Sunday, August 16, 2015

CELEBRATE with Anything But a Card's Final Challenge

It's with mixed feelings that I write this post.  I'm thrilled to have been on the Design Team for Anything But a Card since November of 2013; it was my first design team ever and due to my fellow teamies and Susan Brown's encouragement, humor, help (lots and LOTS of help) I have been blessed with designing for a few more manufactures and such.  I have always loved making things other than cards and this experience definitely enabled me to learn, experiment and grow as a person and a crafter.  So, before I get started on my project I want to shout out to all my fellow DT's, both past & present and to all the beautiful creations that people have entered! Now, as you see, the theme for this last month is Celebration.  I hope you can make a Celebration project and join us. You still have until September 6, 2015 to whip something up and join us (and keep checking the Anything But a Card blog, I hear there may be some surprises in the works!). My favorite holiday is Halloween, so I made this wall hanging to celebrate my favorite holiday:

What I Used to Make my Project:
White Memory Tray - postcard sized squares (I painted it black)
Graphic 45 Papers in Steampunk Spells & Rare Oddities
Rare Oddities Journaling & Ephemera Cards
Retro Art Cafe - Pumpkin podspaper skeletonsskull cameochipboard feather, acrylic black cat & bat 
Prima Resin Frames #572372
Tim Holtz Sizzix Small Bird & Cage Die Set #657207
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Set, #CMS155
Blood Drip stamp is from Viva Las Vegas!
Potion Bottles from The Porkchop Show
Plastic Bone, Black Cat Kittens & Fiber (stash)
Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap (colored embossed bone & edged sign)
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Potting Soil (colored resin frame)
Ranger Embossing Powder in Rich Red
Homemade Embossing Powder (SU! Black & Hologram Highlights mixed, used on feather)
SU! Antique Ivory Embossing Powder (on the bone)
Clear Embossing Powder

I figured it would take me too long to explain this piece step by step, plus, I worked on it for about 3 weeks (on and off) and can't recall them all, so, I am just going to explain some of the embellishments.  Every square uses either Steampunk Spells paper, Rare Oddities paper or Rare Oddities Journaling & Ephemera Card for the background. 

Square #1 "Ravens" - I used a piece of flower stem from my backyard for the tree & mixed my own embossing powder for the feather. Also, the Raven Feathers advertisement is a Rare Oddities Journaling & Ephemera Card.

Square #2 "Cats" - I think the little blood drip is awesome. I admit, I was nervous that I would mess the paper up (I hoard Graphic 45 papers like crazy), but it came out fine. Whew!
Square #3 "skull" - I antiqued the Prima frame with Frayed Burlap ink, but I was concerned about it drying, so I threw a bit of clear embossing powder on it. 

Square #4 "Happy Halloween Sign" - it took me forever to get the plastic bone covered with the embossing powder, but I am really happy how it came out.  I had originally wanted the sign to hang freely, but the fiber was creased, so the sign is glued to the background. This is what the bone looked like when I started next to the finished bone. 

Square #5 "Potions" and Square #6 "Skeletons" are fairly self explanatory.  I loved making this to celebrate Halloween - it's never too early to get your freak on! 

Another Look
Thank you so much for stopping by & please consider following me. I am on a mission to get 100 new followers in the year 2015 (i'm almost there!).  I hope you have many reasons to celebrate! ~ Christi

I am entering my Halloween Wall Hanging in the following challenges:
My Sheri Crafts - #163, Show Me Your Decor
Simply Create, Too - #92, Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #11, Anything Goes
Quoth the Raven, Nevermore - #47, Pick Any 3
Decorate to Celebrate - #106, Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - #32, Any Holiday


  1. WOW Christi that is something else. In a class by its self for sure. I can understand no step by step. it look like it took longer than you said. Everything is done to perfection. Fantastic!

    1. Awwwww! Thank you Janine - I couldn't have done it without you!!! Hugs!! XOXOXO

  2. What a wonderful project you have shared with us. Great use of the papers. Thanks for linking up with us over at myshericrafts this time around.

    1. Thank you Sue! I appreciate your kind comment :)

  3. WOW! this is fabulous and so perfect for the Halloween parties:) Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

  4. You will be missed on the DT at ABC, Christi! Your wall hanging is simply magnificent!! Talk about a work of art! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thanks Darnell! Been meaning to pop by your blog - I see you have been really busy :) xoxo

  5. Very nice project!
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!
    The Leaf Studio

  6. What a great wall hanging! I love that potions block! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

  7. That is gorgeous and such wonderful details :-)
    Thank you for playing along with us at QUOTH THE RAVEN :-)

    IKE xxx
    QTR Author

    1. Thank you Ike!! Love your images and challenges by the way!

  8. Wow great Halloween stuff :)
    I love this little frame with the skull inside <3

    xx Arwen

  9. A wonderful halloween keepsake to bring out year after year! Thank you for sharing your creation with us this week at Simply Papercrafts!

    Sharon (Glittertastic)
    DT Member

  10. I adore this Christi... so many wonderful details and I love the use of 'found' items.
    Thank you for joining us this month at QUOTH THE RAVEN. BDx
    QTR Co-Author

    1. Thank you - it means a lot coming from you as I envy the work you create - it's so deliciously dark.

  11. Really beautiful creation, it's the sort of thing I would have on display all year round :D
    Thank you for playing along with us at Quoth the Raven this month xxx

    1. Shell, I plan on keeping all my "goodies" out all year long - tired of trying to hide the Halloween in me :) xo


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