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The Unity Stamp Company released this adorable “Ghostly Bat Ensemble” stamp set that I had the perfect patterned paper to serve as a background. Today is the first day of Fall 2023 and I was inspired to start making for the spooky season.

For starters, I grabbed a gorgeous piece of patterned paper from the Whimsy Stamps “BOOkeh” designer paper pack… sort of a candy corn color theme happening – too cute – and cut it to be 4” x 5-1/4” using the Trinity Stamps “Modern Embossed Rectangle Stack” dies. I also used this die set to cut an A2 sized piece of black cardstock to frame my decorative panel on the card base.

Next, I stamped the ghost stamp from the Unity Stamp Company “Ghostly Bat Ensemble” onto a piece of white cardstock using VersaMark watermark ink and added a layer of Brutus Monroe Raven Sparkle Embossing Powder and melted the embossing powder with the heat gun. I used Prima Marketing “Shimmering Lights” watercolor paints (Chandelier and Antique) to paint the ghost image to give it a pearlescent finish and used the Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the image for me.

I stamped the “Trick or Treat” image from the same stamp set onto the upper right of my BOOkeh card panel using StazOn Jet Black ink since the patterned paper has a bit of a shiny finish and I wanted to ensure the ink wasn’t going to smear. I added Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares to the back side of my ghost and adhered it to the card front. I found some This Calls for Confetti “The Autumn Leaves” sequins in my embellishment stash and glued a few of those cascading across the panel.

Lastly, I adhered the decorated panel to the A2 black cardstock panel using Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape and used Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium to glue the card front to the card base… DONE! This was a quick and easy card but was so much fun to make. Until next time… Happy Making!

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For this birthday card, I’m using some supplies that were already in my stash from My Favorite Things (MFT) and Mama Elephant that I just didn’t think I showed enough love to during their initial release.

I started this project by cutting a piece of diagonal striped patterned paper from the My Favorite Things “Time to Celebrate” paper pad and trimmed it to measure 5” x 5”. I took the paper and cut a hole in the center using a circle die from the Hero Arts “Nested Circle Infinity Dies. For the decorative trim for the circular hole, I used the “Nested Decorative Circles” dies (the middle sized one that looks rainbow-ish) from and a piece of black cardstock, then glued this trim piece to what will be my card front.

Using a scrap piece of white cardstock and the hamster with balloons stamp from Mama Elephant’s “Celebration Hamsters” stamp set, I stamped and used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to color the balloons in colors that closely resembled the stripes of the MFT paper for the card front, as well as colored in the little hamster. I also stamped a sentiment from MFT’s “Itty Bitty Celebrations” onto white cardstock, used Simon Says Stamp Black Ultra Fine Embossing Powder, and heat set the birthday greeting. When the heat embossing cooled, I cut out the sentiment using Avery Elle’s “Simple Sentiment” dies.

Since this card was going to be a shaker, I cut a piece of acetate and glued it to the back side of the hole in the card front and added strips of foam tape around the edges of the card front and around the edges of the hole in the middle. I filled the well (the center of the cardstock that is covered with acetate and surrounded by foam tape) with a few different types of clay bits I had in my stash and carefully placed this aside so I could work on the card base.

For the card base, I cut a piece of 110# cardstock to measure 10” x 5” and scored it on the long measurement at five inches. I used another piece of patterned paper from the MFT “Time to Celebrate” paper pad and glued it to the front side of the card base. Next, I carefully removed the backing from all the foam tape and adhered the card base to the shaker card front. WHEW!! That part is always sketchy for me!

Now for final assembly. I added Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares to the back of the sentiment strip and hamster with balloons image and adhered those to the card front.

My final touch was adding Pink & Main “Musical” enamel dots in random places on the card front for some additional interest. Project complete!

I hope you enjoyed the card. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me - I appreciate you doing so!

Until next time…

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I purchased this adorable Gerda Steiner stamp set when it was released, but only now am I getting the opportunity to use it. Shame on me!

I began creating this card by using Waffle Flower's "Confetti Foil Plate" and the Gemini Foil Press along with Spellbinder's "Rainbow" foil to hot foil the metallic-looking confetti on the base panel for the card. I trimmed this panel to be 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". Next, I cut two more cardstock panels - one from turquoise cardstock and the other from white Canson Bristol Smooth cardstock.

My next step was to stamp the images I wanted to use on the card front from Gerda Steiner's "Birthday Bear" stamp set using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink pad onto the Bristol Smooth cardstock. I colored the images using a combination of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, Karin Star Sparks DecoGel pens and Sakura Glaze pens. Once the gel pens dried, I cut out the image using the Brother Scan 'N Cut and attached it to the card front using Spellbinders White Foam Squares.

I attached the stamped card panel to the turquoise panel, followed by adhering those two to the hot foiled panel, then glued all the panels to an A2 size top folding card base. My last task was to add some Pink & Main "Floral Pumpkin Sparkle Dots" to random locations on the decorated panel for a touch a magic.

Thanks again for stopping by to check out my card... I appreciate you doing so!

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