Friday, October 21, 2022

It's all about the eyes

  Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Halloween

And our fabulous sponsor is:
DRS Designs

Here is my card for your inspiration (actually, I have 2 cards!):
My family doesn't celebrate Halloween, so I don't make Halloween cards, usually.  I had planned to make something with this sentiment that could be a Halloween card but wouldn't be limited to it.  But when I saw this inspiration photo from Cupcake Inspirations Challenge, I knew I HAD to try to recreate that little zombie cupcake on a card;
It was super fun and quite easy to make!  I started by cut 1/2 in strips of white card stock from scraps I had lying around.  Then I inked up the edges with the bit of Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink that was left on my blending brush after creating a different project.  I die cut the circle out of a panel of white cardstock and adhered a scrap of green card stock underneath.  Then I randomly glued the strips of white onto the card making sure to overlap the circle but not cover too much of it.  Then I die cut the whole panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I created the eyes with two black circles that were in my bits and pieces stash (left over from a project long, long ago) and die cut two slightly larger white circles (which were cut from scraps).  I used that same circle die to cut partial circles for the eyelids.  I adhered the sentiment with foam squares and adhered the whole panel to a black mat and then onto a purple card base.

The second card was actually one I had in mind when I chose this sentiment from DRS Designs to work with.  I die cut black card stock with a stitched rectangle die and then die cut two circles from it.  Then I ink blended the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Oxide.  I was hoping it would add a little bit of night sky look to the panel.  Instead it ends up looking a little foggy and spooky, but that works, so I went with it.  I popped in onto a black card base using foam squares and then adhered the googly eyes in place and added the sentiment.  Then I sat there for a long time trying to decide if I should just leave it as it was or add some kind of embellishments.  I really wanted to give the idea of small glowing eyes (from an unknown creature), but none of my enamel dots or gemstones, or anything gave the look I was going for.  I finally decided it was too play without any additions, so I used nuvo dots in a Christmasy green to add the glowing "eyes".  I would have preferred something a little more yellow, but didn't have it so went with what I did have.  So, now that you know the intent, if you squinty and look at it just the right way, maybe you can see the look I was going for.  
I will most definitely be using this sentiment again, for something other than a Halloween card.  I'm envisioning a love themed card (perhaps Valentine's Day) with a monster with a lot of eyes.  It will be so fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the Cut It Up blog for the full details of the challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. 

Card #1:
Stamps: DRS Designs "Eyes For You Greeting" (mine is digital, but they have rubber in the shop!)
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; the black pupils were left over pieces from PTI's "Hands of Time" clock face die


Snippets Playground #439--anything goes with snippets (lots of snippets used here)

Double Trouble Challenge #123--Let's get around to it (Thing #1: at least one circle [I have 5 and two half circles]; Thing #3: fall/halloween; Thing #2: play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge)
Unicorn Challenge #81--spooky AND/OR cute
Craft Rocket #97--autumn or Halloween
Crafty Friends #160--more than one die
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #173--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the mummy)

Simon Says Stamp Monday--halloween/spooky

Card #2:
Stamps: DRS Designs "Eyes For You Greeting" (mine is digital, but they have rubber in the shop!)
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Through the Purple Haze #197--Halloween AND/OR color palette
Crafty Calendar--Halloween
Creative Inspirations--autumn or Halloween
Aud Sentiments #298--Halloween/fall
Sweet Stampers #78--autumn or Halloween
Shopping Our Stash #481--frightfully delightful
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #579--monster mash AND/OR sketch


Treva said...

Wow, love both of you cards and was really inspired after reading what you did when putting your cards together.

Take care.

ScrappyHorses said...

Oh my lands, those strips are so fun! I would say you nailed that little zombie! Very cute!!

Karen Letchworth said...

Both of your cards are super cute, Heather. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was honored to be asked to Guest Design and I appreciate it. I hope you're having a wonderfully creative week.

Dena J said...

That little mummy is adorable! I love the pop of color and the purple card base. It's just perfect. Thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Sarn said...

Ha ha ha . . . two fun Hallowe'en cards here!

Thanks for submitting Card 1 to the Snippets Playground. Once you've finished playing on the swings, come up to the Treehouse for a hot chocolate! x

Nora Noll said...

These are so cute!! I LOVE both of your cards!! These are amazing!! Thank you for joining us at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!!!

CIC DT Member

Donna Scholz said...

Heather, I love BOTH of your spooky Halloween cards! The mummy one is so cute with his eyelids and sparkle in his eyes! The googly eyes and green-eyed monsters hoovering about is really cool too!! Thank you for sharing both cards with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday for our "monster mash" challenge!! -Donna

Donna Scholz said...

Oh, fun, Heather! I didn't realized you also posted your mummy card for our Double Trouble challenge, too! It's perfect for our "get round to it" theme!! -Donna

Heather said...

Love this, Heather! I just found a container of googly eyes in a drawer - how could I have not played with them yet this year?? Brilliant take on our sketch! Thanks so much for playing at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Heather, love your mummy wrap and big eyes on the green circle... so clever and cute... and how perfect for the AHSC too. What a great Halloween card and love the other one too. Thanks for sharing your creative and fun card with us at Double Trouble and AHSC.

Anna said...

What a fun card. Love how you made all of the challenges work together. Thank you for joining us this week at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge + Try Stampin on Tuesday and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Anna, AHSC + TSOT Design Teams

Kellianne said...

What a clever use of the sketch!! I love the face peaking out of the mummy wrap! So glad you shared this cute creation with us at Double trouble :)

Brandi said...

Absolutely adorable! I love it! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

Brandi R.
DT member AHSC

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Very clever mummy card that follows the AHSC sketch--wonderful interpretation of it. Thanks for playing along with our sketch this week.
:) Marie

Laurie Unger said...

Wonderful cards Heather! I really like them both - but the mummy one is super fun. Thanks for playing over at TSOT.

Haven_mom4 said...

The mummy card is super cute and so is the black card as well. Thanks for sharing with us at Use Your Stuff

Leanne said...

Nicely done, this is very cute, and I like the sentiment. Thanks for playing our challenge and have a great day!

Leanne DT Member/CIC
Cupcake Inspirations

Lisa xx said...

I'm not a Halloween doer either, but I thought this was fantastic....such an imaginative use of dies and paper straps, brilliant fun!!!

Thank you so much for joining us at The Crafty Friends Challenge

libbystamps said...

Super cute cards! Thank you for joining Try Stampin' on Tuesday for Challenge 579. Great take on our sketch!

foleysfriend said...

Great job of a creating a spooky scene. I love the googly eyes and the sentiment is just perfect. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS.

sue n.

Gerda said...

These Halloween cards are both SUPER cute and fun!! I love the Googly eyes and great sentiment!!! Fabulous cards!!!
Have a great day,

Melanie R said...

Fabulous, Heather! Thank you for playing along at Double Trouble #123.

Tamie said...

I am totally in love with your Halloween cards! You have inspired me. Your first creation, my grandson would absolutely adore. Thank you so much for playing in our challenge this week at Creative Knockouts. Good luck!

Tamie Camp Creative Knockouts DT