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Posted on September 13, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP

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Hey stampers! I hope you've been enjoying my weekly posts giving you some fresh ideas for Halloween.  Today's project is 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you don't send out Halloween cards, you can easily convert this design to put on a treat bag or box.

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 - Spooky Night DSP

Let me give you several tips from this card that will work for any season or holiday and save you money and/ or time.

  • Use small bits of DSP (Designer Series Paper) to make your pack go farther.
  • Use punched out or “fussy cut” images (like the witch's hat) as your focal point instead of stamping.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a small piece of coordinating cardstock and punch out. SO many of my “perfectionist” customers stress out about an image being straight when stamped right on the card itself. Using the punch technique, you'll save yourself stress and you'll throw away less cardstock!
  • Instead of tying a bow or knot, tack your piece of ribbon under each end on your top layer. You'll save on both ribbon AND postage when mailing your cards!

Here are the instructions, including supplies for this card. If you need to order anything to make some of these, just click on a picture.


  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144701)
  • Card Stock –Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Basic Black (121045); Pumpkin Pie (105117) Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931)
  • Misc.– Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Classic Label Punch (141491); Banner Triple Punch (138292); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Mini Stampin' Dimensionals ( 144108); Snail (104332)


  • Thick Very Vanilla: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • Basic Black: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie: 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 1″ x 3″
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper: four different prints,
  • cut two of them 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and cut the other two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Vintage Crochet Trim: 5″



  1. Make banners out of each piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper with the Banner Triple Punch. Attach the banners to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Snail.
  2. Wrap the Vintage Crochet Trim over the banners and Pumpkin Pie cardstock securing it on the back side with Mini Glue Dots.
  3. Stamp Hat in Basic Black Ink on 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out by hand. Attach hat with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp Happy Halloween in Basic Black Ink on 1″ x 3″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and punch out with Classic Label Punch. Attach sentiment with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Attach the Pumpkin Pie card front to the Basic Black piece and attach these layers to the front of the Thick Very Vanilla card base which has been folded on the score line.

Thanks for stopping by today and joining me for 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you've missed the other weeks, click here for Week 1 and then follow to the next.

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Posted on September 8, 2017

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Happy Friday friends! Even with the short holiday work week, I'm tired and ready for a fun-filled stampin' weekend! I know I'm going to be creating with this awesome new set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

It's a good one that you can't buy, BUT you can get it for free!

The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after October 31. But, that means there are two months for you to get it!

Let me tell you how you can get it…did I mention it's FREE?

There are a few ways to reach $300 in orders to receive this free stamp set. Of course, you can place a $300 order yourself (I'm sure there are one or two things you “need” from the new Holiday Catalog). You could also collect a few orders from friends (they also have a Holiday Catalog Wish List, right?) and put them together to reach $300. I can easily set up a Host Code for you so that orders can be placed online and delivered right to your guests AND you will get the regular Stampin' Rewards and this awesome free stamp set!

Hold On…there's more! You will also receive these two completed projects in the mail as an extra thank you gift from me!

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!


Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

The offer for the FREE stamp set is for September and October. My additional 2 free projects will be mailed to you when you place your order in SEPTEMBER. 

Oh, one more cool thing about this set. You can stamp the candles image in fun, bright colors to make birthday cards…

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

in addition to seasonal cards now! This Merry Patterns Stamp set truly ROCKS!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope your weekend will be filled with crafting fun!

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Posted on September 6, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! It's time for 12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky.

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week 3 Spooky

This card combines spooky with glitz! Of course every “haunted” Halloween needs some bats and at least one rat! 🙂

The gate is made with The Graveyard Gate Thinlits Dies. You can purchase these separately or, for the best value, buy the bundle.

Here are the instructions, along with measurements and supply list.


  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749p); Graveyard Gate (144695w, 144765c); Graveyard Gate Bundle (146017w, 146018c)
  • Card Stock –Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Cajun Craze (119684); Basic Gray (121044); Whisper White (100730); Glossy White (144240);
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival (140931); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crushed Curry (131173); Cajun Craze (126965)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263); Detailed Gate Thinlits (144669); Wink of Stella Clear (141897); Sponge Brayers (141714); Stampin’ Sponges (141337); 1-3/4” Circle Punch (119850); Classic Label Punch (141491); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639);  Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108)


  • Basic Black CS:  4 1/4” x 11”; 2 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist CS: 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Cajun Craze CS: 1” x 2 ½”
  • Basic Gray CS:  scraps
  • Glossy Paper: 3 1/2 “ x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White CS: 1/4” x 4”; 2 x 3


  1. Fold Basic Black cardstock in half to form card base.
  2. Adhere Lemon Lime Twist CS layer to card front.
  3. Punch 1 ¾” Circle from Whisper White CS – save both pieces to use for masking.
  4. Lightly ‘tack’ circle punched piece on Glossy White paper for ‘moon’ placement.
  5. Using Sponge Brayer and Elegant Eggplant ink, color entire Glossy White paper until desired darkness leaving light/dark areas.
  6. Use Stampin’ Sponge with Basic Black Archival ink to darken some areas and edges of Glossy White CS.
  7. Remove punched circle piece then place ‘negative’ over un-inked area.  Sponge into circle using Crushed Curry ink.
  8. Stamp ‘bat’ multiple times using Basic Black Archival Ink on top portion of Glossy piece.
  9. Using Big Shot, die cut the top portion of the Detailed Gate Thinlit from the Basic Black CS.
  10. “Color” die cut gate using Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere to Glossy piece the adhere unit to card front.
  11. Stamp ‘brick column’ using Cajun Craze ink onto Cajun Craze CS.  Fussy cut out.  Then sponge edges lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.
  12. Stamp ‘owl’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Then color with Clear Wink of Stella.
  13. Adhere owl behind brick column then add unit to card front using Dimensionals.
  14. Add Black Rhinestone Jewels to owl ‘eyes’.
  15. Stamp ‘rat’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Add to card front using Mini Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp sentiment using Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch ends using the Classic Label

If you missed Week 1 and Week 2 of Halloween ideas, you can catch up now.

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Posted on August 31, 2017

Carols of Christmas Sampler – Great Gift Idea

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

Carols of Christmas Sampler – Great Gift Idea!

Hey stampers! I have a great gift idea for you today.

Carols of Christmas Sampler - Great Gift Idea

This Carols of Christmas Sampler would make such a perfect handmade gift! It's easy to assemble and, if you get started now, BEFORE the holidays sneak up on you, you'll have much more time to ENJOY the season! 🙂

The Carols of Christmas Bundle is available as an “early release” Holiday Catalog item so why not grab it today and save 10%.  The stamp set and thinlits dies are also sold individually.

I've included instructions, including measurements, and a supply list. Everything is available at my online store.  In addition, don't forget there are still lots of items in the Clearance Rack, with discounts up to 60%!


  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas Stamp Set (w-144801, c-144804); Bundle (w-146036, c-146037)
  • Card Stock – Marina Mist Card Stock (119682); Night of Navy Card Stock (100867); Soft Sky Card Stock (131203); Chocolate Chip Card Stock (102128); Shimmer White Card Stock (101910); Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Marina Mist Ink (126962); Night of Navy Ink (126970); Soft Sky Ink (131181)
  • Misc. – Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315); Silver Glimmer Paper (135314); Silver Foil (132178); Big Shot (143263); Precision Base Plate (139684); Card Front Builder Thinlits (144674); Starlight Thinlits (141840); Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672); Sponge Dauber (133773); Aqua Painter (103954); Rhinestones (144220); Night of Navy 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144189); Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108); Mini Glue Dots (103683); 8”x8” frame (non Stampin’ Up!)


  • Marina Mist Card Stock:            8” x 8”; 2¾” x 3¾”
  • Night of Navy Card Stock:        3” x 4”; 3” x 3¼” (2); 3¼” x 4¼”; 1¼” x 4”
  • Soft Sky Card Stock:     2¾” x 3” (2); 1” x 3¾”; 1½” x 3¾”
  • Shimmer White Card Stock: 3” x 4”
  • Whisper White Card Stock: 1½” x 2” scrap
  • Chocolate Chip Card Stock: 1” x 1” scrap
  • Silver Foil:  3” x 4” scrap
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 3” x 4” scrap
  • Silver Glimmer Paper: 1½” x 2” scrap



  1. Emboss Shimmer White with Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  2. Watercolor wash a background. Use Soft Sky, Marina Mist, and Night of Navy inks in that order. Allow to dry.
  3. Adhere Shimmer White to Night of Navy (3¼” x 4¼”).
  4. Cut the detailed star from Silver Foil. Use the Precision Base Plate to avoid “bumps” on the star. Keep scrap to die cut other items.
  5. Use Mini Dimensionals to adhere star.
  6. Add rhinestones.

Peace on Earth

  1. Ink stamp with Marina Mist. Use Sponge Dauber to add Night of Navy to the edges. Stamp on Soft Sky (3” x 3¼”).
  2. Stamp sparkles in the background with Soft Sky ink.
  3. Adhere to Night of Navy (3¼” x 3½”).

Snow Scene

  1. Cut moon and stars from Marina Mist.
  2. Adhere Marina Mist to Night of Navy (3” x 4”).
  3. Tear the Soft Sky (1½” x 3¾”) strip. Adhere to bottom of Marina Mist.
  4. Cut trees from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. Keep scrap to die cut other items.
  5. Cut deer from Chocolate Chip.
  6. Adhere pieces to the scene. Use Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals to pop up a tree and the deer. 


  1. Stamp ornaments with Soft Sky on Soft Sky (1” x 3¾”).
  2. Adhere Soft Sky to Night of Navy (1¼” x 4”).
  3. Stamp ornaments with Night of Navy on Whisper White scrap. Cut out with die.
  4. Cut out one set of ornaments from Silver Glimmer paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.
  5. Adhere ornaments to background. Adhere some with Mini Dimensionals. Some may need to be adhered after the sampler is all adhered in order to overlap. 

Deck the Halls

  1. Ink stamp with Night of Navy and stamp on Soft Sky (3” x 3¼”).
  2. Adhere to Night of Navy (3¼” x 3½”).
  3. Cut holly leaves from scrap Silver Foil.
  4. Adhere holly leaves to Soft Sky. Use Mini Dimensionals to pop up one of the leaves.
  5. Add rhinestones as holly berries.
  6. Dry fit all pieces onto the 8” x 8” Marina Mist piece.
  7. Stamp sparkles at the bottom between the star piece and the Deck the Halls piece.
  8. Adhere all the pieces as shown in the photo. Add any additional ornaments to overlap.
  9. Tie Night of Navy ribbon into a bow. Adhere to the project with Mini Glue Dots.
  10. Add to the frame.

Of course, feel free to change up the colors and use my instructions and measurements to create your own sampler!

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Posted on August 30, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

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Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend and if you live in south Texas, please know my family and I are praying! Stampin' Up! has also posted on our demonstrator site that they are ready to help any demo adversely affected by the hurricane. I just love this company and their huge heart!

So, today's tip is for your Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. You have one, right?

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of Stella T

This fabulous tool lets you apply glitter preciously where you want it on a project.

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of Stella

Notice the sparkle on the daisies? Yep, Wink of Stella!

I use this great little tool all the time. And, sometimes I can see there is glitter solution in the barrel (I hold it up to the light and can easily see how much is left) but it won't come out. So, how do I get it out and not waste one little drop?

Unscrew the barrel and then take a pair of needle-nosed pliers and gently twist off the little, black ring. The inside barrel will come out and you'll have an opening in the barrel. Fill up the barrel about half-way with 91% rubbing alcohol. I like to use the 91% because it will dry very quickly! I don't like to wait to have a finished product! Insert the little insert back into the barrel and screw the brush back on. Put the cap on and give it a few good shakes. You'll now be able to get the rest of the glitter out of the tube!

Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of StellaFresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies - Wink of Stella

If you'd like to create today's card, here are the instructions. All the supplies may be purchased anytime at my online store.


  • Stamp Sets – Delightful Daisy (143669 ); Eastern Beauty (143675)
  • Card Stock – Perfect Plum (101889; Wild Wasabi (108641); Whisper White (100730); Crushed Curry (131199)
  • Stamp Pads – Perfect Plum (126963); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Crushed Curry (131173)
  • Misc. –Big Shot (143263); Garden Trellis Embossing Folder (143741) Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Stampin Dimensionals (104430); Daisy Punch (143713); ½ Circle Punch (119869);


  • Card Stock: Perfect Plum 8 ½ x 11, folded in half, Scrap for the daisies
  • Whisper White 3 x 4”
  • Wild Wasabi 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”
  • Crushed Curry scrap for circles


  1. Score and fold the Perfect Plum
  2. Run the embossing folder thru the Big Shot
  3. Stamp the daisies on the scrap Perfect Plum, then punch out
  4. Cut the daisies in half
  5. Using the scrap of Crushed Curry, stamp the circle image and then punch out
  6. Using Wild Wasabi ink, tamp the stem on the Whisper White
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom
  8. Add Dimensionals to the bottom layer and adhere the layers together.
  9. Adhere the daisies on top of the stem. Adhere the circles to the daisies
  10. Add Wink of Stella


I hope today's post, Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies – Wink of Stella, taught you something and gave you a new project idea! If you missed last week's “fresh eyes” tip, you can read it here.


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