Halloween Magic and Festive Corners!

Do you think this card is scary and spooky?

Actually, spiders and bats have their place in the whole scheme of evolution.  Spiders continuously weave silk and their silk is known to have strength and elasticity. It’s somewhat sticky and this is how they catch their prey. Bats are considered wonders of evolution and are mammals who can fly.

Okay, enough about that. Let’s get to today’s project.

The stamped images are from the Festive Corners stamp set and the bats are die cuts from the Halloween Magic Dies. I used lots of layers on this card, including a colorful plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP. The Whisper White top frame layer was cropped from the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies,  and the inside sentiment and image on the envelope are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set.

There certainly is a lot going on here which I didn’t realize until now.

I bet you’re all curious to see what my workspace looks like after this one…. a messy space is a creative space, right?

I started layering until I was able to center the “SPOOKY” image to scale. Layers and frames always work well when you have a focal point image that needs a little more attention. I added the spider’s web (which I hand cropped) and the spider, then I started moving the bats around the frame until they helped draw attention to the SPOOKY image.  My card needed just a little something more, so I glued on a few sequins. Bling is always good!

So that’s the story of creation for this card.

Below are the project dimensions:

  • Basic Black standard A-2 card base scored and folded vertically;
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;
  • The Plaid Tidings DSP layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • The Basic Black frame layer is 2 7/8″ X 4 1/8″;
  • The Whisper White frame layer is 2 3/4″ X 4″;
  • I used the 2″ X 3 1/4″ Stitched Rectangle Frame to crop the center of the Whisper White frame layer.
  • The Bumblebee layer inside the frame is 2 1/4″ X 3 3/4″.  When placed behind the frame, there’s plenty of room to add your adhesive.
  • I Stamped “SPOOKY” with my Stamparatus after I framed the Bumblebee layer.

Now, grab a spooky stamp set, add a few flying bats and a little bling and create something adorable!

The only limitation is your imagination!


Fun With the Hallows Night Bundle!

Happy Sunday to all!

Here’s another card share post from Barbara Levitz.  Barbara is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in my down line. She designed this card using the Hallows Night Bundle from the August December 2020 Mini Catalog.

I think spiders are supposed to be scary, but this one is too cute to be scary.  If you look closely, Barbara added Shimmery Crystal Effects to the spider and he certainly glistens (it’s hard to see it in the picture). She also outlined the spider’s web with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and that web surely sparkles. (Both are on page 147 in the Annual Catalog).

The bit of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper nicely compliments the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight card stock.  That sentiment font is simple, clean and elegant.

Here’s a glimpse of the Magic In This Night Product Suite:

Magic In This Night Product Suite #155122

So, grab your scary spider, cover it with shimmery crystal, hang it in a window, add a touch of plaid and create a Halloween hello!

The only limitation is  your imagination!



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,