Saturday, 18 October 2014

More scary stuff....

Hi everybody,
Happy Weekend to you all!

Today started off dark, wet and dreary, but this afternoon we had sun and patches of blue sky, which was nice.

I couldn't resist making another piece for Halloween. I altered a box I rescued from the recycling bin by painting it with black acrylic, into which I sprinkled some fairy dust for a bit of glitter. Then I added some crackle glaze to  parts of the frame, and distressed it with silver ink. For the background I used an old calendar page, and stamped it with various motives (TH and Close to my Heart) using perfect pearls medium and perfect pearls in gold and blue. After trimming it to size I fixed it into the box as my background.




Then I set to work with the decorations. The houses and trees are TH die-cuts, which have been treated with crackle accents and distressed with soot black DI. The bats are  from Sizzix. The witch was stamped with black archival, clear embossed and fussy cut, as were the ravens. The skeleton, missing a few bones, was in my stash, so I dug him out to come and play. I am linking to Artist Trading Post, mixed-media, Halloween; Craftroom Challenge, make your own background, Simon Monday Challenge, O is for (October and HallOween) and a Vintage Journey, to die for.







I had fun making it, and a little girl I know is looking forward to having it for Halloween.

This was the blue sky this afternoon:


Some more photos from the Square by the Basilica, a place I love to be:





This is Saint Swidbert, who founded the town 1300 yeas ago





Have a great weekend, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

40 comments:

  1. WOW, Valerie! This isa gorgeous, scary piece of your box "canvas". So much to see and wonder how you've made these clever elements. Thanks for lovely photos, too.
    Here we have a sunny, beautiful morning. I'm going to take a Nordic walk exercise.
    Have a great weekwnd,
    hugs xxx

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  2. Fabulous Halloween artwork and it is so nice that a little girl will get to enjoy it. :)

    Beautiful photographs of your walk-I guess we were both looking at historic architecture at the same time yesterday as we went to York. Forgot to take photographs though :(

    Love your tree photograph, our trees are well behind yours with the colour changes.

    Have a great day today

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. I just mailed you and asked if you took photos in York....

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  3. Love this scary piece, little S is sitting on my lap enjoying it, too, as usual, saying 'wannit'! The baby is teething, so we all had a rough night! Have a great day, enjoy your walks, and take more lovely photos! Hus, Sarah

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  4. Fabulous recycling! Love the background stamping the images look really ghostly! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

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  5. Another brilliant Halloween make! Love how the images on the background seem to light up!

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  6. fabelhaftes halloween bild,ganz toll,schöne Bilder wieder,hier regnet es mal wieder und ich bin erkältet.
    hab ein schönes we,liebe valerie.

    GLG Jeannette

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  7. Boah was für eine gruselig geniale Box hast Du aus der weggeworfenen Verpackung gemacht?
    Hammer... ( da könnte ich (auch) kein Auge in der Nacht zukriegen vor lauter Gruselarbeit -zwinker)
    Und di Foots sind wunderschön Val!
    Schönen junggebliebenen Alttweibersamstag ...hihi!

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  8. Oh my how spooky, gorgeous details!!!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

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  9. A fabulous spooky make, the little girl will love it. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  10. This is one pretty neat creation, super awesome image and loving the colour combination. a tad eeeeeek.xxx
    The Journey is the Start

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  11. This is a wonderful spooky creation, I really love the wonderful background you created and also the treatment you gave to the die cuts. I think the little girl you mention will be delighted with this! Thanks so much for joining in our Halloween - To Die For challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne x

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  12. That little girl is going to be thrilled--one of your best yet! Happy weekend!

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  13. Love your Halloween piece Valerie! So many wonderful elements and textures! Your skeletons seem almost neon on the black background! Looks like you had beautiful weather today. It's rainy and icky where I am! big hugs :)

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  14. LOVE the up-cycled box!! I love to decorate for Halloween.... I said I wan't this year..... however now that I feel slightly better I"m thinking of going downstairs and getting a few of my favorite decorations :) Great photos ♥

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  15. that will be a lovely Halloween gift! Thanks for today's photos Valerie!

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  16. Another terrific piece for Halloween. Using the perfect pearls on the black make the background eerie and the skeleton off to the left is really scary looking. Great photos today too, Valerie.

    Hugs,
    C

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  17. Hi Valerie, you are so creative. I love this piece and those little haunted style houses at the bottom are too cute. Great Halloween art piece. Always enjoy your walking pics. So much to see around your town,
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  18. What fabulous piece Valerie! I love all elements and the blue images effects. This is my favorite.
    Have a lovey weekend! Hugs, Mar

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  19. Great card Valerie. Fabulous pictures too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  20. Brilliant!
    Your home must look so amazing at Halloween.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. Fantastic altering Valerie. Loving the Halloween images and I can see the super witch stamp is there as well., she has such poise. Lovely to have you join us again at ATP Exchange.
    Yvonne xx

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  22. Fabulous Halloween creation, the perfect pearls gives a luminous quality and I love the skeletons gauzy clothes! Thanks so much for joining us at ATP exchange. Ruth x

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  23. What a marvelous 'glowing' background you created for your spooky Halloween box Valerie! And then such ghoulish decorations - the gauze wrapped skeleton - the witches, ravens and trees - OH MY! Thank you for sharing your creation with the A Vintage Journey- To Die For challenge!

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  24. Marvelous spooktackular piece. Love the ghosted images and fabric flourish. xox

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  25. Amazing Halloween make Valerie :-) Love the background and all the wonderful details/techiques you have incorporated. Great to have you join in with us once again at ATP Exchange challenge

    CRafty Hugs Annie x

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  26. I would love wandering through that square Valerie and can understand why you like it so much - it looks deserted, no people wandering around
    Love your Halloween make! There is one little girl who will be receiving one fantastic treat!
    Sandy xx

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  27. Valerie! Your sentiment is out of this world, spine tingling fantastic! Are you related to Poe?
    What gorgeous pictures you have shared with us. Autumn colors are just the best!
    Sandy xx

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  28. I don't know how this happened but the above comment was supposed to go with the previous post!

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  29. Back with my CRC hat on Valerie x As I mentioned earlier I love this background :-) Its such a wonderful creation and all of the details you have incorporated are stunning

    Best Wishes
    Annie x

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  30. Ein herrliches Halloween-Werk, Valerie, die Fotos ja sowieso

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  31. Great project with so much fantastic detail! Thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

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  32. Sure to make someone very pleased, fabulous piece, love all the spooky details! Big hugs, ~Diane

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  33. Du hast mal wieder tolle Fotos mitgebracht. Dein Halloweenwerk ist megagenial.

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  34. so spooky and fab! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

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  35. Gorgeous shadow box very spooky
    MaggieH

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  36. Welch ein starker Kontrast: das dunkle Gruselbild.... und gleich danach der strahlend blaue Himmel mit den goldenen Blättern!
    Heute ist es hier auch so strahlend, wie wunderbar!
    LG ULrike, jetzt wieder auf dem Laufenden

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  37. Totally wonderful Halloween make Valerie! I love what you did with the mica and those skeleton outfits are just fab!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Artist Trading Post Exchange.
    Julia xx

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