Wednesday 31 October 2012

Trick or Treat

Made this for a little boy living close to us who is coming up to four years old - he's so excited about Halloween and the decorations have been done round their front door so we fully expect a little 'Trick or Treat' knock this evening:
I used:

- 7" x 5 white card stock

- orange backing paper from Papermania's 'Sunshine' capsule collection, it was the only orange paper/card I could lay my hands on although I could have used the Pro Marker 'edge the card trick', wasn't thinking though

- purple mirri card from the snippets folder

- main image stamped using Penny Black's 'Dark Spirits' stamp, coloured with Pro Markers

- sentiment stamped with SU's 'Pumpkin Pie' - sentiment is from Personal Impressions 'Halloween' set

- Josy Rose nail heads

- and the little bat just had to play too - it's the one that Darnell kindly sent me, stamped onto a snippet of grey card. I gave him slightly pink cheeks too as he looks about to do a crash landing :)

Quite a lot of years ago when I lived 'oop North' I was gardening and a little pipistrelle bat (in broad daylight, which is very unusual) flew into the glass of the greenhouse and stunned itself. Not sure what to do, I gently picked it up and just held it in my cupped hands. What a pretty little creature it was, although it shouldn't have been out playing in the middle of the day!  After several minutes it recovered and flew off into the orchard - hopefully to recover before flying back to Mum. Often in the evening, when the colony came out to play, swooping round the terrace at the back of the house, I wondered if he/she was amongst them - I hope so as it was a magical experience I'd been lucky enough to have!

Am skipping WOYWW yet again, not enough time to play fair and blog hop - but I did pick up that WOYWW got a mention on the radio the other morning :)



  1. Hi Di, great card - I'm sure the wee boy will be thrilled with it. I've never seen a bat up close but I would like to, and see them all flying too.

    I'd picked up that about WOYWW being mentioned on the radio too but haven't heard any more details.

    Take care and hope that you become less busy soon. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  2. Your card is great...that little boy will be thrilled!

    Wow, WOYWW on the radio...and TV...wonder how many we will get this week! Ohhh, I will be busy posting comments non stop ill next time....teehee. I got much more than 2/3 done last week... I am quite proud of myself.

  3. Your card is great...that little boy will be thrilled!

    Wow, WOYWW on the radio...and TV...wonder how many we will get this week! Ohhh, I will be busy posting comments non stop ill next time....teehee. I got much more than 2/3 done last week... I am quite proud of myself.

  4. Hello my friend

    aaww great card. I'm looking forward to all the kids coming in their finest (or rather ironically, their worst) tonight knocking at my door. Not sure my ears will be happy at the dogs barking all night though!!!

    In the summer, we often get the bats swooping around at dusk - not sure where they live though, on a residential estate - not too many trees!

    I was once riding through Ashover in Derbyshire (nice village near to Chatsworth) and spied one on the floor - I thought i'd rescue it to prevent it from being run over. The little bugger bit me. I still put him in the grass though. How rude eh?

    big hugs Di

    Paulax x x

  5. Hi Di

    I hope you get your little visitor tonight otherwise you will have to go knocking on his door .. .. but with roles reversed. You will be giving the treat!!!

    Have a good day.

    Love Jules xx

  6. Hi Di, Awwwwwwwww this is just so cute and your little neighbour will be totally in love with it hope its a great night for him xx

  7. Ahhh the magic and freedom of being a young child! If only we really appreciated it at the time!

    Lovely card Di. He's sure to like it.

    Happy Batty Hallowe'en. xxx

  8. a lovely spooky card for your little friend lol, a real cute bat!

  9. WOYWW on the radio - that would be a fun programme!! x Jo

  10. I'm sat reading my WOYWW blogs on my sick bed this week but have my mask on so you don't catch anything. I'm enjoying reading what everyone is up to this week [it's better than reading magazines :-) ]. I'm leaving a copied comment so you know I've called by because my hands are too weak and shaky to keep typing out my comments this week.
    Big hugs,
    A x #93

  11. Cute card for your little neighbour. We have bats every night that swoop bewteen the front of our house and neighbour opposite. Have got a munchkin to carve out for a tee light but the rate I'm going it will be halloween gone before I do it.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  12. Popped back to say that I don't have all my snippets organized into diecuts and was just something that I started for Little Miss C to choose from. Originally, I set aside a drawer in my Michaels cubes and started to fill it with baggies of diecuts from my scrap...rolled off in the big shot.

    Then I went to a crop and brought a few file folders full of scraps and just sat for 4 hours and rolled off bore...we all took a break and went to the new dollar store and that was when I bought the dollar store photo albums and started to put all the different oolours for each die cut into a photo sleeve. She has 4 albums to store at her own house now...(they are not all full)...I think I have filled one full album so far for her.
    Then I decided I liked this idea for myself and so I started filling a couple of albums for myself. It is just so much easier to make a card if you can just reach in and grab the diecuts so easily.

    I have always punched the teensy scraps up into tags and word phrase backings etc with my Stampin up punchs. I actually have a narrow drawer under my desk that lined with clear acrylic boxes. I just punch various colours till the box is full...need to do a little refilling right now.
    But.....inspite of all this...I still have a filing cabinet full of scraps leftover from projects from the last ten years...hangs head in shame. I think I could make cards from my stash for the rest of my life, and only need to buy card bases in about 3 years...and maybe some glue in between. Hangs head in shame.

    I shall do do a post with pictures one day.

  13. A really great card. Di. I am sure your little neighbour will love it, and that little bat is so cute. By the way, that tree-house is brill - I shall try to get there more often to join in the fun. Have a good week. xx Maggie

  14. Love the spooky tree with the tiny pumpkins in it. What a neat story about the pipistrelle. Bats are very cute in their own little bat way. Trick or treat!

  15. Ooh spooky!!! Don't celebrate Halloween in our house though! But the little tykes look cute all dressed up. Striding Edge was my preferred method up Hellvellyn!! Lots of fun! Better than the slog up from the main car park on the Thirlemere side!


  16. Meant to ask what was the woyww on the radio thing about?

  17. Aw such a cute card there Di.
    We have bats in our roofspace and sometimes when I am crafting with a window open (remember when we used to have summer) I get an odd visitor. When we had a lean to if bats hadn't gone back in their space they would roost in there until evening. Simon took one down and put it in my hand when we were courting. Fabulous! There is a pic somewhere too!

  18. Now, see, you used that squirrely bat in just the right way on an adorable card for a 4-year-old! Well done!

    You weren't kidding about having bats in your belfry either, huh? What a beautiful story. I try so hard to be okay with them, but they terrify me to bits.

    Not squirrely bat, though. He's cute in his weird way. It's not his fault he's the result of a night of drunken debauchery between two species. It happens.

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