Friday, October 21, 2016

SK October: Orange Mummy

We're winding down to just a few kit cards left! For today's card, I kept things very simple and used one of my go-to layouts -- rectangle panels of various sized. I layered the sentiment and the mummy cat together and embellished with some enamel dots.

I opted to use orange tones, as I have mostly gravitated toward purple, green and black when it comes to Halloween.

This card is using Mama Elephant's Meowlloween Extras stamp and Doodlebug sprinkles orange vellum (I believe it's now retired).

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

SK October - Purple Spook

This card actually came together rather accidentally. I was planning on a much more elaborate set-up, including a patterned paper panel and some scattered sequins. But, as I was rummaging through my stamped images and sentiments, the ghost and the sentiment rectangle just fell together. I liked how it looked - like the ghost was popping out of the sentiment.

So, I simplified my design and just let that placement be the focal point. I wanted to add a bit of color to make the sentiment stand out, so I blended in some Dusty Concord distress ink into the corner. I adhered the sentiment and the ghost, then added them to a black card base. I tied some purple ribbon underneath.

The last step was to add some dots with Nuvo crystals. I added the purple dots just fine, then planned to add another few yellow dots for contrast. Of course, the yellow is not working great for me and instead of a nice dome, I ended up with a line. I was pretty bummed out, but then realized it could be fun -- it looks like streaks from falling stars or firecrackers, and that's a very interesting look. Creativity to the rescue, right?!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SK October - Be Afraid

Yet another cute Halloween creation for October's Stash Kit project, today! Like yesterday's card, I'm using Mama Elephant's Meowlloween Extras stamp and Doodlebug patterned paper, along with a selection of dies.

For this card, I wanted to add a touch of sparkle, so I adhered a strip of sparkly silver cardstock. I kept the rest of the card very simple, and added the sentiments stamped on banner dies.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

SK October: Mousey Hello

Time for another Stash Kit card! This time, I'm using Mama Elephant's Meowlloween Extras stamp. I absolutely fell in love with the adorable little mice that's featured in this set - they're the main reason I bought the set - so, I wanted to make them a main feature.

I kept the card very simple, cutting a rectangle of Doodlebug patterned paper and using the Tri Circle die to create little windows for my mice. I added the mice with some foam squares, and adhered a simple sentiment underneath.

The card was missing something, so I added a couple of enamel dots and a hand-drawn border.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall Birthday

One of the card techniques I truly admire is a multi-layer clean card. It's the kind of card you may see Kay Miller execute with perfection, but my own attempts are a lot less grand. I'm not sure what it is, really, but I feel like my tries end up either too busy or not busy enough - the sweet spot of just right is so elusive!

Skills don't get good by just wishing we could do them - we get better with practice. So, I decided to throw caution to the wind and practice some layered cards. Since we're finally in the season of autumn, I thought I'd do an autumn birthday card.

I used My Favorite Things' Fall Folliage stamp (now retired) as it had some lovely leaves, acorns and branches that I could just stamp. I didn't want to focus on coloring, just color itself. 

 I started with the bright warm orange-yellow, using WPlus9's Wild Mango ink. I stamped a couple of leaves, then moved onto Simon Says Stamp's Khaki ink. For the acorn and dark branch, I used Lawn Fawn's Walnut ink - I loved the crisp edges and the even coverage. Lastly, I added a touch of red with WPlus9's Gala Red ink.

Once everything was stamped and dry, I fussy-cut the leaves and layered them together in a bundle. I adhered some with regular adhesive and used foam tape for other parts. I added the whole piece onto a rounded top die-cut, then layered it over another die-cut. Lastly, I used Gina K.'s Sweet Corn cardstock as my card base.

I added a simple sentiment on top and embellished with a few pearls and enamel dots.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

SK October: Red Witch

There's nothing more fabulous than a witch in a cute outfit, casting a spell. So, of course, I had to make sure I did some great coloring with today's card - featuring Kraftin' Kimmie's My Best Friends are Witches. I used rich reds and blacks for her outfit and made the spell-casting steam multi-colored.

I kept this card very clean and simple, so the focus was on the image. I just sprinkled a few shimmery sequins around - they reminded me of magical bubbles. I added a sentiment and set everything against a dark-colored cardstock.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

SK October - Candy Witch

Today's card is another cute addition to the Stash Kit project for October. The stamp featured in this card is one of my favorite Halloween stamps - Witch Way Is the Candy? by Birdie Brown. I was really bummed out that this stamp retired earlier in the year, but I know it's to make room for some wonderful new creations - and I'm excited to see what Torico will think of next.

I colored the cute witch with Copics, then fussy-cut her out. I paired her with bits and pieces of the cute Doodlebug paper - both pieces were left from a previous card. Then I added everything to a purple card base. I didn't center the front panel in the middle of the card base, just to add a little bit of extra interest.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SK October - Purrfect Halloween

Last week (and some of this week), I was hit by a bad case of flu. Not only did all the ache and misery make me feel horrible, but it lead to a build up of work-related tasks - and those had to take priority over blogging. Now that I'm finally on the mend, I can go back to sharing cards on a regular basis again.

Today's card is another card in my Stash Kit project for October.  For this card, I used Lawn Fawn's Spooktacular stamp. This stamp features quite a few small Halloween icons that layer together just perfectly to create a sweet scene.

I wanted to add a little bit of texture to the card, so I pulled out some black Doodlebug sprinkle vellum. This vellum is not only tinted, but it features embossed swiss dots, which add a little extra texture without looking too busy.

I added a sentiment and a few small sequins to tie together all the colors.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SK October - Candy

Today's creation features C.C. Designs Broom Ride (in the Roberto's Rascals line). This is the second card in my October's Stash Kit.

One unique thing I tried for this card is drawing different features - in this case, the eyes. I was inspired by Marika's awesome videos where she goes through the process of sketching in faces and features step by step. I wanted Twila to have more realistic eyes, so I sketched them in using a combination of Copics and colored pencils.

I paired Twila with some candy paper and a puffy sticker. The sentiment from My Favorite Things - (Birdie Brown) Witch Way is the Candy? finishes the card off just perfectly.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SK October: Witchy

It's October, and it's time to share the first card in my October Stash Kit - a fun and quirky little creation featuring Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  My Best Friends Are Witches was a stamp I was really excited to use. It has that perfect blend of fun, cute and whimsy - which makes it a fabulous card to color and use.

I colored the stamp with my Copics, opting for my favorite Halloween color palette - oranges, greens and purples. I added a bit of sea green and gray to the background and cropped the image. I matted the image onto some purple cardstock, then adhered it to a background from Doodlebug's Ghouls & Goodies paper.

The sentiment came from Batty and Catty, and I think it matches perfectly with the rest of the card.

Thank you for reading!