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Start Ups: Some HALLOWEEN Crafting!

Let’s face it, the light is changing, shadows are deeper and FALL is a comin’!

TIME to get your HALLOWEEN on!  And what a send off: HAVE YOU SEEN the START UPS?  NOT even exaggerating – they are AWESOME!

How could I resist these ADORABLE lil’ pumpkins?

Some materials just have PERSONALITY!

It’s up to US crafty folks – to RELEASE it!

Start Ups are stampable, alterable and ADORABLE!    With permanent marker for face accents, some dimensional glaze to preserve the “glow” factor, and some alcohol ink for all over color – THIS darling pumpkin character is ready to greet the world!  Mwah ha ha!

Solvent based inks STAMP like a dream on these babies!

Alcohol ink provides a plethora of crafty magic on Start Up material!  Aren’t these tags darling?  The material for Start Ups is like DOMINO ingredients – BECKONING to become a keepsake!  I could get LOST in these babies!

So, I got busy, creating a LITTLE SCENE!  {I LOVES me a little scene!}

Easy to stamp, but for my detailed ambition, I pressed this tag shape DIRECTLY to a well inked stamp for ultimate control…

If you’re not happy with your results, clean Start Up with alcohol blending solution and PLAY again!  BOTH sides are ready for love, so you REALLY cannot make a mistake!

Bust OUT the candy corn, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and START UPS!

Let the CRAFTY season begin!  THANKS for letting me share the wonders of the season and BUTTONS GALORE AND MORE!

Supplies –

C/S – Stampin’ Up!; D/P – Echo Park & Basic Grey; Stamps – Stampin’ Up!; Ric Rac – Brytex; Die Cut leaves – Sizzix; Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!; Button – Buttons Galore & More; Start Up Shapes – Buttons Galore & More;


Vintage Shaped Card from Spellbinders

Vintage Shaped Card from Spellbinders

Here is a very pretty card from the designers at Spellbinders. See how to make one here.


Start Ups – Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

It may be a little early to start thinking of fall leaves… but maybe not.

Last week I introduced you to Start Ups here and I made an easy “metal” piece to put on all sorts of Mixed Media or Scrapbooking projects.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

This week I used the Start Up Leaves and my trusty collection of Ranger Alcohol Inks to create multi-colored fall leaves.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

The colors I used were Oregano, Butterscotch and Red Pepper.

Oh, the possibilities!

What would YOU use Start Up Leaves on?


Start Ups: Metal Look ID Tag

Start Ups

“Amazing Plastic Crafty Goodness” is what they really ought to be called! :)

What are Start Ups? They are small, white plastic shapes. Perfect blanks for lots of scrapbook, mixed media and even jewelry projects.

Button name plate

Button name plate

My very first Start Ups project. :)

I spray painted the blank silver and let it dry, then I rubbed my thumb over it to take out some of the shine. I stamped VICKI with a small set of alphabet stamps and Staz On ink in black. Finally, I gave it a quick spray with a Matte Sealer and it’s all ready to go on… well, WHATEVER I want to make!  I love that it looks like an old piece of metal. Cool!

Keep checking back as I continue to explore all of the crafty fun to be had with these little gems!

And click HERE to see the available shapes of Start Ups that Buttons Galore and More Carries!


Envelope Booklet Hostess Gift

Make an Envelope Booklet to hold coupons, photos, or stationery.

I love little gifts that I can make with items that I’ve got on hand and give as hostess gifts, thank you tokens, and teacher’s presents. Usually it’s on short notice- and I can whip up one of these Envelope Booklets in an hour. WIN!

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Felt Button Thank You Card

I love a simple grid arrangement when creating a quick card. In this case, the grid combined with a neutral kraft cardstock really lets the texture and color of the Fiesta Felt buttons take center stage. Tie embroidery thread through button holes, or leave them open as I did to make the card even more quickly.

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Hand Painted Floral Buttons

Floral Buttons - Laura Bray

Aren’t these hand painted buttons from design team member Laura Bray adorable? Visit her blog Katydiddys and see how you can make some for yourself!


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