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Pumpkin Treats…

Are you ready for Halloween with special treats for special trick or treaters?  I do have a head start with the Paper Pumpkin from last month (one of my all time favorites), but I need many more than 16.

Today I’m posting my customer “thank you’s” which happen to be baby pumpkins filled with treats…


Aren’t they cute?  I hope they like them…

Here’s the simple Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Your favorite DSP or Cardstock and Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits, Festive Flower Punch, Ribbon (retired)


  • Cut two Curvy Keepsake pieces and glue at base.  Fill a small cello bag with treats for inside box, place at base and fold two handle sides up and slide each side over handles.  Done!  Cut two Old Olive leaves with flower punch.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched them up to give some texture and hot glued them at top.  The swirl of green is maybe 1/8″ x 4″.  Use the bone folder to break down fibers, spritz with water and wrap around a pencil to dry.  Hot glue to leaves.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap and punch.  Punch a hole in one end to thread ribbon through, then tie on handles.

All done!  How cute is that!  Maybe some of these in holiday colors filled with treats will find their way to the craft booth too.

This has been a fun week of posting.  Hope you have found something to inspire your creative journey.  Have a great rest of the weekend…I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


no problem.

Let’s get inky together…and be HaPpY!


Halloween Treats…

We talked about this month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit the other day (Saturday, I think) and I promised to show you how I used my kit…


The measurements for the box were on Pinterest, and then I watched several videos…and then just went for it.  The first box got thrown away, but this one I like.

The most important thing is to get your measurements right and it almost puts itself together.  So I’ve cut the box out of copy paper (because score marks on Basic Black are hard to see) and taken a photo after all the trimming is done…

  • Here are the beginning measurements:  Cut your cardstock 4″ x 11″.
  • On the long side score at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 4-1/4″, 5-1/2″.
  • On the short side score at 1-1/4″ and 2-3/4″.
  • Turn back to the long side and at the 8″ mark score to the horizontal score line, skip the center and score again from horizontal score line to edge of paper.
  • Trim your end corners and score lines so that your cardstock looks like this…


  • Punch a 1″ circle in the center of space after the 1/2″ score line.  Cut away the two 1/2″ corners and two sides starting at the 8″ mark to the end of the piece.
  • Place Tear Tape on first two long tabs.
  • Burnish all score lines horizontal and vertical.
  • Fold from the 1/2″ score line end up, tucking in all tabs leaving the Tear Tape tab for last.  Remove paper and seal the sides.
  • Your box is done!
  • Here’s the dimensions for the sides, front and back of the box…
  • Front and back cardstock 1-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, DSP 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″
  • Sides cardstock 1-1/8″ x1-3/8″, DSP 1″ x 1-1/4″
  • The top of the box will fit into the Scalloped Tag Punch if you want to use ribbon at the top of the box.
  • Treats were put inside the container and decorated as instructed in the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I’m thinking my little trick or treaters will like this treat!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


nobody you know.

So get inky…Be HaPpY!



Witch’s Flight…

Do you love Halloween?  Some don’t, but I seriously love the kids on Halloween…so cute!

Today’s post took some water color paper, ink pads and a sponge to create the spooky mood for this Halloween card…


and the inside…


It’s hard to tell from the front, but the base card color is Flirty Flamingo.  This card will definitely be going in the mail to “the Littles”…I know they will love it.  What is it about kids loving to be scared?

So here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry and Craft White, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Sweet Home, Spooky Fun, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Holloween Scences Edgelits, Home Sweet Home Thinlits, 1-3/4″ Circle punch or framelit


  • The Flirty Flamingo base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The Elegant Eggplant layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the “splat” stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, stamp White Craft Ink across sky, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Punch or cut a 1-3/4″ circle from Post It note and place where you want your moon to be.  Sponge Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Elegant Eggplant from bottom to top.  Remove mask and sponge Daffodil Delight over moon.  Stamp moon in Elegant Eggplant with “moon indents”.  Stamp witch in Basic Black flying across moon.
  • Cut tree from Basic Black cardstock and attach to bottom of water color paper with Multipurpose Glue.  Stamp grave stones and color with Smoky Slate marker.  Fussy cut and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Stamp banner from Home Sweet Home and sentiment in Basic Black.  Shade with Blender Pen and Smoky Slate.  Add to card front with dimensionals.  Add water color paper layer to card front with Multipurpose Glue.

Do you love it?

Inside there is a layer of Elegant Eggplant 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp spider and web in top right corner with Basic Black.  Add to card with SNAIL.

Are you having cooler fall weather yet?  We are still in the mid 90s here…and no rain!  I don’t mean to whine….

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


We can hope.

I’m HaPpY dancin’ around my messy studio!


Halloween Bling…

When playing with the Haunted Halloween Neighborhood a couple of days ago, I felt time turning back the clock to early childhood.  Seriously, it was so much fun that I lost track of time and almost forgot about dinner!

Then today while making this post, it happened again…maybe there’s a time machine and in my studio I can slip in and out of it.  Back when we made so many things out of Shrinky Dink.  Look at these cute earrings, bracelet and backpack critters…


Oh boy are “the Littles” going to love these!  Think I’ll even make me some of those skeleton earrings!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  You need permanent ink markers or if you still have your Blendabilities Pens, use those.  StazOn Black
  • Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Halloween
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ball ‘n Chain, earring base, jump rings, Shrinky Dink (all from Hobby Lobby) and Cookie Cutter Punch, Shipping Tape.


  • You can use either clear or white Shrinky Dink to stamp on.  Stamp your images in StazOn ink.  Color with permanent ink and cut with Cookie Cutter Punch.  If you need a hole for a jump ring, punch that before baking.
  • Use a piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet, preheat to 325 degrees and place your pieces on the paper and in the oven.  Turn on your oven light and watch while they shrink.  They will curl up and then lay flat.  When they are flat, they are ready to come out of the oven.
  • Thread with a jump ring for earrings or bracelet.
  • For the backpack tags, stamp in Basic Black Ink  on front and back, color with your Stampin’ Up! Markers then punch with Cookie Cutter Punch.  Cover with clear shipping tape front and back.  Trim edges.  Thread with ball ‘n chain.  No baking here!

I haven’t had so much fun since two days ago…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


This is true.

If you are inky…you MUST be HaPpY!



Haunted Houses…

There should be a law against someone having as good a time as I’ve had the last couple of days playing with the Home Sweet Home Framelits and a Halloween theme.  I’m guilty…lock me up!

First, let me say I absolutely love Halloween…love dressing up my house and me and seeing all the kids too.  For the kids that I know, they get really special treats which I hope to share with you in future posts just in case you like Halloween as much as I do.

Today though, I want to share this haunted house neighborhood…


Can you see the lights?  There’s one in each house (mounted underneath) and one between the trees in the graveyard.  Trying to take a picture was a little challenging, but seriously you should see how cute this is in lower light!

Here are a couple of close ups in case you’d like to make some haunted houses too…


Here’s the graveyard.  You can just see the light between the trees and the witch and ghost flying through the air are actually on pieces of window sheet…


This little house isn’t quite as spooky as its neighbor…but I love its little pumpkin patch.


But this little house has spider webs and ghosts.  I pulled the door open so you could see the light inside.

Here are some Stuff ‘N Digits for you but trust me, your creativity will go wild as you begin to create your neighborhood…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Spooky Fun and Sweet Home, Gorgeous Grunge on house roof tiles
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, Window Sheet, Brick Embossing Folder


  • The whole thing sits on a box made from Basic Black cardstock 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 1″ on all sides, cut tabs and add Tear & Tape to attach tabs to sides.  The white border is Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut with the roof shingle thinlit and glued around.
  • Once your base is made, make your houses.  The directions with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits are simple.  (Tip:  cut your cardstock sheet in half lengthwise and you can fit both sides of the house.)  When you cut your house sides, be sure to place your door and window thinlits too.  One house is cut from Basic Gray which I ran through the Big Shot with the Brick Embossing Folder.  I used the Basic Black ink pad directly to the embossing folder to get the variation in color on the bricks..  Cut your roof shingles.  It takes ten for a whole roof.  Glue your tile layers together for each side of the roof then glue to house.
  • The funest (I know that’s not a word) part is decorating with all the spooky stuff.  Those pieces flying above roof tops and trees are attached to small strips of window sheet with the stamped piece glued to one end and the other glued to a tree or roof top.
  • Once you know where you’ll be placing your houses, punch a hole and stick the light through from the base bottom.  Add a little glue to bottom of house.
  • The fence was cut from Basic Gray and a larger area left at bottom so you can score and fold to make your fence stand up.  UseStrip Adhesive on the bottom of the fence ledge.  Color any white that may show with your Basic Gray marker.  The two trees were added the same way as the fence.  The gravestones were stamped and cut with thinlet.  They were also added with Strip Adhesive to create a graveyard.  The light was placed behind one of the trees which gives a great shadow when the light flickers.  The witch is added to the back tree with window sheet strip.
  • The “grass” was purchased at Hobby Lobby and glued with Multipurpose Glue.

You know I have to make another one…for “the Littles”.  They will love this at their house.  Once that is done…Oh! a Christmas Village complete with Santa’s sleigh!  See you later…I gotta go!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



I’m all black, purple and orange…but HaPpY!



BOO! to You…

This week’s Halloween posts have been fun…I love Halloween!  Do you dress up?  Lil’ goblins that come to my door will find me dressed for the occasion.  I have a skeleton shirt with a red beating (blinking light) heart and a funky black hat to wear.  I think they like that I dressed for Halloween and at least identify with a kindred spirit.

Here’s today’s post featuring an explosion card technique…


I’m thinking “the littles” will like this card too.  The best part is that this card is easy to make put presents with a punch!

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Tangelo Twist and Basic Black cardstock plus Happy Haunting DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Howl-o-ween Treat
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Boo to You Framelits, Googlie Eyes, Spider Web Doilies, Thin Tip Glue Pen, Fun Foam and 2 1/2″ Circle punch


  • The Tangelo Twist base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Orange Spider Web design DSP is 5″ x 3 3/4″ attached to the Basic Black layer with adhesive
  • The Vanilla and black spider web DSP is 5″ x 3 3/4″ punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle punch.  Make small 1/4″ cuts all around perimeter of circle and fold or roll out.  Adhere to Orange Spider Web design DSP with adhesive.
  • Cut the center of Spider Web Doily.  Add to card front under the rolled DSP.  You can cut this circle to make it easier to place around the explosion circle.  Use Thin Tip Glue to attach.
  • Stamp owl in Memento Black onto background orange DSP and cut with framelit.  Also cut another owl in orange fun foam and attach to stamped image with Tombow Glue.  Add to center of circle with dimensionals.  Don’t forget your googlie eyes!
  • Cut “BOO!” with framelits in Basic Black.  Lay on your silicone mat and using the Thin Tip Glue Pen add glue to the top layer and let dry.  Turn over and add glue to back and apply to front of card.
  • This card is somewhat interactive with the eyes and inside I used the center of the Spider Web Doily set behind a piece of Whisper White.

Tomorrow’s post will move to the fall season and Thanksgiving until Tuesday.  Wednesday is the day I leave for South Korea to visit my daughter and son-in-love.  I’m so looking forward to this two week visit.  We haven’t seen each other for over six months and so much has happened in between.  I will post (maybe not daily) from South Korea and show you what I will be seeing for the first time.  So plan to stop by and travel with me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Maybe as we grow older that’s why our eyesight gets weaker…

Are you inky?  Hope your are HaPpY!


Oh It Fits Alright…

This is one of those stamps that hit me hysterical at first sight.  Pretty sure this one will get lots of use year after year…


See what I mean?  Love this stamp.  Hope you enjoy the Stuff ‘N Digits…you know you have friends who would love this card too!


  • Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  If the Broom Fits
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Cotton Ribbon Into the Woods, Linen Thread, Woodland Texture Impressions EF


  • The Rich Razzelberry base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ added to card front with adhesive
  • The Crushed Curry layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with Woodland Texture Impressions
  • The small Basic Black layer is 3 1/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 3 1/2″ stamped with Memento Black.  Add this layer to the small Basic Black layer with adhesive.  Add dimensionals to the back of these two layers and add to the Crushed Curry layer.
  • Tie Into the Woods 3/8″ cotton ribbon around the bottom of Crushed Curry layer.  Add all these layers to big Basic Black layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp the middle broom or one of your choice on the back of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and “fussy cut”.   Tie a small piece of the cotton ribbon with Linen Thread in the center.  With your piercing tool unravel each end.  Add over the black stamped image with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment Basic Black layer is 2″ x 3/4″
  • The sentiment Thick Whisper White layer is 1 7/8″ x 5/8″ Stamped with half the sentiment copy.  Add ink to whole image then wipe off ink you don’t need with wet wipe and stamp.  The rest of the sentiment is on the inside of the card just for fun.  I will tell you I cut the sentiment away from the brooms with rubber scissors so that it stamps neater.  You can always add it back on your acrylic block if you need them to be together.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you have twisted friends like I do who will love this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Today is National Coffee Day and this seemed appropriate.  I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte after yoga class today to celebrate.  If you are a coffee lover too, I hope you celebrated with a special cup…

Now I’m inky…and HaPpY!



Halloween Grave Candy Box…

Do you love Halloween?  Some of my customers don’t like the day, but I do!  Love seeing the lil’ goblins at my door and love making something special for them.  We have LOTS of kids in my community and personally I think it keeps you young to be around kids.

Today I have a treat box for you…


How fun is that?  The box is made like a matchbox and can be opened to fill with goodies at the end you see here.  There are a couple of different stamp sets here because it was a challenge to find images small enough for this box.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White cardstock and Happy Haunting DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Howl-o-ween Treet, Happy Scenes and Sprinkles of Life
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Boo to You Framelits, Tree Builder Punch, Rhinestones, Note Tag Punch


  • Cut the Pumpkin Pie cardstock 4 1/2″ x 5″ follow the illustration for scoring and cutting below:


  • Do the stamping on the box end before gluing together.
  • Cut the DSP 4″ x 5″ scoring on the same score lines and attaching to box with adhesive.
  • Punch the headstone with the Note Tag Punch.  Stamp with treet trunk in Sprinkles of Life set.  Stamp cloud with Memento Black ink on Whisper White.  Color with Smoky Slate marker and cut out.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • Stamp spider on Whisper White with Memento Black and cut out.  Add Rhinestone and adhere with a dimensional.
  • The headstone should slide just into the end of the box.  You could add a glue dot or glue if you wanted.
  • Stamp bones from Howl-o-ween Treat set and cut out with framelits.  Add first bone with adhesive and second with dimensional pieces.

One end of this box will open for filling with treats.

Hope you liked this little Halloween project.  I have one more Halloween post for you and plan to move on to fall and Thanksgiving posts until October 7th when I leave for South Korea to see my daughter.  I will be posting from there, but the posts will be filled with adventures we have there rather than paper crafting.  I hope you will travel along with me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…




Spooky Treat Bag…

There are lots of kids in our community…which I love.  But, I admit having favorites to give this treat bag to…


So, this Spooky Treat Bag just might be filled with all sorts of goodies Halloween night for a special few.  Since the base is a white “lunch bag” they are easy to find and to decorate.

Here’s a shot from the side…


Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digitis for you…


  • Paper:  Happy Haunting DSP, Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Howl-O-ween Treat
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Seasonal Frame Thinlits Dies, Boo to You Framelits, Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape, 3/8″ satin ribbon


  • I cut 3″ off the open end of the white lunch bag to begin.
  • The back of the bag is covered with a 6″ x 9″ piece of DSP and the border on the front flap is 6″ x 1 1/2″.  I used adhesive to place both.
  • The “BOO” was cut from Basic Black and added to the flap with the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • The “moon” was colored with Daffodil Delight.  The owl was inked in Memento Black and stamped on DSP then cut out with framelit and placed over the moon with Tombow Glue
  • The “spooky” was cut from Basic Black and attached with Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Add Washi tape underneath.
  • The falling hat was cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  I cut two Basic Black hats, trimmed the band from one and glue over the hat and cut the other in half lengthwise and glued to back with Tombow Glue to highlight and add to bag with Tombow Glue
  • Holes were punched in the side panels and ribbon threaded through with a knot to keep it in place on both sides.
  • After you fill your Spooky Bag with goodies, close with a piece of Washi Tape to keep it closed.

Yesterday we ran down to Atlanta to watch the golf Championship Tour at Eastlake Country Club.  What a beautiful setting.  Not a blade of grass out of place.  We must have walked 20 miles watching all these new, young and impressive golfers who were relaxed and just kidding around yesterday.  Today it is all business.  Here’s a shot of my friend Teresa and I messing around the course…


Hope you are having an awesome day…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!





Spooky Shaker…

Here’s an interactive shaker card for your Halloween cuties…


This was a fun and pretty quick card to put together and “the littles” will probably get this in their next package with some Halloween goodies, too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, plus Happy Haunting DSP and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Ink, Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamps:  Sparkly Seasons, Howl-O-Ween Treet
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rhinestones, Seasonal Frame Thinlets, Window Sheet, Black Glitter, Fine Tip Glue Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ also cut a piece of fun foam the same size as DSP layer.  Then punch these two layers with circle thinlet.  Attach a 3″ x 3″ piece of window sheet twith Tombow Glue to back of DSP layer to cover circular opening.
  • Stamp the chevron patterned circle with Pumpkin Pie ink on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock and add face stamp in Memento Black.
  • Cut out with same circular thinlet.
  • Add the fun foam to the back of the DSP layer, add black glitter.  Add Tombow Glue to back of pumpkin circle and lay over opening.  Add Tombow Glue to back of fun foam and lay Basic Black layer over top of everything.  This should seal the face in place and the glitter inside.  Yay!
  • Add these layers to card base with glue.
  • Stamp the globe base in Memento Black on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and “fussy cut”.  Add Rhinestones to front and dimensionals to back to attach to card front.
  • Stamp Witch Hat in Memento Black on Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  Add Rhinestones to stars.  Stamp the hat partially on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Color just the band with purple permanent marker or if you still have Blendabilities like I do, you can use that.  Add to hat with Tombow Glue and the hat to the card base with dimensionals.
  • Cut the “spooky” from Basic Black and using Fine Tip Glue Pen add to bottom of card front.  I have also “painted” the word with the same glue pen to make it shiny.  I love bling!

Hope you’ll give this one a try…it’s really cute!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Thanks for stopping by.  Now go get inky and Be HaPpY!