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Halloween Hat box

Wishing all my Canadian Peeps a Happy Thanksgiving!
If you're new to my blog Welcome!  I am so excited to be a Guest Designer over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!  I wanted to share with you a Halloween project I made last Fall, Halloween Hat Box.  Why so long to post?  Well I really wanted to try being published.  So, I waited and submitted my entry to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and I was accepted.  This project is in the current Fall issue!
My inspiration came from the $1 Store where I found the round box (reminding me of a hat box), the skull (which was a pirate) and the wee hat!
I ripped the straw hair off and added a little black soot distress ink to the skull.
There was a bloody skeletal hand here.  I replaced it with some ghoulish accents.
I needed something for the head.  So I attached an ornate frame. 
A 31 is always a good thing.
My favorite part of the whole project.  The Thinker!
I stacked an assortment of pumpkins for him to sit and ponder.
I cracked his bones and reposed him into the famous sculpture.
I used paper stash Laboratorie to wrap this pink box.  Adding a variety of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies.
I filled this little jar with poison then mounted it in a corked dome.  Adding little ants and skulls helps create to haunt.
The Thinker is broken and reattached with hot glue.  I love positioning my guys!
My first time being published, Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.
Thank you Craft Hoarders Anonymous for hosting me this month. 
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Challenges I'm playing in.
Sizzix Halloween Challenge. 
A Vintage Journey- Heavy Metal
Dies used, Halloween Shadows, Iron Gate, Tapered Fringe, Gothic Boo
Stay tuned...Tutorials are coming
Thanks for stopping by!  

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  1. What a fabulous project! I love The Thinker!!!

    1. I love him too! Weird how we end up where we do. Snapping bones to make skeletons pose ;)

  2. Congrats on the publishing. You are amazing! I love this piece and may have to borrow the idea myself :) New follower and guest designed for Gloria this month too.


    1. Welcome Paula! Let me know if you borrow any ideas. I want to see :)

  3. I was thrilled to have you as a guest this month at Craft Hoarders because I knew you'd share something "off the hook"! I am still giggling over the thinker skeleton! That is genius! You are hoot. And congrats on the pub!!! It is always a pleasure to see your work. I miss out Fall blog hop thingie with Pam...because you always do great things for that as well. Maybe next year.... Hugs. And Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Thanks Gloria for hosting my project. I'm so pleased you are happy with it.

  4. Awesome as always! Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Well done on being published Nicole! Well done on the GDT spot with Craft Hoarders too. Love, love, love this fabulous creation and like Gloria, I love that thinkder - he is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  6. it is a masterpiece!! Wonderful crafting. Congratulations on being published in C.S.M.

  7. Totally Spooky! Great thinking, for sure. Seriously now it shouts terrific talent. What a good feeling to be published. KUDOS! Don't stop now. Your tomorrow has come today. Live it!

  8. OMG! This is awesome. I love his monocle. Congratulations on being published! Woo hoo!

  9. I just love this project and congrast on being published! It's been a pleasure having you as a Guest Designer with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. I love this project! So beautifully done and I love all the details :) Just popping by!

  11. OMG Nicole, this piece is too cool!!! I LOVE the thinker, that's amazing. Fantastic hat too on the skull. Great elements added everywhere. Totally amazing piece. Karen.x

  12. COngrats on your publishing, and totally LOVE your box!!! PINNING!!!

    1. HEHE... I saw you Pinned. What an honor. I stalk your boards!!!!

  13. Nicole...your Halloween box is awesome! Congrats on it being published! Isn't it amazing what a trip to the Dollar Store can inspire? haha Everything about your box is cool! I see so many Tim elements them all! Congrats on being featured on Craft Hoarders Anonymous, too. Fun being together on this! <3 Candy

    1. OMG Candy, sometimes I go to the $1 Store when I'm stumped. It's like my recharge spot.

  14. What an awesome project! I love all the wonderfully creative ideas you used on your project. Great design and execution! Thanks for being a guest designer at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. An awesome project! Just love the thinker!!

  16. Wonderful details! A great Halloween decor piece. Thank you for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It was a joy visiting your blog. ~Michelle

  17. This piece is incredible!

    I liked it from the first time I saw it on FB! Here you can catch all the details: fabulous!

    I liked it from the first time I saw it on FB! Here I can catch all the details: fabulous!!!! Barbarayaya

  18. This is such a fun Halloween project. Oh how I love all the details and that sitting and thinking skeleton! Love this. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  19. Congrats on being published - how exciting for you. I simply love every bit of this fabulous hat box. The details you have added are truly amazing. The thinker is so clever and I love the way you did the eye on skeleton. I could go on and on but I'll leave it at WONDERFUL!! Thank you for traveling with us at A Vintage Journey.

  20. Congratulations! Well deserved.

    How creative to reposition the skeleton hands.

  21. This is so.....WOW! The monocle is my favorite part....such fabulous details and whimsy! Thanks so much for being our guest DT at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  22. I loved "The thinker"! So funny! Great piece you made!

  23. What a fabulous Halloween assemblage - The Thinker is wonderful, and I absolutely love that Ornate Plate eye socket - brilliant! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  24. A fabulous project Nicole, love the assemblage and all the elements. Congrats on being published with it and thanks for sharing at A Vintage Journey. xx

  25. This is so cool Nicole!! So many fabulous details and wonderful construction. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

  26. loving all the projects you entered for this month's challenge Nicole and this one is my spooky favourite...thanks for joining in the fun at Inspiration Journal...hugs kath xxx


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