Monday, October 31, 2011

Gone Batty for Halloween

I love these bats!  Rebekka of Dreamweavers designed this card.  This is a Dreamweavers stencil that has been soaped up and put on double sticky paper.  I added black flock that had a bit of glitter added to it and patted down real well to get it to stick.  After brushing off the excess flock, I removed the brass stencil and added the white glitter.  The greeting is from Dreamweavers as well and was used with their orange paste.  Rebekka did a good job with this one.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carved Jack O'Lanterns

Halloween is almost here.  I have a cauldron of goodies and am ready for the kids .  I love seeing all the costumes, especially the little kids.

This card was made with yet another Dreamweavers stencil, using black matte paste, then crackle paste, then coloring with pigment ink.  Each layer must be completely dry before going on to the next.  I used some crystal lacquer in the eyes and mouth after coloring a little with a copic marker to give it the glow.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dreamweavers Dragonflys

Recently I found several panels that I had pasted using Dreamweavers stencils and paste but had never made cards with them.  So I spent an afternoon putting several cards together.  While making the card above I had in mind the birthday of a good friend who once told me that she saves all the cards that I send to her.  That was so nice to hear so now I try especially hard to send something that I think she will like.  I know she likes pastel colors and dragonflys so I hope this will please her.  This was made using silver paste and flicking some mica powder on the paste while it was still wet.  The jeweled ribbon is made by Making Memories, which I think I found on sale at Michaels.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creepy Crawlies

Dreamweavers stencil came through again with the spiker web and spider.  Silver pasted for the web and black mat paste for the spider and Rebekka came up with a cute card.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Let's Booooogie!

OK so this is not my best pasting effort, but I am sharing it because I love the Dreamweavers stencil so much.  Wouldn't this make a great invitation?  The stencil was pasted with white paste and then after it dried I added alcohol ink with a sponge for the color.  Now here is where I got into some trouble because I added some blending solution to the alcohol ink and when over it several times to get the colors, which made the paste run a bit and I ended up with a mess so careful with liquid.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn is in the Air

I made this card to send to a friend with an October birthday.  We both love dogs and I saw this stamp at Stampin From The Heart and I had to have it.  You can see Karen's blog (from Stamping From The Heart) by clicking here.  I stamped and embossed the image and used Radiant Pearls to color and emboss.  Unfortunately Radiant Pearls are no longer sold, but I love mine and will be very sad when they are all gone.  I rarely think of using ribbon, but recently I have been organizing my craft room and I have so much ribbon that I am making a concerted effort to use it.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Black and White Mirror Image

October's swap with my local group was for a black and white card that had a mirror image and this is the card I made.  I used the Pagoda cartridge with my Cricut Expression for this image.  I ran the image through an embossing folder then smeared Versamark over the top and added clear embossing posder to make is a bit shiny.  Of course I added glitter and jewels.  I used a chunky glitter to give it more texture and colored a clear jewel with my Copic marker to make it black.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trick or Treat

This card was made for an online pet swap.  However if we used a Halloween theme we were promised extra cosmic bonus points and I figured I need all the points I can get.  I am so very much a dog person, but I just love the Fluffles stamps that Stampendous makes.  This one is one of my favorites.  You can see that this is the card where I borrowed Kristie's idea of adding a piece of candy to the card.  Thank you Kristie.


Friday, October 21, 2011

More Bewitching in South Africa

So today is the rest of the cards from the South African ladies.  The card above wad done by Sandra with some great stamps that I have not seen before.

Sheilah made this card and has done an excellent job of capturing the Halloween theme.

Isn't this a pretty card by Sheree?  Bewitching in pink!

Sue made this lovely floral card with lots of texture.  Isn't that shiny flower in the center great.

Sandy G also went with an African theme.  I love it!

This card by Gloria is not only Halloween colors and images, but I love the fact that she turned the card around to make it portrait.  She is the only one who did so and I am sure that says something great about Gloria.

Not all of the South African ladies have access to the internet, but I hope that some of them will see their work displayed.  I am sure they would love to see your comments.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bewitched in South Africa

As promised here are the Bewitching sketch cards that were made by the South African ladies.  They tell me that Halloween is not a popular holiday in South Africa so they do not have access to many Halloween themed stamps, but I love their take on the Bewitched theme.  The card above was made by Carol-Anne.  I am not sure how she made those panels, but I think they look great.

The bewitching pink lady was made by Edna.  I love her flower.

Jenny made the card above.  I am bewitched by those eyes.

Lyn made this card with her bewitching fairy.  I love all the shining texture on this card.

Maire went Asian with her card.  Isn't it great?

This card was made by Marj who just recently lost her battle with cancer.  She will be missed.  I think she did a great job with this card even without using traditional Halloween images she has captured the spirit.

This card was made by Nicky.  Great texture and definitely makes me think Halloween. 

There are more cards from South Africa.  They have a bigger group so watch for next batch.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bewitching Sketch

I'm back.  I know that I have not posted for awhile, life and healing has just gotten in the way, but Halloween is coming and I wanted to post a few Halloween cards which might give you some inspiration.  I made this card for a swap at my local stamp group.  We based our card on a sketch so everyone's card had the same layout; however, I think you will be surprised how different they look. 

This card was made by Bonnie.  She used alcohol ink to make her own background.

This card was made by Donna.  Isn't the bat great as her bow from the sketch?

Kristi made this card and used another creative idea in place of the bow.  I borrowed this idea for another card I made which you will see posted soon.

Marilyn made this card with her Cricut.  She is a master of welding with her gypsy.

Metoka made this card using great glittered embossing powder on her stamped image.

There are more cards coming.  Our group exchanges swaps with a group in South Africa so I will get those cards posted for you soon.