Halloween Punkins

Good afternoon. There's another gorgeous day in Upstate South Carolina. We have certainly had some lovely Fall days this past week, but today our temp shows 80F, even though the air is pleasantly cool. I am playing 'catch up' on the house stuff that is behind, since yesterday was a class day. 

Met my friend about 8:45am, and set out on what is - at worst - a 45 minute drive. Well it took us over 2 hours plus to arrive, and be 45 minutes late for the class. Two very serious accidents on the interstate had bumper to bumper traffic. We called to let the shop know why we'd be late. There were some other folks that were further behind on that interstate than we were. Karen Burniston & the shop staff were very considerate to make sure we didn't miss any of the class presentation - caught us up on what we'd missed. It was a very large class too- think there were 30-40 students. It was hard to concentrate until some of my traffic stress had dissipated, and there was a lot to absorb. It was a very productive class - so was very happy to learn all of the class cards are covered in online Youtubes. Had taken my swing card along to have an expert show what I did wrong. Now I know!!! Learned a couple very simple tips that will help me (I hope!) in making future cards with this die. Will share the class cards in a later post.

Here's today's card:

- image is from a Hampton Arts clear set, colored with copics, WoS, die cut with S/B label.
- card base embossed with SU spider web. Inked the EF with Delicata gold prior to embossing, and it looks quite nice.
- Sue Wilson Border die from the Austrian collection, and a Cheery Lynn sentiment die. Very simple ingredients, just took time to assemble them into a card.
Broke a tooth this morning while eating, so have an early dental appointment on Monday. Called the office emergency phone and asked to please get me in fast, so fortunately they did.
Don't forget today is the 25th, so the monthly challenge of Rudolph Day is open over at Stamping for Pleasure.  I hope to get 2 cards finished up so that I can play along.
I have to apologize that once again I am behind on visiting & commenting, but will do my best to make the rounds. Thursday DH wanted me to go with him on some errands & I'm pleased to be invited after more than 50+ years of togetherness. It was a beautiful day, we had a lovely lunch along with a pretty ride along some country roads. Then finished up at a stamp store. (trying to be restrained since I knew I'd be at the class in another store on Friday!). I have to confess that an outing with DH on a beautiful day, with promise of lunch, tempts me a lot more than sitting at the computer, to be looking outside the window at the sunshine. Don't give up on me visiting...I'll get there!  I would wish the same for each of you: that you have somebody you love to go enjoy a pleasant day in their company & are able to do so. Life is short. We have to make the most of each day we are given.
Come again when you have time. We'll sit on the porch-- (#2 brother stopped in on his morning walk, and we had coffee on the porch- which is when my tooth broke!). Big Hugs, and have a terrific day.
PS: I've been seeing some beautiful cards done by international friends using Brusho crystal watercolors. Dick Blick was the only USA source I was finding, and the product was expected to be in stock on 10/23. Checked the site on 10/23, some sets in stock,  but no time to place the online order until last evening. Once again, showed out of stock but I phoned, and was able to get the 24  color set ordered. Just passing along the info, in case any USA crafters are looking for this product.


  1. Love this Mary, the embossed background looks fabulous. Carol x

  2. What a great card Mary, cute image and the die cut looks fabulous. I have had a smashing day out with my Hubby too. Had a visit to the coast and a walk around the lovely harbour. Coffee and a muffin at the cafe on the beach where there were six donkeys giving rides to little ones!! Oh that took me back!! xx

  3. So glad you had a lovely day out. But oh dear not good about your tooth, at least you don't have to wait to. Long to get it seen. A great card with that cute image. Hazel xx

  4. Well, Miss Mary, you certainly have been busy! I see elegant Christmas, and beautifully colored nature scenes below, and some gorgeously colored autumn theme projects. This one is super cute with the awesome textures. I especially like the patterned orange paper die cut the way you have! Great cards - they are all so beautiful! hugs, de

  5. Brilliant card here Mary and lovely Halloween colours, great image and fab die.
    You definately made the right choice with your day with Hubby.
    I have had a few blogger issues which has affected my commenting but hope I manage tonight.
    Have a good week.
    Kath x

  6. Pleased you didn't miss the class Mary and will look forward to seeing your class makes.
    This is a fabulous and fun image. Love the die on the left of your card and love the design.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  7. Brilliant card, love the image and the wonderful background.
    Saw these Brusho Paints demonstrated yesterday they look rather interesting.
    Once the Craft Shop near my sister gets them in stock I will pop over and see Hazel and go to the shop. Adrian who owns the shop will give us a very in depth demo. I am sure I will buy even just for backgrounds.

    Patricia xx

  8. Ouch on the broken tooth!!! Glad y'all are having such pretty weather there too and hope it lasts. The outing with hubby sounds heavenly and so does the card class - minus the drive!
    Love your cute card for Halloween! CUTE image and just a fantastic card.

  9. Mary, this is a very cool Halloween card. I really like the image and that super border.

    Sorry about the class and your broken tooth. But, I'm happy you got the answer you needed for your swing card. I'm sure that made you happy.

    Beautiful weather here, too, with the temp being 82 at the moment. Did a lot of housework today that I didn't want to do but glad it is over now. I have a ballgame to watch tonight so that make a good Saturday.

  10. Wonderful Halloween card, Mary! So glad you enjoyed your class but what a shame to be held up by those accidents and miss a bit. I hope no one was seriously hurt. Glad you got some tips on your swing card! Sounds like a fun day with your hubby on Thursday - that is nice that the two of you enjoy your time together so much! All Brian and I do is bicker! Hope your tooth repairs goes smoothly!

  11. Fab card Mary sorry to hear about your tooth..we took 'his lordship' to get cut and groomed today so we could do some shopping while he was being pampered lol and then had a lovely take away this evening which saved me from cooking! huggles Sue xxx

  12. Time out with DH is certainly better than sitting in front of the 'puter, I think! There should always be time for a little romance (and a craft shop if possible of course!)

    What a fab, spooky card you've made! The pumpkin image is so cute, and the die-cut edging looks great!

    love Mags B x

  13. Another lovely Halloween make Mary and love that Sue Wilson die and beautifully coloured image. Glad your weather has been warm and sunny, and certainly you should get out with your DH and enjoy it when you can. Sorry you have had a problem with a tooth but good you managed to get it fixed quickly. x

  14. Yikes! I hate dentist trips! Good luck, dear friend! Love your sweet card, thanks for sharing!

  15. What a fun Halloween card! I love the image, die and colors! We too spent a little time on the front porch today, after I got home from the farmer's market! Sorry about your tooth and traffic jam.....better days are coming:)

  16. That's a real nice Halloween card Mary. Love the coloring of the image. Very nicely done. - Jim

  17. Great Halloween card Mary, so lovely to hear that you had an outing with hubby, even nicer that he asked for your company :) Thanks for the indo onn the brushos I've been seeing these 2 but haven't checked them out in Australia yet, Cathy x

  18. I've got to get my hands on some Brusho as well Mary, but same story here in the UK with stock.

    Love warm Autumnal card today.

    B x

  19. Loving the Halloween card Mary, that background is fabulous - really lovely and spooky! Glad you had some time out with hubby, it is usually my reason for missing out on commenting too! As you rightly say though, life is too short!

    So pleased you did get to Karen's class and that you managed to speak to her about your card. I have a few colours in the Brushos, they certainly make nice backgrounds and the colours are amazing. Hope you get yours soon. Hugs, Anne xx

  20. Hello Mary

    So pleased you and Hubby enjoyed an outing together, much nicer than sitting at a computer.

    A wonderful Haloween card, love the pumkins and spider web EF.

    Ouch, that tooth sounds nasty.


  21. Hi Mary, like the Punkins on your card. Just out of curiosity is there a reason for calling them Punkins? Over here they are Pumpkins.

  22. Oh! Mary this is FABULOUS, love how you have used a die with the patterend paper, the iamge is so cute and LOVE how you have put it altogether. AND that embossed web.

  23. Wow what a day you had!
    I just love this card that stamp is so cute and the embossing folder seems like a fu one this time of the year and little specks of gold really like that.

  24. Love the black embossed base with the gold accents - really awesome. Sorry about your tooth - hope you get it remedied quickly!

  25. Your Halloween pumpkins are cute, great colouring and the background is stunning, love it! Take care, shirleyx

  26. So cute - love the background!
    Sandy xx

  27. Wonderful card!
    Glad you got to your class!
    Your porch looks fun & colorful!

  28. Lovely card Mary,l like the image and the web embossing folder isfab. Our weather is still not too bad = breezy which is good for the washing on the line and about 15 degrees which is not too bad for this time of year.
    Hope you are keeping well x Susan x

  29. Oh, I love your cute pumpkins with the broom and the hat to complete the picture, Mary!!!! Your bg looks great!!! Such a lovely, fun Halloween card!!!

    Can there be anything worse that being caught up in a traffic jam when you are in a hurry, hey!!!! Glad that you enjoyed the class in the end!!
    Sounds as if you and hubby had a lovely day, too!!! So nice to still be best friends after so many years, hey!!!

    Have a super week!!!

  30. Hi Mary,
    what a very super creation.
    I love your super spider web embossed background, and the lovely gilded look too.
    That stamped image is a cutie, and coloured so well.
    Your fab class sounds very interesting.
    So sorry to hear your journey was so horrendous.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  31. Super embossing, it's a brilliant card for Halloween.

    Love and hugs

  32. very cute and good luck on the challenge

  33. Hi Mary, Brilliant card, love the pumpkin image and the fab embossing, terrific colours too.
    your weather sounds just lovely, hugs Kate x

  34. I sure do like this stack of jack-o-lanterns! They really stand out against the black embossing! Love that die cut too! Hope you've fully recovered from the traffic problems. Can't wait to see what you did in the class!

  35. great card and love the embossed web background
    Carol x

  36. Oh my Momma Mary, I can imagine how upsetting that drive was! I'm glad that instructor and stamp place got you ladies caught back up with them. It sounds like a big class, but a fun one. I am so loving this adorable stack of pumpkins. Love the shape you put them on and of course I love how you colored them! The embossing and paper you used is awesome. Love this one!! I am so far behind too Momma Mary, with my commenting. Part is because of being busy and part is because blogger isn't getting my email notifications to me. It's frustrating to say the least. And now I'm so far behind that I will never catch back up with some. I'm trying though. lol Glad you got out with the hubby for a wonderful day, not so good about the broken tooth though! I'm glad that they got you in for today!! Hope all is going well. Hugs, Brenda

  37. This is such a fun Halloween card, Mary! I hope your tooth is better now. *hugs*

    love Mags B x

  38. It seems October has been a month for being behind. I'm definitely behind with my blog and with visiting. That image is super cute. And I love the border die very cool.