The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Friday, September 17, 2010

Spooktacular Halloween

Happy TGIF, everybody!! I feel like I'm finally getting a handle on my kids' school schedule and the time I have in my day for doing my freelance work, so I took a little time this morning to treat myself to a little slice of bliss. Here's what I've been up to!!
I played along with today's Free for All Challenge, F4A30, over on Splitcoast. The challenge is to use a punny saying on your card. No problem!! As a DT member for Mark's Finest Papers, I'm amassing quite a collection of MFP sets, many of which include a variety of punny sayings. It seems to be one of MFP's hallmarks!! I wanted to add to my stash of Halloween cards to send to far-flung family next month, so I went with the MFP set Broom Rides which includes the punny saying "It's SPOOKtacular!"

Next, I went looking for an awesome sketch to use for this card and found a great one in Repeat Impressions' What If? Wednesday Sketch challenge S810. Then I thought I'd see if I could play along with Jazzy Paper Designs Inspirational Challenge #13, which was to be inspired by an album cover on the Verve Music website. I found the perfect inspiration piece in John Fogerty's Revival album cover: Perfect idea for a Halloween card, doncha think? I set to work with my brayer and some pumpkin pie and so saffron ink to reproduce that awesome sky on the album cover. Didn't get it quite right, but I'm still quite happy with my results. Finished up my scene with some silhouette-y Halloween elements.

Finally, I made sure that my card included something that tweets or flutters for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge 130, to include a bird or butterfly somewhere on your card. I've got my spooktacular owl to cover that base. ;)

So that's the story of my card creation and bit of fun for today!! Next, it's time to get down to work on today's allotment of my freelance project. I'm looking forward to my "book group" tonight--our first meeting since the end of the last school year in June. Gotta use those quotes because we never do any reading or anything--our "book group" is just an excuse for a bunch of girlfriends to get together on a monthly basis and socialize. If we didn't make our appointments for "book group," we'd never find the time to get together!! Sometimes we just get together at someone's home to chat; other times we might craft, see a movie, go out for dinner, or whatever fun someone cooks up. And we always have a visit to a local day spa in March. Fun! It's going to be great catching up with everyone tonight. :)

Well, have a fabulous weekend. Thanks so much for checking in today!!

Recipe:
Stamps: MFP Broom Rides
Paper: SU basic black CS, SU pumpkin pie CS, HP glossy photo paper, Pink Paislee 365 Degrees DP
Ink: SU pumpkin pie, SU so saffron, Marvy Le Plume II black marker
Accessories: EK BOO border punch, MS postage stamp punch, black satin ribbon from Mark's Finest Papers, foam tape
Techniques: brayered sky

26 comments:

Marisa said...

You have aced that sketch, Emily!! Love the Boo punch you used on the card, the focal image is great as are the colours and DP. Fabulously done!!

Enjoy your time with the "book group". Good for you guys for planning it and sticking to it. A great way to ensure you get together - love it. Nothing better than getting together with great girl friends.

Bonnie said...

I love the brayering, the punny saying, the sketch, the punch on the bottom, the paper. I like this card! Thanks for the inspiration Emily.

Lynette said...

Fabulous card!! Great combination of challenges. I love the punch and the stamps. Thanks for playing along with Repeat Impressions challenge! And have fun at "book night" - sounds like an awesome time!

seamom said...

Fantastic work with the card! And I loved the inside-your-head info re how the card came into being. Really great!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is FABULOUS! PERFECT for that album cover inspiration! Love this, Em!

Scrapaddict said...

Absolutely, positively gorgeous creation! Love it!!!! Thanks for playing Jazzy Paper Designs!

Cardmaking Galore said...

Stunning card - very elegant!

Tenia Nelson said...

So LOVE this card, Miss Emily!!!! Thanks for playing at Jazzy Paper Designs!!!!

suzARTe said...

this Halloween card is fantastic, we don't really celebrate this fun day in Australia, its great to see what all you lovely crafters create for this special day in America.

there is a little something for you on my blog, visit when you get the chance :)

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

FAbulous! Your inspiration piece would make my dh so happy and your card is perfect! Love that MS border punch!

chris said...

Hi Emily, this is so stunning it really is spooktacular!
just come over from SuzArte.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Emily! Love the mysterious looking BG!

Sally Atkins said...

Fantastic card, Emily! I love the way you used that album cover as inspiration - it's perfect! Love the Boo lettering too. Hope your 'book' night was a lot of fun!

Crafty Math Chick said...

AWESOME card Emily! SO striking! WOW! I want those punches now too! Happy Weekend!

~Meredith

Joanne (jojot) said...

hope you enjoyed your 'book group'....friends are a way to keep one's sanity....

fabulous use of that sketch...fab Halloween card...very dramatic

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

Oh My! You hit this one spot on! Terrific take on the CD cover!
Thansk for playing with us @ Jazzy's Paper Designs.

Colleen Dietrich said...

I really like this card. It would look good as a decoration around the house at Halloween time too! My favorite part is the glowing brayer job you did; big pat on the back for you!

Jennifer said...

Your card is sooo fun! Great album cover choice of an old favorite of mine! Thanks for joining us at Jazzy Paper Designs, hope to see you again soon!
Hugs,
Jennifer

Kristy Smith said...

This is an absolutely stunning card! I'm now inspired to make my halloween party invitations! =) Thanks so much for sharing!

Tameko said...

Wow, great take on the sketch and album cover!

Lisa Andrews said...

Great Halloween card! You pulled some great inspiration from the album cover! Thanks for joining us at CCT.

Vickie Kertz said...

This is just so perfect. Love how you put things together.

Scrapaddict said...

Congrats on being named Jazz Cat of the Week! Look forward to see what you create for the next challenge!

Janice said...

Wow!! This is spectacular! You really nailed the jazzy paper challenge!

Sandy Ang said...

Love the way you used the Boo borders !

Cath said...

Hey Emily! I love the wicked elegance you've got goin' on in this card! Thanks for linking it up to our Fright-spiration blog post in the Moxie Fab World! :)