Introducing Dress Up Dolls: Halloween, Spooky Smiles and more!

It's that time of year, when we start to eagerly anticipate fall with it's gorgeous jewel-toned colors, it's cooler temperatures and of course, the start of the holiday season!  Today, we're diving right in with some products to help you get in the mood for Halloween.  It'll be here before we know it!


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If you loved playing with paper dolls as a child, here’s your chance to enjoy them all over again in your paper crafting!  The Dress Up Dolls: Halloween set contains all of the fun accessories you’ll need to get your Dress Up Dolls ready for some spooky fun!  You can use the Dress Up Dolls: Basics and accessory sets, along with their coordinating dies, to create your very own set of paper dolls, but of course they’re perfectly at home on cards and tags, too.  The fun and playful images are just right for creating paper-crafted goodies for your favorite little trick-or-treaters!  More accessory sets will be released throughout the year, so you can watch your collection grow!

The Details:

  • Dress Up Dolls: Halloween will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Dress Up Dolls: Halloween contains a total of 9 images. The assembled dolls wearing head-to-toe ghost or pumpkin costume measure approximately 2-1/8” high and 3-5/8” wide.  The pumpkin treat container measures 5/8” wide and 3/4” high.  The “trick-or-treat” sentiment measures 1-1/4” wide and 3/8” high.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $7.  This collection includes a set of 7 dies. Ghost: 2-3/4" x 1-3/8", Pumpkin Treat Bag: 7/8" x 11/16", Legs:  H: 1-3/16" x 9/16", Treat Bag: 13/16" x 9/16", Pumpkin Hat: 5/8" x 1-1/16", Pumpkin Costume: 1-3/8" x 1", Cat: 5/16" x 5/16"




Fall and Halloween are the beginning of the Holiday season, and Spooky Smiles stamp set is just the thing to get you in the creating and crafting mood! These cute whimsical images are so much fun to color in any of the various mediums, and are perfect for adding to your cards, treat bags, tags, or other paper crafts! Use the images alone, or combine them to create your own little Fall or Halloween scene! The possibilities are endless!

The Details:

  • Spooky Smiles will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Spooky Smiles contains a total of 18 images. The pumpkin measures 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”l. The ghost measures 1” x 1-5/8". The cat measures 1-1/4” x 1-1/8”. The bat measures 1-1/8” x 3/4". The large leaf measures 3/8” x 1/2". The small leaf measures 1/4” x 3/8”. The candy corn measures 3/8” x 1/2”. The flower measures 1/2” x 1/2”. The wrapped candy measures 5/8” x 1/4”. The bow measures 3/8” x 1/4”. The large vine measures 7/8” x 3/4”. The small vine measures 3/4” x 1/4”. The star measures 1/4” x 5/16”. The Halloween sentiment measures 1-1/4” x 1/2”. The Pumpkin sentiment measures 1-7/8” x 3/8” tall. The Spooky sentiment measures 1-1/2” x 3/8”. The Boo sentiment measures 7/8” x 1/4”.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This collection includes a set of 13 dies. Hat: 1-15/16" x 1-1/8", Pumpkin: 1-1/2" x 1-9/16", Ghost: 1-5/8" x 1", Bat: 15/16" x 1-3/16", Flower: 5/8" x 5/8", Cat: 1-1/8" x 1-1/4" , Bow: 5/16" x 1/2", Candy: 3/8" x 11/16", Candy Corn: 1/2" x 7/16", Large Leaf: 7/16" x 11/16", Small Leaf: 3/8" x 9/16", Large Vine: 1" x 13/16", Small Vine: 13/16" x 5/8"



Alphabet Soup is single A to Z stamp, with an assortment of fonts puzzle pieced together for a background that’s as easy as ABC. But it doesn’t end there! Punch pieces out, highlight specific letters, or stamp selectively for fun ransom style sentiments. One stamp, twenty-six letters, so many possibilities!

The Details:

  • Alphabet Soup will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Alphabet Soup is a single stamp. The overall size of the image is 5" x 3". For reference on specific letter size, the biggest letter, R,  is approximately 1" square and the smallest letter, C,  is a little less than 1/2" x 1/4".




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

Trick or Treat Card

I thought Halloween would be the perfect time to create a sweet little doll with a bit of a Harry Potter look for my daughter since she is such a huge fan of the series. I can't get over all the little details that Betsy incorporates into these Dress Up Dolls sets. They really are amazing.


I cut and stamped the appropriate pieces for the doll and colored them in with Copic markers.


The background was stamped with stars from Script Swirls: Birthday, using Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise and Canyon Clay to create a bit of an ombré effect.


>>>TIP: When you have a busy background like this and you don't want your sentiment to get lost in the shuffle, punch or die-cut a shape from he background and then stamp the sentiment through the opening onto your actual card base. It's super easy to do and adds a bit of extra interest to your card.


Even though this card is created completely from white cardstock, it really has a lot of depth and color to it! You could recreate a similar project for a boy or a girl since the costumes in this new set coordinate with both dolls.

Halloween Party Invite

I am just so excited for Kay and her new adventures as a product designer! Spooky Smiles really embodies her style and I was happy to have the opportunity to stamp with it. My first project is a little Halloween party invite using the adorable little cat, complete with a witch hat.


I colored the cat in using Copic markers, using the Colorless Blender to add a slight plaid pattern to the hat. I also added a few dot details to the cat using the same marker. The grass was created with trimmed strips of the Leafy Vine Border die, cut from Green Parakeet cardstock.


The banner was added to the top, stamped with the "invited" phrase. The sweet little bat from Spooky Smiles is also included to help balance the design.


I cut three layers of the Phrase Play #12 die and layered just the frame portion for depth. The background part at the bottom is added in a single layer. The Soft Stone card base helps to make the white elements pop.

>>>TIP: If you have several sequins you want to adhere at once, make small dots with pencil first to get your placement the way you want it. Then add drops of Gloss Accents to each pencil mark, followed by the sequins. You're guaranteed great results every time and the Glossy Accents provides a strong hold.


One last thing to note, if you take a look at the project there is the green grass, green band on the cat's hat and green sentiment banner creating a visual triangle. Being wary of repetition like this can make your projects more appealing to the eye.

Pumpkin Weather Card

This card is sweet and simple, just because I wanted the pumpkin to take center stage. For some reason he just makes me smile.


I colored the pumpkin with Copic Markers, using the Colorless Blender to add polka dots after I was done. I added Glossy Accents to the eyes to add a little texture and shine.

>>>TIP: If you want to add details to a Copic colored image or just feel like it needs a little something extra, use a Colorless Blender to take color away. The finished effect is subtle and cohesive, whereas when you use a darker color it can look a bit separated and harsh.


The sentiment underneath is framed with the previously released Outlined set. I made sure to allow the pumpkin to overlap the top of the frame ever so slightly to help the pumpkin not look too detached from the sentiment.


I chose a rustic looking Classic Kraft card base to coordinate with the rich oranges used in the pumpkin.

Alphabet Soup Card

Last but not least is Lexi's new Alphabet Soup background stamp. The overall image is a bit smaller than an A2 card front and gives you so many options. Here I was careful to leave the bottom third of the card unstamped to allow room for the sentiment.

>>>TIP: This is something I do a lot for quick and easy cards. You can use any repetitive image or background to only stamp the top two-thirds of your card so it is easy to add a sentiment. I usually mask the bottom with post-it notes to make sure I don't cross into the area I want to remain blank.


after I stamped the background in VersaMerk I went back over it with Turquoise Perfect Pearls. I wish you could see the shimmer and shine in person! This particular Perfect Pearls on top of Tropical Teal is one of my favorite combinations.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Are you looking forward to fall or are you hanging on to summer for dear life?!  Have today's products given you a little inspiration for projects in the coming months?  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 ET the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!



Betsy Veldman will be featuring Dress Up Dolls: Halloween.



Heather Nichols will be featuring Spooky Smiles.



Laurie Willison will be highlighting Alphabet Soup.



CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.



CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.



CLICK HERE to see more from Kay Miller.



CLICK HERE to see more from Lexi Daly.



CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.



CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.



  • STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Halloween (available August 15th) Script Swirls: Birthday
  • INK: Noir Palette, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: 2" circle punch (EK Success), Dress Up Dolls: Halloween dies, Dress Up Dolls: Basics dies, Copic markers
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Spooky Smiles (available August 15th), Phrase Play #12
  • INK: Noir Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Green Parakeet, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Spooky Smiles dies, Phrase Play #12 die, Leafy Vine Border die, clear sequins, Copic Markers
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Spooky Smiles (available August 15th) Outlined
  • INK: Noir Palette, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Spooky Smiles dies, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Alphabet Soup (available August 15th) Botanical Blocks II
  • INK: True Black, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearls (Turquoise)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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