Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day!

Really, there is such a thing! And what a great excuse to think, oh, I can't do (insert tedious chore here), I should make a card! :P I had time for two; one was needed, and one I wanted to make. 

We returned from a week away to read in our local paper that a friend had died while we were gone. I have known her since I was about eight years old, and she was a colleague of my husb's for several years. We were fortunate to attend her 80th birthday celebration earlier this year. Since we had already missed the visitation and funeral, I wanted a card for the family I could make quickly and easily. I went for a combination of two cards (see here and here). I wanted to incorporate a text component as our friend had been a newspaper columnist for our local paper for a number of years. (Aside: It's Dickens again! I went with A Tale of Two Cities for this card. Thanks, Project Gutenberg! The sentiment is also computer-generated.)
From that card, I went on to one that's been percolating in my head for a bit:

Is this not the least scary Hallowe'en card you've ever seen? How can you be afraid of Hello Vampire-Kitty?  :[ (Fangs, doncha know...) And this may be the most decorated card-interior I've ever done:

I stamped this cute little kitty when I visited my stamping buddy, Emily, this summer. It was just waiting for the perfect chance to be used! I popped her on my first-ever paper rosette, wrapped with some mandarin twine for extra Hallowe'en orange. The cobwebs and sentiment are embossed in holographic embossing powder. I think it's really great that purple has become an official Hallowe'en colour alongside orange and black! :P 
My Hello Vampire card is being added to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge, anything goes. Because, really, a vampire kitty? If that's not anything goes, I'm not sure what is. ;)

Supplies: (sympathy card) white & Stampin' Up almost amethyst cardstock, watercolour paper, vellum, Stampin' Up Fifth Avenue Floral stamp, Brilliance moonlight white ink, white embossing powder, Stargazer Twinkling H2Os, dimensionals; (Hallowe'en card) black & white cardstock, Karen Foster patterned paper, Shery K Designs digital patterned paper, PSA Hello Kitty Trick or Treat stamp, Craft Smart cobweb stamp, Imaginisce Happy Hallowe'en stamp, Memories black ink, Dusty Concord distress ink, Colorbox orange ink, holographic embossing powder, Sharpies, Twinery mandarin twine, Fiskars glue dots Pin It Now!


Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH Lindsey!! That is horrible that you found out your friend had passed in the newspaper--I'm so sorry! What a beautiful card for her family--love the monochromatic theme and that beautiful flower! BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!

And your second card is just too cute--not scary at all:) LOL!

Meg said...

Happy card first: VAMPIRE HELLO KITTY?!?! Totally awesome! Love the window cut out and your purple and orange medallion, too.

Sad card second: I'm sorry that you missed going to your friend's funeral, but the family will certainly appreciate this beautiful card! The added text is perfect for a former columnist.

Jocelyn Olson said...

The Hello Kitty Vampire is sooooo cute! I am loving the rosette, too! What an awesome card. I'm sorry about your friend...that's a long time to have known someone. I'm sure the gorgeous card will be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your friend... big hugs and I'm sure the family will truly appreciate the wonderful card.

Super happy cute hello kitty card! Oh wait, I mean spooky! Ha.

kasia c. said...

Lindsey, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. What an awful thing to come home to. The card for her family is just beautiful.

Angela said...

Linds, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss -- I'm sure your beautifully Dickensian card will be a great comfort, though.

Your Hello Vampire-Kitty card is absolutely adorable --- and what a great rosette! Love the idea of using a window to showcase it. Fangy goodness! :[

Jen W. said...

So sorry to hear about your friend and such a sad way to find out. The card is gorgeous though and sounds like it captures her spirit.

The Vampire Hello Kitty card cracked me up! How awesome! Love that patterned paper and the rosette rocks - can't believe it's your first!

Karin said...

I LOVE Hello Kitty...I have a digi that's a Hello Kitty Reindeer, but this is even cuter :) Beautiful sympathy card too...Those are always so hard to make. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

marilynprestonn said...

You made the sweetest little card and the sympathy as well is very beautiful. :)Peggy

Donelda said...

hehehe, I love the way you think! Love your cards, espeiclaly kitty!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Very nice cards, Lindsey! Love that Halloween Kitty and, nope, it's not really scary, but it is very funny! What a fun image is that!!! Great cards!
Hugs, Wendy

Emily Leiphart said...

Sorry for the loss of your friend, Linds. Your beautiful card is sure to comfort the family. The Hello Kitty card is adorable! I really love the rosette on the inside.