A Happy Halloween & a Colour Q Challenge

Happy Halloween!  Things were pretty exciting in our household today.  School Halloween parties and then home to get a quick bite to eat for supper before heading off to trick-or treat!  The boys had been anticipating today for a few weeks.  DD was pretty much clueless about what day it was, but quickly caught on to the trick-or-treating process!  I let them wear their costumes a day or two early so I could get some photos taken before the madness of Halloween night.

We had a zebra in the house.  DS3 loves zebras and after looking through our tote of previously worn costumes, we didn't find much that he was all that enthused about.  The boys have been such good sports over the years wearing and re-wearing costumes.  This year, I went ahead and purchased a new one for DS3 as I know he will wear it many, many times after Halloween is done!  He loves to dress up!  Last year, we had Tigger living with us for most of the winter months!

DS2 claimed a previously worn skeleton costume out of the costume tote, so that was easy.

DS1 opted for a historical figure this year, George Washington.  He's not quite as enthused about dressing up, it seems, but still plenty enthused about the candy.

Given that DD adores owls, I was thrilled when I happened upon an owl costume in her size!  When I put it on her and showed her in the mirror, she was all smiles!

I had to make one last Halloween card.  Sad to think the spooky stamp collections will now be laid to rest, only to be resurrected next fall!

I stamped the owl in purple and added orange to the polka dots with a marker.  I colored the leaves and grass with green.  The spider is embellished with black Stickles and I added a little sparkle to the spider web with my Wink of Stella brush marker.  Two black gemstones were used on the owl's eyes.

I am entering this card into Colour Q's current challenge.  Such fun colors that coordinate with Halloween!

I hope you had a fun Halloween!  Now it's on to Thanksgiving planning!

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Triple the Muse

It's been a while since I've participated in the Muse Challenge.  When I discovered Michele is Guest Muse this week, I just had to make it a point to play along!  She's a one-of-a-kind, pun-loving gal and always so kind leaving supportive comments out in blogland!

She has challenged us to take a single sheet of designer paper and make not one, but three cards with it.  The cards must each be a different design, but similar in theme!  Seeing that I have a paper stash that my children will probably inherit when I'm gone (I'll never use it all myself!), I went digging to find something appropriate (& modern).  Since Michele used a holiday/wintry theme, I decided to choose something similar.  My Mind's Eye papers are some of my favorites and that is what I used.

Here are the cards she created for inspiration:

I noticed she used die cuts and absolutely no stamps, so I tried to do the same!

Here is what I created with the paper I selected:

Here's a look at each individual card:

I used a simple Memory Box window die for this card and attached a piece of the designer paper to the back to make it look like it is snowing outside.  This layered piece was then attached to the card base with foam dots.  I punched some tiny snowflakes with a Martha Stewart border punch, adhered each snowflake to the card base and then applied a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush marker.

For this card, I simply layered a piece of the designer paper on a piece of white cardstock and then added a portion of a die cut country scene (another Memory Box die) to the bottom.  I popped up the panel with foam dots for dimension and added three clear gemstones of varying sizes to three of the snowflakes.

For my third card, I die cut a snowflake (Uniko Studio) from a piece of the designer paper and popped it up on a stitched die cut panel (Mama Elephant).  I popped up the stitched panel with foam dots and then added a single clear gemstone to the center of the snowflake.

Three simple cards.  My favorite?!  The lonely snowflake.  I've had my fill of snowy thoughts for a few days.  It's off to finish Halloween things now!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

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It's Halloween week and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with an appropriately themed cue word over at CASology?!

I couldn't help but go with the obvious on this one, especially when I rediscovered a very cute little ghost stamp hiding away in my wooden stamp stash!  It's a Michael's stamp that has other spooky friends keeping it company!

I don't know how well you can see it on your computer screen, but there is a very subtle sparkly pattern behind Mr. Ghost.  I used a tree stencil to create it, spraying the stencil with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine spray.  I was going for a white on white design since that's what ghosts remind me of, but ended up mounting the main panel on a piece of black cardstock to dress up things up just a little!  I dressed up the shoes with some patterned paper hoping to add a little interest with a little pop of color.  Mr. Ghost is also sprayed with the white spray!  The speech bubble is from Sweet Stamp Shop and the sentiment is from Prickley Pear.  Two black gemstone eyes completed the design.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They've created some ghostly CAS designs for you!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)! 
Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration

It's Monday and that means it's time for a little Prickley Pear inspiration!

Since Halloween is coming up at the end of this week, I thought I'd make another bat themed card using one of the two Bats clear stamp sets!

 I used the fantastic Birch Tree Window die to create the tree silhouettes.  Googly eyes were added and the simple sentiment was stamped on the far right tree.  I stamped one of the smaller bat images in three different colors of ink and then applied a thin layer of sparkle to each one using my clear Wink of Stella brush maker.  The bats were fussy cut and popped up with foam dots for dimension.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog for more inspiration!

Have a marvelous Monday!
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Precious Remembrance Halloween Inspiration Hop!

We're having a Halloween treat inspiration blog hop at Precious Remembrance Shop today!  To make things extra fun, we're making Halloween treat boxes, bags or baskets using the newest stamp set, Beware!

Beware Stamp Set

I couldn't resist making a cute little box.  It started out as just a black box, but by the time I was done, it ended up looking like this (I just couldn't help myself!)...

The big "BOO" is chipboard letters I found while digging in my endless stash of long forgotten crafty things.  What a find, huh?!  I sprayed down the box itself with purple and green Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays, a current favorite of mine.  I love how it brought out the texture of the cardstock even more!  I used the "trick or treat" border stamp and the "October 31" circle to create the message on the lower portion of the box.  The polka dot ribbon was folded and stapled to the circle using a green staple and the combination was popped up with a foam dot.  The boys currently have a stash of varying sizes of googly eyes and I had to use the biggest ones to add a little character to the box!

For the inside, I used a chevron treat sack from a pack that's been patiently waiting to be used for quite a while now.

I attached two more cute circle images to the bag so that when the recipient pulls it out of the box, they get an extra little dose of Halloween!  The green hair was created using what I call my "grass scissors."  Hopefully you know what I'm talking about because I really do not know their official name!  I attached the hair to the back of the bag with some double sided tape and stamped the "open if you dare" border sentiment on the folded over flap.  The boys and I plan to use this little treat box for a "You've Been Boo-ed" type of greeting this week!  So fun!

Want to see even more Halloween treat inspiration?!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team member blogs!  If you still have Halloween gifts to make, you'll find some great ideas to help you out!

Melissa Chipperfield - you're here!

Enjoy your day!

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CASology HOMEwork


It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This one will have you dreaming of houses, I'm sure!  Or maybe not.  That's what I'm always curious to see each our participants will interpret the cue word!  I admit, I've had many "Why didn't I think of that?!" moments!

For me, I couldn't help but think about homework.  Not cleaning, although, that did come to mind and I remembered I have a stamp set that would work for that line of thought!  However, I ended up doing a teacher themed card!  DS1 has homework every night this year except the teacher promised them no homework on the weekends!  I think that sounds like a decent deal!

Stamps:  Verve (paper), Paper Smooches (apple), Mama Elephant (sentiment)

I used a little paper image from Verve as the main image and then stamped the sentiment directly on top of it.  The apple was stamped, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and given a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  To add a little dimension, I used foam dots to pop up the paper as well as the apple.  I originally thought I was going to use a white card base, but after assembling everything decided the white just wasn't quite right!  I pulled out a piece of kraft cardstock and it seemed like a better fit!

Be sure and visit the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog for even more inspiration! 

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Rahmat 

Don't forget to link up your own CANDY creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Flying By with Prickley Pear

Happy Monday!  It's time for some Halloween inspiration from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

PPRS Design Team Member

I used the Bats clear set to whip up a clean and simple Halloween card.

Kraft cardstock seems to be calling my name lately and I found myself creating yet another kraft based design!

I stamped three small bats in black ink and cut them out.  Then, I applied a little glitter with a Wink of Stella brush marker.  After this was dry, the bats were mounted on the main panel using foam dots.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink before mounting the center panel on black glitter cardstock.  Once mounted, the layered piece was attached to the card base using foam dots.  This is such a simple Halloween greeting!  I found myself considering making some miniature greeting cards for the boys' classes this week.  The bats in this set could definitely be used for some little boy cards!  There is a coordinating bat die for this set here.

We had a busy weekend.  DH is working on installing the countertops in the new craft room!  Things are starting to come together and I'm trying really hard to be patient!  Little by little...  Leaves continue to fall and raking activities have begun.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Have a marvelous Monday!

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