Saturday, August 13, 2016

Halloween Inspirations

Hello and welcome to the second group post for the August  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on August 15th at 10:00 EST. 

Today is all about Halloween! We have some super cute new Halloween products coming out this month! I'll be showing off Betsy's adorable latest addition to the Tiny Town Series: Spookville and Spooky Yard, Heather's Pumpkin Expressions, which coordinates with her Autumn Pumpkins stamp set and dies, and Shaped Sayings: Halloween by Maile. 

Oh my goodness! Isn't that the cutest little haunted house ever? This was such a fun project! Whenever I get the new dies for one of Betsy's Tiny Town houses, I kind of panic. I look at all the pieces and I break out in a cold sweat and I think, I'll never get this put together and have it look right. Well, I have yet to do one that didn't go together perfectly and extremely easy. So if you love these, but panic at the thought, let me assure you that they are indeed very easy to put together, not to mention fun! 

I love the Spooky Yard dies that go along with this too! The little fence and tree are the perfect backdrop for this fun little house. The house I cut out of Amethyst Allure card stock. I used the Scalloped Shingles die for the roof and cut it out of Soft Stone. The chimney and windows were cut out of Smokey Shadow and the door out of Bright Buttercup. The fence is Stormy Sea, and the pumpkins, orange zest. 

I cut several of the spider webs out and used them along the top and in the corners of the porch. So cute! And then I tucked several of those little ghosts  around.

I can't wait to add this to my Halloween decor this year! It will go right underneath my Halloween tree!

DIES: Tiny Town: Spookville, Tiny Town: Spooky Yard, Tiny Town: Scalloped Shingles, Tiny Town: Basics
PAPER: Amethyst Allure, Winter Wisteria, Smokey Shadow, Stampers Select White, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Stormy Sea, Soft Stone


Next up is a little treat bag I made using Heather's Autumn Pumpkins and Pumpkin Expressions. I created the bag out of a half of sheet of 12 x 12 card stock. They are super easy to make. I make these little bags every year for the holidays and decorate them in fun ways. Here is a Youtube Tutorial on how to do them if you want to make one: Gift Bag

I trimmed the top of my bag with some Stormy Sea + White striped paper and tied a piece of Baker's Twine around it. I cut the big moon out with the circle from the Noted: Scalloped Square dies, and the tree is from the Spooky Yard Dies. I stamped the pumpkins in Terracotta Tile ink then used the solid images to stamp inside. I blended them using sponges and my MISTI. I also added a tiny spider web up at the top, which is from the Tiny Town: Spookville dies.

STAMPS: Autumn Pumpkins, Pumpkin Expressions
DIES: Autumn Pumpkins, Tiny Town: Spooky Yard, Tiny Town: Spookville, Noted: Scalloped Square
INK: Smokey Shadow, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, 
PAPER: Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Stampers Select white, Stormy Sea + White paper pack
OTHER: Baker’s Twine, Textured gray 12x12 card stock 


My last project features the new Shaped Sayings: Halloween die by Maile. I watercolored a background with Peerless watercolors. I was trying to go for the full moon in the dark sky effect. I cut one of the Shaped Sayings: Halloween dies out of Smokey Shadow and one out of white, and then layered the white on on top just slightly offset. It really helped the die to stand out having the black edge around it. I then added the little ghost and bat from Spooky Smiles stamp set. They are colored with Copic markers and cut out with the coordinating dies. 

I cut a few stars out of some paper I had watercolored on and added those along with a few clear sequins.

STAMPS: Spooky Smiles
DIES: Spooky Smiles, Shaped Sayings: Halloween
PAPER: Stamper’s Select white, Smokey Shadow
OTHER: Watercolor paper, Peerless watercolors, clear sequins

 Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with some fun Stitched Halloween projects to share with you! 
All of the new products will be available at   Papertrey Ink  on August 15th, at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!


  1. Oh my, Kay! You did it again! I adore that spooky fun little Halloween House. It looks fabulous with all the colors your chose and that little yard scene, too. It will look amazing under your Halloween Tree. :) I love that you decorate your tree for the holidays/seasons. Thanks for the video on the gift bag, too. It gave some really great ideas not just on how to make it, but ideas for decorating, too. All of your projects make me want to craft! Thanks so much for the delightful inspiration. :) Big Hugs!!

  2. Fabulous Kay!!!😀😀

  3. Kay, these projects are so fun. I am a huge fan of Halloween, being born in the fall. Can't wait for the 15th. You have inspired me.

  4. Wonderful ! Loved the purple haunted house !

  5. Oh my, Kay! My Halloween-loving heart is completely captivated by the charming delights you've showcased here! Love the haunted house (please post photos of your Halloween tree once it's set up; I'm intrigued!); smitten with the treat bag (will for sure be watching the video); crushing over your Spooky Smiles card. Your little bat and ghost are way tooooo cute! Smiles!

  6. Adorable haunted house Kay! I have been waiting for this one! All of your projects are darling today!

  7. Just love all your projects today but especially the spooky house. I have started my collection of Tiny Town and will definitely add this to it. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers.

  8. Fun fun projects! Love the color you chose for the haunted house!!

  9. Tons of Halloween sweetness! I love the images in your new set! Absolutely adorable! :)

  10. Oh my goodness, so much sweetness in one post!!! Love all of these, Kay!!

  11. These are all just too cute. LOVE the colors you used on all, but especially the haunted house! It really is darling and I'd make one for sure if we still had young kids at home. The card with the bat and little ghost from Spooky Smiles is adorable!!

  12. All so cute and wonderfully colored and designed Kay! Gorgeous work...hehe... the ghost with a bow tie.... adorable!

  13. You really know how to showcase the new goodies, Kay! Every one of your projects is absolutely AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing them with us...I can't wait to start shopping :)

  14. Oh how I love staring at your watercolor backgrounds! They showcase the dies perfectly! Love that sweet little ghost, hadn't seen him yet! And your haunted house is the sweetest in amethyst! And thank you for the link to create your adorable bag! Your scene is too handsome to be scary! Love the web tucked into the lip of the bag.

  15. How come I'm not surprised that you have a Halloween tree, hahaha?! Sweet projects today, Kay, I especially love that cute ghost from Spooky Smiles.

  16. Such gorgeous coloring on your projects! Those backgrounds....happy sigh! Everything is just adorably spooky!


  17. Hi kay,

    I see that my cutie pattootie magical fairy is working her awesomeness again!!! There is only one word for all this it comes.....SCRUMPTILICIOUS!!!

    María Alba
    P.D. I am speaking for myself and your groupies,,,we NEED another watercolor video...PRETTY PLEASE!!!

  18. Magical products as always Kay! I just wanted to pop in and tell you congrats on your new line of stamps! I love your style! You are SO talented!

  19. Adorable projects today Kay!! Love you little spooky house with the ghost coming out of the chimney!!

  20. I'm speechless, Kay! From your spooky haunted house to your adorable gift bag to your watercolored trick or treat card, every project is super-duper awesome.

  21. Kay these are all such sweet projects! Your Spookytown house is so cute, the treat bag is so sweet and the watercooloured background on the card it amazing!!

  22. Can you tell me what brand of watercolor paper you yse?

    1. Hi Michelle! I use Master's Touch watercolor paper from Hobby Lobby :)


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