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Fright Night for Paper Players #366

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Laurie's (aka die-cut queen) turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a clean and simple theme challenge for us:

So, I have to confess, I only have 1 Halloween set.  It's an old Fun Stamper's Journey set and I love it!  I pull it out at this time of the year - every year :-)
I love this guy... I mean... take a look at these eyes!
Fright Night closeup (1 of 1)
You can see that I added a little glitter around the edges, and on his beak - and added some black enamel to his eyes.  Oh yeah... and added a little red to the end of his beak.
The rest of the card is pretty clean and simple.  I die cut a circle from some black cardstock and used a Neenah Solar White panel underneath that I colored with some distress inks to create a harvest moon.  However, there wasn't quite enough orange in the yellow to make it successful as a Harvest Moon!
Here's my card:
Fright Night (1 of 1)
Instead of black on some of his feathers I decided to go with a more purple hue and, of course, he had to have a candy pumpkin for his collection of chocolate covered mice and things :-)
I hope you will join us and play along with this fun challenge.  The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

I thought I would share a few more late summer/autumn flowers with you.   The Asters were not my favorite flower... and I wasn't that thrilled when they were put in.  However, when I read about them and found out how many insects they harboured - and how the bees loved them - I decided they could stay!  if you look closely, you can see the bees busily drinking their nectar.

Asters (1 of 1)

Now these guys are proliferating - and we are thrilled.  They have such a gorgeous little flower - the hummer loves them - the butterflies need them - and then they produce this MASSIVE seed pod.

Milkweed Seedpod (1 of 1)

This is what the flowers look like before they go to seed

Milkweed (1 of 1)

Aren't they gorgeous?  They are just so bright and delicate - and then they produce those enourmous seedheads.   I hope we have many more next year!  And... if they continue bursting like this one did - we should have lots more!

Milkweed Seedpod burst (1 of 1)

And we have one Bee Balm that is still hanging on

BeeBalm (1 of 1)-3

And this one is just because, sometimes, in the midst of all the terrible things going on in the world, you just have to stop and stare and marvel at what wonders nature provides us when she isn't showing us her fury at what we are doing to her.
Sunset (1 of 1)
I'll be back with another card tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.

Card recipe: 

  • Cardstock:  Recollections Black; Neenah Solar White
  • Stamp:  Fright Night - Fun Stampers Journey
  • Inks:  Distress Inks; Copic Markers