Magical Halloween

Halloween is around the corner or maybe just down the road. It’s going to be a different kind of celebration this year due to the health situation, but don’t let that ruin all your fun. I have some last minute inspiration for you. Whip up a few cards and send out some spooky fun. You still have time.

Elegant Spell

Halloween doesn’t have to be bat and cats and goblins and ghosts. This card has an eerie vibe but still casts a spell of elegance for the refined trickster. I used a base of Blackberry Bliss and added a piece of the Magic in This Night DSP. (This DSP collection is incredible and you will see I used it a lot.) The windswept floral in shades of black and white is simply gorgeous. A strip of Metallic Mesh ribbon adds a touch of sparkle under the flower that I die-cut with the Hallows Night Magic bundle from Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. I layered the flower outline of a scrap of Black Glitter paper and fussy cut it to match. The sentiment, stamped in Blackberry Bliss, is from the Hello, Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin kit. The final touch was a few Iridescent Pearls.

Completely Batty

The second card started with a base of Smoky Slate. Again I used a 4″ square piece of the Magic in This Night DSP, but before I added it to the card I glued a die-cut fancy border of Black Glimmer paper on the edge and wrapped the seam with Glittered Organdy ribbon. I set that aside and heat embossed the sentiment from the Hallows Night Magic set in silver. After I adhered the paper assembly to the front of the card, I finished it with bats cut from Black Glimmer paper. The large bat is a die from the bundle. The smaller bats are from last year’s punch, so I cheated a little bit. But I love this card so much, I don’t even feel guilty. Also, you can substitute the smaller bats the die cuts for the mini ones I used.

Good Bones

The last card I have for you is a new format for me—a slimline card. I haven’t found a set of standard dimensions for cutting these cards so I’ll do a post soon with all the measurements I’m using to create mine. But I couldn’t resist sharing this beauty. Starting with a base of Cajun Craze, I added a layer of the Magic in This Night DSP. Next, I used the stamp set on Whisper White to create the sentiment layer. I stamped the outline image in Memento Ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends. Then I used Cajun Craze ink for the words. The cat was from the Hello, Pumpkin kit. (There were so many pieces, expect to be seeing bits and bobs from it for a while.) The bats came from the DSP—the die in the bundle works perfectly with the printed image to cut out these spidery-webbed bats. I mounted the sentiment on a die-cut banner of Black Glimmer paper as the final bit of sparkle. These cards fit in a business-sized envelope if you’re planning to mail it.

Have a creative and safe holiday. I’ll be back soon with details on making slimline cards.

Hello, Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin Alternates

The September Paper Pumpkin kit, Hello Pumpkin, provided all the materials to make these cute holiday crackers for either Halloween or Thanksgiving. Holiday crafting is the best and we’re finally at that time of year. These little guys could easily hold a fun-size candy bar, some chocolate nuggets, a seasonal lip-gloss, or everybody’s favorite: cash.

I recommend creating the embellishment layers first. Use one of the laser cut little mats and then adhere the whole setup to the box. It’s so much easier than trying to wrangle all the little pieces on one at a time. (Ask me how I know.)

And speaking of little pieces…you are going to have a ton left-over for making alternate cards. Let me show you a couple of ideas.

Cats and Cobwebs

I started this card with a Basic Black base and a layer of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I embossed, using the Cobwebs 3-D embossing folder in the holiday catalog. The embossing adds fantastic texture so all I needed was a small collection of the pre-punched pieces to finish it off. I stamped the pumpkin cutouts with the faces in the stamp set using Memento ink. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment from the kit on one of the pre-punched banners. The pumpkins, sentiment and black flowers are lifted on Dimensionals. The final touch was the orange rhinestone bling in the center of the flowers from the Holiday Rhinestones pack in the annual catalog.

Thankful Wreath

Did I mention this kit had a TON of pre-punched pieces in several colors? Well, this card proves it. Built on a base of Cajun Craze, I used a four-inch square of Very Vanilla as the base for my wreath. I started by stamping the leaves and flowers around a scrap 1-1/2″ circle that I temporarily adhered to the square. I used coordinating inks in Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze. You can’t see a lot of the stamping in this photo because it’s mostly covered up. The reason to do the stamping first is so that if you have gaps in your paper pieces there isn’t a stark blank area. It’s all filled in. This makes it easy to add as many or as few pieces as you want to your wreath.

Once I was done building my wreath, I added it to the base. Then I added a linen twine bow. I used a laser-cut, Cajun Craze mat underneath the sentiment from the kit and that is lifted on Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added a small strip of burlap ribbon and some of the “scrap” diamonds from the cracker boxes. I love the country vibe of this card, but it is a bit fussy to complete.

Hello, Pumpkin

The last alternate I have for you also begins with a base of Cajun Craze and a four-inch square of Very Vanilla. I added a layer of Bumblebee DSP from the In-color DSP pack available in the annual catalog. The pumpkins are pieces from the Paper Pumpkin kit. Several of the small ones are on Dimensionals. I cut the end of one of the cracker boxes off and added it to the Very Vanilla card. The twine is from an old kit. Linen thread would work well here too. The entire piece is added to the base with Dimensionals. Finally, I used the kit to create the sentiment and added it directly to the base with glue dots. This simple fall themed card could be used for either holiday or just a general note.

I hope you’re having fun with your Paper Pumpkin kits. If you aren’t subscribed, you can easily sign up with the link in the sidebar to the right. If you have any questions about a kit or need ideas, please contact me. I love talking to fellow crafters!

World’s Greatest Alternatives

I love that title. It’s actually two alternatives for the August Paper Pumpkin kit: “World’s Greatest.” The kit was designed to make nine cards, three shakers, and two other designs you can see in this picture. Aren’t the plaid details fun?

Of course, we all have everyday heroes we can acknowledge. The people in our lives that we would greatly miss. The people who make our days just a little bit brighter. This kit was ideal for sending an unexpected note of gratitude to those folks.

But as always, I was inspired to change things up just a little bit. I have two simple alternatives for you. One uses only what was in the kit. The other uses stamps from a past Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you.

Best Friend

For this card, I started by cutting the blue plaid base in half and trimming one piece down to 4″ x 5-1/4″ —save the extra strips. I layered that trimmed piece onto a base of Whisper White card stock. Next, I used the “leftover” piece from the shaker card frame. It also had a pre-punched blue circle, which left a frame for my “award.” That was placed on the card with Dimensionals.

I used the stamps from the kit to add the ribbon to one of the large white circles and the sentiment to one of the small white circles. I layered the small circle onto a gold medallion from the kit and popped it up on Dimensionals on the large stamped circle.

Next, I trimmed one of those “scrap” strips to fit in between the green plaid edges. I stamped “friend” using the stamp and ink from the kit, and yes Dimensionals. Lastly, I scattered on a few stars and there you have it. Simple, cute, and nothing wasted.

A Great Birthday Card

This lovely birthday card starts out the same way as the previous card but uses the green plaid base, cut in half and trimmed down, saving the trim strip. The plaid is on a base of Whisper White and over that I added one of the Bumblebee water color wash pieces from the kit that I had stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from an earlier Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2019 – Sentimental Rose).

Next, I added two of the vellum sprays and a 3-1/2″ length of the grosgrain ribbon. I added a layer of the plaid strip that I trimmed earlier. For the flower, I used Magenta Madness ink and fussy-cut it as I did with the leaf sprays, but they are stamped in Just Jade. The flower is lifted on Dimensionals and I added a Gold Glitter enamel to the center. The final touch was a few of the stars from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed these two quick alternative cards and that they inspired you to create your own alternatives. Happy crafting!