Good morning, and Happy Tuesday!! It's time for another Peachy Keen Challenge, and this week our challenge is a Halloween card using at least one pumpkin, the color purple, and something zig-zag. Here's my take, and I do hope you like it! First of all, I LOVE Halloween. Now, don't get me wrong, because I don't love all the "bad" stuff associated with this day, but I love the season, I love the decorations, I love seeing the kids all dressed up and excited about the whole event. I always look forward to making a couple of big pots of soup, and having my family stop by the house with their little ones at some point during their busy evening for a bowl of soup, and some Halloween treats to sustain them through their trek for the night. Now that I've shared why I enjoy this holiday so much, I guess I'd better get on with the card!!
If there's anything I love more than the Fall season, and all that goes with it, it's painting pumpkins, and I've been painting pumpkins from Kathy's tole painting books for years! I'm so happy I found her, and Peachy Keen Stamps, because I feel like I've reconnected with someone that I've known forever. How could you not love creating with these adorable images? The hard part, I must say is trying to decide which one to create with!!! I finally concluded that I'm going to have to make LOTS of Halloween cards to share, because I want to use each and every one of those stamps. This little cat and pumpkin are sooooo cute, and I love this sentiment because the letters are open, leaving you the choice to color them in with different colors if you want. You don't find many sentiments like that. You MUST go check out the newly released stamp sets for Halloween over at Peachy Keen Stamps. It's a spooktacular line-up, and I bet deciding won't be any easier for you than it was for me!!;-)
I have to say that the zig-zag had me a little worried this time, because I just couldn't figure out what I was going to use, then inspiration hit me when I was visiting Kadie and Mary's blogs. They always do the most wonderful stitching on their cards, and it truly does inspire me, but also intimidates me a little. I didn't realize until a few weeks ago that all Kadie's stitching is done by hand! Whoa!! You really need to go check out her work!! Then Mary sent me the most gorgeous card with stitching that was so amazing. She stitched the half circle with tiny little stitches, each one perfect alignment, and once again inspiration hit me!! Check out my card from Mary here. Anyway, I decided I would give the handstitching a try on this card. I pierced the holes first, and then added the zig-zag in with embroidery floss. I'm okay with how it turned out, but I could use a bit more practice. I will agree with Mary, when she said that it's relaxing doing the handstitching. It really was. At any rate, suffice is to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this challege, and I may use it to make many, many, more Halloween cards. Be sure to play along with us this week, because I can't wait to see where inspiration takes you!! I know some of my favorite sisters are playing along this week, and I'm on pins and needles to see what they come up with!!
I hope you are having a glorious Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by. May God bless and keep you today and always!
Paper: Basic Black, Lavendar Lace, Only Orange, Canson Watercolor paper, K&Co. Halloween DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Various SU inks for watercoloring
Stamps: All stamps by Peachy Keen Stamps
Accessories: SU markers, Halloween Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Aquapainter/blender pen, Embroidery Floss, Needle