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Make a quick Halloween card with stamps by “Pink and Main”

stamp-1Pink and Main sent me some really cute Halloween stamps so I made a simple card last night for a friend coming in unexpectedly.

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You will need: Halloweenish scrapbook paper, stamps, inks (green, orange, black), misc. size stamp blocks, white paper, a ruler, and an envelope.

supplies1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit envelope – in this case it was  4 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches – and fold in half.

2. Cut white paper kind of ragged around the edges and distress the sides with one of your ink pads.

3. Put the stamp on your stamp block. stamp-1Stamp on your chosen images and words inside and out.

4. Cut the name of your friend out or the remaining paper – don’t worry about being perfect. This is just for fun.

4. Glue.

I think the spiderweb corners are absolutely adorable!

 

 

 

Wishing you a just-spooky- enough Halloween.

Terri O

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Oh! Here’s the inside of the card:

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Pink and Main has this darling snow globe stamp in time for Christmas.

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Ribbons can make your gift cards pop with color and dimension

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Ribbons and lace are a super addition to cards! I recently nabbed a bag of ribbon scraps for a $2 at a yard sale with long and short pieces and I pulled out a few with colors that matched my manila folders and Graphic 45 card making session.

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You can tie ribbons around the fold of your card (and if you tie them a little loose you can move them where you want) or add a bow somewhere on the outside that makes sense to you.

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Lace makes a nice embellishment too!lace-1

Need an extra finger to tie that bow and now on around?

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The nice thing about ribbons and lace is that if you make a card and decide it still needs something, or maybe you have too much space, etc, add a bow and viola! Perfect.

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Here’s a tip about cutting frames:

The G45 papers used frames around some of the images. I wanted to mix and match (paper packs make mixing and matching easy because they are color coordinated) so I fussy cut the women in the had and put her in a different frame. I kept the words that were inside the frame for another card and in order to do that without getting out my craft knife and mat, I  simply cut a straight line. Fast. Simple and not really noticeable when I glued the card together.

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Inside the card just in case you were curious:

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Remember, when you are card making or scrapbooking: THERE ARE NO SCRAPBOOK POLICE! Have fun! Experiment! Simply do it your way!

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Distress a greeting or gift card to give it dimension

distress-etcThese cards are part of the stack I made with StazOn Ink,

 

g45-packGraphic 45 Typography paper pack, old manila folders and

bradsG45 brads.

My goal was to keep the card making super simple.

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The black paper came from my stash. I think it was once a presentation folder because it had pre-cut slits like where a business car could go.  I used them to slip my paper inside. Here’s what it looked like pre-distressing. Kinda boing 🙁

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So I fixed it!

To distress the edge of the paper you simply swipe the pad on the edges with a light touch. I like these StazOn minis as they are just the right size to grip.

(And now that I see the distressing on the lines from where the folder folded I realize I want to do that same thing to top card!)

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Here’s how the front turned out.

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A couple more examples:

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More to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle old file folders as the base stock cards (and maybe ditch the envelope).

scissors-paper-gluelove-peopleDo you keep your birthday cards? I am sure at least some people reading this post do. What about the envelopes? I am betting you envelopes out even if you keep the card. If you are not sending the card, and you are not enclosing $ or the life, do you really need an envelope? I am thinking… no.

With that in mind and armed with scissors, a glue stick, 7 manila file folders, and a fall-colored 8×8 inch “Typography” paper pack from Graphic 45 (it includes 3 sheets each of 8 double sided designs), Graphic 45 metal brads, StazOn Ink, and a few bits of ribbon and lace, I set out to see how many super simple cards I could make in about 4 hours.

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I made a total of 10 regular sized cards, 15 gift cards and a gift tag before I ran out of old file folders. I dd not run out of paper in the pack – I think there are 6 full sheets left plus scraps.

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I chose not to cut the file folder tabs off but to use them as a design element in the cards, cutting the top of the image to match the tab and gluing an image on the inside tab to cover what was written or labeled.

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As I was cropping the folders to better match the size of the image, I wound up with some folded strips I did not want to pitch, so I  incorporated them into a card with a busy, colorful patterned inside.

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recycle-steps-2recycle-steps-3I glued 5 strips at the bottom middle edge starting from the 1 in the center, then the 2 on the top and lastly the 2 in between those so they were somewhat even, essentially giving me 20 lines to write on.

Then I tied ribbon around it. (Silk sari ribbon comes either as strips knotted or sewn together.)

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Here are a few more examples:

In this first one I did not worry about covering the entire label, but just left a well-chosen word to show on the tab.

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Strips for a folder cut at an angle to add writing space on busy, dark paper:

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More to come!

How to Simply Embellish a Dollar Store Craft Mask with a Gold Crown or Keep on Adding Dimensions

Oh man do I wish I had purchased more of these masks for a buck. I could play all afternoon as the crazy crafty cat lady! (Wish there had been dog masks too!) These masks are sturdy (not bendable) plastic covered in glitter.

The whole project took about 40 minutes.

To simply cut a crown you’ll need Rowlux Illusion Film (it comes in all kinds of colors and swirls) and a the outline of a crown shape which you can easily pull off the web and print to the size you need.

precut-crownTape the crown shape to the back of the film and cut. Then, cut strips in the bottom and fold as shown.

foldTape it to the inside of the cat mask. Viola! You are done!

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Tip:  If you glue or hot glue it instead, make your glue layer thin as this is resting against your forehead and you want it to be comfortable.

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Have more than 10 minutes and want to embellish your crown more? Good. I did too.

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The cool thing is that the Rolux Illusion Film is that it is heavy enough to hold up the Graphic 45 Brads as jewels. I used my new Westcott Craft Knife and cut a horizontal hole in the 5 crown peaks. Insert and fold brads.

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Want to keep going? Yay!

I painted some glue in each ear and added some Raspberry Shattered Mica Flakes by Art Mechanique.

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At this point I was feeling top heavy, and you know, they eyes have it. I used Indigo Blu’s English Cottage Acrylic Paint: Vodka Martini  to outline the eyes.

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With this mask you are ready to be Queen of the Cats!

cat-mask-supersimplewithterrio-halloweenAre you ready to dress up for Halloween?

 

 

 

Halloween Blog Hop: Skeleton Hat

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

In my skeleton hat

(comical not conical!)

I am disguised.

So dancing ghosts and grinning goblins

Beware my spells!

Supplies: Skeletons from the dollar store, Ribbon, a hat from the thrift store, netting, plastic glow in the dark spiders.

Tools: Scissors, Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Instructions:

1. Cut ribbon for tie and skirt. Tie on the tie to one skeleton. Cut holes in the top of the ribbon and thread the burlap though. Tie on as a skirt to the second skeleton.

2. Knot one end of the netting and drape full part over hat so it comes down as a veil. Safety pin it on from within the hat at the back where the knot is.

3. Glue spiders on hat under and on top of netting.

4. Wrap and tie a contrasting ribbon around the brim.

5. Glue on skeletons.

4.

craft halloween Terri Ouellette

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Here’s the final installment of fabulous Halloween ideas from our creative blogging friends. Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

Over 110 creative Halloween projects and ideas for Halloween fun. #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat You are here 🙂
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Design Dazzle’s board Fabulous Halloween Ideas on Pinterest.

Thanks to all 110+ fabulous bloggers participating! We’d love for you to visit their blogs and see what else they’re up to!

 

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