You Make Me S-M-I-L-E


Halloween is just around the corner and it’s so much fun to see the exciting anticipation in my grandsons’ faces.  We are counting the days and talking about costumes.  Even though they will not go out door-to-door, they still get disguised and go to our civic center’s Fall Festival where they will have plenty of safe games and fun for the local children.  Personally, I like those hot dogs they serve right off the grill.  At any age, Halloween makes us smile.

The base of the card is Old Olive.  Set this aside until the rest of the design is completed.  Layer a piece of Perfect Plum on to Basic Black.  Cut these so only ⅛” border is showing on each side.

Next comes 2 pieces of the DSP from Cast a Spell; one cut vertically and one cut horizontally.  I absolutely love this pattern.

Before mounting, adhere a piece of ⅝” Basic Black ribbon onto the vertical cut DSP and attach a Black grommet at the center.  Mount these onto the design base and adhere the ribbon at the back.  Knot and trim an additional piece of ⅝” Basic Black ribbon and attach with a glue dot.    Attach four Old Olive brads in each corner of the horizontal cut DSP using the paper piercer and mat pack for placement.  Attach the design unit to the Old Olive Base.

Stamp the image from Eat, Drink & Be Scary using Basic Black on Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.  Cut out the image using the Curly Label Punch.  With the Sizzix Big Shot, cut a mat for the punched image from a scrap of Basic Black, using the Movers & Shaper Curly Label die.  Adhere these.  Cut a piece of the Old Olive design from the Cast a Spell DSP and a mat using Basic Black cardstock.  Use the corner rounder punch to round 2 opposite corners.  Mount the Curly Label component on to the mat set with Dimensionals.  Adhere this unit to the card also using Dimensionals.    

So far, this card has my vote for this year’s Halloween card.  I’m not quite finished experimenting just yet.


Stamps:  Eat, Drink & Be Scary
Paper:  Old Olive, Basic Black,
Perfect Plum
, Pumpkin Pie and Cast a Spell DSP
Ink:  Basic Black
Accessories:  Big Shot, Movers & Shaper Curly Label Die, Curly Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Ribbon, Grommet, Brads, Dimensionals, Adhesive

Posted on : Oct 04 2009
Posted under Occasions |

October Calendar



October Calendar

This cute calendar will be displayed on my desk at work next month and on my kitchen window sill.  I love having handmade projects in a visual spot where I can swell with pride at something I made.  Those at last week’s stamp camp will be doing the same.  

With the Eat, Drink & Be Scary set, stamp the hat using Whisper White craft ink onto Basic Black.  Set this aside to dry.   

The base of the calendar is Basic Black cardstock with a layer of the DSP from Cast-A-Spell. 

Use Mark the Date and Full Calendar to stamp the images in Basic Black on Whisper White (3¼” square) using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for precision.  Next use a pencil eraser, with Apricot Appeal to stamp the inner circles for a soft fill. 

With a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, write in the days of the month.    For the 31st  day, use the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker with the spider stamp from the Eat, Drink & Be Scary set.   Pierce the centers of the blank days using the paper piercer and mat pack.  Insert and flatten Old Olive brads.  Mount this unit onto the DSP using a 3½” square of Pumpkin Pie as an offset mat.

Create a pumpkin from your favorite Sizzix die using Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Basic Black.  Mount using Dimensionals.  Tie a ribbon of Pumpkin Pie grosgrain at the top.

Cut out the witch's hat.  With a fold piece of Black Gingham ribbon.  Place on the brim of the stamped witch’s hat and pierce a hole using the paper piercer and mat pack.  Attach the ribbon with an Old Olive brad.  Mount with Dimensionals.

There are so many Halloween projects to make with this color scheme and Designer Paper.  I can’t wait to get to  my next project.


Stamps:   Mark the Date, Full Calendar, Eat Drink & Be Scary
Paper:   Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Cast a Spell DSP
Ink:   Basic Black, Apricot Appeal
Accessories:   Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Die, Pumpkin Pie & Black Gingham ribbon, Old Olive brads,
Stamp-a-ma-jig, pencil eraser, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Dimensionals,  & adhesive.

Posted on : Sep 20 2009
Posted under Calendars |