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Blog Hop & October Challenge!


Thanks for stopping by!  We are excited to have you join us for another fun blog hop with our design team, but are even more excited this month to be kicking off a new CHALLENGE, which will be hosted in a new group that has been created on facebook!  The theme for both is:

Purple, Orange & Green- not just for Halloween!

Take your inspiration from this palette of Distress Colors and create a project with mediums of your choice with a Halloween theme… or not!  We’ll get your started with our projects along the blog hop.  As usual, please leave comments along the way for a chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates!  (winners will be announced on October 26th).  Then create your own project and share it with us in the new Facebook group- one random participant will win a $50 gift certificate, and ALL participants will get a special discount code to use in the store!  We will accept entries until November 1 and announce the challenge winner on Nov. 2.

I’ll give you the full link up list at the end of this post… but it’s time for me to show you what I made!

I played around with three colors of Distress Oxide ink colors (wilted violet, spiced marmalade, twisted citron) and made a few backgrounds.  I really wasn’t sure where I was going with it, but decided to embrace the ‘not just for Halloween’ part of our theme and make a more ‘holiday neutral’ card (actually, I had my parents in mind making this… today is their 45th wedding anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad- sorry the card won’t be there anywhere close to on time!).

I stamped the images from the Delicate Pretty Poppies set by MFT in black on my colorful background and did a bit of shading with a black stablio pencil.  It’s a very pigment rich water based pencil, so I added a bit of shading and blended it out with a watercolor brush.  It gave me a very unique look on top of the Distress Oxide background… picked up a little of the color beneath it in some spots, but allowed for enough contrast to make my flowers pop against the background.  I tied some crinkle ribbon around the card with an oversized bow and added some Stickles details to the flowers- I was looking for a black like Black Diamond, but found Gunmetal so used that.  (It was still a bit wet when I took the photos, looks even better now!).  A pewter tag embellishment by Tim Holtz finished off my card…

I wasn’t sure about this card as I was working on it, but it’s definitely grown on me!  It’s a fun, unique color combo that definitely makes me think of Halloween… so I enjoyed mixing it up to create this card!  I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the team came up with to share with you!


Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to be randomly chosen to win a gift certificate!  And check us out on facebook and join our new Challenge Page to play along with us!  We can’t wait to see what you will create!

Inky hugs,



Blog Hop Winners!

We’ve selected three random winners from among the comments left along the blog hop who will receive a $25 gift certificate for the store!  Please send us an email (info @ with ‘Autumn Leaves Winner’ in the subject line and we’ll get your prize to you 🙂

Congratulations to:

  • Sharon Smith
  • Jean Marmo
  • Debby
Categories: Blog Hop, giveaway

Autumn Leaves Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Thanks for joining us- I hope you’re cozy with a warm beverage of choice (tea, PSL, whatever floats your boat…) and ready for some autumn inspiration.  We are celebrating colorful autumn leaves today!  There’s 7 of us with projects to share, which means 7 chances to win a $25 gift certificate to spend in the store!  Leave comments along the way and please feel free to share about the hop & leave some comments on facebook too 🙂  We are giving away THREE gift certificates and will announce the winners on October 2!

Today I’ve got a pair of cards to share with you, both feature the new Nature’s Wonder stamp set by Tim Holtz, which includes a variety of gorgeous leaves & simple sentiments.  Unfortunately it seems to have been very popular and is a bit tough to get ahold of… I’ve paired it with some autumn shades of Distress Oxide Ink (Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany, Crushed Olive, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Copper Embossing Powder and on this card, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown.

My background started with a variety of stamped leaves, each inked in two of the Distress Oxide Colors.  I then used an Ink Applicator & blending foams to add more color to the background.  I painted each of the leaves with a water brush to give the background a watercolor feel, and I also spritzed a bit of water over it as well.  It was very pretty, but a softer look than I wanted… so I selected a stencil with a bold design (this is an old clockworks stencil by Tim Holtz) and applied the Nuvo Mousse with a palette knife.  The directions said it could be applied thick or thin, so I started as thick as I could get it for lots of texture… then applied some thin swipes along the edges the design was not on.  It’s beautiful how it picked up the texture of the watercolor paper!

I added simple layers to the card, some stamped/embossed images which I fussy-cut (hopefully dies for this set are in a future release!), burlap paper (from my stash- this stuff is mounted on cardstock and it’s fabulous) and a simple but bold text block with a sentiment copper embossed on it.

For this second card, I started with the same background base of Distress Oxides, but decided to add some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone over the stamped panel.  I simply smeared a bunch of it over the panel loosely just to see what it would do, and I kinda love it in all it’s imperfections!

My layers are different, but feature the same elements as my first card.  I like how this background turned out more vibrant than the first one, so I wanted to allow more of it to show under the cut leaves.  The glitter paste really picks up on the warm tones in my background!

And here’s the two cards together- along with some colorful leaves that have freshly fallen!

I hope you like my cards.  Autumn is my favorite season and you’ll be seeing a lot more autumn pretties from me in the coming weeks… but today, you get a variety of inspiration from our talented Design Team!  Enjoy!

Here’s the blog hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win 🙂

Inky hugs,


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