Thursday, October 31, 2013


My son likes Kit Kat bars - so for a Halloween lunch treat I covered the bars with card stock - cut 7.25 by 4 inches.  I scored to fit bar with SU scoring board and embossed with spider web embossing folder by SU!  I used some older Halloween stamps by SU! To stamp the sentiment.  Actually...stamp before running through Big Shot.  Also a reminder to purchase what you love before it retires.  This is a great Halloween sentiment for treats!
I then punched out a bat and adhered him with sticky strip to a SU! Label punch in yellow and adhered this to the wrapper.  The wrapper slides off but to attach it to itself I used stronger SU! Adhesive tape- sticky strip. Not sure if visible - but I spritzed the project with homemade spritzer glitz in a SU! Spritzer.


It's the spookiest day of the year.  Will you get lots of ghosts and goblins trick or treating in your neighborhood?  We are sure to have at least 100, maybe more since the weather is supposed to be nice today on the east coast.  Here's a card to celebrate the spooky day.  I used some of my older Halloween stamps by SU! and colored in the witch with markers.  Crystal Effects were used to highlight the witch on her broom and the BOO tag.  I also used some other retired SU! stamps.  I hardly ever get rid of my Halloween stamps because I love this holiday and I love stamping and creating Halloween crafts.
I just love the inside of this card with the jumping frogs.  These frogs were from the SU! Ronald McDonald House stamp set last year.
Here's the card with the front of the envelope.
Here's the card with the back of the envelope.  Gotta get more mileage out of those Halloween stamps!
Hope your Halloween is great!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


This is cool!  and it's FREE!  Thank you SU!  FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.  Just use this number 135911 to order in my online store and you can download immediately.  Be sure to check out the other digital downloads also in my online store

Fall Memories November Wallpaper - Digital Download 135911
Price: FREE
This download was added on 10/29/2013

Download includes:
* 6 embellishments (1 desktop wallpaper in 6 sizes)

* Digital exclusive
* Coordinates with the Fall Memories November Kit
* A fun, fresh fall look for your computer desktop

Close to Cocoa, Pool Party, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla

 Calm Christmas Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 135909
Price: $2.95
This download was added on 10/29/2013

Download includes:
* 3-piece SVG stamp brush set

Fall Memories November Kit - Digital Download 135910
Price: $9.95
This download was added on 10/29/2013

Download includes:
* 16-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 14 embellishments

* Digital exclusive
* Coordinates with the Fall Memories November Wallpaper
* A fun, fresh fall look for your projects

Bravo Burgundy, Calypso Coral, Close to Cocoa, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, So Saffron


This is one of the greatest Halloween crafts I ever made.  Linda Kincaid designed this for Halloween using a pattern from I can't even remember where, but I know I printed it off the internet.  I know the project is several years old, but I had to take it out and show it again even though it features older Halloween stamps.  It just gets me in the mood for a ghoulish good time and tomorrow is Halloween.  I'm really looking forward to the trick or treaters and our neighborhood Halloween cook out!  This little Dracula and the Witch will be what some of our visitors will be wearing this year.  The bat and pumpkin and little kitty are adorable. 

This project features a SU! set that I LOVED at the time it came out. I never purchased it.  I don't know why.  I regret it now but I know that Linda owns it and I know she would let me borrow it anytime.  Let this be a lesson to me and to anyone else - if you see something you really like that you would like in your collection - BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT - before it retires. This project also features some SU! Halloween DSP and ribbons that are retired.  The images are highlighted with SU! Crystal Effects.

Thanks again Linda for sharing this wonderful project with us. I think this was either a Stamp Camp project or a class project and I really enjoyed making it.  The chocolates were replaced by some new chocolate nuggets so that I can give this away as a teacher gift, but I'm not sure it's leaving now that I am amazed by it again!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This will certainly make your holiday gift giving and crafting a whole lot easier.   Only available as a discounted bundle until NOVEMBER 19th
click on photo for flyer with info

Our two Tag It bundles include the tags, the ribbon, and the boxes to make your own pretty packages.
Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle
  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Decorative Window Gift Boxes (6 boxes)
Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle
  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Extra-Large Gift Boxes (3 boxes)
The two Holiday Tag It Bundles are only available October 29-November 19, 2013.

SU! WEEKLY DEAL FOR 10/29-11/4

These are the NEW SU! Weekly deals!  I can always use new paper snips!
This is in honor of SU!'s 25th anniversary!
Also check out the framelits and everything else on sale!  There will also be a one day sale Thursday - that will overlap with this!


Isn't this box of tags just the coolest holiday project?

We made this at the early bird session of the REMARKABLE HOT RETREAT! We used the NEW SINGLE CHRISTMAS STAMPS by SU! And the SU! stamp sets VERY MERRY TAGS and WISHING YOU (See Bottom of post for picture of these sets). All of the single stamps are individually priced just right and this box is just adorable. These are actually our NEW SU! wood stamp box cases.  They come in 2 sizes - this size and then one that is double the size.  Projects using these boxes for anything but storing stamps are all over the Internet. They are perfectly priced, so placing gifts inside of them to give for table gifts, shower favors, Secret Santa gifts and more is just what they are great for.  I think they also hold our markers and our reinkers perfectly.

These are the tags we made inside the box. Such a cute box of tags.  The DSP (pictured lower down in this post) is cut to 1/3 the size and slides right inside the clear plastic covering over the box.  Since it's double sided paper you see a really nice print on both sides.
 And here are the individual tags all stamped and embellished.

Click HERE for the FLYER with the SU! SINGLE CHRISTMAS STAMPS available for a LIMITED TIME only!

Below is what a 1/2 wood mount case size looks like.  The full size is double this and only cost $1 more.  You get 4 cases at this price.
Half Wood-Mount Stamp Cases 127552
Price: $4.95
Buy additional cases for all your existing wood-mount stamp sets! Cases stack perfectly with your clear-mount stamp set cases. DVD-sized to fit in your existing shelves. 4 cases. 3-3/4" x 5-1/2".

The designer paper used is the SEASON OF STYLE dsp.  I LOVE this DSP - perfect for holiday crafting needs and scrapbooking.  The colors are perfect for the holidays.
Season Of Style Designer Series Paper 132340
Price: $10.95
Traditional holiday colors in beautiful bold designs make this paper a perfect choice for crafting in style this season! 12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. 12" x 12". Acid free, lignin free. Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White. Coordinates with the Season of Style Suite.
This is the stamp set we used and it's just darling.  Another SU! stamp set perfectly priced.

Wishing You Wood-Mount Stamp Set 131748
Price: $14.95
Peace, love, and joy--what more could anyone want for the holidays? What's that? You want presents too? Oh yes, this set has presents! It has everything you need to create festive holiday cards and more.

Set quantity: 4

Very Merry Tags Clear-Mount Stamp Set 130402
Price: $17.95
Tags are a must-have for gift-giving and treat-taking. And it’s tempting to grab a pack of tags from the store and toss it in with your other holiday buys.

But wait! In less time than it takes to go to the store, you can make your own tags, as many or as few as you need. In the colors you want. In images that will please everyone, even Scrooge himself.

Also available in French, German, and Spanish.

Set quantity: 8

Now that you see all the supplies and how neat this little project is, it's time to order right here.  Just go to SHOP NOW!

Monday, October 28, 2013


Scary-Fun Halloween Teacher Gifts

Need to scare up a Halloween teacher gift? We’ve got a few that might just do the trick.

Our Witchy Whittled Wands, for instance, would charm even the most forbidding defense against the dark arts professor. Just empty a water bottle, fill it with sharpened pencils (or licorice!) wrap it with Designer Series Paper (NA/CA), decorate the cap with Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, and Linen Thread – then adhere our label (made using MDS).

It’s a snap to transform a white craft pumpkin into a spellbinding teacher gift. Wrap it with our Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape—then deliver it with a drearily delicious goodie. Easy as A,B, C!
Know a teacher who loves a good laugh . . . er . . . cackle? Give her a reversible The Witch Is In/The Witch Is Out sign for her desk. I bought a 99 cent frame from IKEA, spray-painted it gold, and created the signs in MDS. The components are listed here.

A simple craft witch hat (around $4.00) spray-painted gold makes a heinous teacher gift. Embellish it with a bow made using the Big Shot (NA/CA), our new Gift Bow Bigz L Die, and Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.

Love that creepy bag of gruesome gumdrops? It was made using Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, and a folded Tea Lace Paper Doily. The witch silhouette was created in MDS using the Sophisticated Spooks Punch. And the gumdrops are enclosed in a Medium Cellophane Bag. Wondering about the chalkboard tag? It was cut from this very handy sheet of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper.

Think of all of the teacher gifts you could make with this sheet of paper alone! For more ideas, see the Robyn’s fun and fancy Halloween table on display in the Concept Art Team’s most recent blog post.

I couldn’t resist making a witch hat display with the “Witches Candy Shoppe” image (above) and Tag a Bag Gift Bags. And then I thought: what a fun class activity this could be! Ask the students to bring a bag of candy from home, then set up a Witches Candy Shoppe! Kids must pay for the candies with witchy paper money—in the correct denominations, of course.

Last but not least, “specimen jars” make great Halloween gifts for fifth or sixth grade teachers. Find miniature critters at toy, craft, or party stores.  I made the specimen tags in MDS and adhered them to Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper cards. (And if you’re wondering about the plastic snake—I added a drop or two of Old Olive Classic Ink Refill to the water.)

Got any fun ideas for Halloween teacher gifts? We’d love to hear about them!

Cindy B.
St. Staff Write


The Stampin Up! stamp


is on SALE!  

And so are many others!

Today is the LAST DAY of the sale! 

I'm so happy that this sstamp is on sale because it is one of my favorite CHRISTMAS single stamps!  I ordered this stamp shortly after it came out and I'm so glad that I did.  This is a GREAT stamp and one everyone should consider for their collection.  I combined it with the stamp set CHRISTMAS MESSAGES from the SU! Holiday Catalog for a cool Holiday card.  I also am including the card we made at our RHR with Janet Wakeland, leader of the REMARKABLE STAMPERS, which was one of our make n takes.  BUT THE SALE ENDS TODAY!  Go to my website to SHOP NOW and order all of the 25% off sets you want and everything you need for HOLIDAY crafting.

Here's the inside of the card.

Here's the card we made at the retreat. It features another single CHRISTMAS stamp by SU!
And here is a card I have shown previously.  I sent it as my very first Christmas card of the season to a friend with a craft magazine subscription gift card inside so she can enjoy it all year! The star was embossed in gold for the card and then stamped in pink pirouette for the envelope.  I love this star!

25% Off 25 Stamp Sets

We’ve got a party for you: 25% off 25 stamps from October 22–28.
This is a HUGE selection of stamps that are on sale.
Use my Hostess Code today: VPPYFQR4
Start saving!


Sunday, October 27, 2013


It's my friend Arleen G.'s birthday.  She's one of the STAMPIN SISTAH's.  We took Arleen out for dinner earlier in the month and presented her with some cool gifts including a scrapbook in which all of the Sistah's made layouts.  Here's mine and I wanted to post it on your birthday Arleen. Have a great birthday!
I used pink pirouette card stock by SU! accented with rich razzleberry and melon mambo.  Then I stamped all kinds of SU! stamps and added stickers and die cuts and so many other fun things including SU! dazzling details liquid glitter.  Has everyone tried it?  It's an awesome product.

And here is a photo of ARLEEN at our dinner out in her honor.  We made her a banner using the SU! BANNER kit from the HOLIDAY catalog using other SU! stamps and embellishments.
You looked really radiant at your dinner Arleen.  Hope this month is great!  Celebrating your milestone birthday with you was so much fun!