Witches Fly In a Glowing Moon

Hello friends!  With Fall on the way, I was really in the mood to create some spooky fun Halloween cards! (Plus I’m trying to get ready to fill my card rack for an up-coming craft booth and I ran low on Halloween cards from last year!)  I’ve also just received my winnings from playing in the Sparkle N Sprinkle challenge on Facebook, so I thought I’d use some products to enter again! 🙂

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I thought I’d go for two cards here with the same products, but used in a slightly different way with the colored backgrounds and orientation.

I’ve picked out this cute Cackle On stamp set and the Wicked Web die cut for my winnings that I’ve used on both cards.  As you can see from the props in the photo above, I have also used the Sparkle n Sprinkle Black Magic embossing powder to heat emboss the witch image on both of them.  I just love the sparkle effect that stuff has!  I’ve also die cut the webs in black cardstock and then went over them with clear embossing powder.

Below I will share details about each one:

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To get the moon, I die cut a circle from masking paper and used the negitive from the circle cut and placed it over my card front where I wanted the moon to be.  I inked the open circle area with VersaMark and then sprinkled some Glow-in-theDark embossing powder over it and heat set it.  For my background, I have used some Ranger Mixed Media card stock because of all of the embossing and inking that I’ve done.  I didn’t have to, but I put the circle cut from masking paper back over the moon.  (The embossing would resist the ink, but I did’nt want to take a chance and covered it anyway…although it didn’t stick very well! LOL!)  I then used my ink foam blending tool and added some distress oxide inks to create the background sky.  I even used purple over the orange color which is something you normally wouldn’t do, but with the oxide inks…it turns out stunning!

I then added some Nuvo Black Mousse with a sponge dauber along the edges which doesn’t show in the photo very well, but it has a cool shimmer.  Then this is where I’ve added the witch over the moon by inking it up with some pigment black ink and then heat embossed the Black Magic EP on it.  (I used my stamp positioner so that I could ink it several times as it was getting inked over the embossed moon.)  I’ve also inked up the sentiment in the same way except that I used some clear EP over it.

At the bottom, I cut a strip of ground with a grass edge border die and then used some Nuvo Copper mousse to sponge some color on top to make it look like the moon is shinning over it.  I mounted card front panel over a top folding black A2 sized card base.  Then lastly, I added some black sequins and filled the centers with Nuvo Silver Glitter Drops and then a smaller dot with some Nuvo Black enamel Drops.

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This card pretty much was made in the same manner as the above card with the exception of the Distress Oxide colors I’ve used for sponging.  I also took my spray bottle and added some water dropplets and then dabbed it off with a paper towel.

I cut out this panel with a  MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle die before attaching it to a black card base.

Then I wanted to show how cool this embossing powder is when the lights are off:

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I tried to get it as dark as I could so that you could see how that embossing powder really glows in the dark!!  To get a really fabulous glow, it’s best to do a couple of layers of embossing over it.

Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Challenges:

  1.  Sparkle N Sprinkle – Anything Goes + use loose glitter/embossing powder/flocking
  2. Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook challenge – Anything Goes + use SnS image
  3. {CupCake Inspirations} CIC453 – Spectacular BackgroundsCIC453
  4. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Friends – Embossing (wet or dry)

 

 

Follow Your Dreams and More Christmas Fair Project Entries

Hello friends!  I have usually posted on Fridays to share some updates on my crafty projects and such, but had some other things to take care of and hubby has been working different hours here and there, so I thought I’d pop on here for Saturday instead!

I made a card for the Sparkle N Sprinkle FB Group yesterday, but thought I’d share it here as well:

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I fell in love with this image last year as this was from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Video Kit Club for August 2017.  I have pretty much used everything from the kit with the exception of a few things explained below.

The background papers were included with the kit and I have cutted a portion of a piece to put on the top section of my card front.  For the cactus silhouettes, I have taken the Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter drops from the kit and used a brush to push it around.  (You can see a closer view of all of the glitter in the photo below.)   I took a piece of black card stock from my stash to mount this piece and then I heat embossed the sentiment (from the kit) with white EP.  I then took some 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape to go across the bottom portion of the background piece.  I then took the guilding flakes from the kit and attached it to the tape. – You can see how to use these products from the kit by watching the video from Demo Donna, CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube. (P.S.  She’s fun too! :))  I then took that entire black piece and mounted it onto a piece of craft foam.  I then attached it to a top folding white A2 sized card base which also came from my stash and not the kit.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and all of the glittery fun texture on this design!  (You can see here how the cactus in the background really shimmer and have a unique texture by applying it!

If you take a look at that circle behind this image, I have cut out a white piece of card stock with a stitched circle die and then covered the entire piece with the Sparkle N Sprinkle Orange Marmalade embossing powder…it is so stunning how this EP looks IRL!  There are some very fine gold mica powders in it that make it really amazing looking!  Not what I expected the first time I used this, in a good way! 🙂  I then took the feather that came in the kit and added some Nuvo Liquid Glue to the ends of it and then sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Sassy Silver Glitter and attached it behind the image with foam tape.

For the image itself, it came in the kit already pre-colored and sized to fit on the card.  I have fussy cut the image and put some foam tape on the back with the feather and embossed circle.  I have used the rest of the Nuvo Crystal Drops from the kit and used these to color in the image with a small brush to push the glitter around.  (I was following the tutorial from Demo Donna on that one.)  Very cool as I have never tried “coloring” with glitter in this way before!

I sure had fun with this card and will be pulling out my kit again to make more I’m sure!  I like to “mix” things up a bit with them instead of making them all uniformally the same.


I also have some more projects that I haven’t finished sharing with you from what I’ve entered into my local County Fair this year, so here’s some more Christmas projects that I’ve made and had entered:

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The category for this one was “handmade ornaments – set of 3” (They were all supposed to be similar in nature as well), so of course being the paper crafter that I am, I made 3 ornaments using paper crafting items from my stash! 🙂

A while back I had bought a large supply of bambo embroidery hoops because I wanted to have a try at making these ADORABLE ornaments that I found a tutorial for last year on Splitcoaststampers.com – CLICK HERE to check out the tutorial and make one for yourself! (That tutorial called for a 3″ hoop, but mine are a bit larger at 4″ here.)

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So for my ornament here, I used a stitched circle die to cut those lovely plaid papers from Lawn Fawn (looks like it retired!) and then I also cut another stitched circle from some gray colored papers to match.  On the Gray circle, I white heat embossed the Tim Holtz Mini Weathered Winter Snowflake and then took a sponge dauber to add a bit of white ink in some places.  I placed a wood veneer snowflake over top the center of the heat embossed snowflake and then added a dot of silver Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center.

For the outside of the hoop, I’ve had this silver tinsel in my stash for a few years (looks like the package says it is for a mini tree decoration.  LOL…IDK!)  I glued it around the edge of it, attached a silver bow at the top and then ran some silver cord around the top for hanging on the tree.  They are simple, quick and easy to make, but I had lots of fun with it for sure!  So it was nice to have placed third as a bonus!

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This is one of my entries for “Hand-Stamped item Other Than a Card”.  (I will share my other two entries for this category on another post coming later on!)  If you had followed along with my other blog or “know me” on Splitcoaststampers.com, then you may have seen the tutorial that I made for them called “Shaker Money Holder” (Click name to view tutorial or click the photo for it on the sidebar of my blog here.)  I basically took the same concept for it and adapted the measurements to make it a gift card holder instead.

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I have been wanted to play with this really fun stamp set from Pink and Main called Christmas Mugs which I’m sure I’ll be using again this year!  Yum! 🙂  It was the perfect compliment for gifting a Starbucks gift card!  (This was one of the “many” purchases I had made when I went to the Collinsville, IL stamp convention earlier this Summer!  So happy that Pink and Main had a booth there!)

For this shaker gift card holder, I stamped the candy cane from the same stamp set with some red Staz On ink before adding the shaker contents to it.  I had fun coloring the mug image with Copics and glitter gel pens.  I’ve also added some shimmer to the liquid in the cup with a Shimmer glitter pen.  I then fussy cut it out and used my Xyron machine to make a “sticker” with it to attach to the plastic.  I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set over red card stock, die cut it with a banner die and attached it in the same way I did the mug.  If you follow along with my tutorial, i was finished off in a very similar manner.

Now looking at this photo, I’m thinking it would have been cute to add one of those snowflake accents to the center of the bow or around the red banner! LOL!!  It was fun and easy to make regardless and will be nice to have on hand for Christmas!  It was also very nice to see that it got placed 3rd too!

Hope you have enjoyed my post today and seeing the things I have been so busy with creating this Summer!  I always look forward to Fall and the end of the year projects so I know things will start getting really busy soon!  I have lots to prepare for the up-coming craft booths that I will be sharing with my mom this year!

Thanks so much for dropping in!

*With the exception of the above card, I won’t enter the Christmas projects in any challenges due to the fact that I had made these in July. *

Challenges for card ONLY:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun  (What could be more fun than laying in a suncatcher?  LOL!)
  2. Papercraft Challenges – Summer
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  4. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + a sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – Sparkle and Shine

 

Pink Christmas

Hello friends!  I am sort of “off track” with some other crafty things on my “to do” list and a bit behind in fact!  I have soooo many things ahead of me to get ready for and I promise I will be sharing more on that later, but scanning through my groups on Facebook, I saw a post where a challenge was getting ready to end, so I just decided last minute while I was working on other things, that I would challenge myself to get a card made before the deadline ended!  Yeah, I do that to myself…keeps the creative “MOJO” flowing, right?!  I feel good about it because it is a head start for a Christmas in July card stack that I hope to get going on!  Here’s what I came up with:

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I created this card for the FB Group Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges.  The deadline was right before midnight last night, but I got it done yesterday afternoon and wanted to post it within the group before the deadline ended and then I wanted to share it with you here today on my blog.  The condition for this challenge is pretty much anything goes as long as you have used a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp/digital image somewhere on your design.  I have used the SNS Christmas Baubles stamp set that I actually received from a card kit a while back.  Instead of using it for the intended purpose of the card kit, I switched up the design a bit to make it my own.

I took the cardstock from the kit for the base as well as the pink cardstock from the kit for behind my decorative paper and under the bauble.  I die cut an oval from the pink cardstock in the kit as well as a larger oval from some gold mirror cardstock.  The bauble and holly were colored with Copics and gold gel pen.  I then fussy cut them out.  I took the pink oval and heat embossed the holly image randomly over it with the SNS Vanilla Ice EP.  I layered it over the gold circle and added the images.  The holly image was popped up with foam tape around the oval.  I die cut the decorative paper and pink cardstock with stitched border dies and placed it on the top folding white A2 card base.  I gold heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom of the card base and then I used some gold ribbon from my stash to create the bow and placed it over top of the decorative papers and bauble.  I also used the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to go over the berries.  Looking at it now in the photo, it looks wet, but they were dry and so glittery IRL!

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little hint of Christmas coming your way!  It helps to beat the heat a bit and get a good start for the up-coming busy Holiday Season! 🙂  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Challenges to enter this card:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – Wet or dry embossing
  2. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  3. QKR Stampede #301 – Anything Goes
  4. Crafting from the Heart #212 – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations #203 – Anything Goes