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)...