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Saturday, October 31, 2015


Happy Halloween!
This is our pet bat who lives outside our bathroom window... between the screen and the shade - we named him TinkerBat.  He is a Mexican Free-tailed Bat - considered the "jet" of bats - very fast flyers!  Wing span can be 12-14 inches and they live up to 18 years.  TinkerBat has been coming for 5 -6 years now, and only once brought a girlfriend home for a couple of weeks.  He leaves for Mexico, or other destinations South, about the 1st or 2nd week of Oct. - so he is gone by Halloween.  We start looking for him in early June.

In honor of TinkerBat I made this card for Halloween...

Here is my process:

  • I started with this incredible bat image - a rubber stamp from Stampendous - which I colored with Copics.  He was fussy cut and embossed from the back to round his body and wings.
  • On a black CS folded to an A2 size, I added the background paper with the edges inked with 'Milled Lavender' and 'Dusty Concord'  Distress Inks.
  • The ribbon, row of black houses, the sentiment and the background paper were all given to me by a friend - "left overs" from her Halloween cards.  I matted the circle sentiment with yellow and black mats, embossed all three layers to round them and mounted them on foam tape to simulate a moon.  The ribbon was laid down like a street for my houses - and I used the same YR Copic I used for the bat's eyes to create lights in some of the windows.
  • The last step was to mount the bat with 2 layers of foam tape under the wings and the body glued flat to the background.
  • The inside was completed with my favorite Halloween sentiment!
Here are a few more shots of TinkerBat before I close:

Finally, here are the CHALLENGES I am entering:
Pile it On #92 –Cute &/or Spooky
Crafting from the Heart #83 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Always
Papertake Weekly – Take Your Pick (Color Theme - Halloween)
As You Like It / Your Favorite... “Brights or Pastels?” [Brights!  Love the intensity and the pop off the page quality of brights!]
Paper Shelter – #225 – Halloween
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Inspiration Destination #57 – ATG
Stampotique Designers – SDC219 – Scary Confusion
Sweet Stampin' – Dies/Punches [ die - row of houses, punch - circle for the sentiment and mats]
Quirky Crafts #22 - 2015 – Halloween/ Autumn Colors
Clear It Out Halloween or Christmas / Stash: Die Cut Houses
Art by MiRan Challenge #44 – ATG

May you color with abandon!  ~ginny


  1. Hehe, that is awesome, you have a bat! Love your tribute card, bet Tinkerbat does too! That sentiment made me laugh out load! Thanks so much for joining in with our Diecuts & Punches fun this week at Sweet Stampin'. So glad you did! Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

  2. Well, you could say this card made you a little 'batty'! LOL! It is a wonderful card and I loved the 'bat' story. Thank you for joining us at THE PAPER SHELTER! Good luck and please join us again. It is a treat to see your lovely work!

  3. Wow tinker bat.. I would be so scared. we had a bat fly into our house one evening when we had the back door open.. well that scared me. . glad you have a friend in yours.. I love the paper pieced bat in your card and the city skyline. Great card and sure Tinker bat would be honored. Hugs.

  4. Oh, my goodness, so interesting about Tinkerbat! I love that he inspired you wonderful card! Thanks you so much for playing along with use at As You Like It Challenge! Brenda

  5. I love bats <3 <3 <3 Your card is awesome!
    Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    xx Arwen

  6. Wow! what a great card, love that Zentangle looking bat and the contrast is perfect against the patterned paper. TinkerBat is very impressive. We had a very, very small one that was hiding out for a while between our shutter and the outside wall, but he moved on. And he wasn't nearly as big as TinkerBat, he was more the size of a mouse. Great post for Halloween, hope yours was a good one!

  7. Great card, thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  8. What a nice bat, it looks so real. haha! Thanks for joining us this week at Stampotique.

  9. This is a great creation! Fabulous Bat! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

  10. What a fun and pretty card! Thank you for joining us at TTCRD this week!
    Kamila DT

  11. hey Ginny, ok, the bat is very, very your card is a fun spooky, I can handle that..lo...luv the bat on your card! I am thrilled you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  12. Oh how brilliant that you have a "pet" bat! I love them. I hope he made it across the border ok, and he comes back next year.
    I love your card too. Great work! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  13. Wicked project, like how you did the inside as well! Thank you for joining us at the stampotique designers challenge

  14. Such a great card and awesome bat - I love his name. LOL

    Your card is just perfect for our challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  15. Oh this looks so gorgeous! thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge! Hugs! Mojca

  16. Great project and inspiration! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Art By Mi Ran Challenge Blog.

  17. Awe so cute Ginny and perfect for Halloween. That bat is fabulous. Hugs

  18. Absolutely love your pet bat, so precious to have nature just outside your window. A wonderful city scape on your card and the zentangle bat is a wonderful touch.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  19. Oh wow, you are so lucky to have a bat come stay with you, I would love that! Not sure anyone else would lol.
    Thanks for entering with your Tinkerbat card, it is perfect for the Quirky challenge.
    Good luck,
    Cazzy x


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