Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Pumpkins & Top Mouse

Here are some happy pumpkins for you today.  I can't help feeling a little better when I look at those cute little faces.  I made this yesterday, which was a tough day for me.  The card took about 3 hours.  Wow.  I lost focus a lot.  In the end, however, I'm pleased with the result.

I used the Waltzingmouse Sketch:

And Colour Q's palette:

I wanted to make a moon behind my jack o'lanterns, and white just seemed too stark (but white is a requirement of the challenge).  Here's what I did:
  • Cut a circle out of Whisper White cardstock using Spellbinders Nesties
  • Ink up a Stampin' Up! Texturz Plate (Flourish pattern) with Barely Banana dye ink
  • Lay die-cut circle facing down on ink
  • Add a piece of scrap paper over the inked portion and die cut, to keep your supplies clean
  • Run through Big Shot using all appropriate pads used with Texturz Plates
Here's a closer look at that moon:

I tried to make curlicue pumpkin vines out of a skinny strip of cardstock and a pair of scissors, much as you would top a present with curling ribbon, but I was unsuccessful.  Instead, I fringed a piece of Old Olive cardstock and called it a day.  I do like how it looks. 

If I could change one thing, it would be to use a brighter yellow for the moon instead of Barely Banana.  I went with the light color because I was trying to keep all extraneous colors out of the palette, so I could play in ColourQ's challenge. 

A happy note:  my Leaf on the Wind card won in the Top 3 over at Waltzingmouse last week and now I have a blinking "Top Mouse" badge to display here on my blog.  This pleases me very much.  (insert happy dance) 

Thank you so much to all of my blogging friends who have showered me with kind words, thoughts and prayers recently.  I cannot express in words how much this has helped me deal with my grief.  You're all the best.  :)


Stamps:  Autumn Harvest
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, black specialty paper from SU (retired), Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Barely Banana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Big Shot, Texturz Plate 'Flourish', chipboard from Target's $1 bin, Copic markers, dimensionals


Arielle H Gordon said...

Hey Colleen -
Super cute card - don't you just LOVE Halloween colors?!? I know I do! That embossed moon is beautiful, what a terrific idea! I fixed your link - you're good to go! Inlinkz has been making some changes, so I think that's what was happening! Thanks so much for joining us this week, I always love seeing your creations!


Joanne Travis said...

I love those jack-o-lanterns!! Such a fun Halloween card.

Marisa said...

Great use of the sketch, Colleen. I feel you pain about the curling of paper for the pumpkin. Took me FOREVER to do some on a card a few weeks back! Loving the swirls on the moon too. Great card.

Still sending (((HUGZ))).

Bev J. said...

Neat card and congrats on winning with your other card. Like how you created your moon.

Emily Keaton said...

What a terrific take on that *winning* WM sketch. I didn't recognize it at first, but now I see it (now that you mention it!) You are so very clever ;). Congrats on your WM win!! That moon is absolutely fabulous--very creative. You did a super duper job with this fun and cheerful card. Lots of HUGS!!!

Andrea Ewen said...

Love it! So festive and colorful! Super cute pumpkins and love those fringed stalks! How creative!

LeAnne said...

Very cute card, did a great job with the moon!

Sylvia said...

Great Halloween card, Colleen! Good use of the colors as well. Thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge this week.

Christina said...

These pumpkins are so cheerful, they just make me smile! What a clever way to embellish the moon! Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week!

roberta lopez said...

what did you use for the october 31 part?
love your card

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