Mar 30, 2014

{WARM THOUGHTS}

It's a miracle... I sat down at my craft desk and finished a card in one setting! It usually takes a while to figure out what I want to do, then do it, then glue it all together.  Somehow I stayed focused this morning and got it done.  Ahh, sweet crafty relief!  :)


I used "LEILANI" from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I stamped her onto watercolor paper and colored her with Distress Ink.  She has very light blue eyes that just don't want to show up, no matter what!  I trimmed her out and popped her up onto a bunch of layered die-cuts and papers.  I inked all of the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.


The sentiment stamp is from "Paper Smooches". I tied on a few green buttons from "My Favorite Things" and added some leaves and flowers from "I Am Roses".  I added some Stardust Stickles to a bunch of elements and it was complete.


I'm entering this card into the following awesome challenges:

{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - Anything Goes
{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} - Spring Has Sprung
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes with Buttons

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Mar 26, 2014

{The Sweetest Things}

I've got a card share + video demo for you today!

I was inspired by a few different challenges (listed below) to make a special birthday card for my mom.  She really loves the "Cheeky" line of stamps from The Greeting Farm... as do I.  :)


I used "CHEEKY HOWDY" and I stamped her onto watercolor paper and colored her with Distress Inks.  I paper-pieced her hair with designer paper and then fussy-cut her out.


I added some Stardust Stickles to some of her clothes and the cherries in her hair.  Most of the elements on the finished card have a lot of sparkly Stickles coating them as well. The sentiment die cut/stamp set is by My Favorite Things. I made some cherries out of red buttons (MFT) and hung them from white cherry blossoms by I Am Roses.  I spritzed some white mulberry paper leaves (also from I Am Roses) with green and gold Shimmer Mists to give them some sparkle as well.


I really like how this card came together and I hope my mom will, too.  You can watch the coloring + paper piecing video {HERE} or down below:


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

{THE GREETING FARM FFF} - Paper Piecing
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} Anything Goes with Buttons
{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - Anything Goes with Die Cuts

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Mar 23, 2014

{WOO HOO!}

The current {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} challenge theme is "PRETTY IN PINK" and I couldn't pass up a chance to use my favorite Rachelle Anne Miller stamp "BIRTHDAY GIRL".


I've had this adorable stamp for a while now but I don't believe I've had to chance to share her yet.  Isn't she the cutest?  I am a big fan of Rachelle's and I'm so glad she is illustrating stamps again.

I stamped this little sweetie onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.


She's ready for an adventure with her big pink balloon and her trusty old teddy! :)

Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Mar 19, 2014

{Oh, Hi There!}

I'm back after a much needed bloggy break and I've got a quick Easter tag to share with you.  I made this with a couple of challenges in mind:  {LAWNSCAPING} challenging us to go clean + simple (with Lawn Fawn stamps, of course!) and {LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} with the challenge of adding corrugated cardboard.
 
 
I stamped one of the cute bunnies from the "HAPPY EASTER" Lawn Fawn set onto watercolor paper and water colored him with Distress Ink. I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen and then cut him out.  I glued him onto an inked and die-cut circle, alongside the stamped sentiment banner.  The sentiment words are from the Lawn Fawn "HAPPY EVERYTHING" set.
 
I then popped the little scene onto a die-cut tag, which I covered with some recycled corrugated cardboard.  I then tied on some twine and a button and it was complete!  It was hard for me to keep it clean + simple -- I kept wanting to add more and more things... like flowers.  Lots of flowers.  But I think it turned out pretty darn cute!  :)
 
http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2014/03/lawnscaping-challenge-clean-and-simple.html
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Feb 1, 2014

{Simply Wonderful}

If you haven't heard, {The Greeting Farm} has started a "Super Secret Stamp Club" this year, where a new, limited edition stamp is available to club members at a discounted price, and a few months before the stamp is available to everyone else.  When I heard about it, I signed right up!
 
The first "Super Secret Stamp Club" stamp is called {FAIREST} , and she is actually available right now in The Greeting Farm shop!  I couldn't wait to get her inked and colored up, so I decided to play along with this week's {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge -- Lovely Layers.
 
 
How sweet is she?!  She's very Snow White-ish (hence the name "Fairest") and is very adorable. :)  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Ink.  I paper-pieced her hair and added some white ink gel pen highlights here and there.  The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey Ink and all of the cute buttons are from My Favorite Things.
 
Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Jan 28, 2014

{You're Pawfect!}

Well, I spoke too soon about the computer being fixed, as it spent another week in the shop, but hopefully things are good now!  :)
 
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I stayed busy making things this week and my card today fits perfectly with the current {SIMON SAYS STAMP} Challenge of "Let's Have A Laugh - a play on words".
 
 
I used Mimi from the Penny Black "Mimi Halloween" stamp set.  She's the cutest!  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.
 
The "You're Pawfect" sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps "Sittin' Pretty" set.

 
I totally want to snuggle her. :)
 
Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Jan 7, 2014

{YIPPEE!}

My computer is fixed and upgraded and shiny again, so I can finally get back to sharing the things I make!

A fixed computer is definitely a cause for celebration around my house, so I thought I'd play along with the current "LET'S PARTY" challenge over on the {LAWNSCAPING} blog.


Yippee, indeed!

I stamped one of the little bunnies from the Lawn Fawn "HAPPY EASTER" set and used "QUINN'S ABC's" for the alphabet.  I watercolored them with Distress Ink.  I added a couple small twine bow-tied buttons from MFT.


Thanks to everyone who stuck around during my absence. :)

Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Dec 20, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

Alrighty, it's time for our current Greeting Farm Design Team's last {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge with you!  It's been such a great year and I am so glad I was able to be creative with some of my very favorite stamps and some super creative ladies!
 
I hope you guys can find some time in your crazy holiday planning week to play along with us.
 
Our challenge them for this week is:
 
CHRISTMAS WISH
 
We want to see whatever your Christmas wish might be...
 
 
My wish for you.... is to have a WARM AND WONDERFUL DAY!
 
I used Princess Anya.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her skin with Distress Ink.  I paper pieced her hair, crown, scepter, and gown with matching designer papers.  Parts of her are coated in Stardust Stickles for extra, extra bling!  :)

 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you choose to celebrate.  Be warm, be safe, eat wonderful food, and laugh a lot!  There's nothing better than that.
 
Be sure to visit The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT's Christmas Wish examples and to play along.
 
Thank you for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Dec 13, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} and Computer Issues (grumble grumble)

My computer is having a few issues that might take a while to fix, so things may be quiet around here for a bit.  I haven't been able to edit any card-making videos for a while, either, so hopefully things will get fixed and back on track soon!
 
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But for now, we have a new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge ready for you on The Greeting Farm blog!  The challenge theme for this week is:
 
BLACK + WHITE with a SPLASH of COLOR
 
 
I added two colors... I'm such a rebel. I stamped "FLEUR ANYA" onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Ink and paper-pieced her hair.  The roses and leaf stamps and dies are from Papertrey Ink.  The sentiment is from the TGF "MY HEART" stamp kit.
 
 
Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT creations and to play along.  We only have a few more Friday challenges with you this year before the new design team takes over, so I hope everyone gets a chance to play along with us this month! :)
 
Thanks for visiting... I'll be back as soon as possible!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 
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Dec 6, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

It's that time again!  We're getting down to the last few {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenges for the year.  This week's challenge theme is:
 
* ALL * THAT * SPARKLES *
 
 
I used one of the girls from the {ROYAL CUTIE PIES} stamp set.  I water colored her with Distress Inks and covered her dress and bow in Stardust Stickles.  The sentiment is one from the {MY HEART} stamp kit -- I thought it went perfectly with this little sweetie!  :)

 
Be sure to visit The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT's sparkly creations and to play along!
 
*I'm linking this card to the {LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} Anything Goes challenge.*
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Nov 29, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

It's time for a new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge over on The Greeting Farm blog!  This week we have a color challenge for you:
 
 
Joni challenged us to use baby blue, silver and white.
I didn't have anything that matched perfectly, so I used the closest colors I could find.  Gray is just dark silver, eh?  :)
 
 
I used the adorable deer and a sentiment from the "FOREST FRIENDS" stamp set.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I inked up a cloud background to tie in the blue color of the card base.  The butterfly is from the TGF stamp set "MINI FLUTTERS".  The flowers and leaves are from Papertrey Ink.
 
 
 
Hop on over to The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT creations and to play along.  There's also a great sale happening in The Greeting Farm shop this weekend, so be sure to check it out!
 
*I'm entering this card into the {SIMON SAYS STAMP} Anything Goes challenge*
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Nov 22, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

We have a new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge ready and waiting for you on The Greeting Farm blog!  This week's challenge theme is:
 
* LET * IT * SNOW *
 
 
Gotta say, I'm loving this card. :)  I stamped the angel image from the new "MY HEART" stamp set onto watercolor paper with VersaMark ink.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then water colored the image with Distress Ink.  I didn't want to do too much blending -- I wanted to keep it looking like a true water colored image.  I think she looks awesome!
 
I also heat embossed some snow onto navy blue card stock for the background.  I then inked up the edges, added a few buttons and a sentiment and she was complete.  You should try embossing in white before coloring your images... it gives it such a cool look!
 
 
Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT's SNOWY creations and to play along!  There's also a fun announcement that you do not want to miss -- here's a hint:
 
http://www.splendidstamping.blogspot.com/2013/11/big-news.html
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Nov 18, 2013

{Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum}

I was in a holiday mood tonight, so I grabbed my iPod, queued up some Christmas tunes and got crafty with my Lawn Fawn {Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum} stamp set.  There was quite a bit of Eminem mixed in with the holiday music, however... 'cause dat's how I roll, yo.  :)
 
 
I wanted to make something other than a card so I went with an ornament/tag.  I water colored the little drum dude with Distress Ink and paper-pieced his main body.  I used some polka dot paper so I could play along with the current {LAWNSCAPING} challenge.  This little guy came together pretty quickly -- he'd be pretty easy to duplicate for a bunch of gift tags or bags.  All of the stamps in the set would be super cute!  :)
 
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose


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Nov 15, 2013

{Sending Healthy Vibes} - card share

Sorry for the silence around here this week!  I'm going on two months straight now of health issues that just will not clear up, and my crafting energy has paid the price.  I'm hoping things clear up this week so I can have more time to play... there are so many things I want to make! :)
 
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I was able to make a Get Well card for my friend, however.  I used the wood-mounted rubber stamp {FIRST AID MIMI} by Penny Black.  You all know I have a super soft spot for little Mimi... her cuteness kills me!
 
 
I stamped her onto watercolor paper with black Archival Ink and watercolored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.  The sentiment is from the {FIRST AID KIT} clear stamp set by Paper Smooches.

 
*squeee*
 
Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Nov 8, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

We've got a new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge up and ready for you on The Greeting Farm blog!  This week's challenge theme is:
 
WASHI TAPE
 
I used a bunch of different washi tape designs on my background today.
 
 
I taped them on one-by-one onto a strip of white card stock that I had already trimmed to the size I wanted.  I backed that strip of card stock with black paper to the designs would really *pop*!

I stamped {FROU FROU SWEET} onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Ink.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen and some stickles, of course. :)  The sentiment is from the new {OA - VALENTINE} stamp set.

 
I can't wait to see what you create!  Hop on over to The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT creations and to play along.
 
I'm linking this card to the following awesome challenges:
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - Anything Goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Clean + Simple
 
Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Nov 6, 2013

{Let's Make A Card!} series - Card #1

I'm starting a new card-assembly series of videos! If you are like me, you really enjoy watching the creative process happen from start to finish and seeing a completed card come together right before your eyes.  So, that's what I'm starting for you!  If you are interested in seeing how I make my cards, please pop on over to {MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL} and subscribe to be kept in the loop!
 
At this point, I don't have any voice-over capabilities, so the videos are not a step-by-step instructional -- you simply get to watch me make things.  Obviously, the purpose of these videos is so that you can be inspired to make your own cards, or possibly to see a new technique that you haven't tried before.  For me, when I'm in a crafty haze and don't feel very creative, I head to YouTube to watch craft videos to get some new ideas and to just watch the creative process happen. 
 
I like to see different ways of creating art and don't always need an exact step-by-step set of instructions on how to do something.  I never copy anyone's cards exactly, anyway -- it's good to be creative in your own way!
 
So that's the point of my videos -- to help spread creativity and to throw out some inspiration where I can.  I would LOVE it if the things I make inspire you to be creative and have fun!  :)
 
If you ever have any questions on a specific card or a technique, please don't hesitate to ask.  You may even inspire me to make another video!
 
Now, on to Card #1:
 
 
I used little Oliver from the new {OA - VALENTINE} stamp set by The Greeting Farm.  I water colored him with Distress Ink and paper pieced his hat.  The coloring portion of the video did not make it from my camera to the computer for some reason (grumble grumble) so the video is simply how I put the whole card together.

 
Gosh, he's a cutie.  :)
 
 I hope you guys enjoy my new series!  Thank you so much for reading my blog and subscribing to my videos -- it means the world to me.
 
 
Luvs,
Annie Rose
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Oct 31, 2013

{NOVEMBER RELEASE DAY} with TGF

SWEET NOVEMBER! It's Release Day!

Hi all! We have JUST the cure for your trick-or-treating hangover today at The Greeting Farm! It's November 1st, and the gorgeous images you've seen for the past few days are now available in the TGF STORE!

We are happy to be adding My Heart, Frou Frou Sweet, and the adorable Oliver/Amelia Valentine to our line of lovable, versatile TGF characters....
 
 
 
Such a fun, sweet, lovable release!  :)
 
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 Today, as always, there's a chance to WIN all of the above! Be sure to check out the TGF BLOG, too, not only for our hop, but to see who won the "ALTER EGO" contest! We're excited and can't wait to get started, so just head on over and let the fun begin!
 
 ----> ANDREA ROSENSTIEL <-----
 
 

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Oct 28, 2013

The Greeting Farm's {NOVEMBER RELEASE}

Welcome to Day #1 of previews for the {NOVEMBER STAMP RELEASE} on The Greeting Farm! We've got some pretty darn adorableness coming your way this week with a few days of previews leading up to the Release Day Blog Hop on November 1st. :)
 
The first preview today is a new 8.5" x 11" stamp set/mixed media kit called
 
{MY HEART}
 

 
This large rubber sheet comes with 14 different stamps that include this darling angel girl, a few sentiments, some individual words, hearts, washi tape-like stamps and more!
 
You can use these stamps in so many ways.  I made a traditional card above with the angel and one of the sentiments.  I also made a mixed-media canvas using more of the set:
 


 
Isn't is great?   I just love it!  Want to see more inspiration with this set? Stop by The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog and be sure to visit all of the DT's blogs today... if you do, and comment on the TGF post,  you'll have a chance to WIN THIS SET!  Trust me... you're going to want to own it.  :)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Oct 25, 2013

{FARM FRESH FRIDAY} with TGF

We have a new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} sketch challenge ready for you on The Greeting Farm blog!  This challenge will last two weeks, so you have plenty of time to play along. :)
 
 
I used {HOLIDAY ANYA 3} for my card today.  Gosh, she's a sweetie pie! I love how warm and snuggly she looks. I should maybe color some tights on her legs next time... I didn't think about her tiny, cold knees!  hee hee  :)
 
I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored parts of her with Distress Ink. I only colored her dress and boots... the scarf and muff I left white and coated with Stardust Stickles. Her hair is paper pieced.  The banner die cut and the sentiment stamp are from Lawn Fawn. The tiny crochet flower in her hair is from I Am Roses.  The papers are from Penny Black.

 
Here's the sketch:
 
 
Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT's sketch inspirations and to play along.  Don't forget about the ALTER-EGO challenge, too!  All of the juicy details can be found on the TGF blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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Oct 23, 2013

{WHO'S YOUR ALTER-EGO?} a TGF Contest

Welcome to DAY 2 of our fun contest announcement!
 
After a lot of requests to bring back special contests such as "Rockin Rebel", The Greeting Farm has a few FUN announcements to make today!
 
First of all, beginning in November, we will be discontinuing the Retro Fresh challenge and also the GVT, but have no fear, a new FUN contest will take place quarterly such as the one we're about to announce today.   In addition, we will be continuing all the Farm Fresh Friday challenges, so there will still be plenty of fun on the Farm!
 
We are also excited to announce another customer-wide blog hop opportunity for the holidays, so be sure to stay tuned for info on that right after the November release!
For now,  we are excited to introduce you to TGF's latest contest:
 
 
How FUN is this going to be?   We know there are a lot of you creative peeps out there who do amazing things with our line of stamps, and sometimes you love to kick it up a notch or two by switching heads, bodies, clothes, etc.   Well, with Halloween coming up,  we thought it was the perfect time for a contest, so here's your chance to do it to WIN a prize!
 
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For my ALTER-EGO card, I used the head of {CHARLOTTE CHIC} and the dancing body of {WS - CHELSEA}.  They work perfectly together!
 
 
I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and water colored them with Distress Ink.  I trimmed off Charlotte's head and Chelsea's body (heh heh... gruesome) and worked some Dr. Frankenstein magic to pull this little dancing cutie together!  :)
 
I paper pieced her clothes with some matching papers, added some ribbon, leaves, and some cherry blossoms to finish it off.  The "You Rock" sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.
 

 
RULES:
 
1.)  You MUST use at least two (2) TGF stamps to create your character.
 
2.)  You must create a NEW project.
 
3.)  You can create a card, altered project, whatever you'd like.   On day 2 of our DT preview (10/24), the IN LINKZ will open.  You have until 10/31 (Halloween!) to create your "Alter Ego".  Winner will be announced on RELEASE DAY, November 1st!  How exciting will THAT be?!  Well, even MORE exciting because wait until you see the prize....
 
PRIZE:
 
1.) Winner will receive their choice of two (2) 4x6 stamp sets AND a GUEST DESIGNER SPOT at The Greeting Farm!  We are changing the way we do our Guest Designers as of this coming month, in the hopes that we can give even more talented peeps a chance to showcase their work.  Guest spots will now incorporate 1-2 features a month on the TGF blog and give LOTS of creative freedom to the designer, so believe me, you'll want to show us what you've got!
 
DEADLINE:
 
InLinkz will open on October 24th on the 2nd ALTER EGO post on the TGF blog.  All contest submissions should be uploaded by October 31st at 11pm CST.  
 
Have TONS of fun with this... we can't wait to see who YOUR "Alter-EGO" will be!
 
 

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Oct 22, 2013

{GARDEN VARIETY TUESDAY} with TGF

We've got a new {GARDEN VARIETY TUESDAY} challenge ready for you on The Greeting Farm blog.  This week's challenge theme is:
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
 
We want to see your TGF creations that celebrate the spooky, fun, awesomeness that is Halloween, or even just use Halloween colors -- black, orange, yellow, green, purple, etc.
 
 
I used "CHESHIRE BEAN" for my card.  She was one of the Limited Edition stamps released earlier this year, and she makes the perfect Halloween cat!  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I added some white gel ink highlights and coated bits with Stardust Stickles.  The "TGF GATE DIE" makes the perfect spooky background as well. :)

 
I can't wait to see what everyone creates for this challenge!  Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog to see all of the DT's Halloween creations and to play along.
 
Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
 

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