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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A Couple of Challenges - It is a bit macabre!

Hello Fellow Bloggers

Thank you so much to my latest followers (I really appreciate you being along with me on my crafting adventures) and my trusty other followers.  I am not sure what you are going to make of this creation but I can tell you I had the most fun making it!

The Frilly and Funky Challenge is to create a tag - but a Different Kind of Tag and one with a theme.  The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique and the prize is $25 gift voucher to spend in the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is named Rustification where they want to see some rusted materials on the entry.  The prize for this challenge is a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp Shop.

I am also entering into Haunted House Designs Challenge 154, Bats in the Belfry where bats are a requirement.  I have two bats attached to the Boo sign, I just hope it is scary enough for their challenge - if you like Bats/Halloween, it is certainly worth a peek.

I have also seen a great challenge at Inspiration Emporium blog where the challenge is to create a 'Spooktacular Decoration' and the prize is $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store.  My little piece is intended for a decoration on Halloween night so I thought I would enter this one too!

OK, anyone of a nervous disposition please turn away (only kidding!) now because here is my entry:


I created my tag by using a piece of galvanised mesh panelling which I formed into a tag shape by using a No 8 Manila tag.  The mesh was then bent at right angles so that it would stand up on its side, with two/thirds of the wire tag left to form a back.  I added a small 'shelf'', approx 2" wide from card,  for the coffin to stand on and I coloured the mesh with pitch black alcohol ink to give a more tarnished and weathered look.  The coffin was made from plain card and covered with wood effect paper and then distressed to within an inch of its life with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Bundled Sage and Black Soot.  A piece of dyed crinoline fabric has been placed inside the coffin.

The broken picket fence and tree are die cuts and the bats were a gift in my recent purchase from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The gravestones were drawn and cut out by me.  The two fabulous skeletons are a recent purchase from a well known auction site and I covered these brass coloured skeletons with Tim Holtz Mixative in Snow Cap and gave each of them a set of amber eyes to make them even spookier.

The rusting was great fun.  The word Boo has been taken from Tim Holtz Kraft Idea-ology Chipboard Letters and I used rusting powder to rust them up and then distressed by adding a little acrylic paint.  I finished off the tag by adding some of Tim Holtz's new tinsel ribbon and a piece of vintage ribbon, again purchased from The Funkie Junkie.

I put orange glitter card behind so that it would show up the mesh better when photographed.  Here is a picture from above to show the inside a little better.  Love the way the skeleton in the grave yard looks so relaxed.......



I know it is a bit macabre and a very unusual make for me, but a family members loves this kind of thing so after I put it in the window on Halloween with a battery operated tea light, it will go to them.......

I hope you like it!  If you do visit I hope you will leave me a comment, I always do my best to return the compliment.  Crafty hugs, Anne x

47 comments:

  1. This is brilliant Anne, really creative. Wonderfully imaginative. Michelle x

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  2. Absolutely fabulous. Wonderful dimensional piece. Love,your rusty elements and use of galvanised mesh. The coffin is fabu,ous as is the fence and crinoline material. Wonderful Halloween creation and very creative. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  3. Hi Anne,

    Wow!! I love the sheer hauntedness (is this a word?) of your tag!!! Love it.

    Thanks for giving me the heads up on the blog candy!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  4. love, love, LOVE this Anne! It's too adorableto macarbe ( sorry lol ) I love the relaxing skeleton, he needs a drink in his hand! GREAT job! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  5. Absolutely love it, very creative and fun x
    Hugz Minxy

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  6. A wonderful creative and fab Halloween creation Anne , I LOVE it, and am sureit will look amazing lit up at Halloween. Fab ideas , love the coffin and the rust looks great! Hugs trace x

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  7. Jaw-droppingly stunning hun!! SO creative - a real work of art. The rusted word is just perfect. Which rusting powder did you use as it is so effective? Your mojo is definitely in top form again and I'm guessing you had fun doing this:) More trips to the hardware shop needed soon methinks too! Hugs, Buttons x

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  8. This is really brilliant Anne! I love everything about it, but the wire background is just genius! A real piece of art , fantastically well done to you, my favourite halloween piece I have seen in blogland. xx

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  9. Very macabre, but also such fun! It must have taken you ages, Anne.

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  10. Love this Anne, what a clever idea with the wire mesh. You certainly had fun with this project, love the skeletons and the rusted letters are just fab. Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year - it used to be the only night I went out. Mwah Ha Ha!!! xx

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  11. Anne, there is no end to your talent. What a fabulous piece of Art. I love it and that relaxed Skeleton made me laugh. Absolutely Wonderful. Hugs Rita xx

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  12. Anne that is brilliant. I knew there was a dark side ;-) x
    You should enter this with us over at haunted design house. Theme is bats x would be great to see you there.
    Fantastic tag. Love it.

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  13. this is just fabulous Anne - really gorgeous - I love the whole piece - the rusting looks like fun - must try that and the skelebobs are just brilliant - I can tell you had fun making this!!! Hugs rachel xx

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  14. Anne...this is so great! I LOVE it! What an imagination you have to have taken a simple tag shape and transformed it into this fun Halloween piece! You Brits really need to get into Halloween more! You guys have some great spooky ideas! :) Your rusty piece is just fantastic! You have really done such a great job of using the die cuts on this! Love Tim's "BOO" letters and the bats, too. And those skeletons....awesomeness! The wire grid at the back of your tag really makes a wonderful background for your entire little spooky scene! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  15. Wow Anne this is spooky-lisciously cool...I love it!You know how much I love Halloween, well what can I say? Just fab! Carole Z XX

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  16. Hi Anne,
    Your creation is AMAZING!
    Love it, love it. love it!
    Hugs

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  17. SWOON!!!! It's all PERFECT!!! Oh my goodness! I love the wire tag, and coffin is perfect! Absolutely a fantastic altering!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie as well!!!

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  18. What a fabulously imaginative piece Anne. Bravo! :-D xx

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  19. So inventive, so creative, so brilliantly done! I love it - and your rustwork is so fab, all decayed and splendid with it! It'll become part of family history!!
    Alison x

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  20. How interesting Anne that only last night I shuffled a roll of mesh around my studio and thought I must play with that and here this morning is an interesting tag using exactly that. Love all the rusty stuff!

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  21. Anne, Love the rusty elements that went into this adorable spooky venue. It's very unique and such a terrific project! xo's Pam

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  22. Im glad you joined us at haunted design house

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  23. This is so creative!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week :) - Ashli

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  24. This is amazing and what a fabulous idea to take a tag into 3 dimensions. Genius !! Love the skellies and all your embellies. Thank you for coming over to play with us at Haunted Design House :-D x

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  25. I don't just like it Anne, I love it! Who need dies when you hand cut the gravestones so brill! Love the broken picket fence & WHAT is 'rusting powder'? Looks amazing. Sx

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  26. Anne, thank you sooo much for your lovely comment, and for missing me! I am hoping things are starting to pick up now on all fronts, but after an afternoon of house viewing yesterday, today I'm knackered and on the recliner again... One day, one day I shall get back to my ARTHaven and creating again!! I've missed being on blogland for a while, too!

    So glad you like the flowers Judy and I made!

    Shoshi

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  27. Oh, Anne, what a totally spectacular creepy graveyard! I can't get over how you've fenced it in... that's my favorite part along with the spooky skeleton. Love this! Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

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  28. Wow, that was a visit to the dark side of the moon! I have to say I love it. You have the most creative mind! And I was especially happy to hear that you are going to put it in the window ~ that's exactly what I thought of when I first saw it ~ this belongs on display!!

    Work is going well. I'm keeping up with the boss ladies so my hours haven't been as long as I thought they would be. It gets a little "bunched up" as it gets closer to the end of the month when it has to go to the printers, but it's looking like this year will be one of the smoother ones.

    Nice to see you able to create and such intricate creation at that!

    ... just a few more days now! Hearts! Darnell

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  29. What a great graveyard scene! Great idea with the mesh and I just love the skellies :-)
    Best, Suzanne

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  30. A massive WOW from me Anne what a fantastic creation. I so admire how you are so focused on what you do.
    Have a good weekend. See you on the 2nd.
    Susan says thank you for the cards
    Lynn x x x

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  31. Love the graveyard. Supercool creation, great idea!!
    and it seems like the skeletons really like their home :)

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  32. Very very very very very cool project. Thanks for sharing with us at haunted design house x

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  33. Hi Anne, This tag made me giggle I love the skeletons legs hanging out of the coffin. very imagianative love it
    Mo xx

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  34. Wow Anne what a fabulous project ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  35. Love, Love, lOVE It all... It's a fabulous piece Anne! those skeletons are great... the whole scene is Brilliant... Hugs May x x x

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  36. Hi Anne,
    So nice to meet you, I found your blog and I absolutely love it! Beautiful creations!!! And, by the way, I just love the graveyard scene!! Totally fab! :) Have a lovely Sunday, Sanda xoxo

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  37. Absolutely amazing Anne - I love it! So many clever ideas here and I will have to look again before I move on to make sure I haven't missed anything! I particularly love the wire mesh and the rusty Boo is totally fab! An amazing make Anne, so clever and creative.
    Have a great week,
    Juliaxx

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  38. What a fab creation and you can tell by the number of comments that bloggers are loving this art piece. You are on to a winner methinks.

    Hugs

    Annie x

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  39. Hi Anne! Wow, this is stunning, a fabby Halloween creation. Bet it will look fantastic as you described with a tealight. Found you while blog hopping & am following you....hope that's ok!
    Hugs Jo x

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  40. Hi Anne
    Astonishing detail, really this is an amazing piece to display over Halloween. The picket fence is so wonderful.
    I know what you mean, for me Halloween art has been a relatively new area but isn't it fun to dabble in the darker side if even only for a wee while!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  41. So Fun...Love this! thanks for Joining us at the Inspiration Journal!!

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  42. Hi Anne, Don't know if you saw but this was voted top 2 over at hdh xxx congrats and well deserved xx. really love the skull tag above as well. beautiful work as always xx

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  43. Oh my talented friend Miss Anne -- I love this creation!! You are pure genius. I think that skeleton in the casket might be a friend of mine. So funny!! you should win every challenge in the world with this fantastic tag. Now I am gonna have to ask Linda about the broken picket fence -- I love buying from her and love to collect her gifts. Anne this is one fantastic creation and I think I have told you before, but you are gifted!!
    sandy

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  44. Hi Anne, congrats for being chosen as one of the Gruesome Twosome over at HDH :-) Very well deserved with this spooktacular gorgeous creation!
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  45. I love tags with a difference Anne as you may have noticed from my blog. Your tag is spooktacular! Love all the 3d elements. Particularly fond of the laid back skeleton that is casually hanging around the graveyard!

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  46. I'm just now seeing this, Anne - it's fantastic!! Love all the different elements you used. Really cool project!

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  47. Fabulous! Adore all of the details and appreciate your sharing the step by steps!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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