Halloween Treat Bags

We’re going to start the week off with another guest project from Dawn Gross. I love that Stampin’ Up! offered discounted bundles in this season’s Holiday Catalog because you can whip up something quickly and it’s still so cute!

The Googly Ghouls Bundle includes goggly eyes, treat bags, Googly Ghouls stamp set, and pumpkin pie baker’s twine (only available in this bundle; the pictured twine is a substitute). Dawn took it one step further by running the bags through the Chevron embossing folder to add texture.

You can make a banner several ways: (1) carefully snip the ends of each side with scissors; (2) use the corner of a square punch; or (3) use the Itty Bitty Banner die (available in the Annual Catalog)!

Stop by Dawn’s blog, Dawn’s This and That, to see more projects she’s created!


Halloween Bottle Treat

One of my favorite things to make is event decor, but especially favors! Which is probably why I try to give a small treat to every guest at every one of my workshops. Today’s feature is the favor from my September Halloween-themed workshop.

These are empty beer bottles that I saved up for this very purpose. I soaked them all in soap and water, scraped the labels off, and let them dry completely before decorating them. Let’s start with my best tip for these: use Sticky Strip and Glue Dots! Because Stampin’ Up! card stock is so thick and bottles are round, I do not recommend using tape runner.

I decided to use a less traditional color scheme of purple and green with a hint of orange. (I chose to use green beer bottles to help with the color, but you could use clear and fill them with colored candy.) The zig zag border is Basic Black card stock cut from the Finishing Touches Edgelits; it’s combined with Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Patterned Paper.

Googly Ghouls – a great deal at 15% off for the entire bundle! – accents the front of the bottle. I used Lucky Limeade layered with Whisper White to showcase the cutest mummy you’ve ever seen. After I stamped the image, I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Basic Gray to lightly brush the top for a distressed look. The goggly eyes are included in the bundle and already have glue dots attached to the back. The bats are stamped, “fussy cut” (ha!), and adhered with glue dots. I embossed the “Booooo” banner on textured Pumpkin Pie card stock.

The top is covered in cellophane and tied with 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon – one of my favorite ribbons! I used marshmallows for the inside to be sure the candy didn’t interfere with the color of the bottle.



Paper: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Designer Series Patterned Paper (Rich Razzleberry)

Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray, VersaMark

Stamp Set: Googly Ghouls (get the bundle and save 15%!)

Punches: Ticket Corner (retired)

Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Googly Ghouls Bundle, Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponge, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Try applying this same concept to a wine bottle or mason jar for a seasonal home decor project or party centerpiece!

MDS: Whoopie Pie Festival

For those readers that are not from Central Pennsylvania… A traditional whoopie pie is essentially a thick layer of icing sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake. (YUM)

In mid-September, we attended the Whoopie Pie Festival in Lancaster – a day long event full of games, toys, crafts, and hundreds of flavors of whoopie pies. I decided to start scrapbooking digitally because I know myself – and it will not get done if I don’t.

This page was created using the 30-DAY FREE TRIAL version of MDS and only took me about an hour – mostly because I had no idea where anything was or what to do! You can download your trial now, and start designing today. Refer to the My Digital resources on my blog for technique training, new downloads, and the full catalog.

Once you’ve finished designing your project, you can order it to be professionally printed through Stampin’ Up!’s competitively-priced print services.



Background: Day in the Life-7 Designer Series Paper

Embellishments: Staple & Stitching / Chocolate – line 3

Stamps & Ink Color: Ink Splatter 4 (White), Delight in the Day-Create the Moment (Gumball Green), Delight in the Day-Delight in Today (Midnight Muse), Delight in the Day-Times Spent with You (Pumpkin Pie)


Keep your eye out for more projects using My Digital Studio!

Promotions: Single Stamp Pilot & Christmas Gift


Stampin’ Up! announced an exciting promotion, available October 1 – January 2, 2013: Single Stamps! This is a pilot program intended simply to test interest level among customers and demonstrators. A few notes:

  • The pilot is available for three stamp sets: Perfectly Penned, Word Play, and Seasonal Sayings.
  • The stamp pricing, recommended coordinating block, and item numbers are available on the flyers below.
  • Each stamp will be packaged in cellophane bags, rather than the typical case. If you’d like a case for your stamp, you can purchase the Clear-Mount Stamp Cases available in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps do not come with a Clear-Mount Block. You can purchase a block separately if you don’t already have one.
  • There is no limit on how many pieces you can buy; makes a great stocking stuffer!
  • This offer is not available in Quebec.

View the flyers by clicking on the image (or on the Promotions page):



It’s only October, but Stampin’ Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Be sure to use the following item numbers when you place your order, as they are specific to this offer and promotional gift bundle.



Retail Value

Special Price


Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack



132261 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack



132262 Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack



132263 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack



Good Luck Owl

I had planned to participate in Mojo Monday, but when I received this card from my friend, Julie I decided to showcase it instead. Our life is about to get a whole lot busier – I’m starting a new job today!

(That being said, I am planning to post 3 times a week, but bear with me as I get used to a schedule again. :))


Wow!! This a good-luck card Julie gave to me for some encouragement in my new venture. I love these owls – especially the versatility. I am a firm believer that the wow factor is all about the details, and I think this card supports that theory.

The banner is tied with Linen Thread to two Early Espresso card stock poles. The 3/4″ Circle punch and alphabet stamps make the banner – each circle is actually sewn to the next! The grass is torn for a more organic feel and the striped paper gives added interest.

Julie distinguishes the owls as a boy and girl (more specifically, her and her fiancé!) with their clothing – pink / green and buttons / bow. The bow is made of two hearts (from the Owl Punch) tied together with linen thread. You may not be able to see it, but the pink is textured card stock – one more detail. Last but not least, the wings are made from the “icing” using the Cupcake Builder Punch!



Paper: Pretty in Pink (Textured), Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack (Old Olive / Brights)

Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Alphabet

Punches: Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, 3/4″

Accessories: Linen Thread, Needle, Sticky Strip Adhesive

Guest Blogger: Dawn Gross

Please welcome my newest guest blogger, Dawn Gross! Dawn’s card is simple but so cute – who doesn’t love butterflies? The base layer is Wisteria Wonder, a 2011-2013 InColor, complemented with white. Many times I find that using only two colors proves to be more difficult than you would think!

These butterflies are retired (Flight of the Butterfly with Coordinating Punch), but you can easily substitute with Stampin’ Up!’s Elegant Butterfly Punch with any of it’s coordinating stamp sets. Basic Rhinestones and some Baker’s Twine (my favorite!) finishes off the card with a little extra.


Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White

Ink: Wisteria Wonder

Stamp Set: Flight of the Butterfly (substitute Papillon Potpourri)

Punches: Butterfly (substitute Elegant Butterfly)

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Basic Rhinestones, Glue Dots

Change is Good

Over the past few days, I’ve been working to update my blog by adding some new materials and resources for you. Be sure to check out the navigation bar and these new features:

RESOURCES MENU: Find all of the “old” templates along with a new hiding place for all tutorials that have been published on my blog. Each one is available in PDF format, so you can easily print and take it crafting with you! Stay tuned, because I have big plans for the templates page, too!

MY DIGITAL STUDIO: I recently purchased My Digital Studio (MDS) and will be posting projects to show you. But that’s not all! These pages contain handy resources to help you get started with MDS, learn new techniques by video, keep current with the newest downloads, or view the entire catalog.

ETSY & CUSTOM: I’ve opened an Etsy shop! You can now purchase many of the projects featured on my blog, and some new projects. Check back often because I will be adding more items regularly. Interested in custom work? I’ve got you covered! Send me an email with your project details, and let’s get started! AND, please share Studio29Creative Etsy & Custom with your friends and family!


Coming Up – We’re going to finish off the week on Friday with a new guest blogger! 🙂