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You Know How I Love Halloween...

Don't judge but.... Welcome to my Haunt. 
So, I have a couple Sizzix Halloween Dies and I LOVE THEM!  I had this idea last year to create a Halloween Town with $1 Store Bird Houses.  I waited about 8 months for spring and bought a bunch.  Another 6 months goes by and I start creating.
Beware, this post is full of photo's so you don't miss a detail.  There's a lot of "spider webs".  The hot glue leaves a lot of string draping over everything.  I left about half of it for a webby feel!
I used almost all my Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween dies.
 I used  a 41"x10" piece of plywood then sprayed with black, grey and brown textured spray paint.
 I inked my woodland trees with spiced marmalade distress stain spray.  Wrapped with black tinsel and topped with my distress glitter bat.
All things creepy...
I cut a number of branch trees, inked and added Spanish moss and spiders.  To break up the black I added a little picket fence distress paint.
I sprayed my woodland trees to look like candy corn trees.  Check out Tim's Tutorial how to make them.  I wrapped these Halloweenies from Halloween Shadows stripe die.
I cut a bunch of tattered leaves and layered leaf in glassine to cover the roof.  Inked with some rusty hinge and peeled paint stain it breaks up all those black roof tops.
I inked a woodland wreath with seedless preserves distress spray stain then more spiders.  I mounted this skully head onto the mini antlers die.  The mini shield with the movers and shapers 31 in seedless preserves distress glitter is great on the door.
Time to break some bones.  And a helping hand...
Looks like someone lost their head.

Helping hand up.

More breaking bones to make a natural pose...or unnatural.
I used the Bats and Crossbones cuts to frame the roof tops.  Snowflake Rosette with the altered idea-ology clock.  More metal and tapered fringe creepy grass.
Looks like something is missing...
Nothing like friends!
I think he's distressed about misplacing his head!
Behind the houses is a haunted graveyard with crossbone trees and bones in the tombs.
Grungepaper bends nicely, perfect for this graveyard. 

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 ATB Halloween post.  I want to be true to the techniques. 

The holiday lamppost is crackled and an added crackled bat.
I cut and layered "Trick or Treat" from Halloween Shadows and coated in Glossy Accents.  It's a nice glow when the lights are on.  Mini Owl lurks in the background.
Creating a Halloween Town is all about layering.  Another creepy tree with inked leaves and spanich moss.  Layer'd of the twigs cut, leaves, Spanish moss and tapered fringe create depth.
I picked up this Vintage Chevy for $10 six months ago just for this Halloween Town.  I bent a word band and attached.
My inked Black Soot woodland tree is strapped down with glitter ribbon.  I stuffed pieces of my Skeleton into the truck.  He's hangin out the window and holdin on.  I saw this washi wrapped base for the tree over at Emma's AMAZING Trick....or Treat Candy Box!
A crackle bottle of eyes.  I cut a tiny tab tag and with my mini $1.50 stamps I stamped EEK.  This creepy cargo is in the back of the Chev.

Body parts are everywhere.  This unfortunate Skeleton was crushed under a glitter pumpkin.  Only the legs are exposed.

To create that Fall feel I glued some autumn gatherings leaves on the roof. 

It's all in the details.
More crackle and stain with this pumpkin.

The woodland trees are inked and creepy crackly cats are lurking.

I inked the wreath peeled paint and added the skull.  Then I attached the 31 idea-ology letterpress blocks.

Never too much crackle with the mini cat and crescent moon or should I say blood moon!

EEK... more letterpress blocks inked with distress paint.  I glued autumn gatherings randomly as if they fell.  Then glued EEK onto a pile of leaves.  Oops, the leaves keep falling...

These bird houses have the perfect perch for my mini owl.

Along the iron gate fence I bent more wordbands inked with ripe persimmon. 

Leaves are falling and the ants are crawling.

I added a string of orange Halloween lights glued along the iron gate fence.

I struggled wondering what to do along the base.  I almost added tinsel twine.  But, I wanted it subtle since there's so much going on in the town.  Just the bent wordbands

Phew, did you make it?  Thank you so much for sticking it out to the end!  Please...tell me what you think!  Was it worth the scroll? 

 Sizzix Dies used
Holiday Lamppost
Tiny Tabs
Layered Leaf
Tattered Leaves
Tattered Pinecone
Branch Tree
Snowflake Rosette- Decorative Strip
Halloween Shadows- Decorative Strip
Tapered Fringe- Decorative Strip
Bats and Crossbones- Decorative Strip
Autumn Gatherings- Decorative Strip
Mini Bat- Movers and Shapers
Mini Pumpkin- Movers and Shapers
Mini Antler- Movers and Shapers
Mini Cat- Movers and Shapers
Mini Crescent Moon- Movers and Shapers
Mini Owl- Movers and Shapers
Iron Gate- On the Edge
Twigs- On the Edge
Proud to be a Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps Blog- Anything Goes Challenge
Winner for Inspiration Journal- In Disguise
Proud to win for A Vintage Journey Challenge - To Die For



  1. Oh my heck...your creation totally blows my mind! The work and the details are phenomenal...I am really just left speechless....fabulous doesn't even begin to give this the right description. Thank you for sharing with us at CC3C!

  2. Holy cow! This is the coolest project I've seen in a long time. To say it is phenominol isn't enough. Amazing detail, this just blows my mind!

  3. Oh, My goodness, Nicole! You have outdone yourself and this entire challenge and every one you have entered! I think I will just sit this one out and enjoy looking at all your wonderful work! You certainly did use some dies! I, of course love that you have chosen bird houses for this little (big) town, but you have given this just the right amount of creep, mixed with that wonderful humor of yours...Ha, Ha, the skeleton with the pumpkin squishing him, just his feet sticking out and the headless posed skelly...too funny! Love, Love, LOVE this! Thank you for sharing all your hard work/fun with us! Sara Emily

  4. PS. Your video is wonderful! I think there is something going on in the Canadian water!

  5. Wow, Wow and can I just say Wow again... That is spectacular and I want to go trick or treating there! :) Fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  6. Totally brilliant! It looks as if you had loads of fun with it too! Thanks for yet another amazing project added to A Vintage Journey!

  7. Wow, cool and fabulous!! Your details are thought out and placed!! Very spooktacular!

  8. Utterly, utterly fantastic Nicole, you are a creative genius! The way you 'place and pose' your skeletons is hilarious, the bird house houses are fabulous, love the car too and of course the fabulous skeletons. I think I will have to come back over and over to see more elements of this amazing creation. The video is excellent - love the music!!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Halloween - To Die For Challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne xx

  9. Back to say a huge thank you for joining in at Inspiration Journal with this amazing creation Nicole! Anne xx

  10. Nicole....this is totally amazing. I am at a loss for words as to how cool this is! The placement of each of your spooky villages inhabitants is so clever. All of the dies that you used and HOW you used them as roof trims, house embellishments, graveyards, etc, etc., etc. ... just SO MUCH detail and a genius use of all. Love the colors and you've chosen not only on the houses but on the bottle brush trees and well...just everything! The crackled details also add so much! <3 Candy

  11. FABULOUS in every way! Just over the top AWESOME!!! Pinned!!!

  12. Wow, I happily scrolled all the way to the bottom...SO WORT THE SCROLL! I love all your attention to detail. The comical skeletons are holding a head and one sitting without one...priceless!

  13. Wow! I'm speechless, seriously. This is the most awesome Halloween Town ever! Your attention to detail astounds me. Love how you posed all the little skeletons and your used of all the different dies. This is truly a masterpiece and so inspiring. I will have to remember some of these ideas for next year,lol! You really did an AMAZING job!!!!

  14. Wow, Nicole, you've outdone yourself! Those details are ridiculous, thanks so much for sharing all the close up photos! You must have had a blast finishing all this out and I can't imagine how long it took you!! Incredible.

  15. Oh my word!!! You are the Queen of Halloween Nicole!!! This is so enchanting and I absolutely love everything about it. It's such an inspirational project!!! xx

  16. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!! I LOVE Everything about this AMAZING Haunted town!! =) THANKS for sharing and I think your a SURE WINNER!! Have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  17. Seriously Nicole, this is freakin' AWESOME!!!!
    I love my Christmas villages and this is sooooo cool.
    I love the skeleton who lost his head and the others trying to help him get it back, hysterical :)
    You have inspired me to try a Halloween themed display of my own….lets just see if I remember that by next Halloween, lol.
    Awesome job Nicole!!

    1. It will be here waiting for you. But get your bird houses in the spring ;)

  18. My goodness, Nicole! You really wowed me with this creation! You have put so much incredible detail into this Halloween Town. I can't image how much time it took you to put it all together and in a fabulous way! Awesome!

  19. Yikes! I loved looking at this Nicole but I DON'T want to walk through this town at night!! LOL!!! love the truck and all those super fun skeletons - your wonderful trees - all the die cuts - each little scene along the street - so very creative and clever! Thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ To die for challenge!

  20. Yes! I can see that this was a labor of love! Spooktacular! So many details and layers. The touch of humor with the troubled skeletons makes it all that much better. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I'm incredulous! Speechless!To be Amazed! Your Halloween village is stunningly beautiful! I do not know how long I'll spend looking at the pictures, I want to see all the details! You are a wonderful crafter! Can you satisfy my curiosity? How long did it take you to realize it ??? It 's amazing! BArbarayaya

  22. Absolutely fantastic, the detail is absolutely amazing. This must have taken you ages but worth every bit of time . Love the skeletons and all the little touches and the word bands look fantastic. Tracy x

  23. And this takes Halloween to another level! All those details, like the skeleton in the chevy, the candy corn trees and the glitter pumpkin just set the heart racing. This has to be one of my all time favourite spooky projects ever Nicole. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  24. oh wow!!!! this project is crazy awesome!!!!!

  25. LOL...I think I found the poor dude's misplaced head!

    What a gorgeous and stunning Halloween project! The fun you had creating it pops out of every tiny detail! You've put a big smile on my face, lady. Thank you!

    Claudia x

  26. Wow! A masterpiece of Halloween creations! I love your town and how much trouble those skeletons can get into. They are everywhere! I love all the details and you really feel like you've gone to spooky town! Very excellent and it makes me smile! It's fun too because you could add more pieces to it each year! The coolest Halloween project!!!

  27. Absolute genius creation, love your intricate details. Your sense of humour with the skeletons is brilliant, I had a few laughs along the way. Your video gives a real perspective of the whole village, great lights and music.
    Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey and Good Luck.
    Julie x

  28. OMG Quite simply astounding. A true masterpiece. I love it. Thanks for playing with us in the dungeon at HDH.

  29. Egads! Who can top this one?! This is fabulous, loving every detail. Pinning!!

  30. This is so amazing and all the details are just fabulous!!! I'm inspired to make one that is Christmas themed! (I wonder if they have birdhouses on clearance at Michael's LOL) Thank you for sharing it with us at Inspiration Journal. Two thumbs up!

  31. Wow, this is so fun! I love all the wonderful details and enjoyed your musical video very much. A big Tim Burton fan here, and most of all Nightmare Before Christmas. Well done!

  32. Favorite Halloween town ever! To tell you all I loved about it my comment would be as long as the post. And then the video! Blew me away!
    I'll pm you to find out the name of that music.

  33. There are not enough words to describe how great this is!! I've been through it several times and see something different every time. Congrats on being able to finish such a 'hearts desire' of yours and thanks so much for sharing it...

  34. OMG!!! This is about the coolest thing I've EVER SEEN! Amazing details. It must have taken you forever but certainly worth every second. A keepsake for years to come. Will be spending a lot of time here drinking in all the fabulous techniques, bits and bobs. Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. xxD

  35. Your Halloween Town is wonderfully ghoulish. I loved your video too! Thanks for sharing. I can hardly wait for spring to look for the little birdhouses to make on of my own next year.

  36. I am so not a Halloween lover, but each year I wait impatiently to see your amazing projects! I can't even imagine how much time it took you to make this haunted town! Simple super COOL! Love it!!! xo

  37. I love your beautiful mind!
    Spectacular Spooky Town!

  38. This is so very fantastic! Your wait for all those materials was totally worth it! I simply adore not only the artistry, but the whimsicality you included! This is not a gory or creepy collection, but it is one that's thriving with lively details (even among the dead) and I love how you arranged your skeletons and put things together so wittily. This shows skill and a fabulous sense of humor and I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through each and every picture. You're an incredible artist and I look forward to your creations. Congrats on being in our Designer Spotlight here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  39. I'm here visiting from the Monday Simon Says Challenge. I'm checking out the projects they were impressed by. And WOW!! I understand why your project was highlighted. This is really impressive!

  40. Oh, Girlfriend! This is just spooky spectacular!!!! Wow!

  41. WOWSERS!! What an amazing and superb creation. TOTALLY BRILLIANT!! Congrats on all your wins - hugely deserved. Nicola x

  42. I thought I had already commented, but I was probably in Halloween overload and had to bow to the Queen of Halloween, and I forgot to ooohhh and ahhh all over this town. Brilliant work. So many details and cool techniques. I think I love how you pose your skellies the best.
    Thank you for joining us at Haunted Design House for our final challenge of the year.
    Hope to see you in the dungeon next year.

  43. Such a great project and such deserved wins! Love your busy little Halloween village and especially the truck and the graveyard! Very imaginative and great fun!
    Claudia x


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