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Spooky Halloween Card using the Stampin Up Sheltering Tree set!

I believe you can make great holiday cards from your “everyday” stamps.

Recently, I used the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin Up to make a fabulous halloween card. And you can bet I’ll be posting more halloween ideas for the next couple of weeks, so I hope you hit the follow button if you haven’t already!

This is yet another example of using everyday stamps for great holiday cards:

purple halloween card with sheltering tree stamp

Using the Sheltering Tree stamp and the grass from the Enjoy Life set, I was able to make a spooky halloween card, and this card turned out spookier than I expected!

Supplies:

Spooky Steps:

  1. Cut the black cardstock in half to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half for your card base.
    • Cut a 4″ x 1″ strip and reserve for later.
  2. Cut the white cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Stamp the grass from the Enjoy Life set on the white piece in black, and heat emboss. Stamp and emboss your halloween sentiment, too.
  4. Sponge a few smudges of Berry Burst on the white piece, over the embossed grass and sentiment, then sponge Gorgeous Grape over the pink.
  5. Stamp your sheltering tree (without the leaves of course!) in black.
  6. Adhere the black strip below the grass, and adhere the ribbon over it and around the back.
  7. Adhere stamped piece to the black card base. Add bat stickers (or stamp them)!

 

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I hope this halloween tutorial inspired you! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Sport Team Sampler: Decorate and Cheer on your Team!

We are a hockey household. And living in Pittsburgh has ensured our love of the Penguins. Black and gold flows, and we are so glad that it’s finally hockey season again!

We had a few thin cardboard pieces featuring our favorite team. Do you ever save these types of scraps from old tissue boxes or flyers? I typically use my stamps to make cards and scrapbooks, but I wanted to create some home decor for the start of hockey season!!

 

 

 

Supplies:

Steps to Create A Sports Sampler:

  1. I’m using the back of a stand-up calendar from last year which measures 7 1/2″ square, but you could also use a piece of cardboard as the backing, similar to the backing I used for this Nautical Home Decor.
  2. I cut a 7 1/2″ square of Daffodil Delight cardstock and a 7″ square of Black cardstock. Finding your teams colors is easy! Check at the end of the tutorial to find your NHL team colors!
  3. I placed the largest Penguins logo in the center, and used Dimensionals to pop it up and give the decoration some dimension. That left me with about 2″ of black border around the penguin, so I cut 1 1/2″ strips of Daffodil Delight. You’ll need 4- 1 1/2″ squares and 4 1 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles.
  4. Now let’s decorate those squares and rectangles!! I mostly used the Making Every Day Bright stamp set. Between those penguins and the “snow” border, they were too cute. I stamped the penguins on white cardstock scrap, colored in the hat with my yellow marker, and punched each penguin out using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch. Punches make everything so much easier!
  5. Lastly, I stamped “Celebrate” from a previous sale-a-bration set along with some bursts on the corners.

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This sampler was quick and easy to make, and you can make yours with your favorite team. Grab a few pieces with the logo and name, and create a few squares and voila! A sampler that’s perfect for cheering on your team!

Some team colors to try with your sampler!

Don’t see your favorite NHL team or are more of a football/baseball/basketball/other sports fan? Email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com and I’ll help you find the matching cardstock and/or ink colors for your project!

I hope you liked this tutorial. Which team or sport would you make it for? Let me know in the comments! Happy Crafting!

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Lake Scene Thank You Card

In honor of the last day of summer, let’s create a card that reminds us of warm days and refreshing lakes.

Technique Tip: Ink up your acrylic block, and stamp directly on your cardstock.

I created this card to play along with the Color Sisters Challenge (Sfida Palette #58) when I saw the pretty colors!!

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I hope you enjoyed this card! If you’re a fan of the nautical, I think you’ll like this Lighthouse Welcome Back Home Decor or this Stack of Nautical Anchor Cards from ONE kitΒ or this Pop-up Lighthouse Card! Happy Crafting!