2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseHello Friends and happy Friday to all of you! It’s time today to continue on with my Halloween Haunted House tour. Let’s take a peek into my haunted sun room.

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My little sun room is probably my favorite spot in the house. It’s surrounded by windows and light, and tucked into the back corner of my house, it’s nice and private and cozy. I particularly love it in here now that it’s all decked out for the holiday. It’s a great spot to sit curled up with a blanket and a book.

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I’ve been collecting Halloween for years, and I know some of you have been touring with me for years, so many of these things may be old friends to you now. The skull lantern is new… the larger of my Pottery Barn clearance score from last year. The mummy is one of my craft guys. Bendable wire wrapped in strips of torn fabric.

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This bureau is an antique butler’s chest, and is my favorite piece in the room. Great spot to display a whole bunch of Halloween goodies!

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The ghost is one of this year’s weekly crafty play day creations. The base is paper mache, painted and draped in cheesecloth.

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The purple tinsel tree is new, too, and an absolute steal at only $5 from the thrift store.

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This rolly basket is an antique laundry cart, meant to haul wet laundry out to the clothesline. I’ve filled it with vintage linens and pillows, then stuffed with lots of Halloween stuffies.

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Mr. Ghoul is another craft project the girls and I made at our weekly crafty play dates.

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The paper bag pumpkin was made by my wee Missy Nik when she was just two years old. She painted the ceramic jack to the right of it for me years ago, too. Good grief, but these things are just beyond priceless to me.

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Some of my paper crafts of the past.

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Lots of Lori Mitchell figures and Nik’s old tissue ghosts.

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My reading nook, nestled amongst the ghosties.

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Tub O’ Jacks.

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And a black tree filled with felties.

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Nik and my ceramic studio friends, Big Jack and Little Jack. You can sure see the difference in our painting skills over the years. :)

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The back of my basement door and a spooky paper skelly. And finally, a peek at my table for yesterday’s annual Halloween luncheon with the girls.

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And with that, we come to a good place to stop for the day. Thank goodness, right? Good thing there’s only one week left until Halloween! Then we can move on and I can bombard you with Thanksgiving and Christmas! (insert evil laughter)

Harvest Pumpkin with Sizzix

Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! Today I have some Sizzix fun to share with you. A fall-themed home decor project and tutorial made with my favorite die from Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Fall and Halloween Alterations release, Pumpkin Parts.

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If you haven’t seen the new Pumpkin Parts die yet, it’s name literally speaks for itself in that this die cuts 5 separate individual sections that you then layer and build up together to create one super cool 3D pumpkin.

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The detail on this die cut pumpkin shape is simply amazing and looks so lifelike with the ridges from the separate layers. I thought it would be fun to shabby  one up with lots of Tim Holtz Distress products and pop it into an old frame for a quick and easy autumn home decor project. Looks great for Halloween, and works well into the fall and Thanksgiving, too.

I have a quick tutorial to share with you for creating the shabby distressed finish of my pumpkin. So let’s get started.

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Here are the individual parts from the Pumpkin Parts die. Cute all on its own, but even better with the built-up layers. Since this a steel-edged die, you can die cut the pumpkin from any number of starting materials. I knew I wanted a strong, durable, dimensional pumpkin for my home decor frame, so I die cut mine from raw chipboard.
*For Sizzix Bigz dies use this basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Cutting pad, die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, second cutting pad.

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Paint the pumpkin parts with Distress Paint. I used Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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To give some definition and shadowing to the pumpkin parts, dab a darker color of Distress on the edges of each orange body piece. For this step, I used Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain.

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Using a foam blending tool, apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges of all of the die cut pieces. This will help all the layers stand out from each other when finished.

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Apply a fairly heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the pumpkin parts, and allow to dry completely. I left the pumpkin stem matte, but you can crackle it, too, if you wish.

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Look at this amazing pumpkin once the crackle paint has dried! To bring out the crackling a bit more, you can wipe over the pieces with your foam blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

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As a final step before adhering the pieces together, we’ll add a bit more detail. Wipe the edges with additional Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then add a light touch of Distress Glitter around the pumpkin stem and along some of the edges of the individual pieces. I like to use the Clear Rock Candy crackle paint for my glitter glue.

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Once everything is dry, glue the parts together using the crackle paint, Glossy Accents, or your favorite tacky glue. Embellish the stem with a bit of moss, hemp, and a button. I added a tag and harvest sentiment to mine. The tag is die cut using Tim’s 8-piece Tag Collection Framelits set. And all the paper is from Graphic45, our product partner on the Sizzix blog this month. Their beautiful An Eerie Tale collection.

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Pop the pumpkin into a simple 4×6 frame and there you have it, an instant home decor project. Hope you enjoyed! Oh, and looking ahead….

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseMy Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Pumpkin Parts

Patterned Paper: Graphic45 An Eerie Tale
Distress Ink, Paint, Crackle, Glitter: Ranger
Ink: Stampin’Up
Trim: May Arts
Other: Moss, Button

 

Toxic Treats with Authentique

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. My boy was home, so it was a very happy weekend for this ol’ momma. And big happenings in the works as this week, I’m hosting my Haunted Halloween luncheon. You all know I’m determined to win the spookiest Halloween House title again, and this year, I am an absolute shoe-in. Paige is not even hosting this year due to a recent knee surgery, so that means it’s down to just me and Joanne. My competition has been cut in half, my friends! That championship title is in the bag!

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Sharing a toxic treat container with you today. Made with a fun container die from Sizzix and Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

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A painted chipboard handle for a bit of strength. A pair of Details cardstock stickers turned into hang tags. A bit of trim and a vintage button. Some terribly toxic treats to give or to keep.

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Guaranteed to make you shriek!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks once again for your sweet comments on my last Halloween Tour post. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseHello my spooky friends and happy Friday! Today it’s time to pick up where we left off last week, and continue my 2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour with a visit into my haunted dining room. I do hope you all enjoy the tour!

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Those of you who’ve toured with me before may recognize some of my old Halloween friends, although every year things get moved and shifted around in new locations. This year, I’ve placed one of my largest pieces, my grinning metal jack o’lantern, smack dab in the center of my dining table, along with one of my new guys… a clay headed stick figure scarecrow the girls and I made  during one of our crafty play days this month.

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My antique sideboard is filled with my favorite combo… old transferware pieces and crisp white ironstone. Black transferware, of course, in honor of Halloween. And this year, I’ve added in a few purple pieces, too.

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I don’t worry too much about following rules of design or defining my decorating style. My motto is, if you love it, then by all means, use it. For me, that means including lots of handmade items, especially those made by my kids, like these silly mummies. The wee Missy Nik and I made those together many years ago from wooden ice cream sticks, painted and wrapped, with googly eyes tucked inside. The nostalgia of those happy memories simply cannot be beat.

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Nik painted the skull and bone piece many years ago, too.

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Plastic spiders and skull beads and rubber bouncy ball eyeballs. Some of my own handmade paper treats.

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I have a bit of a “thing” for Lori Mitchell Halloween figurines… cough, cough…

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so you may find one or two of them mixed in, as well… ;)

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So there you have it. My haunted Halloween dining room. Hope it gave you some smiles. We’ll stop here for today, but never fear… there’s lots more tour yet to come. Wishing you all a spooktacular weekend! Thanks so much for popping by!

Stitchn’Sew Ghosties with Therm O Web

Sharing some more Halloween fun with you today, and a super easy sewing project.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StitchnSew GhostsA pair of spooky Halloween ghosties made with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew felt interfacing.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StitchnSew Ghosts2All you need for these cuties is a bit of interfacing, black felt, and stuffing, and a few basic sewing skills. If you don’t have a sewing machine, both can easily be sewn by hand. Then add your favorite embellishments and trim, and maybe an old rusty wire for a hanger. I dunked mine into a coffee bath to get them nice and grungy, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StitchnSew Ghosts3I’ve got more details, including a full step-by-step tutorial and free downloadable patterns, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you are all doing well, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh, and by the way…

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseMy Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday….

A Spirited Halloween

Happy Monday, everyone! Thank you all for the sweet comments you left on part one of my Halloween Haunted House Tour. I’m really tickled that you enjoyed it, and I’ll pick up the tour again this Friday. For today, I have some more Halloween to share with you. This time, a card made with Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

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This card features one of the journaling cards from the Enhancements Cut Apart paper. The 3×4 and 4×6 Enhancements are perfect for pocket scrapbooking, but they also make quick and easy focal points for cards.  Love the sentiment on this one and really wanted to let it shine.

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I added a light wash of color to two of the lines with Distress ink. Great way to highlight a few key features. Then added the panel to my card base, pieced from a mixture of 12×12 and 6×6 Bundle papers.

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The webs are die cut from my Papertrey Ink web die. The spider is from Sizzix. I coated both with Art Anthology black glitter paint for a final spooky touch.

Gives ya the shivers, doesn’t it? ;)

2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseSpooky greetings, Friends! Today is the day. Time to begin my 2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Here you will find all things spooktacular as I unveil just the start of things to come this holiday season. I’ve got thrills and chills to share with you, and waaaay more photos than you would ever wish to see. So grab a cup of coffee, buckle your seat belts, and sit back. Enjoy the tour!

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Today I thought I would start the tour with my front entryway table and bench, as they are the first things you see as you enter my home. I know many of you have taken a Halloween tour with me before, so I’ll mostly let the photos do the talking.  But let me know if I can answer any questions.

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Many of these things you’ve probably seen once or twice before, but I do slowly add to my collection every year. This is one of my new guys, picked up on clearance after Halloween last year from Pottery Barn. I got a bigger one, too, which you will see later on the tour. I stuffed this one full of recycled packaging paper and added an antique silver fork at the base. Bon Appetit!

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The wee Missy Nik’s handcrafted zombie buddy from last year, made from painted wire and an old wooden spool. The head is an acorn that was painted by my friend Joanne’s husband, Kurt. He is incredibly talented, isn’t he?

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My zombie buddy. Spool and wire again, but made this guy’s head from Sculpey clay.

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The ghost is made from simple recycled cardstock, hand cut, textured with a bit of tissue paper, and painted. So cheap and easy. Another craft project from years gone by.

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Nik’s handmade fabric bat and a plastic skeleton from an old Scholastic learning kit. Nothing is safe from me. And another amazing Pottery Barn clearance item, the ceramic skull vase.

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Dollar Store creepy cloth over the banister. I made the wreath several years ago as a knock-off Pottery Barn design. It’s an old dress-up black feather boa pinned to a craft store wreath form, topped with a cute felt pumpkin and cat head wreath my mom found at a yard sale.

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Do you see those amazing zombie head ornaments? More hand-painted acorns from my friend, Kurt.

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Happy Hauntings to you, my friends! We’ll pick up the tour again another day. Thanks so much for stopping by, and wishing you all a very wonderful weekend!