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16 posts from September 2012

Sun 30

Spidery Boo!

Halloween is quickly approaching, and here's a fun card for the kiddies!


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(All supplies by Memory Box unless otherwise noted.) Cardstock: Jack 'o' Lantern, Concord Grape, Licorice; Dies: Classic Upper Alphabet (98361); Classic Lower Alphabet (98360); Dangling Spider (98386), Spider Web Frame (98380), Debutante Frame (98297); Accents: googlie eyes; Other: Dimensional Foam, glue pen, liquid glue 

Have a blessed day!


Fri 28

Autumn Sunset

Can you feel it?  Summer is giving us a final blast of heat and Autumn is almost here.  In fact officially Summer has ended...the nights are cooler at last.  I'm looking forward to seeing more beautiful sunsets like the one last evening.  It was the inspiration for this colorful card...

Autumn Sunset                (click on photo to enlarge)
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Start this card by
  1. Punching a 1 1/4" circle from low tack masking paper; position the paper circle mask just right of center on a 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" eggshell card stock panel.
  2. Using straw, marigold and rusty colored inks, sponge colors from light to dark beginning at the top and blending to the bottom of the card.  
  3. Remove circle mask, stamp Autumn Trees (G1896) in black ink on lower portion.  Immediately apply clear embossing powder over the entire card.  As long as the inks remained wet the powder will stick.  If it has dried, apply embossing ink over the scene and sprinkle with clear embossing powder;  Heat until surface is shiny and all powder has been melted.  
  4. Layer scene off center onto deckle edge soire paper leaving widest possible margin on right side.
  5. For extra sparkle...use a straight edge ruler and brown Memento marker to draw 3 vertical lines and apply gemstones of various sizes and colors randomly along drawn lines.
  6. Attach both layers onto a pool colored notecard using foam squares for elevation.
  7. Add pretty ribbons to top on the fold.
The clear embossing over the entire scene adds a beautiful shine to the card, enhances the colors and gives it texture for interest.  Sorry, it doesn't show up in the photograph so try this technique and enjoy the scenery first hand.
Happy Friday!
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Thu 27

Happy Halloween

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Hi everyone,

Today I have a fun Halloween Card featuring some of the new holiday stamps and dies.


  • Using black ink stamp Vintage Dreams(G1838), on Eggshell cardstock.
  • Cut a 3/4" x 5 1/4" strip of Licorice Distressed Dot paper.
  • Stamp Great Pumpkin(G1882) with black ink on Mango Distressed dot paper.  Die cut image using the Great Pumpkin Die(98423).  Die cut glowing face (98422) from Licorice cardstock.
  • Using black ink stamp Halloween Bat(B1887) on eggshell cardstock.  Cut out image.
  • Die cut Fresh Leaves(98406) from dill cardstock. 
  • Ink edges of all card layers and die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Assemble card as shown.  Glue Spanish moss under pumpkin and add wire tendrils.



Wed 26

Halloween Trio

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you these three Halloween cards.

They were part of a class that I taught very recently at my local craft store…

Trick or treat class sept 2012 wm

1-The "Bubbling Pot" has extra smoke coming from the pot. I made a slit on top of the pot inserted the 2 “smokes” and adhered them with scotch tape on the back; These were stamped onto vellum. I masked the pot and then stamped the "Woodland Vine"

2-The "Blooming Rosette" was made out of Memory Box "Moroccan Mango" pattern paper and the left over from the rosette, was used as a border (just below the  "Concord Grape"paper). We added lost of silver “Stickles”, to give it a nice sparkle which is difficult to see in the picture…

3- On the “trick or treat night landscape” card we use only a corner of the "Creepy Web Frame" (used in the “Bubbling Pot” card) and the tiny bats come from the  "Trick or Treat Label" stamp on the "Chadwick Label".

Hope you enjoy these cards as my dear student did…

Look at their creations below…


some close ups...

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having fun?


And remember to leave your comments, I love to read them!…

If you have any questions, let me know and I will be more than happy to answer them…

Mon 24

Halloween Shadow Box in Black and White




  • 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow Box Tray (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Licorice Distressed Dots paper 8 !/2 X 11
  • Neenah White card stock
  • black card stock scraps
  • Archival Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp--Moonlight Woods F1885
  • Stamp--Pumpkin Trio D1884
  • Stamp--Jack O Lantern Faces C1883
  • Die--Puffy Clouds 98172
  • Die--Grove Branch 98311
  • Die--Country House 98165
  • PoppyStamps Die--Mini Picket Border 838
  • Memory Box Jewel Stickers, black
  • Pop dots, Glue Dots, tape runner


  • Cut background papers from the Licorice Dot paper and adhere to the box.
  • Stamp the Moonlight Woods F1885 on Neenah White. Cut to edges of stamped image.  Adhere to black card stock and trim close. Adhere to background paper in shadow box.
  • Die cut the Country House 98165 from another piece of scrap black card stock.  Mount on Licorice Dot paper and trim close to the outline of the house.  Open the doors and windows a bit.  Pop dot onto background to the right of the Moonlight Woods image.
  • Die cut Puffy Clouds 98172 also from black card stock scraps, adhering the one or more flat and pop dot the largest cloud overlapping the moon.
  •  Die cut the PoppyStamps Mini Picket Border 838 from black cardstock and adhere to the outside of the frame in front of the house.
  • Stamp the Pumpkin Trio D1884 on Neenah White and the stamp the Jack O Lantern Faces C1883 on top.  Cut out each one and pop dot each into the three tiny boxes. 
  • Die cut three of the Grove Branch 98311 from black card stock and adhere them to the frame over each of the pumpkin boxes.  Add three black jewels to the end of each branch. 

These additional dies will make terrific accent pieces for the black and white shadow box. Choose the ones you like! Suspend the skeleton, ghosts, or bats with thread from the frame so they dangle over the central image. The spiders can be affixed from the top of the frame with tiny glue dots.




  • Dancing Skeleton 98374
  • Ghost Trio 98376
  • Creepy Spider 89385
  • Dangling Spider 98386
  • Swooping Bats 98431

Happy Halloween Crafting!

Wed 19

Ghosts in the Orchard

Our favorite spooks - the Ghost Trio 98376 - are back, under the Orchard Tree Frame 98300.  The background, from the Blackbird 6x6, is diecut with the Debutante Frame 98297.  View the Memory Box Dies here.  Use the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate - with the other plates - to cut the details Orchard Tree Frame.

Add a few late-blooming flowers with the Poppystamps Wildflower Patch 820.  I love how the wildflowers, so sweet and pretty in other colors, look a bit scary here.

Diecut "boo!" using the Parker Lower Alphabet 98363.  

It's easy to assemble this Halloween scene if you attach portions of the Orchard Tree Frame to the Debutante Frame background first - then attach the ghosts and flowers to the background before gluing the bottom of the frame.  

Punch holes among the branches and attach a piece of packing tape behind the holes.  Brush Clearsnap Sweet Orange Glitter onto the adhesive through the holes.  Attach everything to a Mango Notecard - and coordinate it with a matching envelope.



  • Memory Box Dies - Ghost Trio, Orchard Tree Frame, Parker Lower Alphabet
  • Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate
  • Poppystamps Die - Wildflower Patch
  • Cardstock - Kraft (Orchard Tree Frame)  and Key Lime Dots (greeting)
  • Blackbird 6x6 Set (Debutante Frame and flowers)
  • Mango Notecard and Envelope
  • Diecut Machine and Plates
  • Screwpunch
  • Clearsnap Sweet Orange Glitter
  • Packing Tape

Thanks for stopping by - hope you like the fall and winter projects we've created for you!





Tue 18

Ghosts in the Graveyard

I grew up in a very small midwestern town of 1400 people and of course plenty...and I mean plenty of neighbor kids to play with.  One of our favorite games to play in the summer, at night of course, was "Ghosts in the Graveyard".   It was a blast and very very scary....

This card reminds me of those good times...ahhhh...such wonderful memories.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

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Super easy to make!  Here are the instructions:

  • Die cut Dill paper using Graveyard Landscape die
  • Die cut a scrap piece of Dove paper with Graveyard Landscape die as well, and cut off tombstones.  Attach tombstones to Dill graveyard using 2-way glue or another liquid glue.  Distress tombstones lightly with Weathered Wood Distress Inks.
  • Die cut a scrap piece of paper (I used Woodland Path) using the circle from the Grand Globe die and attach to front of Licorice Notecard. 
  • Layer Graveyard Landscape over the moon.
  • Die cut Ghost Trio from white cardstock and distress edges lightley with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
  • I stamped "Perfect Halloween" and heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder.  Unfortunately its a bit hard to see.  Next time, I'll use white embossing powder...

This is one of four cards I'll be teaching in Peoria, IL on September 30 at Scrapadoodle.  Here's a pic of all four cards we'll make that day. 

Peoria Fall Class
Won't you come join us!?!

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Sun 16

Squirrel Halloween

Hi, all!  

Today's card is made entirely from our latest collection of stamps and dies (which I love, btw!).


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(All supplies are Memory Box unless otherwise noted.) Cardstock: Squash, Licorice, Pool; Patterned Paper: Tinsel; Stamps: Moonlight Woods (F1885), Perfect Halloween (B1886); Dies: Secret Squirrel (98427), Circle (Spellbinder's Nestabilities); Ink: VersaFine (Black Onyx), Ranger Distress (Brushed Corduroy), Zig writer; Fibers: Offray 1/4" satin ribbon; Gems: black pearl (Mark Richardson); Other: dimensional dots (American Craft); Tools: Foam ink applicator 

Have a blessed day!


Fri 14

Who Ya Gonna Call?

IMG_4572 Pin It Remember this movie?  Here's a little reminder and the inspiration for this card today.  Be sure to turn the sound up!   Ghostbusters theme music

There's something strange in the neighborhood....wouldn't you say?

Make it an ominous looking sky by sponging lime green in the center of the card and navy blue ink surrounding it.

Add the city buildings, giving a little dimension by layering grey and yellow City Silhouettes paper die cuts. Adhere the grey layer first, then the yellow layer offset just a little to show the grey.  Add the Cityscape Nightline layer (navy blue paper) directly over the yellow.


Add multiple vellum ghosts peeking out from the buildings and floating into the night. Create a "No Ghosts Allowed" symbol by using 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circle punches with red card stock.  Cut an extra piece to position diagonally and add a white ghost...there!  No ghosts allowed.

The lightning was made from the Woodland Branch die with white paper and sparkled up with diamond glitter glue.  Now just add the "Ghostbuster!" message using the alphabets.

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" 


#98398 Cityscape Nighline Die

#98399 Cityscape Silhouette Die

#98376 Ghost Trio Die

#98361 Classic Upper Alphabet Dies

#98360 Classic Lower Alphabet Dies

#98187 Woodland Branch Die

The overall card size is 5 3/4" x 6"

Hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by....by the way, I added marshmallows in the photo...do you remember the part marshmallows play in the movie?  Hmmm...

Happy Friday!


Wed 12

Crisp Fall

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am bringing to you another Fall card.

I used one of the new dies from the Holiday collection 2012, the “Flying Goose” die, several stamps to create the scenes on the vignettes, and I left the background white to give that crisp/clean look to the card.

Goose blurr frame wm

TIP: mix and match several stamps for backgrounds to create the illusion of depth and interest

NOTE: The “Flying Goose” Die is perfect for masculine cards too!


1-Stamp your images with 3 different colors of inks

2- sponge the edges                       

3- die cut all your pieces

4- embellish and assemble card


PS: looking forward to your comments, I will be responding to them at the end of the day, just click below on “comments” and post them!