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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A Haunted House....!

Before I show you the house I just wanted to say that as well as being on the DT for The Artists on the Block, I have now also joined Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team - I am so thrilled !!  Eileen is the fantastic designer behind Artist Trading Blocks which so many of have come to love.  It is awe inspiring to see the wonderful way people use these little blocks and create some astonishing little works of art!

My Haunted House was made for both The Artists on the Block and also Eileen's Art with Heart Inspiration Team.

Eileen is offering a fantastic prize for her latest Art with Heart Challenge - Tricks and Treats which you can find HERE.  The prize is one of Eileen's Scoreboard Artist Trading Block Dies!  That's one challenge not to be missed!!

On to the house now........ here it is finished.


Those who know me, know how much I adore Halloween in spite of the fact that it is not widely celebrated here in the UK, so having some of Tim Holtz's dies is a must for me.  I gathered all my elements together first.

Two of Eileen's large blocks and four of the medium size all cut from mat board and heavy card.  I cut some windows from an old Spellbinders die and cut the rest of my embellishments from Tim Holtz dies - the fence, the little people, and the border trim to cover up the joins.


before constructing the boxes I cut a few windows and doors and used some cut up blocks to create the roof line.  One of the larger blocks opens at the back of the house so that a tea light (battery operated) can sit inside to provide some spooky light.


At this point I got a little carried away with the construction and did not take photos.....  The house was painted with my new favourite - IndigoBlu's black Gesso (Gee-Sso Good), it gives the most wonderful matte finish and it has chalkboard like qualities.  I dipped my fingers into Picket Fence Distress Paint to give the black walls a distressed look.

The roof tiles were simply strips of grey pearlised card which again was distressed with Picket Fence DP.  The curtains are made from white gauze stained with Spiced Marmalade Spray Distress Stain,  If you have not tried the spray stains yet - please do, they are fabulous to use.


I made a wreath for the front door using Tim's tinsel and some string which was coloured with stain.  The tree was sprayed with Black Soot Spray Distress Stain, lightly coated with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then dipped in Dusty Concord Distress Glitter, it has just the right amount of sparkle without being too 'in your face'.  Some florist moss was added in the garden.


The tree was created using one of Tim's embossing folders (I don't have the tree die yet), I embossed black card and fussy cut the tree out and added some Autumn Leaves from one of Tim's foliage strip dies.  I added a tombstone and a jolly pumpkin for added interest.


This is the best picture I could get to show how the house looks lit up!  I love the owl's eyes - very creepy!

I hope you like my Haunted House and feel inspired to create something for Eileen's Challenge - don't forget that great prize that is on offer!

This is my main Halloween piece for this year but I will also be bringing out my box from last year - for those who may have missed it..........


Can you see the same shaped house and also the tree?  I did this as part of a tutorial that the fabulous Richele Christensen did last year.

I would like to enter my Haunted House into Simon Says Stamp blog Monday Challenge where the challenge is 'O'.  My 'O' is October and owl for the owl in the tree...  there is a fabulous prize of $50 on offer for one lucky winner.

I am also linking up to the Sizzix Challenge - Halloween HERE as I used a number of Sizzix dies in my creation - Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Block dies, Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings, Halloween Shadows, Vintage Lace and also the On the Fence On the Edge Die.  The fabulous prize is a selection of Tim's new releases!

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.  Take care.  Hugs, Anne xx

58 comments:

  1. Oh Anne! your Haunted House is fantastic!! You are so talented with your creations. Big congratulations on joining Eileen Hulls Inspiration Team, your work speaks for itself. Love absolutely EVERYTHING about your haunted house and that Dusty Concord glittered tree
    well I am so in L.O.V.E with that lol. Hope you are feeling better. Hugs Lottie x

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  2. I'm in love! Anne, your haunted house is amazing! I want to go make one...right now.

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  3. Fantastic use of so many dies Anne! I picked up a bunch of bird houses last spring to make my haunted village. If I had the block die I could have done this. Great detail! Love it all!

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  4. I did not even know about the Art with Heart challenge! Your house is so detailed in every way. I love all the steps you shared with putting this together. What a fabulous Halloween treat and congratulations! Love this! Big Hugs!

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  5. Wow Anne...I'm lost for words to describe your house...it's just amazing in every little detail...hugs kath xxx

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  6. OMG this is amazing! I love it, your so creative and this house is so fun!!

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  7. WOW!!!! What can I say ..... this is spookyliciously stunning! I always love your Halloween makes Anne, but this one is amazing ...... my favourite by far!! Hugs Linda xx

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  8. Wowzers I love it Anne, it's fabulous and would that be a pot of the colour of megaflakes I spy lol. Elizabeth xxx

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  9. Its absolutely fabulous from the concept to all the detail - it must have taken you hours! I love the little owl sitting in the tree and it looks amzing lit up. Brilliant! Elaine x

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  10. Absolutely amazing! I love how you used the block dies to build the house, and then everything else really makes it a haunted home!!!

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  11. Meine Güte, Anne...
    das ist ja Wahnsinn :-)
    So wunderschön gearbeitet, und so herrlich gespenstisch.
    Ein perfektes Geisterhaus, wo ich abends nicht im Dunkeln vorbei gehen möchte :-)
    Chapeau!

    Herzlichst Sophie

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  12. Absolutely fabulous Anne - I am amazed at what you have done with the boxes. And all the wonderful details .... Fabulous!!!!

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  13. Hello Miss Anne, you deserve to be on the team, Holy Batman Anne this is SPOOKTACULAR..... You are a master builder and can build ANYTHING... loooooove that purple tree, and your shadow box SPECTACULAR. Wow your creations are SOOOOOO inspiring, thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

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  14. Oh wow Anne!!! this is amazing it is totally stunning what a fab creation! and congrats on your good news ...huggles Sue xxx

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  15. You promised more Anne and my goodness did you deliver! Only you could construct such a magnificent and imaginative project with cubes and windows. I love how you've edged the roof, added leaves to the trees, tattered curtains and a wreath at the door! Staggeringly wonderful my very clever friend. Jenny x

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  16. WOW...Anne this is Spectacular... FABULOUS creation... I adore every amazing detail....Congrats to you on your wonderful news... Hugs May x x

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  17. This is going to take several comment posts I can tell!!! A big hug for your new designing position! ANYONE is lucky to get you Anne and I know how much you love to build things,
    Your house is absolutely without a doubt out of this world wonderful. And a big kiss on your cheek for telling us how you did it! ! Now I will be back in a few minutes. I have to go study your blog some more!
    Sandy xx

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  18. Oh what fun! I could make something like this for Christmas. I think I need those box dies...must go shopping...any one told you lately you are a brilliant enabler?

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  19. Your new Halloween project is fabulous! You are going to have quite a collection Anne! Can't wait to see the one you made last year again! I am trying to finish a birthday project so I do not know if I have time for this challenge. I wonder if they celebrate the day of the Dead in Ecuador!?
    from one of your biggest fans - me!!!

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  20. Wow Anne! I can't believe your house was made out of boxes! What a creative way to use that die! Congratulations on your new DT position with Eileen! What a treat it will be to work along side her! Best of luck on your new crafty adventure! hugs :)

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  21. Oooooo, I love it. What a super house - the perfect centrepiece for the Halloween celebrations. How fabulous that you made it so that it lights up...truly Spooktacular.

    Toni xx

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  22. Seriously genius Anne!! To create this is staggering, but to create it from boxes really bats it out of the ballpark. Your walls are amazing (they look so chalky they could be Farrow & Ball (distressed of course!)). The tree from an embossing folder is fab and then it's leaves are brill. Love the lawn and planting. Then the illumination and those curtains are terrific. I love all of it! You just might have made me want to make something for Halloween!

    Also Anne, huge congratulations on joining Eileen's Inspiration Team. I'm so pleased that so many elite folks are recognising your immeasurable talents. Another perfect matchup for your skills.

    Hope that you are feeling a little better by now. Nicola x

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  23. Oh my word Anne ! Where do I start ! Absolutely fantastic, the design is just awesome and all the detail you've added is just breathtaking ! Sue C x

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  24. This is truly amazing! To think it's made from card...awesome!

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  25. oh wow Anne - this really is amazing - I love it to pieces - you are so very clever - a beautiful and truely amazing piece - wow xx

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  26. Congrats on your new DT place Anne. Your talent will be such a big asset to the team.
    This is absolutely amazing! Your design is outstanding and all the detailing you have added is wonderful.
    hugs Sue xx

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  27. Anne, congratulations on your recent DT news, this is wonderful to read and you know I am so happy for you!!!!!
    Well let me tell you this, you have completely blown me away with this haunted house creation. It is so exquisitely created that it should be in a shop front on display because it is remarkable to think this has been created from cardstock.
    What is menacing is that although it is spooky, it is also inviting yet I wonder, if I stepped over that threshold what devilment would be lurking in that house waiting for little ole me!!!!
    Anne, you are definitely Queen of Halloween.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  28. WOW WOW WOW!!! Pinned! Awesome Halloween inspiration!

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  29. Outstanding Anne, the house is fantastic. You certainly take top place with this house. I am not really into Halloween I'm afraid but I so love all the features you have done on this project. Love the idea of the gauze at the windows, and the tea light against the owl. It's all stunning. Congratulations on your new DT place.x

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  30. I am in awe! This is superb, I hope you have it on show, it deserves prime location for a long time! Nxx

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  31. Hi Anne, I love your Halloween house . Your details are fantastic, the wreath the fussy cut tree, leaves and owl. Love your curtains and roofs . Just brilliant. Tracy x

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  32. Oh my goodness that is simply amazing!!
    And congrats on the new team :)

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  33. I kept trying to leave my comment here this AM and it kept saying someone else was accessing at the same time - we all saw this marvelous creation at the same time I guess! This is so creative and wonderful Anne! love the kids out front, the wreath and tree, the bats, the wonderful curtains - LOVE it Anne! and Big congrats on your new team - Eileen knows a good thing when she sees it!!

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  34. Anne - I see that I am not the only one who thinks this is fab!! I love every bit of it with so many wonderful details that you shared. So Very Well Done!!! Congrats on the new team, I going over to take a look now -

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  35. Just when I think a creation cannot get any better you come up and top it! Anne, I just do not know what to say about this house. It is absolutely fantastic. As is every thing you make. What a wonderful crafter you are - no wonder everyone wants you on their DT. Congratulations on your new position. Have fun!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  36. LOVE LOVE LOVE this wonderful house Anne! The children are so cute and the purple tree is fabulous. Also really like the bats on roof. Everything is AMAZING! Karen.x

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  37. Hi Anne, what a great project. Once again you have shown how versatile these little cubes are.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  38. You are amazing, I love how you made the haunted house! Fabulous details in it and your tutorial makes sense to me, love it! You should take a photo of all your Halloween creations displayed in your home, I bet it looks stunning! I also love last years, the BOO in the glass bottles is genius, I should think like that! Enjoy your new position and looking forward to more!! Hugs Kelly

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  39. What a thrill, Anne - your crafty journey keeps heading onwards and upwards and absolutely deservedly so! What a joy of a creation - so much fun, and so beautifully done. Wish I could see it all lit up in real life. The lacy gables are a brilliant touch, and I love the ghostly greys. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  40. Oh, so Spooky, Anne!! Your ATB haunted house is SPOOK-tacular!! If I fit, I would totally go into that house and get myself all scared and spooked out and come running out the front door with my hands in the air!! :) It's a wonderfully fun house and I love the curtains and that owl with it's shiny orange eyes!! Just too much fun going on!! Keep up your fabulous creations, Anne!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  41. Wow Anne, what a totally stunning project, you are a pure genius to think of this design with your ATBs. I don't know how you managed to sleep at night when making this as ideas must have been constantly popping into your head. I love all your details from the wreath on the door, your purple tree, the orange curtains, absolutely brilliant. Top Marks. Love it.
    Julie x

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  42. OMG, this is just so absolutely amazing!!!! I don't know how I managed to miss it, but so glad you mentioned it on your Tim tag post. It is completely stunning and shows yet again what a complete genius you are when it comes to these ATBs, this is just the very best Halloween piece I have seen anywhere in blogland, - amazing!!! Last year's project was good, but wow, this year's tops the lot!!

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  43. Hi Anne, well you know how much I love Halloween too and I love your haunted house..fabulous! I was thrilled to see mine made the top 3 in last month's challenge. I've just put the finishing touches to quite a 'dark' creation! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  44. wow what a fabulous make xx simply wonderful!

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  45. Thud! (Chin hits floor). I cannot get over the idea of building a house out of the blocks... your creativity is on fire, Anne! The house is AMAZING. And mega congrats on the Eileen Hull DT. You are soaring, as well you should!

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  46. Anne you are just amazing! This Halloween house is a masterpiece- you should have been an architect! As always your fabulous finishing touches make the project really shine. I love all of the details and that it actually does light up- wow! Hugs from the #paprtrail3!

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  47. Wow!!!!! I love this Anne......such wonderful details. The windows, roof and garden are just fantastic. The tree is wonderful too.

    This will look stunning next to your house and other amazing creations from last year

    TFS and huge hugs and congratulations. I am beyond thrilled for you

    Annie x x

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  48. Annie, congratulations for being selected to be on Eileen's Team!!! What an honor and so, so well-deserved!! What you did here, and have done in the past with the ATBs, must be heartwarming for Eileen. To have someone with your talent make these stunning works of art has to be a thrill for her! You put a lot of time and love and attention to detail into your fabulous haunted house!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  49. This is one of those projects that you bookmark and then keep going back for another look and seeing something different. Amazing talent you have Anne. Congratulations she is lucky to have you x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  50. Oh my, oh my......speechless! Love this, want to play with it.....I know I can't but it's so well constructed and looks so sturdy. Fabulous details, the touches of white to age the black, the purple Halloween tree, wreath on the door...wonderful work of art Anne, such talent. Ruth xx

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  51. Such a stunning creation, Anne. Love every awesome details. :)

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  52. This is amazing Anne! Love how you built the house and all the special details. Wonderful work! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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  53. Wow! What a fantastic work of art! So fun and creative! A real keepsake to treasure! Thanks so much for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  54. I absolutely adore your Haunted House, it's fantastic!!!

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  55. Excellent work. Your house is so cool.

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  56. can't believe this one slipped past me... I love it, such a perfectly spooky halloween house x

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  57. Anne...saw this on Facebook and had to comment! This is so far beyond crazy creative that I can't even describe it! Every inch of this fantastic trading blocks/Haunted House is just incredible! I love every little detail! From the fence, the trick or treaters to the house itself; it's all just a creative delight!!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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