Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday Spooky Halloween

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is "Spooky Halloween." I'm not entirely convinced this card is spooky, but it was the best I could do! I was so happy with the glitter bat and bow on last week's Halloween favor that I had to use it on a card, too.

The greeting from Hallows Night Magic was heat embossed (white on black) and cut with one of the Ornate Frames. Then the larger filigree frame was cut from Black Glitter Paper for the frame behind the greeting.

The rest was easy peasy - just added some of the Magic In This Night DSP for a background and stamped the inside with the bats (Smoky Slate, stamped off) and Happy Halloween (Memento) greeting.

That's my share for today. Now click the Next button to jump to Libby Fens at Libby Stamps, or the Back button to see what Mary Brown at Stamper Camper's Corner made!
Stampin' Up! products used:
  • Hallows Night Magic Bundle
  • Basic Black Cardstock and Black Glitter Paper
  • Magic In This Night Designer Series Paper
  • Smoky Slate Classic Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, and VersaMark Ink
  • Heat Tool and White Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Ornate Frames Dies
  • Glittered Organdy Ribbon and Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Stampin' Seal and Mini Glue Dots

Monday, October 19, 2020

GRATITUDE, from the Control Freaks

This month the Tour de Freaks are focusing on gratitude! Despite this crazy year, there is still much to be thankful for, and I count my blessings every single day. I'm first on the blog roll this month, but you may have landed here from Connie's blog, Stamp and Art Squared. Either way, welcome! There are seven of us this time, so be sure to follow the links at the bottom of each stop to visit all the Freaks.

I chose the oldie but goodie Country Home set, because I really liked the greeting. I am thankful for ALL the good things. (And sometimes even for the bad, because it makes me appreciate the good all the more.) Instead of using the milk can or pitcher image to place the bouquet in, I opted to use the bouquet as a background for the sentiment.

Some Cinnamon Cider was sponged around the edge of the image panel to give it a bit of an aged look after coloring and embossing.

On this next card, I did use the pitcher for the cotton boll bouquet. At first I was going to just use the DSP (In Good Taste) as the background, but then I had the idea to pop the frame up for dimension, and make it look like a still life painting. 

I think it turned out kind of neat! It needed a smaller sentiment, so I used Itty Bitty Greetings for the expression of gratitude.

That's all I have to share today. I wanted to do more, but Mom is here for a two week visit, so I haven't had a lot of time to create.

Up next is Tami at Swimming in Stamps, so hop on over to see her project!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Stamp Review Crew - Wrapped In Christmas


Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Wrapped In Christmas edition! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. If you landed here from Kelly's blog, My Papercraft Journey, welcome! There are only three of us today, so it will be a short hop, but one filled with inspiration!

The Wrapped In Christmas cling stamp set is filled with nine sentiments (and a small design) suitable for the holidays, and coordinates with the Warm Hugs stamp & die bundle; all part of the Heartwarming Hugs Suite.

I LOVE the Heartwarming Hugs DSP and wanted to use it to show off the sentiments (with some die cuts). Oh, and a little embossing on this first card. 😊

I used a little copper foil for the greeting's mat to coordinate with the copper stars. That's the only bling, can you believe it?! The next card has a wee bit more.

This greeting just really gets right to the heart of the matter, doesn't it? It gave me warm fuzzies, so I had to use it. The little tree is from the Warm Hugs set, which is photopolymer, so I inked it using sponge daubers to get a crisp image.

That's my share for today, so jump on over to see what Mike at Stampin' Style has made!

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday Halloween Favor

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is "Halloween Favors." I like making little favors filled with sweet treats, but since my hubby and I started the low carb lifestyle, we never have candy in the house. What to do, what to do?
Fortunately, nuts are an allowed treat for us, and even if they aren't sweet I had something to fill this cute little acetate box! I started with a 3-1/8" x 8-1/2" piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and scored it at 1", 1-3/4", 4-7/8", and 5-1/2". After scoring it, I used the bat die from Halloween Magic Dies to cut a window in the front panel, stamped the greeting, and then embossed just the front with the Wrapped In Texture embossing folder. It was then slipped into the small acetate card box.

The bat embellishment was cut from Black Glitter Paper using the same die and adhered with Glue Dots over the bow tied with the black Glittered Organdy Ribbon. Some Pumpkin Pie rhinestones made the bat's shiny, spooky eyes!

That's my share for today. Now click the Next button to jump to Libby Fens at Libby Stamps, or the Back button to see what Mary Brown at Stamper Camper's Corner made!
Stampin' Up! products used:
  • Hallows Night Magic Bundle
  • Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and Black Glitter Paper
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folders
  • 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" Acetate Card Box
  • Glittered Organdy Ribbon and Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Mini Glue Dots

Monday, October 12, 2020

Gingerbread Goodness

Have you seen the latest Paper Pumpkin kit? November's PP is called Jolly Gingerbread, and who doesn't LOVE the spicy goodness of gingerbread?! So, what’s in store for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit? November’s cute, gingerbread-themed kit contains enough supplies to create one-of-a-kind Christmas crafts! Whether it’s a gift card carrier, traditional card, or tasty-looking tag, this sweet and seasonal kit is the key to heartfelt holiday gifting. With curly cutouts, sugary stickers, and delicious die-cut designs in a special-edition box, a jolly holiday will be on its way with this kit!


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 15 gift card carriers and coordinating envelopes.
  • Kit contents can also be used to design traditional holiday cards, gift tags, and other paper projects.
  • Contents arrive in a collectible, special-edition box!
  • Project size: 2-1/4" x 4"
  • Envelope size: 2-3/4" x 4-3/8"
  • Coordinating colors: Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White

You must subscribe by November 10th if you want this special kit. Here's a cute, quick video. It doesn't show the kit contents (no surprise spoilers!), but is "sweet" nonetheless.

Sunday, October 11, 2020


My mom is visiting for a couple weeks, so if my posts become intermittent, that's why. We decided that since neither of us have the virus and we never go anywhere, it would be safe for her to come and visit. We missed our regular visit in May, and she's 85 years old and I didn't want to wait any longer! The timing is perfect, too, because we are almost at the peak of Fall colors now. 💛

I tried something a little different with this card - I colored the background with Light Soft Sea Foam so the flower would appear white. I did cheat a little on the flower's shading, though. The Gray Granite and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends were too dark, even the light Blends, so I pulled out my Copics for the shadows in the petals (W00 and W1).

To get the leaf to hang off the edge of the Stitched So Sweetly die cut, I snipped partway up on either side of the leaf then slid the die up snug, having the leaf on the outside of the cutting surface. The gold heat-embossed grid is from Comfort & Hope and the Mossy Meadow greeting is from Life Is Beautiful.

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