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 pumpkin. Pumpkins 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!!!
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.
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!!!
Well, Trouble Maker and Double Dare are in the DOG HOUSE…they FORGOT my BIRTHDAY! I told them it was really ok, that I celebrate for the ENTIRE MONTH and that they could make it up to me with all things that GLITTER!!!
They are trying to make it up to me with a BIRTHDAY PROJECT CHALLENGE! For an additional entry into our random draw, Double Dare suggests you link up to Pause Dream & Enjoy. The optional twist is to add GLITTER all forms to your project.
The Documented paper packet was my favorite from the Seasonal Expressions. I chose to use my favorite papers for my birthday card and included LOTS of glittery accents, Bashful Glitter Paper, Gold Glitter Gems, Bitty Sparkles, Eggplant ribbon with a Gold Stitching and although you can’t see it well in the picture I also used my Gold Shimmer Brush on the vellum leaves under the banner. That might be sparkly enough!!!
So what’s your birthday project going to look like…I hope it will include some glitter. Make sure you come along to play with Double Trouble and let us know when your birthday is.