Ultimate Halloween Inspiration

Halloween is fast approaching and we've got inspiration galore in store for you today!  Perhaps this is the year to make darling Halloween treats for the special kiddos in your life, or maybe even the grown-ups!  Whether homemade goodies, candy treats or even sweet little cards to drop in the mail, we've got just the line-up of Halloween products to make your crafting a cinch! 


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Trick or Treat is just the Halloween sentiment set you’ve been waiting for, designed by Dawn McVey!  Filled with sweet and stylish sentiments perfect for adorable Halloween cards and treats, gift tags and more, Trick or Treat will have you creating darling Halloween projects in style.  You’ll love the font combinations and the way these versatile sentiments can be paired with just about any Halloween image you’d like! 

The Details:

  • Trick or Treat will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Trick or Treat contains a total of 11 images.  The “No Tricks” sentiment measures 1-1/2" x 1-1/8".  The “Happy Halloween” sentiment measures 1-9/16" x 3/4".  The “Let’s face it…” sentiment measures 1-5/8" x 3/4". 



Melissa Bickford's Polka Dot Parade series is one of our most popular to date, and you certainly won't want to miss out on this month's new addition!  Polka Dot Parade #7 is the seventh set in a monthly series of fun polka dot images, sentiments and coordinating dies. Each set features adorable designs and a fun font combination that you will love mixing and matching. The coordinating die will make stamping a breeze and give you a perfect image every time you use it. A super fun series that will be a welcome addition to any polka dot fanatics stamp collection!

The Details:

  • Polka Dot Parade #7 will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Polka Dot Parade #7 contains a total of 12 images.  The ghosts measure approximately 1-1/4” wide by 1-1/4” tall. The bows measure approximately 3/10” wide by 1/5” tall. ‘YOU HAVE BEEN’  measures approximately 1-3/10” wide by 3/20” tall. ‘BOO’ measures approximately 1-3/10” wide by 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $3.  This collection includes a total of 1 die (2 wired shapes).

We're thrilled to bring you a fantastic new one-piece die designed by Lizzie Jones, that will create a tiny treat box container, perfect for Halloween goodies, Thanksgiving table favors and SO much more!  

The Details: 

  • Tiny Take Out Box Die will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $22.
  • Tiny Take Out Box Die measures 5-5/8" x 5-5/8".  When it is assembled, it creates a box that measures 2-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 1-1/8" tall.


This new die set is perfect for creating quick and easy Halloween projects!  They could easily be paired up with Tiny or Tremendous Treats: Halloween, the new Trick or Treat sentiment set or even the cute little ghostie from Polka Dot Parade #7, not to mention all of the other Halloween products we have released in the past as well!

The Details: 

  • Tricky Trio die collection will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $9.
  • Tricky Trio die collection contains a total of 3 dies.  They measure 2" x 1-3/4"(A), 2-7/8" x 1-1/2" (B), 3-1/2" x 3/4" (C).



Designed to be layered on top of one another, this pair of darling new banners can be used for Halloween, birthdays and so much more!  And it just so happens that these banners are the perfect width to be used with the sentiments from the new Trick or Treat set!  Stamp the sentiment on a separate rectangle of card stock and pop it right on the banner!  

The Details: 

  • Notched Star Banner Dies will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $12.
  • Notched Star Banner Dies contains a total of 2 dies.  They measure 5" x 2" (A), 4-7/8" x 1-7/8" (B).


By popular customer request, we're thrilled to be bringing you dies to coordinate with the previously released Tremendous Treats: Halloween stamp set!  Boost your creative options by adding these fun dies to your stamping arsenal!

The Details: 

  • Tremendous Treats: Halloween Dies will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $22.
  • Tremendous Treats: Halloween Dies contains a total of 2 dies (8 wired shapes + 9 wired shapes).  They measure 5-1/4" x 3-1/4" (A), 5-3/4" x 4-1/4" (B).

Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

Trick or Treat Ensemble
For my first project I couldn't wait to try out a few of the new dies, especially the Tiny Take Out Box die and the Tricky Trio dies.

Trick or treat card
I started with a Summer Sunrise card front which I stamped with Autumn Pattern Pieces (more about this later on in the week) in Orange Zest.  The corners were clipped with a 5/8" circle punch and then mounted it to my True Black card base.  Black rhinestones were added to each of the four corners.

Words closeup
I cut this Tricky Trio die from True Black cardstock.  LOVE all the detail in this, don't you? It was adhered in place with a bit of foam tape.

Box front
I die-cut the base of the Tiny Take Out Box from Summer Sunrise cardstock.  Before assembling it, I stamped it with the Autumn Pattern Pieces again and added one of the cute sentiments from the new Trick or Treat set.

Box closed side
I added a handle with a 3/8" strip of True Black cardstock and accented with a few more rhinestones.  I die-cut the spider from True Black cardstock and heat embossed the Tremendous Treats: Halloween image with Apricot Zing Embossing Powder.  I added a hole and threaded it with True Black Baker's Twine and hung it from the handle.

Box open side
This is SUCH a cute box!  And SO easy to put together since it is all one piece!  The interior measures 2-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 1-1/8" tall, so you can actually fit quite a bit in it too!

Ensemble down
You could also recreate the same ensemble in different colors for even more looks!

Trick or Treat Bat Card
For my next project I wanted to use another of the new Tricky Trio dies along with the Notched Star Banner dies!

I die-cut the top banner from Orange Zest and the bottom plain layering banner from Summer Sunrise.  Notice how these were designed so that you could layer them right on top of one another and have just a bit of an extended edge on the bottom layer to serve as a mat.  I just adore the detail this banner adds!  And the great thing is that the stars would work well for birthdays and Christmas too!  The Tricky Trio die was cut from True Black cardstock and mounted on top of the banners.

The Tremendous Treats: Halloween bat was die-cut from Smokey Shadow cardstock and stamped in True Black.  I folded his wings up just a bit and adhered him under the corner of the Tricky Trio die-cut.

I stamped the bottom edge of my Simply Chartreuse card front with Background Basics: Super Stripes using True Black ink.  

I really like how the stripes add balance to the whole project.

Ghostie Ensemble
My next project is another ensemble that uses an untraditional Halloween color scheme!

Ghost card
For the card, I started with punching nine Classic Kraft 1-1/8" circles, edged with Fresh Snow ink, and nine 3/4" circles.  The colored circles include Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse and Melon Berry.  I arranges the circles and adhered them in place.

The little ghost from Polka Dot Parade #7 was die-cut from vellum cardstock and stamped with the coordinating image with Fresh Snow ink.  I then flipped the ghost over and added his smily face with True Black ink.  

Notice the Tricky Trio die I used in my last project above?  I wanted to show you here how you can pop the letters out and use them by themselves as well!  I die-cut them from white cardstock and die-cut the "or" from another of the Tricky Trio dies.  I used some white crochet thread to add borders above and below the sentiment.


For the tag on the small treat box, I started by die-cutting Classic Kraft cardstock with Fillable Frames #7 die.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Trick or Treat with White Filigree Embossing Powder.  I then brushed Fresh Snow ink around the edge of it.  1/4" circles in the same colors as the card were added along the bottom edge.

Box side

For a little something different, I die-cut the new Tiny Take Out Box die from Clear Cardstock.  I tacked the corners together with Score-tape and then helped give it a stronger hold with strips of washi tape on the corners.  

Ensemble down
I tied the tag onto the treat box with white crochet thread.

Ghost Talk card
The little ghost from Polka Dot Parade #7 is just too cute and I had to make at least one more project using the little guy!  I opted to mix in the new Bubble Talk set from Maile Belles (more about this set later on in the week).  I started by stamping all of the ghosts and faces with True Black ink.  I used a T1 Copic marker to add a bit aof shadow and definitions around the ghosts.

The speech bubbles were all die-cut from white cardstock.  I stamped this one with the coordinating image in Orange Zest and added the "boo" sentiment from Polka Dot Parade #7.

From me
This one was stamped in Summer Sunrise and another sentiment from Polka Dot Parade #7.

To you
And finally Simply Chartreuse!

A simple card, but definitely not short on the cute factor!  You could even swap out what they're saying fro even more options!

Halloween Pencil
I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for quick and easy little treats I can put together for classmates and friends.  I discovered that by punching a couple circles in the new Notched Star Banner die-cut, it could be used as a pencil tag for  pencils.

To keep it festive, I used traditional Halloween colors, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse and Orange Zest.

The sentiment (from Trick or Treat) was added in True Black onto a strip of Simply Chartreuse cardstock and trimmed with a bit of orange Zest cardstock.  Quick, easy and very inexpensive!

Trick or Treat Triangles Card
I was inspired to pull out my Cover Plate: Triangles die and mix it in with one of the Tricky Trio dies.

I die-cut the triangles from Vintage Cream cardstock and stamped them with various patterns found in Tiny Triangles.  I used another untraditional scheme of Terracotta Tile, Melon Berry, True Black and Orange Zest.  I arranged the triangles randomly and adhered them in place.

Trick or treat
I die-cut the Tricky Trio die from Smokey Shadow cardstock and a second time from Orange Zest.  I popped out just the "or" from the Orange Zest version and adhered it within the Smokey Shadow version for extra pop.

As a finishing touch, I added a line of stitching with the Sew Simple Borders set and True Black ink.  The spider was added as well, from Mr. Bones.

Love the modern look of this and how fun it was to create!

Halloween Goodies
I have one last quick and easy treat packaging idea for you today.

Back of envelope
I used an A1 envelope to hold some Reeses Pieces candy, adding the vellum window to the front to give the recipient a peek at what's inside.

I die-cut the Fabulous Frames from Canyon Clay and stamped it with Polka Dot Basics in the same color ink.  Vellum was added to the back of the die-cut to cover the square that was cut from the envelope.  I also stamped the house image onto the vellum so the moon and stars would be visible.  


I die-cut the house from white cardstock and stamped it with the coordinating image from Tremendous Treats: Halloween in True Black.  The sentiment (from Trick or Treat) was added under the house in True Black as well.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  And I hope that we've inspired you to get crafty for Halloween, using some of these fabulous new Halloween products!  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!

$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, August 11th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our August Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Betsy Veldman will be showcasing Trick or Treat, Polka Dot Parade #7 and Tiny Take Out Box Die.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be featuring the Tricky Trio die collection.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: Trick or Treat, Autumn Pattern Pieces  (available August 15th) Tremendous Treats: Halloween
  • INK: True Black, Orange Zest, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Summer Sunrise, True Black
  • OTHER: Tricky Trio die, Tremendous Treats: Halloween die, Tiny Take Out Box die, True Black Baker's Twine, black rhinestones (KaiserCraft), 5/8" circle punch (EK Success), Apricot Zing Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card), 2-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 1-1/8" tall (box)


  • STAMPS: Tremendous Treats: Halloween, Background Basics: Super Stripes
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow, True Black
  • OTHER: Notched Star Banner dies, Tricky Trio die, Tremendous Treats: Halloween die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Trick or Treat, Polka Dot Parade #7 (available August 15th) 
  • INK: Fresh Snow, VersaMark, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Vellum cardstock, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #7 dies, Tricky Trio die, white crochet thread, White Filigree Embossing Powder, circle punches (1/4", 3/4" and 1-1/8" by EK Success), clear cardstock, washi tape (Target), Fillable Frames #7 die, white crochet thread (DMC)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card), 2-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 1-1/8" tall (box)


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #7, Bubble Talk (available August 15th) 
  • INK: True Black, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Bubble Talk dies, T1 Copic Marker
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Trick or Treat (available August 15th) 
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest
  • OTHER: Notched Star Banner dies, scalloped scissors (EK Success), 5/8" circle punch (EK Success)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5" x 2"


  • STAMPS: Mr. Bones, Tiny Triangles, Sew Simple Borders
  • INK: True Black, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Tricky Trio die, Cover Plate: Triangles die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Trick or Treat (available August 15th) Tremendous Treats: Halloween, Polka Dot Basics II
  • INK: True Black, Canyon Clay
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay, Vellum cardstock
  • OTHER: Tremendous Treats: Halloween die, Fabulous Frames die, True Black Baker's Twine, A1 White Envelope
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5" x 3-5/8"
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