Years ago (and I mean years ago), a demonstrator friend of mine started selling scrapbook kits put together with Stampin' Up! supplies. She had some really interesting kits available, so when I was visiting for a team event, I bought a couple of kits from her. I used the first one almost right away, but the Halloween one was put aside because I didn't really have any pictures fit for it. Flash forward to last month as I was putting supplies away and decided I was tired of always pulling it out then back in my stash, so I pulled out my pictures to try and find something appropriate to finally use the kit. I found the pictures of us at the office the year we had a costume contest and my team and I decided to do a group costume and all dress as Cruella and the 10q dalmatians. Christine actually won with her Cruella costume, which she had put a lot of thoughts and efforts into, so it was a well-deserved win. I think we made pretty cute dalmatians ourselves. I had made my ears out of black and red felt, and had glue metal wire between the two layers to be able to give the ears the shape I wanted. I then wrapped a headband with black satin ribbon, and glued the ears on it. Worked pretty well! We had also found some gold plastic medals at the dollar store, which I transformed into dog collars using wide velvet ribbon (with velcro in the back) and I used my Big Shot to die-cut each of our initials to put on the medals.
The girls handcut their dots, but I used my Circles Bigz die to cut out mine. The worst part of the costume was stitching the dots to my clothes one by one, being careful since those were clothes I was actually planning on wearing again after Halloween. That part took the better part of an evening!
The funny part about the kit I used is that back then, the demo had shown the layout she had made with the kit, but that was so long ago that I wasn't sure what the design looked like anymore, so I just placed all of the parts on the table and simply created something from scratch using the pieces available. A nice coincidence was that the kit had a bunch of circles punched out of patterned papers and cardstock - perfect for the dalmatians theme!
My favorite part of the page is the "101" numbers, which I die-cut using the Big Numbers Framelits dies (from the Occasions catalogue). But if you click on the picture to see the details better, you'll see the spotty paper I used is actually a card from the Specialty Project Life Cards pack that was offered during Sale-A-Bration. (Did you get yours?) The cards have embossed details on them, which you can highlight by sponging ink in the colour of your choice on it. I used black ink on mine.
Here's a piece of advice for you: I started with our Basic Black Archival Ink and before I was halfway done, I realized it was staining the embossing instead of being resisted by it, so I switched to Tuxedo Black Memento ink for the other side to see if I would like the result better, and I did. This time, I was able to wipe away the extra ink from the dots and have them appear white, which made the pattern stand out way better. Something to keep in mind with that technique...
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive
Designer Series Papers: ?
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Accessories: Glimmer Brads, Glimmer Tape, Dymo Tape,
Circle Punch, Black Journaling Pen, Black Lace Trim, Rich Razzleberry Ribbon,
Border CutUp Dies, Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Dies, Big Numbers Framelits Dies,
Specialty Memories in the Making Project Life Cards, Sponge