Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble....

Good day, everybody! Well, I took a day longer than I had anticipated but I'm back with something that I think you'll enjoy and that will likely be totally unexpected. This card is just a tad out of season but at the rate this year is flying by, it won't be long until we're all thinking along these lines.

I got this image from Saturated Canary a while back and have been dying to color it but just didn't seem to be able to get around to doing it. Well, I finally did and I even went ahead and made a card out of it right away rather than adding it to my stash of colored images. Yay for me! LOL!

As you can tell, it's an easel card. I combined Krista's precious little witches with a crescent man in the moon stamp from Stampin' Up that I've had for years and never inked it up. I stamped it on some shimmer cardstock and colored it with Copics, then added some tiny rhinestones for the stars. I think it goes perfectly with this eerie trio and it gave me an opportunity to do some shadowplay with my coloring.  The lighting is a little bit wonky on the second pic for some reason. If I get a chance, I'll get a better photo and replace this one.

I love drama in art and one of the best ways to accomplish that is with shadow and light. They create a mood that is difficult to achieve any other way. If you look at some of my Halloween cards from last year, you'll see even more dramatic shadowplay than what I used here. I don't know how well you can see them in the pics but there are a couple of silver skeleton leaves behind the playing card, which I used to allude to fortune telling and other mystical, magical things. I also added a metal skeleton key to the greeting that I mounted on top of an accordion-folded rosette.

I even decorated the back side of the card. I started doing this with easel cards not long ago, when I noticed that when you place them on a desk, many times the back side of the card is what's showing to visitors.  

When you open the card, the inside is also covered in paper and provides a nice big space for writing a personal message if desired. I'll probably add a Happy Halloween stamp to the inside at some point. 

So, what do you think?  Did I catch you off guard with this one?  If you have been visiting my blog lately, you know that I've been on a Saturated Canary kick for a while.  I just adore all of Krista's images and with this card, I am applying for a guest designer spot on her challenge blog during the summer months.  That sounds like so much fun to me and it's not as long a commitment as most regular DT terms! Whether or not I'm selected for one of the 2 openings, I had a ball with this little project and I already have a head start on my Halloween cards for the coming season!  

Thanks for visiting me today.  As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.  I'll have some more Saturated Canary for you tomorrow and then I'll try to give you another break for a day or two.  So until next time, have a lovely week and...

Happy crafting!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Clear It Out Challenge 6/19/12 - Anything Goes (with 2 or more ribbons) I used Trick or Treat ribbon on top of 2 strips of orange ribbon. It looks like 1 piece but it's really 3.
Creative Card Crew #13 - Easy as 1, 2, 3 (I used one image, 2 chipboard flourishes and 3 flowers)
Shopping Our Stash #56 - Stuck On Stickers (the playing card behind my image is actually a large sticker)
A & T Digital Designs #7 - Bingo (I used ribbons, die cut and glitter)
Oozak Challenge #3 - 2 Patterned papers and embellies 


  1. Annie Bee this is AMAZING!!! Your colouring is super stunning, I love the design and that little moon! Joey xx

  2. Your coloring is always AMAZING!! Gorgeous card and I am jealous that you are starting on halloween already!! hehe

    Tracy Valure

  3. AnnieBee,You did an AMAZING job on this Card!!WOW!!I wish that I could color the way you do!!!

  4. This is beautiful! Your coloring looks absolutely perfect.


  5. Wow! Amazing that you can make something so eerie so so cute! I love your coloring! Great creation and I hope we see more of you at Fat Pages Cards with Attitude Challenges! You can enter your same card in our sister challenge, ATC's Cards with Attitude. We have great sponsors over there too! The link is on our blog, You really did a wonderful work on your entry, Hope to see more of you!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, love all the colors and that image is wow. Thank you for joining us at ATC's With Attitude this Week. Abbie (Co Owner) xx

  7. wow what an amazing card love the image thanks for joining us at fat pages and cards with attitude and good luck emma xx

  8. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out Tuesday..your work here is wonderful...tfs

  9. what an ♥AMAZING♥ and totally dramatic piece of art! a real treasure for whoever recieves this in the mail, that's for sure!!! thank you for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥

  10. I love this card.
    Thanks for joining in at A&T Digital Designs

  11. Hey Girl Congratulations on becoming a Guest Designer on Saturated Canary, i couldn't have been more happy for you and even though i didnt get a spot, im glad you did, i will be checking back often to see all your wonderful creations, hugs vick xxx
    YTChanel Vixcrafts

  12. your colouring is just awesome.. and I LOVE all things Halloween...
    thanks for joining us over at Miss Muffet challenges this week. Good luck!
    Hugs x

  13. Wow Congratulations on being chosen for the GDT over at Saturated Canary you soooooooo deserve the place as this "Rocks" this is my favourite time of the year and wow what an amazing easel card just superb and superb colouring and shading just loving it!!! Chanelle xxx

  14. Congratulations on the SC Guest DT. Your coloring is amazing and I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  15. I love Halloween and what a fabulous card this is!Thanks for sharing it with us at ATCs and Cards with Attitude.

  16. What a fabulous card! I love all the elements and that you covered every surface. Shows you take great care with making your cards :)
    Thanks for joining us at the Clear It Out Challenge blog.

  17. Oh is halloween already getting near! lol! What an amazing card - great job! Thanks for inspiring us over at Oozak!

  18. This is OMG awesome, I love the image and whole design of the card. Thank you for joining us at A & T Digital Designs (EFG). Good Luck xoxoxo

  19. Stunning card!! The colours are fab and well I just love everything about it!!! Thanks for joining in with the Creative Card Crew and our 1,2,3 theme this week. Hope you will join us again next time.

    Caroline x

  20. your coloring is stunning! What a fabulous card! Thanks for showing us your ribbon and playing along with Clear It Out!
    Rachel B


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