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Monday, 25 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities #9 - Stamps & Framelits

I cannot believe that we are at Challenge #9 already!  The lovely Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew have challenged us this time to use Stamps & Framelits, as found on Page 63 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III.

There are prizes on offer, one from Tim himself and Mario who have a fabulous bundle of goodies for the person who is the Curiosity Crew's favourite.  In addition to that, as this is an odd numbered week, the sponsor is the Inspiration Emporium who are offering a very generous $50 voucher, to one randomly selected individual, to spend in their on-line shop.  You must work from your own personal copy of CCIII and you must not share the technique as that would be unfair to Tim.

This was, as ever, a bit of a challenge for me, only because I did not have any of the Stamps & Framelit sets, because I was not sure I would get a lot of use from them - well, let me tell you, I was so wrong!  As soon as I saw the Skull Blueprint, I just had to have it and I know now that I will get lots of use from it.  I love all things Halloween!  I created a holder for pencils and crafty bits.


I gathered all my items together first:


For my base I created a box with an Artist Trading Block die and cut the lid off to create a container.  I painted it black inside and out using Black Soot Distress Paint.

I used the Shatter stencil, mixing Texture Paste with some Black Soot Distress Paint and used it on white card, it makes a great cobweb.


Then I cut some picket fence pieces from the Halloween Shadows strip die and glued this all around the top of the holder.  I curled some black wire, secured this inside the holder and attached a stamped spider on the end, his body is covered with Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter.  You can just see the spider, when I photographed him he kept bouncing so it is not as clear as it could be - sorry!


For the third side I mixed some Texture Paste with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and used the Halloween stencil (a gift from a friend) to add the words 'Spooky' and 'Ghoulish' and then attached a die cut bat which was covered with Black Soot Distress Glitter.  You can see here how I 'broke' some of the fence to make it look a little less uniform.


I took some feet (a gift from a friend), coated them with Black Soot Distress Paint and glued them in place.


And here is the fourth and final side of the holder without the crafty tools.  The eyes on the skulls are from my stash, I love how spooky they make the skull look....



Thanks as ever, for looking, I will be back later in the week with my Tim tag, which has been finished for ages but the post is scheduled as I am on holiday this week - cat sitting. I will try and keep up with all of your posts but if I miss any, it is because I am out and about enjoying the holiday!   Hugs, Anne xx

46 comments:

  1. fabulous as always Anne...you are the queen of ATB''s...love your naughty bouncing around spider and thanks for the shatter stencil tip...enjoy the rest of your holiday...hugs xxx

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  2. Hi Anne what a fab project with lots going on, all of it is so clever, love it all x

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  3. Fabulous Anne! Such a creative project, great ATB and framelits work. Those eyes are scary, don't you be scaring any children! Done my first ATB! Kept it simple, but such fun. Nikki xxx

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  4. OH Wow Anne, you know how much I love Halloween too and that I also have the cobweb, I think I will be using this idea! Your project is absolutely stunning and scary...love it to bits!Hugs Carole Z X

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  5. Oh wow, this looks amazing Anne, what a great make and practical too (always love that!). Each side looks fantastic and wow, those eyes in the skull, brilliant!! I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but you have certainly rocked it with this one!

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  6. Fabulous Anne! The eyes definitely make it come alive ! Sue C x

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  7. What a fantastic box Anne. As always your work is such a high quality. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. This is just spooky-licious Anne .... love the spider and the skull is amazing with those eyes. Enjoy your holiday hun xx

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  9. Wow, that is a fabulous creation. Love all the attention to detail - the broken fence was a great idea.
    Toni xx

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  10. Oh WOW Anne! This is so clever! I love the shattered paste sides and the way you've added the glowing eyes to the skull. Such clever ideas. Jenny x

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  11. Have to admit I'm not much into halloween and those red eyes are a bit scary, but your box is great and that cobweb looks so realistic! Enjoy your hols. Elaine x

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  12. Brilliant little pot, love the eyes on your skeleton and the spiders webs.
    Enjoy your break.
    Julie x

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  13. What a fab idea and use of an ATB, great colours and theme, something different and I love it! Ruth x

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  14. This is so amazing Anne! I really love how your spider web turned out and your skull is super creepy with those red eyes! What a great Halloween project! :)

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  15. SO, so fun and spooky Anne! love that shatter stencil - SO effective with the black paste - and your layered skull with his red eyes is wonderful! love how you broke down a bit of your fence along the top - great project!

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  16. Anne...what an adorable pen/pencil holder with a Halloween theme! Love your spider web sides. So cute and clever. Your skeleton framelit is darling....really love the spooky red glowing eyes. Isn't it amazing how those little feet add so much to this piece? They are an awesome addition! I also love the little picket fence at the top. What a great way to finish this little jewel off and give it even more of a spooky personality! Thanks for sharing this clever idea with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  17. What a fun project, Anne! Love the Halloween themed box holder, so clever. Oh those eyes just get you and the spooky fencing is a great touch! Hugs and I have to get cracking on mine!

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  18. As you know, I do like a useful project and this fits the bill. Great job! I especially like the embossing paste through the stencil. I have that black embossing paste, but am too stingy to use it! You have inspired me!

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  19. This ATB rocks! LOVE each side, and especially the gate up top! The skull and crossbones are wonderful additions! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Framelits and Stamps Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  20. Hi Anne, What a fabulous creation... Love the Halloween theme...the fence is fantastic...Brilliant work Love it all... Hugs May x x

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  21. Hi marks for making something incredibly arty AND practical, Annie! You are the Queen of Halloween!! I love especially the broken fence and those awemazing spider webs!! Safe travels back home! Hugs, Darnell

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  22. That is so cool Anne :D I'm not a 'fan' of halloween, nor anything particularly scary or ghoulish, but I can appreciate the art in something. Those feet are fabulous and the red eyes quite cool. ((hugs)) x

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  23. And I'm another one who doesn't care for Halloween but I love your idea of using the box for storing your crafty bits and you've certainly gone to town with the decorating - just keep that spider away from me ......... xx

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  24. Don't dare let DH see this...he will want this set of dies & stamps! He loves Halloween too and used to make a lot of cards for that holiday. I'm hoping he will this year too. Your box is (I can't say lovely!) very atmospheric! I always love reading how you do the processes and you have a wonderful scary boo-box to decorate for the holiday. Your broken fence was a terrific detail. I'm ok with the spider webs, the spider, etc, but that skull with the glowing eyes...brrrr! I wouldn't care to meet him on a dark night! As always, you have aced this challenge! Tim should HIRE you! TFS & Hugs. Off to catch a post I seem to have missed.

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  25. Great project Anne. I love anything Halloween and Gothic and this is great. Love the eyes. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  26. Spookalicious Anne! Im glad u made this for your craft table as if it were on a bedside table it might make for some shrieks in the night! All your decorative effects are superb. Fab make,, beautifully completed by those gorgeous feet. Hope ur not getting the same amount of rain as over here. Nicola x

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  27. Woah, look at your scary skull!! Very nice work, lots of detail, lots of spooky. Love those stenciled words, too. Thanks for sharing on CC3C!

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  28. I LOVE THIS, Anne!! Great minds create alike and we both used our Skull Blueprint framelits set for CC3#9 :) I love your tool container and I know the Curiosity Crew is going to love it too!! That spider on his springy tether--Fabulous!! Very fun elements, Anne! XOXO-Shari T.

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  29. I better get my cape and shoes to the dry cleaners - vampire blood is so hard to deal with and I do want to look my best. Sad news this year, I don't have a cat to ride on the back of my broom. Tink is getting too old and fat and Baby Girl is too chicken. Then there is Tom but he is still on the young side and I have not to be able to really tame him. I wonder if there is a rent a cat shop. It's good to see you are decorating your office. You are so original and do a wonderful job with anything you make. You know your spooky box could also hold your bat snakes. By the way - Mr. Skull's eyes are beautiful! ! Our special night will be here before we know it an I am no where near ready!!
    Sandy xx


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  30. So, so cool!!!
    That skull is fabulous!

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  31. Fabulous ATB! love your spooky scene! Great background and details!

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  32. What a cool idea, your paste looks amazing! hope the week cat sitting is going well despite the weather x hugs x

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  33. I love this Anne ... the eyes ... so cool sitting in the layered framelit. This is awesome. And what a great way to use the shattered stencil. Hmm ... I am inspired to do some Halloween crafting myself now! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  34. Brilliantly sppooooky! :) Gorgeous work, Anne! Your creativity never seizes to amaze me!
    Thank you for your sweet comment too! Much appreciated! Hugs,
    Ingrid xx

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  35. An absolutely AMAZING creation. I love, love, love, every "spooky" thing you have done on it
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  36. Cor Anne, love your spookilicious creation... that little spider has me smiling, bouncing about on his web :O) Great make... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge, hope to see you again soon x

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  37. Wow! Seriously spooky - those eyes.,...ooer!! I'm afraid though, that even seeing a fabulous project like this I just don't get Halloween! I bought a Tim set earlier in the year so I'll see how I feel nearer the time! Hugs, Chrisx

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  38. I can hardly wait, you make the most amazing Halloween projects and here is the start! I love the spider hanging on the web, love the web. I do not care for webs in my home but on decor they are so pretty and interesting. Looking forward to more!
    Hugs Kelly

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  39. Lots of great elements on your Halloween ATB caddy Anne. Love the cobweb using the shatter stencil and the damaged fence, the eyes on the skull are brilliant, really scary! You will have to turn him round if you find him staring at you lol. Hugs Lottie x

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  40. I can barely believe that it is nearly one year ago that you and I were chatting about Halloween, you telling me how much you enjoy celebrating Halloween, where have those months gone to?!!
    This stamp was surely made with you in mind!!! Stunning use of the Tim Holtz products and as for his eyes, I am sure they will follow you around the room, they are superbly spooky.
    A fabulous and fun storage solution.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  41. Spooky indeed! I know you're right it's time to start thinking about fall. Love your use of the stamps & framelits. Thanks for joining in at CC3C!

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  42. this is awesome Anne - brilliant make - love these framelits - what a great set - and the spiders web looks amazing - brilliant x

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  43. I love your cobweb with its springy spider Anne, and wow the textured wording looks brilliant. Love the broken fencing too. Mo x

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  44. A brilliant spooky creation! I love the eyes of the skull and the cobweb looks so wonderful - fantastic details!
    Rebecca.

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  45. A totally cool ATB, Anne - you just keep knocking them out of the ball park (full of US phrases now!!).
    Alison xx

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  46. Fantastic ATB and as always I love how you use this die. Love the skull and fence. I adore the ghoulish lettering and the fabulous feet . Tracy x

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

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