Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life in the Haunted Forest

Remember how I was ooohing and aaahing over Halloween? I'm not done yet, baby!!! :)

I saw today's sketch challenge on Splitcoast and I happened to have the PURRRRRRFECT stamp on my desk!!

Here's the sketch:
Now - don't you agree that this is the perfect spooky goodness for that layout?

The shape of the trees in Haunted Forest (coming up in the Holiday Mini) make it a cinch for the large circle from the Circles #2 die. I cut a white circle, and stamped the image in Basic Black. Then I punched a 1.25" circle out of a post it and masked my moon. Then I brayered Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade over the circle and removed the mask.

I highlighted the image with my white gel pen. I used my Sahara Sand marker to trace around the image - it just needed a little something, and I think that was it!

The card base is Crumb Cake, and then I used the Pick Your Poison DSP (also from the Holiday Mini) to finish it off.

My favorite part of this image? THIS TEENY WEENY ADORABLE LITTLE RAT!!!!

Oh my goodness I love that rat.

Cutest. Rat. Ever.

Do you like sketch challenges? I gotta give my homegirl Roxie some serious props for what she does with this sketch challenge every Wednesday. She maintains a whole gallery of all the sketches from the beginning of the challenge that you can use for inspiration. There's also an email notice you can subscribe to so you don't miss the weekly sketch. She rocks like that.

So come play! I'm trying to get back on the daily challenge wagon now that my travels are over for a while. It really helps my mojo.

So do you like this stamp?

I have a little treat for you! Every person who places a $50 online order with me between now and August 31 will receive this stamp for FREE when the catalog goes live on September 1!! That's right - that little rat will be yours! Click here to order.

With the buy 3, get one free DSP sale this month, you can really score some serious freebies.

Go forth and stamp!


  1. Just had to say your highlighting the rat TOTALLY made me think of Crookshanks chasing Scabbers into the secret passage under the Whomping Willow . . . !!!

    Super cute card. I may have to rethink my disdain of Halloween stamp sets ;)

  2. Syd told me: Rats are not cute, they are FOOD. And BTW looks like Maddy's up in the treetop there. just thought you'd want to know. the B/W background is my favorite part. What do we do to get the "frephon"? (wv)

  3. Now that I look at this again and up close - especially at that rat (cute on a card, yes, not on your bed at 3 in the morning because your cat thinks you need a little gift!!) it calls to mind the work of Jan Pienkowski. If I've spelled it right.
    I think I've discovered that pasting a link doesn't work in comments, but you should cut and paste this for a real visual treat:
    I used to have a poster of one of his silhouette book illustrations.

  4. my fave part is the lil rat too!clever them putting it htere!! Great card!!
    and my word is-get ready-- "bactontl"....
    "please get 'bact' to me on that wouldja?" lol
    srsly, really, thats what it is!

  5. I love this card -- you are a genius for creating the shadow with your sahara sand marker -- WHY have I never thought of that? Gives that "copic" feel to your work without the gazillion dollar investment that Copics seem to require. Love that!! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Perfect layout, I agree and only you can make a rat seem adorable! *smile* Just to let you know that I have bestowed upon you the Versatile Blogger award on my blog today. I know you don't go in for adding those little icons on your blog but just thought I tell you anyway! Have a great day...

  7. You are so right - that stamp is perfect! Wish we got a bit more SU! Halloween here in Aus - at least we are getting Frightful Sight DSP!


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