happy halloween cards 2017

Happy Halloween Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com


Oh gosh, I nearly missed posting on my favorite holiday!  I love Halloween.  And I love making Halloween cards!  (I just wish I was better about actually mailing them.  Sorry friends!)  Okay, so just a quicky post, to share a couple more of this year’s cards.

Lovin’ the Cat Punch

The first card (above) is a mish-mash of old and new products, but the design is totally doable with any paper;  I just wanted to use up some old Halloween Designer Series Paper that I had left over.  Using the old “Halloween Night” Specialty DSP, I chose three different designs, and just cut out small pieces, inking them with a bit of black ink (the two “whiter” ones looked a little stark as is).  I matted all three pieces on a piece of black cardstock, and applied it to an orange card-base.  The jack-o-lantern was cut from the new set “Spooky Night” DSP, and popped up with some dimensionals.  There are some great cats in that set that actually fit in the new, awesome, Cat Punch, but I chose to go for basic black, with a little orange & black twine bow.  I also popped him, and the sentiment, up with dimensionals.  Super quick and easy, but cute.  😀

Halloween Owl card, using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Something Wicked This Way Comes

My second card uses all stuff from the new holiday catalog.  I got the moon-lit tree from the designer series paper, Spooky Night, but the owl is actually a stamp from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  And I just thought he absolutely HAD to have googly eyes.  They make every card critter more fun.  The sentiment is from the new Labels to Love set.  When I first put it on the card, it just didn’t “pop” enough, so I punched out a second Everyday Label from black card-stock, sliced it in half horizontally, and glued it to the back of my sentiment label, adding some space in the middle.  This is a great trick when you don’t have “nested” punches or dies.

I know they’re here somewhere…

I had planned on using the ultra-cool new black rhinestones as an accent, but I looked everywhere and could not find mine.  (They showed up a week later, exactly where they should have been.  Does that ever happen to you?)  So, I pulled out some clear rhinestones, and colored them with a black Sharpie – worked just fine.

To pull the card all together, I added three thin strips of coordinating cardstock to a piece of Vanilla (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″).  I matted my owl image on some black cardstock, giving it a small border.  Then I matted a matching bit of striped paper with black cardstock, popped up the sentiment with dimensionals, and glued on three (faux) black rhinestones to the striped piece.  And there are some dimensionals under the owl image, too.

That’s it from me today.  Gotta post this before the special day is over!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a spooky-but-fun Halloween!

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halloween card – double, double, toil and trouble…

Halloween Card with Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

fire burn and cauldron bubble…

Woohoo, it’s October – my favorite month of the year!  It might still feel like summer in Florida, but that’s not stopping me from making autumn-themed cards!  Today, I just have to share this Halloween card – so fun!

witch’s lair

I was going for sort of a basement laboratory or dungeon look.  Maybe it seems like an odd starting point, but if I had a witchy laboratory, it would be full of old wood crates.  Actually, my house IS full of old wood crates.  Hmmm…

Of course, wood crates are made from wood – so I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The Wood Crate die is designed to create a 3D crate, but I just cut out the front piece.  I also cut a thin strip from the same paper, in order to make a matching wood shelf.  The hat, potion bottles, rats, and sentiment, are all from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  Oddly, I actually got the spider web from the Merry Cafe stamp set, and the “steam” coming up from the cauldron is from the Hug in a Mug set.


Don’t tell anyone, but that big black cauldron actually started its life as an owl.  A little careful trimming from his head and feet, and voila – a cauldron, just like magic.  (You can’t tell anyone, though, okay?  I cut these out in advance for my class, because the students tend to freak out when I ask them to cut the heads off their birds.)

details, details

I think it was the little touches that really made this card.  I added some “dots” to the steam over the cauldron, with a matching marker, and then covered it with Wink of Stella for a bit of glimmer.  The potions in those bottles, and the buckle on the witch hat also got a bit of glimmer, as well as the rat’s eyes (after coloring them red.  One of my students thought of the red eyes – thanks!)  The spider hanging down from the shelf was just hand-drawn with a fine-tip black pen.  A bit of old orange and black Baker’s Twine finishes it off.

Wink of Stella is so hard to photograph, but here’s my best close-up attempt:

Halloween card made with Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

So, what would your witch’s lair look like?  Halloween cards are so much fun!  I wanted to do more with this one, but just ran out of room.  There’s still time, though, to make another.


Not only is this my favorite time of year, but today is actually World Card Making Day!  How cool is that?!!  Will you be celebrating?  Stampin’ Up! is!  There’s a great “buy three get one free” Designer Series Paper sale going on right now, and a bunch of stamps on sale.  (If you’re into bundles, though, be aware that it might be a better deal to buy the bundle, than to buy the stamps alone, even though they’re on sale.)  And have you checked out the holiday catalog yet?  Oh my gosh – I want it ALL!  If you haven’t seen the catalog, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demo, I’m available.  🙂  Just shoot me a note, and I’ll be happy to send you a catalog. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Card Making Day!

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