Pumpkin Harvest

Hi there, one more for me today 🙂  When I think of fall, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins, quickly followed by Halloween and colorful leaves.  This image from Ching-Chou Kuik, called Pick a Pumpkin, perfectly showcases two of these themes 🙂  I colored this beauty up with my Prismacolor pencils, then sat wondering about the layout….  I came across this sketch

at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2, and was immediately inspired.  I embossed some yellow core Black Magic paper with a Sizzix folder, then sanded it to bring out the design.  The fence was cut with a die (I can’t remember who made it) from a scrap of black CS.  I cut 2 pieces of burlap for the elements tucked behind the image.  I knew I wanted some pumpkins to finish off this card, but I don’t have a pumpkin die, and when I went to Michael’s, I just couldn’t find the right thing!! I was feeling rather discouraged, until I went through one of my sticker folders and found a sheet of pumpkin stickers!! They had the ugly white edges on them, though, so I stuck them to a piece of CS and carefully cut around them to get the effect I wanted.  I’m so happy with the finished product, and glad that I didn’t let a few stumbling blocks along the way discourage me completely!

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – Halloween/Fright Night

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch 123, pictured above

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Fall Fest

The Sketchy Challenges – #128 Halloween Theme

CCC Digi Creations – #83 Fantasy

Creepy Crawly

Hi there 🙂  In the past, I’ve never been really “into” Halloween cards, as it wasn’t an occasion that my family ever exchanged cards for.  But this year, I’ve ventured into “the dark side” of cardmaking, and am LOVING it!!!  This card features the image “Spooky Blue” from Ching-Chou Kuik.  I colored her up with my Copic and SN markers, then added some Wink of Stella to the spiderwebs in the background.  After distressing the edges, I inked them in red Distress Ink.  A few years ago, I managed to grab some Black Magic card stock from Coredinations, and have been hoarding it ever since.  I dug it out for this project, and used the purple core paper, tearing the edges and sanding it a bit, to provide a matting for the layers.  The background paper is a piece that I had in my stash.  I cut the spiders and spiderweb with an unbranded die, then added Wink of Stella to the web.  The sentiment is one that I printed on my computer….after I went on a search for a spooky font….and ended up with almost 60 new ones!! Ooops 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – Halloween/Fright Night

Simon Monday Challenge – A Walk on the Dark Side

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG – week of October 3

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – ATG Week 40

Crafter’s Cafe – Use Die Cuts and/or Punches

Thumbelina

Good morning everyone 🙂  Well, it’s back to work for me today, after a very nice week off 🙂  I made this card, after being inpsired by the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group‘s challenge, of Once Upon A Time.  I thought “Thumbelina”, as soon as I looked at this sweet image, Garden Daisy Fairy, by Ching-Chou Kuik. I colored her up with my SN markers, keeping to an autumnal color scheme, then cut the image out with a stiched die (unbranded).  I searched through my papers, to find a pattern that was a bit reminiscent of an old book, and found this one….I don’t know why it reminded me of a book, but it works 🙂  Then I got the brilliant idea (yes, that was sarcastic) to do some inlaid die cut corners (Cheery Lynn corner die) out of some metallic CS.  Ugh!!! Those pieces are so so so tiny, I was really giving myself heck for that bright idea by the end of it!!  The flowers are from my “scavenged” bin….ones that I’ve picked off of other items or silk flowers that I’ve dismantled.  I stacked the fluffy one, and gave it a brown brad centre, then stacked the other ones….and couldn’t find an appropriate centre.  I have some old brads, they are white fabric, with black letters on them….of course there are no “good” letters left, so I grabbed some of them, and colored some of them with a dark brown marker.  The letter still showed through, though, so I dabbed them in embossing ink, then dipped them in some Distress embossing powder, and TaDa….they even have some texture 🙂  I die cut some leaves (unbranded die) and tucked a few blue sprigs around the flowers, to finish the front of the card.  This card seemed to be the perfect opportunity to try a fold that I’ve never done before, but have been eyeing up.

This book fold 🙂  It was a bit “math-y” for me, but not so much so that it will put me off doing it again.  I printed off the once upon a time, and a fairytale birthday sentiment on some parchment printed paper, and cut them out with some of the stitched dies….for the “pages”, then added the last few flowers and leaves I had…..these flower centers are flat, but I did the same thing with the embossing 🙂  I was very happy with the result of this card 🙂  Hope you like!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Get Creative Challenge – #62 Autumn/Fall

Crafty Gals Corner – #141 Fancy Fold

Classic DT Open Challenge – September ATG

Delicious Doodles Challenge – September – Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Pop It Up

Autumn Dreamer

Hi there 🙂  I’m really on a fall roll, card wise, here.  Must be the weather outside 😉  I’ve used the image Golden Fall, by Ching-Chou Kuik, for this card.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then did the background sky with my Prismacolor pencils.  I dug through A LOT of paper, before I found the subtle orange print for the background, and then…lo and behold, some lace paper, that I just HAD to have….about 4 years ago, lol.  A bit of green CS was also tucked in.  I wrapped a circle die cut with some eyelash yarn, then took the same yarn to make a strip along the bottom, and under the wooden pumpkin embellishment, that’s been floating around in my craft room for an infinity or two.

I’d like to enter this in:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – Fall/Fall Colors/Pumpkins

Creative Inspirations – #280 Seasonal!

Morgan’s ArtWorld – #19 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of Sept. 19 – 26th

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 38 ATG