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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Smile Card

Mornin' Y'all!
I apologize for not posting for so long but my kitty I had of 7 yrs passed away from early feline kidney disease. I was  to sad to even think about crafting.
Now we are in the process of adopting a new baby, a boy this time whom my husband has named Opie. We are thrilled to have the pitter patter of little kitty feet again.
When I saw the newest kit, Barn Party SVG Kit, I just knew I wanted to make the card for Mark's mom. We have had an event filled summer. Mark's mom broke her hip and though she has had a partial hip replacement, at 95 she knew she just couldn't live alone anymore. She has moved to a senior assisted living physicality only 5 min. away from my sister in law in San Dimas California. Not having her so close anymore I wanted to make this Halloween card for her. This card is just to cute for words but of course I had to add my own twist to it. I hope you enjoy it. Please read the instructions before you cut anything.

I started with the Barn Party SVG Kit and opened the Haunted Barn svg, where I imported the corn_stalks svg to my virtual mat.  Using my knife, I cut off the bottom portion of the corn stalks. I sized the cut corn stalks to W 4.910 x 1.397 H. Resize your trim  pieces by reducing the height  a bit.  I took off 0.125 from the height. Use your calculator to figure out what you need to enter in the height measurement. The orange trim was sized to W 4.500 x 1.056 H. Now you do the purple trim using this method. You will need to uncheck the Lock Aspect box to keep the proper width.  Make sure you release compound path and un- group your score lines first. Then once you have played around a bit to just miss those cut lines you can  weld the corn stalks to the edges of your trim pieces. Make a duplicate of your cornstalks before you do this. I have learned that when I don't make a duplicate I am always sorry. If you find you don't need it you can always delete it when your card is completed.  Regroup your cut lines to the corn trim and cut as usual.
 If you do not shorten the length of the trim it will be to long for the card. I will list the colors of card stock I used at the bottom of this post. I used my Forest Branches Cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to the corn stalks and inked them with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinges and Gathered Twigs ink. Slightly curl the stalks with a pen or a wooden dowel.  
Note: I did have to move two of the cut lines just slightly to keep from cutting into my corn stalk.

To cover the fringe on the top of the card I drew a rectangle W 4.502 x 1.086 H. I ungrouped and released compound path on black 1. Holding down the shift key select each cut line and group them. Then duplicate the cut lines and place in the same place on your rectangle as on the card base. Group those to your rectangle and move aside. Regroup all the cut lines, score lines and cut outs. Sometimes getting the compound path back can be difficult so just regrouping will give you back all the cuts without the headaches.
I cut my card base using Truffle Bazzill card stock and used Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection to make my card. When I find a collection I really like I try to buy the 6x6 pad and the 12 x 12 collection. The smaller scale of the 6x6 pad works great for cards and if you need a smaller pattern for an area on your 3D project you will be thrilled you have it. I used the edge of one of the papers to add the flowers to the top trim.( the rectangle you made with the cut lines) I assembled the card body then cut my pumpkins out.

The pumpkins were cut using American Craft Carrot card stock. I darkened the faces first with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, then darkened the lines of the pumpkins with my Stampin' write Dusty Durango marker. I also added a few extra lines around the mouth and eyebrow's on some. I cut the white, using Sunflower AC card stock because I wanted them to look like they were glowing, then decided I wanted to darken it as well using a Crushed Curry Stampin write pen. I added black pearls from Michaels for the eyes. The pumpkins were adhered to their spots and the glowing affect was enhanced with a clear Zig Wink of Stella pen.

The Stars on the card also benefited from the Crushed Curry Stampin' write pen and the Zig Wink of Stella pen. I added a couple of enamel dots from Echo Parks The Story of Fall Collection. The panels_black were cut from Truffle Bazzill card stock and embossed with Echo Park Falling Leaves embossing folder. I added Cappuccino twine bows, from The Twinery to the edges of the pennants on the sides like Mary did on her card.

That was how I made this card. I like the way it turned out so I will be making another and sending to my mom and dad as well. All in all this is a wonderful new kit from Mary who is very talented, but you don't have to take my word for it. Just click on the links below and you will see for yourself the wonderful kits and collections that are available. Thank you so much for reading my blog and for understanding my absence. I am sure I will have many stories about Opie as we have not had a kitten for 7 yrs.  Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

Stay tuned I will be making the Barn in a non scary form as well. So much to play with in this wonderful kit! A special note of thanks to Katie Smiley for "missing me" it touched my heart greatly. Thank you Katie! I missed you all as well.

SVG Kits Used:
Barn Party SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: 6x6 pad
Echo Park The Story of Fall: Enamel Dots
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: Falling Leaves Emboss Folder
Bazzill Card Stock: Truffle, Pollen
American Craft Card Stock: Sunflower, Carrot
The Twinery: Cappuccino Twine
Cuttlebug: Forest Branches Embossing Folder
Zig: Wink of Stella Clear Pen
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Stampin' write: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry
Recollections: Small Black Pearls
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette America: Cameo Cutting Machine

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