Saturday, October 30, 2010

Seasons Change...H2H Challenge

Several months ago, soon after joining CTMH, I participated in a challenge over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  With all of the incredibly talented ladies playing, I was pleasantly surprised when my card was selected for Friday Five.    I wasn't able to participate in the following challenges for various reasons...namely school started up again....busy, busy, busy.  I've been itching for a while to try another challenge, so I made a point of making a card today after getting home from school. 

This week's challenge is to create something for Halloween or something with pumpkins (for those of us who don't celebrate Halloween...thanks H2H for thinking of us).  When I first read this challenge, I thought, "Oh fiddle faddle...I'm not going to be able to do this one." I don't own any pumpkin stamps yet.  But after my initial doubt and thinking about how I could create a pumpkin out of a something that wasn't a pumpkin, it finally dawned on me.  I have a binder full of old paper piecing patterns...I found a pumpkin pattern by a company called "Star Gazer Patterns" (I don't think their in business anymore.)  Then I started wondering what papers I could use....well, duh!  My Olivia papers would be perfect!  I traced and cut out the pattern pieces, then sponged the edges with Sunset Exclusive ink.  I then spritzed the pieces with water and wadded them up.  After gently unwading, I lightly sponged Cocoa Exclusive ink over the edges and some of the wrinkles.  Finally, I lightly sanded the pieces with the block from the CTMH sanding kit.   I then played with this and played with that, until I came up with this card.   (Don't you love how creativity works?)

I used Close To My Heart B&T papers, cardstock (specifically Bamboo, Colonial White, and Barn Red), and the exclusive "Timeless" MyAcrylix stamp set from the Olivia Workshop-on-the-Go.  I used the flourishes from the corner stamp of  "The Present" MyAcrylix stamp set  along the bottom and around the torn sentiment opening.   (I LOVE THIS SET!!!)  I then inked the edges of the Bamboo cardstock background and around the sentiment opening.
I used Pear, Topiary, and Cocoa Exclusive Inks on the leaves.  I had fun creating the little vines by wrapping thin strips of Topiary cardstock around the needle portion of my piercing tool.  Speaking of the piercing tool, I used it to pierce holes to create windy swirls.  
I stamped the flourish border from the WOTG "Timeless" stamp set in Bamboo ink on a piece of Colonial White cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in Topiary ink.  I then inked the edges using a sponge tool and Bamboo ink, trimmed it and added two brads from the Mini-Medley Accents Pewter Collection that I had left over from the Passages WOTG kit and adhered it with 3-D Foam Tape. 

Before I adhered the Bamboo piece down onto the card, I sanded the area (in two directions) that would be under the "window" and then stamped the sentiment in Topiary Exclusive Ink

MATERIALS/SHOPPING LIST (All materials are Close To My Heart, except the Star Gazer Pumpkin Pattern)...


  1. What a beautiful card! Your pumpkins are gorgeous.

  2. Wow! How resourceful! I think these pumpkins are awesome! Very colorful and I love the vines at the top, super crafty! Thanks for playing along with us at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

  3. This is FABULOUS, thanks for playing along with H2H!


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