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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 7!

Happy Halloween! We made it! After a whole week of wicked projects, today is the most wicked day of all. I wish you all a safe and super fun Halloween.

Now, on to my very last project….

This card sort of came out on a bit of a fluke. I was showing some downline members how to use the Letterpress plates and one of them (Linda!) challenged me to use the Trick or Treat image for something. So here it is!

The base colours of this card were inspired by this week’s Curtain Call and the sketch from Stamping 411.

I started this card the opposite to how I usually do things. I started at the top and worked my way down to the card base, so that is how I’ll describe what I did.

I used some watercolour paper and the Trick or Treat Letterpress plate with Pumpkin Pie craft ink. I then cut it out with the Big Shot and the Top Note die. I cut out around the perforated edge and then backed with a Basic Black Top Note. Under the Basic Black layer, I added LOTS of 1/2″ Raven Lace trim.

On the front, I added a couple of small pieces of Basic Black cardstock and topped it with Daffodil Delight 1/4″ grosgrain and a couple of Glimmer Brads.

Next, I layered two panels of Basic Gray designer paper on some Daffodil Delight cardstock. I ripped and tore and sponged that layer and adhered to a Pumpkin Pie card base.

I then added a strip of Basic Black satin ribbon and a bow on one end – which I also added some Raven lace trim to.

Okay, I thought it’d be a longer explanation but its not – good, right?

Again, Happy Halloween!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Watercolour paper, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black.

Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie Craft.

Stamps: none.

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Trick or Treat Letterpress plate, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Glimmer Brads, 1/4″ Daffodil Delight grosgrain, 1/2″ Raven Lace Trim, Basic Gray designer paper.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 6

We love it when another family comes over to spend Halloween with us. We do dinner, have fun doing last minute decorations and go out to trick-or-treat with the kids. The more the merrier. Our friends have been our “halloween” family for quite some time and this year, in addition to the annual phone call, I decided to send them a super cute invitation too!

The base of this is Peach Parfait and I layered it with another piece of the same colour which I embossed with the spider web embossing folder and sponged.

I then cut three panels of Basic Black and layered them with Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Cajun Craze on top and Whisper White on the bottom.

I stamped the panels with various images from Wicked Cool and the letters “BOO” from the Broadsheet Alphabet on top and then coordinating witch shoes on the bottom.

I added a little punched edge of Cajun Craze and then some Black Satin ribbon around the seam of the two pieces and tied on some linen thread with a little “wicked” tag.

Lastly, I added a couple of bats which I sprayed with my shimmer mist/alcohol combination.

I really liked this creation and plan to use this idea again in the future!

Products used on this project – ClICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Cajun Craze.

Ink: Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Cajun Craze.

Stamps: Wicked Cool, Broadsheet Alphabet.

Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon, Bat Punch, linen thread, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, pinking hearts border punch.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 5


More Spooky Nights Decor Elements FUN! I think this is the first time that I’ve purchased some Decor Elements and have used EVERY SINGLE ONE!

I decided that I wanted some luminaries to brighten up my little Halloween vignette and knew these decor elements would totally do the trick so I grabbed some Basic Black cardstock and some vellum cardstock and got on it.

I varied the heights of the luminaries but kept the size of the base square the same – they are 2″ square. One is 7″ tall, one is 5″ and the last is 3 1/2″. I then added some strips of Basic Black cardstock which I punched with the scallop edge punch and then some 1/2″ Raven Lace trim and Glimmer brads. Now wait to see how they look when they are lit up!

Super fun, right?

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Vellum, Basic Black.

Accessories: Glimmer brads, 1/2″ Raven Lace, scallop edge punch, Spooky Nights Decor Elements.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 4

Today at Create with Connie and Mary is your time to shine – Halloween style! Yes, it is an all out Halloween Challenge!

For my Design Team contribution, I made this great frame. If you’ve been following this past week and, well just this season, you’ll see that I’ve been having a super fun time with the Spooky Nights Decor Elements. This frame is no exception.

First, I cut a mat of Newsprint designer paper – that stuff is just so versatile! I punched out a couple of bats on some scrap cardstock and sponged the DSP with Basic Black ink. Gives a soft bat look.

Next, I added the Decor Element piece to the outside of the glass. Now I usually do this last but I wanted to make sure I was able to get the strips of paper on the inside in just the right spot so I put it on first.

I cut a circle out of Tangerine Tango cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot with the spider web embossing folder. I then sponged it with Basic Black ink and adhered in behind the circle on the Decor Element.

Then, I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry which was sponged also and under it a strip of Old Olive which I punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.

Lastly, I added a few things to the outside of the frame – 1/2″ Raven Lace to the top and bottom and a punched out bat which has a ruffle of Rich Razzleberry Taffeta and a Black Glimmer Brad. To top is all off, I used my Black Flourish Designer Jewels to add just that little bit of added punch.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and show us your best Halloween projects!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive.

Ink: Basic Black.

Stamps: Wicked Cool.

Accessories: Spooky Nights Decor Elements, 1/2″ Raven Lace, Bat punch, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta, Glimmer Brads, Spider Web embossing folder, sponges, Scallop Trim Border punch, Black Flourish Designer Jewels, Newsprint designer paper.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 3

Today’s post is super quick and that is a good thing! Remember, your crafting projects need not take you hours and sometimes what you need is right in front of you.

I have made a little Halloween vignette in my home this year and wanted lots of different candle ideas. I have these frosted candles that have metal inserts in them so when you light the candles you see “live, laugh, love” shining through. I really like them but those words just don’t suit Halloween.

So what I did was take some decor elements and my Simple Alphabet Sizzix Die and make them spooky!

I used the Chocolate Chip Decor Element sheets and cut out the letters “b, o, o”. Then, I cut out the “o” again in Whisper White Decor Element sheets to make eyes in the centre. The little dark pupil is the top of an “i” cut with Chocolate Chip.

Now they make sense for Halloween, right?

Stay tuned for more spookiness tomorrow!

Products used to make this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Chocolate Chip Decor Element Sheets, Whisper White Decor Element Sheets, Simple Alphabet Sizzix Die, Big Shot.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 2

My kids love Halloween and I just love the enthusiasm that they have over this super fun day.  Every Halloween I try to come up with some super cute treat holders that the kids can make for their classmates. These three were actually done at a class just yesterday. Let me give a quick run down on each one.

Ghost: use the Pillow Box die and Whisper White cardstock. I had cut the jagged bottom and added some eyes using the 1/2″ circle punch and 3/4″ circle punch. I adhered the back together but left it like a tube so the candy could just get slid inside.

Candy Corn: I adhered strips of Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight to Whisper White cardstock prior to class time to make this a bit easier. The pieces are 3″ x 6″, folded in half and then scored in from the centre of each edge to the fold. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes and tied it all together with some Basic black grosgrain ribbon.

Bat Pouch: I cut two big tags from the Two Big Tags die in Tangerine Tango. I added some strips of Rich Razzleberry and a punched out bad. I adhered the bottoms together and tied it all up with Old Olive grosgrain.

Super fun and the kids totally enjoyed themselves!

Products used on these projects – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black.

Ink: Tangerine Tango.

Stamps: Every Little Bit.

Accessories: Big Shot, Two Big Tags die, Pillow Box Die, Basic Black grosgrain, Old Olive Grosgrain, Bat punch, 3/4″ circle punch, 1/2″ circle punch.


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Carrie’s Week of Wicked – Day 1

For the next seven days, I’ll be bringing you my very first “Week of Wicked”! Each day I’ll post a fun Halloween project that I hope you’ll like.

Today’s project is a 5×7 frame that I made for a hostess last month. She really loves Halloween and I wanted to make her something special.

The cardstock colours are Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Basic Black.

On the upper piece, I stamped the bats from Wicked Cool in Basic Gray. I then added a strip of Old Olive and another of Rich Razzleberry which I stamped with the candelabra from, again, Wicked Cool. Next, I threw in some bats and some Raven Lace Trim.

To the top of the frame, I added the words “trick or treat” from the Spooky Things Decor Elements along with some ruffled Basic Black Satin ribbon to which I added a Basic Glimmer brad and some Black Flourish designer jewels.

A frame like this certainly adds to the fun and spooky feel of Halloween.

Stay tuned for another great project tomorrow!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango.

Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black.

Stamps: Wicked Cool.

Accessories: 1/2″ Raven Lace Trim, Black Flourish designer jewels, Bat punch, Basic Glimmer brads, Basic Black satin ribbon, Spooky Things Decor Elements.


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Just Be Yourself

Between cutting for Halloween and Christmas classes coming up this week I had a few minutes to play around. So I went to a few of my favourite challenge blogs and decided to do a combo challenge card.

First, I was inspired by the colours on ColourQ and the sketch on Clean and Simple. And, the last is a challenge from Pals Paper Arts to use bling on your project – I wanted to use some but not for it’s necessarily intended use.

The base of this card is River Rock and in following the ColourQ challenge, I made a layer of Basic Black with Poppy Parade and Tangerine Tango.

For the focal image, I stamped the little birdcage from Every Little Bit with Jet Black StazOn. I then punched it out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch. I watercoloured the little bird with coordinating colours but it just needed a little something extra. So, I stamped it again on a Window Sheet and cut it out. I used some Tombow to adhere and covered the top and then up to the top of that layer with the Black Flourish designer jewels.

I then added a sentiment from Smarty Pants to the bottom. The top of the sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla and hand cut and the bottom was stamped in Poppy Parade ink on the Poppy Parade layer.

This card was super fun, oh and it’s 4″ x4″, forgot to mention that!

Have a great day!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Basic Black.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Poppy Parade, River Rock, Tangerine Tango.

Stamps: Smarty Pants, Every Little Bit.

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1 3/8″ Circle punch, window sheet, Black Flourish Designer Jewels,


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Sew Great

This week on Create with Connie and Mary, they’ve got an awesome inspiration challenge. Honestly, these are the ones I find the trickiest! The inspiration piece is a great cake – so pretty and so yummy looking!

For my card, I decided that it would be really “like-me” to go holiday with this combination so I tried really hard not to!

The base is Cherry Cobbler and I used my Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers to cut out a bunch of the interesting tag piece. I then adhered them on the card base – boy does this give great texture!

Next, I knew I wanted to use the sewing machine from Puns from the Past so I embossed it with Black Embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock and then watercoloured in the inside bits with Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler. I then spritzed it all with some Log Cabin Smooch Spritz. I adhered it onto some Baja Breeze cardstock and added a couple of Vintage Trinkets.

Behind that piece, I added a bit of Deck the Halls Designer Fabric. I took some linen thread and sewed a tiny “X” and then crumpled it up.

To finish it up and in keeping with the sewing theme, I added a needle threaded with some Linen Thread to the upper left corner of the stamped piece.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge so head on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with!

Products used on this project:

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Baja Breeze.

Ink: Versamark.

Stamps: Puns from the Past.

Accessories: Big Shot, Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Linen Thread, Deck the Halls Designer Fabric, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Scallop edge punch, paper piercer, mat pack, Vintage Trinkets.


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A Blue (and brown) Christmas

Today’s post is brought to you by the colour blue. Yep – I like blue. I don’t use it very often but I like it. So, I decided I’d extend myself and use a couple of different shades on one holiday card and here it is. This is a card I’d use for a beginner class or a Stamp-A-Stack. As I was surfing around after I posted this, I see that the Paper Players sketch is almost the same as this! It is such a great layout, fun and easy to use. And, the Just Add Ink challenge is to add blue – and to recognize a very worth cause. Check it out here!

The base is Baja Breeze and I’ve made the central panel with Night of Navy and then layered with a piece of Elegant Soiree Designer series paper.

I figured it would be easy to just use Vanilla or White so I opted to be “daring” and use Early Espresso.

I first used the Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers and cut out the tag piece in Night of Navy. I then layered over it with a snowflake in Early Espresso cut with the Snowflakes Sizzlet. Over that I layered two Very Vanilla circles on which I stamped sentiments from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.

I added two Very Vanilla Modern Labels in behind, punched two holes in them and tied on some 1/8″ Early Espresso taffeta to finish it all off.

Yes, I will say this is not a typical holiday card colour combination but I really like the look of it. Now, adding some Cajun Craze would sure make this a great masculine card, wouldn’t it?

Products used to make this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations.

Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflakes Sizzlets, Modern Label Punch, Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, 1/8″ Early Espresso Grosgrain, Elegant Soiree DSP