Sunday, September 19, 2010
GCA #106 - Time for Halloween!!
Hello all!!! Another week gone by and we are now into the middle of September!! Can you believe it? Before you know it, the man in the Red Suit will be here!! But, before he comes, the Great Pumpkin will arrive! You know, that holiday where we loved to be scared and get all kinds of treats! Halloween!!!
I'm not big into Halloween, but I do put some small decorations up and send Halloween cards to my friends that "do" Halloween. I prefer the cute and fun images/things for Halloween as opposed to the gory and scary. This year at convention, one of the bundles they offered us was one for Halloween. This bundle was from Brent Steele's presentation, as he loves Halloween. The bundle included: Spooky Things decor elements, 1/2" Raven lace trim and Black Flourish designer jewels. I haven't bought the sheet of decor elements in the past, but as I work with this set I can see so many possibilities for projects.
On my project for this week I used 3 of the d.e. images: "Happy Halloween", the full bat and the smallest spider. I started with the saying applied directly to the glass and then backed with a piece of Rockabilly dsp (retired) in the Kiwi stripe. Now, the cracks in the glass were not, at first, planned, but as I was working on this one happened and then I went with them. I used Black staz-on along the cracks to give it a "eerie" look. Does it work? I ran a piece of the black lace along the bottom.
The bat was put onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie and cut around. The same for the spider. Now, Putting the d.e. onto card stock is tricky when removing the transfer paper. It likes to pull up the card stock when you remove it. The bat was put on with double thick dimensionals and I "squished" him in the middle to make it look like he was flying. With the spider, I ran a piece of Very Vanilla through my Big Shot with the Spider web eb folder. I covered the folder with black ink first and then cut around it to get the size I wanted. After that, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it up. Once it was dry I stuck it onto the corner of the frame with Sticky Strip. The spider is up with dimensionals.
The "hanger" is made using Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" gg and tied with the black lace and Concord Crush poly twill.
Now, its difficult to see in the picture, but I did a lot of distressing to the frame before I put all of this onto it! My frame came from the $ store, $4, and I removed the stand from the back so it would lay flat on the wall. My up-up-line is coming to Michigan on October 2nd, and she asked me to do a presentation for the event! (I'm so excited, but scared silly at the same time!!!) The item I am going to demonstrate is the new Distressing Kit (118762) on page 195. This is an awesome kit and I'm sure I have only begun to tap into all the fun things I can do with it. First off, I sanded down the frame, to help remove some of the glossy finish. Once I had it where I wanted, then I swiped it with the Charcoal and then Mahogany ink spot. Not satisfied with that, I then spritzed it with the Log Cabin smooch spritz. I like the look, but it took forever for the smooch spritz to dry. I hope you can see how all of this "aged" the frame.
So, for this week's challenge create anything that has to do with a Halloween theme. Now, I understand that some people do not do Halloween at all, but I still want you to be able to play along. So your creations DO NOT have to specifically have "Halloween" items on it. By that, I mean you can use pumpkins, scarecrows, hay wagons or just the colors of Halloween. Just have fun and create what you love!
Upload your creation to either your blog or to an online gallery and post a link to your creation to this blog entry by September 25, 2010 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner the next day. If you upload your card to SCS, PaperCraft Planet, Stampin' Addicts, Stampin' Connection (for SU! demos) or Stamp TV, please put GCA106 in your keywords. That way everyone can see all of the wonderful creations at once!
Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenges and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it! And yes, my challenge is open to everyone who visits, even if you live outside the US!