Crafty Chefs Cooking Up Some BOOs and Stamp Joy Results!👻

Hello there friends!  I know that my blog doesn’t appear to look as if I’ve been doing much, but the exact opposite is happening right now! LOL!  I’ve been busy crafting away and feeling a bit overwhelmed to say the least!  Now that I have my computer issues solved, hoping I can get back into things and get caught up!  Videos are in cache and I also am REALLY excited to be doing the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Retreat this weekend and it starts tonight and lasts through Sunday too!  Woohoo!! – – – – So more crafting is coming!  Snacks are stocked and the craft table is ready to go!!😉


Today I have this fun little Halloween treat bag to share that I’ve made for one of the grands and I thought I’d pair it with the Crafty Chefs October Recipe. (Check out the link if you’re interested in joining in the recipe fun with us!) AND I’m also including this into the fun annual Whimsy Stamps 31 Nights of Halloween too!

So I pulled out these stack of paper lunch bags I had and thought it would be a great little bag to decorate for the grands…I have more coming, but I’ve pulled out some papers and I had so much fun coloring up this darling digital image by Crissy Armstrong from Whimsy Stamps called “Boo!” – of course!

For the Crafty Chefs October recipe, the lovely Carol has given the following recipe for us this month:

Must Have:

  1. Add a Tag (from previous chef)
  2. Have or create a pocket
  3. 2-3 colors next to each other on the color wheel
  4. Use a die 

Can Have:

  1. Mirror Cardstock (passing onto next chef)
  2. Charm
  3. Stitching

I cut out the image with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Square Dies and then cut out a yellow and an orange panel to layer behind it. (colors for recipe)  I’ve also used a strip of the orange cardstock to go above and below the spooky eyes decorative paper from my stash.  I used a black marker to add stitch marks to the strips. (stitching for recipe)  I’ve also used some silver mirror cardstock to cut out the “boo” letters from the Whimsy Stamps Boo die set and attached it at the bottom with the swirly eyes too. (mirror cardstock for recipe)  I also added some tiny stars from the mirror cardstock to each corner of the image panel. 

And lastly for the Crafty Chefs recipe, I’ve used foam tape to pop up the image panel and left a section that fit around my orange die cut tag from an older Whimsy Stamps die.  I stamped the “pull” word on it, punched a hole and added a string so it was easier to grab.  Check it out below to see the tag…

When you lift the tag up, you can see the cute little ghost with a message. It was from a Halloween paper pack in my stash that I glued over the orange die cut tag. I took a white gel pen to add more stitching detail to it.

Here’s also a closer view of the image I colored up with Copic markers. I thought it would be fun to add a moon behind the ghost, so I just drew it in with my Copic markers and added a fun yellow glow behind the images. I also covered it with a glitter brush pen and then I took some Stickles glitter and added it to the pumpkin’s face. I also took a white gel pen and dotted the inside of the ghost’s eyes…thought it would give it character.

For the background behind the image, I took a cloud stencil to blend in some clouds with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween treat bag today! Check out the challenges I’m entering it for below!

So last weekend I was involved in another virtual stamp retreat from Taylored Expressions called Stamp Joy.  As I had mentioned, it’s so much fun to experience the “in person” part of it, but I think they did such an amazing job with it and it was so much fun to be apart of the crafty fun and laughter.  Here’s my results:

I have so many cards and I have even started up a collection of FOUR Christmas cards for the year! Yay!

I decided to participate in the FULL experience of it, so I opted to do the Friday classes which are the top left 4 butterfly cards I completed. I love the projects we received for everything and I know I’ll be making more things!

The other cards were all created for the 7 different Make-n-Takes on Saturday. One of the seven was the total of mass produced set of 4 snowflake cards. I have tweaked a few things about the cards here and there, but not much was changed as we were pretty much provided everything needed including some cool products!😀

At the bottom, I took a photo of one of the stamp sets that was provided to use for the event. There was no graphic photo on this stamp set as it was left blank because it was especially put together for this event. It’s a collection of certain stamps in several of the most popular sets from their store which we used throughout the Make-n-Takes. So what I did was take a sharpie marker and wrote: “Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy 2020 Pandemic Edition”. LOL

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I will be very busy crafting away this weekend, so I’ll be having fun and seeing you all very soon!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Challenges (for treat bag only):

  1. Cute Card Thursday – Halloween 
  2. Crafty Creations – #414 Anything Goes
  3. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  4. Sweet Stampers – #49 Autumn or Halloween
  5. Not Just Cards – Anything Goes
  6. International Art & Soul – Halloween
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2041 Anything Goes
  8. Creatalicious – #197 Anything Goes optional Halloween
  9. This is Halloween – #2 Anything Goes Halloween (entry 2) **NEW!!
  10. Two Old Bats Halloween – #1 Anything Goes Halloween (entry 2) **NEW!!

35 thoughts on “Crafty Chefs Cooking Up Some BOOs and Stamp Joy Results!👻

  1. Whew, you sure have been busy creating and everything looks AHmazing!! Love those cute little gift bags, but the poor bad dog in a prison outfit – well he must have been a real bad doggie! LOL Great colorinig and clouds on that one and the grands will love the gift bags I’m sure! What a fabulous collection of cards – those Christmas cards are just beautiful! Glad you’re keeping busy with the virtual classes, and I can’t wait to see what you create next!


  2. OMGoodness, I love the treat bag and all the details! So stinkin’ cute! And the virtual stamping retreats always look like so much fun – one of these days I will indulge! Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!


  3. Your gift bag is absolutely gorgeous, your grand will love the bag, and of course it’s contents. Looks like from your collection of cards that the virtual retreat was a lot of fun. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. Stunning gift bag, Vicki. Your colouring is FABulous.
    Your collection of cards is beautiful!
    xxx Margreet


  5. HOLY MOLY … WHEN do you sleep? LOL
    This treat bag is a FABULOUS idea and your coloring is awesome! What fun! Thanks for you support and joining in the fun at our NEW Two Old Bats Halloween challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back next month. Remember, you can play as many times as you’d like!! If we have 50+ entries, we will give a PRIZE.

    Please stop in for a visit!


  6. Dressed up bags are so fun, especially with an interactive element. Amazing how you just add a moon – I would never be able to freehand backgrounds like that. And I agree, the little white dots in the eyes really do add a great touch. Wonderful set of cards. They look like several different techniques – all so pretty and hard to pick a favorite. I’m with you on keeping busy! Have a wonderful weekend!!


  7. Your Halloween treat bag is sooo cute Vicki!! I love that image and it’s colored beautifully, awesome pull tag design too! Gorgeous collection of cards, I bet you had a lot of fun! Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Tammy


  8. Vicki, That’s an absolutely fabulous Halloween bag and I love that image! Great use of the Crafty Chefs recipe and cute tag. 😀 You have been busy with weekend crafting, haven’t you? Delightful stash of cards you have now. BTW, thanks for the reminder about “This is Halloween” challenge. I went back and entered my ghost card from yesterday. Hugs.


  9. AWEsome ghost and spooky sky the dog and pumpkin such brilliant colouring, love the treat bag design, great papers and tag, fabulous project, and look at all your cards you made, they are gorgeous, gosh, you have been busy..take care..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  10. Love the tag card – that was quite a challenge to meet with all the requirements. The dog is adorable – looks like he just broke out of jail. And then what a fun experience to create all the beautiful cards at the TE virtual weekend. It is always more fun in person but at this stage of the game we have to take what we can get and if it is virtual then well – make the best of it. Beautiful collection.


  11. Hi, Vicki! Looks like a great time at the virtual stamp camp! Wonderful cards. But I must say, that goodie bag completely grabbed my attention — and my laughter! HOW FABULOUS! Your “bad dog” looks especially mean, right down to the black paw nails LOL, and the little kid under the ragged sheet makes the cutest like ghoul. Your layers, colors and textures always wow me to the gills! SO SO SO CUTE! Will you have trick or treaters this year? hugs, de

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    1. Thanks so much sweet Donna! 🙂 I am probably just trick or treating for my little goblins this year and won’t hand out candy at my door. I feel so bad for the little ones this year. HUGS


    2. Hello sweet Donna! 😊

      I replied to your question on my blog, but not sure you will see a response to it, but I’ve been doing the Whimsy Stamps Virtual retreat this weekend and I am WORN OUT! LOL! They really kept us hopping from Friday night through Sunday early evening! It was quite an event! I have SO many more projects to do that I haven’t completed!! Wow! I’m sure it’s amazing in person which I’d like to do someday, but this was nice to do with this year’s issues and the customers seemed to really enjoy it and the team made it very special and nice considering this was the first time they’ve done anything like it.

      Anyway, your question about the trick or treaters is no, I will probably have my light shut off and will just hand out the treat bags I made for my own little goblins and hopefully see their costumes or whatever. It’s just a bad time right now and I really feel bad for the little ones this year for sure. I know that I’ve heard a few people come up with clever ideas for handing out candy like making a tube from PVC piping to hand out at a distance or a T-Shirt gun thing which are very clever ways to keep the little ones from missing out. They’re only little for a short period of time…so I know these events can be really important to them.

      I hope you’re doing well over there in Florida my friend! We just had a 20 year old die of COVID in our county. It’s only 4 people total so far that have died, but it’s too many anyway no matter what. It’s going to be a hard Winter this year. Not sure what it will look like, but I hope we can all come together and figure it out. Sending hugs


      Check out my blog: Stamped Smiles

      (freelance papercrafter – contact me if you’re interested in handmade cards!)


  12. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    We are so happy that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx


  13. So many great creations! The image is too cute and really love the layout! So glad you joined us at Creatalicious Challenges!


  14. Looks like you had a lot of fun creating with Taylored Expressions!! What a lovely batch of awesome cards!


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