Happy Halloween week!  I’m pretty sure this will be my last Halloween card for the season but then you never know…..anyway, this one is for the Seems A Little Sketchy Sketch Challenge #51.  One of our sponsors for this 2 week challenge is Bugaboo and I’m using their adorable “Boo Ghost” digital image. Nothing creepy or scary about this cute image so I made a cute Halloween card!

I colored the image with my Copic markers using the following colors:

  • Jack-o-Lantern YR04, YR12, YR14, YR17, YR18
  • Stem & Leaf G94
  • Boo word YG01, YG06, YG07
  • Stars V04, V17
  • Ghost C00, C02
I used purple and orange cardstock with some 12×12 Reminisce Haunted “Wicked Jacks” patterned paper. I cut the back of a plastic party favor bat ring and attached it to the top right corner.  Criss-crossed some purple and white Baker’s twine and added a “spooky” flower brad.  Quick, easy and super cute I think.
Here’s the sketch:
What’s fun about this sketch is that it’s a flashback to the very first sketch by Seems a Little Sketchy. The challenge has now done 50 sketches and since this is challenge #51 we are using the first sketch! Fun! If you’ve been following along since the beginning you may remember this one but if not, now’s your chance to use this fabulous sketch!
The Seems a Little Sketchy challenge does run for 2 weeks and we will have TWO random winners this time around.  You will have a chance to win 7 free digis from Bugaboo AND a chance to win 5 digis from QKR Stampede! But you WILL NOT have a chance unless you create a card following the above sketch, post it to your blog or online album AND link it to the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge post!
So what are you waiting for?  Go make a card!!
Happy Crafting,

Well, the Halloween season is winding down.  I think I will have just one more Halloween card to share after this one unless I just feel the need to continue spooky, scary crafty fun.  Today’s card is for the current Digi Haven challenge which is “Orange and Black.”  Now that doesn’t mean you HAVE to do a Halloween card.  It just means that is what I think of in relation to orange and black. You could think of something else and if you check out the projects done by the other Digi Haven Designers, you’ll see what I mean. Lots of great crafty inspiration over there, that’s for sure.  This two week challenge is sponsored by Broken Box Designs which is where these cute Halloween  images came from and they were pre-colored too! That means if you’re needing a quick Halloween card or invitations, this would do the trick.  One thing you need to remember if you join in on the Digi Haven challenge–you must use a digi image in your creation.

Since this was a pre-colored image, this card came together quick and easy. I manipulated the images in Word to merge them into one image and printed them up on white cardstock.  I then inked the background with Soot Black Distress Ink.  Then I distressed the edges and added some American Crafts Primio Jute Ribbon for the bow.  The papers are all cut from 12×12 Authentique Thrilling “Foundations” and Teresa Collins Masquerade Party “Webs.”  The sentiment is a sticker from my vast Halloween stash.

That’s it, a quick and easy card in “Orange and Black.”  Hope to see you at the challenge and check back here Monday for another cute Halloween card.

Happy Crafting!

This is a box I created over the weekend following instructions by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon. I’m teaching a licensed class on Saturday at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks on how to make this box and a hidden hinge album that goes inside the box.  Well, I’m not teaching THIS Halloween box and album but rather how to make it and then the class participants will make theirs in the theme they want–Christmas, Wedding, Graduation etc.  I pretty much follow the basic way Kathy does this box and album except with a few minor changes and different techniques.  Instead of a lunch box handle, I use a regular utility handle that you can buy at Home Depot.  I’ve also come up with a different way and a tool for cutting the chipboard for your magnets.

The date to sign up for this class has come and gone BUT if you just want/need to make one and want to be at the class on Saturday, you should definitely call Cat NOW because there are a few extra kits available. Also, if you just can’t make this class, but are attending the November retreat, I believe that we will be offering the class that weekend.

I know it’s hard to tell in this photo, but the box lifts open by the handle (which has a magnetic closure) and the hidden hinge album fits inside the box and lifts out to showcase your special event.  The black and white stripe on the lid is actually a frame and you can slide your favorite photo into the frame to personalize the box.  Would make a rather fabulous Christmas gift, don’t you think?

I’d also like to link this project to Cat’s Wow! Wednesday post on her blog.  Every two weeks a new Wow!Wednesday goes live and if you link your blog post of something you’ve created to Cat’s blog post and leave a comment there and a comment on each linked blog (like leave a comment here), you’ll have a chance at being a random winner for a prize from Cat’s.  I was the winner from the last Wow! Wednesday! Whoo Hoo!!

Have a great day…I’ve got lots to do in the crafty room.  Bye-bye!

I can’t believe that Halloween will soon be here! Only 10 more days!  I decided that I would make another Halloween card for the Cards in Envy challenge that starts today.   If you participate in the challenge you can make a card for any theme or occasion,  the only requirement is that it must use the SPOTLIGHT technique.  I found cards  on Pinterest made as spotlights several months ago and thought it would be a great challenge.  It seems that all of the Designers at Cards in Envy including myself had never made a spotlight card.  However, they did an awesome job with their cards and I think they will give you some great ideas and inspiration, so be sure to go over to Cards in Envy and check them out!
To make a spotlight card, you choose an image and stamp or print it up twice.  You color a portion of the image, the part you want to spotlight, and cut it out into a circle or square or oval.  You then attach the spotlight portion over the same part of the image that is still a black and white.  For example, in my card above the Jack-o-lantern guy’s head is in color while the rest of the image is black and white.  I attached the Jack-o-lantern head that is in color over the Jack-o-lantern head in the image that is black and white.  I spotlighted his head.  You can spotlight more than one portion of an image if you like and you can make it in reverse with the entire image in color and the spotlighted portion in black in white.  We found that this technique is a lot of fun and quick and easy.  I hope you will give it a try and share your card with us at Cards in Envy for the Spotlight Challenge.  Remember, you must create a card that is an A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) size and it must be  flat enough to fit in an envelope for regular first class postage.  The Cards in Envy challenge does not award prizes but we do give out fun badges–one for the First Class card and a In The Mailbox badge to three or more cards selected by the Designers .
We have a lot of fun creating cards at Cards in Envy and  hope you’ll join us!

There’s not much product detail to share on this card. The main thing was the spotlight technique.  I used a rubber stamp that I had in my stash and I cannot remember where I bought it nor what company manufactured it.  I did add some rhinestones that I colored with a purple Copic marker.  The spotlight portion of the Jack-o-lantern guy is colored with Copic markers.  The background paper is a scrap from a 12×12 piece that I had left over from another project.  I used orange satin dotted ribbon for the bow and black cardstock to layer the image.

Happy Crafting,

…little ball of fur.  I love that song from The Big Bang Theory t.v. show especially when Sheldon makes Penny sing it. Ha, ha.  I love cats and I have several cats so when I was trying to think of what to put on this page in my mixed media art journal book, I decided to make it about the cats.  This is a double page that I inked up the rainbow bands of color on at the class with Jen Starr at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks. Now I hate to admit that I’ve slept many nights since that class and I can’t remember what we used to put the ink down or even what type of ink it was.  Ugh.  I think maybe we put the ink colors on our craft mat, spritzed with water and used a brush to put the colors on, anyway a few days later at home I added the cat images and hand wrote all the words.  The cats are drawings that I got on line and printed up, cut out and put on the pages with Matte Medium.  I had a bit of trouble with my black pen even though the pages were completely dry. So I think I will have to find a better pen for writing on mixed media pages.

Here’s a close up of some of the sections.  If you look close you’ll see where I had to go over some of the words twice or where the pen left some gaps.

That’s it for today.  We are expecting (hoping) for rain in an hour or so when a cold front moves through. One report is 80% and the other is 100%, so surely we will get rain.  I have office work I need to get done and then maybe I can go to the crafty room and work on my Halloween Photo Frame Memory Box and Album.  The box is almost finished and I’m excited to move on to the album.

Hope your have a great day!