Using One Sketch – Two very different Cards

Today I am going to share how easy it is to design 2 very different cards using one sketch. Cauldron Bubble Witch card These are two very different cards that are made with products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that goes on sale on Wednesday September 5th!

Here is the sketch that I used.  I like going back to the mojo Monday sketches – even though no new sketches are being published there is a great library of sketches to choose from.









This really cute Witch is made using the new Cauldron Bubble Stamp set and coordinating Cauldron Framelits dies.  The designer paper is Toil &  Trouble.  One of the really cool things about this stamp set and the framelits is that the framelits that cut out the stamped image but also the witch, hat and cauldron images from the designer paper!   Here is a closeup of the Witch card with the bow.

Can you tell which images I cut out from Designer paper and which ones I colored with the new Stampin’ Up! Blends markers?

Here is my Country Home Cardsecond card using the Country Home Stamp set and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper. 

As you can see I have a 2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of DSP along the bottom of both cards.  For the Country Home card, I did layer the DSP onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that is the same size and trimmed 1/8″ off the DSP.   The DSP layer at the top right of the card is 2″ x 3″.

The focal point of the card is a approximately 2″ x 3 1/2″.  For the Country Home card, I fussy cut the image and didn’t use a piece of cardstock below it.  The image was large enough that it didn’t need a separate piece.

So which card do you like better??

Don’t forget the new Holiday catalog goes online on Wednesday the 5th!

Happy Stamping!

Halloween Party Anyone?

Are you planning a Halloween Party?  Need a really cool place setting for your table?  This really neat Halloween place setting was designed by one of my team mates on the Stamping New England Design Team.  I absolutely love this design!

mg-table-setting-wThis design uses the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Spooky Fun and the coordinating edgelits, Halloween Scenes.

I absolutely love the Halloween Scenes Edgelits!  They are perfect for creating spooky embellishments including the tree, bats and the fence using Basic Black Cardstock.
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Margaret used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock to make the Silverware holder. 

The place card is made with a 5″ x 3 1/2″ piece of basic black cardstock scored and folded at 2 1/2.  It is then layered with a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The pumpkins are stamped on pumpkin pie cardstock using pumpkin pie ink and cutout with the edgelits.  The fence is cut from a scrap of Smokey Slate cardstock. 
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The Favor Box is made using the Box Punch Board and a small box cut from Basic Gray Cardstock.  It is decorated with the tree die cut from Basic Black cardstock.   Next use a sponge to add the worn affect to the edges of the box to make it look at little more spooky!

And how stinking cute is the cup??  Margaret wrapped a 3/4″ band of Basic Black cardstock along the bottom of the cup.  She then added another tree cut  and a bat cut from the Basic Black cardstock.  She stamped the Ghosts with Black Staz-on ink.  NOTE:  Staz-on ink can be used to stamp on plastics and glass.

So are you planning a Halloween Party?  What a great way to decorate!

Happy Stamping,

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Handmade Step Card

Happy Halloween!!

DSC_6351 copyToday I have a 3D Step Card that I demonstrated last week to members of my Stamper’s Club.  I also recorded a video for this 3D Step Card technique. So the details on this card: Cardstocks: Island Indigo cut to 5 1/2″ x 11″ for the card base. Whisper White and Motley Monsters DSP from the Holiday catalog are used to decorate the panels.  The DSP measures 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/4″ x 5″. Stamp Set  – Tee Hee Hee The images are stamped with Black in on Basic Gray cardstock.  The headstones are punched using the new Note Tag Punch from the Holiday catalog. DSC_6350cuThe dirt hill is made from a 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of black cardstock which I have torn. Want to make this card? Watch the video below to check out all of the details, measurements for cutting and scoring the Step portion of the card! Like these ideas and the video??  These are the types of projects that my Stamper’s Club members get each month.  For a $35 purchase each month, you can get a file with 5 or 6 project ideas and a technique video in your mailbox each month!!  Check out the details  of my Stamper’s Club here. Have a great Halloween and Fun Trick or Treating!!   signature line-003

Handmade Treat Containers

DSC_6349wThis really cute Halloween Treat box is made using the Stampin’ Up! Fry Box die for the Sizzix.   This is the perfect little treat box for kids to share with their friends at school! The box is made from Basic Black cardstock cut with the fry box die cut on the Sizzix.  The paper on the front and inside of the box is from the Motley Monsters Designer paper in the Holiday catalog. The Tag is made by stamping the image “Good to the last Bite” from the Merry Eveything stamp set.  The tag is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with basic Black ink.  It is punched out the with new Note Tag punch.  The edge is sponged with tangerine tango ink.  The tag is attached to the box with the White and Tangerine Tango Two-tone trim.   So cute – the treat bag is filled with a ghost shaped marshmellow, some graham crackers and chocolate. This adorable Treat Box is perfect for this week’s SUO Challenge – “The Treat’s the Thing”.   Happy Haunting! signature line-003

Handmade Halloween Card

DSCN0487wToday’s handmade Halloween card is made using one of the Stampin’ Up! photopolymer Stamp sets; Bite Me. I love the spider web in this set.  It is perfect to make Halloween cards or favors for your favorite friends. This card uses the Motley Monsters designer paper from the Holiday catalog, Crushed Curry cardstock, Tangerine Tango cardsock and whisper white.  Cut the Crushed Curry cardstock in half at 5 1/2″ so that you have a piece of cardstock that is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half to make the card base. The spider web is stamped on a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of the DSP with the wood grain background layered over the paper with the leaf background (3 3/4″ x 5″) and candy corn backgrounds (2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″). The black cat is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock with rhinestone jewels colored yellow for the eyes.DSCN0493w So I have to admit that I really didn’t like the way this first card came out and this has been bugging me all day since I am a perfectionist!  The lighting on the picture wasn’t good but most of all, I choose too many prints for the layers of the card and I think they conflicted a bit. So I remade this card today and I took the picture of the card outside so I had adequate lighting. I used the same cardstocks, stamp set and designer papers.  I just took out the wood grain paper and used a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock in place of the woodgrain paper. So here is my second version of this card: I also stamped the BOO on a scrap of crushed curry and added that to the top corner with a dimensional to add depth.  I do wish that we had rhinestone jewels that are one size smaller for the eyes! So what do you think? Here is the flyer for this photopolymer stamp set!   Supplies:
  • Bite Me Photopolymer stamp set   134622
  • Crushed curry cardstock
  • Tangerine Tangello cardstock
  • Basic Black cardstock
  • Whisper white cardstock
  • Basic Black ink pad
Flyer_photopolymer_Bite_Sept20_NA You can order from my website HERE. Happy Stamping! signature line-003      

Halloween Sneak Peak

Today I have a handmade Halloween card that I made with the new Halloween Designer Paper from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  There are some great patterns in this Designer paper  – not all Halloween based but some great for Fall too. Here are the details for the card: Hall-w This card was inspired by Mary Jo’s sketch challenge at Technostamper.com.   Loving the new Holiday catalog! signature line-003

Happy Halloween!!

100_9915 copy  Happy Halloween!!  Here is another card that moves designed for Halloween.  This card uses Halloween Happiness and the Best of Halloween stamp set.  The Haunted House is one of my favorite Halloween stamps that SU has designed over the year!! The designer paper on this card is the Witch’s Brew design.  The card colors are basic black and tangerine tango card stocks. So to make the unique fold, use a card stock base that is cut the long way 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.  Cut 2 1/4″ off the top half of the card.  Cut another piece 100_9916 of basic black card stock to 3″ x 8″.  Score at 4″ and fold in half.  Layer the bottom half of the smaller card onto the base of the larger card, folding in the opposite direction. With this card, the haunted house which is punched with a circle punch holds the layer closed!   Enjoy your Halloween and don’t eat too much candy!!   signature line-003

October Technique Class

Each month I design a technique class with a video demonstrating a technique with full directions for 3 cards using the technique!   Well, this month I have designed the technique around  the new Thinlits Dies that allow you to make Flip Cards in one quick step. 100_9908

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These dies are great and make interactive cards so easy!  Who wouldn’t want to receive an interactive card like one of these above! So for the remainder of October – place an order for one of the thinlit die sets and receive a link to my technique video and full instructions for these cards for FREE!  Each set of thinlit dies has 8 great shapes that coordinate with the die to make beautiful cards all for $32.95.
  • 133479 – Label Card Thinlit
  • 133480 – Circle Card Thinlit
You can place orders at my online store here.    Enjoy your day and Happy Stampin’! signature line-003  

October Specials – every Thursday

Stampin’ UP! has reached a milestone–250 posts on our customer blog–and we want to celebrate with you and your customers! Beginning Thursday October 3, we will begin a series of Thank You Thursdays posts, where we will offer discounted products for one day only (while supplies last)! Visit the STampin’ Up! Customer blog each Thursday in October to see the new deal. And thank you for helping to make our blog an inspiring place to be! halloween-washi-tag                   Today’s Deal-Designer Washi Tape! Choose from one (or all three) of the designer Washi Tapes below!
Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN   *Please note-The discounted price will appear at checkout.*
  Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape
Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN   *Please note-The discounted price will appear at checkout.*
Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN   *Please note-The discounted price will appear at checkout.*
  So I have opened an order code for a mystery hostess.  Use the hostess code VEF6TGM3 and you have a chance to be my mystery hostess for the week!   signature line-003