Sunday, October 24, 2010


Happy Fall_1_Oct 2010

My card was inspired by this cute card by Kelly Eubanks on her My Front Porch blog. It caught by eye when she first featured it and then again when it turned up here on the Moxie Fab World blog.

To make the pumpkin face, I used stamps from Papertrey Ink’s Spooky Treats set. I stamped the facial elements on lightweight paper, cut them out, and then ran them through my Xyron Sticker Maker that was loaded with respositionable adhesive. After I had stamped the text background, I positioned my face pieces and then sponged around them with Autumn Terracotta ink. After I removed my stencils, I sponged lightly with Autumn Terracotta ink to soften the facial features a bit.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Cocoa cardstock; Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta, and Cocoa ink pads; Hero Arts Friendship background stamp;  Papertrey Ink Spooky Treats and Verve Stamps Happy Fall stamp sets; Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Xyron Sticker Maker; Round sponge; Sponge dauber.

Spooky Treats_3_Oct 2010

This next card reminds of the nursery rhyme about the crooked man who had a crooked house. I created the background using sponges and Gypsy, Moonstruck, and Black ink. The house is a Cricut die. I bought the October 31 cartridge earlier in the month for a project that didn’t get done. Talk about some intricate cutting on this cartridge. I had to trace around the die, too, so that I could back it. I had a tough time deciding what color to use and settled on Gypsy. I kind of wish I had either used something else or done in the sky in two shades of dark blue instead of the purple/blue combination. To adhere the house to the backing, I ran it through my Xyron, which didn’t work out so well either. There was an awful lot of extra glue to try to remove from all of those windows. And when it’s all done, I notice the house is a tad crooked… Yikes. A “practice” card. LOL.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Black, and Gypsy cardstock; Sunflower, Black, Gypsy, and Moonstruck ink pads; Papertrey Ink Spooky Treats stamp set; Circle punch; Cricut w/October 31 cartridge; Round sponges.


Happy Fall_2_Oct 2010

Here is another die from the October 31 cartridge. Before I use this cartridge again, I am going to get some black cardstock that does not have a white core or better yet some black art paper, as it really isn’t necessary for the dies to be cut from heavy paper. To facilitate sponging around the moon, I used a Nestabilities die to cut a circle from the Gypsy cardstock. I cut a white circle, too, and thus the moon is inlaid. My adhesive of choice for the witch was a glue stick – much better!

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Gypsy, and Black cardstock; Black and Gypsy ink pads; Verve Stamps Happy Fall stamp set; Black mini brads; Cricut w/October 31 cartridge; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Circles set; Round sponge; Glue stick.

A Slice of Life: Before I forget, this morning I added Liquid Glass to all of the little window openings of the haunted house on the card above. It looks kind of cool and adds a little interest. However, it did not photograph well, and the house is still crooked. LOL.

We ended up making a quick trip to Grand Forks yesterday. Shotgun shells (the hunt is on) went on sale at Cabela’s on Thursday. To my way of thinking, we could have just as well gotten them when we were over there on Tuesday evening for what we spent on gas. With the cost of ammunition having increased considerably in the past couple of years, I think the extra trip might have had more to do with principle than savings. Anyway, my one stop was a Michael’s, which was disappointing. While I got the gift I needed, I didn’t find anything new and interesting for myself – just a few boring odds and ends that I needed. This particular store has a little bit of everything but not a whole lot of anything – if that makes a lick of sense. After I finished shopping, the plan was for a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant. It didn’t happen. The wait would have over an hour, so we settled for Burger King on our way out of town. Husband was bummed. I didn’t care all that much.

So far today, I’ve spent some time with my Mom and that is about it. Dustin is here watching a football game with his dad. I need to finish up a few things that I didn’t get done yesterday. Other than that, I am ready for a new week.

I hope you are having a good weekend, too. Thanks for stopping by.


Laurel said...

Love these!

Sheila H said...

I'm so impressed by your cards. You went to a lot of steps for each, and they are gorgeous.

Sheila Bennett said...

Love the jack-o-lantern card. What a clever idea! And adding the text to the background gives it such a nice detail.

Sparkle said...

What darling cards!

Sharli said...

Silly Kathi - scary houses are supposed to be crooked! That's part of what makes them so scary!!! LOL

I do love your cards! The blue and purple look great together - I don't know about the window / glue thing - but I think I understand. Isn't there a glue eraser that picks up just the glue? I think a CTMH sister gave me one for Christmas last year.

I laugh at the trip to the big city - although I'm sure DH was not laughing in the least. It's a disappointment to not get to dine at your favorite restaurant - and he was most likely thinking of how disappointed you would be, also. That protective man thing. I'm glad you were ok with it - strong women are the best!

Hope the week brings only good!

Jeanne said...

Fabulous, Kathi! The jack-0-lantern card is very fun and your Cricut cards are fantastic. I think the crooked house works great especially since it reminded you of the crooked man. LOL I'm glad you pulled out the Cricut to play. *Ü* Kinda makes me wish I had that cartridge!

Sounds like you had a pretty good and productive weekend. Yay for you! Hope the week is a good one, too.

Carolyn Christie said...

"SpOoKy" cards! :) My kids are getting into Holloween this year.

How's that baby bump coming along?

Alanna said...

Great Halloween cards. That cartridge looks fun but does look like lots of details that might be hard to cut.