Saturday, October 15, 2011

A New Card For a New Paper a la Mode Challenge at The Outlawz

Another week has ended and the weekend is here again! These weeks have been flying by so fast lately!  It's hard to believe that we're halfway through October already and that Halloween will be here in a couple of weeks.... then Thanksgiving and then Christmas!!! Yikes!!! I need to get busy on some Christmas cards! In case you haven't been here for a while, I have been making Halloween and fall cards and have posted several of them here. I have a few more too but most of them are already up.

It's my turn to post the Paper a la Mode challenge at The Outlawz this week and I have chosen the theme as well, which is Halloween/ Pumpkins. Because some people don't do Halloween, I didn't want to exclude anyone so I added the alternate theme of pumpkins so everyone can play along. I happen to love Halloween and have never associated it with anything other than a fun holiday when people don fun costumes and eat a lot of candy! LOL Some people don't realize that the origin of Halloween is rooted in Celtic history and later, Christianity. It is not rooted in devil worship as some believe even though superstitions were involved to some degree, even after it became a religious holiday. It is similar to The Day of the Dead that is celebrated in Latin American countries including Mexico.

Okay, enough of this history lesson! On to my project. I have made a Halloween card using two wonderful images by one of my favorite illustrators, Phee McFaddell. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you have seen many of her images before now. I love dramatic artwork and therefore, this image thrilled me to the bone when I saw it! LOL It was a challenge to color because I wanted to convey the mood I feel when I look at the illustration. Well, here... I'll show you what I mean.

The light shining behind he jack-o-lantern is not very accurately placed but I wanted a definite contrast between light and shadow so I placed the light source more behind the pumpkin rather than having it emanating from the hole cut in the top as it would be in the real world. That's called artistic license! LOL  I really love the result though so if you can look past the inaccuracy and just enjoy the effect, I think you'll like it better. As with a few other images I have colored lately, I have colored two different versions of this one. The other, which I'll likely post another time, is more dramatic still.  In the other one, I gave the female vampire fangs! Ooooooh, spooooooky!

Here are the details, in case you're interested:

Base card - DCWV Summer Dreams cardstock stack
Mats- DCWV Shimmer stack and Recollections black economy cardstock
DP - DCWV Halloween and Fall stack
Images by Phee McFaddell
Medium - Copics
Die cut borders - Sizzix
Gold ribbon - my stash
Corner punch - Stampin' Up!
Writing spots - Jo-Ann's in the wedding stationery section (these are actually note pads with magnets on the back for hanging on a refrigerator.  I love them as they are the perfect size for this purpose.)
Inside sentiment - Rub-on (sorry, but I don't remember who made it)

So there you have it!  Tomorrow, I'll be posting another dramatic card I just finished today.  It's not for Halloween but it has the same kind if "feel" to it.  I'll give you a little hing: it's another Phee McFaddell image!  I hope you'll join us for the Paper a la Mode challenge and let us see your Halloween or Pumpkin-themed project!  Until then....

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door #12 - Halloween with the color orange
Challenge Up Your Life #53 - Halloween
Drunken Stampers #76 - Halloween
One Stop Craft Challnege #153 - Halloween
Alphabet Challenge Blog - S for Soon to be Halloween
Card Makin' Mamas #31 - Halloween
Crafts 4 Eternity #41 - Color recipe (purple and orange)
If the Shoe Fits, Scrap It! #93 - Girls/Women
Forever Night Freaky Friday #13 - Black and Creepy

Happy crafting!


  1. OMG...Annie, the coloring is AMAZING! I LOVE the shadowing....just gorgeous, very dramatic. Lovin' it!!
    Tracy V

  2. Anne, you color TOO well for anyone to be concerned with incorrect light placement! If the light were coming from her fingertips like et, no one could knock your talent!

    Wonderful everything!

  3. Wow, this is amazing! Your coloring is superb! Love everything about this. So glad you joined us at Drunken Stampers!!

  4. Fabulous card, thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenges hope you can join us again soon x

  5. Love it !!! Thanks for joining us this week at C4E. Liz

  6. Wow thats just amazing! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week. Hugs

  7. Wow, Annie, this is awesome. Way cool images too. Your coloring is fab as usual.

    Cathy Lee

  8. great colouring thank you for joining us at cmc this week

  9. So loving ths card... The colors are beautiful and vibrant!! Thx for joining us at the "The Shoe" this week!

  10. Wow Annie, your card is spookkyyyyy gorgeous.
    Amazing colouring dear.
    Thanks for join us CMC Copic Challenge.

  11. Stunning card and I love your coloring. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative Challenge #29 Halloween Fun/Fall Fun. I love seeing your creations. Good luck on the challenge.
    Hugz, Pat

  12. Gorgeous card and so beautifully colored, Anne. Thank you for joining us at CMC Copic Challenges.

  13. These are gorgeous!! Your coloring is fabulous and I love the layouts. Thanks for joining us at CMC Copic Challenge.

  14. Very cute card! And that image is, ummm, interesting, lol! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Alphabet Challenge Blog! Becky/DT

  15. Wow what a great job you have done with this card your coloring is amazing...thanks for joining us at CMC !

  16. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining TTCRD. Hope to see you next time.

  17. Annie, this is awesome! Your coloring just blows me away!

  18. Your coloring is absolutely phenomenal! Thank you for joining us at CMC Copic Challenge.

  19. Annie, Just thought I would stop by and let you know that your card was choosen as one of the best cards in the challenge at Color Me Creative so you are choosen to be one of our next GDT so stop on by.

  20. Annie, this card is amazing! So much work went into it and it shows. I LOVE how you colored your image and the glow emanating from the pumpkin is so bright and stunning! I really love it! hugs, Angela


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