Alwina the Good Witch

I was recently challenged by Rhea Weigand to color this image from Make It Crafty. It’s no secret that I struggle with coloring faces and hair so Rhea purposely picked an image that was far outside the bounds of what I usually color. After several false starts across many days, I finally told myself to just keep going no matter.

Once I got over the initial hurdle, the rest just flowed – selecting colors for the hair, coloring the dress, adding sparkle and shine with Atyou Spica pens. Sometimes you just have to stop overthinking it and just color.


Paper: X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Alwina the Good Witch by Make It Crafty
Copics: E50, E00, R01, R02 (skin); BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV04, Atyou Spica pens in Pitch Black & Silver (hair); R81, R83, RE85, RV000, RV10, Atyou Spica pens in Garnet, Lipstick, Clear & Gold, Sakura Gel Pen in White (dress); Y11, Y15, Y26, E27, B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, BG10, Atyou Spica pen in Silver (crown & sceptre)

Headless Horseman

Coloring skin and hair is not my forte and frankly I clench every time I have to color an image of a person because I know that it’s going to take several tries before I get results that are at best passable. But the only way to learn how to do it is simply to do it! Rhea Weigand – our fearless leader over at Passionate Paper Creations & Friends – challenged me to color one of the Make it Crafty Halloween witches – specifically Alwina The Good Witch. So I thought – why not? I can color some great folds in that dress when I’m not agonizing over skin and hair.

But then I came across this Halloween image by Make it Crafty and decided that it was the perfect cheeky response to Rhea’s challenge. And as for Alwina, she’ll have to wait her turn and make an appearance in a future post.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the selection of finished cards (including this one!) at Rowhouse Greetings on Etsy.


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Core’dinations card stock in Midnight; Bazzil cardstock in Quicksand; Mysterious Two by Authentique
Stamp: Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags by Creative Basics; Tricky Trios by Papertrey Ink
Embossing Folder: Picnic Quilt Embossing Folders by Creative Basics
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y38, R02, R05, C1, C3, C5 (pumpkin); B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 (cape); YR23, YR24, YR27 (jacket); YR20, YR21 (shirt); N1, N3, N5, N7 (pants); E42, E44 (boots)

Feeling Fall

PhebeAs a member of the Instant Gardener team for Power Poppy, I get to color all the new digital stamps that are released each month. But when I saw the new Feeling Fall clear stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. After all, why should the Bloom Brigade get all the fun!

To be honest, I loved it for the spooky black cat (here colored as a slightly menacing tudexo cat) because she reminded me of the grumpy face (shown here) of our own cat Phebe. While Phebe is normally a pretty sweet cat, she does have a way of communicating her displeasure when we run out of her favorite treats.

The background paper is from the Vintage Halloween 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole that I found at A.C. Moore. I don’t usually add a lot of embellishments to my cards (although I recently admitted my addiction to enamel dots), but loved this spooky spider die from Memory Box and thought that it was the perfect enhancement to the paper. I cut him from Bazzill cardstock in black and added a little Glossy Accents to make his body shine.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts

That’s all for now — thanks for stopping by!


Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Black and Yam; Vintage Halloween 12×12 pad by Love Nicole
Stamps: Feeling Fall by Power Poppy; Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Big and Small Spider Dies by Memory Box
Copics: W1, W3, W5, RV10 (cat); Y32, Y35, Y38, R05, C01, C03, C05 (pumpkins); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, W7 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, 0 (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Maple Sketch

Rowhouse Greetings | Autumn | Tim Holtz Maple Sketch by Stampers AnonymousMy introduction to Tim Holtz products was through the Distress Inks product line — who can resist all those beautiful colors (not to mention those really cute little ink pads) — but I shied away from the various Tim Holtz stamps. While I love vintage images and intrigued by steampunk style, the overall effect is sometimes too fussy for me personally. However, when I started seeing the various the sketch/mini blueprint stamps, I had to give them a try. This maple leaf blueprint is my first, but I have plans for several of the Halloween, Autumn, Christmas blueprint sketches so you’ll see my take on them in the coming weeks.

Details below, or you could just cut to the chase and purchase the finished card in my Etsy shop (go ahead — you know you want to!).

Cardstock: Recollection Cardstock in Brown; Scattered Leaves from the Harvest Collection by Peebles; Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Stamp: Tim Holtz Maple Sketch by Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed by Ranger
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A, A2 Matting Basics B, 6×6 Matting Basics A, 6×6 Matting Basics B all by Spellbinders
Embellishments: 3/8″ brown sheer ribbon by Celebrate It; Jack and Jill Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper


Skeleton Lady

I’m loving the new Halloween stamps from Stampendous. While not a style that I would normally do, working with these stamps has been a fun “thinking outside the box” exercise.  More coloring with Distress Inks. Used Strathmore Mixed Media paper for the top layer. I use very little  water with Distress Inks because I like the darker wash of color so the paper tends to stay flat.

The inside of the card has a simple “Happy Halloween” sentiment, which is an image I created using PicMoney. The font is De Walpergen Pica.

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Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous!
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous!
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Happy Halloween Sentiment
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Happy Halloween Sentiment


Paper: Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; Stratmore Mixed Media paper; Midnight Magic 6×6 paper pad by Recollections
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Broken China, Weathered Wood, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed by Ranger
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Black satin ribbon by Celebrate It.