Thursday, October 31, 2013

Night Owl

Happy Halloween!

Sharing the result of another dive into the Halloween stash drawer today.  I had a lot of inky fun with this card!  It was semi-inspired by Tim Holtz's October least using an owl in a frame...the rest was all me.  J

I love embossing chipboard and adding lovely layers of ink.  The green brocade frame has just a touch of sparkle from the Starburst sprays, as does the night sky behind our owl friend thanks to dots of Platinum Stickles.
Mr. Owl was stamped full image was colored for the background and one owl was colored, fussy cut, Glossy Accent-ed, and layered on top with foam tape to pop him out of the frame.

Who?  Who to boo with this card this All Hallow's Eve?...hmm...

4 Crafty Chicks: Crazy Egg Challenge #166 - Halloween
Fab 'n' Funky: Challenge #191 - Halloween
Little Red Wagon: Halloween

Cardstock:Stampin’ Up! ‘Sahara Sand’, ‘Barely Banana’
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Stamps:Scrappy Cat ‘Creatures Animaux’
Inks:Distress Ink ‘Black Soot’; Distress Markers; Distress Stain ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Tumbled Glass’; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray ‘Ponderosa Pines Olive’, ‘Tibetan Poppy Teal’; Archival ink ‘Jet Black’
Embellishments:Stickles ‘Platinum’; chipboard frame; Glossy Accents; scrap ribbon
Tools: Sizzix Texture Boutique; Tim Holtz texture fade; 3M foam tape; TH paper distresser

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Several months ago, I rearranged my stash so that all my specific holiday themed items were stored together in one drawer...stamps, stickers, embellishments, etc.  Now, I just pull out the drawer and everything I have for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. is all together.  It seems to work.  But...I don't know about you...I seem to reorganize the stash every year or so...always improving and looking for better ways to manage the ever-growing collection of "stuff".

The best part of my new system is when I pulled out the Halloween drawer, I found all this stuff I forgot I had!  So I made a card, of course.

The skeleton tag is a two-layer laser-cut freebie I received at a crop.  I added some ghostly bats and glowing orange eyes (which do not  photograph well).  

It's fun and inspirational to discover your lost stash...can't wait to dig further down into that drawer!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Soft Stone’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Pumpkin Pie’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found ‘Portobello Road’ 6x6
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers ‘Tangled Tree’
Inks: SU! craft ‘White’; Distress Ink ‘Black Soot’; Distress Stain ‘Spiced Marmalade’
Embellishments: Skeleton die cut tag (from Scrapaloo, Delton, MI); DCWV tag ‘Halloween’; baker’s twine; ribbon; Stickles ‘Orange Peel’; brads
Tools:  EK Success punch ‘Donut Chain’; Tim Holtz paper distresser; 3M foam tape

Monday, October 21, 2013

Keep Out

We're continuing the Halloween fun at Creative Cutting Challenge this fortnight with our "Halloween - NOT a Card" theme.  So bring on your most spooktacular non-card creation and join the fun!

For my design team project, I created a luminary from The Creative Pointe's 'Haunted House' SVG.  It's perfectly dilapidated and haunted looking in it's own right, but it sure was fun to amp up the spooky!
I maximized the scale of the house to get the largest I could out of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock.  I cut two houses from black, one with a 4 inch "foot" that was scored and folded to hold the luminary upright.  I also cut one door from dark grey, one bat from black, and one moon from vellum.  The vellum was colored with Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain and was given a few coats of California Poppy Gold Starburst Spray and dried with a heat tool.  It ends up crinkly, but that adds to the charm.  Ultimately, the colored vellum is sandwiched between the two house cuts.

Each window was given an extra layer of vellum with spiderwebs stamped on the back in grey ink.  This looks like dusty, cracked or cobwebbed glass.  I also used the pieces from the window cuts to make shutters hanging shabbily from their hinges.

White pen brings the "architectural" elements of the house alive and gives it a spooky, run-down Victorian look.  The "keep OUT" sign is "nailed" to the door with brads and foam tape.  Black Soot and Old Photo Distress Stains were used throughout to give dimension and add age.

"Wrought iron" fencing is given dimension with black embossing powder.  The felt pumpkins were cut cut from a ribbon strip and layered with foam tape.

 Here you can see the gold shimmer of the giant harvest moon...

But the real beauty is revealed with the lights go out!  Here's our haunted house lit from the back by a candle...super spooky and perfectly Halloween-y!

Gentle reminder: You must use an SVG file for your project to qualify for the challenge...rules are rules!

More Challenge Fun:
Anything But a Card: Challenge #28 - Orange and/or Black
Hobbycutz: Challenge #21 - Home Decoration / Anything but a Card
Pile It On: Challenge #42 - Halloween / Day of the Dead / Cute and Creepy
Crafty Calendar: October Challenge - Halloween
Inkspirational: Challenge #41 - Anything Inkspirational Goes
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Black’, ‘Smokey Shadow’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Pumpkin Pie’, ‘Vellum’
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Haunted House
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers ‘Pumpkin Patch’; Basic Grey ‘Halloween’; My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Hattie ‘Remember’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Black Soot’, ‘Old Photo’; Top Boss Embossing; SU! craft ‘White’; PTI ‘Smokey Shadow’; Distress Stain ‘Spiced Marmalade’; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray ‘California Poppy Gold’; Glaze pen ‘White’
Embellishments: Oriental Trading Company felt ribbon ‘Fall’; Stampendous embossing powder ‘Midnight Black’; Little Yellow Bicycle card stock stickers ‘Trick or Treat’; brads
Tools:  SCAL; Cricut Expression; foam ink blender; heat tool; Zig glue pen; emery board; Tim Holtz paper distresser; hole punch; 3M foam tape; Glue Dots

Monday, October 7, 2013

Boo to You

I love October.  Autumn is my favorite season and October is the heart of it.  And much ghoulish fun!  Our theme at Creative Cutting Challenge this fortnight is "Halloween Cards" so go get your spook on and join us!

The Creative Pointe's "Coffin Card" SVG makes a classic Halloween card a snap.  Of course, I couldn't just do a plain and simple pine way...I embellished my little heart out for extra eerie fun!  First off, my coffin had to have some color and pattern.  I love the way the purple patterned paper adds a graffiti feel.  And strips of Tim Holtz "Commute" tissue tape look a bit mummy-ish, don't you think?

My coffin also had to have some rusty hinges to creak and squeak...enter an old Stampin' Up! stamp set, some black Archival Ink, and grey cardstock.  A little Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive Distress Ink add the right amount of age.

The bat was cut from skeleton patterned paper, doused in Black Soot Distress Stain, highlighted with white gel pen, and given glowing eyes with Lime Green Stickles. He's mounted with foam tape because...he's alive...ALIVE!!

To continue the cemetery theme, I stamped wrought iron fencing along the bottom in black ink and highlighted in white gel pen. if you dare!!!  Bwah, ha, haa!! a little caught up there. J

Gentle reminder: You must use an SVG file for your project to qualify for the challenge...rules are rules!

Other Challenge Fun:
The Paper Players:  #166 - Halloween Theme Challenge
My Craft Spot:  Monday Challenge #114 - Trick-or-Treat!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Smokey Shadow’; Paper Presentation ‘Fog’
Patterned Paper:  Scraps
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Coffin Card’
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers ‘Pumpkin Patch’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Finials & Frames’
Inks: Archival ‘Jet Black’; Distress Ink ‘Frayed Burlap’, ‘Crushed Olive’; Distress Stain ‘Black Soot’; Glaze pen ‘White’
Embellishments: Tim Holtz tissue tape ‘Commute’; Little Yellow Bicycle card stock stickers ‘Trick or Treat’; Stickles ‘Lime Green’
Tools:  SCAL; Cricut Expression; foam ink blender; tweezers; TH paper distresser; 3M foam tape