Saturday, October 10, 2020


 Hey there friends!  How are you doing on this fine fall Saturday in October?  The weather here in PA is overcast, but the temperatures are nice, and we are spending the weekend at Chad's brother's place, smoking some meat and hanging out.  I hope you all have some nice, relaxing plans for this weekend! 

I'm also hanging out with a few crafty friends today, and we are having a mini Halloween hop!  For this hop, you should have arrived here from my sweet Squirrel Sister Virginia's blog:  Passions and Distractions.   Now, I'm usually not much of a Halloween card maker, but this year, I am ending up making quite a few.  Not that I don't have enough STAMPS to make Halloween cards; although I am lacking in the patterned paper department.  It's just that I usually choose to focus mainly on the Christmas cards, since that is my favorite holiday.  ANYWAY, I'm not here today to talk about Christmas, am I?  Here is my contribution to the BOO CREW hop:

I got this digi from my Little Scraps of Heaven file.  I searched for it on the site, but can't find it for sale.  I searched the blog and found it offered as a freebie way back in 2016.  Of course, that is when I picked it up. I apologize if this cutie is unavailable, but Tricia does offer a weekly freebie, so I'm sure there will be something to tickle your fancy!  
I colored with my usual alcohol markers, and boy, did I find it challenging to color an all black animal!  Of course, I used cool grays, but I think my shading of his wings is off.  Lesson learned, I guess!  The pumpkin was a bit tricky for me as well, since my orange marker selection is limited.  I resorted to using a brown marker as my darkest color, and I think it turned out alright.  Here's another angle:

As I was in the process of creating this card, I realized that I didn't have any Halloween themed patterned paper in my hoard stash, so I spent some time searching the internet for some free ones.  It took me awhile, but I finally managed to find a collection that had this CUTE striped bat paper in it.  To tie my image even more into fitting in with this paper, I colored his eyes to match the green.  I matted the patterned paper onto a black piece of card stock, and also matted the image oval on a black scalloped oval.  All the layers were die cut using Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment is a wooden one that I have in my stash of physical Halloween stamps.  I stamped it using Versamark ink onto the same black card stock, and heat embossed it using Snow embossing powder from Recollections.  I cut the sentiment panel using one of the thinner dies in the Spellbinders card creator sets, and then added a flag end on the left side using scissors.  The scalloped oval and sentiment are both popped up on foam tape, while the black panel,  patterned paper piece, and the image oval are adhered flat.


Love to Craft #51:  ATG  (4/5)
Mix it Up #42:  ATG  (4/5)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (2/5)
Moving Along with the Times #123:  Animals and/or Birds (2/3)
Crafty Animals #143:  ATG using animals
Digi Doodle #32:  Pink or Halloween (2/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  ATG using animals (2/5)
Cute Card Thursday #655:  Dies and Punches (Spellbinders dies were used on this card)
Die Cut Divas:  Autumn (2/4)
Aud Sentiments:  Fall/Halloween + Sentiment (2/5)
The Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes: Inspiration from the Fall poem listed
Cuttlebug Mania:  Autumn Colors w/pumpkin 
The Paper Funday #22:  ATG w/optional twist of Halloween
C.R.A.F.T challenge #572:  Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving 
Sheepski Designs #43:  Autumn and/or Halloween 
Kat Scrappiness:  Fall/Halloween
Polkadoodles #40:  ATG (1/2)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Spooky and/or Cute

That's all for me then!  Your next stop on this little hop is Charlotte, at The Joyful Soul CreatesI hope you will find lots of inspiration in our little hop today!  Thank you so much for stopping by today, and until next time;

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!


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  1. Super cute, my squirrel sister! And that patterned paper is the perfect touch! I think you did a fine job on your bat, but I know the struggle is real since I had the same issue on my card, but with Prismacolor pencils as the medium. So glad you broke out of your Christmas marathon to join us in this Halloween hop!!!

  2. This is adorable ! Awesome choice of colors and paper !

  3. Oh so cute! I'm glad you managed to find all needed for this adorable card :)

  4. Fabulous card . Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck Ginny DT for Creative Craft Cottage
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  5. Gorgeous card Marie, love that cute bat, your lovely design and papers. Thanks for entering the cRAFT Challenge this week.

  6. Oh what a sweet bat, not too scary for Halloween. Love your coloring too. Thanks for sharing with us at Die Cut Divas :)

  7. Love the cute bat and great P.papers.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  8. Cute card. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

  9. I wouldn't have thought "Cute Bat" would be used together, but he's adorable. Such a very cute card. SO glad you joined the challenge at Die Cut Divas of Autumn (including Halloween).

  10. Such a sweet creation, Marie, and not the least bit spooky! Thank you for playing along and supporting our "Anything Goes with Featured Creature challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month. :-D Good Luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  11. Adorable card, your coloring is perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles.

  12. He is so very cute, gorgeous card..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. Absolutely gorgeous. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  14. This is adorable (if a bat can be adorable LOL) Great coloring and I like that background paper. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  15. Super Halloween card, I love the cute bat. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx

  16. Super adorable Marie! I just love the expression on that cute little bat.

  17. Super cute. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  18. This is so cute!!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  19. So cute! Thank you for joining us at the CRAFT challenge this week.

    CRAFT DT {my blog}

  20. Hi Marie,
    Adorable card. I was just up RV-ing in the Pocanos a couple of weeks ago. The leaves were turning and falling. Quite inspiring. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore

  21. Such a cute and fun card, Marie! Love it! So glad you joined our Lemon Shortbread Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Lori (DT at Lemon Shortbread)

  22. Squee! What a cute little bat and what great Halloween colors perfect for our challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CRAFT Challenge!

  23. Squee! What a cute little bat and what great Halloween colors perfect for our challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CRAFT Challenge!

  24. Such a beautfiul card, thanks for joining us at the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  25. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  26. Super cute! Thanks for joining the Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge!!

  27. You've done a great job of collecting the perfect Halloween items to create this super cute card. I admire your creativity. Thanks for joining us at DieCut Divas.

    sue n.

  28. This is so cute, thanks for sharing your talent with us at digi doodles Studios challenge

  29. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for Week 21 at Gem of a Challenge!

  30. Adorable creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Let's Craft and Create. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  31. This is SO adorable... so is the image. Thanks for joining us at MIUCB
    Tina dt

  32. Adorable card Marie. Your bat is very cute!
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #143 sponsored by The Paper Shelter.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions



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