October 2, 2008

2008 Halloween Inspiration Station...and some cards!!

Edited: I'm starting a blog list of other Halloween Inspiration Stations. Be sure to send me your links so I can post it here.

1. Here's Jen's Inspiration Station HERE. She found lots of goodies that have never even been used. Creating your own Inspiration Station is a GREAT way to collect all of your supplies into one area...and hopefully put them to good use this year.

2. Check out my friend Heather's collection of Halloween goodies HERE. She's got the GOO punch from Martha! Gotta get me some goo!

3. Look at Lynn's Inspiration Station HERE. I spy a cute Longaberger basket, gotta love those! And look at the SU! goodies, I didn't even get ANY of those stamps out! Once you start digging through like Lynn did, you find out you have a lot more then you think!

It's double bonus day here at Mish Mash. Not only am I going to show you my 2008 Halloween Inspiration Station, I'm going to show you a few Halloween cards too!! I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!Woohoo, let's begin our little tour. This year, I put all my Halloween goodies in a portable vintage drawer so that I can set it on my desk while I'm working. I find these old drawers at antique stores and flea markets. I'm always on the look out for them! This one was REALLY cool because it has wooden dividers in it, probably a card file drawer of sorts. I can easily take out the dividers to make space for whatever goodies I want to place in there.

This first section has a ton of Halloween ribbons in oranges and blacks. I'm still hoarding that Martha Stewart ribbon from last year!
Here's some chipboard stickers and tiny alphabet stickers by Making Memories. And don't forget about the Halloween images booklet by Crafty Secrets. Frightfully good stuff!
I got out my little bread pan and tucked in all my stamp images I want to use this year. I've got Papertrey, Stampendous and some darling Whipper Snapper images by my good friend Anna Wight. I can't wait to ink up that little Ghosty Girl. And how about a haunted house with Papertrey's Boards and Beams set. Oh ya, gonna try that soon!
And then there's the embellishments...buttons and baubles, oh my! And the glitter, I'm all over the glitter this year. Pine's into the glitter too, check out her blog. Stay tuned for glitter mania on my cards today!
And last but certainly not least.....the paper. I was in Halloween heaven (is that contradictory?) when I spied these new My Mind's Eye papers the other day. They called my name like a kindred spirit........Miiiiiishie.....buyyyyyy meeeeeeeee. So I did.

Okay, enough about my oh so ghostly goodies, let's see some cards! First, I want to show you a fun technique I did with glitter today. I used some of Martha's glitter from Michael's. By the way, have you seen Martha's daughter's new show called Whatever Martha? It's a total hoot, the other day they were making fun of Martha's cigar purses! You must watch it!! I digress so easily, onto the glitter.

First, I have to tell you about the colored image (more digressing). I stamped my Karen Lockhart image called Pumpkins in a Wheelbarrow onto Papertrey's Shimmery Cardstock and colored it in with Copic Sketch Markers. Oh boy, is that ever a bootiful effect! The finished image takes on a ghostly appearance, kind of opaque with a cloud of smoke over it. (like those special effects, spooky huh?) Okay, THEN I cut out my stamped image with a Spellbinder's Square Nestabilities Die Template. While the cut square was still in the die template, I used my Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura and outlined the square image. I made a very fine, neat line of glue.

Then I not so neatly dumped glitter all over the image. Don't be shy here girls, you can put the glitter back in the bottle!
Shake the glitter off carefully and you're left with a very neat outline of glitter. This is a good time to zoom in so you can see the shimmery glitter, the shimmery cardstock and the fun black and white polka dots I added to the pumpkins. I had to make them match the cardstock!
Here's my spooktacular(am I with it today or what?) finished cards. I used some of that vintage polka dotty paper from My Mind's Eye, black cardstock, black satin ribbon and Karen Lockhart's *pumpkins for sale* sentiment.

On this closeup, you can see some Making Memories epoxy circle embellishments with green Foofala buttons tied on top. It's all so delicious, I could goblin them up. (Snort!)
Here's a closeup of the polka dotty pumpkins. I used a SU! white gel pen and a Sakura something-or-other black pen to make the dots.
I think I must keep these cards for myself...at least for a week or so. They are just frightfully delightful to me! Totally witchin', dude! OKAY! I'll stop now.....but I do love to talk in Halloween terms this time of year. It's so much fun!

Have YOU made your Halloween Inspiration Station? Link me up in the comments section and I'll share your link on my blog. Have fun this Halloween, my ghoul friends! I need one more thing for Halloween this year and that is the Martha Stewart slime punch or whatever it's called. I love the drippy look!
Here's Taylor's Inspiration Station, isn't the tiered basket cute? I just love Taylor, she's so sweet!!

34 comments:

Claire Brennan said...

I am just loving your blog - these haloween cards are gorgeous too - may I link you to my blog?

KooKie said...

Love your inspiration stations, and how cute are those polka dotted pumpkins and the clever glitter frame--ACK!

Otter said...

CUTE MISHY!!! Love the glitter!!!

Niki Estes said...

I love your inspiration stations, Mish! Great cards, too. I love the glitter around the image. I thought I was the only one that had patterned paper call my name. lol Have a great weekend!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Mish, I always love coming here! I love all your stories as you share a little bit of yourself with us. This inspiration station and all your projects are so fun to see.
Thank you again for sharing with us!

Lori said...

I Love your Halloween Inspiration Station...I too am holding on to last year's Martha Stewart Halloween ribbon...It is awesome!

Lori

Brenda said...

I have been visiting your blog a little while now. You are so inspirational, I love your work. I am just learning, so my cards are really plain. I just bought this pumpkin stamp today and am going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

DeeDee said...

I love your Halloween STUFF!!! OMGoodness...and those are really, really cute cards too...the papers are just so yummy....dontcha just luv Halloween time!!! I sure do!!! HUGS!!!

Debbi said...

Mishie I LOVE your inspiration stations!! Just looking makes me want to start stamping!

Karen said...

The polka dot pumpkins crack me up! Love the cards and I must try the glitter border. Can't wait to see what else you make with the inspiration station.

Jo R. said...

Love these cards & the inspiration station Mish. Can we see your Halloween interior decorations & your cute tabletop decor in your tiered basket? Love what you do!

Melissa said...

How I love ya Mish. You are absolutely the most adorable girl I know---look at how organized you are and the things you create make me smile time and time again.
Melissa

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Hi Michelle,

I'm a regular visiter of your blog and I love your work! With this visit I'm very cheeky, I want to invite you for my cardkit swap. You can find more about it on my blog.

Thanks in advance! And hé, feel free to say no ;)

XOXO Renata

Sandy said...

Love that vintage drawer that you used ... SO cool that you can slide those dividers out. Your cards turned out great ... those dotted pumpkins are adorable.

Lisa G said...

You are too funny Mish! Great inspiration station and cards! :)

Jenstampz said...

I want start by saying your blog is my most favorite above all others. Here is a pic of my October Inspiration Station. This is my second one. I also made one during February for Valentines Day. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. Here is my link:

http://jenstampz.blogspot.com/2008/09/here-is-my-halloween-fall-inspiration.html

Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

ifkeagSince meeting you very briefly at CHA(in the expoteria before the show), I've been having my morning coffee with your blog and loving it! Your inspiration station is brilliant - one of those ideas that makes me wonder why I haven't always been doing that! Thanks! Oh, love the spotted pumpkins too!

Regan said...

Mish- you rock, I just love these!!! Oh, I have button envy!

Karen said...

Hi Mish-

Your blog continues to inspire me everyday. Is there a place (or e-mail address) for those of us without a blog to share our Halloween inspiration stations? I would love to post my photos! Thanks.

Karen

maryps said...

Ghoulishly clever punkins - gotta love polka dots! You have the most entertaining blog - such a great sense of humor! Awesomely creative too - you are one talented lady!

Thanks for the inspiration,
-mary

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

What a great idea! I need to start one of these!

Heather McNally said...

Mishie!!!! I love your inspiration stations - they are just so KEWL (Cindy's word)!! And the polka dog pumpkins - TOO FUN!!! Keep on rockin' my world! :)

patriciad said...

Love the glitter border...how cute. You sure are a smarty pants, girl. I love checking out your work - you inspire me to be a better cardmaker!

Lynn said...

Your Halloween cards are fabulous!!! Thank you for the great tip about adding the border of glitter around your image, very cool! Here is my inspiration station: http://thequeensscene.blogspot.com/2008/09/mini-inspiration-station.html

Janelle said...

This seriously makes me want to go out and get lots of halloween stuff. Your creations and your posts are just the best. I read them all. I live all the way down south in Texas, but I grew up in Kansas. I miss it!

Janelle said...

I also wanted to add that I love that you show us photos of the steps you take in making your cards and projects. You not only tell us what products you use in your project, but you show us! I know that takes extra time than just showing the finished product. Your photos are great and the inspiration is priceless. :)

chelle said...

i am totally speechless...wow...i love every stinkin' thing!!! the inspiration, the antique boxes, the glitter technique, the buttons, the polka dot pumpkins, the cards...the hysterical bootific verbage...love it! you go ghoul!!!
chelle

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the cards and honestly, I would frame one of the cards and use it year after year as a halloween decoration!

Best wishes from
Nessie

Heather's Creations said...

I am a frequent stalker of your blog, I think the things you create are amazing and full of inspiration. The inspiration station is a great idea, I will have to give it a try with a xmas themed one.
**Hugs** Heather x

About Scraphoria said...

Hi Michelle
I just love your blog and found your Inspiratioin Station just what I needed to get my own together. Thanks for all of your inspiration. :) Here is a link to mine...
http://scraphoria.typepad.com/the_scraphoria_blog/
Tracey McNeely

Just Ducky @ Heart! said...

Michelle--love the inspiration station idea, and the cards were certainly inspired! I love them. I always love to stop by and visit your blog, too. Thanks for sharing your talent so generously.

Yvette

{monica} said...

Thanks for the inspiration idea! I've highlighted your blog and idea on our site today as our part of our daily inspiration. http://scrapfreak.com/forum/showthread.php?p=628224#post628224

Jen said...

ZOMG the pumpkin card is SO ADORABLE!!! =) You are such an inspiration!!!!

The idea station is awesome too - never thought about it - but I'll bet it keeps you in the mood to work on your holiday things!! I'll have to try that too!

<3

Cindy Major said...

I love everything Halloween, and I love your cards! The glitter frame... well, aren't you the clever crafter!

TFS!

Cindy

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