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Friday, October 29, 2010

CPS 190 - Vintage Vampire Blood

190 Sketch

Only two days left until Halloween, and I'm still busy making cards. This one uses Sketch 190 from Card Positioning Systems. I was thrilled to use my new Waltzingmouse Stamps set called Wanda's Pantry. It's a label set that coordinates with some of the Spellbinders dies and is so much fun! With vampires everywhere this year - The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood - I thought it only fitting that I make a Halloween card that featured the classic, iconic monster, sparkly or otherwise.

Speaking of monsters, I've been so busy with my projects that I haven't even done any Halloween-y activities. Part of the reason is also that my son is a little (or a lot!) too young for some of the things that are traditional Halloween fun. There is a jack-o-lantern spectacular, but it's past his bed time; there are haunted houses but they are too scary; there are horror movies but they are rated R! I used to make a yearly trip to Salem, MA in October as well, but road trips are a challenge with a wee one so even that has gone by the wayside the past 2 years. Even my poor pumpkin is still waiting to be transformed into a jack-o-lantern! But there was one tradition that I was able to enjoy... I couldn't have been happier last night cuddled on the couch with Kayne, watching It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Thanks for looking! You may not hear from me for a day or two as I enjoy a weekend full of tricks and treats! Have a WICKED Halloween!

Card Supplies
Images: Wanda's Pantry (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Basic Black and Real Red card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Vampire paper pad (Martha Stewart)
Accessories: Wrought Iron border punch (Martha Stewart); Splatter punch (Martha Stewart); Ticket Corner punch (Stampin' Up); red satin wired ribbon (Michaels)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Give Me Yer Candy or Walk the Plank!

A sick day care provider has me home again today. Forced vacation days aren't ideal, but since it's a gorgeous Fall day here my son and I took full advantage with a trip to the playground and a local historic site. He hasn't allowed any crafting or baking yet... There will be time for that later. On my other day off this week I was able to make a card in-between all the baking. It is for my son's father for Halloween. I chose the Pirate Kai image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too. He reminds me so much of my little guy so I have a soft spot for him! I am entering him in the DP2 Challenge #55 - Pick a Season. For my layout I used the sketch from the Mojo Monday 162 challenge. This week you had a choice of square or round. I opted for square.

Other challenges I'm posting this card to are:
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge 10 ~ Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Challenge #87 ~ Halloween
Top Tip Tuesday - #7 ~ Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Challenge #22 ~ Halloween
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C60 ~ Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching I still have so much to do! I should know better than to procrastinate, yet I do it every year! Hopefully I will get it all done in the next two evenings. Saturday night is MY mischief night! I get to go out with my girlfriends for dinner, drinks and dancing. I usually dress up, but again, here, I've dropped the ball this year so we'll see. Regardless, I am looking forward to All Hallow's Eve and trick or treating with my son on Sunday!

Cards and cupcakes await! (Someone told me you can make an eggless cake using a can of Coke so I am mad scientist experimenting this evening... It suits the occasion!) Thanks for looking and be sure to visit again soon!

Card Supplies
Images: Pirate Kai (Mo's Digital Pencil Too)
Ink: printer; Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (207, 12, 70, 109, 198, 142, 123, 153, 154, 78, 170, 172)
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Pie card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); All About Boys stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars); Cuttlebug Skulls & Scrolls embossing folder (Provocraft); Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); Chestnut mini brads (American Crafts); 3D dots

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Haunted Lady

Drop "DEAD" Gorgeous

Laura's Sketch 64

I have been in full Halloween mode this week - baking and crafting like a fiend! I even took a day off from work yesterday to help accomplish my tasks! It was worth the effort as day care and work were delighted to be the recipients of homemade pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookie "poison pops", and "creepy finger" sugar cookies.

I've been trying to fit some card making in between all this baking as well. Today's card keeps with the Halloween theme and was made for Sassy Studio Designs' Dare To Be Sassy Thursday Challenge #43 - "Fright Night". I used their digital image, Sassy Ghost, paired with Laura's Sketch 64 from 2 Sketches 4 You. I am also entering this creation into two other challenges: Creative Inspirations - "Spooky" and Stamp Something - "October Digi Day Challenge". These are both sponsored by SSD.

Though my favorite holiday is almost over, I am looking forward to the rest of the year and the upcoming festivities it will bring! I am also excited to see what the Sassy ladies have in store for us with their November 1st release day! They are having a holiday party in honor of the release and I know it's one we won't want to miss!

But for now, I am still in jack-o-lantern and costume state of mind! Thanks for looking and check back for more frightful fun before the week is out!

Card Supplies
Images: Sassy Ghost (Sassy Studio Designs)
Ink: printer; Prismacolor Art Markers (79, 194, 168, 108, 109, 112, 114)
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Rich Razzleberry card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Vampire paper pad (Martha Stewart); Wicked Fun designer series paper (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Graveyard border punch (Martha Stewart); black trim (unknown); Halloween specialty brad (Recollections); Signo White pigment ink pen (Uniball); 3D dots

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mojo Monday 161

The Big One

As promised, here is my entry for Mojo Monday's sketch challenge 161. My son and I attended the first birthday party of my friend's son this weekend, and I used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too for his card. I wanted them to have a special memento to remember his special day. I actually had made a request to Mo for her to draw this image (Kai is One) for my own son's birthday last month. She is an amazing artist and a sweetheart when it comes to accommodating requests from her customers. Unfortunately, I made my request last minute, and she wasn't able to get to it due to prior commitments. But she is amazing and didn't forget! I was delighted to see him (and a girl version) go up on her site!

I've had two days off from stamping, but need to get back to it as my favorite holiday is now only a week away! There's baking to be done too! Thanks for looking and check back soon to see what other treats (or tricks) I have to show you....!

Card Supplies
Images : Kai is One -Boy (Mo's Digital Pencil Too); Happiest Birthday Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink: printer; Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (131, 108, 109, 172, 96, 209, 192, 25, 198, 143, 86, 154)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Basic Black (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Nana's Kids Premium Stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Embossed Zigzag border punch (Martha Stewart); 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 circle punches (Stampin' Up); black grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); tag (Stampin' Up); Thickers Subway Foam Letter Stickers (American Crafts); baker's twine (Martha Stewart); 3D dots

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge #15

Skulls & Guitars

Kenny K Krafty Girlz Challenge #15 Sketch

I am on a stamping roll this week! I've been crafty 3 nights in a row now! Last night I made another Halloween card. This time with the "Star" image from kennykdownloads. I didn't actually intend for her to end up as one. I just happened to color her in purples and greens then realized I had the perfect Halloween designer paper. I used the sketch from Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge #15 for this project. It is my 1st time entering a Kenny K challenge, but I am sure it won't be my last! This card is going to another Kenny K fan for the favorite holiday that we share (I hope she doesn't see this post before it arrives in her mailbox! lol)

Sorry this is brief, but I once again am up past my bed time! I was feeling creative and inspired again and had to go with it! I think it is the call of the full moon.... OoowOoooo!

More fun to come this weekend. Stay tuned for a Mojo Monday post as well more Halloween goodness!

Card Supplies
Images: Star (kennykdownloads)
Ink: printer; Prismacolor Art Markers (207, 12, 40, 99, 100, 103, 105, 192, 26, 97, 128, 147)
Paper: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss, and Pumpkin Pie card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Staples); Cast-A-Spell designer series paper (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: scalloped oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 circle punches (Stampin' Up); Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, and Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); Halloween dimensional stickers (Recollections); Nightfall adhesive pearl (Queen & Co); 3D dots

Thursday, October 21, 2010



Stamps R Us Challenge #7 Sketch

Let me tell you, after the day I've had I feel like a zombie! I had been looking forward to crafting all day at work as I coordinated in my mind which challenges I would incorporate into my list of cards that needed to be made this week. I knew that tonight I would be working on a fun "just because" Halloween card, but what I didn't know was that the rest of my evening would not go as planned or that I wouldn't sit down at my desk and start coloring my image until 11pm. But though I thought my motivation and inspiration had already called it quits for the day, once I put Prismacolor to card stock I found that I wasn't quite as brainless as I had thought!

My second Halloween card of the season is being entered into 3 separate challenges, all of which are sponsored in one way or another by Sassy Studio Designs. I used one of Lindsay's fantastic new Halloween images from their October 1st release. She calls her Frankenstein Zombie. I call her Frankenbabe! Only Lindsay could make a gal look this hot in a straight jacket! But I digress...

My lovely creation is being entered into SSD's Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #42 where the challenge was to use CIRCLES. I had some fun designer paper with dots and used a circle punch and round brad to add another circle element to the card. The layout is based on the Stamps R Us Challenge #7 sketch. I am also entering it for Challenge 9 ~ Halloween over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog. Both are sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs.

Phew! Challenge times three - done! But now it is way past my bedtime, and I am tired as I spent two hours wrangling a dragon this evening. Well, okay, it was really my son in his Halloween costume at the portrait studio in Target, but it was still no easy feat! This was our second visit as the first had to be postponed and rescheduled on account of tears. Today, though, our talented photographer managed to eek out some pretty fabulous photos (once edited) from an uncooperative toddler! Still, despite his resistance, I do believe he just might be the cutest dragon ever!

Thanks for looking! I hope to be back with more posts soon as I count down to All Hallow's Eve....

Card Supplies
Images: Frankenstein Zombie (Sassy Studio Designs), Ghoulish Greetings sentiment (A Muse Artstamps)
Ink: printer, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Prismacolor Art Markers (99, 103, 105, 60, 173, 96, 192)
Paper: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace, Pumpkin Pie, and Certainly Celery card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Staples); Halloween Scary Sparkles Glittered Halloween Papers (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: 1-1/4 circle punch (Stampin' Up), Halloween specialty brads (Recollections), Cracks border punch (Martha Stewart), Branch punch (Martha Stewart), Boutique Fleur mulberry paper roses (Recollections), Halloween Creepy Cloth (Flomo), 3D dots

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Hottie

Hello and Happy Fall!!! I am back after a two week stamping hiatus!!! I needed to recharge the creative battery with some much needed R&R. I am posting my first Halloween card of the season. It's my favorite holiday, and I love when August arrives because that means retailers start selling for the holiday. Last year I had my hands full with a newborn and only made a few cards. This year I had good intentions, but my now one year old son had other plans for me - apple picking, pumpkin picking, professional photos in his Halloween costume, trips to the playground! We've been having so much fun I didn't realize how quickly time was going by. But when I put our decorations up last weekend I knew I'd better get moving.

I've been wanting to play with my Kenny K images for some time. His images are so much fun to color!!! Here meet Lady Raven. She even SOUNDS Halloween-y, and she is looking very wicked in her lingerie and platform boots! I used Kazan's Sketch 63 from 2 Sketches 4 You as my layout. This is a special sketch because it is also part of their design team search. How fun would that be?! I had a lot of fun when I was guest designer for Sassy Studio Designs so I thought it was time to try again. I also am entering this in The Shabby Tea Room's Week #31 "Pumpkin Patch" challenge. The challenge was to make a card or project using the colors from their photo as inspiration and/or create something that included pumpkins. Lady Raven in her orange attire was perfect! I'm also submitting it for Really Reasonable Ribbon's Challenge #10 -Halloween. This was an easy one as the directive was to create a Halloween themed project.

Thanks for looking and check back for more creepy creations soon....

Card Supplies:
Images: Lady Raven (kennykdownloads)
Ink: printer, Prismacolor Art Markers (207, 12, 172, 61, 99, 97, 16, 153, 130, 103)
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Gray card stock (Stampin' Up), white card stock (Staples), Cast-A-Spell designer series paper (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 circle punches (Stampin' Up); Designer Label punch (Stampin' Up); Photo Corner punch (Stampin' Up), Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); 7mm black round rhinestones (Nicole Crafts); black lace (unknown); vintage button; raven dimensional sticker (Recollections); 3D dots