Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Halloween!

Hello Creative Friends,

I am so excited to share my spooky creations with you today!  Halloween is my favorite holiday!!  Participating in this hop has got me super excited because I can’t wait to see all the wonderful, frightful creations! I have made a card and an adorably, spooky coffin treat box!

My first project is this creepy, cute, coffin!  The coffin pack can be ordered from the Holiday catalog. They come already cut and scored and there are 12 in the package. To start my project I used the cute little spider die from the Wicked dies in the holiday catalog. I cut out a spider on the top of the coffin.  I then added some Silver Foil paper to the negative space cut from the coffin on the back side.  I did not want the foil paper to show when the coffin was opened, so I added some the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper on the inside.

Cute right?  I added it to the top and the bottom on the inside of the coffin. Before I folded the coffin, I wanted to add some spider webs to the top.  I used my Versamark pad and randomly stamped spiderwebs from the Wonderfully Wicked stamp set.  I then heat embossed the spiderwebs with Silver Embossing Powder to match the silver foil paper!  Next it was time to fold up the coffin.  I did this using my Tear and Tape to be sure it would stay adhered.  Once I had the coffin finished it was time to decorate it!  I used the Ornate Frames Dies to cut out a ornate frame in Smoky slate.  Then, I used the Basic Black Scalloped Edge Ribbon to wrap around the coffin and the frame. After that I punched out a circle in Basic Black card stock with my 1 1/2 inch circle punch.  I stamped the Open if you dare sentiment from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set in Memento Black ink on Whisper White paper. This was die cut with a different die from the Ornate Frames dies. I then added this onto the ornate frame with dimensionals.  I will be putting some yummy treats inside for someone special!

Now on to the card!

I would consider this card to be a relatively quick and easy project.  I started with a card base of Basic Black card stock cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. I then cut some of the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I used my sponge dauber and lightly sponged Memento black ink around the edges.  The next paper layer is Pumpkin Pie card stock cut to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches.  I embossed this with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder. I used my Layering Circle Dies to cut out a scalloped circle in Basic Black cardstock and one of the spooky haunted houses from a different paper from the Monster Bash DSP set. The sentiment is from the Spooktackular Bash stamp set and was cut out using the Ornate Frames Dies.  I added some black ink around the edges with my sponge dauber.  To add my “bow”  I simply folded Basic Black Scalloped Edge Ribbon to look like a bow and then added glue dots to hold it together.  I did this to help lessen the thickness. I used my 1 inch and 3/4 inch circle punches to punch out circles in Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake card stock.  I used the bat from the Every Season Punch Pack to add one more spooky element.

Did my creations give you some ghoulishly cute Halloween ideas?  I hope so, but remember there is more to go! Be sure you head over to the next blog so you can get all your eerie creative ideas in one day!  Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog.

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Rachael Rife

Kristal Bell (You are here!)

Steph Jandrow

Melissa Thomas


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!


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Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today because you are in a for a treat! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Summery Fun! What makes me think of Summer? Flowers! I love all the beautiful flowers the bloom throughout the summer so I decided I would show off the pretty Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) with my projects today.

The first thing I have to share with you is a useful project. I am often making lists and I realized I had just run out of my notepad I keep on the fridge. What better time to make my own!

I started by grabbing some of my computer paper and cutting it to 4 x 9 3/4 (10.16 cm x 23.765 cm). I am not sure how much paper I cut, but I did try to make the thickness as close to a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) as possible. This is important because that matches the width of the Tear & Tape strip. Once I had my paper cut I made it as perfectly lined up as possible at the top. I then held the paper together with binder clips on each side. After that I added the Tear & Tape to the top of the paper. I made sure to press the Tear & Tape down hard so it stuck to the sheets of paper well. Next, I grabbed some of the pretty Perennial Essence DSP and cut it at 4 x 3 3/4 (10.16 cm x 9.525 cm). I used the Be Mine Stitched Dies to give the paper a decorative edge. I laid the DSP under the computer paper and then scored where I would want it to fold over so it would fold easier. I checked to be sure it was lined up with the paper and then folded it over the top. The Tear & Tape keeps it stuck to the top. You do not want to add any glue to the front of the paper so you can tear sheets off easily. I did add some glue to the back of the DSP so it stuck to the last sheet of the notepad. You won’t be able to use this final sheet of paper. Here is a picture highlighting the steps I took so far:

I wanted to dress up the notepad and also make it more sturdy. I first added the lovely Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across the front. It was adhered to the final piece of paper on the back. Of course, I did not want that to show so I also cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4 (11.43 cm x 23.765 cm) to make a base for the notepad. I think it also makes it look more finished. I then used a sentiment the Crafting Forever stamp set to remind myself to still be crafty everyday when I am making those lists! The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I added a layer of Petal Pink card stock cut out with the layering circles Dies as well. Here is a close up of the top of the notepad:

Fun right? I even added a magnet to the back of the pad so I am ready to write out lists once again! Okay, now how about one more project?

Next up is a card I made with the same DSP and the wonderful new Bloom & Grow stamp set!

Fun fact: The DSP used on the card is actually the back of the paper used on the notepad! To make this card I started with a card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (13.97 cm x 21.59 cm) and scored at 4 1/4 (10.795 cm) in the gorgeous Pretty Peacock card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (13.0175 cm x 9.8425 cm). The DSP is cut at 5 x 3 3/4 (12.7 cm x 9.525 cm). I stamped the sentiment from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Very Vanilla card stock. The leaves were also stamped in the same color. I don’t yet have the Pretty Peacock Blends, but I found that the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker was a nice substitute. I colored in the berries with the Light Blackberry Bliss Blends marker. I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the berries as well. Next I cut out the sentiment and a layer of Crumb Cake card stock with the new Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

The pretty ribbon used on this paper is the new Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I used a slightly different way to put this ribbon on because the back of the ribbon is only a Crumb Cake color. So instead of folding it over like I normally would, I actually cut two tails so I could have the front of the ribbon showing in the lower corner. The top corner does have a fold, but you can only see the front. I used glue dots to place the ribbon where I wanted it on the paper. Fun trick, right? I finished off the card by adding the sentiment layer on with dimensionals and adding some Blackberry Bliss springs with my Spring punch.

I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, but there is so much more to go! You need to be sure to head over to the next blog and hop you way through to see all the great Summer Fun ideas.

Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog!

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Melissa Thomas

Corinne Oosterhoff

Sue Vine

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Maureen Rauchfuss

Steph Jandrow

Barbara Welch

Thank you and happy crafting!


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Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags for Christmas Treats!

Hi creative friends!

I am back to share a super cute and easy treat bag you can make for your holiday gifts!  This is the Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Bags available in the Holiday catalog.  They are a natural colored muslin bags, but the fun comes in when you get to decorate them any way you choose!

These are great for making any small gift pretty!  I chose to dress up my bags using the Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  I stamped directly on the bags with the stamps using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Basic Gray inks.  To make the light bulbs sparkle I took the Fine-Tip Glue pen and spread a little on each bulb.  I then used a small paint brush to smooth out the glue up to the edge of each bulb.  Then I poured Dazzling Diamonds on the glue.  Spreading out the glue into a thin layer really helped it dry quicker and make the bulbs look prettier.  I needed to let that dry for about 5 minutes before doing more to the bag.  I will also mention I put a thick piece of card stock in the bag while I was stamping and adding glue to ensure it would not bleed through. This also gave me a flat surface to work with which made it easier to stamp!  I got some of these great tips from Linda Heller over at  Thanks Linda! While my glue was busy drying I stamped my sentiment onto Whisper White card stock with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I cut it out with a die from the Farmhouse Framelit Dies.  I then punched out three leaf sprigs using the Sprig Punch and Mossy Meadow paper. To attach the sentiment to my bag I punched a hole in the corner of the die and then threaded it through the white drawstring attached to the bag.  I had to cut off the knot at the end of the bag to do this. I then filled the bag with candy (yum!) and pulled the drawstring tight. I tied a simple knot to keep it on.  I then used the Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow Festive Farmhouse Twine to make a bow.  This was adhered to the sentiment with a glue dot.  I should mention that the reason I used Old Olive to stamp the light bulbs, rather than Mossy Meadow, is because the ink became much darker once I added the glue and Dazzling Diamonds to it.   Old Olive actually looked just like Mossy Meadow once I did this, and it matched the leaf springs and twine perfectly!

That is all there is to it!  This was a pretty quick way to dress up a basic bag and make it extra special for someone.  Do you have any special handmade gifts planned?  If not, grab some of these bags and really make someone’s day with a little treat like this! You can shop for the supplies by clicking here to order from my website.

I will be back again soon so share some cool stuff Stampin’ Up! is coming up with.  You will be super excited to see it!!


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Halloween Goody Box using the Toil & Trouble Suite!

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am back again with more Halloween goodness to share with you!  This time I decided to make my own little goody box!


I decided to use more of the cute ghost paper I used for the card I made.  The witches hat, cauldron, and black cat were all cut directly from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper.  Isn’t it awesome that Stampin’ Up! made sure the Cauldron Framelits fit the images in the paper as well as the stamps?  The spider webs are also part of the Cauldron Framelits.  I made the Lolly or Accordion paper decoration by cutting a strip of Highland Heather card stock at 1 1/4 by 11.  I then scored it every 1/4 inch.  I adhered the ends together and pushed it all together to make the lolly.  I have found the best way to keep it together is with a glue gun.  I made a belly band out of the Highland Heather paper as well. This was cut at 1 1/2 x 11.  It was just a little short going around so I added a patch of paper that you can’t see under the lolly to keep it all together. I have the Lolly popped up with dimensionals and also added some off the black 1/8 cord to finish things off.  To make the bottom of the box I started with a piece of Basic Black Card Stock cut to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2. I then scored this paper on all 4 sides at 2 inches. For the top of the box I cut out a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square of the Toil & Trouble DSP.  This was scored on all 4 sides at 1 inch.  To make it into a box you need to cut flaps on each end so you can fold it into a box.

Now I am ready to give someone an extra special treat this Halloween.  Will you be making any special treat for your favorite ghouls and goblins?

Remember you will be able to order these wonderful new items as of September 5th!  Still need a catalog?  Let me know and I will send you one!


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Stampin’ Up! wants you to Share What You Love!!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Lots of good news today because Stampin’ Up! is letting you buy some of the NEW catalog goodies early!! Yes there is a early release of the beautiful new suite of products called Share What you Love!  Check out all the goodies you can get!!

There is something for every kind of crafter and you can get the new In-Colors early too!!

In honor of the new items being available I made a little something to show them off:

Here is a close up of the box:


See all that pretty paper used on the cards?  It really is super pretty in person.  I used a small amount of it to decorate the mini pizza box too!  The mini pizza box is a great idea for a graduation present as it holds gift cards or money just perfectly! These small 3×3 cards were very easy to create and the Share What You Love paper does all the work.  You can see I used various ribbons but be sure to check out the pretty Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon used on the mini pizza box and one of the cards.  It is very soft and is a wonderful new addition to our ribbon selection! The doily used on the box is pearlized. I wish it showed up better in the photo! I plan on making many more lovely items with this suite.  I am sure you will love it too so add it to your craft suppllies today!  You can get to shopping by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


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