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Hey, Boo!


Isn’t this the cutest little ghost you’ve ever seen? But, what is scary to me… is that it is already Oct 1. We are officially finished with the first quarter of the school year and I feel like we started about two weeks ago…

Anyboo– (see what I did there???) Fall has arrived– at least in the stores. Though I woke up to some rain–that I’m hoping is the beginning of our Hawaiian winter.

This super cute little ghost was from the Cutest Halloween set (now retired) — and it had a matching punch. Putting this all together went lickety-split because of those handy little punches…

The colors here are super simple: Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape… and a little swash of a blend in the grape to outline the ghost hands and a dab of flamingo blend for the grin.

Head over to see if Anne and Cheryl have anything scary for you today!!


Cutest Little Mummy


October begins the season of pumpkins, sweaters, and a night of the cutest creepy crawlies you will see. This little mummy is no exception. The stamp set, Monster Bash and it’s coordinating dies, ornate frames definitely showcase some of the sweetest monsters of the season. (Monster Bash has retired, but the ornate frames are still available).

Fall is my favorite time of year. And, October seems to usher in all the goodness of the upcoming seasons. One good thing that has come out of this upheaval is that the world has SLOWED DOWN. I hope we can take this sense of slow, deliberateness into the upcoming season…a season that is always way too rushed and filled with obligations. This step-back that has been required of me is now causing me to see things from different perspectives and new realities. I pray that we don’t lose this new perspective as we begin to fill our holiday calendars.

Happy October to you all!

See what Anne and Cheryl have created for you today!

The Unscary Scarecrow


Isn’t he the cutest little scarecrow you’ve ever seen?  This is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set (now retired).  And, you just stamp the little guy on some crumb cake and give him a swish and a swoosh with the aqua painter and there you go!  Little unscary scarecrow!

I got the idea for the jack-o-lantern from another demo’s site (I can’t remember who now…) of just punching out a circle and stapling on the kraft rope trim to be the stem.  And, I love pairing of the pumpkin pie and razzleberry colors.  Makes for a very cheerful Halloween!

Pop on over to Anne and Cheryl to see what festivities they have for this season!!









I love fall.  LOVE IT.  It’s a bit ironic that I live in a place where fall is, well, not fall.  (AND, it’s especially not fall so far this year cause we’ve had record setting warm temperatures…so incongruent with what the rest of the country seems to be doing…)  BUT… I will be soaking in the sunshine come January… 🙂

That’s neither here nor there…

Like I said, I love fall.  And one of my most FAVORITE things about fall is Candy Corn!  Love it.  Love eating it whole, AND layer by layer.  Now, I’m a Candy Corn purist.  And, the stuff that LOOKS like candy corn but comes out at Easter in the pastel colors.  Not. The. Same. Thing.

Anyway, I loved this little Candy Corn stamp…  and my watchful bats to keep people from stealing my candy corn…  🙂  Sorry, the set retired last year… but still fun.



I love changing the months to a new calendar page!  Even though I made them and know what is coming, it’s so fun to see the change!  Like a little surprise at the start of each month!!


Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!



Defying Gravity


So the title really has nothing to do with this post except this month’s Best Of set…Best of Halloween…reminds me of the musical, Wicked. Well, the hat does. And I absolutely love the musical. And the song. I think it has something to do with the whole Kansas upbringing.  (For those of you who don’t know, Wicked is the true story of the Witches of Oz.)  I even just bought the most fabulous pair of red shoes…

Anyway… Wicked inspired the first card I made with this set. Though the stamps are super cute, I really wish the retired stamp we had with the legs in boots had made the cut…then I really could have a musically inspired card… but we can’t all have our druthers…


This year’s Halloween DSP, Witches Brew, is absolutely fabulous. This is a Summer Starfruit piece from the pack. The I wanted the girlie-ness from that piece of paper to liven up the card. Its 4.5″ square… but I trimmed off a portion of the front and scalloped the edge. I textured with chevron and stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set And the Illuminate ink. On the eggplant, it comes out a pretty silver. Thus the hint of brushed silver paper.


Now, I knew I wanted to glitter the hat with our black glitter. And I swear I had some of the heat and stick powder. But I think in efforts to simplify my life, I must have gotten rid of it. So. I had to stamp the image and then trace over it with crystal effects. But the result is still the same.


A few rhinestones and we are all “off to see the wizard”.

Card #2
When I saw the owl in the tree in this set, I just knew I had to make a window card with the sponging and all that business. So… off to figure that out.

Here is the finished product


I used the window framelits die and cut the window out of the layer of DSP that is on the front.  Then I placed it where I wanted it to be on the card and marked the insides so I knew where to line it all up.


Remove the DSP and with the help of the exceptionally wonderful magnetic platform, my window got cut out of the card base exactly where I needed it to be.


I put a piece of vanilla paper on the inside and then marked the window from the front of the card. This is so I would know where to line up the mask for my stamping and sponging.  I cut then same size window out of a scrap of paper and used it to mask the area. I stamped the owl/tree stamp and then sponged summer start fruit for the moon.


After stmping and sponging summer start fruit, I used the 1″ c ircle to make a mask to keep the start fruit clean as I sponged smokey slate, basic gray, and black.


Like my piece of Washi as a way to hold the mask down?? Its perfect for that cause it is removable.  And here is the finished sponge job.


Now, I couldn’t keep the insides that plain… and we have all that glorious Halloween washi. So…


Here’s another look at the front again :


And the whole thing…


Well. Thanks for stopping by for this month’s Best Of… you’re off to see what Deb Leigh has in store.  And here’s to a day of defying gravity. Plug that song in and go around singing it. I dare ya….

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Nancy Amato          http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com
Melissa Bolinger      http://www.stampinup.net/blog/2089191
Jackie Bottomley     http://www.jackiebottomley.blogspot.com
Susan Carlson         http://www.stampinmomoffour.blogspot.com
Tamra Davis             http://www.thecardladies.com
Sherri Eddleblute      http://www.sweetestdesigns.blogspot.com
Lynn Embrey            http://www.possibilitiestamperstudio.com
Kathy Hamrick          http://www.countryroads.typepad.com
Crystal Kondo           http://www.card-ed.com
Deb Lehigh               http://thestampinhut.typepad.com
Anne Matasci            http://www.MauiStamper.wordpress.com
Robin Merriman        http://www.trinitydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Andi Potler                 http://www.absolutekreations.com
Michele Reynolds      http://www.inspirationink.typepad.com
Sharon Tisdale          http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/coveredbridgesstamper/blog
Janet Wakeland        http://www.remarkablycreated.com

Stamp of the Month Tour


Hello!!  Welcome back to our stamp of the month tour.  This month actually features a choice between TWO stamp sets.  And, I could not choose so I did a couple of projects with both sets…

First off, I chose to use Halloween Bash to make a couple cute 3×3 cards.  I was in a 3×3 swap at convention, a little birthday card, that used the lattice die to make a pop up in the middle.  I apologize, but the card didn’t have a name in it.  I’d love to give credit to the brilliantly talented demo who made it… but anyway…


The chevron embossing folder and LOADS of the awesome Halloween Washi tape makes the front (and all of the card) so fun.  All these images come from the same stamp set ($15.95) and I used the coordinating punches to punch them out.

Here is a look at the inside:


You can see that there are panels covering the top and bottom of the card.  This is attaching the top and bottom of the lattice die to the card which then holds the pop out in the center…


I had to score this one to get it to fit in the card.

You can kind of see how the lattice works here:


I cut the lattice die in half, and scored it at every intersection… then glued the end pieces behind the panels and left the center to fold out…


Lattice die, that I cut in half…


and scored.


I glued the ends to the panels that hold them to the card (3×2.25)


So, this is what the final inside panel looks like.  Then, you glue the ends of the black panels to the card (top and bottom) and you get this…


This is what you stick the pop up on.  And, you can use this for ANYTHING.  Not just Halloween.  What a fun surprise!!

AND, when I was making these, I received my envelope board.  So, I had to make matching envelopes.  Though these are 3×3 cards, I decided to make envies for 3.5 cards (which is a little big) because I was worried that the thickness of the card would not let the card fit into the envelope.

One last look:



Now… On to Thanksgiving!!

This card uses Magnificent Maple.  For this Thanksgiving card, I really wanted to focus on TEXTURE.  So, I chose to use the burlap ribbon, and the canvas paper…


The canvas paper is a pretty stark….well…not quite white, but certainly not cream.  So, I spritzed it with a mix of Baked Brown Sugar and alcohol.  I stamped the maple leaf in Cherry Cobbler, Summer Starfruit, and Early Espresso.  I used an espresso card base and starfruit panel under the canvas.  I distressed the edges of the canvas and burlap just to add more texture.


I used the Tags For You stamp set and coordinating Label Bracket Punch.  And, just a note… I actually stamped the label with versamark and embossed it with the Espresso powder.  If you notice the Espresso leaf, how it isn’t very bold…  this is a property of the canvas.  It kind of soaks the ink.  That’s why I embossed it.  But, Be prepared, it doesn’t make the nice, smooth, glossy embossed texture because it’s on the canvas.  I just did it to make the color stronger.  Remember…I’m going for texture….


That button is from the Naturals Designer Buttons.  It nice cause it looks like wood.

And, of course, I had to make a matching envelope:


Well, I hope that got you in the mood for the upcoming “HALL OF HOLIDAYS”.   It seems like it comes quick and goes fast….  You are off to see what Deb Leigh has for you.  Click the button below.  Or, use the list if you need.


Nancy Amato           http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com
Melissa Bolinger      http://www.stampinup.net/blog/2089191
Jackie Bottomley     http://www.jackiebottomley.blogspot.com
Susan Carlson         http://stampinmomoffour.blogspot.com
Tamra Davis            http://www.thecardladies.com
Connie Deibler         http://www.conniestamps.com
Sherri Eddleblute      http://www.sweetestdesigns.blogspot.com
Crystal Kondo           http://www.card-ed.com
Deb Lehigh               http://thestampinhut.typepad.com
Anne Matasci            http://www.MauiStamper.wordpress.com
Robin Merriman        http://www.trinitydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Audra Monk              http://thecraftyyogi.blogspot.com
Maria Pane               http://www.stampinandscrappinwithriri.blogspot.com
Andi Potler                http://www.absolutekreations.com
Michele Reynolds     http://www.inspirationink.typepad.com
Vicki Soni                  http://www.paperinkle.com
Pam Staples             http://www.sunnygirlscraps.com
Jeri St. John             https://jerrisgemtastics.blogspot.com
Jeannette Swain       http://www.stampsnwhatnot.com
Janet Wakeland        http://www.remarkablycreated.com