A Wicked Halloween Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and quick Halloween card! With less than 2 weeks till Halloween, I double checked my Halloween card stash (yes, I do send cards at Halloween!!) and surprise, surprise….I’m behind! So I came up with today’s card that is very easy to duplicate and make multiples of, I made four of these exact cards. Let’s face it, when it comes to holiday cards, we all want to make those super cute and fancy cards, but sometimes LIFE happens and then it’s crunch time! Lol

The base layer is Smoky Slate cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped with the spider web stamp in Memento Ink around the outer edges of the cardstock:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Enough Basic Black Satin Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow.

2. Stamp the pumpkin from Gather Together on Pumpkin Pie cardstock in Early Espresso ink, cutting out with coordinating die. Use the Bronze Stampin’ Blend for the stem and Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend around the shadows of the pumpkin.

3. Use the spider die to cut out from Black Foil Sheet.

4. One Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut out with the fourth largest Stitched Nested Dies. Use a Sponge Dauber with Smoky Slate ink around the edges and then adhere the skull and crossbones enamel shape.

Tie the ribbon around the base layer into a bow:

Adhere the pumpkin, sentiment and spider with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals:

Adhere this completed piece to a Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink, the bats are stamped in Memento ink, and then use a Sponge Dauber with Smoky Slate ink around the edges of the cardstock:

Fun and easy Halloween card, right?? When I was prepping this card, I found it easier to cut the Stitched Nested Die from the cardstock first and then I used one of the cut outline pieces as a base to place the cardstock in with my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment. I find this process the easiest when I have multiple sentiments, no need to stamp and then try and make sure that it’s lined up for cutting with a punch or die.

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Wishing you well

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy card made from the Come to Gather Suite! I can honestly say that Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the park with the Come to Gather Suite for your fall themed cards and projects! I just love the rich jeweled toned colors used for the Designer Series Paper! Since this DSP is 12” x 12” and has 12 sheets (2 each of 6 double sided designs), you can use this one design of DSP to create 6 quick and easy cards!

The base layer is this design, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front you will need:

1. 2 pieces of Gold Shimmer Ribbon, each piece long enough to go across the DSP, horizontal and vertical.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, use the second smallest rectangle die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out, and then use the background stamp in Sahara Sand ink to fill in.

3. Use the smallest leaf die to cut out of Gold Foil, Cajun Craze, and Merry Merlot cardstock. Before cutting, spritz the Cajun Craze and Merry Merlot cardstock with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (a spritzer filled with Rubbing Alcohol and a few drops of paint).

First start assembling the card front with the ribbon, use your grid paper to help keep the lines straight, use a small bit of snail on the back of the ribbon to adhere to the DSP, and then on the back of the DSP to adhere the ends of the ribbon:

The sentiment is adhered on top of the ribbon and then the leaves are adhered to the corner of the sentiment, fanning them out, but keeping the “stems” lined up:

This piece is then adhered to a Sahara Sand cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I added a large Gold Glitter Enamel Dot to the middle of where the stems meet:

For the inside sentiment, cut at piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, use the leaf stamp in Sahara Sand ink, stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, and then adhere a coordinating strip of DSP along the bottom, ¾” x 4”:

Isn’t this a great fall themed card?? I chose these sentiments because you can send a card to let the recipient know that you are thinking of them, for a variety of reasons, birthday, Thanksgiving, etc. With this simple layout, you can make 6 of these cards by cutting your 12” x 12” DSP like this:

1. Figure out the direction (if it matters) you want your DSP-horizontal or vertical, then cut 1 ½” off the bottom. Measurement: 1 ½” x 12” and 10 ½” x 12”.

2.  Take the 10 ½” x 12” piece of DSP and cut at 4” along the 12” side of the DSP. Measurement: 4” x 10 ½” and 8” x 10 ½”.

3. Take that 4” x 10 ½” and cut it in half along the 10 ½” side. This will give you two pieces measuring 4” x 5 ¼”. 

4. Repeat on the 8” x 10 ½” piece of DSP, cutting at 4”, and then at 5 ¼”. You will have six pieces of DSP measuring 4” x 5 ¼”.

5. Cut at 1 ½” x 12” strip of DSP at 4”, giving your three pieces measuring 1 ½” x 4”.

5. Cut the 1 ½” x 4” piece in half along the 1 ½” side, this will give you two pieces measuring ¾” x 4”. Repeat this step on the rest of the strips and you will have six pieces measuring ¾” x 4”.

This basic cut is a great way to use up that DSP (no more hoarding!) and you can dress the card front up or down with other products (punches, dies, ribbon, embellishments) without trying to figure out how to use up a whole bunch of little pieces! You can even take two of the base layers, cut them each diagonally, and use each side of the DSP design! Even easier is to use one piece and measure a cut across and flip one side over! So many easy possibilities!!

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A Wicked Good Time!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cute Halloween card featuring the Wonderfully Wicked and Gather Together Bundles! I recently purchased the new pigment sprinkles and I just love them! If you have the Brusho Crystal Colour, which I do, the new pigment sprinkles are completely different! Not only are they in 6 Stampin’ Up! colors, the jars feature a screw-top lid and a snap lid to close the opening for sprinkling these pretty little pigments! I wanted to use these pigment sprinkles with the watercolor paper to create the pumpkins for this card and just love how they turned out! 

The base layer is Old Olive cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped with the Buffalo Check Background stamp. I used my Stamparatus so that I could stamp the image again if needed:

For the card front:

1. Cut a 5 ¼” piece of the burlap ribbon, fraying the ends with your fingertips/nails.

2. Use wicked die to cut out of Black Foil Sheets.

3. To create the pumpkins, use a 1 ¾” x 5” piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper (or a big enough scrap piece), lightly spritz water on the paper, sprinkle Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight pigment sprinkles on the paper, and then spritz with water again. To speed up the drying process, I used my heat tool. I used a spritzer with rubbing alcohol and champagne mist shipper paint over the watercolor paper. I stamped two each of the pumpkin stamps in Early Espresso ink, cut out with the coordinating dies, and colored in the stem with Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker:

Adhere the burlap ribbon to the stamped base layer with Tear & Tape. The pumpkins are adhered together, the big pumpkin to the back of the two smaller ones, use glue dots to adhere the “wicked” to the pumpkins, and then use liquid glue to adhere this to the burlap ribbon:

On a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock, heat emboss the sentiments in White Emboss Powder, and trim down. These are adhered to the base layer with black dimensionals and I also added 6 of the black enamel dots. This completed piece is adhered to a Basic Black cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside sentiment is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink and the cats are stamped in Memento ink:

Isn’t this a cute card?? Something a little different, using pumpkins to incorporate with the Halloween card! If you’ve been thinking about purchasing the pigment sprinkles, I say go for it! They are a little messy (to be expected), so you can use latex gloves and if not, the colors do rinse from your hands easily!

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Beware if you dare!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is another fun Halloween card featuring the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder with the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies! I wanted to create a “spider web” like feeling to the cardstock after I heat embossed the spider image from the Wonderfully Wicked stamp set with the Hammered Metal EF, which is pretty close! 

The base layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I stamped the spider image in Versamark, heat embossed with Shimmer Black Embossing Powder, and embossed with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder:

I used the letters from Hand-Lettered Prose to spell “beware!” cut out of Granny Apple Green cardstock and Silver Foil Sheets:

The silver foil letters are adhered behind the Granny Apple Green letters and adhered to the embossed base layer with the black mini dimensionals. This completed piece is adhered to a Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ½”:

The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The spider web is heat embossed in silver, the spider is heat embossed in shimmer black, and the sentiment is stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink:

Super easy card to make, right?? Cutting out the letters were pretty quick, just having to cut out two of the e’s. I used snail on the back of the cardstock letters to adhere the foil sheet letters, which also sped up the process! 

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Spooky graveyard Halloween card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and “spooky” graveyard Halloween card! Not only is this a quick and easy card to make, but another fun way to use the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes! I thought the trees from the Snow Front stamp set would be perfect to help create that spooky feeling for this graveyard card!

You will start with a 3” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamping the trees and ground cover stamps in Memento ink. I used my Stamparatus for the trees so that I could stamp them a couple of times to get a solid stamped image. I used the star stamp from Little Twinkle in Versamark ink and heat set with Clear Emboss Powder:

Using sponge daubers, I first colored the ground with Basic Gray ink, the lower sky in Blueberry Bushel ink, and the upper sky in Night of Navy ink. After coloring with the sponge daubers, I used a towel to remove the Night of Navy ink off the embossed stars:

To complete the card front:

1. Adhere three of the gravestone enamel shapes.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Whisper White Craft ink, use your Stamparatus in case you want to ink and stamp again for a brighter image. Use your Heat Tool to help dry the ink.

3. Cut a piece of the Mercury Glass Acetate sheet in the cracked design to 4” x 5 ¼” and scenery cardstock to the acetate sheet.

4. This completed piece is adhered to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the tree and ground cover in Memento ink, and the sentiment in Night of Navy ink:

What a fun and easy Halloween card to make! It just goes to show you that you can combine different stamp sets to create a card for any occasion! The Monster Bash Enamel Shapes are a definite fun addition for your Halloween cards!!

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The new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up!

Hello and welcome to today’s special blog post featuring the new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! This highly anticipated replacement trimmer is currently available to demonstrators now thru October 31, 2019 and will be released for customer purchase by the end of the year! Since the release to demonstrators coincided with an order I was already planning to place, I took the plunge so that I could share with you what the new and improved trimmer is about!

Let me first start off with the old Stampin’ Trimmer, which I have loved since I purchased it 3 ½ years ago, and it was replacing an old Fiskars trimmer that I had had FOREVER. I know that one of the biggest issues was the trimmer blades, but I was pretty fortunate in that department. Of course, the more you use something, like a cutting blade, the faster it will wear out or “not cut as nicely”. I also learned that cutting Glimmer Paper took a big toll on the cutting blade. So, I purchased a guillotine paper cutter, nothing fancy, at a local office supply store. I find this is very convenient for cutting large amounts of cardstock (like Whisper White and Very Vanilla that I used a lot of for the inside of my cards) and cutting down glimmer paper. I still have my “dull” cutting blades and use one of those when I am cutting smaller pieces of glimmer paper.

Old vs. New: Size

When you have a side by side comparison, you will see the new trimmer is longer, but not as wide, which is because the new trimmer has straight edges on the sides, whereas the old trimmer is curved on one side and the other side has the curved lip to pull out the extendable ruler. 

The new trimmer is also thinner and lighter than the old trimmer. The new extendable ruler also slides into a locked place and does not need that little “kickstand” to steady the arm, there is a built-in footing for this.

New trimmer on the left, old on the right
Old trimmer from the side
New trimmer from the side

Old vs. New: Measuring

The biggest difference with the new trimmer is that it measures in both imperial and metric. There are three places that mark the measurements, top, middle, and bottom, whereas the old trimmer just had them at the top and bottom. The new trimmer still measures to 6 ¼” across the top, but only goes to just over 4 ¾” across the middle and bottom to accommodate the extendable ruler. This is ok for me, but if you measure and cut from the bottom, this is a change that will need some adjusting to. The old trimmer had a “stop line” across the top so that you could see the measurement lines at the paper and above, whereas the new does not, only at the paper. This may take a little getting used to, but not a big deal. The measurement lines on the right side go to 1 ½”, whereas the measurement lines only go to 1 ¼” on the old.

The new extendable ruler is actually longer, up to 17 ¼”, whereas the old extendable ruler went just over 14 ½”. The new extendable ruler is also flush across when extended, whereas the old was not, making it easier to measure in smaller increments. 

Old vs. New: Handle

To lock the handle in place with the old trimmer, there is a button at the top that you slide to lock, but with the new trimmer the handle automatically locks into place when closed. This is pretty convenient, how many times have you grabbed your trimmer only to have the handle fly open and the cutting mat fall out? Yeah, been there many of times! Lol

The measurement lines on the handle are now on the right side, whereas the measurement lines on the old handle are on the left. I do like this, along with the fact that the grid lines on the trimmer base are bigger, making it easier to see the lines on the handle.

Old vs. New: Cutting and Scoring

Another big difference is the cutting and scoring blades, they are completely redesigned, so no, they will not work with the old trimmer. I feel that the glide in the handle is a bit smoother with the new trimmer. You can easily remove the cutting and scoring blades, there is a little area towards the bottom that you can easily pop them in and out in. If you are using the handle to cut or score, it is much easier to see where the blade is at along those measurement lines.

I have taken a close-up of the new cutting blades and the blade is so much bigger for the new trimmer!! Hopefully, this will mean getting more cutting out of the new blades, but if you notice, you can also flip them around in the handle. What I mean by that is, if you are one that favors cutting from the top or bottom normally, you can flip the cutting blade in the track and use the other side. The old trimmer only fit the track in the handle one way, thus you would have to adjust the direction you cut the paper. Also, maybe these ones can be sharpened, I never seemed to be able to accomplish this with the old cutting blades.

There is also no mat that goes in the track of the new trimmer, so no additional replacement parts to buy. The track in the new trimmer seems a bit deeper, so only time and usage will tell how often you will need to clean out those tiny bits that get stuck in there.

Old vs. New: Storage

The old trimmer has a handy storage area for your blades and other small items, whereas the new trimmer does not. That is just a matter of preference, so that just means that if you craft on the go, bring an extra trimmer with you to be safe!

Old vs. New: Price

The cost of the new trimmer is $25 (USD), whereas the old trimmer was $30 (USD), so the new is a few dollars less. The replacement blades now come in a pack of four for $12 (USD), which the old blades only came in a pack of two for $6 (USD), basically the same price. There is currently no option for replacing scoring blades, but that may be released at a later date. I still use my original scoring blade, so I’m fairly confident that the new scoring blade will last some time. I also wanted to add that if you are one that hangs or would like to hang your trimmer up, there is a notch at the top for this. I currently keep mine on my desk, underneath my Mega Stamp Case Shelf from Stamp-n-Storage, right next to my Stamparatus.

Hopefully I have covered the basics and have given you a good idea about the changes with the release of the new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! Whether you have the old trimmer or are looking for a new paper trimmer, I don’t think you will be disappointed! Once Stampin’ Up! provides a release date for customers to purchase the new trimmer, this information will be updated on my blog, so stay tuned!

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The Cat and the Moon

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is another fun Halloween card made with the Wonderfully Wicked stamp set! It wouldn’t be Halloween card making without a “cat and the moon” card with the nighttime sky in Halloween colors! Would you believe that I used the Birch background stamp to create the “spooky mist”?? That’s right, if you position the paper just right, you can get this effect with the Whisper White Craft Ink and your Stamparatus! Just another reason to get this background stamp if you don’t already have it!

Your base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and use the 2 ¼” Circle Punch at the bottom of the cardstock to punch out the circle for the moon, and then you will need a 2 ½” x 4 piece of Basic Gray cardstock:

For the sky, use sponge brayers to color with Mango Melody, Granny Apply Green, and Gorgeous Grape inks.

For the moon, I simply pressed the circle cardstock directly onto my Pineapple Punch stamp pad and used my finger tips to press into the ink, which gives the illusion of texture on the moon.

For the brick wall, spritz the paper with water and emboss with the Brick & Mortar 3D Folder. I then used a sponge dauber with Basic Gray ink to give the embossed side depth.

I stamped the cat in Memento Ink on the moon, using my Stamparatus so I could ink the stamp repeatedly to get a very dark image (about 3 times). I laid the brick wall on the base layer to use as a guide to adhere the cat in the moon correctly:

If you look at the Birch background stamp, you will see that around the middle area that there a just lines and no wood detail and this is where I lined up the base layer to be stamped with Whisper White Craft ink. Use your Stamparatus for this step as well:

The brick wall is adhered to the base layer with black dimensionals:

The sentiment is heat embossed with Shimmer Black Emboss Powder, punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch, use the large gray enamel dots from Monster Bash on each side, adhere to the brick wall, and then this completed piece is adhered to a Basic Black cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, use a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the bats in Memento ink, heat emboss the “wicked” with Shimmer Black Emboss Powder, and stamp the rest of the sentiments with Basic Gray ink:

Isn’t this a fun and cute card? This was really easy to make and I really liked the idea of creating a different colored sky, I almost started out making a typical nighttime colored sky!

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