Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween, friends and fellow stampers!  I’m so excited about being the host for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I remember the first time it was my turn to create a sketch.  I was petrified!  That’s the amazing thing about papercrafting:  once you do something once or twice, it just gets easier and easier to be creative.   I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas.  New stampers tell me that they are only able to copy what they see and they’re not able to come up with their own ideas.  I think it starts that way for all of us.  First copy, next thing you know, you’re copying, but adding your own touches.  And finally, the ideas are just popping in your head like crazy, to the point that you can’t keep up with them.  So, if you’re new, my advice to you is just create often and before you know it, you’ll form your own style and originality.


Here’s my card to wish you a Happy Halloween:


Halloween Card with Toxic Treats Stamp Set


Black and orange are the colors that I associate with Halloween, so I stayed with that color scheme for this card by using Basic Black and Tangerine Tango.  The card base and matting are Basic Black card stock, and the background layer is Tangerine Tango card stock with a panel of black and orange striped paper from Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP.  The panel was enhanced with borders of Basic Black that was cut with a die from the Finishing Touches Framelits.


Stampin Up Toxic Treats Stamp Set with Accessories


The four squares are made up of various stamps from Toxic Treats stamped with Staz On Jet Black Ink onto pieces of orange and white polka dot paper, also from Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP.  The images were jazzed up with a few embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the gate, Dazzling Details on the bubbles from the witches brew, and Neutrals Brads (black) to emphasize the “oh my” on the sentiment.   The four squares were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon and Antique Brads


A simple Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon with an Antique Brad completes the card.


Here’s my sketch:



When I originally created this sketch, I had a completely different card and occasion in mind, but then I realized that this challenge would post on Halloween, so my plans changed accordingly.   I hope you’ll stay tuned, because I plan to use this sketch again very soon for my original plan.

Please visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what our very talented Clean Team has created with my sketch and how this sketch can be used for a multitude of occasions.  I’d be honored if you’d play along with us this week!




Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!


Stampin Up Toxic Treats Stamp Set


SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Toxic Treats;  Paper:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP;  Ink:  Staz On Jet Black Ink;  Tools and Accessories:  Finishing Touches Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels,  Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Neutrals Brads (black), Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon, Antique Brads and Stampin’ Dimensionals.



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  2. Tui Nathan

    What a fabulous Halloween card Cindy … I just love your stamped images on the DSP.
    Thanks for the great sketch this week …

  3. Jen Timko

    How awesome that you stamped on the DSP like this! This really is an amazing Halloween card!!

  4. Narelle Farrugia

    Love it! This is such a cool Halloween card Cindy! I love the stamping on the designer series paper – great effect. It’s a fabulous sketch – thanks for having me play along this month!

  5. LeAnne

    How stinkin’ cute is this!!! I love your stamping on the DP….such fun images, too!

  6. Jen Brum

    Fabulous card Cindy! Love the brads and the dazzle! Your sketch was fabulous and so fun to work with! Love your advice to new card makers! I totally started out copying others and after a while of copying and starting to do challenges I could come up with my own ideas!!! Glad we have fabulous designers like you to learn from!

  7. Jen Mitchell

    More true words were never spoken Cindy. I started out on my card-making journey by copying what I had seen then slowly graduated to making my own creations. Your advice is spot-on to new cardmakers and it’s a good thing we’ve got a fantastic sketch like this to get those creative juices flowing! Your Halloween card is got some great colors and fantastic images to celebrate this fun holiday!

  8. Allisa

    Love the brad on your bow…it adds so much to your card!

  9. Sandy M

    Love how you stamped on DSP, Cindy. Great card.

  10. Linda Suarez

    Love, love your Halloween card Cindy! That antique brad adds the perfect touch to those awesome images! And thanks for such an awesome sketch this week! Happy Halloween!

  11. Linda Callahan

    Great sketch and you card is adorable! love how you stamped right on the DSP – great Halloween card!

  12. Ginger Toivonen

    Cindy I love your card. Toxic Treats is my favorite Halloween stamp set and your approach is a fun way to use many of the images in the set. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Bobbi Miller

    WOW! I love your sketch too, and the card is to DIE for (no pun intended). I absolutely love love love this design. Who would have thought to use that polka dot paper and stamp ON it? Just great Cindy! You know where this post is going, right? Yup…into the “great cards” folder! Thanks for sharing and I will be using this next year for sure! Hugs my friend,.,.., 🙂

  14. Marianne

    Simply SPOOKTACULAR Cindy!!!!!!!!!!! My most favourite card I have seen anywhere online with a Halloween theme !! What a TREAT for us all!!

  15. LeAnne

    Cindy, I just love this sketch and love your spooky Halloween creation too! It has been fun playing with you this month!!

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