Monday, July 18, 2011


Hello there, my friends! How is your Monday? I'm tired - last week I was out of the office most of the week and while that normally sounds like a good thing, I was hiking pipeline right-of-ways (I work for a natural gas utility company). And while even that is normally a good thing, it was *hot*. And walking through chest high vegetation in long pants in 90 degrees is never much fun. So that caught up with me and I spent Saturday in a bit of a post-lots of sun, low hydration coma. I almost bailed on the Waltz, because despite what illusions I may have shared, I am never prepared ahead of time :)

Yesterday I was a bit more coherent and I put together this card for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge. As soon as I saw the colors, the idea for this card started rattling around. I thought Halloween immediately!

And here is my card... ever feel like you're being watched?

I perched the owl from Halloween Party onto the tree from Asian Gardens. Without the leaves, I thought it looked like a pretty spooky old tree. A circle was die-cut with my nestabilities for a moon, and the stars are from Midnight Feast.

I was intrigued by the idea of the Half & Half stuff Papertrey just released, but knew I could make my own with any number of Spellbinders dies and Waltzingmouse label and background stamps. Here I used Labels 11 to cut the shape, then stamped it with Gingham & Co. (no lining up because the stamp is big enough) and then finished it off with a little flourish from Very Vintage Labels No. 5. There are tons of these little decorative designs throughout Claire's sets... I always enjoy perusing the sets to see what I can do with them.

Have you noticed my cards for the past few days have all been variations of this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge sketch? I have been particularly inspired by this sketch! Maybe you will be too - you should play along with us!

I'm glad you stopped by today, I hope your day is great!


STAMPS: Halloween Party, Asian Gardens, Midnight Feast, Gingham & Co., Flourishes - Scallops and Dots, Very Vintage Labels No. 5 - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet, True Black - Papertrey Ink
INK: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Marigold Morning - Stampin' Up!; Jet Black Archival Ink, Black Soot Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Standard Circles Large, Labels 11 Nestabilities - Spellbinders Paper Arts


  1. You've just created another card that I want to CASE. This is fantastic! How clever to use the tree from Asian Gardens - I'm now seeing it in a new spooky light. And to create your own "Half and Half" strip - very cool! I'm glad to see that your strenuous work last week did not dampen your creativity one iota!!

  2. You never cease to amaze me, Anya! This is an absolute perfect color story for a Halloween card! And it's over-the-top SWEET! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  3. What a fun use of the colours for halloween Anya! Thanks for adding your little bit of halloween to the gallery at The Play Date Cafe :)


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