Thursday, September 27, 2018

Halloween Spooky House Kit by Recollections

Michaels Craft Store has this haunted house configurations box that is all one piece and deep enough to decorate with several of their Ashland Tiny Treasures.  I also used some Halloween Littles from Joann Fabric but the majority of items are from Michaels.

This is the reason why I haven't posted on my blog in a while..........this house took a few weeks to put together as it contains so many tiny components.  But now that I have one done, the next ones will be easier.

For the box itself, I painted it with black acrylic paint then dry brushed on some Finnabair Brushed Iron wax which is now on sale at Michaels for 70% off.  It comes in several different colors for those of you who use waxes in your mixed media art.

The box is sitting on an unfinished wood base that I also purchased at Micahels and painted black.  The one I bought is slightly smaller than the one linked to.
Then I took black paper and punched out a fence using the Martha Stewart Iron Fence punch and again dry brushed some silver colored wax on it for a distressed look.

These are the individual compartments in the haunted house:

I used the Sizzix Iron Gate Bigz die for the top of the house, cutting it out of chipboard so it would be sturdy.  The gargoyle and skeleton are from Joann Fabric as part of the Maker's Halloween Littles collection.

The ghost, broom, poison bottle and crow on skull are from Michaels.  The tiny bottle brush tree is from Joann Fabric.  The clock is from Hobby Lobby as part of their Spare Parts embellishments collection and the pumpkins are vase filler pumpkins I've had for years.  The purple rose on the wall is a Recollections rose adhered to a flattened bottle cap.

Tim Holtz bones are in the Tim Holtz cloche, wiggle eyes in a bottle and more poison bottles from Michaels.

Skull, Tim Holtz Zombie arms, spell book, stars and poison bottle are from Michaels.  The bottles in the back that are filled with purple and green beads are actually filled with candies used in cake decorating.  The candies come in bags for $1 in all different colors and sizes at Michaels.  The number 31 and the pumpkin are from Hobby Lobby.  The pumpkin is part of their dollhouse miniatures collection and the numbers are Spare Parts from Hobby Lobby.

The potion recipe card is a free download I found online.   The pumpkin, bottles, bones and crystal ball are from Michaels.

Tim Holtz skull, stacked books from Maker's Halloween Littles, candelabra from Hobby Lobby in their dollhouse miniatures collection, jack-o-lantern from Michael's Ashland collection

Tim Holtz doll in the larger cloche, black cat / broom/brown eye (part of the haunted house kit), key, spider (Jolee's sticker) all from Michaels.  I handmade the book using free printables I found online.  The crow on the pumpkin is from Joann Fabric's Halloween Littles.

The half skeleton and bottle brush trees are from Joann also as part of their Halloween Littles collection.  

I have  a lot of leftover items so I can make another haunted house but change it up so it's different.  I got a lot of inspiration on how to make this house from other items I found on pinterest which you can see in my Altered Items Pinterest board.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Anniversary Gift for my Parents

My parents are celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and I wanted to make something that would store a lot of photos, thus today's project.

I used the largest of the Tim Holtz Vignette boxes and covered it with floral scrapbook paper and some of his washi tape around the edges.  Then I adhered the feet and the word "memories", the number 59 and the roses.  The top is just the panel that fits the largest vignette box, also covered with paper.  

I printed a photo of my parents and gave it a sephia finish in Picasa but then colored in the corsage with a yellow distress marker.  I cut around their image and mounted it inside the next largest of the vignette boxes with some foam mounting tape.  The knob on top is also a Tim Holtz product.

The bottom box was a book box I purchased at Hobby Lobby:

I covered it with the same floral scrapbook paper as the vignette boxes then painted on some Mod Podge to finish it off.  This book box holds some larger photos of my 6 brothers and sisters and their kids that my parents have never seen before:

This is on it's way to their house via the post office.  I know it's going to bring tears to their eyes as they love seeing photos of the family.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann