Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trick or Treats

Halloween is all about the treats and I'm so glad that I have children who can go out and gather them for me (lol). I'm also pretty grateful that my kids are very picky about the candy that they will eat and they just happen to dislike my favourites. The second best part of Halloween is the making of cards - there are just so many cute images out there!

I have sent out this year's batch of cards and am now working on creating a batch for next year (sounds organized, but the reality is that I made too many last year and so have a backlog, but I don't want to stop making cards because, as already mentioned, there are so many cute images). Today, I have 2 cards to share with you so please keep scrolling down!

This first card uses a Bugaboo image (goofy halloween cat) added to an Elizabeth Dulemba image (caramel apple). As soon as I saw the caramel apple, I knew that I needed to set someone sitting on top and this new Halloween cat from Bugaboo is just perfect.
After merging these two images (Bugaboo provides their images in JPG and PNG so this is really easy to do with their stamps) I simply coloured and then added Glossy Accents to the caramel sections. I purposely put on the Glossy Accents with an uneven hand so there would be some lumps & bubbles just like with real caramel. I cut the image using a Quikutz Cookie Cutter die and then layered onto a plain black card-base. The patterned paper is by Basic Grey (from their Halloween pack). The spiders and word border are from a Memory Makers cardstock embellishment pack. As a final touch, I added some spider webs in the corners using Black Diamond Stickles.

CCEE Stampers - incorporate wood into your project (the patterned paper is a wildly coloured woodgrain)
MAWTT - Halloween
Fussy & Fancy Challenges - Halloween
Catch the Bug - enjoy the sweetness (caramel apple, mmmmmm)

Pile It On - kids' Halloween
Crafts & Me - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - Halloween
Cooking it up with Katie - use 2 of something (2 digis/2 spiders), add some letters (word strip), and glitter it up (spider webs)

Card #2 uses London Pumpkin from a fairly new stamping company - Simply Betty Stamps. These images are definitely different from the run-of-the-mill!
I coloured London Pumpkin with copics but ended up doing a lot of blending because I couldn't get the colours just right. I originally tried to do the hair brown with green ends but the colours blended and became orange (which didn't stand out enough from the pumpkin face). I kept working at it and eventually added enough brown to take most of the orange out, but I'm still not totally happy.

I matted the image on black cardstock and then made 4 blocks using Basic Grey patterned paper. The black velvet rick-rack was in my scrap and the glittery stars were part of a scrapbook page kit. I didn't photograph it, but the sentiment inside is "Ghouls just want to have fun".

Stamp Something - Halloween somethings
One Stop Craft Challenge - Halloween
Stamping Vacation - Halloween
Paper Playtime - pumpkins or spider webs (check out her face! too cool)
Crazy Challenge - Halloween
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Boo!
Stamping for the Weekend - Halloween


  1. Both cards are great, thanks for joining in with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxox

  2. Oh I love the cat card, he's the cutest and I love those spiders. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations this week.

  3. Fab cards, I love them! Thanks for joining us at Cooking it up with Katie, good luck and hope to see you again soon
    Claire xx

  4. How fun!! Your little kitty sure has his self in a sticky situation!! LOL Love the fun colored wood grain! Thanks so much for joining our CCEE challenge this week!

  5. Fab cards, really Halloween inspired. I am glad you could enter our challenge at MAWTT this week.
    Luv Brenda xxx

  6. Great cards! I love the gloss on the apple!
    Thanks for Cooking It Up With Katie this week :)

  7. Super cute! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations challenge!

  8. What a great Halloween project! Thank you for sharing and inspiring! It's time for another challenge at Papercraft Star and we hope that you will consider using your creative talents to join us for our "Thank You" theme! We are currently accepting applications for our Design Team too and It's also not too late to sign up for our $25.00 gift certificate drawing! Hope you visit us today!

  9. I think you did a terrific job with the coloring! The sentiment is just perfect! What a fun image! Love that background paper! The black rick rack is a great touch!

    Thanks so much for playing along with Stamping Vacation's challenges! This earns you entry in the Nov 1st prize drawing!

  10. your cards are gorgeous love the colouring and the fabulous images.I like the cat very much
    Thanks for joining us at fussy and fancy this week

  11. Great cards! Love the spiders hanging from the ribbon. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime! :) Janis

  12. Terrific Halloween card!! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Bugaboo Catch The Bug Challenge. We hope you'll join us again!
    Hugs & Happy Days!

  13. Very sweet card! love the caramel apple and the spiders! thank you for joining this weeks challenge at Bugaboo stamps!

  14. What fabulous Halloween cards!! Thanks for joining in this weeks One Stop Craft Challenge.
    Hugs Shelley xx

  15. What a great way to add two images, this really works out nicely together! Thank you for playing along with the Sweetest Day challenge at the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog!

  16. Wonderful cards but my fave is the pumpkinhead girl!!! Fabulous colouring and layout and I love the added touch of black ric-rac.
    Thank you for joining in our Halloween Somethings theme at Stampin For The Weekend this week and good luck!

  17. What a great card. Love the images & colors. Thanks for joining us this week at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog for our “Sweet” Challenge! We Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Thanks Again, Tammy

  18. Merging those images has created a great look. Thanks for joining in with us for our Sweetest Day challenge at Bugaboo.

  19. Fabulous card, I have to say I love the cute spiders..... can I really say that when in reality I would be screaming? Seriously, I really love your card. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

  20. Adorable cards! I love how you merged the two images! Thanks for Cooking it up with Katie this week!
    Tammy x

  21. Great halloween cards. Very cute little spiders.
    Thank you for cooking it up with Katie this week.

  22. Great cards, thanks so much for joining in with this week's recipe at Cooking it up with Katie!