9 Halloween Treats & Cards for “Scary” Fun!

Yes … it’s the Halloween ghosts from years gone by …… here to share with you some scary fun. For instructions on any of these projects, just click on the link beside them.

Halloween Hello

The “ghosting” technique used with these bats certainly fits Halloween!







handmade Halloween card


Halloween Happiness with a photo inside – perfect to send the grandparents!




halloween party favor to make


Wrap washi tape around pixie sticks to make this cute candy holder!








Rosettes as pencil toppers for a non-candy treat!





This Halloween treat holder is made with an envelope. Open it up and find the candy inside.







How about a sliding treat holder – perfect for apple cider, hot chocolate, or other drink mixes.







More drinks for those who dare….






Wrap some ribbon around candy, add some eyes, and you will have a mummy!







So .. take it from me … these nine Halloween ideas will be sure to provide some “scary” fun for your little ones!


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Birthday Surprise with a Chevron Border Punch Tip!

This time of year, it’s easy to focus on the upcoming holidays and forget about birthdays (anyone with a November or December birthday reading this?) so I decided to showcase a quick birthday card today!

handmade birthday surprise card


The words and the party hat are from the Birthday Surprise stamp set. I love the way they aren’t solid, but look more etched. (I can’t think of the right word to describe this – can you help with that???)

The Chevron Border Punch makes lovely borders on cards, of course, but here is a fun twist on that. The video will show how I lined it up to create this look.

Just a Minute: Tip for Using the Chevron Border Punch!

Sometimes when we are making masculine cards, it’s harder to come with accent ideas – too much ribbon might not work! This punch is a great way to provide that extra detail for those cards.

Let’s all remember those Holiday Birthday friends and send them a birthday card!

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One Sheet Wonder for Christmas Gifts!

Look what you can make with one sheet of paper!

hand stamped gifts to make

I received this One Sheet Wonder Gift Project from Christine Pierce.


She stamped one sheet of Whisper White card stock all over with the Flower Patch stamp set.



Then, she cut that paper apart to make the following gifts.  You will see a card, a notebook, a book mark and a post-it note holder. That’s a total of four gifts!

quick & easy gifts to make

But that’s not all! There is still the bag topper. Added to the top of a clear bag, it adds the finishing touch!









I loved receiving this gift. Who do you know who would love it as well?

If you need any more details or information, email me at karen@karentitus.com

It’s the season to be making gifts …. and, if you need any supplies, you know where to find them! Thanks so much.

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Halloween Cards for Kids to Make!

Are your kids or grandkids eager for Halloween? Preparation for an event is half the fun. Get them involved in making this quick and easy Halloween cards!

3 handmade halloween cards

I used the Circle Framelits for the pumpkins, but if you don’t have those (yet!) you could trace a small bowl on your card stock, just leaving enough of the circle off the page so it will open!

The pictures below (and the video) will show you how I made each of the faces with a variety of punches, but if you do these with kids, I would suggest just putting out a variety of punches and letting them create! Kids come up with great ideas and this is a fun way to let them be creative. Free hand cutting works well with them too … I don’t know why but as adults we don’t seem to like that much! (I think we have trouble believing that we can be creative!!!!)

handmade pumpkin card















punch art face #1This first pumpkin had a stem made from the Modern Label Punch.

For the eyes and nose, insert the card stock into the Triangle Punch as far as you need to for the size you want.

For this fun mouth, use the Triangle Punch first to make some teeth and then use the Circle Punch. (I used the 1 1/4″ punch.)




pumpkin card for kids to make















punches make a pumpkin faceOn this second card, the Ticket Duo Builder Punch was used for both the stem and the nose.

The eyes were made with the Small Oval Punch by inserting the card stock just part way.

The Postage Punch was used on the edge of the card stock and then moved up on the card stock and punched again.


pumpkin card
















halloween card for kidsThis last pumpkin uses the Small Oval Punch for the mouth and Circle Punches for the eyes.

The stem is a piece of card stock with the end punched with the Postage Punch.



Quick & Easy Pumpkin Cards to Make with Kids!

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Halloween Treat Holders for Motley Friends!

Its Throwback Thursday in my stamping world ……. and I am sharing a new version of this Halloween Treat Holder:

Halloween Treat Holder

Make these for your little friends or, if your kids are old enough, let them make them for their friends

– it’s a great project to do together! When opened, it looks like this:

make your own halloween treat holders


Add candy or any other little item to the pocket on the right side and you are ready!

This is a really quick and simple Halloween idea!  I simply folded an envelope, cutting the flap down the middle so one side would stay closed and one would open.

I used the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper for the monsters, so there isn’t even any stamping on this project except for the words. All three of the phrases (“my little monster”, “trick or treat”, and “om nom nom”) come from the Ghoulish Greetings set.

This video shows all of the steps. I made this video last year so its much longer than the ones I make now, and it also uses different stamps!

How to Make a Quick & Easy Halloween Treat Holder!

If you are looking for a last minute Halloween holder idea, I’m sure you have items on hand that you can use to create this! Have fun!!!

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Weekly Deals

Some fun things on sale today!

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Many Merry Stars/Many Merry Ideas!

gift wrap ideas Gift wrap, banners, star boxes … look at all the things you can make with the Many Merry Stars Kit!

Holiday Banner

I have three videos about the Many Merry Stars Kit and, for a change of pace, we are going to start with the last one first!!!

Fun Alternative Uses for the Many Merry Stars Kit!

To see how I made the square gift boxes, keep reading until the end!

many merry stars in a row

Decorating the Star Boxes!


stampin up star box

star boxes of many sizes

How to Assemble the Star Boxes in the Many Merry Stars Kit!

many merry stars boxes

I will say I had some trouble keeping some of the boxes stuck together. On a couple of them I ended up using sticky strip. Other than that, the star boxes were easy to put together!

You get enough supplies to make 25 boxes of different sizes. That means, if you decide to use them as package ties, you would get 50 of them!!!!

Imagine this….it is December 3 and you are sitting in your favorite chair reading. Your Christmas tree is lit up and it looks so pretty with all of these beautiful packages under it. (because, of course, all of your shopping is finished and now you have time to read!)


Now I will show you how easy it is to make your own gift boxes. For these, I used all squares (5″, 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″) but you could just as easily use rectangles. Just measure what you need to wrap and add enough on every side to make the box sides.

1. Start with 2 pieces of card stock cut the same size.

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3. Cut into the score line on two opposite sides. Trim the edges at a slant so the box folds more easily.








4. Fold up sides and attach.



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5. For the box cover, add two or three strips of card stock together to put along the scoring edge. (I have a metal ruler that I love to use for this, but –  imagine that – I couldn’t find it right now!) The whole idea is to make the cover just a tiny bit bigger than the box bottom so that the box closes perfectly.



I hope you enjoyed these fun ideas with the Many Merry Stars Kit!


Many Merry Stars for Your Handmade Christmas Cards!

The Many Merry Stars stamp set just arrived!

many merry stars stamp set

I’m having a good time playing with it!

I have made two versions of the same basic card!

Both cards use the Stars Collection Framelits and are done in Soft Sky and Island Indigo colors.

First, the card with a window sheet.


stampin up christmas card



On this card, I replaced the window sheet with card stock vellum.

Notice the much softer look this creates.

I also added sequins and stars.

inside of handmade card



Because I layered the Soft Sky on the Island Indigo, I could put the window sheet or the vellum in between the two layers, so when you open the card, the backside of the star looks pretty too! The video will show all the steps.










Introducing the first of a series of 12 Handmade Holiday Cards:

Many Merry Stars: Christmas Card #1


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The Big Shot Makes Leaves out of Birch Bark!

stampin up masculine card


Did you know the Big Shot could do this???

Linda MacArthur sent me a package of these cutouts she had made using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.

I fell in love with them right away!

I have always loved birch trees and the pretty white bark – against all the greens of summer, the oranges and reds of autumn, and the pretty blue skies of winter. (Have you ever seen huge, wet snowflakes falling on a birch tree?)

(By the way, if you struggle with ideas for man cards, this card will fit any occasion!)

I wanted to make the leave itself the focal point of my card so I kept the rest of it quite simple, with the strip of burlap and a metal button as the embellishments.

Tips for using Burlap with a Metal Button

Did you notice that the button is tied with a burlap string? After cutting along the two sides of the burlap so I could get the frayed look, I just took one of those burlap strands to put through the button hole.

Just a Minute: Using Birch Bark Leaves on Your Handmade Card!

So ….. what have you done with your Big Shot lately???


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