Halloween Tags & Bookmarks

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Hi and welcome! It’s week 2 for crafty Halloween festivities here and today I have some fun tags and bookmarks for goodie bags.

Each year I make a few goodies for my daughter to give to her friends and this year I’m putting them in brown paper bags and using Halloween tags and bookmarks to decorate them. I ordered some mini frosted bags as well for a different look.

Here is a close up on the tags and bookmarks… which I phrased “boo!-kmarks” for the holiday. 😉

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To make the bookmarks, I cut out the bookmark shape in thick cardstock first, and then cut the bookmark shape in patterned paper as well and adhered it on top of the cardstock. I wanted to make sure it was nice and thick so it held up for a while. I typed up and printed out “Trick-or-treat Have a boo!!-kmark,” trimmed it and adhered it to black cardstock and then to the bookmark. Finally, I cut out a ghost shape and attached it to the bottom.

I made the tags in a very similar way. I first cut out the tag in thick cardstock and then in patterned paper and adhered them together. I typed up and printed out the Halloween sentiment, trimmed it out and attached it to cardstock. I attached it to the tag and finished it off with a Halloween sticker, and a cutout bat shape at the bottom.

I tied both the tag and the bookmark to the paper bags with Sew Easy orange floss twine after filling them with goodies. My little one really loved how they turned out and I hope her friends do too! This great little craft came from inspiration I got from the Papercraft Star web site.

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Have fun continuing your Halloween celebrations and I will be back next Tuesday! Happy creating 🙂

Stephanie

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Double Double Toil & Trouble

Happy Tuesday everyone! This week I am getting into the Halloween spirit and showing off 2 cards I made for the holiday. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (and my little girl’s!) and we just LOVE dressing up & decorating! First, a little photo cred for the festive Halloween photo from above >> see where this image came from here.

And now onto the cards! The first was made based on inspiration from PaperCraft Star. >>

This card was so fun to put together. I found the “double, double” quote on a sticker sheet from Echo Park and I thought it would be such a cute focal sentiment for the card! First I attached a trimmed piece of black cardstock to my card base and added the green patterned paper on top. I cut orange patterned paper to more black cardstock and adhered them in the middle of the card with 3D dots. I attached the black cat and the pumpkin stickers to black and orange cardstock and rough cut around them. I adhered them to the card with dimensional adhesive and embellished the card with a few gold glitter dots (love those – they are from Studio Calico card kits). I think it turned about pretty cute! What do you think?

Here is the next one: >>

Now to me, nothing says Halloween than the ever-creepy Edgar Allen Poe. So when I saw a quote from his infamous poem “The Raven” I knew I had to use it! For this card, I made a bat stamp with the Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit and stamped black bats all over the card base in a pattern. I, then, attached the creepy sentiment to orange cardstock and roughly cut around it. I wrapped the card base with black ribbon and adhered the sentiment on top with 3D dots. I finished off the card with vellum bats that I cut with my Silhouette as well. And there you have it! 2 cards ready for Halloween fun this October! I hope you like them and I will be back next week with a little more Halloween holiday fun. See you then! 🙂

Steph

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Autumn Card

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Exciting news! The Fall Trio card won the “Quasar Award” from Papercraft Star! I really loved how those cards turned out so it was very fun to know their designers did too! So onto their next challenge that you can find on their site here. The inspiration was so fun as fall is my very very favorite time of year! Here is the card I put together for the challenge: >>

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I made the brick stamps with Silhouette’s new stamp making set (I’m in love!). The windows were made with textured cardstock and the embellishments are from Studio Calico’s card kits. Here are a couple close-ups: >>

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This was an incredibly fun challenge to join so please check out their site and join in on the fun! I’ll be back on Tuesday with my normal post for the week and it’s going to be a fun one! 🙂 Happy crafting!

Steph

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(not pictured below: Papertrey Ink – Kraft Cardstock)

Let’s Get Sketchy!

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Hey there!! This week I worked on making cards based on sketches! Sketches are a really fun way to stretch your creativity and challenge yourself. They are also a great way to get your brain moving if you find yourself in a slump or even a time crunch. And the best part about sketches… you can find them anywhere! I post sketches from time to time on my card making Pinterest board so if you need a place to start, take a look here.

Now, onto the cards! The first sketch I used was from one of my favorite inspiration resources, Studio Calico (surprise, surprise!). This is the sketch they provided: >>

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The beauty in a sketch is that you can truly make anything you want with it. Whether you follow it piece by piece like a guide, or use it to transform something that wasn’t quite right you already made, it fulfills the role. Here is my take on this sketch: >>

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This piece was mainly inspired by woodgrain. Studio Calico included this incredible piece of wood veneer paper in one of their monthly card kits and I was hesitant to use it because I loved it so much! So I decided to whip out what I had left of it for this card. I went with the wood theme and dug up some older Echo Park patterned papers to tie it all in. Here is how I made it:

First, I attached the zig-zag patterned paper to the front of the card base. I cut and adhered the dark wood grain paper and the wood veneer papers in place. I used a punch for the stamped wood patterned paper and attached it on top. Next, I trimmed and adhered the dark pink frame to the card with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the sentiment “…just because” to a leftover piece of woodgrain paper and adhered it with dimensional adhesive as well. I finished the card off with the 3 acrylic flowers to embellish and I was done! What do you think?

The next sketch was a simple one I found on Pinterest doing a search. As it turns out… it’s a Studio Calico sketch as well! Here’s the sketch: >>

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And this is the card I made from it: >>

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I made this card by first adhering the arrow paper to the card base and trimming and adhering the blue cardstock on top. Next, I cut and attached pieces of ribbon in place coming from the left hand side. For the sentiment, I used the masking technique to cover part of the stamp while I inked the part I wanted to use. (I will post more on this technique later.) Once stamped, I cut out the sentiment and attached it to the card with 3D adhesive and added enamel dots to embellish a bit. And that’s it!

I had a lot of fun creating cards with sketches this week. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Have a great week and happy crafting!

Steph 🙂

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(not listed below: Papertrey Ink – Kraft Cardstock)

Fall Trio Card Set

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Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week! It’s finally starting to cool off around here (high 70s & 80s…) and it’s reminding me that fall should be here soon. I started to make some fall cards (these are great for Thanksgiving as well) and instead of doing multiple cards the same I decided to switch it up a bit. Today I have 3 cards to show you that are the exact same theme. These were really fun to put together and end up looking like a perfect set. Let’s dive in! >>

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This card is all stamping. I stamped my leaves onto the kraft card base knowing my focal point would be in the center of them. I then stamped and cut out the sentiment on a separate piece of kraft cardstock and attached it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. And… done! I love this card. Here’s the next one: >>

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I decided to go with a horizontal layout for this card. I stamped the leaves on the bottom edge of the card base first, then stamped and cut out the sentiment on a separate kraft cardstock (like the first card). This time, I wrapped the card with natural hemp twine before attaching the sentiment with dimensional adhesive. I used some glossy accents as additional adhesive around the twine to ensure it would stay in place. (Note: I let my glossy accents set for 24 hours before using the card to make sure it is completely dry.) And for the final card… >>

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For the last card I went back to the vertical card base but used the stamping on the bottom like the horizontal card. First, trimmed the bottom of the card base and stamped the leaves along the edge. I adhered the piece of patterned paper underneath the leaves and wrapped hemp twine in the middle. I stamped and cut out the sentiment again on the matching kraft cardstock and attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive and glossy accents (remember to let it dry completely). And that’s it! This last card is entered in a challenge at Papercraft Star!

Now you have 3 matching cards perfect for fall or Thanksgiving each with it’s own little twist. You could even bag these together and give them as a gift card set! I hope you like them! Have a wonderful week 🙂

Steph

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(Not Pictured Below: Bubblegum Add-On from Studio Calico, Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, Stampin Up Inks: Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Baroque Burgundy)