Spooky Sweets

It’s really an oxymoron, isn’t it? Spooky Sweets? How can something be scary AND yummy? I guess it’s the paradox of the whole Halloween season!

The Baker’s Boxes in the Holiday Catalog got me thinking: What could I fill them with? It’s so much fun to give something a bit bigger than a card!

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The boxes are nice and large (4-1/4″ square and 2-1/8″ tall) and they are coated on the inside so your goodies don’t leak through. You can wrap the boxes with Designer Series Paper, spray them with a few drops of ink refills mixed with rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer or color them with ink using a sponge brayer, as I did with this one:

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We actually made these boxes at our Fall StampFest events last month as one of the eight projects prepared for our guests…if you missed it, make sure you plan ahead to come to our Spring StampFest in either St. George (February 23, 2019) or Spanish Fork Utah (March 9, 2019).

You can make your own at home with these supplies:
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Back to the question of “what can we fill the box with?”, I found a few fabulous treats that would be perfect to bake and fill for a gift:

 

Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge

Monster Mash Brownies

I had to share all three because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Give a sweet treat for every season in our Baker’s Boxes: Here’s a Christmas version of the box using the Santa’s Workshop product suite!

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Download Tutorial for the Christmas treat box HERE

Support a Fighter

October isn’t only about ghosts and goblins, it’s also about the girls! This month, send a pink card to someone who is fighting (like a girl) through Breast Cancer:

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Download the free .pdf tutorial HERE

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Don’t stop with PINK…you can make this card in any color you want to show your awareness, love and concern for those in any battle! This is one of my favorite charts showing ribbon colors for causes. I made these versions of the card with colors for Type 1 Diabetes (blue and gray with a drop of blood), Alzheimers (purple) and Heart Disease (red) :

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Simply Citrus

My Stampiversary is over, but the last thank you cards need to go into the mail. It seemed only natural to make some “creative juice” cards to encourage the customers who ordered from my Flash Sale to live with ZEST!

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Using the words from a stamp set as your background can make a dramatic impact: For this card, I stamped once with my stamp loaded with Lemon-Lime twist ink, then stamped again without re-inking it and then ONE MORE TIME for the lightest impression.

Thanks to the Global Design Project for coordinating the color challenge to support my theme (not really…it was just good luck):

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I added a little Daffodil Delight to the palette so I could include the lemon, and now I’m off to write my appreciation to my customers!

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25 Ways in 25 Days: Anniversary Giveaway!

25 Years with SU!Gas was $1.05 a gallon. Cartoon Network had just started broadcasting and Bill Clinton became President of the United States (I’m not implying they were connected, but???) I had just given birth to my second child (a son) and was looking for a way to connect and have conversations with other adults, so when my husband ran into LaVonne Crosby as they each took children to the church foyer to calm down and she happened to have a catalog in her car of the company she and her sister had started, my Stampin’ Up! career began!

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At the time, Stampin’ Up! carried mostly rubber stamps from other companies with a few they manufactured themselves with a choice between foam mounted rubber or wood blocks. Rainbow stamp pads were extremely popular and we only offered WHITE paper products to stamp on!

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To celebrate my 25 years with Stampin’ Up! I’ll be sharing fun facts, playing games, giving away prizes here on the blog, on my Facebook Page and on my Instagram, so connect with me and play along!

Let’s kick off this party by continuing to stroll down memory lane:

Comment with *your* major accomplishment of 1992 ~OR~ the name of one of the stamp companies Stampin’ Up! used to carry in their catalogs!

You could win the nostalgic “Golden Rule Days” stamp set (a very popular stamp set from our past) just in time to celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL. Winner announced August 30th.

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Ready to start your own Stampin’ Up! adventure?

Join my team!

Gingham and Pig Tails

Did you know that I am LIVE each Monday at 12:30 on my Facebook Page? Today I showed how you can cut up your stamps to make them work better for your crafting needs and we made this stinkin’ cute card:

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Each of the This Little Piggy stamps comes with a saying attached to it, but if you order the clear mount stamp set and cut off the words, you can use the pigs alone, or mix and match with the greetings!

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Click here to order the stamp set!

Switch around the colors, and add a gingham ribbon, and you’ve got another card (which my guests created at the Card Class last Saturday): Watermarked1(2017-07-31-1300)

Because my Mother-in-Law has the largest pig collection in the western hemisphere, this card is off to thank her for the birthday gift she sent!

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Crafting Out of the Box

Some folks like to follow a recipe and others enjoy creating something from scratch: With a Paper Pumpkin kit, you can do either…or both!

The June Paper Pumpkin kit was fabulous for summertime celebrations (see the video I shared on June 19th)…here are the projects as shown in the kit~ it had supplies for 6 cards and 4 bags:

Then it was time to try mixing it up a little! What else could I do with just the items in the kit, but not make them all the same? Let’s see…

Made a few different tags and cards, then put the banner on the INSIDE of the card to pop up when the recipient opens it!

Once you’ve created all the projects in your kit, you still have the stamp set and ink spot(s) left over, so add a little more card stock, a different color of ink and maybe a few accessories and keep on creating:

It’s almost MORE fun to find different ways to use the supplies than it is to follow the instructions! Should you need more inspiration, may I suggest joining the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club group on Facebook? You’ll be blown away at the creativity shared by other crafters with their kits~ and find hundreds of ways to get the most of your Paper Pumpkin kit!

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before July 10th to get the next awesome kit for yourself or a friend.

This Little Piggy Found Zen

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This little piggy is happy it’s Friday!

Today’s card was inspired by #tgifc113 and the fact that the “This Little Piggy” stamp set was sitting on my desk, begging to be used today.
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So if you’ve never tried the Bokeh technique, I’ll show you how I did this one (there are a few different techniques, but this one is the easiest for me). I started with a piece of Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo in circular motions on the top. It won’t look pretty at this point. Never fear~ It gets better!

Next I took a Window Sheet and punched different sizes of circles in it. You could also use the circle framelit dies and your big shot. Lay this over the top of your dried, sponged card and apply plenty of Whisper White Ink with a sponge dauber. Remember to make some of the circles go off the edge of your paper!

 

I like to find a circle stamp (or two) in some of my other stamp sets to add a few stamped circles after the sponging too. This little circle was pulled from the “Sweet Home” set, but any will work. IMG_4593 Next I stamped the happy pig on top using Night of Navy ink and also stamped it on Powder Pink card stock to cut out. I don’t mind a little fussy cutting to make this cute guy really pop off the card. FullSizeRender 7

The flower was stamped/cut out from Daffodil Delight and as I wanted to keep it clean and simple today, I simply added a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots in keeping with the Bokeh theme:

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Ready to try your hand at the Bokeh technique? Thanks for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store!  Remember to use my host code (posted in the right column) if you are ordering less than $150 as I draw a name for a free gift each month from friends who use the code. If you order over $150, you get to choose Stampin’ Rewards with your order!

The Cherry to My Sundae

Is it Ice Cream season yet? Mother Nature can’t make up her mind in Utah this week, but Cool Treats are always in season when paper crafting:

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Get this Cool Treats Bundle for 10% off when you order it before May 31st! 

I followed the sketch from TGIF Challenge #108 for this card…it’s sweet and simple:

 

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Tasty Trucks Sale-A-Bration Slider Card

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing at Stampin’ Up! and each Monday I’m showcasing a product you can earn FREE* on my Creative Juice Facebook Page LIVE at 12:30 MST. This week I demonstrated the Tasty Trucks stamp set and then I made ANOTHER video tutorial just for fun!

Download the supplies and measurements in a .pdf file for the
Tasty Truck Slider Card HERE or see the supplies below.

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So how do you earn Sale-a-Bration products free?
Also: Host a Party in your home or online and when your sales reach $250, you get an EXTRA $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!
 
And when you join my Sprinkled Ink Stampin’ Team, you can choose 2 extra stamp sets in your Starter Kit~ That’s like getting over $200 in supplies for just $99! 

Santa’s Sleigh Vignette Card/Decor

Sometimes inspiration hits in the middle of the night and I can’t sleep until I’ve written it down or created a prototype: That was certainly the case with this Wintery Christmas card that transforms into a tabletop decoration!

You don’t need to lose sleep over it though, because here is the list of supplies you will need to create your own: