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Hampton Art & Echo Park BLOG HOP!

You’re here!!!! *throws confetti* Now the paaar-tay can start!

Welcome to the Hampton Art and Echo Park BLOG HOP! You’re half way through now.. just a few more to go! Here’s the blog hop line up if you need it:

I hope you’ve enjoyed everything you’ve seen so far. How fun right? Amazing paper and terrific stamps to coordinate? Purty snazzy! PLUS there’s a giveaway!.. Extra snazzy!

Here’s a peek at the brand new EP stamps. Such fun designs!

Let me guess, you want them all? I knew you would!

I created a card using Everyday Eclectic mixed with the oh, SNAP stamp set from Hampton Art. I used the doily and the star to create a background then I washed it out a bit with white ink. I embellished with some stickers, washi tape (from Michaels), and flair from my shop, Paper Play Studio (ENTER HOPSHIPFREE for FREE SHIPPING through Sunday the 28th!)

I just love that camera sticker!


GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win either a stamp prize from Hampton  Art or one of three collection kits from Echo Park Paper, please  continue on the blog hop leaving a comment on each blog. Winners will be selected and announced both on the Echo Park Paper and Hampton Art  blogs on Monday, April 29th. All comments are due by Sunday, April 28th  at midnight EDT to qualify.

I hope you liked the card I shared today! Time to keep on hopping! Next up is the wonderful Susan!

And if you’d like to follow me, like my page on FACEBOOK and check me out on INSTAGRAM!

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Welcome to the Echo Park November blog hop!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!! *waves* Thanks for joining us for the Echo Park Paper monthly DT blog hop! I always love you all stopping by to tell me how much you love me, lol jk! (But.. feel free to! Heh!)

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, November 25rd to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, November 26th,  so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck!


I have two little projects and a recipe to share.. oh, yes! It’s that time of year! All our butts will grow two sizes and I am here to help! No need to thank me.

But just in case you’re lookin’ forward to a more round back side…. You’re welcome.


First up I have this DARLING snowman container. This doesn’t have too much Echo Park going on, but that’s ok! That’s why I have two projects to share. For both my projects I used Echo Park Paper’s ‘This & That Christmas’. So lovely!

I mean seriously. I die. How CUTE is this? Look at this face! Looook!

To create this I used my Sizzix eclips cutting machine and the SVG Cuts kit,  Christmas Open House. I absolutely love how this snowman goes together! A perfect sized treat container, too! I cut the body out with Carta Bella kraft cardstock which is GREAT for die cutting. It’s nice and thick and holds shape very well. I used some Echo Park clear stamps (Holly Jolly Christmas and Season’s Greetings from 2011) to stamp brown snowflakes all over. The idea of this was inspired by my friend Thienly (since she recently did a kraft paper snowman), and also the banana bread packaging that I am about to share..

Yup! ‘nana bread packaging.. here it is! Mmmmmmm! Smells SO good! If you wanna smell some too.. I am going to share the recipe with ya in a bit! Until then, feel free to lick your computer screen.

A big yummy loaf of greatness!

Yes, folks.. dust off that paper crimping tool! I love mine and especially love it over kraft cardstock! Made a beautiful textured bread wrap. Love the look of the brown stamped snowflakes all over.

See that ’25′ flair? That’s from my little flair shop, Paper Play Studio! You can find it in the December Daily 8pk of flair!

And TODAY (Monday 11/19) is the last day to use the code ILOVEPPS for the buy 2 get 1 free deal! This is my LAST sale of the year!  Check out my FACEBOOK page for more details or head on over to the store to check out all my FLAIR!

Sooooo.. here’s where I ask ya, “What did ya think?.. You likey?”..

I hope I’ve inspired ya.. and if not.. I hope you leave here with a craving for banana bread at least! LOL!

Not inspired and hate bananas? Well, you’re just no fun then!


I am kidding of course.. You’re still fun…. ish.



Preheat that oven, y’all and find some practically rotten bananas!

Here’s the RECIPE I use. I do make it my ‘own’ though. I use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 4 VERY ripe smallish/medium bananas (mash ‘em reaaaally good.) And people, for the love of muffin tops, use REAL butter! It makes all the difference in your baking. Oh.. and I do 1/2c brown sugar and a 1/2c white sugar. PERFECTO! This recipe is FABULOUS and peeps ask me all.the.time how to make it.

Now that I’ve rambled, threw some photos at ya, and made you hungry, I will send you off to the sweet and talented Linda Auclair

If you happen to stumble upon my blog, or ya lost your way.. here’s the hop list! Remember to leave comments for a chance to WIN!! PLEASE try to remember to leave a way to contact you. If you enter your email address for my blog, it will NOT show up when you post. Only I will see it….. and I only send SPAM emails for discounted Viagra to people who don’t like bananas.

That’s it! Have a great week!

Huh.. just realizing that someday someone might Google ‘discounted Viagra’ and end up on my blog.. LOL! “I don’t have that, but here’s a very exciting paper snowman to look at!!”

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Simple Spooky Cutie Cards!

** Looking for the Echo Park Blog hop? Click HERE (or scroll down this post!) **

Have I mentioned I love the SVG Cuts SpoOOOoky Cuties collection? I have used it quite a few times now.. have a few projects in the works/not posted using them, too! LOVE THEM!

I made this very cute and simple card set in no time at all!

I can’t stand this cuteness! lol! How can you not smile when you see Frankie?

For this project I used some Pebbles Tricks & Treats polka dot paper and AC solid cardstock. The flair is from the always awesome Paper Play Studio, stamp sentiments from My Thoughts Exactly, and the yummy twine is from Trendy Twine!

Loves, love, loves it! *hearts fluttering away towards rainbows and bright sun rays… birds chirping*

I know some special little trick or treaters I will be giving these to!

For FULL details and sizing, etc. Visit the SVG Cuts blog! Everything was cut using eCal software with my Sizzix eclips cutter.


I gotta say, I get in this midset that I need to make ’bigger’ things for SVG Cuts that sometimes I forget smaller projects can be fun and inspiring, too!  Think of all the fun shaped cards you can make! I truly just had ‘fun’ making these!

Also, did ya see the NEW kit! I already made one of those darling turkey’s! I will try and get it posted tomorrow, it is SO cute! This is ‘Happy Thanks Kit’ Get it NOW for FREE with a purchase of $9.98 or more! Use code FREEGIFT at checkout!

Oh! Be sure to stop by this Friday! Lots happening over here! The Carta Bella blog hop will be up and running! PLUS I have FOUR super cool projects to share that I designed for Pebbles! I can not wait! I am going to TRY and do a video for one of the cards I made, but.. don’t hold me to it. It’s pretty cool and I do wanna show you how I made it.

Let me think.. anything else I need to throw at ya right now.. hmmm.. nope. That’s it! See ya!!!

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Great Impressions Stamps and Echo Park Paper DT blog hop!

Lookie who it is! JUST who I’ve been waiting for.. YOU! *waves*


Welcome to the Great Impressions Stamps/Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team and Great Impressions Stamps Design Team are showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from EACH blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing, and a set of two stickable stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.   To qualify for the kit and stamps, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, October 21st to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, October 22nd so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won. (Mine may be a day or two late..) I am also going to throw in this flair collection from my shop, Paper Play Studio! This has been one of my best sellers, it’s beaaaautiful!

If you’ve just stumble upon my blog, you will want to start at the top of this blog hop list! You don’t want to miss any projects, right? Let’s not forget the multiple chances to WIN!



I had a lot of fun working with these cute stamps from Great Impressions Stamps! They are GREAT quality and stamp very clean, as I am sure you’ve noticed from the designers before me! I used Echo Park Paper’s ‘This and That Christmas’.. So just by using those stamps and that paper, it’s automatically a kick butt project!.. Right? *nods*

I made a cute card and gift box set! I think my blog name should be ‘Happy Life, allimakeisboxes’. LOL. If you are a regular around here you know how I love me some packaging. I always have a gift or treat to give.. yet when it comes time to giving, I don’t wanna give out my ‘cool’ stuff, lol.


Here’s my project! Ooooh… Ahhhhh… Ahhh-chooo! (sorry that sneeze snuck in there.. )

Awww, yuh! Not bad for a last minute project, eh.. ehhhhh?… Go me! (Totally was busy this past week/weekend and had to get a project done the day before this hop started.. got this lovely set done in about 1.5hrs… Two points for me!)

Not sure what the ‘points’ are all about.. but it sounded good.

100 points to you for being here! You can get yourself a giant sticky ‘slap hand with that! (You know.. all those cheap crud toys that are worth five cents.. yet you spend $20 in tickets for it? lol)


Anyhow, check out the cute dark brown snowflake stamps on the woodgrain paper! It’s so subtle.. unlike myself.

This darling gift box was created by cutting the ‘glove box’ file from SVG Cuts ‘Mothers Garden’ SVG Kit! It’s fabulous and a perfect size! (although I switched up the top and added in stars in my eCal cutting software)  This would be great for cookies, etc.

I think I say ALL my packaging ideas are great for treats and cookies.. LOL. Soooomebody likes treats!

Really though.. what else can I say?

“This is the perfect box for your gum wrappers, nose hair trimmings, and used toothpicks!”

Yeah. Treats it is!

This card is ‘the card the wasn’t suppose to be’… I was stamping on a Canvas bag and felt like a turd. I JUST made some canvas stamped bags and my regular blog readers might start to get bored with me. “Hey, Tamara.. While you’re stamping on that 100,000th canvas bag, why don’t ya shove your head it in?.. Booooring”. So, to prevent this, I cut up the bag and slapped it onto a card base after I frayed the edges and stitched around them. Add on some ribbon, button, brad, and a sticker.. why.. You have yourself a cool and unique card! Yes.. I amaze myself! I love when things just ‘happen’. I thought the card needed something with it, so while resisting the urge to stamp 20,001 more canvas bags for my project, I made the gift box.

Are you tired of my rambling yet? I am sure you’d loooove me to ramble on for days, but I have some trash TV ‘reality’ shows calling me from my DVR… “Taaaaaamara.. come watch us so you can feel better about yourself” I can choose from Hoarders, or New Jersey Housewives. lol. Both? Me thinks so!

I will now send ya off to Jennifer I am sure she will have some lovely stamped yumminess for you!

And since I am soooo close to my 3,000 followers on FACBOOK.. will you please come ‘like’ me if you wanna be a cool kid? It’s true.. My followers are the coolest around! Dooo iiiiiit! *smiles* I promise not to sneeze on you anymore.

Feel free to pin my project! My green ‘pin it’ link is not working, but you can use that snazzy gray/red one! THANKS!


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It just wouldn’t be a Fa-BOO-Lous week without some TRENDY TWINE!

Day four of my Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween week and we’re still going strong with awesome giveaways and amazing projects! So much fun on one blog.. how is this possible?.. lol *wink*

So, you all might have seen me mention Trendy Twine in.. oh.. every post so far this week! This is my ‘go to’ twine. I am picky about my twine. I don’t like it too thick, I don’t like it to get fuzzy.. and I don’t like it to unravel too easily. Is that asking too much? I mean REALLY now? And with the variety of colors Trendy Twine has, it’s easy to find what you need! When I saw peeks of the new Halloween colors I was SO excited. I had to have them ALL. (Actually going to order a big spool of the grape licorice.. I LOVE it so much!) I love unique colors that not every other twine shop has and Trendy Twine does a great job of keeping things new and fresh!

To show off this yummy twine I brought along some fun and talented guest designers! Six of them! LOL.. So you’re sure to see some fun ways to use twine today. Before we get started PLEASE go show Lesley of Trendy Twine some loooove on FACEBOOK. She’s so sweet and you’ll love seeing all the DT members projects and peeks of new twine, etc. They also have a fun ‘BOO! Too Cute to Spook!’ challenge. You have GOT to see all the cute projects shared! So fun!


OK.. let’s get started with the projects! First up.. you guessed it.. ME!!!! *dances a little jig* <— Blame the wine for that. I see to have awesome dance moves when I have wine. Does that happen with you, too? I thought so.

I kept this project simple. I like squeezing ‘simple’ in here and there. It’s refreshing to know a project doesn’t HAVE to take you hours. I made both of these treat pillow boxes in 30 minutes or so. Which isn’t bad for someone who gets distracted by shiny things. And I have a lot of shiny things around me right now.. one of them being my forehead.. yeah. I need a shower. It’s been a LONG day (Writing this on Wednesday night… Zzzzzzzzz.. Where’s my bed?.. Oh that’s right. It’s being held down by 3 piles of laundry at the moment. Eh. Come fold my laundry! It smells pretty… and I promise to remove all undies for you…. You don’t wanna see those.. or.. do you? Creep. Move along now. This is Fa-BOO-Lous HALLOWEEN week.. not creepy undie peeker week.





That’s in December.


*clears throat*

Sooooo.. Anyhow, back to my simple pillow boxes. Stay on task, Tamara! *shakes fist*

Here they are in their twined up cuteness!

I trimmed some paper (Pebbles Tricks & Treats!.. Which I will be using for a guest designer spot with them VERY soon!) to fit around. Cut a spider web border from the Gimme Candy Boxes SVG kit for the bat box. The ghost and bat are cut from the Spooky Cuties SVG collection from SVG Cuts. I added some jewels, Trendy Twine, Flair from Paper Play Studio, and touches of washi tape! The stamps are from My Thoughts Exactly! (Use code MTELUVHLCW for 15% off your order for this Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween week!)

I added some vellum behind the ‘window’ to resemble the moon… but I kinda failed.. and it just looks like.. well… a window with vellum behind it. LOL! *hangs head*

Watch out for that GHOST!

And hey you! Don’t you forget about my Ghostess with the Mostess challenge! Link up a GHOSTY project.. or two for a chance at winning that prize! Only a few linked up right now so get on that… you know you wanna!!


Let’s continue! First up for my talented guest designers is Kerri! She’s a fun crafty friend and also sponsored a Simple Stories collection kit for one of the prizes! She created this cool witch pin! I just love it! Kerri said, “For this project I wanted to step outside of my crafty box and do a little something I don’t do often. I decided on a quick, simple jewelry project with a Halloween theme. This witch pin was created with just a few supplies and turned out so cute. Everyone is going to want to try this one! “

Find Kerri at her Craft Time and Cupcakes! blog.


Next is Sukie! I just LOVE what Sukie did with her mummy! This is totally fun and I know my kids would love to get a card like that! Sukie said, “This mummy card was created using the mummy cut from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  I simply wrapped Black Licorice Trendy Twine around the mummy and added some wiggly eyes.  The card was finished off with a tulle bow topped off with a Lime Licorice Trendy Twine bow.”

You can find Sukie’s fun blog HERE. Stop on by because she’s having a giveaway as well! More free stuff? Yes, please!


Dawn is next up! I just love her cute little hanging banner! Wrapping the Trendy Twine around the edge of the frame looks fabulous!…. Oh, waaaait.. Ahem. I meant Fa-BOO-Lous. She did a great job using the Lime and Orange Licorice colors!

You can find Dawn on her blog HERE! Stop by and say hello!


Now it’s the talented Jessica’s turn! I love Jessica’s work and am happy to have her here! So here’s another awesome project for some twine flingin’ inspiration.. She created this cool decor piece, an altered candle! CUTE! Jessica said, “My lame babble: I made a fun Frankenstein candle last year for Halloween and it was a big hit. So this year I decided to make something a little more cute! I stamped on some burlap using My Thoughts Exactly’s Fright Night Friends stamps and wrapped it around a candle. Then I tied a little Trendy Twine around the top of the burlap. I used lime licorice, grape licorice, and orange licorice Trendy Twine. I used the matching Fright Night Friends SVGs to cut out the ghost, bats, and moon. I wanted the Trendy Twine colors to pop so I left all the Fright Night Friends kraft color. My little ghost friend is on a wobble so he moves a little bit. And of course the bats are flying around the moon thanks to some twisted wire.”

So awesome! I love the pop of color with the twine! You can find Jessica on her blog HERE.. and she’s also on FACEBOOK! Stop by and give her a ‘like’ You’ll love her work!


Workin’ our way down this list of awesomeness.. we are now to Jamie! I just love what Jamie made as she used some SVG Cuts! This shoe is FABULOUS! So easy to put together! Here’s what Jamie had to say, “I made a Witch’s Shoe Treat Box from SVGcuts, decorated with Lime and Grape Licorice Trendy Twine and some Jaded Blossom Stamps.”

You can find Jamie’s lovely work in a few places! So get to stalkin’.. er. I mean following!


Hmm. Does this come in a size 7?



Can you believe we are to the last project already? You’ve been on this blog post for hours now. Hey, you there.. reading my blog. Nice pajama pants you got on there.. at 2:00 in the afternoon!!!!

I’m just messin’ I will be real with you all. I sit around in jammie, lounge, yoga pants allllll day unless I go somewhere. I HATE being tied up in jeans while at home. A girl needs to breathe! Seriously!

OK, folks.. here’s my last guest designer of the Fa-BOO-Lous week! Yup.. it will be just crazy me all alone tomorrow showing off some DIY decorations I’ve done… and hopefully by then you won’t be thinking about my undies anymore.


Meet Anita! I am so glad she joined me! She made a super unique project that I am sure you all will love! She created a Halloween egg decoration with TWINE.. and lots of it! Anita said, “I used a water balloon and blew it up and then ran through Trendy Twine through watered down Elmers Glue.  I then wrapped it all around the balloon and let it dry overnight.  I popped the balloon and then did my decorating.”

How creative is that? If you’d like to check out all of Anita’s other work, you can find her blogging HERE!



I do believe my carpel tunnel has flared up now. lol.

This was such a  fun filled post though! Thank you ALL who joined me as guest designers here!  Now to get on with the goods.. the REALLY good goods.. the GIVEAWAY!

Simply leave a comment for a chance to win THIS:

  • Bo Bunny Whoo-ligans papers with two glitter papers and stickers
  • Five State Line canvas bags
  •  Sampler mini set from Trendy Twine (Please follow on their Facebook if you use it!)
  • $10 gift certificate to My Thoughts Exactly
  • 3 rolls of washi tape (One donated by my friend Thienly since I realized I already had it after she gave ti to me, lol)
  • Oraneg ric-rac that coordinates with the paper line
  • 2 large test tubes with corks. Perfect for Halloween projects!
  • Pack of Thickers

Fun, fun, fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! PLEASE check out the other posts and all the other projects and giveaways!! You’ll love ‘em! And if you don’t you’re crazy. Crazier than I am.. and that’s sad.


*waves* Click HERE to go to my main blog page and scroll through all the fun posts so far!

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State Line Canvas bags… You know you want ‘em!

Who loves a good canvas bag? Who loves a good canvas bag filled with TREATS?.. Uh. ME! I just had to do a little feature with a small side giveaway this week showing you these cool canvas bags from State Line Bag co! They offer a variety of sizes.. which is great! We are women (and maybe a few men are here) and we like variety, right? State Line Bags has canvas bags ranging in sizes from 2.75″ x 4″ to 12″ x 16″.  These are perfect for gift giving! Think holiday Christmas gifts especially! If you have 14 and 1/2 thumbs like me, you probably hate wrapping odd shaped stuff. With these, you can easily stamp on a bag, add a tag, and throw it at the person it’s for. (OK.. throwing might be a bit mean.. but I am feelin’ feisty right now.. so ya’ll better run for cover.. I’m throwing canvas bags around! *whoosh* <—- That was a canvas bag full of chocolate being thrown by your head. I warned you!)

So, to show you the awesomeness of these bags I brought along my craftalicious friend, Thienly from Mod Paperie. (I have been meaning to tell her to call herself ‘Vintage’ Paperie instead.. I think it fits better… lol. Am I right? Of course I am.. And yes, you can hire me for blog naming services. You can pay me in coffee. Venti’s only)


So, let’s get started. Settle yourself down now. I am sure you’re squirming around in your seat because you are just DYING to see some canvas deliciousness.

Don’t those ruffles look adorable? Especially with that frayed edge and black zig-zag stitching! I cut off the drawstring, added black eyelets and some Trendy Twine (Who I will be featuring tomorrow with a GREAT giveaway and awesome guest designers!) to make my bag a little more unique! Then I stamped all over my bag with some fun My Thoughts Exactly stamps; ‘Fright Night Friends’, which you can possibly WIN (see details below). I stamped onto another canvas bag for the ghost, candy corn, and bat and then cut them out and adhered them onto my bag! Thought that was pretty fun looking.


Anyhow, here’s Thienly’s super cute version of the State Line canvas bags. I love her added touches of burlap behind the stamped pieces.

Thienly said, “I knew when I saw these canvas bags, I HAD to add some burlap to it.  These go together so well, and I’ve been loving the way it looks together.  Of course, I had to share my love for Unity Stamp Company – their stamps are perfect for projects like this. Instead of the string that come with the bag, I replaced it with black twine to add to the Halloween feel”

What a perfect little treat bag! Thank you so much, Thienly, for joining me today!  Thienly is also having a giveaway for some of these bags on HER blog! Head on over and leave her some love and enter for a chance to win some! She’s giving away 25 of them! You’ll be set! She’s also got a facebook page.. stop by and say hello! She’s got some serious talent! Seriously. Serrrrriously. (said in a faux drunken slur). You’ll want to stalk her… and smell her hair.

LOL! Gosh.. I am so weird. I was just ‘whining’ to Thienly about how long blog posts take and I am sooo tired.. well duh. They take so long because I ramble on about throwing canvas bags at people and being a creepy hair smelling stalker. Jeez. Someone needs a therapist.


Now for my fun little giveaway! Don’t forget I have SEVERAL giveaways happening right now so check the main blog page! There’s also a fun challenge which includes a prize.

So here’s what’s up for grabs in this post:

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win:

  • A collection of 4×6 bags from State Line Bag Co.
  •   ’Flower’ Sew Ribbon tool.
  • $10 gift certificate to Paper Play Studio
  • Fright Night Friends stamps from My Thoughts Exactly! Also, use code MTELUVHLCW to get 15% off your stamp order! Fun, fun! Also stop by the MTE Facebook page and give them a ‘like’ to keep updated on new releases, etc.!

You love it?… You want it? Do you want to smell Thienly’s hair?… Just leave a comment! All winners form the Fa-BOO-Lous week will be announced on Monday 10/8 right here on my blog!

And if you’re new here, stop by my FACEBOOK PAGE and give me a LIKE! I am trying to get to 3,000 followers by the end of the year.. Just need about 130ish more! Eeeek! I might be having an awesome giveaway when I get there! *wink* (Really I just need attention and would like to know 3,000 people are looking at my projects and awesome rambling)… heehee *snort*


I have TWO posts up for today. You will NOT want to miss the post all about SVG Cuts! My guest designers rocked it and there’s a GREAT giveaway! Fun, fun.. head on over CLICKY HERE!


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Welcome to the Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween week!

Holy amazeballs! It’s here! My Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween inspiration week! I am super excited to get this rolling, share some projects from myself and the amazing guest designers, have you all visit my blog just because you love me.. lol. and give away some Fun stuff! Are you ready? I hope you have spread the word and invited your friends on over to play along! If not, please do! And if you’re new here please go and ‘LIKE’ my Facebook page! This way you can see my coolness and get all the latest updates and project features! (Plus I REALLY would like to get to 3,000 followers by the end of the year!)

So, to kick off my Halloween week, it’s just myself in this post. Little ‘ol me and this cute altered decor piece made with some super cute Doodlebug Designs Haunted Manor paper! I really Love Doodlebug and their cuteness factor. It’s hard for me to turn away anything cutesy. I love all styles of Halloween! Bright and fun.. like this haunted Manor collection.. and also the vintage look, glam, modern, etc. It’s all soo fun! Plop a pumpkin or ghost on it and I am sold!

Here’s my project! I took a tray from a little wood planter box set and made the base of it into a hanging ‘frame’. It was pretty easy to make and I am quite pleased with how it came out! It matches my dining room perfectly! (I posted pics of it HERE yesterday, take a look! I LOVE all that glitter!)


THAT right there is cuteness times a billion!

Yes, I like patting myself on the back. lol.

(The tombstone is from an older collection, but I just had to add it in!)

I added talc powder to the back of the tree sticker to make it not sticky, then I bent up the branches to add dimension.. Me likey!

The big ‘ol bow with rosette? *squeel*. You know me and my rosettes!

I stinkin’ LOVE the Doodle pop stickers! I hoard them.. really. Toooo cute! Want some? I can share.. Maybe. We will see how nice your comments are. (LOL jk!) Check out this prize pack my dearest Halloweeeenies!

Leave a comment for your chance to win this yummy pile of goodness! ONE winner will be picked and announced on MONDAY 10/8 right here on my blog!

Here’s what’s included:

  • $25 giftcard to Michaels
  • Doodlebug Designs Plain & Simple album
  • Doodlebug Designs Halloween twine
  • Four Doodle pop stickers
  • 6×6 pad of Doodlebug Designs Haunted Manor
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • 6 piece of Paper Play Studio deluxe Halloween flair

Love it? You know you love it!

Don’t forget, this week you can get 15% off your stamp order with code MTELUVHLCW at My Thoughts Exactly! Here’s some of what you can find there!

Fright-Night-Friends   Halloween-Subway-Art


Also! Don’t forget to link up a ghost themed project HERE for a chance to win another fun prize pack! Let’s see those ghosties!

I will see you tomorrow along with some fo the TALENTED Carta Bella design team showing off some amazing projects using All Hallow’s Eve! It’s gonna be greeeeat!

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Ghostess with the Mostess design challenge!

Let’s have some ghosty fun!

This challenge is easy and comes with a chance to win a prize! Wanna play along?

  • Create ANY type of project featuring a GHOST! It can be anything! Paper crafts, sewing, etc, etc. As long as YOU made it! You can enter multiple times! NO super old blogentries.. at least have them be from this year! No linking your ghost card from 1998. LOL!
  • Post it to your blog or photo sharing website and link it up below! If you are uploading your project to your blog, PLEASE link back to this challenge.
  • ONE lucky ghosty will win the fa-boo-lous prize pack shown.
  • Entries are accepted up through Sunday night. On MONDAY 10/8 come back to my blog and all winners from the Fa-BOO-Lous week will be announced!

Sound fun? Of course it does!

I’ve got some inspiration to share with you all to get your wheels turning! Plus, Michelle at Designs on Cloud 9 has created this freebie ghost SVG file to download! You can use this in your project if you’d like, or just keep it for something else! It’s super cute! If you’re on Facebook it would be so nice to stop by the Designs on Cloud 9 page and thank Michelle for her adorable freebie and for being a sponsor for this challenge!



For some inspiration we have a Lovely guest designer (and sponsor!) Alyssa from My Thoughts Exactly! She has created this ‘BOO’tiful ghost shaker card! This card also features some Trendy Twine which you will see pop up in a few prize packs this week!

Visit Alyssa’s blog!

Alyssa says: “For the Ghostess with the Mostess challenge I decided to create a sparkly ghosty shaker card. To create the shaker window I used the My Thoughts Exactly Fright Night Friends SVGs and I stamped the window using the ghost from the MTE Fright Night Friends stamp set. Of course I couldn’t resist adding googly eyes! I filled my shaker window with pearly white glitter. To finish it off I embellished the card with the Happy Halloween sentiment and candy corn stamps, Orange Licorice and Grape Licorice Trendy Twine, and an adorable chevron piece of flair from Paper Play Studio!”

Thanks, Alyssa! Don’t you just LOVE her card!? I am SUCH a huge fan of this stamp set, too! If you would like to snag this set for yourself, OR any other of the awesome sets at My Thoughts Exactly, Use the special offer code MTELUVHLCW for 15% off your order! (Good through the Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween week only!) If you’re on Facebook, please swing on by her FACEBOOK PAGE and say hello! She’s been a fabulous sponsor this week and we of course want to spread the love!


For my part, I have a simple non-paper crafty project to share! A spooooky cheese cloth ghost! My kids LOVE these! I have them hanging around our livingroom and when the ceiling fan is on they move around and look like they are ‘floating’.

Here’s a short ‘step by step’ on how to make one:

  • SUPPLIES: Cheesecloth, ‘eyes’, styrofoam balls, and thread or fishing line.
  • Step 1: Fold cheese cloth in half and cut a half circle on the fold.
  • Step 2: Rip/cut edges of cheesecloth to shred it up a bit. Open the cheese cloth circle and lay flat and place a styrofoam ball in the center.
  • Step 3: Thread some fishing line or thread through a needle and poke it through the center of the ball from the bottom so the thread comes up through the top for hanging. Tie a knot so it doesn’t slip out.
  • Step 4: Fold the cheese cloth over to cover the ball to create the ‘ghost’ and add some eyes! That’s it! A great project for kids to do. :)

Alrighty, on to the PRIZE!

For each NEW ghost themed project you link up, you will be entered for a chance to win:

  • American Crafts adhesive chalkboard labels
  • Ten clear test tubes (Perfect for Nerds candies or gummy worms!)
  • Four 5×7 kraft paper bags. So fun to alter and stamp on!
  • A pack of syrofoam balls to make your own ghosts!
  • My Thoughts Exactly sentiment stamps (Ghostly Greetings)
  • Green glittered chipboard alpha stickers by K&Co.
  • Two washi tape rolls
  • 12×12 Echo Park paper collection kit of Chillingsworth Manor
  • $20 gift certificate to Designs on Cloud 9

WOW! I can not wait to see all your projects! Link up all the way through Sunday 10/7 to qualify!

Don’t forget to come back DAILY to see new projects, enter new give aways and have fun! Thanks for joining me for my Fa-BOO-Lous Halloween week! See ya tomorrow!

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Welcome to the Carta Bella design team blog hop!

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Join our Design Team on their individual designer blogs as they share their current projects using Carta Bella Paper products. Follow the blog hop list below to hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive a Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on each corresponding blog. All comments are due by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 27 to qualify. Winners will be announced on each blog on Friday, September 28 to be sure to check back to see if you won!


YAY!!! This is the very FIRST Carta Bella DT blog hop! So exciting! I still feel so lucky to have been asked to join this amazing design team with this new awesome company! *pinch me!* I hope you’ve been inspired from some of the projects you’ve seen already!

Today I have a fun treat bag set to share using All Hallows Eve! I Just LOVE a good Halloween collection.. and this one is.. well.. extra, extra good! lol!

So fun! I just got those ghost and spooky tree dies from Sizzix and HAD to use them! I love the look of those ghost floating around on the curled wire. I always say you can tell if it’s my project as it will usually have a die cut, pleated trim, or rosette of some sort… but I think I need to add ‘wire’ to that list. I’ve noticed I’ve been using wire a lot lately!

Here’s some close up shots..

I took the poison label sticker from the All Hallows Eve kit collection and ripped it up a bit and rubbed on some gray ink for a ‘worn’ look. Totally works for this project! I stamped the background of the bag with a Unity distressed dots stamp.

The cute skeleton hand flair button? That’s from my shop, Paper Play Studio!!  And just for you all, I have a special code through this week only for the blog hop, use code CB15 for 15% off of ANYTHING in the shop. Good through Friday, 9/28!

Image of Oct 31st - Set of 8 flair buttons

That gray and black twine is my FAVORITE right now for Halloween projects! It’s from Trendy Twine!

And last here’s the CUTE witch hat sucker holder. Fits a Tootsie Pop perfectly! This is a freebie file from SVG Cuts!

Hopefully this has inspired you for some fun Halloween treat packaging ideas!

Don’t forget to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered for a chance to win a Carta Bella kit of your choice! We all are giving away a kit to a lucky winner! Tiem for me to send you on to the next DT member, Pam B.!



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Latest SVG Cuts project!

Whoo-hoo! I am pretty excited about this one! I think it came out pretty darn cute! My latest project for SVG Cuts is this cute tiered vintage Halloween gift box set! Fill this up with treats or little Halloween gifts and you’re set!

I used the following collections:


Looking for a creative way to package some spooky treats for someone? Want a fun and easy Halloween decoration? This is perfect for that! Create this to give a yummy gift, or just for yourself to sit on the table and admire your awesome work! It looks great and very easy to create with just three kits!

Get the full sizing details HERE! 


I pulled out my good ‘ol paper crimping tool! Love the texture it gives!


The hat GLOWS! Yep! Just add a battery operated tea light!



I used a mix of Carta Bella and My Mind’s Eye paper. And of course it was all cut on my Sizzix eclips!

Whatcha’ think?! I hope you love it.. Even if you don’t care for Halloween, you can make one for any occasion or holiday! There’s LOTS of various SVG kits to choose from that you can use to customize your boxes! And don’t forget about the SALE! Labor Day sale happening now for 25% off!

And have you checked out my shop lately?! I have a special deal ending today for $1.00 off some yummy FLAIR sets! And the new sets include a bonus flair! (for a limited time only!)


Alrighty, off ya go! I hope you all have a greaaaaat weekend! See you again soon! I have a fun non-paper crafty project to share on Monday! *high five*

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