Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spooky. . .

I have really wanting to play with my stamps lately – nothing fancy, just back to some basics.  When I saw the weekly challenge for Funkie Junkie Boutique an idea was immediately sparked.  I love Halloween (as you know if you have been reading this blog) and I have a bunch of rubber stamps that reflect that love.  I am also a paper hoarder; in other words, when I find a paper that I like I hate to use it but, this challenge entry was born out of love for piece of Basic Grey paper from their “Eerie” collection, the paper name is Beware, and according to the Basic Grey website, it is a current collection. How could you NOT love this paper? All flourish-y and not a speck of orange so I can use it for my creepy creations that are not centered on Halloween exclusively – like this one - and enjoy it all year round. I purposely left off anything Halloween related; sort of a self test if you will.  
So I began with the cardboard back of an 8½” x 11” paper pad and covered it with my designer paper.   Then I began to stamp; I stamped on some scrap paper, I stamped on some white cardstock, some cream cardstock, a few papers I had colored with Distress Inks and even a piece of kraft colored paper that was used in packaging from something that I bought!  Some of the images I fussy cut, others I cut with punches and still others I ripped – I have always enjoyed making collages, ever since I can remember, and this was SO much fun (such a nice feeling after my Halloween Box from Hell)!  
The entire collage - click to see it bigger
I am not going to go into the exact building of the piece as it is really a personal preference and you can see where I put everything, so let me tell you what materials I used:

The following are from Paula’s Kit Club out of Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers – the company has since closed, but you can purchase some of Paula’s stamps here at StampFransico
§      Poison Label (I punched the cat out & glued it on the label)
§      Warning May Be Habit Forming
§      Last Will & Testament
§      Undertaker
§      Warming: Not to be used. . .  (Long warning statement)

Then we have these following stamps:
§      Sebastian (Winged Skeleton) from Meer Image
§      Right & Left Skull from MadRat Rubber 
§      VooHoo Doll from Wild Frog Creations 
§      Tarot Cards & Ouija Board from gg designs 
§      Nevermore from Viva Las Vegas 
§      French Script from Stampin’ Up!
§      The Devils Head & Reading the Hand are from unknown companies

§      Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
§      Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Forest Moss & Fired Brick

§      Cat Punch (Prowling Cat by PunchBunch)
§      Bird Punch (Martha Stewart)
§      Embossing Ink (for Ouija Board)
§      Black Embossing Powder (for Ouija Board)
§      Flower (I had an old dusty blue one that I colored with black spritz ink)
§      Metal Ghost Charm
§      Ranger Glossy Accents (covered the metal ghost charm with it)
§      Silhouette Cameo for Flames at the bottom
§      Tim Holtz Movers & Shakers Skull & Bat die cut (for bat in left corner, die cut out of lightweight cardboard & painted black)

So there you go!  Like I said in the beginning of the post I just really had the urge to do something without feeling all sorts of “pressure” (yes, I apply the pressure myself) and I truly had a great time getting back to my roots so to speak.  I still have a few more cards & projects to share in the next few days so stay tuned!  

I am entering this project in the following challeges:
§      Funkie Junkie Boutique – challenge “What’s Your Poison?”   
§      Unruly PaperArts - RAQ2 - Going Batty
§      Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
§      Left of Center Creative Challenges - Halloween/Spooky
§      Cut It Up - Day of the Dead or Halloween (I chose Halloween & used the Tim Holtz bat die cut)
§      Tando Creative Challenges - Spook it!
§      Creative Creations Challenges - Halloween
§      Oh La La Creations - Things with Wings (Sebastian the Skeleton)
§      Stamp and Create - Fall or Halloween (I chose Halloween)
§      Incy Wincy Design - Halloween 

Where did I find all these challenges to enter?!?! Why at Challenges for Days please go take a look and don't forget to subscribe!


  1. You have definitely found lots of wonderful and spooky elements for Halloween to combine for this project. I love Sebastian the Winged Skeleton. Thanks so much for sharing your great art with us at Unruly PaperArts this month.

    1. Thank you Danie! Sebastian is one of my favorite stamps :)

  2. you have all kinds of goodies here! very cool collage! xo

    1. Thank you Michele - your kind words are appreciated :)

  3. spooktastic thanks for joining us at LOC

    1. Thank you Lorraine! I have been watching the LOC challenges just waiting to find one I could join - love the blog!

  4. What a fascinating collage. I love all the components, and it looks like you had a blast creating each piece!!

    Thanks for linking to Cut it Up Halloween/Day of the Dead Challenge!


  5. Fabulous project Christi ! Love all of the details ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

    1. Thanks Sue - I love Frilly & Funkie & it's nice to be able to play in the challenge :)

  6. Fab creation, so fun!
    Thanks for joining us at Left of Center Challenges.

  7. Fabulous card
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
    Happy Crafting

  8. What a fun little Halloween collage, Christi! I am loving the die cut flames :)
    Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up :)

  9. Very funny and spooky creation for Halloween tee hee !!! Thank you for sharing with us over Tando's challenges ! And thank you also for the link on your "Challenges for Day" blog, that's a very cool idea to keep a list of challenges and share with others ! :) But I didn't see Tando's challenges in it?.. Rofl! :) Coco x

    1. Thanks Coco!! I will submit the Tando Challenge to the Big Blog Boss to get it listed ASAP :)

  10. Fun spooky Halloween project! Thanks for linking it to Tando this month.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Kaz :) Love Tando's products - wish I could by them here in the States :)

  11. Awesome Halloween creation! Thank you for joining us here at Creative Creations!

  12. great spooky collage thanks for joining us at OLL

  13. Wonderful collage! I am loving all the elements on this. Thank you for joining us over at Unruly PaperArts for Octobers RAQ. We hope you will join in again.


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