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Stars Love Galaxy

Stars Love Galaxy

I had an actual lazy Sunday! I stayed in bed late, didn’t really do much of anything but watch TV. Taylor came by for a little while after she got off of work. I did make a card for today and that was my day. Today I will be spending lots of time in front of the computer, my to-do list just keeps getting longer! 😀

I felt like doing a little ink blending yesterday and thats where this card started. I did that ink blending on a piece of Bristol Smooth Card Stock with Hero Arts Navy, Grape Juice and Charcoal Ink using my Mini Ink Blending Tool. It’s spattered with Heidi Swapp White and Tinsel Color Shine and dried with my Heat Tool. I used the Hero Arts Milky Way Fancy Die to cut out a piece of Shadow Curious Metallic Card Stock and as I was taking out the middle I thought that it would actually look pretty cool on the card instead of the outside. My sentiment is heat embossed in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder onto the die cut and adhered to the card with 3M Foam Tape. For some sparkly stars I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins and that finished the card. I actually do love the inside of the die cut galaxy. It looks like a swirly space oddity! I hope that you like today’s card! Thanks for starting another week off with me! Have an absolutely awesome Monday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: August My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah)

Specialty: Bristol Smooth (Strathmore) and Shadow Curious Metallic (The Paper Cut)

Ink: Navy, Grape Juice and Charcoal (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Dies: Milky Way Window Fancy Die (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) and White and Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Ultra Strong (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

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Snowy Summer Mountains

Snowy Summer Mountains

Hello and a happy Saturday to you! It rained a little here yesterday and was sunny too, just couldn’t make up it’s mind! I managed to get some crafting done in the morning and then had dinner with my Parents. Taylor came by again, I guess she really does like spending time with me, I must be a cool dad! LOL! We ran some errands and talked for a while. Today is Tristan’s first birthday party! I’ll be sure and get some pictures, even I have to steal them off of the shared album! Should be a fun time! 😀

I was missing the lake this weekend and somehow this card came out of that! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock with the front covered in a piece of Marina Mist. I used the Hero Arts Snowy Drifts Fancy Dies to cut out two pieces of Garden Green. To give them a little more definition I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to add some Pine Needles Distress Ink to the tops. I then heat embossed my greeting from the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Photopolymer Stamp Set in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. The two pieces are then adhered to the card. That lovely frame is cut from a piece of Desert Storm 80lb with the Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Die and is adhered to the card with 3M Foam Tape. I love when you can use a winter set to make a nice summery card! I hope that you enjoyed today’s card! I thank you for visiting and wish you a superb Saturday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: You’re So Lovely Photopolymer (Hero Arts)

Ink: Pine Needles Distress (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb Desert Storm 80lb (Neenah), Garden Green and Marina Mist (Stampin’ Up!)

Dies: Floral Border with Frame and Snowy Drifts Fancy Dies (Hero Arts)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Ultra Strong (Scrapbook Adhesives) and 3M Foam Tape

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

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Fab Friday 112

Fab Friday 112

A very happy Friday to you! I had another productive day yesterday. I did some cleaning, some laundry and played with Tristan and Daniel. We all had dinner together at my Parent’s. I came home for a bit and then went over to meet Heather and Stephanie at Brian & Kim’s for Thirsty Thursday. So good to see the peeps! This morning I’m going with Heather to drop off her car for inspection and then we are going to have some breakfast. A fun way to start the day!

This is one of two posts from me today! I’ll have another post shortly with a fun announcement!

It’s a Fab Friday this week and we have some colors to inspire you…

I got my May My Monthly Hero Kit the other day and these colors seemed to work perfectly with it! To start I used the Stencil in the Kit and some Blueprint Sketch and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool to add color to a piece of Solar White 80ob. That is then adhered to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. The mermaid is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics, I cut her out with the Coordinating Die along with some coral and seaweed from a piece of Calypso Coral. The greeting is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto another piece of Solar White 80lb that I cut out with the Hero Arts Infinity Circles Dies. All of the die cuts are adhered to the circle and the circle is adhered to the card with Fun Foam and E-Z Runner. Just a few Pretty Pink Posh Blue Lagoon and Amethyst Sequins and some Hero Arts Clear Gems finish the card! I do love that stenciled background, so easy and such a nice way to showcase the mermaid! I hope that you enjoyed my card for the Fab Friday Color Challenge! We hope that you will visit the BLOG and check out the rest of the Team’s cards and enter your in the gallery! Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to come back in a little bit for my second post for today! I’m pretty excited about it! Enjoy your Friday morning! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: May My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch Distress (Ranger)

Markers: Copics

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah) and Calypso Coral (Stampin’ Up!)

Dies: May My Monthly Hero Kit and Infinity Circles (Hero Arts)

Stencil: May My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Blue Lagoon and Amethyst Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) and Clear Gems (Hero Arts)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger) and Fun Foam

 

Paper Craft Crew 242

Paper Craft Crew 242

Wednesday already! It was a quiet day at the Store. Renee did have a few people in to do some make up projects. I made a few cards and spoke to Sue. After work I came home, my Parent’s were out at my Brother’s watching the kids. Jim came by and we went for a nice long walk on the bike train again. On the way back we stopped and got Zorn’s for dinner. We worked on the crafty project, we are almost finished, and watched a little TV. Today Renee is off taking care of last minute baby shower things so I’ll be alone. I’m going to try and focus on getting things done! 😀

Since it is Wednesday that means that it’s time for this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge…

I did a card with a nice ink blended background! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply some Pale Tomato, Dark Quartz and Soft Vanilla Ink to a piece of Solar White 80lb and set is aside for a little while to dry. Of course after about 10 minutes I got impatient and sped up the drying with my Heat Tool. After it was completely dry I used my Powder Tool and then stamped the images from the Hero Arts Dreams are Made Photopolymer Stamp Set In Versa-Mark and heat embossed them in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. Next I used the Hero Arts Floral Border Fancy Die to cut out a piece of Deep Blue. The greeting is heat embossed in Hero Arts Copper Embossing Powder onto a strip of Vellum that is adhered around the back of the blue die cut. I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of the blue die cut and adhered it to the card. Just a few Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold Sequins and the card is done. I do love that Dreams are Made Set, there are some fun images and great greetings in there! I hope that you enjoyed my Design Team card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge! Stop by the BLOG and see what the rest of the Team has done and enter your card in the gallery! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wicked Wednesday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Dreams are Made Photopolymer (Hero Arts)

Ink: Pale Tomato, Dark Quartz and Soft Vanilla (Hero Arts)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah) and Deep Blue (My Colors)

Dies: Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Rose Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Ultra Strong (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot and Heat Tool (Hero Arts)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!


Fab Friday 104

Fab Friday 104

Oh, it’s Friday! Which doesn’t mean much for me! LOL! The Pop-In for a Make and Take was a success at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store yesterday! We had lots of fun and I sold a bunch of the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box and Put a Bow On It Lawn Cuts! I left the Store a little early to get to my Parent’s and see my little buddy Daniel! Oh how I have missed him! We played and ran up and down the stairs again. He’s such a funny little guy. After that it was off to see Heather for Thirsty Thursday. It was just the two of us which was great. I needed to be out of the house and to talk to my bestie! Today I want to get the cards for the rescheduled January Card Class finished and up on Facebook. I only have one left to do. Before we got to today’s card I want to take a minute and thank all of you for your kind words that you left for me yesterday. You guys are all amazing and I’m very lucky to have you in my life! 😀

It’s time now for the Fab Friday challenge…

As soon as I looked at the colors yesterday an idea popped into my head! My card base is Ivory 110lb Card Stock. I took another piece and used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to add some Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender and Merman Ink, blending to the two colors together and then making it into a banner. It’s adhered to the card with E-Z Runner leaving the ends so I could curl them a little. The hearts are all from the Concord & 9th Heart Smile Photopolymer Stamp Set. The large heart is stamped in Fresh Lavender using my Mini MISTI so I could stamp it more than once to get nice coverage. The love heart is stamped in Merman and the other hearts in both colors. I used the Concord & 9th Heartstrings Dies to cut them all out and adhered them to the card with 3M Foam Tape. A little scattering of Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins and the card is finished! I love the purple and light blue together and that Heartstrings Die is so neat! I hope that you enjoyed my Design Team card for the Fab Friday Color Challenge! We hope to see your card in the gallery so stop by the BLOG and get some inspiration from the rest of the Team’s cards! Thank you so much for visiting with me today! Have a fabulous Friday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Heart Smile Photopolymer (Concord & 9th)

Ink: Fresh Lavender  and Merman (Lawn Fawn)

Card Stock: Ivory 110lb (Recollections)

Dies: Heartstrings (Concord & 9th)

Embellishments: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Mini Misti and Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!


Grateful Wintry Leaf

Grateful Wintry Leaf

Well, what snow we didn’t get on Friday we certainly got yesterday! I think the final total by my house was 6 inches and further out on the Island they got up 12 inches. When I left for the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store it had just started. We decided to close early so I stopped by the Post Office to drop off a bunch of packages and then headed home. The roads were terrible, it was really cold so none of the snow melted. It was like you were driving on little tiny frozen marbles! Thank god for traction control! I’ll tell you, my little car is packed full of nice surprises! The rest of my evening was spent relaxing, I did make another quick card and today I want to get some projects finished at the Store. Hopefully they will have done something with the roads by morning! 😀

As I always say I do like to stretch my stamps and use them for more than what they are intended for and I think that we could all use a little more grateful in our lives! Today’s card uses a base of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock with the front covered in a piece of Authentiqe Wintery 12×12 Paper. I heat embossed the leaf from the Concord & 9th Lacy Leaf Photopolymer Stamp Set in Ranger Liquid Platinum onto a piece of 48lb Vellum. The coordinating dies are used to cut it out along with three pieces of Black 110lb that are adhered together with Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive. On my strip of Kraft I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set in Onyx Black and adhered the strip over the leaf to the card with E-Z Runner and Fun Foam. All that was left to do was to adhere the grateful to the strip with Multi-Matte Medium. A nice simple card that gets stepped up by the heat embossed Vellum leaf! I hope that you like today’s card! As always, thank you for stopping by! Have a simply wonderful Sunday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Lacy Leaf Photopolymer (Concord & 9th)

Ink: Onyx Black (Versa-Fine)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Liquid Platinum (Ranger)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah), Black 110lb (Recollections) and Kraft (Stampin’ Up!)

Specialty: 48lb Vellum (The Paper Cut)

Patterned Paper: Wintery 12×12 (Authentique)

Dies: Grateful Leaf (Concord & 9th)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives), Multi-Purpose Spray (Elmer’s) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Platinum Machine (Spellbinders), Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Fun Foam

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!


Magical Pink Birthday

Magical Pink Birthday

Despite the overcast weather and a little bit of drizzle in the afternoon I had a really nice day in Manhattan yesterday! The train was empty on the way in and on the way home! I went and visited my friends Jon and Mary in the morning and then walked from 86th and West End Avenue to 57th and Lexington Avenue. I got my steps in yesterday, a total of 6 1/2 miles! I wandered around Midtown and then went to visit my friend Carolyn and got to meet her parents! They were very nice people! After the city I stopped home and dropped off my backpack and went over to BK Sweeney’s to meet my friend Jim for dinner. I also ran into my friend Melissa, so great to see her! After a little coffee at Starbucks and some dessert I called it a night. I’ll be happy to be back at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store today, I have missed it!

The card that I have to share with you today is one that I made for one of Taylor’s friends for her birthday a while ago. The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to add some Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry to a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor card and spritzed it with a little water. My flying unicorn is from the Waffle Flower Magical Photopolymer Stamp Set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics. I added a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen to the wings. The magical is cut out using the Waffle Flower Magical Word Die from a piece of Silver Glitter Paper. My background is adhered to the base with E-Z Runner and the unicorn and word with Multi-Matte Medium. It’s definitely a very girly card, perfect for the sweet 16’s recipient! I hope that you enjoyed today’s card! Thank you for stopping by! Have a very nice Tuesday! 🙂

Products used:

Stamp Set: Magical Photopolymer (Waffle Flower)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves (Ranger-Tim Holtz)

Markers: Copics

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah)

Specialty: Watercolor Card (Ranger) and Silver Glitter Paper (Recollections)

Dies: Magical (Waffle Flower)

Embellishments: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen (Zig)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot, Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger) and Distress Sprayer (Ranger)

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

Don’t forget that all Holiday Stamps are 25% off!

Holly Day Ornaments

Holly Day Ornaments

What a super busy day I had at the stamp, Ink, Paper Store yesterday! The ladies were there for the crop and a bunch of them decided that they would make cards. I demoed the MISIT and helped them out with some Altenew and Concord & 9th Stamps. I also snipped dies apart and played with Evelyn’s new Gemini Die Cutting Machine. Renee’s daughter Krista stopped by to make some things for a Bridal Shower that she is a part of next week. I helped her with the cards and Renee helped her with the Bridal Bingo. After work I came home and met my Parents and we went to Applebee’s for dinner. When I got back to the house I watched a little TV and then called it night. Today is day 2 of the crop… more fun ahead! 😀

For today’s craftiness, I have a relatively simple card that I made using some Hero Arts sets! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I stamped the pine branches from the Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Photopolymer Stamp Set in Green Hills and Forever Green directly onto the card front. My ornaments are from the Hero Arts Ornaments Stamp & Die Combo, I stamped them in Hero Arts Intense Black Ink onto some Arches 140lb Watercolor Card. They are colored in with Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet Distress Inks and an Aquawash Waterbrush. After they dried I cut them out with the coordinating dies and adhered them to the card with E-Z Runner and 3D Foam Squares. Before I adhered my Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear, Amethyst, Lemon and Sea Breeze Sequins I stamped my greeting in the lower left from the Hero Arts Holiday Greetings Photopolymer Stamp Set in more Intense Black and the card is finished! I love the ornaments, especially “watercolored”! I hope that you like my card for today! Thanks for your visit! Have a simple Sunday! 🙂

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Products used:

Stamp Sets: Ornaments Stamp & Die Combo, Happy Holly Days and Holiday Greetings Photopolymer (Hero Arts)

Ink: Intense Black, Green Hills and Forever Green (Hero Arts) and Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet Distress Ink (Ranger-Tim Holtz)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb (Neenah)

Specialty Paper: Arches 140lb Watercolor Card

Dies: Ornaments Stamp & Die Combo (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Sparkling Clear, Amethyst, Lemon Yellow and Sea Breeze Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand and 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Tools: Artisan X-plorer (Spellbinders) and Aquawash Small Water Brush (Pentel)

City Night Sky Santa

City Night Sky Santa

It started off chilly here in the morning but warmed up as the day went on. The Stamp, Ink, Paper Store and Scrap-A-Latte were filled with peeps having fun with Renee’s wine glass candle holder projects! Taylor came up to the store and hung out for the day too! I got a few cards made and that is always a good day! After work my friend Marianne followed me home and we went up to IKEA. I had to get some pillowcases, I really like their sheets, they are 100% cotton! I also ended up getting a new area rug for the living room and Marianne picked up a few more things than she planned. After IKEA we went and had a little dinner at Noodles & Company. From there is was off to A. C. Moore, Marianne had a few things that she needed to get. When I got back to my house I sat down in the Stampin’ Galley and worked on today’s card! Today I have a bunch of things to get accomplished at the Store, I’ll be off tomorrow for Heather’s Dad’s funeral.

There was a nice little surprise waiting in the mailbox for me when I got home yesterday, the My Monthly Hero Kit finally arrived so of course I had to have a little play with it! The card base is the usual Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I covered the front in a piece of Black. To create my background I masked off about 1 1/4″ of the bottom of a piece of Solar White 80lb and used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply some Hero Arts Cornflower and Navy Ink. I then moved the mask and applied Grape Juice and Navy to the top part. I took a picture of the panel when I had finished my ink blending. You can see how it looks a little blotchy…

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As you will see on the final card the ink evens out nicely after about 20 minutes! I used my heat tool to make sure that the ink was completely dry, I wanted to heat emboss the Santa and sleigh from the October My Monthly Hero Kit with some Onyx Black and Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. Next I die cut the cityscape and bridge from the Hero Arts Skylines Fancy Dies. The buildings are cut from Black and the bridge from Ionized Curious Metallic. I adhered the buildings with Dot Runner Adhesive and the bridge with Black 3D Foam Squares. My greeting is also from the stamp set included in the kit and is heat embossed in Hero Arts Platinum Embossing powder onto another piece of Black. The left side is flagged and more Black 3D Foam Squares adhere it to the card. The sky needed some stars so I picked a few out of the Little Things by Lucy Platinum Mix and adhered them with Multi-Matte Medium. I really do love the way the Hero Arts Inks blend,  just a little patience and you get amazing results! I hope that you enjoyed my little city Holiday card today! I appreciate you coming by and wish you all a simple Sunday! 🙂

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Products used:

Stamp Set: October My Monthly Hero Kit (Hero Arts)

Ink: Cornflower, Navy and Grape Juice (Hero Arts) and Onyx Black (Versa-Fine)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Clear Fine Detail and Platinum (Hero Arts)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah) and Black (My Colors)

Specialty Card Stock: Ionized Curious Metallic (The Paper Cut)

Dies: Skylines Fancy Dies (Hero Arts)

Embellishments: Platinum mix (Little Things by Lucy)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner (Home & Hobby), Dot Runner (Tombo), Black 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Platinum Machine (Spellbinders), Heat Tool (Hero Arts) and Crystal Katana

Paper Players 315

Paper Players 315

What a fun day yesterday at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store! I mentioned that they are doing construction right?! Well yesterday it was our turn to have the facade of the building taken down. So much noise and mess! Renee was smart and took the day off! I did have one person come in the morning to make the house. Around 3:30 I lost internet because they cut the cable wire! I called the rest of the people that were scheduled to take the class and said we would have to reschedule and I closed up around 4:00. Don’t ask what the cable is just cut it! So annoying! I stopped home and then went over to Heather’s so we could run some errands and have dinner. Kim and Stephanie came by for Thirsty Thursday! We had a great time as always. Today I need to get a ton of projects finished and hopefully we will have internet!

Today I have my project for this week’s Paper Players challenge…

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My friend Andrea very cleverly said to me, well you were going to share the house on your blog so why not use it for the challenge?! She is so smart sometimes! Here is the 3D Haunted House that I made for the class! I used the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling and the Village Manor Add-On Dies. All of the main parts of the house are cut from Black 110lb Card Stock and the fence, chimneys, door and windows from Battleship Gray. I used Vellum in the windows and the roofs are cut from American Crafts Black Glitter Card Stock. The windows, doors and chimneys have a little Black Soot Distress Ink added. I used Scor-Tape and Multi-Matte Medium to glue everything together. For a little extra spook I added a sparkly bat and ghost. There is a flickering tea light inside too! I do love the way the house came out! It’s simple but fun! I hope that you like my project for this week’s Paper Players challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic Friday! 🙂

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Products used:

Stamp Set: None

Ink: Black Soot Distress (Ranger/Tim Holtz)

Card Stock: Black 110lb and Battleship Gray (My Colors)

Specialty Paper: 48lb Vellum (The Paper Cut) and Black Glitter Card (American Crafts)

Dies: Vintage Dwelling and Vintage Manor Add-On (Sizzix/Tim Holtz)

Embellishments: Sparkly Bat and Ghost

Adhesives: Scor-Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot