Friday, October 29, 2010

"Share Croppers" ~ Stuck on U Sketches 10-29 Halloween challenge

It's woo-hoo Friday and I couldn't be more excited! I just love Fridays because it's the beginning of a new weekend .. time to refresh and be renewed. And this week it is time for another reveal at Stuck on U Sketches .  

Nanne is our hostess this month and for today she chose a Halloween theme along with a 2 page sketch. We were to make a spooky (or fun) Halloween page or just use Halloween colors.  Good thing she threw in that last part for those who don't celebrate the event.   We don't do much here anymore now that our kids are grown.

So, I decided to just go for the colors .. and then realized that last year I had been to a scrapbook retreat the weekend of Halloween.  One of the gals brought her really cool witch's hat and did some posing for the camera! Since I didn't have many photos, I decided to make the 2 page sketch a one page.

Here's the original sketch:

And here's my version:

I used some awesome black trim beneath my photo and added some pearls accents. Then I used these really cool "bats" that I bought at Michael's.  (That's about as Halloween-y as I got. LOL) I cut my title using the Cricut Blackletter font cartridge.  This close-up also shows the Creative Imaginations doily that I used in place of the circle.  The doily was a brown-patterned one that I painted black to suit my page.  How fun is that? On the far left you can see just a bit of the Prima bling I used throughout.

Some more black trim above the photo as well as some black glitter paper by Doodlebug (?)  I think .. it was a scrap and I can't recall for sure who made it.  (I bet Fern will know!) Loved these black roses that came in one of my Swirlydoos kits. Finally got a chance to use them! They are pretty bulky though, so I actually stepped on them to squash them a bit before putting this page in an album.  Crazy, huh? There's a bit more of that Prima bling here as well.

Well, of course because it's Halloween, I thought the chandelier from French Manor would be perfect! I first cut it from chipboard, then from cardstock.  Added a few rhinestones for glimmer as well as Black Diamond Stickles.

This is the upper left corner which I felt needed a little something to balance the page. So I used more black trim and a rose.  This is also a great close-up of one of those bats that I just had to have!! I was actually kind of sick the day I went and got these .. and nearly passed out in the store.  Oh, the craziness of hunting for the perfect scrappy supplies!  

So, I think that is about it. I apologize for the glare on the photo but I photographed this page multiple times on multiple days and never got a really great shot. I decided to go with this one because it was relatively straight and you could see the trim more distinctly. The colors were also fairly true.  (That's me, second from the right.)

I wish you a happy and safe weekend. And I hope that you will join the challenge this time and link up your layout. Can't wait to see your ghosts and goblins! Or your "Halloween colors" page!


  1. Beautiful!!!! Love all the details. The letters are great too. Is that from cricut?

  2. Great LO!! Love all the black w/ the yellow. Very eeerrieee!! lol

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  4. You are sooo funny, Sandi!! You know I have some of that paper, but just don't know where it is right off the top of my head!!lol... And stepping on those roses to squash them... what a clever idea ~ yes, they are pretty bulky...
    It's a beautiful layout, love the way you made the 2 pages into 1 and the Creative Imaginations die cut doily is perfect!!! Also looooove those bats!! Have a wonderful weekend gf!!! Hugs!!

  5. I saw those bats and passed them up--yikes! Love all the detail on this and thanks for the tip on stomping on those flowers!

  6. Awesome page love all the details and I laughed as I have those bats too, cause I had to have them!!! Too funny! Great idea about 'stomping' on the rose first. TFS

  7. Great lo Sandi and love all the black goodies, especially the bats!

  8. Neat page Sandi!
    Love the background paper and the texture it adds and all the black is really cool!!!!
    I'll be watching the games!!!! =)

  9. Thanks for letting me know about Mr. Linky. It is working now!

    And your layout is awesome. It is elegant, yet fun. And thanks for letting me know that it's okay to squash the roses. That is hilarious. But it's a great tip. They can be very bulky!

  10. Lol! Too funny... love how you stomped on the flowers to crush them down! Ha!Ha!
    This is really neat, such cool details as always! Really captured the Halloween feel.
    I really love the 2 page sketch and just may need to try and play along!

  11. Sandi... this is sooo fabulous!! I love the chandelier... I never would have thought to use it but now that I see it, I am soooo going to steal that idea!!! And those bats... so creepy and fun!! The trim, the doiley, the flowers... all of it is so perfect!! And i love the fact that you stepped on the flowers!! heehee!! A girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do!! Have a great weekend!!
    Barb :)

  12. Wonderful layout Sandi! Just love the title! Thanks for sharing your tip on the roses.

  13. Awesome dear sweet Sandi!! Halloween is a fav of mine!! love the papers you used. Awesome pics!! Stomp away my friend!! Love it!! Thanks always for stopping by...means a bunch too me!! Enjoy your day and take care, Hugs, Dawn Gallop

  14. Okay I left a comment...where did it go??? Love your page! The papers are fabulous. Stomp away. Take care dear sweet Sandi...Hugs, Dawn Gallop

  15. I love this page Sandi!!! love the papers that you have used!!! cute and fun pics!! love this!!