Set:

Get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set Item 144973 when you purchase $300 in sales before tax and shipping before October 31st.  

- Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper.
- Get 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. 

- Buy 1 Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse refills for free.  Fast Fuse Special No Longer Available

Visit to order and choose me as your demonstrator.

Last, breaking news! Remember Blendabilities? Well they are making a comeback, but they will be called Stampin' Blends. They are alcohol based markers. Demonstrators may preorder them. Stampin' Up! hasn't released a customer launch date yet, but I will keep you posted.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - October Step it Up


Welcome to our October Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. October 7th is World Card Making Day! So, I'll be showing you two fun Halloween cards created with the new Spooky Night suite from the Holiday Catalog. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for details on 3 special Stampin' Up! sales this month.   
Stepped up card on the left and simple card on the right.
For the simple card, I cut off the top of the gate from the Detailed Gate Thinlints Die to create the embellishment on the left. I used the moon image from the Spooky Night DSP and cut it down to a 2 3/4" square and matted it onto a 3" square of Basic Black cardstock. I punched out the black cat using the new Cat Punch and stuck him in the tree with a Dimensional. The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set on Very Vanilila cardstock. It's finished off with a piece of Black Vintage Crochet Trim.
I stepped it up by creating a gate fold card with a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then scored the panels at 2 1/8" x 6 3/8". The outside Spooky Night DSP panels measure 1 7/8" x 5 1/4". The main image was created by cutting out a the moon image to measure 3" x 3" and matting onto a 3 1/4" square of Basic Black cardstock. The witch hat was fussy cut from the same DSP pack and adhered to the tree. I cut off two gate tops and two Pumpkin Pie coordinating background pieces using the Detailed Gate Thinlits Die and adhered them to the back of the square. Then the left side of this embellishment was glued to the left panel on the front and the black rhinestone jewels were added.
When you open the card, it's amazing! I love this DSP! I cut off the bottom of the detailed gate and punched out the cat from the DSP and stamped the sentiment onto Very Vanilla cardstock.
Later, I went back and added some creepy black flowers which I cut from the Everyday Jars Framelits. Then, I didn't like it and thought it was a bit too much. But, they were already stuck down. However, I do like the black rhinestone jewels that I added to the sentiment. I think the Cat Punch is Fiona's favorite! 

Thank you for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking Next Blog below:

There are three different SU sales starting today!
1) Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper.
2) Get 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets.
3) Buy 1 Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse refills for free.

Please choose me as your happy demonstrator when you order from
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Cat Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die

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