Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's all about the Treats!

This past weekend I held my Happy Halloween Stamp Camp. We had a lot of fun. This is one of my favorite camps, because it is all about the treats! The first photo I am sharing is of the mini milk cartons we made. One was filled wit M & M's and the other with Candy Corn. The mini milk carton is a die cut available from Stampin' Up and is so easy to put together. Instead of sealing the top we just closed ours with a small binder clip decorated with a little ribbon.

This next little treat holder was made by putting two of the scalloped envelopes from the Scalloped Envelope die together. I got this idea from my fellow demonstrator and friend Pam. She had made this cute little treat holder and discovered that it perfectly fits a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup inside. She punched the envelopes with the word window punch to make the handle and tied together with ribbon. I decorated mine with a 3D pumpkin made with the 1 1/4" circle punch. Simply punch out 6 circles, fold in half and glue together. I just love it!

I have shown this next technique before, but I'm just in love with this slider idea! This treat holder holds a full size Hershey Bar. When you pull the ribbon it reveals the candy. The trick is to hole punch the top center of the holder and place ribbon through it so you have ribbon ends coming out the front and back. Place the candy bar on the ribbon and push down. Now tie the ribbon and voila!, when you pull the ribbon it lifts your treat!

This treat sack turns an ordinary lunch bag into a cute treat bag. The base is a regular lunch sack which I trimmed down and then scalloped punched the edge. Next I added an extra scalloped border in black. The bag was run through the Big Shot with the Spiderweb embossing folder. Neat huh? This is my version of the original made by Kirsteen Gill that I showed back on 9-11-10. Did you know that you can run napkins through the Big Shot and emboss them? Wouldn't some basic black or orange napkins from the dollar store embossed with spiderwebs be the perfect accent to your Halloween party? I think so! Anyway, this bag would be perfect for popcorn balls and a little candy for those special little goblins out there.

Have a great night!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Halloween Treat Bag/Lunch Sack

Kirsteen Gill made this cute little treat bag for all of us to make at our shoebox swap. The base is a regular lunch bag ran through the Big Shot (113439) with the new Spider Web Textures Embossing Plate (120889). She then scalloped the top edge of the bag with our Scallop Edge Border punch (119882) and added another scalloped layer edge in black using our Scallop Trim Border punch (118402).

The tag added to the front uses the big tag from the Two Tags Die (115954) then she layered paper and rounded the edges. The stamped image comes from the new Fang-tastic stamp set (120853 wood). We then just used Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen to color the images.

These would make great treat bags for those special kids in the neighborhood. I remember when I was little my sister Jill's friends mom had special treats for her child's close friends that were different than just the regular candy passed to Trick or Treaters. I always looked forward to getting my treat from her. It is funny how something so small makes an impression on a child's mind.

I have the weekend off and my father is returning to Texas today after visiting my sisters. Should be a good weekend I hope yours is also!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Punch Art Pumpkin

Sharing some of our fabulous demonstrator's swaps again. This card was made by Carolyn Gray. The pumpkin punch art is made from the following punches: Oval Extra Large (119859), Word Window Large for stem (119857) and 5 Petal Flower for the leaves (118073). Other than the pumpkin the card is clean and simple, but has a lot of depth with the embossed background with the Square Lattice embossing folder (119976) and the sponged edges.

I chose the sentiment Happy Thanksgiving, but with the pumpkin this could be used as a general fall card or Halloween. Versatile and easy, just the way I like it!


Sunday, September 5, 2010


I have been wanting to make one of the Top Note character boxes since I saw them last year. I got the directions for this particular box from the blog Dream, Create and Share. If you click here you will go to her tutorial for the Frankie Top Note Box.

I changed mine up a bit as I did not have some of the punches she used. For the eyes, I used 1/2" circle punch for the black part of the eye, 1 1/4' circle punch for the white. I hand cut his hair with scissors in a random pattern instead of using a punch. I also used the 1/2" punch for the nose. My mouth was free handed with a Stampin' Write basic black marker. I am happy with the finished product. I had my husband buy me some 16 gauge Tie Wire from Lowe's which I used for the handle.

You can see it better on this picture of the back of the box. You will need some wire cutters and maybe a set of pliers to bend the ends up so they do not stick out in the box. If you are coming to my Happy Halloween Stamp Camp this is one of the projects we will be making. :)

Have a great evening!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

From the Crypt

I love all the details on this card. This is another shoebox swap card. (We had 15 swappers!) The background is embossed with the Square Lattice folder (119976). The next layer is a basic black strip with the Lattice die cut (115958) on top in purple. Next we placed the 1 1/4" Basic Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon cinched together in the middle and attached to the card with brads. Lastly we stamped two images from the From the Crypt stamp set (115460) one stamped in black and the other in orange. We just cut around the images and layered them on the card. It is hard to see in the picture, but we added glitter to the black stamped image for a little bling.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!


Friday, September 3, 2010


Here is another great Halloween treat from our shoebox swap. I really need to put more names with projects so I can give proper credit. This was not my idea, but I sure am going to copy it!

The treat holder was made from the Two Tags die (115954), using 2 of the big tags. Affix together at the bottom with sticky tape. The stamped images are from the Wicked Cool stamp set (118738) and the designer paper used is the Wicked Fun designer paper (117400). We used the Crop-a-dile to put a jumbo eyelet at the top where we used the new 1/2" lace trim (120988) to tie the treat together!

Here is a side view where you can see 2 fun size candy bars fit perfectly!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another project share

My friend Katherine provided this project for us all to make at the shoebox swap. Isn't it cute? I love how it takes a simple item that we all use every day, but dresses it up. It is perfect for your desk or just the right size to carry in your purse.

The happy thanksgiving stamp is a stamp from the set Falling Leaves (115368 which is a set of 9 for $21.95). The designer paper is from the new Holiday Mini and is called Autumn Spice (120808).

On another note, I am watching The People vs. Larry Flint and I forgot how hilarious Woody Harrelson was in this role.

Have a good night,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Holiday Mini is here!!!

Yes it is that time again. Yipee! I just love the fall and start of the holiday season. The new Holiday Mini catalog was released today. If you would like to browse the pages, just click on my link to the right. You can then download the pdf version and view at your convenience.

The above card was made with the new French Foliage set from the Holiday Mini. Isn't it just beautiful? One of the things I miss most about living in Texas is the change of seasons and the beautiful fall foliage. This stamp set is a set of 6. It is available in wood (120845 for $19.95) or clear mount (121166 for $14.95). This was also a card we made at our demonstrator shoebox swap.

More to come tomorrow. Have a great afternoon!