A haunting home sweet home

My brothers and I liked all things scary when we were kids.  Our favorite was pulling out the sleeper bed in our living room, making real popcorn, and watching scary movies.  And, we watched a lot of corny vampires over the years.  Though, My Best Friend is a Vampire is the one that pops instantly in the head.  So the first time I pulled out the home sweet home framelit my mind instantly saw a coffin.  I think it would be the perfect treat holder for kids to bring into school, or if you are really into Halloween to make as your treats for handing out.

Isn’t it cute!  I think it would look great with some orange foil Hersey kisses or candy corn.  I put the window sheet insert in to keep the vampire resting nicely on top.

1. Cut two pieces of basic black cardstock using the house framelit.

2.  Run the die through again with a window sheet,  trim off extra so you are just left with the top piece.

3.  Assemble the coffin so that the lid can be opened.  You have to keep the roof flaps on one piece of the black without any adhesive.  I recommend tear n tape adhesive.

4.  Stamp and cut out ghost.

5.  Run pennant die through the big shot with pumpkin pie glimmer paper.

6.  Stamp the sentiment in memento black ink, and cut out with banner die.

7.  Adhere ghost with snail, and the pennant and banner with stampin dimensionals.

8.  Stamp vampire, color with Stampin’ Write markers, and cut out with the cookie cutter punch.

9.  Fill with candy, and cover with a window sheet.

10.  Adhere vampire to window sheet with snail.

Make sure to check out the Stampin’ Up website to see the whole catalog for yourself tomorrow!


Jar of Haunts

We are about to hit the season of everything pumpkin flavored.  I, like many, fell in love with pumpkin flavored latte (though I now make most at home with coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and almond milk), and I can say the explosion of make it all pumpkin flavored hasn’t really disappointed me.  I will happily try baking Nutella pumpkin muffins, and drink pumpkin banana smoothies.  Apple butter, a standard a fall jars, is even getting in on the action.  Pumpkin butter is another great flavor twist, and when I saw our new stamp set Jar of Haunts I immediately thought of it.  This set makes the perfect card to include with your handmade treats (or store bought if you experience a Pinterest fail).


Could this set get any cuter!

1. Cut and score a pumpkin pie card base.

2. Cut a  2.5 x 4 piece of whisper white paper, and stamp the mummy and pumpkin jars in memento black ink.

3.  Color the mummy with a blender pen and soft suede ink, and the pumpkin jar with a pumpkin pie stampin write marker.  I added extra shading into the right corner to add dimension.

4.  Mat the whisper white cardstock with a 2.75 x 4.25 piece of basic black cardstock.

5.  Cut a 1 x 5.5 piece of pumpkin pie glimmer paper, and mount to a 1.25 x 5.5 piece of basic black paper with stampin dimensionals.

4.  Mount that to a 1.5 x 5.5 piece of sweet sugarplum with snail, and adhere to the card base with snail.

5.  Mount the jars to the card base with stampin dimensionals.

6.  Stamp the sentiment in basic black, and trim the image on the left and right sides.  Trim the length to 2.25 inches.  Use the banner triple punch to cut the banner shape.

7.  Mount to the card base with stampin dimensionals.


Vampire Cookie Cutter

I have been busy finishing up the invites for my daughter’s birthday party, but I had to take moment to do one more sneak peak with the cookie cutter Halloween set.  I just can’t get enough of this set.  And, the Halloween washi tape and enamel dots are to die for.  Whoever invented washi tape and enamel dots had the busy mom in mind, because they are both effortless!


You can’t really tell in the picture, but those bats are metallic!


1.  Cut and score a pumpkin pie card base.

2.  Cut a 2 x 4.25 piece of Halloween dsp paper, and adhere to the card basE.

3.  Stamp the vampire with memento black ink, and punch out.

4.  Color the vampire with old olive, perfect plum, and pumpkin pie.  Coloring in small circular motions helps keep streaks at bay.

4. Stamp and color the treat bag.  Cut it out.

5.  Place washi tape vertically on the card.

6.  Adhere the vampire with snail, and the treat bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

7.  Place three enamel dots in the top left corner.

So much fun!  Just a little more than a week until you can see the whole thing!

More Cookie Cutter Fun!

I am head over heels in love with the cookie cutter punch and stamps sets (thumbs up for multiple punch themed stamp sets!).  These cards come together so quickly, but look like they took so much more work.  And, I have had so much fun coloring these images in.  So many people are now realizing the relaxation that comes with coloring that adult coloring books have basically become there own market!  I get all my coloring joy this way, and I end up with a card that spreads joy to someone else!

This card brought back a lot of memories of going trick or treating with my two brothers.


Card instructions

1. Cut and score a pumpkin pie card base.

2.  Cut a 4 x 5.25 piece of whisper white cardstock.

3.  Stamp each image in memento black ink.

4.  Color images with Stampin’ Write markers.

5.  Place a strip of washi tape across the bottom of the people.

6.  Stamp the Happy Halloween image from Jar of Haunts in memento black ink onto crushed curry cardstock.

7.  Adhere the whisper white paper to the card base.

Some of the supplies used on this card:


Thankful with Jar of Love

Our family spent the last week down in Galveston, and had so much fun.  We rented a house close to the beach, and the kids played in the ocean for the first time.  My youngest wanted to be one with the ocean, and dashed toward it any chance he got.  My toddler declared that he was going to miss his blue house when we left.  I am so happy we took the time to have an old fashioned beach vacation.

I think one of the great things about papercrafting is taking the time to slow down and create something.  And, this hobby gives us the chance to bless others with our creation.  I am still having a ton of fun creating with the Jar of Love set.  Here is a thank you card I made with it.

1. Cut and score a watermelon wonder card base.
2. Stamp flowers in peekaboo peach and watermelon wonder onto peekaboo peach cardstock.
3. Use framelits to cut out flowers.
4. Cut a jar out of pool party cardstock, and stamp thanks in pool party ink.
5. Cut a 3 x 4.5 piece of whisper white cardstock.
6. Stamp stems in mint macaroon, and adhere the jar on top of the image.
7. Adhere flowers to stems.
8. Adhere white layer onto a 3.25 x 4.75 piece of pool party.
9. Cut a .5 x 5.50 piece of peekaboo peach, and adhere it to the card base.
10. Adhere pool party layer to card.

The supplies you need to make this card:

Holiday Mini Catalog sneak peak

Do you remember picking your Halloween costume as a kid? One year I just couldn’t decide between a ballerina or a bunny so my mom combined the two, and I was a ballerina bunny.  And, showing my age, I was once a rock star all the way down to my Madonna like lace gloves.  We always made our costumes, and my mom was so talented at bringing all the details we had in our heads to life.

When I saw the cookie cutter Halloween set I knew it had to come to my house.  The cute little kids in their costumes brought me right back to my childhood.  The elaborate vampire costume would have been something my mom would have put together perfectly.


Did you catch that I said cookie cutter earlier?  This stamp set uses a new punch that cuts out a gingerbread man shape.  But, Stampin’ Up! didn’t just settle for making a gingerbread man set and calling it a day.  There are two sets that use this awesome new punch.  My card also features the new Halloween Night speciality designer series paper and pumpkin pie glimmer paper.

1. Cut and score a pumpkin pie card base.

2. Cut a 3.75 x 5.25 piece of designer series paper, and attach it to the card base.

3. Cut a .75 x 5.5 piece of pumpkin pie paper, and attach to the card with tear and           tap.

4.  Stamp the vampire with memento black, and color him in using a blender pen and perfect plum, old olive, and pumpkin pie inks.

5. Stamp the mummy with memento black ink, and color in using a blender pen and pumpkin pie ink.

6. Cut out each figure with the cookie cutter punch.

7. Attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Make sure to visit my Facebook page (link in the top left corner).  I have a video of my holiday mini preorder haul with a ton of sneak peaks.  I also have information on this weekend’s tax free weekend in several states.  See you there!

A Peaceful Pines Christmas

Before I started stamping I would spend hours looking for the right Christmas card.  I wanted something traditional but not boring for my nativity based cards, and something fun but not silly for my more Santa based cards.  It was not easy to find.  And, then I was introduced to the wonderful world of stamping.  My first set of Christmas cards really cemented my love of stamping.  Everything was in my control, and I could truly create what was for me the perfect Christmas card.

I like to make a variety of styles for my Christmas cards so as you can guess our holiday mini catalog is always a favorite, and the sneak peaks I received of our upcoming mini definitely didn’t dissapoint. But, don’t forget that the annual catalog has some great Christmas sets as well.  I fell in love with peaceful pines last year, and it was one of the first sets I pulled out for making this year’s Christmas cards.


1. Cut and score a mint macaroon card base.
2. Cut a 5 x 3.75 piece of very vanilla paper.
3. Stamp each tree in mint macaroon.
4. Stamp snowflakes in pool party.
5. Use wink of Stella to add glitter to the middle tree being careful not to obscure the words.
6. Cut an 5.25×4 piece of dapper denim paper.
7. Adhere very vanilla to the dapper denim, and then adhere that layer to the card base.

Supplies for this card: