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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Halloween in July??




Halloween in July??


You’ve heard of Christmas in July, well what about Halloween? We love Halloween and have already been talking about what we need to do to get ready for this year. I guess that it what made me think of my Halloween stamps for this month’s Papertrey Ink blog hop.


The PTI challenge was to focus on text and use it any way we wanted in a project. The first thing that came to mind was to create a fun text background using my PTI Halloween sets Spooky Sweets and Spooky Sweets II. So here we go!



I love the funky pattern on this first card. Look real close to see how I created this retro looking background. It’s one of the bat stamps from Spooky Sweets! I stamped the bats in a row across a sheet of Guidelines Two cardstock and then turned the bat upside down and stamped it directly underneath the other bat. The result was this really cool pattern. In between the X created by the bats I used the Boo! stamp from the same set. I kept the layout very simple so the focus would be on my background. Just a simple band of orange suede ribbon topped with a scallop circle and a little bat and sentiment on Ripe Avocado cardstock.


Backgrounds for the next two cards were also stamped on Guidelines Two cardstock. I can see that I am going to need more of this cardstock! ;) The cards are basically the same but with a few slightly different embellishments. I started my background by stamping one of the decorative ring stamps from Guidelines Two around the circles. Then I stamped the little spider from Spooky Sweets in the negative space between the circles and alternated sentiments inside the circles. Again I tried to keep the focus on the text since that was the theme for the Blog Hop. :) I cut out the text background using Nestabilities Labels 2 and then added another layer with Smoky Shadow cardstock. In the first sample I edged the panels with silver pen and added black glitter to the little spiders. For the embellishment I stamped the larger spider on PTI white cardstock and added Doodlebug crushed velvet in black. IRL it is so cool looking and fun to touch, unlike real spiders which give me the willies! Why do I like making Halloween cards with spiders when I’m terrified of them? I’m sure Freud would have had something interesting to say about that but I digress. I finished it off by using some thin silver cord as the spider’s web string. I got a little messy with the silver pen. Note to self: Add silver pen BEFORE you glue down the layers. If I had it to do over again I would probably leave that part out.


The second card is just like the first without the silver pen and using some lovely polka- dot ribbon and a big Summer Sunrise button. And I’ve included a shot of the inside of the cards too.



Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you all came up with.

Happy Halloween 3 months early!

Kim




Supply lists (All supplies by PTI unless otherwise noted):


Card #1: Stamps: Spooky Sweets, Spooky Sweets II (inside). Cardstock: Guidelines II, Smoky Shadow, Ripe Avocado. Ink: Palette Noir, SU! Pumpkin Pie. Accessories: Suede ribbon (stash), circle punches by SU!.


Card #2: Stamps: Guidelines II, Spooky Sweets, Spooky Sweets II (inside). Cardstock: PTI White, Guidelines II, Smoky Shadow, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Heidi Grace dp. Ink: Palette Noir, SU! Pumpkin Pie. Accessories: Doodlebug glitter and crushed velvet, Silver Cord (stash), silver pen (Prismacolor), circle punches by SU!


Card #3: Stamps: Guidelines II, Spooky Sweets, Spooky Sweets II (inside). Cardstock: PTI White, Guidelines II, Smoky Shadow, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Heidi Grace dp. Ink: Palette Noir, SU! Pumpkin Pie. Accessories: Swiss dot ribbon, Summer Sunrise button, black twine (stash).


ETA: Fixed some spelling errors and put in the title of my post. Geesh, I always forget to do something when I'm prepping for Blog Hop! :)

39 comments:

Rosanne said...

These are great!

Regan said...

OMG I'm in awe...love these...very cleaver!

Stampin' Pam said...

Very fun cards and super cute way to use the text. Love them - also loved your GSS entry below -(yes I scroll blogs when I am blog hopping!)

TFS.

Heidi said...

Very cute cards! Glad I'm not the only one playing with Halloween stamps in July :0)

Tenia Nelson said...

Love these cards!!!!

Catherine said...

Happy Halloween! :0) I love them!

IamDerby said...

Very cute! Puts me in the mood for candy

Karli said...

Woo hoo! Halloween! Such fun cards :)

Donelda said...

great mix of sets!! I love halloween cards but never send them to anyone so I force myself to not buy halloween stamps....but then I see great inspraiton like this and desperately want to buy some... sheesh :-)

Jamie said...

These are wonderful!

raduse said...

Awesome!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Very cute card! TFS

Chrissy said...

love your backgrounds!

Chris said...

these are too cute!!

Daniela said...

Love the idea!

peggysue said...

Very cool, those spiders, wow!

Dana said...

How cool's that? This bat stamp makes a super background pattern. Very fun card!!

Kacey Elliott said...

Oh how fun!!! Congrats on knocking out some Halloween cards early :) I never get anything done early. Great cards!

Katie Renz said...

Love your background stamping! Great job!

Marge said...

WOWsers, your first bg is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! So creative!!!

Karen said...

Well, I've been hopping through Christmas in July blogs throughout the day, so seeing some Halloween in July is delightful! :> I love the first card and the graphic bats & boo! All of them are fantastic and a totally different take on the hop! :>

Bonnie said...

So sweet and scary! I'm still getting over last Christmas.....lol!

Terri said...

Nice job on both of them. I especially like the first one though. Very cleaver.

Janelle said...

Wow, your stamped backgrounds are amazing. Very creative!

Michelle said...

Ha! - - not a card I expected to see -- but they are so fuN!

Susan aka "Crunchy" said...

Wow!! What great cards!! If I didn't read your description I would never have known that first one was bats, not just a pattern. SO creative!!

scrapmin said...

Fun cards! You are really ahead of the game having Halloween cards done already - I'm impressed!
Mindy

Cheryl said...

So creative! I never would've guessed those were the bats!

BethieJ said...

OH both are soooo CUTE!!! I LOVE fall.. and Halloween... great job!

Jennifer Lubbock said...

Great idea with the bat stamp! I really like all 3 cards.

Lori said...

What great Halloween cards! Love how you used the bat image in the first one.

victoriahassink said...

I love the background paper you made with Spooky Sweets!

Gwen said...

Great cards! Thanks for the halloween inspiration!! Guess we do need to start thinking about that alrady!

Babies- Beth said...

So nice to see your Halloween cards! You gave me lots of ideas!!

Rose said...

LOVE these cards !!!

travelingmama said...

when Halloween looks like this- yes!! Love these!! Best wishes from Morocco!

Amy said...

I love the way you've created your own Halloween DP--very cute cards!

Terri E. said...

Good for you Halloween in July! What fun cards. Super fun and fresh use of text.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Kay said...

Great use of the stamp sets- I especially love the 2nd card, it just rocks!