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Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box | VIDEO

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box | VIDEO

It’s time for another Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box!  This one has a complete video to follow along and make one with me! 

Let’s take a peek before we jump into the nitty gritty!

Let's make a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Isn’t it adorable?  The perfect size for the mini treat bars you can find EVERYWHERE at Halloween. 

And really quick and easy to make up once you know how.

But are you wondering where the treat – and box – is?  Take a gander!

Let's make a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

There’s a little box hidden inside our folded tag, complete with a strip of the super cute ghost patterned paper from Toil and Trouble too!  And there’s a trick to the ribbon you won’t want to miss.

But before we get to the video, let me show you all the supplies so can go grab them before we get started.

Ok, are you ready?

Let’s dive in!


Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box 

Looking at it from the side, you can just see the treat peeking out the top.

I'm LOVIN' my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

What do you think? 

Can you see yourself making up a batch of these for your child’s class Hallowe’en party?  Or table favours or handouts at your door?  Sweet, simple and fun to make.

New VIDEO for a Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Here’s a quick recap of the measurements and scoring so you can save it for reference.

  • Granny Apple Green – 2” x 8 1/2”. Scored at 1”, 3 7/8”, 4 5/8” and 7 1/2”
  • Gorgeous Grape – 2 1/2” x 2 3/4”
  • Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper – one piece with a whole witches hat to cut out and 1 piece 1/2” x 2 3/4”
  • 1/4” Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped ribbon – about 11-12”
  • Whisper White and Basic Black – scraps

Have you been following along with all my Handmade Candy Corn Countdown creations?  So far I’ve shared 4 different treat holders, some quicker than others for tricksters headed your way this year.  (Big and small ones!)

And if Halloween isn’t really up your alley, take a look at my holly berry tiny treat box for a completely different idea for the holidays.

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box

Check back next week for another idea in my series.  Then you’ll have all kinds of ideas to mix it up for the holidays, not just one like this Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Easy Halloween Treat Box.

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

I’m cheating with my quick and easy leaf print greeting cards for today’s project!  (whew!  I feel better now I’ve come clean…😚)  But I don’t feel toooo bad about cheating. 

Wanna know why?

  • It saved me a ton of time (maybe even hours!)
  • I got to play with my beautiful Nature’s Poem designer series paper (which you can get FREE right now!)
  • I experimented with a colour combination I’m pretty sure I never would’ve even tried

And guess what?  I want YOU to cheat too and make a card just like this guy with YOUR patterned papers!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  How exactly do I want you to cheat?  

Let’s not go gather leaves and let them sit in a solution to turn them into little skeletons. Don’t mix up the paper pulp and run it through screens.  And I especially don’t want you waiting hours for it to dry.  In fact, I don’t even want you to grab your inks and create your own background paper today.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Making your own paper – and backgrounds – is fun and rewarding, not to mention environmentally friendly.  But it could also be a teensy bit time-consuming.  That’s where patterned paper comes to your rescue! 

Quick and easy leaf print greeting cards go together so quickly when you have a nice package of paper like this one just begging to be used!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

There’s a wonderful mix of colours in the Nature’s Poem selection.  And this one I’m pretty sure I never would’ve tried.  What do you think?quick and easy leaf print greeting cards The three colours in the leaf print paper are Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss.  And while I think of fall when I look at some of the sheets, I’m planning to use this card right now for a male (yes, despite the “pink”).  I don’t think it screams feminine at you does it?  After all leaves work for just about anybody, anytime, any occasion! 

Take another peek.

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

And the bonus for you?  You can choose this package (or maybe another one from a selection of 10) absolutely FREE right now when you order three others.  

This is my favourite sale!  I stock up on my designer series paper for the whole year!  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video to see all the ones you could choose from.


Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

What else do I have going on with this card?

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

  • Two punched leaves with the Leaf Punch peeking out from the tag sentiment, one gold foil and one Blackberry Bliss
  • A simple and generic calligraphic greeting from the Painted Glass stamp set (don’t you love blackletter handwriting?) punched with the Everyday Label punch
  • Lovely gold metallic-edged vanilla ribbon which catches the light
  • Three simple little faceted Blackberry Bliss dots

So now it’s time to get you started cheating!  Stock up on your designer series paper.  This sale is half over!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

Looking for other ideas that are quick and easy and use up some of your safely-stored-away patterned paper?  This Christmas one is fast and this pretty floral notecard goes together in a flash too.  What a great way to double down on your crafting time.

So save yourself a ton of time, grab some Nature’s Poem paper during our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale and try out a colour combination you might never have thought of!  You’ll be glad you did when you can cheat at creating quick and easy leaf print greeting cards.


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

Raise your hand if you’d like a bit more moola – I thought so! – today I want to show you exactly how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches. 

My video is the fourth in my series for the Stamparatus,  what I’m calling the best darn stamp positioner available!  

Not only do I want to show you some cool tips today, we’re going to make this super cute card (and I’ve got a surprise project at the end of the video so be sure to watch it right to the end!)


everyone wants to know how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus


Aren’t these little-masked buddies the cutest?  And you can see just how quickly I put them together – and reduced waste – AND saved money with my video.  But first, let me show you the card from another angle so you see just how darling the narrow note cards are!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

I love almost instant gratification, don’t you? 

And even though card making gives us a pretty immediate sense of accomplishment, for even faster pats on the back, I’ve gotten into smaller cards lately.  These narrow note cards at 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” are so wonderful.  Pre-scored, with envelopes, and in sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, they are a breeze to work with! 

Not to mention a steal of a deal!  You get 20 in a package so the cost works out to only 55 cents per card.  Perfect for thank you’s, invitations, and itty bitty greetings, they’ll save you time in your craft space! 

But let’s take a peek at my latest video right now so you can see this card come to life!


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus



So, pretty quick and easy, yes?  Do you have other builder punches you’re just dying to try out?  Maybe the Cookie Cutter for Christmas greetings?  Or think how FAB it will be with the Vases Builder punch like you see on this classic navy and white thank you!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Make Your Own Trio of Raccoons!

Here are the supplies and measurements for the adorable trio of raccoons on my narrow note card so you can make it yourself.

  • Narrow note card and envelope
  • Bermuda Bay designer series paper – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”, plus piece about 3” square for the envelope liner
  • Gray Granite card stock – 2 pieces 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Smoky Slate – 1 piece 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Thick Whisper White – scrap at least 2 1/2” x 3”

So go grab your Stamparatus, inks and builder punches!  It’s your turn to make up a whole host of critters for just about anyone on your card-giving list! 

Here’s everything I used today for these cards.  To get what you need and have it delivered right to your door, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for ordering through me!

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Now, did you get to the end of the video and see that super duper cute second project?  The exclusive project for my email subscribers?

how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Not on my mailing list?  Psst, don’t tell anyone, but right now you can get it free too!  Just click the button and it will be on its way lickety-split! 


You know, when I first started my Stamparatus feature videos, I thought “hmmmm, maybe three will do it”.  Well, I’m already up to four and I think there’s a couple more I’ve just gotta share with you! 

So keep your eyes peeled in the next little bit for more tips and tricks with this awesome Stampin Up stamp positioner.

And while you’re waiting for those, check out the first three in my series.

  1. The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamping Positioner from Stampin Up 
  2. The Stamparatus: A Stamping Tools Must Have?
  3. Stamparatus Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available


want to save money with the stampin up stamparatus?


We all love to get a deal, don’t we?  And what could be better than getting one that KEEPS ON giving us a deal?  

Well, now you know how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches, have fun making multiples – then think of ALL the delightful ways you can spend those saved-up pennies😉!




Simple Varied Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card

Simple Varied Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card

A simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card is on tap for my Keep It Simple Sunday feature today.  I never get tired of classic navy and white – how about you?  And what’s not to like about a cute dazzling diamonds tulip with vivid green leaves?

I knew I was going to like this Varied Vases bundle, but I didn’t realize HOW much I was going to like it until I started playing!  I was surprised at just how fabulous it is for a BUNCH of different techniques! In fact, I played so much, I HAD to build a class around it!

But let’s take a peek at just ONE of the designs I fell in love with!

I wasn’t too sure about the new Granny Apple Green.  At first, I thought it was going to be too much like Lemon-Lime Twist.  But I have to say, it’s got its own unique personality.  It’s a deeper green colour, what you might call, spring green without the yellow undertones of the Twist.

But when I see it paired with these traditional neutrals I can’t get enough of it! What’s the moral of this little experience? Don’t look at colours by themselves and make a snap judgement. Sometimes it’s how they combine with other colours that make them unforgettable!

Here’s a closer view.

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card

It’s a bit hard to tell in this pic but I’ve jazzed up the card just a tad with a sparkly tulip flower.

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card

Fun huh?  The sweet 1-3/8″ scallop circle punch adds a darling backdrop for our focal point flower and really pairs well with the gingham ribbon.

My punches are definitely my go-to for cards I can whip up in minutes.  This other simple design made with paper scraps and the retired Tree Builder punch is a perfect example of sweet, fast, fun and gorgeous.


So let’s make a simple Vivid Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″,another piece at least 2″ square and your final one 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 3/8″” x 4 1/18″, a piece 5/8″ x 2″, scraps piece
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 5 1/4″ x 4″, scrap about 1 1/2″ square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper – scrap piece
  • Night of Navy 1/2″ gingham ribbon – a piece about 6″ long

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card


  1. Punch the following: a Night of Navy scalloped circle with the 1 3/8″ punch; a 1 1/2″ plain Whisper White circle and tulip from scrap of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
  2. Use Granny Apple Green scrap to punch three leaves with the Vases Builder punch. Trim one so it’s about 5/8″ long.  (TIP1: trim it into a point so you have a “leafy” looking piece, just shorter than the one the punch makes.)
  3. Glue scalloped circle onto middle of white circle then arrange and glue three leaves onto front.
  4. Use mini dimensional to affix tulip as shown.
  5. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of Night of Navy cardstock and adhere with a glue dot.  Adhere to Granny Apple Green panel, then to the front of the folded card.
  6. Stamp thanks onto the strip of Whisper White with Night of Navy ink and trim each end into a banner.
  7. Use a dimensional to adhere to centre of Granny Apple Green strip.  Trim each end into a banner and glue above circle.

How quick and EASY is that simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card?

Suffice to say, this bundle has quickly zoomed to the TOP of my favourites list in the new catalogue (and that’s saying somethin’ when my Wish List is as long as my arm!).

And I know you’ll love it too.  So much so you’re going to need to add it to your supplies immediately!  And why not take my class and get the stamp set and four original and FAB designs to get you started creating?  And if you want, add in the punch to make a complete card creating package!

Then with the supplies for this simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card, you’ll have five different cards made before you know it!  Simply click on the image below to order your goodies in my 24-7 online store.


Cardmaking with bundles is one of the easiest ways to get your creative fix on!  Why not come check out my class to see how versatile your own paper crafting can be with some simple tricks, and fantastic design?

Then once you’ve got those tricks, the sky’s the limit!  And making this simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card is a fast and fun way to share your creations with your friends and family.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

It’s time to get a bunch of handmade birthday cards for him ready to go.  Hands up if you’ve got any of these Y chromosome folks in your life…hubby, son, dad, grandpa, doctor, car repair guy, newspaper boy…  

Yup, I thought so.  Funnily enough, me too!  

Well, here’s one card he will think is star-pendous that’s still pretty quick and easy to put together!   (OK that was a stretch 😊)

And because there’s not all that much time left, I wanted to show you some designs crafted with retired items before they’re gone!  (This card has/uses 5 separate things that are on the way out the door!)  See if you can guess what they are and I’ll tell you at the end.

handmade birthday cards for him

Whaddy’a think?  Bold colour and simple layout.  Solid and classy greeting.  And lots of punches and tools…what guy doesn’t appreciate THAT?

So why is it so difficult to make handmade cards for those fellas?  They like the I’m-so-special-she-made-me-a-hand-stamped-card feeling too!

They like colour.  And texture.  And good design.  

Plus I KNOW without asking, we’ve both got TONS of generic “STUFF” in our crafting stashes! 

Well, let’s pull them out and get busy! 

While there are a few more steps to this card than my other Keep It Simple Sunday projects, they’re all very easy!  Let’s get started.

handmade birthday cards for him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” and scrap about 2 1/4” square
  • Basic Black cardstock – one piece 4” x 5 1/4”, second piece 1 3/8” x 4 3/4” and scrap about 2 1/2” square
  • Tempting Turquoise (in the retiring hit list!) – 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and scrap about 3” square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (also being retired May 31st!) – 1 1/2” x 4 3/8”
  • Whisper White medium envelope



  1. Run both large pieces of Tempting Turquoise through the Big Shot with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  Set aside for now.
  2. Stamp greeting onto scrap of Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise ink and punch out with 2” circle punch
  3. Cut out starburst shape from scrap of Basic Black using Starburst punch
  4. Trim ends of both Basic Black strip and Dazzling Diamonds strip into a banner shape with Triple Banner punch
  5. Punch out a 2 1/4” circle from scrap of Tempting Turquoise paper.
  6. Adhere one of the embossed Tempting Turquoise panels to Basic Black panel then to front of card. (TIP1: use Tear & Tape or liquid glue for this as SNAIL will not maintain a strong hold on the embossed texture.)
  7. Use liquid glue to adhere Basic Black banner to top left of card.  Centre and glue Dazzling Diamonds Banner on top. (TIP2: ensure your Dazzling diamonds and black banners are aligned at the top.  The black will extend below the glimmer banner.)
  8. Adhere three circles together – white on top of black on top of turquoise – with SNAIL and place onto bottom of banner with dimensionals.
  9. Affix Tempting Turquoise enamel star to right side of greeting.

handmade birthday cards for him


  1. Run liquid glue around the outside envelope flap
  2. Line up the left edge of your embossed Tempting Turquoise with the left edge and fold of the envelope flap and adhere in place
  3. Open envelope flap and turn upside down and trim excess Tempting Turquoise cardstock away

And we’re all done!

A couple weeks ago, I shared what questions I ask as I’m about to make a paper crafted design for a “him”.  Check them out before you start creating to guide you in a super card, personalized for your “him”.

What are all the retiring items I used?

(I’ve given you a couple hints throughout…)

  • Tempting Turquoise cardstock
  • Tempting Turquoise stamp pad
  • Brights enamel shapes
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
  • Butterfly Basics stamp set

Did you get them all?

Yup, it’s true…some colours we are waving good-by to. So now’s the time to stock up on these items before they are gone-zo.  Don’t delay, especially on the ink refills and paper.  I suspect they won’t last long.

Here are all the supplies I used (retired and sticking around) so you can recreate handmade birthday cards for him too.  

handmade birthday cards for him

Just because he’s a guy, don’t let him miss out on the fun of getting your special paper crafted designs. 

Take a good look through your stash and find some tools, colours and designs that are generic enough to fit his personality.  I will just bet there’s quite a few items that are perfect for handmade birthday cards for him.  

are your craft tools lonely

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