Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Little Confession and Halloween Cards

I've been bad. Very, very bad. It all started so innocently with the August PTI release. I ordered a few things. Then, I placed an order with my SU demo, Danielle. Most of that was consummables, with only two small stamp sets. Then I bought ink at Marco's. Then I placed another order with PTI. And then I went to United Art and Education to buy handwriting workbooks for both of my boys and just happened to wander over to the stamps, where I just happened to find the Hero Arts Clear Month sets ON SALE FOR FIVE DOLLARS EACH!!!!!

They had every month except January (which I have now ordered online and should receive early next week). I wanted these sets when they first came out, but at $15 each and the need for all 12 months for scrapbooking purposes, I never thought I'd get them. That's a ridiculous amount of money for stamps when I could use my alphas to spell out the months and have quite enough stamps for each month's theme anyway. I was so logical and cold about not buying them. Then, on Friday at United Art and Education, when I realized I could get 11 months for just $55, well, it seemed PERFECTLY SILLY not to snap those babies up immediately.

They are MINE. ALL MINE!

I think you'll agree with my decision. Still, I must once again put a spending freeze on stamp purchases. I think I'm good for a while, but you just never know what PTI will throw at us next month. Help me be strong, please.

And now, today's cards. Hero Arts Clear Stamps October set contains two fab Halloween images that worked perfectly for my niece and nephew. This witch stamp actually reminds me of my niece, in a good way. She's going to love this green and purple witch. And I want it noted for the record that I COLORED IN a stamped image. It felt so strange, but I did it, and she didn't turn out half bad.

This card is for my nephew, who loves every single card I make for him. He's the only dude in my life who appreciates stamping, and the fact that he's seven doesn't dampen my pride in his adoration in the least. He has excellent taste. I honestly don't think the card needs the bling but I added it because I didn't want my nephew feeling slighted.

Now, aren't these cute enough to justify my weakness? *wink*

Supplies for the Witch Card
stamps: Hero Arts
paper: green galore, eggplant, white
ink: palette noir
accessories: Bic Mark-It Markers and Sharpies, rhinestones, dimensionals

Supplies for Trick or Treat Card
stamps: Hero Arts
paper: PTI white
ink: Palette noir, only orange marker
accessories: ribbon, rhinestones


  1. These are both GREAT! LOVE the colors on the witch card! Great job coloring by the way! And I really like the ribbon treatment on your nephews card!

  2. Naughty naughty, but clever too. :) Have fun with the new stamps. Love the cards.

  3. oh susan,
    collecting is half the fun, isn't it? i love your cards, again. they are inspired. of course. thanks for sharing, and sparking my enthusiam and creativity. marty

  4. Sadly, I totally understand your thought process. I am IN LOVE with that trick or treat sentiment and what you've done with it!!! So efficient to already have these cards all ready for your little goblins!

  5. You sound so much like me!! It started with a few new Rileys, then a couple of new Copics, then I needed adhesive...your post makes perfect sense! I bought a couple of these sets, October and December and then decided that I didn't want to pay for all of them either. I also managed to find mine on clearance so I was able to get them all.

    Great cards, I really love the witch one.

  6. I'm with your nephew, I love every card you make, too!

  7. So simple...but very adorable...the simplicity gives them such impact...I love them...thanks for sharing your cards with us.

    stampin' HUGZ

  8. I love both of your Halloween cards, Susan!! Adorable images, and I love your bling!

  9. these halloween cards are the sweetest!! and I'm totally impressed with your coloring!! but I'm not sure exactly who you are asking to "help [you] be strong"...we're all as bad as the next crafter...and I'm all for you spending because we reap the rewards...all your awesome cards!! My "big" PTI purchase is approaching...just trying to decide if I do it this month or wait to see what October 15th has in store.... :-)

  10. Oooh, you HAVE been a bad girl! But it's so worth it! :D

    Your cards are adorable! I love the trick or treat one!

  11. LOL! I know the feeling and I think I might need to do a "buying freeze" myself after I order some things from the States. Love the little witch on her broom, and the colours are lovely!

  12. Been there, done're so totally justified it isn't funny!LOL

  13. I love your nephew's card. So simple and strong.
    I hope you feel stocked up. I go through stages too, where I seem out of conroll, then nothing for a long time. Be strong. Your wallet will thank you.

  14. I feel your 'pain'! I spent way toooooo much money lately when I visited my local stamp store and then Michaels had a stamp sale...
    Just can't help myself even when I come home and have no idea where I am going to put my new playthings....
    Karen D.

  15. I'm not a big fan of Halloween cards but the Trick or Treat card is so classy! Love the ribbon treatment!


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