Eat, Drink and be Scary for the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop

I’m excited to be a part of today’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. Paper Adventures is Kelly Kent’s Stampin’ Up! team in Australia – and this month they are sharing projects with a “Trick or Treat” theme. What fun! Australians don’t “do” Halloween like we do in The United States, so I feel a lot of pressure to represent Halloween well.

My Halloween-themed project features the bundle that I named my Favorite Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog – the Cup of Christmas Bundle. With an image from the Wonderfully Wicked stamp set and a sentiment from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set, I had what I needed for a fun Halloween project.

Here’s my card for the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop:

Cup of Christmas Bundle, Spooktacular Bash, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Halloween card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Unexpected for Halloween. If you had to name a stamp set that was perfect for Halloween, there’s little chance you’d call it Cup of Christmas. Still, it’s the Cup of Christmas stamp set (and coordinating Cup of Cheer Dies) that I used to make this oh-so-spooky set of festive mugs. Here’s a look at the Cup of Christmas Bundle:Cup of Christmas Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 153025I stamped the outline image with black ink on Mango Melody cardstock and cropped it with the coordinating mug die to create the mug on the right. To build the mug on the left, I stamped the polka dot mug with black ink on Mango Melody cardstock and cropped it with the other mug die. Here’s what’s REALLY COOL: The polka dot mug stamp and striped mug stamp are reversible, so they can be used to make a mug with a handle on the right or a mug with a handle on the left. I love the versatility of the reversibility. ♥
  • Big Spider. It’s not a spooky mug without a big spider! After I cropped out the mug on the right, I added a spider from Wickedly Wonderful stamp set – there’s such a great collection of scary animals (with artistic flair) in this set – a spider, a cat and a bat. Here’s a closer look at my scary spider mug:Cup of Christmas Bundle, Spooktacular Bash, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Halloween cardAnd here’s a look at the Wonderfully Wicked Bundle:Wonderfully Wicked Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153041There’s no more perfect sentiment for a pair of Halloween mugs than “Eat, drink and be Scary.” That’s where the Spooktacular Bash came in handy: Spooktacular Bash Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153040
  • Classic Halloween Color Combination. Most Halloween projects pull in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black. My Mugs and card base are a brighter, friendlier version of orange – Mango Melody. I added a fun panel of Gorgeous Grape behind the cups that’s cropped from the Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper – the stitched design almost looks like a spider web in the background, don’t you think? If you like this mix of Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Basic Black, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black

Bundles: Cup of Christmas  Stamp Sets: Cup of Christmas, Wonderfully Wicked, Spooktacular Bash  Papers: Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Gorgeous Grape), Mango Melody, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories: Cup of Cheer Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Next on the hop is Kelly Kent. I hope you’ll pop over to the next person on the list and make your way through the Paper Adventures Blog Hop for lots of fun Halloween inspiration:

Here’s a full list of all of the participants in the hop:

Brian King (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Lisa Whitehead
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Mandy Depiazzi 

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  1. This fun card will definitely bring a smile to the recipient’s face, Brian. Great job!

  2. This card is so stinkin’ cute. Love the vibrant color. The spider on the mug is brilliant.

  3. Cheers to a marvelous way to use those cute mugs for Halloween.

  4. Better the spider on the mug than in the mug. Too much fun!

  5. Great layout and perfect use of these mugs!

  6. Thank you so much for joining us Brian! Your project is totally fabulous – I love that you’ve used a Christmas set to create the perfect Halloween card. You’ve got skills!!! Kelly x

  7. I love this color combination. And the spider is perfect too!

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I’m a fan of bright colors every once in a while. So glad you like the card – the spider is kind of pretty here (although still kind of spidery). ā™„

  8. As Kelly said, YOU’VE GOT SKILLS! I can almost see some witch’s brew steaming up from those adorable mugs. Great card!

  9. Some can multi-task, but you sure can multi-purpose, Brian! Great card!

  10. Fabulous card today Brian – I love the bright colors. It’s always fun to make Halloween cards but I never thought of using a Christmas based stamp set to make them. You ARE a genius.

    • Hardly a genius, Grace, but thank you so much! I really had fun with this mug and was THRILLED when I realized we had a coordinating “drink” sentiment to coordinate. So glad you like it, Grace. Welcome back, my friend!

  11. Yikes!!! that HUGE spider looks amazing crawling on that cup, I hope it doesn’t jump in the mug containing the warm chocolate and marshmallows, LOL!!
    Love the color combinations, very Halloweeny indeed.

  12. Brian, this is spooktacular! I love how it is a brighter than usual Halloween colour combination. I love how you’ve put three different sets together but the end product works so perfectly it’s like they were always meant to be one! Thank you so much again for being our honorary teamie this month, this is a fabulous project you’ve created and shared with us. šŸ™‚ Siobhan.

  13. Thanks so much for hopping with us Brian-love to see how our supplies can multi-task and Iā€™m thinking of so many uses for this cup set now based on your inspiration!

    • šŸ™‚ Thanks, Lisa! I was so happy to hop with your team – what a great collection of fun projects. So happy you like my project – I love versatility with stamp sets, too. ā™„

  14. There is so much to love about this card! I’m definitely CASeing this layout. The colour combo is perfect for Hallowe’en and I’ve added the cup set to my next order šŸ˜€ Thanks for being part of the Paper Adventures blog hop this month Brian!

    • Thank you so much, Narelle! I’m so glad you like the card – it was a fun one to make. I’m grateful I was included in your team’s blog hop – what fun! ā™„

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