Sunday, September 18, 2011

WMS September Release Day Three

Hello, my sweets! I am so glad that you have joined me here for Day 3 of the September Release previews at Waltzingmouse Stamps. Today we are previewing a new Halloween set called Hocus Pocus!

Hocus Pocus is a 4 by 6 inch set that contains a great mix of complimentary or stand-alone images. My favorite image of the set is this old wrought iron fence. The icing on the cake are the little crows you can perch on the fence.

I mixed Hocus Pocus with some older sets to create this graveyard scene. I started by inking up my cardstock with a variety of Distress Inks, blending them until I had the colors that I wanted. Then I stamped my images, the ones in the background are stamped in a dark gray to appear farther off. I used the spooky tree from Asian Gardens and (wait for it) the top of the surfboard from Free Spirit Boy to make my headstones. They are a little difficult to see through all that fog! - a look I achieved by adding some white pigment ink and then blending. Then I stamped that glorious fence and the little crows.

Next up is a card with a new favorite Halloween color combination of mine.

I think I may have developed an unhealthy addiction to patterned paper! Not only that, but I feel the need to use as many patterns as possible at once! I love the striped look of this card, combining some stamped backgrounds as well as printed patterned paper. The 'snowflake' image is so unique, but certainly spooky!

I punched a hole in the left side of my sentiment strip and tied a fancy bow with crinkle ribbon. I used a fine tip glue pen to add a bit of glitter to the sentiment as well... I have a thing for this Onyx glitter from Martha Stewart.

And last but not least, I couldn't resist the temptation to create another Halloween tag for you.

I combined images from a lot of different sets for this one, just bits and pieces here and there, but the witch profile silhouette and sentiment are both from Hocus Pocus.

I started by crinkling up a manila tag and then spreading it flat and spritzing it with a combination of Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and Tin Type Color Mist. I stamped some text from Text It, bats from Midnight Feast, the broom from Hocus Pocus. The witch profile was turned into a cameo using one of the oval images from Cameo Creations and matted with a paper rosette. I used my pinking shears to cut off the scallops and create a new shape for the edge of the rosette. I played around and had fun, digging through my drawers and adding other coordinating elements. I've included a fairly complete supply list below.

Good, good stuff! I'm so glad you stopped by to see me today, now on to my fellow DT members. Seriously, these ladies have been awesome!

Have a great day!


Graveyard Scene Card
STAMPS: Hocus Pocus (available September 19), Asian Gardens, Free Spirit Boy - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up!; Soft Stone - Papertrey Ink
INK: Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Black Soot Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger Industries; Whisper White Ink, Basic Gray - Stampin' Up!

Happy Haunting Card
STAMPS: Hocus Pocus (available September 19), Midnight Feast - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand - Stampin' Up!
PATTERNED PAPER: Mischevious Collection - My Mind's Eye
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink, Walnut Stain, Black Soot Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; Cajun Craze - Stampin' Up!
OTHER: Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Black Magic Cabbage Rose Ribbon - Memrie Mare on Etsy; Postage Stamp punch - Fiskars

Witch Cameo Tag

STAMPS: Hocus Pocus (available September 19), Halloween Party, Midnight Feast, Text It, Cameo Creations - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Ripe Avocado - Papertrey Ink; Going Gray - Stampin' Up!
PATTERNED PAPER: Mischevious Collection - My Mind's Eye
INK: Basic Gray, Going Gray, Old Olive - Stampin' Up!; Jet Black Archival Ink, Black Soot Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Manila Tag - Stampers Anonymous; Olive Vine Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels; Tin Type Color Mist Sprinklers - October Afternoon; Paper Rosette by Tim Holtz Die - Ellison; Pinking Shears - Fiskars; Skeleton Key Embellishments, Specimen Tag, Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Mini Clothespin; Sewing Machine


  1. Awesome Anya...The combinations of all the images and colors you have put together on your cards and tag are absolutely stunning! Love them All, such Beautiful Art.

  2. Fabulous makes Anya!! Love the spooky graveyard, the wonderful patterned layers and the gorgeous tag! Love them all!

  3. Anya - Stunning creations all 3!! Fabby tag especially x Great job on the previews - really enjoying them.

  4. OH WOW!!! Anya, these are incredible!!! LOVE that foggy scene, Genius, the tree looks perfect and the headstones!! you are just amazing missy!!!!I LOVE the patterened paper selection on the card and the black glitter!!! and your tag!!! it's brilliant!!!! Hugs Anya!!

  5. I love ALL of these Anya. You have such a style and flare for Halloween creating. So many great elements - your black glittered clothes pin, your key embellishments, the stitching...and your foggy card - wow, just amazing.

  6. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!! And talk about thinking outside the box - a surf board!! Awesome! Loved the fog as well!

  7. Anya these are amazing! That graveyard scene is too creative. The background scene is so subtle, yet my eyes went straight to that tree from Asian Gardens right away. Your collage tag is perfect with the spider, the specimen tag, the sparkly clothespin, and the cool cameo. We need to tell Martha to make the coarse clear glitter and the onyx glitter in a 2-gallon pack (we could split it :)! Your new Halloween color scheme is a PERFECT one! I've said it before, but I just love your style!

  8. Excellent! I am so impressed with all of your cards and tags. The graveyard scene at the top is fantastic!

  9. The graveyard scene and the cameo tag are my favs.. great job!

  10. Every one is absolutely awesome! I had thought about the Asian tree as well but never in a million years would I have come up with the surfer headstones, :) !! How creative!!!

    Love all of your projects - and that wreath image is a new stamp?! It's wonderful and I love how you used it on your card.

    It's all Beautiful.

  11. I love these. I wish I had half your talent.

  12. I love the idea of using a doily with halloween stuff! Very creative ideas. Thanks

  13. You have an amazing array for us today! Your first card is fabby, fabby, fabby! Awesome idea to use the tree from Asian gardens. And I love how you used the white ink to create the fog. The tage is exquisite!

  14. This is a post I will have to go back and look at again just to catch it all. That foggy graveyard is so dark and gloomy looking, I have got to learn to use those distress inks. The tag is a work of art, way too good to stick on any gift wrap that might be tossed away. I am so glad Hocus Pocus is a 4 x 6 set, now I can fit it in my budget. I love that fence!

  15. I don't even know where to start with these...
    the first card...
    so incredibly spooky fabby...
    I die!
    The 2nd...
    the papers...
    the sentiment...
    I die!
    And the tag...
    a witch cameo...
    I die...
    3 times already...
    and you're my 1st stop! :)
    Awe inspiring projects...
    they are just beyond words!

  16. What wonderful projects, thank you for sharing them.

  17. Spooky atmosphere with the first - fabulous. The rest are just gorgeous!

  18. Wow, Anya the foggy scene card is very cool!! The card & tag are gorgeous. Love all the elements you combined on the tag, it's brilliant!!

  19. Great cards and I love how you used the tree from Asian Garden and the surf board!! Great creative use of other sets!!

  20. Amazing depth on the graveyard card.

  21. Awesome work - all three are just fantastic. The spooky graveyard scene is stunning - so atmospheric!! Great use of papers on your second card - I do like the bat medallion! And your tag is just brilliant - love them all!

  22. Anya I LOVE that graveyard scene - sooooo spooky with the mist - the asian tree and the surfboard headstones GENIOUS! Perfect Halloween Card!

  23. Genious use of stamps! I love the smokey charactor in your images!

  24. What great Halloween cards- definitely something for everyone!

  25. This holloween set is a must for Holloween cards. Love the way you made the cards so realistic with the fog and scenes. Thanks for sharing,and the chance to win these fabulous stamp sets. RuthAnn

  26. I could not pick a favorite! The purple grave yard was super, but as I moved down your page, so was each card!! Wonderful work and wish I had a few Halloween cards made for sending!!

  27. Very creative cards. Great ideas!

  28. Awesome! Love your cards! Using the surfboard was so "out of the box"! I love ideas like that!!!


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