Friday, October 31, 2014

Tricks n' Treats

OK, this time I mean it...last Halloween post of the year. 
I wanted to make one last project with my Skeletons.  I wanted to make a spooky gift for my SIL.  She loves Halloween like I love Halloween.    The Perfect Candy Holder!
I've been thinking about this guy holding the "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from the Apothecary set for a couple weeks.

I inked it up and watercolor paper.

I Color Crackled the Pumpkin Parts.  It was a bone dry bottle.  So I added some water and poof it worked!

Here's a close up.

Some $1 Store bugs and a "happy Halloween" on the lid.

I used the Eileen Hull XL Square Box Die wrapped in the Kraft Resist Halloween Paper Stash.  Then I used some of my Distress Spray Stains.  BAM...color!  Then some Embossing Paste with the Halloween Stencil.

A bunch of bugs, leaves and flowers.

I Distress Spray Stain the inside of the box and stamped!

Fill with Candy!!!!!

I inked and distressed the Layered Leaf die and some Autumn Gatherings cuts.

This fun ATB is FULL of Tricks n' Treats!

Thanks everyone for taking one last look at my spooky goodies.  I promise, there is Christmas paper cut, stamps ready to ink and dies on the way!

I'll be playing in some spooky Challenges just before they wrap up for Halloween.  Be sure to check them out.  The Colored Crackle is for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #14.  The wonderful sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Compendium of Curiosities 3- Colored Crackle
Inspiration Journal- In Disguise
Sizzix- Halloween Challenge

Sizzix Dies Used
Eileen Hull- XL Square Box
Layered Leaf- Big
Autumn Gatherings- Decorative Strip
Pumpkin Parts- Big


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATB Halloween

Update: Colored Crackle addition.  Keep Scrolling
Last Halloween post... Yep, I'm pretty sure its the last.
 Firstly, this was supposed to be 2 projects. But as things evolved it became one.  I was doing my daily blog rounds and came across Shelly Hickox Halloween Crow ATB!  I loved this ATB and it reminded me of the Halloween Crow I made last year.  And I just happed to have a little crow. 
How the two became one?  I was working on both projects at the same time.  While something was drying on one project I would move the other.  I stacked the Eileen Hull ATB boxes on top of the platform and thought, yep, that works.

I cut the Gothic Boo using chipboard, inked with seedless preserves, crackled and then sprayed my seedless preserves distress spray stain. 

I cut 2 round chipboard circles, covered in paper and attached to the Headstone dies.  After a considerable amount of paint and water then drying on these Headstones they warped a bit causing a slight tilt to the right.

Enter this dangling guy!  I love using them!  They add to the story and now the tilt to the right is weighted down by my skeleton.  The problem now has a purpose.  The Halloween Shadow kids form the bottom layer.

I used the pumpkin parts to hide something.  Painted with rusty hinge, crackled and more rusty hinge stain.  The layered leaf is crackled with peeled paint and rusty hinge tips. 

I used 2 Eileen Hull dies for this project.  This set is the XL Blocks/Cubes, 3-D.  This die creates these 3 boxes.   

Isn't this the coolest Happy Halloween!  I recently won a Facebook Contest from Southern Ridge Trading Company.  A Canadian Company with awesome Chipboard and Baltic Birch Wood die cuts.

I wrapped a snowflake rosette for the collar and made a cone hat topper.  I added some tinsel twine for spooky bling.

The witch on her broom is another Southern Ridge Trading Company die cut I inked and coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


I wanted to make sure that I had the correct technique for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge "Colored Crackle"!  I do have crackle going on but sometimes it can be subtle between the 2 techniques.  So I have whipped up a couple die cuts for this and my Halloween Town  to be true to the techniques. 

I used my distress stain sprays to watercolor the Mini Blueprints #5.  Then more crackle paint.

These Mirrored Stars are inked in Honeycomb alcohol inks. 

I cut a clear acetate XL Square Box, crackled it and inked with more Honeycomb alcohol inks.  Inside is a trapped skeleton trying to get out.  His one boney hand protrudes out.

His buddy is scaling the Iron Gate fence to rescue him.

I broke his bones to create movement then glued his wrists to the iron gate. 

The Pumpkin Parts hides the last box keeping the skeleton jailed.  But there's a Tiny Tabs "HELP" Tag attached to a toothpick with a pumpkin topper.  It gives away his location. 

These Headstone cuts provide the structure to it all.  Each one with it's own cut out in the center. 

Each cut out is different and the acetate is crackled then stained.  Each Headstone has a painted word band creating a heavy metal embellishment.

I painted each Headstone with black soot and ripe persimmon.  Then I coated with crackle paint and more rusty hinge stain.

I hot glued one side of the triple structure so I could tip it and add a battery tea light.  This base is a great luminary with a creepy glow.

This project is oozing all things Halloween.  Full of color, crackle and a couple of silly Skeletons.

OK, I think this is the last of my Spookfest for this year.  I have a few skeletons left but I'll keep them hidden for awhile.  I'm waiting on a bunch of Christmas goodies.  So while my package tours the Eastern Seaboard I'm thinking up cheery holiday thoughts.  Did you miss my Halloween Town?  Click HERE if you did.

Check out these awesome challenges and play along.  Another entry for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 with all the crackle and stain!  Please check out this great challenge blog.  It's so fun and the sponsor this round is the awesome The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 A Vintage Journey- To Die For
Eileen Hull- Tricks and Treats
Inspiration Journal- In Disguise
Sizzix- Halloween Challenge

Sizzix Dies Used

Eileen Hull XL Die - XL Blocks/Cubes, 3-D
Eileen Hull- XL Square Box
Headstone- Movers and Shapers
Mini 31- Movers and Shapers
Mini Owl- Movers and Shapers
Mini Spider- Movers and Shapers
Pumpkin Parts- Big
Layered Leaf- Big
Tattered Leaves- Big
Tiny Tabs- Big
Halloween Shadows- Decorative Strip
Snowflake Rosette- Decorative Strip
Iron Gate- Decorative Strip

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Welcome

A couple weeks ago I got an email asking if I would consider being on the Frilly and Funkie DT!  My answer... YES!!!!  Every crafters dream is to be asked!  I have a handful of Blogs I love to stalk and Frilly and Funkie is one of them.  I am honored to craft with this uber talented team.
The challenge is A Thanksgiving Welcome.  Now, in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving a few weeks ago but I am all about extending this holiday!  More stuffing please.  For my first project with the DT I created this 3D Luminary.  A few of these lined up on the table would be so pretty!
The 3D Luminary can be a tricky die to play with.  But once you get folding the end result is stunning.  I couldn't imagine not having this die in my collection.

I have to say the Layered Leaf die is at the top of my list for all time favorite dies.  This die comes with a texture fade folder really making this cut fantastic.  I cut with water color paper, inked with distress inks peeled paint, mustard seed and rusty hinge.  Then I blended the inks with my water color pen.

I cut the 3D Luminary with regular cream card stock and again I cut with Glassine.  I glued the glassine to the card stock and stamped the script stamp from the Apothecary set in Black Archival.

I have a bunch of tattered pinecone flowers pre-made and stored in a jar.  I inked up the binding ribbon with peeled paint and rusty hinge stain.  Then made a big messy bow and hot glued the flower into place.

This is my pumpkin tucked into some Spanish moss.  But I made it.  In the spring the $1 Store had these purple flowers that look like little rustic pumpkins.  I inked them up with rusty hinge distress paint and now they look like pumpkins.

For the cracked glass I cut pieces of clear packaging, stamped my mini blue prints with the black archival.  To get the crackle to work you brush a thin layer of modge podge glue, dry then layer the clear rock candy crackle paint.  Once dry ink with the honeycomb alcohol ink.

How adorable would these be as place settings.  You could write the guests name on the leaf! 

These Luminary's are stunning.  Please be sure to use a battery operated tea light. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I am really excited to be on this team and thank you to Frilly and Funkie for having me. 
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