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Make a Halloween Boo Card from Paper Scraps

Make a Halloween Boo Card from Paper Scraps

Remember the spooky Hallowe’en sampler? – today I want to show you how to make a Hallowe’en boo card from paper scraps we had left over. It fits with our Keep It Simple Sunday theme since I put this together in about 5 minutes!

make a Hallowe'en boo card from paper scraps

How cute is that? Don’t you just LOVE when the unexpected happens? I’m not sure what I like the best…that I made it out of scraps that were in the garbage can, that I used more of my Spooky Night designer series paper, or that the google eyes fit perfectly inside the word! Maybe it’s all three together. No matter, I’m thrilled!

Normally I love the feeling I get when I organize, pitch and purge. Don’t need it? Throw it out or donate to someone who does. Haven’t used it in months? Say bye-bye. Buuuuut, with results like this, I just might need to rethink that! Are you like that too? Sure, we can’t keep EVERY SINGLE little scrap of paper or length of unused ribbon, but perhaps we need to dumpster dive every so often!

make a Hallowe'en boo card from paper scraps

So how can you create a card just like this? Here are the steps:


  • Coloured glimmer paper 2 1/2” x 4” (see my video tutorial to create your own coloured glimmer paper)
  • Basic Black cardstock 3” x 4 1/2”
  • Spooky Night designer series paper 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Pumpkin Pie card base 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”


  1. If you don’t already had a BOO cut out like I did, run your glimmer paper through the Big Shot with the Large Letters framelit (TIP1: use washi tape to hold it straight as you are cutting. TIP2: you will need to run it twice to get the second O cut).
  2. Glue glimmer paper to Basic Black, then to patterned paper then to Whisper White.
  3. Stamp eyes with Whisper White craft ink inside letters and let dry a few minutes (or heat it with your heat tool).
  4. Tie ribbon around bottom edge and knot at left.
  5. Attach to card front with dimensionals.
If you want to make a Hallowe’en BOO card from paper scraps, here are the supplies you need. Simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store to purchase whatever you need.

make a Hallowe'en boo card from paper scraps

The next time your hand is headed toward the trash with what you THINK isn’t worth saving, put the brakes on. Turn it around, look at it upside down, squint. Think there’s another way you can use it? If not, pitch it. But maybe, just maybe you might be able to make a Hallowe’en BOO card from paper scraps – or something equally as creative – with hardly any effort at all!


DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

DIY Cutest Hallowe’en Notecards Set

You’re going to love this DIY cutest Hallowe’en notecards set today! I think 3” x 3” cards are such fun to make – and receive! With so many ways to package them up, today I wanted to feature the new Mini Pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalogue. So easy to make a neat gift for a special friend, you’ll be crafting a few sets in no time! Here’s your gift all boxed up!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This Spooky Night designer series paper made the box front so simple! It’s a 3” design on one of the sheets. With 16 on one sheet it’s quick to make multiples! While I spent a little longer on mine – the branches are cut out – you certainly don’t have to to have fabulous results.

Many people are surprised at how sturdy the pizza boxes are. They easily handle these notecards, but would also be perfect for homemade goodies, Hallowe’en treats and Christmas morsels. At $1 each, the make wonderfully different gift holders.

I gave my screech owl a pair of spooky black rhinestone eyes and perched him directly on the branch. I added some splatters too with my toothbrush dipped in my Tuxedo black stamp pad.  And I actually liked the look of the stamped words on my tag.  The Memnto ink pad is a linen finish, not foam like the Classic stamp pads, so I picked up the imprint when I stamped.  (Normally I would reink it a few times to I didn’t get the lines, but here I thought it added to the spookiness!)

diy cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

There’s tons of variety in the four notecards I built. So you can make a full set, just a card or two or multiples of one style. Here’s all of them at once so you can pick your favourite!
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set
DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

I admit there are a LOT of supplies in this DIY cutest notecards set. But take a look how your simple framelit shapes can perk these up. How many different ones do you see? How about the layering circles and squares AND stitched shapes…well, and the large letters too 😬! It’s hard for me to decide which is my go-to shape.  I guess if I had to walk the plank, I’d say the circles…buuuut, those squares make super little frames too!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

My cat punch has been working overtime! You saw him in my simple Hallowe’en card a couple weeks ago. He’s so quick and easy to make a super card. Stamp, punch and adhere!

What’s the trick for the frames? Cut out a large stitched frame lit square with your Big Shot (one in black, one in Pumpkin Pie). Then position the next sized square inside the square and run through the Big Shot again…TIP: save this square and use them on your other cards like I did with this one!

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

This one shows more of the designer paper. One half inch strip down the side, then I fussy cut the two pumpkins and words. The mini sequins gave it a sparkly lift.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Can you see the cutout of the second black frame from the first card? It grounds the two circles and banner and picks up the jack-o-lantern’s happy grin.

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

To be honest, I couldn’t live without my letters. I made these orange ones using my technique for colouring glimmer paper. See it here! Washi tape adds a fun bottom border and the three black rhinestones adds some quirkiness.

Yes my list of supplies is LONG…however I’ll bet most are staples in your stack of supplies. If you need to add a few, a simple click will get them on their way to you.

Want to see the whole set?

DIY cutest Hallowe'en notecards set

Small gifts like these are sure to be a hit with your buds. Create a variety, or select one style and make multiples. Whichever you decide, they’ll love to receive their DIY cutest notecards set – and will have fun sending them out to their besties.


How to Make an Easy Shadow Image

How to Make an Easy Shadow Image

In my Keep It Simple Sunday project today, I show you how to make an easy shadow image. With Hallowe’en just around the corner, you might be thinking about sending a few greetings. And you might live in Canada – and Thanksgiving is next weekend, so where will you find the time? This card is simple, fast and cute…three qualities I love when I’m busy!

how to make an easy shadow image

See his shadow?  Just a sliver, but it really adds to the card.  I have to say, hummed and hawed about getting the cat punch when it first came out in September. But being a Hallowe’en junkie, and seeing it was in a bundle (at 10% off!) with the super Spooky Cat set, I picked it up.  I’m sure glad I did – I’ve used it quite a bit for Hallowe’en projects.

Like I did with my Spooky Cat Hershey’s Kiss Treat holder. Super adorable, and made in under 5 minutes! Just like my card today.

how to make an easy shadow image

So what makes it so quick? How about:

  • One colour stamping – even though I’ve just used plain black on white stamping, this wordy cat image needs no further embellishment. The contrast, especially against the bright Tangerine Tango card base is eye-catching.
  • A punch – What I consider one of the fastest ways to make a card.
  • Washi tape – one that has enough width and a bold image doesn’t get lost at all on this card.
  • Black rhinestones – just a simple little touch that adds a touch of whimsy to your card, taking it up one little notch.

how to make an easy shadow image

So, how to make and easy shadow image? It’s as simple as punching your shape two times, once for your focal point, and the second time in black (or another dark colour). Then offset the darker punch a teeny bit to the left, as I did, or to the right. It immediately looks like the cat has the sun shining on him and is outlined by a shadow. A very quick little trick to add depth to your paper crafting.

This technique works wonderfully for die cut words too. See how I used it here for super impact.


  • Tangerine Tango card base, cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Scraps of Basic Black and Thick Whisper White at least 2 1/2” square
  • Pick a Pattern Washi tape
  • Black Rhinestones


  1. Stamp cat image in Memento black ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock
  2. Punch out with cat punch
  3. Punch a second cat in Basic Black cardstock and glue together, offsetting as described earlier
  4. Run a strip of washi tape along bottom edge of folded card and trim ends
  5. Adhere cat with dimensionals
  6. Attach three Black rhinestones

Need supplies to make this card yourself? Here’s everything I used:

Let’s take one last look.

how to make an easy shadow image

We often, me included, get so wrapped up in the latest thinlit, decorations and ribbons, we spend hours creating a gorgeous card. Only one card!

Well, one of the things I’m enjoying about my Keep It Simple Sunday feature is it forces me to think much simpler. How can I create something that’s easy to duplicate, takes only minutes to make, and uses minimal supplies? Believe it or not, this is harder than I thought! But when I can show you something cute and simple like how to make an easy shadow image like this one, it’s been a great day!


Trio of Treats! with Stampin’ Up! Specialty Designer Series Paper

I’ve been busy designing some treat holders today for the Hallowe’en munchkins soon to be calling at our door.  These are fun and easy to create using bags, boxes and Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

trio-of-treatsWith a focus on the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP), quickly create treats any costumed bell ringer will love.  Here I have candy corn and wrapped Costco dark chocolates to share.

I’ll give you each of the recipes to make your own.

Cheerful Tag Treat Bag
trio-of-treats-tag-bagAll my Open House attendees will remember these treats!  I had some for fall, some for Hallowe’en (here) and some for Christmas.  I used the Cheerful Tags framelits from the Holiday Catalogue to create the bag topper.  Here’s the recipe:

  • cut out your framelit in Basic Black card stock and fold along score line
  • cut out the top half of the frame lit again with a piece of Halloween Night SDSP and adhere over top
  • stamp greeting from Spooky Fun set in Basic Black on Pumpkin Pie card stock and cut out with Halloween Edgelits; adhere to upper front of topper
  • fill cello bag with candy, fold down top and staple to the back tag piece only
  • hold the tag front and back together and wrap Halloween Night Bakers Twine three times and tie in a bow
  • punch hole in top and knot piece of Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon

Clear Tiny Treat Boxtrio-of-treats-box

This is my first time using the Clear Tiny Treat boxes from the Annual Catalogue.  Aren’t they sweet?  And they were a snap to put together too!  Here’s how I did it!

  • while box is still flat, stamp images from the Sweet Home and Spooky Fun set with Jet Black StazOn ink on all four sides
    • HINT: very carefully place your stamp on the plastic as it is a bit slippery, hold for a few seconds and lift slowly up – the Staz On will dry quickly
    • Another HINT: DO NOT use Staz On cleaner to clean the photopolymer stamp as it will eventually eat away the photopolymer – the ink will stain the stamp but it will not transfer to other projects after
  • fold box together then fill with treats and close lid
  • place two pieces of Tear & Tape on the top of the box (about 1″ long each)
  • centre your box over a 1″ x 12″ piece of Halloween Night Speciality DSP and fold up along sides to meet in the middle on the top of the box
  • create a fold in your SDSP and press down onto the Tear & Tape (there will be a little strip left standing up from both ends – that’s great)
  • use a slim cylindrical shape (I used a paintbrush) to roll the top SDSP paper around.  It will hold the curly shape after you you remove the cylinder


Here’s a better view of the side and top.  See how you get the backside of the brick paper when you curl down the top?  Neat huh?

Wrapped Chocolate Treats,trio-of-treat-chocolates-side

This a a super quick way to dress up some mini chocolates (these ones came from Costco).  And BONUS: you can use u,,,p some of your smaller scraps of SDSP!  Here’s how you can make them!

  • cut your SDSP to 1 3/8″ x 3″ in your choice of designs
  • wrap your strip around the chocolate so the ends will overlap in the middle back
  • allow the paper to relax open then affix a piece of Tear & Tape along one short end (I put it along the top end)
  • fold together again and stick together
  • on one (or several) chocolate, I wrapped a piece of washi tape for added interest
  • insert chocolates into 1″x8″ cello bag


The finishing touches at the top are simple to create too!

  • stamp your greeting in Pumpkin Pie ink on a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ piece of Whisper White
  • tear a piece of washi tape and place along bottom, wrapping the ends around the back
  • cut a piece of Old Olive card stock to 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • hold pieces of card stock together and punch a 1/8″ hole in top left (I do not have mine glued together as I wanted them to move around)
  • I used both colours of Hallowe’en Night Bakers twine to tie the cello bag closed with a knot
  • thread the twine through the hole in the card stock and tie a bow
  • stick on three different colours of Hallowe’en Night enamel dots


Who would’t like to get a treat decked out like this?

To find out more details on the items I used or to purchase any of the supplies I used to create these treats, just click any of the images below to go to my online shop. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have too.  Just contact me here.


Hope you enjoyed these treats.  Let me know which one was YOUR favourite in the comments below.

Don’t forget the World Card Making specials only on until October 5th!  Contact me by the 5th if there’s anything you would love to have!  Don’t know what the specials are?  Just click on the image to the left to see what the deals are!

‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’


A Spooky Treat Bag!

Hallowe’en’s just over a month away!  Now is the perfect time to start planning your goodie bags for your little trick or treaters!  Mine showcases the Jar of Haunts set, snazzed up with some Hallowe’en Night DSP and accessories from the Holiday Catalogue.

spooky-treat-bag-standingThese glassine bags are a great size for sweet treats, and go together super quickly.  My goodies are in a plastic bag inside just to help keep them fresher and I’ve used a piece of washi tape to close the glassine bag.  The decorating is the fun part however!

I glued a strip of the DSP dots over top of the Pumpkin Pie DSP for some added interest and wrapped that around the bag.  I adhered it together with Fast Fuse so it will stay put!


You get a better view of the tag here.  I used the jar outline from the Jar of Haunts and stamped the greeting inside in Pumpkin Pie on a piece of Thick Whisper White so it had a bit more staying power.  I stamped the greeting again in Basic Black and cut out the YOU and popped it up with Dimensionals.  I drew more attention with an enamel dot in the centre of the “O”.

I used my 1/16″ hole punch on either side of the top of the jar and strung some baker’s twine and knotted it just once to create a little handle.  The two bats are cut out with the Big Shot.  The black one from the Home Sweet Home thinlits and the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer one from the Hallowe’en Scenes Edgelits.

The tag is adhered to the bag with Dimensionals.

holiday16_p54c-88Here’s another sample of a treat bag from the Holiday Catalogue.


I’ll bet you know someone who might like to receive their treats in a bag like this!  I have a BIG one at my house that would!  Please leave me a comment with someone you think would love a bag like this!

To find out more details on the items I used or to purchase any of the supplies I used to create this bag, just click any of the images below to go to my online shop. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have too.  Just contact me here.


‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’


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