110 posts categorized "Halloween"


Sat 29

Square Bump Borders, Happy Birthday Tiles, Swirling Ghosts and Honeycomb Background
by Jean Okimoto


It's already October 29th but I just had to use Swirling Ghosts  - peeping out from behind a Square Bump Border - one more time before the big day.  The Happy Birthday Tiles were waiting to be used too - so why not add a label-maker "BOO!" and transform it into a Halloween greeting?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight, with a quick card for the kids.


Cut the edge of a side-folded orange A2 card with the Square Bump Border.

Dry-emboss the "HAPPY" and "DAY" portions of Happy Birthday Tiles using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Print "BOO!" on a labelmaker.

Cut five Swirling Ghosts from white cardstock and attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  

Create an assortment of bright accents by attaching several strips of washi tape to white cardstock and diecutting Honeycomb Background.  Place the little hexagons on a scrap of felt and burnish them with the large end of a stylus to add a little dimension.  

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the big ghost on the right.  Add tiny black sequins.


There are so many ways to use the new Square Bump Borders - and the Circle Bump Borders - to add interesting layers and dimension to your cards.  Hope you've enjoyed the Halloween ideas presented by our Design Team.  We've loved sharing them with you!

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the rest of your weekend!






Thu 20

Spooky Airin Birds, Resting Birds and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


The Airin Bird, Airin Bird Background and Resting Birds venture down a different path for a Halloween card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - let's use some un-Halloween designs to create a card for that spooky day.  I love how versatile Memory Box dies are - and how these easily turn from sweet, pretty birds into dark creatures of the night.


Stamp Sketch Journal on light gray cardstock with Imagine Crafts Delicata Black Shimmer.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim it with the 2-½" x 3-¾"  Stitched Rectangle Trimming die.

Cut Airin Bird from dark orange cardstock.  Cut Airin Bird Background from black cardstock.  

No die for a witch hat?  Time to improvise!  Cut a small tree from the Making Spirits Bright die set from black cardstock.  Cut a"cake top" from the Time for Some Cake die set from black cardstock.  Layer the pieces to create a witchy hat for a Halloween bird - then bling it with small gold sequins.

Cut Resting Birds from black glittered craft foam.

Cut a 1" x 4-½"" strip of dark orange cardstock.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of dark gray cardstock - use foam dots for the hat.  Add more small gold sequins - and a few black ones too.


Hope you like this unusual design...and ideas for transforming favorite everyday designs into a cool, creepy card for Halloween.  

Big thanks to everyone who braved last weekend's storm warnings and joined us for the first of two Cool Winter Wishes classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Ann, Stacy and Marianne for helping everyone fill their baskets with holiday products, bling and a lot more.  


Have you seen Impress' exclusive new Memory Box die?  It'll be featured on a shimmery, glittery card I'm designing for next week.  Here's what I'll be using along with the special Fawn'd Friends die - Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Snow Burst, Delicata Celestial Copper, Peerless Watercolors Bonus Pak, and green and blue glitter cardstock.  Hope you'll have a chance to shop at (or order from) Impress so you can create along with me.

Thanks for stopping by...see you next week!







Mon 17

Spooky Countryside Circle Haunted by Big and Small Spiders
by Anne

How about using the COUNTRYSIDE CIRCLE die no. 99579 along with the BIG AND SMALL SPIDERS die no. 99546 to create a spooky scene for a Halloween card?  I gathered these materials:


I made two cards using black and white cardstock and black and squash dotted papers.  For the "spooky" sentiment, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a long-retired SPOOKY COLLAGE stamp G1387 on white cardstock, trimmed it down, and secured it to a piece of the black dot paper.  

For this first card, I used black cardstock and made a top-folded card:


I used a tiny tiny piece of the squash dot paper for the house's window and punched a 1" circle moon for the night sky.  I pop-dotted the small spider onto the moon and added the large spider to the dot ribbon I tied at the top of the card.

The second card:


Similar to the first card, this one has the black dot paper covering the front of a white notecard.  The Countryside Circle was cut from a piece of black cardstock and then I tore the lower edge so more of the dot paper would be exposed on the card front.  I also added the sentiment on an angle near the bow and the large spider.

 Spooky enough?  I think so!!!

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature


Thu 13

DIY Tanglewood Stitched Oval, Swirling Ghosts and the Big and Small Spiders
by Jean Okimoto



Create a spooky Stitched Oval background with the beautiful Tanglewood Frame...why didn't I think of that sooner?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to turn a favorite background die into an oval frame for the friendly ghost trio.


Cut Tanglewood Frame from black cardstock.  Cut the 4" tall Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock - use the negative here, save the oval for another project.  Frame your favorite portion of the background by prepping the underside of the negative's rim with a tape runner, then attaching it over the Tanglewood background.  


Cover the back  - and any exposed adhesive - with dark orange cardstock.  Place the 4.4" tall oval die over it and diecut  the three layers - the black frame, the Tanglewood diecut and the dark orange background.  You may need to shim it with the metal adapter plate and/or run it through the machine more than once.  The framed Tanglewood background is ready for the ghosts.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt to stabilize it - then diecut Swirling Ghosts.  There'll be an extra ghost for another project.  Punch mouth-circles with a screwpunch or rotating leather punch.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind their eyes.

Cut the small spider from the Big and Small Spiders set from black glittered craft foam.  

Attach striped washi tape to the bottom of a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green and orange sequins. 


 Imagine the possibilities!  We have so many Memory Box layers and frames to combine - creating even more ways to use the dies for backgrounds as simple - or as detailed - as you chose.  

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's Halloween class!  Hope you liked the origami folds that opened into scary cards and a little treat basket - as well as the bright, colorful cards.  See you again this Saturday at the COOL WINTER WISHES class at Impress!








Sat 08

Spooky Halloween
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend friends! It is starting to feel like Fall here so I thought it was time to pull out the Halloween supplies and make some cards. I love the Swirling Ghosts set and use it whenever I can, like in this fun pumpkin patch!


For the pumpkins, I used the plump pumpkin and the pumpkin from the harvest oval pumpkin frame and colored them with my Copic Markers. The ghosts were cut from a white glitter paper, I love ghosts with a little sparkle! 


I used the two largest ovals from the Studio Oval layers set to give my spooky pumpkin patch a place to land. I glued down the ghosts and the pumpkins, some with foam tape to give the card dimension, and then added some star sequins to finish off the night sky. 

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!




Fri 07

Happy Halloween
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

We've had some very nice autumn weather here in New England and it makes me think of Halloween! That's my inspiration for today's card.

Moose halloween

To create this card cut a piece of white cardstock using the stitched rectangle die. The images were stamped using a waterproof black ink.  Stamp the pumpkin and then the moose on each side of it.  Create a mask for each of the moose and place over each image.  Stamp the logs under each moose to give the illusion they are sitting on the logs. Color the images with colored pencils. Stamp an extra pumpkin to add to the card.  Go over all the stamped images with an embossing pen and emboss with clear embossing powder.  This will create a resist so you can sponge distress inks for the background and not worry about your colored images.  I used Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Vintage Photo distress ink to color the background. Mist the background lightly with plain water to slightly blend the colors.    


Spatter the card front with gold ink.  On a licorice strip of paper, white emboss the sentiment and adhere to the bottom of the card layer.  Glue this to a piece of patterned paper and tie twine to the card.  Adhere this to a white card base.  

Hope you like today's card. Thanks for stopping by!



Thu 06

Swirly Ghost Circle, Happy Halloween Channel and Swirling Ghosts
by Jean Okimoto


Ever wonder why ghosts are usually guys?  Transform the Swirly Ghost Circle into a ghostette and give her a pretty background of shimmery metallic inks, a glittered channel greeting and some sequins.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a sparkly Halloween design for your special gal-friends.

Paint ivory cardstock with Peerless Watercolors and let it dry.  Sponge it with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata.  Cut Swirly Ghost Circle from white cardstock.  Cut around it with a Stitched Circle Layer.  Cut a smaller circle of the watercolored cardstock to fit behind the girl ghost.   MemoryBoxSwirlyGhostCircle-MemoryBoxDistressedBaptisiaCircle-MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxStitchedCircleLayers-MemoryBoxHappyHalloweenChannel-JeanOkimoto-PeerlessWatercolors-ImagineCrafts

Back the ghost's eyes with a scrap of black cardstock.  Punch a circle for her mouth  and back it with glittered coral cardstock.  

Diecut the lacy Distressed Baptisia Collage design twice from a strip of  orange cardstock - overlap it a bit when cutting it the second time.  Trim it to fit behind the white circle.

Cut Happy Halloween Channel from black cardstock - trim the tabs from both ends.  Attach it to a piece of glittered coral cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square black card.  Cut the smallest ghost from the Swirling Ghosts set.  Attach it with a foam dot where the "o" would appear in "Halloween."  Add pink and orange sequins.


Don't you love how Halloween is no longer just black/orange/white?  Pinks, corals, teals and dusty grays are appearing on spooky cards this fall.  Experiment with your favorite color combos - then add shimmery inks, glitter and sequins for the perfect celebration!

Thanks for stopping by - see you at the TRICKS, TREATS AND GREETS Halloween class at Impress on October 8th.  Better yet - arrive early and enjoy Impress' annual Holiday Open House that day too!





Sat 24

Circle Bump Borders, Halloween Sideshow and the Swirly Ghost Circle
by Jean Okimoto



The new Circle Bump Borders set creates a great frame for the Swirly Ghost Circle - and a few of his Swirling Ghost buddies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this fall weekend.  I was inspired by Melissa's great Blog Blitz card and decided to give you not one - but TWO reasons to add this versatile new border set to your collection. 


Everything was going fine...until I realized that the white-side-out Graphite Notecard I used on my first card is no longer available.  On to Plan B - re-doing the card using a "back-in-stock" Licorice Notecard.  Licorice is the obvious choice for Halloween cards - stock up on them now.  This explains why the pic above shows a gray notecard.  You'll want to use Licorice instead!


Open the notecard and attach the largest Circle Bump Border and Swirling Ghost Circle to the white side of the card.  Have both short edges of the die extend over the edge of the notecard for a complete trim. (I had to trim it a bit...live and learn!)  It's easy to position the ghost circle - the two tiny holes at the top indicate the eyes.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from orange cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the ghost on the bottom left corner for ghostly eyes.  Attach them to the card - use foam dots at the top of the ghost at the bottom left.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps - with Imagine Crafts Habenero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add green and violet sequins.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts from September 19th through the 23rd for a chance to win a great new die from our September Release!  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST tomorrow night - September 25th.  Good Luck - I hope you're a winner!





Mon 05

Funky Accordion Fold Fall Cards
by Anne

In cleaning out one box or bin or another in my craft room this week I unearthed a package of Funky Accordion Fold cards that inspired this post.  There are several tutorials on-line for creating your own Funky Accordion Fold cards.  The ones I found in my stash are pre-cut and pre-scored which made this a pretty speedy project.  This form in black cardstock seemed the ideal base for a series of fall/Halloween-themed creations.

Card One


Remember that stack of stenciled papers I made a few weeks back?  This card form provided lots of options for trimming those pieces to fit the various rectangles before adding the die cut images.

Materials Used:

  • FALLING MAPLE STENCIL 88608; Hero Arts Butter Bar, Fresh Peach, and Raspberry Jam inks; white cardstock
  • DELICATE WEB STENCIL 88610; Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink; white cardstock
  • LOVELY OAK STENCIL 88607; Hero Arts Butter Bar and Fresh Peach inks; white cardstock
  • BIG AND SMALL SPIDERS die 99546; black cardstock; black gems for heads
  • HARVEST PUMPKIN OVAL FRAME die 99525; orange cardstock; use just the large pumpkin; sponge on some Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink  for stem and edges
  • PLUMP PUMPKIN die 99521; orange cardstock; sponge on some Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink for stem and edges
  • FOREST CLEARING OVAL FRAME die 99482: black cardstock; cut in half, one piece for each of the tall end sections; mounted on Squash Distressed Dots paper
  • 1" circle punch for moon cut from orange cardstock

This is what the card looks like lying flat:


And it all folds up into a standard A2 size (4.25X5.5)!


Card Two


Additional Materials Used:

  • GRACEFUL BRANCH OVAL die 99465; black cardstock against Licorice Distressed Dots paper on the tall end sections behind the two pumpkins
  • BOTANICAL STEM die 99088; black cardstock

And here it is folded for mailing:


For Card Three, I had a piece of 12X12 Memory Box Halloween-y paper that I'd been saving that I cut and used for all of the backgrounds:


Additional Materials Used:

  • FOREST OVAL FRAME die 99497; black cardstock; cut in half and used on the two tall sections
  • EVERGREEN WINDOW die 99505; black cardstock

And folded up:


A find like this reminds me that there are lots of different card forms that I can use.  And the stenciled pieces on the first two cards tie into this month's challenge!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sat 03

Delicate Web Stencil and the Big and Small Spiders
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Delicate Web Stencil is more than just a stencil - it also embosses a great background for the Big and Small Spiders.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here,  sharing a bit of Stencil Challenge inspiration this weekend.  


Cut the 2-⅞" Studio Octagon Layer from a portion of a Mango Notecard.   Dry-emboss the octagon using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine. Here's the stacking sequence I used with my Grand Calibur -  begin with the gray base plate.  

Place the embossed octagon on a hard, flat surface and sand the raised areas to remove the Mango ink and reveal the white cardstock.  Lightly sand the edges of the octagon to help it stand out against the black card.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black cardstock and cut three spiders with the Big and Small Spider Set.  The extra layer adds a bit of dimension to these scary creatures.  Attach them to the background with foam dots.

Cut Happy Halloween Channel from black cardstock.  Cut the pumpkin from a Mango Notecard scrap and punch holes for the eyes and mouth.  Cut a strip of green cardstock to fit behind the words and between the end tabs on the greeting.  Attach the octagon and greeting to an 8" x 3-¾" card of black cardstock.  

Sprinkle the card with a few grains of Chunky White Deep Impression Embossing Enamel - and heat-set it from the underside of the card front.  Bought it at Impress -  the coarse grains melt directly onto the card without any embossing ink or adhesives!

Add copper sequins.  The card fits into #9 and #10 business envelopes - but it's a lot more fun to receive than another credit card or insurance offer! 


Big Thanks to everyone who took last weekend's Garden Greetings class.  I had a great time gathering leaves and branches for everyone's cards and loved seeing those leafprints emerge from the layers of embossing powder.  

Thanks for stopping by during your holiday weekend.   See you at the JUST A THOUGHT cards class at Impress on Monday!  It'll be a great way to end the summer!