Family Time!

Spending time with family is everything, isn’t it?  I returned a few days ago from a fun trip to Palm Springs with my daughters and grandchildren.  Several years ago we started the tradition of going on a mini vacation together and we called it our Girls Weekend.  This year we included my grandson and next year, we want the guys to join us too! It’s time for a new name!


The day we left was a busy one.  I was running around getting things done and I ran right into the highchair.  Since I’ve retired from teaching, I tend to go barefoot or wear sandals.  Not such a great idea.  I hit my toe and oh. my. gosh!  Painful!  I wish I could say this is the first time I’ve run into something with my foot but it isn’t.  My toe and the top of my foot are an ugly shade of black and blue.  It’s pretty sore to walk on and made our trip a bit more challenging but we still managed to have lots of fun!

Before we left for our trip, I made a quick card.  I saw the Striped Inlay technique on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and  I tried my hand at it with Stampin’ Up! products.


She did her card with solid cardstock (I’m trying that next) but I used our Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I cut the paper into different sized strips, no need to make them all the exact same size.  Then I used a non Stampin’ Up! product called Stick It.  It’s a full sized sheet of paper with adhesive (you certainly could use our Multipurpose glue).  I attached the full sheet of Stick It to our grid paper and then cut it down to a smaller size.  It was easy to then add the strips of paper, making sure to get them nice and close to each other.  After they’re all adhered to the paper, turn the piece over and just snip off all the excess paper!

This may be hard to see but I didn’t glue the word happy onto the top of the strips.  I actually cut the word out of the striped piece and made sure to save all of the little pieces too (inside each of the letters).  I cut another “happy” out of Whisper White cardstock.  I added another little strip of the Stick It adhesive on the back of my background so that I could then put the white “happy” into the space that was created in my striped background.  I carefully added all of the little pieces inside the letters.

I embossed the word Halloween using the stamp set Spooky Fun.  The word Happy is also part of the sentiment but I trimmed my paper so that it wouldn’t show.

I already have solid cardstock cut so that I can give this technique another try!  If you also try it, email me your creation!  I’d love to see it!

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Treat Bag Using Stampin’ Up! Halloween Night Paper



Welcome to Day 6 of my Treat Packaging Series! I’ve shown many designs in the Halloween Night Speciality Paper Pack and my project today shows one more.  There’s so much versatility in this one package of paper!

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make my bag!  I personally think that it can be somewhat confusing when you first use the board, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so quick and easy to make a bag.  Honest!


Below you’ll find the Stampin’ Up! video showing how to use it, which I watched the other day to refresh my memory. You can make boxes of many different sizes but for my project I used a 6″ x 12″ piece of paper  (you’ll use the “L” on the punch board).  The sides of the bag are each 2″ and it’s 4-3/4″ tall.  If you’ll notice in the picture above, you can add holes to the stop of the bag and then insert ribbon through them to tie it together.  I chose not to add the holes.  You can see one where I did add ribbon HERE.

If the video seems confusing, it helps to know that you are creating two sides, the front and back.  The sides have the same directions as well as the front and back.  You are just repeating the directions.  Once you get the hang of it, within a few minutes, you’ll wonder why it seemed confusing.  Trust me.

Once you finish using the Gift Bag Punch Board, your paper will look like this.  There’s a horizontal score line right below the indentations. When you fold on that score line, it will create the bottom of the box.


The next step will be to cut away the flap shown below.


Here are the last cuts before you start to put your box together.  The purpose of these cuts is so that your box will fold up easily.


You’ll find a list of all the supplies I used down below.  I’ve included the bundle for the Spooky Fun stamp set and the Halloween Edgelits because you’ll save 10% if you purchase them together.

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Treat Packaging Day 2


It’s Day 2 of my Week of Treat Packaging!  Today I’ve wrapped up some Ghirardelli chocolates in our Gusseted Cellophane Bags.  I have 6 inside each bag but you could definitely add more! The bags can be found in the Annual catalog and are new this year.  They are food safe so you can also use candy that isn’t wrapped up.  If you’d like to give a non-food treat, a gift card would fit nicely inside as well.

I used a piece of Halloween Night DSP  that measures 2-7/8″ x 8-3/4″ scored @ 1″ and 3″  The paper slips into the gusseted bag and the weight of the candy will make it stand up.  I didn’t score the top part of the paper, but the extra gets folded over the top.  I stapled the bag shut with our handheld stapler which comes with mini staples that are just 3/8″ long. Since the staple is holding the bag shut, it isn’t necessary to use the clip but I thought it was cute.  Plus, once the recipient opens the bag, it can then be closed using the clip.

Aren’t the scarecrows adorable???  They are from the set Cookie Cutter Halloween and the bats on my project yesterday also came from this set.  I had fun coloring them in with colored pencils.  If you are considering purchasing this stamp set and the matching punch, please be aware that the punch is part of a bundle that includes the stamp set Cookie Cutter Christmas  AND this punch also works with the stamp set I’ve used today, Cookie Cutter Halloween (I hope that isn’t too confusing).

Both of my sentiments come from the stamp set Spooky Fun.  This stamp set can also be purchased as a bundle which includes the stamp set and the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies.  All of items in our bundles CAN be purchased separately but I wanted you to be aware of the options!

All of the products I used for my projects today are listed in the product list below.  By clicking any of the pictures, you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up! online store.

Below the project list, you will find the bundles that I’ve mentioned above.

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Please note:  I forgot to include that I also used the Project Life Cards and Labels Framlelits.  You can find a picture of this product below.

Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits #135707

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