Let the Gourd Times Roll…and a Blog Hop!

Simon Says Stamp | Season of Wonder Release

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Hi there!

Today I’m super excited to be participating in a Blog Hop to celebrate the Simon Says Stamp Season of Wonder Release! 

If you’re following along on the hop you probably got here from Kath Stewart’s blog – but if not, you can start from the top at the Simon Says Stamp Blog!    

From now until 10/8 at 11:59 pm EST you can use the code HOLLY and get the Graceful Holly 3D embossing folder FREE with a purchase of $25 or more!

Be sure to leave a comment below (and at each stop on the hop) because Simon is giving away a $25 coupon to one commenter on each blog!  Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on October 11th. If you’re a winner, just email Simon Says Stamp to claim your prize!

For my stop on the hop, I’m sharing this super fun and spooky card I created using the “Just Batty” stamp and die set from this amazing release!    I love the fun faces on the pumpkins and the glowing eyes of the spider!

To make this card:

  1. Ink blend a card base using Distress Oxide inks (ink colors are listed in the Supplies below).
  2. Sprinkle it lightly with water and gently blot it up.  Set it aside to dry.
  3. Die cut a circle out of a piece of black cardstock.
  4. Heat emboss a sentiment below the cut out circle using white embossing powder.
  5. Use Copic-friendly ink to stamp the pumpkins, color them with your Copic markers (the colors I used are listed in the Supplies below) and cut them out with the coordinating dies.
  6. Use diluted white and black acrylic paint to splatter the ink blended card base and the black card panel.  I used a piece of scrap paper to keep the splatters from getting on my sentiment.
  7. Once the Ink blended card base is fully dry, use an antistatic tool to prep it for heat embossing.
  8. Heat emboss your spider with black embossing powder so that it looks like it is coming down from the top of your cut out circle (IMPORTANT:  Make sure your panel is completely dry or you will not get a good image – the embossing powder will stick to anything even slightly damp).
  9. Use foam adhesive to adhere your black panel to your card base.
  10. Use liquid glue to adhere your pumpkins to the card front above your sentiment.
  11. Add some gems to the spiders eyes for some eerie sparkle!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for joining in on our Hop!  If you’re following along in order, your next stop will be Kim Hamilton and I know you won’t want to miss it!  Here’s the list of the full hop, so you can be sure not to miss anyone!

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Debby Hughes

Jennifer McGuire

Amy Rysavy

Suzy Plantamura

Emily Midgett

Lisa Addesa

Miriam Prantner

Yana Smakula

Tina Smith

Kath Stewart

Jean Doeringsfeld

Kim Hamilton


Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win!  

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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  1. Orit Viderman

    Lovely spooky card

  2. Susan Prisbrey

    Yay for Halloween! What a great card! The sentiment cracks me up. I love how you colored the card and the tiny spider just makes it!

  3. Gayle M.

    This is adorable! Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Kathy Eddy

    This is just adorable!

  5. Tammie J.

    So fun – that black background makes the oranges really pop! Nicely done!

  6. Caitlin I.

    Adorable! I love a good punny sentiment and pumpkins are my favorite!

  7. Karen Austin

    Such fun for Halloween!

  8. Kelley Clarke

    Love Halloween…and your coloring. So nice and inspiring.

  9. Michelle L. Woodrum

    Fun!! Love it!!

  10. Nancy K Rodeberg

    This Halloween card is so charming! Love all the elements!

  11. Steffi H.

    I love all the sprinkles on your card.

  12. Kathryn

    So cute!

  13. Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

    Wonderful whimsy gourds/pumpkins. My hubby carves/shaves strofoam pumpkin using a dremmel tool.

  14. Lynn Chan

    Awesome card!

  15. Janet Wade

    I Love your card. Am ordering the die set right now.

  16. Savannagh Kacey

    Those punkins are totally cute and your use of splatter lights up the sky. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Maureen Reiss

    Super Cute and Fun!!!! Love these guys!!!

  18. Samantha Pfrimmer

    I just love it! The layout… the coloring. Everything is wonderful and fun!

  19. Terry Deason

    Adorable card

  20. Lori Meyers

    Ooooooh! The colors of the moon are fabulous!

  21. Joann

    Such a cute fun card. Thanks for sharing

  22. Susan Richter

    OMG I love the little pumpkins. So darn cute!

  23. Kay Furnish

    So cute! How did I forget that there is Halloween goodies in this release??? I love Halloween cards and yours is just wonderful. I love how you die cut the circle from the black piece and had the moon and spider behind the opening. My sister decorates gourds and this card would be perfect for her.
    Great job!!

  24. Merry Shepard

    Love, Love, Love the black and orange and the dimension you included with the card. TY.

  25. Savannagh Kacey

    So cheery. I much prefer happy over scary!

  26. Ana Ruiz

    Beautiful Spooky card 🙂

  27. Miesje

    What a fun Halloween/Fall card! I love the colors you used.


    Super cute Halloween card!

  29. Linda Mazzola

    I love how these jack-o-lanterns are connected as one image to stamp and die cut. Also, how you have the candle glow in their face instead of my standard “black”.

  30. Mary Holshouser

    Fun play on words.
    Cute card. thanks for sharing.

    • Freida Kirkland

      What a huge and FANTASTIC release guys! I want it ALL!! Everyone has really put their talents to the max in showing off the release! Thanks for all you do in supplying us with wonderful things to use and play with!! 💕❤️

  31. Joyace Feheley

    What an adorable card. Thank you for sharing.

  32. Kim Morgan

    I LOVE the layout on this card! Too Cute!!!

  33. Deborah Hellman

    Great card… so fun. ❤️

  34. Mich Jacobs

    Your card is so cute! LOVE the vibrant colors!

  35. Meghan Kennihan

    I love the little pumpkins and darling glowing background!

  36. Bonnie

    A delightful row of pumpkins and I love the sentiment! Such a fun card, Jean!

  37. Patricia Davis

    This card is so cute. Love it~

  38. Donna Cheatle

    This card is so fun. Whimsical and sweet. I love it!

  39. Verda

    What a sweet card I just love it. Might just have to borrow this thought my grandkids would love it.

  40. Janet D.

    Love this card,!

  41. Cynthia P-C

    Very cute card!

  42. Sandy

    Fun card – brings a smile to my face!

  43. Jary Riolo

    Those pumpkins have such “personality!”

  44. S. M.

    At times simple and spooky is all you need for a great Halloween card – adorable!! The sentiment fits the pumpkin image so well.

  45. Priscilla


  46. Dee Earnshaw

    ooh what a fun card – thanks for the ideas:)

  47. Gayle I.

    Very fun card!

  48. Janice Stovall

    Adorable Halloween card! My grandsons would love this!!

  49. LindaB

    Very cute! Love the vibrant colors and spider.

  50. Lynette Rataiczak

    Such an adorable card!

  51. Deb

    great card and sentiment

  52. Marisela Delgado

    Cute card!

  53. Kim M Jacobs

    Just too cute! Love that little spider 💜

  54. Amy H.

    Cute Halloween card.

  55. Angy Hughes

    So cute! Love those pumpkins

  56. Marilyn Fisher

    This card is simply adorable!

  57. Jessica Lenz

    Love it! Halloween cards are my fav!

  58. Patti Bailey

    Jean, this is just darling!!! I love it! Happy Halloween to you!

  59. Michelle R

    What a cute card. I love that stamp set with the pumpkin on its side…adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Lori Spitzer

    Terrific card, Jean! Love how it looks like the pumpkins are actually glowing!

  61. Jenny E

    So cute and fun! I love cheesy sentiments.

  62. Lori

    Perfect card for Halloween!
    Thanks for sharing.

  63. Judith Jackson

    Adorable Jack-o-lantern card!!

  64. Rosemary D

    Super fun Halloween card!

  65. Vivian Chiu

    Love the fun pumpkin, not so spooky Halloween card💕

  66. Sherri K

    Love the jack o lanterns. So much fun.

  67. Denise Bryant

    What a fun Halloween card! Love the round cut out and the colors you used! The jack o’lanterns are adorable, and beautifully colored!

  68. Lynn Stevens

    So cute, one can never have enough pumpkins. Right…

  69. Jade

    So cute! The spider is a nice touch! Sensational colors!

  70. Carissa

    Darling card! Perfect for a fall birthday!

  71. Amy Solovay

    Haha! That’s so fun! What a cute card idea.

  72. DebbieC

    Wonderful Halloween card. Your colourful background and pumpkins stand out nicely with the black cardstock.

  73. Holly Mahoney

    Jean, your card is so cute!! The jack-o-lanterns look like they are glowing. Thank you listing your steps like a recipe. It’s so easy to follow and understand.

  74. Jessica Vasher

    Absolutely love this card Jean!

  75. Karen

    A very cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Donna Phelan

    So stinkin’ cute! FAB coloring!


    Thank you for sharing your adorable creation!

  78. Kathy j in Ellicott City

    What a great card, the spider adds so much!

  79. Cyndi Morris

    What a wonderful, fun card. Love that sentiment!

  80. Rhonda Peterson

    Cute card!

  81. Kris

    Your ink blending has made these cute stamps even cuter!

  82. Gail

    Very cute. Thanks for sharing

  83. Jenna Chapman

    This is such a a fun, whimsical design!! Your background with the moon is just perfect.

  84. Bunny Hoyle

    Gourd-geous. I love a good fall card.

  85. Veronica L Hunt

    This card just “glows”. Wonderful design!

  86. Patricia

    So cute! I love it!!

  87. Jeanne Rice

    So cute! Love the coloring.

  88. Jen Knapp

    Fantastic color and coloring!

  89. Anneleise Hampson

    Wow stunning vibrant card. Great choice using the black background for those pumpkins!

  90. Phyllis Freese

    What a cute Halloween card sure to please any recipient.

  91. Debbie Frank

    So cute! Love the yellow orange with the black! Just pops!

  92. marlee k

    So cute without being cutesy! Love.

  93. Reiko Flanigan

    What a fun and whimsical card. So cute!

  94. Alexandra Y

    Such a cute card!

  95. Christina Estell

    Great Halloween card. Love the circle cut out with the spider hanging down. The pumpkins are very cute as well – love the coloring.

  96. Kim

    What a fun card! Thank you!

  97. Karen Baughman

    Great card. Love the orange and yellow behind the black. Great coloring on the pumpkins.

  98. Connie Hostak

    So cute! It made me smile. Love your card.

  99. Cindy Chang

    Just love love the pumpkins. Thanks for sharing your adorable card.

  100. Janice Anello

    Such a great card! Your coloring and color choices are perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  101. Nancee Purdum

    What a cute card! Thanks for sharing how you made this!

  102. Catherine Loveless

    I just love Halloween cards! Your card is soooo….. cute and really not scary at all.

  103. Cheryl S

    Fun, fun, fun card with terrific coloring!

  104. Donna

    Super cute card!

  105. Merrill P

    That’s a lovely card

  106. Freida Kirkland

    Great card! 💕 I love the shading and spooky/fun vibes!

  107. Teresa Rogers

    Oh my so cute! Halloween is my favorite I almost want to send Halloween cards instead of Christmas ones!

  108. Mary Axtell

    So cute!

  109. Julie Bowersett

    Lovely card. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Lissette Long

    Fun Halloween card. Love the colors and layout.

  111. Shar Zar

    Pumpkins and a spider and a fun sentiment make a great card.

  112. Lauryne Cunningham

    What a fun and festive design! I love it!

  113. Tammy Hanson

    What a fun and silly card.

  114. Lara Read

    Super cute card! So Fun!

  115. Kit A

    What a fun and puny Halloween card! I think it’s great!

  116. Ann H

    Fun Halloween card!

  117. Laurie Black

    Adorable card!

  118. Sue D

    Very fun and perfect colors.


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