Halloween Cards (A Few Days Late…)

I’m not one to make a big deal out of Halloween celebrations – I’d rather celebrate Reformation Day!  However, I had some great supplies in my October Paper Pumpkin, and I thought my grandmas would probably like a friendly little hello in their mailboxes, so these are the cards I came up with.

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I used the “Eat Something Sweet” sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin box on the inside of each of them.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not sure if I need different watercolors to get darker colors, but my purple/orange sunset didn’t end up nearly as “spooky” as I had hoped.

What do you think?

I used watercolor paper for the bottom and wet embossed the trees in black.  The swirl dry embossing on the black card stock was from a texture plate by Sizzix, and the ribbon was in my stash.


October Birthdays – Part Three

Here’s the third of the three October birthday cards!  Thanks for hanging on for the ride!

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This fun card went to my Partner-in-Crafting-Crime in Oklahoma.  I enjoyed trying something with watercolors.  I stamped the leaves on watercolor paper and embossed them with white embossing powder, and then painted the watercolors over the top.  I currently have just a set of Crayola watercolors and am wondering if I need something better to get darker colors.  This card looks fairly dark, but you’ll see the lack of depth to the color in tomorrow’s Halloween card post.

The sentiment is the same as the previous two days, and the framelits for the sentiment are by Sizzix.  The stamp also came from my fall Inkadinkado set.  I definitely got mileage out of this set this October birthday season!

Thanks for sticking around for all three parts of this series!

October Birthdays – Part Two

After producing the card in the October Birthdays – Part One post, I wanted to use the gorgeous stamp again in a new way.  I came up with the idea of a three-part design with different, rich fall colors.

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I was really pleased with how it turned out, and thought the embossing folder toned down the “busy-ness” a bit.  The ribbon matched so well, I just had to use it, even though I think I’ve used the same ribbon on a birthday card for the same person before!  (Does anyone else remember or worry about these things?)

The stamp is by Inkadinkado and the square lattice embossing folder is by Stampin’ Up (I think it’s retired).  The frame around the sentiment is a bookplate from Sizzix (also retired), and the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up (a set from a past Sale-A-Bration called So Happy for You).

Thanks for sticking around for Part Two!

October Birthdays – A Three-Part Series!

Three of the dearest people in my life have birthdays one day right after the other.  This generally translates to either me not producing any cards (they all happen at once!) or making an attempt at them, but mailing them late.  This year was no exception, and now they’re finally all going out in the mail!

To make things on this little old blog interesting, I’m going to write a three-part series and reveal one with each post.  (This also should allow for enough time for my partner-in-crafting-crime (PICC) to receive her card BEFORE I post it on the blog!)

The first card up for the three part series is going to my undergraduate advisor from college.  I had wanted to find a use for this gorgeous stamp, so I tried coloring on it with marker before stamping.  It didn’t turn out FANTASTIC, but I like the effect nonetheless.  After stamping it in marker, I stamped over it with VersaMark (thank you Stamp-a-ma-jig), and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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The embossed branch sat on a piece of paper for a while before I determined what would happen with it next.  It ended up in a frame, and then at my PICC’s suggestion I went with a gate-fold card.  I really love the way everything turned out in the end!

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The branch was from Inkadinkado’s Autumn Foliage, and the frames are from Sizzix.  The embossing plate is from Stampin’ Up.  (It says “Pattern 2” on it, if that’s helpful!)

Do you have friends with birthdays or holidays that are close together?  I know if I thought ahead I could avoid the October 12-14 rush, but I just never seem to get that far.

Bold Stuff I’ve Never Used!

I wanted to make a “how’s it going” card for a friend (the one that got married a few posts back…) who’s recently moved to a new place and is also new to this whole Pastor’s wife thing.  When I saw the Simon Says Stamp Boldly Go Into Stamptember Challenge, I thought some bright ice cream scoops would be a perfect way to go!

I looked through some pictures of cards I had made for ideas on how to mask and stamp the ice cream scoops and realized, despite having had this set for a while, I don’t think I’ve ever actually used it!  This made me wish that djkardkreations was having an “NBUS” or “Never-Before-Used-Schtuff” challenge, and then, lo and behold, she posted a new challenge!  (I was probably more excited about this than I should have been.)

So, I am very excited to be double dipping (HA! That pun was NOT intended) with this card at both Simon Says Stamp AND djkardkreations!

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The ice cream stamps are from Stampin’ Up (Sweet Scoops, retired), and the sentiment is from the Fiskars Cupcakes and More set.  The Harlequin embossing plate is also by Stampin’ Up (retired).  The swirly frame is from Sizzix (and seems to also be retired) and I hadn’t used it before, either.  The tag die is from Cuttlebug’s Tiny Tags set, and considering I had to cut the package open, I apparently had never used it before either!

Thanks for the opportunities to enter this card!


Avengers Birthday Card

This card was SO much fun to put together!  We were invited to an Avengers-themed 50th birthday party, and I wanted to try and make something that would fit the theme.  I was so pleased with how the card turned out!

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I think the Hulk panel was the most fun to do.  His hair is actually lots of tree-shaped cut outs from a Fiskars tree punch upside down.

The panels are 2.5″ squares, and the card is a 5.5″ square.

My husband had the brilliant idea for the punny inside:

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Thanks for stopping by to see one of my new favorite projects!  (I have a feeling I may be reusing this concept again…)

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Back to School

Here is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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The theme was back to school, and my abacus-looking embossing folder seemed fitting.  The sentiment is supposed to read “Happy Day 1” as in, “Happy First Day of School.”  Not sure how clear that ended up.  I’m feeling lately that I have such a long way to go in my learning about how to produce great cards.

Thanks for this opportunity to enter! (This brand new adjunct professor is getting to bed; if anyone wants more details about this card, let me know!)