Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Last week a friend and I got together to design and make some Halloween cards that we could show others almost right up to the time of the holiday. I searched the Internet for ideas, and found a Christmas card design that I thought could be a lot of fun for Halloween as well – and it was quick and easy! This was so easy, in fact, that I made a bunch of them. Today I'll share photos of several, and give you a quick set of instructions to make your own for last minute Halloween greetings!


     You might recognize at least one of the stamped images in this card as having come from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – the sentiment is, indeed, from that set. But the pumpkin is also from the same set! So, no jar this time, but the stamp set hasn't left my desk yet!

     The paper in this card is one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. To make a card using this "folding back" technique, it's my opinion that you need a sheet that has a fairly simple/solid design on one side to set off the more complex design on the other side. This sheet, with the pumpkins on one side and the grid design on the other is just perfect!

     Here are the simple directions for making this card front:

  • Make a card base from an 8-1/2" by 5-1/2" piece of cardstock, folding it to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded on the left. Choose cardstock to complement – even match – the colors in the Designer Series Paper you're going to use. For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complement the Pumpkin Pie color in the Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 5-1/4" high.
  • Cut a 1-3/4" slit from middle of the right edge of the side of the paper that will be the front of your card.
  • Score from the left end of the slit to the bottom right corner as well as to the top right corner.
  • Fold the paper on the score lines.
  • Adhere the under side of the folds to the front of the paper so that they stay in place.
  • Adhere the folded paper to the card front.
  • Decorate the card front with a layered element that lays over the inside edge of the slitted paper.

     That's really all there is to it! For the above card, I cut the stamped layer and the next layer under it (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock) with a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Set. Then I cut the next larger square from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Note that, when cutting Glimmer Paper with Framelits, I find it easier to have the Framelits cut the smooth back side.

     Here are two of the other cards I made with this design. Both use the same paper, but for the top card, I placed the center element in the center of the card, rather than over to the right side as in the other two cards.



     My friend decided she wanted a card using the seasonal colors, but did not want to use "Happy Halloween" on one of her cards. So this is what she made, using a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set.


     Sooooo easy and quick! It might be a bit late for the products in this project. But you might like to try them for next Halloween – or even for Thanksgiving (especially that Basket of Wishes Stamp Set!). So here's a list of what I used. Each picture includes a link to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can find out more about the products and order them right then and there!

     Happy Stamping!


Posted on : Oct 27 2016
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A Fall Fun Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     Can you believe it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge already! It seems like just a few days ago that I shared my latest Christmas Card with you. And now here we are reverting back to having Fall Fun – which is the theme for the current SUO Challenge.


     This is a layout that you've seen a lot from me over the years, and even as recently as earlier this month. But when I have such fun little stamps such as these leaves and the sentiment to go with them, it's hard not to want to show them off in different colors and orientations like this layout can provide.

     To begin, you might wonder where these stamps come from, because you might not remember seeing them any time recently. And you'd be right. For the most part, I sell or give away retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. But these images come from a Paper Pumpkin Kit from last year. I managed to come across this set in a round about kind of way. A fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator mentioned in a Facebook post that she was short on pumpkin stamps for this Halloween. And right away another demonstrator posted a comment reminding her of this very Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Sure enough, when I looked in my book where I collect my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, there it was. Yes, I know I'm not showing off the pumpkin (though I will in a card coming soon to this blog). But there were these two leaf stamps. And beautifully-colored leaves are part of a fun fall in many parts of the United States (though not the part where I live, unfortunately).

     The paper for this project is another story. It's a sheet from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set, and the colors in this design are what determined the colors of the leaves that I stamped for the 3 x 3 layout – Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry. The paper also helped me decide on the background cardstock for the little squares – Mint Macaron Cardstock. With a bit of matting and some Mint Macaron Ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack from the 2016 Holiday Catalog, my card was finished!

     I have to tell you that it took me a while before I ordered this paper set from the Holiday Catalog. I'm not a big fan of paisley shapes. But when I started thinking about making cards and other decorations for Thanksgiving, that paper finally grabbed me and said, "Me, me!" So now I have it, and I'm quite happy with it, thank you!

     Here are the current products that I used in today's project. By all means, consider that Petals and Paisleys paper for your Thanksgiving and other fun fall paper crafting! Oh, and don't forget to enter your project in the new SUO Challenge!




Posted on : Oct 24 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 3!

Aloha, all!

     I suppose I could have limited myself to just one stamp set for this Halloween and have been just as happy as if I'd brought 3 or 4 if I'd known how much I loved working with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set!


     As it is, it turns out that this is really the set that I used through most of my Halloween card making, even though I bought other sets. The images can be both cute and creepy at the same time, with the grins that cute generates just about outweighing the yucks that lurk just beneath the grins. Today's card almost has the creepy taking over, though I really cannot help but grin that someone would think of making a stamp set like this, let along using it to make a Halloween card.

     Those eyeballs are truly just creepy. But they're fun, too! In fact, I had so much fun coloring this jar that I could probably have made a dozen of the cards and been just as happy as I've been using all the different images in the stamp set.

     The second most fun part of this card was choosing the color for the liquid in which the eyes seem suspended. I saw quite a few different ideas about this on the internet, but the Old Olive Color was my favorite. Then, once again, I happened across a card made by the fabulous Connie Babbert, and not only had she colored her liquid green, she'd added on the dripping slimy-looking image at the top of the jar. Oh, my, the creepiness continued!

     Finally, I had to choose which colors I'd use for the background for the card. Going through my designer series paper stash, I happened across this silver and black spider web image from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. There's only one sheet with this design in the set – and it's one of the sheets that makes this "specialty" paper, with its silver webs spread across 12" x 12". This project almost didn't get that spider web it in because there was only one sheet. When that happens, I tend to shy away from cutting into the paper for fear I'll need it for an even better project later. But I've done a lot of thinking about how I use the fun Stampin' Up! papers, and I've come to realize that I often end up not using them at all by the time they're retired – as this set will most likely be retired come the end of the Holiday Catalog's run at the end of the year. So I'm using it – and using it all!

     The Pumpkin Pie-colored piece of paper at the bottom is also from the same designer series paper set, as is the strip of black with silver metallic dots on it under the jar.

     For the final touch, I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the mouth of the jar. No lid on this jar as I want the person who gets it to wonder whether there's more liquid in that jar that might run out. Oh, and it's a special person who'll get this card in the mail – my teenage grandson, Quin. What better card than this for a teenager!

     So that's if for the jar image in my Halloween cards. Later this week I'll share some other cards using the same set, but I've put the jar stamp away for a few days, in favor of more "cute" stamps!

     If you'd like to buy this stamp set or the paper or thread that I've used in this card, it's oh, so easy to order online and have it shipped directly to you. Just click on a picture below to go right to my Stampin' Up! store! And have fun with your own Halloween cards as the day quickly approaches!!!



Posted on : Oct 23 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.


     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!


Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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Halloween Fun With Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     I've finally gotten around to making some fun Halloween cards! Can you say, "Last Minute"? Well, it's not exactly the last minute. But if I'm going to get cards in the mail, I'd better be on it by now, or people will be getting Halloween cards for Thanksgiving!


     To begin, every year I tell myself I'm not going to "waste" time with Halloween cards when I could be spending my time getting my handmade Christmas Cards done. But then, every year Stampin' Up! puts out a Holiday Catalog with the CUTEST Halloween stamp sets! This year has been no exception, and I have just fallen in love with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. There are lots of other cute sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog; but Jar of Haunts is the one set I chose for most of my Halloween cards. There's another one, but I'll be sharing that with you next week, after I get through playing with the jars!

     So on to this little critter – something in this jar is mummified, but what is it? Ah, that's where your imagination comes in! Certainly, this jar is in a bit of a spooky place with all those little spiders hanging around the brick wall and fall colored "wood slats." And I love the "spooky treat for you to eat" greeting. So my imagination says that this is a carefully decorated jar of yucky green jello – tasty, but it would take a bit of courage for me to get by that first spoonful! Oooh, and I know exactly who will get this particular card. My niece, Margie, is a Halloween specialist, and I could imagine her having something like this lying around on a table somewhere during her annual Halloween fest. That's a party I'd like to attend every year!  But it's 6,000 miles away, so I consider myself lucky that I got there at least once.

     All of the stamped images in this project are from the Jar of Haunts stamp set – except for the jar lid, which is in this year's original Stampin' Up! jar set, Jar of Love. There are even framelits to go with the Jar-style stamp set – the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies. I used that to cut out the jar and its lid.

     The papers in this card are both from the Halloween Nights Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The washi tape that I used to decorate the area behind the jar is from the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape set.

     So with this card, and the others I'll be sharing between now and Halloween, I am ready to get cards in the mail! Here are the products I featured in today's card. It's not too late to get online and order them from my Stampin' Up! store. Just click on a photo to get more information about each product and order it to be sent directly to you!


Posted on : Oct 19 2016
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Another Try on a Birthday Card Layout

Aloha, all!

     A couple of days ago I shared a card that I sent as a birthday card to one of my brothers. Even though I did end up making some adjustments to the card, I still wanted to try this layout using another set of papers. When I opened my box of Designer Series Paper, I quickly came across the metallic sheets in the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The card design took off from there, and there isn't even any texturizing this time!


     The metallic color in this card is Copper, and there are lots of accents or embellishments available in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs that are also copper colored. I managed not yet to have them in my stash, so I put in a Stampin' Up! products order for myself to buy them. I really wanted to include copper accents in this card. Then two things conspired to make quash that idea: one, the Copper Foil Sheets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog are out of stock and won't be available again until at least the end of this month. Second, I read a notice on Facebook that there was going to be an effort to try to get thousands of handmade greeting cards sent to the Stampin' Up! Co-founder, Shelli Gardner, on the occasion of her birthday. So I just went ahead and accented this card with Night of Navy Cardstock and Ink, and Very Vanilla Cardstock and Ribbon. Then I sent it off to Shelli!

     Of course, if you look at the copper printed paper that is the main background in this card, it's clear that there is some texture. So I do believe that I was right in saying that the original birthday card needed texture. I'm definitely going to make one more card with this layout – a Christmas Card! And, for that card, I'll write a tutorial that will be included in my next monthly newsletter in early November. I hope you like it!

     Now here are the products featured in today's card. I hope you'll click to get more information about the products – and even buy those that I used today!

Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Happy Birthday to My Brother, John!

Aloha, all!

     This year marks a special birthday for my second youngest brother, John, who has finally just retired from his first career. As he is a real go-getter, I have no doubt that he will be thoroughly involved in another career before too long. I can hardly wait to hear about it!  But for now, I'm just happy to be able to make him a hand-made birthday card.


     I wanted to make this card a bit on the masculine side, and I also wanted to make his card showing off some of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that are on sale (Buy-3-Get-1-FREE) all this month. For this card, I'm showing off the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set. No, it's not all flowers! There are several prints in this set that are fairly plain, as are the two prints I used in this card.  My original card design included a plain Mint Macaron oval behind the banner. That made this card just too plain. So I pulled that layer off the larger oval and remade it using the Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then I put it back together, making a couple of other adjustments. It's amazing what seeing a card in a photograph can do in terms of making adjustments! Just for giggles, I'm including a copy of the original card at the end of this post.

     The creative part was looking at that 2-1/2" strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper and reversing the patterns when I die-cut the large oval mat behind the sentiment layer and its mat. I need to work on this a bit more to get everything lined up a bit more closely. But I do like the idea!

     This set of papers includes the two main solid colors I used – Island Indigo and Mint Macaron. My camera seems not to want to capture either of these colors the way they look in real life. But then, the Stampin' Up! catalog photos don't do that great a job of capturing these colors, either! But believe me when I say that, whatever shows up on the camera, the colors in this paper set are just luscious!

     The stamped images – the banner and the sentiment – are both from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set. I stamped the banner using Island Indigo Ink and the sentiment using Mint Macaron. Then I die-cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, before adhering it to the ovals, both cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits set.

     Before layering everything up, I tied a bit of Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon around the main layered area. Then I adhered the oval layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The final touches were two small Island Indigo Enamel Dots (from the Regals Enamels Shapes set).

     Here are the links to the products I used in today's card. Just click on any photo to go to my Stampin' Up! website to learn more about the product, and even to buy it if you wish!


johnsbirthdaycard     And here's the original card. I hope you agree that the texturizing worked to spiff it up a bit! Besides the texturizing, the other three adjustments I made were:

  1. I moved the right side of the banner up a bit so that the sentiment was more on a level line.
  2. I reattached the banner using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card even more depth.
  3. I adjusted the knot in the ribbon so that it was more centered in the space between the right side of the background oval and the edge of the card.

     So that's it! Watch for another design using this layout in a couple of days!

Posted on : Oct 15 2016
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Sheltering Tree Thanksgiving Wishes!

Aloha, all!

     I have been so pleased to have the sentiments in the new stamp set, Basket of Wishes, especially one that I can use for a Thanksgiving Card to send to friends. In today's card, rather than use the "Thankful…" wish with the baskets in the stamp set, I paired it with the tree images from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set.


     I don't usually send out that many Thanksgiving cards, but I do like to send them to family as well as to friends I've not seen in a long time. So I usually send about a dozen or so. This is the second card I've made this year, so I'd better get on the stick before November gets here and I don't have enough time to get them done (on top of all those Christmas Cards I still have to make!).

     I tried coloring the large "leaf" stamp that's in the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set using different Stampin' Write Markers. But when all was said and done, I liked just using one color on the large leaf stamp and then using the smaller dotted stamp to add different colors all over the tree. This card is a blend of both ways of doing this. The next one will just be the coloring in using the small stamp. I'll share that with you here when I make it, hopefully by next week.

     As you might be able to tell with the various cards I've made this fall – for Christmas as well as for other occasions – I've gotten myself into a Crumb Cake Cardstock rut. OK, maybe it's not a rut as I'm not using it for every card. But it's that time of the year when there's more of an earthy color around areas where the leaves are changing color. And Crumb Cake (or, as it used to be known, Kraft) color works well with the fall colors. And then Stampin' Up! introduced the Warmth and Cheer suite of products, with Designer Series Paper that's filled with the Crumb Cake color. Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green go as well with Crumb Cake as do the fall colors of reds, rusts, golds and oranges! So a Crumb Cake card base it is!

     To pick up the more orange colors in the fall tree, I added as a finished touch a mat made of Peekaboo Peach, along with a bow wrapped and tied with Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon. It definitely does bring out the color in the tree!

     Here are links to the two stamp sets that I used in today's project, along with the ribbon. Click on the pictures if you're interested in buying any of these products from my Stampin' Up! store!


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Posted on : Oct 14 2016
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I Love it When I Learn Something Completely New!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you from the start that this is not my typical blog post. Oh, it's "paper crafting" in a way, but not completely. You see, this week is a light work week for me, and I'm taking the time to catch up on some projects I've been neglecting. Most of those are scrapbooking, and all of them involve working with Project Life.

     For those of you who've never heard of Project Life, it's a way of scrapbooking things that go on all through the year using pocket pages for photos, journaling, and embellishments. I dabble in it enough to know I really like it, but I don't spend enough time on it to do it justice. Today I learned a whole new way to capture my memories with Project Life – going Digital! OK, digital Project Life has been around for a while now. But just today I jumped in to see what it's really like. Oh, man, was the ease with which I made two pages an eye-opener!


     To begin, I actually made two pages (one pocket sheet, front and back) to capture some photos and memories of two events in which my Family and Community Education (FCE) Club has been involved. But they are 12" x 12", to fit in an album that's ongoing with the group. But I really wanted to share what I've done with the group's members now rather than at the next meeting. With my light work schedule this week, I decided to find out more about the digital version.

     It. Is. So. Easy.  Now, having said that, you do have to have some rudimentary understand of how to use Photoshop Elements (the easy version of Photoshop). The good news is that the Becky Higgins websites have lots of videos to help you with this. And they helped me immensely today!


     The basic concept is that you can buy and download Photoshop templates and insert your own photos and journaling. Since I have that rudimentary knowledge of how to use Photoshop Elements, and I have a copy of the program already on my computer, I only had to go through a couple of videos. If you're starting from scratch, you may need a few more. But once you get the hang of this, the sky's the limit!

     These two pages have only photos and journaling. But there are also ways to embellish your pages, including with stamps (stamp brushes in Digital talk), to make them sparkle a bit more than these fairly plain pages do.

     There are two links you'll want to follow to get more information – including this FREE introductory kits that I used for today's project! It's not a Stampin' Up! kit, but it was free, to get me started.

  • The main Becky Higgins Digital Project Life website here. Be sure to check out the "Get Educated" tutorials on this page!
  • Description of the Stampin' Up! Digital Project kits here.

     If you already have Photoshop Elements, and you're interested in digital scrapbooking, I'd advise you to try out the free started kit that the Project Life folks have on their site. Then I'd definitely go check out all the Stampin' Up! digital kits available. You'll have great fun with it!


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Posted on : Oct 12 2016
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Tea Bag Fun With Holiday Papers!

Aloha, all!

     When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).

     So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.


     The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.

     Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).

     For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

     To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.

     I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)

     And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!


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Posted on : Oct 10 2016
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