Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I am exhausted!

Well, this weekend has certainly been a weekend of labor for me!  We decided to clean out one closet and ended up cleaning out EVERY SINGLE ROOM in our house!  We took two truck-loads full to Goodwill and have at least three huge garbage bins full of trash to get rid of.  Normally I would have said "This is good stuff. Let's keep it and have a garage sale."  Not this time!  I am OVER keeping things and want to start off fresh!  But I am exhausted!  I didn't get to craft all weekend. :(  BOO! Luckily, I got a lot of cards made last week and had this one to post for a challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.  Here were the beautiful colors we were given to work with this week:

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I was really excited when I saw these colors because I think they make great halloween colors and I have been having a lot of fun using my new stamp set, Googly Ghouls.  As I said before, this is my first halloween stamp set EVER, so I want to get as much use out of it as possible!

I first started with the strip of three characters.  They are stamped with Black StazOn ink on Watercolor Paper so I could easily color them in with my Blender Pens.  I stamped that whole strip with the blotches from French Foliage in Lucky Limeade, stamped off so it was a little lighter.  I wanted the little mummy to really stand out, so I stamped him once again and cut him out, then popped him up on two layers of Dimensionals.  For the background, I first thought I wanted to do some pennants.  They are EVERYWHERE though, so I decided to use the Apothecary Accents Framelits instead.  After I cut them out, I lined them up together in the Chevron Embossing Folder so the zig-zags would line up perfectly (yes, a little bit of OCD here :).  The ribbon was added as an afterthought.  I thought it needed a little something to separate the characters from the sentiment.  I like how it hangs off the edge of the card.  I don't do that often enough!  It can be tucked under to fit in a standard-sized envelope, so why not?

Stamp Sets: French Foliage, Googly Ghouls
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black StazOn, Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper-Piercing Tool, Blender Pen, Chevron Embossing Folder
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Googlies, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip


  1. Cute Shana! I still haven't used my "Ghouls' yet! I love the way the mummy stands out with the dimensional and one googlie eye. Great job as always!!

  2. Cute Halloween card!! Love your layout and the way you used the framelits! Very clever!! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. What a busy weekend you had! It always feels good to get things out of the house! What a FUN halloween card! I just LOVE this little set! Thanks for playing along in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  4. Perfect colors for Halloween and your card is too cute! Love how you altered your version of the banners too!

    There must be something in the air with cleaning. I informed DH today that next weekend we are getting rid of lots of stuff! I'm with you-tired of things taking up space that I could use for something else!!

  5. Oh how fun!!! Love the colors for Halloween and how you used the background framelits! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  6. This is a super cool card. I love the purple witch. Thanks for joining our color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary. Smiles, Elizabeth

  7. This is one of my favorite Halloween sets - I love the wiggly eyes that go with it. I need to do some closet cleaning out too! I'm glad you joined the Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week!

  8. Clever way to stack the Apothecary Accents and how can you not love this stamp set with the googly eyes. Now take a break from sorting out your house and get some stampin' in! Thanks for joining us this week at CCMC!

  9. Shanna, good for you to donate it all! I tried the same thing and my kids voted for the yard sale! WAY TOO MUCH TIME! Your card is just adorable! I especially love the witch's face - she made me giggle! Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  10. Great halloween card! That witch looks like she needs to take a deep breath! LOL! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!