SO many thanks to everyone who answered my survey (in the post below). Your views are such a big help!
So, Paris was as amazing as everyone has said. Even more so, since it was my and my DP's 20th anniversary trip. (Uh, Dear Partner, not designer paper in this instance.) We ate and WALKED (and walked and walked and walked) through every street, monument, and museum we could get our butts near, and stopped for the best coffee, bread (!!) and cheese (!!!) we've ever had along the way. Often. Lots. SO often. YUM. Just sayin'.
ANYWAY, here are the pics I promised from that trip--
I also promised you some pics of the sweet little cards I made for Halloween. These things make me giggle...
I made these things--
These are cards with only card FRONTS--they don't open (or st least, not so much.) Let me show you what I mean.
They do this--
I felt there was only room needed to sign and give a little wish, so I left it as just the front. Why not be different sometimes? Oh yes, this card base is only 4" wide, which left me a bit of room to go off the edge and still fit in a regular A2 envelope!
The mummy is done by tearing and inking the edges of strips of ivory cs (use a piece of cs a bit wider than the base, so you can play with your placement) layered on some mustard cardstock, with more circle punches used to make the eyes and tongue.
Be sure to tear an extra strip to be used as your flap piece, and make sure to ink the edges of both sides of that one.
I crumpled the circle I used for the eyelids before cutting it to make them look old. I used the same stamps for the sentiment, and adhered my flap piece to the back of my mustard cs before mounting the whole thing onto some olive cs. Done and done.
For Frank, I really wanted him to have a flip top head. To do this, I scored my olive green cs at 1/4", and 1 1/4" I slid the black strip I used for hair (which was about 1 7/8") under the 1/4" fold, then stamped my greeting just under and above the second fold. This kept things well hidden.
I hand drew a scar line both on the flap and the cardbase, and I hand drew the mouth.
The eyes are more punched circles, but I had the idea to punch the tiny holes out of black irises to make the highlights this time, and I inked the edges if the whites of the eyes with some red ink. I like how that makes the eyes really pop. Two little strips of black for the neck "plugs", an orange base, and this monster was all set.
And that other triangle card was an easy do, just some $1.00 Studio G stamps, a paper pieced house, a strip with the sentiment, and clouds made with my A*muse Studio Clouds Duo dies, inked with black to make them "ominous." That one also has the SU sentiment stamps on the inside (yes this one has an inside.) One of these things is not like the others......
So those are my Halloween cards! I did buy MORE stamps for more cards, but I need to move along into some Thanksgiving, Fall Birthday, and yes, even get started on some Christmas ideas!
Speaking of Christmas ideas, I am having a heck of a time finding the right image stamps for both Christmas and Winter. Not sure what I want, but my go to spots are leaving me kind of flat. I am VERY much all set with sentiments; it's the images I need. I am kind of non-traditional at Christmas, so I will probably do a couple-a-few with my Tini Time set from A*muse Studio, but I need MORE!!! Ideas, anyone?? Please??
Hey, Thanks for stopping by and dealing with my ramblings. So glad you're here!