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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!

Happy Whimsical Wednesday, my dear friends! :o)

The Whimsical Wednesday challenge this week is "Anything Goes!" Whatever is on your heart (or To Craft list) is appropriate! How fun is that? So get crafting and link up with us so we can see your fantastic creations. :o)

I am extra excited about a certain aspect of this card. I am truly honored to have used a digi image created by one of my fellow design team members: Cindy of Cindy's Little Creations. She is so talented on countless levels, including digi stamp design. (She is also one of TWO sponsors this week donating prizes!) With her fabulous image as my inspiration, I came up with this card:

"Witch way to the candy?"

Isn't the star of this card unbelievably sweet? I love her little face and adorable expression. She wanted to sparkle for this festive occasion, so I covered the coat's interior, collar, and hat stripe in purple Stickles. I was disappointed that I didn't have buttons small enough to use on her coat, but thankfully I had teeny tiny rhinestones. I'm a huge fan of rhinestone buttons, so it worked out. ;) Her broom has a purple rhinestone to coordinate with her attire, as well as a broomstick coated in Stardust. Since I used a moon on this card, I tried my hand at a new light-source direction for my Copic coloring... it hurt my brain, but I mostly prevailed.

Now for the rest of the scene! I wanted to incorporate a couple of fun elements into this card to celebrate our dear Cindy's amazingness. First is the cauldron... I wanted to amp up the poignancy of the bubbling contents, so I coiled sheer green ribbon upward to enhance the sparkling brew's potency. The brew and its bubbles are layered with iridescent green glitter glue and Glossy Accents.

My other favorite element is the swing. I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, so I used twine and a toothpick. I adhered a cat silhouette to the swing and positioned it over the moon, which I thought would be perfectly scene-setting. :o)

Sidenote: The Trendy Twine, which I just received on Saturday from My Craft Spot, is exquisite. Five bundles in the new collection have THREE colors twisted together: white and two coordinating shades. I should have taken a close-up picture of the swing, but I was rushing during a rare burst of sunshine. This one has a bright blue and a lighter blue with the white. I cannot wait to use all the shades in a more dominant fashion. :o)

I think our little witch here is stashing some candy... see the piece of candy corn her sweet little self is trying to hide? She left a revealing trail on the return jaunt to her cauldron. Maybe she made it so poignant to distract us from her candy corn addiction. (Why is that stuff so good?!) I embossed the tree for texture, inked the moon's edges a brick-crimson shade, and cut some grass for dimension. Most of this card is pop-dotted above the moon and 'starry' backdrop. The gorgeous ribbon layered beneath the grass is crinkle ribbon from the Prairie Bird Boutique. The colors are as beautiful as the sweet owner's heart, who is our second sponsor this week. This is my first time using crinkle ribbon and it is lovely and versatile. Next time I'll keep it more crinkly. :o)

I hope you'll play along with us this week by linking up your projects at the Whimsical Wednesday Weekly Challenge post! I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. :o) Our two marvelous sponsors have provided prizes for a few lucky winners who play along with us this week:

1. Prairie Bird Boutique is generously donating a beautiful bundle of crinkle ribbon, chosen by the random winner. Thank you!
2. Cindy from Cindy's Little Creations is generously donating three of her digital stamps to one random winner. Thank you, Cindy!

Be sure to frolic on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs to see their incredible projects. :o) I'm so happy you stopped by today... each visit makes my blog sparkle even brighter. :o) Have a blessed day, my friends!

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Cindy Loo (tree and cat)
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Paper: Core'dinations, DCWV, Papertrey Ink
 * Stamp: Digi image designed by Cindy at Cindy's Little Creations
 * Copics: E00, E000, E0000, RV10 (skin); E25, E31, E50 (hair); V12, V15, V17, YG11, YG13, YR01, YR12, YR18 (clothing); YR31, E31 (broom); YG11 (brew)
 * Sentiment: Computer generated
 * Ribbon: Crinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique; Sheer Dots from Hobby Lobby
 * Twine: Trendy Twine from My Craft Spot
 * Miscellaneous: Glitter glue, Glossy Accents, iRock, Stickles



  1. Oh Karen, this is just totally AWESOME.. you are just amazing... I love that swing, (I hope i remember it and am able to use it someday)... beautiful job of coloring... I am just so impressed with your work...

  2. Karen this is such a cute little scene you have created. Awesome coloring of Cindy's Image. Love it.


  3. Ooooh, I LOVE her! She is SO super cute. You are rockin' the Copics, my friend. A new light source direction would have had me overcome with anxiety, but you NAILED it! Go YOU! :)

    You know, there is something about Stickles that just makes me smile. Maybe it's because Stickles make everything sparkly, and sparkles are beautiful. This little witch KNOWS that and is sparkled to perfection. :)

    I am always amazed at the DETAIL you put on your projects. From the tree, to the swing, to the bubbling cauldron, to the candy corn trail, you have thought of EVERYTHING. I love your use of ribbon over the cauldron - so clever! And using blue paper with tiny polka dots as your night sky? Genius.

    As always, brilliantly thought out and executed, my friend. You are amazing. :)


  4. Oh My Karen,FANTASTIC job with my digi!I just LOVE the way you used it,and all the details are INCREDIBLE.GREAT work my friend,And have a SUPER day!!:)Thank you so much

  5. Fantastic card!! I love Cindy's adorable digi and all the details you put into your card! Tfs and have a great day. :)

  6. WOW Karen! You did an awesome job with Cindy's image! Love how you colored it and the "scene" you created!
    LOVE it!!
    TFS :)

  7. This is a fabulous card great image and great detail on your card:) Sandra H

  8. This is just adorable! I love the whole scene you created and especially how you have the ribbon coming up from the culdron! SO COOL!

  9. Oh wow! This card is GORGEOUS! I love the scene and the sentiment too! Beautiful job!!!! Hugs- Glora

  10. Karen, this is absolutely wonderful! I love all the little details you put into this! Its like a little story card! That image is darling and I really love the swing...that is really awesome!!! Love it all!!! And thanks so much for recommending a link on the Copics coloring...that gal is really fab!!! I'm just starting and not quite where I want to be, but I'm getting there!

  11. Eeeep!!! I love this card! It's so colorful and full of goodies! I can hardly choose a favorite part. In fact, I cannot. I'm too torn between the kitty, the candy corn, and all the sparkly and patterned features. Oh my goodness, Sweets, you have really outdone yourself here! I'm addicted to this card like I'm addicted to candy corn. Why IS it so good?! October should officially be declared candy corn month. I can hardly wait to overdo it on those sugary little delights.

    Ok, must stop. I'm in a candy corn delusion! Moral of the story: this card is amazing as are you! <3

  12. Amazing card. I love your colouring. Candy corn is the best part of Hween.

  13. Such a cute card! Love the kitty on the swing. Great sentiment too! :)


  14. Your halloween scene is incredible! You did an absolutely fabulous job with Cindy's image and I love everything - the candy corn trail, the tree, the witch's brew, ribbon, like I said - everything!!! Beautiful work Karen!

  15. Beautiful job I love the candy corn.

    DIANA L.

  16. Karen this card is delightful.Cindy's image is adorable and love the colouring you did and all the added sparkle.The ribbon out of the cauldron is so effective as is your lovely swing.
    Jayne x

  17. ok now karen this is just too cute! great job with cindys digi love the ribbon coming from the cauldron, and the kitty in the swing, using the twine , way to go! have a super fun day :)

  18. Karen you have created another masterpiece. You did not miss one detail with this. You colored the witch perfectly and I lOVE the sparkle you have added to her jacket. So cute that you have her hiding a piece of candy so clever. Totally creative with what you did with the ribbon on the cauldron. And the swing, WOW so cute..I agree with you about that twine it is the BEST! I could go on and on about your card..but we would have a book. Great job with Patsy's ribbon. Hugs!

  19. What a sweet little Halloween scene! The good little witch is adorable and your coloring is perfect! It's OK she is hiding a piece of candy, she's a good witch and deserves it, LOL! The cauldron with ribbon traveling upwards is just great. And I love kitty in the swing. Excellent job my crafty friend!

  20. This is so amazing Karen! I love the whole scene and that kitty on the swing is just perfect! I love the ribbon spiral of smoke - very creative :)

  21. Oh wow, this is so amazing, Karen!! What a fabulous scene you have created!! Cindy's digi is absolutely adorable and you have really showcased it with the awesome card! I love the kitty in the tree swing! So creative and adorable! The whole scene is just absolutely perfect and I love, love, love it!! "Witch way to the candy" - hilarious!! :D

    Hugs, Lisa


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