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