Pals Trick or Treat Blog Hop: PeekaBOO!

Trick-or-Treat! It’s time for some fun and festive crafting with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals! You’ve probably hopped over from Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts, I’m stop number 16 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in! I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for Stampin’ Up! Halloween projects along with some tricks and treats along the way! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

The Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die was practically made for 25 & Counting, a Christmas stamp set.  While designing a Christmas project with this die over the weekend and simultaneously trying to create a project for this Trick or Treat Blog Hop, I had a revelation that rivals the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials —  my two worlds collided, and I was left saying, “Hey!  Somebody put these Christmas Peekaboo Frames in my Halloween Project?!”  (just so you can accurately picture this event, I also had my right hand on my hip and tilted my head to the left after I uttered the exclamation).  I realized I was seriosuly limiting the potential of the die.  While it pairs nicely with 25 & Counting, there are so many other ways to use these frames.  Here’s my project: - PeekaBOO Halloween.jpg

While the sentiment boldly says, “Do not open!,” tiny hands will surely flip open the peekaboo frame.  There’s a surprise waiting inside: - PeekaBOO frames.jpg

You’ve been TRICKED! Lucky you! I’m sharing a great trick that you can use on your next project.

As I contemplated the sentiment on the outside of my flip frame, I realized I didn’t have any stamps that gave me exactly what I wanted.  Since the Peekaboo frame has a similar (although larger) shape as the Curly Label punch, I knew I wanted to cut out my sentiment with this punch.  Without hesitation, I turned to MDS. 

THE TRICK:  Did you know that the punches used in MDS2 (lots and lots of punches come with your download of MDS2+) are true to size?  Inside the program, I created a punch with the Curly Label punch and then sized up my words to fit inside.

Once I was happy with the font type and noted that the sentiment fit nicely inside the punch shape, I deleted the punch from the MDS project and printed the words.  Fresh from the printer, I carried the printed words to my craft room and punched a perfectly sized sentiment for the front of my card. - MDS trick.jpg

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls  Papers:  Basic Black, Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango  Accessories:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die, Stampin’ Dimensionals, MDS2+

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Now hop along for more tricks and treats and some spooky ideas from Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach, stop number 17 on the Pals Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop! Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  2. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps 
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty 
  5. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog 
  6. Peggy Noe at 
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness 
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb… 
  9. Naki Rager at …notes from Naki 
  10. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine 
  11. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at Stamppaperscissors 
  12. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter 
  13. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink 
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  15. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts 
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian 
  17. Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach 
  18. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  19. Shannon Hokanson at My Stampin Blog 
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  21. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
  22. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
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  1. Super cute, Brian. I have that die and I totally love it. I use it all the time. Thank you for a great card.

  2. Love the peek-a-boo aspect. Great card!

  3. Great card, Brian! And I will be keeping your trick in mind for future sentiments! 🙂

  4. Great trick Brian. I really need to get MDS2. There are so many creative possibilities.

  5. Such a great card, Brian. Love the almost elegant front, and then such a fun surprise inside!

  6. Cute…cute.. since I love my Big Shot and all the fun dies available I always look to see if the die will be versatile enough for the purchase…I have looked at this die many many times in that respect. So now Mr. Wizard has done it again ..thank you for opening the door to other events or holidays for this die. I really like your card today ….did I say CUTE !

  7. As always Brian, I love your idea! This is such a cute idea for the card.

  8. I love your card! What a great idea!!

  9. Great trick! Thanks so much for sharing! Love your blog, I had to spend a few minutes here admiring all of your spunkiness and creative goodness.

  10. Perfect for Halloween! Love how you incorporated MDS – pretty handy program to have around 🙂

  11. LOVE the card Brian ! TFS

  12. Thanks for the clever MDS2 trick! You make it sound so easy…

  13. Nicely done Brian! Great way to incorporate MDS2 into cardmaking and I love your font choice.

  14. excellent trick . . . of course, we ALL wanted to open it. so clever and clean!

  15. Great project and Digital Tip Bryan! Love MDS2!

  16. Great card and thanks for the trick. I confess, I am afraid of MDS (I used the trial version last February and never purchased) I was sure I would not be able to re-size things. But with your tip about the punches being true to size, I think the fear is fading…yes, I think you are enabling me to purchase MDS2!

  17. Love the CAS of this card. I love the mix of MDS and regular products. Love your style.

  18. Cute card – I had to laugh when I saw the inside!! I am trying to learn how to use the MDS2 program and really appreciate your trick.

  19. Super tip and a great card, Brian! It is just adorable!!!

  20. You rocked this!!!! As an adult, I would of course open the flap….!!!!! Now on to the blog hop…love them!

  21. Brian you are a genius when it comes to MDS2. Love it!!!!

  22. Great card and thanks for the tip.

  23. Brian, you are an awesome paper crafter. I perused your blog and really love your creativity and lots of instruction with pictures.

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