Punch Art Pumpkin Card

Pumpkins are a symbol of Fall so here is a Punch Art Pumpkin Card for you to make.  It is pretty quick with just a little bit of sparkle from the Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine and the Gold Buttons.
Punch Art Pumpkin Card

Stamps:  For All Things  w#135152  c#135155   French #136985   MDS Download #138114
Ink:  Tangelo Twist
Card Stock:  Hello Honey
Tangelo Twist
Very Vanilla
scrap of Garden Green for Pumpkin stem
Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper #135819   MDS download #138119
Big Shot:  Argyle Embossing Folder #127750
Punches:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Decorative Label #120907
Other:  Gold Baker’s Twine #132975
Gold Basic Metal Buttons #133763
Fast Fuse OR SNAIL Adhesive
Tombow Glue

1.  Cut your Hello Honey card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your candy corn Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to your card base with Fast Fuse OR SNAIL Adhesive.
3.  Punch three Tangelo Twist Extra Large Ovals.  Run them through the Big Shot with the Argyle Embossing Folder.  Sponge around the edges if desired.  (I forgot.)  Attach the two side Ovals to the center Oval with Tombow Glue.  Add a 3/8″ x 1″ Garden Green stem to the top of your Pumpkin.  Attach to your card front with Dimensionals.  Thread your Gold Baker’s Twine through two button holes of your Gold Button.  Attach with Glue Dots to your Pumpkin.
4.  Stamp your sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock with Tangelo Twist ink.  Punch out with the Decorative Label Punch.  Add a Gold Button attached with Glue Dots.  Attach your label with Dimensionals to your card front.
5.  You now have a nice Fall themed card to give to a special someone.

Happy Fall Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Fall Fry Box Video

Learn the basics for making your own Fry Boxes using the Fry Boxes Bigz die.  This version is for Autumn.
Fall Fry Boxes Video

Video is about 7 minutes long

Stamps:  Starburst Sayings  w#133182  c#133185  Dichos Explosivos #134498
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  So Saffron for Fry Box
Cajun Craze
Tangerine Tango
Old Olive
Big Shot:  Fry Box Bigz L Die #132966
Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Other:  Wooden Elements #132258
Fast Fuse Adhesive #129026

Happy Fry Box Making and Decorating!
endy Kerr

September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Video

The September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit is perfect for Halloween and Fall Treat Giving!  Fill with the treats or small gift of you choice.  As you can see, my treat is chocolate.

Video Time: less than 16 minutes

Paper Pumpkin Kits contain ALL the supplies to make the Project of the Month.  Each month’s kit will include Instructions (which I forgot to show you in the video.  The instructions are on the back of the picture.), Exclusive Stamps and at least 1 small ink pad.  Your first kit will include a stamp block.  You might need adhesive, scissors, and a bone folder to complete your projects.  You can also step it up by adding your own supplies if you want.  Some months I am really in the mood to do a lot with the Kits.  Other months I just enjoy making the projects using the supplies provided.  Take your pick or do some of each.  Some people stick dinner in the oven and escape to their craft room and complete their projects while dinner is cooking!

Would you like your own Paper Pumpkin Craft Kits to come to your mailbox?  You can sign up for a Monthly Subscription HERE or a Prepaid Subscription HERE for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.  If you sign up using these links, Email me your mailing address and after your subscription is confirmed I will send you a FREE Wood Mount Stamp case labeled to hold your Paper Pumpkin stamps and perhaps, your ink spots.

Enjoy your Paper Pumpkin Projects!
Nendy Kerr

Last Bite Halloween Treat Bag

Do you need a quick and easy Halloween Treat Bag?  This will do the trick and is easy when you need to make a lot of treat bags.
Halloween Treat Bag 2014

Stamps:  Merry Everything w#135068  c#135071  (Bundle with Punch w#137635  c#137636)
Markers:  Basic Black
Tangerine Tango
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper #135819
Punches:  Note Tag Punch #135860 (See Bundles above)
Scallop Tag Topper #
Corner Rounder #
Other:  White and Tangerine Two-Tone Trim #135838
Linen Thread
4″ x 6″ Cellophane Bags  #102757

1.  Color your Stamp with Basic Black and Tangerine Tango Markers.  Punch out with Note Tag Punch.  Put Dimensionals on the back.
2.  Cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  Punch the top with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  Add the tag from Step 1 to this tag.  Put Linen Thread through the ribbon hole in the tag and tie to the Two-Toned Ribbon loose enough so you can adjust the position.
3.  Fill your Cello Bag with Treats.  Tie the Two-Toned Ribbon around the top.  Adjust the Tag position.  Your Treat Bag is now ready to give away!

Happy Halloween Treating!
Nendy Kerr

Curvy Keepsakes Thinlits Box Basics Video

This video shows you how to make the Basic Curvy Keepsakes Box.  Now you will have the foundation to make all those cute critters you find on Pinterest!  A customer suggested making a “Jack ‘O Lantern from Vellum with a battery-operated tealight inside shown lighted in the picture with the dark background.  I did sponge the outside with Tangerine Tango ink and used a battery-operated tealight with an Orange base and flame which helps add more orange color to the Pumpkin.
Curvy Keepsakes Box Basics-Pumpkin, Purse

Video Time is about 9.5 minutes

Stamps:  Good Greetings (Limited Edition Hostess set with $300 Party or Order until October 31, 2014)
Card Stock:  
Coastal Cabana
Very Vanilla
Card Stock Vellum
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Big Shot:  Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlit Dies #135853
Other:  Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine  #132976
1/8″ Hole Punch #134365
Punched Vellum Flower with Vintage Faceted Button

Note:  One of these little boxes can hold 8 Hershey Nuggets if you stack/cram them in properly.

1.  Use the Bone Folder to round the box sides BEFORE you attach the pieces together.
2.  Put the adhesive on the 2 sides connected to the rounded corner of each bottom piece.  I used Fast Fuse which is working well after a couple of weeks.

Happy Curvy Box Creating!
Nendy Kerr

MDS Halloween Card Video

Make a cute Halloween Card to email your family and friends.  It is quick and easy!

Video is 7 minutes long.

SOFTWARE (or other graphics program):
My Digital Studio (MDS)  Software with 30 Day Free Trial option  (Booster Pack has LOTS of additional graphics to use.)
Cast A Spell Designer Series Paper #118114  $4.95
Scaredy Cat Stamp Brush Set  #123143  $3.95

Happy Halloween Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

Boo Halloween Banner

This cute Boo Halloween Banner is pretty quick and easy to make.
Boo Halloween Banner

Build a Banner Kit #133507  Banner Kit #132699  (Banner Kit has just the Banners and Jute-no stencils)
Card Stock:  Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper  #135819
Basic Black card stock OR ink and sponge daubers for letters
Tangerine Tango card stock to go behind letters (or sponge the letters on)
Whisper White for printing images on your Printer
Silver Glimmer Paper #135314 or Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #135315
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits
Circle Collection Framelits or 2-1/2″ Circle Punch for Tangerine Tango Circle
Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies (retired) OR use the Alphabet stencils that come in the Build a Banner Kit
My Digital Studio (MDS):  Spooky Bingo Bits #127616  I am including a Printable.
e-cutter or scissors to cut out images
Scissors Punches:  Owl #118074
1/8″ Circle Handheld  #134365
Ribbons:  Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta  #119256
Very Vanilla Seam Binding #120999  OR Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon #134550
Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin #133669
Basic Black Baker’s Twine #134576
White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim (cord) #135838
Adhesive:  Tombow Glue
Other:  Scissors

1.  Choose the four banner pieces you want.  I chose one of each and then ended with the same shape as the first one.
2.  Choose your four paper designs and cut them out with the Scallop Oval Framelit.  You can cut all four at the same time.  Glue one Oval onto each banner piece in the order your want them.
3.  Letters:  I used a retired Alphabet Bigz Die set.  You can use the alphabet stencils that come with your kit (which I forget about-and I have two sets!) Use a sponge dauber and Black ink to stencil in your letters.  Practice on a scrap first.  OR you can use an alphabet from another cutter.  The letter “O” is 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″.  The “B” is 1-7/8″ wide by 2-1/8″ high.
4.  Punch/die cut your Tangerine Tango circle so it is just slightly larger than your letters.  Sponge OR glue on your letters.
5.  I used My Digital Studio for the Pumpkin and Ghost.  I used “Custom” 8.5″ x 11″  so I could print on card stock.  Here is a video showing how to set the grid lines to help you keep each image withing the size limitations.  I resized the pumpkin and the ghost so they each were slightly smaller than the block inside the grid lines.  Print on your printer onto Whisper White card stock.  Since these are svg files you should be able to cut  them out with an e-cutter (on my Christmas List).  If you are like me, I used scissors to cut them out.  Attach your cut out images to the fourth banner using Dimensionals.
6.  Punch out 4 Glimmer Paper Owls.  Cut off the feet.  Punch a 1/8″ hole close to where you cut off the feet.  Punch 2 eyes from Basic Black card stock for each “Ghost”.  Attach the eyes with Tombow or Glue Dots.  Attach to a banner piece with up to 8″ of Baker’s Twine per ghost.  Tie in the left grommet.
7.  Cut at least 4 feet of cord and thread through your Banner grommets.  You can choose whether or not the cord shows on the front or goes behind.  Tie a loop at each end to hang over your nail.
8.  Now for the Ribbons.  I chose 3 different ribbons.  They go between each Banner and at each end so you need a total of 5 sets of the 3 ribbons.  I cut each ribbon piece at 6″.  Hold 1 set of 3 different ribbons over the cord/jute and tie a knot.  Repeat with all the ribbon sets.  Don’t worry about positioning until after all the sets are tied.
9.  Hang up your Banner.  Position the Banners and Ribbons and Ghosts as desired.
10.  You now have a cute (or spooky) Halloween Banner!  Admire it every time you walk past it!

Happy Halloween Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

Frightful Halloween Wreath

I got this Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit which is perfect for Halloween at the Stampin’ Up! Convention.  It also came with the coordinating stamp set.  The actual wreath went together pretty quickly-about a half hour.  The beaded spider took a little longer.  Have fun making your own Halloween wreath and beaded spider!
Frightful Halloween Wreath

Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit #135866
Frightful Wreath Photopolymer Stamp set #136816
Holiday Invitation Photopolymer stamp set #135074 for the pumpkins
Black StayzOn OR Basic Black ink pad for sponging
Blackberry Bliss ink pad OR Cajun Craze ink pad
Tangelo Twist Marker
Garden Green Marker
Glue Gun
Needlenose Pliers
Silicone Craft Sheet #127853

The Kit does come with great instructions.  Here are a few tips to help you though.
1.  Spider Body.  Get the long pin and put one of the smallest bead caps on, then the large silver bead, then the second small bead cap.  Now add a large bead cap, the large purple bead, then the last large bead cap.  Take your Needlenose Pliers and twist a little circle tight up against the purple bead making sure the silver and purple beads are kind of tight.  You will need about 1/8″ between the beads to add the legs.
2.  Spider Legs.  Make a small circle at the end of the wire with your Needlenose pliers.  Add two silver bugle beads, then 3 purple seed beads.  Look at the picture in your instructions and do the same for all four leg wires.  I twisted the leg wires all onto the Spider at the same time.
3.  The Wreath instructions are pretty simple.  Put a glob of hot glue on your styrofoam wreath base and add the end of your black tinsel.  Wrap the black tinsel all around your wreath form and attach the end with one more hot glue glob.  Fluff you black tinsel to cover the wreath form.
4.  Form your Rosette.  Put a large hot glue glob on your Silicone Craft Sheet and squeeze the center of your Rosette over the hot glue glob, being careful not to burn yourself.  (Yea!  I didn’t get burned on this project!!)  Repeat on the other side of the Rosette if necessary.  You can also use a Jumbo Sticky Round instead of hot glue to hold your Rosette together in the center.
5.  Sponge your Doilies using a part of the sponge and your black ink.  Attach a Doily to the center of your Rosette with hot glue., then attach the black circle with hot glue to the center of the Doily.  Repeat on the other side of your Rosette.
6.  Thread your Orange Tangelo Twist Satin Ribbon through the hole in your Rosette.  Tie it around your Wreath Form covering the Ribbon with the Black Tinsel if desired.  The Ribbon is now at the top of your wreath.  Hold your wreath upright and tweak the ribbon if necessary so the Rosette hangs nicely. Tie a bow then trim excess ribbon if desired.
7.  Stamp your saying on your Whisper White banner in the desired ink color (Blackberry Bliss used).  Stamp little pumpkins or embellish as desired.  Attach to Rosette with hot glue.
8.  Spider Web.  Attach your sparkly spider web to the black tinsel on your wreath with hot glue. I just did it in 4 places.  Put the hot glue on the back of the web, then attach to your wreath.
9.  Attach your spider to the web, wreath, or Rosette as desired using the silver cord from the kit or hot glue.
10.  Use a piece of the excess ribbon to make a loop to hang your wreath and attach it to the back of your wreath with hot glue.

Happy Frightful Halloween!
Nendy Kerr

Make a Sparkly Crown for your Princess (Option for your Little Prince)

I made a couple of crowns for my granddaughter to wear when she has to take her “yucky” medicine.  (She had her tonsils out last week.)  I was unsure how well the one made of only Glimmer Paper would hold up, so I made a second one.  Since I am mailing them they are not totally assembled in the pictures.  I just used paper clips to hold them together for the pictures. My daughter will get to do the final assembly.  🙂
Make a Crown for your Little Princess or Prince

This crown would also be nice as a Birthday Girl crown or as part of a Halloween costume.  For a boy’s crown use just the plain head band (ask his paper and color preference: Gold or Silver, Brushed card stock or Glimmer Paper) or use the Petite Pennant Punch to add decorations to the top of the headband.

A Personal Note.  Look for a video next Friday.  My laptop hard drive needs to be replaced.  (crying)  Its final boot up was last Saturday.  My DH is letting me use his computer until he can replace my hard drive.  (Wonderful techie that he is!)  I now have access to my files so I can start working again!  (Thank you Carbonite for the back up and all the phone help!)  It will probably take me at least several weeks to get things loaded on AFTER the hard drive is replaced.  So please bear with me.  I should be able to keep up with my blog posts.  The videos may take longer since I will be using an older version of my editing program.  I do have the next 4 blog videos planned out.  I did have one filmed, but still need to locate and restore it so I can edit it.

Silver Glimmer Paper OR Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Blossom Punch or Framelits of your choice
Mosaic Punch
Tombow Glue

Champagne Glimmer Paper

Brushed Gold card stock
Sticky Strip

~a Stack of books – I used six 1″ to 1-1/2″ thick paper back books for each stack and had two stacks.  Since I have my own library, I just grabbed a series.  (Try not to start your reading party until after the books are stacked on top of your project.)
~a Silicone Craft Sheet (more than one is nice) OR Wax paper or Parchment Paper to protect your work surface and your books!

1.  Measure your child’s head.  These instructions are based on a 20″ head measurement.  Add more or take away some depending on the measurement you get.  Choose your papers.  You can use the All Glimmer Paper (now in several colors), a brushed Gold or Silver card stock, or colored card stock, or any combination to make your little Princess or Prince happy.
2.  Cut the crown head band base at 2-1/2″ tall.  I used the full 11″ for the Brushed Gold card stock and cut 2.  I also cut 2 for the Champagne Glimmer Paper head band.  Just make sure you have at least 2″ more in your head band than the head measurement.  Add 1″ more for each piece piece of paper you have.  2″ extra for two head band pieces.  3″ extra for three head band pieces.
3.  Punch the number of flowers you want out of either (or both) Silver and Champagne Glimmer Paper or brushed card stock or colored card stock.  Punch 1 Mosaic From the Glimmer Paper of your choice.  NOTE:  It was easier for me to punch with the white part of the Glimmer Paper showing through the punch hole.
4.  Protect your work surface with the Silicone Craft Sheet (or The Wax or Parchment Paper).  Lay out the flowers, centering them on one of the head band pieces.  Decide whether you want half the flower on the back of the headband or the whole flower on the front of your head band.  Put Tombow Glue on the lower three petals and glue to your head band.  Glue the next flower so the petals are touching.  Continue until all the flowers are glued on.  Glue a Mosaic punched Glimmer Paper to the top of the center flower(s) if desired.   If you are not mailing the crown, glue one edge of the two headband pieces together overlapping 3/4″ to 1″.   I used Sticky Strip on the Brushed Gold head band and put two strips on each end of the decorated head band piece so the pieces would overlap about 1″.  You can use Tombow Glue or staples if you prefer.
5a.  For the all Glimmer Paper Crown: Cover with either wax or Parchment paper.  Stack the books on top.  I used the books because the Glimmer Paper flowers were not staying stuck to the Glimmer Paper head band.  I left the books on overnight and the flowers stayed stuck this time.
5b.  The Glimmer Paper flowers on the Brushed Gold card stock didn’t give me any problems with staying glued since I did paper on paper.  If you do Glimmer Paper (flowers behind), then you might need to stack books on top as in Step 5a.
6.  If mailing.  Leave the two head band pieces separate and send in a large flat envelope.  Just have the person receiving the crown staple the head band pieces together so they fit on the child’s head with at least 3/4″ overlap between the head band pieces.  They can trim off the excess before attaching the pieces together.
7.  If you are not mailing the crown.  Place the crown around the child’s head using paper clips to mark the diameter.  Cut off any excess Glimmer Paper or card stock making sure there is 3/4″ to 1″ in the parts that overlap.  Glue with Tombow Glue and hold together with either clothes pins or paper clips.  Let dry for at least several hours.  You can also just use staples to attach the head band together so the child can wear it right away.  Most children are not very patient…. Sometimes I am not very patient.  😉
8.  Take a picture of your Precious Little Princess or Prince in her/his crown to add to your scrapbook or Project Life page.

Happiness to your little princess!
Nendy Kerr

Goodie Gear Treat Bags

Would you like a little Treat Bag to give the kids as they are begging for something to eat while you are waiting for Thanksgiving Dinner?  These are the perfect size for a small treat and they only take a minute or two to put together.  They come in Pumpkin Pie and Real Red versions.
Goodie Gear Treat Bags

Goodie Gear Kit:  Pumpkin Pie #132792  Real Red #132161
Stamps:  Oh Goodie!  w#131886  c#131889 MDS#135237
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie or Real Red
Other:  SNAIL Adhesive

1.  Choose your supplies from the Kit:  cellophane bag, Crumb Cake Tag, Whisper White Banner, Baker’s Twine, and colored strips.
2.  Take 1 colored strip sticker and wrap it around your bag two times.  Cut off excess after each wrapping.  You can also use these strips to decorate your Crumb Cake Tag.
3.  Stamp the desired sentiment on your Whisper White Banner using the desired ink color.  Adhere it to the Crumb Cake Tag.
4.  Fill your Goodie Gear Cellophane Bag.  Tie closed with the Baker’s Twine.  Attach the decorated Tag to the bag.
5.  Make as many as you need by repeating the steps above.
6.  Admire all your cute Goodie Bags.  Hide them from the Goodie Seekers until you need them for your event.

Enjoy your Goodie Bags!
Nendy Kerr

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is finally here!  are you ready for all the little Trick or Treaters? Happy Halloween Day! MDS SUPPLIES: Cast-A-Spell Designer Kit  #118114    pattern 6 & 11 Spooky Bats Designer Kit  Oval-Color Basic Black Toxic Framable Designer Kit  #128139    Happy Halloween Color Whisper White Scallop Circle Punch-Color Pumpkin Pie with a “4” Mat in Basic Black

Halloween Happiness Card

It is hard to believe that Halloween is tomorrow!  Here is a quick and easy Halloween Card for you to make.
Halloween Happiness Card

Stamps:  Halloween Happiness  w#131859  MDS#134924
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie
Tangerine Tango
Garden Green
Always Artichoke
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Tangerine Tango
Cajun Craze
Witches Brew Designer Series Paper #132185
Other:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon (Oops, retired!)  Try Basic Black Chevron Ribbon #130010, OR Summer Starfruit 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846
Envelope Punch Board #133774  OR Corner Rounder Punch #119871
SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Cajun Craze card stock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Witches Brew striped paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Round the corners with the Envelope Punch Board OR a Corner Rounder Punch.  Wrap a 6-1/2″ piece of Always Artichoke Seam Binding around your striped paper.  Adhere at the back of the paper with SNAIL.  Adhere striped layer to card base with SNAIL.
3.  Cut a 3″ x 4″ piece of Tangerine Tango.  Round the corners.  Adhere to card front with Dimensionals.
4.  Cut a piece of Whisper White at 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Round Corners.  Color Pumpkins with Tango Tangerine and Pumpkin Pie Markers.  Color stems and vines with Garden Green Marker.  Color words with Always Artichoke Marker.  Remoisten ink with your breath several times and stamp on your Whisper White card stock.  Adhere to Tangerine Tango layer with Dimensionals.
5.  Tie a bow with the Always Artichoke Seam Binding.  Adhere to top of Tangerine Tango layer with Glue Dots.  I also added a Glue Dot to each Ribbon tail with a Glue Dot to keep it in position.
6.  Admire your cute Halloween Happiness Card before giving it to someone.

Happy Halloween Stamping!
Nendy Kerr

Batty Peek-a-Boo Halloween Card

We are making this cute Bats About You Peek-a-b00 Halloween Card at my Stamp Class tomorrow.  It is another quick and easy card!  There are a variety of stamps in the Halloween Hello stamp set you can use instead of the Bat if you don’t like Bats.
Batty Peekaboo Halloween Card

Stamps:  Halloween Hello  w#131716  c#131721
Ink:  StayzOn Black
Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango
Basic Black
Whisper White
Witches Brew Designer Series Paper #132185
Big Shot:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die  #124587
Punch:  Large Oval  #119855
Other:  Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape #132156
SNAIL or Tombow Glue

1.  Cut your card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  My card base is Tangerine Tango, though you can use Basic Black.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Basic Black card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and adhere to card base.
3.  Cut your Witches Brew DSP at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card front.
4.  Cut a 1-7/8″ square of Whisper White card stock and stamp your bat in Black StayzOn ink in the center.  Stamp 3 more bats on a scrap of Whisper White.  Punch out the last 3 bats with your Large Oval Punch.  Put Dimensionals on the back of each oval.
5.  Use Tangerine Tango card stock and your Peekaboo Frames die to cut out eh Scallop Square using your Big Shot.  Adhere your Whisper White square with the bat to the back of your Scallop Square trying to center your bat inside the window.  I used a thin line of Tombow Glue.
6.  Position the Scallop Square and the three Oval Bats as desired.  Glue your Scallop Square in place.  Remove Dimensional backs from Ovals.
7.  Use a 2-3″ piece of the Washi Tape to make a pull so your window opens more easily.
8.  Admire your cute Halloween Card.  Make more versions using using other stamps from this Halloween Hello stamp set.

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Spooky Halloween Banner with Complete Instructions

Today is my Spooky Halloween Banner Class.  After some experimentation I figured out an easy way to make it.  It is so easy that I will also be making a red and green Christmas one and a Let it Snow one using the Christmas Accessory Kit.  I am so glad there are 18 pennants in both the Kit and the Refill Kit.  Enjoy making your own Banners!
Spooky Halloween Banner

Kits:  Build-a Banner Simply Created Kit  #133507
Halloween Accessory Kit #132698
Inks:  Tangerine Tango ink pad (freshly reinked)
StayzOn Black ink pad  (freshly reinked) OR Basic Black ink pad (freshly inked)
Card Stock:  Basic Black
Tangerine Tango card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle
Other:  Sponge Daubers
Jumbo Sticky Rounds #127852  OR Glue Gun
Sticky Strip
Tombow Glue
Simply Scored Tool
StayzOn Cleaner if you used StayzOn ink

Decide on the word you want to use on your banner and how many of the banner pennants you want to use.  Lay out the pennants in the order you want.  I will give the instructions for the Spooky Banner I made.
1.  Choose and lay out the six pennants as shown.
2.  First and last pennants:  Use a sponge dauber, the Tangerine Tango ink pad, and your Chevron stencil.  Place the stencil with the open circle up at the top.  I put it as high as I could on all my stencils.  Gently rub your Sponge Dauber in your Tangerine Tango ink pad, then gently rub your inked Sponge Dauber in the open part of the Chevrons until they are the color you like.  Leave the circle part blank.  Set aside to dry.
3.  Fourth pennant:  Use the Stripe stencil and fill in the stripes using your Sponge Dauber and Tangerine Tango ink, as above.
4.  Clean your stencils by running water over them.  Lay them on a towel to dry.
5.  Assemble the Rosettes in your Halloween Accessory Kit by adding Sticky Strip to one end and attaching the ends.  Remove one side of the Jumbo Sticky Round (or use hot glue).  Flatten out your Rosette and make the center as small as possible.  Cover the center with the sticky round.  Turn it over and put another Sticky Round on the center.  This should keep them flat enough to easily add your decorations after all your rosettes are assembled.
6.  Make two card stock rosettes.  Cut four 2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strips.  Score each strip every 3/8″.  Fold accordion style.  Attach two strips together using Sticky Strip.  Attach to Jumbo Sticky Rounds as you did with the other rosettes.
7.  Letter Strips.  Cut one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strip and one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Crushed Curry strip.  Decide how you want the bottom cut and line them up with the corresponding pennant, centering the strip, and cut the very bottom off.  Decide which letters you want on them.  I did the first “o” and a “k”.  Adhere to those Pennants with Tombow glue.
8.  Now to sponge the letters on your pennants and strips.  You might want to lay out the rosettes on the pennants to help you position your letters.  Choose out the letters you want.  Make sure you get the “p”.  I realized later that I used the “d” instead of the “p”.  The “p” had a line on the bottom of the tail that extends on both sides of the tail.  I laid out the stencils on the pennants I wanted them on so I would get them in the order I wanted them.  Sponge on the letters.  If you use Black StayzOn Ink, please clean the stencils immediately after sponging all the letters.  Use StayzOn Cleaner, then rinse under running water.  Dry with paper towel or let air dry on a towel.
9.  Punch out 2 each Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry 2-3/8″ Scallop Circles and 1 Crushed Curry and 1 Basic Black 1-1/4″ Scallop Circles.  The smaller scallops are optional.
10.  Decorate your Rosettes.  Place your rosettes on the pennant you want them.  Now decorate them.  Here is what I did to mine:
~S.  Chevron Pennant, Black Rosette, 2-3/8″ Tangerine Tango Scallop Circle, Crushed Curry Circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~P.  Plain Pennant, Crushed Curry rosette, 2-3/8″ Basic Black Scallop Circle, Spider die cut from Halloween Kit (The Skull and Crossbones is shown in the Holiday Catalog.)
~O.  Plain Pennant with Crushed Curry strip, Tangerine Tango card stock rosette, Basic Black large Scallop Circle, Orange circle from Halloween Kit, Crushed Curry 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Black button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~O.  Striped Pennant, Black rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Orange circle from Kit, small Basic Black scallop circle, Yellow button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~K.  Plain Pennant with Tangerine Tango strip, Crushed Curry rosette, Tangerine Tango large scallop circle, Yellow circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit.
~Y.  Chevron Pennant, Orange card stock rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Bat die cut from Kit.  Add two Rhinestones for Bat’s eyes.
11.  String the Jute Twine from your Kit through the grommet holes in your pennants.  I had the longer part of the twine go behind the pennant.  Tie a loop at each end so you can hang it up.
12.  Now take the ribbons from your kit and tie them between the Pennants.  Here is what I used between each set of letters:
~S & P:  orange
~P & O:  Gray Striped
~O & O:  Basic Black 1/8″
~O & K:  Orange
~K & Y:  Gray Striped
13.  Now hang your Spooky Halloween Banner up.  Adjust the placement of the Pennants and the Ribbons.  Admire it.  Invite some friends over to enjoy your fun Spooky Halloween Banner!  You can also take pictures and email to others or Pin It to Pinterest!

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Guest Stamper-Halloween Trick or Treat Banners

I had a Play Date last week with a couple of friends over to craft and Deborah made two Trick or Treat Banners for family members.

Deborah's Ghost Trick or Treat Banner
Deborah's Polka Dot Trick or Treat BannerShe used two sheets of Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper (retired) to make her Banners.  She used printer paper patterns to cut out the large Perfect Pennant Bigz Die triangles.  She used Dotto Removable Adhesive to hold the triangles in place while she cut the DSP.  She used the Perfect Pennants Die to cut the smaller triangles.  The Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies (#127553) were used for the letters.  A Non-Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Alphabet-Endless Love was used for the “or”.  You could also use the Witches Brew DSP (#132185) or Witches Brew MDS #134925.

The “Ghost” background (top photo) was the front side of the DSP and the Polka Dot background (bottom photo) was the back side of the DSP.

Follow the same basic instructions HERE except hand cut the large Triangles so you are able to use almost all the DSP AND have enough triangles for both banners.  You need 11 large triangles for each banner.  You can also download the Frightful Sight DSP (#123144)  for My Digital Studio and the Petite Pennants Punch (#127352) which you can make the size you want and fill it in with the DSP you want.  Print onto Whisper White card stock and cut out.  You can then finish as above.  About 5 feet of Baker’s Twine was used to thread the pieces together.

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MDS Happy Halloween Card

What!  You didn’t make any Halloween cards?  Or you just thought of someone else you want to wish a Happy Halloween?  Make this cute Halloween card with My Digital Studio and email it to them!  You can make your own e-cards to send to family and friends.  If you don’t own My Digital Studio yet you can download the FREE 30-Day Trial, watch my MDS Lesson 1 video, and make a card today to email to your friends.  I have included the product numbers of the Downloads I used to make this card.  Or use the basics included in the Free Trial.  Either way, you can make someone’s day brighter because they know you were thinking about them when you made this card!

MDS Stamps:  Toxic Framable-bat 2  #128139
Delightful Dozen-Happy Halloween  #127597
MDS Papers:  Whisper White Textured Card Stock  #120168
Frightful Sight-7  #123144
Pumpkin Pie card stock  (comes with MDS)
MDS Other:  Pumpkin Pie Eyelet (comes with MDS)

1.  Choose Cards & Tags, then Greeting Card, then 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Landscape.
2.  Use Pumpkin Pie card stock as the background paper.
3.  Crop the Frightful Sight paper to 4? x 5-1/4″.  Move cropped area until you like it’s position.  Select OK and move into place against bleed area.  Choose Recolor and select either Concord Crush or Elegant Eggplant.  (I can’t remember which I used.)
4.  Select Textured White Card Stock as a paper layer.  Crop later.
5.  Select the Happy Halloween from Delightful Dozen.  Change color to Tangerine Tango.  Select Coloring Tool and color Pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie brush, stem with Old Olive, and shadow with Going Gray.  Select OK.  Now Select Drop Shadow and choose 52% Opacity and 7 Blur.  Select OK.
6.  Now resize Whisper White card stock to fit under Happy Halloween.  Now select Mat and choose the size as 8.  The color is Basic Black.  Select OK.
7.  Use the Global Search icon in the lower right corner and type in Bat.  Choose desired bat.  Select Drop Shadow as 75% Opacity and Medium Blur.   Click OK.
8.  Select DSP and then Drop Shadow.  Choose 75% Opacity and Medium Blur,  Select all on page.  Click OK (twice).
9.  Add 4 Pumpkin Pie Eyelets.   Select Drop Shadow and choose 75% Opacity and Medium Blur.  Select all on the page.  Click OK twice.
10.  (Optional)  I always delete the extra pages when I am going to email a digital card just to save room on my hard drive.  Select one of the empty pages.  Right Click and choose Delete Page.  Delete other pages as desired making sure the Blue Frame is around the one you want to delete.
.  Save.  Go to Share in Design Center.   Choose Export Pages.  Select Image Type as JPEG. Select desired pages to save if necessary.  Select Image Size-I usually choose Medium for email and to post on my blog.  I usually change the File Compression to 80% for email.  Choose the Folder to save your project in.  Click Finish.
12.  Write your email.  Add this card as an attachment.  Make someone happy!

You can find all the My Digital Studio downloads to make this Halloween Card at My Online Store.

Happy Digital Halloween!

Witch’s Boot Halloween Card

Fall & Halloween Card & Project IdeasI received a swap of a cute Witch’s Boot card like this at Convention.  As usual, I changed the color scheme and added some Rhinestones for Bling.  I did keep the same layout.
Bootiful Occasions Witch's Boot Halloween Card

Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions w#126595 c#126597
Card Stock:  Basic Black  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Elegant Eggplant 4″ x 5-1/4″, 3″ Square for die cutting
Pumpkin Pie 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for card base, 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card layer
Whisper White 3″+ square for stamping & punching
Regals Designer Series Paper Stack #117154  1-1/2″ x 4″
Ink:  StayzOn Black #101406
Big Shot:  Spider Web embossing folder #120889
Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126
Punch:  2-1/2″ Circle #120906
Square (Optional)
Other:  Basic Rhinestones #119246
Piercing Tool #126189
Piercing Mat #126199 (Optional)
Essentials Paper Piercing Pack #126187 (Optional)
Paper Snips or Scissors (Optional)
Small Post-It-Notes

1.  Cut papers as listed above in Supplies.  Score and fold Pumpkin Pie card base at 4-1/4″.  Adhere Basic Black layer to card front with SNAIL.
2.  Emboss your Elegant Eggplant layer with the Spider Web embossing folder and your Big Shot.  Put SNAIL on you Basic Black layer (so you don’t flatten out your embossing) and adhere embossed Elegant Eggplant layer to Basic Black layer.
3.  Put a small Post-It-Note on your Boot stamp so it covers the lower half or your Boot and all the words are visible.  Ink your sentiment with StayzOn ink.  Remove Post-It-Note and stamp sentiment in the lower corner of your Pumpkin Pie layer.  Clean stamp.
4.  Now place your Post-It-Note over your sentiment and leave all the Boot uncovered.  Ink with  StayzOn ink.  Remove Post-It-Note and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Punch with 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.
5.  Die cut your scallop circle to go under your Boot using the largest circle on the Perfect Pennants die and your Elegant Eggplant 3″ card stock Square.  Attach Boot image with SNAIL.  Put Dimensionals on the back of your Scallop Circle.  Do NOT remove the backings yet.
6.  Now for your Paper Stack DSP Banner.  There are TWO ways you can get the “V” in the bottom of your Banner.  First:  Use a Square Punch.  (Mine are always lopsided when I use a punch.)  Second:  Use your Piercing equipment.  Lay your banner on your Piercing Mat.  Take the Paper Piercing Template that has rows of piercing holes.  Line it up so one of the holes is in the center (7 in, if I remember correctly), and it is as high as you want your “V” to go.  Pierce a hole in that center hole.  Now use your paper snips or scissors to cut from each corner up to the center.  I like this version much better!  It does have more steps but I like the results better!  Adhere in desired position to the Pumpkin Pie layer using either SNAIL, Dimensionals, or both.
7.  Now remove the backings from the Dimensionals on your Boot layer and attach in desired position.
8.  Now for the Bling!  Attach 3 large Rhinestones to 3 of the large circles on the Boot.  Attach 1 large Rhinestone to each corner of the Elegant Eggplant layer.  Attach a strip of 5-7 Small Rhinestones to the lower corner of your Pumpkin Pie layer as desired.
9.  You now have a Fancy Witch’s Boot card to give someone for Halloween!

You can buy all the supplies to make this Witch’s Boot Halloween Card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Cute Petal Cone Bat

Fall & Halloween Card & Project IdeasThis fun Bat is made using the Petal Cone die for the Bat body and the Perfect Pennants die for the Bat wings and Bat fangs.  It is a fairly quick project to make.  Make some Bats for your friends and the children in your life!  My grandson made one (with some help since he is just 4).  He enjoyed doing all the Big Shot work and punching.  I did the gluing and taping.  He did add a nose, ears and feet to his.  I should have taken a picture to show you.  I saw this on Heather Summer’s blog last year but there are no instructions.
Petal Cone Bat 2012

Stamps:  only if you want a tag or something
Ink:  same as above 🙂
Card Stock:  1 sheet Basic Black
Whisper White scraps
Big Shot:  Petal Cone Bigz L Die #121810
Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126
Large Scallop Edgelit #127019
Spider Web Folder #120889
Punches:  1/2″ Circle #119869
Petite Pennants Builder #122361
Other:  3/8″ Glimmer Brads of your choice  (I used Basics #121003, my class members chose Brights #121006)
Sticky Strip
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Paper Piercer
Crop-o-dile or hole punch
18″ Ribbon-I used Basic Black 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon #124145

1.  Cut your Basic Black card stock into two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces.  Now trim each piece into a 5-1/2″ x 5″ piece.  Save the extras for the wings.
2.  Cut the 5″ x 5-1/2″ pieces with the Petal Cone die.  You will be trimming off the half circles at the top.  Cut one sheet at a time with your Big Shot (because there are Score Lines).  Trim off the half circle parts with scissors.
3.  Cut the narrower pieces (you can do these at the same time-no score lines)-use the largest triangle shape.  These will become your wings.  Now use the Large Scallop Edgelit to shape the lower parts of your wings.  (Run it forward and then back again if you want to cut both wings at the same time.)
4.  Lay your wings out so the “shoulder” part of the wings is touching in the middle <| |> and the scallop part is lined up at the bottom.  Keeping the top side up, place the wing inside the Spider Web embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.  Now keep your embossing folder in the same position and take the other wing with the top side up and place inside the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.  Your wings should be just right.  (If not, do as I did and run one through the embossing folder again.)  Score the “shoulders” at 1/4″.
5.  You are now ready to start assembling your Bat.
6.  Put Sticky Strip on both Petal Cone tabs.  Remove red lining from ONE Sticky Strip and adhere.  You will assemble your Bat while it is flat.  (Believe me-it is SO much easier!)  Choose which side you will have your Bat’s face on.  This will be the “Front”.
7.  Punch two 1/2″ Whisper White circles for eyes.   Adhere to front.  You can punch two fangs out with the Pennant Builder punch OR Cut a 2″ square of Whisper White, fold it in half, and cut it out with the small triangle on the Perfect Pennant Die.  Glue onto front under eyes.  Poke a hole with the Paper Piercing Tool in the center of each eye.  Put in brads for eye balls. (Check your brad tabs to make sure they separate.  If they don’t, I usually put my old piercing tool at the base-next to the circle part-and run it up through the center to divide the tabs.)
8.  Take your “wings” and put Sticky Strip on the 1/4″ score line you made.  (Note:  Flatten out embossing first with your Bone Folder so the Sticky Strip will adhere better.)  Attach one wing to each side panel (panels next to face) with the tab facing away from the face panel and embossed side facing front.  I just centered them.  Take your Crop-o-dile or hole punch and punch a hole on the top portion of each wing tab.  Tie a knot in one end of your Ribbon.  Thread the unknotted end through the hole from the inside of one hole and through the outside of the other hole.  Tie a knot in the end you used to thread through the holes.  (I find it easier to trim a point on the end I will be threading through the holes.)
9.  Take the Sticky Strip liner off the last tab on your Petal Cone and adhere Bat together.  You are finished!  You can put treats in your Bat if you would like.  My grandson put a Hot Wheels car in.  Be creative if you want!

You can purchase all the supplies to make this Bat at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping….. er, Halloween Crafting!


Happy Googly Halloween!

Fall & Halloween Card & Project IdeasI am really enjoying the Googly Ghouls stamp set and the Googly Eyes!  Here is a card that uses them and one of the stamps just made available as a Single Stamp!
Happy Googly Eyes Halloween

Stamps:   Googly Ghouls w#128060 c#128063
Seasonal Sayings w#128006 c#128009 Halloween single #132311
Papers:  Very Vanilla card stock
Cajun Craze card stock
Howlstooth & Scarringbone DSP #126906
Ink:  Black StayzOn
Certainly Celery (for coloring with Blender Pen)
Cajun Craze
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie
Rich Razzleberry
Cajun Craze
Daffodil Delight
Other:  Googlies (Eyes) #127539
Corner Rounder Punch #119871
Blender Pen #102845
Rhinestones #119246
Scissors or Paper Snips

1.  Cut Cajun Craze card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut Howlstooth DSP 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere to card front. 
2.  Cut Very Vanilla 2″ x 3-1/4″.  Round corners with punch.  Stamp desired Googly Ghouls in Black StayzOn ink.  Color Frankenstein’s skin with a Blender Pen using Certainly Celery ink.  Use Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry Markers to color Witch.
3.  Color Happy Halloween stamp with Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and Cajun Craze Markers.  I did the letters every other one, although it is hard to tell.  Stamp on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.  Trim edges and round corners with punch.  Stamp Bat on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock with Black StayzOn ink.  Cut out.
4.  Scrape the edges of your two larger cut pieces across your Cajun Craze ink pad.  Place your 3 stamped Very Vanilla pieces on your  card front in desired positions.  Add Googly Eyes as desired.  Adhere stamped pieces with Dimensionals.
5.   You now have another cute Halloween card!

You can get all the supplies to make this Googly Halloween Card at My Online Store.