Happy Halloween!

I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween this year!  I hope your evening is fill with fun and yummy treats!

Here is my Halloween card treat:

Happy Halloween!

If you are curious, I created the spider by punching out a 1″ circle in Basic Black and then used the Curly Label punch to punch out the legs (you just slide the edge of the paper just barely into the punch to create the thin legs).  The mummy is just wrapping some ribbon around a Basic Black square and then adding white gel pen eyes.  And the pumpkin is the 1″ circle punch again only I cut out 3 and layered them so that two overlapped and then the center pumpkin covered up the overlap.  Add a bit of chocolate chip cardstock for a stem and you’re done!

Card Recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black marker
Paper: Dusty Durango CS, Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Rich Razzleberry CS, Wicked Fun DSP
Accessories: sm Scallop Square punch, Curly Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Square punch, Small oval punch, Word Window punch, White gel pen, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Last Chance to Enter for a $50 Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate

Well, the board is almost full and so that mean I will be drawing shortly for one lucky person to get a $50 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree! So, this is the last call for entries into the drawing.

How do you enter?

1.  For every increment of $25 you order (on a single order) you get a space on the board.

2.  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and get three free spaces on the board.
Not to mention the free craft tote and the free Eat Chocolate stamp set that is available through the Stampin’ Up promotion until Nov 7th!  (see promotion details here)

I expect these spots to fill up in the next day or two so let me know if you want to claim them as yours!

    Day of Gratitude Thank You

    Yesterday I shared a thank you card I made for a future hostess with some fun punching with the new Decorative Label punch.  Well, today, I thought I would share another card along the same lines.  Well, I was on a roll with the decorative label punch and so after playing a bit came up with this card for my friend to thank her for hosting a workshop with me.

    Day of Gratitude Thank You (1280x1207)For this card, the Thank You sentiment is punched out using the Decorative Label punch.  I turned the punch vertically (so it was tall and narrow) and punched out the Thank You at the top of the punchout shape.  Then I pulled the end of the punchout (the part with the stamped image) through the middle of the back of the punch so that it wouldn’t get cut again, and slid it down so the Thank You sentiment was just above the bottom of the punch opening and cut it out.  Again, I know that can be hard to visualize so I will try to get a photo explanation out soon.

    I also punched the corners of the card with the same Decorative label punch to get the curved and indented corners.  Love it!

    Did you know you can get this punch along with the matching Tags til Christmas stamp set as a bundle for 20% off?  Check it out!

    Card Recipe: 
    Stamps:  Day of Gratitude
    Ink:  Garden Green, Old Olive marker, Poppy Parade marker, Peach Parfait marker, Chocolate chip marker and ink pad
    Paper:  Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Autumn Spice DSP
    Accessories:  Decorative Label punch, Adhesive back pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

    A Curly Cute Thank You

    Well, guess what?  My camera battery died and I don’t have my charger with me.  Sigh.  Thankfully my cell phone takes decent pictures and so i was able to get a couple reasonable shots to last me until i can get my battery charged.

    I wanted to share this card with you because of the fun punchout I created.  This is a thank you card for a friend who is going to be hosting a workshop with me in a couple weeks.  I had been playing around with my new Day of Gratitude stamp set from the regional and my Designer label punch and ended up with the punched flower below.

    Curly cute Thank You I made the flower by punching out the flower with it in the center of the designer label punch.  Then i took that punch out and slid it back into the punch so that one end of the punched out shape was in the punch and the other end was pulled up through the opening in the back so that when I squeezed the punch, only half of the paper would be cut.  I then repeated that again on the other side. 

    i know that is totally confusing 🙂 so, i’ll try to take some photos when my camera is working again to show you what I mean.  But I have to say, this punch is awesome for playing around with different punch shapes.

    Thank You Recipe:
    Curly Cute, Day of Gratitude
    Ink:  Concord Crush marker, Old Olive marker, Poppy Parade marker, Blushing Bride marker
    Paper:  Elegant Eggplant CS, Whisper White CS, Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede CS 
    Stampin’ Dimensionals

    More Stampin’ Up! Portland Regionals Display Boards

    I got some photos taken but then got so busy finishing prepping for my friend Jenny’s workshop tomorrow that I didn’t get them edited in time to post today.  So, here are a couple more display boards to keep you inspired.


    Stampin’ Up! Regionals Display Boards

    Since I’m still working on getting photos of some of the fabulous swaps I received at the regional on Friday, I thought I would share with you a couple of the display boards that I was able to photograph.  Hopefully these photos are clear enough that when you click on them to enlarge you can see the detail on the cards. 

    I’m always so impressed with the samples displayed at Stampin’ Up! events and then even more so when I realize that most of the cards and projects displayed are actually created by fellow demonstrators and not just the artists at SU headquarters!

    So, here is some inspiration for you:

    SU Regional display board 1

     SU Regional Display Board 2

    Stampin’ Up! Regionals and Free Sneak Peek Stamp Set – Eat Chocolate

    Man, yesterday was the Stampin’ Up! regional seminar in Portland, OR and I attended with my mom and my friend Sue.  I flew into town late Thursday night with the hubby and Nicholas.  I was very behind on getting ready and ended up not making swaps until 12:30am the morning of regionals.  I ended up getting too tired and so I took my last few pieces and raced to finish my swaps before everything started. 

    Imagine my surprise when I heard “is this the last minute finishing of swaps?” and I started to respond and looked up to see the speaker was none other than Shelli Gardner herself!  So, of course I had to get a picture (and how does she always take a perfect picture and I always look just a little goofy?)  Anyway, this is me, Shelli, and my friend Sue.

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    That was super cool to chat with Shelli before things got started (we were actually on the path between the stage and the staff table so she stopped and chatted with us a couple times.  She is a really cool lady).

    I have tons of cards and techniques to share with you over the next many blog posts but today I wanted to share with you the AWESOME recruit promotions that Stampin’ Up! is offering for anyone signing up to be a demonstrator in the next two weeks.

    Super Awesome Bonuses for Joining My Stampin’ Up! Team

    If you have ever thought of turning your crafting hobby into a business or getting a
    20%+ discount on all your stamping supplies, now is the perfect time to join.  As if the amazing deal that the starter kit is wasn’t enough,  Stampin’ Up! has provided some extra bonuses for anyone who joins the team of a demo who attended a regional event.

    So, between now and November 7th, checkout everything you get for the $175 starter kit price (almost $400 value!)

    • 4 stamp sets
    • 1 stampin’ around wheel
    • 1 clear block
    • Pack of designer series paper
    • 2 packages of cardstock
    • Ribbon
    • 5 ink pads
    • 2 markers
    • ink refill
    • Snail adhesive
    • Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub stamp cleaner
    • A decor element item
    • Stampin’ Around ink cartridge
    • Stampin’ Around handle
    • Blender Pen
    • Sponge
    • Stampin’ foam Dimensionals
    • Decor elements applicator tool
    • Business tools
    • BONUS  Craft Tote
    • BONUS – Sneak Preview Stamp Set called Eat Chocolate

    Interested in learning more about this opportunity?  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’d be happy to send you more information.

    So, you get all of this:

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    I can’t show you the Eat Chocolate stamp set, but I can share with you these samples:

    Eat Chocolate 1 (648x800)

    Eat Chocolate 2 (800x615)

    Eat Chocolate 3 (465x800)

    Stampin’ Up! Regionals today!

    I don’t have a project share today but that is because I’m about to head to the Stampin’ Up! regional seminar in Portland, OR!  I’ve been up late trying to get my swaps wrapped up but haven’t had a chance to photograph them yet.  I can say that I think this will be one of the cards in my holiday card stamp-a-stacks that I’m holding Oct 29th and Nov 20th in Mountain View, CA.  I am super excited to be going to Regionals and can’t wait to get back online this weekend to share what I learned and the fabulous swaps and make & takes I got while I was there.  I’ll try to get a post up tonight with the first bits I can get photographed. 

    Until then, Happy Stamping!

    Square Card Challenge – LNS challenge #92

    I earned the hostess set Northern Hearts recently and was excited that it matched my Northern Trim letterpress die.  So, its funny that the first card I created with it ended up having nothing to do with the matching die, even though I had finished scraps from the right die lying around.  Oh well, this let me play with my other item I just had to have, but hadn’t used yet – the big buttons from the holiday mini.

    I used markers to color the stamp set and then added one of the biggest buttons in the pack!

    I can’t decide if this is a Christmas/holiday card or not.  What do you think?  Would you send this as a Christmas card?

    Northern Heart Birds Recipe:
    Northern Hearts
    Ink: Cherry Cobbler marker, Pear Pizzazz marker, Blushing Bride marker
    Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Very Vanilla CS, Greenhouse Gala dsp
    Accessories: Paper piercer, Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons

    Halloween Letterpress Card

    When I was first playing with my letterpress plates and trying out different inks and paper, I ended up with extra pieces as samples.  This Trick or Treat was one of the pieces I made using Confetti White paper and classic Pumpkin Pie ink.  It turned out pretty well, so I had set it aside to use later.  Then, I also had this card base I made using Basic Black paper and torn Old Olive cardstock originally for a punch art card that ended up going a different direction, and so I had that lying around too.  So, put them together and add a fun halloween pumpkin and this is what turned out:

    Punching the pumpkin –

    I also had to get a little creative with the pumpkin.  I didn’t have oval punches, which is what I would normally use, but I did have a 1-1/4” circle punch available.  So, I punched out three full circles from some Tangerine Tango cardstock.  I then slid one of the circles back into the punch so I could punch again, trimming off one side of the circle to make an oval like shape.  Now, I did this by sliding the circle in and tapping the side of the punch to shift it into place – the complete pain in the tush method.  If I were to do this again, I would either stick my circle to the back of a post-it note or use dotto to temporarily adhere the pumpkin to a piece of computer paper so that I had a bigger piece of paper to hold when trying to control how much of the circle I was trimming.

    To finish the pumpkin, I sponged the edges of the circles with Chocolate Chip ink,.  Then overlap two of the circles and adhere together.  Adhere the trimmed circle/”oval” on top of the two circles.  Cut a strip of Old Olive CS and adhere to the back of the pumpkin you just created for a stem.

    Trick or Treat Recipe:
    Pumpkin Pie classic ink, Chocolate Chip classic ink
    Paper: Basic Black CS, Confetti White CS, Tangerine Tango CS, Old Olive CS
    Accessories: Trick or Treat letterpress die, 1-1/4″ circle punch, sponge, paper piercer, Ice Rhinestone brads