The Mummy Made Me Do It

Sorry about the title but I just couldn’t resist, it just popped into my head.  I have another cool Hallweeen card for you.  I know you are wondering when you will see some fall cards, but don’t fret they will be coming soon.

I am sad to say there is very little of this black and white paper left.  I have other black and white and I have really liked including that paper in my cards.  I think I will be adding it to my cards quite a bit from now on.  What do you think, should I keep adding it?

Let’s look at today’s card.  I have very little of this violet patterned paper left from Halloween Nights.  It is one paper that coordinates with Vintage Violet (yes I still have some of the 2006 paper left). When I looked at my Hallween stamps I realized that I had hardly ever used the mummy and thought it would be a great image to go with this paper.  I thought he really needed to have wiggly eyes so I added them also.  Naturally it needed some bling so I used the Stardust gel pen to dot the outside circles as well as the black ones on the Halloween Nights DSP (the angle of this shot lets you see some of them).

I used Jen’s sketch for this card.  It was a fun sketch.  I also have tons of eyelets and hardly ever use them.  I thought this card would be a good one for some of those.  I even have eyelets and brads in the In Colors so I need to use them on my cards before my paper is all gone.  I liked the way Jen’s card used 2 papers and had them catty cornered.  I had a fun time getting the sizes for the layout.  I was lucky in that I had cut my paper larger than needed each time so I was able to cut it down without wasting the paper.  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Booglie Eyes, Halloween Backgrounds Paper: Basic Black, Vintage Violet (retired), white, Halloween Nights DSP, black and white (not sure where I got it) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: black and vintage violet eyelets, wiggly eyes, Sakura Stardust gel pen, dimensionals
Well I still need a few more Halloween cards so you will get to see my gorgeous creations a few more times.  I have a few more challenges I want to do so don’t be surprised if I post again later today.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Vintage Verve Violet

There was a midweek challenge on Our Creative Corner this week.  You had to create a card using the vintage values technique.  This is a really cool technique and was a bit easier than I thought.  The entire technique reminds me of cards that Michelle creates.  While Michelle uses the brayer to create her effects, this technique uses a sponge.  I did have to modify my technique as when I sponged toward the center I wasn’t getting any color, so I started at the center and worked my way towards the outside.  I’m wondering if I used the Ink Blending Tool by Ranger if it would have worked better.  After doing this I will definitely be using this to create some backgrounds for other cards.

When I first thought about doing this challenge I was thinking of doing another Halloween card.  Thinking I was going to do a Halloween card, I chose purple as the color to go with.  I used Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, and Elegant Eggplant.  I started in the center with the Almost Amethyst and dragged the sponge toward the outside edges.  After doing this all the way around the card, I repeated the same procedure with Lovely Lilac but this time I started closer to the outer edge.  When that color was applied, I then repeated using Elegant Eggplant and started really close to the outer edge of the cardstock.  This technique gives you a gradient of color from light to dark. 

Once that was done, I was ready for my main image.  I sat staring at the cardstock and realized my original idea of a Halloween theme was not going to work.  So I went to my bookshelf of stamps thinking I would use my pansy set.  While looking for the stamp set I ran across the Sketch It set and thought I could use the flower from the set instead.  I stamped the flower with Almost Amethyst and then thought hmmmm can I stamp this several times to look like a chrysanthemum?  So I rotated the card 90 degrees and stamped the flower again.  I did this so that I ended up stamping the image a total of 4 times (360 degrees total).  I liked the look of this so then I decided to use the thin squiggly line and stamped it with Elegant Eggplant around the flower.  I finished up by repeatedly stamping the center dots with Lovely Lilac.  I wanted to add some leaves so I cut a mask and used Old Olive and stamped the leaves. 

When I went to cut this out I wanted to do the flower in a box with the leaves breaking the plane of the box.  I carefully cut the box around the flower and cut around the leaves.  I really did not like this look so I then cut out around the entire flower which I liked.  After I decided that I would pop the flower image, I wanted to add some embellishments to highlight the card.  I started with the skinny purple ribbon but it was lost on the card.  I went to my huge ribbon stash and grabbed this polka dot organdy that I had gotten from and online share from Jody.  Once I put it on (I have been on an angled theme lately with my ribbon) it still lacked something so I tied a bow with the skinny purple and layed it on top.  I liked the look so I attached it.  I was happy and ready to take my picture.

I set up my camera and the other cards I had made to take my pictures.  When I came to this one it still said I need more!  I pulled out my dew drops and had chosen a pearl colored one to use but then remembered I had gotten some half pearls from Micheal’s.  I quickly pulled them out and attached them instead of the dew drops.  Now I knew the card was finished.

Do you see a recurring theme with this card?  I started with one idea and it continued to evolve.  I have to admit the finished card is nothing like I started out to do.  To me this card is very elegant.  While typing this up I was thinking that this would be so cute done up in yellows to be a sunflower.  I think I will have to do one of those for a fall card.  I will be sure and post it so you can see how cute it will be.

I bet you are wondering what the card looks like.  Well here it is!

Stamps: Sketch It (retired) Paper: Old Olive, white Ink: Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive Accessories: ribbon (polka dot – Jody’s online share, skinny -won from ATC swap), half pearls (Micheal’s), sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals
Thanks for hanging in with me through all my ramblings about this card.  Have a great day!

Our Creative Corner sketch challenge

The ladies at Our Creative Corner have some interesting challenges.  This week they had a sketch challenge.  I have been on a misson to use up some of my designer series paper and this sketch was perfect for it.  The Simply Spooky Designer Paper from The Angel Company has some really wild paper in it.  I have been challenged to use it and combine it with others as it is not necessarily my style.  I choose this really wild paper and combined it with some simple black and white paper to tone it down a little.  I think the circle go really well with the stamped image.  It carries the theme through on all the paper as a matter of fact since all the papers have circles or dots on them.  I think I need to add a Zot to my ribbon as it keeps twisting on me, but other than that I like the card.  So here is the sketch and my card.  Sorry about the wonky set up but no matter how many times I tried I couldn’t get the pictures side by side.
Stamps: Spooktacular (TAC) Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, white, Simply Spooky (TAC), black and white (not sure where I got it as I have had it for a while) Ink: Pallette Noir Black Accessories: Basic Gray – Glorious Green – Green Galore – Lovely Lilac – Only Orange markers, ribbon (freeby from online order, not sure which store), Sakura Stardust gel pen, dimensionals
Make sure you check back later today for another awesome card.  Thanks for looking and have a great morning!

Penny Black ATC Challenge

I have been doing the Penny Black challenges for a few weeks and this week the challenge was to make an ATC. This is right up my alley as I have participated in a monthly ATC swap for over a year. I thought it would be fun to have the little hedgehog running in the leaves. Well when I looked at my sister’s stamps, she did not have one with leaves. She did however have this one.

Since he was running I decided to use this stamp. Now since this was a fall card I wanted to use leaves and not the hearts, so I took my Basic Black marker and inked up only the hedgie and the grass. It worked perfectly except now I couldn’t use watercoloring to add some color as the marker would bleed. So I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and colored him in with those. I did not use the gamsol to blend as I was afraid the ink would bleed.

After all that I used my bath poof background technique to add some texture to the cardstock and punch out a bunch of leaves. Then it was just a matter of layering everything to get what I wanted. I had some patterned paper that looked kind of fallish (is that a word?) that I used as the background. So here is what I came up with. Do you think it looks like he is running through the leaves?

Stamps: Hearts Away (Penny Black) Paper: Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla, DCWV patterned paper pack Ink: Chocolate Chip (for adding texture to leaves) Accessories: Basic Black marker, Prismacolor pencils, leaf punches (Creative Memories and Paper Shapers), bath poof, dimensionals
Well I am headed to the kitchen to make some stuffed peppers and chili, two of my favorite winter foods. I hope everyone has a relaxing evening. Thanks for looking!

Wait until you see this ribbon!

I was in Michael’s and they had their Halloween ribbon on sale.  I picked up a bunch as I am always looking for ribbon at a good price, besides I always buy my ribbon on sale during the holidays so I have some to put away and use the next year.  I find I like that ribbon better than the first release of ribbon for the holiday.  I found this ribbon (it is really called riband) and immediately picked up several spools of it.  I just love it.  They also had some pumpkins that I picked up at the same time and plan on using at Thanksgiving. 

I have a lot of patterned paper for Halloween that I am using as it just seems like I don’t use it as much during this holiday.  Amy had a great sketch that really lent itself to using patterned paper.  Since the paper was so busy (I bet you are surprised with 3 patterns that are pretty busy being used on the same card) I decided to go with a simple stamp.  I required only minimal coloring.  I think the riband is the best part of the card.  Those bats add just the right touch to the card.  When I had the card finished and put together, it needed some pizazz so added Stardust gel pen on the lines and green circles of the patterned paper though you can’t tell from my picture.  Here is Amy’s sketch and my card.

Stamps: Witch (Sweet Arts) Paper: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac, white, Simply Spooky DSP (TAC) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Green Galore & Lovely Lilac markers, bat riband (Michael’s), Zots, dimensionals

So what do you think?  I think the card is really cute even if I made my strips all the same size.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!