Friday, October 30, 2009

Goblins, Ghouls and Spooky Embellishments

Don’t be surprised that that you won’t see any stamping today.  Believe it or not I do have some other talents hidden away.  LOL!  This past weekend, I created a Halloween costume for my little ghoul!  I am not sure if I can say little now that he turned 9! Don’t you just love his “Yes, I am dead”, face?

Halloween 2009 Ghoul

It is truly amazing that although I didn’t use any stamps, I did use some of my Stampin’ Up! products on his costume!  Did you know that the Black Grosgrain Ribbon was just perfect to tie his ghoulish black hooded robe around his neck?  I bet you wouldn’t even think of sponges at Halloween would you?  Well, the Stampin’ Up! sponges cut into wedges was the perfect tool to create this ghoulish face!

Halloween 2009 Vampire

Wishing you loads of Halloween fun!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Sugarless Halloween Treats

Halloween is synonymous for sweet treats! Well, this little treat is perfect for school children or avid readers! This cute little gift contains four bookmarks held together with a little belly band.  When you slide the “Happy Halloween” belly band off the gift, it reveals the “Trick or Treat” greeting on the front bookmark!  Each bookmark is perforated so that it can easily be removed from the group.  A great gift to give or share with your friends!

Halloween Bookmark Gift Closed Halloween Bookmark Gift Open

Stamps: 115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes, Holiday Best (Hostess Level 1), 115460 From the Crypt, 111764 Eat, Drink and Be Scary, 113490 Baroque Motifs

Inks:  Jet Black Stazon, Versamark, Old Olive

Paper: 102851 Basic Black,100730 Whisper White, 115677 Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 108362 Crop-a-dile,109133 Black Embossing Powder, 112082 Wide Oval Punch, 112082 Large Oval Punch, 114889 Scallop Oval Punch, 116630 Modern Label Punch, 104390 1/2” Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch (Retired) , 106958 Cutter Kit, 100082 Basic Black Marker, 103579 Paper Snips, 109027 Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, 103579 Paper Snips, 104430 Dimensionals, 104294 Sticky Strip


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Spooky Tastes

Day 6 – Holiday Haunts Stamp Camp – Test Tube Box

Inspiration Box - Halloween - Closed

This project is another version of my Inspiration Box that I created for the Holiday Blog Tour and for my Holiday Haunts stamp camp.

This clever little box is specially created to hold 3 test tubes less than 3/4” in diameter and less than 5” tall including the cork. Unfortunately, I am unable to tell you the vendor…so just make sure your test tubes are approximate in size.

Inspiration Box - Halloween - Open

These test tubes contain jelly beans perfectly colored to match that wonderful Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper – Don’t you just love that when everything matches?  What do you think will happen when you pop one of these beans into your mouth?  I think the green one will turn you into a frog, the orange beans will turn you into a pumpkin and the purple ones? Well, I think they will turn you back to normal!

The box lid is attached and is perfect to hold the treats in as well as keep all the goodies inside the box when it is closed.

Stamps: Eat Drink and Be Scary
Paper: Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Lavendar Lace
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: More Mustard 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Fire Rhinestone Brads, Paper Snips

The box was one of my featured projects at my stamp camp and everyone that attended received the directions for the Inspiration Box with this camp.  If you couldn’t attend the stamp camp and are interested in receiving the tutorial and cutting guide, you may purchase it from me via PayPal for $3.95. Be sure to include the email address that you would like to receive the PDF.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spooky Sounds and Sights

Day 5 – Holiday Haunts Stamp Camp - CD/DVD Matchbook Holder

This fun little project is a matchbook that contains a sugarless treat for your favorite Halloween buff or for those grandparents that are always looking for the latest pictures of this years Halloween costumes!  Great for storing or giving photos or music CDs, or DVDs that you plan to watch on Halloween with a friend close by!

CD/DVD Matchbook Holder - Closed

The matchbook securely holds the CD or DVD inside without fear of it falling out.  That cute little belly band holds the flap in place when it is closed and stays in place when open so that you can still see that fun little Spooky Treats Rub On.  Do you love it as much as I do?

CD/DVD Matchbook Holder - Open

Stamps: From the Crypt
Paper: Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Night and Day Designer Series Paper (Mini)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Spooky Treats Rub Ons, Sticky Strip, Creepy Green colored CD/DVD, Silver brads, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Dimensionals



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Boo to You

Day 4 – Holiday Haunts Stamp Camp Projects – Boo Pennant

If you enjoy decorating your home over the holidays, a pennant is the perfect answer to mixing a little bit of “fun” to any holiday.  This fun pennant was shown at Convention this year and I saw a quite a few renditions of it since then. 

The Bigz Pennant Die (113483) makes this an project easy to create.  Add the Serif Essentials Alphabet (113464) and you are ready to create a pennant with any words to complete your holiday decorating!

September Projects 005

Stamps: Sweet Centers (Mini)  
Paper: Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Basic Black 1/4” Striped Grosgrain, Big Shot Machine, Stampin’ Up! Pennant Die, Serif Essentials Alphabet Die, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade



Monday, October 5, 2009

Trick or Treat

Welcome to day three of my week of Holiday Haunts! 

These little gems were created using the Fancy Favor Big Shot Die.  Another rather quick and easy project that includes the wonderful little treat cups found in the Holiday Mini Catalog! 

A fun little trick that I discovered when cutting these boxes is that you can actually use an 8 1/2 sheet of paper to create one box…so even if you have run out of the 12 x 12 in the color you need…don’t fear you can make it work with the smaller size sheet!

The great thing about holidays is that many candy manufacturers create specialty candy for the holidays.  These little skulls, bones and pumpkins were the perfect accompaniment to the little treat bag.

Halloween Projects 005 

Stamps: Sweet Centers (Mini),  
Paper: Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper, Basic Black
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Treat Cups (Mini), 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain: Old Olive, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie, Horizontal Slot Punch



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Spice

Welcome back! This is day 2 of my Holiday Haunts projects!  If you have missed a day make sure you go back to check out the previous days projects.

I love creating cards, but sometimes events call for a 3D item!  Halloween parties often involve special projects that can hold a special candy surprise inside.  This little tombstone style matchbox can hold a bit of candy corn, a little candy bar, cash or “body parts”!  I found gummy “body parts” at a local grocery store…they fit perfectly in this matchbox!  Who wouldn’t just howl when they found a nose, a brain, a foot or a finger upon opening this little box of Halloween fun!

Holiday Haunts Camp - Matchbox

Creating projects with Big Shot Dies cuts your creation time down to minutes!  How many Matchboxes can you cut in 5 minutes?

Have some fun spicing up your next holiday project! Hope to see you back here tomorrow for some more Halloween fun!

Stamps: From the Crypt, Sanded(Background), Teeny Tiny Wishes 
Paper: Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Extended Cutting Pads, Stampin’ UP! Matchbox Die, Paper Snips, Dimensionals



Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hauntingly Fun

Halloween is one of those holidays that allow you to decorate with bats and spiders even though the rest of the year you would scream and run for the vacuum or a broom if you saw them in your home!  In fact, the huge hairy, 20-million-eyed spider I saw today was dead in its tracks when I came upon it today – literally!  LOL! 

I thought you might like to see a couple of the projects that I created for my Holiday Haunts stamp camp this past month.  I will be posting 1 project each day for the next 6 days.  I hope it inspires you to create your own Halloween fun this year! The projects will increase in difficulty as we progress through the days.

Cards are a quick and easy projects to get that cauldron of ideas flowing.  These cards are perfect, sweet and simple ideas to let the little and big kids in your life know that you are thinking about them at this time of year!  I love creating in different colors – don’t you just love mixing up concoctions of colors?Holiday Haunts Camp - Cards

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Holiday Best (Hostess) 
Paper: Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Dimensionals, Ribbon Originals – Orchard, Tombow Multipurpuse Adhesive