Friday, September 18, 2009

It's A Skelly Kind of Day....

Get ready for a "bone shakin'" good fun, friends! I'm bustin' out some serious Halloween love!


I've been in full "stamping festival" mode this week.... Stamp, stamp, stamp! Let the horsies RUN! That's what they're born to do! So are THE STAMPS! It' s such a shame to only stamp once. It's like a tease for the lil' piece of rubber.... STAMP like you mean it! Even in you only use one or two images, make sure you stamp A LOT on a scrap... Multiple colors, multiple times.. this is how you THANK your stamps for being so beautiful! And then SAVE them! YOU never know.... {yes, I'm a wee-bit of a hoarder... THAT'S BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW what you might need and when or WHY!} So, with all of that ranting and raving... I just want to share the good word: STAMP! Stamp SOMETHING! {I love STAMPING! BTW!}


I am so excited to toss this card into the Card Patterns mix, this week! {Last round was 'bery, 'bery good to me!} And I am still a little floaty and giddy over the honor of being in the top six! AND with the weighty and WONDERFUL honor of guest D/T contributor for the NEXT round, {YIPEE!}, I definitely wanted to make a card for THIS week's sketch to join in on all the fun, fun cards I've seen by the D/T and on some of my favorite blog buddies' sites... So, this sketch was definitely a fun source of inspiration for this little Halloween skelly celebration!


And since I'm getting a little better at combining challenges, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play with the current color challenge offering by Scrap Master's Paradise: check 'em out!

Here's a close up of the main skelly dude! He's stamped with black Staz On, on the underside of a Tim Holtz FRAGMENT! I then stamped with the leftover ink on white, cut out the image and flipped it over to the white only side and used Crystal Effects glue {sparingly} to dot in the eye sockets and around the edges where white meets black, to glue the white directly to the underside of the fragment. That way I can add more glue to the back side of the white skelly to adhere it to the background paper. Gluing fragments is a lot like using transparency and vellum, since the art of gluing is in it's subtlety... With proper planning, it's no big thing!

I continued the glue "subtlety" under the spiders and the sentiment... If you click on the picture, below, so you can really see the magic of the layered images and the fun use of the gigantic Fragment square! To finish off the gorgeous designer paper from Stampin' Up!, I had a piece of white c/s already cut from my large, scalloped square from Sizzix/Stampin' Up! It was beautiful, by itself, but a little too clean for my ghostly card, so I used my super huge pinking shears to enhance the edge in a spookier way... In a sense, I just created a deckle, but a much sharper and fangy-ier {nice made up adjective!} one, by re-lining my scissors a few times, following the original scallop edge.... I'm really pleased with the effect! If we weren't about to face a THREE digit heat wave all of next week, here in Sonoma County, I'd be dragging out the Halloween boxes for sure! I'm definitely in the mood for some candy corn, or somethin'!

So there! Are YOUR bones shakin'? I hope you get some "stamp ON!" in you life today, or this weekend! Have a fabulous Friday, dear friends of the blogland! Thanks for letting me share my love of STAMPING, card crafting and good old fashioned HALLOWEEN fun with y'all!


Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up! & Staz On
Stamps - Stampin' Up! & Tim Holtz
Acrylic Tile - Tim Holtz

21 comments:

Ann said...

Absolutely spooktacular!

Karen said...

Oh Elise, wonderful creative happy stampin' the fragments, Elise! You rock! This rocks! I LOVE your Halloweeny a la Tim's fragments goodness here. It makes me happy.....MUCH happier than the long heat wave is going to make me! (And Tuesday is supposed to be the first official day of Fall and it will probably being soaring over 105 up here!) You absolutely rocked the Card Patterns sketch and are showing off your fabulous creative talent! :>

LeAnne said...

My bonz are a-shakin'! I usually don't like really spooky things, but this is AWESOME!!! Love all the details....it is a work of art!

Rosemary said...

I'm with LeAnne up there, not really into the spooky Halloween look, but girlfriend (and you know you are!) this card ROCKS!! I think you are giving ol' Linda aka Oz a run for her Halloween cardmaking money!! Good, good, stuff! Now, go have some candy corn!

Amy said...

Wow! What a Halloween card! I would have never guessed the white mat started out as a scalloped square.

I appreciate your sweet comments on my blog. : )

Kelley Eubanks said...

My bones are shakin!! :) This is wonderful Elise!! I love it... so cool and spooky!! Great job with your guest designer card!! You are raising the bar really high for anyone who tries to out do this card!! Great job Elise!! I am proud of you and for you!! :)

Melisa said...

Definately spooktacular! Wonderful job combining the challenges.

Melisa- SP Diva

Windy Robinson said...

This is a GREAT card, I was totally uninspired by that sketch until I saw this (I may have to revisit it instead of going to bed:). Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog.
W

Unfading Spring said...

Your spooky card rocks! super use of your stamps.I Love your style. haven't quite dedcided on mine yet.
I will be back to check out your blog later.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, it doesn't get posted until after approval, and thats ok as I definatly approved of both your comments.

Emjoy your weekend.

Hugs Carol x

Hugs

Courtney Baker said...

OH MY! Can I just have this card? This has to be my favorite card you've made. Seriously I LOVE IT!

Kristina said...

Great job with the SPCC colours.

DottyJo said...

Elise, this is amazing - great use of the colours and the sketch. Fantastic layering, what an amazing effect. I love all your cards but this HAS to be among my favs - it really is spook-tacular! Jo x

Susan said...

Wonderfully frightening use of SPCC colors - and I love the STAMP, STAMP, STAMP philosophy!

Danielle said...

First, I think you are FABULOUS!! I love your blog, and your work is AWESOME!! I love the shabby chic kind of look of this card. I love halloween!! This is divine!! I can see why you have been in the top 5 twice1!
SOOOO glad you continue to join us at SPCC!! I look forward to seeing what you will make next!

Stephanie *SP Diva* said...

Wow!! What a great Halloween card! Great techniques and layering! Really Spooky Fun!! Great job and thanks for playing at SPCC!

Kristin said...

Fantastic Card! I love the way you layered the images! Super cool!

~kelly marie~ said...

Oooh! What a spooky card! I love it!

Emily said...

What a great card!!!

Emily-SP Diva

Dana Gustafson said...

You are SPOOKY and all-together HOOKEY (is that a word?) WOW! I love your beautifully frightening skelly card and masterful sue of the frag!

thescrapmaster said...

ELISE!!!!! Can I saw WOW????
Hugs,
Samantha
SPCC Creator

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Spooktacular!!!! And a big congratulations!!!