From Happy Hanukkah to Happy Halloween

Happy Friday everyone.  On Wednesday, I showed you a beautiful stamp from Stampin’ Up! called Happy Hanukkah, and used it in the traditional way, for a Hanuakkah card (see it here).  As promised, I wanted you to see that it is a stamp that works for more than one event.  See how delightfully creepy it becomes as a Halloween candelabra!


I used an additional stamp set called Bite Me, that comes in photopolymer (see through stamps), so it makes positioning the design very easy.  I think the two sets work great together.  For the web design, I stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so the web would have that gossamer effect.  I used Black StazOn for the spiders and Happy Halloween sentiment.  The sentiment is cut with the banner piece from the Snowflake Card Thinlets die.  The Bite Me set comes with a line for the spider, but I wanted a finer thread, so I used a Smokey Slate Stampin’ Write marker to draw it on.  Because the menorah (candelabra in this case) is such a finely detailed line drawing, I needed to give it a little more thickness, so the aesthetics would be closer to web. I used VersaMark ink and embossed it with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder to make it a little more substantial.


The card is Basic Black, the Tangelo Twist backdrop piece is from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper, and the mat is Smokey Slate.  The sentiment is stamped on Tangelo Twist cardstock, but I sponged it slightly with Smokey Slate ink to grunge it up.  I used Basic Black 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon to add an accent to the sides, and I simply positioned each end of the ribbon behind the card and angled it until it looked right.  I then used plain old scotch tape to secure the ends down.  Even thought the mat is poppep up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, no one should be able to see that, except an inquisitive card maker of course.  Card makers are special creatures who must discover all the secrets of every project!


Did you notice that the spider hanging down looks like it is coming off the page?  Look closely below.


Obviously, I am an extremely skilled stamper, and carefully planned the effect .  Oh come on now.  Those of you who read my “About Me” page know I am just one for taking mistakes and making them work. When I accidentally rocked the spider slightly after stamping, I got a lighter ink mark where the legs were.  I figured that would be my practice card, and I’d make another to photograph.  After getting it all together, I actually liked how it looked.  Perspective makes all the difference, so hang onto your mistakes.  And don’t share your secrets like I do.  People will just think you are fabulous!

Now, do you want to see something really scary?   Every time I make a card in my office, this is what happens.  I do straighten up after each card (ok, often,…ok, when I can’t find a flat surface), but I do try to keep myself contained.  Otherwise, I go into my classroom area, where I have a gigantic table that sits 12, and you know, the more space you have, the more you spread your mess.  I’m not the only one, right?


By the way, see the blue fake tupperware?  I like to keep my embossing powders in these, with a plastic spoon and I spoon the powder over my cardstock, and let it fall back into the “tupperware”, trying to hit the little round container, but I don’t worry if it misses.

Hope I didn’t scare you away, and thanks for stopping by!  Come back Monday to see some fun and easy cards made with the Oh My Goodies set.

To purchase anything you have seen here, or to view my class list, go to Stampin’ Bon.

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InKing Royalty Blog Hop – Happy Hanukkah


Welcome to the very first InKing Royalty Blog Hop. For our very first hop, we’re excited to share projects that showcase the fun of the holidays – from Halloween through Christmas, this certainly is the season to be jolly!

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next. If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

Here’s my project using Stampin’ Up!’s Happy Hanukkah stamp.


In earlier posts, I’ve shown some pretty Christmas cards you can make with the new Stampin’ Up Holiday sets, and ways you can use the sets year round.  Now I would like to show the beauty of the Happy Hanukkah stamp, and I’ll show you another use on Friday.  I can get a lot fancier with my Hanukkah cards because I only send a few, so this card has several steps.  

An excuse to bling it – Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights, so it’s the perfect time to get your glitter on!  I used Silver Glimmer paper, Silver Encore ink, Silver Stampin’ Emboss powder, Rhinestones, and the Silver stampin’ Dazzle marker.  The first picture shows all my mats stamped together, but I later take the top two mats off, and pop them up with Dimensionals.  The flourishes on the cardstock come from the Everything Eleanor set and are stamped in Night of Navy.  I just traced along the side of some of them with the silver marker, and popped a few Rhinestones here and there.


Two Step Stamping – To get the variation of the menorah from the candles and flames, I stamped the image on a post it note, and cut it apart where the menorah ends and the candles start.  I placed the lower part of the cut image on my paper, inked up the upper part of my stamp with White Craft Stampin’ Ink and used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up where my stamp should go. I used White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to set the image.  


I then inked the menorah part of the stamp with Silver Encore Ink, lay the top part of the post it note over the candles, and used my stamp-a- ma-jig to line up my stamp.  Once stamped, I embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.


Coloring Fun – I used the Light Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color the candles and flame.  Brush very gently when you do this, so you don’t damage the marker nibs.  I used two layers of the Light Night of Navy marker, as each time you lay a color down with these alcohol markers, the color becomes more intense.  Blendabilities are a specialty coloring tool that have lots of uses.  The cardstock is Soft Sky and Night of Navy.


I hand colored the “Happy Hanukkah” sentiment on the bottom of the stamp with the Stampin’ Write Night of Navy marker, so I would have a clean image to die cut.  I used the banner Framelit from the Snowflake Card Thinlit to frame the sentiment, and backed it with Silver Glimmer paper cut using the second largest Framelit in the Chalk Talk set.  I cut the sides off where the outer curve happens, to get a smaller backdrop.  The Glimmer behind my menorah is cut with the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit, and the menorah itself is cut with the second largest Deco Labels Framelit.


Almost everything is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You especially want to pop up the sentiment base (Night of Navy) so it will stop the card from sliding forward when open.  I always use Dimensionals when I attach anything to Stampin’ Up! Glimmer paper because it gets between the crevices of the glitter and really holds on.  


Here are some specifics to help you create this card.

  • Cut Soft Sky 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock in half along the 8.5″ side.  Score the card base (Soft Sky) at 5.5″ and 8.75″.  Cut first Soft Sky mat at 4″ X 5.25″ and smaller mat 3″ X 4.25″
  • Cut a Night of Navy base 4.25″ X 5.5″ .  Cut a second Night of Navy mat 3.25″ X 4.5″.  Cut the easel stop at 2″ X 3.25″.  The die cuts are covered above.  

Once you have your card face finished, use Tombow liquid glue to adhere it to the short part of the card base.  Just put adhesive on the Soft Sky so you don’t accidentally get adhesive where you don’t want it.  Look at the picture below to see how the card pieces go together on the base.  This creates a standard A2 card that will fit in a regular A2 envelope.



Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner.  You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  3. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Bonnie Garrett at Stampin’ Bon
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. September Gray at
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  11. Alison Bilohlavek at Ribbon and Brad
  12. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

And come back to my blog Friday, to see another way to use the Happy Hanukkah stamp.  To purchase anything you have seen here, or to view my class list, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Keeping it Simple with monochrome cards

P1010572I like to make cards for Hero Hugs, an organization that sends care packages to our deployed men and women in the military.  Because I want to send a lot, I have friends help me, and not everyone is a crafter or even specifically, a card maker.  That’s when a simple design and monochrome colors can make for a really quick, but nice card.


I didn’t get pictures of every color when I was snapping away, but I did have my friends make these cards in all five 2014 – 2016 In Colors, and let them choose the design from the set Timeless Talk.   The ribbons on the cards are all from the same In Color set.  The ribbons have a really soft texture and light shine to them, and are all rich colors.  I think the Hello Honey is my favorite, because it really comes off as golden, and I could see using it for a variation of gold on Christmas cards, and for Thanksgiving.  To keep this card simple, I had my friends staple the ribbon pieces on the side.  I think it is a nice effect that is good for both masculine and feminine cards.


The Get Well stamp, which was current when I designed the cards in May, came from a set called Pefecty Penned.  It retired in June, but you could easily change out the sentiment.  Sassy Salutations has a really cute font and would work great on this card.


The top of the card is punched with the Spiral Border punch.  To make the assembly faster, I pre-punched and pre-cut all the card pieces, so my friends could just stamp, staple, adhere and assemble.

Hero Hugs needs Get Well and Thank You cards all the time, which is why you see the same sentiment. The cards need to be no larger than 5.5″ X 4″ to fit in the care packages.  I cut 1/2 inch off the short side of 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock, and then cut the length in half to end up with two bases.  Another biggie is no glitter, but you can read the specifications here.  Just page down to the card section.  Bailey doesn’t update this page anymore, as she is a very busy young lady, but does post pictures to the Hero Hugs Facebook when she has time.

Special thanks to my friends in Lavina and Billings, MT who helped me make these cards, and many more.  I can’t post all the designs and pictures-especially since the Sea Street Octopus card doesn’t fit the same criteria of this post, but I’ll try to post it later, because it is adorable and patriotic at the same time.   I will be visiting Montana in May/June 2015 and will host another event in Lavina, for those out west who want to help make cards.  I will post Hero Hug card pictures another day, highlighting  cards made by my Georgia friends.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you on Wednesday for a special Blog Hop with the InKing Royalty members.


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