Spooky Banner

I am loving the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit Stampin’ Up! introduced in the Holiday Catalog. I recently held a class to make the “spooky” banner from the catalog sample that uses the Halloween Accessory Kit. But as I started making my sample to show my class participants, I really got into it, and my banner turned out a little different. And you can make yours however you want, too.

Stampin' Up! Halloween banner - spooky banner - Toil & Trouble - Witches' Brew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Here are a few close-ups of the flags.

Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The Halloween Accessory Kit comes with the pre-scored paper to make 4 rosettes, but I wanted rosettes on all 6 of my flags, so I made 2 more out of the Witches’ Brew paper. Love this paper.

Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

That ribbon is the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon — I just cut it in half lengthwise.


Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I stamped the big stamp from the Toil & Trouble stamp set on the Basic Gray flag in the same color of ink. Just for extra texture. My favorite part of this flag (besides One-Eyed Willie) is the Witches’ Brew washi tape.

I had so much fun making this banner (and another one that I made for a baby shower) that I’m already making plans  for a “boo” banner and a “fall” banner and a “thankful” banner and a “merry” banner and… Well, you get the idea.

You can buy your Build a Banner Kit and the Halloween Accessory Kit in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies used, item numbers in ( ):
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117) and Basic Gray (121044) cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper (132185)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (126945), Basic Gray (126981), Summer Starfruit (126991), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Stamps: Toil & Trouble (C-131727, W-131724)
Tools/Accessories: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507), Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132698), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Simply Scored (122334), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), Witches’ Brew washi tape (132156), Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130015), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), craft glue

One-Eyed Willie wishes you a Happy Halloween

I’m never sure what to say when people ask me what my favorite movie is. I know my TWO favorite movies, but I constantly go back and forth between The Princess Bride and The Goonies. It’s hard to decide.

It was not hard to decide what I wanted to do with this cute little guy:


He is from the Halloween Accessory Kit that goes with the Build-a-Banner Simply Created Kit. I immediately saw One-Eyed Willie, the pirate whose treasure the Goonies hunt so they can save their homes from foreclosure. The first Goonie.

Halloween banner skull and crossbones pirate One-Eyed Willie Goonies Stampin' Up!

I knew right away that Willie needs to be on my Halloween banner. So I got out my Witches’ Brew Washi Tape and made him a little bandanna, just by wrapping the washi tape diagonally around the top of his head. Then I added a piece of the Pumpkin Pie Seam Binding ribbon that comes with the kit. I wrapped it from the back (I glue-dotted the end down on the back of the die cut), then tied a knot in the end and glue-dotted that down on front so it would look like a knotted bandanna. Eeeee! It made me so happy. Then I put some washi tape over his eye, traced around it with a pencil, and then cut out the eye patch with scissors. By this point I was giddy and shouting, “Goonies never say die!” in my craft room. [I guess in my case it’s Goonies never say dye. Haha. You know you want to laugh at my bad puns. See, because it’s dye ink that I use. Punny.] The strap of the eye patch is the black and silver ribbon that comes with the Halloween Accessory Kit. I got the idea for the Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel set in the Summer Starfruit button from the banner sample in the Holiday catalog, and any pirate skeleton needs a jeweled eye!

So then I decided that Willie needs to be on a card. And there should be an oblique reference to his ship, The Inferno. Yes, I’ve watched that movie a few hundred times — what gave it away?

Handmade Halloween card - Stampin' Up! - One-Eyed Willie - Build-A-Banner Simply Created - Halloween Accessory Kit - Witches' Brew washi tape - Toil and Trouble - Teeny Tiny Wishes - Goonies


I decided on a square card base (in Summer Starfruit) to complement the rosette. I distressed it a little using the same color ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, scissors, and my fingernail. I need some more practice at distressing, but that’s okay. I added the Witches’ Brew paper; for that, I tore the edges, roughed them up a bit with my thumbnail, and sponged on some black StazOn ink.

Handmade Halloween cards - Stampin Up! - Toil and Trouble - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


This flag makes me so happy. The Toil & Trouble stamp set has this little skull and crossbones. Not laughing like a Jolly Roger, but close enough. And since the stamp is a little sketchy, it already looks like the flag is weathered, even before distressing. I embossed the flag in White on Basic Black cardstock. To give it some age, I crumpled it up several times, then went around the edges with scissors and my trusty thumbnails again. I threw on the Linen Thread, as the rope that would hold the flag. The crow is also from Toil & Trouble; I stamped him in Versamark, then added Heat and Stick Powder — this is basically glue in powdered form, and when you melt it with the Heat Tool, it turns… well, glue-y. Then you sprinkle on your glitter and heat set again with the Heat Tool.

Willie wants you to have a Happy Halloween:

handmade halloween card - stampin up - sarah fleming - prepare to dye


And he also wants to remind you that:

Handmade cards - Stampin' Up! - designer typeset alphabet - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

You can find all the products I used to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Summer Starfruit (126839) and Basic Black (121045) cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper (132185)
Ink: Summer Starfruit (126991), StazOn Black (101406), Basic Gray (126981), Versamark (102283)
Stamps: Toil & Trouble (C-131727, W-131724), Teeny Tiny Wishes (C-127802, W-128748), Gorgeous Grunge (C-130517, W-130514), Designer Typeset Alphabet (132956)
Tools/Accessories: Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132698), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), Stampin’ Sponges (101610), Heat Tool (129053), Heat and Stick Powder (100625), Black & Orange Stampin’ Glitter (132206)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Witches’ Brew washi tape (132156), Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), Sticky Strip (104294)

A Haunted Halloween Card

Handmade Halloween cards - Halloween cards - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Tags 4 You - Halloween washi tape

This card has me pining for Florida.

“Why, yes, Sarah, that makes sense. Halloween equals Florida, as everyone knows.”

Okay, I will explain.

When I met my husband (through our blogs), he lived in Florida, and I was in Texas. When we got serious, I moved to Florida, and since I was moving to Humidity Central (I hate humidity), I had conditions: 1) He had to get me out of the humidity and to the desert within three years, and 2) He had to get annual Disney passes for us. He fulfilled both conditions, and we went to Disney World a lot. It was awesome.

Anyway, this whole card makes me think of two Florida things: Disney’s Haunted Mansion and our friends Jim and Rachel.

Rachel & Jim at Disney
Here’s a picture I took of Jim and Rachel at Disney at Halloween.

The combo of the Modern Medley background paper (which looks like haunted house wallpaper to me), the Antique Brad, and the adorable little skulls on the washi tape remind me of the Haunted Mansion. And anything Halloween makes me think of Jim and Rachel. We met at a blogger screening for Serenity, and within a few weeks, they had invited us to their annual Halloween party. And they do Halloween big. One year, we even received a witch’s finger in the mail with the invitation to the party. They even got married on Halloween.

hermione granger
This is me as Hermione Granger at their 2005 party. I don’t remember if Hermione ever read a book about Quidditch, though, so I may have totally botched the costume. BTW, my hair was really curly before the Florida air killed it.

So I always associate Halloween with our friends, and I always miss Florida around this time. But not the humidity. Never that.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Modern Medley designer series paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, StazOn Black
Stamps: Positively Chevron background stamp, Tags 4 You
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bracket Punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Natural Trim Ribbon, Antique Brads, Witches’ Brew washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The layout is from the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.



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Halloween banner Stampin' Up!

Next week, we are making a variation of these “spooky” banners in Boise. If you are local, make sure to sign up today if you plan to come next Thursday (RSVP here). If you’re out of town, you can still make your own if you order the Build-a-Banner Kit and the  Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit. You can shop my Stampin’ Up! store 24/7.