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It’s time for the One Stamp at a Time blog hop for October. We’re featuring Halloweeny projects this month. I used the In the Woods Framelits Dies and the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies to create the card, which happens to be the invitation to our Halloween party this year. The front of the card is a homey Christmas scene, and the inside is the same scene in the dark, when the frightful creatures come out to play. I used the In the Woods dies along with the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper to create the treat bag.

I used only one stamp on this invitation, the one for the garland, mainly because I didn’t have sentiment stamps that said exactly what I wanted it to say in the size I needed. So I printed the sentiments onto card stock (Whisper White and Smoky Slate) and cut them using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies. I used two stamps on the treat bag, from two different stamp sets.

Christmas Staircase Framelits Dies © Stampin' Up!

Christmas Staircase Framelits Dies © Stampin’ Up!

In the Woods Thinlits Dies © Stampin' Up!

In the Woods Thinlits Dies © Stampin’ Up!

 

My husband and I have a big Halloween party each year with lots of decorations, yummy food, and even a costume contest. As a matter of fact, right now our house is full of boxes of Halloween decorations, as well as Christmas decorations, because the theme of this year’s Halloween party is Christmas.

Most years, after the Halloween party, we just don’t have the energy to put up a Christmas tree. I was determined to have a tree this year, so that’s why the unusual Halloween theme. It’s been very interesting combining Christmas and Halloween. All the rats and bats will have red bows around their necks, or tiny Santa hats. And I was amazed to find so many Halloween ornaments, and even black trees!

If there are any days in October when I have no blog post, it’s because the Halloween party prep has taken its toll. I will attempt to post every day, but I know from past experience that sometimes I’m just too tired from hanging cobwebs and bats and such to concentrate on creating a post, or even a project to blog about. So please forgive any gaps in my posting in the next few weeks. Thank you!

Here’s what I made:

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

Halloween Christmas treat bag, In the Woods dies, Toil & Trouble paper, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

Halloween Christmas treat bag, In the Woods dies, Toil & Trouble paper, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

This is a close up of the shiny red eyes peeking out from the tree.

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

I forgot to take more photos during the assembly line process, but here are a few. I made 100 invitations!

100 Whisper White staircases:

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

With 200 hundred little stars to adhere with Mini Glue Dots (1 on the front and 1 on the inside of each card) I found it easier and quicker to attach the stars to the strip of Glue Dots, then pull them off one by one as I needed them.Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

Ready to go in the envelopes:

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

 

Here’s what I did:

Cut and scored with my Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Real Red card stock (CS) cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, then scored in half at 4-1/4″
  • Crumb Cake CS cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Basic Gray CS cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut to 8-1/4″ x 6″, then scored at 4″ and 8″, also scored 1/2″ from the top and bottom

Stamped with the Ready for Christmas stamp set:

  • garland in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green CS

Stamped with the Cauldron Bubble stamp set:

  • “Halloween” in Real Red ink onto a scrap of Whisper White CS *

Stamped with the Hung with Care stamp set:

  • “Merry” in Real Red ink above “Halloween” *

* NOTE: I inked up only the part of the stamp I needed. I used a Real Red ink pad, but you can also use a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.

Cut using Circle Punches:

  • Merry Halloween sentiment using the 1-1/4″ punch
  • hole above the sentiment using the 1/8″ punch
  • hole in the top of the Whisper White CS tree, 1 larger and 1 smaller Garden Green trees using the 1/8″ punch

Die cut using the In the Woods Framelits: 

  • larger Christmas tree shape from Garden Green CS (2 pieces), Whisper White, and Basic Black CS
  • smaller Christmas tree shape from Garden Green CS (2 pieces) and Basic Black CS

Die cut using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits: 

  • staircase from Whisper White CS and Basic Black CS
  • garland from Garden Green CS and Basic Black CS
  • ornaments from Real Red CS and Basic Gray CS
  • star from Gold Foil Sheet and Black Foil Sheet

Die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits:

  • printed sentiments for card
  • frames from Soft Suede CS and Basic Black CS

Assembled the card:

  • burnished the fold in the card base with a Bone Folder
  • Crumb Cake CS layer glued onto the front of the card base
  • Whisper White staircase, larger Garden Green tree, gold star, Whisper White sentiment, and Soft Suede frame glued onto the Crumb Cake CS layer
  • Garden Green garland adhered over the staircase using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • smaller Garden Green tree adhered over larger tree using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Real Red ornaments glued onto the smaller Garden Green tree
  • Basic Gray CS layer glued onto the inside of the card base
  • Basic Black staircase, larger Basic Black tree, black star, Smoky Slate sentiment, and Basic Black frame glued onto the Basic Gray CS layer
  • the Basic Black garland adhered over the staircase using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • smaller Basic Black tree glued onto the larger tree
  • Basic Gray ornaments glued onto the smaller Garden Green tree
  • 2 Red Rhinestones applied to the tree, for the scary eyes peeking out from under a bough

All the information about the party (where, when, etc.) was printed on a separate piece of paper and enclosed in the envelope.

Halloween Christmas party invitation card, In the Woods and Christmas Staircase die sets, Stampin' Up! #stampcandy

Assembled the treat bag

  • burnished the folds in the DSP with a Bone Folder
  • cut away one of the tiny corner sections and the adjacent 1/2″ section using Paper Snips
  • put Tear & Tape along both of the tabs, one at the side and one at the bottom, and folded over to create the bag
  • put treat in the bag
  • folded over the top along the score lines and secured with a Galvanized Clip
  • Whisper White CS tree glued to the back of the larger Garden Green tree – this is where you can write the recipient’s name
  • smaller Garden Green tree adhered to the larger Garden Green tree using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • 2 Red Rhinestones applied to the smaller Garden Green tree, for the scary eyes peeking out from under a bough
  • Basic Black twine run through the hole in the Merry Halloween tag and tied in a knot just above it, then run through the holes in the tree
  • the twine is held on to the bag using the Galvanized Clip

Here’s the OSAT Ghouls, Goblins, and Gourds Blog Hop:

Here are today’s colors:

You can click on each one to see all the products that come in that color!

 

Here’s what I used:

Click on these images for more details and to purchase.

Price: $110.00

 

Here are the new Stamparatus Accessories!

You can now order individual accessories for your Stamparatus! (Be sure to keep an eye out for more in the future.)

 

Grid paper perfectly sized to fit the Stamparatus, for precision stamp alignment every time. (50 sheets)

Additional plates allow you to have multiple stamp arrangements ready to go! (2 plates)

Extra foam mat for photopolymer stamping. (1 mat)

Stamparatus Accessories Pack includes 2 Stamparatus plates, a foam mat, and grid paper.

Stamparatus Magnets. These rare earth magnets are strong!  They’re also brittle by nature, so be careful not to let them slam together. (2 magnets)

 

 

 

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