Thursday, September 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Halloween

I wanted to do more for Halloween this year without spending to much. So here are a few ideas I came up with. I searched the internet for some spooky bottle labels and other images that I could print off for free. Then I searched my house and started looking at things in a different way. I found some old books, a tarnished silver sugar cup, a box of emergency candles and some old bottles. I did buy a few things to pull the look together spider webs and spiders, a bag of bones, a rubber snake, a skull, and some of that aged cheese cloth stuff. It seems like alot but these items are very inexpensive. I found all of these items in the Halloween section.

This frame usually sits on my mantel with a family photo in it. I just simply removed the photo and printed these items from the net and combined them with some patterned paper I already had.

My husband had these old books lying around so I didn't dust them off and added some webs to them. The candles are emergency candles they come in a box of ten for a couple dollars. I just wrapped some twine around them.

This is another label from the net that I aged with old paper and vintage photo distress ink.
The lid is a used coffee filter that I hot glued on the top and added a little distress ink. I saw this idea from a site called a fancyful twist.

My husband was in the woods the other day and found this tall brown bottle and brought it home for me. It had some old leaves in it that I couldn't get out so I just went with it. I used one the my inventory tags that I sell here on my blog. I decided that the leaves were dried troll skin and aged the tag with distress ink.

This is a shadow box that I've had lying around for ever and thought it would be perfect for this. I used pattern paper, images from the net, some of the bones I bought and few other things I gathered from my scraproom.

Used a printed label distressed it and used color wash ink to make the blood spots and drips.

This Boo banner is the one I made last year. I'm not sure it really fits well with the mantel but I up for now.

I found this label and thought the green rubber snake would work perfectly. I just added water and a few drops of alcohol ink to make it look green and murky.

I found these sticky eyeballs in the Halloween section and added this label, water and red ink.

Here are some of the places I found the images and labels. I hope you picked up some ideas for your Halloween season.

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Old Bottles

These are some bottles I kept from our old house. I thought I could do something crafty with them for Halloween.


I used stamps, punches, patterned paper, ribbon, wire, a brad, a feather, an old key, glimmer mist and color wash sprays.
I used an old Stampin' Up rub-on on this one, added some wire and a brad.

Some of them have a pirate flare to them but I really like the way they turned out.

Altered Paper Towel Holder

I picked this up at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. I think it was for paper towels but as soon as I saw it I thought ribbon storage. I changed out the dowel for a smaller one painted and distressed it then added some of my favorite paper. I think it turned out pretty cute.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Altered Clothes Pins

My sister was in charge of some of the games at her friend's bridal shower and she mentioned that she needed some decorative clothespins. Well, that was all she needed to say I volunteered to make these for her. The colors of the shower were Lilly Pulitzer pink and green so I went through my stash and found this Basic Grey line that I though matched pretty well. I think they turned out cute and my sister really liked them the shower is today so we'll see what the bride thought. I glued strips of paper to the clothespins and then sanded the edges of the paper. The sanding took a while but really makes such a difference.

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My very own Smash Book

When I first heard of smash books I thought it would be a great way to display some of my own ephemera that I've been hoarding for years. I have a large tote full of pictures, movie stubs, advent tickets, cards, postcards letters and the list goes on. I created this smash book and filled it with all sorts of things. This book starts with my parents marriage and runs through my middle school years. I've already started on the another one that will be my high school years.

I love this idea. Now I can actually flip through and see all of my little treasures instead of them sitting in the corner of basement never to be seen.

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A Smashing Gift

A friend of mine's little girl or not so little was turning 13. I thought if anyone could appreciate a smash book/art/junk journal it would be her. Her favorite colors are purple and green so I tired to use lots of those colors through out. These are so much fun to make. I hope she treasures it for years to come.

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