Hey Ghoul Friend!

Today’s card features a stamp set from one of my favorite stamp companies – Art Impressions. I own several of their sets and when I saw this one this Halloween season, I knew I had to have it.

This card is multi-layered and took quite a while to color and assemble. I started by stamping the image to color – but I didn’t have an idea yet of how I wanted to work it into a card. Often times, I start that way – where I just want to color and image, and then it comes to me later how I want it to look in the end. So, I spent the evening yesterday coloring this and then, when I looked at it with fresh eyes this morning, I knew I wanted to fussy cut the main image out and pop it up on a frame.

Figuring out the background to fill in the white space came next. I decided on a spider web for the corners that are from Penny Black and I just adore that spider – he is SO CUTE! The pumpkin banner was also colored and fussy cut and popped up with some foam tape to drape across the corner of the card frame. You can see the dimension it adds in the photos below.

The inside sentiment is adorned with a cute little set of dangling spiders hanging out next to the “Happy Halloween”. I love how this card turned out and can’t wait to send it.

I will have one more Halloween card in me this season and I am saving it for the 31 days of Halloween video blog hop that @hooklineandinker is hosting. My new card and video will be up on October 5th! Stay tuned for more info!

A Clean & Simple Card – MFT Superstar Card Designer Challenge

Greetings to you this stormy Saturday morning in the Pacific Northwest! Fall is definitely on our heels and so I thought this bundled up little owl fit my mood perfectly for this clean and simple thank you card.

MFT Stamps is running a Superstar Card Designer challenge right now where you can win a shopping spree gift card to their store, and so I thought I would give this a shot since a vast majority of my stamps and dies are from MFT and I love their products. There are three categories to enter: clean and simple, coloring virtuoso and innovation master. Here is my entry today is for the clean and simple category.

The stamp set I used is called Warm & Feathered Hugs designed by the famous Stacey Yacula. She really is a talented stamp designer…I love everything she creates! The second component to this card uses the Die-Namics Thank You Circle Frame Die. I die cut three of these from 110 lb. cardstock and glued them all together to build up some dimension. This was trickier than it looked! Getting the letters all lined up perfectly before the glue set was a challenge.

I colored the adorable owl with lots of colors in the Warm Gray family of copics and then added a splash of color in the scarf with one of my favorite color combos – lime green and teal. For some final detail work, I used a 0.1 copic multi-liner to add some texture to the scarf and also enhance the look of feathers around his face.

I used a pigment ink from Mama Elephant called Winter to shade in the circular area behind the owl. The color is subtle but also helps to tie in with the colors of the scarf.

The last design element I added was a dry embossed stitched circle die also from MFT. This is a circle die meant to cut all the way through but when you use an embossing pad instead of cutting plates in your die machine, you can get just an impression of the die on your paper without cutting it all the way through. A simple and elegant way to add more detail to your card.

I left the inside of the card blank so I can write my note of thanks when I am ready to send this off. I love how this turned out! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

My favorite Bookworm and Day of the Month Card

I found this stamp set from MFT Stamps that I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed to own it. So cute…and there are so many people in my life who are avid readers that I knew this set would get put to lots of good use.

So I created this cute card and posted it on my Instagram feed, and through the comments of a loyal follower, I learned about the “Day of the Month Card Club“. The theme for this month is “Read a book Day” and my bookworm card obviously fit with the theme perfectly. I was encouraged one of my followers (Cornelia) to post it for this month’s entry – which I did. Thank you Cornelia for sharing this with me!!!

Its a fun monthly challenge and you can submit up to three entries. The winners are determined by anonymous voters (anyone can vote) and the winner gets to be the guest designer for the following month’s theme. Fun!

Anyway…here’s my card that I submitted. This one got sent off to my mom – since she is my favorite bookworm and knows me so well…she just called today to say she received it and of course she loved it, and it made her smile. (Mission accomplished!)

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To my bestie – girlfriend card

Today’s card is simple and sweet and took almost no time at all to make. I used a stamp set called “To My Bestie” which is made by a company called Close to my Heart. These are high quality clear stamps that are very well designed and coordinated. This particular set is no longer available which makes me very sad for the rest of you out there who would like to own this set, but I’m told that sometimes they will re-release a monthly special that is popular. So…I’m crossing fingers for you.

I stamped the image and sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – which is copic friendly and does not bleed. I have tried SO MANY black inks that claim to be copic friendly, but this one by far, is the best (in my opinion). I color with copic markers a lot and saturate the paper pretty heavily and this ink just holds up beyond compare to the others. I love it. The paper I use also helps – which is Ninah Solar White in the 80lb weight. I buy it in bulk at Amazon.

The circular cut out for the front of this card was made using the PinkFresh Inverted Stitched Scallop Circle Die and this one is a favorite as well. It comes with a couple different sized circles and the scalloped edges and stitched details can really dress up the look. It is also really reasonably priced which I also love.

If you’d like to see my coloring process and how I assembled this card, there is a YouTube video link below. It’s a short one…less than five minutes. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Witch Way to the Candy? – MFT Stamps

Happy Sunday folks…today I’m sharing another Halloween card and I do have some video for you as well. This card was created using the Witch Way to the Candy stamp and die set from MFT Stamps. There are so many fun critters and characters in this set that the possibilities are abundant. Whether you want to stay clean and simple or create a spooky scene, this stamp set is versatile and so fun.

I began by stamping out all the images from the stamp set and colored them with copic alcohol markers. At this point, I didn’t really know what my card was going to look like but I didn’t want that to hold me up so I just started coloring. After I die cut all the colored images, I started to put things together on a white card base. I played for a while and finally decided on the scene we have now. The rectangle framed die I used is also from MFTStamps. I use this one a LOT…I love the finished “framed” look it gives to my cards.

Once I had the design and layout figured out, I created the background using Tim Holtz distress Oxide Inks in five colors: Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Shaded Lilac, Blue Print Sketch and Black Soot. I splattered some water and some watered down black paint to give it a starry night feel.

I used my favorite all time glue tube from Lawn Fawn and glued down all the parts and pieces. The frame die is cut twice – once in black card stock and a second time using black craft foam. This gives it great dimension and so easy using the die – everything lines up perfectly when you stack them and glue them together.

I finished off the card with the Halloween Greetings sentiment that was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Because I had two leftover pieces that I didn’t use on the front, I thought it would be cute to place them on the inside of the card to tie it all together.

I think I have a few more Halloween cards in me so I will have more to share next week. If you’d like to peek at the card I made yesterday, click here. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for updates.