Good morning from Arizona. Where it’s planned to be….wait for it….102 degrees today. In October. Which is the “Fall”. It’s just not okay. Can’t wait to get home tomorrow where at least GA knows a little sumpin’ sumpin’ about Autumn. We may not get it for very long – fingers crossed that this year we get more than last year! – but we get it. Trees change color and fall off and everything. And we get cold at night. All harbingers of cool, lovely FALL! Not so much here. I am pretty sure I’ll never end up being a snow-bird. Overnight lows of 83.
So, I brought a little Autumn/October/Halloween with me. Not literally! Just in the form of a card. I combined a bunch of sets – and every single one of them came as a money-saving bundle!! – Happy Scenes/Hearth & Home Thinlits, Sparkly Seasons/Seasonal Frame Thinlits, a little Among the Branches/Woodland TIEF… and I used a sort of unexpected DSP….Cherry on Top! Take a look-see:
I used this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge – #419 – to inspire the design. Check them out – they always end up with really fun interpretations of their sketches! 🙂
I started by taking a piece of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack – one that doesn’t have cherries or other bright and cheery designs – and running it thru the Big Shot in my Woodlands TIEF. I just thought it would add a bit of quiet texture. The DSP design itself is a little busy – but it’s a small design, and it gets covered quite a bit by the other elements of the card. So here’s the moral – don’t be afraid to look thru other papers and even stamp sets to find designs and ideas for cards that you might not think of otherwise. I mean, come on, Cherry on Top doesn’t exactly scream Halloween, right? 😉 But it works!
I cut the window frame from the Hearth and Home Thinlits die set out of the last little bit of my Kraft Corrugated Paper – I must get more on the way soon!! Then I lightly sponged the edges with a little bit of Soft Suede – this was another case of using a Sponge Dauber that had Soft Suede on it from a previous project. I didn’t re-ink it for this.
The out-the-window scene is a happy one.
Get it? Happy Scenes?
The image is stamped in Soft Suede and then I colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers – I used Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist and Tangerine Tango for the pumpkins, and Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry (and there might be a Tangerine Tango in there) for the leaves. I also used a little Old Olive to hit the little grass outlines. Then I sponged the sky area very lightly with some Soft Sky. I let the dauber leave a few….very light!….streaks in the sky. To me, it looks a little like a blustery Fall day – I expect a hephalump or woozle to go flying past at any moment! 🙂
For the grass I used a blender pen in my Pear Pizzazz ink pad lid to color it – I let it blend and I also let it leave some short streaks. Grass. Blades. Streaks!
Finally, I used my Basic Black marker to make some birds – you know, the kind we made in grade school?!? – in the sky. And I stamped a few of the stars from the Sparkly Seasons set in Hello Honey in the sky.
I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the scene behind the window, and then I SNAILd it to the Cherry on Top card front.
The grinning Jack’s are all from Sparkly Seasons. I stamped one dude with Tangerine Tango on a piece of Tangerine Tango Card Stock. One guy is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Kraft Corrugated Paper (and then I used my Stampin’ Write Marker to add a little more color – the corrugated paper doesn’t always get the depth of color that one might want). Jack #3 is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a piece of DSP from the Annual Catalog. I cut them all out with the coordinating die in Seasonal Frame. Then I stamped their happy faces on with Basic Black Archival ink (and touched up the Corrugated Paper face with my marker). The final touch was to stamp three stems in Mossy Meadow ink on Mossy Meadow card stock and cut them with their dies (Seasonal Frame).
I adhered the stems to the back of the Jack’s with a little dab of Liquid Glue, and then adhered them to the card front. The two bottom guys (Cherry Cobbler and Tangerine Tango) are adhered with Liquid Glue. Corrugated Jack is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I trimmed the excess, and then SNAILd the whole card front to my Cherry Cobbler card stock mat and then popped it onto my Crumb Cake card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added some Rhinestones to the Happy Scenes sky and some Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker “stitches” to the Jack O’ Lanterns.
The final piece of the front was to add the sentiment. I cut three “Spooky” dies – from Seasonal Frame. Two are in Early Espresso and one is in Tangerine Tango. I glued them all together – with the Tangerine Tango in the middle of the stack – and then glued it to the window frame. I thought I was just oh-so-clever putting it cattywampus…. 🙂
And that was it for the card front.
The inside is a piece of Very Vanilla, SNAILd to a piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock. I used a piece of the Cherry on Top that I’d trimmed to make the card front (I trimmed it after I embossed in with the Woodland TIEF) to run up the side of the liner. I’m sorry the photo doesn’t show it very well – there’s an embossed tree running right up the center of the strip! I adhered it directly to the card stock with SNAIL – and then I used my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to run a line down both sides of the strip. Like a little shadow-mat. Without a mat. Or a real shadow.
I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler, using the Layered Alphabet stamps. They’re photopolymer – so I just stamped each letter one at a time (or, as they say down here in the south – one at the time). I wanted it kind of wonky anyway, so that was easy to do.
Then I had a little fun with the spooky-eyes stamp from Among The Branches – stamping all around in Basic Black Archival Ink. And I added some more stars in Hello Honey. And some more Rhinestones. Cause I could. And I liked how they looked. So….there’s that – and that finished out the innards of the card!
I used a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope – decorating the front with more spooky eyes and stars….
….and giving it a Cherry on Top liner using my Envelope Liner Thinlits.
Et Voila! My take on the Mojo Monday 419 sketch. And I have to say, I really like how it turned out! I love the Woodland TIEF embossing on the Cherry on Top DSP, and I love the three little grinning Jack O’Lanterns in the corner. Love it all, really!
Don’t worry – no SU! demonstrator was injured in the self-back-patting she just indulged in. 😉
Don’t forget that tomorrow is the weekly Happy Stamper’s Blog Hop – so I’ll post a little later than normal. We go live at 9am Eastern! Hope you’ll come on by and see what we’ve all done with the sketch challenge!
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STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project
Crumb Cake Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base; score and fold at 4 1/4″)
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner mat); pumpkin die cut
Cherry on Top DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (embossed card front); inner strip (trimmed from piece used on front); envelope liner
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner); Happy Scenes scene
Tangerine Tango: Pumpkin die cut; one “spooky” die cut
Kraft Corrugated Paper: Pumpkin Die Cut
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: Pumpkin stems die cuts
Early Espresso Card Stock: two “spooky” die cuts
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101731: Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (267 backordered; 1,800 expected)
139584: Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (2,532 backordered; 8,700 expected)
139647: To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit (1,007 backordered; 2,500 expected)
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138281: Lots of Labels Framelits Dies (151 backordered; 528 expected)
138309: Fine-Tip Glue Pen (3,842 backordered; 10,700 expected)
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139666: Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (8,351 backordered)
139673: Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (6,965 backordered)
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (5 backordered)