Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Goin' Hauntin'

I had a blast working on this week's Grungy Monday project.  Linda L. chose a cool technique for us to incorporate.  Click HERE to see how it's done from the master himself.  And for those of you who just arrived in my world, I am referring to Tim Holtz.

While I do enjoy the quirky, I am not particularly a lover of all things Halloween.  However, at this time of year so much of the new crafts products seem to involve that holiday, so it's been on my mind.  And, I had this leftover cover from a small configurations project, and some Halloween tissue tape, and a stamp set, and ......

So, here is my skeletal friend, just chillin' in front of his digs, doing some last minute prep work before his big day:



I lined the inside with one of Tim's Halloween tissue tapes, and the outside with the other.  The back on the inside is the apothocary label page from his Lost and Found paper stack.  Here's a side view:





Inside, behind Mr. Skeleton is the piece I did with this week's challenge technique.  I used the witch hazel stamp from Tim's Haunted Mansion set.  Attached to the top of the box is a raven, also from that set.  I put a poison label (from the Curiosities set) on a small vial, and attached it with wire to the vellum piece.



The haunted house is actually called Rickety House, and it is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  I cut it from a piece of Core'dinations paper (the black magic line), then ran it through my machine in the Cracked embossing folder, and sanded the raised areas.





As for Mr. Skeleton himself.....I bought a bunch of them in Mario's shop on the 2009 cruise to Mexico, and this is the first one I've used in a project!  He's somewhat pliable, so I've managed to sit him up, cross his legs, and manipulate his arms so he's holding his book.  C'mon, admit it, that book tickles you as much as it does me. 



I tore some black lace up and attached it the top.  It sort of hangs down, and I'm not sure how well you can see it, but here's trying:



I didn't even try for any twofers or threefers this week.  This was one of those rare times when I actually had a clear picture in my mind of how I wanted this to turn out.  So, now I'm off to see what I can do with the Simon Says challenge.








26 comments:

SusanK said...

Oh so clever!

Michael said...

This is Awesome!

Helen said...

Oh, Eileen, I love this - and I don't "do" Hallowe'en either... but that skeleton is fab; and the whole thing is wonderful.

LindaCCC said...

I love the skeleton holding the book. What a great sense of humor. Very clever. I hope one day soon I can actually try the techniques that you always present.

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

I laughed when I saw this. It is perfect! I love all the detail you've managed to get into this piece, just awesome. You've done Halloween very proud! LOL!

Elaine Allen

Patzee said...

For someone not much into Halloween, you created an outstanding piece of art for the holiday! And with your special sense of humor, too! Great job!!

Nancy Lynn said...

This is an outstanding piece of art although I am not a big fan of Halloween creepy things.

Lori said...

This is totally spectacular...I LOVE it! That book is hilarious, as is the skeleton holding it. Wish I would have bought some of those...lol...well done, my friend!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

OMG!!!! Eileen...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I don't do Halloween either...but I SO love this!!!!

Vic said...

Super cool!

Debbie said...

AWESOME! This is soo fabulous. I love all the doodads and details. LOL! Great job!

Kathy Eddy said...

I don't really do halloween either, but gotta love this! That skeleton is so cool!

Alicia said...

Oh Eileen, I don't do Halloween either but this is just a fabulous piece of Art Work my friend!! I LOVE it! *Hugs*

Judy Wood said...

Very cool, dark, and mysterious. Aren't boxes fun?!? Great job!

Wanda said...

Oh that is very cool!! I love it!

LindaCCC said...

I love the book. So funny. Your art is always so challenging and some day I hope to try your techniques.

craftyM said...

Work is beautiful, BUT I SO LOVE your sense of humor! Dummies Guide to House Haunting! LOVE IT! You are too fun!!
Marita

Debby said...

This is really cool. Love that skeleton!

Bearcrazyman said...

Halloween is my favorite.
If this piece is looking for a new home... Just sayin' LOL

Friends

Tammy D said...

I'm not a particular fan of Halloween either, but I really like your box!

Gail Bales said...

So Cool! Totally love this. Thanks for sharing.
Gail in Oklahoma

Dorothy said...

Halloween is not my fav either ut you nailed this!!!
Love it!

Karen said...

Great piece - Funny too!

Elena said...

This is adorable Eileen!!! Your creativity is out of control!!!

Lisa :) said...

This is amazing!!!!

fairy thoughts said...

this is very 'dark' i love it !
janet