Brain Baby

Every time I look at this tag, I’m more convinced that I’m just not right in the head 😛  But ’tis the season to be creepy…so, here it is.  I used the (any other time of the year) adorable Acorn Baby Sprite image from Aurora Wings.  I wanted to creep up a Sprite, as that is a huge challenge with them being so flippin’ cute!! I thought BRAINS when I saw this guys head (like I said, I’m not quite “right”), so set to work making all the brain type of grooves, using some of the acorn pattern as a guideline.  Continued to color in the face in as gruesome a way as I could, while still maintaining the idea of cuteness.  After I colored him, I fussy cut him out, and then wondered what the heck I was going to do with the little creeper, lol.  I haven’t done a tag for a long time so cut one out from some Black Magic paper, and embossed it with a brick pattern, using a Tim Holtz folder.  I used a portion of a trellis (Sizzix) die cut, and was reduced to hand cutting the blood drop border, because I had no die or punch in that shape.  With the little guys brain puffing out, he reminded me of a science experiment gone wrong, so I printed the sentiment on the computer, distressed it a bit and added 2 silver rivets.  Some fuzzy fiber and yarn provided the tie for this tag.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #59 Darkness Falls

Create and Inspire -#67 ATG

 

Best Monster

Hi there!! Hope that you are enjoying the fall weather, and are getting all your Halloween preparations done!! It has been an absolutely gorgeous October here in Saskatchewan, Canada, with no snow yet.  Although I love the look of snow, I cannot stand how stupid drivers get when it comes!! It’s as if they’ve never seen it before, and every time you get behind the wheel, you take your life into your hands 🙁  Anyway…lol…it’s time for a brand new ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers!  We have two sponsors this time:

Maria Medel Illustrations

and

We Are 3

We would love to see your creations….remember, it’s ATG!!

I have been given Maria Medel’s Cute Frankie to use for my card. Love the expression on this goof’s face 🙂  I colored him up with my SN and Copic markers, then fussy cut him out.  I used 2 different prints from a pad of DP for the background, then separated the 2 pieces with a strip of dark grey CS.  I added some screw head brads to “join” everything together.  The sentiment was printed on my computer, with the letters being emphasized with just a touch of silver colored pencil.

I’d like to join the following with this:

Angie’s Digital Stamps – #14 ATG with optional Spooky, Scary Etc

Cupcake Inspirations – #427 Monsters

Artistic Inspirations – #188 ATG

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #80

Deep Ocean – #166 Halloween

In the Night

Good morning 🙂  It’s hard to believe how this month is flying by!! Already the 20th, which means Halloween will soon be here!  It also means that it’s the start of a new challenge in the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group.  The challenge is ATG with a Sheepski Designs image.  To help your pocketbook a bit, please feel free to use my discount code for your purchase:

SKISUSAN10

I decided to spook out a bit with my inspiration card, using the image Claire Bear from Andrea’s shop.  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils, really trying to get a grungy, spooky look to her.  I distressed the edges, then inked them with black Distress Ink.  I saw this card fold on Pinterest, and decided to give it a shot for this card….turned out to be a easy peasy fold, too!!  I die cut some brick wall patterns, and added them to the side panels, after tearing and inking the edges, and spraying with some dark grey and pewter sprays.  I draped a few pieces of cheesecloth on the top, after grunging them up with ink as well.  The spiders were cut with an unbranded die, and I’ve added some red gems to make them into Black Widows.  I printed the sentiment on my computer then tore and inked the edges, before pasting it to a torn black strip.  This was attached with a few screw brads, and my zombie Halloween card was done 🙂  Super happy with the overall effect 😀

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

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #17 ATG

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #27 ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #128 Halloween Theme

Glitter N’ Sparkle – #261 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of October 17

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

Little Witch

Good morning 🙂  Is this not just the most adorable little witch that you’ve ever seen??? This is Priscilla, from the amazing Conie Fong.  I colored her up with my Copic and SN markers, then cut her out, with a big circular moon behind her, and fussy cutting the bottom of her skirt and legs.  For the background, I took some dark purple CS, and sprayed it with a pearl Glimmer Mist spray.  When it dried, I added some accent “stars” with white gel pen.  I cut the grass with a Savvy die, and used half of a “naked” tree die cut that I had on hand.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and added a few sparkly bats to finish 🙂

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

The Crazy Challenge -#259 Halloween

Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog – #52 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #144 Make it Spooktacular

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Weeks 40/41 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #205 Spots and/or Stripes OR Halloween

Trick or Treat

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends 🙂  Best advice for Thanksgiving that I can give: eat the turkey, don’t BE the turkey…..and remember that there is so very much to be grateful for <3

I have another Halloween card here, using one of Aurora Wings‘ Sprites…Pumpkin Sprite. I colored this up with my SN markers, and couldn’t help smiling as I did so, because a memory from when I was a child came to me.  I was playing outside on our farm, and ventured into the garden, when I saw these gorgeous yellow orange flowers.  They were mostly hidden by the big leaves of the plant, so I didn’t see any reason that I couldn’t pick a bouquet and surprise my mom.  After figuring out a way to avoid prickling myself, I managed to pick ALL of the flowers, and ran into the house with my surprise.  The look on my Mom’s face!!!  She wasn’t too appreciative that I had just gifted her with her pumpkin crop…..long before it was pumpkins, or a crop!!  To this day, I love the blooms of a pumpkin, but now, I know better than to pick!!

Ok, enough of a trip down memory lane….after coloring, I fussy cut the Sprite and the kitty out, and set them aside.  I used some Black Magic CS, with the green core, for the background.  I hand embossed around a die to make a simple frame on the card, then VERY carefully sanded it.  I swiped the sandpaper around the edges, then stuck the image down.  I dug out my alpha punches (!!!) for the sentiment, and added a few yellow sequins.  Everything was placed on a yellow orange card base 🙂

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #58 CAS

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 40 ATG

Lemon Shortbread – #51 ATG

Inspiration Destination – ATG #135

Double D Challenges – Fright Night Challenge (I used the colors, and the “feel” as inspiration)

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

Bewitching

Hi there!! It’s hard to believe that another week has gone by, and we are already officially into autumn!! It also brings us to a new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this time is Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving….a broad selection for all your fall makes 🙂  We have the very talented Nikki Burnette as our sponsor this time 🙂

I colored the beautiful image, Taryn, up with my SN markers, having a lot of fun making the background with the glowing moon 🙂  For the background, I embossed a piece of dark blue CS, after inking the embossing folder with black ink to give the pattern some definition.  I added some birch tree die cuts, in black, for a bit “extra”.  Everything is matted in a green, and I used some orange sparkly alpha stickers that I had in my stash (and amazingly had the right letters for!), for the sentiment.  A few sparkly bats finished this bewitching card off 🙂

I would like to join the following with this card:

Crafty Catz – #384 Halloween

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #17 ATG

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #26 ATG

Get Creative Challenges – #62 Autumn/Fall

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #66 ATG