H-Owl-oween card for a challenge and a swap

If you wonder where I've been this week, I have been holed up in the old craft room making cards for a big swap this weekend.  I started the cards last week, but it seems like I just kept running out of everything.  I was working away from home, so it's frustrating when you think you brought everything you need, but you run short.  I cut paper, stamped and punched all day, and then when I came home I had to do some more prep.  Well, I finally finished tonight, except for a few bows left to make, but the ribbon just arrived in my shipment today. 
I was thinking ahead to the workshop swap that I am participating in this weekend, and remember last year that most of the projects were holiday oriented, and since I have not really prepared myself with holiday stamps, paper, etc., I knew I had to work with what I have, and I have plenty. 
My sweet little Owl Occasions stamp set came to the rescue again.  Today my owl has snatched up a witch's hat, grabbed a branch for a broomstick, and took flight over the village.  This was a fun card to make, when I made the first one for a sample.  When it got down to making 45 of them, it was a lot of work, and maybe I got a little too putsy!  I cut the circle after I stamped, and then reattached the end of the broomstick.  Was it worth it?  It was to me!  I wanted stars in the sky, but could not come up with a stamp that would do it justice, so I went with punching 1/4" circles with my hole punch from fabulous glitter paper.  I cut the houses freehand (although I made a template to keep me somewhat consistent).  Then I got the idea to sponge a little yellow on the paper for the windows, and across the top of the moon, then added grey to the bottom of the moon.  Okay, I have to admit it was a whole lot of putsing, but I like the end product, and it's all my own!  Hope you like it too. 

I don't usually show off swap projects before the swap, but earlier this week I realized that the card I was making fell into the square category, and that was the challenge 65 at CAS-ual Fridays, so I thought I would submit this card.  If I spoil the fun for anybody at the swap, I am sorry, but this one time I make an exception ;)
Hope you liked the card, and come back again soon.

Mary Alice


  1. Love that owl. Beautiful card. Thanks so much for playing along with us @ CAS-ual Fridays:)

  2. Oh, that owl is too cute! I love owl stamps but haven't seen that one. And wow, all that work payed off! It's darling and I think that you hand cut the houses fits so well with the feeling!

  3. Hi Mary Alice! I wanted to stop by to say thanks for the sweet comment and your visit to my blog! Your h-OWL-oween card is just adorable. I think my favorite part is the little village you've created. Your yellow glowing windows are the perfect touch!

  4. This is ADORABLE! I love the little "scene" you created at the bottom!

  5. Wonderful scene and cute owl. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

  6. hi there, wanted to thank you for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. I love what you have done with this owl! It has an old-world vintage look to it that I love. I never saw him being halloween but now that you've done it, it's great!


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