Category: Halloween

Paper Pros Challenge – Halloween

Today is the Paper Pros Challenge and it’s Halloween! ¬†The first thing I thought of when I saw Stampin Up’s Season to Sparkle was The Phantom of the Opera ūüôā ¬†So here’s my Phantom card. ¬†The card is a 5 x 7 and has a circle die cut from the front. ¬†The chandelier ¬†is die cut twice – once for the outside (which is mostly trimmed away) and one for the inside. ¬†I covered the chandelier with Glossy Accents and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds. ¬†The jewel border was die cut, colored with Copics and adhered to the top. The graveyard scene is from Karen Burniston’s Halloween Scene die. ¬†First I stamped the Basic Gray card stock using the Marbled background stamp, then I die cut it. ¬†The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock.

On the inside I used Karen Burniston’s Katherine Label die so the chandelier swings above the cemetery as it’s opening. ¬†The little spiders dangle as it moves. ¬†The creates are an Art Impressions stamp – Spooktacular – colored with Copies and fussy cut. ¬†Make sure you check out all the other Halloween creations! ¬†Hugs, Fran

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Haunted House


Time for little spooks and ghouls! ¬†I needed a simple treat for some little boys so I used a file from called Santa’s Sweets to create a Halloween house filled with lollipops. ¬†The stamp set is Cookie Cutter Halloween and the house is made with Halloween Night Specialty ¬†DSP.



The windows have images from Spooky Fun peeking out on vellum card stock.




Happy haunting!  Hugs, Fran

Crazy 4 Challenges – Sketch

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This challenge uses the sketch (which I sort of followed!) ¬†I started with a huge 6 x 8 card and Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups Midnight the Bat and Halloween Scene dies. He is hanging out on Stampin Up’s Sliding Star Framelits so he spins around the tree branch.

PIU Midnight the Bat 02 spinner

PIU Midnight the Bat 02 detail front

Spinners are hard to put down!

PIU Midnight the Bat 02 side

The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s Spooky fun and the DSP is the new Halloween Night Specialty paper. ¬†Check out the other Crazies designs for this sketch! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Halloween

Halloween! ¬†Spooky or cute? ¬†That’s today’s Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.


I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card the Karen Burniston’s new Labels and Circle die and her Halloween Clear stamp with the new Stampin Up Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. ¬†I stamped the sentiment on 3 layers of the Labels and Circles dies and re-stacked them for the front.


And when you open the card –


A cute little Trick or Treat scene featuring the Twist Circle Pop Up die.  The ghosts and pumpkins are from the Halloween Charms die set.  I left the ghost as 3-D pieces so the pop up (!)



The little Trick or Treat bags are hand cut. ¬†So I guess my answer to the challenge question – spooky or cute – is cute! ¬†Make sure to check out the rest of the designer cards by going to Karen’s blog or Facebook page. ¬†Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Girly or Ghouly

I say “Ghouly!”

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This challenge is a Halloween challenge РGirly or Ghouly.  I started with the Karen Burniston Pop It Ups Accordion Circle Card die, the Bat Stencil, Iron Fence Pop Up AND the Halloween Scene die!  Yep РI went a little crazy!

PIU Circle Accordion 04 frontAnd as you peer through the card, you’ll see it just gets worse ūüôā

PIU Circle Accordion 04 open

PIU Circle Accordion 04 left

On the left inside panel I continued with the fence and spider – cutting out the center of the Accordion Circle die.

PIU Circle Accordion 04 center

The center panel uses the Halloween Charms dies Рghost and pumpkins.  Love the 3-D ghost!

PIU Circle Accordion 04 right

The bats and spiders are cut from Stampin UP’s Black Glimmer paper and the sentiment is from Spooky Fun. ¬†And it was fun putting this scene together. ¬†Make sure you check out Karen’s Facebook page and blog for more spooky or girly inspiration! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Midnight the Bat

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Karen Burniston has a new Pop It Ups release Coming Soon and it includes some very cute Halloween dies! ¬†This is Midnight the bat and the new Bat Stencil – LOVE! ¬†To make this card, I used the stencil with embossing paste and Stampin Up’s black ink refill to color it. ¬†I stenciled on some retired Stampin Up Halloween patterned paper. ¬†The moon is a punch with some Smoky Slate ink sponged across it. ¬†Midnight the Bat is done in Basic Gray card stock with a red glitter bow tie. ¬†And the stamp is die cut with Karen’s new Labels and Circles dies.

PIU Midnight the Bat 01 side

The best part of this card? ¬†Midnight the Bat is on an action wobbler! ¬†He’s so cute wobbling on the front! ¬†There are a lot of fun dies in this release! ¬†Pop over to Karen’s blog or Facebook page to see what else is coming! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Hedgehog Halloween


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My favorite part about Halloween is that there are no “rules” to decorating. ¬†Sequins, cobwebs, princesses and ghouls – all go together to create some spooky fun! ¬†This Pop It Ups Rectangular Accordion card is a perfect example of “everything goes!” ¬†I started with 3 of Karen Burniston’s awesome Rectangular Accordion panels in Smokey Slate¬†card stock and the Katie Frame Star Edges in Basic Black. ¬†I stamped the Hedgehog Daisy Halloween stamp set in Basic Gray and colored it with Copic markers.(W7, W5. W3,W1 and W00) ¬†Then I added some washi tape, sequins, and black glitter stars along with a glitter banner and big jewel.

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Here it is open. ¬†Each panel has it’s own character. I used the Katie Flourish Frame Edge on the middle Accordion.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 left side

The moon is lightly colored with a chalk marker.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 middle

The vampire has white chalk marker on the light, cummerbund, and bow tie and the witch has the same marker on her scarf.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 right side

The Rectangular Accordion makes scenes come together in such a fun way!  For matting each image, I also used the matting dies from the Rectangular Pull card.  They all work together!  Perfect!

Haunted Barn

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Are you ready to decorate for Halloween?  How about a haunted barn with decked out characters?  This barn is from and is called РHaunted Barn!  I used some retired Stampin Up Halloween Designer Series paper and LOTS of black card stock to create this cute 3-D.

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There are some really cute details – the corn stalks, lanterns and bats, to name a few.

Haunted Barn 01 Cheepers

And a Haunted Barn needs haunted barnyard animals! ¬†I used Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups characters to create my scene. ¬†First is Cheepers the Chicken appearing as a zombie.

Haunted Barn 01 Brownie

Brownie the cow is a vampire.  His cape was hand cut from washi tape over card stock.

Haunted Barn 01 William

And William the Goat is the devil ūüôā ¬†His cape is cut the same way as Brownie’s.

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The barn is lit from within and really looks cute at night.

Haunted Barn 01

And to make this entire ensemble even better, all the characters are on sale this week!! ¬†Happy haunted shopping spree ūüôā Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 2

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Characters in Costumes – Day 2 ūüôā ¬†And which holiday makes us think of costumes more than Halloween? ¬†So starting with a 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 card, stamped with this awesome image from Stampin Up’s Six Sayings (hostess set in the Holiday Mini)

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And here are the characters!  Everyone is dressed up in their costume for Halloween and popping up on a Lots of Pops die.   The All Season Tree is in the background.  The wagon is hand cut.

PIU Halloween 01 detail

Cheepers the Chicken is dressed as a cowboy. Chilly the Penguin is wearing an Owl mask.  William the Goat is wearing funny glasses and a bow tie.  And Cocoa the Horse is dressed up as bandit.

Hope there’s lots of chocolate involved! ¬†Take time to check out all the other Characters in Costumes on Karen’s Facebook Page. ¬†Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle October Blog Hop


This month, Liz has created a Halloween Haunted House file! ¬†It’s a cute decoration that has plenty of room for at least 3 cards.

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I made it up with the Haunt Ya Later stamp set and Happy Haunting Designer Series paper. ¬†Here’s the house, with the sweet vampire at the door. ¬†The ghosts are cut from the DSP.

Creative Circle October 2015

My cards are all shakers. ¬†After doing this card, I couldn’t resist doing more! ¬†The shaker piece is cut using the Deco Label Collection and filled with sequins, stars and more of that glitter thread stuff (technical term!)

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I cut a spider web doily into quarters (just like the Haunted House) and used the pieces inside of the shakers.

Haunt Ya Later 06

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You can purchase the pattern here and/or leave a comment here for a chance to win a cut out kit of your own.  What was your favorite Halloween costume?  Winner announced in 2 weeks.

I have several favorite costumes – my children have always loved to dress up. ¬†But the most unique costume was the year my youngest went as a pin cushion. ¬†I’ll have to find a picture ūüôā

Now hop on over to see the other creations on this blog hop! ¬†You don’t want to miss it!

Fran  (You are here!)





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