A Halloween Boo for PPA269

This week’s sketch for the Pals Paper Arts is going to tug at the creative thinker in you – because you’ll have to get creative to make this sketch work.  I could only see this in my head when I sat down to create, but I LOVE the projects the other Design Team Members created with this sketch.  Yippee!  Here’s my fun Halloween card for PPA269:

Happy Scenes, Howl-o-ween Treat, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA269

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Spider Web Doilies.  I couldn’t step away from the Spider Web Doilies to create the half-circle on this project.  It worked out perfectly that I had a half-doily on my desk AND that there were five points on the doily that matched the sketch perfectly – could this sketch have been designed any better?  A little spider in the corner and a friendly “boo” (both from Happy Scenes stamp set) gave me the additional elements I needed to complete this project.
  • Added Texture and Color.  The doily is lovely, but it needed some additional layering to make it perfect for what I wanted here.  I added half circles (cut with Circles Collection Framelits and a 2″ Circle punch beneath the doily and little bubbles of purple from the Happy Scenes stamp set (it’s snow in the stamp set).  The added colors and textures help to round out the card.  When I was done, I needed something light and fun – that’s where this pumpkin from Howl-o-week Treats saved me – it adds a little whimsy to the card and offers a much-needed brightness.
  • Color Inspiration.  I used some traditional Halloween colors to create this fun card – Tangelo Twist and Basic Black are lightened up a bit with Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry.  I really like that the yellow pumpkin takes center stage on this busy design.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, Crushed Curry

Stamp Sets:  Howl-o-ween Treats, Happy Scenes  Papers:  Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist  Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Archival Basic Black, Crushed Curry  Accessories:  Boo to You Framelits, Spider Web Doilies, Regals Candy Dots, Circles Collection Framelits, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Pals Paper Arts to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  2. What a fantastic Halloween card, those spider web doilies are just the best!!! I love what you did with this fun PPA sketch right to the last perfectly place Candy Dot!!

  3. It’s a perfect interpretation of the sketch. Love it!

  4. I love your card
    welldone Brian

  5. It’s adorable. You’re always one to think outside the box! 🙂

  6. Very cute card, Brian. I love the little spider dangling on the top and great use of the doily.

  7. Great use of the doily to mirror the sketch (and the candy dots are even more clever)!

  8. Cute card and the spider is my favorite part!

  9. Way to work the sketch! It is a challenging one!

  10. Brian! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

  11. Gotta love those Spider Webs ! You did a fun card and used some cleverness to add details ! Super cute !

  12. Perfect use of this sketch

  13. Great interpretation of this sketch. Love the bubbles! So much attention to detail…..love it!

  14. Very cool…plain, simple and wonderful!

  15. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and boy, the kids would love to receive this card. How you managed to think of the doily when looking at the sketch is far more creative than I could ever be. Such a great card!

  16. Such a wonderful interpretation of this sketch! Brilliant.

  17. WOW…you really nailed this sketch!! Awesome creation…love the spider doily. x

  18. How serendipitous that the doily would have five points! It’s as if I planned it when I created this awfully challenging sketch. I adore your interpretation, not only for the doily, but for the way you used the spider and the sentiment for the corner elements. Bravo!

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