Monday, September 27, 2010

Best Witches

Mondays make me happy.  It's usually my best crafting day, because the family is off at school and work.  On weekends I typically don't stamp because I'm working, or there's lots of family/house stuff going on.

This morning I was able to make 4 cards, 2 each of 2 designs.  Here's the first one:

Mark's Finest Papers is challenging us this week to use a pumpkin on our card.  I've got my pumpkin images from the Stampin' Up! set Thoroughly Thankful on designer paper, then cut each one out. 

And over at EtsyInspired, the inspiration site this week is Indigotwin.  I've chosen this photo here for my challenge: 

Cute witch, huh?  I used the green skin color on my own witch, and the purple shows up on the border surrounding the image, as well as the trim on her hat, and the ribbon.

I tried something new-to-me today.  These Spellbinders Labels Eight dies do not allow for a tight-fitting mat, so I visited Becca Feeken's blog, Amazing Paper Grace.  She does a video tutorial explaining how to get that tighter fit.  Look at the difference:

The photo on the left shows the tight-fitting mat, while the pic on the right shows two mats cut from the dies provided in the package of Nesties.  I prefer the snugly-fitting one better.  May I also suggest you use the sharpest craft blade you have....don't do as I did, and hack the thing up.  :)

I hope this helps put you in the "spirit" for Halloween.  It is only 34 days away!

Happy Stamping,

Stamps:  Thoroughly Thankful, Tricky Treats (both SU)
Paper:  Basic Gray, retired SU designer paper, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Appeal, So Saffron
Other:  Big Shot, Spellbinders Labels Eight, ribbon from Target $1 bin, dimensionals, craft knife, self-healing mat, Copic markers


wendyp said...

34 days till Halloween for my youngest to change his mind on what his costume will be 34 times. LOL!

Adorable card!!!! So ready to start decorating for Halloween and make a few more Halloween crafts!

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, seeing new posts from your blog on my dashboard ALWAYS makes me smile!! What an adorable Halloween card :) Cute witchy and great DP choices. I LOVE how you did your ribbon (and I noticed that it is from Target's Dollar Spot--gotta love that!), too!! You picked two great challenges--I'm planning to tackle both of those this week as well. Good luck!!!

Lynn McAuley said...

I love this delightful Halloween card!!

Thanks, Colleen, for creating this delightful card to toss into Speedy the Cat's pumpkin patch for this week's challenge!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wonderful card - great mixture of papers! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

SmilynStef said...

Thanks for the link to the tight mat tutorial ... great inspired card.

redwasher1 said...

Thanks for joining us at Speedy's Friends.

Joanne Travis said...

Love the layout, witch, and your coloring. A fun and fabulous Halloween card :)
Thanks for sharing with us and for joining Speedy's Friends this week!

de said...

This is super cute! I love that image and the sentiment! And thanks for the nesties tips... I need to check out that tut!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Andrea Ewen said...

I'm definitely inspired! Super Halloween card, love that cute witchy image. Great colors as well and lovely, polka dotted pumpkin. You're just crankin' em out, girl, good for you! Ride that wave of creativity as long as you can...

Queenie said...

What a fun card! The witch image fits your inspiration piece sooo wonderfully! Thanks for playing EIC this week!

Virgo5 said...

Love this card, specially your dp pumpkins!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

papertrails leaver said...

Oh that nest tip was a cool one! I like the tighter fit as well. This is really cute with the three panels. Glad you got some down time to create!

Benzi said...

Love your witchy card. I'm heading over to watch the tutorial. I love Becca's awesome work. My sister took a class from her and loved her. What a great person and full of soooo much information. Your card is great!!

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