Happy Sunday, y’all! When you read this – I should be on the road. On my way to get my surprise!
Are you ready to know what it is? Actually “it” is a “he”!
Here he is!
This is…well, his name is TBD. I have a few choices in my head and am hoping he’ll tell me what the right name is when I meet him! He’s not a rescue – don’t judge me, please, I’m doing enough of that myself! – but…he’s from the same parents as my friend’s Aussie – and she’s a wonderful girl. So, when he became available, I kind of jumped on him!
Life as we know it now is fixin’ to have a huge upheaval! It’s been a while since we’ve had a dog in the house and even longer since we had a puppy! And if I think my life is going to be different, I have a couple of kitties that I’m afraid are in for a bit of a shock when we get home. Hopefully they’ll forgive me… 🙂
So there it is – the big surprise! As I hinted, nothing to do with card making! But, I did make a card for you today. A Halloween card! I used the Spooky Fun stamp set and the matching Halloween Scenes Edgelits, and added in some texture from Ghoulish Grunge. Take a look-see:
The layout and color scheme came from a couple of challenges. The first drove the layout – from Pals Paper Arts, challenge #322:
And challenge #98 from Fab Friday gave me my color scheme:
Now, I made the card front twice. The first time, I made it as a shaker card. Which it’s quite suited to – but, I wasn’t at all happy with my result. So I re-did it and this is the card I ended up with. Lots better than the shaker, I promise!
To begin, I used a Basic Black card stock panel and stamped all over with the mesh-y image in Ghoulish Grunge, using Whisper White Craft Ink. I just kept stamping and stamping until it looked right. When it was good and dry, I used the spider web image and inked it twice in Versamark, then sprinkled it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up.
Then I took the Perfect Plum design tape from the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape and ran four strips across the panel. Using my 2″ Circle Punch, I punched a hole in the card – tape and all.
To make the tree image, I used the Halloween Scenes edgelit to cut the tree from a piece of Basic Black card stock, then adhered it to a Pumpkin Pie square. I ran Foam Adhesive strips around the opening in my card front and popped the tree-embellished Pumpkin Pie square behind it. Then I used more Foam Adhesive strips to pop the card front onto a Wild Wasabi mat. I realized when I was completely done that I’d used Wild Wasabi instead of Old Olive…we’ll have to just squint our eyes and pretend, okay? 🙂
I stamped a bunch of bats from the Spooky Fun set in Basic Black Archival ink on Perfect Plum card stock and cut them all out with their matching die in Halloween Scenes. Using my Signo White Gel Pen, I gave them all little beady white eyes! That’s when I got the idea to add a bunch of white eyes on the tree silhouette! 🙂
I stamped “eeek!” a few time in Black on Wild Wasabi and snipped them out. Then, using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, I stuck them inside the “window”. The bats are also adhered with Liquid Glue – with the exception of the one on the bottom right side – it’s got a Stampin’ Dimensional under the left wing…
My sentiment is also from Spooky Fun – stamped in Basic Black on Wild Wasabi and the two words cut out individually. I adhered them with Liquid Glue. I finished up with some Pumpkin Pie Enamel shapes, and the card front was done!
On the inside, I stamped a Whisper White panel with more of the Ghoulish Grunge spider webs – this time in Basic Black Archival Ink. Then I added a few Perfect Plum bats and Wild Wasabi spiders from Spooky Fun.
Now, before you think that Wild Wasabi spiders are not realistic….I had an eensy-weensy-spider crawl up my coffee cup….and he was lime green! Really! He was awfully cute.
Perfect Plum bats are, on the other hand – maybe – a bit of a stretch!
I SNAILd the panel to a Wild Wasabi mat and then into my Perfect Plum card base, SNAILd the card front on, and that was it!
My Whisper White Medium Envelope got two strips of Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape across the front…
…and some Spooky Fun bats and spiders on the envelope flap.
Et Voila! Even though this is the perfect card to be made as a shaker – I’m really glad that I ended up going this direction. I love the bats flying out of the tree-filled “cave”! Hope you like! 🙂
Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this one for yourself!
HOST CODE FOR 16 OCT – 31 OCT: PXSUUPGV
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift – your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog.
Designer Series Paper Buy Three, Get One Free Sale
1 – 31 Oct 16, you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free!
Item # Product Name
141663 Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
141645 Moroccan Designer Series Paper
141660 Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
141654 Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
141630 Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
141640 By the Shore Designer Series Paper
141986 Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
141981 Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
I think it’s pretty cool that two of the new designer papers from the 2016 Holiday Catalog are included in this sale, don’t you?
Anticipate some pictures of the new kid tomorrow! Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
CARD CUTS FOR THIS PROJECT:
Perfect Plum Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2″); Halloween Scenes die cut bats
Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)
Basic Black Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); Halloween Scenes die cut tree
Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock: 2 3/4″ square (behind the window)
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Your puppy is adorable! Yes… think this will turn your life upside down, but what a pleasure they bring to our lives.