Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop - Celebrates Fall

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop that runs from October 20th to 22nd.   We're celebrating Fall colours and occasions and I think you're really going to enjoy the projects by our eight design team artists. 

Because this blog hop is circular it doesn't matter where you start, you'll eventually wind up where you started from. If you've come here from Marie Green's  wonderful blog, I bet you were super impressed with her great projects.  Marie is always so creative.  When you've finished with my post you'll find some icons at the bottom of the page to move along either to the next or previous blogs, or you can go right to the beginning.  
So let's get started. Since Thanksgiving has already been and gone in Canada, I decided to focus my projects on Halloween.  It's one of my favourite festive times of the year and I really enjoyed making these cards to share with you. 

Project Number One:  Jar of Haunts
I've created a fun Halloween Easel card using the Jar of Haunts stamp set. I fell in love with the "Mummy" jar the moment I saw it. 

Here's My Halloween Easel Card:

 This is a side view.  You can see the easel part with it's Mountain fold. 
 Here's the back of the card.  Do you recognize this Designer Series Paper?  It's from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Pack.  I didn't have any current Halloween paper, so when I looked at the design I thought it worked perfectly with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.
The inside really says it all! The Trick or Treat image is from last year's Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set.  I love how big and bold this image is so couldn't resist using it.
When the card is folded flat it measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2". 
The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Seasonal Sayings.  I fussy cut it out and then mounted it on Glimmer Paper and then mounted it with dimmensionals across the Mummy Jar.   I coloured the tops of the bandage strips with a Sahara Sand marker.
Project Number Two:  Bite Me
 Once again I took advantage of the Clearance Rack and purchased the "Bite Me" photopolymer stamp set which was on for 50 % off.  Honestly, I wanted to get it last year, but you know how it is, I kept putting it off.    So when I visited the Clearance Rack a couple of weeks ago and saw that awesome web and black cat, there was no hesitation. It's an awesome little set. 
Here's  My Card:
WARNING!!!  SPIDER ALERT...........SPIDER ALERT..........  If you don't like spiders I'd suggest you move on to the next card, but if you do like them then ignore this warning and check out this cool web and it's long legged occupants! 
A spider's world always seems kind of gloomy to me, so I chose to do this card with darker colours rather than the traditional oranges, greens and purples you so often see.  Here's what I used:

1.  The card base is cut from Smokey Slate card stock and measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  It's a side fold card so the score line is at 4 1/2". 
2.  1st Layer - 5 1/4 x 4" Whisper White 
3.  2nd Layer - 5 1/8 x 3 7/8" Basic Black
4.  3rd Layer - 5 x 3 3/4" Smokey Slate stamped with the Spider Web from Bite Me stamp set and embossed with the retired Spider Web EF.
5.  Bite Me image was stamped on Smokey Slate and punched out with a 1" punch and mounted on a 1 1/4" circle punched from Basic Black with dimensionals.  The completed circle was mounted on a piece of Smokey Slate that was cut with a framelit and sponged with Basic Gray ink. 
6.  The card face was splattered with Basic Black and Basic Gray marker inks and random splotches were stamped in Tuxedo Black ink.   Random Basic Rhinestones were adhered to the splotches.  They were coloured black with Sharpie Markers. 
7.  The inside panel is 5 1/4" x 4" Whisper White.  It was stamped with the Trick or Treat Sentiment and the large spider image.  
I love the Bite Me stamp!  I've added a couple of basic rhinestones coloured with a black sharpie to the backs of this little spiders on this image.  I stamped the web in Tuxedo Black ink and then embossed this panel with SU's retired Spider Web Embossing Folder.  It looks like a web within a web.

The large spider image was fussy cut out - no easy task but it really looked better than using a circle punch to cut it out.  I added glossy accents (R) to the spider's back so its really shiny and makes him stand out. 

I also really like the "splotch" image.  It's a bit like one from Gorgeous Grunge, however it's smaller and really adds a gritty look to the card.  I also splattered black and basic gray marker ink over the back ground. 
Finally for the inside of the card I just added the "Trick or Treat" sentiment and re-stamped the spider in the lower corner.  A few more splatters and the card was finished.  I'm quite pleased with it.  This card could also double as a birthday card for those friends who happen to be Halloween babies......I have a few of those.

Project Number Three:  Cookie Cutter Halloween 

Although all of the images in the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set are cute, the two characters who really stood out for me were the skeleton and the mummy.  Both are adorable and I simply couldn't resist featuring both of them on this next Halloween card.  Because these images are the same size and are along the same theme I decided to make a Peek-a-Boo card. If you've been following my posts you remember this Peek-a-Boo card I made for the April blog hop this year.   I found a very good tutorial by Norma Lee on Split Coast Stampers which shows in great detail how to assemble this card.  
Here's My Peek-A-Boo Halloween Card:
When you're looking at the front of the card you see the Mummy who's surrounded by little floating ghosts.  I was able to use the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper on this card front to give it a real pop of colour and glam.  Love the "Happy Halloween" font.  This image is from the Jar of Haunts set.

This is the inside panel of the card.  The background DSP which is from the Botanical Designer Series Paper has been stamped with the spider webs and BOO sentiment from Bite Me.  The spider webs were stamped in Classic White ink so they'd show up against the dark paper.  

This is the last panel or back of the card.  The image is stamped with the retired Happy Scenes stamp set. 

This little skeleton just cracks me up.  I used the Stampin' Up Googlie Eyes (R) on him so he'd look like he was frightened.  He's surrounded by tiny little bats courtesy of the Holiday Homes Stamp set (R). 

I used the Sahara Sand marker to colour the tops of the bandages on this little Mummy.  He's so cute.  The ghosts are stamped in Classic White ink and are from the Holiday Homes stamp set.

This is how it looks when you open it up from the front panel. 

 One last look.

Well that's it for my projects for the October Hop.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Let me know what your favourite Halloween projects are, I'd love to hear about them.

Thanks for dropping by and if you're going forward in the hop just click on the "Next" Watercooler icon below to go see Christine Guida's great projects..... have fun!   

Christine Guida

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Marie Green

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Happy Stamping!
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libbystamps said...

Great fall cards Penny! I especially like your easel card. Thanks for the inspiration!

Gail said...

Penny, I'm amazed at the detail you manage to get into each of your projects. Just amazing! The Bite Me card is just too cute and I love how you used the mummy and the skeleton.

Heidi Weaver said...

Penny, you did well to get that Bite Me stamp set. I got it when it first came out and love the realism of the images, especially the web and those spiders. The retired spider web embossing folder is one of my favourites, too. I'm glad you put that spider alert on your post since Marsha has a "thing" about the critters. Love the easel card and all the glitter from the Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper. Of course I love the spider card. I've established that, although I have to say you get the fussy-cutting crown this time around, cutting out that "Daddy long-legs". The last card is your "wow". What a lot of fun you had with the mummy and skeleton. What a lot of planning and stamping to create that card! Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

What great projects. My grandson would love for me to make these. He loves the critters...on paper rhat is.

Deborah Smart said...

My gosh Penny - what amazing projects! I admit - I didn't linger too long around the spider card; just long enough to marvel at your fussy cutting of that spider!! I loved the 'googly eyes' on the Cookie Cutter mummy and skeleton; so cute!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi, I'm glad you like my Bite Me card. It was a lot of fun to do and although that fussy cut spider was a bit dicey, it was so worth it in the end. The photograph just doesn't do it justice, because in real time you can see a shadow........uber creepy! Love that Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper too!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for the comments Deb. Those googlie eyes make the little mummy and skeleton seem to come to life. Too cute I must say!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Gail. I really am so over the top glad I got the Bite Me stamp set. I know I'll be stamping with it in the years to come. Such a classic collection of images, especially the spider web!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Christine for your comment. Yes kids absolutely love the creepy crawly stuff at Halloween. I know my nephew would have fun with all the stamps I used.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for dropping by Libby. I'm glad you liked the easel card Libby. I'll hopefully be doing another post today that will include the measurements. I love this little card and do a matching envelope for it with my envelope maker that makes it so special.

Stampin' Amigos said...

Fun cards, Penny! I love that mummy image, and your card certainly did it justice! Your spider is so realistic--looks like a black widow! But I love the Cookie Cutter stamp set, and you used my favorite two stamps--great job! Someone is going to love this!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Hi Priscilla, thanks for stopping by. Glad you saw the fun in my cards I love that jar mummy of my favs.

Unknown said...

Penny, was fun projects! You easel card is adorable, and the spider card - needed to skip LOL! You peek-a-boo card is fantastic!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Sorry about the spider card Marie.......... Heidi warned me you might skip it, lol! I love the mummy easel card too. So fun too make and that image is just the cutest! the Peek a Boo card is my favourite though it didn't show up as great on photos as it looks in real life. It's such a fun interaction card!

Heather Hopson said...

Penny, I loved all your projects. Each one was a treat to view, especially the last one. It was wonderful to read the information on how it all went together. What a work of Art! I really loved the card using the "Bite me" stamp set. Brilliant use of the stamp set. Way to go Sister!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Heather. Glad you like the Bite Me set and hope you get a chance to use yours this season, I knew you'd love it! The last card doesn't show up to well in the pictures but it's a great card. Check your mail box, it's on it's way!

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