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

Tuesday Tutorial: Ghost in the Graveyard

Have you ever played Ghost in the Graveyard? Here’s the game version on a card!

As I was putting this card together, I noticed that the Scalloped Tag Topper punch looked like a gravestone, so I sponged the edges to give it a stone look… then pull on the ribbon and a stack of Jack (o’lanterns) appears! I’ve made a printable tutorial so you can make one in your own stampin’ studio 🙂

Don’t forget that the Good Greetings stamp set is only available FREE to hostesses through October 31 with a $300 workshop..and I have just a few days left to host your own craft party 🙂

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Trick-or-Treat: A Perfect Fit for Blondies

I consider myself a connoisseur of baked goods and my favorite bakery on the planet is The Sweet Tooth Fairy. Yesterday I stopped by for a cupcake (okay, two) and discovered their BLONDIES: Like a S’more on steroids! Let’s just say I may have a new addiction.

In an act of SERENDIPITY, I discovered that said Blondies fit perfectly into the new Decorative Window Gift Boxes from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (6 boxes for $4.95…a bargain!):

Side Note: I bought four blondies to share with the ladies I visit in my church calling each month…only three blondies made it to the boxes…

Add a strip of Designer Series Paper, a skull stamp (so they can tell their kids it’s poison and won’t have to share) and some washi tape and abracadabra! You’ve got yourself a VERY quick gift. IF you can deliver them before you eat them all.

Project Recipe (for the boxes, not the blondies)
All supplies can be ordered from my Stampin’ Up! Store

Stamps: Toil & Trouble (2013 Holiday Catalog)
Ink: Staz-On White (Item 106960)
Paper: Witches Brew DSP (132185)
Embellishments: Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape (132156)
Other: Blondies from The Sweet Tooth Fairy!

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5 Ways on Fridays: Envelope Punch Board

Today I’m sharing FIVE amazing ways to use the new Envelope Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! (Item #133774). Once you see these, you’ll NEED your own and you can order it from My Stampin; Up! Store Since it’s Halloween season, I made most of my samples using the Witches Brew Designer Series Paper (132185), Toil & Trouble and Tags 4 You stamp sets (Holiday Catalog) and Label Bracket punch (132153)

1. Make Envelopes. Stating the painfully obvious, but hey…that’s what it was made for! Just remember this: Envelopes don’t always have to hold just a card 🙂

If you haven’t seen how the Envelope Punch Board works, WATCH the Training Video from Stampin’ Up! I also love having a liner inside the envelope and the best video tutorial I’ve seen (using just a small square of Designer Series Paper) is from Mary Fish and her tutorial can be seen HERE. 

2. File Folder Cards. These unique cards are so much fun to make and you could create a whole slew of little file folders to organize things like photos, paper embellishments, receipts, etc.

Patty Bennett’s Video Tutorial explains how simple these are, and once you’ve made a few, you just can’t stop! 

3. Boxes. Yep, that’s right: The Envelope Punch Board can make BOXES! Here are two of my top picks (because they are both simple, and I’m all about easy!)

Elaine Schader (at Elaine’s Creations) made this box to hold some eerily adorable Halloween tags from four envelopes made with the Punch Board. Check it out on HER BLOG.

Designed to hold 4 cards & envelopes, I discovered (after I whipped this one out in no time flat) that this little gem also holds a King Size Kit Kat! I followed the instructions by Cindy Beach at Stamp, Paper and Ink. The only modification I made was to use my Word Window punch to create a place to insert the top flap and hold it closed.

Learn to make another candy bar box on THIS video tutorial by Janet Wakeland

4. Advent Calendar. When I saw this on the Stampin’ Up! blog post  (scroll down past the Game Day banner to see the instructions and downloadable PDF for dates) I thought it was GENIUS!

5. Envelope Tag Book. Here’s one for the memory keepers…or this could be a fun way to present love coupons, a grandma brag book or just for fun.

Tricia over at the Efficient Crafter is the artist for this project and her motto, “Quick…Let’s Craft!” tells me she’s my kind of lady! View her tutorial HERE. 
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So there you have FIVE different ways to use the new Envelope Punch Board! It’s a MUST HAVE tool for your Craft Closet and you can order it in Loni’s Stampin’ Store today. If you have another great way to use the EPB, leave a comment below to help compile a resource for more excellent ideas!

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Sensational Seasonal Samplers

My Stitched Stamper family of SU! demonstrators held a “Sampler Square” Swap for the upcoming holidays. Each of us created a 2″ square to trade using a set color palette and here are the finished projects, mounted on Designer Series Paper for a 12×12 frame.

Halloween (using Witches’ Brew DSP from the Holiday Catalog):

Fall/Thanksgiving (using Sweater Weather DSP from the Holiday Catalog):

Christmas (using Season of Style DSP from the Holiday Catalog): 
Wouldn’t this be fun to do with your friends? To order supplies to make your own, visit my Stampin’ Up! store!
If you are swapping with friends, invite everyone to participate, because it’s great to have “leftover” squares…see what I did with them here 🙂

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Digi-Tastic Tuesday

I haven’t put out many Halloween decorations this year since we are still getting settled in our new home, but this framed piece (created at Jill Olsen‘s stamp day in September) adorns the top of my piano today:
  
Created from the “Toxic Frameable” digital download for My Digital Studio
 and embellished with some stamps, paper and ribbon, we call this a “hybrid” project: A combination of digital AND paper crafting! It makes me happy.
Guess what else makes me happy…and will make YOU happy too? Stampin’ Up! is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking DAY with a WEEK’S worth of fun:
If you just can’t wait until then, there are also NEW DIGITAL DOWNLOADS TODAY, since it’s Tuesday!

D.C. and Spider Cider

This is my excuse for missing a week on my blog: A trip to D.C. with my youngest daughter to visit my oldest daughter! We had a fabulous time together, obviously, and it’s taken me a little while to get back into the swing of things.

Here’s a little “Spider Cider” matchbook for your Halloween brewing pleasure, along with a Monster Munchie box we created at the Big Shot Holiday class:

Project Recipe: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Tangerine Tango card stock, Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (126906), Candy Wrapper Die (120890) and Big Shot, Striped Satin Ribbon (127837), Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, Black, Tangerine & More Mustard Stampin’ Write Markers, Simply Scored (122334), Monster Munchies stamp set (Holiday Catalog pg 26) Stapler