PPA142 Happy Skulloween

Pals Paper Arts current color challenge and the Naki/Nina Double Dare challenge inspired today’s card.


I love the color picks in this Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  They pretty much screamed for a Halloween card, as far as I’m concerned. The card base took care of the Elegant Eggplant requirement, but it also shows up on Mr. Skully’s eyes and in the sentiment stamp.  Pumpkin Pie added the little punches of color, and Lucky Limeade showed up on the DSP and a touch of sponging on the sentiment. I admit there’s also a bit of Rich Razzleberry here, too, on that bowtie. That’s the print that’s on the reverse of the chevron stripe, and I loved the little extra purpley-pop, so there it is!


Naki and Nina’s Double Dare Challenge #4  required the use of chevron stripes and only ONE stamp on the card front. Although the one stamp could’ve been stamped many times, I chose to simply use a sentiment.  The Summer Smooches DSP provided the perfect Lucky Limeade chevron stripe to add a bit of pizzazz. I love how the various patterns on SU DSP’s can be used in unexpected ways….I mean “Summer Smooches” at Halloween?? Very cool.

Mr. Skully himself is the product of my freehanding a skull shape and drawing on the “eyebrows” and mouth (hey, so when does a skull HAVE eyebrows??).  It’s not difficult at all to find the perfect shape to copy for a skull if you’re as addicted to magazine collecting as I am…or if you simply look at the various wonderful stamp choices available in SU’s “Spooky Bingo Bits” stamp set!  Skully’s bowtie was made with the old SU butterfly punch and the eyes were made with the 1/2 and 3/4 inch circle punches.  Oh, and GOOGLIES!

There are a bunch of googlies watching you!  This card will be put in the hands of my great-nephew when it gets closer to trick-or-treating time.  I think he’ll appreciate Mr. Skully and all those eyes rolling around!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri


Autumn birthday

The Perfectly Penned sentiment stamp set is one of those I’ll never tire of using. It has an elegance and a crispness that lends itself both to masculine and feminine cards. This one happens to be for a November male birthday. I had a lot of fun making it, although just about everything in it other than Perfectly Penned is ‘retired’. For a hobby stamper, though, “retired” is just the term we WISH we were, employment-wise, so that we could stamp more!

To translate this card into current SU products, here’s what I did:

The dsp background on the card is from a Fall SU dsp pattern a couple years ago, but all the colors in it are still current. You could easily use one of the lovely patterns from this season’s Orchard Harvest dsp–it’s gorgeous and versatile with its own version of rich, intense Autumn colors.

I used a retired Bigz die to cut out the leaves that I used as the 3-d layer on the card. I made a LOT of these leaves–a bunch of which I used on a fall wreath I’ll post later. I sponged the edges of all of them (some from cardstock; some from dsp) and then used my bone folder to “draw” veins into each leaf.  These gave more dimension as it allowed me to fold and shape the leaves.  The negative space from where I cut the leaves–I used to sponge leaves onto cardstock on the main/sentiment panel of the card. This was where I really had fun–playing with the ink colors is such a joy to me–I’ve learned that even I can create little works of art with SU tools!

To translate the leaves on this card to current SU products,  the “Autumn Accents” Bigz Die in the holiday catty would be perfect! This new die has four leaf shapes (each a bit different than the four on my old die), plus an acorn! I’ll be adding this to my arsenal very soon.

Ah–one other very cool component of the card that is current is the paper piercing around the sentiment panel. The paper piercing tool and various templates, offered both in the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog, are a dream to use–creative possibilities are endless!

Current SU products you can try here are:

Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187 

Orchard Harvest DSP #126895 

Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812 










Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri