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Monday, 21 October 2013

Tim Holtz Configurations Book - a labour of love

I am sharing something today that I have been working on for several weeks.  The very talented Richele Christensen shared a Tim Holtz Configurations Book HERE and invited people to make one along with her.  Since I love Halloween and I loved what she had created I decided to join in and I have had so much fun making this.  As ever, I did not have all of the elements that Richele used so I had to improvise on quite a few things but I am thrilled with the result and will be displaying it in my window on All Hallows Eve.

Richele has been doing the tutorial in stages but has been ill recently so I have taken the liberty of finishing the box off myself by following the photo on her blog.  I needed to get it finished because, as I will not be around much over the next week.

There are quite a few photos but not too much by way of explanation because Richele has gone into great detail, so if you want to make one you can follow her brilliant tutorial.  It does look much better in real life, but to see it better just click on the photos.


This is the front of the closed box.  Tim Holtz very kindly gave Richele permission to scale up the scary house die onto a template which was used to cut the house shape from the box cover - that was the hardest part because the configurations boxes are very strong.  The moon, bats, wrought iron fence and tree are all die cuts, all TH with the exception of the fence.


This is the inside of the whole box, each box has been trimmed with tissue tape.



The skeleton is holding a lighted lamp, the battery pack is threaded through and I'll show you where later.


These are my favourite sections, I love Tim's new Movers and Shapers clock die.  It was hard to photograph the bone dust but this section is actually a working shaker box and is filled with broken up Tim's Idea-ology wishbones.


For the bottom half of the box, my friend Mo helped me out with the owl (a new die that I do not have) and she created a melt pot one which I have coloured.  She also gave me the wonderful dome bottles at the top of the box and the fence on the front - thank you Mo!


This is a view of the back of the box.  The wire from the light has been threaded across the top and down the right side, hidden by Tim's Laboratorie papers and the battery pack is hidden behind that die cut bottle.


This is just a view from the inside of the box, looking out, to give you an idea of the shape of the house.  The box itself is approx 12 inches by 9 inches so there is lots of space to work in.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my little spooky house!  I am entering this into Simon Says Stamp/Monday Challenge this week, which is 'Spooky'.

Edited: In my haste to post this I forgot to mention that I would like to enter this into Country View Crafts Challenge which is 'Something Spooky'.

I am also including it in Richele's blogpost linky HERE.


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Finally - NOT FOR THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION - please look away now if you have!



I was so inspired by Lynne's recent spooky skeleton creation (Mr and Mrs Bones) that I created one of my own.  I did this for my soon to be Son-in-Law, who is a History Teacher and loves skulls, a bit like me.  Lynne, these photos are just for you!






Mr and Mrs Skeleton are decked out in Graphic 45 Steampunk papers and Mr Skeleton is sitting in a Tando Creative coffin........... his top hat is handmade.  Mrs S wears a skirt of lace, coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint.  They are ready to go to the Halloween ball.......


I am entering this piece into Anything But a Card Challenge which is Colours of the Season - Orange and Black

Thanks for looking, hope to visit you all soon, but please forgive me if I miss a few posts over the next week or so.  Hugs, Anne xx



53 comments:

  1. This is such a stunning make, Anne! Love every detail on it and - wow - how much work and love have gone into this fantastic halloween piece! Love that the lamp can be lit too! Such a fab idea and you did an awesome job!

    Have to go back now, have some more closer looks ;)

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  2. The configurations house is out of this world brilliant and Mr and Mrs Bones so imaginative. You are one heck of a crafter Anne, and I love them both to bits. Good luck with everything this weekend. Jenny x

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  3. What an amazing make Anne, a labour of love indeed without a doubt! It looks as if you had loads of fun with it!! The little lantern is probably my favourite bit, amazing! And as to Mr and Mrs Skeleton, - wow! I bet SIL will just adore it!
    Have a great weekend, will be thinking of you and make sure you'll enjoy it!! We want to see photos too!!!

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  4. WOW! Love the book, it's fab! Off to check out the link to Richele.

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  5. Oh my goodness, those are amazing projects!!!

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  6. Oh-my-word Anne, I am lost for words! This is a really stunning creation and I am straight off to check the link (it'll have to be a project for next Halloween) - you should be very proud of this stunning artwork, hugs Carole Z xx

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  7. WOW !!!! and WOW again Anne :-)

    They are all absolutely fantastic projects and its clear you had lots of fun making them. I love your configuration box and all the wonderful details. Mr and Mrs Skeleton are delightful too and would make a wonderful top piece for their wedding cake!!

    Your son in law will love them Anne.

    Sending you huge hugs

    Annie x

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  8. Anne there is so much to absorb in this post, oh my goodness this post takes the prize for best Halloween Creations for 2013. Spooktacular and then some!
    The house is incredible and deserves pride of place in your home for Halloween. The attention to detail is inspirational and I know I could sit and study this for the longest time.Love the idea of the battery pack light source, so clever.
    TFS Mr & Mrs Skeleton! You do know that they are best friends of Mr & Mrs Bones. I only just noticed that Tando create those coffins but I have left it all a bit too late for this year to alter one although it looks such fun.
    I think it is such fun you created this for your son-in-law, how lucky is he to have a mother-in-law who creates art for him.
    A fabulous post Anne ,...... Bravo!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. WOW!! These are amazing Anne.
    The Configurations Book is just full of fabulous spooky details, I can see why it took you a while to complete but definitely well worth it.
    My and Mrs skeleton are wonderful too, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!
    hugs Sue xx

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  10. Oh, my word, Anne! The Configurations box is absolutely stunning... I saw some of Richele's posts - and I know how much work has gone into this. Every detail is so beautifully done - bravo! And Mr and Mrs Bones are simply brilliant - love, love, love them!! Looking forward to doing some proper catching up over the next days and weeks...
    Alison xx
    PS Good luck with the final preparations...

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  11. I just could not believe my eyes Anne, when I saw your box. In fact I cannot really find words to compliment it enough. Fantabulous. Your talent is spectacular and this just proves it. Enjoy your wedding and take lots of piccies. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  12. oh Anne - these are both absolutely amazing - love them to pieces - the Tim book looks just fantastic and that coffin thingie is stunning - it will be a truely wonderful display this year at your house on Halloween - you're just so clever! Brilliant xx

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  13. I'm speechless at what you have created here. Each of these boxes must represent so much work & imagination. Loved reading that your spooky owl was made from the melted glue, it looked so like a metal charm. Great coloring on this owl. Good for Mo in lending a hand with this one. The one that really stunned me the most was: Mr. & Mrs. S. Now that is one scary box!!! How in the world you gathered all the supplies and spent all the labor involved in this creation is just amazing. I always love all your art, but this one has got to be the best yet! (Now wait til next time, I'll say that again LOL). TFS & your visitors will absolutely LOVE this. Great & I hope Mr. TH will see this one.

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  14. All I can say is WOW. Awesome project. Your attention to detail is fabulous.

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  15. O my word Anne... This is amazing... I could look at this wonder for hours...outstanding detail & design... Love it Anne....well for Mr & Mrs Bones I love them too... that set arrived the other day on to my doormat.... Whoop Whoop....I adore your work Anne.... Hugs May x x x

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  16. Wow, wow, wow Anne, your configurations box turned out superbly, you must love it, I know I do. All the compartments have been lovingly filled with great textures and elements that will look amazing in your window. As for the skeleton family, what a smile they brought to my face seeing them decked out in their wonderful clothes, you have done such a wonderful job with them and I love your creative mind.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  17. VEry cool! thanks for playing ABAC challenge

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS!! This is absolutely stunning!! I love boxes and cubby holes and the like and this project is just my style (although my style is not nearly as good as yours!) Thank you so much for sharing this (I found it on the SSS challenge blog) it is spooooooky! Oh, and your skeletons are fabulous as well!! Blessings ~

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  19. Hi Anne, I have been waiting patiently for this project of yours to be put on show and I have not been disappointed it is amazing. Like Mary I am lost for words, I have looked over it several times and spot something else in the detail every time. I hope to see this in the flesh again in the not to distant future. Mr & Mrs Bones are very scary, I think mrs bones will be the belle of the ball and I like mr bones big cross medalion. Hugs Mo x

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  20. Anne, words leave me, this is such a work of art I don't know what to say to give it justice! A masterpiece my friend, I love it all, this has to be one of your best yet, you are so talented! I do hope that you are going to be enjoying yourself over the next week and then will be back with one of your wonderful creations. Mr and Mrs Bones are fabulous, great work. X

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  21. Oh Anne the finished house is wonderful and I am so glad I got to see it for real. Mr skeleton looks fantastic

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  22. Lordy, this must be for the next Tim Holtz fair. Just stunning! (:o)

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  23. Everything is wonderfully stunning Anne, love it all!
    Elaine

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  24. Amazing - so clever, it look such fun. I love them. Hugs, Jacky xx

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  25. wow I'm speechless...your creations are stunning...what a work must have gone into your box...clever clever girl and I love your "look away now" creation too....hugs kathxxx

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  26. Wozza an amazing take on Richele creation, a piece of art for sure. You have done a fab job

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  27. I am not into Halloween but I have to say I just LOVE!! your Box Project
    The work you have put into this is fantastic and it shows a total "work of art"
    Love the skeleton one as well
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

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  28. Blimey ..I thought the house was good but that coffin and the skeletons is awesome. Can;t say I'm keen on the subject matter but you've done a brilliant job - I love all the detail in the house and I bet it looks great lit up. Well done on your creativeness!! Elaine xx

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  29. Anne this is so detailed and wonderful I can only imagine how long it took you to create.
    Your imagination is soaring! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this challenge.

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  30. Abslutely a Play of Art,,,,,wowwwwwww

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  31. Just became more and more impressed the further down your post I went! Just amazing! Chrisx

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  32. Fabulous configs book Anne and so full of amazing details, it's a real labour of love I can see. So clever how you hid the battery, I would never have known! Gorgeous smelly people as well, really intricate looking and I'm sure your future SIL will love them. Hope you're well. Chris xx

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  33. Serious drooling happening here! Your haunted configuration box is amazing! I love all the little windows and the "Boo" bottles are so cool! Now the Mr. and Mrs. Bones are such spooky fun! Love these!

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  34. Anne your Halloween Creations are astounding! So much detail and spooky goodness. I love the scaled up spooky house, all the fun die cuts, mini pumpkins...all of it!

    Boo-tiful!
    Amy*

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  35. This is a stunning piece of work, fabulous!!! I love each little cubby and the lighted one is so cool. It is very pretty, I know it is supposed to be scary, but it is pretty too. lol I love the rickety house opening. You did a fantastic job with this!!!! I adore the happily married couple you have shown in the coffin! lol Lovely creations Anne!
    Have a spooktacular day,
    Kelly

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  36. This is absolutely amazing Anne - it must have taken you absolutely ages to complete all of those fantastic little boxes and to have it lit up as well - just takes my breath away. I did smile when I saw Mr & Mrs Skeleton for your son-in-law! Hope its not a reflection on your daughter's cooking - the poor man's bones are sticking out!! LOL Enjoy the weekend, hope everything goes just perfectly for you all. Love, Margie xx

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  37. Goodness gracious sakes alive -- Anne, this is so grand and wonderful I can hardly stand it. So full of fun and charm and all the things I love about Halloween. This is a complete joy and I really need to get busy on one to give my grand kids next year. Don't laugh - that is how long it would take me!! Anne, I study every single box and every jot and tittle and I am in love. I swoon!
    I am so glad that your future son-in-law loves skeletons . He now has my approval! I hope they have tons of fun at the ball -- I have just got to come visit you some day Anne - I just have to. I think we might be related - do you love to wander in old cemeteries? What a wonderful post!!
    sandy

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  38. What a wonderful project which you have clearly had a great time creating, I love it
    Rosie x

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  39. Oh, Annie, you missed your calling! You should have had a career as a curator at a Fright Museum!! I can see how you meticulously and joyfully worked on every tiny detail of these two magnificent projects!! They both resonate with how happy you were while you were working on them!! BRAVO!! If you don't win the challenges, there is something wrong with the process!! Enjoy the next few special days, my friend! I hope everyone is well!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  40. Hi Anne, so much work! You must have spent an age on it. It's fabulous and so much detail, love it to bits. Craft On, Angela x

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  41. What can I say? Anne that is fantastic! I first of all picked out the boo bottles as my favourite bit, then it became the skeleton with the lamp and then ... and then ... and then ... and so on. UItterly FAB-U-LUS as Craig would say (Strictly Dancing).
    But not content with that you have made the bridal couple. Oh WOW again - love it - you are so talented.
    Thank you for being you and doing what you do.
    Love
    Neet xxx 24

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  42. Well Miss Anne I can see you have BLOWN EVERYONE'S SOCKS OFF, this is a outstanding make, all the work and love that went into this box is AMAZINGGGGGG, love the pumpkins all piled up and those jars with the sand fabulous, it a fantastic make.... Now your grave wedding is a brilliant make also, Halloween does get you inspired and I'm sure Lynne will be honored with this excellent gift, your son-in_law will looooove it. Thanks for sharing your brilliance here Missy, hope you have a wonderful week, Big hugs...

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  43. Wow! What can I say Anne ....... this is absolutely 'spook-tacular'! I love it. It certainly is a labour of love but well worth all the time and effort. So much detail ..... I love the jars, the bone dust box is just brilliant and such a clever idea for the front. Definitely a challenge winner in my books. Hugs ..... Linda xx

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  44. Hi Anne, wow both projects are totally amazing! All the attention to detail and little finishing touches really made both these projects spectacular!! Claire x

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  45. Well there's nothing I can add to what others have already said, except to express my own, very loud, WOW!!! Incredible! Amazing! Inspiring! Superb! Brilliant! Wonderful!
    What else? Errrm,,,,,,,,,........Fabulous! Fantastic!
    Love it all Anne <3 :D xx

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  46. Oh my! What an amazing project! I admire all the detail and hard work you put into creating this awesome keepsake! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. What an interesting piece. I love the Boo in the domes. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x

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  48. Wow this is a fabulous make for Halloween love everything about it, Mr & Mrs Bones are too scary for me I'm a wimp!! but fab project. Thanks for visiting my blog
    MaggieH

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  49. I think I have visited this post five or more times now Anne. I love every little bit of this creation. The work must have taken ages and I bow to you - this is a work of art and absolutley fabulous! I must try to find some of those mini pumpkins and an owl mould for UTEE. You are one extremely clever and talented crafter who is also a lovely person too. Thank you so much for sharing this with us x

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  50. woooooow!!! this is STUNNING!!!!!

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  51. WoW! This is quite the project! Love all the details! Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  52. What wonderful creations Anne! The configurations box is amazing - all those wonderful details. There is so much to look at and it must have taken you ages! And Mr & Mrs Skeleton are just amazing too! Thanks for sharing your fabulous spooky box with us at Country View Crafts this month.

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  53. Oh, Anne, this is fantastic! Love the little cameo, the owl, and those neat bottles with the word Boo! So many incredible details. Off to pin this beauty... love everything about it!

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

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