Hello Everyone – It’s time for another challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.  The winner and top three from our last challenge have already been posted, so pop over to see if it was you.

As it’s the Spooky month we’d like to see all your lovely Halloween projects, or if you’re not into Halloween, then just make something that includes the traditional Halloween colours of orange, purple and black.

We’re sponsored this month by the wonderful Di’s Digi’s who are offering a generous $10 to spend in their fantastic store.

And for my project I went with a Halloween card as I have a new Penny Black stamp that I wanted to use called Pumpkin Soup.

I started by punching a circle to act as a mask for the moon and then used Distress Inks to create the background.  The witch is from a clear set  by Inkadinkado and was stamped with ColorBox Wicked Black (appropriately enough!).  I then mixed some Shabby White Frantage with some Black DIamond sparkly embossing powder and heat set if from beneath.   The two little pieces of DP are both digital, they were torn and edged in DI Black Soot.  The spider is from the same Inkadinkado set and it was embossed with more of the Black Diamond EP.

The little bats are a Memory Box die.  The scrap created by this die would make a fantastic bat stencil too, I was going to use it on the moon, but decided to put the witch there instead.  The text says Boo!, not Baa!!!  They’re individual rub on letters from American Crafts…. and anyone spotted the deliberate mistake??  Yes, my exclamation point is upside down, lol!  I coloured my image with Prisma pencils, adding some Stickles to the hat and pumpkin.  He’s popped up on foam tape for a little dimension.  I do wish I’d stamped him on the card first, then I could have missed off his whiskers when cutting him out.  He looks like he’s sporting a set of wings with that white card sticking out from each side!  The final touch was a bit of black and white bakers twine.  I had a lot of fun making this but I would definitely do one or two things differently if I did it again.

Please pop over to the main Sparkles blog to see how my talented teamies interpreted this theme.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White
  • DP: Digital download from Raspberry Road
  • Stamp: Inkadinkado All Hallows Eve ~ Penny Black Pumpkin Soup
  • Ink: ColorBox Wicked Black ~ Distress Ink Dried Marigold,  Spiced Marmalade, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord & Black Soot
  • Embellies: Stampendous Shabby White Frantage embossing powder ~ Judikins Black Diamond embossing powder ~ The Ribbon Girl bakers twine ~ Stickles Starry Night and Fruit Punch ~ American Crafts Rub Ons
  • Tools: Heat gun ~ Memory Box die A Bunch of Bats ~ Marvy Uchida Circle punch



Penny Black Saturday Challenge ~ Spooky

Penny Black & More At Allsorts ~ Anything Goes (Third and final entry)

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (the stamping card, both pieces of DP and the bakers twine)

Crafty Calendar Challenge ~ Halloween

Sweet Stampin’ ~ Halloween

Polkadoodles ~ Halloween

Moving Along With The Times ~ Spooktastic Times

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Use A Clear or Rubber Stamp

Stamp and Create ~ Fall or Halloween

Papertake Weekly ~ Happy Halloween Hues

Stampendous Challenge ~ Halloween (I used Stampendous Frantage EP)