Friday, October 24, 2014

Damask Pumpkin Tutorial

Happy Friday!  Have any good plans for this weekend?  My eldest daughter and I plan to visit a craft fair, in search of Christmas decorations, and really just to look around.  Can't wait to see what they have!

Today I'm sharing easy-to-make pumpkin cards:

  • Choose cardstock or patterned paper for your pumpkin.  I chose a black and orange Halloween damask from Stampin' Up!  
  • Using any size oval punch, punch out 5 pieces.  Ink the edges in a coordinating color.  I used black.

  • Using a die-cut wreath (Breezy Wreath / Memory Box), snip off small sections to use as greenery on the top of each pumpkin.  One wreath helped me make 7 pumpkins.

  • Layer the oval pumpkin pieces so that they overlap each other slightly; use your favorite adhesive to secure the pieces together.  I like Tombow's Mono Adhesive refills.  I buy them at because the price is so good.

  • Stamp a sentiment on a card base. Center pumpkin over sentiment and adhere using foam tape.
  • Use a bit of liquid glue to add the 'greenery.'
  • Use a small scrap of brown cardstock (approx. 3/4" x 1") - ragged edges are good.  Start at one corner of the scrap, and roll diagonally into a tube.  Squish the tube around until it develops wrinkles, then unfurl it back to the tube shape.  Trim tube length if necessary.  Use a few drops of glue (I like Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue) to secure under top of pumpkin.

I know this is not a photo-heavy tutorial, and I apologize for that.  As I made the cards, I forgot to pull out my camera.  Duh!

I'm not the first to create a pumpkin in this way.  Plenty of versions exist on the Internet.  I might be one of the few to do it in damask, though!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU Paper: kraft - PTI; Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, orange/black damask - SU Ink: black - Rubber Stampede Accessories & Tools: Large Oval punch - SU; Breezy Wreath die - Memory Box/Poppystamps

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Black Cat On A Fence

Hi!  Using just two colors for this Halloween card made the creation of it happen pretty quickly.

I stamped a circle from Halloween Tags / Inspired By Stamping as a moon, and added bats from that set as well.  Over top, I spritzed some Khaki glimmer mist and added clear glitter to the moon.

The cat and sentiment are from Stampin' Up!, and the die cut fence is from Memory Box.

It's a square card, which I rarely make anymore.  A mishap along the bottom of an A2 sized card necessitated some chopping off...and thus the square was born!

Stamps: black cat - Autumn Apparitions; sentiment - Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU; moon, bats - Halloween Tags - Inspired By Stamping Paper: kraft, black - PTI Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories & Tools: crystal glitter - Martha Stewart; Estate Fence die - Memory Box; Khaki Tattered Angels spray mist

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bits & Pieces Make Elegant Cobwebs

Hello!  Halloween is next week, and I'm wondering how that happened so fast?  Seems it was the end of September just a few days ago, and I was putting out the Halloween decorations.  Time flies when you're having fun...

I'm sharing an elegant card for the October holiday, made with bits and pieces from my workdesk.

The sentiment (Autumn Apparitions/Stampin' Up!) has been hanging around forever, and the black die cut circle + cobweb patterned die cut circle were also languishing for far too long.

Threw them together on an embossed card base, along with some black seam binding and gems.  Ta da!  Done!

Thanks for dropping by today.  :-)

Stamps: Autumn Apparitions - Stampin' Up! Paper: white, black - PTI; Tangerine Tango, cobweb pattern - SU Ink: black - Rubber Stampede Fibers: Black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: circle dies; black, orange and clear rhinestone gems; Lacy Brocade embossing folder - SU

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Custom Creation: Skateboard Girl Turns 16

Hello there!  I've had the pleasure of doing a handful of custom creations over the last couple of months, and this is one of them.  You can see another here, and it happens to use the same cute kitty from Papertrey Ink.

The background story for this card:

  • birthday girl
  • sweet sixteen
  • loves cats
  • loves black, loves blue
  • loves to skateboard

I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating a very personal, unique card.  Here's the end result:

I created the skateboard by using a Word Window punch (Stampin' Up!).  I punched out three shapes using blue cardstock, stacked 'em up to give it height, and used a blue marker to add a shadow to the bottom edge.  The wheels were created with Pretty Pink Posh Onyx sequins, topped with silver half-pearls.

The background paper is flocked, which adds to the coolness factor.  :-D

I hear the birthday girl liked her card.  That makes me happy.  :-)

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Cat's Meow - Papertrey Ink; Fancy Alphabet - Inspired By Stamping Paper: white - PTI; Basic Gray, Brilliant Blue, black flocked - SU Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Basic Gray - SU Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: circle, Labels 15 dies - Spellbinders; corner punch - Fiskars; Copic markers; Word Window punch - SU; Onyx sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; silver half pearls - Recollections; blue gems - Michaels; Cat's Meow dies - Papertrey Ink
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