happy halloween!

bcc103113Yeah, I really waited until the last minute to post this one.  (Can you say “overworked”?)  But I didn’t want to let this fun day go by without a card.

I had grand plans to send all my friends and family fun Halloween cards, but in the end, I only managed to finish this one.  I like how it turned out, but there are a bunch of little things I would have fixed, if I had time.

I started with a black Bazzill card-base, and a nice piece of bright orange Bazzill that I cut with a Nestablities die.  I used some black powder to heat-emboss the sentiment, and some gold powder to heat emboss a flourish.  I cut some sparkly stars from gold glitter paper, and adhered them randomly around the flourish.  The cauldron was cut by hand, with a bit of gold twine around the rim, and adhered over the bottom of the flourish with foam adhesive.

The witchy cat is a digi-stamp from Meljen’s Designs.  I printed several copies of it on plain white cardstock, and colored them with Prismacolor pencils and OMS.  After several experiments, I ended up just coloring the hat with a black Sharpie (and a gold metallic Sharpie for the band) – it needed a bolder color than I was getting from my pencils.  I fussy-cut him out, and added a bit of dimension by layering the cat’s face, and his paws, and popped his tale up a bit with foam adhesive.  And I tied a bit of that gold twine around his neck before adhering him to the card front.  I’m actually happy with the cat – it looks better in real life.

If I had to do it again, I would have done a better job with the sentiment (I forgot to use my powder tool, but was too tired to re-do it), the cauldron is a bit crooked, and the whole design just isn’t centered very well (gotta “stage” everything carefully before you pull out the glue!).  But it was a fun card to work on.

Wishing you sweet treats (and no tricks) this All Hallow’s Eve.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (black and orange), DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack (gold) Spellbinder’s Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight die, Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes die (little stars), Witchy Cat digi-stamp by Meljen’s Designs, “Thinking of You” clear stamps by Technique Tuesday (flourish), “Hey Pumpkin” clear stamp set by Simon Says Stamp (sentiment), VersaMark ink, Ranger black embossing powder, American Crafts Zing gold embossing powder, May Arts metallic gold twine.



autumn greetings

bcc102013When I saw Simon Says Stamp’s October Card Kit, I couldn’t wait to play with the stamps.  In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve come home from work, opened the new box, and immediately started playing.

I am love with that tree stamp.  It’s so versatile!  You can do a full, green tree for springtime, or just a few orange and brown leaves like I did here, for a fall card.

Not much to this card – I just stamped some large leaves on the background, used die-cut deckle-edged rectangles for the tree and sentiment, and added some twine and buttons.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Autumn!


life is a journey

bcc101313Simon Says Stamp’s September 2013 Card Kit was all about traveling, with these adorable little wood car, plane and boat embellies, and a stamp set with sentiments like “safe travels”, and “missing you already”.  Well, I don’t have a lot of need for “Bon Voyage” cards, but the “Life is a Journey” sentiment did give me an idea.

I die-cut three lacey squares from the kit’s grey cardstock, and topped them with smaller squares of pink cardstock from my stash.  I loved the little wooden “toys”, but the raw wood didn’t quite go with my pink and grey color scheme, so I just dabbed them on my grey ink pad, and adhered them to the squares with Glue Dots.  (It’s actually pretty easy to re-color these – ink, paint, markers, heat-embossing…)

However, for me, this sentiment wasn’t quite “finished”, so I continued it on the inside of my card:

bcc101313bI combined two separate quotes I’ve collected that seem to work well together, and seem fitting for an all-purpose “just saying hello” type of card (which I use a LOT of).  I used the kit’s chevron-patterned stamp with the same grey ink I used on the card front, along with some of that pink paper as a mat, to match the front.

By the way, that zig-zag suddenly looks really crooked to me.  I swear it’s my camera – it looked straight on the card.  (But I will confess that the little pink flower is actually a last minute addition, to cover a small ink smudge.  If you can’t fix it or embellish it, cover it up.)  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Simon Says Stamp’s September 2013 Card Kit (grey cardstock, “Life is a Journey” clear stamp set, My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio Collection patterned paper, Studio Calico Transportation Wood Veneers), Memento London Fog ink, Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Squares dies, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Squares dies, and pink Bazzill & misc. white cardstock from my stash.