TESC89 Not Halloween

October 30th, 2009


Happy Friday!  Boy oh boy has this been a busy week and it’s not over yet!  I was excited to sit down and get creative for the TESC this week!  I even managed two very different Christmas samples, before I remembered that I had wanted to make a Halloween card for today’s sketch.  D’oh!  I even knew which stamps I was going to use.  After spending time to make these 2 cards, there was none left to go back and start over on Halloween.  Oh well!  Maybe tomorrow morning – we’ll see.  Either way you’ll need to come back to see Tessa in her Halloween costume!

The first card I have to share is a fun 4.25″ square card featuring an Anna Wight Whipper Snapper stamp set (try saying that 10 times fast!) called Cozy Critters.  I love Anna’s whimsical style – especially her drawings of all sorts of animals.

*Christmas Fishes*


I took my color scheme from the retired SU designer paper.  Card base is Certainly Celery layered with Basic Black and then Purely Pomegranate.  The fish were stamped on TE Choice Snow White cs and colored with Copic markers and the scarves were highlighted with a Spica glitter pen.  That entire panel was covered with Crystal Effects.  I used a small brush to spread it in streaks to look more like moving water and I added 3 clear Taylor Tots as bubbles.  Mr Penguin was also colored with Copics, his scarf glittered with Dazzling Diamonds, and he was cut out and popped up with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped repeatedly on Bashful Blue.  Three blue Tots finish off the corners of this silly happy card.

*Peace on Earth*


As I looked at the sketch, it occurred to me that the nativity scene from TE Christmas Blessings would work wonderfully for the main image, so I created this 5″ square card with Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal and Basic Black.  The stamp was inked up with Taken with Teal Classic ink and then dabbed with Frost White ShimmerPaint before stamping onto the Sahara Sand cs.  This gave a subtle shimmery look that doesn’t really show up in the photo.  I used my old Fiskars deckle edge scissors to trim around the image.  Originally I thought of using a CB embossing folder on the teal panel, but it’s a little too big.  Then I saw my Medallion stamp sitting out and realized it would make the perfect background stamped off the top corner in Teal ink.  The dp is from the SU 6×6 hostess pack.  Final touch are some black Kaiser Craft pearls.  This would be very “do-able” to mass produce for Christmas cards and could be done in a number of different color schemes.

After I was finished, I realized that I had used black on both of these cards to provide the contrast or *pop* I needed.  Goes back to my old adage of Fall Back on Black – whenever a card seems to just *need something*, try some black cardstock!

So now it’s time to see if I’m the only one who didn’t make a Hallowen card for today’s challenge…let’s check out what the rest of the Sketch Crew has cooked up –


  • Alice Wertz
  • Jackie Pedro
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lynn Mercurio
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Stamp a Sweet Impression – check out Our Friday Friend
  • and of course Taylor Van Bruggen has the sketch and all the samples in one place.  I hope you’ll play along with us!
  • I’m off to work.  Thanks for stopping by.


    9 Responses to “TESC89 Not Halloween”

    1. Sherrie Says:

      Yeah for creative play time! Your cards are so completely different…love the little fishys with the scarves and the manger scene is so elegant. I didn’t make a halloween card either…lol.
      Have a fun Halloween!

    2. Lynn Mercurio Says:

      Oh how funny Jami…fishes with scarves. Love your sense of humor. Your other card, though more serious is just as creative and beautiful. There are going to be plenty of Halloween cards in the blogasphere this weekend…I’m happy to see Christmas rolling around. Awesome job, my friend!

    3. Jodi Says:

      These are both SO fab Jami! LOVe the two completely different looks you achieved with this sketch!! I can’t wait to head back tomorrow to see Tessa in her costume!!

    4. Sharon Harnist Says:

      Well, those orangey gold fish and black penguin could possibly be used for a Halloween card, couldn’t they? LOL!! Too cute! Love your blue/black Christmas Blessings card — so elegant!

    5. Melissa Sauls Says:

      OMG the fishes card is ADORABLE!! Love all the special touches you added to the card. Your 2nd card was gorgeous too. I love that you stamped the Medallion in the background. it’s just all the little things! 🙂

    6. Melissa Sauls Says:

      Hmm….testing. I typed up a long comment and it’s saying “duplicate comment” detected!

    7. Melissa Sauls Says:

      Ok, trying this again! I absolutely adore your fishes card. Love all the special details you added to it. Also, the 2nd card is just classy and gorgeous. I LOVE that medallion in the background..what a special touch!

    8. Alice Wertz Says:

      love those Christmas Fishes! so cute!

    9. Monika Davis Says:

      Super cute card Jami. Love those fishies with their scarfs. 🙂 Great colors. The second one is so pretty. Love the BG stamp with that image. TFS!

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