Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Join the Monster Mash at Stinkin' Inkers!

The challenge this month at Stinkin' Inkers is "Monster Mash" - you can use ghosts, monsters, or witches; basically anything Halloween-y and/or scary.  I had decided to throw a costume party with the help of Tim Holtz' Crazy Cats, Dogs and Birds.  I hope you enjoy! 

What I Used to Make my Card:

Vanilla Watercolor Card, 5 x 7 (this was the only size card onto which everything would fit and I have NO idea where I got them)
Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Stamps, #CMS251
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Cats Dies, #661209
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamps, #CMS212
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bird Crazy Dies, #660954
Tim Holtz Crazy Things Stamps, #CMS237
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies, #660953
Tim Holtz Mini Cats & Dogs Stamps, #CMS272
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Cats & Dogs Dies, #661594
Tim Holtz Mini Bird Crazy & Things Stamps, #CMS250
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bird Crazy & Things Dies, #660949
Happy Halloween Sticker from Stamp on It #DD7256
Hero Arts My Monthly Kit, April 2017 #HeroArts 
Red and Black Cardstock
Derwent Intense Pencils
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Brush
Dove Blender Pen

Various Embellishments: Washi Tape, Sequins, Glitter, Bling on a Roll, Various Gems, Fabric Roses, and more.

I began by coloring and die cutting all the animals I wanted to use.  I have
Ms. Cat and
Little Tongue Out Dog
found that once my colored pencil dries it sometimes isn't as vibrant as I'd like, so I embellish the coloring further with the markers.  Sometimes it works out, sometimes not, but it is always fun!

There were a few "alterations" I had to do to make the costumes fit properly  First, Ms. Cat needed her front paws cut out again so they could be glued on the outside of her gown.  You couldn't see them otherwise.  And Diva Pink Bird also needed a new pair of wings to go over her sash.  
Diva Pink Bird and Slightly
Confused Dog

Now, there is a little story about this card.  Ms. Cat wanted to have a costume party for the neighborhood children so she invited Little Tongue Out Dog, Shy Orange Cat, Diva Pink Bird and Slightly Confused Small Dog. All of the invitees did a fabulous job with their costumes, as did Ms. Cat (she chose to wear a red dress made from the April 2017 collection of the House of Hero Arts and topped off the outfit with Silver/Silver Bling on a Roll earrings and choker, just be her glamorous self.)  Little Tongue Out Dog dressed himself up as a rose garden , using actual fabric roses as a headpiece  

The Crew
and an entire body rose.  Shy Orange Cat added bat wings to herself so if she felt nervous, she could just fly away.  Diva Pink Bird showed off her most recent pageant win, complete with glittery crown and sash.  If you look close, you can even see the sparkle in her eye.  Lastly, Slightly Confused Little Dog put on her star collar and witch hat that she customized by adding a matching star to the tip of the hat.  All of the kittens and puppies ate their fill of treats (no chocolate!) and had a grand time.  I hope you did, too! 

Another Look
I do hope you will join us this month at Stinkin' Inkers - I KNOW you are making Halloween cards, so you really have NO excuse not to join in the fun!  Thanks for visiting, and if you would, comment below on which costume you like the best.  If I get enough votes, I might give out a treat of my own, so please feel free to share this post! You don't need to follow my blog, but it is greatly appreciated (let me know in your comment so I can be sure to follow you back!)

** UPDATE: When I get 75 comments telling me which costume you like the best I will be doing a random drawing for a little prize. Open internationally! Please spread the word! (expires November 1, 2017)

I'd love to see your Monster Mash creations, so please join us at Stinkin' Inkers! Stay tuned for some more frightening fun Halloween creations! Hugs, Christi

I am entering my Monster Mash card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - A Walk on the Dark Side
Naughty or Nice Challenge - #44, Something Spooky
Frilly & Funky - Show Us Your Stamps 
Scrapy Land - #75, Anything Goes 
Double D Challenge - Fright Night Challenge
Creative Friday - #189, Die Cuts/Punches
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #7, Anything Goes w/ a Critter


  1. OMGoodness I LOVE this, so FUN and so made me laugh when I saw it, such a great, great design..fabulous!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  2. OMG this is toooooooooo cute! Brought an instant chuckle! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Fright Night’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  3. Aw, this is so adorable! I love all the costume ideas for each crazy characters. This is definitely a card that creates a huge smile. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  4. Super, fun Halloween card! Great costumes on your animals. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Fright Night" Challenge.

  5. so spooky! Thanks for joining us at creative friday. Hugs,Beate

  6. Awesome card!! You rocked the challenge!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Naughty or Nice! Cyndi, DT

  7. Thanks so much for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges, I love that you managed to use so many of these cute critters on your card, Jo x

  8. What a fun card! I love the Ms. Cat in the red dress!

  9. love all the characters but if i have to pick one, it would be the first cat in the red dress!

  10. I absolutely adore Shy Orange Cat with her bat wings! Great job with all the costumes, my friend. :-D

  11. This is just fantabulous! Your story is genius too!

  12. What a great card, you must have had a lot of fun making it. My favourite is Little Tongue Out Dog

  13. What a great card and what a great party that must have been, Everyone's so dressed up for the event it's hard to choose the best costume. But I think Ms Cat is my favorite.

  14. oh me again :D
    I love act costume!
    its so adorable!
    and I love cats!

  15. Pink is my favorite color and I am told I'm the queen when it comes to shopping for stamping supplies so that's my vote the Queen of Birds... LOL Adorable card!!!!

  16. Oh, this array of cutie pie trick or treaters brought such a smile to my face. Great details and a wonderfully whimsical creation! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "Show Us Your Stamps" challenge!

  17. Wow, what a wonderful and fun card. I love Little Dog costume.
    Valerija xx

  18. Adorable halloween costume party! The animals are all a hoot with their fabulous costumes! Thanks for playing along with the frilly and funkie challenge "Show Us Your Stamps"!

  19. Spotted your fun card at CASology...well done! I love Ms. Cat with her fabulous red dress! Thanks for a chance to win :)

  20. Love, love, love your Monster Mash card! The critters are all so cute! Your card makes me smile!! Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenges!

  21. They are all very cute, but the first one that really caught my eye was Little Tongue Out Dog dressed as a rose garden. Brilliant!

  22. Perfect fun Halloween card! Thanks for joining the Scrapy Land Challenge :)

  23. This is so much fun! Not sure I've seen that many of the Crazy animals on one card before. ;) Love them all, but I think my fave is diva pink bird. Thanks for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

  24. Gosh, it is hard to choose, but I might have to go with the tall cat's dress. VERY creative card! Great work, thanks for sharing it!
    ~~Heidi @ My Little Stamping Blog

  25. Your card shows GREAT imagination and attention to detail! My favorite costume is the one Little Tongue-Out Dog is wearing, though all the costumes are wonderful. What a fun card! I follow your blog, but don't have one myself. It's always fun to see your work :-)

  26. Who can resist a cat in a gown? My favorite! Hugs! Sara Emily

  27. OMG, this is fabulous! Love all of the amazing costumes, but of course, the "glamour kitty" in the red is my fave. (my favorite color, too) xxD I'm a new follower. My blog is

  28. This is so genius and fun and oh so adorable!! I am torn between
    Ms. Cat and LIttle Tongue Out Dog - both costumes are purr-fect!
    So I have to declare a tie! lol

  29. I NEVER would've thought to put a dress on one of the Crazy Cats, but Ms Cat's turned out so well, I'm for sure going to try it!! I'm already a subscriber, just a poor excuse for a visitor... only popping in once in a while... life!

  30. Eeek! This is hilarious and I love all the costumes! However, Ms Cat with her sleek red gown and million dollar bling caught my eye right away. Love it!

  31. Love the trick or treaters! Ms.Cat is my fave! thealteredpaper@gmail USA

  32. How fun! Love these - must get mine out again and do something amusing with them. I too love all the costumes but must say the Little dog with tongue out one is just so incongruous it had to be my favorite!

  33. This is soooooo cute! My favourite is the red ball gown on the kitty! The red doggie dress is my second fave! Absolutely adorable card!

  34. What a great collection of creatures!! Love your card.

    Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.

    Helen x

  35. Such a fantastic line-up for the Halloween party - love this card! x


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