Saturday 17 September 2011

Halloween Waltz - and Birthday wishes ...

.... it's 17th September and today is Kathryn's 10th birthday.  Kathryn brings light, laughter, love and a zest for living into our lives and occasionally a temper, tears and strop too!!  She's just wonderful.  Mind, I might be a bit biased here.  This is Kathryn's birthday card - I made it for the July Blog Waltz - Kathryn loved the card and so I've kept it hidden and given it to her today.

Kathryn's Birthday card - photo Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

And 17th September is also the date for the September Blog Waltz - the theme this month is Halloween!!  If you want to join in with the fun click here to find out all the details.

I really enjoy Halloween, although we don't really DO Halloween in the way our friends in the States DO Halloween.  Things are changing a little though and the children in our village do enjoy going out to play Trick or Treat, and there are parties too.  So I've a really good reason to make Halloween cards now.

And I've another great reason to make Halloween cards this month - the current St Luke's Charity Card Challenge - Card Buffet has a super prize, donated by Claire Brennan - Wanda's Pantry.  To play in the challenge you must use four and only four of the following items, plus an image and sentiment.

Card Buffet
1. Patterned Paper
6. Flowers
2. Ribbon
7. Punches
3. Gems
8. Buttons
4. Pearls
9. Embossing
5. Charms
10. String

I've made two cards - well, I was having such fun and I just adore the stamps, the lovely bright colours and the papers!!   My first card has the following items from the Card Buffet:  Patterned paper (1), Ribbon (2), Punches/Die Cuts (7) and Embossing (9).

Fingers - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Wanda's Pantry, Midnight Feast
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
Spellbinders: Fleur de Lis Squares (S4-318) # 2 & 3; Standard Squares Sm (S4-128) #5
Accessories:  Halloween Papers by Jenny Pearce free with Making Cards; Embossing powder, ribbon and card from stash

My second card includes the following Card Buffet items: Patterned Paper (1), Gems (3), Punches/Die Cuts (7) and Embossing (9).  Wanda's boiling her cauldron and casting a spell - love the sparkles coming off the cauldron!!

Witch's Brew - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Wanda's Pantry, Midnight Feast, Halloween Party
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Spellbinders: Labels 4 (S4-190) #5; Labels 4 Sm (S4-309) #6
Accessories: Halloween Papers by Jenny Pearce free with Making Cards; Gems, Black Sparkle embossing powder and card from stash

That's all for now - I'll try to get back to check out everyone's cards later today - in the meantime, we're off to celebrate Kathryn's 10th Birthday.  See you later!


Pauline said...

Two fantastic card Deborah!1 Love them both! My heart skipped a beat though when I saw your card for Kathryn's birthday - I thought I had the theme wrong lol!1 Happy birthday to Kathryn, and have a wonderful day! XXX

Stella said...

Your cards turned out goergeous; as ususal :)I love your take on the Halloween theme and Kathryns'card ia fabulous. Such a precious keepsake; wow!
Congrats on your daughters' birthday. Have a wondeful day and enjoy!!

Jackie said...

Kathryn's card is beautiful, I love the rainbow colours. I don't 'DO' Halloween at all, but I love those two bright and colourful cards :o)
Jackie xx

Tara Cardwell said...

Kathryn's card is fabulous, so girly and perfect for a 10 year old.

The two new Halloween cards are stunning but I am just blown away by the second one - it's totally amazing. I love what you've done with the cauldron and the gems - perfectly halloween but in such a glamorous way :-D

Tara x

Stamps and Paper said...

Great cards the dress one with all the threaded ribbon..


Lynn Mercurio said...

All of your creations are pretty amazing, Deb, but your two Waltz cards are spooktacular. Great papers combined with creative placement make these two cards amazing!

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Teresa Kline said...

such fun cards, I adore the pretty colorful dress and your spooky cards are so fun...great use of the gemstone flourishes to make your brew bubble...teehehe...hope you have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

Sasha said...

Beautiful work on all three cards, Deborah.
Happy birthday to Kathryn...hope she enjoys a wonderful day!!:)

Julia Aston said...

First Deborah - I love the pretty pastel b'day card you made for your daughter with all the cakes and pretty woven ribbon!

Your Halloween cards are so fun - love the dots, the fun sentiment labels and the rhinestone smokey brew!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What fun cards, love the witch at the bottom!

Donna Mosley said...

All three cards are gorgeous Deborah, I love the rainbow dress, so pretty.

Donna x

Paula (PEP) said...

They're all quite striking. Hope it's a brilliant family day for you all & Kathryn has a great time. Your Halloween colours are striking - I do love those combinations of black, orange & green. Interesting ideas you've put together too.
Paula (PEP)

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday Kathryn, I hope you all enjoyed the day :)
Two gorgeous cards Deborah, love the gems rising from the caudron :)
Jenny x

Renee said...

What fabby cards!!
Love the birthday...
so bright and cheerful...
I hope she has a wonderful day! :)
And those Halloween cards...
they are both fun & fabulous...
love the bling!! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Kathryn Deb! Such a darling card! Love the mix of color and beautiful gown! Great Halloween cards as well! Thanks for joining along with the WMS waltz :)

Unknown said...

Oh I remember loving that gingham dress too! Happy Birthday to Kathryn!!! ooh and good luck all you guys on the Card Challenge!! Two fabby halloween samples there Deb, I especially love that your cauldron is bubbling bling!!! Hugs!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Love the gingham gown on Kathryn's birthday card Deb!! And your dotty decomposed card is so fun!! Love your sparkly steam coming out of the cauldron on your final card too!! What a trio of goodness!!

Jeanne J. said...

Deb, I don't know how you do it all! First Happy Birthday to Kathryn! I love her card with all the colors! And your cards for St. Luke's are awesome! You kept to the "recipe" and still did a great job!

Cathy Weber said...

Oh Deborah, have you been busy, busy, busy! I love all of these cards, Kathryn is going to love her birthday card. I just love that Halloween card with the sparklies steaming from the witch's pot. Great job on the waltz and that beautiful birthday card too!

Helen Berry said...

Fantastic Halloween cards Deborah, I bet Kathryn will absolutely love her birthday card - I love the gingham you used on the dress.

Vicky Hayes said...

Happy birthday to Kathryn - I'm sure she was delighted you'd kept the card especially for her! Great halloween cards too. We don't do halloween either but the cards are great fun to make! I was just wondering what to make for tea when I spotted the 'partially decomposed fingers' on your card... and promptly went off the idea of eating!

Crafty Math Chick said...

LOL, very nice! I especially like your 'fingers' card - that colorful DP is so pretty!

Kelly S. said...

Yay, Happy Birthday, Kathryn! I just love that name! Oh that colorful gingham dress is amazing!

How I love your Halloween cards, too, Deborah! That witch one REALLY got me, though! The flourishy gems bubbling up from the cauldron, LOVE!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What wonderful cards, Deb! I love the birthday card and Kathryn will too!! And, the halloween cards are so fun! I love the way you blinged out the cauldron bubbles!!

Susan said...

What a fabulous card you've made for Kathryn! I'm sure she loved it!!! So feminine and girly!!

Creative Crafter UK said...

Hi Deborah,

I've just come across your blog and your lovely Halloween Cards.

Glad you enjoyed using my Halloween papers from the magazine. (It's always nice to see what other designers have created from them!)

Best wishes and happy crafting!

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