Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Time to "Rock the Cover" Halloween-Style!

Are you ready to rock? Well, get ready to brew up some fun because this month's challenge has a bit of trickery, a little witchery, and some very ghoulish behavior!

This time around, we're asking that you create a card inspired by an album/CD cover of your favorite Halloween-ish musical group!

To help get you started, here's a couple of quick suggestions: The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, or The Black Crows.

The only requirement is that your musical groups' name reflects some aspect of Halloween. You might want to consider: costumes, trick or treatin', skeletons, graveyards, black cats, ghosts, witches, spells and potions, and so on.

The best way to track down a CD cover image is by doing an image search on When you arrive on the site, click on "image search" in the upper tool bar and type in your search query. Easy-peasy!


For this month's challenge, I chose The Smashing Pumpkins' self-titled CD:

And here's my take:

I stamped my images, two from the "Crow About" Collection by Green Pepper Press, and the bare tree by Victorine Originals, twice ... once on my card stock base and once using Versamark on matching card stock.

I heat embossed my images with "Ultra Deep Snow Fall" embossing powder, cut out the images, trimming closely, then used a million slivers of dimensionals to pop them up over the original image.

Finally, I added some grosgrain ribbon, and punched out some leaves with a craft punch. So easy, it's spooky!


After perusing the spooky titles, I picked this "smashing" inspiration piece! Smashing Pumpkins that is! I loved the purple, the black and the bling!

And here's how I rocked it with my card.....

I got the purple, the bling and the touch of orange. And, forget the rockin' pumpkins--- I've got a rockin' cat ... and a bunny! FYI: that's a Halloween bunny! LOL!

This card was so fun to put together because - when you look at it- it's basically just patterned paper and some fun embellishments. there is one - yes - one stamped image - the spider web on the tag (Hero Arts). That's it!

I used the Halloween Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets for my main image. Gotta love the kitty rockin' out! I sewed around the outside of my cotton scrap and frayed the edges a bit. Mat it on to some black and polka dot glitter paper (Hobby Lobby) and then assemble!

The purple background paper is also from Hobby Lobby as is the black sheer wired ribbon and silver cording. The "trick or treat?" tag is actually computer generated and was punched with a 1" circle punch and then matted on a 1-1/4" orange circle.


If you'd like to participate, and we'd love it if you do, simply create a card inspired by an album/CD cover from one of your favorite spooky groups! Post a photo of your inspiration CD cover and your finished card on your blog, and leave a comment here letting us know. We'll do the rest!

If you don't have a blog, just let us know and we'll get your photo uploaded to our gallery. If you'd like to post your creation on SCS, please use Keyword YKYRo4.

And please remember to provide photos of both your card project and the inspiration CD cover.

You have until Friday, November 7th at midnight EST to post your card; voting will begin a 12:01 AM on Saturdy, November 8th. The winner of this month's challenge will be announced here on November 15th ---when we kick off a whole new rockin' challenge!

Finally, please, just one entry per person, per challenge. And make sure your entry is a new creation instead of a link to a past creation.

Click HERE to see all of the rockin' Halloween-style entries!


After seeing all the way cool entries ... you guys rocked the vote and the winner is ... drum roll please: STACY!

Here's a look at Stacy's winning entry:

Congrats, Stacy! This is one rockin' card! Please send us your email address so we can send you a rockin' graphic for your blog ... or your desktop!

Congrats to all the other players as well; your cards were totally terrific! And thanks to everyone for voting; you know you rock!!

~Hugs, Deb and Jewels

Monday, October 6, 2008

Time to See Who Rocked it Best to Background Muzak!

Hello rockin' paper crafters! It's time to hit pause on our third ever YKYR challenge. The entries are in and now it's time to pick your fave!

If you'd like to see the entries on our photo gallery, click HERE. If you want to take a closer look, just click on the photo for a larger view.

Don't forget to tell all your friends and family to click in their vote!

Another challenge will be issued on the 15th. In the meantime - YOU KNOW YOU ROCK!

~Deb and Jewels