Ava’s Window Box Treat

A week or so ago I showed you a treat box I made with the Window Box Thinlits and Creep It Real stamp set. (Check it out here.) This week I decided that I’d give that to my goddaughter’s son and make something else for her older daughter, Ava. At one point I looked at the first treat box and realized it had a pumpkinish shape. (Yes, use your imagination.)  What did I come up with? A Window Box treat that looks like a jack-o-lantern!

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See, it is pumpkinish!

Design Notes for Window Box Treat:

The Thinlits for the Window Box make the box itself pretty easy. I used some shapes from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the eyes and nose. The mouth was pretty much guess work. I wanted it to have that “I carved it myself!” look. To get the pumpkin texture, I ran the pieces through the Big Shot with the Seaside Embossing Folder before I assembled it. For the stem, I just rolled a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock. It was easier to work with after curling it with my Bone Folder. The leaves were made with the Leaf Punch.

Here’s a picture to show you the stem and leaves. You can also see that I sponged the card stock a bit with some Crumb Cake ink.

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Supply List for Window Box Treat:

Notice, no stamps!


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Creep It Real Treats – Really?

You wouldn’t think of treats being creepy and cute at the same time. I always make some sort of treat for my monthly card classes. This month I decided to make mini cupcakes and adorn them with tooth picks using the Creep It Real stamp set. And really, they are cute! Yes, Creep It Real Treats!

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Didn’t I tell you? People thought they were pretty yummy too!


Design Notes for Creep It Real Treats:

Well, it really couldn’t have been much easier. I stamped, punched and added the tooth pick to one side. I used Fast Fuse as I wanted to be sure the pieces stayed with the tooth pick. Fortunately, Fast Fuse is on Sale for a few more days. You can buy a Fast Fuse and get two refills for free! Great deal, right!

Here are close up of the toothpicks.

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Supply List for Creep It Real Treats:

I used mostly stamps from Creep It Real, but also used another holiday stamp set, Merry Cafe.



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Creep It Real Window Box

I’ll admit, I needed to be convinced that the Creep It Real stamp set was something I had to have in my collection. Now I’m having so much fun with it. Glad I bought it. (Thanks, Brian King.) I didn’t think I would ever use the “Brush Your Fangs” stamp from this set!

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When I was young, my grandfather lived with us. I recall that he kept his false teeth in a box that now reminds me of the box I can create with the Window Box Thinlits. It got me to thinking and I then I took myself to the local dollar store and guess what I found.

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Yes, it’s true! Fangs to go in the box! I even added some candy eye balls to add to the creep factor!

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Design Notes for Creep it Real Window Box.

The Window Box Thinlits set comes with thinlits for the box and lovely designs for the top and sides. I just used the box thinlits and then added some creepy images to the side. Those stamps are also part of the Creep it Real stamp set. No heavy lifting here.

Supply List for Creep it Real Window Box:

The Creep It Real stamp set comes in clear mount or wood mount. Which do you prefer?


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Watch Out for the Spooky Cat and Spooky Night!

Did you notice the Spooky Night Suite of products in the new holiday catalog? The items are on pages 52 and 53. The Suite contains a stamp set, paper, a punch and more. (Detailed pictures at the end of this post.) I used lots of those products here!

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Is there anything else that screams Halloween as well as candy corn?

Design Notes Spooky Night Card:

This card features a little bit of a fun fold, a gate fold. I decided to make a band to go around it to add a little more interest to the card.

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I stamped the card stock with one of the stamps from Spooky Cat. Next I embossed a piece of So Saffron Card Stock with the Seaside Embossing Folder and punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch  to look like a moon behind the cat. I tied a little Black Baker’s Twine around it for interest but my favorite part is the three Rhinestones for the cat’s collar! Pretty elegant for a Halloween cat! By the way, the cat image is not stamped. He is  punched from some of the designer paper. Isn’t that cool?

On the inside, I punched out another cat from the designer paper and added a “Happy Halloween” sentiment from the same stamp set.

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Supply List Spooky Night Card:

OH! Goodie, goodie, this is a bundle! The stamp set and the punch come together. Save 10%, be 100% happy!

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Please think about anything you might want to order from me. Even if you are not a crafter or card maker, there are things you might want to order. Perhaps a pair of Paper Snips, or maybe some ribbon. This month I am giving 20% from each order to donate to Houston Food Bank. All order will count, on-line, in class, call or email me!

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Here’s a close up at the whole Spooky Night Suite of products!

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Trick or Treat With Creep It Real!

I think that “Creep It Real” is one of the funniest names for a stamp set that I’ve heard. It just makes me smile. Given that, it was not originally on my list to purchase. But, after seeing some great samples from other great blogs, I decided I HAD to have it. So, yesterday when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project, I figured this was my chance to put ink to the  Creep It Real stamps.

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Given the title of the stamp set, I think this is a cute, not creepy card!

Design Notes for Creep It Real Halloween Card:

Here’s the lovely card that was the inspiration for my card. When it is a CASE (Copy and Share) challenge, you can copy any element of the card presented – the color scheme, the stamp set, the sketch, whatever. I chose to CASE the sketch as I thought it was a perfect layout. I also copied Alison’s technique of repeating the small image in the background, using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.


If you click on the image, it will take you the the Global Design Project site and you’ll see lots of great cards from the design team and from people working the challenge.

I actually like working with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. It’s a great tool to make sure an image is where you want it and is especially helpful when you are repeating an image as I did with the candy corn. Once I finished the background, I was onto the main image. I stamped the “trick or treat ” sentiment with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder. A sponge and some Pumpkin Pie ink brought out the sentiment. A little adornment with some Vintage Crochet Ribbon and Black Rhinestones finished off the project!

Supply List for Creep It Real Halloween Card:

The stamp set, the ribbon and Black Rhinestones are all items from the new Holiday catalog. If you don’t have one, let me know and I’ll get one to you.


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