Monday, 30 September 2013

TTPH - Halloween challenge with Simply Betty Stamps

Hello all, and welcome to another Team B challenge with Through the Purple Haze Challenge Blog. 

This weeks theme is Halloween and is sponsored by Simple Betty Stamps. 

As Halloween isn't much of a big thing in the UK and definitely isn't celebrated here as much as in the US, I thought this challenge would be quite a difficult one. 
I love Halloween colours - oranges, purples and greens, even venturing to yellow and black. 
My crafting imagination suddenly left town when I asked it about Halloween embellishments! 

I had a nosy around for some form of Halloween-y decorations and was told by a staff member in one store, that it was too early to stock Halloween items as it was only the third week in September. I thought well, maybe, but then queried the fact he was casually putting the Christmas puddings in straight lines!!!???!!! 

I chose the Witchy Wednesday Digi to work with from the Simply Betty Stamps Store

First of all I coloured in the image using ProMarkers. I decided early on I wanted Witchy Wednesday to have flame orange hair so started with the skin and hair.

I continued with the outfit and chose a colour palette of purples and lime green. 

I decided the cat obviously had to black. I coloured in his eyes and 'coloured' in the rest of him with a clear embossing pen. I triple heat embossed him using 'Heat it Up' Black embossing powder.

I heated him from the top to create some texture with the embossing powder.

Then came the embellishments.... As I had to be a bit imaginative... I drew a rough (as the are in nature) spider web from white card and cut it out. I inked it with orange ink then randomly dabbed areas with clear embossing ink and sprinkled areas with the black embossing powder and heat embossed it.

I wrapped thin white cotton thread around the 'web' in different directions, occasionally tying knots as I went and leaving some threads to hang. I also wrapped some around the sentiment and around the Witch's hat.

I wanted to have a more 'quirky' sentiment than just Happy Halloween so wrote free-hand the words 'Have A Witchin' Halloween' and then again, heat embossed it with the black powder and inked the background with the orange ink. 

I matted and layered purple, orange and black card on to an 8 X 8 card blank and chose an orange paper with a white motif pattern as my main background. I mounted the sentiment on to black card. 

I adhered all the elements on to the background using foam pads and sat the cat on top of the sentiment acting as a ledge. 


* ProMarkers - 
Skin - ivory, satin, blush.
Eyes - lavender, lilac.
Lips - bright orange.
Hair - bright orange, honeycomb.
Outfit - lavender, lilac, amethyst, pear green, lime green.
Broom - cinnamon, caramel.
Cats eyes - apple.
* 'Heat It Up!' embossing powder - black.
* Zig clear embossing pen.
* 'Ink It Up' ink - clear, pumpkin.
* White cotton thread.
* Selection of card and paper.
* Foam pads.
* Adhesive.

I think this creation is one of my favourites because I love the image and had to think outside the box when it came to the embellishments. And to be honest, I don't think I've ever made a Halloween card!

I know one thing is for sure - when Halloween does come around I will defo be stocking up on embellishments!!!

Thanks for looking, please leave me a comment - I love hearing your thoughts.

Toodles for now. Lisa x


  1. Love love love it....and the web lol well thought out....a lovely card indeed...well done..


  2. Hi Lisa! What a great card! And Oh, my!! I love all the thread you used on your big spider web! Just love it!!! The colors are great too!


  3. what a fantastic creation, love it x

  4. This is super , Love all the detail . Hugs Caroline xx

  5. Lisa such a lovely card and i love the web and how you glittered the the cat...great colouring
    Anita x

  6. Amazing card, love the colours, and the cat, and the spiders web is brilliant :o) xx

  7. Thank you Anne, thats very kind xx