April’s Challenge for 2 Old Bats Halloween Challenge

We have an inspiration board every month and this time I decided to use it and have some fun. Here it is! I love the bright green and the cauldron so much I had to go with it!

Supplies: light green cardbase, cauldron image and plaid paper from a really really old paper pack, EEEK! stamp is a rubber stamp unknown too, spider stamp, gravestone punch by EK Success.

NOTE: Sorry about the vague supply list, I just can’t remember most any of the brands of these old products.

Sending Bright and Sunny Wishes

I got this set some time ago, I can’t remember when. Pre-pandemic. Is this something you all do too? Put a timeframe pre-pandemic and post pandemic? I love yellow and pink together. My original idea for this card was to have it be all different shades of pink, that was because I was using a different sentiment. As soon as I saw this sentiment I was “oh yellow my love, where are you?” I found the perfect shade of yellow that was bright enough to go w/ this sentiment and the 4 pinks I have already chosen.

I am getting it mailed tomorrow and I hope the recipient love it as much as a I do.

Challenges: Cardz TV, NBUS #24, Three Room Studio (ink blending), A place to start (circle), Make My Monday (C&S), Simon Says Recycle Challenge (emptied my recycling and found some chipboard and some pink cardstock tiny piece!), PIP Challenge

No-line coloring or Not? That’s the current question.

I see all these amazing people doing no-line coloring and I am 100% in love with it! … but do I like it better that the nice rich black line we are used to? Does it depend from project to project? Probably! I decided to do a bit of testing. I picked this super cute stamps from Concord and 9th to watercolor doing both no-line and line coloring. Using the same colors. What do you think? My hubby is all for the line coloring and so it’s my kid, I am still not convinced. What’s your vote?

My first images are of the line coloring with a nice crisp black line. My second set of images are the no-line coloring example and I used antique linen distress ink for my lines.

I have to say it’s harder to define the face on the no-line watercoloring and I also should have used a not so harsh marker for her eyes. Live and learn, test and play, right? I had to show you a close up of that little brown dog on the no-line coloring. He is my favorite thing ever! Both of these cards have been address and should be in the mail today!

Supplies: I forgot to mention that I used the Concord and 9th die cuts too.

Challenges: Gem Of A Challenge, All Sorts Challenge, Crafty Calendar Challenge, Inkspirational Challenges, My Time to Craft, Inspiration Station, Dragonfly Dream Challenge

Modifying a stamp

This witch is for “Two Old Bats Challenge“, remember we are making Halloween cards all year long. JOIN US!!!

This is my final card and I love it so much! This little witch went through a makeover! I knew I wanted to use this Dina Wakley stamp, but I also knew I wanted her to be a witch. Let me show you the original stamp and the modifications I did to her.

I used a STABILO ALL pencil, which is a pencil that reacts with water. I stamped her very lightly with a black water reactive ink so I could blend my changes with the Stabilo All pencil. I defined her nose added some curly hair and of course a witch’s hat.

I used a water soluble crayon to scribble the background and then added water to smooth it out. I love how vibrant this crayon color stayed.

Supplies for this card: Stamps (Dina Wakley), Watercolor Crayon (Derwent), Watercolor Pencil (Stabilo All), Happy Halloween sign (Target), Glitter (Distress Walnut Stickles), Pattern Papers (Target (the Halloween one) and unknown), Glitz (unknown)

Spring Cards coming along

I signed up for my first ever Lawn Fawn Swap and I am so happy with how the cards turned out! I ended up sending the one with the scene to my swap partner. The other one I am sending it to one gal that missed the sign up of the SWAP.

Used markers to give the critters a watercolor look. They are so flipping cute!

credits: stamps [Say What? Spring Critters by LF], dies [Meadow Backdrop: portrait], card base: [Chatterbox], embellishments [Jolee]

Challenges: Crafty Creations #418 (anything goes), Creative Inspirations (animal antics), DigichoosDay (anything goes), Cuttlebug Mania (put an animal on it)

BEE Merry

Some sweet cards for some extra sweet recipients! These are super special cards for 2 little boys and I hope they love it as much as I do. They are fun to look at and play with!

Supplies: Bee Merry by Honey Bee Stamps, Frosty Gingerbread paper pad by Martha Stewart, Stickles by Ranger, Watercolors and Twinkling H2Os.
Watch video to see one of them buzz!

Challenges: International Art & Soul #98, All Sorts Challenge #608, CHNC #520, Crafty Calendar, Send a Smile 4 Kids, Colour Crazy