Monday 13 September 2010

It's a SPOOKYLICIOUS Blog Hop - Climb on your virtual broomstick!

Happy Monday Morning All,

First of all I have to issue an apology to all the blogs I visit for not leaving comments over the past week or so.  I've been having terrible trouble with Mr Blogger and in some cases had to give up on leaving comments altogether.  I hardly dare say it but things seem to be somewhat improved since yesterday but of course, I am waaaayyyy behind now so please bear with me while I catch up.  I do hate not being able to leave comments when I visit my fave blogs and all those lovely WOYWWers to say how much I love all the fab inspiration I see in blogland.  XXX

Anyway, let's get down to the Spooky business of the day, Lol!

Today, Monday 13th September sees the start of the Elusive Images Halloween Blog Hop.  My brilliantly talented DT buddies and myself have been busy working with some fabulous Halloween Stamps and I've had such a lot of fun..  I've had a great time playing with these stamps and I know my teamies have too judging by the fab projects they have come up with.  They are the perfect opportunity to play with colours you perhaps wouldn't normally use, acidy greens, bright oranges and gothicky purples, not to mention BLACK.  My daughter is wanting to 'borrow' mine to make invitations to her birthday party which is going to have a Halloween theme.

Now, if you would like to have a chance of winning some of these brilliant fun stamps you need to hop around ALL the DT members' blogs and don't forget the Elusive Images Design Team blog too.  Don't miss anyone out as there are two blogs that have the candy on offer but you won't know which ones until the winners are announced on Friday 17th September.  If you click on the Elusive Images DT logo button in my sidebar you will fly on your virtual broomstick to the blog where you will find links to all the DT members and at some point today, more details of the hop and all the stamps.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog as you go so that those of us with the candy (am I one?!?  ............. perhaps!?!) can enter you into the draw which will be by, put a link on your own blog to spread the word and join the EI followers.  Obviously I would love you to join my lovely band of followers but I don't make it a condition on my own blog.

Here is the card I made for this blog hop.

Elusive Images Halloween Candle Stamp plate - UDLSP0338
A4 ivory textured cardstock folded in half to make A5 portrait card base
Black card
Green Pearl card
Smooth White card
Ranger Archival or Memories black inkpad
Adirondack Citrus Inkpad
Pumice Stone and Milled Lavender Distress Inks
Clear Embossing powder
Stamp n Stuff Twilight Embossing Powder
Nestabilities bats dies
Nestabilities deckle edged rectangles
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and blending pencil

Layer the black card and then the green card onto the card base using double sided tape (DST).
Stamp the Candlestick and Pumpkin image onto the bottom right corner of the white cardstock in black and clear emboss.
Stamp the chandelier in black just to right of centre at the top of the white cardstock and emboss with the Twilight EP and then carefully position the cobweb and stamp in black onto the chandelier.
Colour the candlestick and pumpkin and then blend the Pumice Stone and Milled Lavender DIs over the cardstock avoiding the candlestick and pumpkin
On a small piece of white card stamp the All Hallows Eve using Adirondack Citrus and clear emboss then blend the DIs.  Cut out with the 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm deckle edged rectangle die and adhere in position using 3D foam pads.
Cut two of the Shapeability bats from black card, curve the wings a little and adhere where desired with a little 3 dimensional glue (I used Pinflair).
Cut 3 lengths of ribbon and attach to the back of the stamped image with DST slightly overlapping each other.
Bring the ribbon to the front and and tie them together with narrow ribbon to make it look like a tied back curtain and again, using very small pieces of DST, attach the ribbon down the side and across the bottom.
Finally, position this top layer and attach with DST.

I did also use a chandelier stamp from a Graphicus Guild themeplate.  Keep your eyes peeled on the Elusive Images DT blog for details of some fab new themeplates which include some lovely chandeliers amongst other things.

Well, I'm off to do some dreaded h.........k!  Happy Hopping everyone and hope you all have a good week.

Lesley  Xx


Bets said...

I really love that Halloween card, definitely spooky!!The stamps are a "must have" for me.

Aquarius said...

Love this spooky card and I hope Mr Blogger is playing nicely today 'cos I've had intermittent problems signing in and also leaving comments. I'm off to see the others now.

Debbie Dolphin said...

veryyyy spooky!!!lol
no its fab i love it.
love debbie xxx

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Sarah Liz said...

What a great card - love the chandelier with the web behind. S x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card! I love black and the purple is a nice touch, oh and I like the green too!!

MissD said...

Great card love the ribbon curtain

Beccy said...

oh that candlestick looks fabulous, love the ribbon curtain idea.

Beccy x

Colette said...

What a gorgeous card, I so love Halloween because my birthday is the next day so for me it has special childhood memories,

Colette x.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Lovely lavish card Lesley! Very spooky and that ribbon is fabulous! The colours are sensational, Judith xx

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WOW what an amazing set of stamps. Agree with the comments that it gives you the chance to play with more unusual colours and combinations. Can see a lot of potential for them :)

veronica said...

You're obviously having great fun Lesley - love the web on the chandelier! Ribbon curtain is fab too, thought at first you'd done some nifty paper folding.
Hvae been having trouble leaving comments too - like now, when the letters don't show..........

lionteen said...

I really loved this card very spooky and I love the stamps.

Debbie said...

Hi Lesley. I love the way you've used the candlestick and the green pumpkin is slightly scary.

Alexandra said...

lovely spooky card, Halloween is great fun, these images remind me maybe we can get off with not doing "H....W..." spider-webs are the in-thing then, seems a shame to dust them away when we can play with our stamps instead, lol
Alexandra x

Anonymous said...

WOW I love the card. I love the spooky colours of halloween and I think the stamps are a must have.

Vicky said...

That was such a nice design. Too technical for me, but beginners have to start somewhere.


Ineke Original said...

Yes! I see it again. My favorite house. Now I know it's from Elusive images. Thanks to you.
with love,

Sarah said...

Fantastic card, love the curtain! x

ikki said...

Fab spooky card, just love the black lace drapped curtain. Inspired thinking! ikki

Gina said...

lovely spooky chandelier and spiderweb.

Gina R x

MissD said...

Great blog love the card and the ribbon curtain

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What a brilliant creation .. .. gorgeous images .. .. so much better than the usual witch and cauldron.

I love the chandelier.

What a fantastic birthday invitation it will make.

I hope all is well with you. I promise to catch up properly soon .. .. but it may not be until after the Festival. Busy, busy, busy this end. I am sure your understand.

Love Jules xx

Suzi B said...

What a great card the curtain!

Lin said...

Gorgeous card Lesley.

I don't need a virtual broomstick cos I have my own parked out back so I am about to fire up the besom and fly off to the next blog.

Thanks for the possiblechance to win the candy.

Lin xx

Princess4Wiz said...

Fantastic card Lesley!

I wish I was half as talented as you girls on the design team!

Beth. x

Phree said...

Gorgeous card Lesley, love the idea to use the ribbon as a curtain.

themessycraftroom said...

Love this spooky card its fab x Hugs x ChrisB

LizM said...

Fabulous card, Lesley. It's spooky, yet a bit "Miss Haversham" with the chandelier, cobwebs, candlestick & all! Love it! & welcome to the EI family.
ttfn, Liz M

Wellington said...

Beautiful card - that ribbon is lush! I can see from the previous comments that there's going to be a rash of cards with ribbon curtains tee hee

PaulineC said...

Great card. I just love these Halloween images.

Unknown said...

Love the card Lesley, very clever use of the stamps and ribbon.

Love Joan

Gill H said...

Unusual use of the ribbon for curtain. Great card.

Claire said...

Wow gorgeous card!! That curtain is a genius idea :-)
Claire xx

Shirley Pumpkin said...

wow... your cards are really great.. I just love them so much... you have a great style.. looking at your cards made me think of this really old year book that I found at a garage sale for free.. (lucky me) but anyway its from the 40's and has some really cool old pic's that make me think of your cards.. it might be a good idea to use them in a card.. and I was only thinking about using them in a scarpbook. you just inspired me!!
thanks for the comment too!

Shirley Pumpkin (#102)

Suzanne C said...

Now I thought I had come by and commented. Hmmm... Old age happening here. Love your spooky chandelier! This is an elegant and oh so creepy Halloween card.

Max said...

Love this card Lesley ... Now I think I definitely need to have those stamps.

Max's Craft Creations
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Jo said...

The combination of the cobweb and chandelier certainly lights my candle! Great card

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