148 posts categorized "Halloween"

10/18/2018

Thu 18

That’s Acute Triangle with Cool Cat and Poinsettia Circle Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery black Cool Cat with a Playful Boo, orange poinsettias and That's Acute Triangles?  Yes, if it works for Halloween!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beyond-the-box way to extend the holiday season and use the beautiful Poinsettia Circle Frame in October.

Orange flowers on a black background are a little scary - and a great frame for the Cool Cat.  Add a That's  Acute Triangle greeting pennant and this cat's message is very clear.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Poinsettia Circle Frame die to help release the intricate diecut.  Cut the frame from orange cardstock.  Cut Playful Boo from the same bright orange.

Cut white cardstock with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Sponge it lightly with Starlight Black Brilliance to create a stormy backdrop for Cool Cat.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright green cardstock behind the face for a pair of glowing green eyes.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangle on bright green cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut around it with a die from the That's Acute Triangle set.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded black A-2 card - use foam dots for the right edge of the greeting.  Add orange sequins.

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The new That's Acute Triangle dies and clear stamps sets will be an obvious  go-to combination for Christmas trees.  Why not turn them on their sides for pennants and greeting blocks too?  Mix, match and layer them in bright colors and metallic artpapers for cool, abstract contemporary greetings.  

Or go way beyond the box and use the dies to cut bright triangles and diamonds of paper and fabric to make rolled "beads" for your mixed media and collage designs.  I"ll design a card with them and share it soon.  I think I have a few scraps of paper I can use...do you?

Till then - have fun discovering new ways to use dies and stamps from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for your fall and holiday projects!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/16/2018

Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  

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This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.

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  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.

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  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  

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This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

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10/12/2018

Fri 12

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a Halloween theme birthday card.  I have several friends that have birthdays in October that share my love of Halloween, so why not a Halloween birthday card!

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To make this card I created a Distress Oxide inked background which I used behind the lamp die cut.  I applied various colors of oxide inks to my craft mat and sprayed them with plain water.  I took a piece of glossy cardstock and ran it through the inks.  I used the heat tool to dry each layer before adding more ink.

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Once the ink was dry on the paper, I used a blending tool with a foam applicator to apply Micro Glaze over the top of the inked paper.  This will brighten up your color and bring out the layers of ink (I forgot to take a picture of the color before the glaze was applied).

Next I die cut the Hanging Lantern Frame from black cardstock and used only the inside circle portion of the die cut.  I lightly applied Prima gold paste wax to the die cut to give it a vintage look.  

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I glued a piece of vellum behind the lantern and adhered the lantern die cut to the circle I cut from my background paper.

Using watercolor paper I inked the background for my card front with the same distress oxide inks and adhered my lantern die cut to the card front. 

I die cut the bats and the word "wishing" from black cardstock and glued those to the card front.  I stamped my sentiment using a couple of sentiments and masked off the words I didn't want to use.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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10/11/2018

Thu 11

New Equal Triangle, Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Tricks, treats and the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps are ready for Halloween...are you?  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a simple treat wrapper for your favorite little tricksters.

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Who would have thought the Stitched Bump Border die could be used for a trio of candy wrappers?

 

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Trim 8-½" x 11" white cardstock to 8" x 11".  Score and fold it lengthwise at 4" and cut it into two 4"x 5-½" pieces.  Place the Stitched Bump Border die just below cut edges and cut through both layers of each half.   Score both sides of the folded cardstock ¼" away from the original 4" scoreline.  

Cut it into three sections of varying widths.  

Stamp them with random, overlapping layers of the cool triangles and diamonds from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Sunshine and Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  This combination of stamps and inks creates crisp, sharp images.  The vibrant inks take a few seconds to dry - then look artsy and dimensional with very little effort.  

Fold the bottoms along the scorelines to create a ½" wide base.  Punch a hole through the top.  

Diecut Cool Cat, Crouching Cat, Whimsy Cat and Friendly Ghosts.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind the Crouching Cat's and Whimsy Cat's eyes.

Use doublestick tape or a glue dot to attach the candy inside the wrapper.   Two pieces of Miniature KitKats will fit in the widest wrapper.  Tie the tops with orange tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle together lengthwise and trim it at a sharp angle for a zig-zaggy edge.  

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Halloween candies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Stitch Bump Borders is perfect for that because it cuts the top edge and lets you adjust the height of the treat wrapper. Make some wrappers with your favorite candy.  Don't wait till the 31st - share them with co-workers now or tuck them into family lunches for a sweet surprise.  Then go out and buy more candy!

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this project!  Enjoy randomly layering the stamps - no rules about composition, white space or visual balance here.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.  We're making five Halloween cards and a treat wrapper in the STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL class at 10:30.  Then it's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.  

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10/09/2018

Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.

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Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  

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Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)

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Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.

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10/08/2018

Mon 08

HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.

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I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.

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I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.

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  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

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10/07/2018

Sun 07

Cool Cat
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello... Penny here today with a Halloween greeting. It is just around the corner. Are you ready? As soon as I saw the Cool Cat, I knew he had to be incorporated into a Halloween card. For cat lovers, this die will be a year round staple in your craft room.

 

Let's do this:

 

As always start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded.

Layer the base with Black cardstock.

Die cut White cardstock with the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles. Go ahead and adhere it to card front.

 

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Die cut Cottage Garden Gate, Plump Pumpkin and the tiny pumpkin from Happy Halloween Channel from White cardstock. Die cut Cool Cat and Playful Boo from Black cardstock. For a bit of color, die cut Boo from Orange cardstock also. Stack and adhere the letters slightly off center.

Color the gate with light gray marker. Color pumpkins as desired. I used Spectrum Noir markers, but use whatever medium you have available.

 

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Assemble card front as shown. Use foam adhesive for Cool Cat and tiny pumpkin.

Shade the ground under the gate with green and gray markers, then adhere the greeting.

 

Make sure to join our Tricks and Treats challenge this month HERE.

 

Happy crafting,

 

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10/06/2018

Sat 06

New Crouching Cat, That’s Acute Triangle and Bold Christmas Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Images from the new That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps create a splashy background for a glittery black Crouching Cat.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamp from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps,  and some glossy Honeycomb Square hexagons.   Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the 2018 Holiday Happenings release.

It's a collection of traditional and contemporary, bold handwritten greetings and proper typewriter text.  There's something for everyone in this great release!

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It's easy to see why we're excited about the very cool triangle clear stamps and coordinating dies.  There are so many ways to use them to add a fresh, contemporary look to holiday cards.  

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Cut white cardstock using the 3-¼" Studio Hexagon Layers die.  It's also a template for stamping the tall diamond and the smallest solid triangle.  Use the corners of the hexagon to align the diamonds stamped with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.

Use the midpoint of the sides to align the small triangle stamped with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut a 3-¾" hexagon of green cardstock.

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Cut Crouching Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Leave the little paws in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Cut the big egg from the Clutch of Eggs set from bright orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the cat to create beady orange eyes - it's a perfect fit!

Attach orange duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Honeycomb Square to create shiny-bright hexagon accents.

Stamp the diagonal lines - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - on orange and black cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Trim them and tear the ends to create 3-½" and 5" accent strips.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½" x 6-¼" A-6 card of black cardstock.

How would you use these triangle stamps?  A forest of sleek Christmas trees, pennants or flags are just a few ideas.

Thanks for visiting...be crafty and enjoy your weekend!

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10/04/2018

Thu 04

Cool Cat, Friendly Ghosts and Cheers to the 2018 Holiday Happenings Release by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new 2018 Holiday Happenings release - Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Looking for Mr. Right Triangles are here today!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many triangle designs from the latest release.

They're my favorite shape - and perfect for backgrounds, pennants, landscapes and contemporary design elements.  We have three new triangle clear stamps and coordinating die sets and can't wait to share our ideas with you.

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Although the stamps are great basic backgrounds they're also designed for layering.  Both the solid and detailed stamps work perfectly with the VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Stamp bright orange Summertime and green Verdant backgrounds.  Add the striped overlay details with Nocturne.  Everything goes directly onto a side-folded Kraft A-2 card.

Cut the sophisticated Cool Cat from black cardstock.  Cut two of the Friendly Ghosts from watercolor paper. Use the pokey tool to make the small ghost's eyes just a teeny bit wider.  

Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs die is shown above?  It's the perfect size and shape for cutting black cardstock to layer behind the ghosts for eyes - and orange cardstock for Cool Cat's eyes.

Cut the detailed and background Cheers from orange and black cardstock.

Cut the little Cocktail Hour glasses from orange and black cardstock.  Layer the diecuts so they (sort of) match the layering of the Cheers Jotted Script set.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's PAPERSTYLE 2019 calendar or notecard class at Impress!  Hope you like the 12 designs we created and will be making the calendar or notecard sets for someone on your holiday giftlist.  Thanks too - Ann, Karen and Lynn - for helping us find the perfect supplies for our projects!

See you  again on Saturday...

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10/02/2018

Tue 02

Graphic Cat Design
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  In case you didn't realize it, Memory Box has released some new dies and stamps.  You can view the whole collection here.

For my card today, I built my own background using stamps from the Equal Triangle clear set and a Kaleidacolor rainbow pad called Creole Spice and then layered the new Cool Cat on top.  I haven't added a sentiment yet because I haven't decided if I am going to make a Halloween card or save it to make a Fall birthday card.  I like to have options in my card stash.

To make the card, I cut out my Scallop Stitch Fancy Frame and Cool Cat out of black cardstock.  I saved the rectangle piece that was left when I cut the frame to use as a guide for masking.

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Here you can see that I put the black rectangle (ignore the cat) onto my white cardstock as a guide of where to place my low-tac masking tape.  I decided to use a mask because my frame is so narrow and I didn't want my triangles/diamonds to stamp further out than the frame.

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Next, I pulled out a ton of diamonds and triangles from my stamp set and placed them on my stamp positioner to stamp onto my my card using Fall colored rainbow ink.  You can use the shapes to make a decorative border or design, but I thought it would be fun to put them all together to create a graphic background.  When I removed the mask, this is what was left:

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To finish my card, I glued down the frame around the triangles and popped up my cat with some foam tape:

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Hope you love the new kitty die as much as I do.  I know I will be using him a lot!

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