Quick Halloween Card Idea from Guest Artist- Pam!

I have a tendancy to overthink my projects and card designs.  Even when I’m CASE’ing a card, I often find myself trying to mix it up a bit and tweak it and what should be a quick card turns into much much longer.  Usually it is a fun journey, but sometimes you just need a quick idea, and I love this one that one of my Fun n’ Crafty team members shared with me recently for our monthly card swap:

card designed by Pamela Wu

Pam is a super fun and happy person and that fun always seems to translate into her cards.  I love the quick and easy idea for using up scraps of your favorite patterned papers (in this case, last year’s Frightful Sight designer paper) and mixing it with cute stamps (the bat from Googly Ghouls).

But don’t the Googly Eyes make the card??!

Seriously, they crack me up everytime I look at this card. Love it!

So, thank you, Pam, for the great idea!  I can’t wait to try it out for other seasons as well.  I think I’ll have to dig through my scrap pile and see what I can come up with… and what stamps I have for those awesome googly eyes!  I’m taking suggestions if anyone has found some good stamps for this challenge. 🙂

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A Holiday Card from Halloween Paper?

So, after making a couple cards recently using the Frightful Sight designer paper , I decided to challenge myself to make a card that had absolutely nothing to do with Halloween using this paper pack.  So, how about a holiday card?

The black paper with green dots is the backside of the crazy pattern that I call "eyes” and the big colored dots are the backside of the green spider pattern paper.  But when paired with different cardstock, stamps, and embellishments, you would never know they were in a Halloween set!  (If you are curious to see the spider side and the black paper in action on a Halloween card, check out my facebook page where I posted a card with them this year).

I paired the designer paper with a matting of Old Olive cardstock, and put all that on a base of Cherry Cobbler.  Add some seam binding ribbon and then my stamped sentiment.  Some of the fun things I did with this card is I distressed the edges of my Whisper White cardstock in the center of the card using my scissors and then sponged the edge of the smaller piece with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The ornaments were stamped after I had “stamped-off” twice (where I inked up the image and them stamped twice on scratch paper before stamping “for real” on my paper.  This gave me a light enough image that I could stamp over the ornaments with Basic Black ink and have it be readable.

So, what do you think?  Think it works?

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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Tree Trimmings, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cherry Cobbler classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Old Olive cs, Whisper White cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Happy Halloween To You

Well, the calendar says it’s October 31st and so that means it is officially Halloween!  And so whether today holds parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, or just hanging out at home; I wanted to wish you a happy and safe Halloween!

For today’s card, I wanted to get some good time in with this Frightful Sight designer series paper.  See, this is one of those paper packs that I thought was super cute and just my style for Halloween – and then I let it sit on my shelf for months!  Can anyone relate to that?  (Please, someone say yes!)

Anyway, I realized that Halloween was almost here and so I grabbed my paper and started playing around.  The basic layout of this card was from a sketch my mom shared with me years ago but I think it still holds up.  I sponged the edges of just about everything with Basic Grey ink to help give it a dirty/spooky feel and I especially love how it turned out on the cat.  The pumpkin was made by taking a 1” circle punch and punching out two circles.  I trimmed one down into an oval and then cut the second in half to glue behind the first “circle”.  I finished it off with some scrap Always Artichoke cardstock to make the stem.  Pop a few pieces up on dimensionals and add a Basic Grey corduroy button (currently available for a steal on the clearance rack) and there you go!

So from our house to yours:

Have a Spooky, Fun, and Happy Halloween!


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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Basic Grey, Basic Black marker
Paper: Cajun Craze cardstock, Basic Grey cs, Whisper White cs,  Always Artichoke cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories:  1” circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Basic Grey corduroy buttons, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals