Sunday, 23 October 2016

Two Weekly Challenge

Two Weekly Challenge

Happy Sunday to you all!

Anyone doing anything exciting?

Woke to a beautiful red sky this morning
so I guess the weather will provide much
excitement today in that it means I shall
stay indoors and craft the day away

Time for the new two weekly challenge
and in the UK we are going to be
celebrating Bonfire Night 

There is even an old folk rhyme:

"Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot....."

This refers to Guy Fawkes and his pals'
failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament

Back in the day this was probably the only reason
for letting off fireworks.  Nowadays we don't care
we let off fireworks on every occasion possible!!

Enough meandering down historical paths - time
for the challenge, which is


sparkling explosions of colour in the night sky......
................sort of thing.....

As ever, you have two weeks to enter as many times
as you like via the link.  If you can't use the link then
send your pictures to be and I will upload them for you

The link closes at midnight on 6th November and the
winner will be chosen by the Random Generator on the
following Tuesday

Good luck everyone

Mickie xx

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Pumpkin Scarecrow & Halloween


Hallo everyone!

Hope you've got your pumpkins already
and don't forget the candles

Another spooky project today from

Hazel Harler

who has been busy creating something
specially for us so over to you Hazel:

"I decided to do a journal page for my Halloween piece

 I stencilled the wall with modeling paste onto a 6" x 8" piece of mixed media card 
and then gave it a coat of gesso.

I painted the wall with watered down acrylic paint and spritzed it with water, 
drying the wall between each colour,
 there is also a little brimstone wings Color Bloom on there.

I fastened some chain to the wall with brads and put some jump rings on the end, 
I painted some quinacridone gold paint to make it look like the metal has rusted.

 I stamped the Carabelle Studio images onto white card, 
coloured them with pencils and cut them out. 

The glass dome was stamped onto acetate and cut out, 
I've no idea who made the skeleton stamps, they are from my stash

The knife was drawn by hand.

 I glued all the stamped images to the page and 
used an Impression Obsession stamp with distress ink for the table, 

The mad doctor was stamped with a Stampers Anonymous stamp and coloured with pencil. 

I cut him out so that he could hold the knife.

 I added some gauze, die cut spiders, a Tando pumpkin, some graffiti 
on the walls and acrylic paint blood.

A close up of the skeleton chained to the wall.

A close up of the specimen glass.


A close up of the sitting skeleton"

Items used

Super project Hazel and how nice to
see it as a journalling piece

Thank you very much

Now this has got to be a must do page 
in my journal (that I haven't touched in
a while).. I am so going to enjoy this one.....

See you tomorrow

Mickie xx 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Pumpkin, Scarecrow & Halloween

Pumpkin Scarecrow & Halloween


We continue the Halloween theme today with

Crafty Field

who is going to show us her super spooky card

I made a spooky scene with items that aren't necessarily Halloween themed.

First, for my moonlit background, I selected Glossy paper
 and cut out a circle from masking sheet to protect the moon.

Using Distress inks I then brayered the night sky, darker at the top.

 I used this menacing Branches stamp by Impression Obsession. 

The picture shows Versafine ink and standard cardstock as I made the fatal mistake of forgetting to take off the moon mask before stamping! 

For my second try I switched to Glossy paper to get a deeper tone 
as the texture of the standard card gets in the way. 

When using Glossy card stock Dye ink is a better choice so 
I switched from Versafine to Memento dye ink.

I stamped the Boo sentiment with an old alphabet stamp .
(To make sure the letters are spaced correctly I used the "U"
 as a place holder as it is the same width as the "O".)

Last, but not least, I stamped a "crow", a bird from the CI-329 stamp set.
To make it pop off the page I used Archival ink. 

For finishing touches I darkened the corners of the image 
with black ink and cut the excess cardstock.

Against that dark and eerie background 
I needed a colourful and fun addition
 and settled on Pumpkins. 

I made those with hand cut ovals but you could use dies, if you have them. 
I coloured the cardstock with Distress inks, 
adding Walnut around all the ovals of the big pumpkin. 

I also added a die-cut leaf from my bits & bobs jar

4. The finished project

Materials used:

Many thanks Crafty Field for a fun card

That's all for today folks.. Enjoy!

Mickie xx