Fall Ombre’

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 

 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.

 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 

Such a fun card to make and give!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

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Boo!

To me, nothing is more spooky and speaks of Halloween like a spider web! Therefore, I just had to create a card focusing on a great big web!

 I inked up my CTMH spider web in white pigmented ink and heat embossed it directly on a black card base. In the lower corner I did the same with the word BOO!

 I actually stamped the Boo! a little higher than anticipated, so I added two strips of washi tape. Sometimes mistakes work out so well 🙂

I finished it off with a sparkly spider! 
I hope you were inspired in the month of September and you have a few fresh ideas for using your stash to create for Halloween! In the month of October I am sharing some Fall ideas using my stash too! Please make sure you have subscribed (follow) my blog and come back soon! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Get Batty with some Crazy Brids

One of the best stamps sets I have ever purchased is the Crazy birds by Tim Holtz! It comes with a slew of accessory stamps to customize with any season or holiday. Naturally I had to create a Halloween card with it! 

I used Distress Markers to color in the bird and pumpkin and I think it works great with the background paper. The card came together rather quickly, but it looks like it took a lot of time. I love the web paper as a backdrop to the focal point. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Feeling Spooky?

Have you ever used digital downloads on your cards? I must confess that I did not even know they could come in such gorgeous prints until my friend, Linda Israel, introduced me to Calico Collage . I have been hooked ever sense! Not only are the images gorgeous, but they are easy to store (on your computer), cheaper than buying paper, reusable (just print them up as much as you need them) and fast (if you don’t have time to wait for something to ship). I created two cards using a digital print and stamps from Close to my Heart. 

 I used a Kraft tag that I distressed and popped a spooky sticker on it as the focal point. I then added a few more embellishments and stamped my sentiment.

 For this card I stamped the witch from the same stamp set and heat embossed her in black. I cut her out and used pop dots to adhere her to the card.

 I added three gems to balance it.

 For the sentiment, I stamped it in clear embossing ink, embossed it and added distress ink over the area. I then took a baby wipe and removed some of the ink.

Make sure you check out digital art! It really is a wonderful alternative to traditional paper crafting that can be easily incorporated into your craft. Mix it with some of your stash! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Boorific!

I found this pumpkin die in my stash and knew it needed to be on a card. Once again I pulled out my Brutus Monroe Stamps because I think I got this die with the stamp set. I wanted to make it pop so I thought it would be fun to cut it out using Rinea Foiled Paper! 

 To create the pumpkin I die cut it on orange starstruck paper and traced the die on ebony foiled paper as a backing. I ran it through my sticker machine and attached it to my card base. So easy!

 I stamped the little crow and pumpkin that I water colored in and trimmed with my Scan n Cut.

I like to use Rinea Paper on projects like this. It cuts beautifully and is striking. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!