Tightwad Tuesday goes spooky: Halloween under $20 stamp sets and wheels

Hi All,

I have a confession to make….I got so focused on Christmas and other amazing stamp deals that with the exception of the earlier post about the single stamp Little Boo found here I completely forgot Halloween!   So here it is just over two weeks away and you really need to know what’s up for a frugal Halloween.  So just like the overdose of candy that’s in your future how about an overdose of Halloween today too!  

Turns out that Stampin’ Up has your frightful holiday covered and your pocketbook protected from scary doings with 6 stamp sets and 6 wheels all under $20 each for your trick or treating pleasure.  With pricing ranging from $6.50Sounds more like a treat with no tricks to me!

Tip:  Shimmer paints aren’t just for Christmas!  Even ghosties and goulies and Gibbous Halloween moons can do with a bit of sparkle and shine to catch your eye.  Add that bit of glow in the dark feel with any of the three colors available in the Holiday mini.  And of course don’t forget the bling.  Glitter and rhinestones will warm the coldest witches heart and of course non traditional colors with glitter added can up the wow factor as well.

Tip:  Stitch Witchery tape or Pellon interfacing applied carefully with a heat tool can give a spidery weblike feel to a background that can then be inked with craft or metallic inks for an interesting texture.  Makes for scary clouds or foglike backgrounds to the sky too.

So here’s the line up with links included.

First up from the new Holiday Mini:

Halloween 2009 - Holiday Mini

Twick or Tweet (# 116497, $18.95, Pg. 10 Holiday mini)

A set with a bit of humor a bit of a retro look and a wheel large enough to create fun cards all by itself and yet coordinates with almost every Halloween stamp set in the catalog.  Gotta love that image and color coordination that Stampin Up is famous for.   And one of the most popular Halloween sets out in blogland.   I think the whimsy of the dog attached to the skeleton’s leg is tickling funny bones all over!


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17818

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3283




















Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel ( #116539, $8.50, Pg. 10 Hmini)


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17819

 General Links:










Halloween Frights & Frightful Fence sample


Halloween Frights

Halloween Frights

( #111766, $15.95, Pg. 24 IBC)  French & Spanish Versions available.

Originally from the 2008 Holiday mini this set was added to the latest full catalog along with its French and Spanish counterparts.  This double-mounted and die-cut stamp set with 8 fun images will have you creating frightful cards and scrapbook pages in two flaps of a bat’s wings.   Wish I could find a picture of the pirate boat that Lynda Frazer a Canadian Demo came up with using this set last year.  She used a template originally intended for a Mayflower pilgrim boat then used the star and swirl image as well as the bat image to decorate the sail.   Very cute and perfect for a little boy or girl’s pirate party to hold treats.  That pumpkin looks just a bit pirate like to me as well.   I’ll try to see if I can get Lynda’s permission to post that picture on the blog when I find it so you can see her amazing talent.


SCS Gallery – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14760











 Scary Skeleton stamp set

Scary Skeleton 

 – new – (#113244, $13.95, Pg. 24 IBC) Spanish Version available

This set of 4 images takes us back to some of the most classic images of Halloween. There’s the black cat, a vampire bat, and, of course, a dancing skeleton. I wonder if he dances to “hip” hop . . .  While I don’t find this skeleton very scary he is a lot of fun and looks like he’s ready to party.  The kitty head on the other hand scares me silly and while I can picture a design with floating heads as a background I don’t think I’m brave enough to actually put it down on paper lest it fix itself in my head – lol!   And from the links available that I found I’d say this is one of the most popular sets this year.


SCS Gallery –   http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17653

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery – http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3199







http://gwensstampinfun.typepad.com/gwensstampinfun/2009/09/video-tutorial-scary-skeleton-treat-bag-holder.html and the video link – http://video.aol.co.uk/video-detail/scary-skeleton-treat-bag/3437716036 – video







 Eat, Drink and be Scary samples

 Eat, Drink & be Scary stamp set

Eat, Drink & Be Scary

(#111764, $18.95, pg. 24 IBC) previously seen in the 2008 holiday mini this set of 5 images has everything you could want in a non scary, make you smile Halloween set.  For myself it was the witches hat that first caught my eye and the definitions stamp to add to my other definitions collection also piqued my interest.  Besides how can you not like the basic phrase eat, drink & be scary!  After all isn’t that a cat’s mantra pretty much every day of the year!   Doesn’t hurt either that two of the stamps fit SU punches perfectly.


SCS Gallery – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14761

 Stampin’ Addicts Gallery –  http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=950



http://robinscraftroom.com/stamping/taking-a-break-from-school/ – MDS version that can also be made with the stamps












All Hallow's Eve Background Stamp


All Hallows Eve

 – new background stamp – (#113264, $17.95, Pg. 25 IBC)

This unique background stamp combines a collection of original imagery to create a creepily collaged Halloween scene. It’s certain to be the perfect backdrop for all of your Halloween cards and crafts!  Sized the same as other SU background stamps it can be used alone or in combination with other stamp sets and wheels to create the perfect spooky feel for Halloween projects.   You can also stamp and then cut out isolated images.  Or use the spotlight technique to highlight a particular section.    Not a lot of stampers have figured out how to use this one just yet.  Perhaps you will be the one to flood the galleries with designs??


SCS Gallery – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17431



Tasty Sweet Stamp Set

Tasty Sweet

(#111698, $19.95, Pg. 24 IBC)

 Looking for something non scary but still non-fattening.  Here’s the set for you.  Weighing in at the top of our frugal scale (ie barely under the $20 mark) it never the less packs quite a lot into into it’s 6 image set.   Many of the images can also be used year round and for many holidays.  The Yum image is perfect for recipe cards, scrapbooks, Valentines and other projects expressing delight in flavor or feeling.  I’ve seen the candy pieces used in unexpected ways including Christmas Trees with the Candy corn.  Bow ties for the other candy piece and much much more.  Your imagination is your only limit for this year round set.


SCS Gallery – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14633





http://andreawalford.com/?p=688 – Trick or Treat Clear Paint Tin





Haunting Jumbo Wheel

Haunting Jumbo Wheel  (#112480, $8.50, pg. 204)








  Batty Jumbo Wheel

 Batty Jumbo Wheel  (#109689,  $8.50, pg. 204)

One of my favorite wheels ( I think it’s the scaredy -cat image I like) though I had a hard time finding any links for you.  I’m sure they are out there as I remember seeing several fun projects out there over the last couple of years.  Google unfortunately failed me this time.



 Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel

 Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel

(#113632, $8.50 pg. 204) – Originally from the 2008 Holiday mini I had much better luck finding examples using this wheel.  Quite a few scrapbook pages used this and also combined it with pumpkins and other harvest images as well.  It’s also an image I can picture using all year round and not just at Halloween.   Living out in the country as I do I see quite a few fences that could have posed for this wheel image!   This is what SU has to say about it:

No haunted house is complete without a decrepit fence. The Frightful Fence Stampin’ Around jumbo wheel will have you creating yards of broken fences that you can further decorate with the images in the Halloween Frights stamp set. When Halloween comes this year, you’ll be ready!


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14773












Web standard wheel 

 Web – standard wheel

 ( #115666, $6.50, pg. 205) –  Now as a spinner and weaver I find myself drawn to this wheel.  I can even picture it wheeled over top of the Frightful Fence wheel!   When you are a spinner/weaver spiders seem to feel the need to make themselves right at home.    Must be a sisterly thing or else they expect a colleagues forbearance!    Sandycat on the other hand would go for this wheel because of it’s sweet treat possibilities.   She eats spider webs like kids eat cotton candy (Wicket eats them too but she doesn’t climb the walls trying to get at all of them like Sandy does)!  Likes munching the spiders too!  The only ones I’ve known her to leave alone are the black widows!  And even then she seems to be able to tell the difference between the poisonous female ones with the red hourglass and the males that are pretty much fair game to be eaten by their mates and my cats!

Another wheel that’s too new or too unusual to have found lots of links for it’s a bit more natural looking than the previous web wheel from some years ago.


SCS Gallery:   http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17507



 Arachnophobia standard wheel

 Arachnophobia – standard wheel

(#108017, $6.50, pg. 205)  

Stampin’ Up’s take on this wheel:  Whether you suffer from arachnophobia or not, you’ll love how creepy this never-ending parade of spiders can be. It doesn’t matter whether they’re upside-down or right-side-up—the crawly friends on this Stampin’ Around wheel have their beady eyes on you.

Personally I find it kind of funny and the spiders look just a wee bit dizzy or drunk to me.  Googly eyes would work well on these long legged creatures.   Great for borders, frames and other Halloween uses on cards or scrap pages.


SCS Gallery:   http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=7615





Whew!  Good thing I kept some chocolate within easy reach!  I hope you enjoyed this parade of silly, scary, spooky and fun Halloween craziness my frugalista friends.   Come the actual day I’ll be busy with a Christmas Holiday Stamp a Stack so tonight seemed the perfect time to overdose on candy and cobwebs.  

Next Friday I’ll balance today’s  hypoglycemic ingestion with a sane and sober look at Autumn Harvest themed frugalness.   Maybe  munch a corn cob or two to get in the mood – lol!  Funny how pumpkins seem to have multiple personalities this time of year.  Maybe it’s the seeds??  Or maybe it’s the wicked imaginations behind the carving knives that turn a perfectly sober little candidate for a pie into a grinning  foolish symbol of a wild and wicked holiday that celebrates greedy munchkins and weirdness!   Nice to know that whether you are pilgims or wizards SU has your back for all your stamping needs.

Hugs and blessings till next time my friends.   Time to put my sugar soaked self to bed for a needed bit of detox!   Hmmm…maybe next time I’ll stick to apple cider!  😀  – Jean



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