Witchy Woman

Simon Says Stamp Halloween Challenge

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Ooh, ooh, she’s got stars in her eyes and all across the sky as she rides this October night!  I just love this October Afternoon paper & the little lady whose silhouette reminds me of Samantha on Bewitched!

I layered several papers from the collection,  used one of the papers as my background, and brought back my Lifestyle Crafts cauldron.   Bubbly embellishments are from American Crafts.

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I love this Memory Box stamp which came with a little coordinating bubbling potion bottle.

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Check out all the other spooky greetings & great products at Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Bewitching Brew Tags

Something Spooky is Brewing!

My partner is a beer brewer, cider slinger & soon to be cicerone at a local bottle shop and bar here in Seattle.  So I have quite a few beer & wine inspired ideas that are a-brewing and spilling over in my mind!  Now I just need to hop to it and execute them all!
Here are the first in what will be a series!

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It’s tag mania here at Pinned & Penned!  These actually have been completed for a couple months now, but I am just getting around to photographing and uploading.  They were pretty labor intensive to make, as they are multiple layers, with a mid-layer of corrugated paper to make them nice and durable!  But I love how they turned out with a combination of fun paper layering, framing, stamping and embellishing!

The wine bottle die is from My Favorite Things and our little snake oil man here is popping out of a Lifestyle Crafts cauldron die.  Don’t you just love both?

All papers are from last year’s October Afternoon release.
My sayings were composed using a variety of fonts and printed on cardstock.

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For this tag, I initially used my Crafter’s Workshop birch tree stencil with Distress ink.  Then I stamped one of my favorite skeleton images (from Victorine Originals).
Poor guy!  He’s been holding on, empty-handed, so long for just a drop of liquid hops!

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These are smaller versions that can accompany a six-pack!  He is still thirsty, yet that glass is so close!

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Thanks for viewing!  I would love to hear your feedback and connect with you!

Happy drinking, tricking, treating and haunting!

P.S. Let me know if you would like any advice on pairing beer with your seasonal dishes!

Crisp & Clean Challenge

CAS-ology Crisp Contest

imageHere is my little critter entry for this week’s challenge over at CAS-ology!

CAS-ology has such a great quote on their website, I just have to repost:
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”  Charles Mingus

This is so true in music, graphic design, or writing!  I gravitate toward CAS style in art, poetry and fiction (think any Hemingway or McCarthy’s The Road)–I just love a line or image that is so clean it cuts like glass.  I tell my students continuously to cut the fat in their writing, but such refinement takes a lot of practice.  Being highly verbal myself, I tend to overwrite, which is likely why I am pulled to my opposite!  So this challenge was a good one for me!

I continue to work on developing my Copic coloring skills.  Blending is not as easy as it looks!  I am continuously impressed by all the great coloring I have seen out there, notably the ladies over at Flourishes, Kay Miller, and Sandy Allnock, all of whom have inspired me.
Sandy has a good video on coloring white polar bears here!

The trick is having enough colors in your family, so it is a matter of investing to slowly build the collection.  I have some reds, greens, blues, cool grays and earth tones so far, as well as a colorless blender which I can’t seem to get the hang of using just yet!

For my little Lawn Fawn Bunnicula, I used Memento Tuxedo black, and Copics C00, C02, C04, E40, E44 (two colors I just love), E47, and R01.  I used G02 and G05 for the carrots, along with an undercoat of E0000 and R01 to lighten the Tombow orange 946.
The moon is shaded with B0000, B01, BG05, and the stars are Marvy Le Plume II no. 68.

The pumpkin and graphite paper is from Amuse Studio, here in Seattle.  I used Neenah Solar White for the images.  I always like to add a strip of coordinating washi tape to the back of my cards, and this particular one is from American Crafts.

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There are many wonderful CAS creations entered over at CAS-ology, so be sure to stop by for some inspiration in keeping it simple!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment, suggestion, or tips on Copic coloring!