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Friday, 17 October 2014

A Vintage Journey - Halloween - To Die For

It is my turn to be host at A Vintage Journey and I have (not surprisingly) chosen Halloween - To Die For as my Challenge, where you are asked to use at least one die to create a Halloween piece in the style of Tim Holtz.

My Creative Guide Team-mates have made some fabulous pieces and I hope you will go over, have a look and also join in the challenge.

Our wonderful Sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 Voucher to spend in their on-line store for one winner chosen by the team.  In addition we will be choosing three Pinworthies who will have their pieces added to our Pinterest page and they will receive a badge to display on their blog.

For my project I wanted to use as many dies as possible and I made a shadow box from a picture frame I picked up very cheaply from the supermarket.


I covered the frame with black Gesso, a crackle glaze and then a mix of Weathered Wood and Antique Linen Distress Paints.  I cut several cobwebs from Tim's Cobwebs Decorative Strip die and attached these over the whole of the frame.  Here is a view of the side...


The background was created using Ranger Speciality Paper and Tim's fabulous new Distress Spray Stains in Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze.

The other dies used are the Halloween Shadows, Autumn Gatherings and the On the Edge Graveyard.  I do not have the tree die but I have the Embossing Folder so I embossed some black card with the folder and fussy cut the tree.  The house was a gift from a lovely blog friend last Halloween.

To finish off I added some Florist moss for grass.  I also cut some holes in the back of the frame and pushed through some battery operated tea lights to light up the house.  The lights flicker and look quite spooky in real life.



I really hope you can pop over to A Vintage Journey, to see some amazing inspiration from my Team-mates and hopefully join in the Halloween - To Die For Challenge!

I am linking up to the Sizzix Challenge - Halloween HERE as I used a number of Sizzix dies in my creation - Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings, Halloween Shadows, Rickety House and the fabulous Cobweb die.  The fabulous prize is a selection of Tim's new releases!

As always, thanks for looking, I will be back on Monday with something a little different, hope you can join me then.  Hugs, Anne xx

40 comments:

  1. This is spookishly marvelous Anne! love your dark scene eerily lit from behind - and the wonderful spider webs and crackle on the framing! A terrific decoration for Halloween!

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  2. I love shadow boxes, the make everything so much more interesting and dimensional. This looks so professional and spooky!! I love how you lit it, always thinking aren't you. This is spooktacular!
    Hugs Kelly

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  3. Beautifully done Anne! Fabulous texture and I love he light shine through the windows. Karen.x

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  4. Fabulous Halloween creation Anne. Colours look great. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. A great theme Anne,

    I love your shadow box - very spooky indeed. I love the light coming from the windows and all the rest of the fantastic elements.

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  6. This is wonderful Anne. Such a spooky scene you have created, the light shining through the windows really adds to the effect and the cobwebs around the frame look amazing.
    hugs Sue xx

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  7. What a super creation Anne - I love every spooky bit of it.
    Toni xx

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  8. amazing transformation of a cheap as chips frame from the supermarket...love the cobweb edging and the spooky light shining from the house...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  9. An absolutely fabulous Halloween creation yet again Anne, love how you transformed your cheap frame! This looks fantastic against that spider web background. Your house is going to look so amazing around Halloween with all those stunning makes!

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  10. HI Anne, just saw this over at Vintage Journey, this is a hauntingly stunning creation and what a way to transform a frame, love how you used the cobweb die, hugs Carole Z X

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  11. LOVE your shadow box Anne. The frame is stunning, It was also a great idea to cut out a bit at the back for light as gives it a lovely warm spooky glow and your Owl looks cute sitting on the tree. This is going to coordinate so well with your other Halloween projects to decorate your house.
    Julie x

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  12. Such a fabulous spooky box Anne! The frame is stunning, but I also love the individual details inside. And I am hooked on the lovely tea lights too - what a lovely spooky glow the light gives to your project. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy Halloween when it comes!! Jennie x

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  13. Wow, what a fantastic spooky scene! I love all the die-cuts you've used and the tea light to make it light up is a wonderful touch!
    Rebecca.

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  14. This is just so You Anne! the whole project looks fabulous and what a great idea to light up that spooky house. Mo x

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  15. Holy wowsers Anne! Just wonderful! You created an entire scene, and it lights up! What!!! Amazing! Love the bats, all your spider webs and your mossy grass, this is just such a great Halloween make! hugs :)

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  16. I may just need to get that webby die now! Oh how I love the house that Anne built or shadow box! Great details and the finishing with the moss is priceless! Love this Halloween treat! Happy Weekend! Hugs!

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  17. Ummmm WOW! This is a fantastic Halloween Shadow Box. I can't wait to play!

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  18. Oh Boy! love this Anne. All my favourite dies and the tea-lights, brilliant idea.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  19. Totally brilliant piece Anne! Especially love the eerie glow at night - how fabulously spooky!! Love the depth of colour and perfect diecuts. What are you trick or treating as this year??? Have a lovely weekend and stay cosy. Nicola x

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  20. Brilliant Challenge
    Love your Halloween Shadow box, the cobweb frame is amazing
    Love the spooky scene and the lights in the house is genius

    Jools x

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  21. Superb Anne. I bet it looks fabulous irl. Do the grandies like halloween? Wee Man doesn't. ((hugs)) xx

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  22. To think this was a simple frame! You've created the most effective and beautiful shadow box here Anne and I love how you've got it to light up too so it can be even more spooky. Leading from the front for this challenge I'd say! Jenny x

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  23. Wonderful! Need I say more?
    Sandy xx

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  24. The cobweb box is the Halloween bomb! LOVE LOVE LOVE the black and white! Gorgeous scene inside too!

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  25. I love this Anne - as with all of your pieces it is amazing! and so very spooky too! Love it! Thanks so much for your continued support! Big hugs rachel x

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  26. Your use of all those dies is just amazing Anne. The scene is set for the bewitching hour, bring it on!!!!

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  27. Fabulous shadow box and your use of dies wow! Great theme for a Halloween challenge. Ruth x

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  28. I love your shadow box Anne ....and all those wonderful details/dies you have used. The finished result is wonderful and will look amazing next to all your other fabulous Halloween projects.

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

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  29. SPOOKTACULAR Anne, Love the detail & fabulous die-cuts....Great theme...Hugs May x x

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  30. WOW!! Anne, I love this shadowbox--Look at those creepy cobwebs all over the place!! It's like I've had to peel the cobwebs apart to expose the haunting scene in front of me--SCARY!! :) I love how you've added the flickering tea-light to bring the house to life :) Such a wonderful inspiration for AVJ!! Such a fun challenge :) XOXO-Shari

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  31. Hi Anne, finally catching up on my woefully way behind commenting, so had a chance to zip over to enjoy your wonderfully spooky shadowbox. Love the background of the scary Halloween sky with the silhouette shadows in the foreground. Very excellent use of the spiderweb strip die to cover your framing...most effective. Just recently got a couple of the spray stains, not used as yet. You've got another spectacularly spooky masterpiece on this one! TFS & Hugs. Happy Sunday.

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  32. Love this project from the cobwebby frame to all the detail of the spooky scene. I can tell you love Halloween!

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  33. Wonderful creation Anne, I love the scene you have created with all the die cuts, so effective. And thr spiders web on the border is fab! Didn't know this die existed!

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  34. Such a great scene, Anne. Love how you've built it up with the dies.

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  35. Fabulous spooky shadow box and a great use of Halloween dies
    MaggieH

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  36. Wow Ann this is truly amazing all those amazing die cut pieces - brilliant

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  37. This is why you are Queen of Halloween!
    You brought together the most perfect combination of die-cuts and who knew a supermarket purchase could be transformed into something so spooky.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  38. Eeek! I think I WOULD surely die if I came across such a spooky scene on a dark night! You have thoroughly captured scarey inside your shadow frame, Annie! And the continuous cobwebs covering the frame are genius! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  39. I love that you used the cobweb die cut on the frame--totally my favorite part! And the fact that this lights up is just incredible. Love this spooky scene! Giving me great inspiration for my yard decor!

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