Firstly, I just want to say thank you for all your supportive and loving messages on the last post.  Adrian reads them all too and he is very touched by and grateful for each and every one, as am I.  Derrick is still with us, sleeping most of the time, but still here.

Meanwhile, life goes on and I have a card to share with you that I made a week or two ago featuring our new Halloween stamps.  Halloween is a very subjective thing and although I am no fan of horror movies or vampires or anything like that, I do find that I thoroughly enjoy playing around with Halloween stamps.  I still haven’t figured out why – maybe it’s having a theme to work with that gets my creative juices flowing.  Restrictions often stimulate ideas where too much choice can result in a paralysis of indecision.

So although I’ve not had a huge amount of creative time lately, I’ve had fun with these new stamps and wanted to share this card with you.

I decided to try making a Halloween card with no orange on it at all, as it seems to feature so heavily in all my other Halloween makes.  The stamps are mainly from the new A5 set Howling Moon with the owls and word from the little A6 set Boo.

I stamped the iron railing and tree branch corner onto thick white card with Versafine Smokey Grey and heated it to make sure it was completely dry.  I then embossed the pumpkin coach using an old embossing powder mix which is black with a touch of gold.  I sprayed the whole thing with London Fog and Paris Dusk Fireworks spray ink and the Versafine resisted the sprayed ink.

While that was drying, I sponged some Chipped Sapphire distress ink onto a sheet of the Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper (I made this a couple of weeks ago and didn’t have the Halloween resist pad in at the time – if I was doing it again I’d definitely use that).  I added a couple of old rub ons and distressed the edges with a distressing tool – it’s not something I’ve used much, but works really well on this kraft paper.

I coloured some twill ribbon with Chipped Sapphire distress stain and threaded on a jump ring with a Muse token (it says ‘listen’), an old key and a tiny glass bottle with gold glitter in.  I stuck that onto the kraft paper and stuck the whole thing to an 8×8 inch dark blue card.

I used a Martha Stewart punch to add the row of gravestones and stuck the stamped panel onto the card.  I stamped ‘Boo’ onto a scrap of kraft paper and went over it with Midnight Blue stickles – (gorgeous colour) then stuck it over the messed up word I had stamped directly onto the background.  Yeah, it happens!

I think there are quite a few stamps on the Howling Moon sheet that could be used for other occasions, not just for Halloween.  If you want to see all our Halloween stamps, plus other products that we think will work well for the occasion, we now have a Halloween department (and a Christmas one) on the Chocolate Baroque website – just look under products on the left of the screen.

Well I’m off to enjoy a very un-seasonal evening of warm glorious sunshine – we might just get the lawn mowed before the weather changes.  Have a great weekend everyone.