Monday, September 25, 2023

More haunted house happiness

Considering it isn't even October yet, I hope you aren't already tired of haunted houses. I have a feeling there will be a lot more of these in the near future, so I hope you enjoy them. If not, you are not obligated to visit and my feelings will not be hurt by your absence. :) I just hope my posts will inspire you. 

This house is a little different, a little smaller than the others I've done. I do like how the fence turned out and the one tree with the owl is cool. 

Mostly I used the accessory house pieces and skipped the main part of the house this time, just to see if I could do it and still have a decent looking house. I kinda like it!
If you look closely you can see where I actually turned some pieces upside down and used just part of them. That's what is so cool about this set - your imagination is your only limit. So much can be done with these to create a one of a kind mansion. I'm still exploring and practicing!

Product List:
Heidi Swapp, Haunting 23 stamps
Heidi Swapp, Hallows 22 stamps
Heidi Swapp, Haunting captions
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Society Aug 23
Heidi Swapp, October captions 22
Tim Holtz stamps, large vintage numbers (31)
Distress Oxide inks, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Lost Shadow

Saturday, September 23, 2023

A dark and stormy night...

The haunting continues. Do you have this stamp set yet? As you can see, I'm not tired of it yet. LOL Halloween is so inspiring for the crafter in me. Whenever I create another haunted mansion I think of the Addams Family or the Munsters, or creepier yet, the Bates Motel. It's so much fun!

Haunting 23, Hallows 22, Blue Skies alphabet, Stamp Society August 23 alphabet. 
Product List:
Heidi Swapp, Jumbo distress tag book
Heidi Swapp, Haunting Captions stamps
Heidi Swapp, Haunting 23 stamps
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Society Aug 23 alphabet
Heidi Swapp, Blue Skies alphabet
Heidi Swapp, 1/4" cream ribbon
Heidi Swapp, 1/4" black ribbon
Distress Oxide Inks, Black Soot, Walnut Stain

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Come on in.....

The spooky continues with this latest haunted house. As I have said, there are so many possibilities with these pieces, you are limited only by your own imagination. And mine is still conjuring up new and creepy mansions.....welcome!

I love all the mansions I've created with this set. 
I also made a graveyard, which I think is extra spooky by using the Weathered Wood ink. It adds a grayish haze that makes the scene look even scarier, don't you think!
Forgot to include the Lumberjack Plaid red ink in the photo that I used for the 'welcome', but that and these two are the only colors I used. 

Product List:
Heidi Swapp, Haunting 23 
Heidi Swapp, Haunting Captions
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Society, Aug 23 Alphabet
Distress Oxide Ink, Black Soot, Lumberjack Plaid, Weathered Wood (graveyard card)
White 110# cardstock

Monday, September 18, 2023

Halloween card

Monochrome, one-layer flat card. I must preface this by saying I really dislike making one-layer cards. I like others, but not my own. I don't know why that is. Rarely do I make one that actually gets mailed - usually I will toss it or maybe add to it so it isn't a flat one-layer. But this time, I really, really like this one!! If you are a Halloween lover paper crafter/card maker, you really need this release. Really. Not kidding. 

Everything on this card is stamped directly onto the card front, and designed by me using stamp images by Heidi Swapp, from the Haunted 23 release out now. This creepy Halloween scene was a blast to piece together. For the outside alone I used about 40+ stamps and many of them multiple times.  

If I came across this place when I was a kid, I would have grabbed my sister and gone in to check it out. I mean, if nobody lived there, of course. 
This is the inside message. I used the alphabet set from the August Stamp Society along with images from the Haunting 23 stamps.  
The card front is all done in walnut stain oxide ink. The only other colors I used, and only on the inside, are antique linen oxide, pumice stone oxide and, for the raven I use black soot oxide. 
Product List:
Heidi Swapp, Haunting 23 stamp set
Heidi Swapp, Hallows 22 stamp set
Heidi Swapp, October Captions 22
Heidi Swapp, Haunting Captions 23
Heidi Swapp, August Stamp Society alphabet
Distress Oxide Inks, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Black Soot
White 110# cardstock

Sunday, September 17, 2023

So in love with this set!!

This is what I waited for (not so patiently) all week! Just look at it - build your own haunted house! Yes, please. :)

Look at my first project. I made this tag of a super spooky haunted house complete with ghost, bats, owl, and full moon. I started by cutting a tag from white cardstock. This one is 5.75x3.5 inches. First, I stamped a crosshatch background in antique linen oxide ink, stamped off, so I got just a hint of the color. Next, I used a large blending brush and went over the whole tag with walnut stain oxide ink. Once I had it looking old and distressed, I began stamping my scene....all in black soot oxide. It would be really easy to get carried away once you start building your mansion!! 

Mini tag

The goodies I used for this tag. 

I wish I could have order the entire release, but alas, I had to save a *little* bit for the next order! Still, very happy with all my fun new goodies. 

Here's a look at some of my practice sheets. In love! 
Can it be Halloween all year?!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

My Favorite Things, Combined challenges

Good morning! Today I have a fall card which combines both the current color and sketch challenges for My Favorite Things.

These colors tho! 

Of course a little foam tape and shadow for texture and dimension.

Just one stamp set for this card. My favorite fall set from MFT. 
Colors for this challenge. 
Copic colors use for this one. 

Sketch challenge

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Autumn Blessings stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Ink cubes; Lemon Drop, Blue Beyond, Blue Yonder, Orange Zest
My Favorite Things, Fancy Edge die (freebie; I don't know the actual name of it)
Copic Xpress it blending cardstock
Copic Sketch Markers (colors pictured above)
Foam tape, signo uniball white gel pen, white 110# cardstock


Couple of Halloween tags to share today. (I was expecting - should have been here!! - an order of Halloween goodies today, but - thank you - post office left them sitting and didn't deliver. Dang, that burns my biscuits!! If you know me and/or have followed me on Facebook for any length of time, you already know the stories I have to tell about our local p.o. Don't even get me started - grrrrr -  but I digress.... So I was in a mood to create some Halloween and this is what happened. 

These tags started out as one piece - a card front. They/It was sitting on my desk for weeks because I wasn't coming up with any way to finish it that I liked. Today I looked again and decided to make tags of it as it just wasn't working as a card. And now I see why I was having such a time! Not at all cohesive. They just simply don't work as one. So I cut it into two pieces, added to them both as individual ideas, and now I'm quite happy with them. :) Hope you like too. 

This one needed a little extra so I added this mini-tag on top. I love adding tags to tags, and these minis are perfect for just a little sumpin-sumpin. 

A peak under the mini tag. 

I knew there was a reason I couldn't just toss the original card front this started out to be, even though I didn't like it as it was. Cutting into two tags made me love it! :)

Product List:
Heidi Swapp, Hallows 22
Heidi Swapp, October Captions 22
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Society Alpha, Aug 23
Heidi Swapp, Captions Numbers
Heidi Swapp, White mini tag pad
Distress Oxide Inks, Black Soot, Lost Shadow, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain (sorry, I don't remember the orange shades I used - it was a while ago).
Hemptique Twine, black, natural

Friday, September 15, 2023

Happy birthday, Logan

Next week, our next to the youngest grand turns 17. *blink blink* Where, oh where, did the time go!??

His card with matching envelope liner using my custom blend ink pad.

Product list:
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Society Mar 23
Heidi Swapp, Party Decor
Heidi Swapp, Storyteller's Numbers Outline stamps
Heidi Swapp, Stamp Therapy One (jeep)
Distress Oxide Inks, Lost Shadow, Black Soot, Uncharted Mariner, Evergreen Bough, Speckled Egg
Tim Holtz, Stencil Burlap THS007
White 110# cardstock, glossy accents, foam squares

Thursday, September 14, 2023

I call this one, 'Manly'.

I had three ink pads on my desk as I was moving some things around. The colors intrigued me and I decided to try using them together to see what they would look like. Inspiration took hold, I grabbed a blank ink pad and decided they had to become one. I really, really like this. It has a manly-masculine feel to it, which also makes me think of camping, fishing, hunting and camouflage...all things husbandary (is that a word? It is now.) Great combo for fall, outdoorsy, or masculine projects. Hope you like it!

Frayed Burlap
Bundled Sage
Weathered Wood

More ink blends, you say? Why, yes!

This one might be my new fave - well, aside from the pinks which will never not be my fave of anything! LOL But this orange/yellow one I did for Halloween/fall is so pretty!!! I had to do a couple of samples so you can see just how lovely these colors blend. Love love love! 

Fall blend:
Crackling Campfire
Rusty Hinge
Carved Pumpkin
Scattered Straw

Doesn't it stamp so beautifully? I'm in love with this blend combo!! (Sample alphabet and pumpkin stamps by Heidi Swapp.)

I have to confess, this blue/green/yellow combination is not my own. I actually snagged it from Deborah Hellman who made a positively gorgeous plaid using these colors. Take a look at her card (IG ink above) and you'll see why I was smitten. 

Faded Jeans
Bundled Sage
Scattered Straw

Again, this technique is so very much fun and the possibilities for color combinations is limitless! I highly recommend Heidi Swapp's Stamp Therapy Four class even if just to learn how to make these, although the entire class is so informative and helpful, AND FUN! I've watched it at least three or four times now and will likely watch several more times. :)