116 posts categorized "Halloween"


Thu 21

Whimsy Halloween
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! The Halloween blog blitz is in full swing with lots of fun inspiration!

The Whimsy characters are ... well, they're just real characters! I chose to use the Whimsy Bat and the Whimsy Ghost in the composition of my Halloween card today.

Boo - 1

I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3-3/4" x 5", and then die cut one of the smaller circles from the Circle Basics set of dies from light weight paper. Using the opening as stencil, I sponged on Scattered Straw to create the moon. I then masked that off with the die cut circle and began sponging on Black Soot Distress Ink, a little darker at the top and with a lighter touch moving downward, also adding a few smudges over the moon. On top of that, I sponged on Dusty Concord, again lightening the intensity moving downward.  I then splattered Dusty Concord on the background.

Next I die cut three Whimsy Ghosts from white card stock, and the Whimsy Bat from black card stock. I lightly sponged Black Soot around the edges of each ghost for definition, and added a piece of black card stock to the backs of each of the ghosts, with a dot of white for the eyes. I filled in the ties on the ghosts with purple glitter (although it's a little hard to see in the picture), and used the same purple glitter on the bat's wings. I added a piece of white card stock behind the bat's eyes and added black dots for its eyes. I die cut two of the Woodland Branch from black card stock, and snipped away a part of one so they would look different. The little specks you see on the ghosts are from the glitter ... couldn't seem to control it!!

Boo - 2

I then arranged the ghosts into the branch limbs as shown. Foam tape was added to the backs of the ghosts and the bat and then adhered. I die cut the little "boo" word from black card stock and added it where shown. To finish the card, I added some of the Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

Boo - 3

If you'd like to win the Whimsy Ghost die, please leave a comment on this post! There are great prizes each day, so be sure to add your comments on all of them! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. One comment will be randomly chosen for each post, and it just might be yours!!!  Have a wonderful rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by!




Wed 20

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

Welcome to day three of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  This week there will be many Halloween card ideas featuring the new dies, as well as a chance to win prizes!  So come back each day to be inspired by the design team!

For my card today, I am featuring several new dies to create my Halloween scene.

MB Haunted 1

For my card I die cut the Circle Web Collage, in the center, top portion of a white piece of cardstock.  The Curved Stitched Hillside, I also cut from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge with black ink.  I die cut the House Trio from Licorice cardstock and glued them behind the hill.  For the background behind the spider web, windows and doors, I sponged white cardstock with several colors of distress ink and glued them behind the die cuts.

MB haunted 2

I adhered the spider web card front to a licorice cardstock layer using foam tape,and glued that to a persimmon card base.  I once again used foam tape to glue the houses and hill to the card front.  The card front is spattered with black ink.  The sentiment I stamped and embossed on a licorice strip of cardstock.  

Would you like a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win!

Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck!



Wed 20

Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto


Meet the new Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise (as the full moon here) - from our newest Halloween Collection!  Also used - but mostly hidden, is the negative portion cut with the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - welcome to the Day 3 of our Blog Blitz.  

We can't wait to share our projects with you - and hope you'll be inspired to use these great new designs for some cool and colorful Halloween cards.    Join us for some spooky creativity - and a chance to win a die from each designer's post.   

Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from dark kraft cardstock and trim the ends.   Cut the bottom with the long die from the Curved Stitch Hilltops set.  

Attach Scor-Tape to white vellum and cut it with the 1-1/2" Circle Basics Die.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from half of a Persimmon Notecard.  I love this bright new addition to our notecards collection.  It almost glows - it's sure to be noticed!

Cut Whimsy Cat from black cardstock - save the eyes.  Tape the eyes back in place to create a level surface to attach the googley eyes.  Attach the googley eyes. Glue a scrap from a Persimmon Notecard behind the nose.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from Licorice Dots and textured white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Give your card a few shakes and enjoy the weird and funny expressions on Whimsy Cat's face!


Add your comment to each of our Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th thru 22nd - for a random selection chance to win a new product from our latest release.  I've chosen the great Whimsy Cat as the prize you could win from this post.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday September 24th.  Hope you're a winner!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Calendar Express class at Impress!  Would you believe we used more than 55 diecuts (I stopped counting at 55) on our calendars?  We did - and the yummy Whimsy Cat Cupcakes designed by the Tukwila team kept us going!  Impress is ready for Halloween...are you?


Taking a short break from classes - and I'll see everyone again at BOO! class on October 14th.  We'll make 5 cards and a bright little treat wrapper for your favorite tricksters.   

Thanks for stopping by - Donna's posting another of her great designs this afternoon.  Be sure to comment on her post too!






Tue 19

Halloween Blog Blitz Day Two
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  If you missed Laura's introductory post yesterday, just scroll down to see her cute Halloween scene.  As we highlight the latest Memory Box release this week September 18-22 there will be lots of new ideas shared by the Design Team and chances to win prizes each day.

How many of the newest dies can one use on a card?  It turns out that one can use quite a few!  


 Today's Halloween scene incorporates five of the dies from the 2017 Fall Collection::  CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881, PLAYFUL BOO 99875, CURVED STITCHED HILLTOPS 99871, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, and HOUSE TRIO 99877!!!!!  (Plus a circle from the Studio Circle Layers ! and a 1" punch.)


I made the web first by cutting the Circle Web Collage from black cardstock and then trimmed it down using one of the dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set 30016.  I then cut the Playful Boo from silver paper and adhered it to the center of the web using a glue pen.

Next I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops from brown striped paper.  I cut the Curved Picket Fence twice, once from white cardstock and again from black cardstock; and I glued them together with the black on top and just a smidgen of the white showing on the edges of the fence posts before gluing it to the hilltop.

Then I made the little House Trio.  I cut them from black cardstock first.  I ran the die through my Big Shot again using gold cardstock and the plate stack for embossing metal stencils.  I used my detail scissors to cut out the embossed houses, trimming just a tad off each one (so the gold wouldn't show under the house edges) before assembling the houses on top.  I decided to leave the doors off so more of the gold "light" would show.

To put it all together, I first adhered the hilltop/fence to the bottom of a Jack O' Lantern notecard.  I tucked the houses just a little bit behind the hilltop.  I used a foam pop dot to secure the web in the upper right.  And then I added a moon from the same gold cardstock, using a 1" circle punch.


 Want a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 PM EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win this new die!

Keep checking back this week for more spook-tacular Halloween-y goodies!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 18

New Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings  friends.  We have been showing you  a lot of Christmas/seasonal cards lately, but we wanted to take this week to highlight Halloween cards using the latest Memory Box release.  There will be lots of new ideas as well as chances to win prizes, so be sure to join us each day from September 18th- September 22nd.

For my card today, I created a Halloween scene using some of the latest dies.  The Curved Stitch Hilltops that I used to create the ground coordinates with the Curved Picket Fence, so it is easy to create a backdrop landscape.  To decorate the scene, I added some Stitched Farm Pumpkins as well as the Whimsy Mummy.  I really like the mummy because when you run him through the die cut machine, you get the impressions of all the wrapped bandages for extra dimension.

To create the background, I used the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to make a frame for the scene and added a "moon" from the Studio Circles Layers and added the Whimsy Bat on top.  The moon was cut out of cream paper and then edged with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  Here is a close up of the card so that you can see that the bat and one of the pumpkins is popped up with foam tape:


Want a chance to win the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die?  You can use it to create your own scene for just about any season.  All you have to do is leave a comment to this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck!






Wed 13

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a Halloween card which features some new dies from the fall release.  Next week there will be a blog blitz showcasing the 2017 fall release so please come back and check it out.

MB bats 1

To make this card, I started with a piece of licorice cardstock  which was die cut using one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.  The rectangle die I used was a little smaller than my licorice layer so I got a thin frame when I cut it out.  I glued the frame to a white card base.  Next I die cut the spider web in the center of the licorice die cut rectangle.  For the background behind the spider web I used a scrap piece of acrylic painted paper from another project.  


I glued this spider web layer to the card base and then spattered the card front with orange paint.  The bats were die cut from white cardstock and adhered to the card front.  I stamped the Happy Halloween on a strip of persimmon cardstock and glued to the card.  


To finish the card I added some black bling to the bats eyes and a black button.  

Thanks for stopping by today!



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!