Hey, Pumpkin

I'll love you 'til the end of vine.


Claire Keay Pumpkin Costume Halloween


One of my all-time favorite stamp illustrators, Claire Keay, just released two new stamp sets for October, and, yes, I HAD to get my hands on this one. Well, you know, it was destiny formed more than 20 years ago.



I'm not much of a seamstress but I did try my hand at making the kids' Halloween costumes because, well, imperfections just gave them more character. They were Peter Pan (complete with fairy dust glitter), a Lady Bug and Ballerina, and then there was the year I made all four of us M&M's.

Baby Ben was just two years old when I sewed my first costume and it never occurred to me he would NOT want to go Trick-or-Treating. Oh my. I was floored, and not just because my costume masterpiece would go unused, but because of all that candy I, oops, he would miss. After much humiliating begging and grovelling, Baby Ben agreed to try at least one door. He quickly grasped the concept of costume = candy. Smart, that kid!

Pumpkin-adorned Ben made it half way around the block with a respectfully filled bucket when one of our neighbors got into the spirit of Halloween and answered the door with a "Boo!" Well, one "Boo!" sent Baby Ben into a tizzy and we had to run all the way home. This has to be one of the most under-utilized costumes of, at least McClain family lore.


Claire Keay Pumpkin Boy


I've been a huge fan of Claire Keay every since I ran across her stamps at My Favorite Things. Oh dear, they're just so adorable. Great news – Claire just opened up a new on-line store of digital stamps called Jellypark and, if that doesn't start your engines, she's also started a new Jellypark Friends Challenge Blog with a fabulous design team headed up by Jennifer Scull. I'm crazy excited that Jennifer asked me to be their guest. I can't wait to see what's next from Claire and her friends.


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe


Oh my goodness, gracious gravy with pumpkin pie! The entries for our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #23 are just amazing. It's not too late for you to join in. I played by including Jane's and Kristi's fall colors, polka dots, Copic markers, thread, buttons, pearl brads, seam binding, twine, die cuts, tags, and by paper piecing, sewing, and making a bow bouquet. I also used Kristi's crepe paper idea by using Dollar store crepe paper I tea stained to match my paper. Shew!

The Catered Crop FTR23 recipe also includes the ingredient to "make us laugh." You know I can't pass up an opportunity for some bad Pun(kin)s.

A man was arrested for carving up 100 pumpkins. He must have been out of his gourd or going through a rough patch. The District Attorney squashed the motion to dismiss and the accused faced jail or a hefty vine. Orange you glad this seedy character is off the streets? That's the scoop.


Hee Hee – I warned you. Here's the rest of the recipe.





The Jellypark gang is hosting a Costume challenge this week and also playing along with the Pile-it-On By Happy challenge. So, in honor of that, here are a few challenges I piled on for this card:


Have fun . . . and I'll see you soon at the Catered Crop Quickfire.


Sweet Comments

  1. This is so gorgeous Linda!! Love it!!

  2. lol…ahhh..yes I do remember those days! lol ADORABLE card! I too made the costumes every year only for my one dd to fall off almost every porch she went on!

  3. Wow fantastic card, lovely image and fab papers, thanks for sharing it with us at ATSC, hugs Liz xx

  4. Linda,your card is absolutely adorable!Such a cute image and fab details!
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC,hope to see you again!

  5. D Bennett says:

    Really lovely card, the decoupage is fab and the colours are adorable.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week, good luck. Debbiexx

  6. I can see why you had to have this stamp, it’s gorgeous. And I love your story/history of costume making, lol. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx

  7. What a fantastic card, Linda! I love the colours you have chosen – just a bit different from the usual – and the paper piecing works so well. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin’ this week. Tracey x

  8. I am tickled as can be that you are joining us as a guest over at Jellypark! you have such a gorgeous, unique take on your crafting that is such an inspiration! I love everything you make! :) so happy you are a part of the team, for however long you can be a part!

  9. Wow what a fab Halloween card! Love the image and your papers! Thanks for playing at Here Come The Boys! Woo & Teresa xx

  10. Beautiful card! this Jelly Park image is so cute. Love the 3D outfit(cool), nice colors and embellish. TFS with us at 2SC.
    Zulma DT

  11. Fabulous card! I love the colors and the paper piecing!

  12. Love your card! SO cute! Sweet pic too!

  13. Just popping by to say Hi Linda & I’m looking forward to working with you at Jellypark :) Your blog is fab & your creations are so inspirational.
    I love the photo & you did a great with the pumpkin costume :)

  14. xxxtglxxx says:

    lol – this is such a fun card and great layered image!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



  15. Great card – thankyou for sharing with us at sweetstampin! – xxKozmikxx

  16. Oh what a fabulous card, love your design here and the image is fab, thanks for joining us at Here Come the Boys, Karenx

  17. Love your story, and your card is adorable!!!

  18. How cute is this?? Love the CK images too so this really caught my eye.

  19. Suzie McFloozy says:

    So pleased you are joining us at Jellypark – how V exciting x
    And thanks for entering this stunning card into the challenge at stampin’ for the weekend too x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo