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A Spooktacular Table Setting to share October 19, 2008

Hold on to your seats….  23 ghostly pics and some tasty treats! 

I gave my presentation yesterday to fellow Stampin’ Up! Demos (not sure of the count, but there were “many” at Janet Wakelands Meeting.  I would guess over 100 + guests).  I was only nervous for the first few minutes.  Once I started chatting about what it is I love, it all pretty much was smooth sailing and I was very comfortable sharing my thoughts, ideas, and tips.  I had a wonderful time.  Everyone was so nice. 

My presentation was for the upcoming Halloween holiday.  I showcased a table setting and how you can easily use the ideas for upcoming holidays that are right around the corner.   Other tips:  keep a place setting displayed at one seat in your dining room that way family, guests, and customers can see it; great decoration/display; make the smaller 3-D gifts as Hostess gifts. 


The main place setting is rather simple, but displays on a Pillow Box the name of the guest (created with SU! Write Me a Memory Journaling Fonts CD, Vol. II).  Look how much the Chills & Thrills Rub-ons add to the presentation….and so quick and easy.  Plates & Linen Napkin purchased from Pier 1.

(Substitute with Star Bright DSP Ornaments Kit and either Old Saint Nick or Season of Cheer Rub-ons)

 First, I think this pic is can see me taking the pic in the glass lol.  I always look for this in pics and think it is fun to see things that we aren’t supposed to see.  Again, all I did was added a Rub-on.  I took a hat pin from the Pretties Kit and bent it with pliars (I still can’t find my Crafters’ Tool Kit lol and Ethan won’t give up any clues to where it is hidden).  

 I just love this!  I used 7 pennants created with my Big Shot and Bigz XL Pennant Die.  Think of all the possibilities.  I was thinking that I could possibly create an umbrella for a shower:) 

(substitute with Autumn Vine DSP for Thanksgiving & Ski Slope DSP for Christmas/Winter; Fill centerpiece with paper ornaments) 

Ignore the icing drooping off of the cupcakes.  These cupcakes have been through a lot the past couple days.  They’ve survived traveling, displayed, and pics under lights.  To create the cupcake cups, I used my Bigz XL Baskets & Blooms Die and 3 pieces of Ghostly Greetings DSP measuring 2″ x 4-1/4″.  The height to the cupcake holders will vary depending on the size you need.  Mine are 1-1/4″ high.  I ran all three through my Crimper Tool and adhered them together using Sticky Strip.  There is no base to these…the cupcakes just plop right on into them.  And, they are more than likely going to get tossed after use, so don’t spend too much time worrying about a bottom or other details to them:)

The decorated lollypop sticks in the cupcakes were created with the SCRAPS I had from using the Pennant Die.  I used Batty for You stamp set.  I added dimension to all of the stamped images by cutting and using a Stampin’ Dimensional or Mini Glue Dot.  Used either Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, or Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon.

The centerpiece is from The White Barn Candle Co.  that I filled with an assortment of candies, added more Rub-ons to the upper rim that states “sweets-treats”, and wrapped some Kiwi Kiss 5/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around it to hold my tag.  The tag also features a rub-on and stamped candy corn from the Tasty Sweet Stamp set.  I used my Ticket Corner Punch and Horizontal Slot punch.

This was created with the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die box that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately.  I needed to find a way to personalize it with my own style.  I made the outer envelope box and created another box out of Lovely Lilac 12×12 cardstock that was 1/8″ smaller to fit inside.  You have to punch or cut out the top holes before adhering the box together.  I inserted the box upside down into the outer box so it could hold the specimen tubes (martha stewart) filled with yummy M&M’s.  Again, Rub-ons for the sentiment and used Haunting Halloween Stamp set. 

(Substitute candy filled specimen tubes with assorted nuts for the holidays)

This project was created with Acetate and Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die.  Cut out various strips of Basic Black cardstock and attach to your assembled basket.  Horizontal strips were created from the Die and I just cut them.  The fence idea was from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the new Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel (I don’t have it so I compromised and made my own out of cardstock).  Cello Bag filled with candies and closed with Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbons.  Linen Thread that holds a little stamped tag.  Stamp set used is Holiday Blitz.  Strips of Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss CS to base to create the grass and hide the basket base:) 


This is a Top Note Treat Box that you may have seen recently in the Artisan Gallery.  This one is a really quick verson (no hand stitching to all the perferations lol).  The Yum stamped horizontal line is from Tasty Sweet Stamp set.  You basically create a box of whatever size you need (paying attention that it must be smaller than the top note die but can be whatever height).  You have to use your Horizontal Slot punch to the top Top Note Die before adhering to box lid and make sure your punched slot is not far in or you will be able to see box lid and ribbon won’t thread through nicely.  Before you can attach box to bottom Top Note Die, you have to run your ribbon between the two.  Use your Sticky Strip all over this on.  Optional step is to add the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch windows to the sides of your box.

This is probably the most ghostly creation of them all.But, it does hold some cupcakes to make it not so haunted after all.  Base made from Basic Gray Cardstock.  Lid made from Ghostly Greetings DSP.  Created a window so you can see what is inside.  Wrapped some 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and a tag that is the same as the cupcake toppers so it would coordinate.

 (How about making a ski sled instead that holds a cupcake or muffin that you can display on your table or give to neighbors)

Almost done:)  Just a few more to share.  The next series of pics are of my friendly pennant that simply states “treats”.  I used Sticky Cuts Letters and Fine Cosmo Celery Glitter for the letters.



Last but not least… What are you doing with your Punch Box/Bundle tins?   I have quite a few of these and wanted to find a use for them.  Hershey Bars came to mind (any reason to take a trip to Hershey and visit Chocolate World to purchase some “Fresh” candy bars).  This box holds MANY candy bars…More than 40.

So you have a blue tin.  All I did was used a Sharpy marker to all parts that may be visible.  Also, if you sand the patterned paper into the metal material of the tin, the blue comes off and the paper holds better.

How to cut your patterned paper to match up perfectly with the tin details……vellum my friend (or tracing paper).


I’m taking a week off from stamping to spend time with my family.  I gave up going places with them lately so I could make projects and meet deadlines and I’m feeling really bad about that.  All I ask is if you have questions regarding templates, please give me a week before your requests:)  I hope you find inspiration with this long post of pics.  Remember the bold areas and how you can transition these ideas right into the next holiday.

I have to work night shift tonight, so I think I should say goodbye for now and will be back in one week.

Thanks for stopping by.


62 Responses to “A Spooktacular Table Setting to share”

  1. Allison F Says:

    These are absolutely amazing and so festive. I will have to CASE many of these ideas!

  2. Mary Says:

    wow …… really cute stuff.

  3. SHUT UP!!!!!!!! You are just awesome, you know that???

  4. Barb B Says:

    WOW – I’d say you most certainly deserve a week (or month) off with everything you’ve been doing lately.

    This stuff you created for the meeting was absolutely AWESOME!!! I sooo wish I could have gone to it!!! You continuely amaze me with your stunning creations!!!!

    Once you are rested up, give me a call and we’ll have to see what we can schedule for getting together again.

  5. Caiti Says:

    These are simply amazing. I can’t stop looking at all the things you created. I am SO impressed!!

  6. Tamara Says:

    These are AMAZING projects!! I am really impressed, and I am sure everyone at the classes had a great time and gained huge inspiration from you.

  7. Stasia Sloma Says:

    Beautiful!!! What an inspiration you are. I love the idea of making the pennants into an umbrella. I have some bridal showers in my near future, so this will be a wonderful idea to make for the shower.

    Thanks for posting all these great ideas.

  8. wow WOW W.O.W!!! I love all of this. SO much stuff to buy now…. I will have to get a note to santa asap!

  9. Nancy Says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your projects!

  10. Mary Says:

    Oh my goodness! I love it all and want it all!

  11. Jill Kirk Says:

    Seriously girl. You NEVER cease to amaze me. Can I please have your brain. You are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it ALL. 🙂

  12. Nancy Riley Says:

    MJ, I am completely blown away by these Halloween projects! Wish I could have seen your presentation … I bet it was awesome! Enjoy your time off with your family … looks as though you are very deserving! I can’t imagine how much time it must have taken to create all of these! WOW!

  13. Lorie Says:

    Oh, my gosh! This is absolutely amazing! You are truly an amazing crafter!

  14. Holy Amazing batman! What a fabulous and creative spread! I hope there really is a Halloween party happening…this is definitely cause for a celebration. SU Demo’s love it….but my kids would die for this!!

  15. Shera Says:

    These projects are absolutely astounding – thanks SO much for sharing them with us!!

  16. Rachel M. Says:

    Those are beautiful! Wow! Love what you did with Halloween!

  17. Amy Johnson Says:

    Wow! Someone was busy! What a bunch of unique Halloween items you’ve made. I love them all, but my favorite is the cupcakes. I love the lollipop sticks!

  18. Lisa Says:

    You rock, Mary Jo! Awesome project ideas! Thanks for sharing with us!

  19. Wow, fabulous! You have been busy!

  20. holy samples batman!!! these are awesome! I am part of your stamping family…probably a long lost cousin…and I was trying to attend this event that jan was hosting….but it just didn’t work out. ( i live on the other side of pa) seeing your creations makes me really wish i would have been there! these are great! i can’t wait to try some of this for the holidays!!!!! enjoy your family…we’ll see you in a week 😉

  21. Amy Says:

    Wow! You should win an award for the work that went into this post! Those are some amazing projects! Great ideas and several could transfer to a Thanksgiving or christmas table. Wow again!

  22. Terri Schenck Says:

    Hi, I love all your creations here, I would like to know how you made the coffin, it is great. It makes me feel like I too, can make these wonderful things to have at a party.
    Thank you.

  23. Cindy Major Says:

    You will never cease to amaze me. Did I ever tell you I want to be you when I grow up?? Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. There are so many noteworthy ideas in the projects you’ve shared. The pennants to make a placemat? The cupcake holders with the basket die? The tomb box? How perfectly covered your metal tin box is? Wow. I’m very impressed. And inspired.

    You are definitely the queen of paper crafts. For sure.

    Thanks for taking the time to share, it’s always much appreciated!


  24. Good thing I don’t need to talk to type cause I am SPEECHLESS… WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW.. AMMMAZING… HOLY SMOKES I would pass out if I would go into a party like that.. WOW…


  25. Jen Ofiana Says:

    All of this is just amazing. I especially love the placemat, the fence box and the coffin box. So clever MJ!! I am glad it all worked out!!!

  26. Jen Says:

    Wow!!!! These are just amazing projects. I love the candy bar box and the pennant placemat! You rock!

  27. Regina Says:

    oh my word…i am speechless……..oh my

  28. Wow!! These are amazing!!!!

  29. Oh, be still my heart! I think I’ve gone to Halloween heaven! This is simply spooktacular! You’ve gone and done it again, MJ! Girlfriend, you are amazing. ~ Jane

  30. Marie Jenson Says:

    You are an inspiration! I love everything you created.

  31. Kathleen Says:

    ALL OF THIS IS AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the fun ideas! What great inspiration~

  32. Judith Cobb Says:

    OK, I’m exhausted just looking at all you accomplished and my jaw is still on the floor as they are amazing and so creative. Boo-hoo that I’m not at that function!

  33. Anthonette Says:

    You are Creative with a capital C. Wow! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  34. Allison Says:

    Is there a template or anything for that coffin?

  35. Jodene Says:

    Wow! These are all AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing these wonderul ideas. I wish I had half of your creative talent 🙂

  36. Charlene Says:

    Wowzers,’ve outdone yourself!! Awesome, totally awesome…every single detail!!

  37. JaneAnn Says:

    I really do like all the Halloween decorations you have created. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. This makes me anxious to see what you will create for Christmas!

  38. Barb F Says:

    Absolutely FANTASTIC Halloween display! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us… it’s amazing!

  39. Michelle R Says:

    Absolutely AWESOME!

  40. stampinbythesea Says:

    YOU never cease to amaze me girl. First your stinkin’ talent is beyond my belief. To be inside your pretty little head for a day is all I want!!! LOL! I wish I could have been there to have seen your presentation. I know you blew them away. I am so proud of everything you are doing with your business. 🙂

  41. Ilina Crouse Says:

    Those are gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for sharing Mary Jo!

  42. I think I’m hyperventilating from BPOS…Beautiful Projects Overload Syndrome. I find I’m susceptible to attacks whenever I visit your site. I may have to go down to my scraproom for a therapeutic treatment. 😉

  43. Tandra Boyer Says:

    DITTO the 42 comments!!!!!!

  44. Mary P Says:

    All I can say is WOW!
    Makes me want to come to the party!

  45. Vicki Says:

    WOWZER!! All of these projects are amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing and I’m sure it will be a smashing party for sure!! 🙂

  46. kathleenh Says:

    Wow doesn’t even come close! This ensemble is worthy of being presented on stage at convention. This is so totally amazing Mary Jo!!!

  47. Nayheli Says:

    Qué maravilla!!! que increibles trabajos, muchas felicidades!!!!
    Saludos desde México.

  48. Lisa Henke Says:

    MJ! this is fabulous. love that your presentation went well. you truely have a knack for this! what a fabulous table setting!

  49. Dawn Easton Says:

    Oh my freakin’ goodness MJ!!! ALL of these projects just rock! I don’t know how you do it….all of these AND you still rocked the DD gallery last month….holy moly! Thanks for all the fabulous ideas and inspiration!!!

  50. Tanya Says:

    WOW. “Impressive” is just not strong enough. Look how creative you are and wow- all that work you’ve put in! Love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing all these great ideas!

  51. Amy/rohla Says:

    Oh my, my, my! Mary J0, I don’t know what I can say that someone else hasn’t already said–you ARE that woman! Amazing projects and your graciousness to share them with us–you are “sumpin'”! Ü

  52. Amy/rohla Says:

    Oops! I meant to say: you ARE the woman!

  53. Anne Granger Says:

    Oh my goodness….MJ, these are amazing!!! You totally rock the SU world with all your creativity idea’s and projects. I love your projects in the month gallery!! I wish I didn’t live so far, as I would love to spend a day creating with you. I love following your blog and I look forward to the next project!!!
    P.S Anyway we can get the tutorial on the Top Note Box, and coffins.

  54. Robin Says:

    WOW!!!!! I’m glad I signed up under you! All these really good ideas you come up with just blow me away!! I know who to turn to when I have a brain freeze! Keep on inspiring us.

  55. Amazing! I wish we were hosting a Halloween Party just to make some of these for myself! So much detail, you do a great job! Beau-ti-mus!!! thanks for posting & sharing!

  56. Lauren (mytime) Says:

    This is all INSANELY amazing. I cannot even imagine how long this all took for you to do, but well worth every minute. Truly stunning.

  57. Monika/buzsy Says:

    OMG! What a Halloween set! Everything looks amazing and I just love the different cute ideas. TFS! Enjoy your time with your family!

  58. everything looked awesome – I especially love how you used those rub ons on table glasses – never would have thought of that but it’s a cool idea! And that blue tin that you re-cycled and foufed up was incredible! thanks for the ideas!

  59. cyndi Says:

    ok, i kNOW i am a bit late seeing this and commenting..but WOW!! that is amazing and spectacular! what a GRAND HALLOWEEN party!

    thanks for sharing it!


  60. Lisa Says:

    Love, love, love all of these ideas. I am definately going to be casing some of these to use for next year. You are so creative!

  61. sara douglass Says:

    These Halloween Goodies are so well done!! Very creative and innovative…I LOVE THEM!! Will be coming back to check out your great ideas.

  62. Brittney Vaughn Says:

    Wow, I am feeling very inferior right now! I cannot imagine how much fun you had making these works of art! Great job!

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