Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween House

For my final project in celebration of All Hallows' Eve (or Halloween as most people call it) is all about the haunted house!

My card started with the two Impression Obsession border dies that I have been 'dying' (ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) to use.  I added the Recollections house stamp on the card base, and Distress inked the background after I used a liquid mask to protect the moon and windows.  The liquid mask didn't come off the moon perfectly, but I think it added to the 'moon-ness.'  The border dies were getting a little lost in all the black, so I highlighted them with white, yellow, and then silver pigment inks.  And I finished off the card with a sentiment and some Nuvo drops.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooktacular Bats

I'm back to the Halloween Series today, with a batty, batty background.

I really love this background.  It simply amazes me what Distress Ink can do! I started by blending Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves, and Black Soot Distress Inks onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper.  Then I stamped the Hero Arts Bat Background stamp with Versafine Ink to give this card a statement. The haunted house and pumpkin are from the Impression Obsession Halloween Set that I have used several times in this series. The Rolling Hills and Farm Fence are by Taylored Expressions, and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falling Leaves

I took a step away from my Halloween series to make a Fall card today.  I want to start by saying that I love autumn! It is absolutely my favorite time of the year! I love sweaters, boots, soup, football, falling leaves, crisp cool air, and every single thing about it!

As I have said before, I live in South Carolina, and we typically have long, hot summers. Well this year was no different. But it hasn't just been a long, hot summer, but a long and hot year! I had the air conditioner on for a Christmas Eve get together last December, and it broke, leaving us sweating while celebrating the wondrous winter holiday. So now that the temperatures are FINALLY starting to dip, I am in a mood to celebrate....with a Falling Leaves Shaker Card!

One of my favorite things about fall is the colors. I love changing leaves, the home decor, and orange (Go Tigers!)! So with changing leaves as my inspiration, I created this shaker card, and absolutely fell in love! I started by die cutting the tree from the Darice Tree die that I found at Consumer Crafts. This is a steal of a die at less than $9, so I wasn't expecting the best cut ever...but boy was I wrong! It cuts like butter!

Then to add the important part of a Falling Leaves Shaker Card, I distress inked a piece paper with Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Vintage Photo inks. Then I used the Impression Obsession Die201-K (Oak Leaves and Rake) to cut the leaves out.  After layering the foam tape, I placed each leaf in the shaker, and due to the thickness, they don't turn over!  I glued a few of them in place on the tree, and finished off the card with a sentiment.

Other product used:
Tumbled Glass Distress ink
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables
MFT Fishtail Flags Stax

Have a good day.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - Oh My Pumpkins and Pie

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer on the OSAT Blog Hop this month. If you are hopping along, you got to me from Wynne's blog, and I'm sure you loved her projects as much as I do!  The theme this month is Oh My Pumpkins and Pie, and of course that sent me right down the path of Autumn and Thanksgiving.

I started by making a super cute pumpkin wreath card using some products from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp.  That Hero Arts Wreath die is simply perfection, and I have been wanting to find the perfect occasion to use the SSS Stitched Pumpkins dies for a while. After white heat embossing the sentiment, I realized that the background definitely needed a little something to finish the card off. Luckily a friend pointed me towards gold when I suggested some splatters on the background. I used the Delicata gold ink on a stamp block, added some water, and flicked away with my Tim Holtz splatter brush. I love the end result, and hope you do too!

I also made some matching place cards for my Thanksgiving table this year. I cut some white paper to 3 x 3.5 inches and scored it in half on the long side to make the place cards themselves. Then I added some leftover strips of my patterned paper to ground a popped up stitched pumpkin. I also added some more of those gold splatters to finish them off. I haven't put names on the place cards yet, but I hope to use the new Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set to make the names pretty (because my handwriting is simply atrocious!). I hope that I inspired you, and please don't forget to continue on the Blog Hop below.

Thank you for checking out my projects today.  Please continue on the blog hop by pressing the NEXT button below to go to Wendy's blog and see some beautiful creations by her.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


The next card in my Halloween Series is this super fun grouping card that I made for Can You Case It, but there is some sad news about my favorite challenge blog.  Eva has decided to stop running the CYCI challenge blog.  I am very sad to see it go, but so very thankful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of such an amazing group of card makers.

The sketch was to create a grouping on your card.  I was recently cropping at Scrapbook Creations (the best local scrapbook store around), and they had the Impression Obsession Die114-O (Halloween Set), so of course I had to pick it up!  I immediately thought of this sketch and set to creating a grouping with the dies.  As I was walking around the store, I found some really cute brads in the open stock area and decided to use 3 bat brads to add a little interest to my card.  The sentiment is from the new Taylored Expressions Boo to You stamp set.  I also used a SSS Stitched Circle die to create the moon, and a little Dusty Concord Distress ink on the card base to complete the card.

I think this sketch was so much fun, and am really sad that my time on this DT is over.

Have a good day.