Halloween One Sheet Wonder – CASE of the Mondays

Making Halloween cards is so much fun. They can be spooky or playful.  The 2018 Holiday catalog has a couple of cute stamp sets for this holiday.  I selected the Spooky Sweets and the Spooky Bat punch that goes with it.  I also picked up the Takeout Treats which will work for several holidays and all occasions.  I’ve also been playing with some One Sheet Wonders lately.  A  One Sheet Wonder is a template for cutting the paper into geometric shapes that can be used to make several cards. This is a great way to convince yourself to cut that paper you love so much because you know there won’t be a wasted scrap.

For my cards I used a 6×6 inch piece of Garden Impressions.  This is a bold floral pack of paper that is packed with color. But wait – Halloween cards?  I know you’re wondering how that’s possible. The pack as this lovely watercolor Night of Navy and Blueberry Bushel abstract that reminded me of a fall sky at twilight. I had to use it.  My inspiration for the layouts came from Nicole Belesimo.  You can see her cards here.  Both of us used a cutting template from Kathy Roney. Her template is here.  The template makes six cards – and here they are.

Swirls and Curls Spooky Sweets

This is card #1.  I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder on a piece of Night of Navy to add texture.  The Garden Impressions DSP is set off by Basic Black cardstock. I punched the bats using the new Black Foil that is also in the 2018 Holiday catalog.  I love the shine they added to the card.  The sentiment is embossed using some retired Crushed Curry powder I had – but you could use the new Pineapple Punch powder.  I like the yellow on black. You will see I used it a lot.  The ribbon is Basic Black Satin and there is a stray rhinestone.  I have some black rhinestones left in my stash.  If you don’t, you could use the new Black Blends from the Holiday catalog and color one of the standard rhinestones.

Card #2. I used a layer of Basic Black over the Basic Black card base so that Sppoky Sweets Garden ImpressionsI could stamp my clouds from the Spooky Sweets set and not worry about making a mistake. The sentiment is from Seasonal Chums – available in the Annual catalog. The grey ribbon is from the last Sale-a-Bration. Black Satin would have worked just as well. The moon was stamped in Daffodil Delight on the same color cardstock. I punched it out using the Twinkle Builder punch from the Annual catalog. (I saved the stars for a later card).

Black Foil Spooky SweetsCard #3.  I used a lot of the Black Foil on this card. A wide stripe is layered over Night of Navy.   I punched one end of the foil with the Twinkle Builder. Behind the foil, I used a scrap of Daffodil Delight to make the negative space pop.  The one-inch squares of DSP are layered on Night of Navy too.  More foil bats, a few rhinestones,  and the embossed sentiment finished it off.

Card #4. There are the stars I saved from card 2 plus a few extra.  Take Out Treats and Twinkle Builder PunchThe sentiment is from Takeout Treats, embossed in yellow and punched using the Everyday Label punch. Instead of Night of Navy, I used Blueberry Bushel as my background layer.

Stampin Up Halloween CardCard 5.  I was a bit stumped how to use the four small pieces. As I played around with them I layered them on a black scrap and thought it looked like a window.  I used the retired Season to Sparkle to stamp a dangling spider in one of the panes. Pineapple Punch cardstock layered behind the Night of Navy makes the moon and stars shine.  I layered the sentiment over a piece of Black Satin ribbon using small dimensionals.

Card 6. The last card, I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder again, but I wanted MORE.  So I got out the small bottle of Champagne Mist Seasonal ChumsChampagne Mist Shimmer Paint from the Holiday catalog. This stuff is so cool. It’s like Wink of Stella on steroids.  I just dipped my finger into the lid and got a tiny bit and then smeared it on.  I kept adding small amounts until I was happy with the look.  I can tell you that a little goes a LONG way. I can’t wait to order the copper, gold and white for more holiday play. For this card, I also got out my Blends.  The new Mango Melody blends with the Pumpkin Pie let me make a very cool jack o’lantern. I also used a gold foil doily and the Triple Banner punch for the sentiment tag. And a rhinestone may have found it’s way onto this mixed media masterpiece.

So there you have it. Six cards using a 6×6″ piece of Garden Impressions DSP for inspiration.  I hope I’ve inspired you to Cut the Paper!

Broadway Star Paper Pumpkin – CASE of the Mondays

Wow! Wow! Wow!  The June Paper Pumpkin was full of bling and bright colors.  I would never have imagined how vibrant and fun Lovely Lipstick looks with Lemon Lime Twist.  I’ll have some posts on this fun box that was matched to the Broadway Bound suite in the catalog over the next few days. Here are the cards as designed using the instructions.
Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star

I’m not sure why my picture of these two was a little washed out, but believe me, they are WOW cards.

I love getting ideas for alternates from Pinterest but another source I use is the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Facebook.  This group was started by Rachel Tessman.  She is the Rockstar Diva of Paper Pumpkin.  If you’re ever looking for ideas, check the group or her YouTube channel.

The CASE for today is based off a card posted to the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club by Merrilee Mager.
Broadway Star Paper Pumpkin Fan Club CASE
This card is almost identical to hers except that I moved the twine from around the top of the card to a bow over the balloons.

Keep crafting.  I’ll have more alternates for you soon!

Sketchy CASE of the Mondays

Card sketches are useful for getting past the blank page jitters that block our creativity.  I have a Pinterest board where I keep a file of interesting sketches.  Today, I have a card made from a one provided by Freshly Made Sketches.  It isn’t quite as “CASE-y” as my usual CASEs, but I am copying their layout.

Here is the sketch.
Freshly Made Sketch 342








They provide a new layout each week.  This week, I used some scraps that I had. It seems like my collection of scraps is overwhelming my craft room. So you might see a lot of “scrap cards” coming in future posts. You know how I hate to throw anything away.

Here is my card.

Stampin Up Delightful Daisy FMS342I used a card base from a recent Sale-a-Bration because I didn’t like the papers on a white background. The Soft Saffron blends well with the Daffodil Delight and the Night of Navy colors.  The Wood Textures DSP along with the scrap of retired Delightful Daisy DSP gives the card a sweet rustic country vibe.

I stamped the flower using the Daisy Delight stamp set that is available in the current catalog. The Thank You sentiment is in the same set.  Night of Navy ink makes this large sentiment stand out even more and coordinates with the background in the DSP.  Finally, I added a retired  White Perfect Accent because I wanted to mimic the daisies in the background, but reverse the color.

You could also make the flower stamping the Daffodil Delight on Whisper White and use a Clear Faceted gem instead. Stamping two images and gluing them together and also using a bone folder to curl the petals give the flower more dimension.

So happy that I played along with the Freshly Made Sketch this week.  Happy crafting.FreshlyMadeSketches