Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Too Cute To Spook

Hello everyone!  Well, as most of you who know me are aware, I'm NOT a "Halloween person".  In fact, I find the whole thing rather creepy.  I do, however, participate in Halloween to an extent.  Here's why.....what other day of the year do I get 100+ kids and families stopping by my house when I have the opportunity to share the Gospel with them?  So, what we always do at our house on Halloween is - we make up really nice treat bags filled with candy, a little toy and, most importantly, a Christian tract telling them that Jesus loves them, died for them, and cares about them (gives the salvation message).  I make 100 bags each year and, when all 100 treat bags are gone, I turn off the porch light and call it a night.  I am able to give 100+ kids/families the opportunity to get saved.  While the kids are probably more excited about the candy, I pray that someone will be blessed by the Good News tucked inside the treat bags!  I also stamp the back of the tracts with our church information, and we have had some families come to our church through this process, and we have seen people get saved.  So, I know it's working.

With all that said.....I'm here today to share with you all the new October Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas Challenge Blog.  It's a Halloween themed challenge, but you can also share your "Harvest" themed cards in this challenge during the Month of October.  V's Sweet Ideas has a "Sweet Shop" just filled with all kinds of creative supplies for scrapbooking and card-making crafters.  You will be SO delighted to see all the wonderful new items in the shop.  I invite you all to stop by V's Sweet Ideas to check out all the wonderful crafty items, treat yourself to something new, and then come by and play along with us in this month's challenge.
Karen Letchworth for V's Sweet Ideas
For this card, I used several trims from V's Sweet Shoppe including the bow made from Black Crinkle Ribbon, Bittersweet (Orange) Ribbon, the small length of black lace trim, and the Baker's Twine in Mandarin Orange and Cappuccino that are tied into the button.  It's on a cream card base, and the patterned papers, as well as the image, are from Melissa Frances.  There's a (half) vintage cream doily as well as a small black die-cut doily from Papertrey Ink, a cream Jenni Bowlin button, a chandelier rub-on from Michael's dollar bin, a "Too Cute to Spook" sticker from Melisssa Frances, and of course machine stitching.  I also need to mention that my card was inspired by a card that Beatriz Jennings of Iralamija Blog shared a few weeks ago in the Two Peas In A Bucket gallery.  There's lots of inspiration at her sweet blog as well as in the Two Peas' gallery.

I'm sharing this card in the following:

My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #113 - Sketch Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Frosted Designs - Add Texture - I always use lots of lumpy, bumpy, and otherwise texturized items on my art.  It makes them expensive to mail, but gives them so much dimension and personality.  Love it!

Created With Love Challenge Blog - Challenge #60 - Halloween

The Ribbon Carousel - Challenge #86 - Halloween - I used lots of spooled items - jute, baker's twine, ribbons, seam binding, lace.
Thanks for stopping by take a peek at my card.  I hope that you will come play along with us this month.
Blessings to all,


  1. Hi Karen.. that is such a sweet thought.. we don't celebrate Halloween's day here in India.. and even otherwise I do not want to celebrate it.. good that you are using it for a good cause :) and your card is very nice :)

  2. Definitely too cute to spook!! Love the papers. Thanks for joining our Halloween Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


  3. So cute! I love the black doily and the crinkly orange ribbon. Beatriz does have the best images doesn't she? Great idea for sharing the gospel! Sounds like you put a lot of work into it each year.

  4. I feel exactly like you about halloween Karen, love your sweet gesture sharing the gospel with a fun goody bag:-)
    Your design process as always is so gorgeous on this beautiful card!!

  5. HI Karen - Love the story - and the last couple of years that is what Hubby and I have done for our kids in the neighborhood - we gave out water bottle and I attached a tag - Jesus Loves You - We will pray for you just stop by and then of course added a candy bar to each bag as well - I love giving out the mini water bottles with a message on it - SEED is planted and it is something kids will always remember - including their parents - we used to have a grand carnival type gathering at our church on Halloween but they stopped - so now after 20 years of living here we are handing out candy - and yes, when it is gone - off goes the light! Love your card!

  6. You can enter all of your CARDS only at Sister Act you know - hop over there! :)

  7. Beautiful card, Karen! Your bow is gorgeous! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!


  8. Gorgeous card! I love the vintage feel and the layered doilies! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  9. Beautiful! Perfect for the season and love all the texture :) Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!

  10. this is toooo cute!!! I love the card thank you for sharing!!! :)

  11. oh la la elle est trop jolie, biz

  12. Karen your card is wonderful, I love that it is to cute to spook! Thanks for joining in the fun at Created with love challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  13. Karen I love the color combo and she is too cute ...really nice image and great card as always dear Karen..one day I like to exchange my card with yours..may I...hugs

  14. You are absolutely correct, this is too cute to spook. Love the image and the layout of the card. Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges this week.

  15. Beautiful card! I love the layering and all the fun embellishments you used! I also like that you go to all they extra effort to make the treat bags for Halloween! Who knows... they could change someones life! Thank you for taking on the Frosted Designs Texture challenge!

    barb :)

  16. Beautiful layers! I feel the same way about Halloween - glad to hear what you are doing! LOVE the crinkle ribbon and twine on this! Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week!!!


  17. Gorgeous card, love the combo of all elements. thank you for joining us at Frosted designs. channa

  18. What a fun and vintage Halloween card! Great layering and the different embellishments/details are wonderful!


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