Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Cards: When is a ghost not a ghost?

Hi, hi, hi.

Today's my day to blog over at Scattered Scarlet [the 3DJean Design Team blog] and this time I've been using a stamp from The Octopode Factory of which 3DJean is now a stockist.

The stamp in question is 'Ghost':

 Naturally enough it's part of the Octopode's Halloween range but, the occasional pumpkin costume aside, I don't really 'do' Halloween therefore don't often buy Halloween themed supplies.

However I do 'do' things with faces ... in fact, I have a Pinterest board called 'A Place for Faces' solely dedicated to ... eerrrm ... things with faces! So when I saw this stamp, I saw a cute face with big eyes which didn't necessarily have to be a ghost ... so I bought it and dressed it in pink:

The adorable doll was a handmade gift from my sister.
I stamped my girl-ghosts on to various lightly patterned papers [I don't care too much for stamping on plain card] and then added some shading and coloured in the stripey arms and legs using Promarkers:

The backing papers are also from 3DJean - part of the Studio2Mers 'Cities' range, the tags are Papermania and the butterflies by Jenni Bowlin:
I had some printed transparencies floating around in my craft bag for a while and decided to chop them up and staple them as a first layer on the tags:
The stickers are 7Gypsies Apothecary Labels and yes, they do have poisons on them. Just because I used pink and butterflies .... it doesn't mean I've gone entirely soft ...
The little word stickers are from Authentique:
These colours in these last two designs give a hint about the theme I'm going to be blogging about on and off over the coming months: purple.
I'll introduce the hows, whys and wherefores of the series properly tomorrow but let's just say that:
  • throughout the Autumn, in posts covering crafts [naturally!] plus interiors and fashion I'm going to try to rehabilitate this much maligned shade of the colour wheel!
I hope you'll join me.

See you tomorrow then!

Edited to add: Thanks to Emma who left a comment asking where the little doll in the first photo was from I've remembered that I forgot to say it was a handmade gift from my sister. So unless Jo starts production of them ... I guess it's one-of-a-kind for now.

Julie

8 comments:

  1. very cute and the accessorized butterfly's give a special touch to your pretty girl!

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  2. These are awesome! Although the more-ghostly-than-the-ghost children on the second card might be giving me the creeps.

    I NEED to ask about the little doll next to the first card.. I love her! Where is she from?

    p.s I love purple. My bedroom is purple. Yum.

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  3. You've made her really pretty (I have trouble usually with these stamps: kinda creepy) and she sits beautifully with your fascinating backgrounds ... Nicely pink and shading into purple - looking forward to your posts. I own one purple T-shirt and can't work out what to wear with it, so am hoping for some colour inspiration too!

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  4. Purple is my very favourite colour. This makes me very excited for your new project :D

    Don't you secretly hope your doll remains a one off? Sure let her make some more (they are gorgeous!) but ban her from reproducing yours ;)

    Love these cards, really do!

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