Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall Fun Blog Hop - a spooky, sophisticated Halloween



Hello and welcome to the Fall Fun Blog Hop! A group of online buddies decided the holiday weekend in the US would be a GREAT time to get inky together, and so we've put together a fall themed blog hop to inspire you as the autumn approaches. As you meet our stampy bloggers today, you may discover that some have goodies for you, so be sure and visit everyone on the list. We have hoppers from all over the globe today, and they are amazing artists.

Thanks for visiting us - grab yourself a nice fall beverage and enjoy!

Here is the full list of our blog hoppers today:

Now for my contribution to this hop!

When I saw Stampin' Up!s Specialty Designer Series Paper "Mocha Morning" and its felted goodness, I knew I had to use it on a creepy but elegant Halloween scrapbook layout. This is part of a two page spread that we will make at my September Stamp Class.



The little flourishes are felted, which means that they feel fuzzy to the touch. The torn black card stock layered over the felted paper looks as if some spooky antique wallpaper has been covered over and is now trying to make its way out to tell secret tales of Halloweens past.


Doesn't that branch send shivers down your spine? I printed the branch out using the My Digital Studio "Nature" download onto gray card stock, then highlighted the branch with my white Signo gel pen. Some vellum paper layered on top adds to the mystery and allowed me to stamp my sentiment from the "Daring Adventure" stamp set on top.


Ghostly footsteps lead to a faceless mirror. The shadowy footsteps from the "Daring Adventure" set were stamped in white Stazon ink and the mirror was created with the Lots of Tags sizzlet, some black embossing powder, and some aluminum foil.




Shimmery silver card stock adds the right amount of other-wordly sparkle and is balanced nicely by some Dazzling Details on the edges of the torn gray card stock. Is that glitter, spider webbing, or something left by an unknown creature?

The texturing on the black card stock is terrifically spooky. Start by breaking down the fibers in your card stock by running it through the paper crimper, over the square edge of a counter, or aggressively dragging your bone folder over the surface of the card stock. Once you beat the card stock up enough, it will start to separate into layers. Slowly and carefully pull the layers apart and you are left with the rough, uneven texture just prickly enough for a Halloween layout.

Heat embossing with metallic powder on the rough surface of the distressed card stock produces the most dramatic effect. Part shiny and dazzling, part withered and worn - this flourish from "Best Friends Forever" has never looked so creepy!

Dying to see the other half of the spread? Check back at the end of September or join us in creating this spooky spread on September 16th or 17th at my September Stamp Class.



Now how about some blog candy?!? Leave me a comment and you'll be entered for a chance to win this gorgeous Hostess Set called "Love and Care" from the recently retired Summer Mini Catalog along with a full pack of blingy Basic Pearls. The winner will be posted on Wednesday, September 7th and must email me no later than Wednesday, September 14th to receive her prize.

Your next stop on the hop is Neva McMullen .

Stampin' Supplies

Stamp Sets
Daring Adventure (C 122602,W 122600), Best Friends Forever (C 122807,W 122805)


My Digital Studio Downloads
Nature (123603)


Ink
White Stazon (106960), Black Stazon (101406), White Signo Gel Pen (105021), VersaMark (102283)

Paper
Mocha Morning Specialty Paper (122366), Basic Gray Card Stock (121044), Basic Black Card Stock (124267), Vellum Paper (101839), Brushed Silver Card Stock (100712)

Big Shot Dies
Lots of Tags Sizzlet (114508)

Accessories
Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Black Sating Ribbon (117285), Antique Brads (117273), Dazzling Details (124117), Black Embossing Powder (109133)

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46 comments:

  1. Fabulous layout filled to the brim with awesome details! Happy Labor Day!

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  2. What a spectacular scrapbook layout! I love how you made the branch -- so clever!

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  3. such a spooky page...great design...Happy Fall!
    enjoy *~*

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  4. Oh that is soooo elegant and classy!!! The detail work is just amazing!!!

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  5. WOW! Your layout is just so FANTASTIC! All those little details coming together so wonderfully! Well done! TFS!!! And thanks for a chance to win some goodies too!

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  6. Your scrapbook page has that spooky quality perfect for a Halloween page! What a wonderful combination of elements! Thanks for the opportunity to win some blog candy..have a fabulous Labor Day!

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  7. Very pretty - I like the look of the ghosted footprints on your project. Hope you are having a happy Labor Day! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. What a delightful creative style you have! Love those footsteps up the side of your delightful card creation! I just found your blog and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you! Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm not a scrapbooker, but I do love your layout! Very cool!

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  10. Wow, Cheryl, I'm so glad you included close-ups so we could see all the fabulous detail on your project - I love how you used the white gel pen on the branches and the footsteps are amazing! It's all eerily beautiful!!

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  11. What amazing detail! Great job :)

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  12. Oooh, how perfectly creepy! Love all your details.

    (PS: I don't want to win. :)

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  13. great spooky page and thanks for the chance to win.

    wheatley_jan@hotmail.com

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  14. What an AWESOME page you've created!! WOW!! I am SO inspired no to get started on some Halloween cards!! I love your satin ribbon rose and antique brad!! Awesome Fall creation!!!~

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  15. What fun details on this creative page!

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  16. an absolutely spectacular page... love all the little details - such a work of art!

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  17. oh my GOODNESS I am about to come out of my CHAIR!!! This is STUNNING!!! You need to enter this in some kind of contest - all the details are blowing my mind! Absolutely gorgeous.

    Now I guess I better go get that nature download!

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  18. Love it!! Can't wait to see the other half! I love the footprints up to the mirror!

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  19. Love all the elements you used for this page! Fantastic!

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  20. Gorgeous page!! I LOVE the spooky footprints!! I can't wait to see the rest of it!!
    Silvia
    sillyscrap@aol.com

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  21. Everything about that page is wonderful!
    Love the footprints!

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  22. wow wow wow! that is one fabulous page!!!

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  23. Thought my earlier comment made it but I guess it didn't. Mal and I LOVE THIS! This is such a detailed layout, AMAZING!

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  24. What a creative layout! I know the pictures don't do it justice w/the felt, metallic, sparkle & that mirror is quite clever!

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  25. Wow this is super elegant and nice

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  26. Very creative and spooky layout--I like the footprints.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  27. Wow! I love all of the details that you put into your layouts! So spooky and elegant! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win the blog candy!
    Inky hugs,
    Janet
    janet@swofford.com

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  28. The footprints and the mirror are so cool! Love the whole layout! jgarber5@cox.net

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  29. Oh, So spooky and elegant. Beautiful job on this one. I love it all. TFS

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  30. Ooh!! Very eerily spooky and gorgeous at the same time! Great blog candy offer too~!

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  31. Very neat layout. Love all the details you added. Thank you, too, for the chance to win this wonderful SU set of stamps.

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  32. OoooOOooOoOoOOH!!! Beautiful and elegant. Love all the detail and thought you put into this spooktacular layout. ;) So VERY creative.

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  33. You are so clever and talented to put all that together on one card! Love it! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  34. Wowzers what a fabulously Spooktacular Layout! love it! Very creative and elegant all at the same time!

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  35. love the layers of vellum...and the torn "crusty" edges...awesome job!!



    www.CardsPaperAndScrapbooks.com

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  36. Beautiful...I mean creepy ;) layout!
    All of the details are just perfect!

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  37. What a great lay out, very spooky. Thanks for sharing it and the chance to win.

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  38. Loving all the Fall and Halloween cards and layouts!! Love yours and will be awesome with pictures!!

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  39. Fabulous layout with all the metallic embossing and that silver foil! Love it!

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  40. Love the way you went for eerie and elegant, rather than cute and whimisical! I could see using this layout for all kinds of photos..not just Halloween!

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  41. Wow!!! creative layout and that rosette is stunning! love the brad you placed in the centre! gorgeous.

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  42. Wow what a unique and creative scrapbook layout - and it is spooky but elegant!

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  43. Holy Cow you put a lot of work into this layout! It's amazing! Love how you seperated the paper, didn't know you could do that but it's brilliant! So many fantastic elements, so unique, elegant and spooky all at once.
    Blessings Bernie

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  44. Your LO is awesome!!! I love all the layers! The thought and designing you put into it is very evident in the finished work. The branch and footsteps leading to the faceless mirror are great details.
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring. :)

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