Hello Pumpkin

What vegetable was orginally carved for Halloween? The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkinPumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for and that means making cards to share with friends too!  I loved the Hello Pumpkin product line from Close to My Heart from the minute I got my first look at the catalog.  I love that the stamps are cute (fits the challenge at Double Trouble) and the paper is very versatile, Close to My Heart makes sure to include papers that are not just for holiday.

      

Do you notice the cute border on the ghost card?  It was made with the new Thin Cuts Decorative Borders.  I can’t wait to try some of the other thin cuts so stay tuned!!!

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I’m linking up over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenge #19 Autumn/Halloween you should think about linking up too!  There’s also one more week to play along with Double Trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

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Double Trouble #12

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner…I seriously wonder where this year has gone…ok, seriously the last two weeks because it’s already time for another Double Trouble posting!  I’m late and I’m going to be in more trouble than I already am!!!

I think Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…we have a large pumpkin carving party and I love to decorate for fall.  I tend to like the cute things about Halloween and not the scary so I was thrilled when Trouble Maker challenged us to “Skip the Tricks and Share the Treats of Halloween”  Share the cute and cheerful side of Halloween or Fall with cute pumpkins, witches & ghosts.

 

As usual…my partners have “Framed Me” and I need your help! My optional twist is that you include a frame somewhere on your card to help me get out of “trouble”.

 

 

Finally…Double Dare has asked up to link up to the Paper Girls Challenge – I hope no one goes cutting them apart – they seem like a nice group of crafters!!!

Well, now all that is out of the way…would you like to see what I’ve been up to?

That’s right, it’s a spooky cute Halloween Card.  I started with a Nectarine Base and then added a B&T from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet – I layers on some Willow and Lagoon onto which I had stamped a fence – over the fence I layered a black frame which although you can’t see it well in the picture I painted with my new black shimmer pen!  I then layered my sentiment over the top of that.  I knew I wanted to include the ghost because the faces of the B&T paper reminded me of a scene in a Casper cartoon where you could only see the faces of the ghosts.  Although most ghosts are typically white I stamped mine in Mint and colored it with the clear shimmer brush which has given it the look of being “glow in the dark”

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on “cute” Halloween and that you’ll pop over to our design page and link up a project…and don’t forget to add a frame!!!

Hello Pumpkin – Atlantic Hearts #285

Wake up – feed a calf – drink coffee – create…that was my agenda today and I had my favorite niece to keep me company so we accomplished lots in the Craft-Coop – she even swept the floor!!!

Before she came I knew I wanted to steal a few minutes to make a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I always look at their sketch on Monday morning – I don’t always participate, but sometimes I just can’t resist the urge!

Michelle’s sketches are always top-notch and I love that she adds things like little banners and most of them also include where to place the sentiment.

I grabbed the Hello Pumpkin Papers & Cardmaking Stamp Set to line up a row of jack-o-lanterns.  Since I didn’t have a solid color background I added an additional banner with my Hello Pumpkin sentiment.

I encourage you to take a look at some of the fabulous challenge blogs when you are looking for some inspiration.  Whether it’s a color challenge, a sketch challenge or theme challenge there’s something out there to get your mojo flowing!

 

Cats & Bats Crazy

Have you heard that the Great Pumpkin is coming?  Instead of sitting in the Pumpkin Patch I spent some time in the Craft Coop and had a fun time making some Halloween cards – you might just find one in your mailbox this week.

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All of my cards were made using the Cats & Bats suite.  Papers, Card Making and Scrapbooking Stamp Sets and Thin Cuts and Dots.  I also used patterns from the Originals Card Confidence Program…this is a MUST HAVE if you are a card maker.

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There are over 100 patterns in the Originals Book for all occasions.  The full color photos and easy to follow step by step instructions will make this one of your favorite purchases and priced at just $14.95 it will bring you a huge amount of satisfaction.  You can click on the link above or the picture of the book to be directed to my webpage.

Thank you for stopping by…I hope you have a very happy Halloween.

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Cats & Bats Treat

Today I have a little treat for you made with the Cats & Bats paper packet.  This folding pop up card packs a lot of wow factor – no tricks!

I have to be honest, I’ve had the instructions for this card for about a year, but I was worried that there was too much measuring and I’d not be happy with the results.  Sunday afternoon I cut all the pieces and sat down to watch the video one more time through each step I paused the video and followed the instructions.  I was feeling some major intimidation, but once I got the mechanism to open and close properly on my first attempt I was a happy girl.

I decorated the front of my card by stamping the cob web from the cats & bats stamp set and adding a creepy spider from the Cricut Artbooking collection I popped it up with a little 3D foam tape and used my gold shimmer brush to give him a little sparkle.  I kept the inside simple just lining the panels with B&T paper and adding pieces from the complements pack.  On the last panel I cut down a PML card for the sentiment.  One more use for those Picture My Life Cards!

Want to learn to make a folding pop up card?  Join me for my “Just the Basics” card class on Thursday, November 2nd where we’ll go beyond the basics with this fun fold.

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Cats & Bats – Color Dare #262

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Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, Black, Pewter, Pebble, Charcoal and White Daisy.

How are you liking the changes to the Color Dare?  Two weeks should give you plenty of time to get a card made and linked up to our challenge.

I did a fun card with the Cats & Bats papers and stamps from the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Collection.  The front of my card is cut down 2 inches which leaves a little bit of the inside of the card peeking through.  I used the die cut BOOO! to hid a few of the inside images.  Although from the front my BOOO! is stamped in Pebble it was actually layered on a piece of Gold Rush so that adds a bit of intrigue to the inside of the card as well.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open for two weeks so get your cards posted by 9:00 CDT on Thursday, October 5th!

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While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Thanks for stopping by…have a fantastic weekend!

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A Good Base

On Monday I posted about the great patterns that are available for our Workshops Your Way kits and I wanted to show you what happens when you just change a few papers around.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards using the same card pattern, but lots of different twists from the original pattern.

img_7182First up is a birthday card made using the Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet.

The change from embossed paper to a pattern paper was pretty easy, but I still wanted my card to have some texture so I embossed the  black cardstock banner.

I used the stamps from the card workshop and just interchanged the sentiment.  Finishing off the card were Black & White Dots.

 

Since the Kind Thoughts kit is made with paper from the Cats & Bats Workshop I thought I’d change a few things up and bring you a spooky Halloween party invitation!

Here’s what I knew when I started this card…I wanted a base of black that I could emboss with the retired Confetti Stars embossing folder to make it look like a night sky.  I wanted to use the “word” B&T paper and I wanted to use a combination of stamps from the Cats & Bats suite of products.

Adding an embossed background really gives your card some great texture.  I love my Big Shot, but if you are limited on space a Cuttlebug will work just fine.  I just kept building on the card as I went along – the cute EEK replaces the circle on my original card and I stamped a spiderweb on the top part of the tag.

Grab this pattern (you can find it here) and make a card using any Close to My Heart papers other than what I’ve used here and share with me on my Papercrafting Princess Facebook page prior to 9/30 for a chance to win a sample packet of papers from the current Holiday Expressions.

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