Monday, October 9, 2017


The days are ticking by. I should have my order today and plan to switch to one of the other sets for the remainder of the week. We'll see. I am leaving on Wednesday for a writer's conference. I still want to make sure there are things on the blog through the 20th at least. My sister-in-law of almost thirty years (and my most recent recruit) will be here the day after I get home from conference and we'll be playing all week. Can't wait!

Okay.. so Day 9:

The absolute simplest card to make.. and came to me very late on Friday night. Bob sat watching YouTube videos on his iPad while I scurried to make sure I had posts to get me through the weekend. 

For this I used the Spooky Cat and the Everyday Label punches. My husband was quick to point out that my sentiment mat is crooked. Who can I send this to that they won't notice ;-)?

I used a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the base and positioned the fold at the top rather than on the left. The cat is punched from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper. The moon was cut with one of the Stitched Framelits circles from Crushed Curry. I punched one each of Whisper White and Crushed Curry from the Everyday Label then off-set the Crushed Curry one just a bit to create dimension.

Done and done! 

Creative Blessings!

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Today's card uses another of those papers from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper that often gets set aside. Seriously, what do you do with a big polka dot print? Make it the star of the show!

The sentiment is from our featured set - Spooky Cat

I got the idea for this simple layout from the blog StampinOnTuesday (blogspot) layout I found HERE on Pinterest

The banner is 2" x 5". Using the new Everyday Label punch, I punched one from Basic Black cardstock and one from a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. I then trimmed the Very Vanilla down to just the center section of the punched piece. 

The Everyday Label mat is raised on Stampin' Dimensionals and I added 3 degrading Black Rhinestone Jewels to the upper right for balance. 

I REALLY need to order this Black Rhinestone Jewels by the case. They have become my Go-To embellishment. As I type this, I'm thinking how cool they would be in a bright Real Red to use as blood drops. What do you think?

Sending someone a greeting of any kind doesn't have to be fancy, just from your heart.
Creative Blessings!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN - Days 6 & 7

Good morning!

I apologize for no post yesterday. I got early notification that my dear husband, Bob, was on his way home. He'd been gone for 30 days and I wasn't expecting him until Wednesday. So I wanted to scurry the house and make it look less like a tornado had hit since I've been so busy creating. Not that he'd have cared. But I did.

Keep in mind, we are still focusing on Spooky Cat.
Here's Day 6:

I got the idea for this card from SU Demonstrator, Janet Wakeland. She has a fab tutorial on her YouTube channel HERE

Here's the basics:
Start with an 8.5" x 4.25 piece of cardstock. fold at the 4.25" mark on the horizontal, giving you a square card base. I like this because a lot of designs I get in the UK magazines work mostly with a square layout. The addition of the top mat (where I have the witch hat) still gives it the appearance of a 4.25 x 5.5 card, letting it fit into an A2 card envelope. 

You'll see in her video, she uses the Stampin' UP! graph paper to help position the top mat so that it fits perfectly in the envelope.

I used the Spooky Cat Stamp set:

      Basic Black
      Very Vanilla

And now, Today's Card - Day 7:

The cool thing about Designer Series Paper packs is that all the patterns will coordinate. Most of the papers in this series are meant to coordinate with Very Vanilla cardstock. Since I'm out of Very Vanilla until my order arrives on Monday, I chose the very busy 'sayings' side of one of the papers that had some of the words in Whisper White. 

This card was inspired by THIS one on Pinterest
I chose to use the often set aside orange cat and popped her up on dimensionals. I substituted the Vintage Black Lace Trim. I used a section across the top then about a 4" piece to knot to the right end over the banner for a bit of texture. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Welcome to Day 5:

The technique I'd hoped to show you today isn't coming together as I'd hoped so I'll keep working on it for a future post.

While we are featuring the the Spooky Cat Bundle, and the cat is beyond adorable we have to remember there are other great items in this set. So today I bring you a different greeting from the set and a bit of fussy cutting.

I mean, look at these awesome patterns! I have plans for a couple of the more graphic/ less cutesy papers in coming posts. But today, I made use of a scrap of the Tree/ Moon paper. The image had been cut into, making the reverse stripe the star of the show.

Here's the card again while I talk about details:

Both components of the sentiment are stamped on Very Vanilla with Memento Black. Then I cut the oval with the Stitched Framelits oval. The sentiment JUST fit... falling into the stitching but doesn't detract from the sentiment. I cut the Happy Halloween piece to fit the opening in the base sentiment then rounded the corners using the corner-rounder on the Envelope Punch Board.

In the bottom right corner where the pumpkins are placed, I stamped 2 strips of the longer 'washi' stamp image in Crushed Curry. While it doesn't show up well here, the image of straw bales is very subtle.

I fussy cut the jack o lanterns then popped the longer of the three up with dimensionals. After putting him in place, I tucked the other two flush to the paper just under the edge.

This card is simple and quick.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


This is our card for Day 4:

I've cased the card from HERE on Pinterest. The card was created by SU demonstrator Mary Fish from Stampin'Pretty  I lifted and added a bit more bling.

All this week we are featuring the Spooky Cat Bundle, Spooky Nights DSP and coordinating embellishments. I will link those as we go.

I started with a Basic Black card base at 4.25" x 5.5", cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock 4" x 5.25" for the mat. The DSP at the bottom is cut 4.25" with the stripes running VERTICAL on your trimmer. Then flip the piece and cut at the 1.5"  width.  You'll also need to punch 1 FULL Black Cat plus just the head section from another. This is a great way to use the 'partial' cat images from the paper.

Here is the mat in place:

The DSP mat is placed about 3/8" from the bottom edge of the card mat. Then I placed a large glue dot in the center.

Next I cut a length of Black Sequin trim just about 2.5 times the length of my index finger and looped it as if I were going to make a bow... then stuck it to the glue dot.

I trimmed the excess off the edge after the card was assembled and I could see where I wanted it to stop.

Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut 4.25" x 1.5"
Score the strip from both ends at the 3/4" and 1" mark. Fold BACK at the 1" mark and FORWARD at the 3/4" mark.  If you do this first, then you can see how deep to make your flag cuts.

Then stamp your sentiment in the center.

In the above picture you'll see I had mini glue dots in place. Once I folded them, I realized I needed dimension so I replaced those with a mini dimensional on each end. Then I placed one Stampin' Dimensional under each end and at the center point of the entire banner. 

Back at the top... I cut the black cat mat from the 2nd largest of the Scallop Squares in the Layering Squares Framelits set. This gives you room to cut use a 2.5" Whisper White Square. Glue the white mat to the center of the black scalloped square then apply to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Punch one full black cat from the DSP and one head. Trim the head around the chin a bit then adhere to the full cat with a mini dimensional. Next, fussy-cut one of the witch's hats from the DSP. Use the Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to apply a line of glue just above the cat's eyes and set the hat in place.

For bling, I used a Rhinestone Basics on the hat band and to give her a sparkly collar. Two Black Rhinestones add a bit of that something extra to the banner. 

I hope you'll come back tomorrow for Day 5. If things work out I'll have a technique for you to create your own dimensional backgrounds.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN - Day 3 Updated.

Day 3 and we are still featuring the Spooky Cat bundle and DSP.

I was inspired by my blog friend Angela over at Felix the Crafty Cat blog to make something I've not made  before - a Z-fold card. These are incredibly simple to make with very little math involved. Thanks to her blog post, I am joining her in linking up at Crafty Cardmakers.  Those ladies do some beautiful work!

So here's my card:

I used papers from the Spooky Night DSP pack against Basic Black cardstock. The whole is stamped in Basic Gray on Basic Black Then I stamped his eyes with the Whisper White. He is popped up with the new Mini Dimensioinals.

Here's the card opened up:

And here's a shot of the inside close-up:

I held the Everyday Label punch in place on a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock then traced around the inside edge with the Basic Black Stampin Write marker. Then I punched the label out. this gave me a nice edge to the label mat.

The eyes and the sentiment I used on the inside of the card are one stamp in the set. I cut them apart (gasp!)

I hope you'll take time to visit some of the other creative folks at Crafty Cardmakers.

Until tomorrow... Creative Blessings!

Monday, October 2, 2017


Of course, the minute I plan an event something goes bonkers at work. Day 2 and I'm already behind.  I'll double up on Friday with 2 cards in the post.

For the first six days I will feature one stamp set, then switch to a different stamp set to feature Days 7-13.

This week, the Full Moon shines on SPOOKY CAT Bundle:

I am also using the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper... 

plus a couple of threads from the Burlap Ribbon and the Everyday Label Punch:

I punched one full label out in black, then short cut one in Tangerine Tango:

Because you can't turn it around and come back from the other side, I used my paper trimmer to cut the other side off to match.

I pulled two strands of twine from the Burlap ribbon and centered them on the back of the black mat:

Then positioned everything into the finished card front:

And here's the inside:

I haven't forgotten about the contest I posted HERE