Friday, September 30, 2011

Stampin Royalty Challenge #91 - K.I.S.S. - Genuine

I don't know about you, but when I start browsing blogs I'm starting to notice that some people have a specific style.  Maybe they work with specific colors, or products - like punches - or great bows - or flowers, machine stitching, etc...  Maybe they have mad genious Copic skills and can shade and color anything. 

Then I got to wondering if I had a specific style.  I decided that I didn't, that is until I started working on this card for the Stampin' Royalty Keep It Simple Sweetie Challenge.   I had a hard time with this.  I kept looking at my work and thinking about how it would look so much better if I added another embellishment here or there.  All that clean empty space was calling to me to fill it up. 

I decided to stop fighting it and embrace this new alien concept (it felt that way to me anyway) and give it a try.  I kept repeating "open empty space is beautiful".....   Here is the card I came up with -  and I'll tell you, this is as clean and simple as it gets for me.
It would have been easy for me to say "forget this one"  - " this challenge is not for you".  But, the thing is,  I really like trying different challenges.  I  appreciate that it keeps me thinking about different ways to create.  I'm glad  to be trying new things and using products in ways that I wouldn't have considered before.  If you'd like to give the clean and simple look a try - or maybe it is your specialty - you can find the details at  http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/2011/09/stampin-royalty-callenge-91.html

Products Used:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up!
Die:  Spellbinders Labels 18
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collection Portobello Road "Boy" Cowboy Paper, and "Buddies" Perfect Paper
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix / Tim Holtz Damask & Regal Flourishes
Embossing Powder:  Zing Chestnut Brown
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen

Case Challenge #59 - September 29, 2011 - Tweet!

Happy Friday!  I don't know about you but I am ready for the weekend!   My son has a cross country meet and my daughter is going to Turkey Run with a group from Purdue University.  Maybe me and my hubby can sneak out to lunch alone.

I'm playing along today with the Case Study Challenge #59.  This is is the inspiration card by our muse Julie Lacey.  I like the clean lines , the circle focal point and that big fat bow.

I made my tweet! card with an adorable sparrow stamp from Catslife Press.  My kids are always using the expression sweet! so as a little play on words I made this tweet! a congratulations card. 

I stamped the bird image twice with Momento Black Tuxedo.  I fussy cut one of the birds to use as a mask.  I positioned it over the other bird with removable adhesive and then inked up the background flourish stamp in Marmalade distress ink and stamped it over the bird image.  I added the little touch of twine because I'm used to seeing sparrows with twigs and other items they collect to build their nests. 

I used alot of the same elements as in Julie's card but put my own spin on them.  I kept the bow, the embossing, color/neutral color pattern, and gems - just in a different style.  I hope you are playing along, all the details are at http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/2011/09/case-study-challenge-59.html.  I'm looking forward to checking out what you've made!  Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Stamps:  Sparrow:  Catslifepress.com, Ornate Textured Background:  Stampabilities
Dies:  Spellbinders Standard Circles, Eyelet Circles, Tiny Tag: Spellbinders for Just Rite
Eyelet Border Punch:  Fiskars
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Moroccan Screen
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey Ambrosia/Marmalade
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Bright Red
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Marmalade

Thursday, September 29, 2011

OWH - Hero Christmas Challenge - House Mouse

I made this one for Operation Write Home.  This organization is made up of cardmakers who want to support service men and women through creativity and encouragement.   They collect cards to encourage writing a letter home and to support and thank the service people themselves.  This week the challenge is to make Any Hero Christmas cards!  An Any Hero Christmas card would be a Christmas card you make to send a hero, with your own personal note inside!  You forward your cards to OWH and they distribute them around the world. Imagine their loved ones getting a hand written note from a loved one on a card made by you! 

OWH places a few restrictions on what you can put on a card for ease of shipping and safety reasons.  Sometimes this in itself can be the challenge - no glitter, smaller cards, and no big poofy flowers and bows.  If you would like to get involved or participate in this challenge, details are at http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/2011/09/any-hero-christmas-cards.html.

I made this one with a House Mouse image for Christmas.  I cannot tell you how many House Mouse stamps are in my home (at least 50) - yet this is the very first one that I have ever used!  As long as I can remember, every time I would take my daughter into Hobby Lobby with me we would come home with a House Mouse stamp.  Apparently she has inherited a collecting gene from mom.  Well now that I've started a new collection - Copics - I decided to give one of these babies a dip in ink! 

Supplies used:
Stamps:  House Mouse  - Mice Star -Stampabilities  Sentiment:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasons of Love Tags
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders for Xyron Creatopia Shapes Frame 5, Spellbinders for Just Rite Tag
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Copic Markers
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black   Tim Holtzs/Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Patterned Paper:  Websters Pages

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 134 - September 24, 2011 - Halloween

Hi!  I hope everyone is having a great day!  It's cold and raining here, but I still managed to take the dog for a walk.  Suzy Snowflake will be visiting us before you know it   -   ;) Deb!

I found another sketch challenge to try out - this one is from the Card Patterns Sketch blog - you can get the detail at : http://cardpatterns.blogspot.com/2011/09/sketch-135.html.  One random winner will receive the Stampin' Up! set called Sprinkles. 

 I'm working on Halloween cards to send out and I thought this one would be neat with four monsters in each of the circles - this is what I came up with..
I stamped everything in black and then tried to dress up each one.  The girl skeleton had a stamped bow on her head - I just covered the bow with tape, inked it up, removed the tape and stamped the image.  I made a bow out of ribbon and glued it in place.  For her eye I glued on a google eye.  In the spider web I stuck a little spider button and glued gems for eyes.  I colored everything in with my slowly growing set of Copics (I'm starting to figure out what colors I need -  I'm learning lighter is better and trying to resist the brighter colors I am attracted to.)

I took a close up photo of the bow so you can see it a little better - the black is hard to photograph.  I took some craft thread - the kind my daughter uses to braid friendship bracelets. (Shhh don't tell her where I got it!) and strung a few ebeads on it for a little more sparkle.  The stamps are all Studio G from the dollar bin at Michael's  craft store.  What a great value at $1 each.    Hope you like it and you find some time to play along!

Supplies Used:   Finished Size is 5" x 7"
All Stamps:  Studio G
Glitter Paper:  K & Co
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Border, Standard CIrcles, Inverted Scallope Circles
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Black
Brad:  Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby
Markers:  Copic

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CR84FN39 - September 24, 2011 - Orange Yellow Brown - Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has not always been my favorite holiday.   There was a time when I hated Thanksgiving because it took all the attention away from my birthday which falls on this holiday quite often.  To make it worse, my older sister's birthday is just 3 days after mine  - so when family and friends would gather to celebrate it wasn't just for me, or for my sister, or for Thanksgiving.  The gathering was multi functional really making nothing about it special for any one individual person.  I can't tell you how many pumpkin pies have been my birthday cake :) !!   Or how many cakes got sung to twice - once to my sister, and then to me!!  
 Now that I am older I don't find presents so exciting - I like to pick out things for myself.  Who needs a new scarf when there are new Spellbinders to be had?   I focus on a great meal spent with great company and  my birthday cake  is saved and shared with just my husband and children.

Mona couldn't have picked a better time of year for the beautiful color combination this week at CR84FN!  A Thanksgiving card seemed like a natural for all the beautiful colors of the fall we are working with this week.   Are you playing along?  There is a new color challenge posted every Sunday.  Here is the link if you'd like to play along: http://cr84fncolorchallenge.blogspot.com
I made this card using kraft paper that I embossed with pumpkins.  I added some texture by embossing a pearl brown sheet with a weave pattern.  I tied some twine around the card to give it a bit of a rustic outdoors look, and finished it off with a two color bow. 

Supplies Used:  Finished Size: 6" x 6"
Just Rite Stamps:  Happy Everything Tag Making Kit, You Inspire Me
Dies:  Spellbinders Assorted Leaves, Petite Ovals, Harvest Border, Scrap-Mart Exclusive Die
Embossing:  Cuttlebug Pumpkin Harvest Folder, Sizzix Weave Texturz
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Orange & Antique Gold
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa, Tangelo   -   Ranger:  Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
Turkey Salt Shaker Fitz & Floyd

Case Study Challenge #58 September 22, 2011 - Life is Beautiful

 I hope everyone is having a great day.  I' m having some dental work done, so as normal I am nervous.  Instead of tossing and turning waiting for the alarm clock to go off I thought I'd just get up and get my mind wrapped around something fun instead of prolonging the inevitable.  I've been wanting to try some new sketch challenges so when I'm checking out what you've been making I've been scribbling down challenge addresses.  I just found Case Study and recognized some names I'm familiar with at Waltzingmouse Stamps and thought I would give this one a try.  Here is the muse/inspiration......

PhotobucketI decided to do this one just the opposite of how it is shown in the design, so where there is neutral I put color, and where there is color I put a neutral.  My inspiration from the design was not so much the colors, but the card layout design.  I thought the butterflys were gorgeous, and I did sneak some in, but again, I did the opposite - I placed them in the background instead of the foreground.

This card is a departure from my usual style, I am still learning how to use my slowly growing Copic collection, but I am pleased with the result.  I added a little bling - pearls in the tiny flower centers, and a few glitter flourishes.  That bright pink bow really steals the show though.
I hope you like my card.  I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great day!  This challenge ends tonight - there is a new challenge every Thursday.  If you'd like to play along the address is:  http://www.casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/.

Supplies Used:  Finished card size is 6" x 6"
Stamps:  Stampin' Up!
Patterened Paper:  My Minds Eye Vanity Fair Collection
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
Markers:  Copic R00, R20, C1, B00, RV11, C1, G21, V01, YG03, Y19
Bow Flower:  Offray 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #66 9-24-11

WMS-66Hi and thanks for stopping by to visit my blog!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  My son had a cross country meet and a surprise party to attend, but the rest of us spent most of our time in the yard trying to get everything ready for winter.  We started taking out the garden, closing up the pool, and cutting back the flowering plants.   We are raking leaves already if you can believe that!  Our days are getting  shorter - it's dark in   the  morning at 6 a.m. and it's getting chilly at night.

I'm having a root canal tomorrow so I am spending my day making sure everyone has everything they need tomorrow - clean clothes and a dinner I can just pop in the oven - in case I don't feel so good. 
I made this celebrate card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #66.  We have some friends that just announced they are expecting a baby.   They have been trying for a while, and experienced a loss earlier, so when I heard the news I was overjoyed!   I wanted the card to express my happiness!   I think that came through with the banner and all the colors. 

I wanted to give you an idea of how I made the flower since I don't think you can see it well on the photo.  I used the new Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One Die and cut it out twice.  I then stamped it with the Waltzingmouse Picnic Patterns stamp - and then inked the edges.  I got the center rolled nice and tight by using this quilling tool I picked up at Hobby Lobby for around $4.  Here's a photo so you can see the pattern better. 
I stamped this same background behind the 'Celebrate" sentiment to repeat the pattern.  I used the stamp with the word "baby" from the Join Us set - I simply put tape over the area of the stamp I didn't want to use, inked it up, removed the tape and then stamped.  Making the flower was a little tricky at first - but with a little practice I think it came out great.  I hope you will give it a try.

Supplies Used:  Finished card is approximately 6x6"
Waltzingmouse Stamps:  Picnic Patterns, Join Us, Say it Loud, Bitty Banners
Spellbinders Dies:  Spiral Blossom One, Labels 14, Grand Circles, Grand Scalloped Circles, Small Square Tag is from Spellbinders for Just Rite
Patterened Paper:  My Mind's Eye Dwell Collection
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Argyle
Ink:  Momento:  Angel Pink, ummer SKy, Cantaloupe, New Sprout, Tuxedo Black
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Stampin Royalty Challenge 90 September 21, 2011 - Trickster

 
I've been looking for a some new sketch challenges to participate in and I found this one listed on a blog I visit.  This is the Stampin' Royalty Sketch Challenge - there is a new one every Wednesday.  If you want to play along their address is http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/.  I know that October will be here before I know it and I'm really behind making cards to send to friends and family.  I love getting cards for holidays and they are a great way to add a bit of festivity to a room.  I hang Christmas greetings as a garland, and I place others on shelves around the house - even in my kitchen so I can see them every day.    I found this neat vintage cat stamp with the SMILE sentiment in the dollar bin at Joann's.  Who says you have to spend alot of money to make a great card?  I used only a small portion of one 12" x 12" sheet of patterned paper.    I used a different dollar stamp for the light purple background I stamped behind the cat.  I used buttons and ribbon that I already had on hand.  The only thing new I used on this one is the Spellbinders Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents.  I'm lovin' all the new dies - and I'm getting what I can afford one at a time.

I embossed the purple background and made my bow out of wired organdy ribbon.  I dressed up the design a little with a border punch, brads on my sentiment, a gem flower button,  and a little gem heart on my trickster cat's nose.

I hope my card makes you smile and helps get you into the playful spirit of Halloween!

Supplies Used:    Finished Size 5" x 7"
Stamps:  Inkadinkadoo Mini Halloween Assortment
"Happy Halloween" from Just Rite Happy Everything Tag Making Kit
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents, Double Ended Tags, Spellbinders for Just Rite Label
Dry Embossing:  SIzzix Texturz Plate Ivy Flourishes
Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants Trick or Treat Collection R.I.P.
Border Punch:  EK Success
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender - Embossing Powder ZING! Black

Friday, September 23, 2011

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Delightfully Random

Hello Moxie Fabbers!  Its time for another Tuesday Trigger!  Are you playing along?  This time we get two weeks to play so you have more time to ponder all the possibilities and then begin pulling out all your supplies.  If you want to play along all the deets are at http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2011/09/tuesday-trigger-delightfully-random.html.

It's not hard to see where I got my inspiration for this one - all those great colors, textures and embellishments were all within my reach.    The buttons, thread, embroidery and crochet all got me thinking sewing box.  When I saw that cute little bird by the fabric envelope I knew I had to do a bird house.   I used all the same great elements of the envelope - the gingham, red stitching, and the fancy button on the birdhouse.

I spent a long time on this one trying to get it just right.  There are so many details on this layout , from the embossed mint green background, the stitched birdhouse, to the little string bows holding up the banner.  The sweetest embellishment are the little crochet flowers my mom made for me.  

I made my own faux "crochet" doily heart  by taking a die cut, running it through an embossing folder and distressing it.  I colored a regular pearl with a copic to get the right shade of blue for my flower center.  I scattered some flowers and buttons and even added a few little branches to pick up that little trace of brown in the background.
I used alot of scraps for my banner and my bird so I can't tell you whose paper it is.  It was really fun picking out bits and pieces of remnants trying to get just the right look.  I'm really happy with and wouldn't change a thing - that's how I know I'm done!!  I hope you are having a great day and I can't wait to see the other projects people come up with for this Tuesday Trigger!  

Supplies Used:  Card size is 6" x 6"
Dies:  Spellbinders Cuckoo Clock, Classic Scalloped Heart, Standard Circles, Foliage, Nested Pennants
Heart Die Cut:  Cricut Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art  Branches:  Quickutz  Felt Flowers:  Sizzix Paper Sculpting Hydrangea
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug:Kassie's Brocade
Stamp:  Cuckoo for You!  A Muse Art Stamps
Ink/Markers:  Copic B05 (to color pearl), Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
Background Embossing:  Sizzix Diamond Texturz Plate
Brad:  K & Co.
Paper:  Coordinations

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Moxie Fab World - Card Play Challenge Luck in Love

For as long as I can remember playing cards have been in my life.  From my first games of Go Fish, War, Crazy 8's and Gin Rummy cards have provided me an opportunity to enjoy spending time with friends and family.   My parents taught me Pinochle as a teenager.  When I started dating my now hubby I knew he was accepted by my parents when they took him under their wing and taught him to play as well.  Since then he has been my Pinochle partner as well as my life partner and we are pretty good at reading each other's hand without saying a single word!  I consider myself lucky at love because I am still with the same man 26 years later.

I made this card for the Card Play Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  The challenge is to incorporate playing cards into your project in an innovative way.   You can play along with the challenge and get the details at:  http://www.moxiefabworld.com/2011/09/next-challenge-in-moxie-fab-world-card.html.
I made several playing cards using the Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folders.  I inked them up, cut them out, rounded the corners and arranged them on my kraft cardstock base.  I embossed my "LOVE" image with black embossing powder making sure not to ink the heart that was on the stamp - this allowed me to insert my own heart gem on the tag.  I hand cut the silver tag because the next size die was too big.  I added the swirl of gems to add to the magic of the card - I thought a big fat bow would cover up too much of the background I created.  I hope you're playing along - I can't wait to see what everyone came up with!

Products Used:  Finished Card is 6" x 6"
Embossing Folder:  Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations Textures Poker Face
Stamp:  Studio 112 K&Co.
Die Cut:  Spellbinders Labels 16
Gems:  Recollections
Ink:  Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Black Soot and Barn Door

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mojo Monday #207 - 9-19-11 - Halloween Witch

This is the Mojo Monday Sketch 207 for the week of September 19, 2011.   Are you playing along this week?  What a great site for inspiration if you're hung up on an idea, but you're just not sure how you should lay it out.

I'm thinking Halloween lately because I should be sending them out soon!  At least now I have ONE made!!    Do you like the neat background I got on this one?  Well, here's how....   I stamped the witch with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, colored in the moon with 4 shades of Copic, and then die cut using Spellbinders Labels 20.  I kept the paper inside the die and distressed with Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Dusty Concord, and then Chipped Sapphire to make the night sky look luminescent from the moon.  The distress ink is perfect for this because you can add as much or as little as you want and the colors blend together nicely.
I didn't like all the straight lines on the sketch challenge so I used shaped squares and the fancy cut as my focal point.   OK so maybe I wanted to start using some of my new Spellbinders - I just got my hands on that postage stamp!   I made my bow with two colors of seam binding and tied on a flat bat button with a little bit of twine.  I attached a few ebeads to the twine strings for a little halloween sparkle, and gave that bat button some yellow gem eyes.  SPOOKY!  I think that purple textured background really pulls it together and adds alot of depth.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you like this one and that you're creating something spooky yourself!

Products used:
Patterned Paper:  K&Co.
Stamps:  Flying Witch: Stampabilites,  Sentiment: Stampin' Up!
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares, Labels 20, Postage Stamps, Nested Pennants
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Diamonds (from Diamonds and Snowcap Set)
Copic Markers:  YR12, YR04, Y19, Y15
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Lavender and Orange
Twine:  Martha Stewart

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WMSC65 Week of Sept. 17, 2011 - Wedding Bells

 
WMS-65WaltzingmouseStampsI saw this gorgeous sketch by Anya Schrier and I started hearing wedding bells!  I don't have a wedding to go to right now, so I will be adding this card to my stash - another benefit of blogging.  Sometimes I see a design and an idea just comes to me.  This design just looks so elegant to me with that fancy cut bottom.  Check out the congratulations card I made for this weeks' Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! 

To make my stamp read "Wedding Congratulations" I used the "Wedding Invitation" stamp from the Big Day Essentials set and taped off the "invitation" part.  That is how I ink up only the parts of the stamp I want.   I take a small piece of  tape and cover up the part I don't want to use.  Then I ink of the stamp, remove the tape and stamp away.  Next I took the "congratulations" stamp from the Fancy Phrases set and completed my sentiment.

I used pearl paper for the bottom border, the embossed section, and the border above the bow.  The glitter paper, foil and pearls make this perfect for an elegant wedding celebration.  I hope you are playing along with the sketch challenge this week.  If you'd like more information click on the Waltzingmouse blinkie in the right column.

Products Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Big Day Essentials, Fancy Phrases, Eat Cake
Dies:  Spellbinders Grand Labels, Lacy Oval, Classic Oval
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug "Victoria"
Edge Punch (above bow) Martha Stewart
Ink:  Momento Baby Pink, Rosebud, London Fog, Tuxedo Black

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge 27 Card - Friendship


MME_CardSketch_2011_09I just found the My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge - I have been a big fan of their paper for a LONG time so I am thrilled to see they have a blog challenge! I have been hoarding pieces from older collections - my favorite is Ooh La La for Her. If you are interested in playing along, here's the  link : http://mymindseye.typepad.com/blog/2011/09/blog-challenge-27-card.html  

For this challenge I went to my next fave set - Lost and Found and mixed a bit of the old with the new - Lost and Found Two (can you say remix?).  This is Challenge 27 and instructions are:   Design a card based on this fabulous sketch and use “Friend” as your theme (sketch by Anam Stubbington). 

I decided to take a risk here and instead of using just a "Friend" stamp I went with this great bird stamp from Cat's Life Press.  I thought the sentiment "Birds of a Feather" perfect for a friendship theme because as you know..... Birds of a Feather ...... that's right.......  STICK TOGETHER!!!   Just like good friends do. 

I'm a  sucker for a little bling so I added little gems on the birds crown, pearls for their eyes, and for the little dots I used some plain red buttons with gems glued in the centers.  I hope you are having a great day and that you are able to set aside some time to play along for a chance to win a set of Mind's Eye Paper!

Products Used:    Finished Size 5" x 7"
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Madison Avenue "Cherish" Pintuck Paper, Lost & Found Union Square "Perfect" Damask Print Paper, Lost & Found Uion Square "Home Sweet Home" Collage Paper, Lost & Found Two  Rosy "Love", Lost & Found Two Sunshine "Forever"
Spellbinders Labels 20, Tags Trio
Rubber Stamps:  Cats Life Press @ catslifepress.com
Border Punch:  Ek Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace
Twine: Martha Stewart
Ink:  Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen  Momento Tuxedo Black

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Blog Hop - Got Treats?


Are you Waltzing?  On the 17th of every month Waltzingmouse Stamps hosts a Blog Waltz.  The theme this month is ..... you guessed it.... HALLOWEEN!  This is one of my favorite times of year here in the midwest - time to open the windows after the hot summer - and enjoy the fresh air!  A trip to the pumpkin patch and a hay ride make the season complete.  There is so much color from the leaves, mums, and colorful gourds that the change of season is welcome.
I wanted to do something extra special for the waltz so I made these two sweet treat bags!  If you want to avoid scary tricks you have to supply the treats right?  The pattern I used is a freebie design courtesy of Claire at Waltzingmouse.  You can download the digital template at http://www.waltzingmousestamps.com/products/freebie-tea-bag-baggie.  It's a great design and I've used it more than a few times now.  Give it a try - it's easy to assemble and lots of fun to decorate!
I had fun coloring this one.  I'm still building my Copic collection and since there hasn't been a workshop in my area in a while I'm still learning as I go - watching UTube video's and practicing.  The ribbon bow behind Gracie and Cicely are made of the seam binding I'm always raving about, and were made on a loom my husband made for me.  The loom is simply a series of pegs in a circle - you wrap your ribbon around the pegs and secure the bow in the middle with a brad.  I've seen similar looms at craft stores in the yarn/knitting area.   

I hope you are waltzing today and that your Halloween is all treats!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Midnight Feast, Cicely at Halloween, Gracey at Halloween, Danity Doilles 2
Spellbinder Dies:  Ribbon Tags Trio, Labels 13, Standard Circles, Petite Scalloped CIrcles
Copic Markers: Y13, Y19, YR12, YR04, YR24, G21, YG03, V01, V06, E33, C1, C3, C5, E000, RV11
Button:  Bazzil Bling
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Orange, Black
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Antique Linen 
Pattern Paper K&Co. Halloween Green Swirl Glitter Paper, Halloween Orange Swirl Glitter Paper