I've been waiting for you! So glad you could come by and see me! And may I say, you are looking absolutely fabulous! Honestly, I've not seen you look better!
OK, I've got 4 cards to post tonight. This is a good balance of regular cards and Halloween cards. Yes Bonnie, you have a couple of non-Halloween cards you can look at! LOL So, let's take a look, shall we???
One of the things I love most about Halloween (and there is a ton I love) are "haunted houses". The creepier the better. When I was younger, I used to love to go visit the local haunted houses for a fun scare. So, I wanted to create a card that had a haunted house. I sponged the background first then stamped the image with Staz-On jet black. This image is by Martha Stewart. I then added the background papers and separated them with a MS border punch (which reminds me of an old iron fence that would be in front of a haunted mansion. I then took a black and white striped ribbon and used distress inks on it to give it a dirty, moldy look. The skeleton key is an actual key (plastic) that I attached with dimensionals. Stamped, matted, and attached the greeting and done.
I wanted to use that silhouette cat stamp for a Halloween card too. When I first saw the cat stamp, I thought that the pose of the cat reminded me of it balancing something on its nose. So, I came up with this:
I created the background paper using a There She Goes bat stamp. I sponged the background with distress inks then stamped the cat, pumpkin, and raven. Stamped a few extra bats, matted the image, tied a small black bow, and done. I really do like how this turned out. I can imagine using this cat stamp again for a Fall card where a leaf is landing on his nose.
OK, the next one is a thank you card I made for a sweet neighbor lady who took me out to dinner for my birthday. . .I know, it was in June, but we just got around to it last week. LOL Here is the card I made her:
The focal image is embossed in gold ep. I always forget about my metallic eps. The background paper is from (I believe) DCWV. I don't know who the stamp is by. It is actually a single fern stem that I stamped twice. This was such a quick and easy card to do. I need to make a few more of these to have on hand.
The last card for tonight is also a thank you card:
I don't know about you, but I like to do my note cards, thank you cards, and other cards in the spirit of the season. Since it is now Fall (in my mind anyway!) all occasion cards will carry that theme. Again, a very simple and quick card. Don't know who the stamp is by (it's from a set I got when I first started). I stamped the same image on 3 panels in 3 different colors of distress inks. Matted them and tied some twine to the end panels and then stamped the simple thanks sentiment on the middle panel. Popped up the panels on foam squares and done. This is also for a very sweet neighbor who fixed Jay and me a wonderful dinner. She made us Italian Beef in the crock pot and it was to die for. One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Thanks Nina! It was so nice of you to do. You'll probably see this card here before you get it! LOL
OK, now for the pic of the week. Because Halloween is coming, the picture of the week will reflect a Halloween theme from this post forward through Halloween. The picture will show scary looking things, or things that remind me of Halloween, or things that have Halloween colors, etc. So here is the first of the series.
PIC OF THE WEEK
This is kinda creepy eh? This photo was not altered at all. It was a cloudy day and the faint light was just enough to highlight the strands of this wonderful web against the blackish grey of the tree line in the distance. Great Halloween pic huh?
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