A not so scary halloween card

After a busy weekend (my son turned 16, so we celebrated a big party), I found finally time to do some crafting. Here in the Netherlands, winter time has started this weekend. The days are getting shorter and the dark outside comes much quicker. Through every street runs a shadow rushing for some place to hide … real Halloween time!

With this card, I am more than satisfied with my passion for making cards! Have been wonderfully busy.

I first edited the background with distress ink. And of course I drawn some flashy lightning in it. I then printed out the free digital stamp and colored it with my alcohol markers. I punched a few mounds of black paper with my die-cutting machine. Then I thought the card was a bit bare. That is why I myself drew, colored and cut out the ghost and the two pumpkins. Then I also gave this a nice place on the card. I matted the card on black glitter cardstock. I wrote by hand: “Happy Halloween”, with a white gell pen.

Thank you for your visit and your visit to my card making web blog. I hope to see you next time!

With this card I would like to enter the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps and more – add a pumpkin
CD Sunday Plus Challenge blog – Anything Goes’ as long as something from a craft CD, USB or a Digital image
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Always Anything Goes
Allsorts challenge blog – Make your own background
Crafty Calendar Challenges – Autumn Colours/Halloween
My Time To Craft – Halloween or Cats

Shimmering mermaid

It was very rainy here in the Netherlands today. So perfect weather to make some cards! I love to browse the internet and see what other people make. And during one of those scavenger hunts, I came across a card made with a Polkadoodle stamp. I was immediately sold and I had to make a card with a cute little mermaid!
However, I did not use an original stamp from Polkadoodle, but I draw this cute mermaid myself (and to be very clear about this: I copied it after an image from the Pokadoodle website, just to trie and challenge myself!) and incorporated it on my card. Because I like to draw very much and I have to challenge myself so every now and than!
I used also a self-made background paper: this one I made with the neocolor II aquarelle sticks, a nice stencil and some gesso. I colored the mermaid with my watercolor paint of “Art by Marlene”. This paint has very nice bright colors. The seaweed and the shells are stamps from Craftsensations and I colored them with the Shiny Metallic Water Colour Paints from “Creative Artist”! I also punched out the background and stuck it on a piece of glitter cardstock. Afcourse this girl needed some pearls here and there and I doodled some dots in her hair with glitter gellpen and a white gellyroll pen.

I loved how the card turned out it is super cute and I am sure it will make one of my nieces very happy!

Thank you for stopping bye and I hope to see you a next time again!