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!

Another card box for you

While looking yesterday for directions/patterns for card boxes and cards I ran across this cute box that fits 3 x 3 cards.  It was really easy to make and I was able to put 4 cards and envelopes inside.  It has been a lot of fun creating yesterday’s box and today’s.  I was able to use up some of my scraps of paper.  I love it when I can do that as I have so much!!!!!!

Here is the 3 x 3 box and cards.  What do you think of these?  What do you think they would sell for?

Stamps: Cold Play, Cute Converse, Festive Favorites, Snow Flurries Paper: Sage Shadow, white, retired designer series from Stampin” Up Ink: Sage Shadow Accessories: Snowflake punch (Stampin’ Up), gold and silver ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), plain organdy ribbon (JoAnn’s), small and large oval punch, Zig Zag border punch (Martha Stewart), bath poof, snowflake garland (Michaels), Sakura Stardust gel pen, border piercing template (Ornare), snowflake confetti, Zots, sticky tape, and dimensionals

These cards are so cute in person.  They are not your traditional colors associated with snow but I like the change of pace.  Check back later today for a card sketch.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

A Busy Afternoon

I am sorry this post is so late. I have had some fun this afternoon with several sketch challenges and my Halloween stamps . I have made quite a few cards that I will share with you over the next few days.

The first card I made was for Taylor’s sketch challenge. I loved the layout and while I don’t have cupcakes I knew I needed some more Halloween cards to send out so I decided to use those. I love this Halloween paper from the Holiday mini 2 years ago. I am down to the last of it though. Do you see those glittery dots under the spider web. Those are Glitter Dots and I got them from Gina K. Designs in several colors. I really like the look of them on the card. They add just the right “bling”. To add a little bit more sparkle I used the Stardust gel pen to highlight the spider web and the strings the spiders are hanging from. How about that ribbon! It is really yarn that comes that way. It is perfect for your spooky Halloween cards.

Stamps: Spooky Swirls (TAC), Fall Sampler (TAC), Spooktacular (TAC), Just Flying By (retired) Paper: So Saffron, Vintage Violet (retired), white, Halloween Nights DSP (retired) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Basic Gray marker, glitter dots (Gina K. Designs), yarn (Michael’s), Sakura Stardust gel pen, crystal effects (to glue yarn down), dimensionals
So, what do you think? Isn’t this just the cutest card? I have several others I will be posting tomorrow and the day after. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

A Busy Day

Sorry I did not post yesterday but I was so busy.  I have contemplated making some cards in a box to sell at the base craft show.  I also needed some of these for Christmas gifts for a few people. 

I spent the morning looking for  dimensions/patterns for the boxes and found a couple 3 x 3 boxes.  I never did find one for the invitation size cards so I ended up making my own.  This took quite a bit of time as I had to create by trial and error.  I finally got the box and top all figured out.  I made the box with no trouble.  The top however took 3 tries before I got it right.  I now have the pattern so I can use it again to make some more.  Thought you might like to see the box and cards.  This is the invitation size and the box has 4 cards and envelopes inside.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Delight in Life Paper: Groovy Guave, green, white, Groovy Guave DSP Ink: Groovy Guava Accessories: 5 petal flower punch, Martha Stewart branch punch, white eyelet and brad, Mellow Moss & Garden Green markers, ribbon (Michaels), Crop-a-dile, sticky tape, and dimensionals

So, what do you think of this one.  If I do the craft fair, how much do you think I should charge?  I welcome all your ideas and suggestions.  Check back later as I am working on a card sketch to share with you. Thanks for looking and have a great day!