HAH!!! Mama Bear and Li’l Bear have been busy making pumpkin pie. WOOT!!!

I usually refrain from coloring Bear; I just like him in white. But I do like to outline him with a soft color and often reach for Copic Milky White. All of these were stamped with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black Ink, which is alcohol marker friendly. You could also use colored pencils, water-based markers, etc. Normally, I reach for Versafine Clair Nocturne when stamping my images in black, but it does not play nice with alcohol markers unless you clear emboss it.

I also have a quick tip for using stamps that have coordinating SOLID dies. I used the Bear from All Inside for the demo, but this works for any solid die. You can watch right here or over on my YouTube Channel.


If you look closely, you may be able to see how some of the smallish images were outlined outside the lines with a pale blue—this can actually make white images appear even whiter (like the plate and the whip cream atop the slice of pie).

I used Orange Stickles on the pumpkin, but you can substitute Diamond Stickles in a pinch.

Have a fab day and thanks for stopping by!



Halloween’s a comin’ and you gotta’ treat your boo’s, eh?! Well, I got ya’ covered with a variety of ideas—these were (literally) wicked fun to make!

  1. I have a serious addition to little paper sacks and fun paper straws and used some from my stash to make this adorable witch’s broom following this ridiculously easy tutorial. If you’re looking for similar kraft/favor bags, I did find these, which are sized identically to mine, on Amazon: Extra Small Kraft Bags and Black and White Patterned Paper Straws

  2. I modified one of my favorite The Stamp Market Dies, Gift Bag & Tags, to make a larger size bag with assembly flaps. That sounds really confusing but if you watch the video, you’ll totally get it (scroll down or watch on YouTube HERE.). If you are one of those sewing-machine-happy-fanatics (onto paper), then by all means, skip this trick. But, if the idea of dragging out and setting up your sewing machine makes you wanna stick a fork in your eye, (yes, I really am that lazy a paper crafter!) this is an awesome and easy way to modify. (wink) Just sayin’ . . . I’d slip a cookie into this bag. Of the Snickerdoodle variety. (personal favorite)

  3. This Pillow Box by Lawn Fawn looks so cute garnished with a peachy pink web and a bat (bat is on a Mini Action Wobbler for added fun). OH, and, BTW, I gave my bat some fur using a white gel pen. I think he’s ADORABLE all furry!!! EEP!!!

  4. The small bag die in the Gift Bag & Tags set is PERFECT for gift cards—I mean, seriously!!! A Halloween gift card for a coffee treat??? YAASSSSS!!!

Seriously, with these ideas, your Halloween treats are gonna’ be the talk of the ‘hood. BOOM!!!

Before I forget—Ellen Hutson is having a sale on dies Aug 15-17th! Dies are 20% off in the Die Cutting Category with code: welovedies2019 at check out!



This is a really fun masking effect that works particularly well for a design like this—I thought this made for a fun birthday card for the guys!

It does take a little bit of forethought and pre-planning, tho.

Did a quick video tutorial on how to do this effect:

DESIGN NOTE:  Shimmer Pen  was brushed over the  Big City die cut  after it was mounted to the card front.

DESIGN NOTE: Shimmer Pen was brushed over the Big City die cut after it was mounted to the card front.

Whaddya think? If you’ve never done it before, would you give it a try?

And, heads’ up! It’s National Splurge Day! HAH! Anyhoo, if ya’ feel like treatin’ yo’self, here’s a coupon code for

Happy masking—and happy splurging!