Black Cat Halloween card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #21

Hello crafty friends,

While orange and black may be the first color combination you would think of for Halloween, this week's board had one color that I find very appropriate for Halloween - purple!  Team X is back with more inspiration to get you started and we sure hope to see you participate in our challenge!  Visit it here.

This week I went with the middle row across for my inspiration: purple - open - sequins.

I had the perfect sentiment on hand to go along with the always fun Crazy Cats set from Tim Holtz and away I went to create an easy to replicate Halloween card because sometimes just getting it done quickly is the way to go.

I used a black and white patterned paper for the first layer (cut at 4.25" x 5.5"), then added a strip of purple cardstock cut 3.25" x 5.5" after stamping it with a cracked pattern in black ink.

The cat was die cut from the matching die set and colored in with Zig clean color brush markers in shades of gray to dark gray.  Normally I would use Copics for this type of thing, but this worked just fine as it was.  I used standard 80 lb white cardstock rather than watercolor paper and added no extra water as I colored.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark at the top of the purple panel, then added white embossing powder and heat set.

The die cut cat was glued on the purple panel under the sentiment, then I added purple sequins in random places.  You could leave off the sequins or replace with an embellishment of your choice.

As a finishing touch, I added cobwebs - the same that you buy for home decor (open element) to the card around the edges of the panel and used spray adhesive on the back of the black panel to secure the web before adhering down to my A6 (4.5" x 6.25" finished) white card base.  It's best to use a box to spray the adhesive into so you don't get it on unintended surfaces.

Supplies used are linked below.  Affiliate links are used in some cases at no additional cost to you should you use them to purchase any items used in this project.   All supplies used here were personally purchased.

If you use Pinterest I have an additional image (below) perfect for adding to your own board(s) so you can always find this project again.

Before you go check out all the inspiration from Team X, please be sure to let me know what your favorite Halloween activity is.

Happy crafting,


Spooky Cauldron card for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I'm so excited to share this Halloween card project with you.  A witch's cauldron is often used in Halloween decor and I wanted to make it the focal point of today's creation.  From the swirly background effect to the spider web and goo spilling over the edge I used some fun techniques to pull this all together.


I used yupo paper (which is a very smooth, plastic finish surface) to make the background.  Starting with a 5" x 7" piece of this paper, I dripped the three Ranger alcohol inks in various places across the background (Wild Plum, Purple Twilight and Silver fixative), then dripped the alcohol blending solution on top of the colors to start them spreading out.  To further encourage the process, I blew air through a straw to force the ink to move and cover the whole surface.  If there was any white space left, just added a drop in that spot, more blending solution and then blew air through the straw again.

I set the background aside to dry while preparing the cauldron.


stamped the bowl with versmark ink onto black cardstock, then sprinkled on silver embossing powder and heat set it.  Also stamped the "trick or treat" sentiment stamp the same way and heat set silver embossing powder.  To add texture to the surface of the bowl, I stamped the Versamark ink pad all over the surface of the bowl, making sure to thoroughly coat the surface.  I then added clear embossing powder all over the bowl and heat set that.  This results in an uneven textured surface, which is exactly what I was going for.

Putting the card front together:

Before adding the cauldron to the background, I stamped the swirly stars stamp onto the yupo paper background above where I would be placing the cauldron.  I put a bit more pressure on it and tried moving it slightly to more resemble bubbles rising out of the cauldron.

I added foam tape to the back of the cauldron before adhering it to the background.

To get the "goo" at the top, I used Pink glow in the dark Nuvo drops to simulate the drips, then waited a few minutes before dripping the Alcohol ink sparingly over the top of it so it would better match the background.  If I'd had purple drops in my stash I would've used those, but this worked perfectly, and actually in the end I really liked how the two colors blended a bit during the drying process.

After the drops were completely dry (I waited overnight to be safe) I added the spider webbing (same stuff you buy from your local Halloween costume store for home decor) around the edges with the excess folded around the back.  To ensure that it stayed in place, I used a box to put the card front in face down, then sprayed the back with adhesive.  Then I glued down the card front onto an A6 card base 9" x 6.25, scored at 4.5" (made from black 110 lb cardstock.  Card dimensions being 4.5" x 6.25".  

For the final touch I glued on a plastic spider (also from the Halloween store) to the top left corner.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you liked this project, please let me know by leaving a comment.  If you like to use Pinterest, here is a special picture for you to link to if you'd like to save this to your board.

Until next time!


Scenic Thanksgiving Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19

Hello crafty friends,

The Tic Tac Toe challenge board for this week has a decidedly Fall theme to it right?  It gave me the chance to play with a set of stamps that I had not used yet.  I created this scenic style card with layers of leaves tucked underneath the "picture" of a landscape with trees, falling leaves, and a small group of pumpkins in the foreground.

I went with both the bottom row across and the right column down for my design.  I snuck in the geometric shapes with little picture corners lol.  The scene was colored on white cardstock cut down to 4" W x 5"H and layered onto a 5"W x 7"H kraft card base.  I die cut some fall leaves from a bronze shimmery cardstock and layered them in between the base and the scene.   These particular dies have an embossing feature to them if you run through the die cutting machine a second time with an embossing mat instead of one of the cutting plates.

The scene was created by first stamping the pumpkins, then the trees in the background.  To give the perception of depth and distance between the pumpkins and trees, I stamped them higher up on the background and created a hilly area.  I used Copic markers to add the foliage to the trees and falling leaves in the air and on the ground by simply tapping the markers lightly and repeatedly onto the paper.  This is an easy and effective technique to add more interest.  I kept doing this until I had mostly filled in the ground area and to varying degrees the trees.  I used a lighter brown marker to fill in the remaining area for the ground.

the sky color was added by ink blending with Distress ink (not the oxide, which is very opaque) to add color without covering up the trees.  I used a light hand the closer I got to the trees and was able to blend in the sky without covering up all the prior coloring.  Masking is the foolproof method to avoid coloring when trying to avoid covering up other coloring but in this case I was able to get around it.

The pumpkins are also colored and shaded with Copic markers.  For the ground area right in front of the pumpkins I used two Distress oxides and ink blended in both brown and green being careful to avoid the pumpkins.  I added more shadow directly underneath the pumpkins with a Copic marker.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Nuvo hot chocolate powder.  This is one of my new favorite supplies, especially with all the Fall projects I'm working on.

Supplies used:
Pumpkin stamps: Stampabilities wood block stamps purchased from Hobby Lobby - one is called Pumpkin trio and the other is Pumpkin 03 (single)
Copics used: YR15, YR07, R14, E33, E25 except the green is a Spectrum Noir DG2
Distress Ink: Sky blue
Distress Oxide:  peeled paint and vintage photo
Other stamps:  Inkadinkadoo "Trees" and Hero Arts "Celebrate Everyday" set for the sentiment.
Embossing Powder:  Nuvo hot chocolate
Other ink: Versamark
Dies:  Cricut Cuttlebug Seasonal Foliage Cut & Emboss Die set
Paper:  Kraft 110 lb cardstock, white 80 lb cardstock, Bronze metallic/shimmer cardstock 

Now it's your turn to play along with us - be sure to get your take on this week's board in by noon Central on Tuesday, October 17th for a chance to be one of our design team picks and get the badge of honor to place on your blog (or wherever you post your project photos).

Thanks for stopping by!


Traditional Christmas wreath on window

Hello crafty friends,

Wreaths are such a big part of Christmas decor and for the September release from So Suzy Stamps  my team-mate Terri Burson designed a wreath stamp.  I decided to use this stamp in this design showing a traditional wreath over a window.

I first stamped with the wreath stamp (in Versamark) onto ivory cardstock and heat embossed with Nuvo chocolate embossing powder.   Terri is the person I credit with influencing me to try it as I've seen it in many of her projects with beautiful results.

Once I embossed the wreath, I used alcohol markers to color in the branches for the wreath.  The berries were also colored with red alcohol markers then used Glossy accents to the berries to add dimension and shine.  I then fussy cut around the outside and inside of the wreath so the center of it would be open.

The window was die cut on Walnut Distress (Tim Holtz collection) h C'oordinations paper.  This is the type of paper with two or more layers of coordinating shades so when you distress the paper (by sanding for example) you see the underlying color.    I distressed the paper with a simple nail buffer after it was die cut.

The window panes are open from the die cut, so I used vellum right behind the window, then patterned green paper behind the vellum to give the appearance of fabric curtains and complete the window piece.

The window panel was layered on top of a 4.25" x 5.5"  piece of C'oordinations whitewash collection paper, which was dry embossed with a wood panel textured embossing folder.   I was unable to find a link where this can be purchased online but am reasonably sure the cardstock can still be found as single sheets at JoAnn's craft store.   I added some more texture by sanding the surface of the paper with a nail buffer to accentuate the effect.

Once the window panel was glued to the white, wood textured piece, the wreath was added on top of the window using pop up dots to separate it from the window.  The small bow stamp was used to create the bow using a red glitter embossing powder, which was colored in with red alcohol markers.

I die cut a smaller circle to go inside the wreath, then stamped with the "joy" stamp (also designed by Terri) on the circle.

I layered the whitewash cardstock and window panel on top of more of the walnut core'dinations cardstock used to cut the window as the next layer.

I layered again on top of a subtly patterned piece of paper (white and beige), then adhered to a 110# cardstock base cut to approximately 5" w x 6 1/4" l for the finished card.  It's not quite a standard size but close enough for my purposes.  Sometimes I do find standard sizes a bit confining and at times will adjust the overall size to fit how the overall design is working rather than trying to stick strictly to a standard size.

This card is fairly simple to recreate as the texture is more dependent upon the cardstock than a particular technique.

Below are links to the majority of the products used.  Affiliate links are used.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

Until next time,


Pastel Poinsettia Card

Hello crafty friends,

One of the fun things about Christmas cards is they don't have to be traditional colors (red & green) to be beautiful.  I love that Poinsettias come in a few different colors so I decided to go with pink on my card.  

One of the things I really like in general about So Suzy Stamps is that the stamps are sized so that they can be used on a variety of card sizes.  This stamp is large enough that it can be a great focal point or stamped multiple times to cover a larger area.  The size I used today is an A2 sized card and 3 of the same stamp filled up one side.

I created a mask of the poinsettia stamp onto masking paper so I could stamp them to overlap each other along the right hand side.  I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder before coloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in various shades of light pink.  In this post, I cover masking in more detail.

I added gold Nuvo drops on the centers of each flower and set aside to dry.

I added a neutral patterned paper panel on the left hand side and used an edge die to create a decorative border, placing so it slightly overlaps the flowers.

The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock (die cut with a stitched die) with Versamark, then heat embossed with green embossing powder.  This is one of my favorites because it has a gold-green sheen to it.  I popped up the sentiment on foam tape.

This completes my project - hope that it inspires you to give masking or pink colored poinsettias a try!