Halloween Jack-o-lantern for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Here it is September already and the end of the year is looming! That means time is getting short for making those Christmas cards and gifts, and I think I will run out of it. Time that is. But first, we have Halloween and then Thanksgiving.

It is already the second Tuesday and time for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew to hop! Amy’s challenge for the team blog hop today is Halloween fun. What could be more fun that a scary Jack-o-lantern?

I recently purchased a really cool Jack-o-lantern die and had to make a card with it.

My card base is Stampin’ Up!s new Gorgeous Grape. The Jack-o-lantern is Pumpkin Pie over Basic Black.

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No stamping. No sentiment. The spooky face says it all!

Inside I used letters from the same company to say ‘Happy Halloween’. I think these would be great cut in fabric and ironed on to a bag for carrying treats. The spider, ghost and bat are part of the alphabet set.

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(The spider sits on the Jack-o-lantern on the front of the card.) The letters are in Pumpkin Pie, and the critters are what you would expect, Basic Black and Whisper White.

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I haven’t decided what to put on the envelope, probably a black cat on the front and pumpkins on the flap. After all, Halloween isn’t for a few more weeks and I have time to decide. Although, the old adage, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is appropriate here.

This card was very quick and easy to make.

On with the hop. You know the drill, click on the Previous button to go back and the Next button to move forward through the blogs. Or, if you prefer to hop around, just click on any name.

Sue Prather –

Connie Troyer –

Julie Johnston – You are here

Mary Deatherage –

Karen Finkle –

Amy Koenders –

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Card Cuts: Gorgeous Grape: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Pumpkin Pie: jack-o-lantern 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″, letters inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, Basic Black: background 3-3/4″ x 5″, critters 1″ x 2″

Products not Stampin’ Up! are the jack-o-lantern die and the alphabet dies which are Simply Refined.

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Stampin’ Up! Still Night in the Woodland for Happy Inkin’ Thursday

Blog hop headerI hope you all have a Tremendous Thursday following our weekly hop today.

Not only do we have a blog hop, yesterday was the first day everyone could order from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. There are many “must have” stamp sets and bundles in this catalog, so I am sure you can find something you must have! The stamp inspiration is from Still Night, one of the offerings in the Holiday catalog. Check out all the goodies and make your wish list. And, don’t forget to tell Santa.

We have a very talented group to share their creations  with you. So, let’s get on with it!

Today we have a color challenge, and for me it was a challenge! I normally wouldn’t think about putting a pale green with the autumn gold of Crushed Curry and the dark brown of Early Espresso. Surprisingly, I think it works!

Here is our challenge:

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And here is what I created using that challenge as inspiration.

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I began with an Early Espresso card base, then added a Mint Macaron mat.

The art piece is Whisper White, though it doesn’t look much like Whisper White! That is primarily because I sponge brayered the embossing folder.

The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is probably my favorite. Using my sponge brayer, I layered some Sahara Sand ink on the FLAT side (the side that says ‘Sizzix’), then stamped some trees using the lone tree from Rooted in Nature, also on this side of the folder. For the trees I used Crushed Curry and Early Espresso, sometimes inking directly and sometimes using my Stampin’ Write markers to make them different. I also varied the height of the trees to give the illusion of a forest.

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I also used a stamp from Sheltering Tree to make what look to me like fallen leaves in Crushed Curry at the bottom of the panel. I then carefully placed my Whisper White card stock inside the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. This technique left some of the birch marks in Crushed Curry, which I didn’t want, so I filled them in with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker. To bring in a bit more Mint Macaron, I stamped a few leaves on the ground using the spring from Floral Frames.

Next up is the branch on which the owl sits. It is cut with the framelit die from the Still Night Bundle (purchasing the stamps and dies as a bundle saves you 10% over buying them individually) from one of the white sheets  of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut two more from Early Espresso Card Stock and used Liquid Glue to adhere them one on top of the other.This added some dimension and separated the branch from the background. Again using my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some ‘birch’ marks to tie it in with the embossed background trees.

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The owl was stamped in Early Espresso on a darker sheet of the Wood Textures DSP and adhered over the branch with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment, from Floral Frames, is stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and cut using a Layering Ovals Framelit. The mat, in Mint Macaron, is cut with a scalloped oval, also from Layering Ovals. The Crushed Curry sprigs are also from the Floral Frames Stamp Set. The sentiment is Liquid Glued to the mat and then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, the Sheltering Tree sentiment is stamped near the top of a Whisper White panel in Early Espresso to leave room for a personal note. More Crushed Curry sprigs fill the corners. This panel was adhered with Liquid Glue to a Mint Macaron mat and into the card base.

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For the Very Vanilla envelope, the Rooted in Nature tree adorns the front in Crushed Curry and Early Espresso, while the flap gets….an OWL! I stamped the branch from the Still Night stamp set, then the owl. Both are in Early Espresso.

I think these colors worked much better than I anticipated, so I am pleased with this card. To see what the rest of the team has done, move on by clicking NEXT, or any of the names to see what she did.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-You are Here

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, 2 branches scraps 3-1/2″ x 4 or one 3-1/2″ x 8″ panel; Whisper White: front art piece 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mint Macaron: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, mat for front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ ; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: branch white 3-1/2″ x 4″, owl darker brown 2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Sneak Peek Still Night Sympathy

A Good Saturday to you all! And, Spectacular September! Yep, it is September already. Launch of Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (Sept. 5th), Back-to-School, Colorful leaves, end of the garden, Football, Apples-and cider, YUM! It is also the beginning of preparedness for all the upcoming holidays-Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. OH, MY! Will I ever be ready? I should have begun preparedness months ago!

Obviously, there will be many reasons to make and send cards, and that does not include the birthdays, get well, sympathy, etc.

My card today uses a stamp and die bundle from the Holiday catalog that I knew I MUST HAVE as soon as I saw it. The Still Night Bundle includes the Still Night Stamp Set and the Night Owl Thinlits. This set is special to me for several reasons, not the least of which, as a photographer I was privileged to observe and photograph a Great Horned Owl family this spring for several weeks.

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If I could only have 3 Bundles from the Holiday catalog they would be Still Night, Winter Woods and First Frost. All these can be used throughout the year for purposes other than specific holidays, which means my dollars go further. YAY!

But, I am sure you want to see how I made my card. I have not made an envelope for it yet….too many cucumbers to make into pickles, and tomatoes to can whole and diced, and as salsa, juice, and part of my end-of-the-garden soup mix. (Remember, I mentioned the end of the garden earlier in the post.) So, no envelope until I need to send this card. Oh, and did I mention that the inside isn’t finished either? I started the inside, but haven’t had time to finish it and get it in the card.

I really just wanted to give you a peek at this fabulous bundle before the catalog goes live on Wednesday.

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This card also uses my favorite Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Winter Woods stamps and Rooted in Nature stamps. I think they all combine wonderfully to make a great card.

I began with stamping a few of the wintry bare trees in Gray Granite on a panel of whisper white card stock which I then ran through the Big Shot in the Woodlands TIEF.

Using a Sponge Dauber I then highlighted the woodland embossed trees with Gray Granite. Since the trees I had stamped sort of looked like they were hanging in the air, I used the curvy die in the Winter Woods Bundle to cut a scrap of Whisper white to make a snowbank. This made a perfect way to ground the trees and provide a place for the sentiment from Rooted in Nature, stamped in Gray Granite.

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This panel was Liquid Glued onto my Mossy Meadow card base.

To add depth to the scene, I cut a square of whisper white, stamped a row of the bare winter trees in Gray Granite (after stamping them off twice) and some small conifers from the Rooted in Nature (annual catalog) stamp set. These were stamped off once, also in Gray Granite. I was going for a snowy evening look here, but I have other great ideas for this set, so stay tuned for more in upcoming posts.

I did a little Gray Granite sponging to take away the stark whiteness of the background, and am not totally happy with it. Do as you like here.

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Then I stamped off the large spruce tree from Winter Woods once in Mossy Meadow and stamped it as the tree closest to the owl. The backgrounds are finished. Now for the fun part, Ollie, the Owl himself. He is so handsome.

Ollie (my name for him) is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock and colored with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Bronze, Crumb Cake Light, Daffodil Delight Dark (eyes, bill and talons) and Smoky Slate Light. Using the outline die from the Still Night Bundle, and the magnetic platform for perfect placement of the die, I cut him out and applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

The tree branch, cut with the die from the same bundle, is cut from a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love this paper as it is SO very versatile. I just wish it came in larger sheets. A white Gel pen made the snow on the branch.

I did stamp some snowflakes allover the background panel and the square with Craft White and the stamps from Still Night, but they don’t show up at all.

Liquid glue the branch to the square stamped with trees and adhere the owl in place. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this art piece to the card front.

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The card front is done. Easy Peasy, and oh, so nice! Card cuts and product list below.

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Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: card front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, square with trees 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, snow bank 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″;  Crumb Cake: owl 2-1/2″ square, Woodland Textures DSP: branch 4″ x 4″

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