Although this October was as jam-packed as October always is, because it's my favorite card-making occasion I willed myself to find the time to get crafty. Said craftiness generally happened during hours when I'd rather be (and would generally be) sleeping, and also when natural light was lacking -- but hey, cards got made and Halloween cheer was spread. It was worth the slight sleep deprivation.
The first order of business was to make cards for the kids to take to school. It delights me to see how delighted little kids are to receive and open mail. I made two super simple cards for the kids' classmates and teachers, and they were quite similar!
I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the image and the sentiment, which are both from the Paper Smooches set, "Halloweenies." The card base is an old 4.25" square from A Muse Artstamps. I used some old school Marvy punches to punch out the white (Neenah) and black (Stampin' Up!) paper. I added some dimension to the ghost with a Copic BG10 marker, and then went over that line with a Wink of Stella pen in Clear. I tied some ribbon (procured at a Wal-mart in Wilmington, DE -- an unexpected score when I was there for a family matter), popped up the black circle with foam tape, and there you go. I colored the ghost's eyes with a Copic neon green marker, then added some dimension with Glossy Accents (barely visible in photo, but cool in real life).
And here is the "sister" card I created... obviously quite similar, only the image and sentiment are from the Paper Smooches set, "Spookalicious." The only other thing I did differently was to use oval punches instead of circles. ;-)
And then, when it was clear that I had crafted like such a crafting tornado that I had a few extra days to work on a more complicated, time-consuming project for some of my closest and most crafty friends, I decided to break out the adorable Lawn Fawn set, "Booyah," as well as its coordinating die set. I had so much fun coming up with this design, which conveniently used the very same papers as the other two designs. The "Booyah" stamp set is like a build-a-ghost-in-a-costume set and it is just too much. I mean, it is absolutely adorable! I decided to refrain from using too many of the coordinating dies (in the interest of time and sanity preservation) so stuck with just whatever was adorning the ghosts' heads. I stamped everything in Memento Tuxedo Black and used a variety of Copic markers to add some color. I did use a Wink of Stella pen in Clear to add a bit of sparkle to the witch hat's buckle and to the pink zigzag in the bride of Frankenstein's hair. I tied some Divine Twine across the top and -- voila!
Thanks for stopping by! In the coming days I'll be catching up on posting some of the things I've created over the past year but haven't gotten around to adding to the blog. Some are cute and impressive; some are unremarkable. But I'll post them all anyway.