Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Another Halloween Hello and a witches broomstick treat

I love Stampin' Up's Timeless Talk stamp set for its beautiful vintage images but the thing that made me want it most of all was the speech bubble! The size and shape are perfect and the possibilities are endless. It makes the skull from Halloween Hello in today's cards REALLY say hello for instance! Come and see:

How can a skull be cute for goodness sake?! I have no idea, but it sort of just is! And have you spotted the witches broom in the front? There seem to be a lot of sugar-crazed tots around at halloween so here's an idea for an alternative, non-sweet treat for someone smallish.

It's inexpensive and so simple to make: take a length of black card stock; snip it into a fringe; roll it tightly around a black pencil and secure with sticky strip; decorate with striped designer paper and a topper. The striped and spidey papers I used are from the Witches Brew pack and you could make loads of these out of it.

Here's a close up of the cards:

A Summer Starfruit card base contrasts nicely with the black panel. The skull has been heat embossed with white embossing powder and has been given googly eyes!

I've stamped one of the sentiments from the Halloween Hello set in the speech bubble but you could make the skull say whatever you like. Scary or rude, it's up to you!

This skull seems to have a more feminine feel... perhaps it's the rhinestone eyes?!

I do love the stripes on the designer paper and if sweets were going to make an appearance, I'd probably go with liquorice all-sorts which would coordinate beautifully!

Here's what you'll need to make these projects
Stamps: Halloween Hello, Timeless Talk
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie classic inks, black stazon
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Summer Starfruit
Other: Witches Brew designer paper, Corner rounder, versamark, white embossing powder, heat tool, googly eyes (from stash), Basic rhinestones, 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches for pencil topper, stamp-a-majig

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My boys would have loved the pencil broomstick treats for playing quidditch with. They were both Harry Potter mad and once spent the best part of the holidays lovingly making a quidditch pitch out of lego and toilet rolls. They both had such imaginations but I do remember the yearning in their eyes when they tried to come up with a way of making the snitch - one that actually flew!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Oh these are just brilliant! Love the googly eyes and the rhinestone ones too! Great work!

  2. I love your halloween creations - googly eyes and broomsticks! You certainly have good imagination - must take after your boys (LOL) , or should that be the other way around? Helen

  3. Fabulous Vicky! You are right,those skulls are pretty cute-in a kind of spookily strange way LOL(it's the googly eyes I think,they just can't look too scary with googly eyes!)The pencil idea is great-very effective!
    Have a great day,Nessaxx

  4. Fab Halloween cards Vicky and the broomstick is such fun!
    Val x

  5. Vicky, your cards are stunning and I love the striped paper. Those googly eyes on the skull are brilliant.

  6. Absolutely wonderful, just the right level too Vicky, spooky but not frightening :D Love them both :D Gay xx

  7. Cool Halloween cards! I love these ones, and the broomstick - very funky! x x

  8. I do love the pencil broomstick and that skull looks like the sort in the cartoons when his eyes follow you round the room :0)
    These are great trick or treat gifts.


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