Friday, September 12, 2014

Hats off!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Hats because September 15th is Make a Hat Day! Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

September's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Vera Lane Studios! If you haven't checked these stamps out, you should. They're quirky, whimsical, and fun! Here's some incentive! Janet, the owner of Vera Lane Studios has issued a coupon code for 10% off!
The code is: TRYVERA10

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented! Laine just joined us and we're delighted to have her aboard! As a fun aside, I'm always going to list Penny, then Laine because it amuses me and plants a song in my head, which distracts me from those pesky voices.

My card for Make a Hat Day features the witch, crow, and pumpkin pail from Vera Lane Studio's  Little Whimsical Witch set and the cat from the Girl and Cat with Party Hats set. Yes. I know. I didn't make a hat. That would have taken engineering and math skills. I don't have those. Sad but true. But I am all about Halloween and Halloween imagery, so I made a Halloween card featuring a witch and this witch's hat is skullicious. I should note that the Little Witch set comes with a dog. It's a cute dog, but this witch (referring to myself) is a crazy cat lady. Hence the cat substitution.

Here it is!
(The photo isn't great since it was taken at dusk. I'll try for a better photo tomorrow if it's not raining!)

All the images were resized and positioned using PhotoElements. Some were flipped so that they'd be facing the way I wanted them to face. The scene was printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The pumpkin pail, crow's eyes, crow's beak, the skull on the witch's hat, the cat's nose, and eyes were all coated with several layers of  Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

The patterned papers are from the Eerie collection by Basic Grey and another old set of Halloween papers (and I lost the packaging). They were layered according to the sketch from Crafty Creations. I flipped the sketch and took further liberties with it as I had an attack of math ineptitude. The frame was created with a die from a set by Die-Namics. The border stickers are also from the Eerie collection. I never use the stickers that come with these sets, so I was pleased as punch to be able to use them in my Plan B. (Plan A didn't work because of the aforementioned math ineptitude attack, also known as MIA.) I also used glittery raven stickers that I got either last year or the year before. I think they're by either EK Success or Recollections. The sentiment was compiled with glitter stickers from my stash of Making Memories Glitter alphabet stickers. Three glittery dots from that sheet were added to the top left. 

Here's the sketch!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge #271: Sketch
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenges: Anything Goes
Without Words Challenges: Celebration (Halloween is cause for a lot of celebration!)
A Step in the Dark Challenges: Anything Goes


  1. What a wonderful card for Halloween and a very cute witch. Thanks for sharing with us at the Crafty Creations challenge. Barb

  2. Fab card, Kathi! Love the design and cool images! Great coloring! Have a good weekend!

  3. Wow! Such an awesome job with Vera Lane Studio images! The sets are totally interchangeable as we tend to do with rubber -- I do love the Party Cat teamed with our whimsy witch! <3

  4. Vewwwwy clever, Penny Laine. The Beatles would be proud. Hardeharharhar! (You hear those voices, too? I am so glad I am not alone.)
    'K, on to your card. Which is adorable, btw. Love that fun image with her bird, cat, etc. Too cute! Great coloring, love the die cut and cool stickers! You used some great papers, too! Really good take on the sketch! :^)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Penny

  5. This card is great! The colors are perfect and your coloring is really good! I like the eyelid coloring.

  6. Penny Laine - ha ha :) Now that's going to be stuck in my head all night! Anyhoo, the card is fab! Great little witch and a cool little Halloween scene.

  7. Gorgeous card! Love the colors, and your take on our sketch is so awesome. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges and we hope to see again soon.
    Anna xxx

  8. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge with your super crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  9. EEEK! I love this and thanks for reminding me about the discount. Adorable image and fabulously designed card. Thanks so much for sharing with ASITD. xxD

  10. Fabulous card!!! Vera Lane's stamps are just for you!! ;) Hugs, Coco

  11. Hi, A lovely project, love the image and the gorgeous colours. Thank you for joining A Step In The Dark this fortnight. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT & Co Owner x