Saturday, October 30, 2021

myasperations 10-30-21

This card was created for the current 31 nights of Halloween challenge on the Whimsy Stamps Blog. I have quite a few Whimsy digital images plus several clear stamp sets. However, not many of them are Halloween-themed. So, I had fun trying to envision ways to use a few of the ones I have for Halloween Cards. Here is another of those re-purposed cards! I used the digi “Penguin Flies”, adding realism to the balloons with scraps of plastic index divider sheets. (If you’ve followed my blog you’ll know that I use these wonderful gems A LOT! They are sometimes called document file folders- come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I’ve even found them in dollar stores. They're cheaper than colored vellum and more translucent. Punches and dies don’t work on these sheets, but they are easy to fussy-cut with a sharp pair of scissors and you can write on them a black permanent fine-line marker.) I laid a scrap of red plastic atop the front balloon, traced it onto the plastic, cut it out, and set it aside. I turned the other (back) balloon into a festive jack-o-lantern by laying a scrap of orange plastic atop it, tracing the balloon, cutting it out then adding some dotted lines to create a pumpkin balloon. Jack’s eyes and grin were sketched on with a permanent black marker, leaves were hand-sketched onto scraps of green plastic, then attached to the pumpkin top along with a “stem” made with a small piece of kraft brown cardstock with a piece of cellophane tape. When finished, the plastic balloons were adhered to the card front (pumpkin one first) with small strips of double-stick tape.

·   Digital Image- Whimsy Stamps (Penguin Flies)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Cloudy sky- made with chalks, a handmade cloud stencil, and a makeup sponge

·   Plastic Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources

·   Patterned Paper- Hobby Lobby

·   Inside Sentiment- Cut from a Dollar Store napkin

·   Inside Leaves- Embossing Arts Stamp (no longer in business), pigment inks and clear embossing powders.

·   Cardstock, plastic file folders, and all other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Whimsy Stamps Blog- 31 nights of Halloween 2021             
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October                 

I am always on the lookout for coloring sheets that I can- legally- copy for the students in our afterschool program. Crayola gives permission to make copies of the sheets they offer on their website… and there are lots of great ones! This is an example of one that I reduced in size to fit on the front of an A2-sized card. I fussy-cut around the circle (moon), and added some texture by sketching a few light grey circles on its surface. Adhered to a scrap of galaxy patterned paper and adorned with whispy (vellum) clouds the scene takes on a slightly spooky feeling. The inside of the card is decorated with a few embellishments made from scraps of vellum, acetate, and cardstock.  
·   Digi- Crayola Happy Halloween Coloring Sheet (Sign of Spiderwebs)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Galaxy Patterned Paper- Hobby Lobby

·   Inside Sentiment- TlcCreations Freebie (eek!) No longer available

·   Inside- bottle of poison (made with scraps and inspired by an image from an old card)

·   Inside- spider (hand-drawn on a paper scrap,  fussy-cut and adhered with snail adhesive)

·   Vellum scraps and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Incy Wincy Spider
The Paper Shelter- #489 Halloween
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Optional-Add an Insect of 6 or 8 legs)
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

My final card for this post features a simple gatefold base, and a repurposed scenic Thanksgiving card that I cut apart to create the background for the front of the card and the sentiment on the inside. The butterfly digi is fussy-cut (I decided to trim the “dream” sentiment from the digi) then adhered atop a square of a red plastic divider sheet (the same one used to make the red balloon in my first card) which was then attached to the left flap of the gatefold. Additional scraps cut from the Thanksgiving card frame the inside sentiment.
I’m entering this care into several challenges including the Butterfly Challenge (includes all 3 colors: Venetian/deep red, vanilla/light cream, and Vegas gold/burnished gold plus two themes: vellum paper and butterfly.)  
·   Digi Stamp- Impression Obsession (Dream Butterfly)

·   Vintage Scenic Thanksgiving card- from a packet I discovered at a local thrift shop.

·   Cloudy sky behind butterfly digi is made with chalks, a handmade cloud stencil, and a makeup sponge

·   Inside Sentiment from vintage Thanksgiving card.

·   Kraft photo corners available from several web sources 

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #163 V is for Vertical Window Card    
Double D’s Challenge- Sunflowers                                             
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #515-516 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Autumn


  1. Your vellum has given this such a great look and I love the webbed sentiment! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!
    PS: In case you don't know about them, you can find lots of free colouring pages for your kiddies here:
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  2. Love your cobwebby Halloween card!

    Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter - wishing you good luck! Hugs Susan

  3. What a brilliant idea to use the red plastic sheet behind the butterfly. Thankyoy for coming and playing in the butterfly garden with me. hugs Mrs A.

  4. Great work. Thank you for joining the challenge at The Paper Shelter, hope to see you again next time.


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