Nevermore – AHSC #126

It’s Monday so that means it’s time to reveal a new sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays to make cards for.  I’ve never been into the “scary” side of things…more cutesy with a few bats and spiders thrown in along the way.

The first thing I did with this sketch is give it a twist. I’ve kept my packet of Nevermore paper on my desk for creating since the first of the month.  I’m finding if I focus on one paper each month it is nearly completely gone by the end of the month.  It also challenged me this month to make non-Halloween items with this terrific paper packet.

 

I wanted to get a good stash of Halloween cards ready to go in the mail next month so I looked at the new Halloween themed keys on the Artistry cartridge and found this terrific bat overlay – doesn’t it look like they are flying in front of a moon?

Items I used:

  • Nevermore Paper Packet X7198B
  • Magic Potions My Acrylix Stamp Set C1509
  • Artistry Cartridge Z3167
  • Green & Black Shimmer Trim Z3087/Z1809
  • Shin Han Markers
  • Enamel Stars – retired (you could purchase white and color them, which is what I’ll do when I deplete my supply)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take the time to participate in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and on Wednesday you can visit the blog to see all the terrific artwork from the Design Team that is sure to keep you inspired.

Gone Batty Again!

It seems ever since I found this Cricut cut on the Artiste cartridge every year it makes at least one Halloween card to fill my list.  This year I fell in love with the example in the Holiday Expressions catalog so I did my best at replicating it with the stamps I have.  I LOVE the new Little Monsters stamp set, however after doing a quick inventory of the Halloween stamps that I have on hand decided to pass (at least for now).

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I cut my bat twice – once in Black and again 1/4″ smaller in Thistle cut off the wings and mounted them to the front.  I then hand doodled on some stitching with my journaling pen.  I chose a stamp from Perfect Fit Halloween and mounted it over a piece of a Zip Strip from the Nevermore paper packet that was sitting on my desk and added a black swirl sparkle from my stash.

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For the inside I layered White C/S sponged with Pomegranate (it looked like blood to me) stamped Happy Halloween and the bat from Frightfully Fun.

I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s my husband, but he told me that he liked it better than the sample in the catalog.

Now to remember who got my bat card last year.

Sweet Treats – AHSC #122

Here I am back with another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Sketch 122 was a little challenging for me.  I had lots of ideas and picking just one came down to asking my Wrangler wearing sweetheart for some input.

Next to birthday, Halloween cards are my favorite.  I think it’s a sweet treat to find a card in the mailbox for an unexpected holiday – EVERYONE sends Christmas cards, right?!

 

I started by stamping the One Way Borders stamps in Sunset, Gypsy, Pear and Black.  I then stamped the Trick or Treat Sweets in black on the circles.  It seemed a little boring to me so I added a Gypsy zig zag circle which I cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and adhered the black cat to it.

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A Little Mojo Before Halloween

As promised I’m going to play in my craft room a little more and look it’s Tuesday and I have artwork to share!  I went to the Mojo Monday blog where I learned about tall and skinny cards – well if you know me there is nothing tall and skinny about me, but I thought I’d give this card sketch a go!

                       I reached for my Scaredy Cat scraps to make this fun little 3.5 X 5.5 card.  The stamp set is A Perfect Fit Halloween which I used in place of the squares – every once in a while you have to go outside the box!  Instead of a bow I used a piece of black shimmer trim and used three stars as an embellishment.

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I just love how it turned out and plan on making a few more cards this size.  They are just perfect to let someone know that you are thinking of them and use up a small stash of scraps along the way!

I hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Until later,

Tracey

It’s Been A While

 

It’s been a while since I participated in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been stalking their blog for ideas and yesterday I had good intentions of getting a card entered, but the time difference doesn’t seem to compute inside my head.  I might show that card later in the week because I was really proud of my outside the box thinking.

Sketch 68 appears to something that would fit the floral category, but with a package of Scaredy Cat paper sitting on the corner of my desk how could I not choose to do something with a Halloween theme?

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There is actually very little stamping on my card – just the sentiment!

The ovals were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and the Haunted House is from Artbooking.  It reminds me so much of the haunted house from the Casper cartoon I watched as a child.

I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by today and will check back again soon.

Tracey

1,2,3 Craft! Make It From Your Heart #19

I love any reason to send a card and with Halloween upon us I decided this might just be the perfect card for the October 1, 2, 3 Craft! Blog Hop.  I’m not sure if you noticed, but last month’s hop grew by one and I’m so excited that Darlys decided to play along with us.  Her work is absolutely amazing!

I’m taking a chance that all will post right, because as you read this I should be on the way to Salt Lake City for a little “girl time” before the Close to My Heart Album Retreat this weekend.  I have been looking forward to this little get-away for months and am excited that Betsy and I are going to be devouring the town two days before the Album Retreat starts.  Literally “devouring”…she asked me what I wanted to do and I said EAT and SHOP and EAT and SIGHT SEE and EAT, I’m sure you get the picture!  When I found out that Darlys was going to be there too that was just like frosting on the cupcake…I just wish Mary could have come along with us!  Can you imagine?!

This month our challenge is to use Make It From Your Heart Pattern #19 – the Make it From Your Heart volumes (there are two of them currently) are essential guides for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and cards.

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My card inspiration was the clear pillow box on page 84 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.   I deconstructed the  card sketch a little, by adding a solid line of the Bronze Shimmer Trim down the edge (have I mentioned how much I love this stuff…I now own it in every color we offer – it is my GO TO accessory!)    The paper packet is the stripe from Babycakes and I added chocolate and juniper as my accents.  I fussy cut the skeleton from the Creepy Creatures set and accessorized him with the sentiment and pumpkin from Perfect Fit Halloween.

You can stop by my business page www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com to purchase the supplies to make your own Halloween Cards.  I have included a shopping list for you at the bottom of this post.

Thanks again for stopping by!  Now make sure you hop on over to see what Betsy, Darlys and Mary have in store for you!

Tracey

Supplies Used:

  • Creepy Creatures C1522
  • Perfect Fit Halloween B1413
  • Baby Cakes Paper Packet X7173B
  • Nonstick Micro-Tip Scissors Z1836
  • 1 1/4″ Circle Punch Z1311
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim Z1849