DeeDee's Digis - Pumpkin Pals

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Today's card uses some super DeeDee's Digi images and the set is called Pumpkin Pals...oh so cute, and some nice fall papers are included in this set as well. There is a Clear it Out Challenge going on  this this week and DeeDee's Digis is a sponsor. The challenge (if you choose to accept it - is Halloween  - or Black & Orange). It's time to make the last minute Halloween cards or do what Faith did and make a black & orange card. If you join in the challenge at Clear it Out Challenge you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to the store!! There's some featured designs posted to inspire you, one of which uses the cute Beagle you saw here earlier this month. If you look on down the post, you'll see a great new Freebie digi that is awfully versatile & cute too.

Well, here's how I used the Pumpkin Pals - on one of those popup cards. I'm not happy with my results with the die (it's my 2nd try using it), but I do love these images. Here goes:

 The card base was cut with the popup die - which does the base frame and the ovals. In a class, we cut 3 of these bases to make an album card. For this card, I only did 2 base cuts, because I didn't want the thickness for mailing. The pieces are joined, and the oval swings have to be adhered together 'just so'. You can see what makes the oval swing so that the reverse side is visible (next photo). The cut out frame is a separate die, (later photo). Love this little punkin fox - which was precolored, but some extra copic shading was added; S/B die to cut the scalloped oval only. Shaded with DI Antique Linen while still in the die.

Inside with the front oval flipped to show another image from the Pumpkin Pals set, done the same way as the fox. The right oval was cut with the same die, using some of the pattern paper included in the set, as was the top sentiment. Wanted this to serve as a Halloween card, so added a SU sentiment that had been heat embossed with WOW orange EP, punched with a SU punch. As you can see, the inside is not finished off (I don't like this look...but that's how we did it in the class & I'm not quite sure how this could be finished off - perhaps with pattern paper?).

This is the very back of the card, and a strip of the dp was added to cover the raw edge. Liked this treatment better. Once the pieces are joined - I couldn't think of a way to cover the inside raw edge, and I'm not thrilled with this look. I thought these DeeDee's Pumpkin Pals were perfect to use on the swing, and there's one more cutie in the set. I decided to use the sentiment instead of the image so there is one left for another project.

This is the die set that creates the front trims - which were cut using the dp from the set. If card base is rectangle shape, there are 2 pieces that must be cut - two times - to form the outside trim frame. Obviously the position of the shape determines side or top placement. On the square pop up, just one trim piece is cut 4 times, and will fit  any side.Mine did not fit together in a smooth miter. Had the same trouble in class, where we did a square card. Hence the leaves on the card front to camouflage the area that didn't miter well. The leaves are from DeeDee's Pilgrim Owls set which was printed earlier for a project not finished. The leaf branch was handy, so decided to snip off a bit, add the leaves to trim & hide the messy miter. I'm still deciding on whether this card will get some surgery, and then just use the ovals with the images. I'll have to study the card a bit. I'm hoping that the class I'm taking Friday with Karen Burniston - whom I think is the designer of these frames & popup dies...anyway, I'm hoping to get some technique tips for using these dies better. I'm also not liking that the card won't open 'flat'. Wondering if I have something put together wrong, but I looked at the earlier class card & think it's the same way. Anyhow, thought I'd share it as it is.
Check out the nifty fall releases over at DeeDee's Digis . There are some darling designs, the prices are extremely reasonable, and I'm sure you'll find something that will inspire you for Fall & Halloween (and maybe Christmas too?).  
Have a wonderful evening, and I'll try to get round to all my visitors ASAP. I was caught up on Sunday, but am behind again. I can't make cards & visit as fast as I should. So please do forgive me if I don't visit immediately. I keep the email comments in the folder until I get a moment to pay some visits to my lovely followers. I DO appreciate you taking time to look in and leave your thoughts.
Big Hugs.
PS...There will be another post with some front porch pictures - in case you want to see it!


  1. That's a very cool card, Mary. Your images are so cute, too. Pretty leaves you used. It's just too super not to be liked. I like your staging for the photo, too.

  2. Gorgeous images Mary and really lovely cards, fab die. Love all the embellishments.

    Kath x

  3. This is gorgeous Mary. I love this adorable image. The design is fabulous as are the papers.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  4. A lovely card and the image is so cute! xx

  5. Another great Halloween make Mary, the images are so cute. Carol x

  6. It's absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! I love the sweet images you used!! The front of the card is so beautiful!! You've done a fabulous job with it my friend!! Love it!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. A pretty card Mary and love all the different pumpkin pals you have used and which you have coloured beautifully. That die cut on the front has such a lovely design, and the added leaves are beautifully coloured too. Don't worry Mary, we all know you will get to us when you can. x

  8. These images are adorable and so perfect for the ovals in this swing card! I like that it has the dies for the sections around the ovals! A fun interactive card!

  9. Cute images Mary ... and coloured perfectly as always! :) The card is an engineering feat! Loll xx

  10. VERY PRETTY! I can already tell you, you have more patience than I do.....BUT, love the way your card turned out! Fantastic!

  11. What a unique and fun card with that cute image!! I love all that delicate work you've done with those pretty dies! NJ!

  12. Well I don't know why you're not happy with this - it's gorgeous! These images of Deedee's are perfect for this type of card! I don't have these dies - I've looked at them but it seemed too complicated! I get discouraged very easily LOL! Your card looks amazing!

  13. Hi Mary - Karen Burniston is indeed the designer of these gorgeous shaped cards and I so envy you taking a class with her - she is fabulous! The cards are not meant to open flat, they are meant to be an accordion style (which I love) so you have not done anything wrong at all, your card is beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. Brilliant design, love the scene and use of the Die

    Patricia x

  15. What a fabulous card Mary! love the shape and the great image, lovelyvwork!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  16. Hi Mary, what a super card, looks complicated though. The little critters are so sweet, great colouring and design.

    Now, a hoolie, obviously a Scottish word, means a sort of swirling movement, so if you can imagine the wind and leaves being whooshed by the wind. Another time we use the word is, for a party or dance, where everyone has a good time, with lots of dancing, the swirling Scottish kind.
    We have all sorts of fab words, Some I don't even understand.
    Hugs Kate x

  17. Such a fabulous design :)

  18. Thanks for the lovely welcome Mary!
    And I just adore this lovely card with all the adorable images! x

  19. This is a cool card Momma Mary! I love that lacy top on the front, even if you did have to place some leaves to hide where your corners didn't miter. I love the look and I am loving those cute critters. I think I got that digi set. I've got to play with my digi sets more than I have. Love the brown base too, I have always like brown and orange for Halloween. Black and orange is good to, but for me that brown and orange just really grabs the eye. lol Hugs, Brenda

  20. I love this card of yours, I think the design and the image and papers used are fabulous, you have doen a great job with it. Isn't it silly of us to be so critical of our work sometimes.

    Thanks for the mention too :)

  21. How cute and clever is this! The card design looks like its working from here, but sorry that you are disappointed with the die. Those images really are adorable.