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Halloween Garden Walk

Its garden tour time again, and we would like to “treat” you to a Halloween Garden Walk.  Don’t worry, just treats – no tricks!

Please note:  I’m off to go camping with the Girl Scouts this weekend  (wish me luck)  so my post is going up early.  The hop officially starts at 10:00 am EST on Saturday.

Take a stroll through the blogs of all the Paper Gardeners and enjoy some not-so-spooky inspiration.   This month we are focusing on Halloween – mostly on ways to serve up all those Halloween treats. 

While you visit,  take note of each designer’s name and their special Halloween treat  in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to custserv@papergardenprojects.com with the list of designers and their garden walk word.

Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don’t leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Wednesday, September 22 to send your list.

And the prize?  How a bout this super cute set of Eat Cake Graphics Halloween stamps?


Here is the garden tour guide list.  I hope you find some “Boo”tiful ideas…..

For my treat project – I decided to decorate one of the little plastic purses (daughter M really loves these!) with a friendly Halloween theme.

Here is the front:

And here is the back:

The images are from the Pumpkin Pals cling set and the sentiment is from the Happy Halloweenie cling set.  Both sets contain some of my all time favorite Halloween images from Eat Cake Graphics.

The box comes with a white satin ribbon handle and I wanted to jazz it up a bit.  So I pulled out some black checkered ribbon from the “I Want It White”  embellishment collection.  This collection contains all kinds of ribbon and other embellishments that you can color with your Copics to match your projects (love that about my Copics!!).

I just went over the ribbon with my orange (YR-07) copic.  While I was at it I colored some scrappers floss (also in the I Want it While collection) to thread my bottons with.

I colored the pumpkin images and matted them on black.  I stamped the sentiment and made and orange and black matte for it.  I also colored some scrappers floss black for the orange buttons.  Here are all my project pieces – ready to assemble.

I pierced the box tab with my paper piercer to attach the button with the colored scrappers floss.  I also added buttons to my sentiment (the orange buttons came from the Tutti Frutti button mix).

I simply swapped out the ribbon handle (you could also just color the existing satin handle with Copics if you wish).

Then I just added the pumpkin images and sentiment (and added some yummy Reeses Peanut Butter cups!).

I’m Cathy and my Garden Walk Treat is Snickers.   

I hope you are up for more treats.  Next in line is Amber – and she has a BIG treat for you!

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Don’t be blue color challenge…

Well, you can be “blue”, just don’t be sad.

For this month’s Fourth Friday (shhh… don’t mention its the fifth Friday) challenge…. how about a color challenge?

Our challenge to you is to create a project that includes includes these three happy colors. You can add other colors if you wish – but include at lease a smidgen of each of these 3.

You have till midnight (EST) of Friday May 7 to  link your project.  You can use the link button at the bottom of this post.  We will draw one random winner for the prize.

ETA:  If you have any trouble with the linking – just leave a comment and we’ll make sure you get into the proze drawing.

The rules are:

It must be a newly created project for this challenge – but feel free to combine this challenge with any other ones out there.

We’d love to see all the art you care to share, but each person will only be entered in the drawing once.

The winner will be drawn randomly and announced the following Saturday.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the prize is this lovely Rachelle Anne Miller Bundle of Joy stamp.

 For my project, I created a slider card.  Here it is closed:

Here it is open:

I used the tutorial in this blog post to make the card (it is the same technique, just different images).  Here are the card pieces:

I used the Summer Camp Cling stamp set and the Lake Shoreline cling stamp to create the card (all images by Eat Cake Graphics).   I colored the images with copic markers.   The sentiment is from the IO Anytime Sentiments set.

Here is some more inspiration from the Paper Gardeners (with more details on their blogs).  We all used Prism cardstock (Intense Kiwi, Suede Brown Medium and Baby blue dark) for our challenge colors.

Here is Andrea’s beautiful card.  She used the sentiment from the Bouquet of Joy clear set.  Look at those beautiful flowers she made.

Here is Erin’s cute little cowgirl.  Erin used the sweet Wild West Anya stamp from the Greeting Farm and did some mighty fine coloring. 

Here is Linda’s adorable card.  Linda used the Princess for a day cling stamp set and Basic Grey Koshi papers.  Isn’t it lovely?

Here is Tangii’s super cool card.  I just love the way she combined cute little Ian with the Summer Note Block.  Perfect together!

We also have Tricia – with her adorable little mice from the Penny Black Its Your Day clear set.  So cute!

We’d love to see your take on the color challenge, so come play in the garden with us!

I’m trying some linking software to hopefully make these challenges easier – keep your fingers crossed!  You can link below just by clicking a button (I hope!). 



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A crisp autumn day…

A post – finally, can you believe it.  Its been a very busy week!


I really liked this Fall Scene Cling Stamp by Impression Obsession the first time I saw it.  It just looked like a place I’d love to visit.  I bet there is homemade apple pie in that farm house!

card-partsFor this card, I decided to create even more of a background and a foreground by stamping twice and cutting out the foreground elements.  Here are my 2 pieces colored with Copic markers.  (not a great pic – sorry – I had to take it at night).

I found this super sparkly glitter in a small stamp store while on vacation this summer and couldn’t resist (copper is my favorite metallic).

To apply the glitter, I used Oh So Sticky tape.  I just put the tape all around the image and then cut it out with a craft knife (saved me from measuring – yep – I’m lazy.  I’d rather spend my time coloring than anything else.)

This gave me my sparkly matte around the image and the glitter really seems to stick well to the tape.

fallscenecloseThen I mounted the cut image on to top of the background image with foam tape to create more dimension.

One quick tip – if you go around the cut edges of your image with the side of the marker (to color the cut edge) it does not show if you are not so perfect in your cutting.

I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems to do the background.  The two circles are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then inked lightly with Vintage Photo Distress ink and a duster brush.

Here is a picture trying to show the layers.  This is one of those cards that really looks better in person (really… honest….)

The Cuttlebub Challange for this week is a Thanksgiving project.  Think this counts?

Hope everyone has a happy Friday.  (I’m hoping to stamp some more!)

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A June Bug Thank You

princessmerciI wanted to play with my new Basic Grey June Bug paper pad – so I made a little thank you card.

I used the Princess for a Day cling stamp set.  The set has 3 images and one sentiment from Eat Cake Graphics in it. 

I colored it with Copics and cut the image out using the Label 1 Nestibilities dies.  Its matted in a larger cut from the same die set.  Since there were so many diamonds on the patterned paper, I decided to do the image like a diamond also.

I inked the image with Scattered Straw Distress ink using a duster brush before I removed the cutting die so I could get a yellow background with a white border.

The ribbon at the bottom is from the “I Want It White” embellishment collection.  The ribbon was white and I simply colored with with my Copic marker to match the lighter blue in the background paper.  You do not need much ink – just quickly run the wedge tip of the marker over your strip of ribbon.

One of the things I like best about this technique, it that the ribbon stiffens slightly when the ink dries.  I tie my knot while the ribbon is still damp and maneuver the ends into position.  When the ink dries – the knot or bow stays just where you put it.  No more misbehaving ribbon ends!

Have a great day everyone – and thanks for looking!

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Are you a history buff?

colonialwell1I love history.  Not so much the “who defeated who in the battle of what” kind of history – I’m more interested in how people actually lived day-to-day.  When you start to learn some of that stuff, it boggles the mind.  You can’t help but have enormous respect for people living then (especially – in my humble opinion – the women).  And to think I gripe about doing laundry!!

So I was excited to find these Colonial Williamsburg historical stamps from Impression Obsession (and of course had to get some!). 

The one I used here is called Colonial Well.  Its drawn from one of the historical buildings (I’ve been there and saw it in person!).  This is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic markers.  I inked the edges of all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress ink and a duster brush.  The sentiment was cut out and matted using the Spellbinders Tag 4 dies.


Now, I love coloring and find it very relaxing, but sometimes you just don’t have the time.  So here is a no coloring version.  For this version, I tried to make an antique looking image. 

I stamped Colonial Well in Memento Rich Cocoa, and then stamped over the top with a Crackle Background stamp using the lighter Desert Sand Memento ink.  Then I inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and a duster brush. 

I wanted the image to have the feel of china or tile, so I pressed my Versamark pad over the entire surface and embossed the whole image with clear embossing powder.

So that is my second version.  I also want to try this in blue – kind of like Deft China.  I bet that might look nice too.

Well, I’m off to wrestle with some mulch (hoping the rain holds off).  Tonight I’m leading my Brownie troop in a scrap-booking adventure.  This is their last meeting as Brownies (they move up next year).  So I thought it might be nice to have them make a memory album.  Wish me luck!

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