Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Door

I love the holidays and love sharing my passion of cardmaking throughout the year, but especially during the coming season. I have finished my fall cards and am now busy creating for Halloween. I love sending them to friends and family!

I have been stamping for many years and this year, I am doing something new. I have a pretty good idea of what I own, but this year I have pulled out all of my Halloween stamps and placed them on the table where I can "shop" while creating. I find that I am re-enjoying some of my older sets by doing this, which is as much fun as when I first purchased them.

Soooooo, here is the most recent card created with my Halloween stash:

The base is Basic Black and the mat is from the current Wood Textures DSP. It is cut at 4x4 1/4, plus a bottom strip at 4x3/4. I stamped and cut out the door opening with the At Home With You Bundle. This is a must have set and can be used for so many situations!!

Want to know what blooper I did and how I fixed it? I cut my door opening on the wrong side!!! I first thought "oh well, it is Halloween", but just couldn't let it go. So I cut the door completely off, added a strip of the tear tape along the side that needed to be hinged, (letting it hang off about halfway) rolled the excess tape onto itself and stuck it to the inside piece. I then used a ruler and my bone folder to form a crease so that the door would open. You really can't even tell that I did anything different! LESSON: pay attention to how you are placing the door opening thinlet. One side does not have a cutting strip. DO NOT place that on the side to open!!! :)

 From the same set, I created the wreath, lantern, and rug (just the outline: cover the word welcome with a small piece of washi tape, ink the stamp, pull off the washi tape and stamp)

Now for all of the other fun stamps that I used! The ghosts are from Spooky Fun and the pumpkins from A Howling Good Time. I used Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie. The bow is from the Halloween Night's Bakers Twine and everything is mounted on dimensionals.

And now for the inside of the door:

Several years ago I traded for some images and this gal was one of them. I thought she would be perfect for this idea! I stamped the web, spider, and sentiment from the Spooky Fun set, attached the image to the back of the mat and placed it all onto the base.

And another fun card completed.

I hope that you enjoyed this project and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Halloween Jar

The mornings are becoming cooler. Soon it will be fall and then the fun seasons begin!

This card was created with products from last year. I bet you have them in your stash, too, if you enjoy the holidays as much as I do!  If you don't have the products, use something you do have. This is a very simple project and the idea could be used in so many ways. Maybe later on I will create a Christmas card with the same layout. But for now....

The base is Pumpkin Pie. The DSP strip is from Halloween Night Specialty DSP, cut at 1 1/2 x 5 1/4. The white strip is 2 1/2 x 4 1/4. Using the web doily, I cut a piece to form the web in the top corner of the white strip, then added the adorable spider (that is a LOT coming from me!! LOL), from the Spooky Fun stamp set. At the bottom I stamped the sentiment from Jar of Haunts. Attach these to the base, bumping them together.

On a scrap piece of white, stamp the jar, drips and candy from the same set. Color it all in with the new watercolor pencils. I used the Bermuda Bay very lightly to color in the background area in the jar. Trim the image with the paper snips or the die, and add to the card with dimensionals. Cut out a small banner and add the happy face! Add this to the card with dimensionals, also. That is it!!!!

I am actually thinking about using my Crystal Effects to cover the jar for even more dimension. What do you think??????

And for the inside, something just as simple:

This stamp came from the Haunt Ya Later set. Here is a small tip:  Want a strong ink impression? You can use any of the many stamp positioners available to add layers of stamped images, which all work great, but if you don't have any of them, just ink up your stamp good. Take a look at it to make sure it is evenly covered with ink. Then hold it in place on the card stock for a few seconds. This gives the ink time to be absorbed into the card stock, especially when using the photopolymer stamps.

This is a great fast and simple card to create, so I hope you give it a try using your own stash.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

At Home Bundle

Created a couple of cards as soon as I received this bundle. I have a feeling that it will get a lot of use. There are so many things/occasions to use it for.

Here is the first one:

The background is from the Wood Textures Paper Stack and the chair is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I did punch out the windows on the door and placed a small piece of Daffodil Delight behind them. The coloring was done with the Watercolor Pencils.

And now for the really fun card! I can share it now that my friend has received it. (more of the story after the sample)

The door is stamped on the background paper, which came from the Wood Textures Paper Stack, sponged with Real Red. I cut the open door and windows with the framelits. The bottom of the card is also from the paper stack to create the porch. The vases are cut out, then I cut the edges off with a pair of my jagged scissors. I also cut out the center of the lantern and placed a bit of grey behind it. Added a scrap torn piece of the paper stack to the porch to look like the wood was coming up and stamped part of the Welcome mat on to it.

Now for the inside of the door:

I ran my white and Basic Grey ink pads along a piece of Smokey slate cardstock, stamped the spider and web into the corner and glued to the inside of the door. (this was an after thought, so would have attached it to the card base first)

NOTE: When I mention punching, I am talking about using the thinlits, not an actual punch.


Several years ago, when I was a new demonstrator, I had a class in which we created a Red Door card with LOTS of strips of red cardstock in order to make the door look 3D. It was a lot of prep work and work to glue all the pieces together. Most of my customers loved it, except for ONE! She hated it! Luckily, she became a very good friend, but we still tease her every once in awhile about wanting to create another red door, to which she vehemently disaggres. So I was smiling the whole time that I was creating this for her! Luckily, she enjoyed it, too.

I hope that you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Special!!!!

Have you been on the fence about joining Paper Pumpkin? Well, now is the time to join with this great special! I can tell you that the next few months have usually been the best kits available, in my opinion, and I am sure this year will be no different. So jump on in!

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I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spooky Night and a laugh.....

I LOVE Halloween and when I saw this sample on Pinterest from fellow demonstrator, Rick, I knew I had to give it a try. I was also sure that I didn't have the sets that he used, but could probably find something in my stash that would work. Here is his card:

And you can find his information about it HERE.  In the post there is a link to a previous card that he lists the colors of ink used.

And here is my adaption:

My photography skills aren't as good as his, because his shows the truer colors. My fence is actually Night of Navy cardstock!

OK, now for the laugh..... After putting most of this card together, I had to look for a witch stamp that could be stamped onto the moon. Guess what I found.....the sets of stamps and dies that Rick used!!!

So, even though some of the dies aren't SU, I had to share my version. The trees are from the retired set, Beautiful Branches.

Anyway, I hope that gave you a chuckle. I also hope that it shows you that just because you don't have everything listed for a project, doesn't mean you can't create it. Just check out your stash for something similar. AND enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!