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’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek – The Raven!

Hello Creative Friends!

We are just 7 days away from the Holiday catalog going live for orders!! I figured it was definitely time for a Sneak Peek into some of the wonderful products in this fabulous catalog! If you have followed me for a while you probably know I am always going to start with Halloween because it is my favorite holiday! Today’s creation showcases the new stamp set called The Raven!

Doesn’t it look Spooky!! This stamp set is perfect to scare up some Halloween wishes for your friends. 👻

I started with a card base in Basic Black cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. The next layer is Smokey Slate and it was embossed with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing folder. I needed it to look a little more spooky so I used the edge of my scissors to rough up the card stock all around. Next it was time to stamp my raven on Whisper White paper. I did that with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then stamped over the Raven again with my Versamark pad, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image. Can you see that my stamping was just a little off center? I actually thought it looked really cool that way so I left it! Of course if you want yours to be exact then the Stamparatus is the way to go. I think the reason this offset look works is because after the image cooled I used my my sponge dauber to lightly add in Smoky Slate ink and some of the new Delicata Metallic Ink in Gold. The sponged on ink will not stick to the embossed area so it makes that look almost like a reverse shadow.

Now it was time to stamp the branch so the Raven would have something to stand on. I used Soft Suede to stamp the branch and then cut out the image with the Stitched Nested Labels and cut off one end. I adhered this to the card and wrapped some of the new Basic Black 3/8 Scalloped Edge Ribbon. I added a bow at the top but I really needed that to look more spooky too. I decided to cut the tails of the bow into lengthwise strips and then fray that a bit. It really works, right?

The sentiment I used is also from The Raven stamp set and I used the same sponging technique on that and then cut it out with the new Ornate Frames Dies. I added a black layer of the same die to give the sentiment dimension. It is hard to tell but I also added a block dot on the Raven’s eye from the new Monster Bash Enamel Shapes embellishment pack.

If you are a Halloween lover then this stamp set is a must have to add to your collection! Come back in 7 days and you can purchase it by clicking here.

Thanks for checking out my blog today.  I hope to have at least one more sneak peak for you before the catalog goes live!

Happy Crafting!


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Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!

The big day is here so of course I have to share one last Halloween card for the season.  I have once again used the Trick or Tweet stamp set (because it has so many cute stamps!).

I created this card for my best friend. She loves Elephants and she loves Halloween just as much as me.  After 37 years of friendship I am still batty for her so it is the perfect card to give her!

I made this card using a 4 1/4 x 11 inch Basic Black card base.  I then cut the bat paper from the Toil & Trouble DSP to 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I also cut another layer of Smoky Slate paper to put behind the bat paper.I thought should help to make the DSP pop on the card. This layer is just 1/8 inch larger around than the DSP.  I stamped my cute elephant using Black Memento ink and then used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut him out.  I added a Basic Black layer with the same framelits. I used my Light Basic Black  and Light Smoky Slate Blends markers to color in the elephant. I stamped the Batty for You Sentiment in memento ink  and used my Classic Label punch to punch it out.  I didn’t want the sentiment to blend into the paper so I cut out circles with my Layering Circles Framelits.  I even used the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add some texture to the circle behind the sentiment.  To finish things off I added a bow using the 3/8 Inch Glittered Organdy Ribbon and some Black Metallic Sequins.

I hope you are getting to enjoy this spooky Halloween and get to see many cute little kids enjoying their trick or treating.  I don’t have many trick or treater’s come to my house, so I will likely be enjoying a spooky movie with my husband this evening.

Come back soon as I will be busy making many more Christmas Cards now that it is time to move on to the next holiday!


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The New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here!!

Hi Crafty Friends,

I am very late in posting this information but the new Catalog is here!!  I have yet another Halloween creation to share with you. ( I promise I will be making a few other types of cards soon!)

I used a few of the new catalog sets to make this card. The swirling branch was cut out with the Night Owl Thinlit dies.  There is a great coordinating stamp set that goes with the dies and it could easily be used for more than Halloween! The bats were cut out using the new Spooky Bats punch. The Happy Halloween sentiment came from the Spooky Sweets stamp set.  This stamp set coordinates with the Spooky Bats punch. The make the gray appearance behind the sentiment I just may a few swooshes with my Light Smokey Slate Blends marker.  The background for the scene was made using a aqua painter, smokey slate ink and watercolor paper.  I took a acrylic block and stamped the ink pad directly on it.  This became my palette for picking up as much of the ink that I needed with the aqua painter.  To make the moon I punched out Whisper White with my 1 1/2 inch circle punch and then added Daffodil Delight until I liked the appearance. I finished things off by adding some of the Frosted Droplets that are also in the new catalog.

I hope this gives you some more ideas for making spooky cards!


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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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