Calendar Girls Emboss + BLOG CANDY! :)

By the time this posts, I'll be Ft. Lauderdale for my son's TaeKwanDo
tournament and nervous as a skeleton, shaking my bones!
Win or lose, we are so proud of his accomplishments and he has worked so hard, while showing amazing sportsmanship and integrity and courage.
So in addition to my card today, I'm giving away
I'm not into Halloween very much but when I 
saw this adorable stamp set, I had to pick it up for a little giveaway!  
I'll have my son draw a name on Sunday night when we return 
so please just leave a comment below w/ your contact name + I'll post his winner on Monday!  That's it - easy peasy Trick or Treating!! :)

Now what is my card all about ...
The Calendar Girls - a card group on SCS - has a monthly, themed card challenge and this month, our hostess is sweet Terry.
Here theme is this:

Miss September: Terry

September is a month full of changes. From the leaves on the trees changing colors, to me changing how old I am.

My challenge to you is to use the attached sketch to create a birthday card. Your card can be for a male or a female but it needs to include one type of embossing....can be dry embossed cardstock or a wet embossed image, your choice!

Have fun with it and create something wonderful! 

Here's the wonderful sketch:

And my take:

 {From the side}

{and a peek inside}

I LOVED her chosen sketch - it was fun to work with!
I am continuing forth with my "Use Every Stamp 2013" class and my personal goal to ink up non-used SU! stamps, like this one called "A Howling Good Time."  I had to laugh when I saw this set in my stash and have NO EARTHLY idea why I even bought it or when!  It has sat for years, poor thing.
I think this will end up on the BST board on SCS ;)

And I did attempt the embossing part - it was horrid!
I'm sorry, Terry! I tried! :)  I'll even show you 
Just peek with one eye open, okay? :)

As for the birthday part, my beautiful niece has a bday the day 
before Halloween so I left this pretty spookalicious and fun
as she gets the biggest kick out of all things Halloween and loves 
almost being born on H'ween!

Embossing - *Nailed it!*  Not!
This is clearly a technique I will have to work on w/ black powders ...
it looked beautiful when I tried it in sand, white and gold so I'm not sure what went wrong here but whatever it was, it didn't get onto my card.  
Yikes!  Scary indeed!
But this uber fun stack of H'ween paper is embossed! 
Yay!! *wink!*

Awesome challenge this month, Terry!
Please be sure to stop by and see the rest of the Calendar Girls
which you can find right over there on my sidebar!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


  1. How exciting! I hope he has a great tournament! Great fun and spooky card and super blog candy! Carri~Abusybee

  2. Your Halloween card looks positively cheery! I love it. I hope your son has a fabulous time at the tournament.

  3. Hey there, I don't like using black embossing powders myself, so now I use black versa fine ink with clear powder and you get a very crisp look without having to deal with the black powder! Love how your card turned out. Such a fun sketch too! Good luck to your son! I used to take my nephew to his karate tournaments for my sister (she was too nervous and had 3 little ones home). Win or lose, it really was a great experience and fosters such self awareness and when taught, good sportsmanship. Thanks for the visit today, enjoy the weekend!

  4. All the best for your son at the tournament - and you ;-).
    The 'shadow' with the black embossing would have been a great unintended effect of you were brave enough to leave it - but the perfectionist in all of us does not let us leave things like that!
    Love fun card Kelly.

  5. I like how your never remembered stamp turned out! It is paired with perfect papers. The interior is just as cute as can be.

    I hope you are having fun at the tournament!

  6. cute little haunted house card! Thanks for a chance to win too.

  7. I love your card and that sketch is fantastic!!

  8. What a great trip for your son!! Hope you have a lovely time!! :) I love Halloween and your card is so adorable!! Fabulous papers and colors here!! HUGS

  9. Super cute Halloween card.

    Regards diane

  10. Kelly, you're the master at picking just the right DP for cards! This is so adorable and pretty. Love the image too.
    Hope you're having a good time this weekend and sending positive vibes your sons way! He'll do great I'm sure.

  11. the stamp set is so doggone cute & love the sketch design.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  12. Super fun Halloween card, Kelly! Love the image and the background papers are so perfect! I can't wait to get started on some Halloween projects. Can't wait to hear about your son's tournament! How exciting! :)

  13. Sounds like your lad has a wonderful attitude. Hope your bones weren't too rattly! Your card is sweet Kelly!

  14. Wow Kelly, This is adorable! Beautiful coloring as usual. Love the way you combined all the designer paper. And, the inside...too cute! hope the tournament was a blast.

  15. How super cute! I probably won't do too much for Halloween this year as I will be busy getting things ready for the prison ministry I am involved with.

  16. Love the adorable haunted house! Great Halloween card and fabulous papers!

  17. Love this fun Halloween design with all your sensational papers, Kelly!!

    I, too, stamp with black craft in and emboss with clear for better results!

    Those well-dressed critters are a super cute giveaway!

  18. What a cute haunted house stamp. I love the dsp you used and great card layout.

    Good luck to your son. I hope he did well and you survived!

  19. Very cute Halloween card Kells...such a FUN one too...with so many BOO-tiful papers and layers...woot woott...♥

  20. Oh Kelly... this card is adorable! Great use of Terry's sketch/challenge... and what a fun way to celebrate a late-October birthday!

  21. What a great Halloween--I mean birthday card. I too do not like to use black EP--yuck! But--your card is so darn cute!

    It was a fun sketch that Terry gave us to use and you did a sweet card!

  22. I really like this! The papers have such wonderful fall colors and the image is too cute!
    I've never tried using black EP...not sure I want to now!

  23. Fun and festive card! I even like the effect on your embossing attempt. Hope he did well in his competition!

  24. This is so awesome!! I love the Halloween scene!! The papers are fabulous!! I hope your son had an awesome tournament!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  25. Kelly...what a fun card! Love the image and the orange string and the papers and absolutly everything!

    Great job on the challenge this month!!

  26. Great take on this sketch.