Color Challenge Tuesday

Yesterday I said most of my cards this month would be Halloween or autumn themed.  Today's card I'll call autumn since the colors are somewhat fall.  Mical at CAS Colours & Sketches chose Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (says "fall" right there!) and Shaded Spruce.

I attended Scrapbook & Cards Today's Crop & Create Cardmaking virtual event this weekend.  WOW!  What an explosion of cardmaking!  Needless to say I got a lot of nothing done - LOL.  I did make several of the cards but also did a lot of watching and learning while making my own cards at my own pace.

For today's card I used products from the event (for one, that tiny die cut envelope which is just adorable!)  Several of the presenters used various types of paste with stencils.  This is one of those techniques where I've had all the supplies forever but rarely if ever use them.  Fortunately my embossing paste hadn't dried out and I was able to create some texture in the background of this card.

Products used:

  • Dies / Stamps: SCT Crop & Create Delivered set
  • Die: (flower) Scrapbook.com Hello  Bloom
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil, Studio 490 Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste

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Great Shoes! Shaker Card

Happy October!  I'm kicking off the month with a fun Halloween shaker card for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Mary chose terrific colors for the holiday with Halloween as dessert - Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grape.

Because of the sentiment and that great show image, I really wanted this card to have a textile feel so I picked out papers in what I call "menswear" patterns - stripes, checks and a woven look.  Since it was a little dark, I brightened it up a bit with glitter washi tape and buttons.

This shaker is part of a kit from Queen & Co.  you'll be seeing more shakers from them this month.  Since it's October and I love making Halloween cards, you'll see at least one per week.  Check back on Fridays for another month of "Frightful Friday" featuring Halloween.  I'm trying to keep this month to all fall and Halloween cards.

I'm also entering this is "Make the Cards Challenge #64" - use washi tape.

Products used:  all Queen & Co. except the buttons and punch for the sentiment

  • Dies / Stamps: Spooktacular shaker kit
  • Dies:  Foundations 8 and 10
  • Paper: Hocus Pocus, Fright Fest

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Scary On

I'm the hostess this week at Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I hope I have a fun board for you.  I'm finally in the mood for fall and Halloween cards!  Okay - I'm ALWAYS in the mood for Halloween cards, but not fall cards.  So it's up to you which way you wan to play this board.  I chose Embossing, Spooky and Ink Blending.


I actually had no idea what I was going to do when I created the board but thought it might be Halloween.  Then I thought about making this card for something else and realized it was perfect for this challenge!

I heat embossed the kids first using a black super fine detail embossing powder.  I like this powder because I really do see a difference when compared with regular embossing powder.

I used the first of the Layered Full Moon Stencils for my moon.  The set comes with four layers to give you a very detailed and realistic full moon.  However I needed to get this done and realized I'd probably want to play around with colors to get that just right....so I kept it simple and used just number 1.

The stencil also comes with a mask so you can mask off your moon and do the rest of the sky. I also created a mask from cardstock for my Hills & Drifts stencil since I also need the negative.

When all was blended I used a soft cloth and a damp Q-Tip to clean off my embossed trick-or-treaters.  With just a bit of planning this is a simple card to create.

Products used:

  • Stamps / dies: Stampin' Up! Scary Cute and Scary Silhouettes (Scary Cute Bundle)
  • Ink: Versamark, Distress Oxides - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Forest Moss
  • Stencils: Spellbinders Layered Full Moon, MFT Drifts and Hills
  • Accessories: Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine Detail Black, Stampin' Up! Gingham Ribbon and self adhesive stars (retired)

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Double Challenge Tuesday - Too Cute to Spook

Today is a double challenge day - one for the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches and the other for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.    My cards this week will also start off one of my favorite card making themes - Halloween!  Some people are Christmas card people or Valentine's Day.  For me - it's Halloween!  And I don't really send many Halloween cards.  I just like making them.


I will admit right up front I messed up a bit with the sketch.  After making the card I realized that the sentiment should have gone in the center.  That's what I get for not having the sketch right out in front of me when I made the card.  

The colors are a bit non-traditional for Halloween but I do like them - Pale Papaya, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz.  I like the softness of them with the very delicate look of these stamps.

This is a new set from Ellen Hutson.  This cute little ghost can be dressed up in various costumes but I left him as is for this scene.  Although it looks simple there was quite a bit of masking involved to get it all on one layer without die cutting.

To color, I used blender pens with the markers on an acrylic block.

Be sure to come back Thursday for another Halloween card!  And next month I'll have a new one every Friday (and possibly more for the weekly challenges - I'm challenging myself to make as many as I can!)

Products used:

  • Stamps: Ellen Hutson - Essentials by Ellen Spooktacular by Julie Ebersole and Ghost Costumes by Julie Ebersole
  • Dies: very old inside out circle dies (I think by The Stamps of Life)
  • Ink / Markers:  MFT Hybrid Black Licorice, Stampin' Write Markers - Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz and Pale Papaya

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Pumkin Kisses Color Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  My card today is for the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  The colors at first reminded me of Christmas but I thought I'd go for an autumn theme.  I'm not quite ready for holiday cards yet!

To get the variety of colors on this stamp I used markers and my stamping platform.  I colored the stems first and stamped.  Then I cleaned the stamps and used the coral and then the merlot.  It is not a difficult technique with the help of a stamping platform but you need to use regular water based markers.  Alcohol ink dries too quickly to stay wet on the stamp.  and with regular markers if the ink does start to dry you can breathe heavily on the stamp to reactivate the ink.  (Yes I looked a little weird breathing on my stamp!)

Products used:

  • Stamps: Fun Stampers Journey Pumpkin Kisses, Martha's Pumpkins (with matching dies)
  • Dies: Queen & Co. Simple Borders
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Timber 3D Embossing Folder

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