Monday 30 December 2019

Embossed snowflake

Hi Crafters,

I hope, you have had peaceful and wonderful Christmas celebrations, wherever you are. 

We did enjoy Christmas a lot, we celebrated at our place. 
In Germany we celebrate on Christmas eve. My family was due to arrive at about 3 pm, so we could attend church at 4 pm. But since my girls' Dad needed to leave rather early, so see his other family, we agreed that he should come over an hour early, to he could spend a little more time with the girls. 

Our tradition is to set up and decorate the tree on the morning of the 24th (yes, that late) together. So, running late with preparations, as usual, I decided that he could do that with the girls, while I was finishing the last tasks in the kitchen and around the house.

Well, nice in theory, in actuality, he ran half an hour late, by which time the tree had already fallen over once, because I was maybe a bit overenthusiastic when I bought it. Meaning I got it fresh from a local farmer and in the large barn without any other trees to compare it with, it just didn't look as huge as it is. It almost reaches the ceiling and is a bit big for our tree stand.

So, when my Ex arrived, we set up the tree - again - weighted it down with stones from the garden and got ourselves tangled up in the light chain, at which point my sister-in-law and here family entered the house (I had left the door open when I collected the stones).

In the end, my brother-in-law and I sent off the rest of the family to church, decorated the tree and the presents underneath, set the table (yes, I hadn't managed that in time either) and finished preparing dinner. With all that done, we were actually ready early and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee while re-installing the TV set, which had returned that day from repairs.

Now, to the card. This one is an idea I have seen on the Internet in many variations, with the single snowflake and a simple sentiment strip.  I created a watercolour gradient back ground and adhered the silver embossed snowflake on top, then I added the sentiment with foam tape.

Wishing you a fantastic new years celebration and all the best for 2020

Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays

Thursday 19 December 2019

Mass producing Christmas cards

Hello crafty friends, 

can you believe it, only four days to go - well in Germany at least. We celebrate on Christmas eve. 
I am in full fledged panic mode by now. With all the drama and action this December, I am far behind, even though I started out so well in November. 

Today, I sent the last packages out and bought the postage stamps for all my Christmas cards. Those however, I didn't have finished, so I decided to mass produce the final 18 cards I still needed tonight. 

The idea was inspired by a card I once saw in a shop and the design is very clean and simple. 

I started by cutting the white panels and stamping the beautiful long sentiment in the lower 3rd. Then I cut slits in the panels, just below and above the sentiment, where I could tuck in my little stars. 

The stars themselves are cut from different Christmas patterned papers I collected over the years. After I had tucked all of them in, I created and scored all the card bases from light grey card stock and adhered the panels down flat.

With this batch, I didn't take the time to embellish the envelopes, as I would usually do. But I did pick red envelopes, for all the cards that had red stars. All the other cards had to make do with white.

There is still so much work. We are celebrating at our place, so there is cleaning cooking and more gift wrapping to do. Not to mention that all the cards still have to be written and posted. That bit I must achieve tomorrow. 

And I still have to create a batch of Birthday cards, that I mean to give to my wonderful friend and landlady. I already have the design in mind for those. I am planning to re-use the design of this years Birthday invitations using Birthday sentiments and more colour combinations. All cards will be similar, so they make 4a nice set, but each one a little different.

And there is another friend, who I know could use a set of Birthday cards to give away. But she was invited to our Birthday party, so I can't use the same idea for her set. I have to come up with something different. 
But at least those gifts will be handed over in person, so I still have the week-end.

And right after Christmas, I will start making Christmas cards for next year, while I am still in the mood. Seriously, I did that a few years back, and it was brilliant. And I still want to use all my lovely Christmas supplies, that I didn't get to use enough this year.

So, I do hope you are are not as stressed as me, but if you are, tell me about it, so I don't feel so alone.

Hugs and kisses

P.S. Sorry for the bad pictures, I had to take them in poor lighting. 

CAS on Friday: #170 Christmas
Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Cherry blossom thanks

Hi Crafters,

to balance my very sad news, I'd like to  tell you something more cheerful today, even though to me it feels bitter sweet right now.

Some of you may know, that my girls and I moved house just before Christmas last year. Our  landlady lives downstairs from us, in the same house, and we instantly connected. She is a lovely person and she and I have a lot in common for example our cats. As you know, my girls and I had three cats (sadly now only 2), among them our red tom Benny. She too had a red tom called Benny. We laughed a lot, when we first found that out. 

Unfortunately her Benny disappeared last summer without a trace and all of us were heartbroken. We have been searching everywhere, asking around, but he simply didn't turn up anymore. 

On Friday the 6th (St. Nicolas day) I received a phone call from the pet registration agency, asking for my landlady. She had given them my number, when she went on holiday. The little stray has actually turned up, happy, healthy and for some reason well fed, at the other end of town. Nobody knows where he's been in the past 6 months, but a lovely family noticed him and had his chip read out.

I immediately called my landlady and she point blank refused to believe it, until she had proof, for fear of raising false hope. Since she couldn't leave work at the time, I went to pick him up right after I finished that call. Now he is back home, dozing on the oven bench, his favourite spot. And all of us are so happy for the two of them. Since he has the same name and colouring as our Benny, we almost feel like he's ours as well.

So, to go with our St. Nicholas wonder, I picked a thank you card for today's post. It's a very simple one layer card. I coloured the cherry blossoms with Polychromos pencils and added a Thank you sentiment. 

Wishing you a nice day

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Beloved Nala

Hey Crafters, 

I've been absent a few days, I am morning the loss of my beloved Nala. 
As I wrote last week, I went to the vet again the same day but she couldn't save her life. I am still very shaken and would rather not tell the whole story.

So I am concentrating on her life, rather than her death. 

She was a lovely girl, very small, slim and agile with a small round head and huge green eyes. Her fur was long and silky and wonderfully coloured in bright red, black and white. 

She came to us, from a family who couldn't cope with her liveliness. Nala was a very playful kitty and she demanded to be played with. It took here merely a few weeks to realise, that chewing cards and papers was the way to get my full attention. She loved to play fetch with hair ties, chasing them across the living room and returning them to me. I don't remember how we discovered it, but it was nothing we taught her, she started that herself.

I know, this could be dangerous, but hair ties was the only thing she didn't try to eat. Otherwise she quickly taught us to clear away all kinds of plasticy things, like decorative ribbon, balloons etc. She's chew and swallow all of that, if she got hold of it.

 A very agile cat, there was no spot in the house she couldn't reach. My little queen loved sitting up high on some shelf and look down on her subordinates. 

But she was also a very cuddly cat, when she wanted to. She used to sleep on my laptop while I worked, every once in a while getting up and demanding to be loved and groomed. Then she would curl up on my lap until she had enough. Seeing the empty spot there breaks my heart.

I still cannot understand how that could have happened. 

I hope you'll have a good day, despite my sad story and leave you with a few more pictures of my little girl - actually, I may have overdone it  a bit. 

Love Ela


Thursday 12 December 2019

Happy 4th Birthday

Hi Crafters, 

today is my niece's 4th Birthday. Happy Birthday sweetheart, even if you can't read it!

I coloured the little fairy, which is a customisable sticker, not a stamp with Polychromos pencils. I haven't used them in a while, so I kept it simple. 

Then I die cut the numbers from white card stock and picked an alcohol marker that looked very similar to the dress. I actually coloured the number 4 three times. I got a dark smudge on the first, with the second I realised, that the colour wasn't right so I re-did it again, using two markers for a tiny bit of a gradient. I also created a sentiment strip with the same markers and stamped "we congratulate" on it. 

When I fuzzed about the assembly, I thought it was too much white, especially since it's for a little girl, not an adult. So I added soft pink ink blending behind the fairy. Now I am very happy with the result and hope my little Sweety will like it as well. 

We'll be visiting her to celebrate later today. 

Truthfully, while I am usually always happy to see my litle nieces, this time I would rather stay home with my sick cat. I am desperate. She still won't eat and by now she's only skin and bones. This is not an old cat and until last week she has been healthy. But now I seriously fear she might starve in front of my eyes.
I am seeing the vet again later today.

Keep your fingers crossed for my feline baby, please


Wednesday 11 December 2019

Another coffee rainbow

Hi Crafters, 

how do you feel today? 

I most certainly feel like coffee. Unfortunately there is none in the house.

Our French exchange students have been with us almost a week now and they are very lovely girls. Very friendly and open, really nice. But communication is difficult. The 4 girls have been learning each others languages for only 2 years, and while I have studied French for 5 years at school, that was really long ago. I am rather shocked how much of it is gone. It's enough for the basic stuff, but not enough to keep a proper conversation up. I really wish they'd speak English, that would have been so much easier. Tomorrow morning they are leaving already.

My cat has had X-ray done yesterday, but the vet didn't find the cause for her lack of appetite. The has has painkillers and antibiotics again, but she still won't eat. She's always been small and slight, but now she's skin and bones. I am getting desperate.

To the card:
Since I created this card and found my cactus stamp was slightly too big - or maybe just placed wrong - I was looking at my stash on the look out for the perfect image. And I found it or rather them. They are three different to-go coffee cups. I think I will have to create that card again with these. 

But today, I developed the idea into a different direction. I wanted the grey cups, the fading shadows and a prominent rainbow cup. But instead of a rectangle I created a line of cups, popping up the bright rainbow cup on foam tape. 

But that was a bit blank, so I added some stencilled coffee rings before I adhered the bright cup. This was better, but I still wanted more colour. Since the sentiment was still missing, I decided to create a rainbow strip and stamp a simple sentiment on it and stick it across the grey cups. 

Unfortunately I used a sentiment that turned out slightly too large for my taste, so I cut it down. Not sure I like how I solved this, maybe I should just have created another rainbow strip and re-done it with a smaller sentiment. I do have lots of Happy Birthday sentiments after all. 
Even though I never seem to have the perfect sentiment for what I am creating at any given time. 

So, that's it for me, I'm off to make coffee hot chocolate. 

Monday 9 December 2019

Joy to the world

Hey Crafters, 

how is life treating you? 
I've had a bit of a close shave yesterday,  I fell down a steep flight of stairs and I am feeling rather sore and bruised today. My right leg and shoulder are hurting a lot. I was still quite far up when I slipped, and there was nobody around at the time -  all the things that could have happened... I am a lucky girl to have gotten away with nothing worse!

Also I am still worried sick about my kitty, who still won't eat much. I've been at the vet almost every day now and at times she looks more agile and less sick, but her refusal to eat is no good sign at all. Tomorrow we will do X-Rays. I wish she'd start eating tonight.

Today, I have a very simple Christmas card for you. 

I coloured  the kitty with my ZIG markers and cut her out. Then I added just a little light blue ink blending to the centre of the card base and stamped a few of the musical notes that are included in the set in the same light blue. You can barely see them in the photo.

Last I added the sentiment in deep black and popped up the kitty on foam tape. 

I should have centred her more between the two parts of the sentiment, but then I don't think anyone will complain. 

Have a wonderful day


Creative Friday: #245 Soon it's Christmas
Simon says Stamp:Traditional Christmas
Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays

Sunday 8 December 2019

Feeling ruff

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are not feeling ruff today.

I  actually do find life a bit rough at the moment. My cat has been sick with pancreatitis for several days now and  I am worried sick, since she won't eat and she is so skinny anyway. 

To go with my general mood, I created this card for the Live like Roo card drive. I still have to send of my package, which means it'll certainly be late in arriving, but I simply didn't manage any faster, with everything going on. 

Have a wonderful Sunday

Friday 6 December 2019

Beary Christmas

Hi Crafters, 

how is it? 
We are mostly fine, our exchange students arrived yesterday, and I am finding that my French is very, very rusty. Conversations are difficult, but they are nice girls, and I hope we'll get more fluent with practise. 

On the sad side, I am rather worried about my little feline girl. She is sick and won't eat and since she is so skinny anyway, that is very worrying. We'll see the vet again later today, which she hates. She is a darling at all times, but at the vet she gets really aggressive. They had to sedate her yesterday, just to take a bit of blood for testing. Poor thing.

Today, I'd like to share another mother-daughter collaboration. 

While I was searching for a specific card panel I made weeks ago, I found a background that my daughter made and discarded. She used water colours for the sky (I think) and ink blending for the snowy hills. 

So with the background already done, I just added a bit of dark blue ink blending around the edge of the sky, to create a more dramatic vignette and splattered on some gouache for snow. 

While this dried, I searched my stash of images and found this ice bear, which I thought was perfect. I just needed to cut it out. 

Then I added the sentiment on the dried panel with gold embossing. 

It roughly says (in German):
Dance with the snowflakes
Build a snowman
Stomp hearts in the snow  
Eat loads of cookies
Sing loudly and
Look into the winter sky."

I think it's perfect for the scene, though a bit optimistic in terms of the amount of snow we usually get where I live. 

A slight dusting of snow usually will cause my daughters to jump for joy, with "all the snow" and all the drivers to crawl and realise they still didn't change their tyres. Compared to when and where I grew up, I can only smile at that. 

Anyhow, I love how this card turned out. 

Wishing you a brilliant day


Cards 4 Guys: #234 Christmas Critters
Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays
Simon says Stamp: Traditional Christmas
Stempelgarten: #87 Christmas

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Christmas Poinsettia

Hello Crafters, 

are you gearing up for Christmas? 
Since Thanksgiving is being celebrated much earlier and very differently in Germany, I am concentration fully on Christmas preparations, even though there are a lot of family Birthdays coming up in the next few weeks as well.  I am determined not to let it get as bad as usual, especially since last Christmas was extremely stress full. 

We decided to move at the end of October, used all of November for packing boxes, received the new keys on the 1st of December and then had to paint the place and move. I think we first slept in the new place round about the 20th of December 2018, surrounded by packing boxes and chaos.

So, this year's motto is: get it ready early, I'll fall behind my schedule soon enough anyway.

For my girls I pretty much already have all the gifts I'll need. I may still add small things I find during December, but if nothing comes up I'll be fine with what I have. But I still need lots of things for the advent calendar, and those I will need by the week-end.

All the small children in the family shouldn't be too difficult either. There is now 5 of them between ages 2 months and 4 years. 

I also have an idea for my Ex and my sister and I arranged years ago, not to give anything among the grown-ups, only the children. So that's done. 

But my in-laws and parents will be tough. And I would really like to get most things during Black Friday week.

For my close friends here in our new town, I actually got the present back in May. We went to a sales exhibition and there was this booth of a local board game company, so while we were there we got them an expansion set for a board game they already have. 

My other close friend doesn't want me to spend much money, because she knows about my car which has just needed very expensive repairs. So she is wishing for handmade stuff, a set of cards for herself, handmade pet snacks for her daughter, who volunteers for a local animal shelter. They always have rabbits and guinea pigs in the garden for that organisation. And I thought we might take a walk in the woods and find some natural materials, like large pieces of bark to hide and chew. If the weather clears up anytime soon. And for the boys she'll have to come back to me.

So there is still lots to do, especially since I still need a cartload of cards to send out myself, in addition to the cards for my friend, I better get moving.

This one will certainly not go into mass production, though I like how it turned out a lot. During the process it gave me so much trouble, I almost gave up. 

I used my ZIG markers to colour the image and added some shading with grey alcohol markers, for more dimension. Then I added the gold embossing over the completed image and along the edges and adhered the image to a simple black card base.

I added a Christmas red envelope and embossed the outline on it. 

I love that stamp, I think I might have to challenge myself to try a white poinsettia as well. 

Lots of Love

Addicted to Stamps and More: #368 Holiday
Creative Friday: #244 red and gold
Always fun Stamping: #138 Anything goes
TCP: #363 Holidays

Monday 25 November 2019

Another 3rd Birthday

Hello Crafters, 

I hope you had a good week-end. I certainly did, I spent the whole of Saturday crafting at the community centre. Paper crafting from 2 to 4 pm and making a Christmas wreath from 6 to 9 pm. 

I picked water colours for the first session and a tutorial Lindsay posted a while back for my inspiration and this is the final result.
I changed it up quite a bit though, since I wasn't working on water colour paper, I didn't dare use all the splatters, that was just too scary. Also the water colour palette wasn't my own, and it looked so nice and clean, that I didn't dare actually use the mising area, so I picked the colours up directly, which made it all much darked than I had planned. And I also dislike how long I made the path, before it disappears in the distance, and that I didn't make it wider close up. 
I think next time, I'll bring my own palette and brushes to mix.

Despite the fact, that I am unhappy with so many details, I kind of like the overall impression and vibrancy. 

My wreath, I'll have to show you another day, I didn't take a good picture yet, all finished with the candles on (I left those off for the transport home). 

But, to the card: We had another 3rd Birthday boy in my family and since this is the other side of the family, I decided to make it easy for myself and re-create the same Dino card I made a few weeks ago. Those boys will rarely ever meet and certainly not compare cards, so they'll never know. 

Also, I really liked how it turned out. 

So, here is the first version: 

And this is last night's take on it:

Since the images are stickers, I had to use different ones, but otherwise it is much the same.

Have a wonderful day

Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday

Monday 18 November 2019

But first, Coffee

Hi Crafters, 

I hope you are doing fine. 

Today, I have a coffee card for you. I wanted to try out a stamp set I picked up at a dutch chain store nearby. It was very cheap, so I wasn't sure about the quality. Also I wanted to play with my new Distress Oxides. 

When they came out I decided not to buy them, because I have a tendency to reeeaaally needing every colouring medium I see. I stayed strong, until a few weeks ago, when I decided to try a few colours, that I don't have in the regular distress inks. No duplicates. 

I shouldn't have, now I want them all. 

Since I have quite a few of the bright distress ink pads, my selection of Oxides is very muted, and I really wish I had bought some brights too. 

To balance out the blended strip, I wanted the cups to be bright and shiny, so I went for a rainbowish colour scheme with the cups. 

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this card, except for the sentiment. That is very much how I feel right now, since I barely slept last night.

Lots of Love

CAS(E) this Sketch: #348
Addicted to Stamps and More: #367 Make your Mark

Wednesday 13 November 2019

CASEing Cactus

Hi Crafters,

how are you doing?
Did I say "all will be well" last week? Turned out there was still another blow to come: my car needs expensive repairs, that ruined my week-end quite a bit and I wasn't much in a mood to create.

But I have recovered from the lack of motivation and created a card last night.

To overcome the block, I remembered this card I loved a lot, that created years ago and decided to use the same concept again.

It was actually a CASE itself, at the time there was a challenge to CAS(e) the Design team of create a smile.

 I really loved how my chameleon turned out, so I decided to re-create it with a different stamp and sentiment. So here is my new take on it:

I like the first attempt better, I think I should have used smaller stamp. The way it is, it's mostly just cups of the muted images.

Lots of love

Friday 8 November 2019

Kunterbunte Geburtstagsgrüße

Hello Crafters, 

how have you been? I am having a bad week. Stressful times at the office, lots of appointments, and caught my self some stupid ear infection that's bugging me. But it's almost the week-end, all will be well.

Today's card came together so easy, once I had started.

I started out by colouring several stamped images, because I was not in the mode for a complete card. Among them that funny armadillo. Since anything that is vaguely stripey sparks rainbow associations in my brain, I coloured his belt in a rainbow. I loved how that turned out, so I wanted to absolutely use that image. 

I gave him his hill to ground him, with just a bit of ink blending. Then I wanted to do a colourful greeting. My go to for individual letters is this Alphabetical die. So I water coloured some pieces of paper and cut out the letters. The compete sentiment means "Motley Birthday greetings", which makes a lot more sense in German. 

I also added a matching envelope with a paler version of the same image. 

What I don't like about that card, is that I didn't think when cutting out the letters, that the same colours would end up right beside each other. I would have wanted that mixed up more. But when I realised it, I didn't want to do all the letters again, so I went with it. 

Also I should have placed them slightly closer to the black sentiment.

Wishing you all a lovely day

Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Addicted to Stamps and More: #366 Anything goes
Stemelküche: Regenbogen / Rainbow
Always Fun Challenges: #135 Watercolours
Day of the month card club: #9 Look for circles Day

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Metallic watercolour and a butterfly

Hello Friends, 

how are you?

For today's card, I created a striped panel with metallic watercolours, in a rose gold shade. Since I thought that was a bit busy for a full background, I used only a strip of it and added a white panel with a scalloped edge on top with foam adhesive. 

Then I coloured my butterfly with my regular watercolour set, blending pink and grey into each other. 
Since the colour had muted my lines and I already had removed the stamp from my stamping tool, I had to channel my inner Kelly and outline everything. Then I cut out the image and adhered only the body to a grey circle so, the wings can fly up.

I am still struggling where to put a sentiment and in which way. I might leave it as it is. Any suggestions are welcome, since I have been pondering this for over a week now.

Have a beautiful day

Always Fun Challenges: #135 Watercolours
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes

Sunday 3 November 2019

Birthday Butterfly

Hello Everyone, 

how are you doing?

This is the second card I mentioned a while ago.

I wanted to try out a new pad of water colour paper I got at a rather cheap chain store nearby. They sell a lot of craft supplies, among them the flamingo embossing folder. I got the paper pad because it's very bright white, but I didn't expect much of the quality. And a true water colour artist would most probably not use it. But for my needs it did perform okay. 

I wanted to try the butterfly (also from that store) at the same time, and thought I might practise some no line colouring with my ZIG markers. Finding out that my antique linen ink pad was very dry, I stamped the butterfly in yellow ink, since I originally intended to use yellow for my colouring as well. I changed the plan and used blues and a very pale brown. So now there are still very light yellow and greenish veins visible in real life. I chose a dark brown for the body and also added the sentiments in very dark brown ink. In hindsight I would have preferred only one sentiment.

Since there was no black on the card, I didn't want to use a black or grey card base. I fussed about quite a bit, deciding on the card base colour. I didn't have matching card stock and thought about inking direct to paper, but since tumbled glass and antique linen both need to be re-inked I had to abandon that idea (I don't have the re-inkers at home). In the end I picked vintage photo distress ink and very very lightly blended some of it on a white card base, just enough to achieve a lighter version of the colour I used for the butterfly. I like how that turned out very much.

I had to shorten the card base about half a centimetre from the usual standard card size (German size = 10,5 by not quite 15 cm), because the paper pad is almost but not quite A4 format, meaning it's one cm short. But that truly doesn't bother me. 

By now I have used the same paper for 4 cards, and I really like it. It's surely not good for a true painting, but for background techniques that require water or very simple colouring it's just fine.

Lots of love

Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes

Friday 1 November 2019

A fall card

Hey Crafters, 

today I'd like to show you a more fall-like Halloween card. I needed a card to invite our Granddad to our Halloween party, but he is obviously not much into Halloween. For him, it's about seeing his grandchildren. 

So I wanted a card that didn't scream Halloween - or at least not very loudly. 

So I thought this image would be perfect, a Halloween pumpkin, but also with the option to make it more fall themed. Besides, my sister-in-law has a dog like that, who he used to baby sit.
So I added the additional falling leaves and coloured it all with my ZIG markers. 

Initially I had coloured the inside of the jack-o-lantern yellow, to make it glow, but then my daughter pointed out, that if the dog is sitting inside it, it wouldn't be lighted. So I changed it to very dark grey. What do you think? Is he sitting inside or standing behind it?

See the leave up top, that is half cut off? I had to add that, because the liquid adhesive seeped out when I glued the panel to the card base, and it looked really bad. Luckily it's barely visible now. 

The sentiment says simply invitation.

Lots of Love

Always Fun Challenges: #134 Halloween
Shopping our stash: #407 Halloween
Addicted to stamps and more: #365 Photo

Thursday 31 October 2019

Halloween invitations

Hi Halloween Fans,

are you already looking forward to to tonight? Or dreading it?

I admit, I am a secret fan. Officially of course, I celebrate it only for the children's sake, especially since it is not traditionally celebrated in Germany, where I live. 
However, the spooky decorations are right up my sleeve. 

The past years, we have always made a party with friends, but last year we were already preparing for our move in December, so we had to skip that year. My girls were very reasonable about it, but I had to promise them, we would have a party again this year.

However, the younger of my girls enjoyed last years alternative plan (trick or treating with their little cousin) so much, she wanted to do that again this year, while my older one insisted on the promised party.
They both insisted on their point of view, not even an attempt at a compromise.

In the end, we decided to cut back on the creepy decorations and make a party with the little ones (two cousins and a half brother). Since they are still very young, they will not stay late and we will still have time to watch a film together.

That finally decided with little more than a week to go, I had to create some last minute invitations, to make it a proper party. 

I coloured both images with ZIG markers, sticking to a Halloween colour scheme. For the unicorn, I created the glow with yellow ink blending, but I was not entirely happy with the result, so I tried yellow water colour on the second image.

Did you notice I missed a leaf on the pumpkin? I didn't my daughter pointed it out to me, so I fixed that later. I also added some silver accents on the horn with a gel pen.

For a dramatic vignette, I added Distress Oxides around the whole panel, darkening the very edges with black. 

Then I die cut the letters and stamped the sentiment, which reads "Let's celebrate Halloween".

The effect is not entirely how I imagined, but I am still okay with it. 

Have a lovely day

Always Fun Challenges: #134 Halloween
Shopping our stash: #407 Halloween
TCP Tuesday: #362 Fall