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
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!