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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Halloween begins...

Hello everyone, it's nice to have you visit.  I have a slight obsession with all things Autumn, Halloween in particular.  I miss the days when I made costumes for the children and have to satisfy myself with crafty things instead!

Whilst searching the internet for Halloween goodies (so difficult here in the UK) I found some spooky arches by Tando Creative and some other bits and pieces which may appear in a future post.  I had to dig out my Tim Holtz skull stamp from the Apothecary set, my favourite, next to the Chemist set of stamps, to make this simple Halloween decoration.


The frame itself comes in four parts, the base and the third layer were painted in the lush new Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and then overstamped with a cobweb stamp by Stampendous.  The second and top layer, which includes the large cobweb were painted in Black Soot Distress Paint.  Before assembling, I stamped the skull on the base, then stamped another skull on white card with Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in the fabulous Watering Can - much more subtle than black.  I cut out the eyes and part of the mouth from the separate stamped piece and added this, raised up with foam pads, for dimension.


I added the spooky orange gem eyes and the spider who has a bottom glittered with Ranger Stickles in Paprika.  To finish off, I filled an Idea-ology jar with some cream coloured embossing powder and added a Tim Rub on - bone dust........ love that!

The frame is quite sturdy and I added a little stand at the back so it will sit in the window on Halloween night.

I am entering this into Country View Crafts - 'Something Spooky' Challenge.

I am also entering this into Ali-Craft's 'Halloween' Challenge.

Over at Haunted Design House the challenge (177) is to create something with dimension, so I am entering my piece - the frame is dimensional and the skull is raised up.

Edited: I have just found that Tando Creative have a Challenge blog so I would love to enter as the theme is 'spooky', hope this is spooky enough!

I know Halloween/Spooky is not to everyone's taste but normal service will resume after the end of October!  Keep well.  Big hugs,  Anne xx

50 comments:

  1. Absolutely Wonderful creation Anne. Your talent shines through in all your work. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Fabulous arch piece, Redanne! I am working on a Tando piece that is quite similar. Great inspiration for me. I love how you did the eyes with the gems and all that dimension. Thanks for joining us for this challenge at HDH. Don't be such a stranger. :)

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  3. Hi Anne, I think this is a great, Mr Skull is framed beautifully within these arches, he makes me smile with his glass eyes that literally pop out of their sockets the way you have cut them - love that. That little spider has been busy with all those webs, and the bone dust is a great finishing touch. Hugs Mo x

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  4. Stunning Anne, what a wonderful arch! I adore how you have done the skull, so clever to give it dimension like that and with those eyes it certainly makes it look spooky! Love the vivid orange with the black and white too! Great Halloween make! make me feel like toffee apples don't know why, Halloween nostalgia I guess, like you, for me it's just crafting now for halloween.....

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  5. WOW! This is wonderful Anne. I love the arch framing and the orange glass eyes. The spider looks fabulous with his sparkly orange body.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. Anne, this is gorgeous! Love the dimension and good luck on winning more Tando Creative at HDH as they are our sponsors this fortnight. xxD

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  7. Gosh, it's too bad the UK does not have more supplies available for Halloween, but you did a fantastic piece with the ones you found - for sure! DH is napping after a hard day's shopping, but he will see this one when he wakes up. Halloween is his fav holiday. We found a bunch of spooky packs out today. I absolutely love how you did this spook's eyes...it really popped. I was in a stamp store today that had the archival inks, & since I have a lot of these, didn't check for the watering can. It really did add such a subtle touch. Just loved everything about this piece, (and I'm not really into Halloween all that much either, but the Boss is. So we do Halloween cards!). This is spooktacular! TFS & Hugs

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  8. Spooktacular indeed Anne especially the sculls eyes and the bring it on blingy spider. Love the vibrancy of the colours.

    Now why has Mr Scull got a smirk on his face, could it be that he is waiting to side swipe his tongue and drag Mr Spider into his dark cavernous mouth, aaarrrggghhh!!! - lol.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl

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  9. This looks fab and Intoomlove this stamp set! I share your pain on the sourcing of Halloween goodies, think I will get organised and order from US next year! A fab make hugs trace x

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  10. Shudder and shakes, this is ALMOST too spooky for me, Annie! The dimension is amazing. I think the eyeballs and the spider are so fantastic and that bone dust? That Tim thinks of EVERYTHING, doesn't he?! I will be shocked if you don't end up in the winner's post at these challenges! (And I'm a little nervous to see what you come up with next!!) Love and hugs, Darnell

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  11. This is fab Anne, I love Halloween so keep the ideas coming! Good luck in the challenges, it's definitely a winner in my opinion! Have a great weekend ..... hugs Linda xx

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  12. Such a 'clean' and striking piece Anne. I love the way you've built up the layers and really let the design shine through. Fantastic. Hugs, Jenny x

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  13. Not really a halloween person but I love the graphic style of this. And those eyes are really scarey!! I'll be looking out for that stickled spider! Elaine

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  14. Your skull is super spooky Anne and I love the arches you sourced. This is a fabulous Halloween make and like you I love this time of the year. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation at CVC this month too, we are loving all things spooky. Have a great weekend my friend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  15. WOW...Love this Anne, the background colour is fabulous ...Love the stamps you have used & dare I say the spider is kinda cute!!!( spiders are one thing in life I am terrified off) Yikes... Love your creation...Have a happy weekend..Hugs May x x x

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  16. This is so cool! I absolutely love it! Its spookylicious! xx

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  17. I am laughing - a really good chuckle. Wonderful and I am so pleased that you shared how you did this. I have so much to learn Anne. Love this! Love those eyes and I really, really love the bone dust (as long as it is not mine)!! You are a hoot kid! I am going to try and stretch the month of October out as long as I can. Purple and green hugs coming your way!
    sandy

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  18. Oh Anne - you do this so well! Not something I'd like to wake up to but its brilliant - I especially like the spider even though I'm scared stiff of them in real life, this one is so sparkly! Love, Margie xx

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  19. Oh wow Anne ! love that bone dust lol this is fantastic hun have a fab weekend huggles hun Sue xxx

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  20. I'm Loving this, just my sort of thing. The eyes are great and really stand out, he seems to have quite a grin on his face. I love Halloween it's so much fun lol, Angela x

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  21. Fabulous Anne. I love the spiders sparkly bottom ;) Have a great weekend ANne :o)) xx

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  22. A terrific spooky make, Anne - I love the gems for eyes, and the little cut-out parts are a fab touch, such great detailing. Love the bold, vivid background too - and of course the Gothic arch is perfect for Halloween - lovely stuff!
    Alison xx

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  23. OMG...this is great and the bone dust is wonderful...Brilliant idea!

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  24. OMG...this is great and the bone dust is wonderful...Brilliant idea!

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  25. Anne this is Marvelous I loved how you used watering can for the skull it makes it pop off the page! Boo! Don't even get me started with the "bone dust"...love it you creative genius you :)

    Amy *

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  26. Fab!!! I love those spooky eyes and dust, eeeewww. Elizabeth xxx

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  27. Oh this is spooktacular Anne! Love the eyes and the colour. I still treasure my fabulous skull card you gave me last year and it's coming out again this Halloween. Hugs barb x

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  28. Fabulous creation, I love those eyes
    Rosie x

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  29. Fabulous dimensional frame. Love the skull and the luminous eyes . The cobweb is brilliant in the bottom corner. Great spooky piece, cannot wait to see more of your creations for,Halloween. Tracy x

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  30. Hi Anne, I can so relate, there's not much Halloween-ish stuff available here in Germany either :-( wish I had enough money to spend a while in the US around this time of the year to build a huge stash LOL You made a fab project with the pieces available! I love this arch, it's just perfect, right up my street. Of course I especially love the bone dust :-) great idea. Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  31. This is smashing Anne! My (grown up) daughter loves Halloween as much as Christmas nearly so this would delight her too. Love the cobwebs .... I grow my own ;-)!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  32. How fabulous Anne! Definitely a picture to be clicked on as the superb details are so impressive close up. Your designs are always brilliant. I'm loving the results you and others are getting with 'Watering Can'. Happy Sunday Anne. Nicola x

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  33. I'm not much of a Halloween person but this is FANTASTIC, love the arch and it's depth, the scull with it's spooky eyes, fabulous, love all the webbing and that bottle is so perfect, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day..

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  34. I just love this and the way that skull is such a focal on the arch.
    Anne, I have this arch myself and nearing the finishing stages of working with it, life threw me a bit of a curveball (as our American cousins would say!) so creative matters have been hindered somewhat. It is a fun item to alter, isn't it?
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  35. Stunning Anne, absolutely stunning. Love the bone powder - a great finishing touch x

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  36. Oh Anne, we need to live nearer to each other...I too love autumn and Halloween and over in the US I had a great time visiting Halloween shops with my folks! Your piece today left me open mouthed... Stunning! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  37. Love what you made, I assume this will not be the only Halloween decoration you are making!! I love this, the cobweb in the window and the bone dust, so cool!! I am looking forward to more of them. Your ideas are always spooktacular!
    Hugs Kelly

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  38. Your piece is clever Anne. Love how you make such superb use of what you have. I can relate to the cobwebs that is for sure!

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  39. Love this Anne
    you are such a clever lady, are you going to enter this into our halloween blog challenge over at ali-craft

    are you going to any other craft shows this year? will have to see if i have any new craft goodies i need using
    hugs ali

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  40. Love what you have done Anne .Thank you for joining in at Ali-Crafts

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  41. WOW! Great dimension and image, love the eyes.......FAB piece. Thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House :)

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  42. Love this Anne, fabulous eyes and the web is wonderful crafty hugs Annie x

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  43. Anne, that skull is so frightfully stunning! Love the eyes and frame design! Halloween is such fun! Hugs!

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  44. Love the shrine feel! Creepy cool!!!!

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  45. You've done a fabulous job with the arch!! Love it x

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  46. I really LOVE that, not so simple, and just awesome and really funny with the orange eyes !!!! Thank you for sharing with us on Tando's challenge blog ! Coco x

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  47. Wow, that's fabulous! Is it just me or does the center part of the web look like it's the skeleton's neck? Love this, and the nifty frame.

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  48. It certainly is spooky enough! Love what you have done with the arch. Thanks for joining us at Tando this month.

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  49. Love your Halloween decoration Redanne, it's spectacularly spooky, lol! Thanks for entering our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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