Boom! An explosion box, fun to make and even more fun to give!!


I have been wanting to try an explosion box for a long time.  With fall sneaking up on us so fast, I got to thinking that a haunted house for Halloween would be perfect for my first one!  These amazing boxes look like a regular present until you lift off the lid and all the sides fall down to reveal a little 3D scene hiding inside.  They may take a while to construct but I can’t tell you when I have had this much fun paper crafting!  It was so therapeutic designing it, cutting all the little pieces and trying to come up with creative ways to make all the parts.   Such a great time, even my husband got in on the fun helping me come up with a fun way to make the little fence! Since this is a complex project I did write a pretty long post but please take the time to read it all.  There are a lot of fun tips hopefully you will be inspired to make your own explosion box!


The first step is to assemble the box bottom.  It is a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4″ and 8″ on all four sides.  Download the template and box assembly tutorial here.

Next I added the squares of Basic Black to the outside of the box and the Happy Halloween Designer Series Paper (“DSP”).  I wanted the back panel to stand up so the moon and tree would show up behind the house.  Before I adhered this panel to the box, I attached the tree and moon DSP to the Pumpkin Pie square.  Then I drew extensions of the branches using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and two little bats were cut from Basic Black and adhered to the moon. This was set aside.  To make the panel stand up I cut three small trips of scrap cardstock 1″ x 4″ and bent them into an “L” shape.  They were adhered to the back panel and base allowing it to stay upright.  Then I attached the moon panel on top to cover the strips. Next the squares of polka dot DSP were added to the remaining three panels.

I used a piece of Soft Suede cardstock in the center. Since I wanted it to look like a patch of dead grass and dirt Soft Suede ink was sponged randomly on this piece to give it a little “texture”.  The letters B-O-O were cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a little clear Wink of Stella was added to give them a little sparkle.  They were added to the center of the bottom three panels with dimensionals.

I stamped five ghosts on Whisper White with Memento Black ink and cut out using the ghost die. Three were attached to the letters and I set the other two aside to use later.

Now it’s time to start the house.  I have loved these cute little houses since they were introduced last year.  First I cut two of the houses using Basic Gray cardstock. Before assembling I used the embossing paste and brick decorative masks to make the bricks. Since I wanted a slight gray tint, I added a few drops of Smokey Slate into the paste and mixed it all up.  After the bricks were dry I assembled the house using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (“MLG”).  The shingles were cut from Basic Black and attached to the roof.  Don’t throw away the scraps from cutting the shingles, we will use these later on!

Learn how to mix Embossing Paste here

I cut the window frames from Basic Black.  They were glued to scraps of So Saffron then cut them out.  The door is Smoky Slate stamped with the Hardwood background stamp and cut out.  The door frame is Basic Black and the door knob is a little pearl.  One of the ghosts was attached to the house and a few bats were attached in the windows. When fully assembled the house was then glued to the bottom of the box using MLG.  Set aside to dry.

On to the cemetery.  Now this is where I had to really think outside the box.  What was I going to use for the tombstones???  I started flipping through my framelits and looked at the popsicle from Frozen Treats, yup that’s it! I cut two from Smoky Slate and one from Basic Gray, sponged with Basic Gray ink to give the appearance of stone.  They were bent and the trimmed.  The last ghost was attached to the center tombstone so he is peeking out.

The little fence proved to be quite the challenge.  My husband came to my stamp room to see how I was doing.  I was playing with different things but I was stuck on what to use to make the little fence.  He happened to be sitting across from me and was playing with the scraps from the cut shingles  He grabbed my snips, cut a little and voila a little fence! LOVE that man!  Not only has he always supported me in my stamping business but he always willing to help me when I get stampers block.


Me & my husband Brian

The path was torn pieces of Basic Gray then sponged with some Soft Suede to age them.

The final step is the box top.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. Score at 1″ and 2″ on all four sides. Download the template and box lid tutorial here. Assemble the box lid according to the tutorial.  I based this part of the template on the banker’s boxes I use at work for storage.

Attach a Pumpkin Pie square with polka dot DSP panel on top.  Stamp the cat image From Spooky Cat using Pumpkin Pie ink on Whisper White, cut out with the cat punch.  Two ovals were cut from Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie to layer together.  “Trick or Treat” was stamped using a Basic Black Stampin Write marker so I could ink each word separately.  After assembling the oval the cat was adhered using a dimensional.  To add a little extra something, two bats were added and a black rhinestone dots the “i”. The completed oval was attached to the lid using dimensionals. To finish it off a strip of 7/8″ striped ribbon was attached to the edge of the lid.


And the final project!


I knew this little haunted house was going to be a lot of fun to make!  Of course after I was done with this project my head was swimming with all kinds of ideas.  I can’t wait to try my next one!

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Thinking Outside of the Framelit!

Something I like to do is think outside of the box when it comes to stamps, punches or in this case framelits.  While they are fantastic to use for their intended purpose I love the challenge of trying to find a new use for them.

Today’s share uses the Layering Ovals, Snow Friends and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits to create an adorable fall pumpkin!  Enjoy!

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Card Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Halloween Night Specialty DSP (Pumpkin Pie graph check pattern) 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Garden Green cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Crumb Cake cardstock 3 1/4″ x 4″
  • Pumpkin Pie – scrap pieces to cut 5 ovals
  • Garden Green – scrap pieces to cut the swirl and top hat

Framelits Used:

  • Oval Framelit – Inner dimension  1 1/4″ at the widest part x 2 1/4″ long
  • Top Hat – from Snow Friends
  • Swirl – from Cupcake Cutouts

Supplies Used:

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Quick n’ Easy Saturday – Little Vampire Card

It’s Saturday so that means a Quick n’ Easy Card!  Today’s share is a cute Halloween card featuring the sets Cookie Cutter Halloween and Spooky Fun, Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and a touch of Wink of Stella!  Enjoy!


Card Dimensions:

  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic Gray cardstock  – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper – 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock – 2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • Whishper White cardstock – scrap piece approx. 2″ x  2 3/4″ (for the vampire)

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Paper Pumpkin – September 2016

Here is the adorable Paper Pumpkin kit for September 2016 – Something Good to Eat.  It comes with the supplies you need to make 16 treat tubes you can fill with Halloween goodies.  It includes a beautiful stamp set, tags, linen thread and a Stampin’ Spot in Old Olive.


As always here are the treat tubes assembled per the instructions.  I made two with the tags that have the pictures already on them and two using the blank tags to create my own.  For those I used the pumpkin stamp in two very different ways, one as a traditional pumpkin and the other I turned into a Franken-pumpkin, the bolts on his neck are made from the pumpkin stem. Here is a close-up of the treat tubes.


I know many of you aren’t as thrilled when you receive a project other than cards but in that little orange box comes a lot of goodies including awesome stamps that you can use to make some fabulous cards!


The first one uses the flower stamp, stamped in Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip, making the perfect sunflower.


Next up the same stamp but using Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride changes the whole look. I added a few accents using stamps from Flower Patch and made my own background paper.  This makes a nice cheery card and voila this set can be used any time of year!


Last card is a quick Halloween card using Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Pumpkin Pie then add some Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and a little sponging for the perfect easy card..


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Halloween Treat Box


Hello everyone!

It has been a very busy few weeks, between family commitments and not feeling well,  I apologize that I have not been able to devote as much time to my stamping business as usual. But the beauty of having my own business is that I can set my own hours and if I need to take a little time off I can.  That’s one of the reason I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  As long as I meet my minimum requirements for the quarter I can take off as much time as I need to.

But I am back and have been busy in my stamp room this past week creating projects and videos for the upcoming holiday season, I can’t wait to share them with you!  I also spent the entire day with two fellow demonstrators on Saturday planning our upcoming classes showcasing all the great products in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and including some great gift ideas.

Today’s share is a cute little Halloween Treat Box utilizing the Gift Box Punch Board. This tool is amazing!  It can make several different sized boxes in both square and rectangle shapes and once you get the hang of it they are so easy to put together. Not only great for holidays treats and small gifts but perfect for wedding favors too!



Project Dimensions:

  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock – 8″ x 8″ (this will make a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ box)
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock ( 2″ x 5 1/2″ used for the mummy & skeleton)
  • Whisper White cardstock – small scrap approx. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ for the tag
  • Halloween Night Specialty DSP – 2″ x 12″ (I used the striped DSP)
  • Silver Glitter Ribbon – 22″
  • Silver Thread – 6″

Supplies Used:

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October Class Schedules

Let’s get ready to celebrate both Halloween and World Card Making Day!  

World Card Making Day is October 1st this year and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by getting together with us and create 5 cards that are perfect for a variety of occasions!

And let’s not forget Halloween!  You will be making a set of adorable “BOO” boxes using the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series paper, two little treat boxes using the Jar of Haunts set and a treat bag using the set Cookie Cutter Halloween and the coordinating punch!

For more details and class dates please click here!

I can’t wait to see you all in Ocober!!





Happy Holidays – Part 3


Here are a few more card samples using the awesome stamps and accessories from the New 2016 Holiday Catalog that will be available starting September 1st!  If you have any questions on how any of these cards are made please contact me any time!


Cookie Cutter Halloween and the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch are becoming a favorite and I get to use my Aqua Painters!


Paisleys and Posies is a great set for fall but it will be a welcome addition to your stamp collection due to its versatility.


Another cute card featuring Cookie Cutter Halloween, Spooky Fun and Suite Seasons stamp sets and Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.


Using the Spooky Fun set and coordinating Halloween Scenes Edgelits you can create a great Halloween card!

Check back in a few days I will have the last sneak peek before the catalog goes live. Make sure you don’t miss any card ideas by clicking “follow” and don’t forget to share with all your crafty friends!

Thank you for visiting and see you soon!

Happy Stamping!



Happy Autumn!!

100_0848Autumn is a magical time of year. There is the changing of the leaves, the air gets crisper and it’s time to break out the cozy sweaters. Decorating is also a highlight for me. The front of my house always showcases colorful mums, cornstalks, hay bales and of course pumpkins. This year I have another special decoration to add, a gorgeous hat made with the Witches Decor Project Kit and Witches Night stamp set.

The kit contains all paper supplies, pre-cut labels and leaves, accessories and complete instructions. Stampin’ Up! also has a video showing step by step how to construct your hat and tips to make sure your project comes out beautifully. The coordinating stamp set, inks and adhesive are sold separately.

Not only do you get to make this stunning decoration but the kit comes with so many extra pieces you can make several other projects to make your Halloween or Thanksgiving extra special.

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This card was made using one of the pre-cut labels and an extra Spider Web Doily.  I stamped the Happy Halloween image in Elegant Eggplant. Then added two strips of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and a length of Into the Woods 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon.


Again I used one of the pre-cut labels and added the black jewels from the kit,  The Trick or Treat image was stamped using Basic Black Archival ink. I wanted to use a different color palette not typical for Halloween, Elegant Eggplant and Cucumber Crush.  Since the archival ink is waterproof I decided to color the image with Aqua Painters and ink pads.  Just squeeze the lid and pad together to create a pool of ink, dip the Aqua Painter into the ink and color away!  For texture on the two cardstock panels, Decorative Dots and Lucky Stars embossing folders were used. And no card is complete with out a little bling. Black Glimmer paper and a piece of a Spider Web Doily add the perfect finishing touches.


The leaves and acorn cut-outs included with the kit are perfect for a Thanksgiving card.  By adding a panel using Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, A Little Something and Acorny Thank You stamp sets, plus a few accessories and you have the perfect Thanksgiving card.

Even though this kit is geared towards Halloween, I think the versatility is incredible and will really take your creativity to new levels. If you have any questions about this kit or anything in the catalog, please let me know.  I would love to help!

’til next time!


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