Sunday, September 15, 2013

25th Anniversary Blog Tour - September

Hello stampin' friends! 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today on the tour - you've just come from Anne Matasci's blog, Maui Stamper
I know Anne had some great samples for you. 

This month's Anniversary stamp set is the Best of halloween. 
If you've visited my blog before, you may know that the only thing my family and I celebrate about halloween is the candy - preferably chocolate. 
So, I knew that this stamp set would pose a challenge for me since I don't "do" this observance. 

Take a look at my two projects and tell me - did I meet the challenge?

My first card uses the witch's hat image as the hat for a scarecrow. 
I colored it with Early Espresso, Basic Gray and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers and stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock, then trimmed it up with my Paper Snips. I rounded off the top of the hat to make it look more like a farmer's hat.

The scarecrow head itself was cut out of a piece of our Burlap Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog. I used the next to smallest Circles Framelit piece to get the circle and frayed it a bit once it was cut. I used multiple strings from another piece of Burlap Ribbon to create the pseudo-scarecrow body, tying them up into a Naturals Button.

The rest of the card's stamped elements came from the Truly Grateful stamp set, also in the Holiday Mini. I used a color palette of Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso. 
The Designer Paper is from the Witches' Brew package and the textured cardstock was done with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder with the Core'dinations cardstock. I used my Modern Label Punch for the greeting. 

I have to say, this card made me do the stampers happy dance just a little bit....
Well, maybe a lot a bit. :)

So, about that candy. 
We don't go trick or treating anymore, but we do sit outside and give out candy, at least, what we don't eat ourselves, so it wasn't a stretch for me to create a more whimsical card with that in mind. 

My color scheme for this one was Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White and Basic Black. 
I used another piece of the Witches' Brew Designer paper for my background and with a clean Sponge Dauber, added polka-dots of Versamark ink. 
I added Heat and Stick Embossing Powder to them and after heating, I added some Black Glitter from the Holiday Catalog. 
I loved how this turned out!

The two stamps I used from this month's set were the barren tree and the Trick or Treat greeting. I stamped the tree in Black Staz-On ink and then added a harvest moon in Summer Starfruit with a press of another Sponge Dauber. 
The greeting was colored with Stampin' Write Markers - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray and Summer Starfruit. After I punched it out with the Modern Label Punch, I added some 2 Way Glue to the edges and dragged it through the Black Glitter. 
The inside of the card was finished off with a piece of Witches Brew Washi Tape - the skull and crossbones a tip of the hat to all the pirate costumes we see every year. 

Thanks again for stopping by my blog today - I'd love to hear your comments on my projects! 

Click the Blog Tour Logo below to visit the next blog on the tour - it's Andi Potler at Absolute Kreations.

Have a wonderful day!

Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Jackie Bottomley
Susan Carlson
Tamra Davis   
Sherri Eddleblute
Lynn Embrey  
Kathy Hamrick
Crystal Kondo 
Deb Lehigh     
Anne Matasci  
Robin Merriman
Andi Potler       
Michele Reynolds
Sharon Tisdale
Janet Wakeland

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