Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Ghostly Challenge ( KKC004)

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Hey y'all! It's Hump Day Woo-Hoo! Hope everyone is having a great week!

I was going through my read feeds yesterday and Carrie Gaskins' site, Artistic, popped up. If you haven't checked her site out, I highly recommend it. Most of her stuff is like Way over the top, stuff I could never hope to come up with on a daily basis, but really Amazing! Anyways, she has a new challenge that she recently started called the Ka-Pow Creative Challenge. Here's this week's challenge sketch-

Now, I have wanted to try challenges before but have you seen the name of my blog? I'm a Scaredy Cat! What if it's not good enough? What if no-one likes it? What if they hate it? What if it sucks? What if it looks like a kindergartners craft project next to a Monet? What if no-one can tell it looks like the sketch? Augh! I'm stressing out just thinking about it!

Well, I did say, I was going to try and step out of my comfort zone and since I had just made a project (you'll see it tomorrow) that had a scalloped circle, and was pretty cute, if I do say so myself (and hopefully I'm not the only one who will say so) I thought this might be the perfect challenge to try. That being said, I was extremely, intimidated to be entering Carrie Gaskins' challenge! Did you read what I said about her stuff? Did you pause and go to her site earlier? (No? Well, make sure you do, just make sure to finish this too!) Have you seen my very basic blog and cards/projects? But, in the spirit of Halloween (the season of Scaredy Cats), I am not just stepping out of my comfort zone I am jumping of the ledge!

Here's my card-

I used a base of Basic Black cardstock 4 1/4 x 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4 to make a square card. I then layered a 4 x 4 piece of Frightful Sight DSP which I used as my inspiration. I used Basic Grey cardstock cut at 3 1/2 x 1 inch and cut it out with my Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and adhered it with SNAIL. I used my 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch to punch a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I didn't make two layers like the  sketch, it's actually black cardstock that I stroked the edges over the edge of a Whisper White Craft Ink Pad instead of sponging it on. I was actually just trying for a different effect and it ended up looking like I have two layers. (kinda cool, huh?) My 3 little ghosts were my own idea! How excited was I?!? I used the small oval and then punched the bottom with the 1 3/4" Scallop Punch. I sponged them with a little Basic Grey for dimension and then used my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker to draw in their eyes. Makes them look just like the little guys on the paper huh? I adhered them to the scalloped circle using Tombow so they would really stay put, didn't want them floating away. Before I could adhere this to the card can you see what happened? That's right! Tink's back! She got the border of my scalloped circle and then she got my cute little guys and dang it if she didn't make them even cuter!
Who would have imagined that was even possible?!?
Well, I just stuck those cute little guys to the front of my card with 3 dimensionals and the front was done.

The inside is really simple. Every year I look at all the cute Halloween stamps and somehow I end up not getting any so, believe it or not I didn't have a greeting to go with my cute little card. *tear* So I improvised-

I used a 4 x 4 piece of Whisper White cardstock for the inside and took my Stampin Write Journaler pen and wrote Boo! as Neatly and Cutely as Possible. (Let's face it, I do have Nurse writing and it's a good thing I get to blog in type, 'cuz if it was penned no-one would be able to read it) :-) I then punched it out with my Word Window Punch (Luv It!) and ran a strip of SNAIL across it. You know what came next. Yep, I beat Tink to this one! The Dazzling Diamonds came out and a plain inside of a card, simply sparkles.

I hope you like today's card, but most of all I hope it inspires you to create and step out of your box whatever it might be. If you liked it, I would love it if you left me a comment. It's great when I get to hear from you! Also, if you liked today's card, please feel free to +1 or Pin it. I've added the buttons to my side-bar for your convenience. Friends and Followers are also welcome. :) 

If you haven't tried any challenges, try one. There are all sorts out there. Sketch challenges like this one or color challenges, Mash-up challenges. This one is actually a fairly straight forward and uncomplicated one to get your feet wet with. As always, if today's card inspired you to create, send me a link or a pic, I'd love to see it!

You can shop 24/7 for supplies to this card or others at my online store, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow, I've got a really cute Halloween Project featuring my cute little trio.

Till then ...

Be Safe,
Shan Pin It


  1. So adorable! Those little ghosts are just too cute for words. So glad you had time to play with us at KKC this week!

  2. Those ghosts are awesome!! This is a great job and I'm so glad you went out of your comfort zone. I totally get what you're talking about referring to Carrie....she's my upline and talk about intimidating, but she's so down to earth and a wonderful person and shares all her ideas, that I've gotten over the intimidating part. Play again and play often with us!

  3. Such an adorable card! Way to go you for stepping out of your comfort zone!

    Anita Krul

  4. oh mygoodness - just so adorable... all the sparkles just set the whole scene off too!!
    smiles, Carole


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