World Card Making Day Spooky Night, Spooky Cat

I was in Atlanta this past weekend celebrating World Card Making Day at a wonderful event hosted by two special stamping friends, Brian King and Pam Morris. It was obvious they worked tirelessly to make the day fun and inspiring for all of us.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Brian and Pam for inviting me to participate in the event as a presenter.  I was excited and honored (not to mention a bit nervous) to be included among such talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators as Julie DiMatteo, Donna Griffith, Jennifer Beatty Hill, Pam, and Brian.

I enjoy CASEing beautiful cards and I really, really enjoy creating original cards, especially simple collage cards.  Back in 2013, I posted a series of “Design Tips” blog posts which included a post on the “Design Rule of Thirds”.  Brian asked that I present a little something to the group about the “Rule of Thirds” for a simple collage card.  Below is the finished product and please pardon the grid paper background.

  • If you want to experiment with the design “rule of thirds” it’s easiest to make yourself a “rule of thirds” grid.  I made this one using one of Stampin’ Up!’s Clear Envelopes.
  • The envelope size is 5 3/4″ X 4 3/8″.  I trimmed the envelope to a standard A-2 card size 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and with a fine tip Sharpie, I created the grid.
  • The measurements for the grid lines are 1 7/16″ from each side, and 1 7/8″ from the top edge and the bottom edge.
  • I also cut a piece of Whisper White card stock (A-2) to slip into the grid when I’m working with a layer. You can make a Basic Black one if you’re working with a light or white card layer.
  • The grid is divided into three even sections horizontally and three even sections vertically.
  • The grid illustrates the “rule of thirds” for a card layout.
  • You can create a custom grid for any size card.

  • Once I started placing all my card elements together, I used the grid to be sure the elements were where I wanted them to be and they were evenly centered for a “balanced” design.
  • The pictures below illustrate how I put the card together using my grid.

You can take a look at my original post here.

Using this grid is a preference of mine and I have fun experimenting with it.  I hope you enjoy using it, too!



Spooky Cat, Spooky Night, Spooky Fun

Isn’t this black cat adorable… I think I’ll call her “Spooky”!  She’s from the new Spooky Night Suite and I know many of you have already seen her. For anybody thinking about getting any of the products in the Spooky Night Suite, I say go for it. It’s not too late! The Spooky Night Designer Series Paper is beautiful and will work hard for you. It just about created this card for me!

Here’s the quick and easy “How To”:

  • The card base is a standard A-2 (5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″) in Basic Black.
  • I added a second layer of Very Vanilla card stock do give the striped patterned paper a little definition on the Basic Black card base.
  • The striped pattern is from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper collection. The piece measures 4 7/8″ X 3 3/4″.
  • The Pumpkin Pie font patterned paper is also from Spooky Night… it measures 3 3/4″ X 2 1/8″ with a rounded corner.
  • Spooky, the cat was punched directly from the patterned paper with the Cat Punch. How easy is that?
  • I hand cropped my sentiment banners mixing in more of the patterns from the DSP and stamped the sentiment in Black Memento ink onto a hand cropped Very Vanilla banner.
  • Ladies love their “bling”, and Spooky is no exception… I gave her a sparkly collar using the Black Mini Sequin Trip and some green glue.  By the way, that trim is stunning!

So, grab yourself some Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, the Cat Punch, add a little bling… and create something Spooky!

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PPA320-A Trick or Treat Sketch Challenge


Here’s a little something for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.  Dawn kept the sketch simple which was easy for me to create a quick, clean and simple card.


Meet my Trick or Treat Scarecrow.  I named him “Joe”.  This is “Joe” the “Trick or Treat Scarecrow”….   and he’s adorable!

He was so easy to bring to life.

  • I stamped the scarecrow and trick or treat bag images from the “Cookie Cutter Halloween” stamp set in Soft Suede ink.
  • With my Blender Pen and some Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Island Indigo ink, I quickly highlighted the stamped image.
  • A little fussy cutting was needed for Joe’s Trick or Treat bag, but that was also quick and easy.
  • I cut into the top of the trick or treat bag just about 1/4″ so I could attach it to his hand with a drop of green glue.
  • A few Island Indigo candy dots add a little color pop and balance.
  • The sentiment is from the “Spooky Fun” stamp set and stamped with Soft Suede ink.
  • That strip of patterned paper is from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.


So pull out some ink, grab your blender pen, stamp a cute image and create something adorable to link up with the Pals.

Until next time,




Stampin’ Spooky Fun!


Hello card makers!

Having recently downsized, my stamping room was the first to get packed and the last to get unpacked.  I moved to my new space with a few favorite furniture pieces, and lots and lots of boxes, most of which were stamps, paper, ink and more stamps.   I’m very comfortable here and ready to get back to my card making.

While preparing future blog posts, I’ve been popping in on both Stampin’ Up!’s and the Pals’ Facebook Chats to see what’s new.  Yikes!  Stampin’ Up! and the Pals are movin’ and shakin’, and I have a lot of wonderful’ creative new products to share.  It’s been a fun week of preparation for me and I’m happy to be back in my creative space cutting paper and getting my fingers inky!

So, let’s get started with today’s post.  This year’s Holiday Catalog is absolutely filled with one surprise after another.  Last Friday I hosted my first card class in a long while.  This was one of the projects we made and the ladies were so happy that it was quick and easy…. and, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Flo was so excited, she actually enjoyed tying the bow!

  • I was inspired by a project in the Holiday Catalog for this card… the “Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies” and “Spooky Fun” stamp set are perfect together.
  • For the cropped tree image, I cut the Basic Gray card stock 4 1/4″ wide by 5″ long;
  • The finished cropped tree image is attached with dimensionals; this made it easy to tuck the bakers twine under the image.
  • I hand cropped the sentiment banner and stamped the sentiment with Pumpkin Pie ink.
  • The bats were cropped using one of the framelits and Basic Black card stock.
  • Because I wanted my card to look more “spooky” I stamped the moon image with Basic Gray ink.  For a “happier” look, you could use a yellow.
  • A Basic Gray Candy Dot and some Basic Gray Bakers Twine finished the card nicely.





So, grab these fabulous framelits and some card stock; add a little sentiment and create something spooky!


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It’s Spooky!


I mixed some "spooky" patterns from "Happy Haunting" Designer Series Paper, added a few "spooky" eyes and punched a "spooky" circle. The "Spooky" Stamp is the perfect fit for your 2" Circle Punch, or match up a Circles Collection Framelit.

As they say… the eyes always tell the story. A few Pearl Basic Jewels make great eyes for this card's story, and Pearl Basic Jewels should be a staple at every stamper's table.

This card took but a few minutes to put together and will be on its way to one of my great nieces along with their Trick-Or-Treat surprise.

So, mix up some great patterns, add a sentiment, a few "eyes", and create something "spooky".



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