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10/12/2017

A Halloween Skeleton (from DH)

Good afternoon on an absolutely beautiful Thursday. Finished up the window washing chores (except for 3 - one in garage, 2 in attic...but at least the ones we look through every day are cleaner!)  DH helped some, but we have different ideas as to what clean is. His help was appreciated though.

He was sending a package to his ole navy buddy in Oklahoma, and wanted to make a card for the fella. DH used to make Halloween cards, but he got tired of it. So when he asked if I'd help him (which means find the supplies), I said of course. That night he set to work. He'd previously pulled out some design papers, which I'd found. Just thought I'd been rummaging and forgot to put these back in the stack, so of course I did just that. Then he couldn't find them. Picked out his stamp, told me his idea. Since he had chosen dp, not c/s, I wasn't sure the heat embossing of a very detailed image would be effective. See what you think.


- Stampendous Cemetary wooden block stamp, one I'm certain he picked out to buy. Not my style choice as to subject. It's extremely detailed as well. He inked generously with WOW embossing ink (seems to work better for me with these very detailed stamps - more so than Versamark), then sprinkled WOW white opaque embossing powder. It was his idea to put on the red 'pearl' eyes. He used the stamp press he'd bought for me, as this block stamp is pretty large, and needed a good deal of pressure to stamp as well as it did. With the embossing, it was not easy to see if it had stamped nicely, until it was heat embossed. I think he got a very crisp image...It looks much better IRL than the photo shows. (that's the photographer's problem, not his!)

Image glued to orange glitter mat & then to  black top fold card base, which is not showing up against the background of the DIY photo booth. It is a black card base though. This turned out better than I thought it would, with that blue crackled DP. DH likes Halloween.

Now that windows are (for the most part) cleaned, the baseboards need to be cleaned, so that's my chore this afternoon. Goal is 2 rooms at a session, so my back doesn't get too mad at me! I'm trying to go with the flow on this burst of cleaning energy. Can't explain why or where such came from, except looking at the dust & grime for so long, really was getting on my nerves, -- making me feel like a worse housekeeper than I know I am :-) It won't last long, I expect!

 Sure hope that you are having a lovely afternoon with pretty weather. It was coffee on the front porch this morning. Grass still wet with dew, and the neighborhood was quiet, except for the occasional noise of a far-away lawn mower. Very peaceful and pleasant.

Thanks for joining me - I'm trying to return all comment visits before posting something new here.
Ya'll come back, heah? God Bless and Hugs.

29 comments:

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Mary, your DH did a brilliant job.
The weather is beautiful here at the moment - really warm and sunny.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Anita in France said...

Hahahaha ... you and DH have a different idea as to what clean is, Mary ... don't think you're the only ones! Spooky card ... the white embossing worked brilliantly against the DP ... it's so detailed ... and those red eyes add brilliantly to the spookiness! Hugs, Anita :)

Veerle said...

I think your DH did a very good job Mary. Halloween is not my cup of tea but he did very well. The red eyes make it extra spooky. And thumbs up for heat setting such a very detailed image so well. Succes with the other windows LOL
Hugs Veerle x

scrAPpamondo said...

Very striking Halloween card from DH! The embossing looks fine, as well the red gems for the eyes... so spooky!

Liz said...

What a great stamp, Mary! Looks fabulous in white against a dark background.

Weather not too bad here, although not warm enough to sit out. xx

Mrs A. said...

Well goodness me Mary when is your hubby going into production then!! This is a fabulous Halloween card and hubby was so right to add those red eyes. I love it. Had coffee sat in the garden this morning too but it was marred by the noise of our neighbour with his leaf blower on full pelt. No doubt he will be out tomorrow again too and every day until the last leaf is down! We are meant to be getting some hot weather at the weakens so hope to get a fair bit of gardening done. Inside chores can wait a bit. Hugs Mrs A.

Pat said...

This certainly is a very detailed stamp Mary but it does show up well as the dp is a good darkish blue, and the orange glitter card goes beautifully. I should be following your example as our windows are in dire need of a good clean, and as I only had my surgery six weeks or so ago I feel good but don't want to overdo it, well that's my excuse anyway. Glad you have been having some good weather. Funnily enough it has been a lovely bright day here and we are expecting a few more days of the same which is good. x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely fabulous card Mary, brilliantly designed. Never made a Halloween card in my life, it's not celebrated to the same extent here.
As I type, it's 6am and the rain is battering down, think I'll go back to bed with a coffee and my book, have a lovely day Kate x

Loll said...

Joe did a great job!! The image looks awesome on the DP. His friend will love it, especially when he finds out that Joe made it specially for him! :) xx

Maxine D said...

I don't usually comment on H cards, but your DH did a good job on this. I need some cleaning energy too - and I cannot put off painting the inside window frames this coming summer...
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Glad the windows are almost all done. Hope the baseboards don't annoy your back.

Your hubby has made a fab card for his friend.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

dutchess said...

That is a great Halloween card Mary...what a detailed stamp ....I am sure your husbands friend will love it....
It’s bright and sunny here if very cool.....all the windows are open to blow through the house....a nice fresh day hope your is too xxxx

Carol L said...

I love how this image looks on dsp, it's spooky and cool! Great Halloween card! So glad you finished your household chores, I'm envious :)

Marilyn said...

WOW!! Nice card! Your husband did a great job with it!

Brenda in IN said...

I am so impressed with Joe's card. He did a wonderful job and the red eyes just glow as they should on a Halloween card. It's nice that he can share at times and understands what you are doing. Our weather has been overcast and gray and intermittent rain. I've been in so it hasn't bothered me but I do wonder if the weather is causing my migraines.

Redanne said...

I think the embossing looks fantastic on the dp, it gives such a lovely eery quality to the whole image! You know already how much I love Halloween and I love this card!

Like you, we tackled the windows today, not my favourite job but at least it is done for our visitors this weekend - they might be able to see through the windows now - lol! Hugs, Anne xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a really cool Halloween card and I like his idea of the red eyes too. I doubt I will ever see the day my hubby makes a card but is is really neat to know that some men will do it and in a great way too.

Sheila H said...

Joe's card is awesome, Mary. The red eyes are perfect. How cool is it to assist your hubby in his card making! Our weather is quite nice now. I hope you and Joe have a wonderful day. ( BTW, I need to get to cleaning also. Thanks for the inspiration.)

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh my word this is so brilliantly created by your hubby.
I can't imagine stamping such a detailed stamp with such an accurate result myself.
Yes he was right about the eyes they sure do look good.
Love the ornage glitter matt also.
You take care now and I am glad you are being careful beacause of your back.
Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

crafty-stamper said...

WOW brilliant Halloween card all the embossing looks fabulous against the DP-well done DH!!!I made a few Halloween cards last year for the challenges but as no-one here sends Halloween cards they all went in the bin-so not bothering this year but I can appreciate a good one.
My burst of energies don't last long either and tend not to walk abouit with reading glasses on either-can see the dirt more clearly lol-hope you back holds out
Carol x

Nancy Stislow said...

Now HOW fun that he stamps! He did an outstanding job on this, particularly his impression with a fine detail stamp! That's amazing, Mary! Kudos to him!

Bonnie said...

Kudos to Joe! What a fantastic Halloween card! I love the white embossing on the patterned paper and the red eyes make it extra spooky!

Lisa said...

This is so fabulous, Mary!! I love the image!! It's spooktacular!! The red eyes are a perfect touch!! Love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

aussie aNNie said...

Spooky card for hubby. Hope this finds you well.xxHave a lovely weekend.♥
[aNNie]

Leanne said...

Welcome back! Lovely card I must say.

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for the comment on my card -i was really pleased how the colouring turned out on this-had a look at a couple of tutorials on you-tube TBH and thank you for your e-mail will have another look at changing blog header when I have some time to check properly without been rushed but thank you for your help
Carol x

Pia S said...

What a cool look! Stamping on DP is a great idea.

Barb said...

It's a great Halloween card Mary. Your Hubby did a great job and I'm sure he appreciated your help as you did his earlier with the chores. Great team work! Hugs, Barbxx

Brenda said...

Wow, I think hubby did a fabulous job on this card! He knows what he is doing that is for sure cause I love this stamped embossed on this DP. It looks great! I love the glittery orange paper on top of the black card base and then the blue embossed layer, very cool looking indeed! Hugs, Brenda