“Hail fellow, well met!”

There’s a Halloween party over at Digital Whispers (which has now joined with Creative Souls) and one of the challenges is to create a skellie/gothic arch:

It’s a lot of fun… Happy Halloween!  🙂

Curiously spooky…!!

The theme “Things that go bump in the night…” is what it’s all about at SPA today! Here’s my entry:

All the elements I used here are from Tangie Baxter’s 4th anniversary sale grab bag! I thought it would be a great place to start for practising with elements created by someone else. And it was lots of fun. It’s so interesting, applying blending modes and effects to different elements and making them your own…

Not sure how cool it is though, that I have no wish to pick up a paintbrush and get messy myself though – but, on the plus side, I have more time for play! 😉

Beads…

That’s this week’s theme chosen by Diane at MMM. I made this wooden block for Ria, using Home Impressions stamps of Row Houses. When I applied the filler to the surface, I used a skewer to make little holes in it before it had dried. I then painted it and filled each little hole with a small bead.

House-block

I used Stewart Gill’s shimmer paint in Buff and rubbed Frayed Burlap distress ink round the edges. The other side of the block is a complete contrast and has previously appeared on my blog.

Look out for new stamp sheets from Home Impressions very soon – featuring Marie Antoinette and more!! They can be purchased from The Stamp Attic in the UK and direct from Ria’s website in The Netherlands.

By the way – I am Queen for the Day at Ten Two Studios today, all thanks to “Marie-on-a-stick”!! Go see… and while you’re there, if you’re a Halloween and Day of the Dead fanatic, like me, you have to check out the new sheets Lisa has produced – pure heaven!! Look at the right hand side of the page to see New Products – I can’t wait to get to work with these lovelies!!! Dapper Dead…. *winks*

I’d just like to say how lucky I am to be on 2 excellent Design Teams… I have the opportunity to give my input to both Lisa at Ten Two Studios and Ria at Home Impressions, with no conflict of interests and both ladies supply me with wonderful materials to create art with. Thank you both! 🙂

Altered Playing Cards

That’s the requirement on Theme Thursday this week. I have been doing lots of different things this evening: I’ve finished 4 altered domino pins, lacquered his n hers ‘Dia de los Muertos’ bamboo dominos, prepped a textured collage box, managed an inkjet transfer (No.2!!), completed step 3 of page 3 in my altered board book and played with my mixed media canvas. Here’s another ‘spooky’ offering:

The purple scrunchy stuff is a piece of kite material which melted nicely when I applied my heat gun to it and it stuck to the gold EP, so no glue needed. The pointing finger by Home Impressions was stamped onto tissue paper and then applied to the card with gel medium. The skull is from the Lisa Vollrath domino sheet I bought earlier this year for the bamboo doms. It’s a great image innit?!! I wrote BOO! on a scrap of card and doodled cracks around it. Had a lot of fun with this one… which will be stuck to one of the panes in our front door to scare the Trick or Treaters, along with last year’s Gothic Arch!!

Who says I don’t like kids? 😉

If the Cap fits…

I love Wednesday Stamper challenges, don’t you?! Even after a hard day’s work on my feet for 8 hours, coming home to cook dinner for us (yep, more standing!!), I couldn’t help popping upstairs to ‘chill’ with some paints, paper and stamps. I appear to be obsessed with Halloween this year and I made this skinny this evening… After all, the challenge was to “Put your thinking caps on”!

Collage image from Kelly at Collagevisions. Stamps: Pointing finger – Home Impressions Christmas plate. Halloween images – Tandastamps. Silly phrase (with play on words) – me!

Halloween!

Theme Thursday gave us a choice this week: Halloween or autumn and I have a couple of ATCs I made a while ago with some new stamps I bought from Tanda. I thought they were really cute – yes I know I don’t ‘do’ cute, but I wanted these just because! I was in ‘bandana technique mode’ too!

The base of the ATCs is thick black handmade paper, heavily textured. I’ve rubbed metallic accents over the bumps to highlight that!

How colourful?

Now Lisa Gifford (Step Outside Your Box) is always pushing my envelope, which is great! On Saturday she posted a challenge asking how colourful we can be? Well, remember I have this thing for mulberry paper at the moment, and I happen to have large 12″x12″ sheets in 4 or 5 primary-type colours that I couldn’t imagine using together… till this evening. So I have made a rather interesting collage – Fluffy or frightening? Soft or sinister… or all of the above?!!

It doesn’t really matter – it helped me to unwind after an extremely hectic day. (Do I have any other kind?!)

So, the collage images – which may look odd as I printed them out onto striped scrapbook paper to see what would happen! – are from Kelly & Ian at Collage Visions (one of the Halloween sheets); the crow stamps and Journey are by Diva Impressions (hurry back Beth!) and the bat is from TandaStamps Minis Halloween collection – fab, isn’t he?

I used Briiliance Encore copper ink for the hearts and black microbeads to embellish. I experimented with red 3D paint to see if I could make blood drops (shock, horror!), but it was too pink a red… so I used the black beads. I’m going to put this in the window on October 31st to scare the kids away!!

I had a very busy day as I went in to work with Margaret at the Scrapstore all day! She had had people donating ‘stuff’ last week and 2 large orders of supplies had arrived, plus she has admin to sort out, so I made myself useful and met some lovely people into the bargain! I came home with an enormous bag of bits of fabric, glue spreaders, ball chains, card, paper and some oddments – and I bought some sheets of tissue paper and some old dress patterns to try making some Fabric Paper with! Tomorrow will be fun – total Art day… I am starting to alter a child’s Board Book as an ongoing project on Next Generation Stampers, under the expert tutelage of Ms Bee! How exciting!! 🙂