Thursday, October 6, 2011

Come if You Dare

This week on the Create blog, Paige put out the challenge to create a Halloween party invitation. I love Halloween parties. Actually, I just plain love Halloween!

I was all set to make a CAS, fun card, but while I was putting away a Unity stamp from another project, a stamp caught my eye. So, I changed my card entirely and came up with this one:


This card was pretty simple to make (other than the sewing...my machine is having tension issues). First, I created the sentiment in Word and printed it on Basic Grey patterned paper. Then, I broke out my stamp positioner and used it to stamp the Unity bird/frame image from the "When I'm With You" KOTM. I was holding my breath that the sentiment would be in the right place! Then I die cut the stamped image and at die cut another frame behind. Here's a close-up of the stamped image:


If you look carefully, you can see that the cream is actually patterned paper with writing on it. I went around the patterned papers with my sewing machine and added some twine and a My Mind's Eye button.

I'm joining in with Unity's Friends With Flair this week. If you get a chance, play along!

On a personal note, I found out that the big Federal grant I wrote in June got funded--woo hoo! It was a pretty good size grant (about $3 million), but unfortunately, I don't get any of the money (I wrote it for a client). I wish I could write grants for myself, but there aren't a lot of paper crafting grants out there. Ha!

Have a great day!

46 comments:

  1. This card is seriously spooky and awesome!

    Also, congrats on the grant success! Too bad at least a little can't go to stamps and ink! :-)

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  2. I saw this on the Create's blog today - front & center!!! This is SO ca-ute!!!! I love that stamp - too cool!

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  3. Way to go, Jocelyn, for this card as the MAIN feature for CREATE blog! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! In fact, this is the most gorgeous Halloween Invite that I have ever seen!! And congrats on helping the client getting the huge grant!! Perhaps you can help me with getting some STAMP grant$$ (LOL)? That will be SO awesome, wouldn't it? Have a great weekend!

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  4. i love this! great card Jocelyn

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  5. That is so cool that you write for grants... I also have an Aunt that does that... She is actually working on a grant right now for a non-profit group that helps grieving families. anywho... I love love love this invite... So cute.. I love the sentiment COME IF YOU DARE...that is so awesome...

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  6. Love your card Jocelyn!! great stamping :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  7. Congratulations on your grant! That's great news. And wow, what a card. It gives me chills it is so perfect for Halloween!

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  8. perfect Halloween card. great color and composition. Hooray for your grant.

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  9. Outstanding Hallowe'en invite!
    And I am IN LOVE with your bookmark set! A really unique set.

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  10. This is so cute! I love the spooky feel of the card. I love Halloween too. I always just drool over the Halloween set-up in the pottery barn magazines and wish I had the money to decorate my house that way. LOL! Congrats on the grant!

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  11. This is so fun! Love all the little details.

    Congrats on the grant... too bad you don't get just a small percentage... ;)

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  12. Jocelyn... I heart the sentiment!!! SUper scarycool!!! love it...even my son like this!!! you rocked girlie!!! nice pp used too... hugs...xoxo

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  13. Yay the hard work paid off for the grant! So happy to hear! The card rocks! what a fabulous invite for a Halloween Party! I sure would want to come! :-)

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  14. So cute! Love the shabby/vintage look of this! The stitching is a great detail - one of my faves. :)

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  15. Congrats on being featured on the Cards blog. I haven't entered one of those challenges in a while. I need to play again soon. Wanted to also let you know that I sent you an e-mail to your redballooncards address. I hope you get it.

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  16. This is such an amazing card Jocelyn!! It is so 'put together' with the perfect combo of colours,paterns and textures!!
    ps could you please write a grant for me?

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  17. Hi Jocelyn! This is such a fun card, I really like the sentiment!!! Love the button too. Great card!!
    Wow, great job to get the grant approved for your client! Yeah, I know what you mean...too many times I've handled money not my own. Hehe... Have a fab weekend!!

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  18. I love this stamp, but it is one of those that is a challenge for me. I love how you used it.
    Congrats on the grant writing

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  19. Congrats!
    Love this card and love how you used the stamps. I might have to ink this image up now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. Fabulous card. Love the stitching! Great Halloween coloring too!

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  21. I absolutely love the sentiment - and that spooky crow, awesome!
    And way to go on the grant - you may not get to have any, lol, but it's got to feel good that you convinced them!

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  22. Happy halloween to you and your family super card too by the way!

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  23. I looove Halloween too. This is such a great card! I love the twine and kraft paper and black and orange colors. And that image and sentiment are perfect.

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  24. What a wonderful card-- congratulations on your grant success--that's soooo fab!

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  25. I was admiring this on the Create blog yesterday, but now that I can see the closeups I love it even more! So cool.

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  26. I hear ya on the dearth of papercrafting grants (ha, ha!!). This is a GREAT Halloween invitation. That sentiment is perfect for it!

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  27. The bird is perfect for your Halloween card!!

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  28. Awesome invite! I love the stamped image on the double die cut frames, what a unique look it gives the card!

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  29. Jocelyn, this is AWESOME!!
    Love the focal image, all of your fabulous stitching and that double stacked mat layers. :)

    congrats on the grant, how exciting!

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  30. Fabulous card and congrats on the Create shout out and the $$ for the grant.

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  31. Great Halloween card! cute stamp!

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  32. Love this invite! Congrats on your grant!

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  33. I love this card. Great use of mats and the spooky sentiment is great fun.

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  34. Congrats on your grant getting funded, Jocelyn!

    Love the sophisticated spookiness of this card! You definitely fooled me, I thought this was one stamp since they look so perfect together! The double dies look great and the stitching, border, and twine just make it perfect!

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  35. Glad to see you in the showcase this week! :) Love the details on your card - the border on the bottom, the stitching, the twine and that awesome button! Spookilishious!

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  36. This worked out perfectly! LOVE what you did with this stamp on this AWESOME card!

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  37. Wow, this is fabulous! Love all your details...very well planned and WOW!

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  38. How totally awesome is this? I LOVE how you used that bird frame and the sentiment inside? Absolutely perfect. I totally love it!

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  39. Ooh, paper crafting grants...you may be on to something!! Congrats on the big funds anyway ;)

    Love how spooky your card is -- the layers are awesome, and the stitching (tense though it may be :P) definitely adds to the effect.

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  40. This is AMAZING! I LOOOOVE that stamping on the dies---and your stitching with the papers are PERFECT:) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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