Echo Park Paper & Imagine Crafts Blog Hop!


Echo Park Paper and Imagine Crafts have teamed up for a fun blog hop today! Here is the list of participants. If you are just joining us, be sure to begin at the Echo Park Paper Blog and follow along. The blog hop begins today, October 7th, and will end at Midnight EDT on October 9th. The WINNER of the Blog Hop will be announced on the Echo Park Paper Blog.


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Jana Eubank
Mary Prasad
Terre Fry
Kimberly Crawford
Alison Heikkila
Jennifer Vanderbeek
Wendy Sue Anderson
Roni Johnson
Nadine Carlier
Anya Lunchenko
Mark Melnick
Neva Cole
Becki Adams
Monica Edwards
Jowilna Nolte

I decided to use the Memento inks Imagine Crafts sent to me along with a couple of my favorite Echo Park stamp sets to create a Halloween page today.


The minute my kids get home from trick-or-treating, they sit down to trade each other for their favorite treats and count up their loot. The Echo Park Paper Halloween collection was perfect for this one, with it’s bright colors and spooky critters!


For the title, I used the “hello” word from the Sentiments Stamp along with the adorable Logan Alphabet stamp set. The “hello” is stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink and the word “candy” is stamped in Memento Pear Tart ink.

The spiderweb and friendly spider from the Spiderweb & Spider Die set are the perfect accents! The “October 31st” banner was handcut from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper.


I used the Memento Espresso Truffle ink to ink the edges of all of my page elements, including the die cut Jolly Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins at the bottom of the page.


To bring the spider die cuts to life, I added a white crochet string “web” to each one, stringing it over the top of the page, so that the spiders appear to be dangling there.

I also added mini black pearl stickers to give them eedy-beedy, shiny eyes.


I wish you could get a real feel for the AWESOME Black foil dot paper I used for the background. It is the perfect base for this spooky-feeling page.


SUPPLIES: Echo Park Paper Halloween Collection, Black Foil Dots Collection Kit, 3×4 Journaling Cards Paper, Little Monsters Paper, Halloween Stripes Paper, 4×6 Journaling Cards Paper, Jolly Jack-O-Lantern Die Set, Spiderweb & Spider Die Set, Sentiments Stamp Set, Logan Alphabet Stamp Set, Memento Espresso Truffle Ink, Memento Pear Tart Ink, Hole Punch, White Crochet Twine, Cardstock (black, orange, green, white), Black Pearl Stickers, Makeup Sponge, Manual Die Cut Machine, Foam Squares, Adhesive, Scissors, Trimmer, Black Journaling Pen

What types of Halloween pages are you creating these days?! Do you have any traditions that need documenting in your family scrapbooks?

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I incorporated stamping into this page. Be sure to check out what the rest of the designers have made for the hop!


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Leaving Out the Orange


Happy weekend! I can’t believe Halloween is in just seven days. I can’t wait!

Even though we don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters (we live on the end of a Dead End Street), I enjoy the magical feeling of Halloween. The older kids don’t collect candy anymore, but they always volunteer to take my youngest trick-or-treating. It’s an excuse to dress up and still enjoy being out with all of the ghosts and goblins.🙂

Me? I stay home with a warm pot of soup answering the door and watching Halloween shows on T.V. It’s awesome!

Instead of using orange and black on these next two Halloween pages, I was inspired by my kids’ costumes in the photos and went with a red and black color scheme. Perfect for my little vampire and zombie, right?!



For this page, I used another sketch by Laura Whitaker as inspiration. I tweaked it a bit to accommodate my larger photos. After putting it together, I realized that my grouping was too low on the page. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that. LOL!)

Instead of trying to move everything up, I added a strip of pattern along the top of the page. Then, to tie the strip and the grouping together, I stamped a spiderweb in the corner of the background paper.

I love it! Spiderwebs always add a little spookiness, don’t you think?

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Supplies: Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye, Teresa Collins Designs), Spiderweb Stamp (Hero Arts), Lace Stamp (My Mind’s Eye), Journal Spot (Jenni Bowlin), Letter Stickers (Echo Park Paper, Authentique), Halloween Glitter Stickers (American Crafts), Black Gems (Darice), Twine, Black Mist (Heidi Swapp)


My son had a blast creating his zombie costume last year. He didn’t want to just tear holes in his old clothes. No! That would be too easy! He meticulously singed the edges of each of the tears with a lighter. His patience paid off. He looked great!


I’m not a fan of the gory part of Halloween. Infact, this is the first year that my son has dressed up as something “scary.” No worries, I kept it “cute” with this funny little die cut I created with my Silhouette Cameo with this shape.

I even added a feathery tuft of hair to the top. Hehe!


SUPPLIES: Patterned Paper (K&Company), Journal Spot (Anna Griffin), Tab Punch (Jenni Bowlin), Black Pearls (Recollections), Enamel Dots (My Mind’s Eye), Die Cutting Machines (Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Expression), Cricut Cartridge (Title: A Frightful Affair), Washi Tape, Ribbon, Feather Trim

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend!


Emboss Resist with the eBrush

Last week I traveled to Florida with Lisa Bearnson for the launch of the NEW eBrush airbrush machine by Craftwell. The show went fantastic! And everything sold out. But don’t worry, for those of you who are still looking into one for yourself, there is more stock coming. Yay! (Be sure to tune into HSN on June 11th!)

This machine is so much fun to use! I will be sharing the projects I created over the next little while, but today I wanted to share with you a project and tutorial that went up today on the HSN Blog.


For this page, I used clear embossing powder along with the eBrush to create the variegated pattern in the top left quadrant of this page. This technique is a lot of fun to do, and is actually quite simple. For full step-by-step photos be sure to stop by Lisa’s HSN Blog Post HERE.




Aren’t these cute papers and embellishments?! All of them are included in the Well-Versed Papercrafting Kit available at HSN … and guess what?! It’s even on sale right now. I love all of the papers, die cuts, chipboard pieces, and felt accents that are included in this kit. A lot of the pieces layer on top of each other to allow you to achieve a layered look, OR you can use them separately if you desire.





I had so much fun with this technique, that I decided to give it a go on a card.



The phrase on this card is also from the Well-Versed Papercrafting Kit. Sequins are a mix between Hazel & Ruby and Pebbles Inc. The green letter stickers are by Echo Park Paper, and the arrow stickers are by Freckled Fawn.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamping & Coloring on Cards


As part of the 24-Hour Craft Day on HSN last month, I created several projects using American Crafts Chromatix markers. Unfortunately, the markers sold out and are no longer available at, but I thought I would still share with you what I made.


For this card, I combined stamps together with a couple of the phrase stickers from the Inspired Inc. Mega Stickers Kit.













For this card I tried coloring the markers directly to a solid floral stamp. I love the way the colors mixed together before stamping them on the paper. The card sentiment is again from the Inspired Inc. Mega Sticker Kit.





And finally, I created a scrapbook page with a stamped city skyline. I love the watercolor effect I was able to achieve using these markers. So fun!






That’s it for today! I’ll be back again soon with more shares. I hope you are having a lovely Spring!