D.I.Y Halloween Decor and Handmade Card with Xyron

Have you ever gone to the Dollar Store and and got disappointed with the quality of the decor?  As crafters, we have a ton of supplies and with just a little patience and imagination, you can create your own cute decorations for Halloween.  It has been awhile since I created some DIY projects so here are a couple that you can make on your own.  If you don’t have the dies that I used for my projects, you can always get stickers and other supplies from the craft store.

 

For my projects today, I am using my favorite tool, the Xyron Creative Station Lite and my favorite Xyron Mega Tape Runner with products that I already have from my stash.

 

First up, the Halloween banner.  I started by die-cutting the letters “SPOOKY” using the Large Alphabet Dies by Kat Scrappiness.  I positioned the letters and run it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite to create the sticker.  I die-cut the banner six times with some black card stock using my Lawn Fawn banner die.  I used some spider web” die-cuts that I’ve had for years and adhered them onto the banner.

 

 

 

 

Since the letters are now very sticky, they were so easy to adhere to the banner.

 

 

I used some black seam binding ribbon to create the banner and hung it on my wall.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

 

For my second project, I wanted to create some luminaries using a Spellbinder die that I have in my stash for a few months now.   I couldn’t wait to create this project.  To begin, I die-cut some black card stock and some vellum using the dies.  I added some adhesive using my Xyron Mega Tape Runner.

 

 

I adhered the vellum using the tape runner and assembled the luminary.   Since this is made entirely out of card stock, I used an LED tea light candle to illuminate this piece.  This luminary has four designs and I really LOVE how it turned out.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

 

 

Lastly, I created a handmade Halloween card to send to my best friend.  I die-cut the main card base using the LDRS Creative Build A Card – Spooky Hat with some black card stock.  I die-cut the second piece with some purple card stock and used an embossing folder to add some dimension.

 

 

I adhered the pieces using my Xyron Creative Station Lite and my Xyron Mega Tape Runner.  Here is the card:

 

 

I really LOVE how this one turned out.  Using my Xyron Creative Station Lite made it easier for me to adhere the little pieces together.  Here’s a little close-up:

 

 

I hope I have given you some great inspiration to create your own DIY decor and handmade cards.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and happy crafting!

 

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2019 Card Design Superstar with MFT Stamps – Clean & Simple

 

I hope you are all having a fabulous day.  This is my second post for today for the MFT Stamps 2019 Card Design Superstar contest!   This post is to enter the Clean & Simple category.

 

For my card below, I am showcasing the Birdie Brown Fab-BOO-lous Friends stamp set with the LLD Little Letters Die-namics.

 

I started by masking the sentiment and stamping it on some A2-size Neenah 80 lb. solar white card stock.  I also stamped the two ghosts from the BB Fab-BOO-lous stamp set and colored them in with some T1 and T0 copic markers.  I used my R00 to add some pink color to their cheeks.

 

I die-cut the letter “B” on some black card stock using the LLD Little Letters Die-namics. and adhered it right next to the ghost.  I stamped the remaining sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink and also stamped the stars using some light gray ink.

 

I adhered my foreground on some MFT Just Delightful patterned paper and added this piece on some A2-size card base.  Here’s my card:

 

 

If you guys have been following me for awhile, you know that clean & simple is not my strongest point.  This category was quite the challenge for me!  I think having this contest is amazing because it challenges us (card-makers), to go beyond our comfort zone and try something new.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  If you would like to enter the contest, please click on this link: 2019 Card Design Superstar.   The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have a great day and happy stamping!

 

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2019 Card Design Superstar with MFT Stamps – Coloring Virtuoso

 

It is that time of the year when most card-makers get nervous trying to come up with unique designs to join the MFT Stamps 2019 Card Design Superstar contest!  I have entered the last two years but never won.  There are so many amazing card-makers out there and the competition gets tougher every year.    However, I think this is a great way to interact with a lot of people and I adore MFT Stamps for giving us a chance to show off our skills.  For this post, I am entering the “Coloring Virtuoso” category.

 

For my project today, I am showcasing the Spooktacular Friends stamp set, the Tucked-In Turf die-namics and the Grassy Hills die-namics.

 

To begin, I die-cut a piece of masking paper using a circle die and masked some A2-size Bristol smooth white card stock.  I inked up this piece using some water-reactive inks.  I used my distress sprayer to spray some water on my colored background and dabbed it dry with my paper towel.

 

 

I stamped the images from the Spooktacular Friends stamp set and colored them in with my alcohol markers.  Since I didn’t have the coordinating dies for this, I used my cutter-bee scissors to fussy-cut the images.  I also colored the border on the images with some T7 Copic marker.  Since I have a night scene, I didn’t want the edges of the images to have some white border.

 

I die-cut some black card stock using the Tucked-In Turf and Grassy Hills Die-namics.  I used my blending brush and some Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink by MFT Stamps to add some texture on the grass.  Since I have a ginormous moon, I needed to make the grass look more realistic by having some light shadows.

 

 

I adhered my colored background on an A2 size card base.  I foam mounted some of the grassy hills and started assembling my card.  I stamped the tree image directly onto the foreground with some Versafine Onyx black ink.  I then used my white gel pen to add some color to the ghost.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the card with some Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some white embossing powder and heat-set this with my Wagner Heating tool.  Here’s my card:

 

 

I don’t know about you but I think one of the most difficult part about creating a night scene is to make sure that the images pop against the dark background.  This is the reason why I colored the edges with some dark marker.  I wanted them to pop against the dark background but I didn’t want the white edges to stand out either.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I hope you like my card today.   If you would like to participate and have some fun, please visit their blog post here:  2019 Card Design Superstar Contest.   The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have an amazing day and Happy stamping!

 

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Newton’s Nook Designs & Therm-O-Web Collaboration Week

 

This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Therm O Web are partnering for fabulous Fall, Halloween and Christmas inspiration! All week long both design teams will be sharing ways to use Therm O Web products with Newton’s Nook Designs stamps!  We also have  GIVEAWAY so please make sure to read at the end of this post to find out how you can WIN.

 

I went NND and TMW crazy and created three projects for you today!  I am showcasing (one of my all-time favorite stamp set from Newton’s Nook)  the Sweater Weather stamp set and its coordinating dies with the Happy Howl-Oween stamp set and coordinating dies.  I am also showcasing a LOT of products provided to us by Therm O Web, which you will be able to see if you watch my YouTube video below.  I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Therm O Web for spoiling the NND Design Team with your amazing products.

 

For my first project, I die-cut a masking paper with a circle die and masked my Bristol smooth white card stock.  I inked up my background with some distress oxide inks.  I sprayed my inked background with some water to get the oxidize effect and dabbed it with paper towel to dry.  I used the Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Newton’s Nook Cascading Stars Stencil to create the stars on my background.  I set this piece aside to dry for about 40 minutes and ran it through my laminator with some Deco Foil Ocean Blue Transfer Sheets.  I removed my mask and colored the moon a little bit with my B000 copic marker.

 

 

To create my scene for my trick-or-treaters, I used a house die from my stash and TMW Flock transfer sheets in Purple Punch, Sunshine Yellow, Black Velvet and White Latte to create my spooky house.  I also die-cut the grass using the Land Borders die set.

 

I stamped my image using the Happy Howl-Oween stamp set and colored the images in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I die-cut the image using the coordinating die.  Now that I have all of my elements, I started building up my scene.

 

 

I used a white pigment ink and a blending brush to highlight the grass.  By doing so, this gave it a more realistic effect since I have a HUGE moon shining over everything!  I finished my design by stamping the bats.  I also stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder.  I used my Wagner heating tool to heat set the sentiment.  Here’s a closer look at the card:

 

 

For my second project, I wanted to use the flock transfer sheets and my embossing folder  to create a winter scene for my critters from the Sweater Weather stamp set.  I have a process video for you for the two Christmas cards.  Here’s the first one:

 

 

For the second Christmas card, I used the Oh Christmas Tree Designer Toner Sheets , the White Latte Flock Transfer Sheet and the Gina K Designs for TMW Red Velvet Deco Foil to create a fun shaker card:

 

 

Here’s my YouTube process video:

 

I hope you like my projects today.  I would be so grateful if you could visit my YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already!  The supplies I used are listed and linked below (affiliate links may have been used for some of the items at no additional cost to you).

There are more amazing projects today over on the Therm O Web blog so pop over there for more inspiration!

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Time for prizes! Would you like to win a $25 store credit at Therm O Web or to Newton’s Nook Designs?  Both companies will be giving away a prize this week!  Visit the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and the Therm O Web Blog  to enter for a chance to win!  Have an amazing day and happy stamping!

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Halloween Card with Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin

Hello Newton’s Nook fans! It’s been super HOT here at home and I have been dreaming about sweater weather, and anything pumpkin related.  This is my inspiration for today’s card.  Although when this post actually goes live, hubby and I will be in South Africa enjoying their winter weather; at least for about a week or so!  If you follow me on instagram, you might be able to see some photos of my trip.

 

For my project today, I am showcasing Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin stamp set, and I paired it with a lot of images from Pick-A-Pumpkin with Newton’s Boo-tiful night, and my sentiment is from the Creepy Cameos stamp set.  The birch tree is from the Forest scene Builder die set and the grass is from the Land Border die set.

 

To begin, I stamped and colored my images on some Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white card stock.  This card stock is perfect for coloring with alcohol markers. I fussy-cut the images with my precision-cut scissors.

 

The background is ink-blended with different distress oxide inks.  I spritzed this with water using my distress sprayer and dabbed it with my paper towel to dry to get more texture.  I also die-cut the birch trees and the grass a couple of times with some black card stock.

 

I stamped the moon and stars from Newton’s Boo-tiful Night stamp set on my colored background with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled this with some white embossing powder, and heat-set using my Wagner heating tool.  I did the same thing for my sentiment.  I assembled the card by adhering the birch trees first, followed by the grass.  I foam-mounted some of the trees and Newton to create more dimension on my scene.

 

 

To finish my design, I stamped the black bats and added the white dots using my Sakura white gel pen.  I also adhered the spider web using liquid glue.  Here’s a closer look:

 

 

I know it’s too early to create Halloween projects since it’s only August but I love Halloween and creating Halloween cards is one of my favorite thing to do!

 

I hope you like my card today.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Thank you for stopping by and have an amazing day!  Happy stamping!

Halloween Card with Crafter’s Essentials – Fall by Kat Scrap (Process Video Included)

Hello my crafty friends! I am back today with this cute Halloween Card, showcasing the Crafter’s Essentials – Fall Die Set, Stitched Scalloped Border Dies, some Purple Jewels and Distress Oxide inks.

 

I have a video tutorial for you today (link below) so I will keep this blog post short.  Here’s my card:

 

 

I love the “evening sky” colors I blended using my distress oxide inks.  I didn’t want to use the typical orange and black for Halloween.   Here’s a little close-up:

 

 

Don’t you just LOVE the stitching details to the die-cuts?  Also love the Purple Jewels.  It just adds a little more oomph to the overall card design.

 

 

Here’s my step-by-step video tutorial:

 

 

I hope you like my project today.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order at the shop.  It is also the last day of the Halloween Sale and prices are already discounted.  Happy crafting!

 

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I’ll Always Be Your Angel with Kindred Stamps

Hello Kindred fans!  Are you still swooning over the August stamp release or just in-love with everything that Kindred stamps has to offer?  To be honest, the stamp set that I used for this card is probably one of my top five favorites by Kindred.

 

For today’s project, I am showcasing the Slay stamp set.  I can’t even begin to express how much I LOVE this set.  When this stamp set was released in July, I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t assigned to me but of course there’s no stopping me from ordering this set.  I sent a couple of messages to Audra to reserve this stamp for me because I just NEED this in my life, haha!

 

I started out by stamping my images on some Copic friendly paper and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I had to color my Vampire with different gray inks to give him dimension because I knew that I was going to create a night scene and the background will mostly be black.   I fuzzy-cut my images using my precision cut scissors.

 

 

I cut an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock, and inked it up with my Distress Oxide inks –> Black Soot, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans.  To add the stars in the sky, I used my Copic white paint and added some water, then used my watercolor brush to splatter it onto my colored background.  I also die-cut the other elements I needed to create my scene.

 

 

I adhered the die-cuts onto my colored background and added the big hill, then adhered this piece on my card base.  I used my powder tool to get rid of some static and stamped my sentiment onto the card with some white embossing powder and heat-set it with my heating tool.  I adhered my stamped images onto the card.  To finish the design, I used my black glazed pen to give the eye a little more dimension.

 

 

I really love that even though the background is quite busy, the images just managed to stand out!  Here’s a little close-up:

 

 

I just simply adore the stamp set.  It is definitely in my top five favorites by Kindred stamps.

 

 

What do you think?  I hope you like my card today and got inspired.  Please visit Kindred Stamps to purchase this stamp set.  I hope you have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

 

Happy Meow-oween & Pawsome Birthday

Hello Newton’s Nook fans!  Are you ready for more inspiration from last week’s August release?  For today’s projects, I am showcasing a LOT of Newton’s Nook products.   I’m featuring the Halloween Trio stamp set and coordinating dies, Fabulous Frenchies stamp set and coordinating dies, with an older stamp set Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin. I also used the Land Border Dies, Sky Border dies with the Framework die set.

For my first card, I inked up my background with distress oxide inks —> Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber to create my night sky.  I sprayed it with water using my distress sprayer and dabbed it with my paper towel.

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I stamped my image on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.  I die-cut the grass with the land borders die on some black card stock, as well as the picket fence and the clouds, using the Sky Border dies.  I adhered the die-cuts and the images on my colored background.

To finish my design I added the pumpkins, spider web and the spider with the black bats using the Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin stamp set.  I also stamped the sentiment with versa mark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

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Here’s the Happy Meow-oween card!

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I added some white details to the pumpkins and the noses of the critters.

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For my second card, I stamped my images on some white card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images with the coordinating dies.

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I die-cut an A2 size smooth white card stock and dry-embossed it with the biggest die using the Framework die set.  I cut the window using the smallest die of the same set.  I covered the window with acetate and also added my foam adhesive to create the well for my shaker card.  I used some white and purple star confetti as my shaker element and adhered this piece on my card base.

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I inked up the bottom of my card front with some Antique Linen distress oxide ink and adhered my little Frenchies on my card.  I also adhered the balloon and stamped my sentiment onto the card.

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To finish my design I added glossy accents to the balloon and the little Frenchies to make their noses pop.

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I hope you like my projects today.  If you haven’t checked out the August stamp, dies and stencil release please visit Newton’s Nook Designs.  The products I used are also listed and linked below.  Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

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Trick or Treat Card with Kat Scrappiness

I know it’s only August but I like working on my Halloween cards as early as possible as I make quite a few of them to send to friends.  For my card today I am showcasing the Stitched Scalloped Collage Frame Die, the Lawn Fawn Halloween set and the new Gold Jewels mix and 3mm Transparent Neon yellow Solid Star Confetti mix.

I started out by stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock and colored them in with my alcohol markers.  Since I don’t have the coordinating dies for my images I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to die-cut them.  I also die-cut the Stitched Scalloped Collage Frame die with some black card stock and used my foam adhesive to create my little well for my shaker card.

I assembled my shaker card and stamped my sentiment on some orange card stock using the banner die that is included in the Crafter’s Essentials 1 die set.  This die-set is probably one of my all-time favorite dies to use for my projects.

Here’s my card:

I didn’t use the traditional orange and black sequins because I felt that it would have overwhelmed the whole card design.

I love how this card turned out.  The new Gold Jewels mix is beautiful!  Here’s another look:

Before I end this post, I wanted to let you guys know that Kat Scrappiness is having a 20% off sale on all Neat & Tangled products, using coupon code “NEAT20” and this is only valid until August 19, 2018.

I hope you guys got inspired today.  Please use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order.  Remember, you cannot combine this coupon code with other sales in the shop.  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  Happy crafting!

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