Trick or Treat? Pals October Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the Pals Halloween Blog Hop. We hope you enjoy our virtual trick-or treat hop where you will either learn great tricks for your creative projects or enjoy a blog candy treat.
You should have just left stop number 14 on the Pals Hop – Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat. If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Toil & Trouble Treat Holders

These adorable little treat holders, crafted from the Toil & Trouble stamp set and coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits dies are the perfect way to present a candy bar to all the goblins & ghouls at your door on Halloween!  (These are holding snack size KitKat bars and a snack size Hershey bar and are headed for my co-workers).

Here are some “tricks” to help you re-create these yourself.  I created 3 different versions:   I stamped the image in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock, in Tangerine Tango ink on Whisper White cardstock, and Versamark ink onto Basic Black cardstock.  This piece was then covered with Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  This looks striking, don’t you think?  I could not have achieved that dramatic look with ink alone but embossing powder transforms the whole look.  Strong colors pop against the black background.

Tip:  Always use your embossing buddy, especially when using dark cardstock.  Embossing Buddy This helps so that stray embossing powder doesn’t stick to the cardstock.




Tip:   When using a large stamp, always tap your ink pad onto the stamp, rather than tapping the stamp into the ink pad.  IMG_2796






Tip:  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! upgraded their heat embossing tool?  It now has 2 heat settings.  High works great for heat embossing and low for drying ink.   Just thought you’d want to know. Heat Tool


Tip:  Coordinating dies & stamp sets make papercrafting SO MUCH FUN!!! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I buy any stamp set with a coordinating punch or die.  The Toil & Trouble stamp set coordinates with the  Apothecary Accents Framelits dies that I already had so it jumped to the top of my wish list when the Holiday Catalog was released.

After the image is stamped, cut it out with the Framelits dies.

Magnetic PlatformTip:  The magnetic platform for the Big Shot is your new best friend when using the framelits dies.  Trust me, if you don’t already own, this, you must have this.  You will thank me for telling you that.  The magnetic platform holds the framelits die in place so it stays perfectly aligned when you finish creating your sandwich.




Tip:  If however you don’t yet have the magnetic platform, then a few well placed pieces of a sticky note will help keep things from moving around.




This shape is 5″ long.  To create the pocket, I used the Simply Scored scoring tool and found the center (2-1/2″) point.



Nancy Gleason all images © Stampin’ Up!I then scored a line 2 grooves BEFORE (2-1/4″) and 2 grooves AFTER (2-3/4″) the center point.  This allows me to fold the shape in half but with enough thickness to gently cradle the candy bar!


A hole punched  in the top and a piece of ribbon are all that is needed to tie things together.








The bird image is from the same stamp set and this was heat embossed using Black Embossing Powder.  It was fussy-cut using our Paper Snips.

Tip:  When fussy-cutting an intricate shape like this, move the paper; not the scissors.  It seems counter-intuitive but it really works!

So, please leave me a comment and tell me which color combo you like best.  (And what kind of candy you would like in your candy holder!)

If you are considering ordering any of the products to  make this, you should really check out our $25 Starter Kit promotion.  See my post from yesterday for all the details and why it makes more sense to Join now rather than place an order.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Now hop along to see all the other projects the Pals have in store for you.  But make sure to come back and hang out in My Stampin Space again soon.  Thanks!   Nancy

The next stop is Beth Beard at  My little craft blog , stop number 16 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


2013octhop_nextThanks to the talented Nicole Watt for creating our blog hop badge and buttons!

  1. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery 
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers 
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  4. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  5. Debbie Crowley at  expressivelydeb… 
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts 
  7. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair! 
  8. Kerry Willard Bray at  Stampgoodness 
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty 
  10. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit 
  11. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit 
  12. Lisa Davis at Cherry Street Paper Treats 
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at  Queen B Creations 
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat 
  15. Nancy Gleason at  My Stampin Space –YOU ARE HERE! —
  16. Beth Beard at  My little craft blog 
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons 
  18. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine 
  19. Peggy Noe at 
  20. Debbie Mageed at  Secret Stamper 
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  22. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’ 
  23. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff 
  24. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions 
  25. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary 
  26. Margaret Moody at Margaret Moody 

August Pals Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the August Pals Blog Hop. Even though it’s only August we want to provide some inspiration for your upcoming holiday projects. This month’s blog hop will showcase new products from the 2013 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the new stamps, new punches and other accessories!

You should have just left stop number 14 on the Pals Hop – Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat. If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas







“Merry Little Christmas” (#131826-wood, #131829-clear) was a stamp set that went straight to the top of my wish list my first trip thru the 2013 Holiday Catalog.  Why?  Because it’s part of a bundle!  Anytime I see a product bundle, I know that A)  the products will coordinate well together, and B) I’ll save money!

This catalog is full of kits, great for the busy crafter!  This stamp set comes bundled with a card kit for easy card-making without a lot of fuss and includes everything except ink & adhesives (basic supplies you probably have on hand).

For this card, I used a gray, red & green color combo.  There’s a layer of Smoky Slate card stock, then a layer of Real Red followed by a piece of DSP  (retired – I am bound & determined to use as much of my retired DSP as I can!)  .  The image is stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped the image again on Whisper White using Gumball Green and snipped out the ‘little’ banner using my paper snips and popped it up on stampin dimensional.  The little bit of grey behind it offset gives it some flair.  The finishing touch is the Gumball Green ribbon.

The next item I had to have were the Expressions Thinlits Dies #132171.  I loved the font and the size of each word.  IMG_2601Check out the spread on pages 10-11 in the catalog for some great ideas with this die.

These two cards were whipped out in minutes!  (Thanks to the Pals for the great tip about using wax paper to help get the cardstock out of the die! – No thanks to my family for leaving an empty roll in the wax paper box in my cabinet and not letting me know we were out!  – But that’s a different story!)

Red Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper and punches created the designs.  (The Mosaic Madness punch and a line of mini pearls makes a great ornament, don’t you think?)  Need a quick card that you can mass produce but doesn’t cut corners on cuteness?  These thinlits will get the job done for you!  Another reason I like this set – it spans 3 holidays.  Plus I could see using the Love sentiment for more than just Valentine’s Day.

IMG_2602You can order any of these products from me.  Just click here to go directly to my store and start shopping!



The next stop is Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog, stop number 16 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


  1. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  5. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  11. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  12. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  13. Shannon Jaramillo at Ezpeasycards
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  15. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  20. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  21. Brian King at Stamp With Brian
  22. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  23. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stampin with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  30. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit

Thanks to the talented Nicole Watt for creating our blog hop badge and buttons! This month’s badge and buttons feature the most excellent color combo featured in the Winter Frost product suite: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.

And thanks to you for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.  If you liked what you saw, please leave me a comment or sign up for my mailing list.  Please come back again!  See you soon!

Happy Stampin,