I really liked the spider accented wreath that I created on this card here. I love how the elements come together tightly to create a spooky image and showcase the versatility of the Cottage Wreaths bundle. The only thing that I changed about this wreath was to remove the stamped branches in the cluster near the bow. Of course, I also changed the color scheme of the card as well. This time I went with a monochromatic gray color scheme (perfectly suited to Halloween IMHO) with a pop of Parakeet Party instead of the classic Pumpkin Pie. I’ve seen Halloween prints over the years that include green and I like how this is a slightly different look for a classic Halloween theme. I was also happy to use some more of the gorgeous Gingham Cottage patterned paper; these patterns will work great for any occasion and I look forward to pulling it out some more over the coming months.

My inspiration for this card is this current sketch challenge on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog. I did see a couple of ideas that used the same bundle for the circle focal element. I think that we each took it in a slightly different direction and that also shows how cool this bundle is! Sometimes I will buy a bundle that is a “uni-tasker”; created for a single purpose/holiday, but I generally try to avoid it. I want my investment in a bundle to be something that I can use over and over again so that I get a lot out of my $$. When I saw this sketch I knew immediately that I wanted to use the Cottage Wreaths bundle so I could show it off again. This sketch will pair perfectly with this bundle for every season – I’m envisioning a fall-themed wreath for a Thanksgiving card AND a classic Christmas wreath for a Holiday card. Of course, you could change up the color scheme and have a Spring or Summer wreath for any occasion. I have a neighbor that hangs a different wreath on her front door every season. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas any more!

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