Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Labeler Halloween PP315

So, you know how some weeks are just crazy?  Extra hours at work, people pulling you in all different directions, deadlines looming?  Yeah, it was one of those for me.  Which is way I cheated a little for Claire's awesome theme challenge this week at The Paper Players:
I cheated because I used the exact same sketch and layout as my cards for Joanne's awesome sketch challenge last week!  Ugh, I just couldn't come up with anything new.  That said, I do really like how my Halloween version turned out.  Take a look:
Like Thanksgiving stamps & accessories, Halloween stamps and goodies stick around in my craft room too.  Here, I've used some old DSP with Edgar Allen Poe's verses as well as a retired bat stamp from the set called From the Crypt.  
The real star, though, is the gorgeous tree from the Sheltering Tree set.  Embossed in silver on black it looks positively spooky!  I washed over it with some clear Wink of Stella because a Halloween forest has to sparkle!  The Labeler Alphabet stamp was super fun to use on the sentiment.  I love the ransom note (i.e. creepy) look of the crooked letters.  This is my first time using the fun black/grey Baker's Twine from the holiday catalog--love it!  Because I felt guilty for not coming up with a new design, I decided to try out an idea that had been floating in my head since my mom showed me this awesome idea from Pinterest:
I made a candle to go with the card!  I bought plain white candles at Dollar Tree and set to decorating them.  I cut a 6.5" x 7.25" piece of vellum cardstock.  I heat embossed the same tree as well as a gate image from another retired set, Toxic Treats.  On the back of the vellum I stamped the retired Dictionary image with Basic Gray archival ink.   I used spray adhesive and rolled the vellum onto the candle.  Some Glitter Tape around the bottom and some more black/grey Baker's Twine was tied around the top.  Easy-peasy!
By this time, I got my crafty groove on so while I had everything out I made three more!  I dug deep into my retired collection for these stamps including a contraband (non SU) stamp of some dancing Day of the Dead ladies.  Here's a close-up so you can see the background stamping and the detail:
And here's the whole set:
So, I guess I created someting new afterall!  Thanks for the fun theme, Claire. I love Halloween and though I don't send many cards, I do love decorating for the holiday so these candles will be put to good use...and will make a good present for a friend or two!  

The Paper Players Design Team

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from my friends on The Paper Players design team!  We would love see your Halloween projects before our challenge closes on Friday, October 7th at Noon (PST)...thanks for stopping by!



10 comments:

Jaydee said...

Nance, I can totally empathize with you about THOSE weeks. I hope next week is better for you! I love this card and think the layout from last week works perfectly. I love the embossed tree and the fabulous paper. Oh...and let's talk about those candles. AWESOME! Really spectacular.
Hugs
Jaydee

laurie said...

You are so creative! What a great idea..love the candles, and that card is SO sharp.

Colleen Begley said...

Well, Nance, regardless of the same layout, it is one gorgeous card! That silver embossed tree is awesome, as are the candles. One of these days I'm going to try it.

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this is so cool. I LOVE this layout... so much in fact I CASE'd it for class this week, but oooooooohhhhh how I love the Halloween version! I just love the tree in silver too, and the touch of Stella is FAB!
Your candles turned out spectacular! I have to ask your mom to show that! Hugs.

stampwithsandy said...

Nance your card is gorgeous as always, but wow, those candles!!! Would love to make some myself but I don't have any stamps as fabulous as yours. Love them all!

LeAnne said...

WOW WOW WOW! As if the tree on the card wasn't fabulous enough, those candles are AMAZING! You outdid yourself!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, that's so pretty and imaginative with the tree inside the leaf cut out! Wow! Beautiful card, and those candles are so cool!

Claire Broadwater said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those candles you created to go with your fabulous card! So happy you recreated that sketch because it was perfect for your card! Now, I want to make a few candles! Such a fun gift idea! You are so talented, My Friend! Thank you for rocking my Halloween challenge this week! XXX

Linda Callahan said...

Those candles are fabulous! And I love the silver tree inside the leaf - beautiful!

Nancy said...

Nance, so glad you were able to try out the "Pinterest" link for your AMAZING candles they look awesome!
AND your card is so creative, showing us how to use the same sketch and stamps to make it altogether a new look, I agree with others the silver tree is perfect. Love the Edgar Allan Poe paper.