We all have one… that secret indulgence item that you see, and love… but aren’t quite sure how much you’ll use it. So most of the time you talk yourself out of it, opting to save for something you are sure you will use for. And that is totally the grown up and mature thing to do. But every now and then, we need to splurge on ourselves. Give ourselves a treat! I know I often think about doing something special for my kiddos – whether it is a surprise family movie night, going out for ice cream, or letting them pick out a new outfit for the first day of school! Which they looked so cute in by the way, don’t you think?!
So, what I’m saying is that it is so much easier to think of splurging on SOMEONE ELSE that we love. But sometimes it should be your turn! Today I’m sharing one of the first cards I made with my personal splurge from the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog – the Howl-o-Ween Treats stamp set & die bundle!
I loved this sweet owl and even though I don’t make many Halloween cards, it made me happy every time I looked at the page in the catalog featuring this bundle, so I knew I should get it. And I’m so glad I did! We all can use a little extra happy in our lives, right?
Tips for making this card:
- When getting the stamp set, save yourself time AND money by picking up the bundle and getting the framelits to match! You save 15% off both the stamp set and the dies
- Ok, now that you know you don’t actually have to cut anything out by hand, now you can focus on the fun of picking what you want to mix and match! In this case, I wanted the owl (I always want the owl!) and the cute pumpkin trick-or-treat bucket. I kept it simple by stamping the owl in the new Archival Basic Grey ink and the pumpkin in Tangelo Twist. Then just cut them out using the framelits so you can pop them up on your card using Stampin’ Dimensional foam dots.
- I was keeping it simple, so I just stamped the “Trick or Treat” sentiment from the stamp set repeatedly down the left side of the card. Keep it to the left edge of your card, so you have space to adhere some Very Vanilla cardstock on the right side of the card front.
- Break things up by adding some of the Tangelo Twist striped cotton ribbon from the Annual Catalog down the center of the card to cover the edge of the Vanilla cardstock.
- Finally, I had to add my favorite touch, the “eyeballs” in the corner! I wanted to add something and couldn’t decide what, so I grabbed my Pearls and a black Sharpie and thought about coloring the pearls black. However, after running the sharpie along the top of the pearls, I loved how it ended up looking like little eyeballs… doesn’t it? So I didn’t bother trying to color too much and just let them add to the Halloween ambiance!
Besides, I figure I still have Halloween treats and scrapbook pages coming up and these stamp images are big enough to be perfect for those projects as well! Here is to a fun kick off to fall!
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