Friday, October 17, 2014

Oh my goodness! We are overflowing with treasures and goodies as we prepare for the Christmas Party this Sunday at Art 'n Soul. I'm sorry you have to wait until Sunday because its a real treasure trove!

Art 'n Soul's Annual Christmas Party
Sunday, October 19, from 1:00 to 4:00

Along with preparations for the Christmas Party, I'm also making Halloween cards to send out. Here's another quick one I made last night using a new Halloween stamp from Penny Black.

by Debbie Gaetz

  • Base card:  6.5 inches wide and 5.0 inches top to bottom
  • Magenta Ultra Thick Card Stock in white
    • Inks applied with finger dauber:  IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink in New Sprout, Pistachio, Morocco; Radiant Neon pigment ink in Electric Orange (to smooth over the Morocco ink)
    • Penny Black Pumpkin Tree stamp (40-334) with Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink in Tuxedo Black
  • With a Fantastix, apply the Tuxedo Black and Pistachio inks to emphasize colors on tree trunk, owl, pumpkins, ground and grassy areas that will add a little more depths and dimension
  • Adhere stamped image to decorated paper (scrap piece from old Basic Grey design)
  • Use orange glitter pen for the eyes on the pumpkins, owl, bat, face on the tree, eyes in the ground and at the base of the tree
  • With black card stock, die cut frame pieces from Elizabeth Craft Designs' Oval Flourish Frame Edges (777). Use 3 sides only and adhere to inked image
  • Magenta Peel Off Sticker 3326, apply swirly circle dots to each corner of the decorated paper; use individual petals from very small flowers and hang from the tree limbs
Please note the black squares at the lower corners of the photo are the counter top that the card is sitting on

Sylvia Blum made the coolest shaker card that's shown on the IMAGINE Crafts' blog.

by Sylvia Blum
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for Sylvia's step-by-step directions:

I love this thank you card by Bianca on the Magenta blog; I think it's a very refreshing use of the color blue with the stencil, butterflies and bubble stamp design.

by Bianca Van Noort, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link to see the Magenta products she used:  

Impression Obsession is having a fall challenge. This is one of the cards from a member of their design team, Dina Kowal. I love her artistry and the vivid colors of fall in this card.

by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession
Click on this link for the details:

In the same fall challenge, Vicki Garrett has made a wonderful fall/Halloween 'hat' centerpiece that could also be worn! I love it!

by Vicki Garrett for Impression Obsession
Here's the link to Vicki's how-to:

Time to prepare the house for the cleaning crew tomorrow. It was such a beautiful fall day and I'm so happy I was able to get out to run a few errands. Tomorrow the rains are supposed to set in but only for the day. We're expecting another beautiful fall day this Sunday, perfect for our Christmas Party at the store!

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