Tiny Pumpkin

Hrm. I’m just not too sure of this one. There is just something about it I don’t like. I tried different pattern paper, but this was definitely the better. I’m pretty sure the punched edge should be on the left, not the right (but stuck is stuck). But there is something else. Oh well – not only is stuck stuck, but done is done (I feel I say that a lot, lol).

I love that PTI came out with a Halloween Tiny Treat set, but the frame is a bit too overwhelming for me. Next time I will try it with muted colors and maybe no DSP.

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Tiny Treats Halloween (PTI);
Colors: Orange Zest, Black, White (PTI); Copics;
Other: Creepy Crawly DSP (SU); edge punch (EK Success); Mat Stack 4 die (PTI); twill (PTI);

Skeleton Walk

The skeleton image from SU’s Scary Skeleton is normally doing a jig. I’m not sure why, but it definitely makes working with the image a bit more difficult. For this card, I preformed surgery. I stamped the image a few times and cut it all up and rearranged the bones in a somewhat more natural appearance (just don’t look too closely 😉 ). It was a pain, but I would probably do it again because I love this little dude!

The top bit of the card was stamped with a stripey pattern then I went back over some of the lines with a glittery gel pen and other lines with a glossy gel pen.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Happy Haunting
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Scary Skeleton, Haunting Hill wheel, Background Sampler;
Colors: Elegant Eggplant, Black, Old Olive, White;
Other: border punch (EK Success); Gel Pens;

Halloween Cards

I know, I know – it is December, why in the world would I post my Halloween cards?! Well, I kinda like these cards, and seeing as I lost some of my photos when my computer crashed, my blog has become my repository…so if I don’t post, I may lose them!


My first card is my favorite. I love the images – and I got to color! I really don’t want to invest in markers, but I must admit I would love to see this card done with Copics to get the bright vibrant look I would prefer.

The layout is a Jen del Muro SFYTT from back in September. I knew as soon as I saw the sketch what I wanted to do – it just took a month or so to get it done!


My second card is also based on a sketch, but I can’t remember whose! I love using this grid technique for those small stamps.


Next up is a fun one. I *love* the new Scary Skeleton – though I don’t think he’s all that scary! While cutting him out is a pain, it always seems worth it! I plopped him down on the layer to make it look like he was sitting and waving. The rhinestone eyes were my finishing touch.

The Razzleberry layer has a border punched on the bottom. I don’t own any of those fancy Martha Stewart punches (yet), so I had to make mine by using the SU Curly Label punch. I didn’t get it quite straight and even, but I think it works okay.


I really really really want a “Monster Mash” sentiment. I love this song – it is so fun! I thought about finding the perfect font, but as I still needed to make quite a few more card, I opted for hand writing something.

This one was a little harder to color because so much of it should be non-colors. But figuring out the masking was fun – to keep out the mummy’s sign and the ghost’s pumpkin.


I love Halloween – but to me Halloween is about the scary not so much the sweet. However, many of my recipients are the opposite, so I needed a few sweet cards too. I dislike making more than 1 of any design, but for this card, I made 3. Thankfully it is a very simple design – and I got to use up some of my ancient paper stash!

Halloween Cards
All supplies Stampin’Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Haunting Halloween, Bitty Boos, Scary Skeleton, Booglie Eyes; Sentiment on final card from TAC sets;
Ink: all SU colors
Paper: all SU colors, all DSP is from SU Halloween Night
Other: PTI Plum dotted ribbon, SU Orange ribbon, SU Curly Label punch, PTI black satin ribbon, SU Celery ribbon, CB Ribbon Slider die cut

Dia de los Muertos


I started this card a few weeks ago – in response to Nicole’s blog challenge on World Card Making day (wcmd2). The challenge was to be inspired by Mexico. In thinking of Mexico, I think bright colors, mosaic tiles, and the Day of the Dead. I have no idea why I think about that holiday…but I do.

Anywho. I started the card, but there was no way I was going to finish on time for the challenge so I set it aside. Making the mosaic took FOREVER – though, in all fairness, it was probably because I chose the wrong movies to watch while I worked – I ended up spending more time watching than cutting/gluing!

And then, once I had the focal part done I decided to make a mosaic border too, ugh! {more time passes}

I finally got it all finished today. I really love how it turned out!

Oh, and here is a frugal tip 🙂 The “thread” I used is really the elastic string that ties kids shoes together in the store. I’ve been saving it to use as, well, elastic, but the texture of it worked so much better than embroidery thread, so I used it here too.

All supplies Stampin’Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Scary Skeleton;
Ink: black;
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Grey, White, Bold Brights scraps;
Other: elastic thread;

Haunting Fun


This card was created for the Clean & Simple Blog Challenge (FTL#59). Their sketch was square, but I don’t I have square envelopes. Normally I just use a regular envelope and make my card 4 1/4 sq, but I thought that might be too small for this one.

I love this skeleton image – he is so fun. As I was playing with my unmounted images I saw that the words fit right up under his raised foot. I’m sure someone else has figured that out, but I’m not sure I would have noticed if I wood-mounted.

After embossing the background I lightly dragged a grey-inked sponge across the embossing to help bring it out. The final touch were the orange bling eyes 😀

happy haunting!
Stamps: Scary Skeleton (SU);
Ink: Noir (Palette), Basic Grey (SU);
Paper: Black, White, Eggplant Envy (retired SU), textured Pumpkin Pie (SU);
Other: ribbon (old & unknown), web CB embossing folder, rhinestones (Hero Arts);

Spider Whimsy

Here is another potential stamp camp card. My goal was a simple card that used some supplies that mom has an abundance of – striped ribbon and brads. Her customers also love glitter, so that was a no-brainer, lol. This card started pretty plain – just carstock and ink – and it was good…but the ribbon, brads, and glitter took it up a notch without making it too hard.

Supplies (all products Stampin’Up!):
Stamps: Batty for You, Whimsy wheel, Everyday Flexible Phrases;
Ink: Basic Black;
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac;
Other: 1 3/8″ circle punch, scallop punch, pumpkin pie striped grosgrain, brads, glitter

A Tiny Challenge

I just posted my VSN challenge over at SCS. I can’t take credit for the challenge idea, but it was fun writing up the post and creating the samples. I’ve never done “inchies” before – mostly because I felt the real estate of a card was too big for just 1 inch. I took the easy route for my first venture and did a group of inchies (which I’ve dubbed “groupies” – corny, but cute). This was easy to do, but I didn’t feel like I really tried the challenge since there was more than one of them on the card. So, keeping with the same stamp set, I tried again. This was actually easier than I thought it would be! I don’t know if “inchies” will become a staple in my design box, but at least I’m not afraid of them any more!

FYI, the pattern paper used on the spider card is a spider web (retired SU paper) that I outlined with a Stardust pen. I also punched the bottom of the card to resemble the web edges.

Stamps: Bitty Boos, Everyday Flexible Phrases (SU)
Ink: More Mustard, Black (SU)
Paper: More Mustard, Black, White (SU); Halloween Night (SU)
Other: grosgrain ribbon, stardust pen, slot punch, word window punch, brads