Hello, and thanks for hopping over from Di’s blog. Did you love her project? This month our blog hop is focusing on Halloween or Fall.
I love dogs and most animals, but I consider myself a cat person. At one point, we had four fur people living with us. And as any self-respecting cat parent knows, the fur people run the household! The smartest of the four was a black and white tuxedo kitty who firmly claimed my daughter as his person. When I look at the black cats in the Spooky Night designer series paper, I am reminded of Pepper, and how much I miss him. So naturally, my project had to feature that black kitty prominently!
There are a couple pretty cool features built into this DSP pack. First, see the tree and moon on the orange field behind my kitty? There are two sheets included in this pack that repeat this pattern 16 times so all you have to do is cut it in 3 x 3 squares and you have a background all done for you that would be perfect to decorate treat bags for your kids classmates, or your favorite trick-or-treaters! The other feature, and the one I think is the very coolest, is that the two sheets with the cats on them exactly match the Cat Punch! The witch’s hat that my kitty is wearing was cut from yet another sheet of the paper pack, then it was accented with the Black Rhinestone Jewels featured in the Spooky Night product suite. The greeting was stamped in Basic Black and can be found in the Spooky Cat stamp set. Vintage Crochet Trim was used on the bow above the greeting.
I want to take a minute to fill you in on several promotions that are happening this month. First, to celebrate World Cardmaking Day, from October 1 – 10, take 15% off Notecards/Envelope packs as well as select stamp sets. And when you buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive, you get two refills free!
The third goodie is the Merry Patterns Host Promotion. When you host a party that reaches $300 or more before tax and shipping, you earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for free! That’s in addition to your regular Hostess benefits.
Finally, for the first time ever, the October and November My Paper Pumpkin kits will be filled with two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects! To make sure you get in on this, your October subscription must be entered by 11:50 pm (MT) on Oct 10 and 11:50 pm (MT) on Nov 10 for the November Kit. When you subscribe, please make sure to select me, Barb Stencel, as your demonstrator.
Phwew! Lots of news to digest today, eh? Guess I’d better send you off to see what Ellie has in store for you; I’m thinking you’ll love it! Thanks for stopping by. If you find yourself off track, our hoppers are linked below.
Boo! It’s time for a blog hop and this month we are featuring all things Halloween! Did Di’s project give you that haunted feeling? Ha!
My project was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Linda Callahan. It was the eyes peeking out from the left side of the card that got me and so I set out to CASE her spooky creation. Don’t know about you, but spiders generally creep me out and so I thought this was a perfect card for Halloween! I did change it up a bit to use spiders from the Jar of Haunts stamp set.
The brick wall background is from the Halloween Night Specialty DSP pack, and the jar is from Jar of Love. I can’t tell you how much I’m loving all the stamp sets that coordinate with existing stamp and framelit sets. Really helps stretch your stampin’ bucks!
Stampin’ Up! has two promos that begin today. The first, in honor of World Card-Making Day, offers several items at a discounted price – one of them is Fast Fuse adhesive! Time to stock up. A list of the sale items can be found here. This one only runs through October 5th, so get your orders in.
The second promo is Buy 3, Get One Free on DSP (Designer Series Paper) packs. This one starts today and runs through the end of the month. Two of the Christmas paper packs are included in the promo! The DSP packs that are eligible for the promo can be found on this flyer.
Hop back on the broom and we’ll send you over to see what Kathya is going to haunt you with. Thanks for stopping by – have a great weekend!
Spooky greetings to you, and thanks for stopping by. This month the Creative Circle Design Team got to work with Liz’ amazing Haunted House pattern! Hope you were as impressed with Fran’s project as I was; here’s my version:
The base was cut out from Basic Black cardstock, and then decorated with Happy Haunting designer series paper. If you look close, the pattern on my house is actually little bats! The floating ghosts were fussy cut from a sheet in this pack as well. And how about that Black Glimmer Paper in the center?! You can kind of see how sparkly it is, but you should see this stuff for yourself – it’s gorgeous! The decorations on top of the roof are pieces of a Spider Web Doily that I cut up and glued in place. One side is black and the other is white. Yes, I know the ‘iron’ decorations should be black, but it’s the artist’s prerogative to change the color to suit the design, right?
As darling as this Haunted House design is by itself, it is actually functional as well. There’s a slot in the back to hold a set of cards! What a cute Halloween gift this would make! And here’s my house with it’s set of cards:
I just love anything to do with glitter and sparkle, so each of my cards had a glimmer paper element to it. Stop back over the next few days for a closer look at each of them…
So, now that you’ve had a chance to see this pattern in action, I just know you want to make one of your own. If you head over to Liz’ online store, the cut files for the house sell for $6.99. Along with the files, Liz has created a video showing you how to assemble your house. Get started on yours today!
Now, if you’ve been joining us on our blog hops, you know that each of us always has something to give away to one lucky reader and this month is no exception. Just leave me a comment about your favorite Halloween treat, and on October 19th, I will pick a name at random. The winner will receive, via mail, pre-cut base pieces to build a house with. The decorating will be left up to you!
Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s time to send you over to Sandy for her version of the house!
Just in case you get off track, here are the stops:
It’s beginning to feel very much like fall in my neck of the woods, and I finally feel like playing with my Halloween stamps. Good thing – ’cause that’s the theme of our Blog Hop this month! If you’ve arrived from Di’s blog, c’mon in for a visit; and if you’re just joining us, grab a cup of Witch’s Brew and hop along with us…
The Witches’ Night stamp set was designed to coordinate with the Witching Décor Project Kit, but it’s a great set to use with other projects as well! I used several of the images in today’s card. I began with a base of Tangelo Twist. The next layer is Blackberry Bliss that’s been randomly stamped in Basic Black with the spider web and flying bat images from the set. A Spider Web Doily was layered on top of that. I stamped the Trick or Treat focal piece in Versamark ink on Whisper White and heat embossed it with black powder. A second image was stamped and heat embossed and I fussy cut the raven and layered it over the original image with dimensionals. The ’31’ was punched from the second piece with the 3/4″ punch popped up, and colored in with the Tangelo Twist marker. I love the way the black embossing is shiny -makes me think of trick-or-treating on a chilly, dark, rainy, night! I matted the focal image on one of the leftover pieces from the Witch Hat kit. The kit, unfortunately, has sold out, but I think I’ve made a pretty good case for using the stamp set for other projects!
Here’s a closer view of the focal image. I wanted to use the Lots of Labels framelits to cut it out so that it matched the mat, but I didn’t want to cut the Raven’s foot off. (ewwww!) So I positioned the framelit over the image and traced around the inside, then fussy cut it so I didn’t have to cripple the poor bird! LOL…
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now, off you go to see what Kathya is going to haunt you with. An ingredient list is below and in case you get lost in the dark, a list of all our hoppers is also below. Happy Halloween!!
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