Mr. Seymour Bones

Happy Halloween,

Well I just had to make one more Halloween card today.  I love Graphic45 paper so I used Steampunk Spells for this one.  I needed a boy card so this paper will work.  I love this image of Mr. Seymour Bones, don't you?  The sketch for this one is from this weeks sketch challenge for Wednesday over at Splitcoast stampers.  Are you a member?  Always tons of inspiration every week. The little gears are from Prickley Pear a die, border punch from MS Drippy Goo, some distress ink, ribbon and bling to finish it off.  It had to go out today so no coloring on this one but it will be late!

Happy a safe Halloween everyone!


Hello there,

It's time for some Inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps.  Today I chose to use Mummy.  I wanted to do a black, white and orange color scheme for this one. I wanted him standing on the pumpkin, added an extra web on the side and matching sentiment with spiders.  Added a few sequins, the little spiders came with the sequins and fabric banners. The border is also Prickley Pear. Colored with Copics of course and added a little distress ink in black soot. My inspiration was this diagonal paper that looks chalkboard and of course Mummy! Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and see what the rest of the design team has for you this week.

A closer look
 Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, YR18, YR61, YR65, YR68, Y06, YG99.

Crazy4challenges #259- Halloween
Just Us Girls challenge #264- Fall/Halloween
Hiding In My Craftroom challenge #171- Any Holiday
A Gem of A challenge #131- Halloween
Sister Act Card challenge #80- Anything Goes
Left Of Center Creative Challenge #51- Halloween
Word Art Wednesday challenge #155- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme: Halloween, Stash: black/orange
Papertake Weekly challenge - black, white plus 1 other color (orange)

Happy Stamping!

Air Hag

Hello there,

I'm sharing a Halloween card I put together for a card club I just joined.  I decided to use Art Impressions Air Hag.  Don't you just love her?  She is so fun.  I used some paper I got last year from 7Gypsies.  And of course colored with Copics.  The girls enjoyed trying them out and coloring with them and they loved this image!

A closer look

Copics used:
E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E93,
C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, Y28, R17, R29,
YR14, YR16, YR18, V12, V15, V17.

Art Impressions challenge #147- Humor or Puns
Marker Pop challenge #54- Halloween
Stampin Royalty challenge #251-Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #54- Anything Goes/Halloween
Make My Monday challenge - Halloween
Artistic Inspirations challenge #114- Halloween/Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Divas challenge- Halloween

Happy Stamping!

Bat and Cat Scene

Hello there,

It time for some inspiration today featuring Prickley Pear stamps and matching dies.  I've created a spooky little night time scene and the stars are out tonight with a mummy cat and webby bat! I used mostly orange and black to create my scene and one of my favorite fibers to use is twine because it comes in every color, goes with any style and doesn't take up a lot of room on A2 size cards. Please visit thePrickley Pear Blog to see what the rest of the design team has for you today!

Other products used:
DP: Pebbles Thirty One, October Afternoon Witch Hazel
1" round punch
Marvy corner punch
twine The Twinery, May Arts
sequin Pretty Pink Posh
black embossing powder
paprika Stickles
Cheery Lynn Die: Scare Me
Ripple scissors

aaa Card challenge - Halloween
Sentimental Sundays challenge #229- Too Cute To Spook
A Gem Of A Challenge #130- Create A Scene
Pumpkin Spice Challenge #88- Harvest or Halloween
Sister Act Card Challenge #79- Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge #25- Orange and Black
DiesRus challenge #12- Halloween
As You Like It challenge #38- Favorite fiber and why
Aud-Sentiments challenge #117- Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Bokeh Word Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone,

Barb here to share a technique with you today called Bokeh.  It's a Japanese term which means blur or haze and is used in photography.  Here is an example of what I mean:

Here's what you need to get started: craft sheet, different sizes of circle dies, I used Spellbinders 
circles LG and I only used the 3 smallest ones plus 2 small punches 3/4 and 1/2 in. Clear plastic
to cut a stencil, cutting machine, inks in 3 to 5 shades of the same color family I used ColorBox pigmant inks, finger daubers to apply ink in circles and tape to mask.

The first step to cut your stencil with the dies and punches.
I chose to make 5 sizes.  Try to work in odd numbers. Keep the circles spread
apart when you cut them out as shown above.

Next, stamp tree with VersaFine ink and emboss 
with silver embossing powder on white cardstock.

Now its time to start adding the circles.  Starting with the largest circle and your lightest
color tape down the image and the stencil and add 5 light blue circles using your finger
dauber to color in each circle and leave some white space. See below.

Here's how that first color should look. 5 circles.

Wipe stencil off between colors and start with the next smallest circle
in the next color.  Work colors lightest to darkest. Work Circles largest to smallest.
It should look like this example. 2nd color, 5 circles.

3rd color, 7 circles

4th color, 7 circles 

With the smallest circle I stenciled some silver. Always
working in odd numbers. 5th color, 9 circles.

Lastly here is my finished card.  I decided to add some white ink dots
with a finger dauber to tone the darker colors a bit. Also you can take a 
tissue when dry and go over your image to remove some ink if you like.  I did.
I love this technique!  I hope you will give it a try.  

Allsorts challenge #281- embossing
Scrapping4Fun challenge #28- Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #105- Anything Goes w/ribbon or trim
Allways Something Creative challenge #85- Main subject Text 
Craft-room challenge - Make your own background

Happy Stamping!

Autumn Greetings

I'm playing over at the Unity Friday Friends with Flair challenge.  I love Unity Stamps!  I made this fall card for my sister its an Itty Bitty by Angie Blum called Autumn Greetings.  DP is BoBunny Autumn Song, Colored the image with Copics and airbrushed around the edges in 2 colors, cut the sentiment in half as to fit the die cut I wanted to use. I found these cute leaves at Pier 1.  They are table scatter but thought they would work well on cards!

other products used:
Dies: Die-namics Rounded Banner Stax,
Fancy Flourish, Flower Trio and Leaf Trio.
Spellbinders: Classic Oval LG.
copper twine: unknown
bling Jolie's Boutique
Stickles: copper, paprika, cinnamon

E08, E33, E35, E37, E39, G20, G43,
G99, YG63, YG97, Y15, Y17, YR18,
Y28, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR14, YR15,
YR16, YR18, YR20, YR23, YR24.

Unity Friends with Flair Friday - Anything Goes w/Unity stamps 

The Eyes Have It

Happy Monday,

Time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  I made a Halloween card featuring stamps from the new Fall/Winter releases.  I stamped The eyes have It on white cardstock with black ink then used Distress inks in mowed lawn, spiced marmalade and mustard seed to add color.  Then used deckle scissors to cut around image and added some distress ink in black soot.  Then added a few wiggle eyes!  I stamped the bats in Color Box inks: orange and green and fussy cut them.  There is a die that matches I just didn't have it yet when I made this card.  The background DP is from Graphic45 An Eerie Tale. Black embossed the sentiment. Got a minute?  You can check out the design team work on the Prickley Pear blog HERE and have 2 new team members Rita and Melissa and a guest designer for October as well. Enjoy!

Prickley Pear products: HH0163 The Eyes Have It ,

Other products used: 
Cheery Lynn Sentiment Tag 1
wiggle eyes: Michaels
Jellies (orange) Queen&Co.
Sprinkles Dots: Doodlebug
deckle scissors
Color Box Inks: orange & green
Distress inks: black soot, mowed lawn,
spiced marmalade, mustard seed
DP: Graphic45 An Eerie tale, DCWV glitter cardstock

Sister Act Card Challenge #78- Anything Goes
Simply Create Too challenge #72- Halloween or Lots of Orange
Delightful challenge - Delightfully Frightful
The Crafters Cafe challenge #85- Black, orange plus 1 color
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #121- Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #56- Anything Goes w/Twist Wings
ttcrd challenge -Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Eat, Sleep, Play Football

Hello there,

I decided to make another card today.  This is an image from The Cat's Pajamas.  It's not a new image.  I've had it a while.  Never got around to coloring it up last year.  So here is what I came up with.  My inspiration for this card comes from this weeks Mojo Monday sketch and I'm playing over at Splitcoast Stampers today in the Tuesday Color challenge: yellow, orange and green.  Dessert was to add gold if it's NOT a Halloween card.  So I get extra credit!.  I added some gold Stickles and sequins.  Kinda looks like he's playing in leaves with the added flower soft.

A closer look

E0000, E00, E02, C00, C1, C3, 
Y13, Y15, Y18, YR61, YR65, YR68,
YG61, YG63, YG67

Marker Pop challenge #53- Anything Goes
Pennys Paper Crafty challenge #197 at least 3 patterned papers
Left of Center Creative challenge #48- 3 or more layers
Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge- Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #17- Happy fall Y'all

Pointillism Poinsettia

Good Morning all,

It's time for some inspiration using Prickley Pear stamps .  I chose to use Poinsettia Bloom today and show a technique called Pointillism.  Using a series of dots to color the whole image or just around the image as I have using Copic markers. It's a lot of fun!  HERE is a link to this technique from Splitcoast stampers. After coloring the image I used my Distress Ink in Peeled Paint around the edges then sprinkled some chunky white embossing power and heated it from the bottom of image to melt. Added some yellow and gold Stickles for a little sparkle.  You can go check out the Prickley Pear Blog to see what the rest of the design team has to share today.

A closer look

Prickley Pear Products:

Other supplies used:
DP: Basic Grey Aspen Frost
Stampendous: chunky white embossing powder
twine:  The Twinery
Sticker letters: Jenni Bowlin
Zig: Wink of stella glitter pen
Stickles: yellow, gold
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint

Y04, Y18, YR09, R05, R43, R46, R59,
YG11, YG13, YG17, YG67.

Sister Act Card Challenge #77- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #152- Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #84- Use Punches/Dies
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Pinspirational Challenge #125- Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create challenge #92- Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart challenge #39- Anything Goes
Artistic Expressions challenge #112- Anything Goes or Thankful
Love To Scrap challenge #39- Anything Goes with Stamps only

Happy Stamping!