Friday, October 21, 2011

C.A.T.S. Swap for October

WOOOO-HOOOO, TGIF.....sigh. I can relax my brain this weekend. New program at work did a job on my brain cells. LOL.

I want to share this card I made for Gail, my October C.A.T.S. (Card and Tag Swap) partner. I'm not really into Halloween so I don't have a big collection of Halloween stamps. So I tried to make do with some oldies but goodies. First of all, I created a background with spider webs and distressed the edges. Since my stamps were tiny, I thought I'd sorta create a scene inside a circle then cut a piece off the bottom.

How do you like my "broken" fence? The only fence punch I have is the one by Martha Stewart. I wanted it to look old and scary so I cut off parts of it. Looks kinda creepy huh?

Hey, did you notice I zig-zagged the edge of the orange CS? If you read one of my previous posts, I mentioned that my junky old Pfaff was "going" and I couldn't do any zig-zag stitches on that machine because the thread kept cutting. Well, I finally brought in my mom's Viking (thought it was a Singer) only to find that the foot petal and cord for the outlet were missing. OMG, where in the world could it be???? I hunted for them with no luck then called Discount Fabric Warehouse but the cord is no longer available. And the foot petal cost about $95. YIKES!!! But that wouldn't do me any good without the cord. I hope hubby didn't dump it. I'll have to continue my search. :-)

Anyhoo, I decided to try my the zig-zag on my Pfaff again with a different color thread AND IT WORKED. I guess the other thread must've been "junk." Anyway, for now, I'm a happy camper knowing that at least I can use my oldie machine for that stitch. :-) :-) :-)

Other supplies for the card: Large webs, bats, and cat stamps by Hero Arts, grass punch by Martha Stewart, distress ink, Spellbinder dies, small webs and Halloween stamps (no name on stamps).

Here's the tag...

Supplies for the tag: Stamp (no name), word punch by Stampin' Up with a piece cut off, Copics, "To / From" stamp by Magenta, buttons from Walmart, carpet thread, distress ink, sheer ribbon (no name), and orange/yellow ribbon by Offray.

If you'd like to join in the fun swapping and making new friends who share the same interest, click here to see the deets from Joy's blog.

Hope you all have a fun, relaxing, and most of all crafting weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


Creations by Shirl said...

Hi Karen ~
Thanks for stopping by and always leaving me such sweet comments.... Love your Halloween swap I'm sure Gail is going to love this card/tag when she receives it..... great images and awesome sewing too....It's been really hectic on my end, just trying to accomplish all my back projects and working in between of creating Holiday cards, it's endless....
Have a super weekend too!

coops said...

these are stunning karen.i love your fab spooky images and great colours ;D

xx coops xx

sweet said...

Hey Karen you did a great job on both projects! I love the stitch work and the Halloween scene is really cute! What a creative way to use the little stamps!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Cute projects. Sorry I haven't commented in a while, but I have stopped by to see what you have been up to!

Cyndi said...

very creative card and tag!

Mimi said...

Very cute card and tag set! Adorable images and love the cute buttons! ;)

Cami said...

Hi Karen! What a lovely card and tag set! I'm sure Gail was very happy to receive this. I like your focal point in the circle with the broken fence and grass. Very creative and clever!