A very warm welcome to Stop no. 1 on the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Mega Blog Hop! I am one of a group of 28 Demonstrators who are going to be showing you what you can create with some of the retiring stamp sets – and believe me, you will be wowed…I have a link at the end of this post so that you can hop over to the next blog…keep hopping and eventually you will go full circle…if you arrive back here, you will have just arrived from stop no. 28 where Melissa showed you some very cool things you can do with the set Very Thankful.

The set I chose to use is Scary Skeleton which you can find on pg 24 of the Catalog – it is priced at just $14.95 and features 4 stamps – a skeleton, a bat, a cat and a sentiment…please read on to see what I did with it and to find out details of some summery blog candy…and when you come back Monday you will find out who won the blog candy plus get more close up photos, templates and how-tos for my items…

It is tough to come up with halloween ideas this time of year when here in Texas it is already close to 100 degrees but I put my thinking cap on and started to play with paper and came up with this…it’s a Halloween party invitation…


I used Designer Series Papers and Groom Specialty (ALL of which are retiring so if you want any, snap em up fast!) to create my scene and various embellies – I made the smoke from the chimney using wire and microbeads and that jack-o-lantern is a Corduroy Button…I love how the skeleton pops out of the opening door…and the template for the house?  Come back on Monday and it will be posted here for you to download…

And here is the reverse side of the invitation along with a party favor that I think kids of all ages would LOVE…


For the invite, I incorporated circles from the front to provide my features and used stamps from the retiring set ‘Introducing’ on pg 146… I got out my Big Shot and Bill Board Alpha Strip Die to create words and a Texturz plate to give a little luxurious touch…for the favor, I took an old fashioned Rock Candy on a stick and embossed my skeleton using Versamark Ink and White Embossing Powder – I cut him out and added him with Dimensionals so he pops out – there are even microbeads on the thread holding him to the top for a little extra touch…more deets on Monday…

Now that skeleton looks like he is dancing so I figured I would use this in my next item…here I have featured him and two of his friends in a filmstrip setting…

bloghopdancingskeletonsI used my Spiral Punch to create the filmstrip effect and my skeleton stamp, Black Ink and a Stamp-a-majig to create the scenes that make them look like they are dancing – on Monday I will have posted a printable tutorial to show you how to create this effect.   I used a strip of DSP from the retiring Cast-a-Spell pack on pg 161 and again featured Green Microbeads to tie the paper in and the fabulous Modern Label Punch to create a frame…

Now this skeleton would also be fabulous to create cards and projects for that Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as well…imagine the possibilities…

My final item is very clean and simple but I love how it turned out…


It features layers of Very Vanilla cardstock, a tiny smidge of Basic Black and that cute bat…the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (pg 145) and that GORGEOUS Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon creates a fun splash of color…I love that and you can find it on pg 183…you can see that by using Dimensionals you can give some drama when you use the same color cardstock in layers…it gives a very clean and elegant finish…

Come back on Monday to see printable tutorials and templates and to find out who won my blog candy…speaking of Blog Candy…leave me a comment to let me know which project you like the most and you will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Flip Flops that I have embellished using a Bigz Die – photo of this is in my sidebar – PLUS the item that you like the most ALONG WITH some yummy candies…

I hope you enjoyed your visit – you are now leaving to visit Holly and see what she has come up with using the stunning set Holy Triptych on her blog at Ink Paper Stamps by clicking HERE – enjoy!

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45 thoughts on “Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop!

  • June 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Great projects! I love the skeleton house. It would make a great Halloween party invite with the info on the back! Great work!

  • June 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

    You always come up with such great ideas!! My favorite is the card with the film strip effect. Thanks for sharing all your projects!!

  • June 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic projects Sarah!! That invitation is SO adorable!

  • June 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

    That x-ray card is so clever (my favorite) and I really love the clean and simple look of the bat card. Great projects…your invite is just amazing.

  • June 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Amazing projects! I love them all! I can’t even pick a favorite :) Now, why don’t I already own this set?!

  • June 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Awesome projects, Sarah! I love, love, love the haunted house!!

  • June 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

    These are really cute, esp. the house- clever! I’m so glad I picked this set up as an SAB set. I have a feeling it’ll see a lot of action!

  • June 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Oh my goodness, that haunted house is unbelievable! What amazing projects!

  • June 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    These are so cool! Love the house you made with the Groom DSP!

  • June 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I love the skeleton card. Your frame is a perfect way to showcase the images.

  • June 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Love that film strip with the skeleton! So very adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • June 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I have two favorites – the black house, and the filmstrip card with the skeletons! You have some AWESOME ideas!!

    Susan, aka Soozie4Him on SCS

  • June 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    They are all great, but my favorite is the haunted house invite.

  • June 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    What great idea of using the groom paper. I love the cards you did. TFS!


  • June 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Hmmm…my fave is the film strip card with the skeletons!! Too Cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • June 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Great projects! Love the film card the best.

  • June 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I love the film strip, you are very clever. I would have never thought to use spiral punch that way. Thanks for sharing your artwork.

  • June 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    The details on your invitation and favor are just amazing. You are an inspiration to me!

  • June 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    My favorite was the dancing skeleton card, very creative use of the punches to make it look like a film strip!

  • June 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Very creative ideas! They’re all amazing!

  • June 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    The haunted house is adorable in that scary kind of way! I love it! The skeleton card is so very creative! I am so glad you were a part of this hop and that the Texas heat didn’t take all of your creativity away!

  • June 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    great ideas.. fav.. uhhh happy haunting.. thanks for the opportunity

  • June 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Love your projects. They are all fantastic. My favorite is the dancing skeletons. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 12, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I love the filmstrip card it’s whimsical. It also looks like a card that could easily be made into a layout.

  • June 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

    What cute ideas for halloween-I like the X-Ray card. It won’t be long before we’re doing these kinds of parties for the kids.

  • June 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I just love your attention to detail. The microbead smoke and corduroy button pumpkin are just TOO perfect!

  • June 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Awesome projects I love the haunted house way to cute and clever!!

  • June 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I have to say my favorite of your projects is…the skeletons on the film strips….way too cute….I may need to get this stamp set before it’s retirement. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    AWESOME work !

  • June 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Sarah, all of your projects are cute. I think my absolute favorite detail was the corduroy button turned jack-o-lantern!

  • June 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    These are all great projects. I think my favourite is the CAS card with the bats.

  • June 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    What fun! I am not big on Halloween but these are really cute! Almost makes me want to get this set! I like all the projects for various reasons but I think my favorite is the filmstrip one! Thanks so much for sharing your creations!

  • June 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    OMWord! That house is awesome and that film strip is too cute.

  • June 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Halloween in June! How fun! I love Halloween and the fun stamp sets. I’m sorry to see this one go. The dancing skeleton film strip is my favorite, but they’re all fun and “scary”!!

  • June 13, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Cute party invitation! I like how you cut the door out.

  • June 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Hi! My favorite one is the “Happy Hauntings” project. I love the double stamped layering.

  • June 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Although, all your projects are great!!I LOVE your halloween house the best! thanks for sharing your projects!!

  • June 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Such cute projects, Sarah! I think my favorite would have to be the skeleton party invite.. so creative!

  • June 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    OMG way too cool!! Love the house … actually I LOVE it all! Great job!

  • June 14, 2010 at 3:11 am

    so very cool. ALL of them!

    Thanks, Susan

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