Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Classroom Treat Bags {Halloween Week}

Hello friends!

It's Halloween week at Stamping Lightly, and I am sharing easy ideas for adding a special touch to your Halloween tricks and treats.  Today- it's all about the class parties and at our elementary school, they are always looking to a generous parent or two to bring in goody bags or take home treats for the kids to enjoy after the party.  Treat bags x 20+ kids can add up pretty quickly, but by dressing up simple and small paper bags, your treats can be the hit of the party without breaking the bank.

Level one- add some stamping or drawing to a small white paper bag.  This couldn't be easier- just stamp or draw a skeleton face or even a ghost with black ink.  Fill the bag with some candy and you are good to go!

Level two- stamping and a few accents.  While you could stamp or draw a pumpkin face on any orange bag, I decided to add a few accents in the form of a stem and leaf.  While a few more steps are involved, it's still simple and easy to mass produce.  

Here are the bags together- aren't they cute?  


Well, that's all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and I will see you tomorrow for a super spooky edition of Take 2 Thursday!

Until then, 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spooky Skeleton Treat Container {Halloween Week}

Hello friends,

Halloween Week is rolling on here on Stamping Lightly and today, I am sharing an oldie, but a goodie.  This project first appeared on the pages of Paper Crafts Magazine's September/October 2012 issue- it's still available here.

This is another idea for dressing up sweets and treats or even a small trinket and it couldn't be easier. I picked up a translucent take out box at Michaels and stamped the Skeleton face from Papertrey Ink's Halloween Sweets and Treats stamp set.  Stazon ink is a must for stamping on this slick surface.  I also placed my hand inside the box when I stamped to stabilize it.  I filled the box with crumpled white tissue paper so an extra spooky look.

I stamped the sentiment on an ordinary tag that I picked up from the office supply store and tied it to the handle along with some random bits of black and white ribbon.  I added a gray button to the tag as a finishing touch.

Well, that's it for me today!  Stop back tomorrow for a few more ideas for dressing up Halloween treats! 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Batty Candy Boxes {Halloween Week}

Hello friends!

Welcome to Halloween Week at Stamping Lightly!  Yes, I know that Halloween is NEXT week, but if you are anything like me, now is the time that I start thinking about what I need to do to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos (and their classes).

All week long, I will be sharing some ideas for Halloween Tricks and Treats- simple paper crafted projects that you can easily create to add a homemade touch to your Halloween celebrations. Although I typically make a lot of cards, Halloween is ALL about the candy, so today, I am sharing a simple idea to transform a candy box into a spooky sweet bat.

You will need: 

I trimmed a piece of black card stock to 7" by 5".  Using the instructions included with the punch board, I punched and scored the card stock. 

Before assembling the box, I stamped and heat embossed the bat face with white embossing powder. 

I formed the candy box into a rectangle securing it with strong adhesive- red line tape or score tape works well for this. I tied one end of the box closed with baker's twine and added a few small pieces of candy to the box before tying the other end of the box closed.  

I die cut the bat ears using the coordinating dies from the Mega Halloween Treats and Sweets die set, added a thin line of glue and inserted the ears into the seams of the box.  If you don't have these dies, you could also cut simple triangles from card stock and use them for the ears.  Likewise, If you don't have the Halloween Treats and Sweets stamp set, you can improvise with any small circle stamps or even google eyes and a white gel pen to draw the mouth.  You can make two of these batty treat boxes from one 8.5 x 11 pieces of black card stock making these cutie boxes easy and pretty economical as well. 

Well that's all for me today, but I will be back tomorrow with some more ideas for Halloween treats. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Frankenstein Treat Bag {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello, hello!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  It's been rainy and chilly here in Northeast Ohio- perfect fall weather for staying inside and getting my craft on.  :) Today starts another Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge and this week is Anything Goes.  I was channelling my inner Dr. Frankenstein when I created my project this week and fashioned a monster from Paper Smooches dies.

I started with one of those cute kraft gift bags that are 3 for $1.00 at the craft store (in this case, Hobby Lobby), and I covered it with some fun polka dot paper from my stash.  Next, I die cut a tag from white card stock using the Tag Stitched Die and I die cut and adhered Boo from the Halloween Icon Dies. I tied the tag to the bag handle using some black and white baker's twine. 

I used a bunch of Paper Smooches dies to create my monster face. I put together the graphic below to show which dies were used where.  A list of the dies I used and links to the Paper Smooches store is below. 

What I love about projects like this is that they truly show how versatile dies can be when a little imagination is used.

Paper Smooches Products used: 

I added black enamel dots to create the eye irises and I adhered the nose with a bit of foam tape.  If you have any questions about how I created the Frankenstein's monster, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you. :)

Ready to play?  You know the routine!   You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, October 25th to link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store. Woot woot!  

Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the other members of the SPARKS design team playing along with this week's challenge: 

I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Season's Greetings {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I created using the Season's Greetings die

I trimmed a panel of Silver Fox card stock and stamped the birch tree image from Let it Snow with Avery Elle's Silver Fox and Pure White pigment ink.

I die cut Season's Greeting from some pretty gold card stock and I adhered it to the stamped panel. I attached the panel to a white card base.  Finally, I trimmed a rectangle of white card stock at an angle and adhered it over the stamped panel with foam tape. I just love the gold card stock against the gray background- it's subtle, but so pretty.

Well, that's all for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Give Thanks {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

Earlier this month, Waffle Flower Crafts released the Holiday Labels- Give Thanks stamp set.  With our Canadian friends celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday, I thought it was the perfect time to ink up this set and create a trio of thankful cards.

I started with a panel of white cardstock and lightly traced a swooping line with my pencil.  Next I stamped the leaves and acorns from the Holiday Labels- Give Thanks stamp set.  Once the larger shapes were in place, I stamped the small set of leaves that were a part of the 'Give Thanks' sentiment.  I performed a bit of stamp surgery to separate them from the sentiment. I also added a few dots from the Feather More stamp set.  Finally, I erased the pencil lines and stamped the sentiment in brown ink. I matted the stamped panel on a piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the card base. 

This design is super easy for mass production, so I made a few more. 

On a gray patterned paper mat with bright green leaves. 

Same ink colors as above matted with yellow patterned paper.  (And no, your eyes are not playing trick on you, I made a trimming error, so the yellow card is 4 x 5.5".  I am hoping the recipient will not notice.) ;o)

Here are the three cards- all stamped out and ready to go!  

Well, that's all for me today!  Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

You are in my prayers {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello all, 

It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This week, we are inspired by a gorgeous floral monogram on a woodgrain background and here's my take: 

I pulled out the beautiful floral stamp set, Calico and stamped a cluster of flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from Spiritual Sampler stamp set.  I chose to stamp it in brown ink to add a darker element to the top of the card. 

I adhered a strip of woodgrain patterned paper from my stash and tied on a bit of twine as a nod to the twine suspending the floral letter in the inspiration photo.  

Here's a look at this week's inspiration photo:

Ready to play?  You know the routine!   You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, October 18 to link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store.  

Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the other members of the SPARKS design team playing along with this week's challenge: 
I can't wait to see what you create!  

Thanks for stopping by!