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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You're My Sweet Pumpkin

Happy Tuesday, my sweet crafty friends! I hope those in the US had a wonderful long weekend. :o)

With a couple of challenges in mind, I made my very first Autumn/Halloweeny card! The colors of the season are stunning so I was excited to create with them. I decided upon a theme that could work for either a child or a sweetheart. :o)

You're My Sweet Pumpkin:

Isn't she sweet? I wanted to depict a swirling Autumn scene, so I ran my makeshift "sunset" paper through the Cuttlebug and adhered a few leaves to the swirls. (My willy nilly bow kind of fits that theme! Hehe.) A few details not quite picked up by the camera: Her shoes and lollipop are sparkly, the sentiment-holding pumpkin is filled with Glossy Accents to make it like an epoxy brad, and I used my Spica glitter Copic to add sparkly accents to the leaves and pumpkins. The big pumpkin and sweet girl are pop-dotted for dimension. I used my SEI Alpine Frost paper on the bottom to make it look like she's walking along a pine cone-studded path. :o) I love this paper! (And it has tiny splashes of sparkles throughout it.) I finished the card off by drawing a couple Peachy Keen faces to give some character to the pumpkins nestled beneath the tree. (Maybe they're on a date.)

I will admit to one frustration with this card. My second Copics attempt on a sweet stamp did not go as smoothly as the first. I was hoping for improvement! I will certainly make time to practice this week. I think perhaps my limited colors played a bit of a role.. I was trying to blend colors that are pretty far apart in the spectrum. Technique was still a factor, of course. But I still love our Pumpkin Marci. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Bitten by the Bug 2~ Use a tree (My first time playing here! I visited it over the weekend and am super excited.)
 * More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday~ Halloween

Thank you for stopping by today! I wish you a sparkling week of love and beauty. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter, Cindy Loo, Simply Charmed
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: D'vine Swirls, Swiss Dots
 * Stamp: La-La Land Crafts Pumpkin Marci
 * Copics: E00, E000, R13 (skin); E25, E25, E31 (hair); YG13, YG17, YR12, YR18, YR31 (costume); V12, V17 (shoes and lollipop); Spica (in clear) for twinkling accents
 * Sentiment: Computer generated
 * Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Papertrey Ink, SEI
 * Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
 * Miscellaneous: Brenda Walton rhinestones, Glossy Accents, Stickles



  1. This is beautiful Karen! I love your coloring!!! beautiful job and your image is too cute!

  2. Karen,this is such a lovely card.Fabulous autumn colours and love your little girl image.Think your colouring is great.Don't know if this helps but I have limited copic colours and if I colour and let it dry for a few moments I can then go back and shade with the same pen.
    Jayne x

  3. What a cute card! I love how it looks like the leaves are blowing in the breeze. The embossing looks great. The faces on the pumpkins look adorable too! :)


  4. Another magnificant card Karen. I love that little girl, and I think your coloring is fantastic. It is always very difficult for me to work with the colors that are far apart in the spectrum. I would like to think those little pumpkins are on a date:) They are both so cute with those PK faces. I could go on and on about your card...another perfect one Karen:)

  5. Oh, how CUTE! I love that little girl! I really, really LOVE HER! And your colouring-in is lovely. I am colouring-in challenged, so I envy those who can create such beautiful cards with copics (and that means YOU, my friend!). Though you are inspiring me to perhaps give it a try once again.

    I adore fall colours, and you've used them perfectly here. One almost feels like she could just jump in and join that sweet little girl in her pumpkin patch. :) How wonderful.


  6. This card mades me so excited for autumn! There is no greater color scheme than that of autumn leaves, and this card captures that perfectly. You make me long to be young enough to get away with wearing a pumpkin themed beret... *dreamy sigh* ;-) Absolutely adorable, Sweets! You did a tremendous job with the faces (I still can't believe you draw those yourself!), and I love the pinecone path. <3

  7. Oh my sweet, sparkly friend, this is just AMAZING! There are so many beautiful components to this fabulous card! The embossing is so perfect - I can almost feel the Fall winds tossing the leaves around! The smiling pumpkins are so cute! And the little girl is just absolutely adorable! You did a great job coloring her! She could not be any cuter! This card is so wonderful - I love, love, love everything about it!! Your cards ALWAYS make me smile!! :D


  8. PUMPKINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OMJ! I AM IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!

    GASP! You know this cardness is now one of my all time favs, right sis? *faints* I didn't know there were going to be pumpkins on it!!! *faints* I LOOOOOOOVE PUMPKINS SOOOOOOOO FLIPPIN' MUCH!!! *hugglers my screen*

    OMJ! Can I have those two little orange cuties sis? I LOVE THEM!!! And OMJ! How gorgeous is their sweet little lollipop devouring friend? *sneaks a taste of her yummness when she isn't looking* Tee hee! She is just flawless sis. Just like the entire card. *drools*

    *hugglers the mini leaves and pinecone path oodles and oodles* How do you think of these things, sis? Soooooooo incredible!!!

    *giggles at Ellen's comment about the pumpkin beret* does that mean I shouldn't be wearing my collection of pumpkin berets? HAHAHAHA! *waves hi and sends hugs to Ellen for making me smile*

    Thank you for making my pumpkin loving heart glow brighter than the sparkliest jack-o-lantern tonight, Sunshine! If only you knew just how much I adore this card. *ties some of the happy orange ribbon in your hair to celebrate* SQUEEE!!!

    *forever pumpkin squishers* I LOVE YOU!!!

  9. Thank you Karen for becoming one of my followers and also for the lovely comments you leave, and l have now become one of your followers too! l love your Halloween card and the colours are just amazing and l love the pumkins too!!......:) Sandra H

  10. Super fun Halloween card! Adorable image! Thanks for joining us over at the BBTB2! DT Member Carri

  11. Oh my Karen this is just amazing!!! I love this adorable little girl. You did an amazing job with the leaves all poppin in the air and the tree is fantastic. How about those adorbale little pumpkins and those faces? LOVE it!! Your card rocks!! Great job Karen!!!
    Sherrie K

  12. Hello Karen~ this is such a darling card. You did a fantastic job with your copics. I would have never known you had a problem with them had you not mentioned something. All your details work so well together.
    Very lovely!
    By the way, thank you kindly for your sweet comment on my blog.
    It always means so much to have my crafty friends drop me a note. You take care.
    Crafty best wishes,

  13. Another adorable card! I love the embossing. The tree and the little girl give it the perfect fall feel :) Sorry I haven't had the chance to comment very often lately! I'm working getting back in the swing of doing so though!!!

  14. Also stopping by to let you know that you have one of the coolest blogs I know and I have an award for you on my blog!!!

  15. WOW! You captured fall perfectly on this card! The embossing totally gives the impression of a windy fall day! Every element on this card works perfectly... I really love your coloring on the girl, I have not delved into the Copics world yet! :)

  16. WOW!! so adorable and fab fall colors and the coloring is fabulous!! Too CUTE. I'm a new follower:) TFS

  17. Oh your card is adorable! I love all the details. Thanks somuch for joining us at BBTB2

  18. Yippee for Fall projects! I love Fall, it's my favorite season! This card is so adorable! First, I love the colors, the embossing, and the pumpkins. And the girl is so sweet! Your coloring looks fantastic to me! Excellent job my crafty friend!


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