Good Monday morning.  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Our weather cooled down here in Florida dropping into the 40’s at night and the high yesterday was in the low 60’s.  We have been having exceptionally high temps for this time of year with highs in the 90’s so I enjoyed the cooler weather. I had a three day weekend and enjoyed being home, relaxing and having some wonderful stamping time.

My first project was made for the Stampavie bi-weekly challenge. The challenge was to make a Halloween card using at least one Stampavie image.  I must admit I was stumped as Stampavie has no Halloween images in their line.  Jay Jay, our challenge coordinator suggested that we modify an image so I finally decided  to “spook up” the Rachelle Anne Miller’s owls, Hoo Hoo There and use them with a spooky tree and old cemetery images from the Rubbernecker Halloween collection. I modified the image by cutting off the existing branch so they could be placed in the tree.

KC Miller Hoo Hoo There

I stamped the owls on scrap watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  I stamped the tree and head stone images with brown craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I punched a circle out of scrap paper, placed the mask over the sky area, sponged the circle with bright orange ink to create the moon and embossed with clear embossing powder. My final step was to watercolor in the sky and ground area. I love the color combination on this project.  I wanted the sky to appear dark but not actually spooky Halloween black as these owl characters just can’t pull that off.  They only thing they could do to you is hoot you to death. I hope you will come and join us for the challenge and have a chance to win a prize.

My second project was made for the SCS Inspiration Challenge. Xanier Taler decorative tile site was given for our inspiration.  I was inspired by the tile below but decided on creating orange fall leaves instead of flowers and used the new Rubbernecker Fall Trilogy set.

big blossom

KC Fall Trilogy

I used Joan’s tap and smash technique to ink up the stamp.  I chose to work with three colors of ink, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany.  I tapped and smashed the ink pads directly onto the stamp starting with the lightest color first and then repeating with the darker colors.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and heat dried.  I used a wet brush to fill in the leaves and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love the simple image layered over the dark green background created using the same image.

My third project was created for SCS Featured Stamper challenge. Riley, aka dancerriley was our featured artist and here is a link to the project that inspired me.

KC Tim Holtz 

I stamped the Tim Holtz image on natural white cardstock with Aged Mahogany ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I thought this image would look great paired with this BasicGrey designer paper.  I sponged all the paper with Old Paper to give an aged appearance. I had the whole card almost totally constructed and got a big brown ink on the main image layer.  Ugh!!!!  I decided to try and cover up the boo boo by taking the ink pad directly to the paper to create an aged background. I created a multi loop bow with cream organdy ribbon and heated to curl and age.  The ribbon color was still to bright and new looking so I finished by sponging on Old Paper ink. This was a fast and easy holiday card that took only 15 minutes or so and could easily be mass produced.

Project 1:  Stampavie Rachelle Anne Miller Hoo Hoo There, Rubbernecker Halloween Collection    Paper:  Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, SU Designer Paper, White, Watercolor    Ink:  Black Craft, Close to Cocoa Craft Ink,  Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Pumpkin Pie    Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Deckle Scissors, Crimper, Circle Punch, Rice Baggy (for background)

Project 2:  Rubbernecker Fall Trilogy    Paper:  Old Olive, Watercolor, Cranberry Crisp    Ink:  Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany   Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Grosgrain

Project 3:  Tim Holtz Collection    Paper:  BasicGrey, Natural white   Ink:  Aged Mahogany    Accessories:  Organdy, Clear Embossing Powder