Ever since I won second place in a small town Halloween Costume contest I have loved Halloween. This town in Ohio was ‘tiny’! My mom came up with a costume for our Halloween Parade when I was in about the second grade. My neighbor/friend was also in the costume. How about ‘Wee Willie Winkie’? I got to be Wee Willie in a night gown carrying a small lamp. AND my girl friend was the ‘outhouse’. Our mothers made the outhouse out of an old box with straps inside so that my friend could walk with the house on her shoulders and she was inside. Ingenious. Great idea, but the next day she came down with Chicken pox or measles-I can’t remember which. However, we won the second prize. A silver dollar apiece. Now in 1950 that was BIG money to a Second grader! By the way, the winners of the costume parade was a couple that dressed as Tarzan and Jane. (Now remember this is Rossford, Ohio- in October, and we usually had first frost long before the parade!) Wish I had pictures but I don’t think any were taken.
So that is my story of why I really get excited about Halloween. Did I mention soaping windows, throwing corn on cars from the side of the road (we lived pretty rural) or going around knocking on outhouses we knew were occupied! (There were still some families from the old country that used their outhouses although all our houses were modern with modern facilities.)
Here is my first Halloween card of 2016 from the new Holiday Catalog. This card was loosely cased from Dawn Olchefske. The card base is Pumpkin Pie Card Stock layered with Basic Black Card Stock. The final layer is Whisper White Card Stock. Using the Layered Squares scalloped die I cut three Basic Black Card Stock. Then using the next size down plain Layered Squares die I cut three contrasting pieces in the Halloween Night Speciality Designer Series Paper. Using the Die sent Halloween Scenes Edgelits I die cut a bat and the witch riding her broom in Basic Black. I stamped the three Pumpkins in Tuxedo Black Ink from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set (and the little eyes and mouth) on Pumpkin Pie Card Stock. I die cut it using the die from the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies, trimmed off one pumpkin and closely trimmed the remaining two pumpkins. All the dies were adhered to the Halloween Night Specialty DSP Squares using SNAIL adhesive. All the squares were then positioned on the left side and adhered to the Whisper White Layer.
Using the new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon I cut a short piece, trimmed the ends and adhered using SNAIL to the right side of the front. Using Tuxedo Black Ink I stamped the sentiment from Suite Seasons on Pumpkin Pie Card Stock. Using the Tag die from Labels and Tags Framelits I die cut the sentiment. I then used the next size up Tag Die and cut it in Basic Black Card Stock. Layered these using SNAIL adhesive and adhered over the ribbon to the card front using Stampin Dimensionals.
The inside was finished by layering Basic Black on the Pumpkin Pie Base then a final layer of Whisper White. I placed two contrasting rows of Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape to the bottom and stamped the three ghosts in Tuxedo Black Ink from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set. I think it’s kinda of fun. Hope you like it!