Wednesday, October 23, 2013

If at first you don't succeed.....

....try it a different way.  That's exactly how I came to make this Halloween card.

My intention was to make a tri-shutter card.  I was working with a 6" pad of DP.   First I cut 1/2" off one side.  Then I scored the sheet at 1", 2", 4", and 5".  But folded it was only 2" wide.  Oops!  So I set this folded piece aside and started over, making the same card but starting with a different piece of paper the size stated in the tutorial for the modified  tri-shutter card.  It's amazing the difference following directions makes!  You can see the results and find the link to the tutorial here.

Let me return to how today's card evolved.

I was determined not to waste this carefully folded piece of DP and transform it from a 2" x 5 1/2" card into an A2 card.  First I used a border punch on each side, then glued another piece of DP 5 1/2" x 2 1/4" underneath, lining it up on the back of the card with the side folds.  Now, when folded, the card was the standard A2 size, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  The head of the ghost was cut from a piece of DP in the same paper pad.  I cut the tail of the ghost out of plain white CS and bordered it with an orange marker.  (To me it looks more like an albino snail with an astigmatism than a ghost.  But a huge albino snail, even with 20-20 vision, would still be a slimy, creepy - no pun intended - creature and halloween card worthy.)  The bat, spider, web and Happy Halloween stamps are all CTMH.  The sentiment was stamped with white pigment ink and unintentionally smeared, although it did give it kind of a foggy, chalkboard look. 

This card is my entry for these challenges:
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #206 - String
Pile It On Challenge #42 - Halloween 
A Gem of a Challenge #102 - Spooky (Halloween, etc.)
Craftitude Challenge #51 - Anything Goes/Spooky 
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme: Halloween  Stash Item: Orange
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #243 - Fussy Cutting Fun (bats, spider web, ghost)
LEJ Designs Challenge #76 - Things that go bump in the night
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge - Spooky (Other than the glue, everything on the card is from last year.)
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #86 - Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #170 - Creepy Crawlies
Crafty Boots Challenge - Halloween
Created with Love Challenge #63 - Halloween Hop
Eureka Stamps Weekly Challenge #62 - Halloween Colors
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #64 - Halloween Colors
Parade Your Crafts Challenge #6 - Halloween
Stamp and Create October Challenge - Halloween
Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge #85 - Spooky
The Crazy Challenge #156 - Halloween
The Paper Girls Challenge #42 - Put a Bug on It
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge # 15 - Halloween
The Pink Elephant Challenge #222 - Trick or Treat

I'll be back tomorrow.  
Hope you will too.


  1. Your card looks fabulous and well worth persevering with, love the cheeky ghost. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots challenges.


  2. Love the paper. GREAT card. I love this fold. Thanks for joining our 2nd Annual Halloween Hop at Created With Love Challenges


  3. Adorable! Great H'ween card! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  4. Glad you stuck with is a cute card.

    Thanks for sharing at Totally Gorjuss!

  5. So cute Debi, I think we all have days and cards like this, glad you kept going with it xxx

  6. Fun creation fun creation thanks for sharing with us at OBAG

  7. Super Halloween card, thanks for joining us in the lejdesigns Challenge

  8. Well you did it and it looks great. Love the ghost and the papers you used.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  9. Fabulous card! I love the 'smeared' sentiment, I definitely would have thought it was meant to be. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Tuesday Throwdown challenge! :) hugs, Kimberly

  10. Cute, cute, CUTE, Debi! Love the colors and that wonderful fold. Amazing job salvaging that dp.
    Feels great to be visiting again and I'll continue to get here as often as I can while I'm unpacking and organizing. I have missed visiting you. :-D

  11. love your stunning card and shape thanks for sharing with CWLC this week Rachel DT

  12. Great card love the fold love the colours and B.papers,must admit it made me laugh your description of the ghost and I must admit I agree with you lol even so-thanks for joining us at Lej designs
    Carol DT x

  13. awesome card. I get frustrated and give up some times when I don't succeed...I really need to have more patience with myself. thanks for playing at parade your crafts

  14. Such a cute card. I don't know what it started out like; but it turned out very well Debi. I love the polka dots, the ghost with the bats and the spider. Great job!!

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy’s Scrapin Corner.

    I would love to have you join me for a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT

  15. Yikes! Albino Snail? Wowser! This is a darling card, Debi - great job! hugs, de

  16. Love the papers you used! and the chalkboard effect is great! Thanks for joining us at Craftitude.

  17. This is a wonderful creation with great details and its perfect for our ‘SPOOKY’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  18. What a wonderful Halloween creation! Thanks for joining at Parade Your Crafts!
    Beth's Beauties

  19. Aww so cool!
    Thank you for joining our Halloween Challenge at The Paper Nest Dolls.
    Jasmina DT PND

  20. Very cute. Yeah, I do the same thing - if it doesn't work one way - try it another. Love the bats! :) Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week!
    Zella - Eureka DT

  21. Oh how cute!! Love the glasses.

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  22. awesome fold for this card. love the DP you have used!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Craftitude challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 450 followers come and join in

  23. Fun card! Thanks for joining our blog hop at Created With Love Challenges.

  24. Spooktacular card!
    Thanks for playing at Oldie but a Goodie!
    Helen x

  25. Great papers, great card, thanks for joining us at clear it out for the Halloween challenge.

  26. So fun and festive! Super embellishments! Thank for playing with us at Flourishes!

  27. So cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Card Makin' Mamas!
    hUgs, Adina

  28. Hahaha, just look at this face! Hilarious! Thank you for joining our 'Halloween' challenge at Pile It On Challenge and please come back next week.

  29. Great layering and cute bug!! Thanks for joining us on the PGCB!

  30. This is a fabulous Halloween card and thank you so much for sharing this with us at Dream valley Challenges.
    Hugs Sharon. x

    Nellies Handmade Cards


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